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Nonsense and Non Sequiturs

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Blue Bolt, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Pumpkin Bolt

    Pumpkin Bolt Zin me!

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    Or maybe I am just messing with you!



    Oh, I would never do that! :sneaky:
     
  2. Lance19

    Lance19 BoltTalker

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    Hey Jack. Personally, I wouldn't ask "WHY?" if a guy "returned back to the Ravers for the same amount or less."
    It's the most common and sensible approach. Would you pick up your life, uproot your family, move thousands
    of miles, leave the fans that have learned to like you and begin learning a new system, at 33...
    for no gain? (or an insignificant raise?). Most people respond to incentives in a pretty self-interested
    and predictable way...looks like McKinnie was too. This little NFL.com piece reinforces my feeling
    that Telescopo was right to not get into a bidding war for this particular personality.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap10...ant-mckinnie-baltimore-ravens-strike-contract

    p.s.: Acee says "Very good chance" Chargers land McKinnie...Ian Rapoport says negotiations "never got off the ground"...makes me re-examine my view of KA as omniscient man-god. :tdown:
     
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  3. Pumpkin Bolt

    Pumpkin Bolt Zin me!

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    Oh, Lance a player made a decisions that was best for himself and his family? :tup:
     
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  4. Lance19

    Lance19 BoltTalker

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    Well...it's principally selfish behavior (in the more benign, 'invisible hand' sense)...exactly what an economist expects.

    (Offer a man $100 across town, or $100 across the street, and see which he chooses)
     
  5. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    2012 Ravens training camp footage........ line coach attempts to motivate Bryant McKinnie to practice:

     
  6. X FACTOR

    X FACTOR In for Life.........

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    Morning guys........ sick day for me today.
     
  7. Charger Dave

    Charger Dave Back to the Alethiometer..

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    I KNEW IT! The man had "Down Under" written on that jaw-line of his!
    San Diego Chargers quarterback Mike Hermann was born in Australia

    MIKE Hermann is the biggest secret in Australian sport.

    On Wednesday, the 23-year-old became the first Australian quarterback to crack the NFL, signing a two-year-deal with the San Diego Chargers.

    It was a milestone moment everyone in Australia missed - except for his extended family living in Sydney.

    He has no memories of his home country, having moved with his father to Miami, Florida, just after his second birthday. He has never come back to these shores.

    He does not know Australia, but he loves it.

    His pride at carrying an Australian birth certificate next to an American passport stems from a very real longing to connect with what he knows second-hand of his first home.

    "Australia is obviously known for rugby and cricket and other sports, so to be the first NFL quarterback out of Australia is an incredible honour," Hermann told The Daily Telegraph.

    "When I tell people my background, I always start by telling them that I was born in Sydney.
    "It's something I'm very proud of. I wish I could have more contact and more of a relationship with my Australian roots and background, but unfortunately it's not an easy trip to make and it's quite expensive.

    "I hope I pave the way in a sense for more Australian athletes to start expanding their boundaries. I hope I can make an impact."

    Fortunately, we've only missed the first - albeit incredibly dramatic - chapter of Hermann's journey from a maternity ward in a Paddington hospital to the big time of American sport.
    At 196cm and 115kg it is the first time Hermann has gone unnoticed.

    He has always stood out.

    It's why 28 NFL scouts made the journey to see him trial for the league's draft earlier this year.
    It was a level of attention unheard of for a player coming from an NCAA Division III university.
    You see, it just doesn't happen. NFL quarterbacks do not come from Division III schools like Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with 5000 students in Troy, upstate New York.

    "The odds are 1 per cent of 1 per cent," Hermann's agent Jeffrey Dobin says. "What Mike has done is truly incredible."

    His road to get there is equally as astounding.

    Hermann's parents never married, ending their relationship before he and his father, Roy, moved to the US.

    A year later they got a phone call out of the blue to tell them Mike's mother, Diane Brooking, from New Zealand, had been killed in a car accident at the age of 29.

    He spent his childhood moving up and down the US east coast as his father looked for work.

    Sport was one of their closest bonds, but the arguments and demands that came with it were part of the reason their relationship eventually broke down while Mike was a sophomore in high school.

    The arguments escalated to the point where they were "on the verge of killing each other" after his father was diagnosed with a debilitating form of dementia.

    Mike moved away from his father and moved in with his uncle Steve and aunt Estelle.
    Before the move, putting food on the table was a struggle. Their water, power and gas were regularly cut for overdue bills.

    Having the money to afford a holiday in Australia was laughable.

    Not anymore. Signing a two-year contract in one of the world's richest sporting leagues has changed that.

    "I never had an opportunity to make it back because of the financial position my Dad and I were in," Hermann said.

    "Now that I'm hopefully making some money, I can make it back as soon as possible. I'd love to one day be a big name guy going back to the home country, you know. I'd love to be warmly welcomed when I come back.

    "I'm going to try and make a name for myself when I come back."

    He left with nothing but will return a star - no longer the best kept secret in Australian sport.
     
  8. Stallion1994

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    Afternoon, everyone.

    A bit slow today.
     
  9. jackfrost

    jackfrost Well-Known Member

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    Well, that should suit you right down to the ground then Stanly ....... Maybe you'll be able to decipher something written here for a change ...... ;)

    I'll be back shortly to comment on the "new AUSSIE QB" ....... Long night/day and Jackies in desperate need of a mocha or two to get the heart started here presently...... Can you say "struggling" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. Blitzy

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    We shall be waiting with bated breath! :poop:
     
  11. Pumpkin Bolt

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  12. jackfrost

    jackfrost Well-Known Member

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    Well I believe I did "just that", about 25 years back Lance, albeit at the ripe of age of 28, not 33.

    So I guess my answer would be "YES" Lancelot and let me tell you, it certainly wasn't about making dollars either.

    If that wasnt tough enough, she stopped putting out once the ring went on as well, so needless to say we had to give her the "Ol' Heave Ho" rather quickly. ;)

    Can't say I'm that concerned either way about McKinnie, lets admit it, we Charger fans are definetely a little gunshy after the Marshmellow and Big Lazy debarcle's, so I'm not surprised or upset they didn't sell the Murph to get this guy.
     
  13. Lance19

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    My bad... :p

    It was supposed to say:

    "Would a thinking person pick up their life, uproot their family, move thousands
    of miles, leave the fans that have learned to like them and begin learning a new system, at 33...
    for no gain? (or an insignificant raise?). :D
     
  14. X FACTOR

    X FACTOR In for Life.........

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    For those who know me, prob. not many here, tomorrow starts a new life for me.
    Going to start some intensive counseling, to help get me **** straight finally. If you do not know me that well , please disregard and carry on. Wish me luck Jack, alot hangs in the balance for sure.
     
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  15. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    I hope things work out as you envision X.

    Best wishes.
     
  16. Lance19

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    Dude, I have no idea what the nature of the issues you're talking about is, but you're always
    one of the nicer Charger fans here, and I'm sure everyone here offers you their very best wishes.
    Do whatever you gotta do. Good luck. :tup:
     
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  17. jackfrost

    jackfrost Well-Known Member

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    Well, its only taken me 24 hours, but as they say, "All good things take time" !!! ;)

    So it seems this kid has some Maori ancestry going by that pic, so that would definetely explain his size.

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    At 6' 6", 260, he'd be tough to bring down I bet ........................be interesting to see what pans out for him.

    Sounds about right that the Aussies would be "claiming" him now that he's made a name for himself.

    The media down here are renowned for that ....... :rolleyes:
     
  18. jackfrost

    jackfrost Well-Known Member

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    Now you've covered your arse well ...............

    Thinking was never my greatest attribute. ;)
     
  19. jackfrost

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    Good to hear Buddy, you can do it.

    We'll be waiting to hear about a good outcome mate. :tup:
     
  20. jackfrost

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    Getting the same response our Coaches got out of Marshmellow Man and the Big Lazy by the look of that.

    Classic stuff.
     
  21. jackfrost

    jackfrost Well-Known Member

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    You do have a nasty, dark side, don't you !!!!! :D
     
  22. Stallion1994

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    I never knew it was something you were even capable of.
     
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    Then.... and now ;)
    [​IMG]
     
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    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    If you liked that, then you may enjoy this.......

    Corgi vs Spoon:
     
  25. jackfrost

    jackfrost Well-Known Member

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    Had that exact Walkman and thats about it ..................... I have no idea what a few of those items even are. :confused:

    They obviously become obsolete rather quickly though I'm guessing.
     
  26. jackfrost

    jackfrost Well-Known Member

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    That makes 2 of us then ....... :cool:
     
  27. Stallion1994

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    I have no idea what you're talking about :D
     
  28. jackfrost

    jackfrost Well-Known Member

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    Amazing what can keep one occupied for hours on end, isn't it.
     
  29. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    Well, starting left to right, we have the original Apple Newton (an early personal assistant tablet device). Then, a camcorder. In the middle, an early Apple laptop, and below it are a watch, and a pager. To the right of them, is one of the early cellular telephones, a Polaroid camera, and finally a Sony Walkman cassette player.

    Somehow, I think you are familiar with more than just one of those items. ;)
     
  30. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    With that puppy, it's a spoon........ with you, it's your navel. :laugh:
     
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