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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    Djokovic vs Nadal was an incredible clash though, what a game. Back and forth, some superb winners from Nadal especially, but Djokovic is fully returned and with that comes incredible toughness and ability to stay in the rally. Still the only guy to outlast Nadal in baselines rally's. As for the final, I agree with Jeor, Anderson's game will not hold up to a Djokovic in this form, he will be made to play from the baseline more than he wants.
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    Trailer Thread V

    Mary Queen of Scots and Life itself look pretty good from that batch.
  3. Good move for the Bulls I think, in their position they have to snatch up young talent and try to make a new team. I've always been surprised by how easily that team was blown up, Rose fell apart and then Noah and Butler were traded, Mirotic gone, Taj Gibson suddenly irrleevant, nothing left. It seemed to me to end prematurely. So now they've probably overpaid LaVine, a 12th pick with potential. He really needs to prove himself in order for this Bulls team to make steps. Parker did not get such a mega deal but him and LaVine both need to show they can stay healthy and if they can, intriguing. In other news, still no news about Kahwi, what on Earth is going on? Read an interview with Magic Johnson today in which he states he is perfectly happy with this team and all eyes are on the 2019 market. They are basically ok with being non-competitive for the title this year, they'll see how it goes. Which all rhymes with the stories about how little they have offered the Spurs. Would they have even offered the Spurs one or two of their youngsters? I would get rid of Ball if I could.
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    Football: Jules Rimet Still Gleaming

    So where does Hazard want to go to? Barca? Madrid?
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    Comics XIII

    We can continue here. Few trades I am picking up because of some rejuvenated interest in comics, all stuff I haven't read before: Avengers vs X-Men Infinity- Hickman ( some 600 pages) World War Hulk Justice League: Darkseid War, vol . 7 Thor vol. 2 Who Holds the Hammer Sweet Tooth by Lemire, trades 4-6, completing the series. Old Man Logan vol 1 and 2. by Lemire and Sorrentino. Old Man Logan hardcover collected edition by Millar. Currently looking into: Secret Wars. Love the art by Ribic, unsure as yet of the story being of interest. Civil War 2. May give that a pass.
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    Comics XIII

    Two sequels to famous comics that I saw come out in 2019: Sequel to Miller's 300, by Miller and a new artist. https://www.amazon.com/Xerxes-Fall-House-Darius-Alexander/dp/150670882X/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1531490002&sr=1-5 Sequel to Beasts of Burden: https://www.amazon.com/Beasts-Burden-Wise-Dogs-Eldritch/dp/1506708749/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1531490002&sr=1-2
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    Cycling 2018 - TDF, puff the magic cyclist.

    Shame that Dumoulin lost 52 seconds due to broken wheel and then got a 20 second penalty as well, very dubious that, as Astana had been stayering for miles behine their car earlier in the day and Fuglsang and others were not penalized.
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    Any shows like the Sicario films?

    Superb shows indeed, but seen
  9. I've just watched the second "Sicario" film. Liked it a lot, good film, though falling short of the excellence of film 1. Still I'd happily see more Sicario films. It makes me inquire if you guys know of any shows like this, set on the border with Mexico, or in Mexico itself? The only one that comes to mind is the American version of The Bridge, which I have not seen yet. Is that good? And Narcos of course, season 3 is set in Mexico I believe, still need to start that series.
  10. I just wonder what Bill Simmons would say when he read this thread and saw someone just say that Bill Russell wouldn't even be a starter in today's NBA
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    Any shows like the Sicario films?

    Sure. What really appealed to me: Del Toro in what is easily one of his best career roles and for my money his very best, as Alejandro. Superb, cool character. Brolin likewise is very good in these films. I thought Blunt had a very good performance in film 1 and her absence in film was felt. Story is tight and very good in film 1. I just love the Mexican setting, when they cross the border into Mexico and see what life is like in Juarez. Film 2 has that as well. The Mexican police, whose side our characters are never sure they're on.
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    Isner vs Anderson has a very different ring to it than Federer vs Raonic. Shame he's out.
  13. It's been a very underwhelming NBA offseason so far, in and of itself as well as compared to other years. LeBron's move to the Lakers, on his own, is not what anyone expected and if nothing happens and they leave this team as is with leBron at age 34 then it's a disappointment in my view. Impossible to see how that is an upgrade from last year's Cavs team, so while I'm sure LeBron had other reasons for leaving other than just roster construction and creating a GS contender, from a competitive standpoint this is not exciting. PG signing with OKC is great for OKC but does not change the landscape. It does keep OKC relevant and they are going all-in. And.... that's basically been it, as nobody expected Paul or Durant to do anything but re-up. In the East I just feel the Celtics and Sixers will stand pat. Celtics can justifiably rely on the fantastic team they have and with Irving and Hayward back you almost get two new players in the team. The Sixers, often named in trade rumours, but if you think about, trading for Kevin Love? They have Saric and might think he fulfills a similar role. Kahwi? Not if he's a rental. The main thing outstanding is who gets Kahwi because he is not stayin in San Antonio.
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    It does look like we could be in for Federer vs Nadal doesn't it, they've bene tremendous so far. But there are some hurdles left, Djokovic and Raonic not the least of which.
  15. The thing that stands out the most for me is how quickly he regressed. He was dogshit for the Thunder last season. Then you look at the year before when the Knicks were flailing around and people thought Carmelo was the only good thing left on that team. But maybe he wasn't, is what some are now thinking, and he may not only have been unable to left that admittedly bad team but was already deteriorating. Things have gone quickly with him. Not sure I agree with you on Howard, though I do agree on Green and Rivers, though Green was signed for a very small deal I believe. There could be chemistry problems yes, and maybe he just doesn't fit. But clearly they were done with Gortat and who knows, this might work, he can still play and be useful. But I do think it's a red flag teams keep trading him.
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    NBA Free agency 2018: Where's the King landing?

    Rumours circulating today that Kahwi doesn't want to play for the Lakers with LeBron there and that other destinations might seem more plausible. Who knows what's true. There's also the Damian Lillard trade rumors due to his tweet yesterday. Lakers would love to get him.
  17. Interesting stuff. My feeling when reading all of this is is that it is a sad state of affairs for the Cavs, mostly. No one needs to feel sorry for LeBron who got exactly what he wanted. Kyrie got what he wanted ( except for the injury) and is in a better situation to win next year than LeBron is, assuming LA doesn't trade for Kahwe ( and even then I wonder). But the Cavs, well, they've had their run but ultimately the fact that they were just not good enough last season surely factored into LeBron's decision, the signs and frustration were just too visible. So now they are left there, with Love, for whom w ehave seen reports a few days ago that the Cavs are shopping him because with him they will be an 8th seed type team. If I were a Cavs fan paying for tickets I'd probably want them to keep him though, otherwise you're really watching a race to the gutter, which I just don't enjoy in any way. Will be interesting to see what happens to Love though. Trade him to the Lakers for Ingram
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    Horus Heresy II?

    Couple of very good new releases that came out recently, the novels "Wolfsbane" by Guy Haley and "Slaves to Darkness" by John French. These are being reckoned among the first tier in the series. The Siege of Terra is about to begin.
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    Babylon 5

    I agree with that, the costumes of the humans officers looked perfectly fine, it's when it goes beyond that formalwear into what the alies were wearing or some of the regular humans on the show.
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    Cycling 2018 - TDF, puff the magic cyclist.

    The real battle will be for stage wins, and for that there are about 8 great candidates. Green jersey is secondary for the sprinters, stage wins is what matters and then Sagan is still a great contender, but not a standout.
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    Cycling 2018 - TDF, puff the magic cyclist.

    Have to disagree with that. I think the gap is very small and there will be a couple of guys who will be very close to him. On top of that, the Tour has never seen so stacked a field of candidates as it has this year. Roglic is an interesting dark horse, we don't yet know if he can do this 3 weeks. Dumoulin will be close. Nibali is a big question mark but let's assume for the moment that he will be good like he usually is. Movistar has 3 excellent candidates to make it really hard, Landa and Quintana will be super motivated and Valverde is in stellar form this year. Porte, Bardet, Daniel Martin, Adam Yates possibly after what he's seen his brother do. Finally, Uran. froome never dropped him last year and he is in good shape. Opposed to that team Sky has their best team in years though. Incredible team strength. Aside from all of this, there is a packed field of sprinters in a way I have not seen in years. Basically, everybody is there.
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    Babylon 5

    I actually watched some episodes of it in the 90's as I came back from football practice. I had never seen something like this before and immediately thought it looked great. If you look at the designs, and the space battles in season 2 3 and 4, it still holds up today. The thing that I always thought looked dated, even then, was the costuming. I never liked that, not in Star Trek, and not in B5 either, that is what makes it feel outdated to me. The visual aspects like B5 itself, the designs of the ships, the whole feel of it, that still looks very good.
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    NBA Free agency 2018: Where's the King landing?

    I always felt that Golden State would win that series with Houston, even if Paul had not been injured. So in that sense to me it is not what decided that series, but we will never know. I *was* surprised it went to 7 games though, but it always felt to me as if GS had another gear when really required. In the same way I always felt the Cavs would beat that depleted Boston team even though it went to 7 games and they were 3-2 down. I just thought LeBron would not let that happen. I was thinking about exactly this when they re-signed Paul George and I heard about the luxury tax repeater bill. Then they signed Nerlens Noel and I thought about Harden again. Now they've signed Felton and I heard about the 300 million and I thought about it again. If only they'd been willing to spend as much back then. It almost feels like ownership is overcompensating now doesn't it, as if they want to show everyone money is not the issue. I don't agree. I think the Lakers should give up some assets and get Kahwi now. They'll be better for it now, and perhaps significantly, and that matters. I want to see this team at its best right now, not as a possible eventuality a year from now.
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    NBA Free agency 2018: Where's the King landing?

    I tend to agree that Cousins' move may not be much of a difference maker. It all depends on how much he can play and at what level if he does. After that, he very likely can't stay with Golden State. Some other moves just in: Dwight Howard to the Wizards on a 1-year deal, replaces Gortat. Probably an upgrade for the Wiz. Wilson Chandler traded to the Sixers. Tyreke Evans ( who apparently had a bounceback year last season after years of misery) signs with Pacers, who look set for another strong year IMO. Personally I most want to know what happens with Kahwi. Spurs would love to keep him if it could be worked out, but since that apparently can't be done, the Lakers should make a significant offer. I'm not loving the deals they made yesterday, it's ok but it looks random and not a strengthening of the team. Trade for Kahwi and help LeBron now that he is still in his prime and himself a contender for Rockets, OKC, Golden State.
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    NBA Free agency 2018: Where's the King landing?

    Guess they want someone to show Lonzo Ball the ropes, must mean they still think Ball will be a star ( seriously doubt that myself). And I don't care for Rondo either. Seems like the Lakers are signing all these short term deals for rotation players since LeBron signed, wonder if that means they are passing up on Kahwi, in which case I agree you're wasting another year of LeBron's prime, and possibly his final one. I would ot wait another year if I were them. I get why keeping the youngsters and seeing how they develop is an intriguing idea. It's just that they'd be better now by trading for Kahwi.
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