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- This is a power play from the content providers. No matter how you get your live/current television content, be it through traditional cable/fiber or though the Internet, you are going to be paying for the same bundles -- directly or indirectly -- the days of your cable company, big or small, negotiating for content on your behalf will be over soon. The prices will be set by the content providers and there will be little wiggle room -- Apple, Sling, Sony, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, and local/regional cable will all be in the same boat, negotiating for their cut.
- It looks like the Michigan football schedule will be largely contained in one bundle, thanks to this marriage (affair?) between Fox and Disney. The only game I can think of that might not make it is 2019 at Arkansas (an SEC home game, so likely on CBS).
- True à la carte programming that allows you to pick and choose live sports is still a long, long way off. This is all controlled by four or five conglomerates, and my wife is going to keep on contributing to Tom Brady's salary in order to get her HGTV. [Just kidding -- she's actually a rabid OSU-hating fan born and raised in Ann Arbor. But you get my point.]
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't really see Jon staying||
I don't really see Jon staying at Winterfell. That's Sansa's role for now -- the only question is what place Littlefinger will have.
No, Jon is going to go off to find Bran, once they learn Bran is alive (also Benjen, sort of) -- the producers made a point of having Sansa point out to Jon in this episode that Rickon was the last legitimate Stark male heir, which means they don't know Bran is alive. Look for them to find out in the next episode...
|1 week 2 days ago||Probably||
The idea was probably that he's still a child, scared by Bolton, running straight ahead in fear, not thinking. But since they did absolutely nothing to make us understand that, my reaction was much the same as yours.
It's like the Arya sequences where, it seems, she was basically trying to lure the Waif into a fight in the dark. I mean, she must have known that she would not be safe even if she left Braavos. That she would have to face the Waif no matter where she went. Probably she didn't plan to get stabbed, she was just trying to get the Waif to chase her into the dark. Eventually she did it. But none of that was clear to us.
Both surely make sense in the unpublished book, but the show has been forced to cut so much that sometimes things don't make sense when they should.
|1 week 2 days ago||Sansa||
The only part of girl power that may not be a wholly Martin invention is Sansa's emergence as the Queen of the North. But even that is likely one of the primary stories told in Winds of Winter.
The idea that this is all the "showrunners" (producers) is just wrong. This season is Winds of Winter, a book which is at least half complete, just unfinished -- the ending and cliffhangers are known to the producers.
For me, the strangest thing about this season is the abandonment of Bran and the Tower of Joy. I'm going to guess that also follows the book -- that Bran has not yet seen the truth of that at the end of Winds of Winter.
There were two fairly obvious foreshadows that jumped out at me in this episode. One was Tyrion telling Dany about the wildfire under King's Landing. We shouldn't have to wait long for that reminder to bear fruit. But the other was the Wildling leader's line about Jon Snow not being a king. We'll see about that, but at this point it seems possible that we, the audience, are going to learn the truth at the same time as Jon Snow himself. If they wanted us to know already, we would know already.
|1 week 2 days ago||Huh?||
Traveling, so not watching and not listening to the broadcast, but this makes it seem like they have looked at it and they think he did cause the ball to move.
But he didn't think he did, and I believe golf has an honor system for that kind of thing. Right?
So if they asses the stroke, then they are saying that he either  was not aware he caused it to move, or  lied about it.
Either way, complete bullshit, because every player doesn't have a camera on him at all times like DJ does. The ruling has to be made then and there. There's no way to fairly implement reviews of the honor system. There's a lot at stake even lower down on the leaderboard. If it's an error by the official in the interpretation of the rules, then yes, that should be subject to review. But not a player's veracity or honesty.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Change the review criteria to employ a two-tier approach||
If I understand it correctly, the way all booth reviews are approached is that the call stands unless there is clear evidence to the contrary. In other words, the benefit of the doubt goes to the official on the field.
That's what happened on the Bolden play -- the booth replay "official" did not think there was clear evidence one way or another, so the call stood. [He was wrong, but that's a different issue.]
The basic problem is that they are approaching penalty reviews the same way they approach non-penalty reviews (in bounds, fumbles, whether a catch was completed, ball spots, etc.). They are inherently different, in that the former considers INTENT, while the latter does not. So the criteria need to be adjusted.
For Targeting, then, just change the rule to require that the benefit of the doubt goes to the accused. Unless there is clear evidence of targeting in a player's actions, then the call gets either  reduced to some lesser included charge ("Roughing" or some such) when the evidence is ambiguous, or  dropped entirely when there is clear evidence to the contrary.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Too far south||
They spent a lot of time in this episode setting Randall Tarly (the father) up to eventually see how wrong he was to have belittled his son's news/warning of the real threat from beyond the Wall. Winter is coming!
No, Sam will go to Old Town and quickly learn what little he does not already know (having learned it under the previous Maester of the Night's Watch -- a Targaryan -- the best mentor and library he could possibly have had) and then return to the North and Jon Snow -- another Targaryan -- where he belongs, facing the White Walkers -- where that sword will be used.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Righteous||
Sam may not yet have the strength to wield it, but he took a big step in that direction when he claimed Heartsbane for himself -- it is rightfully his as he is the righteous son, the only member of the Tarly family who understands what the sword is for and who has proven himself to be brave enough to use it when it counts. His father forfeited the sword when he failed to take his son's experience seriously.
I mean, they were boasting about hunting/fighting for sport while laughing at Sam for talking about hunting/fighting to survive. But they lost Heartsbane when they brushed off as childish myth a firsthand account of mortal combat straight from the Wall from the man chosen to become the next Maester of the Night's Watch.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||A gamble for United||
He did some serious damage to his standing with players and staff last year at Chelsea -- it seemed qualitatively different from his past stops. It may be harder to turn that around than he (and the Man U leadership) thinks.
Gotta feel for Juan Mata -- #10 at Chelsea, then the Chosen One sells him to United -- he establishes himself there and then, well, it will be interesting to see where he ends up.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||You are probably right, but||
You are probably right, and you know more than me about this, but I guess I just think the books are not that hard to write -- the reason the story spun out of control after he blew up the original (trilogy) ending is because it is far too easy for him to churn out chapters.
So I don't see writer's block as being in play. But not giving a shit, as you put it, could fit into it. Having other projects that pay more for less work, too.
The Winds of Winter could be the last book published in the series. HBO is going to stage the finale regardless, and you may be right that after it is completed there will be little incentive for him to finish.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Not just a blueprint||
IIRC, he has said that more than half of the next book is done. The writers were working from finished material up to this point. The books have a sort of pattern -- the first part is where all the loose ends from the previous book are tied up, then everyone heads out to their new adventures. So this episode is that point, the transition where everyone heads out into the unknown.
It wouldn't surprise me at all to learn HBO made a deal to have this season come out before Winds of Winter. I'm not sure I buy the whole story about him not being able to finish it on time -- I'd say it's a win-win -- HBO makes more money from having these "exclusives" while Martin has more time to tinker with the cliffhangers at the end of the next book, which are integral to the start of the final book, which is what HBO really needs from him now -- not the end of Winds of Winter, but the start of the final book.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know||
I think the Waif (the older girl) has got it right, and Arya will leave them, but not until she is one of them.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Doubt||
Doubt the Children are gone -- Meera will need some help getting south. Benjen Stark is the most likely candidate, but the Children could also be involved, especially if he's been living with them all this time.
But it's also possible that was the last of the Children, driven to extinction by their own creation. If so, it (the origin story of the White Walkers and its consequences) is probably a major thread in the next book.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||You answered your own question||
My kids are grown and none of them ever had the slightest interest in playing football, so I can't honestly say what I would have done if they had.
But you answered your own question when you said "this is not about whether or not football is dangerous" ... Bullshit -- this is exactly what your "question" is about -- the politics of the sport. What you are saying, and I agree, is that the only way football can survive is if parents (and fans) get involved and force the game to become safer. But you are saying it in the most tribal way possible. You think someone who is a fan but wouldn't let their kids play is a hypocrite. Why don't you just say that?
Then the answer can be as follows: I'll let my kid play when the sport shows that it gives a damn about safety, and not just lip service. I love the game, and I support the current players, but I want it to become safer. You want my kid to play? You want me to be a fan? Make the game safer. Make the people who coach my kids' team go through a not-a-joke training program and then maintain their certification as the sport evolves. Take this shit seriously. It starts at the top -- the NFL -- the culture has to change. I believe it is changing, but the pressure must be maintained. The only power parents (and fans) have is to set conditions on their participation.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Pass protection||
For me, the biggest worry is questions about the OL/RBs and whether they can give the new QB time to adjust early in the season without being under constant pressure. It's not just about winning -- it's about giving the QB time to build confidence.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
I didn't realize he had played so little this year. Seemed like he played a fair amount last year (during the regular season) ...
I see they have recalled him from the D-league ten [!] times this season:
I guess that's a good sign? They want to get him playing time, but can't do it without sending him down. [Falls into the category of "good problems to have."] But they also want him up-to-speed with the Thunder in case they need him -- so a lot of shuttling back and forth. You don't do that with someone you don't think is useful, right?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Ironic||
Had same question, looked it up.
Used satirically for a meme that has become cliché.
Brian is saying that he is way too old to have any idea if any particular meme is current, but that's not going to stop him.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Wildlings||
The Wildlings stay at the Wall? Nobody understands the threat better than they. I don't really see them involved in taking Winterfell. But probably I'm wrong.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Three remaining, not two||
Bran's direwolf is still out there, right? So there are three left.
I too hope the Rickon thing is a ruse and that was not his direwolf's head. But remember that all this comes from finished material from Martin (the bulk of the sixth book is finished, including all of the first part, where he always wraps up the cliffhangers from the previous book). This feels like something that is covered in detail there.
But I tend to think, against hope, that Rickon's wolf is dead -- so far, the two confirmed dead are those of non-warg Stark children -- Robb and Sansa. It's known Jon and Bran are wargs, and Arya seems like a prime candidate -- her wolf will almost certainly reappear in the books if not the series. But little Rickon is a bit of a wild card, and so we don't know. But he never really felt like a warg to me.
I still think Bolton is destined to be torn apart by a direwolf, or perhaps a pack of wolves/dogs led by the direwolf last seen here:
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Associated Press||
Has confirmed that PSU settled with the 1971 victim, and the court document suggests they also did so with the 1976 victim. PSU hanging its hat on the fact they settled with these accusers and thus that abuse will always be "alleged" without additional criminal proceedings is, well, disingenuous to say the least.
These both seem to be victims who emerged after the end of the 2012 trial. Likely there are more, but it's also possible the assistants who saw whatever they saw in the 1980s did enough that they interrupted Sandusky's grooming process long enough for some of his would-be victims from that period to escape.
But the bottom line is the hashtag should be simple: #JoeLied
I'm not sure where I stand on the Penn State football program, but I will point out that the B1G is in a position not unlike that of PSU's insurers -- there should have been full disclosure when they joined the conference.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Dunno||
I don't know. I mean I always thought maybe he was hanging on because he wanted his son to replace him or something like that. Or maybe it was all about passing Bryant and getting his name on the NCAA title trophy like he did. There was something selfish about it. It never made sense that it was just about love of the program.
No doubt his suppression of this thing was driven by more than just self interest. But he made a terrible mistake as a younger head coach and then repeatedly, every few years, was forced to perpetuate it even as the culture changed and the excuses (ignorance, whatever) he might have once had eroded away -- and the worst thing is the foundation, with Paterno standing by, knowing what he knew, while Sandusky was given access to large numbers of vulnerable youth.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Another thing||
Another thing that makes more sense in this light is Paterno's hanging on in his position of power, way past the point where he should have retired and taken up an emeritus role within the university. There was always something off about that. But now it makes a lot more sense -- he couldn't give up that power because he needed it to maintain control over the thing he had been suppressing for more than 30 years.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Not coincidence||
These look like things dug up by the insurance company's investigators. They have at least 90 million at stake, so unlike Freeh's preliminary work, they had the time, resources, and incentive to dig into the past and find what anyone with actual experience with these kinds of cases likely knew was there.
Frankly, it all makes a lot more sense now. It never really quite added up.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Review from OP||
Okay, after having mused on this with the fire of an OP, here's what I think are the takeaways:
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Right||
I was going to log in to say I thought football recruits who excel at that level are pretty much the opposite -- they work harder with more drive and focus than most, under close scrutiny -- but you hit the nail on the head.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||More or less||
I think in general it is moving toward each company offering its programming, live or otherwise, in a bundle. Or, in this case, two or three of them banding together to offer it all together.
So to get CBS, you'll still need to get their bundle, since they aren't a part of this deal. Not to mention HBO and the like.
Probably their underlying goal is to end the byzantine, localized negotiations that go on for content -- this is a way to bring the cable/fiber companies into line. Once these bundles exist, you'll still be able to get them through your cable/fiber provider, but basically you'll be getting the same thing that someone licensing the bundle directly gets.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||You have plenty of brains||
With excellent focus and a decent work ethic. Your activity here shows that. You have a lot to learn, but the same can be said for us all.
You maybe have some trouble putting yourself into other people's shoes (like John Beilein's, for example), but that's something most people learn to do in their twenties. If not, they become life-long, know-nothing assholes. No way you end up there. So just relax and enjoy the ride.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||The dogs||
I said this above, but I think they carried it through because they wanted to reinforce the point about Ramsay's relationship with his dogs -- they are central to his character, and most of his cruelty involves them -- and of course to train them to do that he has to abuse them.
I'd look for him to be ripped apart by righteous dogs, preferably his own, but I would settle for pissed-off direwolves.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Mmhmm||
I'll say it again (see below) -- Spike will start at Purdue.
He's making a good choice, and Beilein is right in supporting him.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
Purdue is similar to Michigan in that they have one returning point guard and an incoming freshman. Difference is that the returning guy (P.J. Thompson), while ostensibly the starter last year, I guess, isn't the kind of undisputed starter when healthy that Walton is. The incoming freshman (Carsen Edwards) is not bad, but not nearly as ready for B1G play as X is likely to be at Michigan. Spike, if healthy, could easily start at Purdue.
Also, it isn't clear to me which member of the recruiting class WD et al. think should have been told to go elsewhere to make room for Spike to come back (before Dawkins left). Is there some evidence that Spike and JB are not good? I find that very, very unlikely. Maybe they talked about it after Dawkins left, but this is what is best for Spike, simple as that. A no-brainer for Beilien to support it.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||It was justice, in my mind||
If anyone was responsible for Ramsay being what he is, it was his father -- who did nothing to make him pay for his depravity, and instead elevated him, just because he needed a "mad dog," as in:
"If you acquire a reputation as a mad dog you’ll be treated as a mad dog - taken back to be slaughtered for pig feed." [Roose Bolton, moments before said mad dog killed him.]
Too little, too late.
The whole reason they kept the second scene was for the "I am Lord Bolton" line -- it's all just a set up for that, and that's why it didn't work for most people -- the line would have been just as chilling without the build up. I think they kept it because they wanted to remind the audience of the abused dogs which are central to his character -- a good bet Ramsay gets ripped apart by dogs in the end, or perhaps a direwolf.