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What do we suppose is more likely... That the Russians really, truly care who is elected president* or that they're a patsy for those on both sides opposed to Trump? Been playing that "terrorism" jam for too long now, time for some classic rock 😉

*So the Democratic narrative is that the Russians prefer Trump because the Democrats took a hardline on the Crimea thing by doing... Nothing? Or cause they're aching for the global thermonuclear war Trump is allegedly probably more (though not at all) likely to provide?

** I dislike basically everything that comes out of Trump's mouth but he has been startlingly effective at exposing the commonality between establishment Republicans and Democrats. It all really leaves me wanting for an alternate world where we see if Pelosi is siding with Rubio against Sanders.
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What if “Guccifer 2.0” is a hacker that made it look like he was with Russian Intelligence just to stir the pot? 
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Scrolling through my feed, saw +Tony Milano​'s post... Hey, I'm drinking one of those. I raise 😉
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An article sourced from internet complaints, some anonymous... fantastic journalism there.

End result, Costco doesn't care because way more people have Visa than Amex.
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Costco doesn't want you using credit cards any way! They literally would rather you write a check!
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This.
Since when do somewhat-better underlying numbers trump significantly better production over a short playoff, or even in the regular season, in anyone's mind?
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Easy things are easy...

Want the fans to care? Make the players care.

Want the players to care? Change it from a financial disincentive to a financial incentive.

Set aside X millions of dollars devote it to making the players care. First, guarantee next years contract for anyone who gets hurt in the Pro Bowl. Second, put a standard Pro Bowl bonus in every players contract that doesn't count against the cap, say $500k for making it and $500k more for actually playing in it. Then pay $1M each to players who actually play on the winning team. Obviously these numbers are snatched out of thin air, larger ones may be required. If you're worried about where the money comes from, well if the players care the fans will care... if the fans care the gate and the TV ratings will make you lots and lots of money.

You'd also need to fix the selection process, make it a mix of fan vote, media vote, PFF (or something) grades and stats.

Point is, if you're actually I interested in fixing it the basic outline for doing so is very simple... $$$$$.
In very few of the criticisms of the Pro Bowl will you find a mention of Hawaii being a part of the problem. But the Pro Bowl is on the move, reportedly headed to Orlando, Fla.
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What, a vacation to Hawaii isn't enough? 😞😞😞
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I know why many people consider the season a failure and believe me I feel it too. We left points on the table in places we shouldn't have and it cost us, though for perspective it's worth noting this is something that's true of 19 teams every season.

For more perspective, in the preseason:

If I told you that we'd finish ahead of, and a combined 30pts clear of, United, City and Chelsea. You'd have taken it. You'd have reasonably assumed we won the league but you'd still have taken it unqualified.

If I told you we'd finish 2nd behind a team that lost only three games all season and two of them would be to us. Most of you, if you're being honest, would have taken that too coming in, as we did, as 3rd favorites behind Chelsea and City.

If I told you that Chelsea would win 12 league games all season and finish 10th AND that Spurs would collapse down the stretch in historically hilarious fashion. A nontrivial number of you would have taken that combined with us finishing above both even if we were 5th.

Just something to think about...
Arsenal fans have been criticised for celebrating overtaking Tottenham in the table, but in the tribalistic world of football, that's to be expected.
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No one is even fighting, and speaking of entitlement, remember to put the toys back into the pram, Chris 😀
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It's been an unqualified win for me in the ~13 months I've had it and like so many Google products it continues to iterate much faster than the competition.
Thanks to a new deal, Google's meta-network is getting faster and going more places.
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Cause it needs to be repeated, every so often 😀

Personally, I will never love another Viking or another athlete the way I love Randy Moss. Due in large part, I recognize, to the age I was (18, Vikings wise) when he came into my life. As I've aged I've come to understand the criticism and wished he'd have handled some situations differently. But we've all been young, and (realistically) none of us were as good at what we did as he was, so his hubris is, to me, forgivable.

I'd love to live in a world where Zygi bought the team in '98 and spent to win in advance of fleecing the taxpayers for a stadium like he did in '05. Hell, maybe a few $$ makes Marino happen in '00 and 41-donut isn't a thing... or maybe it's worse, because Vikings. But still I'd like to know what'd happen without to '00-04 Vikings without the cheapest coaching staff and defense in the NFL. How different Randy's career might have been...
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In European soccer, you could call the powers that be in England on their bullshit and if your talent merited it have the same paycheck in Spain/Germany/France within 48hrs.
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First, we don't need these asshats making up Super Bowl losses for us. It's 4, not 5.

Second, interesting how they've given up the conventional narrative and are placing AD squarely in his prime.

Third, we don't need anymore positive press expectations just make the inevitable that much worse 😕
Half of the 32 NFL teams have not won a title in the past 25 years. Which ones have the best chances to end their streaks?
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Naturally, my point was that the media often treats him as just a few carries from over the hill and here they implied he has a few years left at the top. Something I'd tend to agree with, the man isn't human.
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This.
Instead of a reality check for the party, it'll be smugness redoubled
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More perspective...

In our 130 year history we've won 13 league titles, or 1 a decade meaning we're within the margin of error where that's concerned and I know the #WengerOut folks don't want to hear it but Arsene's safely ahead of pace (though admittedly far less so than he once was).

On Wenger, I've been an avid sports fan my whole life and I've seen numerous instances of a team getting rid of a very good coach/manager with a notion of performing just a little bit better. It almost always fails, which if you think about it, it kind of has to. There's only two active managers that I'm thoroughly convinced are better than Wenger, Pep and Mou. If we could have had Pep I think we would and that Arsene would have been OK with it. I, like most of you I assume, want absolutely nothing to do with Mou. Various cases can be made for Klopp, Simeone, Ancelotti, Conte or Enrique. But none are clearly superior all things considered and I'd rate it unlikely that those sort are where we'd go for a new manager. Which is to say, be careful what you wish for.

Things I do think are worth wishing for... #KroenkeOut. I'm an American Gooner, Kroenke is running Arsenal like a profit generating American franchise not a profit neutral European Club. City, Chelsea and United routinely spend more on talent than we do. How can fans expect to win every year when this is true?

I'd wager we've slightly outperformed our spending level over the length of the title drought which would seem to be a credit to management. From that perspective, Arsene's problem is not being willing or able to spend competitively with Chelsea, City, United, PSG, Bayern, Madrid and Barca. Some of that is likely his own ego regarding value/development but I believe he'd do it anyways if the owner was more concerned with winning stuff than profit and told him to spend. Kroenke is not. So I'd suggest we focus on the actual problem... not that we can change that either but it'd at least make more sense.
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I'll never forget what an ex arsenal player said when he was watching arsenal get battered by a side in the first half and he went into the rooms at half time to see what Wenger was gonna say to them and how he was gonna motivate them to get them back into the game. And he said Wenger didn't utter one word and was barely seen. When i heard this i fully understood why we don't win trophies anymore. Cos not only do we not have any leaders on the pitch we don't even have a leader off it. This is why we have so many players under perform.Cos it doesn't matter at arsenal no ones gonna say anything. Can't win titles if there's no honesty in the dressing rooms.
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Per Wikipedia... Tampa is the 18th largest metro area, Pittsburgh the 26th. This ain't Chicago, prepare to get owned and have nothing to fall back on.
Amalie Arena has a policy to keep opposing team gear out of select seating during the playoffs. So a Pittsburgh design shop is helping Penguins fans attempt to bypass the rule with a little flare — and sass.
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I would triple dog dare them to tell me that i can't wear my jersey down there! and if they did, the end result would be their teeth getting knocked down their throat!.
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