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  1. 6 points
    Happy 4th Year sober for me and that other thing
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    often NEP thrive on defense. Didn't 5-10 defenders opt out. Last year they were deprived of talent and they never really addressed it. not only did brady walk into Evans, Godwin, Howard, Brate, Ronald jones...but they brought in fournette, a brown and gronk. I am not sure brady has had as many solid options in his career.
  4. 5 points
    So my wife, who's not into sports, always loves the sounds of the game. When I'm watching a game, I'll often hear her chuckling at the things commentators say, like: -The hole closed on him before he could penetrate it. -He came at his blind side and got him from behind. -He's off to the sidelines for a quick blow -It's a game of inches. -That hole was so big, you could drive a truck through it. -When you get down in this area, you gotta just start pounding it. -He's gonna feel that one tomorrow. -He found his tight end. -He has great ball control -He had to stretch to get it in -He gets penetration into the backfield -He blows them off (at the line) -He bangs it in -He could go all the way -He gets it off just in time -He goes deep -He found a hole and slid through it -He pounds it in -He beats them off (the line) -He's got great hands So, which one is your favorite/s? I really like the 2 that I bolded. And Well, Jerry Jones, when being interviewed recently, added his own gem... Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tells @1053thefan yes, he follows what people say about him. Human nature. A friend asked him: "Why in the world do you listen to talk radio? They’re wearing your proverbial butt out." Jerry: "I like pain. I just like to hear it. Just put it in me."
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    I share your concern. Took CEH at 3.2 in high stakes as my RB1. I was enamored by visions of him being a top 3 back. Saw a tweet yesterday: "I've been diagnosed with CEH. It's where I have the RB1 on the top scoring offense in the NFL but don't get any points. Side effects include losing my f*&cking sh*t."
  6. 5 points
    IDK if the jokes on me or what. But until it comes to light, bow down! Ya'll better recognize!!!! 🤣 🤣
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    Sorry, but what is the point of this post?
  8. 5 points
    Keep in mind I am a SME on this topic, and in the top 1% in the nation as voted on by my peers. I say this not to be arrogant or avoid a counter argument or to say anyone is wrong because I'm an "expert", but to stress that I spent 17 years in the field. My replies are not based on stuff flying around social media or the biased media or so-called "news" outlets (e.g., ABC, NBC, Fox, CNN, etc). They are based on my experience and knowledge accumulated over those years studying viruses, social dimensions of a disaster, pharmaceutical intervention and continuity management. There is no hidden agenda outside of providing the honest facts. And this post isn't just a reply to LordOpie; it's for everyone in this thread. If society had let the virus burn out to begin with, we wouldn't have mutations. It would never burn out unless caught within the first 24 hours, and those exposed were placed in quarantine immediately. Even then, I doubt it would. For a virus to "burn out" requires a certain set of attributes. One of those is how infection occurs. Respiratory viruses are quite difficult to control given the nature of transmission. One infected person can expose hundreds simply by walking through a mall. However, a virus like Ebola can "burn out" because of its transmission method. It primarily passes through infected body fluids. This makes it harder to infect larger populations. The reason you see it hit so hard in Africa has to do with the sanitation infrastructure, wastewater infrastructure, and how bodies are handled after they expire. In a first world country, Ebola would have a difficult time spreading around. This virus is one that becomes endemic within a population. As many are aware, this is a coronavirus. And coronavirus is one of five viruses that cause the common cold along with the rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza and parainfluenza. We use the term "flu" colloquially because most of the colds we get hit with come from influenza. The reason why we have seasonal flu / seasonal flu shots is the same reason we see COVID-19 spawning off all these variants. Each year, the flu mutates a lot. It is a sloppy replicator and can make thousands of strains within a single season. And health officials have to guess which strain will become the dominant strains for the upcoming flu season. These strains are what is used in our flu shots. How they do this is relatively simple. During the spring and summer months in the Northern Hemisphere, officials monitor the fall and winter flu in the Southern Hemisphere. They pick the dominant strains, and big spam uses them in the seasonal flu shot. Coronaviruses aren't as sloppy when they mutate. So we see a few different variants. The media, social media, and the average person see these variants and think the worst of it. Here's the thing, once a virus is established in a population, it can become more contagious but rarely becomes more deadly. But keep in mind that is not a hard rule. However, I am somewhat confident that IS the case with this pandemic. So, in my professional opinion, SARs-CoV-2 is now, and forever, part of our society (endemic). It will be just like the flu. Constantly circulating, mutating and requiring seasonal vaccinations. Children weren't at risk to begin with but now they are. Children were always at risk. The initial wave of the pandemic showed that children under the age of 18 made up 8.5% to 9.5% of the cases (depending on the source you check). While there were fewer deaths and more mild cases compared to other age groups, keep in mind that there are far less people on this planet under the age of 18 than over the age of 18. There is a significantly larger population of people infected in the over 18 range which means larger percentages of people coming down with the disease. So, on the surface it looks like kids are less affected by it, that's not really the case. There are many reasons why we are seeing these spikes in children now. I need to call out that I do not know all of them. But what I do know I will share. The primary reason is that during the initial first wave, everyone was home. This limited the circulation of the virus. Adults had a very low chance of bringing it home. As things open back up, we started to see a slight increase in cases across all age groups. It wasn't as severe because people (for the most part) continued with social distancing and wearing masks. Once the vaccines hit and people started getting them, social distancing and mask wearing plummeted, and once in-school classes started last spring, we saw spikes in the disease. This is because of many factors. For one, adults who never received a vaccine, didn't social distance or wear a mask, and/or lied about being vaccinated contracted and brought it home to kids who then went to school and spread it. Now, with 80% of the adult population receiving at least one shot, the virus, much like water, will flow to the lowest point (the path of least resistance) - unvaccinated kids. This is the nature of an infectious agent. To clear up some misconceptions: You can still become infected after receiving the vaccine, or re-infected after already having it. The vaccine is meant to mitigate against severe disease presentation from the vanilla SARs-CoV-2 virus and has the ability to prevent it from taking hold in one's body. Today, if you are exposed to the Polio virus you wouldn't have a chance of spreading it because the virus replication is static. It doesn't really mutate. Therefore the Polio vaccine is pretty ironclad. However, as mentioned above, the coronavirus is somewhat sloppy (though, not nearly as bad as influenza) so it will constantly mutate. You will have some protection from the variants but it will take the body a little long to get it. So you can spread it. Bottom line, the vaccines work, are needed, and should be taken. More on that in a bit. Masks. The standard argument is that masks don't protect a person from the virus. Here's the thing, masks aren't designed to prevent one from catching the virus. Unless you are in a bio-level 4 protection suit, you can still catch the virus through a mask. The issue (I have) is how the anti-mask news media / social media present the argument. Masks are a mitigation, not a preventative measure. If I remember correctly, an unmasked person has a 15% higher chance of contracting the disease. That's pretty significant. Masks are part of an overall systemic approach to reducing one's odds of contracting the virus when added to social distancing, washing hands and getting the vaccine. Masks serve two purposes - 1. Limit the chance for exposure, and 2. Limit someone from spreading it by blocking respiratory droplets entering the air. The virus primarily travels in respiratory droplets. Even store bought or home-made cloth masks do very well against these droplets. So the argument that a virus can easily slip through the gaps in the fibers is not exactly true. The virus by itself, yes. Even then, atomic attraction will pull most of the virions into the fiber. However, the virus doesn't travel through the air by itself. It needs the droplets to do that. Keep in mind I'm only speaking on how it travels through the air since I'm making a point on masks. It can still be caught from surfaces. People who say their freedom is being taken away are flat out wrong. This is a public health crisis and not some debate on constitutional law. The government cannot enforce masks ubiquitously; however, they can when it comes to the government's domain. The vaccines. Oh boy, here we go, right? I'm only going to speak on the two mRNA vaccines since they have the most inaccurate "news" around them. These are not some new vaccines that haven't been tested in the way everyone who is opposed to them may think. The mRNA technology has been around since the 1980s. This technology uses synthetic mRNA that enters our cells, and instructs these cells to produce a protein. This is normal cellular function. The mRNA leaves our systems within 24 hours. It does NOT alter our genetic make-up. Once it leaves our systems, our cells stop producing the protein assigned to it. The only thing that was new to them was the synthetic mRNA that was built to produce the spike protein on the virus. In 2010, BioNTech, Pfizer and Moderna began working on mRNA based treatments. When the pandemic hit, all they needed to do was pivot from the existing synthetic mRNA they were testing to the COVID-19 one. This is why it seemed to develop so fast. But in reality, this is 30 years in the making. That being said, these vaccines are the first to be successful. The mRNA technology has been successfully used in other biotech applications other than vaccines. All vaccines, medical procedures, surgeries, etc carry risk with them. None are 100% safe. As far as these go, my professional and personal opinion is that these are safe. There will always be a small percentage that experience negative effects. So using those numbers to push an agenda that the vaccines are dangerous is, at a minimum, disingenuous. I say all of this as someone who did have an adverse reaction related to the Moderna vaccine. After I received my second shot on April 3, 2021, I was rushed to the ER roughly 8 hours later. My heart went into afib. The top half of my heart was beating rapidly (200 times a minute) while the bottom half was just quivering as it tried to catch up. It was a strange and disturbing sensation to say the least but it didn't hurt. I could feel it in my chest and stomach. Not enough blood was circulating in my body so I kept fainting. After an hour in the ER my heart reverted to normal rhythm. They released me and I made an appointment with a cardiologist. He is now part of my normal doctor visits. As time ticks by, I experience it less and less but still need to remain on blood thinners to prevent strokes. Apparently, blood can pool in the chambers of the heart and begin clotting while in afib. Once normal rhythm returns, the heart can eject the blood clots causing strokes or pulmonary embolism. Turns out, the vaccine itself didn't do this. The vaccine had put a strain on my system after the first shot. And I do remember having a few instances at night of my heart racing while trying to sleep. Once the second shot hit my system, it placed more stress on my system. Turns out, I have (since birth) defects with all of my valves, and because I have high blood pressure (that is treated btw), my left ventricle is slightly larger and the chamber walls thicker. Both of these heart problems combined with the strain on my system triggered the severe afib. My cardiologist believes I've had afib issues for a while now, but because they were mild in presentation I didn't feel or notice them. But the vaccine helped identify these issues. So now, I'm scheduled for an ablation later on this month to prevent future episodes of afib, and we will talk about when I need open heart surgery for the valves. After all of that, I still champion these vaccines. My girlfriend works for one of the two companies making the mRNA. She has taught me so much about Big spam. I'm less cynical about them.
  9. 5 points
    If you find a certain thread annoying; how about not clicking on it instead of begging people to moderate the forums more? The heavy handed moderating is how the board died many years ago.
  10. 5 points
    Articles of interest... https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20210712/what-to-know-about-covid-delta-variant https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/pediatric-hcp.html The facts are these, if you are not wearing a protective mask, practicing all the safety measures, you can spread covid and contract covid. The unvaccinated more so than those who have had the vaccine. However, those who are vaccinated can spread the virus. We are seeing this with the Delta variant. Children who are 22% of the US population, are now 14.3% of all new cases of covid. A year ago it was only 3% of all new cases. Of the children who have covid and are hospitalized, 1-3 go to the ICU...which is the same as adults. Opinion: Once schools start...there will be a hugh spike in children contracting the disease, and of those hospitalized, many will be in the ICU and unfortunately many of those will not make it. No doubt, with all the infection now in this country a new variant will develop out of the US...most new variants are normally worse than the virus it came from...CDC is doing the best that they can disseminating correct information. The problem is people's behavior. The virus will find new hosts to propagate more infection, it's what it does, and if people don't want to behave in ways that could stop the spread, then the virus will continue to infect and spread and get worse. Our hospitals will become overwhelmed, as they are right now, and the fatigue our doctors and nurses and medical field are experiencing, there will not be enough workers to help all those who need it. We are experiencing that right here in Central Oregon and we are not a very big area...Urgent Care facilities are actually shutting down because they don't have the staff. Advise - PLEASE get vaccinated. If not, then please follow the mitigating guidelines to not spread the virus or become infected. It's on ALL of us to do whatever it takes to stop the spread.
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  12. 5 points
    Thanks for your post. I wish everyone had this view. It’s a risk either way. Respect my decision and I’ll respect yours! Sounds like the basics this country was founded on. I like it. More people need to adopt this attitude.
  13. 5 points
    I don't have any input on Buffalo receivers but regarding the tangential discussion, getting the vaccine is simply a decision of risks vs benefits. I'm one of the "long haul" Covid survivors. My cough lasted 18 weeks and my heart rate went from a baseline of 70 to 110-120's. After a few months I was exercising again but my heart rate would run in the 180's, which is theoretically impossible at my age (upper 40's). It wasn't Covid, it was my bodies reaction to it. Many other younger to middle aged males had similar issue's. We all seem to recover about 4-6 months later although I'm now the most out of shape I've ever been. I am a physician and I didn't get the vaccine. I'm worried about kicking off the inflammatory cascade that took me from the best shape of my life (except for my military days) to the worst shape of me life. I had a recent scare with an exposure and reconsidered but ultimately decided against it. That said, just about everybody I know has had the vaccine and in the region in which I live the majority of people have had it. We've seen our hospital case numbers plumet since it began being administered. So I'm gambling that I'll avoid another exposure. I still wear an N95 mask at work. Had I not had Covid, I would absolutely get the vaccine. There are side effects and complications dotting literature but so far, they are no where near as bad as the virus itself. Be careful with sources, most of what been published so far is non-peer reviewed garbage. But, in the end it's a personal decision. If you don't want to get it, fine. Just understand that it's a gamble either way.
  14. 5 points
    Really? No personal responsibility for your actions? No awareness of your addictions. The most available drug, is the only one that can cause death by stopping cold Turkey. Honestly, he is a grown man, who has been problem free (at least, no media reporting) for almost 15 years, and likely fell off the wagon (like so many others) with too much time on their hands during covid. One of the largest growing groups of alcoholics is retirees. Without outside interests the 1st drink is no longer after work, it starts a 4, then 3, .. He needs help, blaming others isn't going to solve this or help him. It's all on him. I wish him good luck, and hope he has some support, he will need it. I'd be surprised if he only looses his job.
  15. 5 points
    Lots of newbies trying to claim OG status in this thread.....
  16. 5 points
    Didn't they make the 49ers play with a bunch of starters out with covid a few weeks ago?
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  18. 4 points
    Thanks Karen. It's good to see that you're still as miserable as ever.
  19. 4 points
    FFS you two are worse than kindergartners how do you not have each other on ignore yet just do it and leave the rest of us out of your idiocy.
  20. 4 points
    There are no friends in fantasy football.