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      We’re still doing this?  Absolutely!  Despite all the compelling reasons to just let everyone go home and enjoy and extended offseason, this is not an option.  The games must be played, and therefore we the long-suffering fans will feel compelled to watch.  Even games no reasonable football fan would choose to watch like, for example, today’s Redskins Jets game.   

      Today’s convergence of sadness features the 30th ranked scoring offense (Jets 14.4 ppg) versus the 32nd (Redskins 12.0 ppg).  The first team to 15 wins!  With no playoff aspirations the compelling story lines for this game are largely limited to watching young players (hopefully) develop.  Dwayne Haskins gets his first home start and Derrius Guice is back from injury.   
       
      My, reasonable, goals for today’s game:  
      1- Score a touchdown 
      2- Score more than 17 points.   
      3- Haskins throws for 200 yards or more with no interceptions  
      4- Guice runs the ball at least 10 times and finishes at 3.5 yards per carry and healthy.  
       
      Hoping for a win at this point feels like setting myself up for disappointment, so I’m happy to settle for an entertaining loss.  
       
      Special thanks to @pez for some excellent Guinness beef stew.  If you absolutely have to stand in a frozen parking lot at 9am, the best place to do it is at the Extremeskins Tailgate with Pez and @Huly.  Great fans, great people. 
       
      The Redskins have declared for the following players as inactive: 
      Paul Richardson  
      Colt McCoy 
      Deshazor Everett 
      Chris Thompson  
      Ross Pierschbacher 
      Vernon Davis  
      Tim Settle  
       
      The Jets declared the following players as inactive  
      Nate Hairston  
      Darryl Roberts  
      Paul Worrilow 
      Matthias Farley  
      CJ Mosley  
      Jordan Willis  
      Leo Koloamatangi 
       
      1st Quarter - Redskins 0 - 6 Jets
      If you wanted to sit in the cold and watch a football game with some Jets fans at FedEx, but were worried that there were not enough seats available, I have good news.  There’s plenty of space available, so come on down and prove you’re a real fan by sitting though this in person.
       
      Jets dominated the 1st quarter even though they only scored 6 points.  The reason being that Washington managed only 13 yards of offense and a single first down.  
       
      Question: Is it still a check down pass if the QB never looks at anyone else?
       
      2nd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets
      The Jets have achieved an insurmountable 13 point lead early in the 2nd quarter.  All hope is lost.

      Is there a more perfect example of the Redskins offense than their first scoring drive in the 2nd quarter?  Interception gives the Redskins the ball on the Jets 16 yard line.  They proceed to march 10 yards backwards before kicking a field goal from the Jets 26.  It's perfect.  Two or three more field goals we can call it a day. 

      The Jets score again and if feels like they are are just piling on at this point.  Three touchdowns in the first half for them, just three points for the redskins.  Our streak of no touchdowns has now extended to 15 quarters. 
       
      3rd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets
      There is a spider slowly descending from the ceiling in the press box and it's the most interesting thing that's happened during the third quarter of this game. 
       
      I have decided to allow the spider to live, provided it does not touch me.  I'm off to get some more caffeine. 

      4th Quarter - Redskins 17 - 34 Jets
      The first wave of Redskins fans, the few that are here, started streaming towards the exits after that 4th Jets touchdown.  As if the Jets didn't have this game wrapped up in the 2nd quarter. 
       
      Jet have now more than doubled their average points per game and have matched their season high of 34 points (and they missed two field goals in this game). 
       
      TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS!  THE DROUGHT IT OVER!  Guice took a short pass from Haskins  all the way to the house.  2 point conversion is successful on a pass from Haskins to Quinn. 
       
      The Redskins score another touchdown!  This feels like an embarrassment of riches, even if we are still certain to lose this game. 
       
      End of Game.
       
      Let's review those reasonable goals I mentioned earlier:
       
      1- Success.
      2- Close enough, I'm counting it
      3- Haskins did throw for over 200, but unfortunately did have an interception. 
      4- Guice was not given the opportunity to run the ball ten times today.  He did however score on a 45 yard TD pass and finish the game healthy.  I'll take it.
       
      Even though the Redskins lost, it was good to see the offense show some faint signs of life and end the streak of games without a TD.  The team looked competitive for much of the second half, and perhaps they could have made this a fun game if they carried that same energy throughout.  It was good to see Guice and Mclaurin show out today.  I think both of them have a future with this team that I look forward to seeing. 

       
       

       
       
       
       
       
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Game of Thrones Season 8

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17 minutes ago, kfrankie said:

Sir Davos will marry _______,,,  wait, there's only 3 women left on the show now I think (Arya, Stanza, and Danrys).  Maybe Davos marries Sam and they take the throne together.

 

Davos is already married 

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Posting this again because there's some pretty interesting stuff here.  Some of the stunt work is pretty wild too.  Poor Rory.  lol

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6 minutes ago, hawgboy said:

Why was HBO so hard set on wrapping up after 8 seasons anyway? It's not like ratings were trending down.

Season Episodes Originally aired Avg. U.S. viewers
(millions)
First aired Last aired
  1 10 April 17, 2011 June 19, 2011 2.52[13]
  2 10 April 1, 2012 June 3, 2012 3.80[13]
  3 10 March 31, 2013 June 9, 2013 4.97[14]
  4 10 April 6, 2014 June 15, 2014 6.84[15]
  5 10 April 12, 2015 June 14, 2015 6.88[16]
  6 10 April 24, 2016 June 26, 2016 7.69[17]
  7 7 July 16, 2017 August 27, 2017 10.26[18]

 

HBO wanted more seasons but D&D didn’t want to work on this project any longer

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1 minute ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

 

Davos is already married 

 

Yeah, but not to another man.

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3 minutes ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

 

Davos is already married 

Why this mofo haven't talked about his wife since like season 2? Davos wife must be the worst. This dude is out getting into everyone's war just to avoid going back home.

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3 minutes ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

 

HBO wanted more seasons but D&D didn’t want to work on this project any longer

Them Star Wars movies aren’t going to write themselves...

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1 minute ago, Yohan said:

Them Star Wars movies aren’t going to write themselves...

Would probably be a better product if they did.

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4 minutes ago, Cooked Crack said:

Why this mofo haven't talked about his wife since like season 2? Davos wife must be the worst. This dude is out getting into everyone's war just to avoid going back home.

 

Pretty sure he's just trying to avoid her, kind of like my uncle that has been avoiding his wife by playing golf on both Saturdays and Sundays for 40 years.

 

He's pretty good too.  In his mid 70s now and has something like a 4 handicap. Was a scratch golfer when I was a kid.

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16 minutes ago, Cooked Crack said:

Why this mofo haven't talked about his wife since like season 2? Davos wife must be the worst. This dude is out getting into everyone's war just to avoid going back home.

 

Look honey, I’m not a learned man and I know I’ve been gone for 8 years participating in multiple wars, aligning myself with multiple Kings and Queens that destroyed the land. And look, I know that I took our son with me and he fell into a religious cult and was burned into mist by a magical green fire and that we haven’t addressed that as a couple all this time and honestly I’m not sure if you even knew about that until just now but hey...I brought you some flowers. 

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47 minutes ago, hawgboy said:

 

I dunno... how do you do that against an enemy that doesn't need food, shelter, or sleep and can also be repeatedly risen up as soon as the HN(ecromancer)IC* devotes his attention to raising them.

I never really had a problem with the necessity of a One&Done strategy against the Night King...just the execution (Dragons breathe fire from Keep walls.

 

 

 

Look, he's convinced that you can get 5 episodes out of this, and you ain't changing his mind.

 

But I don't see how strategy stops them short of Killing the Big Bad.

 

We shall fight them at the Trident. We will lose half our forces, which will immediately replenish their ranks. Then we shall fight them at Hot Pie's Inn where we will lose 60 percent of our forces and break LKB's hear.  At this point, the Army of the Dead will have grown by 5 million soldiers because every time we lose territory every person behind the lines becomes a zombie, but trust me, this is going to work eventually. Ok, we are at King's Landing. There are 4 of us left and approximately 15 million White Walkers. Now, here is where I really lay the trap.

 

It's dumb. It's a dumb idea.

 

The only plot in a zombie movie is to hole up somewhere until you discover that "WE ARE TRULY THE WALKING DEAD!!" I don't want a bunch of Night King episodes - who by the way does not talk and has one approach to a fight - to learn about the true Humanity of Gendry Rivers.

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27 minutes ago, Cooked Crack said:

Would probably be a better product if they did.

Shots fired.

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24 minutes ago, Lombardi's_kid_brother said:

 

Look, he's convinced that you can get 5 episodes out of this, and you ain't changing his mind.

 

But I don't see how strategy stops them short of Killing the Big Bad.

 

We shall fight them at the Trident. We will lose half our forces, which will immediately replenish their ranks. Then we shall fight them at Hot Pie's Inn where we will lose 60 percent of our forces and break LKB's hear.  At this point, the Army of the Dead will have grown by 5 million soldiers because every time we lose territory every person behind the lines becomes a zombie, but trust me, this is going to work eventually. Ok, we are at King's Landing. There are 4 of us left and approximately 15 million White Walkers. Now, here is where I really lay the trap.

 

It's dumb. It's a dumb idea.

 

The only plot in a zombie movie is to hole up somewhere until you discover that "WE ARE TRULY THE WALKING DEAD!!" I don't want a bunch of Night King episodes - who by the way does not talk and has one approach to a fight - to learn about the true Humanity of Gendry Rivers.

 

It’s not a dumb idea if you do it right. We’ve seen throughout the series WW on their own. So don’t have the NK and the WW all run through the land as one big tidal wave. Let the NK splinter them up to cover and attack more ground. It could be a love letter to the locations of the series.

 

A hardhome type episode at the Vale. A hardhome at Winterfell

 

You have actual strategy involved in each of these places taking advantage of each locations uniqueness like the moat around RiverRun or the bridge at the Twins. The WW actually fight and some might kill a hero or two but some are defeated weakening their numbers. Some of these battles could take place at the same time in the same episode just different locations.  

 

You also dont have the NK there at every battle to raise the dead back up. The NK doesn’t have a dragon in my scenario either which gives the heroes a fighting chance and can lay down cover fire to allow retreats during their losses. 

 

Bran is actually telling the heroes where the WW are and where they’re going so they can plan and strategize around choke points throughout the map. It turns the Long Night into an actual war. GOT has a deep history of battles and this often remembered lore that impacts the world decades later. This would add to that. The Battle of the Twins. The Massacre of RiverRun etc. 

 

It creates a sense of dread and doom as despite it all the WW still continue to move south, claiming lives and victories. And then you have them finally defeated with the NK falling in actual battle

 

i think it’s far less dumb than having such an existential threat and unstoppable force actually super easily defeated in the span of a couple hours. But man it was really dark for those two hours.  (Shudders) 

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Was Hardhome the one where Jon Snow and his band of merry idiots went looking for the White Walkers and narrowly escaped death?  Cause it would get repetitive watching Snow do sad eyes at the Night King after narrowly escaping every week.

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12 minutes ago, Springfield said:

Was Hardhome the one where Jon Snow and his band of merry idiots went looking for the White Walkers and narrowly escaped death?  Cause it would get repetitive watching Snow do sad eyes at the Night King after narrowly escaping every week.

Jon and a few of the watch and Tormund went to Hardhome to make allies with the wildlings and get dragon glass. They were ambushed by the night King and his army and Jon killed a white walker with Long claw.  Beyond the wall is the episode where they go looking for a white walker 

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4 hours ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

 

And that Glenn dumpster bull**** was when TWD completely lost me. I have hate watched ever since. 

 

There is a part of me that wonders if GOT did a reverse Glenn/dumpster scene with Arya at the end of the last episode.  By that, I mean that they made it look like Arya lived, but she actually died.  There was a scene when Danny blew open the front gate and destroyed the Golden Company where they show this white horse turned into a twisted mess.  Then they show a majestic white horse appear out of nowhere to pick up Arya so she can ride away.  The scene had a dream like quality, reminded me of the visions from gladiator when the main guy died at the end.  Plus there are a few religions that mention a white horse appearing to take you to the afterlife when you die.

 

It would be the worst twist ever.  Which I think is possible for these writers.

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1 hour ago, Lombardi's_kid_brother said:

Humanity if Gendry Rivers.

Dude was born in the Crownlands, he should be Gendry Waters...dude screwed up his own name.

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1 hour ago, Springfield said:

Was Hardhome the one where Jon Snow and his band of merry idiots went looking for the White Walkers and narrowly escaped death?  Cause it would get repetitive watching Snow do sad eyes at the Night King after narrowly escaping every week.

 

It wouldn’t be the same thing every week like that and it wouldn’t always be Jon or the NK. The hardhome reference was simply that it was a pretty entertaining 20 minute end of an episode. We don’t need to have full episode battles like TLN or BOTB or Blackwater. 

 

You can tell the story of a war and it’s battles in smaller moments without it getting repetitive much as they did with Robb and the War of the 5 Kings, only they didn’t show any of his battles and this would show them to some degree 

Just now, Yohan said:

Dude was born in the Crownlands, he should be Gendry Waters...dude screwed up his own name.

 

What, you expect the writers to know the world and lore of the stories they are writing? 

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2 minutes ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

 

What, you expect the writers to know the world and lore of the stories they are writing? 

Doesn’t matter, the quicker they push this through, the quicker they get to those Star Wars movies...

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55 minutes ago, Nerm said:

 

There is a part of me that wonders if GOT did a reverse Glenn/dumpster scene with Arya at the end of the last episode.  By that, I mean that they made it look like Arya lived, but she actually died.  There was a scene when Danny blew open the front gate and destroyed the Golden Company where they show this white horse turned into a twisted mess.  Then they show a majestic white horse appear out of nowhere to pick up Arya so she can ride away.  The scene had a dream like quality, reminded me of the visions from gladiator when the main guy died at the end.  Plus there are a few religions that mention a white horse appearing to take you to the afterlife when you die.

 

It would be the worst twist ever.  Which I think is possible for these writers.

Actually looking at that scene earlier I thought if this were an 'artsy' movie ending I could see something like that where it's left open as to whether that actually happened, or if she's lying somewhere bleeding out and imagining it.  

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A positive post: From a cinematic stand point, the shot of Arya just before she walks to the white horse was beautiful.

 

@ 1:05

 

 

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5 minutes ago, CRobi21 said:

A positive post: From a cinematic stand point, the shot of Arya just before she walks to the white horse was beautiful.

 

@ 1:05

 

 

 

I think that this whole season has been cinematically pleasing.  Great, beautiful shots.  Intense soundtrack.  Great special and practical effects.  Definitely top notch and a step above the previous 7 seasons.

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Iffy writing but amazing screen play. 

 

Just rewatched. Guys. I think Arya may actually be dead. That scene was beautiful but so out of place and very dream-like. And then the white horse. 

 

Jon needs something besides “you went CrZy” to just kill Dany. If he finds aryas body ... 

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