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  1. Same. I stopped buying after Madden 25 (the 2013 edition) when they took out the ability to play with friends online on the same team 2v2/3v3. This year they brought that feature back and it was the first time I've bought it since then and while the game is a bit better than the last, there's still a lot of broken aspects of it unfortunately. But it's always fun playing online with friends, matching football wits against other humans. But ever since they introduced the mode and subsequently figured out how to monetize it, Ultimate Team has been the catalyst in the downfall of Madden. As long as the Ultimate Bums keep dropping significant coin on their virtual fantasy football teams, the quality and playability of Madden will never see the significant improvements it should be achieving because EA knows those clowns will continue pumping money into that scam knowing they'll be starting from scratch year after year as long as they have that exclusive simulation license. They do have a NFL license again, but unfortunately can only make "arcade" style games (think NFL Blitz/NFL Street). EA still has the exclusive NFL "simulation" license for 11v11 football games. That "arcade" style license 2K recently landed is the exact reason EA hurried up and pumped out their "The Yard" mode this year where they could try and get a jump on cutting into 2K's potential target consumer base. If the 2K product bombs on the arcade game, a greater chance EA will stand at retaining that exclusive "simulation" license they've been clutching onto since 2005. I'll be buying the 2K product religiously in hopes that the NFL ultimately decides to open up that competition again, then we'll see exactly how hard EA has been sandbagging the development of Madden the last ~17 years. Don't forget the Cardinals and Ravens too! Although I'm sure we'll see more Dolphins next year too with the speed that offense will have between Hill and Waddle. I've played probably anywhere around 350-375 online games so far this year and I'd bet that at least 85-90% of those games are against those teams listed above.
  2. Caught the tour here in Louisiana when it rolled through on 4/15. Was a very damn good show overall despite having to drive 2 hours (which I do for nearly every worthwhile show). Love all the bands so it was the 2nd time seeing Megadeth (first in 2012), Lamb of God (first in 2016), and In Flames (first in 2017) and the 5th time seeing Trivium (first in 2012, then 2013, 2016, and 2018). Have to say that Lamb of God absolutely crushed it and the fact they're continuing to put on this top notch of a performance night after night is a testament to how good of a live band they are. Was the first time seeing them with Art Cruz on drums though and while he's damn good, I still feel they'd be even better with Chris Adler still on drums. As a drummer, he's been one drummer that I've always gravitated to his playing style/feel and while they can find others to play those parts he wrote and tracked, Chris Adler is just irreplaceable to me. Maybe I'm just salty they parted ways, LOL. But they were my favorite band from when I found them mid-2004 through 2019 or so until recently being surpassed by both Meshuggah and Gojira; two more bands I'd have a hard time enjoying as much without Haake and Duplantier pounding the skins.
  3. Would definitely be the dream to hit on them all. Watson is obviously the big fish and the first domino that needs to fall. Also would love having Fuller to compliment Thomas and Kamara, I’m on the record here about our JUCO receivers we were stuck trotting out every week last year. Regarding Armstead, his deal is set to void at the start of the new league year triggering $13M dead money, so if we end up extending him before then, we should potentially gain cap space with that transaction. Definitely feels good to hear he’s apparently waiting to see what happens with the Watson situation before he does anything. I’m confident Loomis and Harley have a bit more cap magic up their sleeves though, but I’m sure it’ll be a wild ride regardless.
  4. Perhaps, lots of reports coming out have it looking rather favorable for us at the moment, but man we’ve been jilted by so many potential suitors in free agency in recent years, it’s definitely a cautious optimism hoping that other shoe doesn’t drop and we get left at the altar... again. But hey, that’s business baby; we all throwing our chips on the table and going to see what happens! Our sentiment from our fanbase essentially can be summed up like this… #FUNKTHEMPICKS
  5. My guy, I’m having enough trouble trying to keep up with our own 200+ page thread over on our board
  6. Don’t see it happening, especially not for the ridiculous price they will likely want for his services. Not that I want it to anyway, with all the weapons he has there and he still couldn’t pull it off. I’d rather continue rolling with Winston who was on pace for a 34-7 TD-INT ratio before going down, and that was with a makeshift WR room consisting mostly of undrafted free agents. At least this year he should have Thomas to throw to for a few games.
  7. Would suck but honestly that’d give y’all an advantage considering y’all would be acclimated far better to the time difference being there 2 weeks, even if we’d get there only 6 days before the game.
  8. We made it, guys and gals. He’s finally in. Long overdue. Just a shame he never got to wear his gold jacket.
  9. I mean honestly it sucks because I remember what that uncertainty was like pre-Payton, not eager for that potentially to return. On the opposite side, I’m glad he was able to come to this decision this early and not wait until late-February/early-March to make the announcement after all the other coaching vacancies have been filled leaving a very small selection pool of applicants out of house. Certainly grateful for the unprecedented run he gave us after the futility we endured before his arrival, but if he’s burnt out on coaching then I can’t hold that against him. Maybe he’ll be back, but if he decides to coach again for another team then they better be ready to pony up high draft picks AND star players if they want him. If Allen is promoted to HC like I believe he will, then Carmichael likely remains in his role as OC and we continue running the same system. Other than Brees, only Carmichael has that much of a grasp on Payton’s playbook to be able to run it. Ryan Nielsen (DL) or Kris Richard (DB) will likely take over DC responsibilities. Only way I don’t see Carmichael calling plays is if he decides to retire too (he’ll be 51 this season and he’s been coaching since he’s 23) and we hire another offensive minded coach out of house. I think Mrs. Benson, Dennis Lauscha, and Loomis will try to keep as much continuity as possible with such a big change as this. As for QB, I think they’ll likely re-sign Winston considering how well he started to look before being injured unless they can entice one of the big fish (which would’ve been more likely had Payton still been here, not as much so without him).
  10. Even though he’s likely the choice, still have to fulfill the Rooney requirements first.
  11. It only took 16 years of them reporting it before they finally hit one. Felt like Groundhogs Day every offseason with the media pushing that same narrative. If them reporting that news over the last decade and a half was a batting average, their BA would be .063 No, “rekt” is us not even officially having a head coach or starting QB and STILL being in a better position than y’all with Rhule, LOOOL.
  12. LMAO, literally the same hack reporting this tripe every single year. But hey, if they keep reporting it every year, they’ll eventually be right once.
  13. LOL, I mean I’m sure they’ll want to after that beatdown we caught in Charlotte earlier this year, just don’t know if they’ll actually be able to dole it out. Hopefully we get back at least one of our missing tackles, but we just lost our center to the COVID list (don’t know if he’ll be able to test out of it or not in time for the game but maybe). Also should potentially be getting Deonte Harris back after his suspension and a COVID list trip himself but our pass catchers leave much to be desired still. Y’all are going to totally kick our ass now!
  14. Man, I wish this offense could consistently score 20 points with the tattered o-line and JUCO receivers we’ve been trotting out there the last few weeks.
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