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lostfan

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  1. lostfan

    So is no one falling on the sword for 2018?

    Bears fans do this all the time. "Ditka said they throw around nickels like manhole covers." Yeah he said that in 1963 there Grandpa
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    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    Yes. 2018 went by for me really fast, lol
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    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    Last year was downright toxic with all the veterans sandbagging the team. It wasn't obvious to me at the time but it definitely is now. *looks in the general direction of Jimmy Butler*
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    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    Sprained elbow wasn't it? I lose track of things like that these days.
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    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    How soon is Lauri coming back?
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    Market/Financial Thread

    My 401k took a dive of about 15k but I knew that those gains in 2017 were not going to last so I'm not tripping too hard off it. I debated whether I was going to move all that money (it's not a bank-breaking number, but it's a lot) into the TSP when I went to the government but for now I think I'll just leave it as is. I'm allowed to borrow against it with pretty decent interest rates if I have to, and since I don't work there anymore, I don't have the 3 or 5 year deadline or whatever it is.
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    Market/Financial Thread

    I was actually bummed when I left my old job this past summer that was matching 6% to my new job that matches 5%. Granted, it's offset by a pension, which most people don't get, but that's a pretty large deduction out of my check, too.
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    Official 2018-19 NFL Thread

    I'm increasingly okay with this. If a sports team wants to be in a city I live in they need to pay taxes like everyone else does, otherwise they can go fuck themselves. This has never really been an issue in Chicago (save for Reinsdorf when I was a little kid, in different times) and probably won't be, but it's the principle for me.
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    Official 2018-19 NFL Thread

    The best thing about the NFL losing money in LA (especially the Chargers) is that for at least a decade, the NFL held the threat of moving to LA (real or not) to try to coerce local/municipal governments into giving them massive tax subsidies for them to pocket profits. Now they can't do that anymore.
  10. It's unusual for women to be in the Olympics at that age, but then again so is everything Biles does anyway.
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    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    I think I'm okay with what the Bulls got for Jimmy Butler, with a little bit of hindsight.
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    Moncada ADD

    This makes me think of Alexei Ramirez, who could make just about any play in his direction if he just paid the fuck attention
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    2018 Democrats thread

    At some point in 2016 I decided to just tune everyone who overuses the word "establishment" because I found that, by and large, they really have nothing of value to say, but they really, really, really want you to hear their opinions and take them seriously. The effect of this has been that I engage in a lot fewer circular discussions.
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    Official 2018-19 NFL Thread

    It's been in my signature for years
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    Official 2018-19 NFL Thread

    It's a fair criticism of him, and it's definitely in bounds. I think some of it is just general inexperience. I don't think he's like John Fox where you just KNOW before the play is even called that he's going to do the most conservative, play-to-not-lose play, he's trying to decide what gives him the best chance to win is and it hasn't worked. I like him as a coach, but he can definitely improve and I think he will.
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    Official 2018-19 NFL Thread

    Nagy hasn't been perfect (there's no such thing, though sometimes Belichick comes close) but overall I'd say he's done a fine job with his playcalling and decisions. Sometimes he makes a call everyone hates (a pass play in the 4th quarter on 3rd and 1 when Howard is running over LBs all game) but often he will make a good call and his guys just don't execute the play. More often than that, though, they do, and it works out great.
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    Official 2018-19 NFL Thread

    This loss was disappointing but really if Trubisky is going to keep having games like this where he has 3 TDs on 10 y/a, the Bears will win 90% of those games. It's pretty clear where the blame belongs for this game and it's definitely not where any of us expected it. Yes, Howard's fumble at the goal line sucked, yes the interception after the TD was negated by OPI sucked, but it would've been nice for the D to do... I don't know, basically anything at all after that? the bare minimum?
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    2018-2019 Official NBA thread

    Hoiberg looked like he was in completely over his head but it really just turns out that he had Butler and Wade sandbagging him. Once he was rid of the burden of them he looked like he knew what he was doing.
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    Official 2018-19 NFL Thread

    There is literally nothing to those Jordan Howard "rumors" by the way. It was no more than Clayton just saying "this is a trade that makes sense if it happened."
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    Official 2018-19 NFL Thread

    Khalil Mack's impact on the team has been discussed ad nauseam already, but for all I had heard about him before he came to the Bears, he's somehow even better than everyone said he was. There's really nothing even particularly special about what he does, either. He is just... better than everyone. He is either stronger than the blocker, faster, or a combination of both. No gimmicks.
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    2018 Video Game thread

    Three thoughts: 1. If you have a 4k HDR-capable TV and the green to spring for it, Xbox One X is totally worth the money (I sold my old console). The difference is pretty dramatic especially on first-party games. The difference on PS4 Pro is noticeable, but less so. (I also have a GTX 1070 on my PC... yeah I have a problem. Leave me alone.) 2. The fact that Forza Horizon 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey come out within a month of another is just plain rude. And Spider-Man JUST came out a month ago and I still have yet to play Detroit: Become Human. Upside: Sony will put those games on sale in a few weeks and I can get them at a discount. 3. I just finished the Uncharted remastered trilogy, then I jumped into Uncharted 4. The graphics in the first 3 games was nice but there's a HUGE jump in the quality of visuals on the 4th game.
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    2016 Democratic Thread

    QUOTE (BigSqwert @ Dec 14, 2016 -> 02:00 PM) A slightly different take on this topic. My dad was talking to me about this on Thanksgiving. Obamacare actually does have problems that need to be addressed, but Dems pretended it wasn't a thing. Granted, yes they did actually have tactical reasons for doing this (Republican-led states blocking Medicare expansion then letting people blame the Dems when premiums go up, the ACA having fixable problems but the GOP in Congress refusing to ever cooperate for any reason, etc.). That political dynamic is flipped now. Republicans are talking about keeping the parts everyone likes (the parts that cost money) and scrapping everything else (the part that pays for the parts everyone likes). They are realizing they can't really do that and it'll break it worse if they did, but they can't blame the Democrats since they control the entire government now.
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    2016 Democratic Thread

    Clinton's campaign wasn't all comprehensively bad, campaigns just get a lot more harsh criticism when their strategy isn't good enough to win. She actually turned out almost as many total votes as Obama did in 2012, definitely more than Bush or Bill Clinton either time. It's like a football game, you can still look and see where the losing team did a lot of things right. They just never had a handle on white Midwestern voters for reasons that have been discussed ad nauseam.
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    2016 Democratic Thread

    QUOTE (StrangeSox @ Dec 14, 2016 -> 01:07 PM) Really not remotely shocked by this. Republicans have been openly praising Putin for about 4 years now at CPAC and other places like that.
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    2016 Democratic Thread

    QUOTE (GoSox05 @ Dec 14, 2016 -> 12:26 PM) How Clinton lost Michigan — and blew the election The pure arrogance of this campaign was just unreal. Geez, that sounds worse than their 2008 campaign. And they had this sophisticated ground operation but absorbed NONE of the lessons Obama's campaigns learned.
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