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  1. 4 minutes ago, Rhom said:

    Its a difficult thing to gauge.  Kinda like Kaepernick in some ways.  You don't necessarily need to "collude" for 32 billionaires to all think essentially alike.

    Heck, for the most part, all of us in this thread agree that giving Lamar a giant guaranteed deal is not a smart thing to do.


    It's odd to me that they're coming out and saying that they won't be talking to him.  And it's crazy that teams without an answer at QB aren't even going to meet with him.  Maybe he wants more than you're ultimately willing to give him, but at least take the meeting.  If this all blows up in the Ravens' collective face, Lamar could be a free agent in two years and maybe your team left a good impression in the meeting and he's now got more reasonable demands.

  2. 6 minutes ago, Rhom said:

    Are there any concerns that the league owners are colluding to prevent a new precedent of massive guaranteed deals?

    That was my first thought as well when a couple different teams were so quick to put out the message that they weren't pursuing him at all.  That just seems insane to me.  You won't even take a meeting with him, Atlanta?  


    Seems like a terrible move by the Ravens.  They could have gotten way more than two firsts for him if they were going to let him go anyway.  And if they end up matching the deal, then they created all this bad blood with Jackson for nothing.

  4. 1 hour ago, Tywin et al. said:

    Sounds like the situation with Ja could get worse. It's already gone from two game absent to being indefinite and now he's being investigated by the police and the league. Not sure what laws he may have broken and if they come with serious consequences, but it does seem like he absolutely broke league rules by bring the gun on the team plane. Speculation is he could get a massive suspension that may end his season.

    I believe he shot that video in a strip club, and it's illegal to have a gun in any establishment that serves alcohol in most states.  Maybe all states, although I'm sure Republicans are trying to change that.

  5. 1 hour ago, Whiskeyjack said:

    But I do feel it was rushed, largely because they skipped the section where Ellie and David have to work together against a common enemy. 

    Yeah, I liked in the game when he reveals he had a pistol the entire time and never used it on Ellie, which builds a bit of trust between them.

  6. 3 hours ago, Darryk said:

    I was feeling nostalgic and started up Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

    At first I was like "nah, these graphics are way too dated, no way am I gonna stick with this", but after about half an hour it had sucked me in. Shows what a timeless classic it is albeit having aged badly technology-wise.

    Can't believe I first played it in 2004. Where does the time go?

    The gameplay wasn't even very good when the game first released, and time certainly hasn't done it any favors.  

    Story holds up, though, and it remains one of the best Star Wars tales ever told.

  7. 3 hours ago, Maithanet said:

    Carr to the Saints.  A bit surprising, I thought they were in salary cap hell and couldn't swing a move like this.  I guess in the NFL it's always possible to create room, but I'm not at all sure this team is going to be any better than the Raiders mess that Carr just left. 

    The salary cap only exists if your GM isn't smart enough to bend it to his will.

  8. 3 hours ago, DireWolfSpirit said:

    Florida QB Anthony Richardson-

    At 6-foot-4, 244 pounds, Richardson set combine records for a quarterback with a vertical jump of 40.5 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet, 9 inches. Richardson, in his only attempt, then uncorked an official clocking of 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash in Lucas Oil Field.

    Dude had a perfect RAS.  He’s an absurd athlete.  

  9. 3 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

    Lack of size limits some of the regular plays a team can run and it's reasonable to worry about a dude that small being able to hold up for 20 games. I wouldn't bet on it.

    I’ve not watched a ton of actual Murray games from start to finish, as I usually do Red Zone on Sundays, but I’ve seen every Baker game from start to finish, at least on the Browns.  He got balls batted down by linemen a lot.  A frustrating amount. 

  10. 4 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:


    You cannot draft this dude first overall. Tua looks small and was getting ragdolled all season and he's three inches taller and 20 pounds heavier than Young (also, I'm sure Young was doing a ton to up his weight, he probably is 10 pounds less than that).

    Mayfield was considered to be undersized and he was like 6'1 215.

  11. 10 hours ago, IlyaP said:

    It also borrows a bit from the Uncharted/Tomb Raider Survivor trilogy games, with in-game commentary, moving through tight passages, and over the shoulder combat. 

    Except I don't think it does it all as well as it would like. 

    But I'm willing to give Respawn the benefit of the doubt, as they did work there damn hardest with EA's destructive shadow lingering in the background, and proved without a doubt that there's still room in this world for single player games that don't include SaaS features.

    Moving through tight passages is just background loading, I think.  Same as elevator rides.

  12. 3 hours ago, Nictarion said:

    Man said “if” :lmao:

    I already said that I fully expect the Bengals to keep Burrow.  I also expect it to cost them several other starters.  Jessie Bates, for example, is already as good as gone, and for all the Bengals’ assurances to the contrary, it wouldn’t shock me if they end up losing Higgins too.  And even if they don’t, paying both Higgins and Chase will mean cuts elsewhere. 

  13. 40 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

    Or maybe it's the behavior of a desperate owner, who by the way is a criminal that deserves to be in jail alongside his QB. Handing out the worst contract in the history of the sport is not gamesmanship, it's just another indicator that Haslam is an idiot.

    And yet it’s about to cost the Ravens Lamar Jackson.  And will probably cost the Bengals several players as well, even if they do hold on to Burrow.  

    If you have an advantage over other teams, you should flex it.  This is no different from certain NBA owners being able and willing to eat huge luxury tax bills to keep a team together when other owners would have to break it up because they were unable or unwilling to do so.  It’s why the Cavs have a championship and the Thunder don’t. 

    I also find it hilarious that some of you guys pretend to be pro-player until it comes to guaranteed contracts.  And then it’s, “Oh god, won’t someone think of the poor billionaires.”  As if guaranteed money even really matters in a league where the salary cap barely even exists for a halfway intelligent GM. 

  14. 11 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

    That's the big deal. A number of owners cannot afford to fully guarantee contracts over $200M because they have to put all that money into escrow upfront. The Raiders had to trade Mack because Davis couldn't even put up half of that. 

    Well then it seems like a smart bit of gamesmanship from a cash rich owner in a division that had two other QBs on rookie deals.  

  15. 10 hours ago, Rhom said:

    If teams are willing to say “Just because the Browns are dumb enough to fully guarantee a contract, doesn’t mean we will.”  Then why would they pay that many firsts just because the Browns did?

    If I’m being honest, I don’t really get the big deal with the fully guaranteed contract for a QB.  If you have an elite QB, he is getting all the money in his contract anyway.  Mahomes and Allen may not be fully guaranteed, but there is a 100% chance they see all the money in their deals unless they suffer a career ending injury, in which case they retire and the money doesn’t matter anyway.

    Plus, as we’re now seeing, and as I predicted, the Browns offering that contract is fucking another team in their own division and is looking like it will cost them their former MVP QB, and it may fuck the Bengals soon too, as they’re a cash poor franchise that will likely have to borrow money to cover a massive guarantee.  I don’t expect them to lose Burrow, but they may have to sacrifice some of the guys around him to pay him, which is good enough for me. 

  16. 2 hours ago, dbunting said:

    I'm no detective but based on this, and a spoiler I assume you just spoiled that a certain person dies? If so thanks?

    If not then it's a good fake out.

    It’s a spoiler regardless of whether he lives or dies so I put it in a spoiler.  The spoiler could say “Looks like I’m safe” or “I’m fucked.” 

  17. My girlfriend got caught up on Last of Us prior to last Sunday's episode, so she was left with the Joel getting stabbed cliffhanger for only a couple of days.  After she finished episode six, I got a text.  "If Joel dies, I'm literally never talking to you again."  

    Maybe I shouldn't have pressured her to watch this show.  :lol:

    Don't click the spoiler unless you've played the second game!


    But hey, my relationship is safe until at least an episode into season two!


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