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  2. seanbrock

    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    North Korean press on Joe Biden. This is spot on. 不不不不不 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/05/22/north-korean-calls-joe-biden-an-imbecile-fool-low-iq/?utm_term=.60f74f229f43
  3. Cherry

    Cherry's 2020 Draft Thread

    November. My dude, you upvoted the post in the Good News Thread. Boston College Senior Scouting article: https://www.whatsondraftnfl.com/articles/boston-college-senior-scouting
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  5. seanbrock

    Cherry's 2020 Draft Thread

    Fiance? Holy shit kid, when did that happen? Congrats.
  6. Alright bro lol I got too much love for you to hold onto some bullshit about a TV show. Overall you're still my boy so let's leave it at that and have more civil discussions.
  7. Cherry

    Cherry's 2020 Draft Thread

    I'm actually really excited for some of their guys this year. Lima might not end up being a good player but he's such an energy on that defensive line. You see they got Pettway from Arkansason grad transfer?
  8. DalaiLama4Ever

    Game of Thrones Final Season **SPOILER WARNING**

    Not really. I loved the finale. The endings to all the characters... didnt have a problem with them at all. I understand the frustration with Bran. Doesnt mean I hate it or dont like it. The thing I hated most was a 60 second throwaway scene lol. Plus its really easy to agree with people when they are saying what Ive been saying since very early in the season. Lol. Youre gonna bitch at me either way. I could argue and pick fights and youll make fun of me for defending the show. I can agree with people and you still moan about like a bitch in heat. GTFO lol.
  9. @Thanatosi actually do think that the show established dragons as smart. Not as well as the books but Tyrion had the quote about some Maesters saying dragons were thought to be smarter than people. I think the scene where Tyrion talks to Viscerion and Rhaegal when he unchains them. Turned out Tyrion isn't a secret Targaryen and Dany wasn't even there for that meeting. It was Tyrion and the Dragons. They didn't do a great job of it but I do think there is some show precedent for Dragons being intelligent.
  10. after reading the reactions of others, you sure did switch up. how could I...or anyone really, measure up to your superior intelligence
  11. It also needs to be said (Than alluded to this, for the record) that part of the reason seasons 7 and 8 are disappointing is because of the insanely high standard we were held to. For six seasons, Thrones was the best show on TV, and as good as any TV drama has ever been, in my opinion. It's ridiculously difficult to keep that up for six seasons, let alone eight.
  12. DalaiLama4Ever

    Game of Thrones Final Season **SPOILER WARNING**

    Yeah, his biggest weaknesses will also be his biggest strengths. For example, I could totally see him going full MR like you mention. But he can also see into the future, so I hope he does that and realize what route that leads down which then in turn lets him find a quasi-balance. I also think he surrounded himself with good people / advisers. He's really set up for success. And idk when, why, or how... Maybe just because he's gotten more experience as the Raven, but it seems like he's gained a little of that humanity back already. He was cracking jokes at the end there. It was kinda weird, actually... lol. Ya, he does have to take responsibility for the series of events that led to all this happening. I don't know for sure... but I'd like to think that it wasn't motivated by his yearning or a desire to be King though. Think back to when Jon revealed his heritage (or allowed Bran to, lol). He at that point knew how things would end, in my mind, but he did seemingly give Jon the choice to reveal it or not. If he chooses not to, does Bran influence events to ensure the same ending happens? I mean, I don't know... I'd like to think not. Catch-22 of that though, he probably gives Jon that 'choice' knowing what he will do. Just the paradox of having characters that are full blown time wizards, though. lol. And, again just speculation but perhaps Bran was being honest about not wanting the throne. But at some point he sees the future(s) and realizes he actually is the best option. The council didn't exactly have a ton of options to put forth. Jon probably wasn't an option due to uhh... regicide rofl. Not to mention he didn't want it. Edmure uh... LOL. Yes, they could've pulled a name out of the hate or ceremoniously given it to some other of our main characters but... I don't think that would have worked well either. Also, worst writing of the entire series.... Sam pulling out the actual Song of Ice & Fire and going full Tolkien. That was the dumbest shit ever.
  13. So all it takes is for Aaron Rodgers to come out and say something and the lemmings fall in line. Ha how's it feel to be one part of the herd, Issac Newton?
  14. The acting was still very on point, I think this was Dany's strongest season yet. Problem was the actors had to do the best they could with a terrible script. From season 5 I was watching more for the spectacle than the writing, but eventually it got to a point where I was just mad that I was so committed to it. The cinematography was typically on point (episode 3 of this season being a huge and jarring exception), it just felt like most of the characters had nothing to do in the last season because all of the subplots and intrigue peppered into this season just didn't end up mattering in a meaningful way. Ramin Djiwadi killed it though, get that man another Emmy.
  15. Idk. I could see him being a good king. I could also see him going full on Minority Report here, (going out and arresting people for crimes before they are committed). We almost have this contrast being "love being the death of duty" and now we have Bran, who has zero emotions at all and is simply cold hard reason and logic. You need both to be a good ruler, IMO. Sheer reason doesn't give you enough empathy dealing with people. Bran being the king is one of the fan theories, and Martin said someone had guessed it. There's a lot of parallels with Bran the blessed or Bran the Fisher King in british folklore. Just like you said, it came 100% out of nowhere in the tv series. There are two problems with Varys telling Tyrion the best king would be someone who doesn't want it. The first is- he says this is exactly Robert's problem. He doesn't want to be king, so he is a terrible one, so he's done a complete 180 with no reasoning. The second problem has to do with Rodger's last point I quoted. His last point is absolutely valid, I've seen it brought up a bit. But if Bran does in fact see everything he wants to, and his comment to Tyrion implies he came to KL because he knew what was going to happen, doesn't he share the blame for orchestrating the whole mess that sent Dany into murder-rage mode in the first place? And thus, he does in fact want the throne, since he orchestrated events to that endpoint? A lot of my issue with it is just its way too condensed. Someone said in here they didn't have enough material for more episodes. That's bullshit times 1000. They absolutely had more material they could use, D&D wanted Star Wars instead. I mean just stuff like no one, not even the Stark sisters, bring up the fact that Jon is in fact Aegon Targaryen? What was the whole point of him being a Targaryen in the first place? Why was Jon even brought back to life? And since when has killing a king somehow disqualified you from becoming king? Jon is the heir to the throne. Or Gendry. Tyrion making one speech somehow convinces them all to give up the entire system? It's just all insanely rushed and it comes off horribly. Still had fun, its still a great show, the first six seasons are the best six years of any show I've ever seen. 7 is good, and 8 is extremely meh with an awful ending. Endings need to at least be satisfactory. That one was very much... not.
  16. Basically D&D were given the answers out of the textbook, but when asked to show their work we got.... uh.... this.
  17. DalaiLama4Ever

    Game of Thrones Final Season **SPOILER WARNING**

    Yeah, I mean I get both. My gut tells me it doesn't make a ton of sense for the Three Eyed Raven to become the king... At the same time though, Tyrion is right. I think he will be a good king. Also, it makes sense considering Varys telling Tyrion that the best king would be someone who doesn't want it... We were all thinking about Jon, but the same applied to Bran. I thin this is Martin's ending, though. Big difference is that Bran is way more impactful in the books, so we will get even MORE on him and this rise to protector of the realm. And that's saying something considering we will get more on all of these stories -- I just think Bran alone will require beyond that. He's always had a ton of POV chapters before anyway. EDIT: I watched his interview at his locker talkign about that, he was very impassioned. lol. I don't think Dany should've sat on the throne though long term. Considering her descent to madness and all of her visions coming true -- it just wasn't meant to happen. I understand why people would want her to be on the throne though. But yeah, I think the rest just details what you said and what us other non-ragers (Kappa) like Stevo and I have been saying for like 8 pages of this thread. The detail and condensed nature of the main plot just doesn't take you to a place where you want Bran on the throne or to even really understand it that well. It was just kind of outta nowhere.
  18. Aaron Rodgers agrees with me.
  19. So yeah, John Wick 3. Enjoyable, though I'd probably rank 'em 2 > 3 > 1. Three can't be first because, well, you just gotta see it. Kinda wish we had more moments and tone of the last forty or so minutes sprinkled throught-out the rest of the movie, but such is life. I will say though, I am sorta tired of these movies having violent scenes that end up sticking with me. Two had a couple, and this one is the same way. It's just not "fun", and kinda puts a wet blanket on the overall feel of things.
  20. Lmao. I can't believe they actually did it lol. That was just a completely godawful ending in almost every way. When I read that leak that Bran would become king I said no way, surely not. And it was just as cringey as I thought it would be. They all just take Tyrion's word for it? None of them know who Bran is outside of his sisters and Tyrion. Bran being king makes absolutely no sense. The three-eyed Raven does not care about that. His mission, as I said earlier, is to save humanity. If he was intending to become king, then why didn't he help take out Cersei? Jesus, that was like reading someone's bad fanfiction of GoT. What the show needed was more of that conversation between Tyrion and Jon way earlier, and just way more detail put into its scenes. The other episodes of season 8 would be okay if it wasn't GoT we were talking about. That was just utter shit. 4.4 on IMDB seems to agree. Never a good thing when the worst episode of the entire series is your last one. I will agree on Favre on one point only. Dragons are not dumb animals. They have, however, been portrayed as such the entire TV series. In the books, him burning the throne would make perfect sense because he would absolutely recognize that Dany's quest for the throne is what killed her. In the TV series, it's just confusing. Jon petting Ghost redeems the whole season though. Give the good boy some pets.
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  22. I didn't really like a lot of the ending. As for the season, D&D were given bullet points and that is what this season delivered. Is it all bad? Hell no. It was just very flawed and fell on its own face and couldn't live up to standards (writing). It being so condensed is probably the main killer, as I think the main points aren't a terrible end game by any stretch.
  23. DalaiLama4Ever

    Cherry's 2020 Draft Thread

    Iowa State is where all the talent is Kappa
  24. DalaiLama4Ever

    Historical QB Rankings

    Andy Dalton being one spot above McNabb... whose career does that say more about?
  25. Cherry

    Cherry's 2020 Draft Thread

    Onto North Carolina State, which was... disappointing to say the least. I think their safety Morehead has the best bet of getting drafted, but I doubt he does unless he tests well. Their DE Smith-Williams supposedly ran a 4.62 and jumped 38.5 inches in their school's testing, but his tape was disappointing to watch. https://www.whatsondraftnfl.com/articles/north-carolina-state-senior-scouting
  26. RazorStar

    Historical QB Rankings

    48. Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals 2011-Current) 1st Place Bengals QB Career Record 62-47-2 (56.76%) 38th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 49-15-0 (76.56%) 52nd out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 13-32-2 (29.79%) 39th out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 64/111 (57.66%) 27th out of 102 (-21) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.608) (0.685 after 2018 Season) From a QB who ended his career in 2011 to a player who started his career in 2011... wait, hold on these are just the same guy. Like seriously, their splits in games with good defense and bad defense are almost exactly the same, the only difference is McNabb had Jim Johnson defenses for his entire career, Dalton has had a mix of guys who vary in greatness, but all in all he still tend to be well above the norm. Dalton was the second round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals and immediately meant to replace Carson Palmer. I mentioned this in Palmer's writeup, but Dalton was winning early so the Bengals had no reason to go back to Palmer. It is rare that a rookie starts so hot out of the gates, but Dalton was a proven winner in college (breaking Sammy Baugh's TCU record for wins in a season) and his success followed him to the pros. The Bengals went 9-7 in his rookie year and snuck into the playoffs as the 6th seed. Dalton was a solid but unspectacular passer, but wasn't prone to a lot of rookie mistakes which helped get the Bengals in the chase. It probably also helped extend Marvin Lewis' career longer than it should have been. Dalton ended up facing the Houston Texans in the playoffs, but was outmatched by the emergent J.J. Watt and a tough defense in a playoff battle of rookie QB's (T.J. Yates was starting due to injuries on Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart). Still, no one expected the Bengals to be in the playoffs after losing Carson Palmer. In any case, the precedent was set, and in 2012 the Bengals found themselves making the post season again. Dalton got a little bit more efficient with the ball in the redzone, took a few more chances, and the Bengals ended up 10-6, good enough for another wild card berth... and another date with the Houston Texans. Sadly for Dalton, the last verse is the same as the first, the Texans defense smothered Dalton and the Bengals lost 19-13. Andy Dalton kept improving his numbers, breaking Palmer's records for yards and TD's in a season, and the Bengals went 11-5 in his third year, and once again found themselves in the wild card round, but this time as the home team against the Chargers. Dalton was able to throw his first touchdown pass in the post season, but turned the ball over 5 times in the second half (2 INTs, a fumble and twice on downs) and lost 27-10. Dalton's reputation was established at this point, a decent regular season quarterback with a good arm and an amazing receiver to bail him out with a strong defense. He could do enough to get you to the dance, but he'd step on your toes once you got there. Still the Bengals felt like it was worth extending his contract so he got paid the big bucks. After all he was setting records and getting them to the playoffs, you can't hate that can you? Dalton responded by leading the Bengals to a 10-5-1 record, and their 4th playoff berth in 4 years. And once again, Dalton fell flat in the postseason, falling to the Indianapolis Colts 26-10, and once again failing to generate any meaningful offense. Bengals fans were starting to get sick of this but then 2015 rolled around and I know I had hope that things were different. After all, Dalton was smashing efficiency numbers across the board. He wasn't just middle of the pack for the modern era, he was playing like a downright beast. But good things were not meant to last in Cincinnati, the testament to Cleveland's failures. In week 14 he broke his thumb on the helmet of a Steelers defensive end, taking him out before he could play in the postseason that year. The Bengals of course made it, they were 10-2 with Dalton starting and AJ McCarron merely rode the wave to get into the postseason at 12-4. They met the Steelers in the wildcard round, and lost in one of the most hilarious collapses I've seen and probably what should have been the last straw in Marvin Lewis' career. It was not, and the Bengals haven't been to the playoffs since. Once again, Pittsburgh broke Cincinnati's hopes and dreams. Dalton was still playing at a high level in 2016, but the Bengals defense regressed with Mike Zimmer's legacy gone and they went 6-9-1 as a result, despite Dalton throwing for 4000+ yards and only 8 INT's on 563 passing attempts. And in 2017 it was more of the same, as the Bengals defense just wasn't up to the same standard while Dalton continued to play efficiently and put his team in the best situation he could. His biggest highlight of that season was not what he did for his own team, but what he did for the Buffalo Bills, leading a amazing comeback against the Ravens in week 17, and eliminating them from postseason contention with a 49 yard touchdown strike to Tyler Boyd in the last minute of the game. For a brief moment in history he was the most beloved player in Buffalo Bills history. That's where my data point cuts off, but in 2018 he improved his wins above average despite having a losing season because the Bengals have been that bad on defense recently. Which is why he should actually be a little higher on this list tentatively. 2019 offers new challenges for one of the youngest quarterbacks to qualify for this list. His long time coach has finally been axed and replaced with a young QB guru (supposedly). He's dealing with another injury to his throwing hand, and there are plenty of murmurs going around that his time in Cincinnati may be coming to a close far sooner than expected. However, if his career is truly parallel to Donovan McNabb's, then you all should keep an eye out for a surprise post season appearance from the Bengals. But that's just me speculating.
  27. RazorStar

    Historical QB Rankings

    49. Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles 1999-2009, Washington Redskins 2010, Minnesota Vikings 2011) 4th Place Eagles QB Career Record 105-67-1 (60.98%) 22nd out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 88-27-1 (76.29%) 53rd out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 17-40-0 (29.82%) 38th out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 116/173 (67.05%) 5th out of 102 (-44) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.591) Let's take a trip down memory lane, the year is 1999, and the Eagles are the worst team in football. They just fired their head coach, and burned everything to the ground. They're sitting pretty at second overall because the Cleveland Browns came back into the league. Andy Reid, a young, trim and fresh faced offensive guru famous for working with Brett Favre really liked what he saw out of Donovan McNabb, and convinced ownership to make the move for the Syracuse product. In hindsight, this decision was brilliant and led to years of Eagles success. At the time, Donovan McNabb instantly became more hated than Santa Claus, Michael Irvin and Ivan Drago combined in the city of Philadelphia. That reputation, despite McNabb's best efforts would never leave him. When you talk about the McNabb era all Philly fans can do is sigh and wonder what if. You look at the record above and you see that it's sterling, winning over 60% of your games in the NFL is a hard task. Then you look at those defenses and you wonder how the hell did these guys only ever make the super bowl one time, and lose at that. The eyes go straight to the head coach, and the quarterback of that coach. McNabb wasn't asked to start right away, taking time to develop his game while the Eagles started to rebuild their team. He'd get some action in the 4th quarter early on because the Eagles were often out of games by then and it didn't matter what mistakes the rookie was going to make. He started 6 of the last 7 games of the season and steadily got better as he took his lumps and the Eagles finished out the season 5-11. Apparently that was just the thing he needed because McNabb broke out in his sophomore season as the undisputed starter of the Eagles. Combining his running and passing ability, McNabb led the team to an 11-5 record, running and passing for nearly 4000 yards and 27 TDs, and ended up finishing second in the MVP voting to Marshall Faulk. He won his first playoff game against the Tampa Bay Bucs, but fell short in the divisional round to the Giants and their stout defense. McNabb threw a pick 6 and was sacked 6 times in the loss, but the optimism was sky high in Philly. McNabb would again take the Eagles to an 11-5 record, throw and run for nearly 4000 yards and 27 TD's, and make the playoffs. They beat Tampa in the wild card round again, and they won in the divisional round against the Chicago Bears. However they came up against the Greatest Show on Turf in 2001, and couldn't match blows with them, falling 29-24. It was another step forward for a gritty Eagles squad who felt like they were just one step away. 2002 was looking like the year of the Eagles, they went 7-3 thanks to McNabb's prowess and Jim Johnson's stifling defense, but McNabb suffered a leg injury that would keep him out for the regular season. his backups were able to hold the fort down the stretch, but the Eagles defense did the heavy lifting taking the Eagles to a 12-4 record and Home Field Advantage. Wanting to play in the postseason, McNabb rushed his recovery in time for the divisional round and was able to throw effectively against the Falcons in a win. However the Bucs defense was just too much to handle for a McNabb without all of his tools, and a pick 6 sealed the NFC Championship for the upstart Buccaneers. The team started off slowly in 2003, losing their first two games (against the Bucs and Patriots), but after being called out by some white asshole McNabb caught on fire down the stretch winning 10 of the last 11 games of the season, leading the league in passer rating for the second half of the season and putting the Eagles back into the postseason once again as the big favorites. However, the Packers had them down 17-14 in the divisional round, on 4th and 26 from their own 26 yard line. It was looking like another disappointing season for the Eagles until McNabb makes a perfect pass to some guy nobody had ever heard of (as was often the case in philly) 28 yards down the field and kept the drive alive. That pass killed the Packers. McNabb continued the drive, got into field goal range to force overtime, and Brett Favre did the rest throwing a interception under duress to put the Eagles in range for an easy field goal. They felt like a team of destiny, but they were proven wrong. The Carolina Panthers came to town for the conference championship and McNabb fell flat against the smothering Carolina defense, once again losing 14-3. McNabb had made his reputation as a choker in the biggest games, and the doubters just kept getting louder. They knew they needed to make a change, and they needed to get Donovan a legitimate wide receiver. Todd Pinkston, James Thrash, Freddie Mitchell... none of those guys will be remembered for anything other than being the guys McNabb was forced to throw to during his title runs. So McNabb found a player who would be inexplicably tied to him for the rest of their days. The bombastic, showboating, physical freak known only as T.O. Terrell Owens gave the Eagles that last offensive piece, the guy who would drive the offense and take them past all of the smothering defenses that killed their title runs before. 2004 was their greatest shot at glory yet, and they ran with it. McNabb put up nearly 4000 yards and 31 TD's in the air alone, with Terrell being a large recipient of those increased numbers. The Eagles flew out to a 13-1 start, only losing the last two games of the season because they decided to rest their starters for the postseason. And why not, they had everything locked up by then and they weren't playing for a perfect season. Unfortunately, they had lost Owens to an ankle injury thanks to a dirty tackle by the Cowboys, so they had to win a few playoff games without Owens. They did, first handling the Vikings and fellow 1999 QB Daunte Culpepper and then taking out the Atlanta Falcons led by phenom Michael Vick. Both wins were in dominating fashion and the Eagles found themselves in the super bowl. Problem was, the Patriots were on the other side of the bracket, and they were going for 3 in 4 years. Conspiracy theorists believe the Patriots poisoned McNabb and that's why he was handled by them. Other believe spygate was the cause of their super bowl loss. I like to be realistic and notice trends. Donovan McNabb doesn't beat good defenses in the playoffs. And though the offensive output was magnified thanks to Terrell Owens' recovery from injury and amazing performance (I'd have voted him MVP even though the Eagles did lose), the Eagles fell short to the dynasty, and never got a chance to establish their own. The Eagles never reached that pinnacle again under McNabb. And while they would get their revenge against the Patriots, it wouldn't be in McNabb's time. the beautiful marriage of McNabb and Owens broke apart, and the dream died soon after that. McNabb suffered a hernia in 2005 putting him out for the season, and the Eagles with a losing record for the first time since his rookie season. In 2006 he tore his ACL, but Jeff Garcia was able to step up for the Eagles and take them to the playoffs after going on a bit of a run. McNabb was streaky and inconsistent in 2007, combining games with perfect passer ratings with games where he got sacked 12 times or connected with the receivers ankles more often than their hands. The Eagles went 8-8 and it felt like it was it for McNabb in Philly. However, 2008 gave him one more chance to shine, and despite streaky play, and being benched due to poor play for the first time in his career, he still put up 3900 yards, 25 TDs and snuck the Eagles into a wild card berth at 9-6-1. McNabb wasn't the same guy he was in the early 2000's, but that defense was still elite as they handled the Vikings and the Giants on the way to another NFC Championship. And McNabb stepped it up for this game, he probably had the best performance of his playoff career against the Cardinals. The Eagles were down 24-6 at halftime, but McNabb took the team on his back and got them right back into the game, up 25-24 with 11 minutes to go. The problem was, nobody had an answer for Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald that year. They drove down the field, got the game winning touchdown, and McNabb just could not connect with DeSean Jackson or Hank Baskett in the last minutes of the game. The Eagles lost another NFC Championship with McNabb, but this time it'd be hard pressed to put the blame solely on him. The Eagles made the playoffs one more time in 2009 with McNabb at the helm but two straight blowout losses to Dallas (week 16 and the wild card round) marked the last time McNabb would suit up for the Eagles. They would move on with Michael Vick, as McNabb was traded within the division to the Washington Redskins. McNabb's game fell off a cliff in a new environment, as he threw for more INT's than TD's in the first time in his career and ended up demoted to the third string for Rex freaking Grossman. He moved to Minnesota in 2011 as coach Frazier thought he still had some tread on the tires, but was benched for rookie Christian Ponder after a 1-5 start. Seeing the writing on the wall, after no one was willing to sign him, he officially retired in 2013. McNabb got to play under a legendary defensive coordinator. Jim Johnson's time as a defensive coordinator may have been short, but those defenses kept the Eagles in a lot of games, and a true great would have taken advantage of those moments far more often than McNabb did. That's not to say he wasn't an incredible player, but his consistency or lack there of always doomed the Eagles when it mattered the most. Sure, there were some unfortunate circumstances surrounding McNabb, getting sick for the super bowl, having his vaunted defense fold against Kurt Warner in a couple of NFC Championships, only having an elite level wide receiver for a single season, but the margin between great and elite is razor thin, and McNabb never crossed that line. He was a winner, he was a fighter, and he was able to adjust his game after blowing out his ACL, but on the biggest stages, against the absolute best, he would always fall short. And to think, the Eagles could have had Ricky Williams.
  28. DalaiLama4Ever

    Game of Thrones Final Season **SPOILER WARNING**

    Youre the first in the volcano my friend. Although I imagine not having to throw or push you considering youll jump on your own after you see all the other little sheep do the same thing. Haha
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