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  1. 2018 Carolina Panthers Schedule

    I wanted so bad to go to the Detroit (MI is one of only five states I have never visited) game this year but could not swing it. Figured I would have to wait six years. Then we both finished second giving me another chance. Tonight I find the game is schedule the Sunday before Thanksgiving, which is perfect for a teacher, I will not even have to miss work!
  2. Kawhi Leonard

    He is going to Philly
  3. The Walking Dead season 8

    My podcast guys have decided that they are done with the show so I guess you guys are my only way to keep up with what is going on. Sounds like it was a letdown as always though.
  4. Playoff Thread

    My only difference is having the Jazz over OKC
  5. UEFA Champions League

    Real again? Good grief
  6. UEFA Champions League

    City was always going to disappoint in the knockout round. But hey, they won a bunch of league games in a row. What the hell happened in Rome though? I had a training so missed the matches.
  7. For some reason we cannot post in the old thread so I guess we need a new one. The first one saw a World Series title but then had two last place finishes so maybe we will get some new thread magic. Anyway, Price has been named Opening Day starter. I really was not all too keen on this signing. Just like last year they are overpaying drastically, although at least I like Price most than the bats we wasted cash on last season (I still hate Panda). This feels like a second or third place team to me, not as bad as it had been but not as good as '13 either. We definitely have some fine young talent. I really hope that the idiot contracts to Sandoval and Hanley do not cost Shaw playing time. Luckily nobody looks unbeatable in the East, although Toronto will be favorites to repeat as long as Stroman is healthy and the pen does not blow. I have them in the high eighties. Balimore is the weakest in the division and should win in the mid 70s. That leaves Boston with New York and Tampa in the middle. I think we have the best roster of the three and the Yankees are the worst, however that pen of their's is so damn good it will disguise some weaknesses. They have won more than they should have three years in a row due to their stellar 8th/9th inning guys and this year's pen is their best yet. We should be fighting New York all season , both finishing in the mid-80s. Tampa meanwhile will stay close but I do not think they have the hitting to win more than 79-82. No matter how it plays out, so glad to have baseball back!
  8. How about those RED SOX! Part Deux

    Things are definitely going about as good as can be expected so far. Sox previous record was three games to start the season with 1ER or less from the rotation. They went seven games this year before the streak broke today. Xander has been amazing so far and it seems Hanley wants to earn that PA bonus. I actually got to go to the first three games this year. Sadly saw the Kelly blowup but the way I see it we got that one back on Thursday
  9. UEFA Champions League

    After three years of Pep I have to say I am shocked, SHOCKED that Pep would screw up in the Champion’s League. Throw in the Klopp aspect and the whole City/Liverpool angle and that match was the most predictable thing in the world.
  10. The Walking Dead season 8

    We will probably find out on Fear
  11. Can a true atheist be moral?

    I find it hard to consider myself or anybody else “moral” because that term is totally subjective based on the person making the determination. There is no set rules on what is and is not moral. That being said, I have nineteen years experience working with kids, whether it be running a before/after school program, teaching, tutoring, coaching flag football/soccer, etc. If you could calculate an approval rating from parents it would probably be around 95%. Parents constantly bring their kids back and request that it is I that works with their kids. If they are not only willing, but eager to entrust me with the most precious aspect of their lives then I would assume at least that they consider me a moral person.
  12. I listen to the show daily and Simms has been one for awhile ranking one a day from 70. I have actually gained a lot of respect for his opinion through his list and explanations for the rankings. He does not give a guy credit because he has good weapons, o-line, coaching, system, defense, etc. Views the position and ranks players very similar to myself.
  13. How about those RED SOX! Part Deux

    Roenis Road, who I forgot was on the team, has looked good so far this spring. Hopefully he can be the guy we traded for, need a lefty out of the bullpen
  14. Oscar Nominations

    Oh it is not. The Shape of Water was the best nominated film this year. Pan's Labyrinth is my second or third all-time film.
  15. Two interesting things I noticed. 1) The Giants are at #30, so it is pretty clear where Gettleman learned his philosophy (they did win two Super Bowls) 2) Our entire division is 22 or lower. There have frequently been multiple teams from our division in the playoffs, however they have also been inconsistent from one year to the next. One thought on the Pats/Packers. How much of their success is these picks and how much of it is Farve/Rodgers and Belichick/Brady? On the one hand, Belichick clearly makes the right decision more often than not. Where the Pack are concerned though they have pretty much a garbage team, at least of late, outside of their QB as evidenced by how they do when he is out.
  16. The Walking Dead season 8

    I have up the show where Tara went to the beach people. I still listen to a podcast on it because I like the guys who do it (they do a bunch of shows I watch) and read on here. It is still fine to hear people bitch about it. I look at those of you still hanging on as this thing spirals and I see that younger, more naive me watching late season Dexter
  17. Oscar Nominations

    I can definitely understand the preference, it is my second choice of the ones nominated. I would be perfectly okay with either of them or Darkest Hour. The last two years have been weird. Normally there is a film that I definitely think should win. Lately I have been more likely to have several I would be okay with. Last year I had four (of course non of them won).
  18. Oscar Nominations

    I have yet to see Phantom Thread, The Post, or I, Tonya. But from what I have seen I would vote for Best Picture: The Shape of Water It seems to be the favorite and I hope it wins but I could see voters awarding del Toro and then trying to make some political statement here (I know, shocking). The have both Get Out and Lady Bird (heavily female cast and female director...#metoo!) to choose from. Nothing against either, enjoyed them, but they are not best picture. ***I would have voted for Wind River over any of the nominated films*** Best Director: Guillermo del Toro I actually think he is going to win. He should have won for Pan’s Labryinth (the film should have won too) and I will be really excited to see him get the award. Best Actor: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) This is the most sure thing, has to win for me this year. Luckily, like Casey Affleck last year, it seems it will happen. I honestly think the film itself should be higher up in the competition for Best Picture compared to some of the other challengers. Best Actress: Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) I have no strong conviction here. I have seen three nominees and Would not argue against any of them, they were all amazing in their different ways. McDormand is going to win, and it does not really upset me. She was great. Ronan was great also. I have not even see the other two nominees so they may be better than all three. Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) Again, I do not have very strong feelings on this one. Rockwell is the best of the three I have seen, but he is not so great that I would be upset if he lost. Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) It seems as if Janney is going to win. I have not seen her performance so at this point I cannot criticize that choice if they go that way.
  19. UEFA Champions League

    I am pretty satisfied with Bayern’s prospect of advancement =)
  20. So he can afford to buy the team outright and he has experience in ownership of a successful franchise? Sounds good to me.
  21. How about those RED SOX! Part Deux

    Well, we finally got JD. 5 yrs, 110. It is basically a 2 yr/50 million contract where JD has the option to opt into a 3 yr/60 million contract. As a Boras client I think we can all assume he will opt out. He also has the incentive not to go all fat and happy like another former FA. I am often critical of him but it seems like Dombroski did really well here. By the time he opts out in 2020 Sandoval, Hanley, and Castillo will all be off the books and we will have money to spend on the youngsters we want to be in our core.
  22. How about those RED SOX! Part Deux

    I love Nunez. There was talk of him being a Yankee target, which has me worried. Betts and Bogaerts definitely need to step it way back up this year. They have the ability to be the centerpieces, they just need to do it. Bradley and Porcello will be interesting because we need to find out who they really are. I hope Porcello is not another Buchholz where he alternates good and terrible years, but if so at least we are in for a good one. Worst case on Bradley is we have an elite defensive CF. I am to the point with Hanley that anything we get from him will be a welcomed surprise. Maybe my opinion is somewhat tarnished since we got him the same winter as Sandoval. I cannot wait for those contracts to go away over the next two years. The guy I am most excited for is Devers.
  23. How about those RED SOX! Part Deux

    Saw Price was out taking responsibility for his actions and attitude last season. This could be all talk but it I definitely good to see. If he can see a Lackey-esque revival then it could go a long way to improving our chances of three-peating in the division and competing in the playoffs.