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  1. 7 minutes ago, SameSongNDance said:

    Does anyone know how bad McKinnon's injury was? I think he'd be the target in ppr.

    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

  2. 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.

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  3. On 4/27/2016 at 6:08 PM, SlaX said:

    I love the hoops mode.  It won't be all I want to play, but I love the diversity to the normal mode.  Hockey was too similar.  Now I want to see a paper football like mode for the beginning of football season.

    I am hoping for a football mode as well. Maybe 2 goal areas, a FG that is "easy" worth 3pts and a TD area that is harder to hit that is worth 7. I'd even be ok with 6 + an uncontested extra point try.

  4. On 4/5/2016 at 6:42 PM, Loan Sharks said:

    My favorite part of this whole season finale is that if Maggie didn't have a miscarriage Negans guys would have been manning 4 roadblocks for weeks or possibly months hoping that the exact people he was looking for decided to drive down the road for some reason. 

    That isn't the case. You are supposed to realize the Saviors are such a large organized group that they not only know where Alexandria is, they are watching it closely enough to know when people leave. They aren't going to storm Alexandria, and lose people at the walls. They want to catch them when the group is vulnerable.

  5. 18 minutes ago, timschochet said:

    I get that some of you will never vote for Hillary Clinton. I disagree with your perception of her, but I know that your perception is genuine.  

    But those of you in here who say that you would have voted for Bernie, but since he's gone now you'll have to vote for Trump- you guys I don't get. Both of them see free trade as a problem for America. But what else do they have in common? Bernie is extremely concerned with climate change, with wage inequality, with racism, with campaign finance reform. Donald Trump thinks climate change is a hoax, supports the police in every racial dispute, is opposed to minimum wage hikes, and has a proposal on the table to slash corporate tax rates. Bernie is a humanist who has opposed authoritarianism his entire life. Trump personifies authoritarianism. Bernie wants a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Donald Trump wants to deport all illegals and build a wall. 

    I mean these guys couldn't be more opposite. You're going to have to explain this. 

    Anyone who could support Trump after supporting Sanders weren't supporting Sanders for his views. They were supporting him because he was anti-establishment and the lesser of the 2 evils between him and Trump.

    I understand the thinking, but you absolutely have to listen to what Trump is saying. Trump voice: "He is so scary. And the country is going to be soo much worse if they elect him. He is soo untrained, and doesn't know how to do the job. Soo much losing will occur, and we'll make soo many enemies with countries"

    It's a scary thought, and yet...I can't help thinking Trump is less scary than Cruz or Rubio after hearing them both tout God over and over in their speeches. Sorry guys, it's a secular office, God doesn't care.

  6. 6 hours ago, Deranged Hermit said:

    Wow, saw it coming, but was still surprised that it actually happened.


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    I don't think Negan was actually at the compound they attacked.

    As for who bites it, my money is still on Glenn, and that the hard turn that was mentioned was them attacking Negan first rather than waiting until Glenn is killed (in the comics). My second thought is Maggie, to recreate the prison scene where Lori + baby died. Lastly would be Carol, who I didn't think would be in the mix until she was shown to be captured along with Maggie at the end yesterday. But I think Glenn sacrifices himself to save Maggie though.

  7. On 3/1/2016 at 10:34 AM, tonydead said:

    Because zombies carry a different, supposedly incurable, infection virus that kills living humans rather quickly once infected.  Although we've seen on the show that can happen in a matter of minutes or a matter of days depending on the individual.  There are two theories of how this happens in relation to the zombie virus that every human is already carrying with the results being the same:

    A- The virus transmitted by a zombie bite is a "secondary" virus that is simply a deadly virus that kills a human and once the human dies the zombie virus everyone is carrying reanimates the dead.  Sometimes this is blamed on parasitic infection of the decaying zombie's mouth, but, since it kills some humans in a matter of minutes it's most certainly a "secondary" virus and not just bacterial.

    B- The virus transmitted by a zombie bite is a "reaction" virus that triggers the zombie virus that everyone is carrying and the zombie virus both kills the living and reanimates the dead.  Without a bite the zombie virus is simply triggered by death.

    There is no chicken or the egg question with zombies.  The first ever zombie was most certainly an infected human, whether by scientific or natural means, whose death triggered the zombie virus.  The biting and introduction of the secondary/reaction virus isn't what started the outbreak, it's what accelerated living human death triggering the zombie virus.

    Not really the case. At least, according to Kirkman. He basically says the bite causes infection or blood loss that kills you:



    "The rule is WHATEVER it is that causes the zombies, is something everyone already has. If you stub your toe, get an infection and die, you turn into a zombie, UNLESS your brain is damaged. If someone shoots you in the head and you die, you're dead. A zombie bite kills you because of infection, or blood loss, not because of the zombie "virus."" —Robert Kirkman

  8. 2 hours ago, Ministry of Pain said:

    He also showed Trump settling lawsuits on Trump Towers Tampa. I thought Trump owned all these buildings with his name on it...not true we find out. I am interested in Trump's tax returns now. 

    I am interested in Trump only because I hate most politicians. I think both parties are a joke and not much difference between them other than media sound bites for their bases. 

    People voting for him are simply extending a middle finger towards the the current set up. That's my opinion. 

    It's all well and good to hate politicians, it's also often not a bad idea to vote for someone outside the system to let them know we hate what they do. Trump is an exception to that, because he is not a quality person and we don't know what kind of havoc he would create in the White House. He has zero experience that would ever even begin to make someone believe he is capable of that job. And no, running Trump enterprises doesn't count. A business is not like a country. Not the same stakes at all.

    My point is, the stakes are really, really high here. You always seem reasonable MOP...think about whether what you are advocating is by any stretch of the imagination a good idea. Hint: it isn't.

  9. 3 minutes ago, Ministry of Pain said:

    Did you expect me to say this is unreasonable thinking?  

    I'm not saying I agree with you but I think most of your post is reasonable. I think the war crimes stuff is getting a little bothered over nothing happening, likely not even should he take office. 

    BTW...Oliver did say Trump would be taking office in 2017...he never used the words if trump takes office. Oliver is a fairly smart guy, I doubt he hates Trump as much as some of his followers. And Oliver will make a lot of new fans over the summer with Trump running as the GOP nominee while he shells out jokes and insults. 

    Yah, "wants to commit" is probably over the top, probably better to say "has advocated".

    I think it is a significant possibility Trump is our next President. And as much as I wouldn't vote for him, I think we could do far worse. Cruz, for instance. I'm not even a huge Rubio fan, although I think he may be the last viable "establishment" candidate left. Both Rubio and Cruz bible-thump way too much for me, although Rubio kind of strikes me as the kind that is doing it because he thinks he has to, and that he wouldn't let it influence his day to day in the White House. But for Trump, I think my last point, that we don't know what he'll do once in office, is why I feel ok if he does get elected. I think he'll be much more moderate than during the campaign. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see him swing way back toward center if he locks up the nomination.

    I actually feel like I'll be in a tough spot this election, if Bernie loses the nomination (still holding faith that he can weather the Super Tuesday storm). Because I don't like Hillary at all either. But I don't think anyone on the GOP side represents my views, even Kasick is way too socially conservative.

  10. 10 hours ago, Ministry of Pain said:

    Look at just how you write the dude's name compared to how I approach my respect for John's clear on this topic Joffer we won't be able to discuss much, I'm sorry because I like your POV and what you bring to the FFA. 

    And I do care about Trump's facts, I also know most Trump supporters do not care about nitpicky PC stuff, that's a fact. If Trump said the United States did not form until 1812, that's a factual error. But most Anti-Trumps are rooted in calling him a bigot and using that as a way to discredit everything the man says no matter what the topic. 

    There are things about Trump I don't care about. But I care that he flat out lies about things, and then doesn't seem to even care when it is uncovered (or even doubles down on the lie). I care that Trump wants to commit has advocated for committing war crimes (torture, killing innocents). I care that Trump thinks America isn't great right now, while we are objectively still one of the preeminent countries in the world. I care that Trump changes positions. I care that Trump is derogatory toward women, the disabled and others. And I care that I don't really know what he'll do once in office.

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  11. I know what the comics say, but I think it may be a bit different. Comic spoilers:

    While the safe bet is Glenn, and the directors may think it's clever foreshadowing to have him almost die twice in recent memory, I think (based a lot on the "hard left turn" from the interview) that it might be Maggie. They didn't want to kill a mother/baby in the prison attack (Judith) like in the comics, but they are plenty secure now, and could echo the comics from the prison scene by having Maggie be the one that Negan beats to death (and obviously the baby would die also). I still think Daryl is almost as safe as Rick, it could be Abe but I think he sticks around a bit longer.

  12. Just now, mon said:

    That's good news about Newsom. I remember 10-12 years ago thinking he'd make a good president.

    Yah, he's young enough I think 2024 is probably the absolute earliest he'd consider it. But having seen him on the media from time to time, he seems like he has a good head, and there really isn't much doubt he has the face for politics.

  13. 4 hours ago, Poppa said:

    Any viable Bernie-lite Democrats in the pipeline? No longer follow politics closely enough to know...

    I don't know if they qualify as Bernie-lite, but I don't think we've seen the last of Martin O'Malley. In California, Gavin Newsom is running for Governor in 2018, and I wouldn't be surprised if his sights are on the Presidency in 2024 or so if things line up properly.

  14. 1 hour ago, tommyGunZ said:

    This part where Bernie guys steal Rush's lamestream media shtick is sad. 

    This isn't about "mainstream" media. It's about how the media overreacts - in both directions. Although given that Hillary has been the presumptive winner, they don't currently tend to overreact in Bernie's directions when he wins a state. For now. But back on point, no...this isn't about the "media" holding anyone down. It's just how the 24-hour news cycle works. They will analyze to death what the SC loss means for Bernie, and if he doesn't do very good during Super Tuesday they'll be circling like sharks in the water. Couple of wins after that and it'll be a "race" again (according to the media). But I fully expect Bernie's camp to continue fighting right up to the convention, as long as he has a shot.

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  15. 24 minutes ago, SIDA! said:

    Been out of touch today. Serious question...and not looking to rub salt in the wound. 

    Given the size of the defeat...has there been any rumblings that Sanders will drop out? I assumed that he was in for the long hall no matter what happened in SC...but I never imagined he would lose by close to 50 points.

    No, Bernie needs to weather the storm through 3/15 or so. If he can do that, he should go on a winning streak through to the convention. It was always going to be close all the way.

    Bernie needs to get that message out though. If he lets the media drive the narrative, they'll bury him after Tuesday most likely.

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  16. 1 minute ago, FreeBaGeL said:

    I thought I remembered that one of the things that made Darabont leave was the direction of the show.  Namely, he wanted to show the origins of the apocalypse and Kirkman/AMC did not.

    Then they went ahead and made an entire new show around it anyway.

    Not that they did that great of job of it...I think they're already past the "origins" portion :(

  17. 3 hours ago, cstu said:

    Breaking Bad:

    - highest season 1 rating was the finale at 1.5 million viewers

    - didn't top 3 million viewers until the second half of the final season 5

    - cost $3 million per episode to make ($3.5M in the final season)


    - season 1 finale had 5.97 million viewers

    - making money hand over fist on games and merchandising

    - budget after the first season was cut from $3.4M to $2.7M

    Not really defending AMC with the following, but I believe it has come out that there were negotiation issues with Mad Men at the time, leading to AMC to cut the budgets for TWD and Breaking Bad. Darabont had some issues with one of the episodes, didn't like the budget cuts, and got on the wrong side of management and got let go. Just saying, there is more to the story than just numbers. I really don't think we really disagree that much though, except in this - this show is not Breaking Bad (which you have to admit also had it share of horrible writing at times and things done purely to drive the plot). It is fundamentally a different type of show though.

  18. Just now, cstu said:

    My issue is that Darabont created a show nothing like this one and after he was fired the show became about ratings over quality.

    That was years ago. That ship has sailed. Unfortunately, shows are judged by the number of viewers, not their (subjective) quality. I personally am still good with the direction the show is going in, it's still following the basic outlines of the comics, and I still enjoy it. Would I have enjoyed Darabont's version more? :shrug: We'll never know, and if they don't worry about ratings a little, we never get the chance to find out.