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Everything posted by Maynard_G_Krebs

  1. This thread is for all of your NFL 2017-2018 season discussion. There is no other way to start this thread. Everything else for Tom Brady is just gravy.
  2. Past his prime? For sure. But the Pats got a solid year out of Thomas, which is all they need out of Harris! Supppppeeeerrr Booooowwwwwwllll.
  3. Trrrrrrash? Dude was cut for cost savings by the Jets. He played 87% of all snaps last season! If the Pats can get another year or two out of Harris, who signed a 2-year deal, then that trash is treeeeeasssssssureeee.
  4. David Harris cut by Jets a couple of weeks ago, gets picked up by the Patriots. I love the Patriots.
  5. Rick Pitino thinks that 5 games paid vacation is too harsh a penalty for his lacking oversight of his assistant coaches buying the services of strippers to dance and perform sex acts for the team's players on 22 separate occasions over the course of 4 years. The patriarchy is strong in this one.
  6. On average, have you ever noticed how generally fat, unhealthy-looking, misshapen, and miserable rich people in powerful bureaucratic positions look?
  7. I've made several threads associated with videogames for specific platforms (Mobile, Console, Retro, PC), which all trail off onto off-topic games. I've decided to create an aggregate thread for all of these posts I make about videogames and more. And this is that. Back in the day, I mentioned playing Fallout 4. I really enjoyed Fallout 4, but the story overall left me wanting more, and not in a good way. Great game world; not so great story. I'll go back to this game once Survival Mode hits in an upcoming update, and all of the expansion packs are released. Great game. Recommended. 4 yaks out of 5. I then went from Fallout 4 to Lord of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor, which is a stealth action/RPG. Good-to-great game. Recommended. 3.5 yaks of out 5. After Lord of the Rings, I went to Dragon Age: Inquisition. Better story/in-game character interactions than Fallout 4, and not a terrible game engine. Had a lot of fun with this game. Good-to-great game. Recommended. 3.5 yaks out of 5. Now I've shifted over to the leading game for why I bought an Xbox One console, State of Decay: Year One Edition. This is the closest game to a 'Walking Dead'-style experience that has yet to be fully realized. It's on an old Xbox 360 game engine, so the visuals and geography are a little sloppy. The game engine is not perfect, but I can overlook some of the erratic bugs for the pure nature of the game. It's such a good game. Early impressions: 4 yaks out of 5. I also fired up Witcher 3 for a hot second to get a sense of how that game presents itself. I'm looking forward to playing this gem, as it became clear to me very early on that this is a game that is positioned to appeal to adults. Everything that I saw in my brief introduction made me feel like this game has a ton to offer.
  8. Put this in the woulda-shoulda-coulda category of thought, but the Cavs should feel like chumps right now. They played like chumps in these finals. LeBron, while still amazing, looked gassed throughout much of the series. I know, I know--he plays a ton of minutes, he's aging, and he's accrued more playing time than anyone in the post season. Totally. But those are all excuses for a team that should have been a better competitor to Golden State. The Cavs blew a huge 4th quarter lead early in the series. The Cavs blew so many opportunities last night to hold down another lead. I honestly believe the Cavs blew this series more than Kevin Durant added to Golden State's leverage.
  9. UPDATES. More Games! OPEN WORLD-A-PALOOZA. Mad Max is a criminally underrated open world game. The graphics may be the best graphics for an under-the-radar game of this type of any that I have ever played. The world is desolate, like a Mad Max game should be. The character animation graphics, landscape, vehicle, special effects (explosions, fire, etc.) are some of the best I've ever seen. The overall appearance of the game is gritty, brutal, and aggressive. The combat plays a lot like Shadow of Mordor: lots of chain combat fighting, reversals, etc.. Max has an upgradable shotgun that is a ton of fun to use. The combat 'finishers' never get old. The special effects of the slowdown camera when you kill the last enemy within a group is lots of fun, and a good indicator of when area combat is concluded. The game is light on story, but what dialogue there is feels fresh because of the Mad Max world that its in; every speaks in a kind of broken English due to the degradation of the language in a post-apocalyptic world. Most of the open world quests are kill/destroy types. In other games, this gets boring pretty quickly, but for some reason, Mad Max's versions of these quest types have kept my interest, which I attribute to the overall success of the presentation of the game, and how progressing in the game equates to vehicle and character upgrades. To me, Mad Max is the open world game for the person who likes combat, exploration, a unique environment, and not a lot of chatter. Recommended. 3.5 (maybe 4) yaks out of 5. Mafia 3 is another open world game where you play as Lincoln Clay, a black Vietnam veteran returning to a faux New Orleans-based environment. Lincoln was adopted by a local gangster when he was young, went to Vietnam, 'saw some things over there,' and is returning to a historic late 1960s American South. Without ruining the story, Lincoln is given all the reason he needs to turn the tables of the local mafia situation around town and go on a epic revenge tour of "New Bordeaux." The character graphics are great-to-average across the board. The environmental graphics are pretty bad: most everything looks washed out and under-developed, reminding me more of a last gen console experience than current gen. Mafia 3's combat is whatever you choose it to be. You can play stealthy (which is very fulfilling) or you can go in guns blazing (also fulfilling). The game does a good job catering to either player type. I LOVE how the game handles getting the police involved during a violent spree. Basically, a cop either has to see you commit the crime, or a pedestrian has to see you, and then you're notified that the pedestrian is going to call the police by using a local phone booth or wall phone somewhere, and you have to stop them before they make the call. Especially when I compare this kind of thoughtful mechanic to the nonsense that is the GTA series, Mafia 3 gets high marks for actually making the police response system fun. Also, when the waves of police start to come for you, escaping them is also more interesting than GTA. My biggest issue with the game is the nature of collecting 'transistor' items in the world that you use to wiretap communication boxes to get intel on target areas. 1. Collecting an endless supply of transistors laying around the map is boring as f*ck. 2. The actual application of these transistors requires you to 'break open' the communication box, which enacts the game's 'lock breaking' mini-game, which is the worst, most boring unlocking mini-game I have ever played in a videogame. That the player has to collect so many transistors, and unlock so many communications boxes, means that you're going to be participating in this boring-as-f*ck unlocking mini-game over and over again. I have already stopped, and decided to forgo the benefits. If there is a single person on the Mafia 3 development team that thought this was a fun game mechanic, I would be shocked. The BEST parts of Mafia 3 is the story and the soundtrack. The soundtrack is rife with radio hits from the era, and is, without a doubt, my favorite radio soundtrack of all-time in any game I have ever played. When the game's intro screen pops up, and All Along the Watchtower kicks in, you know you're in for an epic ride. Now the story: the story is great. It's the most cohesive story in an open world game that I've played yet. My favorite part is how it tackles racial issues in the South as a black veteran protagonist: without apology. There is so much racist shit being thrown at Lincoln throughout much of game, to the point where when an NPC calls you a name, you're like, "WTF did you just call me?" prior to taking a combat knife to that NPC's head. It's brutal and poetic, and I give the developers high grades for telling a brutal story in a brutal fashion. Recommended. 3.5 yaks out of 5. Soundtrack gets a 5 out of 5. Far Cry Primal is your typical Ubisoft open world experience. If you've ever played a Far Cry, then this is that, but without the guns. That is plays without guns and a lot of explosions is unique enough, but Ubisoft has fallen asleep at the wheel when it comes to ingenuity. Their games just lack a certain fun spirit. Far Cry Primal employs a 'tracking system' that basically changes how you view the area around you, for the purposes of hunting people or animals. Other games handle this 'tracking vision' concept so much better than how Far Cry Primal handles it. Hell, even older Far Cry Games handle this kind of tracking vision better than Far Cry Primal's bizarre and not very effective combination of overlay colors. I might get back into this game at some point, but I'm in no hurry. 2 (2.5 if you've never played a Far Cry game) yaks out of 5. Sniper Elite 3 is pretty much like every other Sniper Elite game you've played, if you've played one. It's not a bad game, but it's not a great game either. If you're looking to get your stealth on and snipe a bunch of guys and bask in the joy of the slow motion head or nut shot, then this is your game. 2.5 yaks out of 5. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is an open world game that takes place in Hong Kong. Graphics are fine, music is fine, environmental graphics are pretty nice. You play as an undercover cop who infiltrates the local mob and kicks everyone's asses. The story is solid. The variety of mission types is fun. The hand-to-hand combat is similar to Shadows or Mordor and Mad Max: lots of reversals and etc., and tons of extra fun because the game is focused on martial arts. There are plenty of weapons which feel really good. Weapon combat reminds of the old PS1 Syphon Filter games for anyone who remembers those. It's the kung fu videogame you always wanted to play. I went through this whole game without looking back. Worst part of the game is the navigation minimap while driving, and the propensity to have to do a lot of back-tracking in a car, which can get annoying, especially when the Hong Kong streets are so f*cking twisty and laborous to drive. That being said, definitely recommended. 3.5 yaks out of 5.
  10. Saints are not exciting. AP is not going to tip the balance for that team into a contender. In the pass-happy NFL, losing Brandin Cooks and getting AP is not an even exchange. Raiders ARE exciting. I'm looking forward to seeing if they're able to get out of their own way. The next couple of years in the NFL, for me, is all about watching a living legend in Tom Brady have a well-deserved victory lap(s) across the faces of most of his competition, while the rest of the NFL fan base impatiently waits for Tom Brady/The Hoodie to retire so that their team has a chance at being memorable. I'm also looking forward to the sophomore slumps of Dak Prescott and Zek Elliot.
  11. Is there anything more perfect than Mike Brown getting paid by the Cavaliers to beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals as a coach of the opposing team?
  12. LeBron James hasn't looked bad at all in these Finals. But by his standards, he has looked absolutely gassed early in the games.
  13. I won't go into details about this, because it's filled with the kind of sh*t that sends this forum into a tizzy, but I have a foreshadowing for you all: I work at a national nonprofit in New York that has been participating in a training initiative called "Anti-Oppression" training. I imagine this form of training will be coming to an institution near you soon enough, if it hasn't already, and especially if you work at a nonprofit. This kind of initiative has been making the rounds in New York for the past few years. For a few hours every month, I get to hear how my demographic (white, straight, male) is the devil, with no concern for deliniating between the real culprit, toxic white male supremacist culture, and your everyday white male culture that by-in-largely supports equality initiatives. I recognize the need for the this kind of training ('specially for the older folks), but in my experience, the tactics that have been used come from a very aggressive activist approach that does not concern itself with the inherent sensitivities that the initiative tackles. It's as brutal an experience to participate in this "training" as you can imagine, and it's done more to push me to a socially centrist perspective than the ardent leftist perspective that it originates from.
  14. Lots on the line this series for LeBron legacy-wise. Easy money is on Golden State, but that doesn't mitigate the importance of LeBron stepping up during these Finals. I'm rooting for the Cavs because my fiance is from Cleveland, but it's going to be a tall order for LeBron & crew to overcome. I have Golden State in 6.
  15. I don't have to know Chip Kelly personally to think he's a talentless, arrogant, f*ckstick, whose greatest claim to fame is focusing on a scheme that takes advantage of the across-the-board suckage that are college defenses. F*CK Chip Kelly.
  16. Chip Kelly the ESPN analyst. LOLz. F*ck you, Chip Kelly. F*************ck yoooooooooou.
  17. Anybody know anything about how fumbled balls / players going out of bounds works? It seems to me like the horizontal line indicating out of bounds isn't aligned properly. Anyone else curious about this?
  18. Patriots picked up WR Andrew Hawkins (whether or not he makes the team is secondary), but this cements the fact that we're going to see far more 4 WR sets out of New England this year. Tom Brady is going to be gunning for every year-long QB record possible.
  19. Chris Cornell used to tour yearly to one of the theatres that I used to work at. Never met him, but the guy always sold out. Like clockwork. Never failed. Last time he came through was on an acoustic tour. Every post show report I read from House Management, whose job it is to act as liaison to a booking, always said Cornell was the nicest dude. Too bad, man. Deep depression is a nightmare.
  20. ESPN is doubling down on its programming of "TV personalities" to replace sports highlight shows, solidifying their strategic opinion that what moderate fans want is more cable news-type drama and bickering, and less actual sports. In related news, America is dying.
  21. Was there really any other option?
  22. To give you an idea of the differential in popularity with the NFL in America versus other sports, ESPN's category tag for content by league type has the NFL (currently in its off-season) as being more popular than the NHL (currently in its playoffs post-season). Ouch.
  23. Like, @Bodom, my easy answer is too easy. So let's drill down further... Dante Scarnecchia - Current OL coach of the New England Patriots. You want proof of how important a good OL coach is? See Patriots seasons with and without Dante Scarnecchia. Marvin Lewis - He's the mediocre coach that I love to hate. Guy should have been fired years ago, but still has his job. He constantly takes chances on players who clearly have off-field issues that are carried over into the season and often cause major distractions for the team. Frankly, guy kind of deserves what he gets considering his approach. Pete Carrol - I like his approach. He let's his players be themselves, but still emphasizes the 'team' standard. He's molded an environment that is inclusive and forward-thinking. He hit lightning in a bottle with the players who originally made the Legion of Boom a household name, but I'm uncertain if he can recreate the kind of defense that is required to make his offense flourish. Mike Tomlin - Like Carrol, Tomlin is a players coach. I appreciate his interview style and his unabashed approach. I'm a little skeptical of how deep his x's and o's knowledge base goes when it comes to helping design contemporary schemes. Okay, now let's get serious... Bill Belichick - Greatest coach of all-time. My favorite interview style (surly). There is not a fan of the NFL that exists who wouldn't want Bill Belichick to be their team's head coach. Even the Browns and Jets, who Belichick walked away from, would get on their knees to welcome him back. And if you think you wouldn't praise the lord above if Belichick became your team's head coach, you're lying to yourself. He's not only a mastermind coach, but a GM as well. We are blessed to witness a living legend while he works in real-time.
  24. Ticket to Ride is legit. Get it.
  25. The decline in coverage revenue forcing the layoffs is in direct correlation to the stunted growth in US pro sports casual fans. Worst yet, is that I agree with opinions on this forum that the hardcore fan is being turned off by the tactics put in place to capture more moderate fans. Moderate fan conversion into hardcore fan, clearly, is not processing as quickly as the coverage expansion itself on the multiple sports networks. I think this is a sign that US sports coverage, for this generation, has nearly maxed out for the available audiences (casual and hardcore). Coverage segmentation is further inhibiting growth because no single network has taken a vastly different approach to coverage. All of the Networks basically run the same programming, but with different production budgets. Part of me truly believes "sports coverage" has nearly reached as far as it can in the context of the current US market, as all growth is dependent on ad revenue. If not this year, by next year, I expect the % of growth in the asking price on Super Bowl commercial spots to decline, if they continue with the same amount of commercials as they have recently. ^ This is part of the reason why I think Goodell and his stooges are talking about decreasing the amount of commercials during a game. 1. They appease the casual (and hardcore, but mainly casual) fans who are tired of 20 minutes of commercials every hour. 2. They can continue raising the costs of buying a commercial for their programming at a steady percentage, so they can report on a growth number that will appease the leadership, but hide the fact that viewership is down, and advertisers beginning to grumble about the return value of buying ad space for NFL programming. Either way, in the next 5 - 10 years, I project the slow but steady decline in the growth of sports popularity in this country. Sports will always be popular, but the NFL for instance, has been banking on a percentage level of dynamic growth in their year-end ad revenue. That dynamic growth is about to take a significant hit, in my estimation.