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  1. NFL Offseason: What's a Chris Collins Worth?

    Thompson can play, and Rob Kelley could get better. If he got more consistent, he's good enough to be our starter. The problem is it's just so frustrating to have such a good passing attack and such a good O line and still have the running game be stuck in neutral. Real wasted opportunity.
  2. NFL Offseason: What's a Chris Collins Worth?

    I think running back, guard and second tight end are all bigger offensive needs than WR for the skins. I mean, yes, it's fine if they think they're getting good value on a WR on a day 3 pick (or even a day 2 pick), but it isn't what I'd characterize as a big need. The only offensive pick that I'm actually hoping for in the first three rounds would be a potential value pick at rb on day 2.
  3. NFL Offseason: What's a Chris Collins Worth?

    Defense obviously, and really we have needs everywhere. The more offensive picks in the 16 guys before us, the happier I'll be. If any of the following fell to us I'd be delighted: DE/DT Jonathan Allen, DE/DT Solomon Thomas, FS Malik Hooker, SS Jamal Adams, CB Marshon Lattimore, LB Haason Reddick. Now, that's six guys (plus Garrett, who will never make it out of the top 5), so one of them making it to 17 isn't impossible, but I wouldn't count on it. If none of them do, then maybe one of the pass rushers has caught our eye, that would be fine. Or trade down, that would also be great. Hell, with the extra picks we have, I wouldn't even mind trading up a little bit if we feel like it's good value (not much, but the Colts at 15 or the Cards at 13 wouldn't be too pricey). My ideal pick would be Jonathan Allen, who has been falling on a lot of mock draft boards because of injury concerns and questions about scheme fits. He was the most dominant guy on that Alabama D, and I would love to see him suit up for us.
  4. NFL Offseason: What's a Chris Collins Worth?

    It just seems like the Browns are bidding against themselves here. What other team is going to trade up to #2 to swoop in for Trubisky? This isn't Andrew Luck or RG3 here, this is a guy with one year of tape who had some good games to go along with some shitty ones. It is just hard to believe you couldn't wait until at least pick #5, if not later, to get him. And the cost of moving from 12 to 2 is going to be a lot higher than from 12 to 5.
  5. NFL Offseason: What's a Chris Collins Worth?

    On the radio this morning there was a lot of buzz that apparently both Shefter and McShay both thought it was possible/likely that the Browns took Trubisky #1. If that were the case, the offers for SF would get a whole lot sweeter. Or you could just take Garrett.
  6. NFL Offseason: What's a Chris Collins Worth?

    I'd be pretty surprised if it's even that high. Aren't there like 70-90 offensive plays in a game? An average dropback is like 3 seconds before he throws, and the time from snap to handoff is only like one second. That would work out to less than 3 minutes. Pretty crazy.
  7. Gamergaters Please attempt to claim this isn't objectification

    Scot, if you want to discuss this, you are going to need to put a bit more effort into this thread.
  8. War Drums: North Korea edition

    Cell phones smuggled into the country have likewise had a huge impact. Lots of North Koreans have relatives in either China or South Korea that they really want to talk to, and they're willing to take the risks of being discovered with those phones. Those that do talk to someone quickly learn that North Korea is vastly poorer than China or South Korea. It was in Barbara Dimick's (nonfiction) book that a North Korean doctor fled over the border to China and was surprised when she came across a bowl of food - rice and meat paste, laying out. Was this an act of charity for refugees such as herself? No, it was dog food. Dogs in China eat better than doctors in North Korea.
  9. War Drums: North Korea edition

    Certain death for yourself and your family whether you succeed or not is a pretty universal incentive not to do that.
  10. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    Well according to this WaPo article, he wouldn't be signing an EO that withdrew from NAFTA, so much as announced our intention to withdraw within six months. We'll see if Trump is actually the negotiator he imagines he is? Early indications have not looked good.
  11. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    Some liberals are angry that the Democratic Party represents what they wish the Republican party would be. Sadly, that is not the country we live in.
  12. NBA 2017: Playoffs? Playoffs?!

    Brady's 2006 team was hardly without talent - offense, defense and special teams were all rated top 8 in DVOA. Was Brady suiting up on defense and ST and I just missed it? In contrast, the 2007 Cavaliers were horrible and Lebron James still took them to the Finals. That team didn't even have 4 other NBA level starters, let alone stars to go with him. For starting pitching, if you only look at the sample of games they pitch, then yes, I would agree that they have a comparable impact on the game as a star NBA player. But there are plenty of pitchers who have had absolutely awesome seasons and didn't even qualify for the playoffs. That's because one pitcher can't help you win a championship to nearly the extent an NBA star can. In contrast, if you have a healthy top 3 NBA player, you'll make the playoffs every single season, even if the rest of your team is entirely scrubs (see 2007 Cavaliers, 2017 OKC).
  13. NBA 2017: Playoffs? Playoffs?!

    I'm really surprised to hear you say that. I think that a star NBA player has far more impact on their team than a starting quarterback or a starting pitcher. A pitcher only pitches a third of the time at most in the playoffs, and less than that in the regular season. A quarterback is only on the field for about 40% of his team's plays. A star NBA player is on the court 90% of the time in the playoffs, plays both offense and defense, and is one of only five guys. If you look at the NBA since 1990 and ask "who is the best player in the league this year?" Not MVP arguments, just who is straight up the best. My list would be: 1990-94: Michael Jordan 95-96: David Robinson? Olaujuwan? Malone? 96-98: Michael Jordan 99-05: Shaq 06-09: Kobe 10-16: Lebron You know how many championships do those guys have? Even if we don't count Olaujuwan (it's possible hindsight is making me think he's the best because of the championship), the best player in the NBA won the championship 14 times in the past 27 years. That is better than 50%! Stars have more impact in the NBA than any other sport. In the past 27 years there are only two teams that won a championship without having a clearly top 5 NBA player. The 2004 Pistons and maybe (maybe!) the 2011 Mavs. In the NFL, you can definitely win a Super Bowl with a terrible quarterback (see 2015 Broncos).
  14. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    But even Trump has admitted that they won't. He has never been a deficit hawk, I'm sure the thought of running up the national credit card for a short term gain sounds great to him.
  15. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    Good news is that according to Paul Ryan's Senior Tax Counsel George Callas, passing the tax plan outlined now is virtually impossible, because reconciliation won't allow for it. Here are his words (links to Slate, but this is a direct quote of Callas): So unless they are willing to nuke the filibuster (doubtful) or can get 8 democrats to sign on (impossible), even 100% Republican support cannot get this tax plan passed for more than 2 years.