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  1. 2018 NFL Offseason

    Decided to watch some reaction compilations from the big moments of the playoffs, and when one clip showed a young Saints fan (about 13-ish years old? I think) screaming after the Minneapolis Miracle I thought, "You're OK kid, your team won the SB just a couple years ago" Until I realized "a couple years ago" is actually 8, that SB XLIV happened a little more than a month into this decade, that this decade will be over in 1 year 11 months, and that kid was probably 5-ish years old in 2010 and might not even remember that game clearly if at all. I'm in my early 20s. This is just gonna get more and more common with longer stretches of time for me as time goes on, isn't it?
  2. My Hockey Jersey is too Small!

    Have you tried Hare Krishna?
  3. Fun With Flags!!!!

    How about something a little atypical: a history of the flags of a fictional micronation Having been a concept/idea of some kind ever since I was in elementary school, in 6th grade or so I established "Peytonia," a sprawling nation, population 1, with territories including my bedroom at my parents' house, the spare room in that same house, an unofficial claim of Marie Byrd Land in Antarctica, and a similarly unofficial claim of a swath of land on Mars north of Valles Marineris. I've passively on-and-off stuck with it ever since, even if more of an idea than a physical entity. That includes drawing up flags and symbolism! There used to be MS Paint files of all of the early flags and symbols, but those have been lost to the sands of time, so the 2010-11 and 2013-14 are crudely drawn approximations. The 2012 one is actually someone made for me in high school which I still have, so I dug it out and took a picture. As a basic rundown of each: 2010-11: My family refers to me as "Bug" which is a nickname nobody has any idea where it came from, and nobody outside my immediate family calls me by. So I decided to use the bug (specifically an abstracted beetle kind of one?) as my first concrete national symbol. Like I said, the original of this flag is long gone, so I recreated it from memory. It drove my crazy trying to remember whether I had a black bug or a gray or gold bug, and the black and red may be reversed, but you get the idea. Imagine the crude thrown-together approximation here, but even crappier and more compressed and you get the idea. At this point, Peytonia was no particular government, but best described as a monarchy. Perhaps the strong black and red coupled with self-referential icon of its founder reflect that. 2012-2014: at this time, Peytonia was a "Constitutional Monarchy" and I decided to revitalize the flag accordingly. Yellow was introduced as a national color, and the bug went to the wayside, replaced with the "Giraffe" seal (giraffes are one of my favorite animals, though sadly no giraffes are native to Peytonia), with the checkerboard royal shield, flanked by branch and sword, representing growth and power. The flag shown here was by a high school friend based on my design, she definitely idealized the branch from its original idea whereas I genuinely just imagined it representing the weeds that grow outside in the yard of the house (really). The old English lettering spells "Peytonia" and while hard to see that's supposed to be roman numerals representing the year I was born (not telling that, but I absolutely butchered the numbering and had no idea how it worked so its wrong and barely readable anyway). 2013-2014: I got into the Beatles, became quite an idealistic Micronation leader, and the flag transitioned accordingly. While the previous flag still hung up on my bedroom wall, I designed a totally different kind of flag and symbol. The giraffe was eventually retired as a symbol. Light blue canton coupled with the plain white field symbolized peace. I also began writing music at this time, so the new symbol reflected it: a music note coupled with a peace sign. In all a very weird time symbolism wise for Peytonia, which became a Republic and is still to this day (I even wrote a two-page constitution in 2014). 2017: after shelving my duties as leader and sole citizen of Peytonia for a while, I decided to revisit it once again and give it a simple, clean, unique flag. I reincorporated red and yellow, and the yellow and blue stripes have thinner/more spread out dimensions than most tricolors (I based it off of the flag of Crimea). Early variations had no "~P~" at all, but I decided to add it later to fill the white which looked emptier than a normal tricolor since the top and bottom stripes are wider apart. Blue still represents peace as well as good will, and the gold now represents good and fruitful living. As a bonus, I included an updated sketch of the national seal that I did during some downtime at work the other day. Since the flag is simplified, I decided to incorporate the classic symbols of Peytonia back into the national identity by way of its seal. The bug is stamped at the bottom, while the shield is flanked by the giraffes. The same "~P~" appears here for continuity with the flag. The proper roman numeral "MMX" appears as well in the banners reading "Est." and "MMX" to represent the proper naming and founding of Peytonia in 2010.
  4. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Not sure how the current Pats run is a "soft" dynasty that's somehow less of a dynasty than those other dynasties. Basically, what you have here with New England is a long stretch of success like the 49ers, except instead of starting out in 1981 with Walsh and Montana and ending in 1994 with Seifert and Young, its all been under the same coach and quarterback AND they have three more appearances to boot. It's almost like the Belichick/Brady Pats are a double dynasty, with two runs where they made it three out of four SBs, winning all three times the first go round 2001-2004 and coming darn close to doing it again this go round 2014-2017, with the 2007 (16-0 perfect regular season, an unequaled feat in the 16-game season era even if they lost the SB) and 2011 appearances coming in between the two of them. Love them or hate them there's just nothing else comparable to their success.
  5. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Exactly. Their dominance as a dynasty is reflected in how close and down-to-the-wire their three SB losses are and just how excellent the teams that beat them those three times had to play just to edge them out. Even then those teams had to get some timely breaks and, more importantly, completely capitalize on them 100% of the time to make them mean anything. 41-33 being their "worst" deficit of defeat is wild. If this somehow ends up being the last SB appearance Brady/Belichick and Co. make as a dynasty, even in defeat it's a last hurrah for the books that plenty of franchises would kill just to get even close to it.
  6. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Do we still have any idea why Malcolm Butler was benched? Granted this game was an astronomically weird offensive throw-down on steroids all over the scoreboard, yardage, records, etc., but I can't help but wonder if he could've made a difference in that for NE's favor. Surely after the defense got burned with long passes and TDs Belichick would've put him back in if he thought that he could or should.
  7. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Congrats Eagles! The underdogs get their day in the sun after all. The 2001-Pres. Brady-Belichick Patriots are, purely on rings, conference and divisional titles, the most dominant dynasty in NFL history. Only two QBs can say they slayed that beast on the biggest stage of all: Eli Manning X2 and...Nick Foles? Unreal.
  8. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    Smart move going down after that huge catch when he could've possibly darted for the end zone. Avoided the mistake the Cardinals made 9 years ago i.e. scoring their go-ahead TD on a big yard pass leaving way too much time left.
  9. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    If I'm Philly, I'm eating every second of the clock I can, basically a "get in FG range but MUST get a TD if at all possible" deal. If you can't stop Brady, just don't give him the ball at all. But can they keep up a drive picking and plunking their way 4-5 yards at a time?
  10. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    No way Eagles win if they can't even touch Brady, much less if they go all game with no sacks. He'll run the Pats up and down the field and answer every point they throw on the board at them and then some if they don't.
  11. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    I stand corrected! Edit: also NFL still can't define what a catch is, though. A carbon copy of that catch could be called overturned any day.
  12. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    The NFL can't define what a catch is. That looks like it's possibly not a completed catch. Upholding the TD would hurt the Patriots. Is it safe to say it's getting overturned?
  13. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    I'm loving these missed extra points, failed 2 point try and missed FG because they make for weird final scores. They're the bread and butter of Scorigami:
  14. 2017 NFL Season: Then there were Two

    That's the kind of hit they'll show footage of in 100 years when full-contact football is extinct to illustrate why it went extinct.