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  1. They attacked me, in a thread about how cyberbullying is wrong. And even now, they don't even have the decency to admit they might have been wrong- hell, they're doubling down right here. If you don't see how relevant that is to what you're saying about how people shouldn't be making unfair insults to people, at least have the common decency to admit that personal attacks are okay as long as you don't like the person.
  2. You mean the same thread that, even while people cried crocodile tears about people using the Internet to insult Hana Kimura and cause her death, @Smelly McUgly flat-out said it was okay to bully me because people disagree with my opinions and that everyone should pick on me and not only did he not get punished, but people outright took his side? Yeah, it's not so much about dialing back the insults and it never has been. There's been a lot of people who pull this shit, even when they know the problems. Did I hold back on it for a while? Yes- luckily someone else called them out for it instead, and I am grateful for that- but the same thing's been going on- and admitting that thread as proof of how people can be kind and not insult people here just gets to me.
  3. Honestly, this might be the opposite. Art is an exercise in creativity, but more specifically, to make art is to want other people to see it and understand something going on. No matter what it is- to paint, to create music, to sculpt, to write, to wrestle- whether it's as big as the musician making "I am making a three minute pop song because it'll be a huge hit and everyone will see it", or as small as "I wrote a piece of fanfiction and maybe two or three people will think it's interesting", the very act of making art is wanting someone else to see it and understand something you want them to see or feel. Art may be about creativity, but if someone truly does not care if anyone sees your artwork after its finished and truly not caring about whether anyone else in the world likes it? They're not making art, they're masturbating. Well, this also ties into the fact that Flair started being formulaic when he was the touring champion, because ALL touring champions had to do that. Again, going with the same comparison to big chain restaurants, the point of a chain restaurant isn't that "you're getting a generic steak", but rather "Any schmendrick can cook this. We don't need to find a world-class chef to make this, pretty much anyone off the street can follow this recipe and it'll be pretty good...and even if they're so bad at this they can't even boil water, they can at least throw some of these into a microwave and at least satisfy people." Hell, I'd go further and say the ability of "yeah, you're only going to put on a two star match with anyone- no matter how good they are....but on the other hand, you'll put on a two-star match with ANYONE. Take any person, no matter how bad they are or untrained they are, and you'll pull them to the match of their life and make them look like a superstar for one night" is FAR more valuable than "put this person in the ring with another good wrestler, who they've worked with for a while, and you'll get a five star match without thinking...but if you put them in with someone they don't know, it'll be mediocre." It actually ties into the weakness there- if it ties to the NXT claims, it goes to "any two human beings on earth, if you teach them implicitly, have them rehearse it over and over again, and only teach them exactly what it would take to put on this and only this match, until it becomes muscle memory, could put on a three star match together."
  4. Honestly, even that was the problem with a team trying to be rebuilt from orbit, since even just tanking "once" is not enough to make a contender. If a team tanks to get a top pick once and lucks into winning the lottery...great. You got ONE All-Star. Doesn't matter since right now in the NBA, One All-Star MIGHT get you to the playoffs, but you need at least two All-Stars to have a chance at a playoff run...and in all likeliness, you'll need at least three to have a chance at a championship. MAYBE one generational talent on your team is enough to get you to the 8 seed in the East and put you in "pretty bad but not bad enough" territory- and in the process, guarantee when they're eligible for free agency, the All-Star is running away from the team and going to a super-team. Hence, your only hope to tank isn't just tanking for one year, but tanking enough years to get the amount of All-Stars to make a super-team (and thus have title hopes and/or make your team a destination for top free agents.)
  5. Better question for the similar problem: Shouldn't WWE ALREADY OWN Keith Lee's music? Lee didn't use his NXT theme on the indie scene, meaning WWE had to have at least produced the song. The rules of song rights would mean that either the writer of the song (presumably either Lee himself or the WWE) or the producers of the song (which, if this is the case, WWE would have produced) get full rights to use the song freely (and if you have both, you're covered forever- hence why R-Truth was able to take his theme song from TNA to WWE). Even the "well, maybe CFO$ wrote the song and it's WWE just being petty for the sake of being petty since they had the audacity to leave the company" wouldn't make sense since so many other people's CFO$ songs are still there.
  6. I wish I was joking (and was slightly beaten to it, since I can safely say that was also what @Niners Fan in CT was referring to that he put in before I posted.) ...we all saw the Thunderdome contract last week- the people pulling this shit do know that WWE knows who they are and has reason to strike them down, right?
  7. Don't forget the footage of ISIS beheading someone- that also popped up on the Thunderdome wall.
  8. But, having said that, home ice matters more in playoff hockey than home court in basketball, and both Toronto and Edmonton went out in the qualifying round- so that's not a guarantee either.
  9. But that issue would still be covered in this theory: If the Cardinals are wiped out for the season at 5 games played overall, that's 55 games they don't play (so they'd be 27.5 games back.) The Pirates lose seven games, they're 3.5 games back of their record, with the Cubs/Reds/Brewers 5 games back of their record (and likewise for teams intended to play the Cardinals.) For NL Central purposes, however: since all five teams are missing out of games, it becomes "if every team missed these games, then no one missed any games". Since every NL Central team missed at least seven games, the Pirates are treated as if they missed no games. The Cubs/Reds/Brewers are only ticked for 1.5 games since they only missed three games less than their opponents, and the Cardinals are treated as if they only missed 48 games and only get ticked for 24 games back. Complicated? Yes, but that happens in a season this completely and utterly messed up.
  10. Wasn't Damon one of the high profile players since the Red Sox/Yankees feud went to DEFCON 1 to switch teams? Of course that's the guy who wants Fenway to reopen to fans...
  11. Shouldn't that be covered by the half-game back rule in standings, so like "Team A has more wins than Team B, but played 2 less games so far, so Team B gets one game higher in the standings than they should be?" That'd seem to cover it for the Cardinals, so like "oh, you played 15 less games than the rest of the teams, so we're tacking 7.5 games onto the standings to accommodate it" would make sense.
  12. Honestly, it's make more sense to go that far if they just change the tampering rule to "The fine isn't paid to the NBA- the money is taken off the team's cap room and added to the salary cap of the team who's player is being tampered with." Do that, and I think you'll see the tampering go lower, quicker.
  13. Somehow, I think "Happy go lucky trucker" is a bit better for a top star than "Member of Color Me Badd".
  14. Honestly, it wasn't even just how it was presented on TV there: I thought the Field of Dreams game was going to be important this year due to how over the winter, Manfred had claimed he was willing to define a lifetime ban from baseball as a lifetime ban from baseball and that upon their death, banned players would become eligible for a Hall of Fame induction. It was a little questionable when the news hit that time, but considering 2020 is a pre-1945 voting year, it seemed a lot like the reason they didn't formally announce it this winter was because MLB planned on the Field of Dreams game to formally announce "Shoeless Joe is eligible for Veterans' Committee consideration."
  15. Even Clippers, or Rockets, or well...any team in this is a dream world for the League. It was said before and will keep going: The NBA is successful because it is a narrative-driven league and they know the narrative they want...and this whole return is an example of the narrative driving everything. Make no mistake, the NBA has decided the narrative they want for the title this year, and it's "Lebron and the Lakers win the title for Kobe." They would not have even reopened the season if not for that.
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