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      The home team fans are at home, these games no longer matter, and it’s probably better for the team to lose than it is to win.  It must be December in Washington.  Welcome to week 15!
       
      Redskins Inactive: 
      Colt McCoy  
      Trey Quinn 
      Quinton Dunbar  
      Josh Harvey-Clemons  
      Ross Pierschbacher  
      Brandon Scherff  
      Caleb Wilson  
       
      Eagles Inactive: 
      Nate Sudfeld  
      Nelson Agholor 
      Jordan Howard  
      Shareef Miller 
      Lane Johnson  
      Sua Opeta  
      Derek Barnet
       
      There are two camps for Redskins fans at this time of year.  Those that want to tank and those that want to win.  If this describes you, I want you to know something important. You’re wrong.  You should probably feel bad about it too, but that’s your business.  The right way to go about this, is simply to embrace the doublethink.  
       
      Before and after the game it’s perfectly reasonable to acknowledge that losing has its advantages.  It does and it is undeniable.  Afterall we could be talking about the difference between Chase Young being in a Redskins uniform, or not.  What we need for that to happen is simple.  Redskins lose out.  Giants beat the Dolphins and Redskins.  Dolphins beat the Bengals.  All of these things are perfectly reasonable outcomes.  We’re that close to having an elite pass rusher.   
       
      Before that happens, we have a game to play.  It is in this moment that we should embrace the other side of our demented doublethink.  While the game is being played, especially against a division opponent, fans should want their team to do well.  Assuming they have a soul and any decency.  There is just no way that I can root for the Eagles to beat the Redskins during a game.  If you are the type of fan that does this, I hope you find someone that can fix what has broken inside of you.   
       
      Pregame Prediction:  Redskins 23 – Eagles 30  
      More interesting game we are missing because we are still watching the Redskins:  Packers – Bears  
      Things I am snacking on:  Brownie.   
      Number of colons used:  Six.  (so far)  
       
      Check back for updates.  I’m going to wander around the room for a while and stretch my legs to get away from a certain well-known ESPN Eagle fan’s boring conversations that my ear phones aren’t blocking out entirely.
       
      1st Quarter Redskins 7 - 3 Eagles
      "The Closer" Haskins showed up for work early today and hit his former college teammate for a touchdown.  He really took the life out of this crowd in *checks notes* Fedex Field. 
       
      2nd Quarter Redskins 14 - 10 Eagles
      This quarter was defined by penalties.  The Redskins made the mistake of lightly hitting an Eagles tight end on the shoulder, and then another by tackling the Eagles QB around the waist.  Refs clearly didn't appreciate the Redskins playing football.
       
      This is the best half of football of Haskins pro career.  The Redskins passing offense as a whole has looked impressive, which... well it just shouldn't be.  Right?  Feels like a trap.  As soon as we start to feel good about it, BOOM they'll tear our hearts out. 
       
      I'll say this much though, Redskins receivers have been running around wide open throughout this first half.  The Redskins should have scored more than 14.
       
      Halftime:  If you had a choice between standing in a relatively long line for ice cream and cookies or nachos and hot dogs which would you choose?  I would go with ice cream.  Unfortunately I didn't realize there were two separate lines, and so I ended up with nachos and disappointment.  Also, I should probably mention Urban Meyer is here.  I bet he got the ice cream.   
       
      3rd Quarter Redskins 14 - 17 Eagles
      Wentz made a good throw, giving his team the lead, and it reminded me that Wentz was once a pretty good QB.  Hasn't looked like it often today.  The Eagles really haven't had a lot of open players for Wentz to throw to, but there is more to it than that.  Wentz looks slow. 
       
      Haskins has out played him through three quarters, and we haven't even reached Haskins best quarter. 
       
      4th Quarter Redskins 27 - 37 Eagles
      Some drunk Redskins fans sitting in front of the press box have recognized a Eagles fan that appears often on CNN and have started knocking on the glass to wave their hands and smile at him now the the Redskins have the lead.  These fans have apparently never learned not to tempt fate.
       
      Redskins defense played fairly well all game but picked the worst possible time to give up a long drive for a touchdown.  The Eagles offense came off the field with a four point lead and less than a minute left in the game.  The fumble return for a touchdown on the aborted hail marry attempt just added insult to injury.  Redskins come up short, for the eleventh time this season. 
       
      End of game thoughts.  Haskins actually looked like a real NFL QB for an entire NFL game.  Not just a drive here or there, but for an entire game Haskins looked like he belonged.  He looked like one of the reasons the Redskins might win the game.  He's shown flashes in the past but nothing like this.  A very encouraging sign for fans that believe he can be a part of the future here. 
       
      The Giants did their part to fall back in the draft, by absolutely dismantling the mighty Dolphins.  May the Giants be victorious, at least one more time this season.  We just need to lose to the Giants and have the Dolphins beat the Bengals, and the Redskins will be sitting alone at 3 wins.  Chase Young could happen.

       
       
       
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Definitely Sons of Anarchy... I am hooked and spent most of the last 4 days watching... I am almost done with season 2 and its great.

Brace yourself because Season 3 is pretty slow but it really picks up toward the end and has probably my favorite finale of any season. Well, maybe tied for favorite because the end of Season 1 was excellent too. I love the show though.

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I just started watching Shameless about a week or two ago. I'm already mid-way through season 2. This show is pretty awesome, quite hilarious in fact. I def recommend it to you all.

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Thanks to whoever recommended Supernatural. Definitely pretty good from the three episodes I've seen. It kind of reminds me of XFiles and another old favorite, Friday the 13th (the TV series).

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My second recommendation for this thread: the British television show Doctor Who. You have to be introduced to it a certain way, but as long as that happens, you're probably going to love it more than damn near any other show you've ever watched. It's officially taken over my personal award for Favorite Show Ever. Anyway, about that whole "introduced to it a certain way" thing, here are the things you should know if you want to start watching it:

1. Understand that because this is a show that's been running in a sort of "on-again, off-again" style for 50 freakin' years, there will be plenty of little things that won't make any sense to you when you first encounter them ("Why do people speak modern English when the Doctor time travels to the 15th century in Italy?" "Why doesn't he just use that time traveling thing to correct every bad thing that's ever happened to him?"), but trust me, there is an explanation, it's just that the explanations might take you a while to discover, and that's just going to be part of how you experience the show.

2. The humor is very British. If you don't know what that means, start watching more British television, dumbass. You'll thank me later.

3. If you pick any random episode to start watching Who, you might be so confused that you'll write the whole thing off because so many things aren't explained. (This has happened to at least one of my friends who otherwise loves British TV.) So I would suggest that you start with an episode called The Eleventh Hour, then follow that up with an episode called A Christmas Carol, even though those episodes weren't aired in chronological order. The first is to start you down the path that was created when current lead writer Steven Moffat took over the show, which coincides with an obvious expansion of the budget for the show. Before that moment, DW was significantly more campy and cheesy, at least in my opinion (and in the online opinions of quite a few others). That doesn't mean that it was bad (I've watched quite a few of the earlier episodes myself), it just means it wasn't as good as it's been since Moffat and Matt Smith took over. Who's Matt Smith? He's the latest Doctor, because a show that's been running for 50 years needs a lot of them. Yes, this is explained within the ongoing plot of the show. Think James Bond (which, coincidentally, enjoyed its 50th anniversary last year), but with a plot device that explains why Bond isn't always the same person. No, I'm not going to explain it for you. The reason I recommend that you watch A Christmas Carol second is because Who has a tradition of doing special episodes that air on Christmas Day that are intended for a wider audience than its normal viewers, and so once you're introduced to some of the basics of the show by watching a character named Amy be introduced to those same basics for the first time in The Eleventh Hour, the next thing you should do is be introduced to some of the best ways DW makes use of its own plot devices, which is what watching A Christmas Carol will accomplish. (The Christmas specials have been widely regarded as some of the Who team's best work, especially since Moffat and Smith took over.)

4. Don't use Google very much to figure things out about a particular episode until after you've watched said episode, because too much of it is all intertwined, and therefore you're causing your own spoilers. (I say "very much" because if something is so confusing that you're not enjoying the show, that's probably something you should try to figure out, even if it results in the occasional spoiler. That's the only time I'd suggest it, though.)

5. Don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. You'll eventually understand why I'm saying this.

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My second recommendation for this thread: the British television show Doctor Who.

I take it the new Dr is good?

I need to catch up most of the last decade :silly:

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I take it the new Dr is good?

I need to catch up most of the last decade :silly:

Don't like Michael Smith that much (latest doctor), but really liked David Tenant (sp) Doctor right before him. Mind you, I am probably a season or two behind so Smith and the writers may have gotten a hang of what they wanted to do with him better.

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Don't like Michael Smith that much (latest doctor), but really liked David Tenant (sp) Doctor right before him. Mind you, I am probably a season or two behind so Smith and the writers may have gotten a hang of what they wanted to do with him better.

Yes, I should probably have mentioned that there's a big divide in the Who fan community between the Tennant lovers and the Smith lovers (and also the lovers of one of the older Doctors), but I think part of that might be because many of the Tennant lovers haven't paid as much attention to the Smith episodes (and justifiably so, because they loved Tennant so much and hated to see him go). As someone who's watched enough of both to understand why the Tennant folks loved him so much, I think I can safely say that if you give Smith and Moffat enough of a chance, they'll drop a nuclear bomb of awesome on your brain. The massive story arcs that are spread over entire seasons (the Brits call seasons "series" by the way, which can make it a little confusing to see things like "series premiere" or "series finale" when you know the show's gonna keep going) and even multiple seasons are just incredible. I know that was done with Tennant too, but I just happen to think that it works even better with the Smith/Moffat combo, partially due to the larger budget I mentioned in the last post and partially due to the fact that I think they've really managed to do something that I previously thought was pretty much impossible, which is creating something that can draw everyone in for different reasons, especially the most important combination of people, which is those of different generations.

(By the way, I don't want to write out any spoilers, but for you Tennant folks, Moffat is the same guy who wrote the "blink and you're dead" episode, so that might give you a small indication of his talents.)

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Yeah, I will say that Tom Baker is still my favorite "Who" but that's cause I grew up with him. I think I saw the first season/two seasons of Michael Smith and I liked the red head (his companion) much better than him just in terms of acting. Smith seemed to be really going for the idea that it was a kid's series and playing down to the children while Tenant seemed a much richer character. Again, I'm behind in the series and they aren't showing them anymore on rabbit ear tv (for a while they were on in the morning on 26-2) so I don't know how he evolved.

I was annoyed when they got rid of the red head though!

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I just started watching Shameless about a week or two ago. I'm already mid-way through season 2. This show is pretty awesome, quite hilarious in fact. I def recommend it to you all.

Season finale tonight....love this show! The writers must have a good time coming up with some of these story lines.

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I'm watching Duck Dynasty now.

Good, clean, redneck fun...reminds me a bit of my childhood. Who cares if it's staged!?! :ols:

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I tried watching Shameless when it came out.

I watched few episodes mostly for Emmy Rossum, but also to see how the show was, but couldn't get into it at all.

Just couldn't relate with the characters and honestly didn't find it very interesting, just weird and kind of sad.

My parents love Duck Dynasty.

I don't really care for it, but I do check it out on occasion and find it fairly humorous.

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Yeah, I will say that Tom Baker is still my favorite "Who" but that's cause I grew up with him. I think I saw the first season/two seasons of Michael Smith and I liked the red head (his companion) much better than him just in terms of acting. Smith seemed to be really going for the idea that it was a kid's series and playing down to the children while Tenant seemed a much richer character. Again, I'm behind in the series and they aren't showing them anymore on rabbit ear tv (for a while they were on in the morning on 26-2) so I don't know how he evolved.

I was annoyed when they got rid of the red head though!

Yeah, but her story was what vaulted the show from "really good" to "best on television" in my mind, although I think you'd more or less have to watch every episode to really understand why. It's worth it if you've got the time/money, though, at least I would assume it is for anyone who's already enjoyed the show.

Smith and Moffat both really buy into the "kid's show" angle, but they do it in the style of most Pixar movies—the stuff for kids is woven together with concepts and jokes for adults. This has been really highlighted in the Christmas specials.

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It's only 2 eps in, but I'm really digging Orphan Black...and that one scene in the first episode..wow.

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and for the love of god, it's MATT (not Michael) Smith.

For that, you will be deleted.

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And he's better than Eccleston but not as good as Tennant (but really, who is?).

The new companion (who I really wanted to hate) might even be better than Rose Tyler (the best companion ever other than Sarah Jane Smith- in my books) when all is said and done.

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A couple great series that haven't been mentioned yet but are worth watching: Rome, battlestar gallactica.

I highly recommend deadwood and firefly.

Game of thrones is the best show currently airing imo. The Americans is pretty good as well. Walking dead isn't bad, but it gets boring for episodes at a time.

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The Americans is really good, finale is tuesday night, going to start the vikings tonight after games of thrones

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Vikings is really good. definitely recommend that

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I agree...absolutely awesome, and the history behind it makes you go digging, which only makes more of that grey matter.

If you're into serious drama, (haven't read through the thread lately), go for The Shield. I've never been so riveted to anything in my life, and I miss it...the last episode is a cliffhanger!

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Yeah, I will say that Tom Baker is still my favorite "Who" but that's cause I grew up with him. I think I saw the first season/two seasons of Michael Smith and I liked the red head (his companion) much better than him just in terms of acting. Smith seemed to be really going for the idea that it was a kid's series and playing down to the children while Tenant seemed a much richer character. Again, I'm behind in the series and they aren't showing them anymore on rabbit ear tv (for a while they were on in the morning on 26-2) so I don't know how he evolved.

I was annoyed when they got rid of the red head though!

For me, Tom Baker will always be my favorite. I started watching Dr. Who in the early 80's PBS. I was really happy when the show came back in 2005.

BBC America is doing a monthly special on each of the actors who played Dr. Who, including Paul Mcgann who stared in the 1996 Dr Who TV movie. Tonight is the premiere of the Tom Baker episode and since he is the oldest doctor alive; will be great to see this special.

They are also doing a 50th anniversary special but it looks like only David Tennant and Billie Piper will be in it and not anyone from the original series. Also, there's another special on the making of the show and they got actors portraying the original actors.

I like Matt Smith. Matt Smith is probably only doing one more season. Maybe the next Doctor will be a woman.

Here's how I rank the Doctors.

1. Doctor 4: 74-81- Tom Baker. The best doctor. If he wasn't so good; I doubt Dr. Who would've lasted beyond the 70's.

2. Doctor 10: 05-10- David Tennant. The best doctor of the revived series, second best overall. I think if he failed, the new series would've failed.

3. Doctor 11: 10- ???- Matt Smith. The current doctor. He brings good dose of youthful enthusiam to the show. The Amy-Rory era were some of the best ever.

4. Doctor 5: 81-84- Peter Davidson. The previous youngest actor to play Dr Who. I got to met him last year. He was the right guy to take over from Tom Baker. Did you know his daughter is married to David Tennant.

5. Doctor 3- 70-74- Jon Pertwee. I liked him. He brought a touch of class to the show and also action.

6. Doctor 9- 2005- Christopher Eccleston . He was the first doctor in the revival of the show. I thought he did a good job.

7. Doctor 7- 86-89- Sylvestor Mccoy- The last doctor of the original series. He was alright.

8. Doctor 6- 84-86- Colin Baker- The only actor to be fired from the show. He always seem a little angry and a jerk to me. Probably why he got fired.

9. Doctor 8- 1996- Paul Mcgann- Fox aired a TV movie in 1996 in an attempt to bring the show to the U.S. It failed but he was alright.

10. Doctor 2- 66-69- Patrick Troughton - I haven't seen to many of his episode but I always thought he was too wimpy.

11. Doctor 1- 63-69- William Hartnell- The first doctor was old and cranky and mean, in what little I've seen.

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Defiance on SyFy is quite good.

It's a little weird but the 2 episodes they have aired were pretty good.

Speaking of British SCi Fi; if you remember the British show Blakes 7; Sy- Fy has orded a season of a new remake of the show.

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My inner nerd was SciFi starved for too long and binged on Battlestar Galactica and Fringe on Netflix. I regret nothing!

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It's by no means a new show but Mad Men is intriguing (just started watching it a month ago). Solid acting and decent recreation of the 50s and 60s in all its glory as well as its shortcomings. Enjoyable also if you like the sales world since it focusses on that world as well.

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Ripper Street on BBC

Set in 1889 Whitechapel after the Ripper murders. Great show....I'm addicted.

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