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  1. What was the best scene from the books in your opinion?

    Jamie's speech to Brienne in the bath.
  2. Is this GRRM's big twist that he just came up with?

    My problem with this is that when we first see Mance he's described as being fairly unremarkable, not too tall, not buff or stoic. Just sort of very average an unassuming. Rhaegar is described as tall and pretty much the most ideal male in the 7 kingdoms.
  3. Rhaegar and Lyanna weren't in love

    The problem with every Rheagar and Lyanna thread is that we simply don't know enough about their mutual interactions to make any real observations or deductions.
  4. The problem is that it's heavily implied that Visery's treatment of Dany was informed largely by resentment he had after being cast out of his homeland, denied his birthright, mocked as a beggar, scavenging to provide for himself and Dany, etc. Over many years that sacrifice broke him. This is a scenario where Visery's has none of that baggage and was raised by a mother who loved him and grew up as one of the most important social figures in Westeros. I mean even in the books Dany thinks about how Visery's was a great brother most of her life and that he took care of her. So it shouldn't be treated as a given that he's abusive. You are completely altering his formative years and changing a lot of the circumstances that made him that cold hearted and bitter. And even if you just assume Visery's ends up a horrible husband, which I would disagree with, he's still a son of the royal family and a valuable tool for a political alliance. Aside from that. The smartest thing for the Targaryen dynasty at that point would be to marry Dany off to Robb Stark. They don't have an especially close relationship and politically they are incredibly valuable being the House furthest North with the largest landmass. Just that alone means between Rheagar and Dany you have the two furthest Houses in the most strategic locations in an alliance with you. That's big for the Targs having marriages with the sister of Dorne's two princes and the Warden of the North. Visery's has two key options. He marries Arianne and now Dorne is forever tied to House Targaryen or he marry's Margeary and gets the biggest army. I probably go with Marg. Dorne should be happy that the new crown prince is half Dornish. If Cersie isn't married by this point I definitely consider that as well.
  5. What was Tywin thinking?

    -he didn't expect Robert to die and leave a power vacuum. -he didn't expect Ned to claim Joffrey to be a bastard and now have a question over the line of succession and have the head of the house he was in conflict with to have treason charges levied against him. -he didn't expect Robb to be cunning enough to capture Jamie -Since he didn't expect accusations to be hurled at Joffrey he had no reason to believe that Stannis was in Dragonstone biding his time to make a play for the throne. -He didn't expect Joffrey to execute Ned with every single advisor telling him not to. -Nobody expected Renly would make a play for the throne until Renly revealed his plan to Ned Stark. -Nobody expected Renly to die later on and for Stannis to unify the Stormlands. Before that Stannis was a bit of an empty threat. The reality was Tywin was placed in a conflict he didn't anticipate for BEFORE all that happened, and then circumstances changed quickly and radically on him and he was stuck playing the hand he was dealt. Tywin was constantly forced to adapt and change his play. He got lucky, but he needed to be lucky to get out of that situation. His lone advantage was holding Sansa and Arya hostage (which was only partially true) and that was a weaker hand than the Stark's having Jamie. The only figures that gave Tywin legitimacy were making isolated in King's Landing making a mess of the situation.
  6. NFL Offseason: Trail of Tears or My Cousin Kirky

    I miss the old days of it being called the juice, BUT SOMEBODY had to go and ruin that word for football.
  7. Prequel Discussion

    The only two that I think have a chance of being a success are Robert's Rebellion or the Conquest. Mainly because both are multilayered epics in scale. The Rebellion has the advantage of having strong ties to the original series and built care for the characters. Ned, Robert, Tywin, Jamie, etc. And while the major points will be hit on in the current show, there are plenty of interesting gaps to fill in. You can probably keep this going up to the Greyjoy Rebellion. The conquest resets the table a bit, but it's pretty standard. Older Westeros being taken over by Dragonlords. The forging of the Iron Throne. Could work but it's mostly going to be dragons dominating everyone. It isn't really even a contest until Dorne, which is whatever.
  8. NFL Offseason: Trail of Tears or My Cousin Kirky

    It's not a loophole. It's using a rule to cause confusion. A loophole is finding a legal maneuver to do something that is otherwise prohibited. There is a difference. A loophole is something like I want to do X but rule #24 says I can't do X. But I can legally do A, F and Y. And doing that effectively allows me to perform X without being penalized for it. There was never an intention in the rule book to prevent what the Patriots did. The Patriots just took advantage of the mechanics of a rule to apply it in an outside the box way to give a team a look they weren't prepared for. There was a never priority of the NFL to not have that happen. The greater irony of the whole thing is that because of how much attention it got, it likely wouldn't work again for several years. The Patriots weren't even comfortable doing it in the first half because they figured it would be useless if the Ravens had the chance to talk about. So it was almost redundant changing the rule.
  9. NFL Offseason: Trail of Tears or My Cousin Kirky

    They could very easily get a first round pick if they wanted to between Garrapolo and Butler. So the idea that they couldn't draft him is a bit of moot point. If they wanted him bad enough they could easily get him. Blount was caught in the passenger seat of a car smoking weed. That's about as harmless as it gets. It was decriminalized in the state he plays for back when it happened and now in that same state. If you want to go crazy on that, knock yourself out. Thompkins is a tricky case. He definitely had issues. But they were generally confined to way back when he was in high school and most of them when he was a minor. About 4 or 5 years before the Patriots picked him up. And he basically was one of those cases where he found god or something at jr college and was something of a model citizen ever since, who had coaches going out of their to vouch for his character. So by the time he got to the Patriots he was considered a success story of someone who turned his life around. Michael Floyd's probably your best example. He has an alcohol problem. He's also never had any violent crime issues and is a far cry away from being caught on camera smashing his fist into a women's face. Mixon is going to be a serious public relations nightmare with any team that picks him up. The second he's drafted that video is going to be all over the place and talk shows are going to start relitigating it. It'll be the same thing as Gregg Hardy and Ray Rice.
  10. NFL Offseason: Trail of Tears or My Cousin Kirky

    It was announced in the field of play too. The Ravens staff either knew or wasn't paying attention. And all they had to do to adjust was not cover the guy and only cover the eligible receivers. The problem was them not correctly identifying that they shouldn't cover a guy who can't catch the ball. There is no reason for the Ravens to not fall for that other than they just weren't really all that smart. It's not even really loophole. It's just the Patriots adding an unnecessary step in the process that's designed to confuse a team. A loophole implies that it was a way to legally circumvent a rule. They didn't do that. They used the rule in a redundant way to cause confusion. Once you identify it, it should never be an issue again. Hell a smart coach and player should be able to put two and two together and realize they shouldn't be covering someone who is inelgible. 90% of the problem was the Ravens failing to adjust. It's funny because the Patriots waited until the second half because they were under the impression that the trick wouldn't work after awhile. Then Ravens kept falling for it and Harbaugh freaked out and had to waste a timeout.
  11. NFL Offseason: Trail of Tears or My Cousin Kirky

    The one morally questionable character was a Hernandez whose issues in college didn't include getting caught on camera smashing a women in the face. And the minute he was implicated in something he was immediately released without question. A lot of franchises wouldn't do that. Especially going into a season where they let go of their number 1 receiver and had their number 1 TE injured to start the year. Also Kraft has always taken a hardline stance against violence against women. Someone just sounds salty.
  12. NFL Offseason: Trail of Tears or My Cousin Kirky

    No it really shouldn't have. Changing the rule was rewarding stupidity. I knew people who were in the stadium that day. I had family who were at the stadium that day. It was announced to the entire stadium that those players were inelgible. The fact that the Raven's staff kept players covering ineligible receivers is on them. Anybody with half a brain should have figured that out. Ironically it's play you could probably only run once a year.
  13. NFL Offseason: Trail of Tears or My Cousin Kirky

    Oakland caused this if we are being fair. They thought they had leverage and tried to lowball Davis. The opportunity for Vegas presented itself after years and after the Raiders did the league a solid by bowing out of the 3 way race to LA. This was his reward. Then Oakland came in at the last hour with a very vague plan like a day before the vote. They knew damn well the vote was a formality at that point and it was too little to late. It's like that cliche of rushing to a wedding to change the brides mind right before she says I do. It was unrealistic and too wishy washy. That said, it's probably best for all involved that the Raiders find somewhere else to play. Cut a deal with UNLV or something. But get out of Oakland. You are good team, you don't need to be a lame duck somewhere, it's toxic at this critical juncture in the team's development.
  14. NFL Offseason: Trail of Tears or My Cousin Kirky

    Besides the point. And singling out the tuck rule, as if the pattern isn't the more relevant point, is also missing the mark, for the record nobody gave a shit about the tuck rule in the 2001 season when the Patriots were on the wrong end of it in the Jets game. If most fan bases could cite multiple explicit rule changes because their team was utilizing it, they would be screaming bloody murder. If this happened in another sport and rules were being constantly changed in response to what one team was having success with, it would put into question the legitimacy of the league. The fact that they still win is beside the point. It shouldn't happen to any team.
  15. NFL Offseason: Trail of Tears or My Cousin Kirky

    2003 Patriots kick the hell out of the Colts. Colts lobby to have defensive contact rules tightened. Pretty much changed the QB game for this generation of QB from 2004 on. 2014 Patriots exploit and eligible receiver designation rule in a playoff game against the Ravens. Harbaugh lobby's to have rule changed. It is. 2016 after the Seahawks had been doing it for years, the Patriots start utilizing a leaper and it gets noticed in high profile games. Rule changed next season. Patriots win Super Bowl in overtime. Now the rules committee is talking about toying with the overtime rule. Tuck rule eventually got repealled. You have journalists saying owners won't change rules if the Patriots propose it because they are afraid it is an advantage for them. But the Patriots are the one's who have an issue with the rules.