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    1,400 years ago in modern-day Peru an ancient people called the Wari lived long, prosperous lives amid the arid Pacific deserts and towering Andes peaks. They flourished by merrily establishing vast empires and subjugating their foes by demanding forced labor on Wari construction projects in order to not be slaughtered. They lived here for hundreds of years, spreading as far north as Ecuador and southward, deep into Bolivia and Chile. The Wari produced complex textiles and dazzling art, including vast amounts of intricate pottery (I know because I did archaeological excavation, cataloguing, and reconstruction of a billion smashed pots for three straight months in the Peruvian desert.) The Wari also were arguably the first South Americans to invent beer. This pottery shard also proves they invented Angry Birds. The Wari chugged along for half a millennium, dominating everyone around them, giving no quarter to their foes, continually renowned (if hated) for their adeptness at statecraft. By most accounts they are South America's first empire: revolutionary, insurmountable, indefatigable, beast of the South. That is, until the Inca showed up around 1100 AD and changed the world forever. Known for Machu Picchu, brutal human sacrifices, and armies of insanely-disciplined, song-singing, axe-weilding maniac soldiers, the Inca carved up the Wari Empire with little effort, forever supplanting it as the dominant native force on the continent. The Wari Empire sounds a wee bit like the New Orleans Saints. Dominant for a half a decade, they rode an extremely talented quarterback, opportunistic defense, and illegal, universally-condemned bounty program all the way to a Super Bowl win. Neighboring teams looked at them with hatred, plotting their downfall but never able to execute. But just as the Inca came, so too came the Carolina Panthers. Insanely disciplined and willing to brutally sacrifice opposing players, the Panthers have once again churned out the best defense in the league. They are merciless, they are berserk Inca warriors, and they'll produce the same on-field meat grinder for the Saints that they trotted out last week against the Cowboys. In fact, let's take a look at a few plays from Thursday's mauling of Dallas. It was Carolina's reaction time on defense that contributed most to that win, and has helped establish dominance all season long. Here's Kurt Coleman's interception return for a touchdown with :59 off the clock. The Cowboys line up with a wide trips formation at the bottom of the screen. Both outside receivers are running fly routes, with Romo reading both safeties as playing in deep zones. At the line he sees both Davis and Keuchly dropping down, showing blitz, and knows two things: (1) he's gotta get it out quick if it's a blitz, and (2) if they drop back into zone he can't throw directly to the middle off the field.. What to do? Why, throw at Colin Jones, of course! He's been getting beaten in Benwikere's spot for a while now. This makes Witten (lined up across 42) Romo's primary target: outside receivers will be bracketed up top, and a blitz leaves Witten across a vacated middle zone. Even if they drop back Witten can still get inside Jones for a strike up the seam. The ball is snapped, and below you can see Keuchly dropping into coverage. It's zone! Jones stays in, Witten finds the space around him, and looks to be going up behind 59. Tony Romo sees Witten break open! Those pesky safeties are playing the deep ball because their outside corners aren't good enough to cover those receivers! Better huck it to Witten since those safeties aren't anywh- OH GOD NO WHY GOD Tony Romo didn't realize the free safety was squatting in the zone rather than dropping deep, and his mistake went for six. But Romo's misdiagnosis aside, it's Coleman's reaction time that really makes this play possible. He was ten yards from the play when Witten made his cut and got open, but he instinctively cut inside the instant he saw Romo's eyes flash up the seam. No hesitation. In fact, he got there so fast he he almost outran the interception. That was six points, an incredible play. But somehow Luke Keuchly managed to top it. Late in the second quarter the Cowboys got the ball, determined to march down the field and score before the half. Here they line up with a 3WR 1TE set, out of the shotgun. This is a pretty nice play design. It puts strong safety Roman Harper in the unenviable position of having to diagnose three routes: the WR2 running a complex slant, the slot receiver running a quick out, and the tight end running a fly up the seam. The ball is snapped. It's important to note that Luke is the MLB playing in zone coverage: he's got a broad area assigned, the middle of the field. Notice how Witten, the tight end, is nearly open here: he's streaking the fly, with Keuchly trailing in coverage, and Roman Harper still in limbo, waiting to go deep with the TE or drop in to bracket that streaking Z receiver who's about to break into his slant. Tony Romo can choose one receiver or the other. Seeing Keuchly's back turned upfield drawn away by Witten,, Romo decides to fire at the Z-receive, the guy about to step into his slant. But right as Romo's releasing the ball, Keuchly instinctively breaks off the TE because he's leaving the zone. This releases him to the coverage safety (Harper) and Luke, knowing the strong side of the field is exposed, then instinctively breaks to his right, towards the gap in the zone, the area most likely to be exploited by a slant/out route combo. OH GOD TONY NO Ridiculous instincts, ridiculous discipline, ridiculous execution. Not many players in the league have what it takes to commit to covering a dominant tight end of Witten's caliber well enough to force Romo to a different receiver and then jump that route anyway the moment he decides to make the throw. That is true mastery of his position and the defensive scheme. It's hard to believe Luke was once criticized as being a subpar coverage linebacker. So where do the New Orleans Saints come in? It's simple: they play the Wari to the Panthers' Inca. We're facing a New Orleans team in a New Orleans dome that once represented the impregnable capital fortress of the South. But just like the advancing Inca merely sashayed into the imposing Wari palaces at Pikillacta, so too can the Carolina Panthers - playing historically great defense and set to trounce the declining Saints for the next one thousand years - march into the Superdome and emerge as victors. As a final note: this assertion is supported by the archaeological record. Behold: prophetic, pre-Inca pottery featuring a Panther stealing a Wari person's beer, and a scary winged Panther with a spear featured on a royal vase. When archaeology says you win, you don't lose. 12-0 View full article
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    Its an equal assertation to yours man. It seems that no mater the response somebody will spin it one way. Again. The good people arent who we are concerned with. Just like a law abiding gun owner. Isis wants spectacular damage. They have proven they will do whatever and they will exploit whatever gap they can. They will also exploit and take advantage of our freedoms and goodwill. The growth of what isis is doing vs the mass shooting here isnt comparable. Prior to PP the last time PP was involved in a shooting was 2006. The last time multiple gunmen were involved i think was what Coumbine? So the same people who minimize isis or that type of terrorism uses % of the muslim population as not being bad then you need to apply that logic here right? Only a small # of shootings happen each year?
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    Yeah, it's been a season to be very proud of so far, no doubt. With a win on Sunday, we clinch the NFC South, if what I've read is correct. I would imagine that the players have to know this as well. Didn't we clinch the division last year with a big win in Atlanta last season? I'm not putting anything past the Saints, it's still a division rivalry regardless of how bad they may look, but our boys know what is at stake. Right now the Saints are up next, and the players want the W, and that division title again.
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    seems reasonable to hope it's yet another white guy because while on the downside no one will ever address that type of shooting in a serious manner, no one's going to be calling for registries and punitive deportations of their friends and family either. it's a very utilitarian hope
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    VISA program is a joke "rigorous" is a joke politics is real however
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    Or Luke... Or Davis... Or Olsen... Or Norman... Or Short... Or Stewart... Or Ealy... Or Star... Or Tillman... Do I need to list our whole oline, finish the secondary and name a few specific holy sh*t plays our WRs have made in clutch time or are you capable of recognizing Cam isn't the whole team?
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    Difference between those and guns? Those are mostly illegal and (with the exception of gambling) aren't accepted mainstream American activities. So let's ban everything undesirable. Abortion, alcohol, tobacco, etc. Who's the social conservative now?
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    It won't ever happen: People can program themselves. Internet is too vast. There will always be alternate ways to creating one just because of what is available in materials, Junkyard Wars mentality. Plus outside sources which as DDII stated blackmarkets. As I said a couple months ago, you would need to destroy the very existence of gun creation: blueprints, material bans, door to door confiscation, shut down gun manufacturers. We can be responsible in modifying to obtain maximum results while not going either extremes that both fanatics crave, unlimited unregulated guns and total gun ban. Like calculus, there is upper bound limit and a lower bound limit, then what is the critical point which we desire.
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    Maybe, but guns are already highly profitable for criminal enterprise. Criminal enterprise makes more money from guns than they do marijuana. We are just making it easy for them. The guns on the street right now are bought at the local (or closest place with most lax gun laws) gun store. Plus, making a gun isnt as easy as making some hooch in the bathtub or growing some weed with some lamps and water. If we banned it it would make guns on the street extremely difficult and expensive. You would have to find a supplier, then a smuggler, then a distributor, with mark ups all along the way. A gun that you can get on the street right now for a couple hundred bucks would likely cost over $1,000 bucks after all the mark ups. There are logistical impossibilities in the US to really getting rid of guns. There are too many out there in circulation already. But we can do more. Just halting production and selling of new guns would go a long way. Keep what is in circulation out there, but no new guns. When guns are used or present during a crime, they are confiscated by police. Over time, police will be getting the guns from criminals, and law abiding gun owners still have their weapons for sport and self defense. Police are confiscating hundreds of thousands of guns every year, but as soon as street guns are confiscated, they are right back on the street through our own retailers. Stop putting more guns in circulation, and start getting the guns from the criminals on the street. Also over time as supply goes way down, street guns become more and more expensive, to the point that they are no longer affordable for low level criminals (street economics works the same as any economy)
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    It took until 11 wins for this post to get the first piece of pie? Thanks @Mr Mojo Risin I was wondering what post this was when you pied it this morning.
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    Cam is 5th in the NFL in rushing 1st downs Cam is 3rd in rushing TDs. Our offense depends on that. Everyone talks about his rushing TDs but it is his first downs that make him the monster for opponents. No one talks about them but his career numbers are crazy in terms of picking on first downs (and that is why you can't compare him to anyone else in the game )
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    the hottest thread on their board is the 2016 Draft thread....25 pages long
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    Fantastic write up. I reminded of this guy talking to the Saints:
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    I was listening to Sean Payton's conference call last night with panthers media. I'm paraphrasing what Payton said about Luke: He is the best inside linebacker in the game he brings so much to the table: his key and diagnosis instincts if you line up into the same formation he will call out the play before the qb does. You gotta be real sharp with your splits, the backs depth, any indicator of a play because he will diagnose run or pass so quickly. He forces you to self scout intensely to not show your hand. this dude will go down as the goat middle linebacker. I mean Sean Payton is a fuging douche but an offensive mastermind but Luke fugs with this guy's head.
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    The funny part about what you posted is exactly true. I don't know how many times we've faced teams in desperate situations really needing a win, and those teams are SOOOOO hard to put away. We put the Saints in the grave with their 0-3 start, we put our foot on the necks of the Seahawks and put them at 2-4, we ripped the heart out of Green Bay and put them in a spiral. Facing a listless and downtrodden team is infinitely easier than beating a team backed into a corner needing a win. Philadelphia still had hope in their season, Washington had hope in their season, hell the Cowboys had hope in their season, these teams with NFL talent were coming in fired up to take us down and get their ship righted, and each time we've stomped on their throat.
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