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  1. Running simulations of a Tecmo Super Bowl rom "Best of the 90's" edition. 

     

    For those that play with an SNES emulator, here is the game if you would like to try it 

     

    http://tecmobowl.org/files/file/489-tecmo-best-of-the-90s/

     

    Notes so far - 

     

    The teams presented here are very fair and I only have minor disagreements on a few. The 1998 Colts are in instead of the iconic 1995 team. I don't know enough about the 95 Colts if they were better or worse than the 1998 team. One that I definitely disagree on is the 1991 Lions. 1995 was the peak year of the Barry Sanders Lions, and the one year Scott Mitchell looked like he was worth that ridiculous contract. I think the 1990 Bears are a forgettable team, but it was the last hurrah of the iconic and aged out 80's team, so they are a good piece on there. Another one that could be argued is the 1992 Eagles, since the 1991 team had a historic defense that is still talked about to this day, but I imagine the 1992 team got the nod over 1991 due to Randall Cunningham being healthy. He was out in 1991, and it's pretty difficult to image the Eagles in Tecmo without the infamous "QB EAGLES" as he's called in the NES version. 

     

    I ran several simulations the past few days (COM vs COM) and these were the results....

     

    1998 Jets vs 1997 Chiefs

     

    Anyone remember when Vinny Testerverde was good? 1998 was the best year of his career and for those that rooted for him when he was labeled a bust, this was the one moment where Vinny shined in excellence, and he goes on to do that in Tecmo. Jets win this game 13-7 after scoring on consecutive drives to go up 10-0 early and then the rest of the game turned into a defensive slug fest. 

     

    1995 Steelers vs 1996 Patriots

     

    The two AFC winning teams between '95 and '96. This was surprisingly a very defensive heavy game. Both quarterbacks passed for around 250 yards, but neither could score much. Neither team could really run the ball, though Curtis Martin got around 90 yards in total. The Steelers went up 7-0 for most of the game, but then Bledsoe leads them down the field twice in the 4th to go up 14-7...Neil O'Donnell gets a fluke lucky hail mary to tie the game, then in OT, O'Donnell does it again and wins off a fluke (he also threw 3 interceptions in this game). Steelers win 20-14. 

     

    1998 Colts vs 1999 Jaguars 

     

    So far, the highest scoring game I've simulated. The Jags win 44 to 31, but most of this was a very back and forth scoring game where both offenses excelled. There was a few turnovers here and there, but the Jags mostly won from being up big early. Colts storm a comeback twice and make it a game, but can't keep up with the Jags in the 4th quarter. 

     

    1994 49ers vs 1998 Falcons

     

    The biggest surprise of all games so far. The Falcons scored on the first play after Ricky Watters fumbles the ball and it goes back for a TD. Atlanta jumped to a 14-3 lead, and then slowed down but the 49ers had 4 turnovers in this game, and both running backs Watters and Floyd went down injured. Steve Young had a big game, and the 49ers came back in this game after a safety and some turnovers help them but ultimately went on to lose it, 29 to 31. Huge upset...

     

    1992 Saints vs 1992 Eagles

     

    Tough game between two iconic defenses that play lights out. The Saints go up 10-0 early, but then come the Eagles who slowly tie the game. Randall Cunningham's running around mostly saves the Eagles in the end after a bad Bobby Herbert interception. The Saints of the "Cha ching" era go on to CHA-CHOKE this game away with turnovers in the 4th quarter. Eagles win 24-17

     

    1992 Cowboys vs 1999 Bucs

     

    This game wasn't close at all. Emmitt Smith ran all over the Bucs defense, though Tampa Bay did get some big sacks and a few turnovers (including a rare interception covering Michael Irvin). The Bucs defense played great apart from letting Smith have a big game, but it was Tampa Bay's offense that sunk them. 31-14 Cowboys.

     

    1996 Packers vs 1996 Panthers

     

    Rain game, so both teams look sluggish by Tecmo standards. The final score was 19 to 7, but this game wasn't close at all. Brett Favre had three passes that went for around 55-60 yards to Antonio Freeman who had a big day. He still had one interception, ironically on a short pass where he was picked off by Sam Mills. The Panthers offense was awful in this game, Reggie White had 3 sacks. 

     

     

    More games later....

     

     

     

    1. Jules

      Jules

      Oh no! It looks like this long message of yours got pushed off the first page of this site. So I am not sure most will see it.

       

      I can comment on these:

       

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      The 1998 Colts are in instead of the iconic 1995 team. I don't know enough about the 95 Colts if they were better or worse than the 1998 team. 

       

      Interesting they have the 1998 Colts, that was Peyton's rookie season though so that is maybe why. 

       

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      1998 Colts vs 1999 Jaguars 

       

      So far, the highest scoring game I've simulated. The Jags win 44 to 31, but most of this was a very back and forth scoring game where both offenses excelled. There was a few turnovers here and there, but the Jags mostly won from being up big early. Colts storm a comeback twice and make it a game, but can't keep up with the Jags in the 4th quarter. 

       

       

      The '98 Colts were pretty bad, only won 3 games. But they could score points as the year went on more due to a rookie Manning and some serious budding offensive talent all around. So when you say it was a high scoring game where both offenses did well, thats why too. I think I remember us losing some high scoring games that year.

       

      Colts in 1999 then reversed fortunes and went from 3-13 to 13-3. So the signs of a very good Colts offense despite only winning 3 games was there in '98. '99 Colts lost in the playoffs to the Titans.

       

      I think in '98 the Jaguars were a very good team and won a playoff game under Coughlin.

       

       

  2. Saints fans complain about drafting an OL with the 32nd pick, because ya know, when the quarterback takes big hits and gets hurt behind a line that has been in decay for 4 years now, then it's a problem. 

    1. Jules

      Jules

      Falcons really want to improve that crappy D from the SB. Problem is why don't they improve their crappy coaching and playcalling? If they don't improve the basic things like how to hold a lead when up by 100 points then whats the point?

       

      I told you for weeks and months to be optimistic about the Saints!

       

       

      I gotta go through the list of what everyone drafted. I am painfully behind and about to take a benadryl so I will be in la la land soon tonight.

    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Hope benadryl don't give you bad nightmares...it's why I have stopped taking it. 

       

      I don't know if it's a testament to NE being beaten by the same formula or if the Falcons truly got lucky to have their defense perform at such a high level in the SB. They were the 27th ranked defense and made NE look like garbage for 3 quarters of that game. 

       

      People will study that SB forever, cause it threw all the odds out the window. The stats didn't even matter, a horrible defense made a top ranked offense look useless in that game. That's not even counting all the odds against NE to come back and win due to the Falcons poor coaching.

    3. teganslaw

      teganslaw

      It looks like the Saints are getting Drew Brees plenty of weapons. They should be much improved this season.

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  3. Saw this and had to show you 

     

     

  4. Should be fun next year seeing the Falcons swap "Rise Up" for "Embrace the Suck" on T-shirts and banners...and this is how franchises die after a SB loss.

     

    Image result for falcons rise up kid

  5. Since L.A. did indeed draft Lonzo, I am taking my fandom to South Beach and will become a bandwagon fan for the 3-0-5. Hello Miami Heat...

    1. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Sorry I never replied back to you Jules. I am so slow online lately due to these allergy problems. I have hay fever lingering around in my system. 

       

      I wouldn't feel bad about bandwagon rooting for any NBA team. Most NBA fans are bandwagon fans who follow a key player. KG's fan base all followed him to Boston, Kobe fans would've followed him to Chicago when he wanted to be traded there. I can tell you, once Anthony Davis leaves New Orleans, whatever team he goes to is going to have some new fans. There is such little interest in the Pelicans down here. 

       

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      I got the cat and you got the dog.

       

      He's a golden retriever. :thmup: Beautiful dogs.

       

       

      Sad news today with Nick Fairley. I'm not real optimistic on the Saints after this. They just lost a vital key piece of their blitz. I am not expecting them to be really good on the front four now without a key player like Fairley. 

       

       

       

    2. Jules

      Jules

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      Sorry I never replied back to you Jules. I am so slow online lately due to these allergy problems. I have hay fever lingering around in my system. 

       

      Thats okay, I will probably head to bed after this status since I am pretty wiped out today myself. I will get to the message probably tomorrow night when I get some rest. I don't think I can write much since I too have had allergy issues the last few days which is making my right eye water really badly. I can control it in the day with a claritin, but at night it has been kicking up.......so I am kinda blurry eyed in one eye tonight. lmao I been kinda foggy today and had a busy weekend.

       

      Hope you can get this under control sometime. My allergy stuff usually ends in a few days but yours seem to be unable too.

       

       

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      I wouldn't feel bad about bandwagon rooting for any NBA team. Most NBA fans are bandwagon fans who follow a key player. KG's fan base all followed him to Boston, Kobe fans would've followed him to Chicago when he wanted to be traded there. I can tell you, once Anthony Davis leaves New Orleans, whatever team he goes to is going to have some new fans. There is such little interest in the Pelicans down here. 

       

      I never feel bad for bandwagoning in the NBA.:thmup: It's a player fan league usually anyway. If you like Lebron you root for his teams, simple as that. You liked Kobe you liked his team, simple as that. Boston though I do kinda like more for Brad Stevens so is it possible to bandwagon a head coach? lmao And for the Heat I like Pat Riley. Sometimes I even like the Spurs for Popovich so yeah coach bandwagoning for me is huge in the NBA too.

       

      And Popovich, omg........best Trump and politics talk in sports, period. lmao He is most of this 10 minute video. lmao 

       

       

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      Sad news today with Nick Fairley. I'm not real optimistic on the Saints after this. They just lost a vital key piece of their blitz. I am not expecting them to be really good on the front four now without a key player like Fairley. 

       

      Sorry about this one. Ouch. But maybe the Saints can still cook something up on defense but I guess based on recent history it's not always too promising........

       

      But you can hope. At least you start the year with the Vikings and Pats so it's not embarrassing if you lose. We start with the Rams, Cards and Browns so if we lose then omg........


       

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      He's a golden retriever. :thmup: Beautiful dogs.

       

       

      NICE dogs too, I don't think there is a mean golden retriever on the planet.

       

       

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      There is such little interest in the Pelicans down here. 

       

      I wonder why? Such a cool team and cool name too.:hide:

    3. Jules

      Jules

      Oh one more thing, who says ball hogging don't get rewarded!!!!

       

      http://deadspin.com/russell-westbrook-is-the-mvp-1796440682

       

      Westbrook gets MVP!!!!!!!!!

       

      Kinda ironic that Durant got a ring and finals MVP and Westbrook finally got to do his ultimate ball hogging season and get MVP too. lmao 

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  6. So happy Bama lost. As payback, the Pats can win it all now or Dallas. i don't care. You rarely can have it both, so I'll compromise out of sake of Bama losing. :goodluck:

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    2. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      All fair points but I think getting a Ring for a QB is much harder than it is for a Superstar Basketball player who has control on what happens on every possession. Dan Marino is major proof of this. The guy never had a Great Defense his whole career, hence 0 Rings. Warren Moon same thing. A QB can only control what happens on Offense. You named a few QB's that have won without being Great/at least Very Good but it doesn't happen much. What 4 or 5 times in 50 SB's. I also disagree that Denver wins the SB without Peyton last season, they would've never got by the Patriots without him  and with Brock, even Peyton haters admit this. Regarding LeBron winning 3 Rings, I think it's a Great accomplishment but when everyone is comparing you to Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson than the expectation to win 5 or 6 is just there. Most people in the media put LeBron in their Category and even put him above Kobe and Bird so he should win more IMO. He also didn't win a Ring until he joined Wade which is a bad look. LeBron's Championship last season was his best one by far, it was his team and his city. Winning with Wade and Bosh is a given for any Superstar player that is hyped as the next Jordan. Wade is arguably a Top 20-25 player of all-time and Bosh was the equivalent to Pau Gasol. Kobe won 2 with a Bosh type and not even close to a Wade type of player.

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

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      Dan Marino is major proof of this. The guy never had a Great Defense his whole career, hence 0 Rings. Warren Moon same thing. A QB can only control what happens on Offense. You named a few QB's that have won without being Great/at least Very Good but it doesn't happen much.

       

       

      Warren Moon had a lot of problems as to why he didn't get to the big one. It all began with the racism from the NFL owners who wouldn't draft him in the 70's. Some could argue that Moon probably owns the record books if he started his career earlier, cause before the current era, Moon's numbers were right up there at #2 next to Marino. Moon went into CFL after the NFL passed on drafting him. 

       

      Moon's other problem was Bud Adams...If you want to write a book about horrible NFL owners, I think Bud Adams is the Jack Kennedy of NFL owners and has the most dirt and it's not hard to find reasons to hate him. He of course, blamed Moon for a playoff loss and traded him, but before that, Bud Adams meddled with that team so much, he made them dysfunctional and created lots of issues. 

       

       

      I would agree on Dan Marino. I think Marino is the greatest example of a team failing a quarterback. If Marino just had ONE ring, absolutely no one would make fun of him. He would've went down as the greatest quarterback to ever play the game if he just got one ring. 

       

      I highly recommend watching the ESPN short series "Top 5 reasons why you can't blame Dan Marino". That little mini-documentary goes into specifics as to how the Dolphins really failed Marino on all counts. He went 18 whole years without having a running back rush over 1,000 yards. At one point, they literally had a UPS driver off the street play running back. 

       

      The Dolphins had a streak too of defensive draft busts. All through the 80's, all their defensive draft picks were major busts. Of that era, they have a lot of first and second round draft pick busts. Miami didn't hit on a defensive draft until the 90's and by then, it was too late...

       

      These guys played in an entirely different era too...Even had they got to the SB, it's no guarantee they win it cause the NFC dominance lasted from 1984 to 1997...and most of those SB's were boring bloody blow outs. Even if Moon or Marino get to SB's, it's a big question of "if" they would've won, cause those NFC teams were juggernauts. Marino had to play the 15-1 49ers who just crushed everyone that year. 

       

      Marino could've went to the Super Bowl four other times - 1985, 1990, 1992, and 1994. 

       

      My gut is always on 1994. That was the last year of his career where he was truly amazing and put up a memorable season. They lost in the playoffs to the Chargers in the memorable game with the score 21 to 20. They lost by one point, thanks to a missed field goal....Had they won that game, they go to Pittsburgh for the AFCCG and I doubt Marino loses in his home town of Pittsburgh...but then you go to the Super Bowl and play the Monopoly 49ers who abused the Salary Cap to the max in 1994. No one was beating the 49ers that year, when they threw everything in the bank at free agents and literally bought a SB where they had nothing but All Pros on defense. 

       

       

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      I also disagree that Denver wins the SB without Peyton last season, they would've never got by the Patriots without him  and with Brock, even Peyton haters admit this.

       

       

      Brock beat New England in the regular season...I don't see Peyton winning that game with how crazy he was throwing interceptions everywhere. For all the hate Brock gets, Denver don't win crap last year if they don't get home field advantage and that was Brock's biggest win. Even with home field, they were still barely squeaking those wins by the skin of their teeth. As much as everyone bashes Brock, they still needed every last one of his wins, especially the New England game that they were down 21-7 and he engineered a comeback in OT. 

       

      In the Super Bowl, Peyton did nothing but get them in field goal range. All touchdowns were scored with help of defense and special teams. And Denver got so lucky the turnovers they caused didn't result in points. 

       

      I have no doubt in my mind, Brock could've won it last year. Hell, throw in a 40 year old Favre, who still played extremely well at his old age, and you probably do get TD's rained down in the SB. 

       

      I hate the Broncos. At least we don't have to worry about seeing them in the SB again for another 10 years. Wade Philips is gone too, so no more awesome defense for them. 

       

       

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      Regarding LeBron winning 3 Rings, I think it's a Great accomplishment but when everyone is comparing you to Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson than the expectation to win 5 or 6 is just there. Most people in the media put LeBron in their Category and even put him above Kobe and Bird so he should win more IMO.

       

      I didn't mention MJ for a reason. 

       

      This is what I mean though about the ring argument in basketball, which I've told you before is like a marketing invention. Kareem has 6 rings, 1 more than Magic yet his name never comes up in this conversation. Probably cause Kareem don't have a massive marketing campaign behind him. It's been pounded in our skulls since the 90's "MJ is the greatest". Here we are 20 years later and the media still loves to push this...MJ is like Aaron Rodgers right now, you're just not allowed to criticize him, and I don't see why, cause while MJ was great, there is also other great players out there too. 

       

      Before LeBron, it used to be Kobe who they hated on the most and used the annoying MJ comparisons. Kobe "can't win without Shaq" was a favorite for years. LeBron became the new target after he left Cleveland. 

       

      A part of me deep down isn't going to care if Golden State wins it this year, cause maybe if Durant gets a ring his first year there, maybe...just maybe it will kill the ring argument for good. No one wanted to give LeBron credit for the Miami rings, and they sure as hell aren't going to want to give credit to Durant when he does it.

       

      I'm sure too that after LeBron is done, whatever new awesome player replaces him, will also get compared to MJ for old time sake. It's a never ending story. 

       

       

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      Most people in the media put LeBron in their Category and even put him above Kobe and Bird so he should win more IMO.

       

      IMO I would easily put LeBron over Kobe. The reason why is that he's just a far better "all around" player than him. 

       

      Comparing the two, I like LeBron more cause he isn't afraid to get others involved on the court. You saw this in Miami when he would routinely pass the ball to Chalmers and Bibby and let them put up 3's. He does this in Cleveland too, as shown in the Finals when he kept getting Kyrie and JR Smith involved in the game...

       

      Kobe on the other hand had a very bad habit of being a ball hog and that is a criticism that used to be common when Shaq was on the team and the entire team used to get frustrated with him going into hero mode often. Phil Jackson had a history of butting heads with Kobe over this stuff.

       

      NBA players should be judged by talent, not rings. Kobe is a pretty good example of being on loaded teams. The Shaq-Kobe team had a really good bench and he also had Shaq in his prime playing lights out. That 3-peat wasn't just cause of Shaq and Kobe, those teams were great all around. The 2008 Lakers also were great all around, and had star talent on their bench. it definitely helped when they had Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom coming off the bench. 

       

       

       

       

       

       

    4. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      Well you bring up fair and good points. At least you and I can debate in a civil manner which is rare for a message board and for 2 people that have different players and team likes. We both do hate Bama though. 

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  7. So yeah, um this custom jersey exists....

     

     

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      The only thing you have to hang your hat on ahead of time is that a Brees led team has often shown up vs. the Pats, even in a loss.

       

      But this was the Brees teams without the slow child abusing aazz.

       

       

      Holy crap, I just realized another game was on. lmao I looked up and said Wait it's Denver? lmao 

       

      Oh good another crappy L.A. team.......

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      The only positive of today is that Coby Fleener actually looked good and caught some tightly contested passes. 

       

      When Fleener is your only positive, that's not good. lmao

       

      Rex Ryan is commentating that Denver game too...I figure he won't be that bad on there since Rex does have charisma and is likable (and hilarious, weather that's intentional or not). 

    4. Jules

      Jules

      I am just glad I got to see another awesome Saints prime time game that I make time to watch. lmao I swear whenever I see them on at night the last few years they look like trash.

       

      Your offense btw did look out of sync, maybe it is the Peterson effect and his slow child abusing aazz.

       

      AP also looked POUTY, I am getting Tomlinson vibes now. But LdT never hurt a child, he is nothing but class. He is a very classy person.

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  8. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a 10 year old game and still plays very well. 

    1. Jules

      Jules

      So it's sorta vintage in these days lol

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      Yes, that game still holds up even today no question Bogie. 

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Yeah I did some hour runs over the weekend and the AI is still as challenging as ever. Best Battle of Hoth stage ever done in a Star Wars game. 

  9. SynthWave Monday Listens.... ALEX - Emotions

     

     

     

     

    1. Jules

      Jules

      Cutler is day to day or week to week whatever with a hand injury now. Purple/Prince 2006 Bears curse.........

       

       

    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Irsay has no right owning that guitar. Period. Should be in the Prince shrine museum that they're setting up near Paisley Park studios....

    3. Jules

      Jules

      Didn't know about that new museum you speak of. Sounds interesting.

       

       

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  10. The Atlanta Falcons: A Legacy of Failure

     

     

  11. The best Saints blog I have ever read. Almost 2 years old, and yet everything in this article still rings true. The writers also predicted them to go into cap hell all the way back in 2013. 

     

    The article sums up every problem going back to 2009 and the toxicity that came under Williams' system that we still are dealing with. 

     

    http://www.blackandgoldreview.com/2014/12/08/decline-fall-paytons-empire-culture-gregg-williams-ruined-saints

    1. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      I'd LOVE to see Tampa win the NFC South. Jameis Winston IMO is going to be a better QB than Cam Newton in a few years. He's a more accurate passer who don't overly rely on the #1 target. 

       

      I've seen this script before with the Saints losing a bunch of very close games that were arguably winnable. The next thing coming is the blow out. Oh yes, we're going to spanked in one of the next few games. Atlanta too. You keep losing nail biters like that, you eventually get a game where you are flat out beaten down. 

       

      This SNF game sucks but I am dreading Seattle next week. If they are shut out here, watch them turn around and take all their rage out on the Saints on the road in our dome. Saints fans saying "we got this" are like LSU fans screaming "we want Bama!" 

    2. Jules

      Jules

      So happy we have so much optimism about our teams.

       

      lmao 

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      From that same blog, this is gold...

       

      http://www.blackandgoldreview.com/2015/11/09/how-good-sean-paytons-terrible-saints-defenses-have-made-opposing-quarterbacks-every-year-ranked

       

      lmaolmao

       

      What old Hall of Fame QB will the Saints 2016 defense be compared to with passer rating? 

       

      This part though lmao

       

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      Question: Who would throw for more yards against the 2015 Saints secondary, Wax Montana or Broadcaster Marino?

      lmao

       

      Also, all jokes aside, that break down about 2008 is pretty accurate...We had a decent secondary that year and finished 8-8. That year is often very overlooked, but that was where our secondary got better leading into 2009. 

       

      And this part...

       

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      You know, this one isn’t so bad. The Saints’ defense wasn’t that terrible in 2006. It was streaky, pairing nice performances with bad ones, and that’s a performance style that makes Cam a good fit. The Saints held up pretty well until teams started targeting the aged version of Fred Thomas and Josh Bullocks, the original Payton-era disappointing free safety.

       

      Shout out to Fred Thomas; proof that before 2006, we did have some decent defensive players. 

       

      But even funnier, Josh Bollocks...There you go, proof we've had Jason David type disappointing safeties going all the way back to 2006. lmao Every year we have one of those guys. This year it's Jarius Byrd. Last year it was Browner, before that; Patrick Robinson. 

       

       

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  12. The Disaster Artist looks amazing and hilarious. 

     

     

    1. Jules

      Jules

      That does look interesting.

       

      I had never heard of this film so thanks for sharing, will keep an eye out for it now.

    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      It's based on the book covering the infamous movie 'The Room'. Tommy Wiseau personally picked James Franco to play himself. I have a hardback of the book and it was really interesting. 

       

      This is what he's imitating...James Franco has the accent down perfectly. 

       

       

       

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      Hey Bogie, 

       

      That trailer does look intriguing like Jules said. I remember James Franco & Seth Rogan from the TV series 'Freaks & Geeks." Those 2 do seem to click on screen together. Lovable losers you can't help but root for. 

       

      Thanks for bringing this flick to my attention. :thmup:

  13. The ESPN Playoff machine is here!

     

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/playoffs/machine

    1. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      *listen = last year, not sure how that typo happened??

    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      538 is a great source for sports predictions and their data with percentages and statistics. 

       

      I give Neil Paine HUGE credit too cause he was the only person all last year who pointed out how weak Carolina was on a historical basis. His article about the Panthers being the worst team ever to reach 11-0, turned out to be totally 100% true once they got to the Super Bowl. That article was spot on and it was written before they went 15-1, it provided the sense of doubt and the fact they could truly implode, and that is something everyone else in sports media ignored last year with the Panthers. 

       

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      As for this Sunday, I am not confident this time around Denver might beat NE. I doubt NE wins big though. Just not sure......it's one of those odd places the Pats seem to be unable to function in. Pats may win something like 20-17. Unless Trevor something just decides to go wild all on the Pats and we all go WHOA MAN.

       

       

      NE beats them twice last year if the special teams screw ups don't happen in the Brock game, and had the Pats kicked those two field goals instead of going for it in the AFCCG, they would have only been down 1 point and needed a field goal at the end. 

       

      I don't see NE losing to them this year. It's probably driving them crazy that they choked away two games to them that they should've won (and a potential 5th Super Bowl had they not screwed up the AFCCG). 

       

      So, so sick of the Broncos. Absolutely nothing redeeming or likable about that team whatsoever. if the Saints defense played the way they do with the dirty hits and viciousness, you would never hear the end of "bounties". In the future, people are going to look back and scratch their head over how Gary Kubiak won a Super Bowl given how bad he is as a head coach. Luckiest coach to win a Super Bowl in the past 10 years. 

       

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      They are due to win in Denver and Denver just doesn't have the same magic they had listen, it's just not having Peyton's experience but their Defense isn't playing like it was last season. It's still a Great Defense but last season it was Top 10 all-time material.

       

      Peyton was a non-factor to them last year. He had the worst TD/INT ratio of a Super Bowl winning quarterback in NFL history last year. Trevor whatever-his-last-name-is Something would've won it all last year, hell BROCK would've too. Shame 40 year old Favre didn't have Denver's free agent built defense behind him, or he would have retired with that ring #2 he wanted so badly. 

       

      I don't think they are top 10 all time material honestly. They were a fluke lucky team that won most of their games by the skin of their teeth and never truly dominated like historic defenses do. NE beats them if they don't go for the 4th and goal plays twice. Had Denver failed to get home field advantage last year, they probably don't go that far. Everything had to go right for them last year...I'd take the 2002 Tampa Bay defense over them in a heart beat, and that's a historic defense that seems to get overlooked all the time. 

       

       

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      I won't be suprised if the Lions lose in NY. Giants are pretty solid at home this year.

       

      I still maintain the Packers find their way into the playoffs, I might be wrong but well it seems almost odd if they are not there. Pack might be better as a WC though since it means they can avoid the Giants as long as possible. If the Packers manage to win the division and host the Giants in the first round then uh oh........

       

      Pack needs to win out, and by winning out, they also need Detroit to drop just one game, and then they can tie them at 10-6 if they win out. 

       

      The problem for Green Bay is that in recent years, they've lost the road games to divisional opponents in week 17. They struggle on the road in that last week against teams in their division and those games are always close. The Packers are going to need to win in Detroit above all else. 

       

       

       

    3. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      I wont make this into a debate because I know where you stand and you know where I stand but Peyton was a very huge factor in the AFC Title Game vs the Patriots. To say he was a non-factor to why the Broncos won the SB is just completely wrong. His TD/INT ratio has nothing to do with the way he played against the Patriots when it counted most. If he doesn't play and Brock does in that game, Broncos lose and probably lose by at least 10. If anything Brock is also showing how Bad he is this season when it's his team. I could picture Brock being picked in that game and being rattled, BB would've had him rattled in a first career Title Game start. The Texans are winning inspite of him and still not winning much. Yeah they beat the Colts but even according to you the Colts are Average at best and they are actually with a Bad Defense. Peyton played a perfect 1st Half in that game and had 2 TD's early to set the tone. He had 0 INT's and 0 Fumbles in that game as well. Why you and many others don't acknowledge this is puzzling. If you think Brock Osweiler would've beat the Patriots last season then you must not think much of Brady? A Brady led team wasn't losing to a Brock led team in a Title Game situation, just not buying it. Why do you think BB went for it on 4th down instead of kicking FG's in that game? He knew Peyton was on the other side and BB respected him. I also disagree that the 2015 Broncos didn't have a Top 10 Defense of all-time. I didn't say close to best ever or Top 5, but Top 10 yes. I would take the Steel Curtain of 1978, Bears of 1985, Giants of 1986, Ravens of 2000, Bucs of 2002, Seahawks of 2013 over them but other than that I would roll with Von Miller and that Secondary they had last season over anyone else. That is only 6 Defenses I have witnessed better than the 2015 Broncos that I can think of right off hand that won the SB.

       

        - By the way I respect your opinion but I just disagree with you and gave you my takes on those subjects. I do think the Patriots will beat the Broncos this week and I picked the Broncos to miss the Playoffs before this season if you remember so we will see if I am right with that prediction. I still have to roll with the Packers winning the SB because that was my before season pick, do I think they will? Probably not but that is who I picked. I stuck with the Broncos last season and it paid off so we will see. Packers have to win out to just make the Playoffs but anything is possible with Rodgers.

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  14. The Force is strong in Dak Prescott

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      Jules

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      I'm having problems with my nose and throat. I think I may be getting sick. 

       

      I got a bit of a cold now. I think I caught it from going to get the blood test. It's mostly sneezing and being stuffed up. I will live but man lately it's one thing after another. 

       

      Thank Jehu for highlighter and under eye concealer!!!!

       

       

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      You're welcome!!!! We need something to make us laugh in dark times. Give me a few days and I will get you some new photos of them too. Wish I could get a photo of one of the cats with my dogs. Be hard to do, they don't lay up together on the couch or bed. 

       

      Your cats are the best! You got lucky with these gems. Do not forget, when the initial litter was out this year early......I immediately picked out the little white one. :heart:

       

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      Monkey don't sleep in the bed oddly. He likes to sleep behind the television in a little corner. I have no idea why...He's weird. 

       

      My cat wasn't a bed sleeper either. She preferred to sleep "near you" on like something else, a chair or whatever. And she liked towels a lot to sleep on.


       

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      We need something to make us laugh in dark times

       

       

      And now Luck has a concussion and well thats just sad. I knew he might get hurt this year too.

       

      Sadly I was looking forward to this game vs. the Steelers at home to see Thanksgiving night and it's the backup preparing now.:(

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Wait, Luck ISN'T playing tomorrow against the Steelers? 

       

       

      Oh god, you are so screwed. Just our luck. And I WANTED the Colts to win this game, cause it's the perfect time to deliver a killshot to the Steelers and end us of getting them in the playoffs. 

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Ugh, you were right. The back up with the Lord of the Rings sounding name is going to start. 

       

      Damn this sucks. 

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  15. The Force is with you young Skywalker....but you are not a Jedi yet. 

  16. The Jaguars under Bradley offer a serious argument if they are worse than the Mike Ditka coached Saints. 

     

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      I like Mr. Crowley for the way it's arranged on guitar. It's a fairly complicated song, and the solo is really unique cause of how layered out it is. I am not big on Ozzy stuff, but I always respected Randy Rhoads incredibly, cause he was a guitar genius. 

       

      Max Norman the producer for those albums, once said that Rhoads would layer his own solos in the studio by himself with no help, and he had never seen another guitar player as smart as him in the studio. Most solos in metal a lot of times are done on "takes" and crafted together, but not the solos on the Ozzy albums with Rhoads. They're layered out into 3 separate tracks of guitars, and he often is using two different guitars when he does this (his tremolo equipped V and the Les Paul)  

       

      This kid I talk to is trying to nail the "Les Paul tone" he had, and I had to explain to him how all that is layered out and that's why the guitar tone changes a bit in the solos, and that's not always a Les Paul what you're hearing on the record. 

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      Last thing tonight, I saw Jerry Jones on tv and he is GLOWING. The man is positively in old rich white male euphoria with this win streak and his new prized baby QB.

       

      Jerry Jones is the arch-type, rich white owner, with an ego, I can't stand him. 

       

      Wait till Dallas loses again though, he is going to be on the sidelines going nuts...I watched some old Cowboys games from 1992 over the summer, and he was even on the sidelines going nuts back then when they had close losses. No wonder Jimmy Johnson left, he probably put up with so much crap from him. 

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      I hate to say this but Dallas IS due to reach another SB. They're long overdue. Historically, they have never went a drought like this, but no way would I pick them to win it. They probably could take advantage of a weak NFC team but their defense would be their death for a deep playoff run, and I'm not a firm believer in a rookie QB winning it all.

       

      I think Kurt Warner is the only "first year" QB to ever win a Super Bowl and I would not even say that, cause he played 4 or 5 years in the arena league and was quite experienced at 29 years old. 

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  17. The NFC South is the first division since the realignment in 2002 to have all four teams reach the Super Bowl. 

     

    But I'm sure come 2017 season, we'll be told how this the "worst division" in the league for another year - All four teams have made the SB, with Carolina making it twice, two of them have won Super Bowls (2002 Tampa, 2009 New Orleans).  Since 2002, there has only been one team win it back to back and that was Carolina in 2013-2015. Beyond that, every year has had a different division winner and the divisional match ups can be incredibly unpredictable. 

     

    The only other division with the same number of success has been the NFC West who has sent 3 teams to the SB (and the Rams made it in 2001 the last year before the realignment) 

     

    But yeah! Worst division in football! 

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      If you look at his profile, it's eery right now. Just wow.

       

      I mean he was possibly at times our most active poster all around for the NFL and NBA and MLB too since he was a die hard Cubs fan.

       

      I am not even a Cubs fan but now I am glad they won it all since he was so excited over it.

    3. Jules

      Jules

      This forum has a literal spirit on it now.

    4. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      Yeah I am still shocked by the news. He looked so young too, he was only 34 so to me that is younger. Just sad. He was on here a lot and it probably helped him cope with every day life because it allowed him to talk about sports to hundreds of people. This place is a rare Football Site and is busy 24 hours a day. I am sure he considered this place part of his family, it feels like that in here.

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  18. The. Same. Story. Every. Year. 

     

     

    Fire Sean Payton - he has had 5 YEARS to figure this thing out on defense...coaches change, players change, schemes change, yet here we are and nothing has really changed in play. Still looks as bad as it did 5 years ago. Officially done with this....

    1. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      You pretty sum up my worst fears of it...Was your neighbor's cat a miniature, like really small? That's what I have. All miniatures. The biggest ones are about half the size of a natural cat. 

       

      It's strange though cause it was only this one cat. i have a white one who is a miniature too and she had kittens and tended to them like any other cat (but sadly they didn't live). You mention another cat adopting the kittens as their own, and that is exactly what my white one did several months ago with a kitten that managed to survive to another cat (the mother died sadly) . 

       

      This specific cat though, it's so strange and it's been giving me headaches for months. First off, it went into heat back around March when it was still somewhat cold. It had kittens, and I'll never forget it just having them and leaving them there...she didn't clean them or nothing. It was like she had them, and moved on...I have had to force that cat to tend to them. This last litter that got killed off, I was forcing her into a box to make her feed them. 

    2. teganslaw

      teganslaw

      In response to your question,my neighbor's cat wasn't real small or miniature. She was over a year old, so didn't have kittens too young. I have no idea why she abandoned them; sometimes it just happens in nature,. 

       

      How is the cat's health now? You had mentioned that her body was broken after having kittens. That's quite  a large litter for such a small cat. 

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Hmmm, that might be a combination of issues come to think of it. This cat is less than a year old too. I didn't think a cat could go into heat at 7 months old, but it happened. 

       

      Her body suffered damage internally. She had 5 kittens and is real little, so it tore her insides up. She had difficulties with using the bathroom, which is hard to talk about without getting graphic and I don't want to gross anyone out. She lost most of her weight too, it's barely anything left to her weight-wise. 

       

      5 kittens though out of a small cat, oh yeah, it's hard to believe cause that's such a large litter. 

       

      All my cats are miniatures. Some of them are bob-tailed. The tail will be like a nub. I had some a few years ago with absolutely no tail at all. 

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  19. This video is the greatest thing ever 

     

     

    1. Jules

      Jules

      Glad to see you so excited too, now I want to listen sometime.

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      Wait, this is a real record/CD? I thought it was just a really bad info mercial or something. 

       

      It sounds like 7 grand is headed your way Bogie. Just Joking! 

       

      The pitch man is wearing a black ski mask. Sounds legit to me. lmao 

       

      Is Trevor a former terrorist? Or does he just kidnap & hold rich US citizens for ransom as a 401 K plan? 

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      Is Trevor masquerading as a self help, spiritual guru or something? Very odd. 

       

      If it really improves your life, I'm happy for you Bogie, but I think I'll pass. Thank you. 

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  20. Three METAL Jams you need for Halloween to scare the trick or treaters.....

     

    Remind them that the MOB RULES....


    COME TO THE SABBATH

     

     

    Finally, don't forget what THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST is....

     

     

    1. southwest1

      southwest1

      Note to the Rock N Roll HOF committee this yr: 

       

      Stop messing around & finally put Bruce & Iron Maiden where they truly belong already. Enough is enough. This isn't funny anymore. It's time. 

  21. Today is the sad anniversary if you're a grunge fan. RIP Kurt, and RIP Layne. Nirvana and Alice In Chains marathon, all day. 

    1. Jules

      Jules

      I know that song by Alice in Chains. I know a ton of their music but I don't think I ever bought anything from them or got it. I admit they were a pretty talented band.

       

      I think when most think of grunge they think "Nirvana" first and Kurt Cobain and probably because well.......yeah they were pretty freaking grungy lol and Kurt died giving him the legend status and all that crap at 27. And granted Nirvana wasn't really all that smooth in sound a lot and was a product of studio production.......they did click hardcore as a band for the short time they had together. They had chemistry. 

       

      Some of the early Manson stuff is also grunge in a way you once told me and you can hear it on Portrait which ironically is still my favorite album of theirs due to cake and sodomy LOL.

       

      At least Manson had lyrics though. Nirvana's lyrics were pretty bland. I am a big fan of lyrics but still have that stupid soft spot for grunge. 

       

      It was sort of that "I don't care" angst movement too that many dug.

       

      I think some grunge could even be called punk at times? Some Nirvana was punk-ish if you dig through it and some STP stuff too maybe even.

    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Marilyn Manson's original band "The Spooky Kids" were hardcore grunge or punk, whatever you want to call it. He didn't want to be grunge, and he clashed with his band mates over this when he hooked up with Reznor who produced and pushed the music in a more modern industrial way. 

       

      Grunge was punk rock all over again, same thing. They play the same power chord heavy songs, and it's all muddy sounding and loud. You aren't wrong that production really helped Nirvana. The band fought the producers over Nevermind, and thankfully the producer's won and we got a much more polished sounding album. I listened to their debut 'Bleach' the other day, and I'm always taken back at how horribly produced that album is. 

       

      Alice In Chains was too talented to be called grunge. They are a metal band in my eyes, they certainly had the rhythm section for it to compete with all the big metal bands out at the time. 

       

      I couldn't ever get into Stone Temple Pilots. They became the 70's nostalgia band of the 90's, and I hated that stuff. I would rather listen to the real deal of Bowie or Iggy Pop, rather than a poor imitation of it. I hated that Scott Weiland died last year, since he was so big during my youth. STP's debut album was OK, but everything else fell flat. 

       

       

    3. Jules

      Jules

      At least we got "creep" lol

       

       

       

       

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  22. Today makes 15 years of AI and the practice rant. 

     

     

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      I am actually getting tired of watching the Celtics and Wizards. And everyone knows neither team will be in the finals. And I know you get tired of hearing about Kobe, but where I am all I hear about is how Kobe and IT talk a lot. lmao 

       

      Warriors/Spurs I think starts Sunday. Ugh, Warriors.......major ugh.

    3. Jules

      Jules

      Talk to you tomorrow. Have a good night.

       

       

    4. Jules

      Jules

      I swear I am almost done but seriously I do NOT want Lonzo Ball. For some time I thought the idea of him and his dad was cute and funny. Not anymore.

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  23. Tudor still makes electric football tables and it appears they are fully licensed by the NFL now. Does anyone take this up as a hobby? 

    1. Jules

      Jules

      Not sure but those look like fun.

       

      Just great, sitting here following the Saints in a tied game and the Chiefs in a tied game.

       

       

      Nervous........

       

      And the Raiders just took the one point lead. Sigh. So sad.

    2. Jules

      Jules

      CHIEFS!!!!!!!! What a monster comeback win.

       

      Maybe we got something here.

  24. Vikings gonna be so disappointed to learn next week that this only happens against the Saints...

    1. Jules

      Jules

      And you got to see this:

       

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      I can't see whatever that is at the bottom. I'm using Chrome, that might be why...

       

       

      Yeah, Goff is going to come back down to earth too. Your team made him look like Kurt Warner, that was as shameful as the Saints making SAM BRADFORD look like Dan Marino. 

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      And now the Minnesota hype train begins!! lmao

       

      Here's my guarantee ahead of time...If the Vikings do make the playoffs, I promise that they will lose and either blame it all on the field goal kicker (1998 NFCCG vs Atlanta, vs Seattle a few years ago), or the refs (Drew Pearson hail mary!!!) or something stupid like 'Bountygate' (Saints NFCCG)....I hate this team and their whiny fans so much, cause nothing is ever their fault. They can never just take responsibility for losing. No, it's always someone else's fault or they make up a conspiracy like they did with Bountygate. They're the Hillary Clinton of NFL teams - they think they've automatically won in the playoffs before the game is even played, and then have a laundry list of people and things to blame when it don't go their way. 

       

      GO PACK GO...WIN THAT EASY DIVISION AND SEND THEM HOME CRYING IN PURPLE RAIN. 

       

       

       

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  25. Watching Miami Vice episodes back to back on binges, is like looking back in a time capsule and reliving the retro awesomeness of 1985. Too bad I was just a baby in that year. 

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