Your “The Calm Before The Storm” Thursday Evening Open Thread

Beerguyrob

Beerguyrob

A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.
Beerguyrob

NFL News:

  • The odds are out for this weekend’s games:
    • Chiefs (-3)
    • Saints (-3.5)
    • both over/unders were 56/56.5 when I checked this morning.
    • The forecast has been “upgraded” to sunny with cloudy periods, highs near -2° Fahrenheit.
  • The NFL announced that Gladys Knight will perform the national anthem at The Big Game™®©
    • Clearly repeating the talking points she was given, Knight added,

“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” Knight said in a statement. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”

  • PFT, filling space, broke down all of Tom Brady’s playoff records:
    • Games played: 38
    • Games started: 38
    • Games as winning quarterback: 28
    • Passes thrown/completed: 1508/954
    • Passing yards: 10,569
    • Passing touchdowns: 72
  • The Rams’ Marcus Peters is downplaying his postgame rant from Week 9 after he got torched by the Saints.
    • The key parts are him asking Sean Payton to “keep talking shit” about him, and that after the next time they played, they’d “have a nice little bowl of gumbo together.”
    • Then he tweeted & deleted some bulletin board material:

Finally, the Seahawks have signed Paxton Lynch to a 2019 futures contract.

  • DangeRuss’ previous backups were Brett Hundley (UFA) and Alex McGough (Jags 2019).
  • The Broncos selected Lynch out of Memphis with the pick they acquired in a draft-day trade with Seattle. Denver moved up from No. 31, where the Seahawks took offensive lineman Germain Ifedi.
  • He will still have to participate in OTAs and compete at training camp for the backup position.
    • Plus, there’s always Kaep.


Tonight’s Sports:

  • NHL:
    • Blackhawks at Rangers – 7:00PM | NBCSN
    • Blues at Bruins – 7:00PM | Sportsnet
  • NBA:
    • 76ers at Pacers – 7:00PM | TNT / TSN4
    • Suns at Raptors – 7:30PM | Sportsnet1
    • Lakers at Thunder – 9:30PM | TNT
  • NCAA:
    • Tennessee State at Tennessee Tech – 7:00PM | ESPNU
    • Michigan State at Nebraska – 8:00PM | FS1
    • Oregon at Arizona – 9:00PM | ESPN
    • Stanford at Washington – 9:00PM | ESPN2
    • Oregon State at Arizona State – 10:00PM | FS1

Seamus has you guys tomorrow. I’ll see you on Saturday night for the video jamboree. MUSIC & JOKES APLENTY!

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A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.
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ballsofsteelandfury

I do not understand how, in The Year Of Our Lord 2018, Toto’s Africa is so fucking popular.

Game Time Decision

2018?

LemonJello
LemonJello

Mayan calendar?

theeWeeBabySeamus

Weezer just covered it.
No idea why.

Game Time Decision

totally agree, the original sucked and the cover is better, but that’s not saying much.

rockingdog
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Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

Hey, if any of you awesome writers had any sympathy for me, you’d say a prayer for:

BRIXTON J. MËTHOUCK
℅ THIS STATION
YOURTOWN, USA

ballsofsteelandfury

What about a beer?

We still need to schedule another DFO get-together…

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

To continue an earlier thread:

I say that this is pretty good, and sure it’s probably calorie laden it’s still pretty good.

Reply as needed.

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ballsofsteelandfury

How can anyone say it’s NOT good? That looks delicious.

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

Apple Strudel at the Alpine Vilage, Torrance CA.

There should be a SoCal get-to-gether here.

ballsofsteelandfury

YES!! That’s a great place and a great idea!

ballsofsteelandfury

I’ve put out the bat-signal on slack.

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

OK!

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

This is the opening title sequence to “Up in Smoke” with Cheech and Chong. Title sequence production is an art form (I’ve worked on a few). I lived in this Venice neighborhood 20 years ago, which was 20 years after this sequence was filmed. That particular house was long gone by then, but the neighborhood vibe was still the same. Long gone now. Anyway this title sequence is great:

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Brick Meathook
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BrettFavresColonoscopy

Someone has gumbo for us?

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Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

yeah right

Through the first 4 episodes of Black Mirror and it’s fucking incredible. As an old ass Twilight Zone fan it speaks to me.

Plus it’s got everybody guest starring.

ALXMAC
ALXMAC

Wait til you get to the John Hamm Christmas bonus episode…

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SonOfSpam

You know those songs you feel stupid for liking, because you’re too old and the music’s too emo or whatever?

Never mind.

ALXMAC
ALXMAC

As a son of the 90’s and hater of emo, this song is a GD masterpiece.

ALXMAC
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SonOfSpam

This suborning perjury news tonight seems like kind of a thing. Tomorrow’s gonna be fun!

Night night, sweet princes.

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theeWeeBabySeamus

theeWeeBabySeamus

The world sucks. Well actually, the world is fine, it’s the people in it who suck. And not in the good way lately.
But I have to give BeerBoyBobby a high five. I’m an REO Speedwagon fan. Well, at least before Hi Infidelity. They sold out after that. Bitches.

But here anyway….

Gratliff

There’s a goofy radio station here that seemingly seeks classic hits that aren’t heavy rotation on most classic stations and just plays the motherfuck out of them for no apparent reason, and every time I come across it, 99 Red Balloons (Nena version) is on so now I can’t get it out of my fucking head.

herodotus450
herodotus450

I’m beginning to think the old Top Gear wasn’t entirely non-fictional…

Sharkbait

Aaaand now I’m watching The Grand Tour.

ballsofsteelandfury

Season 3 Episode 1 is available now!!

I know what i’m watching.

Sharkbait

I never finished Season 2. Watching the Mozambique fish road trip now.

ballsofsteelandfury

Just finished it. I’m so glad the boys are back!

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Yeah! Just started the new season.

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

I need some seat time in that McLaren Senna

ballsofsteelandfury

Right? That car looks incredible.

Petronel

Damn, I really need to get caught up with season 2.

herodotus450
herodotus450

“Yeah, hey, the Fed? It’s ya boy Gary Bettman. I heard you can just like, raise, interest rates? Can we do that for my boy hockey sometime? Like raise the interest in hockey? Yeah. Ok. And if you want to–
BEEEP
“If you’d like to make a call, hang up and-“
“Yeah yeah, ok.”

rockingdog
rockingdog

found a funny:

[Getting dressed after a one night stand]

Date: I used to only date athletes.

Me: *Kicks underwear up from floor and catches them in midair* What do you mean used to?

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

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JustStopDude
JustStopDude

I got out of the port and notice I had a text from a guy I knew in the navy. I ended up meeting up with him and three others from the boat back in the day for dinner.

All four of us were basically the LPO (leading petty officer) for four different divisions in reactor department of the boat. We were all pretty damn good NCO’s.

There is the whole 90/10 principle…where 90% of the work is done by 10% of the people. Like if you are good at your job and you gave a shit, you were on the fast track to getting brutally burned out. NCO is one of those jobs that are vitally important, but if you are good at it, no one fucking notices. And a lot of it is just being a shit filter, taking it from both ends of the chain of command.

We were the folks that were always fighting the command to actually get things to run as opposed to just accepting the crap. Two of the guys have PhD’s and the third is a lawyer. I just got a BS in engineering. I honestly think you could put the four of us doing anything and we could figure it out. A decent amount of brain power.

We started bullshitting about the old days and I started realized as we were bringing up old funny stories of folks doing stupid shit, that almost every single one of the people that were the idiots in the stories…stayed in.

It was a perfect microcosm of how the military and the government in general does a fucking terrible job at retaining the right people.

Gratliff

10 minutes into Super Troopers 2 and the biggest takeaway is that the Kids in the Hall are all old as fuck now

Sharkbait

That was an…interesting movie. Not the best, but not as bad as I thought it would be.

Gratliff

Holy shit. Will Sasso’s still around. I thought they had him put down when Mad TV ended. Here he is as Stone Cold. You can tell it’s parody, because Deborah isn’t afraid of being attacked.

Sharkbait

Gentlemen.

SonOfSpam

/feels a sharp tingle mid-taint

Gonna be a cool windy night, fellas.

/resumes juggling live slugs

Redshirt
King Hippo

don’t worry, give him 3 years, he’ll be calling people nagger f-ggot online video gaming

BrettFavresColonoscopy

Yeah but he dropped the kid

WCS

King Hippo

I have been in an immense Belle & Sebastian mood of late:

SonOfSpam

Yeah, sometimes I feel like a twee precious vagina too.

King Hippo

feel like??

SonOfSpam

Other times I’m a rancid cunt. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Wakezilla

“Finally, the Seahawks have signed Paxton Lynch to a 2019 futures contract.”

I didn’t realize that the Pike Market fish throwers called themselves the Seattle Futures because there’s no way the Hox would be stupid enough to have Lynch possibly taking a snap in an actual game

King Hippo

RW has his protective magic fizzy water, at least

Redshirt

BREAKING NEWS: Pelosi says that Trump is being childish for canceling her trip to visit the troops. The President was quoted as saying “I AM NOT BEING CHILDISH!” He then grabbed his blankie, and retreated to the Residence to watch cartoons.

ballsofsteelandfury

I don’t understand why Democrats don’t belittle him and insult him every single day now that they have a majority in the House.

I guess that’s why I’m not a Democrat.

King Hippo

they kind of are, Pelosi is showing a lot more bite than ever before (and good for her). The “no invite to deliver a SOTU while no government” was a strong, ballsy move.

Redshirt

Agreed, though I was kind of bummed for no State of the Union because this one could’ve ended in a full scale riot.

ballsofsteelandfury

See, I would have invited him and then heckled his ass. Or booed him.

King Hippo

nah, this is a subtler “fuck you” that keeps blood off your own shoes

ballsofsteelandfury

I don’t do subtle.

King Hippo

you generally have to be a little subtle in politics (to have any success), especially coming from the left – where a big portion of the tent prefers nuance

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

I don’t consider the Democrats to be in any way “the left.”

Redshirt

Not really. Trump doesn’t handle any criticism at all. First sign of a little booing and he would’ve gone off the rails in front of the world.

ballsofsteelandfury

THAT is why I would do it.

Ian Scott McCormick

The only way you can really hurt Donald Trump is to not let him speak at a big, important event.
That burns his soul.

Ian Scott McCormick

Remember, Barack Obama got to deliver a SOTU address seven times. At most Donald Trump can only give six now. That’s one less. One less than Obama.
A lot of people are talking about this.

King Hippo

We are living out the WWE now, ain’t we? 😀

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Because they’re idiots. They’ve been raised entirely to have all the life and soul sucked out of them.

Are you curious why there’s a HUGE charisma and leadership gap between AOC and Bernie? It was intentional. Every Gen Xer and early millennial Democrat was raised to be a technocrat Clintonista and they fucking suck at politics. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were their respective generations’ charismatic leaders. Everyone else is a fucking lanyard-wearing dork or a national security ghouls and vampires. If you ever grew up thinking about or living a life that requires a security clearance or a opposition research vetting, you either end up like Cory Booker or Kamala Harris (Harris/Booker will be the 2020 ticket. They’ll lose.) or you end up a burnt-out loser like me who lashes out at those fuckers now and thus unelectable barring a miracle because the Democratic Party will hunt down and kill everyone like me who stands on principles over whatever corrupt dipshit nonsense they are favoring this week.

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Shit. I must’ve triggered the spam filter.

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

They’re too busy belittling his supporters and undecideds to belittle him.

Wakezilla

Dumb move to not send that sociopath to meet the troops.” Vote Democrats and we’ll send you to Iran and back to Syria. And if you’re a minority and die, we’ll be sure to parade your parents around to show that colored folks die for America too. Now where’s the blood of an orphan youth I was promised?”

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

There’s a FB macro of a woman wearing a Mexican flag and her son is in uniform wearing a U.S. flag (both as capes) and it took all my strength not to call him a race traitor because I can’t be as aggressively anti-troop to thin-skinned people in FB.