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  1. Thank you, I was watching the fucking play as it happened. Live. I'm this thread's resident Jets fan, remember? What Dan Fouts says doesn't matter worth a damn. The same thing for the former League VPs of Officiating. They're commentators; their job is to give an opinion and nothing more. While it has never been stated publicly, it's probably a point of emphasis among the zebras to make the following calls if there is any doubt: it's a TD, it's a turnover, the play is still "live". The first two are so that the automatic replay kicks in with the intent to get the call right. The third is not to screw things up with inadvertent whisltes and to let things play out. It's a silly, oft-nonsensical rule that leads to clumsy situations and lousy consequences, but the rule was adjudicated properly. There's no doubt that Austin Sefarian-Jenkins doesn't have full control of the ball, and the player said so himself after the game. There's little doubt that he doesn't have complete control of the ball again until after he's hit the pylon and touched down out of bounds. And the wording of the rule says that because he lost control in the endzone, it's a turnover and a touchback; whereas, if he lost control and touched down out-of-bounds at the Pats' 1 yard line, the Jets keep the ball. The referee who made the call on the field was guided by two things. The point of emphasis to call it a TD, and the fact that said referee couldn't see ASJ didn't have full control of the ball short of borrowing Superman's X-Ray vision because he had ASJ's back to him. The League Office made the replay call pretty quickly, and they were very decisive in defending the call to the media and why it was made. I think it was the right call. And it also didn't "job" the Jets out of a game because there was plenty of time remaining after that. The Jets' defense was having trouble most of the day slowing down the Patriots; I think Tom Brady and Company simply would have put their foot back on the gas if the Jets get seven points there and it wouldn't have mattered in the final outcome.
  2. I don't. Once I saw the replays and heard the explanation as it came from the official (and from League HQ in NYC), I think the rule was adjudicated properly and applied properly. If there's a problem and the Jets got "hosed", it's because the rule is either poorly written or instructs a situation contrary to "common sense" and all that crap. I'm not wild about the outcome of the play, but I don't hold it against the officials or the League office. As with the Dez Bryant non-catch from a playoffs past and the Megatron non-catch from a prominent MNF game from years past, it's a crummy rule.... but that's the rule. I'll be honest: I wasn't watching the Pats defenders for what happened there. Then again, we've seldom seen players ejected for that sort of thing, even though it's a rule and has been for a while now. Referees are paranoid about "impacting the outcome of the game" or "damaging the integrity of the game" by invoking the DQ there. That being said, if it did happen -- and I phrase it that way because I myself did not notice it -- tack on the penalty to the end of the play and give the Patriots the ball at their own 10 yard line. That sort of Unsportsmanlike Conduct is a dead ball foul anyhow and doesn't overturn a play.
  3. The local take I got off radio today: The Giants were better off this week without OBJ because it freed up the offense to do things that were likely to work -- running the football and spreading things around in the passing game instead of forcing everything to #13. In particular, this allows the Giants to compensate for teams with good secondaries that are going to roll extra coverage towards Beckham knowing that he was going to see a lot of targets. And the same might apply to Seattle because my long-distance view is that their defense isn't immensely different from Denver's, at least on the surface: they rush the passer well, and they can cover on the back end. On the other hand, I suspect that Russell Wilson and Seattle's offense is a lot better than Trevor Siemian and Denver's offense and that's going to be a difference to account for. The Giants' offense only put up 16 points this week and it's been a long, ongoing problem that they simply don't score a ton. If the Seahawks can put up points, I'm skeptical that the Giants can win a shootout or perhaps even remain in one. On the other hand, if the Giants can find a way to effectively run the football, Seattle might have something to worry about.
  4. Plenty of teams will want him. The Chiefs will have no problem manufacturing a market for Alex Smith's services come February, because there simply aren't enough quality quarterbacks to go around this League. The issue becomes whether or not those teams will be willing to pony up the necessary contract extension that Alex Smith will want as a result. Just for starters, I could see three separate AFC East teams interested in his services, depending of course on things such as how particular QBs develop this season, where teams end up drafting, et cetera. He can allege collusion all he wants. The problem is proving it, and I don't see how he does that if he's going to base his case on Donald Trump's comments -- Kaepernick was unemployed for a long time before then, not to mention that several teams have gone out of their way to demonstrate that they are anti-Trump. Collusion is a rather high legal bar to hurdle and the evidence usually has to be thorough. I have a difficult time believing that the League itself colluded against Kaepernick given how they've bent over backwards to not enforce their own Game Operations Manual and in effect condoned Kaep's protest and those of sympathetic players. On the other hand, I can believe that a number of individual teams have blackballed Kaep of their own voilition for reasons not related to football. But the latter isn't collusion; that's an employer making a deliberate decision to not hire him for reasons not covered under anti-discrimation laws that I know of. Not to mention, I'd like to hear Kaep's explanation for the Baltimore situation given he's never responded to Ray Lewis' comments about why the Ravens pulled their offer. I won't say his career is over, because I'm a "never say never" sort of guy and it only takes one team to decide that they want to give the middle finger to the President (and a silent majority of Americans who seem to disapprove of what Kaep stands for if ratings and merchandise sales are an accurate indicator). I just won't go on record as picking which team I think would be the one to hire him, even if you did put a gun to my head.
  5. I'm going to amend one of my suggestions from not too far above: If I were New Orleans, and I could find a way to make the cap mathematics work (and I'm not sure there is), I'd offer Drew Brees to the Packers for a high draft pick. I still think New Orleans' record at the moment is "fools gold" and that the team badly needs a complete rebuild. I'm not sure Drew Brees is even going to be there beyond this season. So why not cash him in and try to fleece a potentially desperate Green Bay team, because the difference between Drew Brees and Green Bay's backups is probably a playoff berth? I believe Alex Smith is under contract for next season. The logical move is for Kansas City to trade Smith to a QB-needy team and recoup some of the draft capital they used to move up in the first place. But it also takes Smith to cooperate, because a contract extension probably has to be part of any trade.
  6. Last Rebellion can be knocked out in a weekend (at most). Most of its trophies are story-based, there are eight for hunting rare monsters at the end of the game -- there's a little bit of RNG involved in it, but not an excruciating amount. If you keep a guide in front of you to know the order in which to strike enemies' weak spots, it's a very easy game.
  7. Arizona is at the end of their competitive window with the current roster. Carson Palmer has clearly regressed; ignore the optically pleasing Passing Yardage number and focus on the general decline in play, the increase in turnovers, and the ton of sacks he takes. The NFC West is a winnable division this year; the Rams probably aren't there yet, and listening to @skidmarkgn and @dmsleight convinces me that Seattle is a flawed team as well (even if they probably are the divisional favorite). So the division is there for the taking, and I think Arizona could potentially pull it out with a QB upgrade. Drew Brees would be an upgrade for this year, and he's a free agent after that and free to walk away -- his contract doesn't permit him to be franchised again this summer. Brees doesn't turn the ball over as frequently, and he's a lot faster getting the ball out of his hands and therefore not taking sacks. It's not like the Saints are going anywhere. Even with Brees, they're probably just a 7-9 team for the fourth straight year. If the Saints want to rebuild and start contending again anytime soon, they need to bottom out. As for Arizona, this could be the one last swing at it all before Larry Fitzgerald rides off into the sunset and perhaps Bruce Arians with him. If nothing else, Drew Brees can probably keep them afloat better than Carson can while they wait for their running game to fix itself. Then again, this is a complete outsider's view.
  8. Silver Medal (Guild Rank 17) and Gold Medal (Guild Rank 30) were earned way too close together. There's no legitimate way to get those two a few seconds apart if you're playing legitimately even if you imported a perfectly legit Avatar from WKC1.
  9. This is a question that doesn't have a single, standard answer. Everybody is unique, and they have different things that motivate them. If this is a question you have trouble answering, that's something you need to look within and find out for yourself. Maybe you'll find a motivation that defines your answer, and maybe you'll decide that exhaustive platinum trophy hunting isn't for you.
  10. I don't think he'd go so far as a forfeit, but I definitely think he'd make an example out of a player or three and order Jason Garrett to sit them out. I don't know if he's going out on this particular limb because he's a maverick or if he's wandering out there because he licked his finger and stuck it up in the air (and he's in Texas) and discovered the proportion of fans who continue to be outraged at anthem protests is a lot larger than people thought it would be. But Jerry Jones also strikes me as one of the few executives/Owners and power brokers in this League who isn't intimidated by the players and scared of what they might do if you look at said players cross-eyed and deprive them of their milk and cookies and their naps and binkies. And it's a shame. The League could have short-circuited this 14 months ago if Roger Goodell had invoked the Game Operations Manual on Colin Kaepernick when the first protest happened. I'm not saying that he had to fine Kaep or suspend Kaep or even call him out publicly, but a quiet warning with the caveat that if it happened again the consequences would be "large fine and public shaming" and a third violation would be "even larger fine and a suspension" would have nipped this in the bud way back when. And considering all the other penny-ante bullshit Goodell has made a priority of his time and energy?
  11. Of all the teams that blew games late in the 4th quarter today, why couldn't the Jets have been one of them? I mean, the standings credit the Jets with a win, but the Browns beat themselves every bit as much as the Jets beat them. A missed FG, two turnovers inside the Jets 10, an insipid playcall on 4th and 2 from roughly the same spot that was effectively begging to fail, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. The Jets offense was largely woeful, no matter what Josh McCown's passing numbers said, only the Browns out-sucked the Jets. The Giants were already done. The fork was already stuck in them. The Beckham injury is simply adding insult to injury at this stage. Although I'm surprised that OBJ didn't break his ankle while shoving his foot into his big, fat mouth. Bet "no". The Giants are an ultra-conservative organization that simply doesn't do that sort of thing, and they almost certainly won't do in-season even it if there's a locker room mutiny and players quitting on the team. After the season is another matter, but the Giants have had one coach who didn't get a lengthy tenure (Ray Handley) and the solution to this issue isn't that hard -- the Giants can back up the truck and offload a lot of these malcontents and perhaps encourage Eli Manning to retire or to accept a trade somewhere. Speaking of that last, it's something I'd think about if I were running the Saints. I'd call up Arizona on the sly and offer them Drew Brees for a future #1.
  12. Miami would have been about as bad a fit for Kaep from a PR standpoint as any particular market one could choose, and that might include the Jets with their overtly pro-Trump ownership. I can't speak for other markets and teams, and I can't speak for Kaep's interests and motivations at this point because I simply try not to pay any attention to the guy, but I can't see the Dolphins ever having serious interest in the guy unless they simply wanted to give the middle finger to their fans and their community. If I had to guess, however, I surmise that the way in which the Baltimore situation imploded on Kaep has probably scared away more teams. If one believes Ray Lewis and the story he told on Showtime on the matter, the Ravens were about to sign Kaep before his girlfriend threw a live grenade into things. After that happened -- and after Kaep has made no statements about the situation at all in any direction, as if he's trying to wish it out of existence -- I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of teams who might have had Kaep in the backs of their minds made a decision that they didn't want to get involved with him at all just to keep away from the off-field distractions.
  13. Ever Turning Wheel required NG+ in the original. It's probably the same here, but NG+ isn't very difficult because you're taking the character you built up over the first run of the game and LOLstomping stuff that doesn't get harder.
  14. If you have a solid guide in front of you, this one is actually pretty easy. At least compared to any number of other RPGs. Sure, there's some grinding involved and it helps to have at least a little bit of RNG help, but unlike a lot of similar-ish games there are no missables and there's only a need to play through the game once. And those last two are the "gotchas" that weigh down many an RPG. It didn't take me much more than ~50 hours.
  15. You can do some prep work in advance of a Speedrun to make the process faster. Just brainstorming, the following ideas come to mind: Place Portcrystals where they'll do you a lot of good, as to save time running back and forth. Also accumulate a bunch of Ferrystones, or an Eternal Ferrystone if you can get that through the Dark Arisen content. (Not sure if this last one is possible for the PS4 version, but it was a DD:vanilla to DD:DA upgrade if you had a vanilla save file.) Teleport. A lot. Max out your Arisen's level and gear him/her up. The same for your Primary Pawn. Those quest items that can be stashed in storage? Stick them there, so you can simply pull them out at the right time. Do the minimum number of Quests and nothing on the side. A Maker's Finger for the Dragon so you can one-shot the final boss wouldn't hurt.