Super Bowl Game Prediction & Fantasy Playoffs Finale

Super Bowl Game Prediction & Fantasy Playoffs Finale

GAME PREDICTION

I've noticed a great many of our readers on the blog have no interest in this Super Bowl and that seems odd to me. We'd all prefer the Bears be in every Super Bowl but they're not. Still, the Packers are not in this Super Bowl either - even after a 15-1 season. The Lions are not in this Super Bowl. They were blown out in New Orleans. There is nothing particularly annoying or emotionally devastating about this game. On the contrary I can't remember a Super Bowl with more story lines and more drama. I'm looking forward to the game.

And I like the Pats.

Yes I know the Patriots are going to have a hellish time defending the Giants passing attack. There's nobody in their secondary capable of staying with Nicks, Cruz and Manningham. There's also not enough talent in the Pats pass rush to disrupt Eli Manning's pocket. Give Eli time and he'll dice you up. This game could easily end 38-10 Giants.

But I'm going with intangibles. Belichick and Brady do not want to lose consecutive Super Bowls. Do not want to see their SB record drift closer to.500. Do not want to finish their respective tenures with the mark of not having been able to beat Coughlin and Eli. I'm taking one of the greatest coach/quarterback tandems in history on Sunday.

Patriots 30, Giants 28

THE LOU MALNATI'S PIZZA CONTEST

  • Seven of us remain in the Fantasy Playoffs pizza contest.
  • I am left with the Patriots offense, Giants defense and Patriots special teams. This essentially means that my offense and defense will nullify each other and I'll be entirely reliant on the Pats specials.
  • The tiebreakers are the following: (1) The combined quarterback rating of both Tom Brady and Eli Manning. This is Price is Right rules. You cannot go over. (2) The total number of Giants rushing yards. Price is Right rules.  (3) Total number of catches by members of the Patriots not named Gronkowski, Hernandez and Welker. Price is Right.
  • My tiebreakers: 179.2, 63, 4

Contestants List

Jeff "Blogfather" Hughes

SidLuckman42

SC Dave

JimWoww

TheFifth

BigT

TheVoid

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  • First to check if this POS blog is accepting comments yet.

    Or is it just my POS computer?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    definitely your POS computer.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I don't know. I can post short comments, I guess, but longish ones with html formatting (italics and links) won't post. I've tried three times. Clearing my cache and logging out of Chicago Now didn't help.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    One thing I have learned the from the master jedi's..

    Ctrl + a

    Ctrl+ c

    Never lose again you shall

  • The force is strong with this one .... he shall bring balance to the blog .....

  • Let's see... is it the italics fault?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Is it the Tumblr media link:

    High Water (for Charley Patton)

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    WTF? I tried again to post the entire comment at once, and again it wouln't post.

    Here's the other Tumblr link from the long post: Song To Woody.

  • FQD sighting!

    Turned 37 today.
    Top 3 moments in no particular order:
    1) Taking my little girl to Bass Pro Shop and watching her enjoy every last thing about it, from the animals to the bird houses. I was planning on looking at dry suits for kayaking and never even made it.
    2) At the local Mexican joint, a terrible two-piece cover band was playing. But my kid was jamming out to their Queen and Eagles covers like it was the best thing she ever heard, then started singing like a chicken.
    3) She enjoyed the hell out of her cake and ice cream, then her mom's, and then mine.
    Getting old isn't so bad.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Nice.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    happy bday MBP.

    Hopefully you're online in a bit so that I can give you the present I got for you. I'll give you a hint, it starts with 'pred' and ends with 'ator'.

    Happy bday old man!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I can't give you an online predator like MB, but happy birthday.

    Getting old isn't so bad when you can experience the world vicariously through your kids and play armyman. Otherwise, it sucks.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I hit 40 next month. I'm enjoying the greying process whilst every male around me sports an orange or purple tinge to their dyed variety. Like Garp's mom says in TWATG .. "Getting old isn't so bad, you get to have more memories."

    You don't have to worry about fitting in or what people make of you, or necessarily what you look like .... yup, not being cool is kinda cool.

  • I love that book. Not a huge fan of his later stuff.
    Great quote.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "Getting old isn't so bad."

    As long as you can still wipe yourself. Then again, maybe having a hot ukrainian nurse spread one's cheeks isn't the worst thing in the world...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    nice MBP..Happy Belated ....btw you ain't old...it's vintage!...fromone whos' way older than you...vintage.........................

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Happy Bday maynge.

    Kids love classic rock.

  • Crunch Buttsteak + ChicagoNow + html tags in comments = imminent disaster.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Maybe I run this shithole, and don't know it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DDZEdkoaY4

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    You are Jack's smirking revenge

  • In reply to gpldan:

    fucking love that movie.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a0NCK8N0rs

  • http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/222482/big-sister-watching-you/flashback?pg=1

    This was written in 1957, by a certain fellow named Whittaker Chambers.

    Far more elegant than anything I could say about Rand, but I could not agree more.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "There is always a girl who mentions Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, a book, though hardly literature, which, with its sub-Nietzschean assertiveness, excites somewhat eccentric youngsters to a new way of life."

    - Allan Bloom, on teaching at the University of Chicago, from his book The Closing of the American Mind. Itself a crummy book, but a helluva Rand zinger there.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It excites young girls with it's many phallic symbols.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    gp, you have stated in the past that you make some pretty good coin. Do the country a favor and not use the deductions that are available to you. America!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yes, and the U of C is such a notorious hotbed of left wing activity (!!!!).

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    So SC Dave was right. You are a statist. Who's your favorite? Do you like Marx, Engels, Nietzsche, or Trotsky the most? Maybe Lenin or Stalin?
    A book review by a Communist ripping on free market capitalism is utter bullshit. You said you read Atlas Shrugged. Half of the book is about crony capitalism and government intervention in free enterprise. It's what's happening today. That's why it is so popular today.
    When I started college in 1988, , no bullshit, my first class was American History. The first lecture, in my first class, the professor talked about how a Communist economic system was better than the US, because they hand a command and control economy. The Soviet Union fell the next year. Four years ago I had a Russian guy work for me, who grew up around Leningrad / St. Petersberg. They still use scythes to harvest wheat and hay. It takes over 100 men there to do the same work an old man and a boy can do in the US in one day.
    I'll give you cred, you got my blood boiling on this post.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    lol, how am I statist for quoting one of the original writers for the National Review (you may have heard of them) and a vehement anti-communist? You have to be kidding me!!!!!

    Do you know who he is? No? Good fucking grief, Corm - go read up on him and who he influenced. I'll give you a hint - their initials were Ronald and Reagan.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Your college professor was a fucking moron then.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Accusing me of being a commie for agreeing with a conservative icon that Rand's writing is terrible and her philosophy is worse - really.
    That's some projectionist bullshit right there, because you don't know the first fucking thing about my personal political philosophy based on a rejection of Rand. All you know is I don't subscribe to her ubermensch bullshit - evidently, you reject morality, religion, and anything else that conflicts with the achievement of the individual, for any reason. If you think having a problem with THAT presumes someone to be a communist or "statist", which by the way I'd love for Dave to take a crack at defining without using Google, then you're fucking nuts. Frankly.
    If you don't subscribe to that philosophy, then you're not a goddamn Randian and should read something other than her shitty fiction before saying you are.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And for a Christian of any sort to talk about Rand with any admiration is to completely and totally misunderstand her. Her philosophy of the self is in total opposition to a belief in a higher power - because in objectivism there is NO higher power than ones self. You cannot believe in the existence of a God and believe that he doesn't exist simultaneously.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Just because one can see the ironic truth in ones writings or political undertones concerning economic reality, it doesn't mean they believe in that persons religion or lack thereof. I don't know how old you are Brownie but I think the older a person gets, the more aware they become of ramifications concerning pie in the sky philosophy and pipe dream utopia. I believe in cause and effect. If a person refuses to work for their own future within the guidelines provided by society, there are consequences you cannot ignore. Expecting someone else to provide for my deficiencies in life is not an option. The family unit is supposed to provide for their relatives that are unable to sustain themselves but only if there is accountability. Once government is successful in transferring the responsibility of the family to the taxpayer, you end up with a dependent society because it is impossible to institute the kind of accountability that only a healthy perspective can provide. I think this is the crux of most ideological differences.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Speaking of pipe dream utopias...there's a vast irony in using that term to defend someone like Rand.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Your use of the family unit as a substitute for broader societal support of individuals has absolutely zippo to do with Rand's particular brand of extremist libertarianism. She would utterly reject your take on it, Trac, and the mere existence, not the specifics of, your personal religious beliefs were anathema to her philosophical beliefs.
    Here's the cliffs notes:
    1) You profess to be a Christian
    2) at face value, that means you believe in a higher power
    3) Since God is a higher power, you take at least some extent of moral guidance from him
    4) You are not God
    5) Therefore your self-interest is not the ultimate or sole source of guidance for your behavior
    6) therefore, you don't act like a Randian

    You can believe in less government intervention in the market, for better or worse, without looking to Rand and her special brand of idiocy for guidance.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I suppose the crux of the matter is what we let happen to those whose carriage slips off the tracks in life. Suppose you lose your job and have no wealthy family members to help out - is it a case of 'F-you buddy, roll over and die.' ?

    Same with health-care for all, do we want to be a society that says to a low-income family when their kid gets leukaemia .. "Hey, didn't make anything of yourself in life? Can't afford the treatment? F-you buddy."

    Money makes money. The American dream is an illusion that keeps sheep from revolting.

    That's the problem with only having two parties (ultimately controlled by the same people) - no one gets a chance to come up with the following manifesto :

    1. End the Federal Reserve scam
    2. Massively cut the 'defence' budget, which is really an 'attack' budget. Is it necessary to have bases in 135 foreign countries?

    Problem solved. In the order of two trillion dollars a year could be cut from expenditure. What kind of welfare and health care could you have then? Would you vote for that guy? Would you even get to the polling booths before he was shot?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PepQF7G-It0

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And that's where I get off the Ron Paul train. 'Let them die'. He's not very Christian for a Christian.

    Love his battles with Bernanke and those that came
    before, but if you can't get behind something just because some old guys didn't think of it 200 years ago then you belong in the last millennium.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Come on MBP/Irish... that video is completely unfair -- first of all contrary to the vid's title nobody in the crowd was cheering "let him die" and secondly it cuts off his answer to the question. Ron Paul doesn't say society should do nothing -- he actually says the opposite!

    His view is pretty simple really:

    - If the Fed were abolished (eliminating the incredibly regressive "inflation tax") and the welfare and warfare state reduced, there would be more money available in people's pockets for giving to charity and churches, and for families to absorb emergency expenses.

    - If the corporatism of the medical industrial complex (including insurance, aka finance, companies) were eliminated, health care costs would fall and not rise with technological advances -- like the computer industry. This would make health care more affordable as well as more available to the poor.

    - Per those 2 points, when he became a doctor in the 50s and 60s before Medicare existed, he volunteer worked for $3/hour at a church, where they never turned anyone away. Just because the government isn't running the "charity" does not mean that society doesn't find a way to take care of the unlucky.

    In other words "let them die" is just ad hominem, inflammatory labeling which, for Ron Paul at least is utterly false and simply ignores both his reasoning and his direct pre-Medicare experience as a doctor. Videos like this are just pure crap for inciting kneejerk vitriol and smearing.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Damn Michael, you said it way better than I ever could.
    One example in the medical field is lasic surgery, which is an elective surgery mostly paid for by the consumer. Prices have dropped astronomically since the practice was started, due to competition and lack of government involvement.

  • Are you ready for this Irish, are you ready.....here it comes, lookout......

    Then why would you force others to pay the bill that work thier fingers to the bone and are struggling to feed & clothe thier own family? Did you see it Irish? Yep there it goes, right around the corner..... Gone....

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    But someone IS going to pay, Trac - or you let people die if they can't pay.
    It's a false dichotomy unless you are advocating that without cash on hand, you don't get health care.

    When Paul's ex-campaign manager suddenly became ill and died, he didn't have health insurance. He still received medical care and it wasn't pro bono (medical school is expensive). His families and friends then had to pony up somewhere north of $450k to pay off the remaining expenses. If they hadn't paid, then who gets screwed? The medical system - and since we know they aren't going to let themselves get screwed, that cost eventually gets passed along to the taxpaying public anyway.
    What is your solution?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    All I know is this, I broke my elbow not too long ago, after driving myself the ER, I had to sit there, with a broken arm, and reach in my pocket to pull out a credit card and swipe it prior to them treating me. Again, I had a broken elbow and I had to negotiate getting out a credit card to swipe prior to being treated. This is our healthcare system...an embarrassment.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    But the money is there Trac - if you stop renting money off the Fed and keeping a vastly over-sized military like Eisenhower warned of. There's plenty to go around if it's not wasted like it is.

    Love thy neighbour.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Why are you worrying about welfare cheats when the US spends almost as much on defense as the rest of the world combined and awards multi-million dollar contracts to twenty year-old dopeheads selling 50 year-old Chinese ammunition?

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-stoner-arms-dealers-20110316

    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2009-02-05/news/indicted-miami-beach-weapons-dealer-efraim-diveroli-is-still-making-millions-of-dollars/

    Read those articles and ask yourself whose tables Jesus would overturn.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    There should be complete intervention by the government when it comes to currency supply ... letting private banks liek the Fed ...

    {Jesus Irish GIVE IT A REST!!}

    Sorry.

  • Love they neighbor? By who's definition. Loving thy neighbor means you never return evil for evil and that you do good to those that spitefully use you. Stealing from your neighbor is not loving your neighbor, so lets be clear on who's missing the target here. Providing for your family comes first, then you can help the poor and defenseless. Responsibility to provide for your family means working 2 or 3 jobs if need be. I've done it as I'm sure many others have as well. What's wrong with that? I see a lot of people that have cable, cell phones, a computer, a vehicle and a healthy body and plenty of free time refusing to help out their family members let alone their neighbors and the first thing they do is point people in need to some govt. program that will never change their circumstance.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Nearly every time that phrase is used in the Bible, it is as follows (and I know you know this, Trac, but...):
    "Love thy neighbor as thyself"

    It is not "love thy neighbors second only to your immediate family members and depending on how well you are doing this year". It's pretty unequivocal.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Loving they neighbor as your self would definitely include "Thou shalt not steal" Brownie. The Bible says that we should have charity in all things but that does not mean we should be bad stewards in order to take advantage of our neighbors good nature. My argument is not over money but personally accountability.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I'm confused - are you referring to taxation as theft? I am convinced now that I'm missing your point.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Today's form of taxation is theft when properly interpreting the constitution but no, I am referring to capable people that steal from their neighbor by milking the system. Why would a person save up money for a new car and pay their monthly note but not save up for or budget for their medical care? This is a lack of discipline when critically analyzing most people's circumstances. The average person must spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for their transportation during their lifetime but they won't pay their medical bills because it's a right? I'm not talking about those that deserve charity and compassion but those that pass on their responsibility to their neighbor. This behavior is not loving your neighbor.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Actually, 'treat others as you yourself would be treated' might have been more appropriate. To say that nobody is suggesting 'let them die' is false - that is exactly what Paul's wordless response intimated. It's rare that the man is lost for words, but if there is no medical help available for those who need it most, then that is the inevitable conclusion.

  • Jeff, some of us couldn't give a rip about this game because we fell victim to fantasy football playoff cronyism. Attica I say, Attica!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYl9nNIoz8o

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Pizza's for closers only. You can't win with the rules you're given? The rules are shit? Well you are shit. Hit the bricks, pal, 'cause you are out.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    What kind of car do you drive?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Driving's for losers who can't afford a chauffeur.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    exactly BS.

    Come geeves!

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    :o)

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Ah, the futility of comedic value is wasted once again.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I thought it was funny, fwiw.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    LOL. GO BEARS.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    "Ah, the futility of comedic value is wasted once again."

    I don't understand that sentence. Did you mean to write, "The comedic value of futility is wasted once again," in reference to your futile, tongue-in-cheek attempts to persuade Jeff to let you back into the playoff contest?

    I get it. You realize I'm joking too, right? Your earlier anti-handout comment combined with your plea for mercy in the pizza contest reminded me of a scene from Glengarry Glen Ross. If you don't know the movie, here's the clip I referenced:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-AXTx4PcKI

    Great movie. Pacino is in it too (audio NSFW):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac6cOJb2FvI

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I know Crunchy, I was just playing out the playoff prank after I got eliminated. I actually didn't understand the rules in the first round as many others didn't either and tried salvaging some comic relief.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I hope Jeff goes a different direction with the playoff game next year. The scoring system was really kind of strange. The system of individual scoring would let him use a 3rd party source and we could still work in defenses by using an IDP.

  • Is it so strange that people are indifferent towards the Super Bowl? Once the Bears season is done I cease to truly care what happens. As long as the Packers are done, it's all good. It's also just nice to know that you don't have to be that good to get there, just do the right things at the right time. Didn't Washington beat NY twice this year? Aren't they 9-7? Maybe if McCown is our #2 the Giants aren't even in the playoffs. Weren't the Patriots and Packers like the worst two offenses in football this year?

    Regardless of whether or not we get to the big game next year, I think it could be a huge one as long as we do something right in the draft and FA - I certainly like our coaches and their attitudes.

    Interesting back and forth there re Ayn Rand. Haven't read her so can't comment, but checked out the Wiki entry. Smells like an intellectual elitist, and anyone who rejections intuition ... well, good luck to them.

    Curious as to how polarizing she is to many people though - although that would appear to be as simple as the old communism v capitalism argument. Never was the Soviet union truly communist - it was and remains a corrupt version- just as America is not a truly capitalist society. What passes for capitalism in America is really corporatism, and what has passed since 9/11 is more akin to fascism. She would be pleased that people are still talking about her though. You can't ask for more than that as a writer.

  • I think she's an idiot for thinking that a social animal should reject selflessness of any degree out of hand. That doesn't mean you believe in complete and utter subjugation of the individual to the state. Frankly, if Corm read that review and didn't get the point that her biggest failure is her failure to recognize shades of grey in humanity, then I don't know what he WAS reading.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Shhhh, comrade - you reveal too much of statist conspiracy! Bad on you! Failure to recruit weak western mind to conformity shall result in loss of Black Sea dasha!

    (Clicks boot heels)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-1K2mT5NCM&feature=fvst

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't be a mee-stick.
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5404826610265339909

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Is her prose readable though? I found about 20 lines on the net and it certainly wasn't the worst prose I've seen. It wasn't Dan Brown bad.

    If she can write then I'll invest the time and read either TFH or AS. Which was better?

  • I'd ask someone else - I only read Atlas Shrugged as a novel and it just was a slog from my perspective. YMMV.

  • The Fountainhead is a much better read. It was made into a movie in the US with Gary Cooper playing the protagonist.
    Here's a brief biography of her.
    http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_ayn_rand_aynrand_biography

    She also wrote a novel We the Living that describes what life was like in Soviet Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution. She was a Russian Jew who hated the Communists and moved to America in 1925. The book was made into a movie in Italy during WW2. Interestingly, at first the Fascists approved it for its anti-communism, until they realized it was subversive and could be applied to what life was like under Fascist rule.
    http://wethelivingmovie.com/history.php

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8fkdBz2bds&feature=related

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    For fantasy fans, there's also this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxuZuXPouqM&feature=fvwrel

  • Agreed on the Super Bowl.
    I'll watch because it's good theater - everyone loves a good sequel - but I don't have a dog in the fight.

  • NFL considering addition of two teams
    By Mark J. Miller

    The city of Los Angeles has been without a pro football team since the mid-'90s when the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams both left the area. L.A. has been trying to get a team to commit to moving there for several years now. The San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, and St. Louis Rams have all been mentioned over the past few years as possibilities to make the move.
    It's also been rumored that if no team wants to go to the City of Angels the NFL could just start a new team in town. Now word comes from CBSSports.com that if the league adds a new team in L.A., it will likely also add another team somewhere else in order to keep things balanced. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the league "doesn't want to move any of our teams" and "we probably don't want to go to 33" if the NFL decides expansion is a good choice.
    Goodell may not have meant to do it, but now other cities will likely start pitching the league on how they would be the best choice for that second team if and when the NFL finally makes that decision.

  • Hampton Roads would be a great spot with some unfortunate exceptions:
    1) the population has a huge military component - with the resulting high turnover of residents and relative lack of corporate support for pro sports franchises;
    2) due to the unique attributes of Virginia's city/county politics, there's a huge lack of coordination between the government entities in this area;
    3) which has the net result that the transportation infrastructure here is poorly developed.
    But I can dream.

  • The L.A. team should be called the "John Galts"

    (Just kidding)

  • Holy Crap! You guys are up and at 'em today! I like the back and forth. Hope nobody takes any of it personally.

    MBP, Happy B-day, my man! Sounds like things are going well with your family. For me, family is everything and if you can help out the less fortunate, you should. That's my entire deep philosophy.

    Go G-Men, smoke those GQ mother fuckers!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I've had more heated conversations with my best friends and family and from both sides - thanks for the wishes!

  • Offense: New York
    Defense:New York
    Special Teams: New England

    I could go all Price is Right and pick 179.3, 63, 5 but instead of being an ass I'll just pick...

    190, 90, 8.

  • The fact that Knox doesn't sound tremendously confident about returning to play next season is making me think we may, indeed, draft a WR in the first round. I still don't think it's a great idea at our spot, but...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    We need to draft one and go after two in free agency.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    But let's draft him in the later rounds. We were the only team to invite Welker to our facilities pre-draft. They can be found later on.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/sc-spt-0203-welker-super-bowl--20120203,0,4517205.story

  • Happy Birthday Brownie! And I am gonna use google to define some of that shit you guys got into! Ahhhh never mind I have a headache now. hehehe

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    It's all silliness - I'm gonna go ride my bike in celebration of getting a little older and a little slower!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Happy Bday.

    As Ayn herself would say, "I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZmVRI8Ptv4

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Be Carefull MB! I hear when you get in your age range, the male nutsack droops to previously unamagined levels. Bicycles / Motorcycles simply may not be safe for you anymore.

    Happy Birthday ya pinko!

  • I was wondering what I ran over when I was on the trail today...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    ouch

  • no we know why they drafted von miller so high: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZJkf2wPSwo

    MBP, didn't want to take me up on my offered bday present last night huh? Guess I don't blame you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll be around tonight; I was trying to close out a challenge in a pub game...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    see, I haven't even looked at any challenges. I jst get them by luck/skill sometimes.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If I depended on skill to close them, it would never happen - I am terrible...so I have to grind them out.

    I focused on the perk and gun challenges because they improve if you level them up.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I need to find the right gun man. When I start shooting someone first for 3-4 rounds and they still end up killing me... I need a new gun. The ACR just doesn't have a fast enough fire-rate, and it doesn't offer rapid-fire as a perk for some fucked reason.

    the GCK or whatever it is, is worse. What do you think? What do you use.... you know... besides a fucking claymore.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    mhwwwaahhhhhhh wwwwhhawwwwaaaaa!

    (nerd laugh)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I use the CM901 right now, but I'm thinking of leveling up the Type 95 and seeing how that goes.
    The Mk14 is also supposed to be good.
    The 95 has a much higher ROF because it's a 3 round burst fire.

    You ever try to play using an SMG? I started messing around with a class based on speed. hip fire accuracy, and the PM-9 and my KD ratio with it is way better than either my sniper or CM901 classes.

    Since you have an Imax screen in your house, you should maybe go with a sniper class.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I've read that the T95 is the best gun for accuracy and stopping power but I just can't get down with the 3-burt thing. I like being able to run around a corner spraying lead.

    I LOVE the M60 with rapid fire, but it's heavy and makes you slow. And I miss the noob tube attachment.

    I'll check out the CM and MK (isn't that single-fire?). Haven't even tried the PM-9 and don't think I have access yet.

    I have ZERO patience, I love being a sniper but can never just sit there and wait for more than a few seconds.... which usually ends up getting me killed cause RIGHT when I stop looking in one direction waiting for a victim, I get up and a dude comes from exactly where I was looking to kill me from behind.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And it's usually Shady.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    you too.

  • ahhhhh college...

    …and ridiculously frivolous and inane law suits: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/02/03/Bottle-rocket-misfires-student-sues/UPI-80891328249687/?spt=hs&or=on

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...rectum..damn near killed 'em

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    for you MB & MBP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye_ZEsrOwT8

    btw...MBP your getting to the age that this is annual not anal thing

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    rolling....that's fucking terrifying.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    welcome to world of not old brah...vintage !!!! like a fine wine or a good scotch.....

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    tee hee hee

  • I'm going to watch the game, after all it's out last shot at football for many months to come, and it's a brilliant excuse to drink beers and eat shit food in the middle of a random day.

    Like MBP, I ain't got a dog in this hunt, but I will tell you one thing I'll be waiting on with baited breath.... to see our man peanut chosen as the walter payton man of the year! Go nut!

    Charles Tillman on being a Walter Payton finalist: "It's extremely humbling."

  • http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/SCP124-1.html

    Hey MBP and shady, you might want to pick one of these up to better familiarize yourselves with the mechanism.

    …well, on second thought, maybe it would be more appropriate to pick up one of the actual projectiles since that is the part you'll most come into contact with?!

    ALALALALALALAlalalalalalala!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I have some surprises in store for you now that I've done some leveling up, big boy.
    If we ever played anything other than Gun Game and Juggernaut (ahem, Shady, ahem), you'd see.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I've fucking seen that man.... practice practice parctice... do you even remember what your wife and child look like? OR a book for that matter?

    The first step is acknowledgment.

    Can't wait.

  • I love all you guys...sniff.

    Good news for next year - evidently Thursday Night Football will begin week 2 and run through week 15 of the regular season.
    3 nights a week of the NFL! I love it!

  • I can't get excited for the SB. I throw a party and don't really watch the game anyway. Except 06 - when Hester scored on the opening kickoff, 30 people jumped off their seats and my living room floor of my 1922 bungalow almost caved in.

    I guess I want a good defense to win, because I'm tired of the pass happy bullshit. And while I respect Brady, he can go suck it. Can his press conferences be more boring and guarded? It's like he's running for office.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Without question the single greatest Bears' play I ever saw. Take that Indy, fk you. Probably the second would have been Hester too in the Arizona Miracle. Two screamers for sure.

  • That fake return against the Packers will always be the greatest play that never was.

    That return in the SB however...I nearly pissed myself.
    I thought, it is predestined.

    And then the next 59:40 of game clock ran off.

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-rieckhoff/the-pats-and-giants-get-a_b_1251214.html?ref=politics

    That ought to get some opinions popping.

  • Don't get the Eli hate. Sure he had a pretty pedestrian year last year and people slobber all over him, So what? He was money this year and he's got a SB ring. Not to mention he plays for a pretty crotchety old curmudgeon and never bitches. Don't know how any of you can pull for Brady. Since he hit the NFL his life has been about as spectacular as it gets. Pretty hard for me to get all misty eyed rooting for him. Not to mention, I hate Bellicheat.

    Go G-Men!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Look at his face man, just look at his face. He's a mong.

    If it's Brady getting 4, or Eli getting 2 ... then Brady all day. Although it will bring up the Montana V Brady argument. Joe Cool everytime.

    I can't wait for another ten years when kids will be like "Peyton who? Eli had a brother?"

  • Hi could easily see this game ending 28-27 with a successful 2 point conversion by the SB MVP. (almost) Everyone seems to be picking NY right now, but people underestimate how good of a combo Brady and Belly really are. As a Bears fan, I can only hope they find a QB coach relationship like those guys. But as of now we're stuck with Lovie. His defensive schemes, while not terrible, do not focus enough on recognizing, evaluating and maximizing the talent on offense.

  • Not to beat a dead horse...ok, ok, just a little flogging...
    http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/322894-megatron-may-cause-lions-mega-headache?xid=cnnbin

    The Lions are headed back to mediocrity in a hurry.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBP, I'm sorry for insinuating your a commie pinko. I was pissed off after reading the Chambers book review. Character assasination is below the belt. GP, sorry for the cheap shot too.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    You didn't exactly insinuate...lol.
    No worries - I get worked up too. Trust me, no real offense taken. I'm not a commie pinko and you're not a heartless bastard.

  • The people I spoke to that talk Super Bowl all pretty much have led the conversation the same place:

    Tom has everything: the 10 wife, all the money in the world - Namath times 100,000 - if Eli beats him then the Mannings beat him. His legacy sits second behind the brothers. He stops being Joe Montana ultimate winner and becomes Dan Marino.

    And he really doesn't want that. He played poorly against the Ravens, and if he blows this - his first ballot is gone.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Now that's just crazy talk. I know Brady struggled againts the Giants defense, but doesn't he own the head2head matchups with Peyton? 3 Superbowls? Brady is already a 1st ballot HOFer regardless of how he plays on Sunday.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Probably right. His legend equals Joe if he wins, I guess that's all that's left.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You're nuts - Brady will be first ballot. No question.

  • Are you guys ready for the Green Bay Packers to extend their league leading mark to 7 AP MVP awards tonight???

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    As long as the Pack is not playing in the Super Bowl, all is well in our world. We could not care less who wins the MVP.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Yawn.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Omg... Like... Who. Cares.
    guess you guys are searching for any semblance of a silverlini.g to that shithole collapse of a season that coulda, shoulda been. Oh well, so yeah, good luck with that whole mvp thing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh, interesting point of trivia for everyone...

    Did you know that the green bay packers had just as many 2011 post season wins as the chicago bears?

    Go pack go!

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Really Cheesy? Do you think even one of us cares about that? The first 15-1 team to lose it's first playoff game made all of us happy campers.

    I used to think you were only a semi-dick Fudgie troll. I think you've graduated to complete-dick Fudgie troll.

    Enjoy being the world champs for another 24 hours. After that, the utter failure of your team in crunch time should fully kick in. Complete choke job of the highest order. Dare I say a choke job for the ages.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    It don't mean a thing, if you ain't got that ring
    (loo-zah, loo-zah, loo-zah, loo-zah, loo-zah)

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Do you think Rodgers has room to shove it up his asshole alongside the discount doublecheck belt?

  • Score one for Mean Machine:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2012/02/vermont-state-police-find-pig-in-cow-spot-car-decal.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hee hee.... hee hee.

  • Sigh, I hate to root for New York in ANYTHING! I'm not much for the NBA (Charles Barkley: "It Sucks.") but I LOVE that the Knicks acquired Stoudemire and Anthony and STILL stink!

    That said, Go G-Men.

    Pass me my soapbox, please.
    No, no, the BIG one. Thanks.

    Bill Belicheck is a convicted NFL cheat.
    I hate that Goodell basically just slapped his wrist.

    Had I been comissioner he'd have been out of football for a year.

    The message sent was "Well, there was nothing to be gained by taping the workouts, anyway", which I don't buy for a New York minute.

    The message sent SHOULD have been "We will not countenace cheating in the NFL in ANY, way, shape or form. We don't CARE if you didn't gain any advantage by secretly taping workouts (BULLSHIT). The point is that you TRIED to. Ergo, WHAM! Sit out for 1 year this time and FOREVER if you even SMELL like that crap again."

    I hope the Giants pound them into the turf as if to say " Here. WHAM! Take your AFC Championship and your 31st ranked defense and slink back to Boston."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Other than that, I have no opinion on this matter.

  • I don't think I'm eligible for this contest. I don't have ST left, unless the divisional games no longer count, in which case my picks are:
    Pats O
    Pats D
    Giants ST

    190, 88, 5

  • Michael L. - here's your response.

    I watched that debate and Paul's initial answer, which WAS in that video, was nothing along the lines of what you stated although he did clarify after perhaps realizing how goddamn callous he sounded, that his friends, his church (since obviously the patient would be of some religious affiliation and if not, there's no God to care about the outcome) and his neighbors would have to foot the bill. God save you if you happen to be a vagrant or an 80 yr old shut-in with no family.
    His initial response was crystal clear on the point that the person took the risk of not carrying health insurance and therefore should suffer the consequences. Whether in that hypothetical situation it would have amounted to choosing to take on a few hundred thousand dollars in personal debt, saddling his surviving family members with that debt, or simply going without the required medical treatment, we don't know. We do know, as I stated earlier, that his ex-campaign manager (coincidentally a rather young white male) went without health insurance, became catastrophically ill and left $450k+ in medical bills to be offloaded to his friends and family. If you think it's realistic to expect that charities available to or the families of the vast majority of Americans could handle that kind of unexpected debt load for just ONE family member, much less if multiple members of the same household were to become ill or injured at the same time, then I don't know how to even discuss this with you. It's a pipe dream.
    Your conclusions that:
    1) a reduction in the existing tax burden would allow charities and family units to absorb the full and direct medical expenses of the gamut of existing healthcare options is laughable on its face. What reduction in the income tax would have any sort of impact on the non-income tax paying segment of the population, much less enough to allow for the cash on hand required to PAYG for major medical emergencies?
    2) health care quality would remain high while costs would diminish if we removed the shared assumption of risk because the costs of consumer electronics has gone down over time? That one makes zero sense - you are comparing to completely disparate systems. I can choose not to get a TV or shop for one online at a discount. If I'm in a small town in rural Oregon, I don't have too many choices on which physician does my emergency open heart surgery. I'm not going to waste more time comparing the two.
    3) using his billed rate $3 an hour in the 50's and 60's...wait, are you seriously using his billable rate from the 1950's? Let's use an inflation calculator indexed to medical services to see what the equivalent rate would be now (and I even did you the favor of using 1960 to split the difference since you didn't give a specific year) - wait, that's $81 an hour. I'm sure you're not in the income bracket that thinks $81 is a lot of money but for a minimum wage worker, that's the equivalent of a day and a half's wages PER HOUR of care, for what one can reasonably assume was not full-blown trauma team care.
    4) the idea that doctors doing pro bono work would fill the gap for under and uninsured Americans - so why would I ever carry insurance if that was a reasonable expectation?
    Bueller? Bueller?
    And secondly, since the burden of covering the cost of that free care would then absolutely be carried over to increased rates for actual paying "customers", how is this any different than the existing system with the exception that it would be a Wild West system where each services provider determined their own rules for who was eligible for which unpaid services? You think that's preferable to Medicaid?
    Sorry the title of the video irked you; maybe you should take it up with the handful of debate audience members that quite clearly indicated the patient should go wanting if he didn't carry medical insurance.
    The point that both Irish and I made is that's clearly not an acceptable alternative to the current cluster-fuck that the health care industry has become.
    It's kind of irrelevant because Paul is quite quickly becoming an afterthought as his ideas, other than legalizing marijuana, have come into clearer focus with mainstream voters.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And frankly, I was using that video as an indictment of what passes for popular outrage in the Teapublican portion of conservatives these days, not as a dig at Ron Paul personally.
    The morons, a small number of that particular audience, who were cheering for people to die for not purchasing health insurance are really despicable. Unfortunately, I think that just means that the sizeable portion of the audience that cheered for Paul's initial response spent no time thinking through the logical conclusion.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Although, now that I think about it, calling that video an ad hominem attack is to abuse the term ad hominem.
    It doesn't call Ron Paul a liar, a bigot, a murderer, or even stupid. It is an unadulterated video of a particular moment in one debate where audience members acted like d-bags.
    How you take that as an ad hominem is beyond me. You're too smart to need to do that kind of dubious redirection.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And roping in the Fed in some attempt to justify the escalating cost of medical expenses in this country is so rope-a-dope, it's not even fair.
    One of the key reasons for the explosion in the federal deficit has been through the impact of escalating health care costs (e.g. the direct costs on the order of $90 billion a year towards subsidizing non-negotiated pharmaceuticals through the Part D provision of Medicare) on the budget and as a drag on real income for Americans.
    Acting like federal debt is the reason that health care costs are rising doesn't make any sense at all; it's the inverse. Maybe that's not what you were saying, unless you're trying to tie monetary policy somehow into a debate on healthcare costs. Talk about the long way 'round.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ron Paul is the only moral person running for President, aside from Gary Johnson on the Libertarian ticket.
    You'll be happy to know I've donated over 300 Ayn Rand books to high school English classrooms for teaching. The books are The Fountainhead and Anthem. I've probably gave another 50 Ayn Rand books to friends, family, and others.
    Why have I done this? Because reading her works has made me a better person and gave me a better understanding of the world and how people think. My world view was in a fog until I started reading Ayn Rand. She helped liberate my mind.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Should society let "the only moral person running for President" die without reaching the Oval Office? Voters say... Yes!

    That's why we need a plutocracy.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Whatever floats your boat.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    But seriously, Fifth, there are no absolutes. If you think you've found the answer, you've only narrowed your perspective. The Universe is an immense mystery. Look:

    http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/3799/sssp05alandyer004.jpg

    http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/images/hs-2004-07-a-print.jpg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0lxbzgwW7I

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ba4L1_BBttw

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    When you start sending out copies of her tracts, it sounds a lot like she took it over, not liberated it. Do you ever hear of people sending out 300 copies of Nietzche? Kant?
    Don't you find that the least bit odd, Corm?
    Maybe I should start donating copies of Dickens, Sinclair and Fitzgerald to offset what silliness you are exposing these kids to. I'm sort of kidding there - any books are better than no books.
    You are putting your money where your mouth is, I'll grant you that. I just cannot relate to investing myself so strongly in one particular philosophy, much less that particular one. You should read up on the cult of personality that she engaged in with her followers.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Where did the morality come from Fifth? Who's definition of morality do you use? AA has made a lot of people better persons Fifth. I can definitely see some truth in certain matter's when it comes to Rand's movie I watched but I don't think I could say she has cornered the market of "truth". I have found a much much better source than her. Need I go any further?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Her views are just a part of my morality and ethics Trac. I donate her books through a foundation because they make people think. When I give a book to a friend or family member, I just tell them "It will make you think." She helped me think outside the left / right BS. Here's a video you might want to check out.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QmAzEsrtyo

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Trac, all six parts might be worth your time to watch.

  • Finley is an idiot if he think's he's going to WR money, either through arbitration or the Packers front office somehow losing its collective mind...

    http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/322953-finley-wants-wr-contract-from-packers?eref=sihp&sct=hp_bf2_a6

    The difference in the contract would be somewhere around $2.5 and $3 million a year. Sorry Jermichael, you're not an $8 million a year TE.

  • Corm - the key word in your example above is "elective"; as per my point above, it is not logical to treat most medical care the same as a standard consumer good. Of course elective procedures are subject to the whims of the market - they're elective! You can choose not to purchase them at all, schedule them when they are convenient, and shop around for them (if you have the means to do so, which is another fallacy of the health care as a marketplace paradigm).
    You're going to have a much more difficult time doing that if you're in a coma, have a compound fracture of your arm, or any myriad other complicating factors that differentiate common medical procedures from a typical shopping experience at the mall.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    How about medical treatments for non-compliant patients that are not elective, but are the direct result of long term individual elections? For example, cancer treatments for smokers, angioplasties for obese people, etc.? Where do those fit?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    If you smoke as a young person, are you SOL if you get cancer at 50?
    Look, pragmatically, I look at it the same way that I look at the current trend towards drug testing welfare recipients. The facts are that the costs of winnowing out the "unworthy" are in excess of the costs of covering the "unworthy" in the first place.
    It sounds great but it's just impractical. You're better served spending the money that you would devote to excluding classes of people from these programs on preventive care, with the goal of removing them from the cost pool that way. Generally speaking, that's my take on it.
    What's your suggestion?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I managed to use the word "look" three times in one sentence. I should get a no-prize for that. F-ing ChicagoNow comment code and it's inability to edit after the fact.

  • http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2012/2/4/2771270/revisiting-the-kickoff-rule?ref=yahoo

    Interesting

  • new thread

  • Trac, your prescription for PAYG medical care would put a stake in the heart of the economy by locking up stupendous amounts of capital, because rather than spreading risk, each person would be responsible for saving, not investing or purchasing with, hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions to cover the possibility of an illness or injury.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I think a majority of people don't trust the govt. to ration health care. I don't think people object to helping people in need, instead, they don't trust government to discern how to do it with out screwed it up.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    without screwing it up.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    But you trust in a charity to ration healthcare? Or the insurance companies that are doing it now?
    Only a single-payer system really has the economic muscle to restrain cost increases in a meaningful fashion - that has nothing to do with rationing, which oddly is what I think Dave was requesting in reference to fat people or smokers who get sick.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I didn't say that any system is perfect. I strongly suggest government mandated and rationed health care is the worst possible scenario in a free society.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I don't expect perfection, but I expect a working system that a) doesn't crush the economy beneath its weight (as the existing system was undeniably doing) and b) covers the broadest set of consumers.
    I again submit that single-payer, as is evidenced in the reality of many other first world countries, is the best, not the worst scenario for meeting those two criteria.
    We'll have to agree to disagree, I guess.

  • Speaking of books that I'd like to see condemned to the rubbish heap of history:
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/04/world/americas/cuba-castro-memoir/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

    Please kick the bucket soon, Fidel.

  • On the Finley stuff, I think he's right and I think he's trailblazing. Why should we classify Jermichael or Jimmy Graham or Aaron Hernandez any differently from a WR when they're putting up these kinds of numbers and couldn't block me on the edge?

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I agree that these new breed TE's are not really TE's, but it's a double-edged sword. The tight end position is the least-compensated position on an NFL roster, including place kickers and punters. If that changes, that starts rolling into other roster choices. I think NewBear has made some insightful comments into what this transition will mean to intelligent front offices who get ahead of the curve.
    I also have no doubt that somewhere in a film room, there is an assistant D-coordinator that is plotting a method to take minimize the impact of teams that continually send big, relatively slow WR's out of the TE position. Smacking them around at the line before they get into their routes is probably the first step.

  • Picks:

    Pats O
    Giants D
    Pats ST

    Tiebreakers:
    1. 145.0
    2. 80
    3. 5

  • Offense - Giants
    Defense - Pats
    Specials - Pats
    155
    85
    6

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