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  1. Do you pay attention better here on the FFA? And, if so, does that mean we are more interesting than True Detective? I guess I am one of the few who is really enjoying this season so far. And I do find it much more helpful to watch the show with subtitles turned on. I get so much more information. Totally agree. Not as good as the last season in both acting and direction, but it's better than 99% of what's out there. I'm hooked.
  2. I don't want to get flayed here but...she did in the books.cool. any other book stuff you want to share with us in this non-book thread? Sure. Jamie and Bronn never went to Dorne in the books. Why don't you post in the varsity thread? Why is it so hard to comprehend "books don't exist" in the thread title? I know that nothing you're saying amounts to a spoiler but it doesn't matter. Some of us watch the show and then read the books and don't want to know what does/doesn't happen. Someone posted that it was odd that something didn't happen. I thought it would be notable to point out that it's a good thing to note since it was written in the book that way. As you say, it's not a spoiler, so what's the big deal? As the show is passing the book in many respects, I didn't think mentioning the fact that books exist would still get to so many panties in a bunch. There's a whole thread about the Daredevil TV series and once in awhile someone mentions some context from the comics - amazingly it doesn't result in a bunch of whining. In any case, a thousand apologies, I'll stop upsetting you so much. Just. Go. Away.
  3. He seems to address the second part of your question pretty clearly here: I also like his earlier comparison to 2006 Stephen Jackson and 2007 rookie, Adrian Peterson. The example's strong because Jackson was no slouch and put up crazy good numbers the year (much like Bell in 2014) before we all had our first opportunity to draft AP (much like Gurley in 2015). Conventional wisdom would be take SJAX/Bell, they were young, proven, and you can't be 100 % sure how a rookie will translate to the NFL. Plus, working against AP was the valid perception of being stuck in a crummy situation in Minnesota (6 wins, Brad Johnson at QB). If it were 2007 and we were having this discussion, ghostguy would probably be telling us anyone would be nuts to take AP over SJAX. And while SJAX continued to have some very good seasons (much like I expect Bell could string together assuming nothing changes), it still would have been better to dismiss what the group or ghost guy said and take the rookie. The play at that time was to step aside a really good, productive back and with a little foresight, take the better talent--a generational talent--in AP, even though he had no NFL track record and SJAX had just come off a spectacular campaign.Is Gurley a generational talent? That's the unknown, but my eyes and spidey senses tell me yes he is. And I am not going to lose any sleep passing on Bell to find out with Gurley on my team and no one else's. that's kind of a terrible way of looking at it --- you just cherry picked some situation that already happened, removing all the risk out of the situation to make some kind of point. I'm just kind of skimming the conversation, so I might not have this right, but I think some guy's entire point was factoring in that risk that you just removed. what if we change peterson to trent richardson and sjax to anyone ---- aha! now he's right and you're wrong! I think you should take whoever you want to take, but what a lot of people do in these drafts when they evaluate players is discount the risk, thinking there opinion is rock solid 100%, which of course it never is. when a rookie enters the league, or when graham switches teams, etc, there's always risk that needs to be accounted for whether you think it's there or not. There clearly is risk. Gurley could bust like Trent. In the other hand, i can't deny that my own eyes confirm a lot of things talent evaluators a lot more trained, experienced, and expert than me say... That he is pretty darn close to having that AP skill set. He looks nothing like Trent. But there's clearly risk involved. But, the point I'm also making is that the tendency to undersell/minimize risk of "established" players. Bell has an inordinate number of red flags for me, including his usage last year which is not sustainable, as well as his own injury history / risk, and character concerns given he had already been suspended in his short career. So, while you're right that i and others might be at risk for Gurley to not live up to the hype, i have to trust what I've seen--that he's unusually talented--and that Bell is being overvlaued by folks who think last year will just keep happening over and over again.
  4. Fine. So am I. You were the one who created the shiny new things strawman in the first place, so take a deep breath and just accept that some folks are lower on Bell and higher on Gurley than you are. No need to make a big stink about it.
  5. He seems to address the second part of your question pretty clearly here: I also like his earlier comparison to 2006 Stephen Jackson and 2007 rookie, Adrian Peterson. The example's strong because Jackson was no slouch and put up crazy good numbers the year (much like Bell in 2014) before we all had our first opportunity to draft AP (much like Gurley in 2015). Conventional wisdom would be take SJAX/Bell, they were young, proven, and you can't be 100 % sure how a rookie will translate to the NFL. Plus, working against AP was the valid perception of being stuck in a crummy situation in Minnesota (6 wins, Brad Johnson at QB). If it were 2007 and we were having this discussion, ghostguy would probably be telling us anyone would be nuts to take AP over SJAX. And while SJAX continued to have some very good seasons (much like I expect Bell could string together assuming nothing changes), it still would have been better to dismiss what the group or ghost guy said and take the rookie. The play at that time was to step aside a really good, productive back and with a little foresight, take the better talent--a generational talent--in AP, even though he had no NFL track record and SJAX had just come off a spectacular campaign.Is Gurley a generational talent? That's the unknown, but my eyes and spidey senses tell me yes he is. And I am not going to lose any sleep passing on Bell to find out with Gurley on my team and no one else's.
  6. To this point exactly, play this game of ff long enough you realize the folly of trying to play the "situation" card for too long. Supporting casts, coordinators and coaches change so much, guys get traded, injuries, so many variables are impossible to predict. Safe to say if Bell enjoys the same supporting cast, the same coaches, the same scheme, doesn't get injured, doesn't get suspended, he is going to enjoy a long and productive fantasy career. For guys like AP, Faulk, Barry, etc, however, you just never had to worry about crap going on around them. They can run behind any line and so long as they got a fair workload and aren't stuck with some moronic coach who philosophically can't wrap his head around feeding his best players the ball, they're going to put up monster production. I can't say for sure that Gurley will be that guy, but he sure looks the part to me in a way that few have (and those few include the likes of those listed above). I'm not concerned about the ACL. It was a clean, uncomplicated tear, the recent reinjury rates are very low, almost negligible, and it's no more a concern to me than Bell or any other back who, by their nature, are vulnerable to a variety of lower extremity injuries. Situation is important for many players and it can accentuate the production of the elite guys for sure. But, to rely on that to remain a constant is ill-advised.
  7. Maybe it's different in a scenario where you're trying to trade to get Gurley, but I'm not talking about that. To this point, I've framed the discussion more in terms of scenarios where one already owns a dynasty pick high enough where they can select either Bell or Gurley. Clearly, if I can trade down I will, but unlike a stock market environment where you can pretty much buy and sell whatever flavor you want at any time, the same can't be said for trading out of a pick. First, you can't be guaranteed to get FMV from another owner. Second, you can't be guaranteed of getting the one commodity you want (which you can always do with stocks). I might trade out of a high position and get scooped on the Gurley by a guy who's now ahead of me. Stocks don't function like this. At all. So, the point is, if you believe Gurley will be a better dynasty producing running back than Bell, why would you take Bell? Because his perceived value in ADP or in consultation with you is higher? If you trust your own judgment and you can't manipulate a trade in your favor, why go with the guy you think will have a lesser career? That makes no sense.
  8. In redraft, Bell. I said that before. But, if you have the attention span to think in terms of 2016 beyond, the guy to get is Gurley, not Bell.
  9. Jameis belongs in that list above. Wow, hadn't realized how many awful quarterbacks won bcs championships.
  10. They never talked to the victim who about to haul his ### into court. You got your wish, now you gotta live with it. Wish? I could care less if Winston is playing in TB or the California Penal League. I just got it right that he was going 1st because I didn't let emotion and bias cloud my judgement. I got it wrong because I applied logic to the Bucs. #neveragain This might be true, but I think they did their homework on this one. Yeah, it's the Bucs though so who knows. This just in: Everyone does their homework. Some get 100%. Some can't score even a 70 with a stiff breeze behind them.
  11. They never talked to the victim who about to haul his ### into court. You got your wish, now you gotta live with it. Wish? I could care less if Winston is playing in TB or the California Penal League. I just got it right that he was going 1st because I didn't let emotion and bias cloud my judgement. I got it wrong because I applied logic to the Bucs. #neveragain
  12. MIA desperately is putting this out there to scare folks out of taking him top-10.
  13. For the same reason they interview family and friends and others who have had significant interactions with a player. Friends and family vs someone who accused you of rape and supposedly only had a single encounter with you?? That makes so much sense. Well it doesn't if all you want to hear is confirmation of what a great person he is to make you feel better about making the pick. This is Due Diligence 101, and i don't care how many family members, friends they interview, they are not doing their due diligence if they fail to ask her to tell her side of the story.