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  1. 4 points
    Pacing was the huge problem with seasons 7 and 8. I really don't know why they felt the need to compress the story's endgame into 13 episodes. I think this could have been 20 episodes for sure. The character development would have been more methodical, and the payoffs would have been more satisfying. Though you'd probably have to add some plotlines (something needs to be going on in King's Landing while we're gearing up for battle in Winterfell), Martin's outlines should have enough of that. There were things I liked about the finale, but overall I feel disappointed.
  2. 3 points
    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.
  3. 3 points
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  5. 3 points
    The plot this season was very questionable lol. Oh well. Still one of my all-time favorite shows and I'll miss it.
  6. 2 points
    Thinking about the impact coaching has is starting to make me think Dick Vermeil is underrated. I think if he didn't need to take breaks from coaching just to be able to cope with the enormous stress of being a professional football coach, that he would have multiple rings. Everywhere he went he turned things around in really short order and everywhere he went he's had a top offense. Look at what he did with QB's that were heralded by really nobody, he turned them into pro bowlers. He turned Warner into a hall of famer. One of the great offensive coaches, gotta be top 5 right?
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  8. 2 points
    Trump is invoking emergency powers to bypass Congress and sell $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Holy fuck. This might just be the worst thing he's done to date. He needs to get his ass out of office pronto.
  9. 2 points
    There was an interesting analysis done that compared the final seasons of shows with the rest of their seasons. Only one TV season *ever* that has lasted 3+ seasons has had a larger discrepancy between its final season and the average of the rest than Game of Thrones- House of Cards, which has a darn good reason for its last season being dogshit since they had to fire the main actor due to sexual assault allegations. Game of Thrones was a great show, I don't like this excuse that it failed because its expectations were so high. I don't think that's it at all. That would explain a slight drop, nothing like this freefall.
  10. 2 points
    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.
  11. 2 points
    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.
  12. 2 points
  13. 2 points
    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.
  14. 2 points
    I still have my beefs with the final season. I still think they made Jon into a massive pussy to make Sansa's character look good which wasn't even necessary and I still think Jaime and Cersei's end sucked ass but idk at least this last episode made sense. I like the way Jon ended up going with the wildlings and ghost beyond the wall. Sansa got what she wanted the whole time (lol bitch) and so did Arya. Tyrion is back with his homies in Kings Landing and is basically king now. What I probably liked most about the episode was that it seemed like Drogon knew what happened and he wasn't mad at Jon for doing what he did. He was mad at what the pursuit of the iron throne did to her. That was pretty dope. He just understood and took her back home where she belonged. Where he belonged too. I guess at the end of the day I end up agreeing with Stevo on this. I don't mind the ending, I just hate how we got there in this last season and I feel they butchered some of the characters along the way. I feel like what started as such a well thought out and detail oriented show devolved into something that was entertaining but just was not on the same level of excellence that we got for so many seasons. I think this show had the potential to be the greatest TV show of all time but just lost it's way. If somebody puts this on the same level as Breaking Bad I might have to smack them lol.
  15. 2 points
    Damn near perfection. Amazing. Brilliant. Job well done.
  16. 1 point
    What is this, year four? Shit is still poppin folks. Links for all the stuff below. I just dropped my first real "piece" of the year with my senior QB rankings. Database: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QbJONz-aRK6WCaSUH4sGS1wAjN_lkg1j7Mrtp1lGJxw/edit?usp=sharing Website: www.whatsondraftnfl.com Senior QB Rankings: https://www.whatsondraftnfl.com/articles/2020-senior-quarterback-rankings
  17. 1 point
    44. Roman Gabriel* (Los Angeles Rams 1962-1972, Philadelphia Eagles 1973-1977) (Loses the first 4 years of career due to era cutoff) 2nd Place Rams QB and 3rd Place Eagles QB Career Record 74-54-6 (57.46%) 35th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 62-11-1 (84.46%) 20th out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 12-43-5 (24.17%) 71st out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 74/134 (55.22%) 33rd out of 102 (-11) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.653) Mmm, welcome back to the 70's everyone. Where you needed facial hair like that to prove you were the manliest man this side of mansville. Let's talk about a man today, the often forgotten stalwart of the Los Angeles Rams, Roman Gabriel. Gabriel broke ground by being the first Filipino American to ever touch the field, and coming out of college he was highly regarded, taken first overall by the Oakland Raiders in 1962, and second overall by the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL draft. Since the NFL was the bigger draw at the time, Gabriel joined the Rams, a team that had struggled early on. Luckily for Gabriel, most of that data has been cut off by the study. Gabriel took some time to secure the starting role, but you could already see him outperforming his peers. In the four years he was the on again off again starter, he finished with a .500 record. The rest of the field? 4-27-2. Yeah. Needless to say, Gabriel secured the starting role for good in 1966, once George Allen became the head coach. Gabriel led the Rams to 6 straight winning seasons, including a year where he threw 24 TD's to only 7 INT's. In 1969. Gabriel was a passing virtuoso for the era, but he was also a positive threat on the ground, nailing 28 rushing TD's during his time in Los Angeles. Gabriel was a hard target to take down, and in his prime he was efficient for any era, not just the Pre Merger and Dead Ball Eras he played in. The big knock on Gabriel has always been he has never won a playoff game, and that's true. The Rams had only made it to the playoffs twice in his career, and both times, the Rams lost to the NFL's representative in the Super Bowl. Eventually the good times gave way, Gabriel played through injuries in 1971, George Allen left the Rams because of complications with the general manager, and age had caught up to the rest of the team. With a new head coach taking over in 1972, and Gabriel's injuries getting worse and worse, the Rams had their first losing season since Gabriel became the starter, and Gabriel missed some amount of time in all 14 games that season. Their one year head coach was fired, and Chuck Knox was brought in. The Rams also traded for John Hadl, thinking Gabriel might be washed up. Gabriel demanded out, and after threatening to join the Southwestern Football League, the Rams caved and traded him to the lowly Eagles. Gabriel didn't make the Eagles a contender overnight or anything, they still sucked in the 70's, but he did get them a few more wins, turning them from the league's worst, to a below average team. He set a career high in completions, attempts and yards, as the Eagles went 5-8-1. He would stay the Eagles primary starter for two more seasons but his play declined sharply, throwing interceptions at a much higher rate than usual, before falling to a backup role in 76' and 77'. He retired soon after the 77 season, ending his career as one of the greatest passers of the era, and still holding some of the Rams franchise passing records to this day (though Jared Goff seems well on his way to shattering them). Gabriel was blessed with impressive talent for most of his run with the Rams. Not so much on the offense, but he was joined by the fearsome foursome on defense, Maxie Baughan and Jack Pardee in the linebacking corps, the Rams had the defense to match any of those great teams of the late 60's, and Gabriel would sling it to keep up with their offenses. However, Gabriel's time with the Eagles ended up diminishing his positive numbers a fair deal, just because those teams were so lackluster in talent until Dick Vermeil got settled down (which was after Gabriel retired). When you talk about the quarterbacks who played in that era, Gabriel is not typically on that list. Everyone remembers Johnny Unitas, Broadway Joe Namath, and the unflappable Bart Starr, but Gabriel was a player who didn't seem to fit in the era. He was bigger, tougher, and faster than the crowd, and yet played with a sort of finesse found more at home in today's game. He was at his best when his defense was performing at a high level because he rarely put his team out of a game due to poor decision making. When his defense fared worse, which happened fairly often in Philadelphia, Gabriel struggled, but that can be seen as a combination of playing in a much tougher era to pass in along with the addition of age and injuries piling up. The man was a rare talent in this league, and finds a good spot here at 44.
  18. 1 point
    *slams beer on the table* /
  19. 1 point
    This is Pat Pete's first time being caught with PEDs, a 6 game suspension is fair. I have no idea why you are trying to compare this to Evans' situation since Evans was suspended for drugs of abuse not PEDs. For comparison sake, a NBA player would be suspended 10 games for first test positive for PEDs. That's basically equivalent to 2 NFL games.
  20. 1 point
    I think it's hilarious personally. You can tell how arrogant they've become winning awards off another man's work. It's been pissing HBO off. I think watching all the actors hedge when they're asked how they feel is fun. Isn't it fun to hate the fucking Steelers. Come on, deep down you know I'm right haha. I feel the same way about Dallas and The Giants. fr fr I love to hate them.
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  22. 1 point
    They had like 100% accuracy with those ballista lmao. Something tells me that number drops in the next episode
  23. 1 point
    Actual thoughts on the episode. Uh... it kind of sucked? Like really sucked. The tactics were horrible (in line with Jon Snow tactics, but that's still not a forgivable offense. The black levels were hideous and the whole thing was shot really roughly. Like scale, sense of place, it was really just jarring and distorted. Randomly cutting to Arya having a fucking scooby doo dodge the zombies moment in the library was a bunch of mularkey, and I believe I mentioned how useless Dany and Jon ended up being on the dragons, but like whatever. It really felt like more named characters should have actually bit it, especially since some just freaking disappeared. The whole thing in the crypts was silly, like how was there a safe hidey hole for all those people when there's gonna be a fuck ton of stark corpses in that crypt? I don't know. Also Jon, bitch, light the trench. You dumb motherfucker. At least he rekilled like a thousand wights offscreen, because that's what he does best, but fucking still.
  24. 1 point
    My three stars for the episode: 3. Jorah Mormont. Went ham right from the start, thought he came back a wight after that first exchange of blows, but dude just kept on ticking, took a million stab wounds for his queen, and went out like a motherfucking boss. Way to go Jorah. 2. Theon Greyjoy. Dude fricking killed it with the arrows, and we're led to believe he took out that entire swarm of zombies before the night king cometh. 1. Arya Stark. The Lord of Light delivers. The most ruthless assassin of them all, killing the god damn Night King and ending the rest of the undead army deserves major props. And the least valuable player goes to... Dany Light the fucking trench you dumb cow. Stop getting your dragon covered in zombies! At least thin their numbers or something instead of going for a fucking joy ride! Honorable mention to whoever the fuck came up with their tactics, because sending in the Dothraki first was a real good way to make an even bigger army to fight against. What the fuck were you planning to do if Melisandre wasn't gonna show up? Rush at them with plain old steel? Come the fuck on.
  25. 1 point
    The guy simply hasn’t accomplished much. And the way he lays out his plans for his biggest policy proposals proves he isn’t really believing the BS he’s shoveling into your face. He’s been running for more than 3 years now and his policies are was detailed and less cohesive and coherent than Andrew Yang’s. I like his anti war record... it after that it’s a lot of dreams and weed smoke. I mean... this is the guy who lived in a hippie commune who was mostly hated by everyone else for being a lazy leech. Not much has changed for Bernie as he spends hundreds of thousands on private jets each month. The guy is (mostly) a scam artist
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