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    2018 Recruiting Thread

    True, though a lot of these guys (the highly rated guys) are recruiting other kids to Illinois. Tough to see them make big sales pitches and then bail. But it's college football so it's absolutely possible.
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    2018 Travel Thread

    I'm heading to Seattle for a wedding in July. Anyone have recommendations on things to do? I think we're going to go for 4-5 days, so we'll have a couple of days before and after the wedding to bum around. I think we're going to try and drive out to Mt. Rainier, there are some wineries that we like that are based there....and then I guess the touristy stuff downtown? Maybe catch a ferry and check out the sights of Puget Sound too.
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    2018 Video Game thread

    The key there is that from the moment you start a new game to the moment you beat the game, it's one continuous shot (unless you die or hit pause of course). That really adds to the "oh I can just play 5 more minutes and do this next thing!" feel. I'm only a few hours in but it's everything I wanted it to be. Awesome world, great combat, easy controls, lots of upgrading/customizing weapons and armor. Good stuff all around.
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    2018 Recruiting Thread

    I think Lovie bought himself another few seasons with this class. Not that he wasn't going to get a few years, but I think there's a legitimate path forward now with some very skilled guys at key positions and a few more out there that are still in play. There's light at the end of the tunnel.
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    2017-18 official NBA discussion thread

    ah, my bad. I just knew it was bad and people were questioning if he'd ever get back to his level of play this year.
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    2017-18 official NBA discussion thread

    They should absolutely inquire about the likes of Lebron and Kawhi, but I don't think either are realistic, nor would I leverage the future for a 1-2 year run. Boogie has a bum knee now, so who knows if he'll be back at the same level. George isn't a top level type of player, so does it make sense to invest a bunch into someone that only makes you marginally better? And this is all ignoring the fact that Chicago is not a place FA's want to come to. Unfortunately I think the only viable road forward for the Bulls is another tank season and hope you get a great player this year in the draft.
  7. QUOTE (StrangeSox @ Apr 13, 2018 -> 12:53 PM) Lmao that the framers were dumb enough give the president absolute powers of pardon It was a check on Congress who could pass unfair/dangerous laws and the judiciary that had to enforce those laws. But when it's used to pardon friends, yes, it's an abusive/dangerous power.
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    Methods to Save/Earn Money

    Maybe it was 840 then. It was over 800.
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    Methods to Save/Earn Money

    QUOTE (Soxbadger @ Apr 12, 2018 -> 10:15 AM) Having too many credit cards and letting credit cards close hurts your score which is why I dont do it. That being said if you are already locked into mortgage/etc hurting your score 50 points or so may not really matter. Every lender i've talked to complains about how the govt has scared people about their credit score. There are so many people with awful credit that if you have anything over 650-700 you're basically at "excellent" and will get the most favorable rates. A dip of 50 pts here or there isn't that big of a deal IF you already have good credit.
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    Methods to Save/Earn Money

    QUOTE (raBBit @ Apr 12, 2018 -> 10:06 AM) The italicized is exactly how I feel and can't stress it enough. As far as the bolded, how does your credit get hit by doing that. I opened 3 credit cards in February and my credit score score went down 20 points. Getting a couple hard pulls on credit for refinancing quotes didn't help either. I totally agree with your strategy of taking advantage of initial sign up bonuses with cards but am curious if you could speak to the effect it has on yours and your wife's credit scores. Good stuff on the last paragraph. I'll have to check those sites out. Honestly I haven't tracked it much to see what difference it makes in my credit score. I've always been well north of 800 and I checked a few months ago and i'm at 870 or so. If there is any effect it's only temporary.
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    Methods to Save/Earn Money

    We only use credit cards to pay for things and then pay off the cards each month. Rarely cash and I don't think either of us have used a debit card in 5-6 years. You're basically throwing money away if you use anything but a credit card that has rewards for cashback or miles. We use an AMEX and Amazon Visa as our main cards, and then we open 5-6 per year to take advantage of promotions. So, for example, we opened a Disney Rewards Visa when we went to Disney a couple of years ago because new card members received $250, plus another $50 for signing on a second user. Most cards have a similar promotion, so we open the card, match the required spending (usually something like 3-5k in the first 3 months), and then cut the card up and never use it again. Usually good for $1000+ in free money a year for doing nothing but spending money like we would anyway. We max out our retirement accts every year (employer match and Roth IRA) and then put in a set dollar amount of each check into a general investment account. We also keep little to nothing in our checking account. Basically enough to pay the bills for the month. The remainder goes into savings. We track our spending and accounts using Mint. I'm a deal-hound so I constantly check around on sites like kinja deals, dansdeals (great for airfare savings), etc. for random stuff and i'll price shop before I buy anything. I'm a huge fan of the Chrome extension Camel for Amazon because it shows the pricing history of every product. You'll know if the price is a good deal or not.
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    2018 Watercooler thread

    Thought this was kind of funny: https://uproxx.com/hitfix/westworld-season-...video-rickroll/ Long story short: the creators of Westworld are big Reddit fans/users. They posted yesterday a message that said they were going to provide a video detailing everything that happens in season 2 in order to avoid all of the theorizing and unintended revealing of spoilers that comes out of online group discussions of the show. They posted the video this morning and it's a very clever rick roll. My wife and I started a rewatch this week to prepare. Forgot how much I liked this show.
  13. The Jimmy Kimmel/Sean Hannity feud is kind of hilarious.
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    Whelp, those storylines about the vets competing sure ended quickly. Both Phil and Tiger 10 back already.
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    The last 6-7 holes are where you can score. If Spieth can get back to an even round I think he's still in a good place.