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  • Veda the Moor

    But you DO recognize we got to the Super Bowl on his rookie contract, twice..and since then as his salary goes up weve been less and less successful, right? Potentially this year breaks that trend..though not yet..

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  • Veda the Moor

    Yes, we are winning because of Wilson right now, not just with him. But we have to.. hes on his second contract. Hes eating a huge percentage of the cap. And although the cap goes up every year, the percentage of the cap that is taken up by the quarterback has been steadily increasing.

    You dont need a generational quarterback to win the Super Bowl. There isnt one answer to the Super Bowl puzzle. Its, in my opinion, very lazy of teams to keep going with the Peyton Manning Model.. "once you have your QB pay him anything because thats all that matters!"

    Last Super Bowl.. it was Brady vs Foles. Brady takes less because his business gets benefits from the Patriots. Foles was a cheap back up, Wentz was on his rookie contract.

    The year before, Matt Ryan was the high priced QB and lost. The cheaper quarterback won (Brady again).

    The year before? It was Manning and Newton. This is where we reinforced the Manning method..

    The year before that.. Wilson on his rookie contract, Brady on his discount contract.

    They year before that.. Wilson vs Manning. Two completely different models of getting there.

    Before that , Flacco and Kaep.. 2 qbs on their rookie contracts.

    We dont see Stafford, Rodgers, Rivers or any number of other "franchise QBs" whose teams use up a huge amount of cap space on their qb. You CAN win that way..but its really hard.. if 20 teams build that way and you want to compete with them..you have to have a better QB or potentially better WRS. Its hard to get a competitive advantage unless you truly have a super elite QB like Manning. Mere Franchise QBs dont seem to cut it when paid like the market says they should be, and then look at the Seahawks -- the more they pay Wilson the worse theyve done in the playoffs.

    I heard it mentioned if you build this way its easier because its easier to get one player right -- The QB. But I dont buy that.. to be competitive with a 30 million dollar QB taking up 17% of your cap you have to hit on all your draft picks so you have cheap , competent players everywhere.

    We will keep Wilson..but thats because its a risk adverse league.

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  • Veda the Moor

    That top ESPN article is really good with a cool graphic of Penny's cut back run. Im having so much fun this season!

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  • Veda the Moor

    So...Shanahan is safe, John Lynch is updating his resume? lol

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  • Veda the Moor

    4 weeks ago I was 9-1 in this league. Alone in first place.

    Then I lost the next 3 games..... fell from 1st to 5th seed and backed into the playoffs.

    Today I lost in the first round by 3.5 points. Because McCoy got hurt on the first drive of the game. .1 point.

    Sucks.

    If youve got Gurley and Mahomes you should win so looks like Austin is gonna take it.

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  • Veda the Moor

    Youtube Video

    This is excellent. Concise, not boring, not alarmist. Just saying what needs to be said. I wish I had the talent of expression the writers of this show have because Ive tried to make literally the same exact points to people and have never had anyone positively respond.

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  • Veda the Moor

    I started the season 9-1.. have slid to 9-4 to back into the playoffs. Went from 1st seed to 4th seed in 2 weeks despite having a 2 game lead on the LEAGUE. Second half of the season ive averaged just 115 points a game... Down from 132 the first half. Not good..not good. But, first round I play a team that just lost Conner and has a couple of key players with bad matchups. If I choose my flex and TE correctly Ive got a shot...

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  • Veda the Moor

    Elf to me was SO dumb the first time..Im not much of a Will Ferrell guy or his type of humor, with a couple of exceptions (Blades of Glory being the biggest).. but his unbridled enthusiasm for the role, the imagining of Elf culture..its just too infectious to not like.

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  • Veda the Moor

    First week of December and Im getting into the Christmas spirit. Im pretty strict..nothing before Thanksgiving can have anything to do with Christmas. But now its in full swing. Living in Tokyo I dont get the 24 hour movie marathons of Christmas movies..I have to stream them or (gasp) put in the DVDs.

    So..what will you be watching to put you into the Christmas spirit or help you share this special end of year time with your family or other loved ones?

    I just read a horrible article , utter blasphemy saying A Christmas Story ISNT a good Christmas movie.

    Full disclosure, although I saw very few movies in the theater in the 80s, I think I am the only one I know who actually saw A Christmas Story in the theater, and so its always been special to me and I think its an excellent one. The article made some interesting points sort of..about why he didnt like it..

    But that scene at the end ..when all the presents are opened.. and the family is in post-unwrapping stage.. exhausted and Ralph is trying his best to not look too disappointed.. and his father points out one last gift.. That scene is special. I like to think most of us have a moment like that..and even if we dont, its still "true". The father telling the mom that he had one.. Ralph getting that one special gift.. after the journey he had to take to get it. Its magic.

    Honorable mention to "Elf". The first time I watched that movie it was ..unwatchable for me. But it has grown on me and I really dig it now.

    Third place is the 1951 film version of A Christmas Carol. Alistair Sim's Scrooge is the Scrooge all other Scrooges are based on.

    On the opposite side.. I dont like Edward Scissorhands. When it was new I did.. it hasnt aged well for me I suppose. Im not sure why that is , but its probably infected with my feeling that Tim Burton is a coward. His early movies were odd and off beat and slightly dark and that was his trademark. And that was fresh at the time. But he stubbornly refuses to leave his comfort zone and thats when an artist can lose his way.

    I didnt include Christmas specials, but if I did the correct answer is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Melancholy at times, as all the original Peanuts gang stuff is.. by the time you get to Linus answering Charlie Brown's despairing question of "Doesnt anyone know the true meaning of Christmas?" if youre not feeling anyone you should see a doctor.

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  • Veda the Moor

    Just read the Positional Grade article, the last one. I expected it to be overly positive ("400 yards through the air!") but it was actually really objective and I agreed with every grade. Good, quick read.

    We should borrow the format maybe for a regular article...

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