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Chit Chat / Re: The Top 5 Thread
« on: December 14, 2018, 07:29:05 PM »
I am going to have to check this out myself and recommend it to my father.

If you have a decent interest in the mob, then yea, worth it.

Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo were incredible books, Mark Bowden is a great author! Can’t believe I missed those two...

Agree norm, he's quite the researcher and writer, I've enjoyed all of his books Ive read, including Dr. Dealer.

Some great books.  I don't think your tastes are different its just hard to narrow the list and not miss some great books.

yea, I know everyone probably has quite the exhaustive list  :D

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Chit Chat / Re: The Top 5 Thread
« on: December 14, 2018, 02:03:22 PM »
I can see I have distinctively different preferences from everyone else, but here you go anyway...


1 Five Families
Selwy Raab
Called the Bible of the mafia, Raab covers the mafia from Italy to Jersey and everything in between.
It is a fascinating read that discusses and examines the effect of the mob on society, the law on the mob and the weight of omertà.
Walking through the creation of the RICO statute from the 50's to the fall of the mob in the 90's, Hoover's FBI rejecting the evidence the mob exists, how law enforcement used technology, Joe Pistone, Goodfellas, Gotti, The Godfather, all covered in such a fastidious manner, your head will be swimming with intrigue.


Beach Road
James Patterson
This is still one that I recall that bested me with a turn I didn't see coming, at all.
I was still relatively new to Patterson's works so perhaps that helped, but still, this is one book that got me.

11/22/63
Stephen King
If's ands buts, c Andy and nuts.

Wyatt Earp: The Life behind the Legend
Casey Tefertiller
The Earp book to end all Earp books. meticulously researched and structured to give an in depth unflinching look at one of the West's greatest legends.
Why were the Earps called pimps in the Tombstone film? Was Stillwill executed by the Earps? What happened to Johnny Ringo. Oh yea and that thing at the OK Corral, it's all here. Forget what you think you know. Tefertiller examines the legend put forth by other researchers, dime novelists and films and breaks down what we really know.

Blackhawk Down: A Story of Modern Warfare
Mark Bowden
This book evolved out of an in depth series Mark was writing for the Philadelphia Enquirer regarding the US involvement in Somalia in 93.
As one of the first (I think he was actually the first to have such unfettered access) to gain insight directly from archives and soldiers from the Rangers and Delta forces, Bowden built a timeline of harrowing, gut wrenching and heroic events involving the US military in its involvement of a civil war in Somalia.
While reading this book, you see how easily good intentions go bad and humanitarian efforts turn in to revenge and how needlessly lives are lost and changed for ever. Mark demonstrates how the goalposts move during time of war and what a soldier faces in dire situations asking the question, how would you react?
The film adaptation was well done, but do your self a favor and read the book.
And not for nothing but while I think of it, read Bowdens book on Pablo Escobar too, just as mesmerizing and exhaustive.

Is that five? lol
Like but noted, and most things in this thread, this would be different if you asked me tomorrow.

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College Ball / Re: The Official 2018 College/Pro Pick 'em Thread
« on: December 12, 2018, 02:13:38 AM »
ah, you know, I bet that happened when I quoted my own post to update the Skins misprint. Oh well, nothing would have been gained anyway. Im just participating now to be one of the guys...

Winner of the Blindsideblitz 2018 Pick 'Em One of the Guys Award: Crewe!

At least I win something ;-)

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College Ball / Re: The Official 2018 College/Pro Pick 'em Thread
« on: December 12, 2018, 02:13:14 AM »
NCAA
Utah State v. North Texas
Arizona State v. #21 Fresno State
Georgia Southern v. Eastern Michigan
Middle Tennessee State v. Appalachian State
Spotlight Game: Division II National Championship - Valdosta State v. Ferris State

NFL
Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City (Thursday Night)
Green Bay @ Chicago
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore
New England @ Pittsburgh
New Orleans @ Carolina

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College Ball / Re: The Official 2018 College/Pro Pick 'em Thread
« on: December 11, 2018, 02:15:06 PM »
ah, you know, I bet that happened when I quoted my own post to update the Skins misprint. Oh well, nothing would have been gained anyway. Im just participating now to be one of the guys...

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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:10:08 PM »
Halloween (2018)
Jamie Lee Curtis

This Halloween is not a reboot but a sequel, and not a sequel to the other Halloween failures, but instead its a follow up to the original Carpenter masterpiece in 78. All those other films are not acknowledged in this feature.

Laurie Strode spent the years since the original readying herself for the return of Michael Myers, living, or existing as it were, in her survival dwelling estranged from her family.
Michael Myers, at this point is almost myth like in the sense the town and especially Laurie's family, don't really acknowledge those events.
So her daughter separated from Laurie at a young age after being unwilling to continue the survival training bestowed upon her by dear old mom.
Choosing a much sunnier disposition and a life with mom on the fringe was much more amiable.

Meanwhile, podcasters, while under the guise of do gooders, seek out Michael Myers for an interview before he is taken to a harsh institution void of any mental health such as the one the currently houses him.
While there is no mystery as to the story from here on out it is told in a surprisingly tense manner ala the original film.
The direction and cinematography capture the essence of the original Halloween without becoming a nostalgic trip, although, there is a nod or two back to carpenter's version.
The problem with slasher pics in general are plot holes, not necessarily to the story overall, but to a particular scene or scenes. This film is not without those flaws but it also absorbs those oversights and flourishes as a horror vehicle worthy of its predecessor.

The cast delivers a steady performance and Jamie Lee Curtis still carries weight as the tortured Laurie Strode.
This film is certainly worth a look.

3.75/5


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College Ball / Re: The Official 2018 College/Pro Pick 'em Thread
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:57:21 PM »
Cool I can really drop in the standings now LOL :D

I can't lol

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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: December 10, 2018, 02:05:19 PM »
I just don't get in to Dr. Strange, but that not withstanding, I finished up Infinity War which I liked. Now I have to fit in the two Ant Man's and it felt like I need to patch some other holes, or maybe I need to re read plots of the ones Ive watched because I have a hard time keeping storylines together because there's so damn many films. If it's Star Wars, no problem, but for some reason Im not retaining Marvel lol

Btw, watched Oceans 8 as well. It was a decent flick, I wasn't enamored by it but it wasn't nearly as bad as I initially thought it was going to be. So thanks for the suggestion

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Pro Football / Re: 2018 Pro Football Thread
« on: December 10, 2018, 02:01:40 PM »
Cowboys are a decent team but in no way are they a serious contender. Middle of the pack with potential is all. Cooper is paying dividends, but he still was not worth it IMO.
Thats what I don't understand, I mean I do, because you want asses in seats, but still, you don't have a chance in hell of winning it all, so why give up a first? Perhaps I put too much stock in picks.

Texans wasted so many years when they signed Fitz as QB. Same sitch. They were not going to contend, so why not draft and groom. You ate up Andre's career and some of Hopkin's as well instead of building a franchise. But, if I knew what the hell I was talking about, Id be a GM I guess.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: December 09, 2018, 02:49:39 PM »
yep, saw that one too. Im told I kinda need to see Ant Man, but I dunno...arent there two or three of them?
its amazing to me there are so many damn MU films. Aren't there like three or four Thor films? That blew me away too just because I saw him as a secondary MU character

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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: December 09, 2018, 01:53:32 PM »
So I watched the latest Thor and I didn't think Id like it, but I did despite it being over the top at points, even as a comic book movie.
Black Panther, not so much. I mean it was a great story but it just didn't seem to resonate with me.
Good flick, Im just not head over heals for it like everyone else appeared to be.
Infinity War is next, then I think Ill be caught up except some patchwork fill ins

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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: December 08, 2018, 10:53:47 PM »
Cool. Ill check it out then. And for the record, I did not intend to say O8 was equal trash to GB, I just didn't think it was in line with the other Oceans flicks.

Wasn't trying to imply that you were, sorry if it came off that way. That film is, ahem, touchy, but it's failures isn't the cast's fault.

oh, its cool, I didn't infer your post in that way, just thought I sounded a bit snarky initially lol

Re: Ghostbusters; not all their fault but it seemed hotly over acted though.
And the promotions of that film,, yea, I had a problem with that. Calling me a misogynistic pig because I didn't like your precious cheap knick off?
No, I didn't hate it because you were women, I hated it because it was a bad idea and it sucked on top of that.
After listening to their BS I was never happier a film became a laugh8ing stock, which it is...

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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: December 08, 2018, 06:49:50 PM »
Cool. Ill check it out then. And for the record, I did not intend to say O8 was equal trash to GB, I just didn't think it was in line with the other Oceans flicks.

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Chit Chat / Re: The Movies Thread
« on: December 08, 2018, 10:35:38 AM »
Creed II definitely on my list. Oceans 8 I wrote off immediately ala the rebooted Ghostbusters. Its really worth checking out?

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Other Sports / Re: Welcome to the league, Seattle
« on: December 07, 2018, 04:31:37 PM »
We lost the Houston Aeros...twice!

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