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  1. Long term, I think the Pelicans come out (slightly) ahead here, but sort of depends on the health of the principals. Also, those No. 1s they get worsen as the Lakers Record improves, right? So maybe not so valuable down the road. As to Lavar Ball, Webster’s Dictionary is currently embroiled in ongoing negotiations regarding whether they can get him to agree to (prominently) affix his photo next to the words “idiot” and “moron” and “dumbass” and “blowhard”. Word is, Lavar wants all four... if he can get his price...
  2. Cousins had no legs, well, because he has no legs. Mad props to him for working thru not one, but two devastating injuries this past year-plus, but I haven’t seen “lift” (vertical) from a Center like this since Bill Laimbeer...
  3. TTT and Cincy’s warring bids on E-Bay for said first bench breaks Internet...
  4. As usual, you're cherry-picking. No great surprise. Sure, some people said these things, but others also saw the merit of the article. I must have missed the quotes from you as to that. No one wants to have their money go where it isn't intended/designated to go, but the changes that have been implemented over the last few years have already addressed many of those past missteps. But keep doing what you do. We're all more enlightened for it...
  5. I think for some of the younger guys, over time (years), this stuff gets old after a while. By that I mean, you want to get past some of the junior high shenanigans that some die-hards here can't seem to let go of. Also, the rhetoric changes... and yet stays the same. For SJSU fans, sure, we're tired of all the losing. On a base level, that's not at all conducive to posting in the first place (here or elsewhere). All we hear about here is that we're not wanted. I get that, but the fact is we're still here. Ultimately, I think that adds up to (virtually) no participation from SJSU fans. I can't speak to other fan bases (although it's widely known that many miss the competitiveness that Utah, TCU and BYU brought to the table), but I find I find it laughable that many here think that, without SJSU in the conference, that many, if not all, MWC problems are magically solved. Far and away, we're the most convenient scapegoat, but the fact of the matter is that even without SJSU you're still stuck on the outside looking in (G5). Moreover, you don't magically get 3 or 4 NCAA bids every year, or make it to P6 Bowls, because we're suddenly gone. The problems run far deeper than that, e.g., lukewarm Western U.S. fan bases, (by and large) small markets, late game times, etc. Those are "structural" problems that, IMO, wont ever change. Anyway, I know the usual rags here will respond negatively to this. I expect that, so have at it. I don't really care about that. I just care abut our Athletic's program improving - wherever we are. And for now at least, we're here, so I want that improvement to be to both SJSU's and the MWC's benefit...
  6. Very sad day for SJSU, UH, UofA fans, etal... https://www.azdesertswarm.com/football/2019/5/11/18580613/dick-tomey-arizona-wildcats-lung-cancer-obituary-2019-hawaii-san-jose-state
  7. This is still a long way off and a lot has to happen for it to occur, but it would be interesting (for some) to see the Sharks and Joe Thornton in the finals against the Bruins. I’d like to see him and guys like Pavelski and Couture raise the Stanley Cup someday, and this may be their last best chance (together)...
  8. That’s not the point. It didn’t, but it could have. It’s a tough call when the best horse wins and is nonetheless DQ’d, but this move seems mostly jockey error. The large field argument by the owner is laughable. I wonder how many times either he or others have barely gotten horses into the field and didn’t complain then (win, lose or place). It’s sour grapes. Oh, and had his horse not get DQ’ed, does anyone think the owner calls Churchill Downs a “greedy organization?” This guy sounds like the worst hypocrite around...
  9. I don’t think you look at taking away the Boise deal as (appreciably) adding to each school’s Assistant $$ pool (low six figures), rather, it’s about Boise not have that extra seven figures to pay said Assistants themselves. Addition by subtraction. When you look at it that way the playing field seemingly is then more leveled - not when looking at it the other way around...
  10. Yeah, upon your suggestion I was thinking of that being a good way for it to go down. Instead of an arrow to the chest/gut area, maybe one thru an eye or her mouth? That would be pretty gruesome. Also, in keeping with some of GOT’s finer (shocking) “kill” moments...
  11. I agree here (and not just because of any prophecy). Just seems fitting, although Rogue’s scenario above would be a pretty wicked twist...
  12. While this strategy may be tactically sound (I have no idea if that's really the case), you have to remember that we're watching a TV show here so the point (at least initially) isn't to show its audience how "smart" strategically the defenders of Winterfell are - it's to create and build drama and suspense... and, in this case, dread and terror. All for the next 1:15 (or so). With Winterfell still intact, including its defenders, what could be worse for the living humans' plight? Losing the horse-riding Dothraki in, like, 30 seconds? Check. I agree the strategy was incomprehensibly bad, but I also recognize the job of the TV producers is to add the sense of impending doom - not win medals for strategy. I think the net effect of us seeing all those Dothraki Arakhs almost simultaneously flaming out in the distance was the "Oh shit!" payoff that the producers wanted to deliver to the audience. Yes, "that was effing ridiculously stupid" may have come to mind first (to many of us), but the bottom line is this (fatal) path had just made the odds in the war considerably worse than they already were. This is all part of dramatic television, of course. I think your defensive strategy, while almost certainly light years more effective/pragmatic in its approach, would drag out the initial battle (outside the walls) far longer than anyone wanted. It's even darker in your proposed perimeter area(s) than inside the Keep's walls, which is further problematical. As a show fan, I don't want to see the dragons just lay waste to the dead from above, with little action other than rotating Unsullied/Dothraki exchanges in extra-dark surroundings. I think you have a numbers issue as well. You had to suspend belief for all of this stuff already, i.e., in that the wights and White walkers supposedly numbered 100k in total (I forget what episode, but that number was definitely mentioned), but I think that many still overwhelm your loosely guarded perimeters. Practically speaking, not sure there was enough time or raw materials, etc., to build such defenses in the first place either. All that being said, and from my admittedly simplistic perspective, I think the inevitable destruction of the Dothraki could at least have been forestalled for a little while. As you say, maybe deploy them at the back of the castle and then as the wights attack the front-line defenses (Unsullied) have the Dothraki fan out, circle around and hit 'em on the flank. In this regard, there's a semblance of (initial) strategy - you know, other than the mass suicide approach. I also think the slaughter of the Dothraki served to unhinge Dany such that all bets were off for her (from an aerial attack respective). The ensuing chaos in the air benefitted the dead hordes and also "detached" the dragon scenes from the ground battle as Jon and Dan focused on locating Viserion and the Night King. Without the strafing runs you mention (there were some) that put even more pressure on Winterfell's defenses, which ultimately lead to more tense moments for the other characters. Anyway, your strategy undoubtedly would have worked in a greater strategic sense, but this is TV we're talking about. "Smart" decisions reduce conflict, and since conflict is drama we needed to have some really bad things happen from the get-go...
  13. Re: GOT S8 03, looks like I’m arriving late to the party here. What follows will mostly seem like a rehash of what any number of web-sites have already stated/observed, but I wanted to offer some of my own feedback. Sorry in advance for the length (understatement). All told, I guess it sort of encompasses what would have been a series of responses to the string at hand. The Good: · The palpable sense of doom at almost every turn – from the get-go (any subsequent life or death jests by Tyrion’s notwithstanding). · The way Winterfell was lined with dragonglass at almost every turn. Gendry certainly got “busy” this past week - in more ways than one! · Melisandre lighting the Dothroki swords at the onset of their ill-fated attack/charge. · Extinguishing of said swords by the wights/White Walkers, and in VERY short order. In a few seconds, that long-distance camera shot told more than any close-up action sequence ever could (not that this was “good” for the Dothraki). · The fact that, aside from the Sansa-Tyrion scenes in the crypt, there really was no “rest” at all for the Winterfell defense/occupants. This is/was as it should be. Remember, the dead “never tire.” Jon hammered that concept home many, many times the past couple seasons. Yet the episode pacing was still quite good (meaning the battle wasn’t always at 1000 MPH). Credit Benioff and Weiss for a good (yet some would say expedient) script and the Director for some really masterful direction. · Beric Dondarrion’s (ultimate) sacrifice for Arya. He was a question-mark for a long time, but the last two seasons saw his worth (contribution) to the (ultimate) cause flesh out nicely. · John not trying to (heroically) “help” others late, e.g., Sam, as he desperately tries to reach the Godswood and Bran. Denying instinct (to save his friend), he actually saw the long game there, but Viserion wasn’t playing. Jon got pinned down and there was nothing he could do about it. Given his “opponent” was a wight ice dragon this surely made for any agonizing position for him to be caught in. · The Hound cowering as the circumstances grew more dire (and the fire increased). This was in character. Only Beric’s exhortations and Arya’s courage/well-being was able to pull him out of that particular funk. Assuming he and Gregor/The Mountain get it on before it’s all said and done (the show can’t possibly deprive us of that... right?) I’m going on record here as saying that fire will be a key component regarding that outcome, too. · Theon’s character arc had a fitting end (hint: maybe bring more arrows to the party next time, bro’). The So-So: · Most of the dragon sequences. The cloud cover the Night King wrought made their airborne tangles really hard to follow. Except for the occasional close-up on the human/dead combatants, only Dany’s white hair (and coat) helped in, for example, identifying her/Drogon. · Jamie seemed to get lost in the battle sequences. Then again, it’s his left hand doing the fighting, so it’s not like he’s a sword whiz anymore. · I would’ve liked to have seen a bit more of Brienne and her battles, too – you know, since she’s recently been knighted and all. · Despite Edd’s heroics, seems like Sam shoulda been killed, like, a dozen times or more. A complete liability on the battlefield (and make no mistake, I like his character – just not in a traditional “fighting” sense). · Jon seemed a bit aimless at times, but that sort of comes with the territory. Is/was an episode/writing thing more than his (proven) courageous character. · I love Davos’ character, but he was reduced to a non-factor in this battle. As he should have been, I suppose. Like Sam, fighting’s not in his character. The Bad: · The darkness. I have an old Pioneer Elite plasma, so I know I’m oodles of technological generations behold the current crop of TVs (er... it cost me more than $3k+ back in the day, tho’, so was pretty top-notch back then), but I’ve heard many complain about the blacks on their more current LCD’s/LED’s, etc., with this episode. Then again, the battle took place in the “dead” of the night (ha-ha), so what can a person really say here? it was always going to be difficult to follow. · Bran warging on a raven and then disappearing until he came back to commend Theon at the very end. Would like to have seen Bran offer a bit more immediate feedback to us on, well, just about anything. · The Night King smirking (if only marginally) when Drogon’s fire doesn’t affect him. IMO, he shouldn’t have had that emotion in his repertoire - at all. · Nothing on how Ghost fared (or, rather, helped – he’s in the trailer for S3 04). After that initial shot of him, maybe it was so brief that I missed it? The Spectacular: · Melisandre lighting the Dothroki horde’s swords just before the onset of their ill-fated attack. Cool shite. · Extinguishing of said swords by the wights, and in VERY short order. In a few seconds, that long-distance camera shot told so much more than any close-up action sequence ever could. · Lyanna Mormont going down... and taking a Giant wight with her. As gruesome as her death was, did we really expect her to go out in lesser fashion? It may have been a bit formulaic (David vs. Goliath... yet both die), but I felt it was a very satisfying end to an exceedingly formidable foe. · Jorah's demise defending Dany late. IMO, that has always been in the cards, so not difficult to predict. She was toast without him. To not have him die that way would leave a lot of people hollow. · Arya bad-assing almost everyone, yet playing the “quiet” scene in the library, etc., to perfection. Despite being an accomplished agent of death, her fear was considerable. · Arya killing the Night King. At least the knife bad-assery was set up in a past episode. More as to Arya... So many people on the Internet are so up in arms and are going ape-sh!t about how she got past the White Walkers in the first place, blah-blah blah. FFS, of all the people on the show she was far and away the most trained person as an assassin, so these movements are effectively second nature to her. Moreover, more than any other (living) character, she was “comfortable” around death. Did we expect Sam to kill the Night King instead? Pod? Davos??? After all, he (Sam) started it all off by being the first to kill a White Walker early on in the show. IMO, what would have been cool is if Arya leapt, the camera cut to a slo-mo on her and she was instead one of the people she had dispatched (in other words, she was wearing someone else’s face) and was in the act of pulling it off with her non-knife wielding hand... only to get stopped in mid-air in much the same fashion that she actually was. A bit gratuitous, I know (if it’s not a face that serves a purpose for the scene, then what’s the point?). Anyway, as stated, dropping the knife to her other hand had already been set-up in a previous episode, so this was at least a somewhat believable way to get past the Night King’s formidable defenses (reactions). He sensed her coming up behind him after all (uh... on second thought, maybe she shouldn’t have yelled). Ultimately, I think this was a fitting kill. The fact that it seems to have killed off 100% of the White Walkers/wights serving underneath the Night Kings reign is both a fortunate (for those left living) and unfortunate outcome (for some of the show’s more blood-thirsty, reaaalllly Long Night fans). Honestly, I don’t think there was any middle ground here (“deathly” survivors), lest we have another situation wherein Frodo (Arya) throws the One Ring (valyrian steel blade) into the fire (The Night King’s chest/stomach) in Mount Doom (Winterfell) and HE dies... yet all the remaining White Walkers and wights (orcs, trolls, etc.) survive and then simply scramble aimlessly away from the front Gate (also Winterfell). Beyond that, having Jon do it would’ve been far too obvious (predictable). No one was more singularly qualified to take on death than Arya, so, IMO, how that scene/act played out made the most sense, yet still delivered a pretty cool surprise. At least two other things I would’ve like to have seen: · Sansa having to take out a wight from her family’s crypts. That would’ve been really tough emotionally (not to mention physically)... and perhaps even tougher identifying to us who it was – you know amidst the darkness and overall chaos. Upon “ordering” her to the crypts, it sort of felt like Arya also gave her that dragonglass for a reason. If nothing else, I could’ve maybe seen her saving Tyrion (from behind) while he (drunkenly) grappled with someone larger than him? · This may be heresy to some, but if you truly wanted some additional shock value, you’d have also had (wight) Hodor eventually leading the Night King to Bran (I know, I know, the mark on Bran is all that’s needed there, but still...). Seeing such a beloved character in this fashion (his death episode was fantastic/moving GOT stuff) would’ve really shook up the crowd (show fans). Maybe Bran would’ve even had a thing or two more to say like, “dude, I still can’t understand what you’re saying – even when you’re all dead and stuff.” Ultimately, to me, this felt like a satisfying battle episode. Anyone who knows anything about GOT knows that Night King/White Walker/wight angle, while quite compelling in of itself (the prospect of human annihilation in the Seven Kingdoms is a pretty Big Deal, after all), is nonetheless mere window dressing to the “living” aspect of the show. The family interactions and feuds (and lies... and greed... and debauchery, etc.) is, far and away, what really drives this epic show. In my mind, the Long Night therefore necessarily had to be a Short one. What, are we to wait decades for Resolutions to that (as the books suggest)? Some people need to divorce their mindsight of the TV show from the books. There has already been notable divergencies between the two, but without GRRM’s last two books in our hands, by definition, we’re (deeply) in unchartered territory. Say what you want about Weiss and Benioff. Personally, I think they’ve done a bang-up job, i.e., given the (extremely) finite number of episodes we had left - you know, when they announced the show would be ending in 2 shortened seasons, i.e., after Season 6. In that vein, anyone who’s disappointed as to how “easy” it was to kill those nasty undead folks should maybe stick to (bad) George Romero reruns. As a side-note, do we even “know” if GRR Martin has confirmed that Arya will similarly be the hero in the books? I highly doubt he woud give that away, but I dunno... I will say that I was wrong on a couple of counts. Like many, I predicted Edd, Ser Jorah and Melisandre’s deaths. Not difficult there. I was, however, surprised that Lady Lyanna went down, too. Even in already discounting Ser Jorah’s past, House Mormont is in absolute tatters. I also had Brienne and/or Tormund biting the dust. Oh, and definitely Grey Worm. Don’t get me wrong - I’m glad they’re all still around – but I think they may all go eventually. Those characters aside, who do you think goes amongst Jon, Dany, Sansa, Tyrion, Jamie, Cersei, Qyburn, Davos, Varys, Missandei, Sam, Pod, Gendry, Yara, Euron, Bronn, the Hound, the Mountain... (I’m probably missing a person or two)? I dunno. But I’m sort of thinking that after Jaime kills Cersei (originally, I had Arya killing her – as Littlefinger – but I have my doubts that she gets the TWO most important kills of the show), he is somehow killed himself. In this instance, I don’t think Brienne then also dies. I also think that either Jon kills Dany or Dany kills Jon... or one of them kills themselves (more likely Dany – out of love for her nephew? Or even madness??? Whatever the case, I think Tyrion survives. Varys dies (duh). Euron, too (double-duh). Qyburn and the Mountain, as well (triple and quadruple duh?!). And maybe, just maybe, either Arya OR Sansa. Not sure which. I guess the “bittersweet” part of the ending everyone is alluding to could theoretically be isolated solely between the Dany and Jon (major) characters, but there will probably be more. IMO, this brings in the Arya/Sansa death dilemma. Regardless, as it has been already this season, the next three weeks should be “epic” to watch...
  14. LOL at Points 1 and 2. Sure, Vegas dominated the score (at 3-0), but they were not dominating play. Simply put, they were finishing whereas the Sharks were not. That happens all the time in hockey. And a 2 minute minor on the Pavelski play/hit? GTFO of here with that. Look at the rules. I posted some of them earlier. They're clear...
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