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  1. Juice, perhaps now would be a good time to formally invite you. I believe the league name and password are availible on page one.
  2. Can't wait to see Clowney Hypetrain get derailed. I am as guilty as the next for riding the "hype-train" of Clowney, but my Texans fandom does not impact my belief that Clowney is one of the best pure athletes to enter the NFL in recent years. In fact, I was a fan of the young man long before I even suspected the Texans would have tumbled down the ladder to be in a position to obtain his services. I was elated that they made the right choice in selecting him. My trepidations of this coming season revolve mainly around my ability withstand what I assume will be constant and never ending talk about Johnny Menziel. He seems to be entering the league with more gusto than Tim Tebow, and the degree to which they talked about him nearly drove me mad. I just can't withstand another year of that kind of over exposed coverage to a QB who will never ever fill the shoes the media tries so hard to put on their feet.
  3. At the end were they trying to say that was Mystique posing as Striker? Yes.Could you explain it to a way in me that won't spoil it for others? Was Striker never actually the one who weaponized Wolverine? SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! (I have attempted to be vague, but there is possible SPOILERS below) Stryker is his own person, and he headed up the Weapon Program responsible for Weapon X (Wolverine) and Weapon XI (Deadpool). How they decide to handle this moving forward is maybe going to be explored in future films - but in the original X-Men movie franchise timeline, as well as comics, William Stryker is just William Stryker. I believe the truth lies in the Xavier voice over of that scene, were in if you create enough ripples, you can change the flow of the river. Perhaps the fall out will be a changed flow of the river now? We'll see.
  4. I would also like to point out a goof in the plot line, there are SPOILERS involved, but not major ones hopefully... BELOW ARE SPOILERS SPOILERS OK, so the year that most of the movie takes place is 1973, and the Stadium used at the end of the film is the RFK Stadium - and we see a groundskeeper lining the field for a baseball game. However the Washington Senators moved to Dallas and became the Texas Rangers in 1972, and there were no other baseball teams to play at the D.C. Stadium other than the Senators. In fact, the ONLY sports team to use those facilities in 1973 were the Washington Redskins (NFL). Also, the Paris Peace Accords where signed on January 27, so there would have been no baseball during the winter anyway - and the Washington Redskins lost the Superbowl on January 14. So for all intents and purposes, that stadium should have been empty. Other than the cutesy exchange between Magento and the groundskeeper, there is no reason to have a man there lining the field.
  5. @the_enigma @Leiting did either of you watch in 3D, if so, was it suited for 3D? Or was it just Hollywood trying to make more money? I saw it in 3D, and while it wasn't terrible, I wouldn't say it added anything to the experience. Other than Avatar, I've never once felt like 3D added anything, and usually it's just distracting or headache inducing.
  6. Saw it last night - by far the best X-Men movie. I was impressed by nearly everything. A few times I felt like nerd raging over minor things, but generally it was excellently executed. The biggest thing that impressed me was how well they were able to honor the entire lineage of every X-Men movie, and set it on a course that seemed to correct most of the biggest complaints people have had about the past movies. Having said that, the cameo-fest at the end of the movie was just ridiculous. How they convinced so many actors to come in to film one or two lines (or literally not a single word) - that's just impressive. And as someone who hates "Wibbly wobbly timey wimey" alterations to storylines - this was about as flawlessly as it could be handled and sets up nicely for let the franchise flourish from here on out. Scene at the end of the credits was short and made it's point very well. Although I was SHOCKED at how many people asked "Who is that guy?" as we left the cinema.
  7. No other media outlet anywhere covering this story? Sounds like this is #TBE; Total Bull Everyone.
  8. I have exactly one thought on last night's event; it was WONDERFUL to see Tito get at least one more win. The man who turned me from a casual MMA viewer to a fan, my MMA hero, had his hand raised last night. Regardless of the quality of competition, it's still something that brought me great joy to see - and at the end of the day, isn't that what being a fan of sports is all about? The joy of seeing the one(s) you cheer for accomplish their goals. That's all I really have to say.
  9. TUF brought the UFC the whole reality TV crowd. But tv shows are all lifed, and TUF is over. The numbers will never be what they were. That is the nature of TV. Because Brock isn't coaching anymore. 10m+ viewers per episode when Brock coached and that's just the US audience. There's over a BILLION people in China TUF brought the UFC the whole reality TV crowd. But tv shows are all lifed, and TUF is over. The numbers will never be what they were. That is the nature of TV. Because Brock isn't coaching anymore. 10m+ viewers per episode when Brock coached and that's just the US audience. There's over a BILLION people in China 10m+ viewers? I call bull**** on that. I'm just ballparking it but I'm probably correct You're not correct. It's more towards 20 million. Here's a link to an article from back when Lesnar was coach on TUF. http://mmajunkie.com/2011/05/the-ultimate-fighter-13-ratings-again-hit-season-low-for-episode-no-9 In it you will see that several episodes of the Lesnar/Dos Santos season pulled in ratings of only 1 million. To be fair, I'm not entirely sure their interpretation of the Nielson ratings were accurate. However, suffice to say, Lesnar as coach was not a 20 or even a 10 million. To the best of my knowledge, the highest ratings any MMA program has ever had was around 9 million viewers for the Dos Santos/Velasquez fight on Fox...which would also possibly make it the most watched fight of all time. Obtaining 20 million viewers is exceptionally rare. For a frame of reference, NBA Finals don't even draw in 20 million viewers. Game 5 back in 2012 was watched by 16.9 million viewers. The only things that break 20 million viewers are the NCAA Basketball Final game (yes NCAA ball does higher numbers than NBA), the BCS Championship game, the Olympics, and of course, the Super Bowl, which easily cruises well past the 100m mark. MMA is popular, but 20 million viewers? No, no where near that.
  10. BRrock Lesnar guarantees them 2 million+ PPV buys per event even WITH the WWE Network. They're fine until he retires Not to be a stickler, but only two events in history have ever had 2 million+ buys, and both were Mayweather boxing events. WWE's record for buys was 1.217m for WrestleMania headlined by Rock/Cena. UFC's record was 1.6m buys for UFC 100 headlined by of course Lesnar/Mir. Point being, Lesnar might well be a huge PPV draw, but WWE's chief drawing element is the name "WrestleMania" - and there is a more than decent chance 2+million buys may never be broken again short of Manny/Mayweather due to the entire PPV industry on a general decline.
  11. @Mcmax3000, laying down some knowledge. I don't follow WWE's corporate running or their stock, but I found your insight very fascinating. Thank you.
  12. In recent years I have become a loyal DC Comics fan. Dare I say, perhaps even a dreaded "fanboy." However in terms of movie quality, there really isn't a contest. For one thing, NO ONE left Man of Steel more upset than the FANS of the Superman comics. Because it was such a betrayal of his character and values. And to be perfectly blunt, the best part of all three Dark Knight trilogy movies was the acting chops of the villains. Obviously Batman's strength has always been his foils, however, if you only watched the scenes from those movies that didn't feature either Ledger, Hardy, or Murphy, you quickly realize how tedious and drawn out the plots of those movies are. Dark Knight is actually a bad movie in my opinion, saved only by Ledger's once in a lifetime portrayal. Meanwhile Marvel is fun. You can't deny that. Even in their darkest outings (Winter Soldier for example), it's still an enjoyable fun "popcorn flick." They mix action, comedy, genuinely developed characters, and even a touch of social commentary and present it in a fun fashion. DC has never done that, and while Geoff Johns is doing spectacular work running the books, on film, Marvel is so far ahead it's difficult to even really make comparisons. I agree with Man of Steel, the one saving grace it does have is it was some of the best superhero vs villain fighting ive seen on film. They did that really well. The rest of the movie is very flawed. Its true the best part of the trilogy was their villains but I disagree that the rest was tedious or drawn out. I wouldn't change those last 2 movies at all. Loved em. As far as social commentary goes you really need to watch the trilogy again lol. Nolan littered them with social commentary. Maybe not in that fun comic booky way but they call him the dark knight for a reason. I'm fully away of Nolan social commentaries, I wasn't arguing that the Trilogy didn't have any action, comedy, genuinely developed characters, or social commentary - I meant that it had an overwhelming lack of "fun." It was the dark and moody superhero movie, which is fine, because Batman is after all the Dark Knight, but that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyable as well. The first Keaton Batman movie was dark, but also a lot of fun to watch - still is. As for the Man of Steel hero/villain battle, I saw that one already - the last Matrix movie. I swear, half the fight choreography came straight from the Neo/Smith fight. The difference between those two? In the Matrix the Mega City was empty, in Man of Steel, THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of people died because those two had to have their brawl in the middle of the city. Superman, the guy who would risk his life and do whatever it took to saved the innocent, just had to lay a beatdown on Zod and level the remaining half of Metropolis - and to end the fight the way they did, an absolute slap in the face to any fan of the Man of Tomorrow. I hate doing this, because it makes me come off as snide and dismissive, but in terms of personal taste, I thought the Nolan Trilogy got progressively worse as they continued, and the Snyder Man of Steel left me leaving the theaters downright mad. I actually rewatched it for the first time since I saw the midnight showing about a month ago, to see if I had been to harsh in memory of it, but frankly, I'd much rather listen to some Han Zimmer music (he did a remarkable job on all the scores) and read my comics.
  13. In recent years I have become a loyal DC Comics fan. Dare I say, perhaps even a dreaded "fanboy." However in terms of movie quality, there really isn't a contest. For one thing, NO ONE left Man of Steel more upset than the FANS of the Superman comics. Because it was such a betrayal of his character and values. And to be perfectly blunt, the best part of all three Dark Knight trilogy movies was the acting chops of the villains. Obviously Batman's strength has always been his foils, however, if you only watched the scenes from those movies that didn't feature either Ledger, Hardy, or Murphy, you quickly realize how tedious and drawn out the plots of those movies are. Dark Knight is actually a bad movie in my opinion, saved only by Ledger's once in a lifetime portrayal. Meanwhile Marvel is fun. You can't deny that. Even in their darkest outings (Winter Soldier for example), it's still an enjoyable fun "popcorn flick." They mix action, comedy, genuinely developed characters, and even a touch of social commentary and present it in a fun fashion. DC has never done that, and while Geoff Johns is doing spectacular work running the books, on film, Marvel is so far ahead it's difficult to even really make comparisons.
  14. For the final project in an English Composition course, I used Charlie Sheen as my one and only source for a paper entitled "How Free is the Will of an Individual Within Society?" To be fair, I only needed roughly 40% to get an A in the class, but I missed the mark, which then spurred me on to contest the grade, so I had to appear in front of a revision board and justify how and why I felt Charlie Sheen was the best source and example for my paper - my opening line to them, "The very fact I'm here today proves that I'm WINNING this argument." My grade ultimately was amended, I received a 93% on the paper and finished top of the class. The professor who originally gave me the failing grade on the paper even complimented me, saying he knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was doing that to be difficult and make a point, but the fact I took the time to defend my stance impressed him and that he felt I earned the A. Not saying you should always fight to defend your stupid decisions, but sometimes it turns a fail into a win if you commit to it fully. But for the time being, that is pretty high up the list of dumb things I've done - especially since this wasn't a spur of the moment thing, this was a long, drawn out, commitment to stupidity.
  15. I don't understand why people in Clevelend are upset about Gordon getting arrested. They way the NFL draft commentary team was talking about Manziel, and for how much TV coverage he got, I was under the impression he was going to throw and catch all his own passes, as well as be his own blocker, and probably take over at corner on defense. Honestly, I have never seen so much hyperbole be bestowed upon someone in football. I genuinely fear Manziel next season, not the idea of his dominance, but of him become another Tebow gimmick that will totally take over the entire year's coverage. But as for the original topic: I have joined. I should warn you, I am terrible at fantasy. Every year I draft an amazing team - and every year injuries kill me. Being on my fantasy team is worse than the Madden Curse.
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