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  1. FYI it's being reported that Griffen will rejoin the team this week on Wednesday (10/24). No indication yet if he'll play this weekend.
  2. Ivory did get more carries against IND, almost double. Any concern that Ivory really is the back and Yeldon just got some lucky runs against a poor DF?
  3. Any word on why Gordon's stat line was so low? Was he in, just not being used? Decoy? Or was he ineffective? Game plan didn't favor the RB?
  4. He was back in the game after he was hurt. After watching him drop balls today, not sure - I think Murray slides in as the replacement for Cook, while McKinnon's usage is similar to now but more snaps - like 60-40 split with the 2 of them instead of 75-20-5 like it was with Cook/McKinnon/Murray
  5. Murray will be the ball carrer, McKinnon will be passing downs and change of pace. Probably close to a 50-50 split however, maybe 60-40 in Murray's favor.
  6. Of the ones on the list, I liked Limitless - I like the main character. I can understand if some people hate him though. Either haven't watched or have stopped watching the rest. Also enjoying Shooter, which wasn't on the list but is basically a copy of the Shooter movie. But that last one might be because I like long gun / sniper stuff. Just finished Westworld from HBO, and I enjoyed it. Not gonna rave about it like some of my friends did, but it was a solid show.
  7. Finished a new computer upgrade, basically a new build. Got a new case, cause the old one didn't have any kind of cable management. Was able to reuse my CPU Cooler, PSU and hard drives. Replaced most everything else. Here's the PC Parts Picker list: CPU - Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor = $279 CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler = Owned/Reuse Motherboard - Asus Z170-AR ATX LGA1151 Motherboard = $95 (was $145 before rebate -$25, bundle w/CPU -30) Memory - Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory = $89 Storage - OCZ 960GB 2.5" Solid State Drive = Owned/Reuse Video Card - Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB NITRO+ OC Video Card = $207 (listed $270 - employee matched open box price with a new card) Case - Antec P100 ATX Mid Tower Case = $79 Power Supply - PC Power & Cooling 750W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply = Owned/Reuse Bought separately SATA card for eSata - $35 Overall cost out the door at MicroCenter was just over $800 with tax. I can add more RAM later (was going to go with 32 but saved about $100 there). Have 6 other HDs not listed, I really wanted to add a 3 or 4 GB HD and replace the smaller ones, but will do that later as an upgrade. The video card deal surprised the crap outta me - one employee started to bring out an open box version for my to look at, the previous employee I had worked with saw him, said put it in the back room until he can help me, when he went to get it, it was no where to be found. So he marked a brand new card at the open-box price - not bad for waiting 10m for him looking for it. My last PC build from the Motherboard up was 2009, so I was definitely due. It had been upgraded a few times, and it held up pretty well for it's age (i7 920 @ 2.67Ghz). I had it OCed to 3Ghz for a while, but put it back to stock speeds after I started having some instability a year ago or so. New computer and case is much better sound-wise, I can barely hear it. Only 5 fans (2 case, 2GPU, 1PSU), and the CPU gets clocked down and fans barely spin when not gaming.
  8. Just built a new computer (6700k, RX 480 8GB OC) and I must say, Battlefield 1 and Battlefront (it was on sale recently) both look pretty nice on Ultra. Been a while since I've been able to crank the graphics up, it's pretty nice.
  9. More than other teams, the Vikings feed on running the ball, and it opens up everything they do. They aren't built to go throw the ball a ton, so when the run isn't working, it leads to short drives and leaves the defense on the on the field a long time.
  10. Unfortunately I have kind of lost faith in CJ - I want to, and he has the measurements, but he's only put it together for about 1/2 a year. Other than that he's been injured or ineffective, and generally unable to handle being the #1 (or maybe #2 if you put Diggs as the #1) WR. I believe Treadwell is currently slotted behind his position, I don't think they'd be moving Diggs or Thielen if Treadwell comes on the field. Better sort out the offensive woes by next week, you aren't going to win on 2 DF TDs each week.
  11. Given Johnson's lack of production, do you think that we'll see Treadwell a few weeks sooner than expected? CJ hasn't really been able to put it together during a game, despite sounding like he is great in practice. It was interesting that Wright was the inactive WR today, makes me wonder if Treadwell is closer than the Vikings have been letting on. Happy to come out with a win, DF stepped up big. I don't put the lack of production only on AP's shoulders - there was too many people up in the box on DF and Norv didn't try to disguise his runs up the gut at all. You do have to pound the ball, but try swinging it out or something.
  12. Weirdly enough, I was really interested in season 2, but had a hard time making it through season 1. I didn't listen live, so maybe the shared experience helped for some people, but the season 1 story didn't really catch my interest. I wanted to finish it before starting season 2, which interested me a lot to hear about the reasons behind why Bergdahl walked off. I agree with the last two comments, no hero, and was guilty of AWOL, but has probably suffered enough and shouldn't have been there to begin with.
  13. There is a lot of conjecture, and a lot of things where there is correlation, not causation. That said, these things are why I stop short of saying he is a hero. The intelligence agencies where doing some really scummy, and borderline illegal (if not outright illegal) things that needed to be brought to the public eye. There really weren't other avenues, despite what the president and NSA have claimed - he would have had to go to his boss or the Congress, both of whom had a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. ( Terrorists have known how to evade surveillance and they were using strong encryption since long before the Snowden leaks. In fact, terrorists have been using encryption and other similar tactics since before 9/11. Their techniques, if compromised, would have changed regardless of the leak. I do not sympathize in the least with terrorists, but I also think that our security agencies should not have carte blanche to do whatever they want. And that is where things were headed (maybe already there).
  14. First, you shouldn't blindly go tossing labels about. But regardless of whether he was a hero or not, the information he leaked has helped us as a country, both private and public sectors, become more secure. So he has performed a service that may not have happened if he didn't leak the information. I don't necessarily consider him a hero, but he isn't a villain either.
  15. That's a lot of speculation over a single quote. Here's what Snowden's lawyer says in response: