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  1. Lawrence probably has the least to gain of anybody here.  Assuming they cancel the season, the next NFL draft will start with "With the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback, Clemson."

    And you just know el Presidente just saw the "We want to play" headline, and doesn't understand the significance of the players organizing, or that they are asking for more than the season to start.

  2. It took a whole 15 minutes for the Texas and A&M are going to totally play this year!!! bullshit to start.  CFB media just cannot stop with that shit.  

    2 months after world war 3:  "Well Dave, nuclear winter has set in.  The remainder of society will be living in bunkers for the next 50 years.  Will this be what finally restarts the Texas/A&M series?"

  3. 28 minutes ago, Mister TV said:

    Am I too cynical in thinking the college football season will be cancelled more to squash players organizing than health concerns?

    I think the NCAA and the schools are absolutely more worried about the players organizing than they are about COVID.  

    That said, I don't think cancelling the season helps them much in that regard.  The players will have fewer distractions without full practice/game schedules, so I expect they'll have a better chance to get organized. 

    Not playing this year also will require the NCAA to actually  be flexible on eligibility requirements for once.  They'll have to figure out how to handle this year's seniors, junior eligible guys in next year's draft and the incoming recruiting class.  Presumably they'll also have to increase scholarship numbers for next year.

    Also, this kinda works like a lockout where the players still get "paid", at least at the big schools.  SEC schools aren't gonna cut back their football budgets - they're too afraid of losing recruits, so the players aren't looking at losing much they're already receiving, outside of exposure.  The schools, however, are going to be losing huge amounts of money this year with the football and basketball cash cows gone.

    8 minutes ago, hammerva said:

    Guarantee somebody will blame the season being cancelled on George Floyd

    Somebody that resides in Washington DC, and has a vacation place in Florida?

  4. Seeing how badly baseball is playing out, even with much smaller rosters and more controlled environments, I don't see any way CFB makes it long, if it starts at all. 

    The level of lunacy is sometimes almost comical.  It's hard to know whether some of these schools are fooling themselves, or they know they're screwed and are just trying to make things sound good.  Texas, like a lot of other schools, is still planning for half full stadiums.  Meanwhile, they've told the students that parties, whether on campus or off, are banned.  I kind of assume that they realize there will be at least a thousand violations of that before school even starts, but I dunno.  This is the same bunch that list me as having an engineering Bachelor of Arts degree on my official transcript, so maybe they actually believe the students are gonna comply.

    Also, I assume what's going on in the Pac-10, Idaho, Colorado State, etc is just about the NCAA's worst nightmare.  The players are waking up and realizing that they might actually be able to change the system.  No idea how it will play out, but this feels different from the past where the all powerful NCAA held all the cards.

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  5. 13 hours ago, supremebve said:

    The only real option they have is to cancel the season.  

    That's the basic truth that everybody involved seems to be working as hard as possible to ignore.  Texas still thinks they're going to play with 50% crowd capacity here, where the cases are 10x what they were before we started reopening.

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  6. 1 hour ago, Ryan said:

    Reading the extreme other side replies to the Portland shit makes me want to puke. People welcoming military presence to "clean up" people doing nothing. I assume most of them are bots, shit-stirring or don't live anywhere near there.

    Well, Moscow is a long way away, so you're probably right there.

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  7. 13 minutes ago, grilledcheese said:

    That game is my only beef with them. They are an awesome team, but I wish that they or their producers would have thought about having them shut the fuck up for two innings. It's just a thing I though that they missed the ball on.

    I don’t think announcers are actually capable of shutting up. They’ve tried it a few times in Australian Rules Football this year with the empty stadiums, and inevitably they’ll start talking again within 10 seconds.  I just don’t think they know how to be quiet. 

  8. 2 minutes ago, Ryan said:

    Unless it aired overseas or someone got ahold of it through nefarious means, since it never aired in the US, I would imagine anyone who saw it had a review copy.

    Probably.  They actually had a showing for the neighborhood after everybody freaked out about it.  Didn't go, though.

    16 minutes ago, Ryan said:

    It's not 1986. Compare and contrast to the rest of the state though. I'm sure it's still nice by comparison to the majority of it. I bet the real estate market in @Robert C's neighborhood is interesting.

    Yeah, Austin is pretty much mini Dallas at this point, with a "weird" theme park around South Congress.  The market around us isn't really insane.  My parents house in north Austin is probably worth 12-13 times what they paid for it.  The area they lived where I was born is even crazier.  My dad used to shoot rats in the garage during commercial breaks.  Now there are multi million dollar houses on that street.

  9. 10 hours ago, Curt McGirt said:


    Anywho, Re: Nextdoor, I don't need that to know my neighbors are trash. I live in a corn field so I shouldn't be surprised but I've seen multiple Immortan Joe signs, an Immortan Joe flag that read "STOP THE SHIT" (the irony), a Confederate flag flown from a house behind a fence reading "No Trespassing", and... drumroll please... a decal on the back of a guy's truck I've seen in town twice now that reads "WPWW" (White Pride World Wide). 


    EDIT: And because I live in Illinois, childish people with signs that read "PRITZKER SUCKS"

    I was going to ask where the hell you lived till you mentioned rural Illinois, and then all became clear.  Spent 3 weeks there (southwest of Joliet).  Never was sure if it's legally required there to include n***** in every sentence, or just strongly recommended

    I don't need next door to tell me about my neighbors.  I have the news.  I've probably posted some of this before.  I live on what looks like a relatively normal residential street.  Maybe 30 houses total.  All these folks have lived on on our street

    - Charity director who stole a shit ton of cash, then fled to Venezuela https://www.statesman.com/article/20130514/NEWS/305149652 (always wondered why these folks needed 5 Lexuses, BMWs, Mercedes all at the same time)

    - guy who somehow managed to owe the federal government $100 million https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/stories/2002/07/22/story1.html

    - University of Texas coach fired for having an affair with one of her athletes https://www.cnn.com/2013/01/06/sport/texas-track-coach-resigns/index.html (side note, she was clearly right that she wouldn't have been fired if she wasn't African American and female, no matter what the university legal person in the article, who happens to be a cousin of mine, says)

    - ABC helpfully made a reality show focused on showing how intolerant my neighbors are.  Filmed it six or seven houses down from us.  Apparently they were too vile even for reality TV, and the show never got aired.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_to_the_Neighborhood_(TV_series)


  10. I want to say it's just a game folks - storyline and gameplay conflicting really shouldn't matter.  

    Then I remember my reaction to the end of GTA4, where I was immensely annoyed at the sudden moral conflict over whether to shoot one guy after shooting 73457345234788 to get to him, and that blows my argument all to hell.

    Anyway, I'm only a couple hours into Last of Us 2.  So far my only complaint is that I HAAAAAAATE the controlls.

  11. 51 minutes ago, supremebve said:

    This is pretty much my situation.  I only have to go into the office every other week, but it is completely based on people in management who want to get back into the office and away from their kids.  Honestly, that's the reason they told us.  I don't have any kids, my pull out game is strong, why am I going back to the office?

    My wife's boss is has been pushing to get her back into the office, even though she maybe came in once a month before shit hit the fan, she doesn't work with anybody in our time zone, much less at our site (her boss is two time zones away), and she was diagnosed with cancer five years ago.  Fortunately the need to keep the folks that do the actual work on site means top level management isn't messing around and has hardcore rules on who can and cannot go in.  She's not setting foot in in the place this year.

  12. My son has a favorite stuffed rabbit.  Because he's inherited an inability to name things from both of his parents, the rabbit's name is Bunny.  Anyway, he's decided that July 8 is Bunny's birthday.  Over the last week this has somehow become a bigger and bigger deal.  A few days ago my wife and I looked at each other and said "we're going to have to take the day off, aren't we".  So we are.  I felt kind of silly at first, but at this point fuck it. 

    He's had a crappy year like most kids.  He's an only kid of two only kids, and he's been stuck at home with only his two parents that still somehow have to do their full time jobs.  He's barely seen any of his friends since March.  He probably won't go back to daycare, and will likely not ever see most of the kids he's been in class with for four years again.  

    In normal circumstances I would never take a vacation day for this.  But this thing is making him happier than he's been in months, so hell yes I'm going to take the day off for the rabbit's birthday.

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    52 minutes ago, Craig H said:

    This is going to sound bizarre, but I've had two really amazing pancake experiences. One is at a locally owned place here called Biblers that has bacon pancakes. They're fucking awesome.

    The other place that had amazing pancakes? One of the newer hospitals here. It was probably a few years ago, one of the times my mom fell and wound up in the hospital, and I went to get breakfast at the cafeteria. The pancakes were the size of a plate and they were so fucking good.

    Sometimes you get weirdly good food experiences.  Our cafeteria at work is decent in general, but the make AMAZING fried chicken.

    The patient/family hotel attached to the MD Anderson hospital in Houston has really good fried chicken as well.  Actually, their room service in general is good, which is weird because the hotel restaurant is putrid.

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  14. 59 minutes ago, Zimbra said:

    I temporarily sated my southern food craving by making pan fried porkchops, cream gravy, mashed potatoes, and green beans.  Everything was awesome except the pork chops, which were really tough.  Which brings me to my next complaint:

    My local grocery got bought out by Kroger last year and it fuckin' sucks! Their meat and produce are both garbage and the store is constantly understaffed.  They've also done the bare minimum to pay lip service to protecting customers or employees from Covid.  I feel like shit every time I shop there but I'm also not ballin' enough to shop regularly at Hy-Vee.

    We're supposed to get a Costco built 2 miles away from our place next year so hopefully I can do most of my shopping there and avoid it entirely.

    We don't have Krogers here for some reason.  East Texas has them, though.  My main memory of them that doesn't involve cheap alcohol is the grey meat.

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