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  1. 2 points
    The gerrymandering decision today shows, once again, despite people's claims to the contrary, both parties are absolutely not the same. The GOP can no longer win elections without a frankly ridiculous amount of voter suppression, be it voter ID laws that unfairly target minorities as they have tried to do in the whole nation, closing voting stations in poorer neighborhoods in the South, which predominantly vote Democrat, most recently in the Georgia election, where they also had one of the candidates overseeing the vote count for the election, closing down voting altogether on Sundays- and admitting in Court the reason they did so is because a lot of black people vote on Sundays- as they did in South Carolina, and now, from the Supreme Court of the United States, where they say that the federal judiciary somehow has no Constitutional authority to prevent a party from re-drawing lines with the intent of political gain. This decision- more than anything else that has been done by this administration or this SC- strikes at the very core of American democracy. Without the courts ability to bring a check on partisan gerrymandering, the party in charge will have absolutely no reason to not engage in extreme partisan gerrymandering. And while the myth is that both parties engage in this conduct- they do not- there is now absolutely nothing preventing the Democrats from doing so either, should they win in the next election. This was an easy decision if you wanted to be fair and keep America's democracy intact. The GOP has shown that they do not care about this in the slightest, only what keeps them in power, even if the average voter is against it. NC breaks about 53/47 in favor of the GOP, yet the GOP has a 10-3 advantage in representatives. A member of the voting committee for redrawing lines in North Carolina, David Lewis, flat out admitted that their goal was to maintain the partisan makeup of the Congressional Assembly. Why did he want to do this? Because he did not "believe it was possible to draw a map that will yield 11 Republicans to 2 Democrats." Yet this complete, unhidden, blatant ignoring of the voting rights of the citizens of North Carolina is no longer challengable in federal court because the SC has now ruled so.
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    I understand that among the candidates on stage tonight, Lizzy is leading by a fair margin but if anything that should be reason to let these other candidates talk and answer more questions. Not that he is anyone... But Tulsi absolutely pwnd Tim Ryan lmao. He's so dumb. Also, Cory Booker doubled down on Big Pharma and nobody challenged him on his actual record of bending over and being a puppet for them. I was sickened listening to him. How dare he talk about lowering drug prices when he directly voted against and blocked that exact thing. Loser.
  3. 2 points
    I’m conflicted. I hate all these dumb stoppages, but I do want to make sure the right calls are made. I’m hoping with some of the wording that it was speed up and lessen the amount of time that the replay is going on
  4. 2 points
    31. Steve McNair (Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 1995-2005, Baltimore Ravens 2006-2007) 2nd Place Oilers and 2nd Place Ravens QB Career Record 93-64-0 (59.24%) 28th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 73-18-0 (80.22%) 39th out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 20-46-0 (30.30%) 38th out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 91/157 (57.96%) 26th out of 102 (-5) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (1.064) Just narrowly missing out the top 30 is an Oilers and Titans legend, Steve McNair was the greatest thing that ever happened to Jeff Fisher's career. Drafted 3rd overall by the Oilers out of Alcorn State, McNair wasn't immediately thrown into the role of starter, instead spending most of his first two seasons as Chris Chandler's backup, only coming in late during the season to take a few snaps here and there. Bud Adams announced the team moving after his rookie year, so he didn't actually start the season as a starter until 1997, by which time they had moved to Tennessee. The Oilers played to minuscule crowds as they went 8-8 in both 97 and 98. McNair was already working his magic with the perpetual 7-9 Jeff Fisher. Combining a steady running attack lead by Eddie George, and McNair improving his passing game each and every season, the Titans broke out as they completed their move to Nashville and renamed themselves the Titans. McNair went 9-2 as a starter as the team went 12-4 and took a wild-card berth in a stacked Central division. They proceeded to win their first playoff game, despite McNair's poor play thanks to an illegal forward... sorry, the Music City Miracle and the Doug Flutie Curse. McNair wasn't much better in a battle of field goals with the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round, but not turning the ball over meant the Titans could win 19-16. He then killed the Jacksonville Jaguars with his legs in the conference championship, and managed to pull a three game sweep of a team that had only lost three games all season. Then came the super bowl against the Greatest Show on Turf. The Titans fell in a 16-0 midway through the 3rd quarter, and looked to be outmatched against the Rams, but slowly led a methodical comeback in three drives to tie it at 16 with three minutes to go. The Rams offense immediately scored on a deep bomb to Isaac Bruce, and McNair just did not have enough time, enough distance to lead the Titans back down the field, getting stopped one yard short by a Mike Jones tackle of Kevin Dyson. We should thank him for preventing Jeff Fisher from ever winning a ring. McNair came back in 2000 hungry, and led the Titans to a 13-3 record, once again combining passing and rushing prowess. However, this playoff dream died when faced up against the 2000 Ravens Defense. 2001 saw McNair continue to improve his numbers, and break 20 passing touchdowns for the first time in his career, but this Titans team went 7-9. 2002 marked a rebound, as McNair continued to improve as a passer and took the Titans to an 11-5 record. After winning a 34-31 offensive shootout with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round, the Titans were manhandled by the Oakland Raiders in the conference championship 41-24. McNair would have his best season in 2003, the gradual accumulation of his ability led to a 3215 yard passing season, 24 TD's with only 7 INTs, paired with another four touchdowns on the ground. He shared a Co-MVP with Peyton Manning that season, as the Titans went 12-4, just barely missing out on the division thanks to tiebreakers. Despite throwing three interceptions, including a pick six, the Titans beat the Ravens in the wild-card round 20-17, and won themselves a date with the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick happened, and the Titans lost 17-14. Things got rough in Nashville after that season. McNair missed half of 2004 thanks to a sternum injury, and Eddie George retired after puttering down the field his last few seasons. McNair missed the last few games of 2005 as well after going 4-10, and this poor play and propensity for injury overall prompted the Titans to make a change at QB. Of course, they did in the most classless way possible, locking McNair out of the team facility without letting him know first, because if he suffered a work related injury, they'd be on the hook for his cap number (which had ballooned to an unreasonable amount for the time, 24 million). The Ravens showed interest in McNair, and after drafting Vince Young in the 2006 draft, the Titans were ready to move on, only holding onto McNair to force the best deal possible for themselves (a trade for a 2007 4th rounder). McNair spent his next two seasons in Baltimore, but the early indication was that it was a match made in heaven. McNair started every game in 2006, going 13-3 and winning the second seed in the AFC. But the playoff dream died quickly, as the Ravens were mildly upset at home by the raging Indianapolis Colts and became the second victim of Bob Sanders that postseason, in a 15-6 battle of field goals. 2007 was a bad season for McNair as he was constantly in and out of the lineup due to all of the injuries that had piled up over his career. The man always seemed to have some ailment slowing him down, and it all caught up to him in 2007. He announced his retirement after the season. Sadly in 2009, he was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds, as his mistress committed a murder-suicide. But don't let that downer note be the end of his tale, because Steve McNair was far more than a tragic headline. He carried mediocre coach Jeff Fisher to his highest heights, he made Tennessee a believer in football, and he continued to show that there was room for black quarterbacks in the NFL. His splits were above average across the board, showing that he had the ability to win in any situation and always gave his team a fair shot at it. Whether he needed to play a manager role, or put the team on his back with his arm or his legs, he could adapt to any situation fluidly. He was blessed with strong defenses for most of his career, and had one hell of a workhorse to lean on in Eddie George. McNair was a freak of nature, and he will be missed by this game.
  5. 2 points
    I think we easily have the capability of coming up with solutions and there probably already are some, I just have a hard time seeing where you can make money doing it though. I kind of like the idea of a carbon tax, which is paid in credits to people who engineer ways to manage the chemistry of the atmosphere. I feel like NATO/EU countries could hopefully concoct an agreement to pool funds as well.
  6. 1 point
    If only Warren was like Obama. She's way worse.
  7. 1 point
    TJ Rest easy, bro. I hope you're in a better place.
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    27. Fran Tarkenton* (Minnesota Vikings 1961-1966, 1972-1978, New York Giants 1967-1971) (Misses the first 5 years of career due to era cutoff) 4th Place Vikings and 1st Place Giants QB Career Record 107-75-3 (58.65%) 30th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 78-16-2 (82.29%) 31st out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 29-59-1 (33.15%) 26th out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 96/185 (51.89%) 51st (T) out of 102 (+24) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (1.157) This was not a player I was expecting to see so soon on the list, but when it comes to the best of the best, the margins are razor thin. Fran Tarkenton retired with the NFL record for completions, attempts, passing yards, passing touchdowns, rushing yards for a quarterback and interceptions. If you wanted a player who could do it all, Fran was your man. He was the first quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, and went through all the lumps of working with an expansion franchise, suffering a lot of losses in his early seasons. Luckily for him, most of those are cut off by the period of the study. He was traded to the New York Giants in 1967, because while Tarkenton was putting up good numbers, the Vikings weren't breaking past .500, and he often clashed with his head coach for being a scrambling QB when Van Brocklin wanted him to be a field general. He was traded for four draft picks, two of them becoming stalwarts of the Vikings offensive line (Ron Yary and Ed White). Tarkenton did great work for the Giants, putting up multiple 2500+ yard seasons with 20+ TD passes, and his INT's were low for the era as well, but the team struggled to get past .500 in the 60's. 1970 would mark the Giants best season with Tarkenton, as the team went 9-5 thanks to multiple game winning drives from the man, but the team would regress in 71' as Tarkenton threw 21 picks in his worst season with the Giants. The Giants decided they wanted to move on, so he ended up being traded back to Minnesota for Norm Snead, Vince Clements, and Bob Grim (who was actually one of the players taken with the Giants draft picks from the previous Tarkenton trade.) There were some growing pains when Tarkenton came back to Minnesota, as the Vikings struggled to a 7-7 record, but he meshed a lot better with Bud Grant than he ever did with Van Brocklin, and by 1973, Tarkenton had finally made it to the postseason dance, leading the Vikings to a 12-2 record as he completed 61% of his passes and had a passer rating of 93.2... in the 1970's. They defeated the Redskins in a 27-20 shootout where they were matching score for score right until the end of the game. Then they took down Dallas in the conference championship. However, they couldn't handle the Miami Dolphins defense and lost 24-7 in the super bowl. Undeterred, the Vikings came right back, going 10-4 in 1974, winning the Central division once again. They took out the St. Louis Cardinals in the divisional round 30-14, then played in a defensive struggle with the Los Angeles Rams, just holding on to a 14-10 victory. However, the super bowl would elude Tarkenton once again, as the Pittsburgh Steelers brought the Steel Curtain down upon them, winning 16-6, where the Vikings only points came off a blocked punt. Tarkenton barely threw for 100 yards, and turned it over four times in the loss. The Vikings would continue to be a dominant force in 1975, as Tarkenton had another amazing season, completing 64% of his passes for 2994 yards, 25 TD's and 12 INT's (again in the dead ball era). However, the dream of three straight super bowl appearances would die, as Drew Pearson came to lay on egg on them in the game that coined the term 'Hail Mary'. The Vikings weren't deterred long, and their success would continue for one more season as they would go 11-2-1 and take the Central division once again. This time they didn't have to play the Cowboys, so they beat up the Redskins 35-20 in the divisional round, and bullied the Rams 24-13 in the conference championship on their way to their third super bowl in four years. However once again in the super bowl, the Vikings offense would fall flat on their face. Punt, Punt, Fumble, Punt, Punt, Punt, End of Half, Punt, Punt, Touchdown, Interception, Pick Six, Turnover on Downs, bring in the backup to end the game. Tarkenton would play for two more seasons, but he was injured halfway through the 77' season, and 1978 would see him throw 32 interceptions on the way to a 8-7-1 record. Which to their credit, was still good enough to make the postseason in the woeful Central division, but the Vikings would get steamrolled by a much hungrier Rams team. Tarkenton would retire after that 1978 season, and the Vikings would never reach a super bowl after that. Tarkenton splits the middle when it comes to his defense's performances, but it's basically a tale of having bad ones when he was a Giant, and great ones as a Viking his second time around. His splits with good and bad defense are both above average, which you'd come to expect from a hall of famer like Fran. Though the Vikings never did win the super bowl when he was at the helm, he constantly put them in great positions to win games and helped make the Vikings one of the best teams of the 70's, though the lack of a title would put them behind the Cowboys, Dolphins, Raiders, and especially the Steelers of the era. He had to toil on some bad teams for a long time, but the third act of his career was one of the best we've ever seen.
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  10. 1 point
    Replay review is dumb and people are overreacting to one bad call. PI and defensive holding are overcalled. We don't need to slow down the game to have more of them.
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    No doubt, there are easy ways we could do things like that. As you stated, our military budget has ballooned far beyond our actual practical needs. There is so much money there that we could take and divert to that green infrastructure and get really aggressive with innovation. And it isn't just the military, the government and fiscal responsibility don't really go together that well. So, I am not saying you're wrong at all. Like I said before though, I don't think we can sit around and demand the government to do anything. I don't trust them at all to do anything, really. lol. They're great at taking our money, not so great at spending it. The millennial generation is the most giving, in time and money, of any generation before it. They / we have changed the face of philanthropy. That needs to keep up, because unlike all those old geezers I think millennials and even maybe early Z'ers can really change the world (at least here in the US) and plethora of systematic failures and obstacles the system faces in getting things done. That doesn't happen by top to bottom. Just when it comes down to it.. Forcing the change at top and hoping everyone at the bottom follows suit reminds me of force-feeding poor people trickle down economics, lol. Obviously very different things, that is just what comes to mind. I just think it's coming from a point of weakness to go in hot and expect/force these companies to change. Don't get me wrong... They SHOULD. And I think they will, in time. But you're gonna get way more fight out of them and their attorneys and their lobbyists right now as opposed to building a grass roots movement to spread these fundamental changes in our culture. They're just gonna slow that shit down to a crawl and drag it out until so many individuals are participating that change doesn't even need to be forced. And even if some still want fight it, they will be swept away by free market because the masses will no longer follow them. There are a ton of even small differences you can make in your life that can make a pretty big impact. And then you spreading those things to your friends and family and then they spread it to theirs, etc... Things like buying more fuel efficient vehicles (I still don't think technology is at a point where we can expect everyone to go electric). Or even smaller, stop using plastic bottles and straws. Like I said, I just don't think there is enough action from individuals yet. Once we get there, changing the top will be so much easier. There are a lot of people out there who care about the environment, sure. But I still don't think it's enough. A lot of people talk about it, but they refuse to act on it. Even though it may seem counter-intuitive... I really think the most efficient and fastest way to achieve our goals is to start local, get more people involved in different projects, etc. Right now climate and environmental debates just devolve into pointless squabbling. It gets to the point that it doesn't even matter who is right or wrong, because everyone is using their energy to fight a war of words.
  12. 1 point
    I never said fuck it. I liked your angle of going to people and asking about clean water, for example. I’m a huge supporter of clean water and just getting water to people who otherwise don’t have the means. I don’t have a lot of money, but I give what I can within reason to multiple charities and causes that I just kind of rotate through every month. Many of those are environment-minded. As individuals, we have to make a difference in our own lives before we can start demanding mass change in industry, and then expecting it to change overnight just isn’t practical. It is an important issue. If it was possible to snap my fingers, Thanks-style, and change all industry to near zero emissions I would and o think 99% of these companies would too. Unfortunately, we have to understand that (depending on the business / industry) its a serious financial and time commitment to completely change how they do things to capture that created carbon. It’s easy for me to sit here and yell at them to do it but change usually doesn’t happen like that. We need more and faster innovation and as individuals we need to take responsibility. After that industry has no choice but to comply and it will be a lot easier easier to pull off financially as well.
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    32t. Joe Theismann (Washington Redskins 1974-1985) 2nd Place Redskins QB Career Record 82-50-0 (62.12%) 19th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 63-20-0 (75.90%) 57th out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 19-30-0 (38.78%) 11th out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 83/132 (62.88%) 13th out of 102 (-19) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (1.056) And here's the second player to be ranked 32nd, Joe Theismann. Yeah, another hog. This was really uncanny, it basically meant coach Joe Gibbs didn't have any drop off or improvement between Theismann and Schroeder once the swap happened. In any case, Joe Theismann is probably most famous for two things. The first being changing the pronunciation of his name so that it'd rhyme with Heisman (so he could eventually win the trophy), and the second being Lawrence Taylor breaking his leg like a kit-kat bar. We'll get to that one later. As I mentioned, Theismann won the Heisman, and was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round, even though they already had a QB in place. Negotations between Theismann's camp and the Dolphins broke down, and he ended up in the CFL, playing for the Argonauts for three seasons before getting a chance to step on an NFL field. The Redskins acquired his rights from the Dolphins, and Theismann came back to the NFL, though he didn't get to start a game until 1976, and didn't take the starting role from Billy Kilmer until 1978. So Theismann basically avoided most of the dead ball era, but still got plenty of experience in other leagues, as well as a few starts in relief of Kilmer. His first year starting was rough, as they lost their last 5 games of the season to miss the playoffs after a 8-3 start. Theismann would ease into the starting role in 1979, throwing for more TD's than INT's for the first time in his career, throwing for 20 TD's, and leading the Redskins to a 10-6 record, just narrowly missing the playoffs because of a loss to the Cowboys in the final week of the season where they came back from a 34-21 deficit. 1980 would mark another losing season for the Redskins, as well as the firing of coach Jack Pardee. This would mark a turning point in the 32 year old's career, as they brought in Coach Joe Gibbs. The beginning was rough, as the Redskins started 1981 with a 1-6 record. However Theismann and the rest of the Skins got acclimated to the coaching style, and finished the season 8-8. Then came the strike shortened season of 1982, where the Redskins blitzed through the competition and finished with an 8-1 record, good for the first seed that year. Which meant they still had to play four post season games because they let 16 teams into the dance that year. The Redskins killed the Lions 31-7, ran a train on the Vikings 21-7, and then faced the Cowboys in the conference championship. They bullied them with John Riggins and took QB Danny White out of the game which made it an easy 31-17 for them. They found themselves in the super bowl against the Miami Dolphins, and once again relied on Riggins running the ball to eventually wear down the Dolphins defense and take the game over in the fourth quarter. Theismann and the Redskins only got better in 1983, as he was voted league MVP for his performance in taking the Redskins to a 14-2 record, completing 60% of his passes for 3700 yards, 29 TD's and 11 INT's. The Skins had the best offense in the league and forced an utterly insane 61 turnovers. The Redskins cruised through the Rams in the divisional round, winning 51-7, and then the Skins held off a furious Joe Montana comeback in the conference championship to win 24-21. However, they faced the Raiders in the Super Bowl and for whatever reason everything that could go wrong for them went wrong. Theismann gave the ball up three times, including a pick 6, the special teams gave up a fumble in the end zone, and Marcus Allen ran all over the Redskins defense in a 38-9 loss. Theismann would again lead the Redskins to a winning season in 1984, but their playoff run was cut early when the Chicago Bears bullied them in the divisional round. 1985 would be Theismann's last season, and he was slowing down dramatically, taking a lot of unnecessary sacks throughout the past couple of seasons. The one that ended his career wasn't unnecessary, it wasn't even preventable. Lawrence Taylor came down on him, coming off the edge, and broke him. Yes he was 36 at the time, but that kind of injury would end anyone's career. It's unlikely you'd ever come back the same from a fracture like that. The Redskins had always had good defenses under Joe Gibbs, and Theismann is one of the great beneficiaries of that defense. In addition to that, he had the workhorse in John Riggins to handoff to, and he would often do that 25-35 times a game. We saw how well that worked for Troy Aikman, and it also worked for Joe Theismann. However, what separates the two is how Theismann operated in high scoring games. Joe was calm and composed in the pocket, and like hanging onto the ball as long as he could to give his receivers just a little extra time to get open and get deep. His record with bad defenses is very nearly in the top 10 out of every QB in the study, which is pretty high praise. He was, however just league average in games where his defense played well, and that's why he isn't higher on the list. He had a very topsy turvy career, but he'll be remembered as one of the greatest Redskins to ever play, unlike the guy he's tied with.
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    This is just false. We've said how to fix it, the "other side" just says they wont do it or that it cant be done. Also there is really no debate. If you still doubt climate change and man's effect on it at this point you certainly aren't coming at the "debate" from a scientific footing. This is a crisis at this point and we are still treating it like an inconvenience. Barring the human race blowing each other to smithereens, there is no greater threat to humanity than climate change.
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    Our governments dedication to going to war with Iran would be almost admirable if it wasn't so sick.
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    34. Joe Namath (New York Jets 1965-1976, Los Angeles Rams 1977)* (Loses first year of career due to era cutoff) 1st Place Jets QB Career Record 61-62-3 (49.60%) 68th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 40-6-0 (86.96%) 12th out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 21-56-3 (28.13%) 50th out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 46/126 (36.51%) 100th out of 102 (+66) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (1.002) Oh sweet lord jesus, it's a brand new tier. That's right, we've broken into the franchise QB tier, and it starts with the man who many consider to be the least worthy hall of fame member. First of all, y'all are wrong, second of all, let's break this down a bit, get the full story here. Or at least try to. Namath was highly sought after by both the AFL and NFL coming out of college at Alabama. Taken first overall by the Jets, and 12th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals, Namath opted to go to the Jets, due to a much better salary offer. Despite playing his entire career with a bad knee, and an even worse defense, Namath slung it across the yard, often leading the AFL in TD's, Yards, and Interceptions. The Jets were an awful team when he wasn't in the game, but when he was, magic happened. Sometimes it was amazing, sometimes it was disastrous, but it was always entertaining. Namath was the first QB to throw for 4000 yards in a season, and though he only got two chances at the postseason in his career as a starter, he made the most of it, boasting in 1969 that the Jets would beat the Colts in the third Super Bowl. Of course, they did, and Namath's bravado was forever immortalized in football lore. However, once the AFL/NFL merger happened, Namath sort of became an afterthought. His knee injuries kept him out of most of the 1970 and 71 seasons, and despite putting up 2800 yards and 19 TD's in 1972, the Jets defense was one of the worst in football. He struggled through the rest of the 70's as the team around him failed to improve, and a combination of the game evolving and his style not being up to par meant the Jets could only wallow in mediocrity for the next few seasons. He was released in 1977 and signed by the Rams, who only started him for a few games before deciding to pull the plug on the vet who had just overstayed his welcome in the league. Broadway Joe was built for the AFL, and I think on some other teams, like the Raiders or Bills, he would have been a force to be reckoned with in the league and not doubted as much as he was. Despite all that, I am surprised at just how highly he ranked. I did not think his defenses were that bad, but they were. Namath's splits are impressive, as he could be counted on to handle business during the times his defense showed up. And he made a large number of comebacks in his career, because he was just given so many opportunities to do so. With all of that, he just barely sneaks into the 1+ win per season group. If only he could have been that sneaky with Suzy Kolber.
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    So happy for Ibaka. He's still the only player whose jersey I own. Sad for Game 6 Klay going down when he was on a heater like that again. Took them losing their two best players for the Raps to win. Steph is like 0-20 in the last 20 seconds of playoff games. Klay would've taken them to 7.
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    1) Not all studies are created equal. You are comparing a single dude's work with one other guy endorsing it to the overwhelming majority of experts in the field that say we still have time. 2) The two scientists that did this study said it was an absolute worst case scenario based on their own models and that human civilization *could* be wiped out by 2050, not that it will be. Note that even in that model they are not taking about temperature except insofar as it drives massive migration, which then leads to the end of human civilization. They aren't saying climate change will be responsible, merely that its the catalyst that starts the whole thing. So no, you can give that study weight without assuming its absolute worst case scenario that they said had a possibility of happening is certain of happening, not sure where we even got that sensationalist headline.
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    Boys, I could not be happier for Kyle Lowry. My favorite NBA player by far. Incredible.
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    Man, if Donovan McNabb saw this list he would be salty as fuck lol
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    Thanks peeps! Woke up in the middle of the night with meat sweats which is how you know it was a good day.
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    Not really sure how you can blame Obama for Obamacare premiums hiking when it was the GOP who knocked out the pillars he had said was necessary to support it. He is, as per usual, 100% spot on with his assessment. Clinton ran a godawful campaign, ignored where the danger was, and I really don't see how any logical reasoning assigns blame to Barack. His approval was high, we just didn't like Hillary enough to win the electoral college.
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    https://www.tmz.com/2019/06/21/leveon-bell-jewelry-heist-911-call-naked-burglars/ lmao. 911 call in the link. So basically, he makes good investments and surrounds himself with the influential people. Man, it’s awful being Le’Veon . Lol
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    28. Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens 2008-2018, Denver Broncos 2019-Current) 1st Place Ravens QB Career Record 102-66-0 (60.71%) 23rd out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 84-16-0 (84.00%) 23rd out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 18-50-0 (26.47%) 58th out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 100/168 (59.52%) 23rd out of 102 (-5) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (1.086) (0.925 after the 2018 season) The ever auspicious Joe Flacco is the last Raven to grace this list, and I really hate that he's so high on here. Granted, his career isn't over yet, and lots of active guys are currently benefiting from not adding the twilight years of their career to this list, but Joe Flacco is definitely on the downswing, as his replacement by Lamar Jackson shows. In any case, Flacco was a first round pick in 2008, and was coach Harbaugh's stamp on the team he inherited from Brian Billick. Flacco's talent level was definitely higher than most players to ever wear the uniform, and combined with the Ravens defense and a reliance on the run game, the Ravens went 11-5 in his rookie season, and defeated both the surprise division winning Dolphins, and the Tennessee Titans in a defensive showdown, before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 23-14 loss. A game in which Flacco threw three interceptions, including a pick six to Troy Polamalu. 2009 would see Flacco's numbers improve, but finish with a worse at 9-7. This was still enough to sneak them into the wild-card round, and even beat the New England Patriots handily despite only throwing 10 times, before getting crushed by the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round 20-3. 2010 and 2011 would mark back to back 12-4 seasons for the Ravens, but they would both end in the playoffs, as the Ravens blew a 21-3 halftime lead against the Steelers in 2010, and Lee Evans dropped the game winning touchdown along with Billy Cundiff missing an easy 32 yard field goal to send the game into overtime. I suppose fate decided they owed the Ravens one, and the 2012 season happened. I still have nightmares about Jacoby Jones, and Rahim Moore failing to drop back into coverage. The Ravens went 10-6, ekeing into the playoffs under a remarkably similar performance from years past by Flacco, some 60% completion percentage, 22 TD's to 10 picks, and 3800 yards or so, the typical performance from him. Ray Lewis announced that this would be his retirement tour and I guess everyone laid down and died so he could have a ring? I dunno, don't ask me to explain 2012, I don't get it either. They manhandled the Colts, now running the offense with rookie QB Andrew Luck and making him look like a rookie in a 24-9 victory. They faced the Broncos in the divisional round and outscored the Broncos 38-35 in a game capped off by a Peyton Manning interception. Then they faced the tormentors of the AFC in the New England Patriots in the conference championship and made sure the game wasn't going to end on a field goal or a miracle drive by Touchdown Tom, winning 28-13. They came up to the Super bowl against the San Francisco 49ers, and once again, Joe Flacco did not care that he was facing a great defense, he put his boot to their asses and won 34-31, in a game that was only close because the power went out and the Ravens lost all of their momentum after going up 28-6 to start the second half. I should mention that Flacco played out of his mind in that postseason, going 73/126, 1140 yards, 11 TD's and zero turnovers. It was absurd and I don't know where he pulled that performance from. If he had gone on to dominate the league after that, I might have believe 2012 actually happened, and wasn't just some weird fever dream. In any case, Flacco did not go on to dominate the league, in fact, the Ravens failed to make the playoffs in 2013 as Joe Flacco threw 22 interceptions in his first year after getting mad bank. 2014 would mark the last time Flacco would take this team to the playoffs, setting his career high in yards (3986) and TD's (27) in the regular season. They even beat the Steelers in the wild-card round, but failed to overcome the Patriots in a 35-31 offensive shootout. 2015 would mark the Ravens worst season yet under Flacco, as he went 3-7, with every win being a 4th quarter comeback, and he suffered a season ending knee injury against the Rams in week 11. The Ravens would have middling seasons of 8-8 and 9-7 under Flacco as we reached the end of the data cut off point. Flacco's replacement was drafted in 2018, and just 9 games into the 2018 season he was officially benched for Lamar Jackson, and set packing in the very next offseason. Time will tell what Flacco can do for Denver, but he's been on a decline for a few seasons now as his deep passing has taken a significant hit in the past few seasons. His splits are still very good, and he makes the most of what his defense gives him which is why the Ravens were able to sustain success for so long in those early years with Flacco. I still don't think we'll be seeing him this high when his career ends though.
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    36. Michael Vick (Atlanta Falcons 2001-2006, Philadelphia Eagles 2009-2013, New York Jets 2014, Pittsburgh Steelers 2015) 2nd Place Falcons and 2nd Place Eagles QB Career Record 60-53-1 (53.07%) 48th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 44-10-0 (81.48%) 34th out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 16-43-1 (27.50%) 53rd out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 54/114 (47.37%) 72nd out of 102 (+36) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.890) Michael Vick, the revolution, the X Factor, the Ron Mexico himself. A lot of the underlying narrative behind the NFL was that black quarterbacks were no good, and that prevalent racist theory stayed that way for quite a long time. It took people like Warren Moon, Doug Williams, and Randall Cunningham to shatter that misconception. Michael Vick brought the game into the next century, and did his part to drown out that noise. When Vick was on the Falcons, he was the most popular player in the NFL, the player most fans would vote as the most entertaining, and just brought the kind of running ability you'd never expect from a quarterback. His impact on the game cannot be ignored, and his story can't be either. For every high, there is a low, and Vick's career is one hell of a ride. He was drafted first overall by the Falcons, so desperate to make this move that they traded up in the 2001 Draft to get him, giving up the fifth pick, a third rounder and a second rounder in the 02 draft to get him. He didn't play much in his rookie season, only taking reins when incumbent Chris Chandler was hurt, but his legs gave him a leg up, and the coaches decided he was ready to start in his second season. He set records with his arms and his legs, and took the Falcons to the playoffs in 02 with a 9-6-1 record. He proceeded to run all over the Green Bay Packers, but was stopped in his first postseason run by the stout Eagles Defense. 03 would not go so well, as Vick fractured his fibula in the preseason, and only came back onto the field in December. The Falcons won three of their last four games, and finished with a 5-11 record, a far cry from their playoff aspirations. 2004 would see Vick truly break out, after suffering the Madden Curse's effects. He would go 11-3 in the first 14 weeks of the season, setting his best mark with the Falcons for completion percentage at 56.4%, throwing for 2300 yards and rushing for another 900, as the Falcons took the NFC South and the 2nd seed in the conference. Vick proceeded to put a clinic on in the postseason, rushing for 119 yards against the Rams, and throwing 2 TD's in a 47-17 romp. However, Vick still had no answers for the Eagles and their defense and lost 27-10. 2005 and 2006 would see him continue to electrify the league with his legs, including a 1000 rushing yard season in 06, but the Falcons failed to make the postseason as they simply did not put much of a team around Vick besides running backs. At this time, Vick was getting in trouble with the law, for stealing, for distributing marijuana, and though he did not know it, he was under investigation for his illegal dog fighting ring that he was running. All of this came to a head in 2007, where after firing coach Jim Mora Jr, the police had enough evidence to indict Vick for his crimes. Vick took a plea bargain, and was sentenced for 23 months. Many thought he would never play a down of football again, but this is a sport of second chances, and apparently if you're drafted early enough, someone will give you that second chance in this league. Vick signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009, and after serving his NFL suspension, acted as Donovan McNabb's backup. Many people hated the Eagles for doing this, but they had the support system in place to make it work, and Vick never regressed back to his mistaken ways. 2010 offered Vick an opportunity to play, as McNabb's time with the Eagles came to an abrupt end, and only mid round draft pick Kevin Kolb was on the roster with him. Vick got his shot in week 4, replacing Kolb after he suffered a concussion and his play that season was unprecedented. Vick had always beat teams with his legs first, but he was hyper efficient with his arm that season, completing 62.6% of his passes, throwing for 3000+ yards, 21 TD's and only 6 INT's, as the Eagles went 8-3 with him starting and 10-6 on the season. This included a game in which the Eagles came back from 21 points down with 8 minutes left against the New York Giants. However they could not get their offense going against the Packers, and lost 21-16. Hope was high in Philadelphia in 2011, as they started themselves the dream team and the pick of destiny. They were... not. Vick missed a few games down the stretch, and the Eagles started cold at 4-8. Despite winning out in december, 8-8 was not enough to make the postseason. The decline was hitting Vick hard and fast, and it came to a head in 2012, as the Eagles went 4-12, and Vick found himself replaced by rookie Nick Foles at times. This was enough for the Eagles to fire Andy Reid and start anew with college coaching phenom Chip Kelly. Coach Kelly announced there would be a QB battle, and Vick won to start the season. However, Vick struggled and after going 2-4 in the first games, he was replaced by Nick Foles who never looked back, and had one of the best passing seasons in NFL history. Vick was an afterthought, and was sent to purgatory to ride out his career. He went to the Jets to be part of a QB controversy with Geno Smith that never really amounted to much. He played a few games there, before going to Pittsburgh to back up Big Ben for a season. He got a chance early, but suffered an injury himself, and by the time he was healthy enough to go again, Big Ben was healthy to go again, and no one was starting an aging Vick over Big Ben. The steelers let his contract run out, and Vick retired after spending an entire year as a free agent. Vick's splits are very solid, but he spent a lot of time carrying some very weak Falcons teams, which is why he has a lot more games with bad defenses than good. His fortunes changed in Philadelphia and he won a lot more as a result. As a weapon he was very difficult to stop, which is why his splits with good defense were really good, and his splits with bad defenses were a fair bit above average. Despite being a player with a cannon arm, Vick was very good at avoiding a lot of interceptions. However his scrambling style of play also raised his fumble count, fumbling just under once a game (102 fumbles in 114 starts). He may have lost some years of his prime due to his bad decisions, but I think it was because of those choices that he was able to revive his career and appear so highly on this list.
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