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    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    I'm going by comments he's made in interviews (and possibly debates, if I'm remembering correctly), which were ten thousand, not ten percent. And general election polls around this time, historically, are very inaccurate. Sanders certainly has a chance, but just as an example, his comments about Castro don't play very well in South Florida, where I live. And not only is Florida a huge battleground state, but southeastern Florida particularly is a mostly Democratic area where Sanders will need to run up the vote count. Thanatos, I checked Sanders' web site, and I think his projections for "annual healthcare spending" are a little dubious. Is he talking about out-of-pocket expenses? Because his web site projects my wife and I pay over $5,000 out of pocket if so, and we definitely don't.
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    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    My private insurance is pretty good. If I'm going to be forced to change to Medicare where I don't have to pay premiums, I'm cool with that. But if my taxes are going to be raised $10,000 to pay for it (as Sanders has very openly admitted will happen to the middle class), my wife and I would have to sell our house. Sanders casually says, "Yeah, I'll raise taxes $10,000, but people won't be paying $10,000 in premiums under my plans." Not all people pay $10,000 in premiums, Bernie.
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    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    The biggest thing I want from Sanders is how he will get legislation passed. Let's say Democrats re-take the Senate--which is a pretty big stretch--Medicare for All is supported by 16 Democrats. How is President Sanders going to get his party behind it? He really doesn't seem like the type to compromise to Medicare for All Who Want It or something comparable, so is he just going to initiate one failed far-left bill after another and make his party look incompetent? No wonder the Democratic establishment is shitting their pants.
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    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    It is going to be hilarious when Democrats realize they've blown two elections against Trump.
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    2020 Democratic Primary Race

    Not only that--but think about all the moderate Democratic Congressmen in battleground districts who will struggle to get re-elected with far-left Sanders on the ticket. Additionally, I think a similar problem might befall Democrats if Sanders doesn't get the nomination. Think of all the young, far-left liberals who are essentially Bernie-or-nobody voters. They are already disillusioned from the DNC corruption from 2016; if Sanders fails to get the nomination--especially given his current, undisputed status as frontrunner--many of them will stay home or vote third party. If you're a Trump supporter, you're loving this. If you're a Democrat, you've got to be wondering: Is there a left-but-not-far-left candidate who can successfully unite the moderate and liberal wings of the party?
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    Super Bowl LIV Picks

    We're a tick over 48 hours 'till kickoff on the 2019 season. Let's hear 'em. > Rematch of SB52. Same result.
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    Post a pic of yourself...

    Went to a Super Bowl event in Miami and got to meet Peter King. He interviewed Gardner Minshew, who is hilarious, and then hung out after. Really nice guy.
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    Who trades for Antonio Brown?

    If I understand the sentiment of this post, I'm with you. Honestly I'd love never to see this prick in the news cycle again.
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    Cherry is at the Senior Bowl

    Every word of this post is gold.
  10. I tried a thread to get some sort of simulation going, similar to the Trolls, TGP University, the Vindicators, etc., but I've decided an idea like that has flaws. The frequency of the updates depends on my availability and readiness to a) simulate games on my PS2 (yes, I still rock a PS2) and b) post updates about it. Even the funnest of these simulations go dry after awhile, so I'm seeking another solution, and I think I've found one... A weekly installment of NFL-related fiction, with TGP based characters. The plot centers on an NFL team. Those interested all create characters, except this time we get a more personal experience. Your character can be a player, a coach, a coordinator, maybe a die-hard fan, a sports radio personality, whatever. I integrate these characters together into a story with weekly installments. Think of it as a piece of TGP fan fiction. So...epic or terrible idea? Who would be interested in creating a character for the story? Who would read it every week? -------------------------- Character List Chance Phillips, General Manager [sarge] Caden Daniel, Head Coach [F4E] Merle Harden, Defensive Coordinator [bware] QB Jonathan Maverick [Maverick] RB Jerome Jaxson [bangy] RB Marcus Jameson [bigBen07] WR Alex Johnson [badgers] WR Da'Jamiroqaui Jefferspin-Wilkes [theMileHighGuy] WR Joseph Watson [Thanatos19] TE Logan Bishop [Vin] LG Chase Grodd [RevisFan81] C Brian Penner [MOTM] LE Sam Luck [eightnine] NT Damian Jones [bay] LOLB Zack Grantzinger [ZoS] ILB Briggs Randall [Chernobyl] ILB Marlon Martin [RazorStar] ROLB Sean Brock [seanbrock] CB Malik Rose [ATL] FS Griswold "Flash" Johnson [Dmac for HOF] SS Chet Ripka [GA_Eagle] SS Robert "Bobby" Schwinn [FartWaffles] Adam Javad, Beat Writer [JF4L] Jay Cooper, Disgruntled Fan [barracuda]
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    Cherry is at the Senior Bowl

    This is epic, Cherry. You are officially TGP's NFL insider.
  12. Update: I'm taking Razor's advice. I've had a rough outline on my computer for years, but now I'm fleshing it out, and I'm pretty excited about the stories still left to tell. For now, I think I'll just start writing and see what happens. If I think it's good enough, I'll publish it here. I know not many left on TGP would read it, but that's ok. I know those who would read it will enjoy it. So, brace yourselves. The Knights of Andreas may yet appear on TGP again... @RazorStar @Sarge @Vin @Thanatos @seanbrock @Cherry @Zack_of_Steel
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    Better Call Saul Discussion

    I actually figured this season would be the last. The fact that they have even more story to tell is really exciting. And I'm with Vin. I really want those b&w flashforwards to add up to something really good.
  14. SteVo

    Pussy Packers suck

    This aged well.
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    Super Bowl LIV Picks

    The 2005 Steelers with Bill Cowher were 11-5. The 2011 Giants were 6-2 halfway through the season. They stumbled in the second half, finished 9-7, then got back to the above average team they were. The 2012 Ravens were 9-2 heading into December. They went 1-4, but three of those losses were by one score. Since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, 26 of 29 Super Bowl champions have been 6-2 or better after eight games. The three exceptions? 2000 Ravens (5-3), 2001 Patriots (4-4), 2010 Packers (5-3). Championship teams do not "get hot at the right time" or "come out of nowhere." The best teams are the best teams.
  16. Ok, in all seriousness, I am considering bringing this back for a temporary run. It would be very short, 6-8 chapters, and essentially just a deeper look at the epilogue of the series. But it would follow the Knights throughout a season (probably 2020) like past seasons have. As a writer, I would love to revisit these characters again, get in their heads, visualize the Knights taking the field, hear the Farmers Field crowd roar, see locker room banter, watch Phillips and Schneider go back and forth. I have some plot ideas, and have had some since I published the last chapter. But I'll only go forward with it if y'all are interested. I feel satisfied with how KoA ended and am more than happy to leave it at that. What say you?
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    Disney buys LucasFilm

    Welcome to the world of big-budget filmmaking. Makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe even more impressive. All those films in the better part of a decade, and were any one of them bad?
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    Disney buys LucasFilm

    F4E is doing a pretty splendid job of spelling out my own thoughts, which is convenient. Star Wars is a franchise with lightspeed, lightsabers, and gravity in space. If you want to pick it apart with logic, have at it. If you want to enjoy the story, then enjoy it you will.
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    Super Bowl LIV Picks

    I hate picking the hot, trendy team, but how can you not go with Baltimore in the AFC? New England doesn't have the firepower, and Andy Reid will find a way to choke. I think the Saints are the best team in the league, but not getting the bye is a crushing blow for them. The last time a non-bye team even made it to the Super Bowl was the Ravens seven years ago. Again, I hate picking favorites but something about Green Bay doesn't seem right (Rodgers looked listless last Sunday), so I'm going with San Francisco. Ho hum. Rock chalk. > (Watch them both get upset in the Divisional Round now.)
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    Disney buys LucasFilm

    The big weakness of this trilogy is definitely that they didn't have a three-movie plan when they started. The three movies are much better together than they are as a trilogy. The prequels are more cohesive! That said, I still really enjoyed all three.
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    Disney buys LucasFilm

    Just got home from the theater. Really enjoyed it, but PHEW it is a LOT of movie to process. Will be seeing it again.
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    MVP race 2019

    I could see Russell Wilson being deserving depending on how the final two weeks go, but it's firmly Lamar Jackson's award to lose.
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    Week 12

    Disagree on Seattle, Thanny, and I promise it's not because I'm salty. They're firmly in the good-not-elite category. NFC still comes down to the 49ers/Saints/Packers.
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