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About d-dave

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  1. d-dave added a post in a topic Fear the Walking Dead - Season 1   

    Man, they sure did save the best for last!  I really loved it, and my wife stayed awake the whole time (she was really tired and wanted to go to bed, but I insisted we watch it)!  Over all, the slow, laconic pacing of the first four episodes was completely left behind.  As soon as they left the gates, they smashed the gas pedal!
    I'm guessing by this point that anyone who's here has finally caught up?  Spoilers ahead, too lazy to try to hide them...
    There was a lot of weight to this episode.  Like the gate for the neighborhood... I was really surprised that Travis wouldn't try to close it before they left.  When they drive by the house with the family enjoying game night under candles...that really set in how much they sold the community out.  Madison didn't tell the neighbors, and they just snuck out into the night...hard man...super hard.
    I thought the escape from the hospital was just a wonderful sequence.  From Daniel walking the zombie horde to the gates, from the army collapsing, to the Doctor taking care of the patients all the way to the final escape in the morning.  Man, Travis does have that "Rick Rage" inside him too.  Then again, I can really empathize with him.  The solider coming back to shoot the daughter would set me into a murderous rage too.  That was so good.
    IMO, Nick's role is the be a problem for the group.  Much in the way Rick's family situations (Carl shot, Lori's pregnancy) become focal plot points to solve, Nick's addiction is going to lead him to bad situations and Madison is going to implore the group to save him from himself and situation.  He's also a reminder of what a parent will do for their child, anything.  That's going to end up being a very powerful message as the show continues.
    I love going to the coast.  What I want to see is a retelling of the playoff from Day of the Dead (Zach Snyder).  In the ending credits, the survivors have run out of food and need to land for supplies, but are overrun by zombies during their desperate landing.  How will this group solve this problem?  The ocean is a source, but the water is poisonous to us, and there is so much food they would be able to get easily.  Also, the isolation would have a hard effect on the already fractured family relationships.  Oh, and the pirates...They would need a reasonable escape plan I think.  It would also be cost prohibitive for them to film it that way too...
    I'm so jazzed for next season!  
    Oh, and Zombies on a plane, I think it's the kid.  The lady in the green jacket who closes his window is going to teach him something, and save him before he's on his own and picked up by Travis' group.  That's just my idiotic prediction!
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  2. d-dave added a post in a topic Fear the Walking Dead - Season 1   

    I didn't think about that!  Good point!  I have no experience with that!  I guess bad decisions would be easier to make.
    I think there's more to Nick's story.  He's going to do something good by the end of next week.  
    People have really hammered the story for being slow, but after episode 5, I get it.  I understand why they wanted the false escape, the saving by the government, and the eventual collapse.  I hope they explore more the collapse of the US government and the implosion of world order.  I really love Daniel...man...this week was so revealing.  It wasn't surprising, but man, it was heavy!
    I am also waiting for Travis to fully break.  I thought for sure he would with the sniper rifle..... I'd love to see it in the last 5 minutes of next week's episode so we can come back to the reactions of everyone to his savagery...
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  3. d-dave added a post in a topic New Bungie game: Destiny   

    Arms-Day to do!!!
    So, if you are at least level one, you can get stuff.  If you're limited by time/glimmer, get the Omalon Sniper!  I got it when I leveled my gunsmith on a rep item turn int.  IT'S AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  My rolls are just OK, but the gun handles so well.  It has more impact than a LRD/Longbow/Her Benevolence.  This thing is really amazing!  I'm a below average sniper, but it helps a lot.  Not great aim assist, but it handles so very well.  I LOVE that thing!!!
    I got myself up to 274/275 yesterday.  Looking forward to hitting the strikes and CoO.  I just ran the 36 strikes for the quests (I'm way behind) and did some other fill in things to get my quest logged clear.  Man, it was great!  I can't say enough how much I love the way upgrades come!  I just need to get back into doing the daily story missions and crucible missions for marks.  I have some gear I REALLY like that I can up grade.
    TTK is the destiny we wanted.  I know they are going to drop the ball on some things later, but man, they really hit a homerun right now!
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  4. d-dave added a post in a topic Fear the Walking Dead - Season 1   

    Isn't that the way it goes in every profession?
    That would be a great theme for them to explore if we end up seeing more of the remaining government.  How far up is the ivory tower, and how far removed is it from the reality?
    Also, what kind of idiot would go into a building loaded with zombies?  I don't care how many guns you have, if there are 30+ zombies in a small area, why go in guns blazing?  Just set the building on fire...
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  5. d-dave added a post in a topic Fear the Walking Dead - Season 1   

    Yep!  They finally did something other than whine!  I loved how telling their actions were.  Very nihilistic!  
    I was very happy with Episode 5.  We finally got to see something outside of the 'burbs.  We were also taken to some VERY dark places.  I loved Daniel's whole line about which one was he, the guy in the chair or the guy with the knife (we know!).  Man, lots of great character development.  
    I will try to be vague, to avoid spoilers for those who still need to catch it on DVR.
    1. Trevor - ahh, I understand a bit more about him.  He's so guilty.  I wonder what happened to make him feel responsible for EVERYONE.  At first, I thought it was more ego, but it goes much further than that.
    2. Daniel - I love this guy.  He's a totally different character from any other TWD character, and he's so refreshing.  He's been in a similar situation, and he knows how to survive.  Madison has learned to trust him, even though she's sickened by his methods.
    3. We got to see the hospital, and man, that was very intersting!
    Writing in white on white because of spoilers.
    I loved the cuff link man.  The closer.  At first I was like who is this dude?  But then I realized that this guy is going to become a major character because he understand people and how to survive.  I wondered why with Nick, but he sees the value in the desperation of Nick and how to use it.  He's not going to be a hero, but super interesting.
    The whole hospital / Military / Government thing is such a crazy situation. I have no FEMA or emergency training (outside of being an Eagle Scout) so the actions of the Government are really interesting.  I don't quite see why they didn't just kill everyone they thought might turn and instead strengthen the herd.  Also, what was the point of fencing the neighborhood?  I want to find out if there was some kind of plan to save part of the population when this broke out?  Or are they just bait?  Large soft areas to lure in zombies, then bomb the crap out of everyone?
    I'm not quite sure what the make of the government.  Benevolent?  Evil?  Both?  Its easy to see how much pressure everyone was up against.  I'm curious to see how the good ole US government survives and what else happens to it in the aftermath.  I'm trying to think how far away is Rick's group from this?
    Also, the Arena...what a bad idea...  Was it inside the fence?  i can't remember.  
    So over all, I loved this episode.  It kept my wife involved and interested instead of her phone and facebook!  To me that's a huge win!  I can't wait to see when those doors open next week =)  What doors? =P
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  6. d-dave added a post in a topic If You Are Unsure What Carolina is Getting With Jared Allen...   

    I love it.  Allen has always been entertaining to watch.  The video from the OP shows us what we're getting, someone who knows how to rush the passer.  How excited do you think he is coming here?  He's a vet guy, who can come here, show that he's still a dominate end at the twilight of his career.  I'm so excited to see him in a Panthers uniform!
    Contract wise, he'll either be asked to take a MASSIVE pay cut, or he'll be cut.  If he still is good in situations, he's not every down anymore, and if he has some success here, I could see him deciding to hang out for a little while, but it will have to be at the right price.
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  7. d-dave added a post in a topic We outplayed them today, but they outcoached us   

    I wouldn't call it out coached, because we did win.  But I was really impressed with the Saints gameplan versus our defense.  We generated zero pass rush, and we didn't get our hands on enough footballs.  We did a good job against the run, but we otherwise got shredded.  That was disconcerting moving forward.
    I hate to think about where we're going to be if CJ can't come back and we don't get some pass rush mojo soon...  People have been quick to talk poo about CJ, but he's been very consistent through his career, and played at a high level.  He's been the guy teams are keying up on, and no one else has really stepped up from there.
    We have got to get the pass rush fixed asap.  The Special Teams score as part great play, and part they just had to rekick because of Teddy's penalty.  That's a boneheaded play and needs to get fixed.  It shouldn't be too hard.
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  8. d-dave added a post in a topic Official Saints at Panthers Gameday Thread   

    I think they were thinking the Saints weren't going to show...
    Whoops, look who didn't show up thus far?
    They have to get back into this game,  Our defensive line is getting manhandled...
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  9. d-dave added a post in a topic Matchups from PFF - New Feature   

    While I respect the way PFF grades everything, because I could never begin to start that!  I will say they are using TWO games...that's not enough to really measure long term effectiveness.  Also, if we were able to limit the houston passrush (which is worlds better than NO's), then I don't feel that terrified about NO's front seven.
    But that's why they play the games.  If the Panthers come out wanting to make a statement, then they will win.  If we allow NO to make some play and get their juices flowing, they are going to win.  It's the nature of football.
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  10. d-dave added a post in a topic Which 2-0 Teams are Pretenders or Contenders? BR gets it and ESPN doesn't?   

    It's all fun and games right now for analysts.  They write some click-bait, get a bunch of movement.  When they are really wrong, they keep it up, say "my bad!" and continue to talk trash.  The proof is on the field.
    While the Panthers have had some offensive issues, we have a great defense.  Great defenses will keep you in game and keep you in the playoff hunt.  At this point, defenses "should" be a head of offenses, shouldn't they?  What does that mean?  Over time, defenses get studied as there is more film.  So the falcons are performing exactly as they were last year running a "new" system?  OK guys...
    Now if the Panthers' offense can get it self straightened out...Guys just have to start catching those passes!
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  11. d-dave added a post in a topic Don't be shocked if Luke is out again this week   

    I am worried about our ability to play in space versus the Saints Offense, but ultimately, I think we'll win this week.  No reason to hurry Luke along.  We locked him up for a long time, and I want him to be able to play at a very high level after this season.  Let him get right, then let him come out and destroy teams down the stretch.
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  12. d-dave added a post in a topic Of Periscopes and Sitting Ducks: how to torpedo the New Orleans Saints   

    I am in awe....holy crap!  Amazing!  
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  13. d-dave added a post in a topic Fear the Walking Dead - Season 1   

    You know what would be incredibly interesting, time consuming, and nerd-gasmic?  If someone were to go through each scene, pull all the markings, and the information we know about all of those homes, and then we could try to decipher them!
    Alas, I don't have time for that now!
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  14. d-dave added a post in a topic Lets not forget...   

    All NFCS games are like controlled brawls where occasionally football games occur!
    I love it, it's why we have the best division in the NFL.  Generally, all the teams get up and get nasty when we play. There are a few gentleman moments, but more of the time it's just a nasty fight for the whole game.
    This should be good.  I HOPE beyond HOPE that the Panthers want this more and impose themselves all over the Saints.  Got to get that mentality early in the season and ride that all through the end of the season (and hopefully a Super Bowl?).  
    We have a tough group of guys who've played together for a while.  Let's go beat the Saints and show the NFL how tough and physical we are!  Let's bring the pain!
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  15. d-dave added a post in a topic Saints Game Previews & Analysis - pre-game Intel   

    My biggest worry with the Saints is going to be their offense and how they spread the field.  If Luke is out, they are going to find more holes in our defense when they spread us out.  That's going to take blockers away, and we'll need Ealy, Johnson, Short and Co to come out and take advantage of those passing situations.  Or keep their hands in the air.  If they can get Cooks in space, we don't have the speed in the back 4 to keep up.
    That's the biggest thing I'm worried about.  If a miracle happens and Luke can play at a high level, then I'll feel much better about our Defense.
    Offensively, we just have to keep pounding the ball at them.  Take some shots, convert 3rd downs, but we can wear that defense out and pile up the rushing yards and eat the clock.
    Say what you will about Payton and his coordinators, but they do know how to call a game and attack a defense.  That's my biggest fear this week.
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