Instant Hippo Thoughts – Divisional Sabado, #NuAIDS Season

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I hope all y’all are well, and staying sane-ish. [Why give up on madness now, when it’s brought me this far?]

Saturday gave us the two fixtures that I cared most to watch.  As usual, the NFL playoffs did a great job of confounding pre-kickoff expectations.  I had zero faith in Baby Buster [Jared Goff] who overall threw pretty well, especially given the conditions and his broke-ass THROWING hand thumb.  But I had absolute faith in Aaron Donald and the RRRRRRRRRRAM IT!! defensing unit, especially with starting LT David Bakhtiari out.

A.A. Ron [Rodgers] and Bay of Green tore them a new asshole, except when Lazard was dropping easy TD catches.

In fact, it was the PACKERS’ front seven that turned the tide, pressuring Buster into his shell on both key Q4 possessions (first, down 7 and with momentum, then down 14 and needing an immediate reaction).

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Sometimes, a picture says it all.  After a meek 4th and 14 capitulation, GB churned out first down after first down, bleeding the clock completely dry.  As they say in Lesser Footy commentary – a professional job, done.  32-18, and the NFC title runs through Lambeau fo sho. [Troof. Legitimately afraid of them in the Super Bowl]

Which leaves us with a Ratbirds invasion of WNY.  Pray for Rev. Mayhem’s liver. [Joke’s on you. I went with wings and ether- aka the North Tonawanda Twister]

First half…again, played against expectations.  By being a mutual derp-fest. [Yeah, a bit]  The placement kickers went a combined 2-for-5 (including back-to-back doinks – Hail Sha(‘)nk(‘)hor – by DFO’s second-favoUrite serial kicker, Justin Tucker), and that’s all the scoring we got.  3-3, but with Lamar! looking like maybe he had his mojo back on the final Q2 drive.

But BUF started Q3 with a 7-minute TD drive, and BAL countered with the same…except that Lamar!’s 3rd and goal TD pass…went the other way.  [WOOOOOOOOOOOO! 101 YARDS!] Give the Bills Mafia defense credit – they shut down the Ratbirds run game cold, and turned Lamar! into a pocket passer.  Then knocked him out of the game.  And it was Brokeback [Josh Fuckin’ Allen] who had the 2nd half mojo.  Stefon Diggs was pretty much unstoppable, too.  [DIGGSTOWN, BITCHES!] One expects a massive test in KC next weekend, but #ThePauls have defied expectations plenty this season. [I am…cautiously optimistic either way] Anyway, this fucker ended 17-3.  Tyler Huntley did look better than he had any plausible reason to, so there’s a BAL positive. [Troof II: Cruise Contol]

Enjoy this morning’s fine sampler of Lesser Footy (Knifey v Spurs, 9a on NBCSN, followed by Peacock doubleheader that I will have access to, but likely not watch), but nap strategically.  We starts like 90 minutes earlier on Divisional Sunday.

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Reclusive, vulgar Broncos fan. Also a proud fookin' Evertonian. Likely dropped on my head repeatedly as a small child. [Insert George Carlin quote followed by thoughtful nod.]
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bk109

Btw, isn’t it time for one of you fine deep cover Illuminati Ancient Alien Lizards to kickstart the first game thread?

scotchnaut

It’s called “the refresh button”.

bk109

Good attempt at deflection there, but it wasn’t there when I asked… And I have all the proof I can fake to prove it! 😀
Edit: So, now tell us – as a confirmed Deep State operative, can you tell us why… WHY is there fuck all good on telly of late?! HMMMM!?!??

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BrettFavresColonoscopy

If I’d known the game was starting so late I would have kept hibernating

TheRevanchist

I’m wrapping things up and trying not to miss my team taking the Browns, putting them in a brown paper bag, lighting said paper bag on fire on someone’s porch, ringing the doorbell, and running away before the person answers said doorbell.

The person that doorbell belongs to: Baker Mayfield.

Dunstan

I didn’t know the stadium he lives in had a doorbell and a porch!

bk109

Funny, this kinda reminds me of a couple of things the Yinzers were saying last week…

bk109

Btw, any suggestions for naming the two puppies (in case someone’s wondering they’re a Tevuren/Groenendael mix) ? One is almost certainly gonna be called Wal (for Wallonia), but the other’s still TBA

bk109

Why would one want a cat, let alone more than one? :p

bk109

Only good use for a cat is as a silencer

bk109

You shouldn’t worry about the tanks – they’re totally demilitirized (plus, 125mm ammo isn’t exactly easy to buy) … the .40S&W on my hip, the other stuff in the cabinet OR my

Gumbygirl

My boy has a middle initial. Meet Henry J.

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Dunstan

If you’re going to call one “Wal,” why not go with Waldorf and Statler?

bk109

Don’t get the reference and I do kinda want something Belgium-related to reflect their breed 😀

Game Time Decision

Its a “Muppets” reference. They are the grumpy old men in the balcony

bk109

Ah, that’d explain it – I’ve never watched the muppets as a kid, nor did my kids ever get interested in them

Doktor Zymm

The obvious would be Flanders

bk109

Yeah, that’s my standby – that or “Dale” for Passchendaele (both the song and the battle)

BrettFavresColonoscopy

Duchesse?

Doktor Zymm

Wasn’t Hercule Poirot Belgian? Is either of the puppies a fictional detective?

bk109

And we have a winner, Hercule fits well! (Especially given that I’m currently watching the pup sniffing around my desk looking for clues where I hid the beef jerky 😀

Brick Meathook

Fido

Viva La Tabula Raza

Fideaux

TheRevanchist

It’s a dog so you can have fun with the name.

Beaker
Tank
Coach
Bailey Jay

Whatever name gives you comfort.

BrettFavresColonoscopy

And all those names work whether the dog is a boy or a girl

Game Time Decision

Doggy McDogFace

Obvs

Viva La Tabula Raza

If they’re siblings, maybe Wallachia? Of course, their shortened nicknames would be the same so it might generate confusion. Also, wrong end of Europe. Never mind.

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litre_cola

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been detained by Russian police at passport control after flying back to Russia from Germany for the first time since being poisoned last summer, Reuters reports.

Vladdy does not fuck around.

bk109

And nothing of value was lost, because Navalny’s a literal non-entity (in the grand scheme of things) in Russia, despite his valiantly retarded antics. Seriously, the biggest proof one can see that it wasn’t Ole Vlad trying to kill that joker is that he’s still breathing, lol unlike… Litvinenko (lead coffin) or Nemtsov (gunned down in front of the Kremlin). In fact, the only person with something to gain with this alleged poisoning was Navalny himself (aka basically pulling a slightly less bitchboi version of the Jussie Smollett maneuver)

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litre_cola

All very true. Like you said if Vlad wanted him dead, he would be dead.

bk109

Yep, I’m not saying Vlad and the Flunky Bunch aren’t capable of killing someone, quite the opposite in fact. I’m just saying that it doesn’t fit, because Russians are a bit more pragmatic than what people assume and don’t kill just for the evulz.
ie – Litvinenko (and the way he was killed) fit rather well, because it wasn’t just the fact that they removed a threat, they did it in a way to send a message that you don’t fuck with Russia/Putin unless you want to risk dying in a world of hurt and in a way that can’t be stopped by even world-class doctors
Nemtsov – quite the same – threat gone AND in a way to warn that “nowhere is safe and not even billions can save your arse”
Also, both are done in a way that’s attributable to the Kremlin, but afaik nothing’s been actually concretely proven (because of the methods used)
Otoh – Skripal and Navalny? Doesn’t fit, ’cause the utility of killing either isn’t there, it’s done in a method that’s inconsistent (and traceable as fuck) back to Russia and especially the former is literally pointless as you gained fuck all by a successful hit, but risked significant blowback if you fucked up

Ironically, one the most effective ways to off Navalny (who was flying at the time) ironically would’ve been a syringe full of air, which’d have thrown a bloodclot (an actual know problem when flying) and given that Shirtless Vlad’s tight control of the country, a coroner would’ve conveniently missed the injection mark and … voillez “natural causes” that don’t show up on a toxicology screen 😀

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Gumbygirl

Significant blowback from Trump?

bk109

Trump has other problems… like finding a non-extradition country’s embassy willing to take his calls 😀
In fact, I’m pretty sure that the West in general will whinge for a bit (to save face), but do fuckall else, ’cause Navalny was causing them more headaches in Germany than in lockup in Russia (if anything, he’s actually worth more as a very much ded martyr than as a opposition leader)

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Gumbygirl

I read that New York is going to lay 67 felony charges on his dumb ass on Thursday. Let it be so!

bk109

That’s why I’ve got a bet going with the wife that he’s actually gonna bolt early and actually no-show the inauguration 😀 We’ve also got a side bet on where he’d land (I’ve taken the Phillipines and North Korea), she assumes Saudis or UAE (basically the “Idi Amin” package) 😀

Gumbygirl

Kingdom of Saud. They like flashy tacky gold stuff, just like him.

bk109

More trouble than it’s worth for them, plus unlike Idi Amin, he can’t actually pay cash for the service 😀

rockingdog

found a funny:

billionaire: we’re all in this together

everyone: you lost money too?

billionaire: haha no i am somehow richer

Brick Meathook
Viva La Tabula Raza

Head coach Jets, Robert Saleh. First Muslim HC ever.

Dunstan

I dunno, there’s a questionable history of Muslims with Jets in New York.

Viva La Tabula Raza

Banner-worthy?

bk109

Too soon for that, tbh

Btw, speaking of Jets and New York, I was talking to an architect buddy of mine about the twin towers’s design … and when I send him this pick \/ , he almost shat a brick
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In case someone is wondering, a building shouldn’t be nearly as see-through as this

Doktor Zymm

That’s not from construction??

bk109

After construction, before the lightweight partitioning for the floorspace got installed from what I’ve heard. These lads (and scottish-muslim, transsexual engineer-o-lawyer… not being sarcastic, she self-identifies as such) made for a better explanation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7Qop_64qqk

I’ll copy a rather apt description from reddit about the tower’s construction and from the vid I linked to, they pointed out how little margin for error (or extra loads) those lightweight floors had so much so, that when the building started falling – the outer walls remained intact for a bit, all the while floors were pancaking

And there lies the flaw that brought the towers down – their huge, sprawling floor spaces. The towers were made with a central strong core reinforced only by the concrete exterior. Breaking that exterior weakened the building immensely, and once one part failed there was not enough redundant support and the whole thing failed catastrophically.

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Brick Meathook

There was no concrete exterior anywhere. It was all steel, and (relatively) lightweight.

bk109

Yup and given the questionable quality of the fire-retardant coating on the steel frame (also covered in that YT clip I linked to), it’s a bloody miracle the buildings lasted that long. What I don’t get is why no one ever considered outfitting the buildings with helipads for evacuating people post ’93, where the risks of having one (imho) were vastly outweighed by the potential utility (just imagine what good even a couple of CH-53’s outta McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst could’ve done

Don T

And fury
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bk109

lol, only thing Navalny shows is how retarded the West is when it comes to picking its “partners” in Russia and also how little critical thinking happens in the Western mind, when the classic “OHNO, it’s the Russkies” mindset gets into play 😀
Edit: Here are a couple of questions no one seems to’ve asked nor answered with regards to this alleged poisoning

  1. If it happened at all, why would the Russians allow this guy safe passage to Germany, where his bloodwork would show shit be wrong?
  2. If they wanted to kill him with poison, why would they pick basically the only one that spells with big neon-lit letters “WE DID IT” ?
  3. If they wanted to kill such a non-entity, why would they risk something as ineffective as the Schroedinger’s poison that’s Novichok (It’s amusing as fuck how one poison can be both one of the worst things since Jedward! and yet conveniently doesn’t kill its actual targets) and not just whack him? After all, “crime” is bad enough in Russia, that that Putin critic got killed in full view of the Kremlin…
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bk109

Heh, I actually missed this in the BBC article which illustrates one of my points:

In December, Mr Putin argued that Alexei Navalny was a nobody and anyway, he actually laughed, if Russian security forces had wanted him dead, they’d have finished the job.

Viva La Tabula Raza

Needs more fury.

Doktor Zymm

Man, I walked a lot and drank a lot yesterday (nawt simultaneously). That was the first time this year I’ve been properly drunk, so very considerate of Ballsitchmore to play like poop while I was sleepies after walking back to the hotel. Now have coffee and french toast, but not drinking during today’s bouts as I’m headed up Mauna Kea tonight

Doktor Zymm

Mmm, coconut syrup is very coconutty

ballsofsteelandfury

You are up very early on vacation!

Doktor Zymm

I’m trying to roughly stay on west coast time, plus the morning is a good time to do outdoors stuff!

rockingdog

Wut
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BrettFavresColonoscopy

I’m more concerned about the nipple placement

Viva La Tabula Raza

Squint your eyes and he looks like a fat Hitler.comment image?width=1200&height=645

Gumbygirl

He has crazy eyes. They should probably dig up his basement.

Gumbygirl

Stryper, that’s a good one!

Brick Meathook

If you enjoyed the video from last night of the BMW engine being assembled by robots with rarely a human in sight, Mercedes AMG takes the complete opposite approach:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx0UHvkR_qY

bk109

Looks impressive, clean and efficient, doesn’t it? … Too bad that they neglect to show how dirty and unhealthy the inital casting process actually is (unfortunately I’ve seen behind the curtain at a couple of Linamar factories and it’s about as ugly as a wonky Kebab places’ kitchen)

Luckily (for VAG), that doesn’t stop me from buying their stuff… Then again, if me doing my own maintenance on the 4.2 V8’s engine hasn’t stopped me, nothing bloodywill 😀comment image

Viva La Tabula Raza

I’ve rebuilt a number of small block and big block Chevy V-8s, as well as a number of VW flat fours, but not in over 20 years. I just can’t comprehend the complexity of these newer engines.

bk109

I can help with that – basically imagine your worst mechanical nightmare (lots of moving parts and with zilch in terms of margin for error) …and add enough electronics everywhere to make even the smallest tasks a real :bleep:er 😀

Still better than the W12, which is basically 2 V6 only slightly less complex than ^ glued together and driving a single shaft 😀

Viva La Tabula Raza

When I look at that stuff, I imagine it’s like what Otto Lilienthal would think when presented with a Pratt & Whitney J75 or a Saturn booster.

bk109

Given that both are actually closer to his time than to ours, I bet that he’d go with “Nice, and what did you do the next 70 years?” 😀
Btw, it’s amusing how it took humanity less time to go fromcomment image

to
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than it took for the latter to finally leave active service (it got retired in 2020 by the JASDF, but it’s still flying strong with the Greek, Turks, ROK and Iran)

ballsofsteelandfury

It only has a winglet on one side in the rear??

bk109

… uh, no, it has symmetrical tailplanes if that’s what yer asking, it’s just the perspective. But as this is the F-4 Phantom II, aerodynamics would probably be unaffected in the slightest (as this plane’s jokingly referred as the proof that big enough engines make anything fly well :D)
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ballsofsteelandfury

That’s one hell of a perspective. I can’t see the other one and the angle looks extremely weird. It makes sense it should have two, though.

bk109