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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. 

       
       

       
       
       
       
       
Voice_of_Reason

Game of Thrones Season 8

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Giving Dany a flashback during that scene makes it even worse. We don’t need a recap of all the terrible things that happened to her.

 

This show needed an extra 6-10 episodes to not resort to dumb things like “Dany kind of forgot about Euron and the Iron Fleet”. Or Dany destroying an army of 30,000, armed with anti-dragon stinger missiles, in five minutes, and then going full genocide. 

 

I have read some pretty interesting takes on why she would do this. The most convincing is probably that it was Tyrion’s suggestion to stop fighting after the Bells, and Tyrion has pretty much been wrong about everything. Did she want to deal with all the bickering, plotting and other nonsense we’ve seen take place in this world and its governance structure, especially with a man from her family who people seem to like a lot more than her? 

 

I wish they had really built up the tension between Jon/Dany for more than like 30 minutes of on screen time. We seemingly got a few scenes of Jon mumbling, yer meh kween and I dun want it, to explain Dany’s insecurity. I guess Sansa and Varys also contributed. 

 

HBO and GRRMV both wanted this to go at least 10 full seasons and I think they were right. 

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9 minutes ago, No Excuses said:

Giving Dany a flashback during that scene makes it even worse. We don’t need a recap of all the terrible things that happened to her.

I disagree it would make things worse because until you watch the interview, there’s no indication AT ALL of why Danny went coocoo bananas.   She won, heard the bells of surrender, looked at the red keep, and lost it.

 

The right thing to do is do an infinitely better job setting it up and explaining it, being more careful over several episodes if not seasons.  However absent that, a little montage explaining what’s going on in her head and why she snaps is better than absolutely nothing at all. 

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24 minutes ago, No Excuses said:

HBO and GRRMV both wanted this to go at least 10 full seasons and I think they were right. 

They likely would have had to find new actors.  It was stretching it as it was and they've been done filming for a while now.   Adding in a couple more episodes per season or some more scenes that would have provided extra context would have been helpful, more seasons would have been a strain on everyone. 

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12 minutes ago, Voice_of_Reason said:

I disagree it would make things worse because until you watch the interview, there’s no indication AT ALL of why Danny went coocoo bananas.   She won, heard the bells of surrender, looked at the red keep, and lost it.

 

The right thing to do is do an infinitely better job setting it up and explaining it, being more careful over several episodes if not seasons.  However absent that, a little montage explaining what’s going on in her head and why she snaps is better than absolutely nothing at all. 

 

I don’t know, that clip and the idea behind it felt like cheap gimmicky crap that this show has successfully avoided until this season. 

 

The viewer at that point knows that Dany dealt with everything from rape, to betrayal and the death of friends/dragons to get there. That still doesn’t convince me she wants to commit genocide. That scene and what follows fails in impact because Dany has not been shown to be a raging maniac or even close to getting there. We went from 4 or 5 on the crazy dial to 11 and overdrive, with little in between.

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10 minutes ago, No Excuses said:

 

I don’t know, that clip and the idea behind it felt like cheap gimmicky crap that this show has successfully avoided until this season. 

 

The viewer at that point knows that Dany dealt with everything from rape, to betrayal and the death of friends/dragons to get there. That still doesn’t convince me she wants to commit genocide. That scene and what follows fails in impact because Dany has not been shown to be a raging maniac or even close to getting there. We went from 4 or 5 on the crazy dial to 11 and overdrive, with little in between.

Looking back at some stuff, Dany has said various times in the past that she would burn cities to the ground or turn them to dirt.   She has been held back by either advisers, lack of an ability to do so, or changed her mind/backed down because she still believed in her destiny as a savior or being an overall good person.  So I don't think mass destruction and killing of civilians is out of her character, but they should have done more to connect her recent losses, her fiery inclinations, her current mind-state, and her upcoming actions together for the viewer.

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2 hours ago, visionary said:

Looking back at some stuff, Dany has said various times in the past that she would burn cities to the ground or turn them to dirt.   She has been held back by either advisers, lack of an ability to do so, or changed her mind/backed down because she still believed in her destiny as a savior or being an overall good person.  So I don't think mass destruction and killing of civilians is out of her character, but they should have done more to connect her recent losses, her fiery inclinations, her current mind-state, and her upcoming actions together for the viewer.

 

I agree, I had no trouble believing she would burn them all.

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They showed Danny with the ****ed up hair. That was her going crazy.

 

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Today is the final day, can’t believe it. Even though this season has been a letdown nothing got more people hype than an upcoming game of thrones season. It’s truly bittersweet

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Tonight's gonna be lit. I hope they can right the ship and come up with a respectable closure. D&D skipping town makes me less confident about that.

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9 minutes ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

 

Life imitating art? Jorah could not be closer to Dany lol

 

The friendzoning continues

 

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If Dany tries to kill Jon with a dragon and he doesn't burn because he's part Targarion, I'm going to LOL and facepalm so ****ing hard. 

 

I'm kind of hoping it goes that route now because I kind of don't care how it ends.  

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That should never in a million years happen for multiple reasons which is why I wouldn’t be surprised if it does.

 

“We just kinda forgot about season 1 where Jon burns and we make abundantly clear with Viserys that not all Targaryens are immune to fire/heat” 

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1 hour ago, purbeast said:

If Dany tries to kill Jon with a dragon and he doesn't burn because he's part Targarion, I'm going to LOL and facepalm so ****ing hard. 

 

I'm kind of hoping it goes that route now because I kind of don't care how it ends.  

God if that happens, I’m not sure what I’ll do. Honestly might break my TV

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a year or two ago, if you would have told me I would not be excited at all for the finale of one of my all-time favorite shows, I would have labeled you a mad man.

 

 

all I ask for at this point, is that Jon doesn't hop on a boat, ride into a storm, survive, only to become a lumberjack

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