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  1. 1 hour ago, DireWolfSpirit said:

    This week with some of that attrition setting in, kind of that reminder that the 17 game schedule is a marathon not a sprint.

    Same as the NBA, its more about whose left standing come the post season.

    You need a little bit of luck to win any title.  Same as it ever was, especially in the NFL where one loss means so much more than in the NBA.  The Cavs started out 3-5 and I couldn't have given less of a shit because there are 82 games and a slow start is meaningless.  I typically don't even start watching the NBA until around Christmas when fantasy football is winding down. 

    If the Browns started 3-5, their season would basically be over.

  2. On 11/15/2023 at 8:57 AM, Rhom said:

    Watson out for the season.  To have surgery on a fractured bone in his throwing shoulder.

    A spot just opened up in the AFC playoffs.

    ETA:  That contract is going to wind up in the running for worst in sports history soon.

    Hey, we're still 7-3.  How are the Bengals doing this season?

  3. 3 hours ago, Fragile Bird said:

    I assume you listened to an audiobook? I made the same complaint about The Witch King by Martha Wells. I expect having the actual book in your hands makes things much better.

    The Goblin Emperor and The Murderbot Diaries were really my favorite books from the last couple of years. If you enjoyed The Goblin Emperor, I strongly recommend you read her off-shoot series about Thara Celehar, The Witness for the Dead and The Grief of Stones. I expect a third book will come out in due time. I sort of half wish there was a sequel to The Goblin Emperor, but the way Addison (Sarah Monette) wrapped things up I don’t think she meant there to be a sequel, which is why she chose Celehar to write about. It’s obviously hinted that there was going to be more to his story, hindsight being 20/20.

    Although I could imagine seeing Maia again 10 years later, full of grief because his beloved wife died in childbirth, and Maia deciding he’s going to make peace with the nomadic people the Empire has been at war with for a 100 years. I’d read that.

    Nah, I read the actual book for this one.  It’s just that so many of the names have multiple ways to say them and a lot of them have the same prefix but different last names, but aren’t mentioned enough to clearly establish who they are in my head.  I felt like I was just getting it all straight and then the book ends. 

    Definitely plan on reading the next one soon, but wanted to knock out some of my backlog first before buying another new book. 

  4. Recently read The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison.  I really loved it.  I appreciate a good fantasy novel with plenty of political machinations (II assume we all do given that we're posting here), and that's pretty much all this one was.  There's almost no action and I never cared a bit.  The only complaint I have is a minor quibble.  The naming conventions in the world Addison created are really annoying and too many characters have similar sounding names.  It made it a chore to follow who was who at times.

    But that's a very small complaint in an otherwise excellent fantasy novel.  I'd heard plenty of good things about this one prior to reading it and it exceeded my expectations.

    I've moved on to Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and I have to say that dystopian capitalist hellscapes feel a whole lot less ridiculous and a whole lot more inevitable in 2023.  I'm only about a fifth of the way into this one, but Stephenson writes some excellent prose.  

  5. Just now, Kalnak the Magnificent said:

    Gentlemen, please! I know that you've had your differences in the past and both have suffered greatly at times as fans, but I think we can all agree that nothing is as punishing as having to live in Ohio. You both share that equally and greatly, and we applaud your sacrifices. 

    I haven’t lived in Ohio for over twelve years.  Hell, I’ve only been back once in the last seven and that was a few weekends ago for a wedding. 

  6. 1 hour ago, Mexal said:

    You literally got a call last week in the 49ers game that gave you 1st and 10 and 15 yards instead of 4th and 10 on a perfectly legal hit with under 3 mins to go. Poor Browns.

    Yeah, two shitty calls that went our way after a lifetime of awful calls going against us really moves the needle. 

  7. I finally got around to finishing Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn.  The last book was the best of the three, but at the same time, I feel like Williams should have better stretched the plot over the three books, because in retrospect the series feels like nothing much happened in the first two books and then everything in the fucking world happened in the third one. 

    It also felt really lazy how every big reveal gets monologued at the end of the book.  One of the main villains spends about four pages revealing the depths of his evil plan near the end of the book, and then another tells you of how he didn't actually die but intends to fake his death after the climax and somehow no one has noticed the literal fucking prince who is missing a hand wandering around listening to conversations.  It was silly.  

    Overall, though, it was a series that kept me engaged while also giving me more insight into who George RR Martin is as a writer.  It was honestly pretty shocking how much this series clearly influenced Martin.  It was worth it alone for that factor, but it was also a pretty damn good fantasy series.  I'm looking forward to reading the sequel series in the near future.

    Currently reading Elmore Leonard's Get Shorty.  Leonard, in a word, is breezy.  His books are absurdly easy to read.  Fun characters, ridiculous situations, sharp dialogue.  That's what Leonard does and this one is no different.  I'm about two thirds of the way through the book, which I started yesterday, and there's a good chance I finish tonight.  Mark of a good read. 

  8. 11 hours ago, Kalnak the Magnificent said:

    Yeah, all of those are really big concerns for people making $10m/year. 

    The thing is, people making that kind of money can afford to live wherever they want in the offseason, and they spend half the season on the road as it it. 

    NFL players also generally seem to care less about market than NBA players. 

  9. 5 minutes ago, Kalnak the Magnificent said:

    Yeah, that list is kind of massively trash. The Vikings? You want to live in Minnesota? Voluntarily? That's insane. I get the Cowboys - good tax reasons, great media market. I vaguely get the Las Vegas Raiders too for fun. The niners are well-run, though it's gonna cost to live there. Chicago is just an incredibly stupid idea but at least it's a bigger city. 

    I think that it's a much better indication that this guy is probably not worth the first pick. 

    Minneapolis is a pretty great city by US standards.  

  10. 1 hour ago, Maithanet said:

    Caleb WIlliams says he'll make more money at USC than he would as a rookie in the NFL, and that he'll only play in the NFL for the Bears, Raiders, Vikings, Niners or Cowboys. 

    I feel like this is something of a red flag that he is this bad at evaluating NFL franchises.  Only a fool would include the Raiders on a list of the only 5 teams they're willing to play for.  The Bears are only marginally better. 

    But on the plus side, there's a decent chance the Bears or Raiders have the #1 pick this year, so I guess he might get his wish? 

    The Bears might have the first two picks.

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