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Chit Chat / Ruth Bader Ginsburg
« on: September 18, 2020, 11:14:38 PM »
This year needs to stop.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna670701

An absolute hero and icon.

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Chit Chat / Chadwick Boseman
« on: August 28, 2020, 10:57:59 PM »
This one f'ing hurts.


James Brown. Jackie Robinson. Thurgood Marshall. The Black Panther. He was so electric he took a comic book superhero that I didn't know too much about and turned him into one of my all-time favorite superheroes just by his performance alone. That scene in Endgame where the portal opens up and he walks through, every time I saw that in the theatre the place would go nuts.

Even more amazing to me is he was diagnosed in 2016, fighting this, going through chemo, and still somehow took on the Marvel films, Marshall, 21 Bridges. Kept going until he couldn't anymore. 

Absolutely crushed.  :(

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Other Sports / The Bubble Hockey Thread
« on: August 04, 2020, 04:01:38 PM »
Hah...bubble hockey.

Not gonna lie, I've been watching the hell out of the NHL's return since last Saturday. It's early but I think this is the only way pro sports is gonna work for the near future: keeping the teams in a bubble. I like the NHL's odds better since they're in Canada, but so far the NBA's results so far are encouraging too (even in Florida). It's nice to see sports on tv, and while it's a little jarring at first seeing no one in in the stands once the game gets going you get used to it. It's a bummer not having a dog in the race, absolutely.

I've also got a huge issue with players and staff getting tested everyday while those of us out in the real world and on the frontline don't have that same access...but maybe that differs by country, and I'm fairly certain I've made my opinions clear on the leadership in the US lol.

But while it's on...yeah I'm watching. And hoping these guys can all stay safe for the sake of themselves and their loved ones.

This is also a nice reminder that since this is technically still the 2019-2020 season, that the Maple Leafs absolutely lost to a zamboni driver in net for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Forum updates / And we're back
« on: August 03, 2020, 06:04:20 PM »
If you had visited this past weekend you might've noticed that the site was down due to a database error. Reached out to page Jedi Master rollntider earlier today and just like that we're back in business.  Thank you! The tech stuff is way above my level of expertise.

So welcome back.

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College Ball / 2020 Status
« on: July 09, 2020, 10:12:37 AM »
Last week, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced football in the state was in danger if the COVID-19 cases continued to spike. Makes sense.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2020/07/02/south-carolina-governor-warns-of-no-football-in-his-state-this-year/

Yesterday, the Ivy League also ruled out playing all sports this fall due to the pandemic. The hope is to maybe postpone those to winter or even spring, but cancellation is probable too. Keep in mind that the Ivy League was also the first to shut it all down in March too.

https://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/29430262/ivy-league-rules-playing-all-sports-fall-due-coronavirus-pandemic

Also yesterday, Ohio State shut down voluntary workouts due to an increased number of positive cases in the student-athletes.

https://www.si.com/college/ohiostate/news/ohio-state-pauses-voluntary-workouts-covid

Yes, I understand there's big money in Div. 1a college sports, especially football, but let's face facts: the odds of this season happening are low. Just take a look at the other major sports leagues: even through their little bubbles they have set up to try and protect the players, people are getting infected anyway. This isn't the time.

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Baseball / Play Ball (maybe): the 2020 Season Thread
« on: June 24, 2020, 08:15:25 PM »
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29354014/sources-mlbpa-agrees-report-july-1-discussing-health-safety-protocols

So uh...am I the only that thinks trying to start sports back up is an unbelievably stupid idea in a country that has somehow made wearing a mask in public a political issue? Just curious.

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Console Gaming Discussion / PlayStation 5
« on: June 11, 2020, 06:09:02 PM »
Oh just shut up and take my money already. You had me at the Spider-Man: Miles Morales reveal about five minutes into the big presentation today*.



*To be fair they had me the second the PS5 was announced but don't want to look too desperate here

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Console Gaming Discussion / Tony Hawk 1 & 2
« on: May 15, 2020, 08:37:04 PM »
In the latest remastered craze news, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2 is rolling right in for a September 4 release (and it's about damn time). Played the f out of these back in the day!



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Chit Chat / The Sports Vault Thread
« on: March 14, 2020, 10:43:32 AM »
Yes, there's bigger things going on in the world right now, believe me I know. But sports was still an escape for a lot of people (myself included), and the postponement/cancellation of almost every sporting event for at least the next month or so will sting a lot of people.

I saw a tweet Thursday asking what would ESPN and the others do to replace all those live events. I suggested (as did others) just open the vault. So screw it, that's what this thread is for.

Whenever I've got time, I'm going to put up a game that I feel is worthy of being watched. Could be a classic that everyone knows about, or it could be sentimental to you. Feel free to play along. A couple writers I follow on Twitter started doing the exact same thing yesterday; I even thought about posting the game they shared yesterday but I really don't feel like triggering Crewe (think 1992 Wild Card).

Today...I think I'll just go with what they posted today. The Detroit Lions one and only playoff victory since 1957, a shellacking of the emerging Dallas Cowboys. Check out Summerall and Madden when they were still coherent.


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Pro Football / Barry Sanders for President
« on: February 29, 2020, 07:28:28 AM »
*sigh* My head hurts at how stupid and clueless certain groups are.

https://www.wthr.com/article/confused-fans-rip-garth-brooks-wearing-sanders-jersey-1?amp

Also, Id vote for Barry Sanders over Bernie Sanders if he were running in the Democratic primary too.

There, a post to offend MAGuhs and Sandernistas alike.

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Other Sports / The 2020 Hockey Thread
« on: February 23, 2020, 01:57:12 AM »
So one of the more peculiar aspects of NHL rules is the necessity of the Emergency Backup Goalie (EBUG). Teams are typically allowed to dress 18 players, plus two goalies. However, if both your starting goaltender and your backup get injured, the home team typically has one or two in the crowd on contract as the EBUG. The chances of it happening are remote, but it has happened. For someone like me that used to play goal back in the day, it's a fucking dream.

Well, let me introduce you to David Ayres, a 42-year old zamboni driver for the Leafs farm team, and the EBUG in Toronto earlier tonight for the game between the Leafs and the Carolina Hurricanes.


Coming in cold after the Hurricanes goalies both go down, and then becoming the goalie of record when Carolina retakes the lead? Let me say this again: that's the fucking dream. Did it while wearing a Leafs t-shirt under his Canes jersey too. So damn glad I got to catch the final 15 minutes of this one. What a night...props to this guy, and from one goalie to another: cheers.

Here's the final seconds.

Thank you Bobby Lou, this was priceless. :D

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Basketball Discussion / RIP Kobe Bryant
« on: January 26, 2020, 03:07:42 PM »
Jesus...


Im conflicted on how I feel about this. On the court, dude was a legend and may be one of the best players Ive ever seen. Off the court...you know.

Prayers to his family.

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Chit Chat / The 2020 Song A Day Thread
« on: January 17, 2020, 11:23:43 PM »
So here's the story: on New Year's Day a friend in FB land decided that he would post a song a day that he liked, no rhyme or reason. Personally, I liked the idea so much I figured I'd start it too.

Made it about six days before I realized that required logging into FB each day, and honestly, fuck FB.

Fast forward to the 17th of January, and I figured what the hell: I'll just start posting it here. Best part about doing it this way? You can participate too. The more music, the better. Anyway, here's Day 1 (for here, anyway).

The Go-Go's - Head Over Heels

I just love this song so f'ing much. It's catchy, it's 80s. The bass line is underrated but delivers. Everybody loved Belinda Carlisle, and I liked her too but damn did I have a crush on Jane Weidlin (Joan of Arc!).


So anyway, participate as much or as little as you want. I hope you do, music is good. :)

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Chit Chat / Neil Peart
« on: January 10, 2020, 05:33:20 PM »
RIP, Neil Peart...absolutely crushed by this one.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/neil-peart-obit-1.5422806?fbclid=IwAR08-myht0ts8Anqx1Pi1TRRH-xR7pcT4EnJlRmRoYsCrrpogjNW41dEfZ4

I grew up in a predominantly pop household, so I didn't get introduced to Rush and the genius of drummer Neil Peart until high school. But hearing "Tom Sawyer" for the first time (seems like a lot of people got their introduction to Rush with this song) absolutely blew me away and it stuck with me. Absolute legend.


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Console Gaming Discussion / NBA 2K20 MyCareer Thread
« on: December 25, 2019, 09:28:53 AM »
Currently cruising right along with my Playmaking Shot Creator PG in NBA 2K20, rookie season with my hometown Detroit Pistons (finally!). With a true PG and not a crappy one like the real-life Pistons have in Reggie Jackson, the franchise currently sits at 2nd in the Eastern Conference with a 38-17 record with only one game remaining before the All-Star Break.

Also a first for any of my created MyCareer players, my rookie was named to the Rising Stars Game and is also competing in the Three Point Shootout on All-Star weekend (shooting 42% from 3 will do that). Can't wait to check these out.

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