I think it has the potential to be really excellent. Those who haven't read the comic will have to be pretty patient though, as I can say as someone who hasn't read the comics almost nothing that happened on the premiere made any sense to me. I still loved it, but I could see how some might react with a, "Huh?" I'll keep watching regardless though because I love this kind of stuff haha.
I've only been watching international football for around 5-6 years ago, so maybe someone who is a long-time fan could tell me: is the recycling of managers pretty much how international football goes? i.e. Regardless of how successful they are, it doesn't seem like most big name managers stick around anywhere for more than 2-3 years. Is that pretty normal?
The only top flight manager I can think of that has been with his club for 5+ years is Arsene Wenger (though I'm sure there are others). But the big clubs like Chelsea, Man U, Real, Barca, etc. all seem to go through managers regularly, regardless of whether they're winning UEFA or League Championships. Is that just how international football goes? U.S. football seems to be the opposite (where tenure wins out for people like Belichick, Payton, Saban, McCarthy, etc).
Doesn't schadenfreude assume we get some joy out of another person's misfortune? Not to be overly-PC guy (because goodness knows I find that guy to be annoying as well), but what joy should we be getting out of someone physically abusing a woman?
Let's put these things in proper perspective. Who cares about a football team losing a player when it's coming at the expense of someone's daughter being abused (purportedly)?
Excellent, thank you for the many, many great recommendations Scarlet! I have a lot of reading to do! haha. I'm a big Poe and Gaiman fan, but there are many listed there that I've never heard of (and as such will give me completely new avenues of reading to go down). Thank you again!
Hey Scarlet. I just started reading Lovecraft recently. Loved "Pickman's Model," found "The Call of Cthulhu" and "At the Mountains of Madness" enjoyable but not as much. Do you read much Lovecraft? If so, any recommendations for someone who enjoys his writing style but is kind of blasé on the Cthulhu Mythos?
Internet dating is weird.
Trying to figure out whether a girl asking me for sexy pics within a few conversations is a sign I hit the jackpot, or that I'm about to get kidnapped by a 6'5" man named Boris.
It's weird to me how Iowa fans hated Ferentz two years ago, bemoaning his contract, and now suddenly he's back to being the best coach in the country off of a solid year (in a down year for the Big Ten West, let's be honest)?
Kind of crazy to me that teams like Baylor and Maryland could have as many defensive players drafted as they do.
I didn't expect Braxton or Perry to get taken in the 2nd round. I mean, not too long ago there were people questioning whether Braxton would be taken in the first 5 rounds, let alone first 2. Perry I think is solid, but not the freak athlete a lot of teams are looking for out of the LB position these days (sure tackler but somewhat slow on the foot). Honestly, I think Perry is a better person than player. Whoever chooses him will get a fantastic person and leader. But I expect maybe late 3rd/4th round for Braxton and Perry from where I've seen most analysts project them.
I don't get it either. I watched several Maryland games (sadly), and this is the first time I've ever heard of this Safety. Bell is a stud, I don't get it.
Was he really going to improve his stock much?
You make a perfectly valid point. And really, it's impossible for us to know. However, I personally think he would have been the focus of the offense this year with Eze, Braxton, Mike Thomas, etc. gone, and as such he likely would have improved his draft stock for next year if he had more of a chance to show his skills + improvement (assuming he did improve). He got lost a lot in the OSU offense last year considering they seemed to actively be trying to get the ball to Eze, Braxton, and Mike Thomas (though perhaps not as much Eze and Thomas as we would have liked). I don't necessarily feel his size or speed hurts him as much (though it certainly does hurt him) as the fact that he just didn't show particularly good ball skills in his time at OSU (lots of fumbling, some fantastic catches mixed in with quite a few drops developing some inconsistency as a pass receiver). Being the focus of another OSU title run (fingers crossed) + showing some development in holding on to the ball, improving his route running, etc. I think could all be things that would project him at least a few rounds forward. You do read a lot of NFL analysts/scouts who've looked at him making the "why did he leave already?" argument, which can hurt a player's stock if they don't feel they're ready. Then again, we heard that a lot about Eli Apple and it doesn't seem to have hurt him. Maybe you're right in that it was a size + speed debate. Although Marshall looked plenty fast to me, minus his 40 time.
How high further development would launch him I suppose is the unanswerable question. Seems unfortunate that a 5* talent from a championship team is disappearing in the draft, but I suppose it happens every year, and that's not on Marshall or OSU. Looks to be happening to Braxton as well, though his circumstances are slightly different than Marshall's.
Connor Cook's accuracy would worry me if I were drafting him. Accuracy seems to be the one thing you can't really develop in a QB at the next level if he doesn't already have it. Watched just about every MSU game over the last few years and there were times when he was overthrowing players left and right. It was actually a pretty common conversation point regarding Cook amongst the announcers/play-by-play guys when I watched them (i.e. "Needs to work on getting his throws down, consistently overthrows his targets"). Conversely, Goff's accuracy got better each and every year he was at Cal (finishing up with a pretty solid 64.5% in 2015). Connor Cook didn't finish in the top 50 in accuracy once in his career (75th in completion percentage in 2014 was the best he managed). That would be cause for concern.
I also can't really think of a game where Cook shredded an elite defense, either. You'd like to see at least a few of those in any 1st round QBs resume. You wonder how much of his/MSU's success was on him, and how much was on Dantonio and the defense putting that offense in the right places.
Not to re-open old wounds, but why is it that when we critique the OSU performance against MSU last year, the defense coordinators are never brought up? The defense put in a solid performance, but the fact that MSU completely shut down it's passing game and OSU never once responded by putting 8 men in the box (despite getting run on for 5 yards per carry by Scott and Holmes all game with OSU in their nickel package) drove me crazy just as much as the offensive inefficiency. It allowed MSU to dominate time of possession 38 minutes to 21.
IRT to MSU:
Even though I like and respect Dantonio, I thought they would begin to taper off 2 or 3 years ago. I even thought the OSU win at MSU would be child's play compared to the way they were going to beat them last season. I also thought Harbaugh would mean the end of MSU dominance in Michigan. Seems I was wrong on all counts.
Personally I've begun to think that MSU can be a top-10 team year in and year out for as long as Dantonio is there. Don't really see the expiration date there the way I used to.
I felt like the show meandered a bit at times this season, but ended really strongly (the last two or three episodes were fantastic).
The juxtaposition of Rollo as the conquering hero (adored by all as he returned to Paris) VS Ragnar curled up in a ball of misery in the longship was fantastic considering the progression the two characters have made over the show's arc. To see Ragnar the beloved in season's past now reduced to a lonely, miserable outcast, while Rollo who had nearly always been an outcast amongst the Vikings themselves was now trumpeted as a conquering hero was pretty impactful. Great payoff for those of us who have been watching all along.
Big UFM fan, love what the man's brought to OSU as all of us do here. However, after reading the article myself, IMO it should be an ego check moment for him in the same way that never adjusting his OC/play-calling set up until after the MSU loss was. Just because you can say something doesn't mean you should. He's human, we all make mistakes. I don't look at it the same way the media is (as they are currently lambasting him all around, on each and every ESPN show I've seen over the last couple of hours since I've been home from work), but I do think it was an unnecessary comment that wasn't really a great look. Live and learn.
This whole satellite camp situation has made me like Harbaugh, honestly, which pains me a bit to say. I'm pro-anyone who is into calling out SEC and NCAA B.S. Like Bob Stoops as well for that reason.
Kind of random, but it reminds me of one time when my 10 year old nephew was on his school's wrestling team. No one was really serious about it, just a bunch of kids there to have fun playing something other than soccer or baseball I'd imagine. Well, there was also a girl on the team, and word was that behind the scenes none of the boys wanted to wrestle her. My nephew, a really good-natured kid, agreed to do it. The match we saw lasted a few minutes of my nephew mostly laying on the ground giggling as the girl rolled him around on the mat. The 30 or so of us there to watch were losing it with laughter the whole time at his reaction. Kid was having himself a wonderful day haha.
I don't see any cliff hangers, just anger.
Seems like I accidentally called it. Unfortunately haha.
Whoever it is, I just hope they don't end on a painful cliff-hanger. That Terminus ending last season drove me crazy.
I think this is either Glenn or Daryl's last episode. They won't kill both (too big of fan favorites), but they haven't really evolved Daryl's character (IMO) over the last couple of seasons, so as preposterous as it would have sounded previously given he's the biggest fan favorite on the show, I could definitely see them offing Daryl at this point. Either way, Negan's gonna get somebody big, it's important in establishing him as a character.
I actually changed my fantasy football team to the "Kiffins" this year, and used that picture as their logo.
Won my first championship in 10 years. Coincidence? I think not.
More like a Kiffincidence.
@Magic Conch Shell: That section was crazy! I think there's even an argument for The Last of Us as a legitimately good horror game, at times.
By the mid-point of the game I genuinely cared what happened to Ellie and Joel; there are few games where I can say that about characters. You kind of just go through the motions to enjoy the gameplay. But I was fully-invested in that story.
Just my two cents, but I wouldn't be shocked if we hear soon that Matta has told them he's stepping down behind the scenes. Don't think you would see this kind of group exit otherwise, too much loyalty to Matta from players for this to happen.
One of the show's producers confirmed on Talking Dead last night that the "you'll be alright" was Dwight to Daryl after shooting Daryl in the shoulder.