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  1. No need for me to make picks, this. Interestingly enough, the Redskins technically aren't dogs, they're actually 1 point favorites. GB has really struggled and deteriorated down the stretch.
  2. To answer the question, Phil posts daily updates on what he is playing and the Patreon status. As of last night, it is clear that processing has not been completed. As for the bickering, it needs to stop.
  3. Week 17 has arrived, here are a cluster of divisional match-ups to close off the regular season! NYJ @ BUF (NYJ -3) NE @ MIA (NE -10) NO @ ATL (ATL -5.5) BAL @ CIN (CIN -9.5) PIT @ CLE (PIT -10.5) JAX @ HOU (HOU -6.5) TEN @ IND (Even) WSH @ DAL (DAL -4) PHI @ NYG (NYG -5.5) DET @ CHI (DET -1) TB @ CAR (CAR -10) OAK @ KC (KC -7) SD @ DEN (DEN -10) SEA @ ARI (ARI -6.5) STL @ SF (STL -3.5) MIN @ GB (GB -3)
  4. What is done with all of your LootCrate items after the unboxing? Neat for a video, but I can see many items being pretty useless.
  5. 80-96 Week 16 SD @ OAK (OAK -5) NE @ NYJ (NE -3) WSH @ PHI (PHI -3) HOU @ TEN (Even) CLE @ KC (KC -11) IND @ MIA (MIA -2.5) SF @ DET (DET -9) DAL @ BUF (BUF -6) CHI @ TB (TB -3) CAR @ ATL (CAR -7) PIT @ BAL (PIT -10) JAX @ NO (NO -3.5) STL @ SEA (SEA -13) GB @ ARI (ARI -4.5) NYG @ MIN (MIN -5.5) CIN @ DEN (DEN -3)
  6. The Beckham appeal hearing just recently got out. We should know more tonight, where I will then give my thoughts. Early sources are saying the suspension was overturned, which I have trouble seeing. ESPN false reports were corrected, and Beckham was suspended, of course. I think one game is enough, as it is somewhat similar to the Talib eye jab. Given his talent, I will accept his apology and just move on. Players cannot be acting like that on the field, but the talent often overshadows behavior.
  7. This topic has already been addressed multiple times, as early as one week ago. I have not watched the Week In Preview, but I am certain everyone understands the situation. The second Rock Band marathon is a Patreon Milestone goal. This time, there is an added incentive to contribute because you are given the opportunity to suggest songs. The goal has been reached. The event will happen. For the talking in circles, sure, maybe the WIP could be more concise. This is not the way to get the message across, however. I hope this relieves any lingering confusion.
  8. As someone who has not played a fighting game before, Phil's videos in the past account for the majority of my exposure to the genre. Even though I do not play the games myself, I love competition, and you do not have to look very far for fighters. I haven't had the opportunity to check out this most recent footage yet, but I may get around to it at some point. Videos in the past influenced me to pre-order SFV on Amazon for the beta months back (only to immediately cancel and get the beta for free). Unfortunately, the first beta did not work, and the newer versions launched at bad times where I never had the chance to try them out.
  9. 8-8 for last week, now 69-91 Week 15 TB @ STL (STL -2.5) NYJ @ DAL (NYJ -3) CHI @ MIN (MIN -5.5) ATL @ JAX (JAX -3) HOU @ IND (Even) CAR @ NYG (CAR -5.5) TEN @ NE (NE -14) BUF @ WSH (BUF -1) KC @ BAL (KC -7.5) CLE @ SEA (SEA -14.5) GB @ OAK (GB -3) DEN @ PIT (PIT -6.5) MIA @ SD (SD -2) CIN @ SF (CIN -4.5) ARI @ PHI (ARI -3.5) DET @ NO (NO -3) EDIT: Sunday at 10:45am, making some last minute adjustments. Switched TEN to NE and MIA to SD.
  10. A few basic, but witty or catchy names. I think keeping things short and simple would be best. While not all of the words' definitions literally capture what the content on the channel will be, the hook is all that really matters in my opinion. Last name on the list is a play on Phil once calling himself the crusader for the common gamer. (Players/Peoples)Pundit SaltySoapBox BURNELL GamersDigest GamerCrusader
  11. Disgaea 5 WWE 2K16 Cities: Skylines Mortal Kombat Splatoon Project CARS MLB 15: The Show Until Dawn
  12. The nothingness may not be 30 minutes, but it is over 10 minutes, and then the pre-stream. Just uploading the stream probably saves a significant amount of time, and then it comes down to the risk/reward relationship. While one would think having dead air to start the video would deter viewers, I am not really sure if that is the case. Phil started this upload style in April, and views are actually the same if not better for the more recent podcasts that feature dead air at the start. While this POV is completely different than whether or not this method is professional or acceptable, I leave that up to the discretion of the uploader. Apparently, it is acceptable enough. Obviously, having the dead air cut would yield a 'better' video, that I will not argue.
  13. Finally had a solid week, going 10-6 with my picks, moving me to 61-83. WEEK 14 MIN @ ARI (ARI -10.5) NE @ HOU (NE -3) BUF @ PHI (BUF -1) SF @ CLE (CLE -1) DET @ STL (DET -2.5) NO @ TB (TB -3.5) TEN @ NYJ (NYJ -7) PIT @ CIN (CIN -3) IND @ JAX (Even) SD @ KC (KC -10) WSH @ CHI (CHI -3) ATL @ CAR (CAR -7.5) SEA @ BAL (SEA -6) OAK @ DEN (DEN -7.5) DAL @ GB (GB -7) NYG @ MIA (NYG -1.5)
  14. Complete lack of poise should have cost the Detroit Lions in their first match up against Green Bay. Once again, their inability to close out games and making dumb plays caught up to them. Huge impact play for gamblers, both the line and over/under.
  15. 61-83 WEEK 13 PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS BEGIN I see this being a huge week for visiting teams. GB @ DET (GB -3) Green Bay needs to quickly take the division back while it is still in reach, and enact revenge on the Detroit Lions. NYJ @ NYG (NYJ -2) Everyone in the NFC East wants to lose the division. This match-up should be a good one, and could go either way. A Jets win creates a more dramatic narrative moving forward. ARI @ STL (ARI -6) Every now in then Arizona is not firing on all cylinders. Last week's performance was not pretty, but got the job done. I see a much stronger outing this week. ATL @ TB (TB -1) Atlanta is in free fall and Tampa was on the rise. This game will end the loser, and give the other some hope. As much as a soft team Atlanta is, Tampa is not ready to be relevant. SEA @ MIN (Even) A Vikings loss, Seattle win, and Packers win will start to put the NFC playoff structure back in order. By years end, the seeding should be Carolina, Arizona, Green Bay, NY Giants, Seattle, Minnesota. The Seattle defense is not the same, but their offensive production stepped up big time last week. HOU @ BUF (BUF -3) Every game counts now for both of these teams. While I personally don't give Buffalo a shot at the playoffs, statistically they have a slight chance. The Houston defense may be enough to anchor down a playoff spot, and with New England next week, this is a big game for Houston. BAL @ MIA (MIA -4) Miami is mentally dead and Baltimore is physically dead. When two teams collide with nothing to play for, anything could happen. I see a disaster of a game, Miami should be able to air it out and earn the win in an ugly shootout. CIN @ CLE (CIN -9.5) A Patriots loss last week gives Cincinnati false hope in earning the #1 seed. This team is going to choke one, if not two games away down the stretch. Determining when is the hard part. I'm guessing the Bungles hold on this week, but fall to Pittsburgh in a key Wild Card game next week, barring any serious injuries. JAX @ TEN (TEN -2.5) These teams just played, and my thoughts have not really changed. Tennessee doesn't like to win at home, either. Taking the Jags by default, these team's seasons are over. SF @ CHI (CHI -7) The Bears are red hot, but the 49ers aren't as embarrassing as they were earlier, either. I think there is a pipe dream mentality in Chicago that the Bears could miraculously sneak into the playoffs. I will throw them a win here, because it'd be an interesting subplot to follow, and put some extra pressure on Minnesota. DEN @ SD (DEN -4) Big divisional game for the Broncos, as they try and hold on to top tier AFC seeding. I think Denver's defense will take care of this game, and Osweiler can be a game manager. However, I do not think Denver can run the table through Wk 17 with Osweiler at helm. They are bound to drop a game, especially given a pretty tricky schedule down the stretch. KC @ OAK (KC -3) Oakland and KC have two key match ups left this season. If the Black & Silver want a chance at the playoffs, I think they'll have to take both games. Kansas City is too hot right now, and should end Oakland's hopes, and beef up their own Wild Card record. CAR @ NO (CAR -7) New Orleans defense is a disaster, and Carolina is on a roll. I think the Saints have a chance to keep it a ball game, but Carolina should win by more than 7, pulling away in the second half. While I do not see the Panthers going undefeated, their schedule is easy enough where it is a possibility. PHI @ NE (NE -10) They say the Eagles are dead, that they have given up. They've given up about eight thousand points this past month, but as a Patriots fan, I do not want a blowout. I want the Pats to go full survival mode. Take the lead, play the clock, keep things safe. I do not see the Eagles winning this game, but at -10, I will reluctantly take them. IND @ PIT (PIT -7) Much like above, I do not see Pittsburgh losing this game, but I have to give Indianapolis credit. Hasselbeck has been effective enough to pile up some wins. The Colts division is no longer a cake walk with Houston on their heels. However, Pittsburgh is at home, and desperately need the win for a playoff spot. DAL @ WSH (WSH -4.5) The Redskins are leading the most pathetic division in the NFL. I am rooting for a dumpster fire to the end, and a Skins loss would feed the fire. Washington does not deserve to be in the playoffs, period. Picking Dallas to win a crapshoot of a game. BONUS DEC 3 Playoff Tree Projections This will be fun to look at when I am completely wrong. Please note that although I am biased, it is also a realistic outcome. AFC NFC 1. NE 1. CAR 2. DEN 2. ARI 3. CIN 3. GB 4. IND 4. NYG ----------------------------------- 5. PIT 5. SEA 6. KC 6. MIN WILD CARD WEEKEND KC @ CIN PIT @ IND MIN GB SEA @ NYG DIVISIONAL WEEKEND KC @ NE IND @ DEN NYG @ CAR GB @ ARI AFCCG IND @ NE NFCCG ARI @ CAR SUPER BOWL 50, SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA Arizona Cardinals VS New England Patriots
  16. Strange to see that after so many years, the Eastern Conference has more teams .500 or better than the Western Conference. It is probably due to the West cannibalizing itself, and will even out over time, but it is refreshing to see a team needs a record above .500 to make it into the playoff structure. Previously, teams were sneaking in with roughly 40 wins, which pretty much ruins the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics (7) were seeded against the Cavaliers (2) last year. The fact that they even got that far with a 40-42 record is disappointing for the league. I do not thinks are getting much better, but I see more of a balance this year, other than Golden State, of course.
  17. Happy Thanksgiving, here is an abbreviated summary of my picks this week PHI @ DET (DET -2) CAR @ DAL (DAL -1.5) CHI @ GB (GB -9) MIN @ ATL (Even) STL @ CIN (CIN -10) TB @ IND (IND -3) SD @ JAX (JAX -4) BUF @ KC (KC -7) MIA @ NYJ (NYJ -3) OAK @ TEN (Even) NYG @ WSH (NYG -2.5) ARI @ SF (ARI -11.5) PIT @ SEA (SEA -3.5) NE @ DEN (NE -3) BAL @ CLE (CLE -2.5)
  18. Over 50 quests completed, but only 2 main quests. It is safe to say the side content has reeled me into the world. The scope of these kinds of games make you want to overlook the small negatives. I dislike a few minor tweaks, but it really hasn't mattered for me, yet. At this rate, looks like I may be purchasing a season pass.
  19. After an insane past week, I drop to a lowly 48-67, but the picks must go on for my quest to .500 has become a daunting task with only 7 weeks to go. I am putting a lot of thought and effort into this week, hoping to recover. WEEK 11 TEN @ JAX (JAX -3) I like how the Titans defense kept them alive for most of the game against Carolina this week, but I am not convinced that they can score. The Jaguars have been able to put up some solid numbers every now and then, and I see them putting enough up as to where Tennessee cannot catch up. DEN @ CHI (DEN -3) With the Broncos dropping two and with the Bears winning two, it'd be easy to take Chicago, especially given the Manning situation. However, Aqib Talib returns to the Denver defense, which I think is enough to win the game. DAL @ MIA (MIA -1) Cowboys fans have been waiting weeks for Tony Romo to return and save their season. However, there is clearly something else wrong with the team to have lost 7 straight. While I like Tony Romo, I don't think he is the magic fix. The team should be playing better, and they will fall short in Miami. OAK @ DET (Even) Detroit came out of an ugly win in Green Bay, showcasing the team's inability to close out games. The Raiders have a purpose, as they're right in the wild card hunt. Derek Carr should have his way, Raiders roll. IND @ ATL (ATL -4) The Falcons have had some embarrassing losses, and they need to get back on track. The Colts are now without Andrew Luck, and division rivals are actually creeping up. A Colts loss paired with a Jaguars win would make the AFC South interesting for once. Atlanta has the fire power to do it and are at home, no excuses. STL @ BAL (Even) Another marginal loss for the Ravens last week that was a result of a missed call by the officials. The team is not as bad as their record shows, and it must be very frustrating for fans as the season is lost. I am taking the Ravens because the Rams are too inconsistent, and the game is in Baltimore. Tough selection, but the Ravens should be able to finally figure it out. WSH @ CAR (CAR -7.5) Kirk Cousins has been playing well, and Carolina has allowed teams to make things close. I am not saying the Panthers are going to lose, but I think Washington is possibly capable of making things a football game. It would great to see another undefeated team fall, although unlikely. TB @ PHI (PHI -7) Philadelphia blew a golden opportunity last week, making every game count now. Tampa Bay is not quite there yet, but it looks like they may be building a little something in the long run. Eagles. NYJ @ HOU (NYJ -2.5) I am not putting stock into the Texans because they beat the Bengals. I also do not trust the Jets, either, as they've been playing poorly. With T.J. Yates quarterbacking, I give the Jets the slim advantage. KC @ SD (KC -3) A month ago, both of these teams were dead. Now, KC woke up, while SD is still on the ground, dead. While I think it may be too late, a Kansas City win would get them back in the hunt. GB @ MIN (Even) The Packers have to take the division back. Their offensive struggles have been scary, and the Vikings are surpassing expectations. While much improved, I do not think Minny is ready to take the next step forward. SF @ SEA (SEA -10) Seattle needs to cut it out with the poor play. It looks as if they might have to settle for a wild card if Arizona keeps it up. This is a must-win for a talented roster. CIN @ ARI (ARI -2.5) The wheels came off for Cincinnati last week, and at a terrible time (awesome time). Heading into Arizona after a terrible performance is going to lead to compounding mistakes. I pray for two Bengal losses in a row, giving the Patriots some breathing room for the #1 seed in the playoffs. BUF @ NE (NE -7.5) With Edelman out, the team is not going to be as effective. That is a fact I am going to have to accept. However, There are enough offensive weapons that remain that should suffice. An optimist would say this is the opportunity for new WR targets to emerge, entering the Brady Circle of Trust. While I think the struggle will be real, the Patriots are getting back some much needed help on the O-line. I do not think Buffalo can win in New England.
  20. Manning may have the foot injury, but that does not account for four interceptions. Denver already announced they're sitting him and playing Osweiler this upcoming week against the Bears. As someone who loves to see Peyton Manning fail, given the Brady/Manning rivalry, this is just sad. The NFL is not better off without Peyton, and his ability to throw the ball has fallen off a cliff, which started halfway through the season last year. If you watch him throw, it is not pretty when forced to throw deep down the field. It looks like he's throwing a watermelon, and has to get the thing so high up in the air just to reach the target... making for easy interceptions. I can still see Manning being successful, but he is going to need rest, a much more reliable run game, and rely on his high football IQ to overcome the physical issues that comes with age. Excellent decision by Kubiak to sit Manning this week, but what happens if Osweiler plays very well, with New England the following week. Who starts then? I hope this predicament surfaces after next Sunday.
  21. Wish I could enjoy the big win, but Julian Edelman broke his foot, and is lucky if he returns for the playoffs. 9-0, Next Man Up
  22. May be alone with this opinion, but that all sounds cumbersome. It seems like there are so many topics, almost every project/event this year is going to be mentioned. In the past, I enjoyed the year end series because I didn't know what games would crack the list, and I could personally "root" for the games I enjoyed as well. It left a desire to watch the next part. With this set up, I can pretty much already predict what is going where, even if I haven't watched playthroughs in full. While what is outlined seems to be a great summary of 2015, I am unsure if that is what people want to see. If it were me compiling the information, I'd just focus on the Top 10, Bottom 10, and Funniest Moments. Also, the Christmas Special, but I find that very different than the others and doesn't really impact their effectiveness.
  23. I thought the uniforms were pretty good, but saw a lot of hate on Twitter, calling them a distraction and Christmas colors. Also, apparently Red-green colorblind viewers had some serious problems watching the game, which was far more common (apparently 8% of men) than I would have thought. I think the uni's would have been better with the throwback logos on the helmets. Also, didn't really like the Buffalo jersey as it was a near copy of the old Pats throwbacks. Also, get ready for more next week, with a very strange Jaguars gold. I'm going to see how these actually look on TV, could be awesome or awful.
  24. Topic has been moved to Playthroughs.
  25. Thought I would be good at picking games, turns out it is not so easy as I am now 43-58 with the lines. Vegas knows what they're doing. My goal is to be .500 by the end of the regular season. WEEK 10 BUF @ NYJ (NYJ -2.5) Rex Ryan has issues winning games back to back. Playing his old team should be fun tonight, especially if he loses. JAX @ BAL (BAL -5.5) Baltimore's season may be over, but they're at home with the Jags in town. They'll show up and win the game. DET @ GB (GB -13) Detroit has been Green Bay's punching bag at Lambeau for years, and the Pack need a bounce back win. MIA @ PHI (PHI -7) Miami was supposed to be reinvigorated under Dan Campbell. If they drop three in a row, that proves otherwise. They should at least make it a close game. CLE @ PIT (PIT -4.5) Crucial game for Pittsburgh as they need to hang on to their wild card spot. I see them holding Cleveland off, but not by a blowout. CHI @ STL (STL -7.5) Last time I doubted the Rams, they proved me wrong, so they best wallop the Bears. DAL @ TB (TB -1) If Dallas has any chance, this is an absolute must win to get back in the divisional race. I see the NFC being shook up a bit. CAR @ TEN (CAR -5) I severely underrated the Panthers, and do not think the Titans are anywhere near good enough to win. NO @ WSH (Even) Saints have been having shootouts, regardless if they win or lose. I do not think the Redskins can keep up and it'll be an uphill battle the entire time. MIN @ OAK (OAK -3) I'm rooting for Oakland to make the playoffs and praying they get to play (and beat) the Bengals. After a close loss last week, I am taking the Black and Silver. KC @ DEN (DEN -7) Despite losing, Denver is still a very good team, especially at home. The Chiefs came up short at home, and I think that was their only shot at beating the Broncos this year. NE @ NYG (NE -8) These games are always close, I think the Pats can squeeze it out but I'm predicting only by 7. ARI @ SEA (SEA -3) Measuring stick game for the Cardinals. I'd like to think they're an NFC contender, so this should be a great match. However, I am still high on Seattle despite their record. Arizona is going to have to earn it. HOU @ CIN (CIN -12) Dalton is my fantasy QB this Monday, so the Bengals better hang 30+ on these clowns.
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