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#1 Fiz



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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:25 PM

back in the day when there were wars against western nations, the defeated nation would typically head home with their tail between their legs and everyone would blame the leadership for the poor performance. It was easier to imagine that their soldiers (typically theirs sons etc) were just as good as those fuging prussian pigs, or those papist french, or the godless british sailors, or whatever; they just had a few jews or whatever that had snuck into the upper echelons and fuged it up.


better leaders and we're just as good as the rest of them! next war!


well, sometimes the soldiers just aren't that good. italian soldiers weren't defeated by ethiopia because of bad leadership. the americans didn't get routed by canada because they didn't have good generals. sometimes your soldiers just fuging blow....


....even your favorite one. 


It's easy as fans to pin everything on the coaching staff, because it's easier to fire 10 dudes than replace 30. 


It's easy to blame the lack of development and, dare I say regression, of a certain favorite player, on the bad coaching, other elements, weather, commercial shooting schedule, etc.


sometimes the british send a bunch of inbred australians over the barricades into machine gun fire. sometimes the soldiers just can't cut it against starving koreans/vietnamese. 

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:26 PM

That "Glory" was a good movie.

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:33 PM

Toby keith said we'll put a boot in their ass because its the merican way

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:34 PM

That's a whole lot of words just to say what we already have several other threads about.


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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:35 PM

John Fox took a 1-15 team to 7-9 in one year, then the Super Bowl the year after without a huge amount of player turnover. Sometimes it is the leadership.

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:36 PM

But has the general ever proven himself?

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:36 PM

I think luck is just as big a factor as strategy in Risk. Damn dice!

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:37 PM



....but those "generals" are the ones who decided Byron Bell and the like could get the job done, right? Those "generals" basically trained a bunch of guys how to use a sword, then took them into a firefight. The bullets always win...

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:41 PM

Alex Smith, RG3 and Eli all have 5TDs. One of these teams are 3-0 and the rest are 0-2. I think it's safe to say that because Alex Smith's team has more wins, he is better than those two.


How about this, Russell Wilson has 2 TDs so far compared to Cam and Kaep both with 3TD. Shehawks are 2-0, Panthers 0-2 and Kaep 1-1. Similar production levels but different TEAM results.

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:50 PM

I think luck is just as big a factor as strategy in Risk. Damn dice!

Luck is an extremely critical aspect in the game of football and nobody likes to think about it because you just can't strategize for the bounce of the ball.

Case in point: DeAngelo's fumble came about because he spun around just in time for Chancellor to have a good angle at hitting ball out. If he had simply fell to the ground rather than turning back towards the field he'd be down, we'd keep the ball and likely score.

Against Buffalo, Luke reaches out and taps Stevie Johnson as he runs by, likely on reflex alone. The ref calls an incorrect pass interference call instead of defensive holding and it negates the game-clinching interception.

Football is probably one of the most luck-influenced sports in the entire world. And it sucks that our luck has been pure shite.

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