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General Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Thread - Da Bears take Da division.
« Last post by El Barto on Today at 02:35:43 PM »
So I've been dealing with some weird feelings lately.  I'm a Cleveland native, and as such, a Browns fan, and I'm enjoying watching Browns football for the first time since I was a kid in the late 80's.  Watching the most recent game against the Broncos, even when they were down 13-10, I knew the Browns were going to win.  Like, I had a confidence that they could close it out against the Broncos that I have never felt before.  Even though Baker Mayfield was not having a great game, I had this feeling that he just needed one drive to make it happen.  And then the defense got the interception and sure enough, Browns score the touchdown to go ahead.  Hey Patriots fans, does this feeling get old?  I hope it doesn't.
Nope. Never gets old. But it's not permanent, either. There will be games when the team just doesn't look right, and you'll be hoping instead that they don't choke away their 4 point lead. On the bright side, there might be a time when you know your team is going to win the super bowl when they're only down by 19.  :biggrin:
General Discussion / Re: DTF chat thread v. 2049
« Last post by cramx3 on Today at 02:27:37 PM »
General Discussion / Re: DTF chat thread v. 2049
« Last post by lonestar on Today at 02:26:46 PM »
First round went really well, live what they are offering between the compensation and the benefits. Giggity...
General Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Thread - Da Bears take Da division.
« Last post by Stadler on Today at 02:24:57 PM »
Christ, Wittenbooger is calling the super bowl this year. I had no idea. The good news is that I suspect that will lead to far more criticism, and hopefully a change in course.

I would say that the good news is that those of us in the U.S. won't have to listen to this mess.  CBS has U.S. broadcast rights, and I assume that means Jim Nantz and Tony Romo.  The TessWittenBooger team will be on "ESPN International’s broadcast of the Super Bowl."  I assume that means an English language broadcast outside the U.S.

I despise Jim Nantz; not so much the man, but the announcer.   He always seems to want to make every event "one for the ages", and mid-season NFL games just don't have that gravitas.  Plus I'm still bitter over that first Uconn-Duke NCAA Championship where he was almost dumbfounded that Uconn would have the NERVE to challenge the sacred Mike Krzyzewski.    I'd much rather have Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth.

Having said that, as much as I didn't like Romo on the field, he's fast becoming one of my favorites in the booth.  He's smart - smarter than I thought, honestly - and he doesn't succumb to the typical rookie mistake of making everything into the "Immaculate Reception"; he's got a good mix of enthusiasm and realism. 
The dude seriously exhibits a lot of the traits of BPD:

A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships - check
Unstable self-image or sense of self - check
Impulsivity - check
Inappropriate, intense anger - rumours of that happening behind the scenes
Transient, stress-related paranoid thoughts or severe dissociative symptoms
Emotional instability - check

The last one is evidenced by POTUS' new MO of twisting facts to match his feelings... and ties back to the point Chino bolded.

Twisting facts would be progress for this guy. 'Merely' altering or misrepresenting information would at least suggest he's grounded in the same reality as the rest of us, but that's not what he does anymore. He just flat out makes shit up without a single concern for how truthful it is. Today on Twitter he pulled the figure of "$200 billion" out of his ass and claimed that this is how much "illegal immigration" costs America every year (presumably the figure doesn't include 2 of his 3 wives). This was an hour or so after saying that "19,000 text messages" between Strzok and Page had been "illegally deleted" (they hadn't). Yesterday he wrote this absolute gem of a tweet, possibly my favourite of all his output thus far:

"Today I am making good on my promise to defend our Farmers & Ranchers from unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. I have authorized Secretary Perdue to implement the 2nd round of Market Facilitation Payments. Our economy is stronger than ever–we stand with our Farmers!"

The American economy is apparently so strong that for the 2nd time in 4 months he has had to order the Secretary of Agriculture to use some of the money they've already had to borrow from China ($1.15 trillion dollars as of September of this year and rising every week at a completely unmanageable rate) to bail out farmers who are in this mess because they cannot sell their products to China because of Trump's own idiotic trade war. This is the level of economic genius who (re: the tweet Chino pasted) prefers to trust "feelings" rather than "meaningless numbers". What in any other reality would be called a government bailout (*gasp* socialism!) he has termed "Market Facilitation Payments" (because nothing is more likely to 'facilitate' a market than using borrowed money to pay American farmers not to grow or sell their crops), and's all the fault of "foreign nations". Which "foreign nations", you ask? Doesn't matter. Tinpot Jingoistic Dictatorship 101: any and every problem that befalls the country is the fault of "foreign nations", that's all you need to know.

It's staggering the shit he comes out with now. It was always bad but he's so far out of his gourd these days that it's become a grimly fascinating voyeuristic experiment in what happens when you take a poorly-educated narcissist with no filter or impulse control, cocoon him away in a safe space full of sycophantic yes men and dependent family members, remove from him absolutely any negative consequence for talking out of his ass, and then hand him an iphone and a toilet that locks. What you get is the Twitter feed of Donald J. Trump. 10 to 15 posts a day of complete and unreserved lunacy.
General Discussion / Re: DTF chat thread v. 2049
« Last post by cramx3 on Today at 02:17:38 PM »
Speaking of downtime, my gf just decided to start making all these plans, I had to tell her to stop.  I am soooo looking forward to downtime next week, and already all but 2 of my days are booked up now.  I really just want to chill at home, get some personal shit done that I dont have time to do and mostly rest my mind.  All my vacations this year were really active and busy so I haven't had much time this year to just sit back and recharge which I am desperately needing.
General Music Discussion / Re: Mew - Visuals (2017)
« Last post by ReaperKK on Today at 02:15:30 PM »
Wow, I haven’t listened to mew in years. I need to give them a spin.
General Music Discussion / Re: QUESTIONS for Neal Morse
« Last post by hefdaddy42 on Today at 02:11:12 PM »
That is best kept to P/R, but even if serious, what does it matter given that both views are dangerously false?
Oh, I agree with you.  I just thought it was a funny question.  I also think it would be funny to see the look on Neal's face if that were asked.
Polls/Survivors / Re: The HAKEN Survivor 2018 - Affinity: Round 6!
« Last post by Parama on Today at 02:02:03 PM »
Architect of the Skies
General Discussion / Re: Motorcycle Thread
« Last post by ReaperKK on Today at 01:57:31 PM »
Phoenix did a great job covering everything. Usually 40 is about as cold as I can ride at and even then I won’t be out long. You do have to be careful with cold asephalt it can be as slippery as wet asphalt.
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