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Football / Re: NFL Week 1
« on: September 12, 2010, 07:04:51 PM »

I don't know if you have a rule about "going to the ground" that seemed like a reasonable application of it.  It's not like he landed firmly on two feet and then fell down I could see the argument that the whole thing was part of the same process.  I mean it looks like a TD to me, but I don't think they blew it as hard as many are making it out to be.  I think their position related to the rule is reasonable.  Now if you tell me the rule sucks then I can certainly see that.  This reminds me of the "tuck rule" which was a far worse injustice imho.

What's ironic here is that it doesn't look like such an awful call when you watch the play in real time (and only watch it once).

Again, it comes back to the question - when is the play over? If Johnson lays out, with the ball and his body hitting the turf simultaneously, then I think you have an argument. But his knee and thigh were clearly down first, and at no point did he start to lose possession of the ball. So when is the play over?

Football / Re: NFL Week 1
« on: September 12, 2010, 06:28:39 PM »
Not a good day for QB's.

Peyton had a phenomenal day, if you look at everything but the final score.

Football / Re: NFL Week 1
« on: September 12, 2010, 06:26:48 PM »
I am understanding that they initially ruled it a TD though.  If that's the case I'm not sure what can be seen in a review that would change the call on the field unless they are saying they didn't apply the rule properly when they ruled it a TD.

That is what they are saying. This was just was horrible. Probably the worst call I've seen in years. Possession, two feet, knee/thigh down, in-bounds. And everyone's making the same point - when is the play considered over? And the Lions haven't won a road game since October 2007. Just sad.

Quote from: TH
Thanks for shitting the bed in the second half, Carolina.

They didn't shit the bed in 2nd half. They shit the bed the whole game. The Giants took some Pepto at halftime.

General Discussion / Re: Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
« on: September 11, 2010, 05:22:30 PM »
I liked this alright. I really should've watched RE3 again, since most of the first 10 minutes of this went pretty much over my head. I still don't like 3D movies, and I hope this trend goes by the wayside eventually. I also didn't think
Spoiler  :
Alice and Claire landing the plane on top of the prison made much sense.

Spoiler  :
I left at the start of the credits and came back mid-way through that little coda scene on the attack chopper. Can anyone give me the gist of what that was about?

Anyway, yeah, worth a theater viewing.

General Discussion / Re: Jokes that don't make sense
« on: September 11, 2010, 12:53:13 PM »

You make things completely unfun.

Blame Linus. He's the one (I think the only one) to give me a serious avenue of response.

Quote from: freud mayweather
this is the same guy that started a huge thread on old a1 so he could complain about when people are nice to him.

Well, if you hated that, you'd have REALLY been bothered with this one guy who, apropos of nothing, expressed a desire to assault me should we ever meet.

General Discussion / Re: Jokes that don't make sense
« on: September 10, 2010, 10:55:24 PM »
If you could explain what you don't get, it might help.

For instance: Carnegie hall is where you do performances. Only good performers get to play Carnegie Hall. In order to be good, you must practise.

Therefore 'How do you get to [play] Carnegie Hall [as a performer]?'
Is answered 'Practise'

I mean, Not thinking it's funny is something else.

Sure, but I guess I should restate. I wasn't saying it wasn't funny (although I don't think it is). I was saying I don't understand how an adult would find it funny. Not that such an adult would be deficient if they did, but that literally, I didn't understand how an adult would find it funny. Or, to repeat, that I didn't get what the clarifying connection was.

But I guess you've made it plain enough, and at the risk of sounding self-serving, it looks like my mistake was giving the joke too much credit. Assuming your interpretation is correct, then it's a sloppy (or at least, significantly dated) joke that assumes we all think of 'Carnegie Hall' when it comes musical performance. Since I don't, my assumption was the joke had an alternative hook that I wasn't seeing. I'm not sure, if I were rewriting the joke, what venue I might put in its place, but in a way, that my whole point - I'm not sure there is an archetypal venue that we could plug into the joke to make it work better. But again, maybe the joke is just dated, and worked better once upon a time.

Football / Re: NFL Week 1
« on: September 10, 2010, 01:19:22 PM »
Honestly, I'm more of a CFB guy so I watched all of Miss St/Auburn and about 30 seconds of Vikes/Saints.  Call me when the Falcons (especially) or Steelers (possibly) are playing.

They're actually playing each other this weekend.

General Discussion / Re: Jokes that don't make sense
« on: September 10, 2010, 03:37:47 AM »
It does make sense though.

But I don't understand how an adult might find this joke funny. Clearly, it's not as simple as it reads - it's a least slightly more complex. But if there's a clarifying connection here, I'm not seeing it.

General Discussion / Re: Jokes that don't make sense
« on: September 10, 2010, 02:59:25 AM »
Makes sense to me.

Frankly, this does little to weaken my case.

General Discussion / Jokes that don't make sense
« on: September 10, 2010, 01:57:15 AM »
1st guy: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
2nd guy: Practice man practice!

Geekville / Re: Werewolf (1987-88)
« on: September 06, 2010, 09:18:04 PM »
No. They had planned to release the series on DVD several months ago, but there was some music they couldn't get licensed, so it was scrapped.

If you search "Werewolf 1987 TV series," there's a guy who has all the episodes uploaded. As far as I know, that's the only place to get them.

Football Pick 'Em / Re: My Fantasy Team
« on: September 05, 2010, 07:13:39 PM »
As I understand it, in Yahoo-land, the way it works is, you're given $200 to start. Now, say you have $20 left, and 4 spots to fill. The most you can bid on the next player nominated is $17, because you need to have at least $1 left to bid on all of your remaining slots on your team. If you have 3 spots to fill, and only $3, you're basically stuck bidding $1 on each player nominated until you hit one where nobody's willing to outbid you.

Thing is, though, you can probably apply many of the same principles in an auction league that you would in a regular drafting league. For example, I don't draft a team defense until my 2nd-to-last pick, or a place kicker until the last pick. I don't really care who is left - there's always going to be servicable options at that stage, and there's just no reason good enough to justify filling either spot earlier than that.

In an auction league, not know what a team budget looks like, but I can't imagine bidding more than $1 on any kicker, or maybe $3 on a defense. If anyone outbids me on either pick, they're fools.

Football Pick 'Em / Re: College Football Pickem
« on: September 05, 2010, 07:01:44 PM »
I guess I can stay in. Problem is, I think I only really follow College FB enough to make serious picks about who's going to win. Spreads add a new variable that would force me to do research and things. And if I don't do that, I'll just be picking blind, which, even if I did great, what's the point? And I've already missed Week 1, and can't afford to miss another week if I get busy with other things.

I'll stay in for now. We'll see how it goes.

Football Pick 'Em / Re: My Fantasy Team
« on: September 05, 2010, 06:47:16 PM »
I have to remember to suggest an auction league for the A1 league next fall. I've always wanted to try one.

Geekville / Re: Werewolf (1987-88)
« on: September 05, 2010, 04:57:44 PM »
Supposedly, but we find out later on, towards the end of the show's run, that an even older werewolf predated Connor's character.

Football Pick 'Em / Re: College Football Pickem
« on: September 05, 2010, 04:55:40 PM »
Dammit. I should've asked if it was a spread league before I joined. Having second thoughts - so if the commish wants to boot me or can let me know how to take myself out, that's fine.

Football Pick 'Em / Re: College Football Pickem
« on: September 05, 2010, 03:50:31 PM »
Is this set up so it drops your worst week?

General Discussion / Pro Football Pick'em and Survivor Leagues
« on: September 05, 2010, 01:49:27 AM »
Just a general shout-out to everyone, if they're interested in joining the annual tradition. The season starts this coming Thursday.

Pro Football Pick'em:
ID#: 47713
PW: janitor

ID#: 18401
PW: janitor

Geekville / Werewolf (1987-88)
« on: September 04, 2010, 02:19:02 AM »
Figured I'd try this again - posted this the night before the old board died.

Anyway, this was one of my iconic childhood TV series. Had a 29-episode run as one of the launch shows of the Fox network. John J. York is Eric Cord, who is attacked by his werewolf roommate one night and becomes cursed himself. The only cure is to hunt down and kill the first werewolf of the bloodline - that being Janos Skorzeny (Chuck Connors). But trailing Eric is a bounty hunter named Alamo Joe Rogan (Lance LeGault).

Looking back, this is pretty mediocre TV. But Connors is an amazing villain, and Rick Baker (American Werewolf in London) does the werewolf effects, which aren't as elaborate as 'AWiL' but still hold up, even today.

A couple of scenes from the Pilot episode:

Eric's roommate Ted has begged to be tied to a chair ahead of his unholy transformation, and a skeptical Eric obliges.

Eric meets Janos Skorzeny for the first time.

And here, Skorzeny meets fellow captain Mueller late at night for a brief tete-a-tete (starts at about 5:35)

General Discussion / Re: This is fake right?
« on: September 04, 2010, 01:14:35 AM »
Yeah, it's fake. Bad acting, and the hit had a computery-feel to it. Also I'm not sure you get typically get dragged under a car like that.

EDIT: Also, the address on the black card at the start and end doesn't appear to exist.

General Discussion / Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)
« on: September 03, 2010, 10:56:16 PM »
The start of this trailer makes it look great, but then it degenerates into almost total camp.

General Discussion / Re: Gave up cable... watch more television shows.
« on: September 03, 2010, 10:48:50 PM »
I haven't had cable since 2003. And really, my TV isn't much more than an ugly looking paperweight. I rent DVDs of TV shows I want to see, and catch them online at various illegal sites.

Football / Giants trade for Sage Rosenfels (from Vikings)
« on: September 03, 2010, 09:46:45 PM »
Not sure what they gave up to get him yet, but I believe Houston got a 4th round pick for him before the 2009 season, and that was after he played in 6 games for Houston in 2008. Last season, he didn't see any regular season action, so I can't imagine the Giants gave over anything better than a 6th round pick for him.

I like this signing. Once he learns the playbook, it's puts an established vet QB behind Eli, should something happen to him. Not that I think Sage is taking us to the Promised Land, but he can be a nice spot-starter. The only downside is that it probably means we'll be keeping 3 QBs on the final roster, and there are holes on the team that need filling.

EDIT: Just read that the Giants also got Darius Reynaud in the trade with Minnesota. That definitely addresses our PR/KR needs. Looks like the Giants parted with a 5th round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012.

Baseball / Re: The Unwritten Rules of Baseball
« on: September 03, 2010, 09:06:43 PM »
You gotta love baseball, where it's acceptable to have a 6 on 1 fight.

Hey, at least in baseball, when two guys start something, you get up to 30 people rushing in to at least pull them apart. In hockey, everyone just stands around watching, like fights are a legitimate aspect of the sport.

Football Pick 'Em / My Three Leagues
« on: September 03, 2010, 06:53:34 PM »
League #1: Wood - 12 Teams, PPR, IDP, 2 Player Keeper

QB: Drew Brees
Bench: Kevin Kolb

RB: Jamaal Charles
Bench: Justin Forsett, Darren Sproles

WR: Miles Austin, Jacoby Jones
Bench: Santonio Holmes

TE: Dallas Clark
Bench: Zach Miller

W/R/T: Clinton Portis, Tim Hightower

PK: Neil Rackers

Team Defense: Tennessee

D (Any Position): Patrick Willis

DB: Adrian Wilson

DL: Jared Allen
Bench: Justin Tuck

LB: James Harrison

Thoughts: Brees and Charles were my 2 keepers, so I used my first pick on Miles Austin, and my next on Dallas Clark. After that, I snagged Willis and Allen, then Forsett (because I thought the RB class was getting thin), went back to IDPs to get Harrison, then Portis, then Adrian Wilson to round out my defensive starters. Then Jacoby Jones, then Santonio (who I think will be a great value once he's back from suspension). Kolb with my 11th pick, in case Brees gets hit by a truck or something. Kinda held my nose to pick Hightower, but in a PPR league, I'm not sure I can pass him up. Then got Zack Miller, Tuck, and Sproles before getting my PK and Team Def last.

League #2: A1FL - 12 Teams

QB: Joe Flacco
Bench: Kevin Kolb

RB: Ryan Grant, Matt Forte
Bench: Arian Foster, Clinton Portis, Cadillac Williams

WR: Miles Austin, Greg Jennings, Terrell Owens
Bench: Bernard Berrian, Santonio Holmes, Laurent Robinson

TE: Zach Miller
Bench: Todd Heap

PK: Shayne Graham

Team Defense: New York Giants

Trying a new strategy this year, with all my leagues, and that's drafting for depth. I'm not wild about some of these starters, but everyone I picked up is somehow I can make an argument that they'd be at least a decent spot starter. I'm rolling the dice again with Forte, a year after I, and every other fantasy owner to picked him, got burnt by him. But at least this year, I've got a couple "dirty reserves" lying in wait in case he doesn't pick up his game.

League #3: Mile High - 8 teams

QB: Aaron Rodgers
Bench: Ben Roethlisberger

RB: Chris Johnson, Ryan Mathews
Bench: Arian Foster, Ahmad Bradshaw, Matt Forte

WR: Miles Austin, Anquan Boldin, Hakeem Nicks
Bench: Percy Harvin, Malcolm Floyd

TE: Antonio Gates
Bench: Kellen Winslow, Zach Miller

PK: Neil Rackers

Team Defense: Miami

Only an 8 team league, so pretty much everyone is loaded here. I landed the #1 pick and got Johnson. Completed my Miles Austin trifecta by snagging him in Round 2, then got Rodgers with my next pick at the top of Round 3. I had been targeting Ryan Mathews in my other leagues, but he was always auto-picked early by managers who no-showed the draft. Not here, as I finally got him. Went Boldin and Nicks on my next 2 picks to round out my starters, then Harvin and Floyd to shore that position up. Foster, Bradshaw and Forte, then took a shot on Kellen Winslow (who I'm convinced will be worth anything in Tampa, given their QB situation). But I felt very confident that with Gates starting, and targeting Miller later on, I'd be okay. Then drafted Big Ben way late, before getting Rackers and Miami to finish things off.


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