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  1. That was pretty abysmal. Because that Pats defense is not good. Obviously a brilliant gameplan, but with the players they have they shouldn't be able to do that. Goff was positively Bortles-esque. The interesting thing about all the "are the Patriots done" chatter during the season is that it was grounded in reality, but they still won the Super Bowl! Brady 100% took a step back this year, and even in the playoffs he wasn't particularly sharp. Gronk took an even bigger step back. This was easily the worst of their teams to make it to the Super Bowl, let alone win it. It just a down year league wide and they capitalized. Next year will be interesting, as both the Chiefs and Colts should take steps forward.
  2. My understanding of acquiring the land is that if it's a legitimate emergency eminent domain would allow it. Now, the landowner's would certainly have standing to challenge the suit, and tha'ts probably where the case would originate, but I would think it would be down to the extent of executive power in discretion of declaring an emergency. Also will be interesting to see how the Supreme Court would rule. Aside from Thomas and Kavanaugh, I wouldn't expect the rest to just rubber stamp anything Trump does.
  3. Better than nothing on the 3 weeks. The airline stuff has got to be the only reason this is getting done. For the national emergency stuff, is this something he can debatably do, or is it something that has no chance of holding up in court? I think I slept through the executive powers portions of Con law.
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    Should we lower the age of adulthood in the US to be 16?

    A better question is why not cut the voting age at 75.
  5. Air travel seems to be on the verge of collapse, which I would hope is the breaking point on this whole nonsense. We don't really know how beholden Trump is to business interests, but that's when those business interests start really getting impacted.
  6. I've seen the approval numbers mentioned several times in this thread, but i doesn't seem like anything is jumping out. They are within the bands that Trump has fluctuated in the entire time. His base doesn't seem to care at all about this, which is not unexpected.
  7. Yep. I'm sure government employees are overwhelmingly democratic voters. The people who rely on government assistance payments are overwhelmingly democratic voters and in democratic districts. The people who are going to feel the short term pain the hardest are the democratic base. Trump's base hates the government. Obviously that is a stupid and illogical opinion, but it's one they all share. The government shutdown really doesn't affect blue-collar white America at all in the short term, and they actively hate the entity itself. I'm sure they are eating this stuff up.
  8. Your last point is the problem. Trump has never been negotiating in good faith. He's made his whole career on nebulous claims of "winning", and I think he's finally backed himself into a corner where there's no solution that will be acceptable to the Dems that he can spin to his base as a "win." He doesn't care about what's good for America, so he's going to be willing to burn things down.
  9. On 1, seems like political suicide to do so. Challenging Trump has not been a winning strategy for conservatives. They've backed themselves into a corner, and I doubt enough of them have the conscience to just do what's right. They wouldn't be in politics if they did. My problem is I don't see a deal where everyone saves face, which is what needs to happen here. I really just feel like both sides feel like they can't back down. If Trump gets his wall, no matter how many other concessions he gives, it's a win for him because that's what his dipshit base cares about. Likewise, anything that doesn't involve the wall is a total loss for him because he took such a hardline stance about it. I think his advisors know that they are better equipped to withstand a longterm shutdown because their base is less affected by it, and the core of his base hates the government anyway. And since they don't give a shit about the American people, they're much more willing to inflict damage to the country to get what they want.
  10. Since Trump is never going to back down on this (he'd rather the country burn to the ground than face a public humiliation), I'm not sure what the end game is. Republicans are way too scared of breaking with Trump to bypass him. I'm really not seeing any light at the end of this tunnel.
  11. Yeah, it's done. The owner was apparently telling other owners to call him directly with Butler trades. The Thibs fraud has officially been exposed, and I'm sure some dumb franchise will hire him to run them into the ground within the next few months.
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    College Football 2018: Countdown to Kickoff

    The Booger McFarland Witten combo is rough.
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    College Football 2018: Countdown to Kickoff

    Holy shit this is maybe the worst performance I've ever seen.
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    NCAA Basketball 2017: Final Four cont.

    Booker and Bledsoe were both top 30 guys, so they were very firmly in the potential one and done camp. The more likely outcome, however, for a guy that Calipari recruits and doesn't live up to the hype, is that Calipari recruits a bunch more one and dones the next year so that guy knows he isn't going to get on the court and ends up transferring or just declaring for the draft to go play overseas. Since Cal has arrived, Kentucky has signed 50 high school kids. 25 have gone to the NBA draft after 1 year. 11 have one to the NBA after 2 years. 1 went pro after 3 years. 5 transferred out of the program. Only 4 have exhausted their eligibility, and only one of those 4 was a real contributor (Poythress). The remaining 4 are class of 2017 kids who are back for this season. I will say that I like the looks of this most recruiting class with 4 guards. They need to actually stick around for it to matter, though.
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    College Football 2018: Countdown to Kickoff

    Yeah, I read the article. I think it's actually a significantly worse idea for QBs. QBs shouldn't be rushing into the NFL. They actually get paid, and they have 15+ year careers. So they need to just maximize their chances of sticking. In this particular case, I understand why the kid did it; the starting job was open now and the competition looked weak.