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

    Yes, but I can't say that I blame them. I find myself rolling my eyes at it as well. ESPN has moved from content driven coverage to personality driven coverage as evidenced by the ridiculousness of the aforementioned SC6. I would argue that by going for the demographic that appeals to, you are targeting the cord cutters. Go for the grumpy white men you mention and you will have people who are more likely to be your subscribers. Even that misses the complexity of the argument over forced subscription fees that leads to much of their problems though.
  2. NFL Offseason: What's a Chris Collins Worth?

    Deadspin has a running list. Interestingly, they say that the Hollywood Reporter says that Karl Ravech, Ryen Russillo, and Hannah Storm are having their roles "significantly reduced." I thought Russillo was a rising star for the ESPN Radio side and I don't know that I've seen Storm on much lately.
  3. NFL Offseason: What's a Chris Collins Worth?

    I think its exacerbated by their insistence in interjecting politics into nearly everything they do. I think many people in this country are feeling political fatigue in the last year and sports is where they want to go to escape. ESPN has increasingly become a place that does not allow that escape. Throw on top of that the fact that much of their audience likely leans in the opposite direction from the on air leanings and you start to see a real disconnect. I know that has been a recurring theme I have seen in my social media feeds.
  4. NFL Offseason: What's a Chris Collins Worth?

    Somehow, I promise the abomination that is SC6 will be safe...
  5. NFL Offseason: What's a Chris Collins Worth?

    Its Bloody Wednesday at the Worldwide Leader today. ESPN to lay off as many as 100 employees today. Some of the names are starting to trickle out.
  6. Is Revolution The Only Viable Solution?

    Maybe they could all just go work in a bakery... that way when you tell them to go eat cake, they've got it right there.
  7. Star Wars: Episode VIII predictions

    Okay... just read the actual article that Kal linked. So the Solo film is coming out in May 2018 instead of December 2018 like I assumed. But a different link to look at the Marvel release schedule says that Avengers 4 is coming out May 3, 2019 and then this sets SWIX at May 24, 2019. Seems awfully close together for Disney's major franchises.
  8. Star Wars: Episode VIII predictions

    Odd for sure. Will definitely come hot on the heels of the Young Han Solo film. What's the Marvel schedule for that year? Could there be something that Disney wants to slot into that Christmas instead? If that's the case... then why not just stick with the Christmas 2019 release date? Instead, if they have to back it up for some reason it will look like there are problems with the movie.
  9. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    Having killed the Eos and Voeld architects last night and this morning... I think I'd likely stick with my Soldier profile for those!
  10. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    Would enjoy a good Vanguard build to switch over to at times. So you used the three skills you mention, but what defensive abilities would I invest in that Fez is referring to?
  11. Video Games: Dawn of Waaaaagh!

    I'm nowhere near the end of Andromeda... I just looked at the Time Played and realized I've already got 46 hours in. (Which is more than I usually put into a game these days.) So far, I've finished everything on Eos, Havarl, and Voeld. That still leaves an awful lot of game for me... By and large, I like the game. Driving around in the Pathfinder with the characters has some great interaction. There was the series where Jaal is sleeping and it pisses Peebee off until she pretends to have sex with Ryder that I really liked and I also liked Drax and Jaal. The conversation string where they compare fighting the Thresher Maw to Jaal having his heart broken and Drax just kind of quietly agrees was surprisingly good. Now that I have multiple skills, I like the combat quite a bit as well. I was going with a lot of Vanguard action, but then I read about a Soldier build that uses Overload as a combo primer and Concussive Shot as a detonator with Turbocharge to take things down quickly I have hardly changed professions since. I've also fiddled with an Infiltrator build that I have fun with as well. The problem is the same that I have with other open world games. Things are just too spread apart and while I was chasing down every last hexagonal waypoint on those three worlds, I was never going there organically. I was just going because there was a dot telling me to do it. The game does suffer because of it and I think the story thus far has suffered for it because the game can't maintain a sense of urgency while I'm heading from the SouthEast corner to the NorthWest corner to track down some lost drones, but that's a problem I have with all open world games. The set pieces I have come across have been very good. Honestly, the Kett base on Eos was every bit as good from a gameplay/combat standpoint as just about anything in the original trilogy. Other parts really miss the mark, the hidden Angaran AI on Voeld had some potential, but felt tacked on and the choice I had to make really didn't have much weight because I wasn't invested in it. The best comparison I have is the Project Overlord DLC where you build up everything about the Archer family and you already have background with the Geth. When it comes down to making the decision to either keep David plugged in or send him off to Grissom Academy, you really feel like you have to be a sadistic asshole to make the first choice. In this one, I had no background with the AI and therefore no real reason to feel strongly either way about the choice. Just very weak in presentation, but strong in concept. I assume that as I move forward from here, I will continue to chase those hexagons on my map because that's what I do... In the end, I think its a game that has the bones of something really enjoyable underneath but those bones have been scattered to the winds and its hard to recognize the skeleton they mean to be.
  12. NBA 2017: Playoffs? Playoffs?!

    Wizards and Hawks are in the middle of a nice game here. Beal looks pretty good for someone who has been mostly dead all day.
  13. I think that's exactly it. Calipari said multiple times that he would only play Diallo if it was right for him, not if it was right for the team. There's definitely a bit of backlash in the fanbase today. Now, if he stays in the draft... how will I feel about it? I don't know. Ambivalent I suppose. What will he decide if he gets a first round grade? What does a team late in the first round have to lose by taking a flyer on a super athletic, long guard? At that point, you aren't looking to immediately impact your team anyways, so why not take a guy like him? Kentucky has a ton of guys in the league, but most of them are on terrible teams because they are drafted high. Diallo could get a chance to go to a team like Cleveland and be a key reserve. But if you're Diallo and you think you can be a top 10-15 player in next year's draft, then what do you do? Its certainly a dilemma I'll never have to face!
  14. My understanding is that he isn't signing with an agent and is just going through the combine evaluations.
  15. NBA 2017: Playoffs? Playoffs?!

    But we wouldn't know because no one watches hockey.