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  1. Easily a top 5 Xmas movie of all time, and truly a masterpiece of a classic movie regardless of genre. Hard to believe anyone could trash it, but haters gonna hate... That's just what they do IMO. No reason to try to reason with them.
  2. This is why I like the show and put up with sometimes irritating dialogue/writing, and bad acting (Rick lately, and ESPECIALLY his wife!). Lori is the only character that I flat out can't stand at the moment, and am to the point of almost rooting for her to get killed off. I would also like the actor playing Rick to stop coming across as so ridiculously weak as well, but his character and his lines have been so poorly written lately that I'm giving him a pass for the weak delivery/acting. Someone needs to tell him that it's possible to pull off the conflicted leader routine, riddled with self-doubt, and still manage it without coming across as having zero leadership qualities. This actor isn't doing it right...Anyways, the moral questions the show poses and the reactions/choices of the characters are what moves the story along for me, and make it interesting. When the dialogue and acting aren't distracting me, and I can imagine myself in the story and debating how I would handle the same circumstances, that's when I am entertained and want to keep watching. The last couple episodes mostly entertained me...The last two episodes have been my favorites of the season, and I'm currently looking forward to the show again, rather than losing interest in it.
  3. You're joking right? Unwarranted attention? Dude, Paterno enabled the entire situation. He turned a blind eye and allowed it to go on right under his nose. I'd go as far as to say that Paterno has perjured himself by leaving out vital information when he supposedly told a higher authority. Paterno should be arrested and I really think the hammer will come down on him as well shortly. His morals are completely shattered as he protected his friend, instead of innocent kids. Paterno's legacy is now in the gutter and it's written in stone. The Big 10 championship trophy, currently named the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy, will have to be renamed. What a disgrace he is.If it turns out that Sandusky's retirement was due to the 1998 incident, then Joe has no excuse for not doing more on the 2002 incident.Exactly. The entire school hide the real reason why Sandusky "retired" in 1999. He was 55 years old. He was going to take over for Paterno and he all of a sudden "retires"? PSU never contacted the police. They handled the situation internally. And after Sandusky's "retirement", they still gave him keys to the school, a parking spot and access to everything. They allowed him to travel with the team and continue with his 2nd Mile program, in which, he has full and unfettered access WITH KIDS! Paterno knew this. He didn't care and Paterno has now just lied to the grand jury on what he knew. He perjured himself and I hope he goes to jail for allowing this to happen under his nose for the rest of his life.Your conclusions may be proven right in the end, but you sure are taking some liberties and making some "leaps" to arrive at them. There is a world of difference between constructing truth from facts versus doing so by connecting speculative dots.I agree that Paterno's ouster was necessary, but don't know whether he was enabling/complicit or just stupid/senile in not doing more to keep Sandusky from hanging around the program. To figure out which 'crime' JoePa was guilty of (enabler vs. stupid), I think we'ld have to know his motivations for his action/inaction after reporting the allegations brought to his attention. I don't think we can realistically or honestly do that based on what we know at this time.At the very least Paterno did promptly report the second-hand allegation to the university and to the head of the university's police. That was certainly the right thing to do. However, based on his relationship to Sandusky and his advanced age, I'm reluctant to expect him to be the one to take on the lead role in determining whether or not Sandusky was a sexual predator at that point. I think just running the football program was more than enough for him to handle at this late stage of his life, and could very easily imagine him being overwhelmed and not knowing what to do/believe about the allegations against Sandusky, who others have stated was a 'surrogate son' to Joe.That isn't to excuse him, or to say that Joe couldn't have made the tough decision to take the matter as far as humanly possible, but if there were any shadow of doubt in his mind regarding the allegation, then I could certainly understand him not doing more, and trusting the authorities to take on the burden of determining the truth about the allegation(s).However, if Joe's motivations were purely to maintain the integrity/image of PSU's football program, then I would be right there with you in condemning his handling of the situation. I'm just not ready to make that leap in logic based on the information that's come out so far...
  4. Not a particularly good series in general, but this week's episode was the best one of the season IMO. It's definitely setting up some nice tension all the way around. I too am getting tired of the search for Sophia. However, the upcoming conflict with Merle, Daryl inevitably having to choose a side - Herschel's hiding soomething, his decision over whether the "guests" must leave/or can stay, and his anger when he learns the guest(s) is/are banging his daughter - Shane deciding that there may be 'a chance' with Lori (probably learning that he fathered her unborn child), and possibly making a move against Rick... Are just a few reasons to hope for some entertaining episodes moving forward. It's unfortunate that the writing and acting are subpar for an AMC original (although there is source material involved, so not sure if that qualifies as 'truly' original). Have to agree that there aren't really any characters I care about, and the guy playing Rick is terrible to the point of distraction (the actress playing his wife is even worse to the point I'm rooting for her to get killed off), but the general dark shades/tone of the show is intriguing; and apocalyptic fiction in general strikes a chord with me. So I'll continue watching and hoping that the writing/acting improves. Have to agree with those who've basically said if this episode didn't encourage you, then you might as well stop watching. I think this was their best overall effort of the season...
  5. I would have done the same thing as Shane. You get the guy who is responsible in all of this who is overweight and plus in a bind could use him to divert zombies in a pinch. Plus you'll know he'll do anything for you as well given that he was racked with grief. Well played by Shane. Mental note to self:During the Zombie Apocalypse, never volunteer to forage for supplies alone with Walton Goggins and SacramentoBob...
  6. Cutlers rotten mechanics is what stops him from ever being a top qb. He has enough arm strength to get away with crappy mechanics and bad decision making. Most of the time.I'm afraid it's just not that simple. Some may question Cutler's leadership ability, but his abilities/mechanics aren't the problem here. Jay's ability to add lib, as well as his vision and decision-making to quickly find and throw to receivers that create separation is actually quite impressive. This offense has moved away from its original scheme as the season has progressed, largely out of necessity, and not because of Cutler's perceived faults or poor mechanics. It has a lot more to do with surrounding talent, and the assets that Cutler provides rather than his shortcomings.His mechanics were much improved coming into the season, and were on display in the first game of the season. Against a subpar Atlanta squad it was enough, Jay's extra off-season work on mechanics were lauded and the oline looked passable. However, against the likes of Green Bay and New Orleans they were not up to the task, and Jay was under too much durress to display such poise and execution. As a result Jay has been forced to improvise, and rely on his innate skills to a large degree. Some will interpret this as Jay lacking the proper mechanics and QB ability to be successful. I can understand why some might reach that conclusion, but I don't think it properly accounts for the limitations of Martz's offensive philosophy put into practice this season.The system Martz wants to implement involves timing routes and trusting the line and WRs to allow the QB to throw to 'spots' where the WR would move into position to make the catch and be able to gain valuable YAC. It also requires intelligent adjustment and decision making to adapt to defensive alignments, blitzes, and pass coverages on the fly. Unfortunately, Hester, Knox, & Co. haven't been trustworthy enough to be where they are supposed to be, when they're supposed to be there, or to consistently make the catches. Perhaps even more importantly receivers weren't making the proper reads and adjustments prior to and immediately after the snap, that are essentially this system's form of "audibilizing". Often times Cutler is forced to direct traffic prior to the snap because TEs and WRs haven't a clue where they were supposed to be and what their proper roles were on any given play and in response to defensive alignments. Similarly, the line hasn't been up to the task of providing adequate protection to allow Jay to rely on mechanics and textbook "pocket passing" following a plethora of 7 step drops intended to strain a defense under the threat of hitting a "homerun" on any given play in the game. Recently the Bears have found ways to move more towards scheming to Jay's ability and the limited talents they have on hand, rather than the system that Martz is so in love with. They have moved towards more of a west coast approach, utilizing the running game and short passes to set up the medium and deep threats, more often relying on play action and Forte has become the center piece of the offense.This is just an example of a Martz's system not fitting the players on hand. Nothing more. Honestly, because of these factors I don't even know how to adequately assess Cutler's development as an NFL QB. It's vitually impossible to assesss a QB when the scheme and surrounding talent are liabilities. Fortunately, the Bears are moving away from said scheme, and Cutler and Forte are versatile and talented enough to make chicken salad out of the chicken excrement around them. Against the league's top tier teams they will continue to struggle, against the mediocre teams they will have a puncher's chance. Cutler represents more of the solution as opposed to the problem, and frankly I'm encouraged by the efforts he has recently put forth now that the system is being overhauled. I will reserve final judgment on Cutler and his ability/mechanics until we see some consistency in offensive philosophy and more of a track record to analyze.I'm not saying Cutler is a great NFL QB at this point in time, just that he clearly possesses some talent and is taking far too much individual blame for mitigating circumstances that he has zero control over. When a QB has been consistently getting his brains beat in because of a poor match of system to surrounding talent, yet still manages to find ways to be successful, then I'm willing to cut him a little slack for having "happy feet" and improvising rather than displaying text book form. Let's see how this offense continues to evolve, and whether or not the Bears can ever find some NFL worthy weapons that Cutler can lean on aside from Matt Forte. If the Bears continue to just plod along with WR3s and 4s and a bottom of the barrel offensive line, then I won't feel comfortable placing the blame squarely on Cutler's shoulders. I just think that's too much to ask of your QB, whether his name is Cutler... or Rodgers, Brady, Brees, etc.
  7. When Dodds posted about how reliable FBGs rankings are in comparison to his competitors, he's letting you know you're getting you're money's worth in that area in addition to everything else that FBG's offers. He's also letting you know that FBGs rankings are, in fact, better than just "any" old free site out there. However, I don't personally subscribe for the weekly rankings.Draft dominator, the preseason and in-season articles/subscriber materials, and the subscriber contest (finished 3rd last year took home $2,000 in cash + a 3pack of FPC teams worth $1,000 which gives me three chances this year at over $200,000) are all well worth the price of admission. And honestly if FBGs didn't have enough subscribers they couldn't afford to keep this going. So if you enjoy Lammey/Bloom/Waldman "audible" podcasts, and daily email updates, and even the message boards in their current format (just the free offerings)... Then why wouldn't you want to support FBGs and become a subscriber to keep it going and also take advantage of all the subscriber offerings as well? IMO FBGs is a great value, and I will continue subscribing for as long as they continue to offer the same level of service.
  8. I've been playing fantasy football for almost 20 years now, and I've often gravitated towards taking a flyer on a rookie RB whenever I feel that talent and situation allow a chance to greatly exceed draft position. This has helped me to nab the likes of Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James, Fred Taylor, Chris Johnson and Matt Forte in their rookie seasons. However, the one rookie RB that I remember above all others was the one I drafted way back in 1995 - Curtis Martin. The reason I remember Martin so vividly is because I dropped him after week 7, due to disappointing production and losing my patience with the situation. Here's his statistical production through the first six games (when I finally gave up hope and dropped him): 94 rushes for 288 yards and 2 TDs rushing along with 6 receptions for 39 yards and 0 TDs receiving. On a per game basis: 15.67 carries at 3.06 yds per carry (around 48 yds per game) and one TD every three games, plus one reception for 6.5yds. In the season's opener he rushed for 102 yards but in the next five games 40, 63, 44, 8, & 31 yards respectively. After being patient for 7 long weeks, I felt I could probably do better on the waiver wire than continuing to chase potential with Curtis Martin. Had there been a FBGs message board at the time I would have been the first to tell people, "drop this rookie BUST like a bad habit". Unfortunately after I dropped him, Martin exploded for 127 yds and a rushing TD in week 8, and subsequently another team with waiver wire priority over me promptly scooped him up and rode him all the way to the title game. I was left shaking my head while over the next 10 weeks Martin accumulated the following stats: 274 rushes for 1,199 yards and 12 rushing TDs, along with 24 receptions for 222 yards and one TD receiving. In fact over those last ten weeks Martin rushed for over 100 yards nine times and still scored a TD in the only week he was held under the century mark. On a per game basis: 27.4 carries at 4.37 yds per carry, along with 2.4 receptions at 9.25 yds per catch, and 1.3 total TDs per game. My point in all of this is that Curtis Martin taught me a valuable fantasy football lesson. If/when I believe in a rookie RB's talent and situation, then I will hold onto him all season long if I have to, and I won't drop him just because of a slow start to his NFL career. Sometimes it takes awhile for a rookie to get comfortable and for the game to start slowing down, or for the coaches to properly scheme and match his skills to the offense. I'm not talking about the Bilal Powell's, DeMarco Murray's, and Jacquizz Rodgers' of the world, although certainly one of them could emerge. Rather I'm talking about very talented rookie RBs drafted to take over a #1 RB role in a decent situation. Ingram certainly meets those qualifiers. I might never start him all season long, but I'm damn sure not going to miss out on the intersection of talent and opportunity if/when they finally coincide. Now I can't tell you that Curtis Martin is a great analogy for Ingram... Brees and Co. are far more explosive than Bledsoe and Co., and Dave Meggett was no Darren Sproles, although he too was a valuable multi-purpose RB and out of the backfield receiving threat for Parcells in 1995. However, the opportunity is ever lurking in N.O. for Ingram to emerge in a big way. If it happens this season I will be taking advantage in several leagues. If it doesn't, oh well...
  9. He's been in remission.However, I get the feeling with just one more season left it's going to rear it's ugly head again. In fact I think i'm one of the few people who thinks he's still going to die of cancer and not some violent mob death.Thanks for not putting this in SPOILER
  10. How can you really assess a QB that has Mickey Mouse talent surrounding him? To answer my own question... You can't. I have no idea how good Cutler can be, because he doesn't have an NFL offense surrounding him. It's up to him to single handedly win games in a system that gets its QBs killed, behind a line that is one of the worst in the NFL, and with no WRs who can get open or create enough of a threat to keep teams from blitzing at will or stacking the box to shut down the running game. Did you know that Cutler led the Bears in both rushing (11) and passing (302) on Sunday? When your QB leads the team in rushing with 11 yards, and your only offensive weapon is supposed to be the RB, you know the offense is in serious trouble. Cutler is being asked to do it all by himself and with one hand tied behind his back. And it may even be worse in 2011 than in the previous two seasons, since his best receiving option was traded away(Greg Olsen). Where are the mismatches going to come from? Who on this offense do opposing defenses have to account for on every play? Again to answer my own question... Jay Cutler and Matt Forte and that's it! There are absolutely no other assets on this offense, but there are liabilities all over the place. Even HOF QBs need a system that doesn't get them killed, an oline that can block, and/or skill position talent. When Cutler has NONE of those things, you can't really assess him. You have nothing to base it on. And unfortunately since there is a history of Martz system QBs going into shell shock after 2-3 years in his system (with better olines and receiving talent than this team's), then there is a good chance that Cutler is ruined as an NFL QB after this experience. How did they assess the last 5 QBs?Orton didn't get a fair shake either until he landed on a real NFL offense in Denver, Grossman has been the same yo-yo (good game/bad game) high risk/high reward, turn-over machine everywhere he has gotten a chance to play; and the other journeyman career backups are probably out of the league by now.Doesn't change the fact that a QB with a piss poor oline and without surrounding skill position talent is damn near impossible to assess. Although I would argue that the oline was much better then, and skill position players Berrian/Muhammad/Olsen/Thomas Jones was more of a semblance of an NFL offense than Hester/Knox/Bennett/Forte right now. After the trade of Olsen to Carolina this team has very little in the way of passing weapons, and with Bennett currently injured there really isn't anyone outside of Forte who can be depended upon to move the chains with consistency. I can play the whole "what if" game 'til I'm blue in the face but the posters in this thread will just split 50/50 on questions like: What if Cutler were back in Denver with actual weapons and Orton were back in Chicago with this pile of goo?
  11. How can you really assess a QB that has Mickey Mouse talent surrounding him? To answer my own question... You can't. I have no idea how good Cutler can be, because he doesn't have an NFL offense surrounding him. It's up to him to single handedly win games in a system that gets its QBs killed, behind a line that is one of the worst in the NFL, and with no WRs who can get open or create enough of a threat to keep teams from blitzing at will or stacking the box to shut down the running game. Did you know that Cutler led the Bears in both rushing (11) and passing (302) on Sunday? When your QB leads the team in rushing with 11 yards, and your only offensive weapon is supposed to be the RB, you know the offense is in serious trouble. Cutler is being asked to do it all by himself and with one hand tied behind his back. And it may even be worse in 2011 than in the previous two seasons, since his best receiving option was traded away(Greg Olsen). Where are the mismatches going to come from? Who on this offense do opposing defenses have to account for on every play? Again to answer my own question... Jay Cutler and Matt Forte and that's it! There are absolutely no other assets on this offense, but there are liabilities all over the place. Even HOF QBs need a system that doesn't get them killed, an oline that can block, and/or skill position talent. When Cutler has NONE of those things, you can't really assess him. You have nothing to base it on. And unfortunately since there is a history of Martz system QBs going into shell shock after 2-3 years in his system (with better olines and receiving talent than this team's), then there is a good chance that Cutler is ruined as an NFL QB after this experience.
  12. I like Ingram as much as the next guy, but certainly not to the level of say an Adrian Peterson. As much well deserved hype as ADP got when entering the league, and I wasn't crazy about the level of that hype at the time either, I don't remember any "Hall of Fame" taglines on his threads prior to even playing in an NFL game... Funny thing is I don't think Ingram's hype is anywhere near the same as Peterson's was, yet here we are after just one very modest game in the books and this thread is approaching double digit page counts. And here I am, like a moth to the flame, commenting/posting on it. Well played, Shader(OP), well played...
  13. Except that I don't see Sproles as Ingram's main competitor. Pierre Thomas is. Sproles is a separate beast, and will be used in specific situations, but will not take carries away from Ingram or Thomas on a regular basis.The key is Ingram vs. Thomas. In a game where New Orleans was behind most of the way, Ingram got the majority of carries. What's going to happen when the Saints are ahead in the 2nd half? That's when they'll give it to Ingram every down. By the end of September, he'll be averaging 18-20 carries a game. By the end of November, he'll be a top 10 RB1. Just in time. Don't know for sure about the top 10 part, upside is certainly there in this offense, and not every opponent will have the caliber of defense he faced tonight; but you astutely identified that Ingram vs. Thomas is the potential RBBC, NOT Sproles...
  14. I'll ask about extending the Dynasty 200 to make it 300. And I'll try to get to the tiers at some point.Now extended to 300 in Draft Guide and Season Pass.You're the reason I dropped coin on rotoworld's draft guide and season pass this season. At around $15 it's well worth the expenditure amigo!Any chance you'll be doing anymore podcasts? I caught one a week or two ago where you called in for the first half hour or so, and definitely want to catch any future scheduled appearances...
  15. Don't mean to be a PITA, but Chris Johnson turns 26 next month, and is only 6 months younger than ADP. Once potentially chronic injuries start to surface, or they approach age 28, then I start getting a little nervous. Foster, CJ2K, and MJD may be within your grasp sooner than you'ld think!In a league that requires starting 2RBs, I've made a living off stockpiling young talented RBs, getting a few seasons out of them, and then trading off the, Portis, SJAX, & Michael Turner types. Finding that I can still get a bundle in trade value for a proven 27 or 28 year old RB just as long as he still holds the promise/potential of RB1 production. There are some exceptions that I might consider riding into the ground, but they are few and far between...
  16. Don't mean to be a PITA, but Chris Johnson turns 26 next month, and is only 6 months younger than ADP. However, unless I had a terrible team, or a ridiculous surplus at RB, or could rewind the clock back to 2007 when Calvin Johnson and Peterson both entered the league, then I agree about not trading a top 5 or so dynasty RB. Top 3 draft picks aren't usually a "sure thing". Meanwhile the upper echelon RBs give you a chance to win your league in any given season in the prime of their careers. It would take a very unique circumstance to make me consider giving that up. Once potentially chronic injuries start to surface, or they approach age 28, then I start getting a little nervous.
  17. After a massive cleaning effort didn't help I'm down to one fully functional V4L battery. Some just kicked the bucket after a good 4 month run, some have become too tight to pull, some I've dropped, and some are intermittent at best. I'm trying the bloogs too. I'm also looking for an alternative to the Ikenvape cartos. I still think they are leaps and bounds better than the prefilled, but I notice that after the first fill they require constant adding of juice to keep them going strong...I add about 5 drops every night to my active cartos. Too many and they puddle and leak, but if I don't the vapor is nonexistent. Even though it holds 50 drops, the effective volume seems to be only 5-10 drops. Anyone tried a clearomizer?Haven't used the Ikenvapes yet but the bloog maxxfusion blank cartos are the best I've tried. Despite the constant sales they run, I won't even buy the V4L blanks anymore because Bloog's are so much better and worth the extra $ IMO.
  18. Also Cornelius the priest in the 5th element.And the bat #### crazy robot/cyborg that goes crazy in the first Alien.And plays Sir William Gull in From Hell
  19. Never realized Emma Thompson plays Sybill Trelawney in the "Harry Potter" movies or that she played Nanny Mcphee as well.
  20. You know... I think I tried Jericho for about 30 seconds too. I had a similar response to it as I did to firefly. Throw it in the 'BG' bin.BG: The first mini-series or whateverFirefly: The first EPJericho: About 30 minsI stand by this.BG: I vaguely remember watching a few episodes in the 80's, nothing sinceFirefly: opening creditsJericho: about 3 minutes Your loss.Pretty sure I'm winning here, Ebert.You're in the minority by a pretty wide margin here. But kudos for marching to the beat of your own drum!
  21. THIS postseason, Miami is clearly LeBron's team and he has been consistently closing out the biggest games. So I don't think people who are watching the games feel like this is Wade's team when they watch James dominate on both ends of the court and carry the team in crunch time. Sure Wade has had some key moments including the close out game against the Bulls, but James has been an absolute beast, and by far the best player on the team, when I have tuned in during the postseason. As far as legacy goes, championships are everything. Like the commercial's for "Bad Teacher" where the teacher tells young Lebron fan that the ONLY argument that matters is how many championships did he win compared to MJ's six. Until James' career is over, or until we know whether or not he's going to win multiple championships, we can't say with any certainty how he will be remembered in a historical context. All of the stuff surrounding putting together Miami's roster will matter much less if the trophies and NBA Finals MVP awards start piling up. 'Til then all the debate over James' historical comparison with MJ is just fun stuff to argue about...
  22. Thanks for this, just watched the 1st episode and I'm already sad there are only two more to look forward to.
  23. Yikes. Ive ordered from V4L multiple times and TV once. Now youve got me scared of ordering from Ikenvape lol+1