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Football is officially back and the Seahawks face the Colts to open the Pre-Season. Seattle has never beat an Andrew Luck lead Colts team but this is the closest chance they'll get. Many new faces will be wearing the Seahawks uniform against Indianapolis Colts in pre-season game #1 and the San Diego Chargers next week in game #2. Ross gets into his first Twitter beef about competition.
Topic #1 Will the NFL ever figure out what to do about players protesting police violence during the anthem?
Topic #2 Are roster positions determined by true competition or do the Seahawks succumb to draft capital?
Topic #3 Hawks Cast Corner (By @davestjohn) Pick your starting D. Cos I have no clue.
Topic #4 What are you looking for in these next two Pre-Season games?
Predictions (for the next two pre-season games)
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Who wins their quarters? 1st team Off/Def or 2nd team Off/Def
Who leads in rushing attempts?
Over/Under 50-plus-yard FGs Attempted: 2.5
Over/under Drop-kick FGs: 1.5
Which rookie makes the first big play: Penny, Flowers, Dissly, Dickerson, Griffin or Green
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The only one that occasionally bugs me is Zorn... not usually..but when its on some nobody.... Caleb Scott.. come on.
The 90 man rosters do make it hard..but its still weird to see a new Brown running around with Tim Browns number.. Im sure it must have given some older times a second of confusion.
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Pretty interesting team to follow right now.. if they can take tomorrows game that would say quite a bit too. Paxton is becoming a legit ace.
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When you run a private company NDA's are handy. Important. Plus they sound neat and make it sound important. A friend of mine works at a well known game company.. when I was invited to beta test a game that eventually became a very well known game.. I signed an NDA. I have a stack of very vanilla NDAs in my desk drawer at work.
They arent the cure all they are often made out to be.. and actually in many cases they arent enforceable without the original party doing more damage to himself, if they are used out as some use them -- to hide dodgy activities.
Trump, its well established now, has leaned on NDAs it seems now for decades. Its his SOP (standard operating procedure). The NDAs and the intimidating threats in them, plus his money.. have let him do what he wants for a very long time.. dictator of his business "empire" such as it is.
I dont think its really deniable anymore that Trump has largely taken his dictatorial impulses into the White House. I havent once heard him articulate a dedication to democratic principles, but have OFTEN heard him speak with envy at true dictators' powers, or heard him bemoan the checks and balances that make up the American political system.
And now, word coming out that Trump has tried to bring these NDAs into the government sphere. That is a problem.That is illegal. Government employees work for the people, not for Trump.. whatever he may say. And requiring that they say nothing, not even to Congress.. that is flat out against the law. And just one more move Trump is making to make himself accountable to no one.
I dont care if you hate liberals and Democrats..if you are an American. If you believe in America.. then you have to start standing up and asking for laws to be enforced. Literally every day Trump commits impeachable offenses, nearly every week he asserts powers that no president has ever asserted before. Now he is making government employees answerable only to HIM, not to the establishment?
Other recent HUGE problems that are getting little traction in the news:
in this weeks defense bill spending he unilaterally made all kinds of "executive changes".. the type that Bush II made more popular, but with just astounding claims.. that basically the congress cant put any conditions on any military spending. Which, reading the CONSTITUTION we know isnt true at all.
Some highlights: " Trump also declared that he could bypass a provision in the bill that extended restrictions on certain bilateral military-to-military cooperation between the United States and Russia."
"...challenged a provision requiring the Pentagon to create a senior civilian position charged with coming up with uniform standards for counting — and reducing — civilian bystander deaths as a result of American military operations"
Then there is the assertion by Trump's lawyers that he DOES have the right obstruct justice and Department of Justice investigations because technically the DOJ is part of the executive branch.
Trump has also claimed that he is above the law, because whatever he does he can just pardon himself.
Its congress that imposes taxes, but Trump has taken over that -- unilaterally imposing destructive tariffs while a cowed Congress refuses to do its job.
This isnt partisan politics. This isnt liberal or conservative in the normal sense. This really is a threat to the republic.. but conservatives either keep telling themselves its "just as bad with the Dems" and find fake equivalencies or simply maybe agreeing with Trump.. While liberals , instead of focusing on issues that matter, keep taking up the torch for the most extreme examples for which there isnt a social consensus for.
Very frustrating times.
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What @Veda-the-Moor fails to mention about his last-minute playoff appearance was that it was due to his kicker getting 17 fantasy points on the last game of the week against me when I had a 15-point cushion for that same final playoff spot.
It was AWESOME. Also.. I should mention that I added that kicker about 2 minutes before that Monday night game after I belatedly noticed my normal kicker had been a last minute scratch in his game!
It was a miracle!
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Can't imagine we'll see much of Leia, but it is good to know that we will see her some and hopefully get a proper send off, without it being too overblown or cheesy.
I think we all assume we'll see Luke as a Force ghost. I think that I hope they leave him in sort of a "mentor" role for Rey, an inspiration to the Rebellion, and maybe he sort of haunts Kylo. Don't think I want to see him somehow be the hero again, I think it's time to let the new generation shine. I keep having this vision of Luke levitating way up in the sky with white eyeballs shooting lightning out of his fingers and it scares the shit out of me. I don't want a video game. We already have those.
Looking forward to seeing Lando, I think it's a mistake that they didn't bring him in earlier, let him and Han/Chewie have at least a moment in TFA, but better late than never, I guess.
The new cast additions Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, all intriguing. I'm sure we'll learn more about their roles as time goes on.
Also be interesting to see what JJ does with Rose. Does he like the character? Will he keep her in the forefront? Or is he gonna tuck her away like Rian Johnson did with Maz (and Snap) and like George Lucas was pressured into doing with Jar Jar hahaha.
Do I have confidence in JJ's ability to close out not only this trilogy, but the entirety of the Skywalker saga fittingly? No. No I absolutely do not. But I'm hoping for the best. I hope he's putting that first, far ahead of the apparent behind-the-scenes tug-o-war that many believe to be going on.