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BoD Sunday NFL Thread

After going 3-2 last week I am now 34-35-1 on the season. Here are my picks for today:

Cleveland +5 at Carolina
Miami -4.5 vs. Minnesota
Baltimore -6.5 at Houston
Atlanta +5.5 at New Orleans
Dallas -3.5 vs. Indianapolis

Comments

  1. Gonna be LOTS of close games today.

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  2. For someone who gets endlessly mocked, Jim Caldwell deserves a ton of credit for getting the Lions in the playoffs.

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  3. Jonas Grey - Good pickup for today?

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  4. Odell Beckam as Rookie of the Year? Bah.


    Mike Evans in Tampa.

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  5. ESPN has him projected at 10 points. Jets gave the Pats fits earlier this year. It's a toss-up.

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  6. Stranger in the AlpsDecember 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Christmas shopping done, nothing on TV, may as well just see what it's like to smoke Chia Pet shavings.

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  7. I swear WWE is trying to make me mad. My subscription expires and the day of they start putting up Prime Time episodes. I re-sub and they've put up two more since. PUT EM ALL UP DAMMIT!!!!

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  8. I hope they add the ones from 1990-91. Excellent stuff before they revamped.

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  9. I chickened out and only ordered a large pizza and 30 chicken poppers from Papa John's. Still a sweet deal at 50% off.

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  10. What's the chickening out part concerning?

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  11. Haha, I just got an upvote from the Dark Knight Rises spoiler thread from two years ago.


    Timely!

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  12. The football games look terrible in my market.


    Ravens at Texans, Falcons at Saints.

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  13. I was going to order 60 wings when the Caps scored 4 goals and won.

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  14. Of course. I'm a man. I'm (almost) 40!

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  15. At that rate, you're not gonna last till 41, dude!

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  16. These guys make it seem really tough to couchgate.

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  17. It would take all day. I'm not an animal.

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  18. Got some good games in the desert...PIT/KC, DET/CHI, IND/DAL.

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  19. Up 18-0 in the BoD Fantasy Football Semi's. Who should I start at Flex: Bernard, Steadman Bailey, or Martavis Bryant

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  20. Do people who play shit like WoW really sound like Fallon and Timberlake in that iphone commercial?

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  21. http://www.fantasypros.com/nfl/start/

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  22. Polls close today, so catch up if you haven't. Duran Duran and their fans got their votes in!

    http://placetobenation.com/ptbns-greatest-song-of-the-90s-tournament-pool-round-one-group-ii/

    https://mobile.twitter.com/duranduran/status/546477750857768962

    https://twitter.com/duranduran/status/546534940440268800

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  23. According to this site, Bernard is the best choice.

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  24. I just went back and upvoted it upon reading this. Because.....reasons.

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  25. Any readers here? I'm finishing up a novel and would like some recommendations. Any genre is fine as I like all kinds of stories.

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  26. You really are a gentleman among thugs.

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  27. Smarties joke book.


    ......I liked it.

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  28. Can you share with us an excerpt?

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  29. Which prehistoric animal liked hide and seek?


    A dino-saw-ya!


    (It's a FUNNY JOKE)

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  30. I started Bernard and Bailey and left Bryant on the bench.

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  31. I'm a real gentleman's gentleman.

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  32. You get all my upvotes.

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  33. Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course in Brain Surgery

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  34. Yeah. I thought that was the worst hire this offseason too.

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  35. Can't wait to watch Jimmy Claussen die on the field today. Fuck Marc Trestman.

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  36. And a DAMN FINE one at that, sir.

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  37. Well, you're not Johnny Jam Boogie, but you're not really Johnny Football either. You're more like Johnny Party in Vegas and Throw Interceptions.

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  38. I read a LOT. My favorite author of anything is Alan Moore. I know comic fans seem to dislike him, but I always feel his stories have incredible structure, fully realized characters, and are just plain fun. (Watchmen, first two League of Extraordinary Gentelemen volumes)

    I'm also a huge fan of Dave Eggers. His stories are meh, but he develops characters better than anyone else I've read whose still alive. (The Circle, Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius)

    Thomas Pynchon is one of the most rewarding authors I've ever read. His books are full of symbolism, meaning, and humor of you're really willing to dig. (Mason & Dixon, Gravity's Rainbow)

    Alexander Dumas infused his novels with the quick dialogue found in plays and could always write a shit ton of drama. (Count of Monte Cristo, Three Muskateers)

    And Mark Twain was just all around awesome. He could do it all, but his best gift was just observing American life.

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  39. Aside from the Bears getting murdered by Detroit. And that makes me, well, want to wait for next season, I guess?

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  40. I tried that Fritos pizza the other night because I just can't believe it's real. They ran out of Fritos and used tortilla chips instead. So, maybe it's like Bigfoot? It doesn't actually exist and is just in bad footage?

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  41. Two of three, PPR


    Herron
    Vereen
    F-Jax


    Have Vereen on bench right now

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  42. Like the cereal?

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  43. Blount is out for the game and Spiller is back for BUF. I'd start Herron the other two are a tossup

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  44. I kind of like Vereen with Edelman out but F-Jax is getting a lot of touches and Oakland sucks hard.

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  45. No Blount, Edelman, or Arrington for the Pats.

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  46. Just benched Bernard for Martavis Bryant

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  47. Oakland is awful.

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  48. Are they playing the Jets? They'll be fine.

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  49. Connolly is also out for the Pats and he is a good run blocking guard.

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  50. If I went with Vereen it would be more for potential receptions out of the backfield, which he has torched the Jets with before.

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  51. Aikman looks like shit! How can they let him on camera looking like that?

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  52. True. Yeah, I'd go Vereen

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  53. I'm gonna stick with Boom and F-Jax, I always burn myself with last minute changes.

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  54. Kids today and their gadgets and doohickies. Why can't they be a grown man and put down a second mortgage on some overpriced jewelry?

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  55. I flipped-flopped Bernard and Martavis Bryant five times in the last ten minutes. Sticking with Bryant. Ben does a lot better at home then on the road.

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  56. They can bench Brady and have the cheerleaders play on defense and they'll still be fine against the Jets.

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  57. That's right. The recession, the housing crisis is over and we need to keep the economy moving.

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  58. Mitch, The GodfatherDecember 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Ike Taylor better step his game up today.

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  59. I don't care for the silliness of the pregame shows usually, but the Christmas Carol bit where Rob Riggle and Jon Lotivz just FLAMED the Cowboys was fucking fantastic. Set to "Oh Come all Ye Faithful:"


    "You think Romo won't fail you.
    You hope that he won't fail you.
    DEEP DOWN YOU KNOW HE'LL FAIL YOU.
    You know, you're not that good."

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  60. Percy Harvin sucks.

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  61. Back to back 1 yard runs for the Jets

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  62. Sounds awful. And you still seem bitter.

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  63. Is this Eagles/Cowboys fans stuff?

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  64. Mitch, The GodfatherDecember 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Deep pass.

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  65. Sooooooooooo many jewelry commercials during football. That and ones for a Lexus. No-one gets a Lexus for Christmas.

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  66. That is not how you block

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  67. Rich people do

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  68. The Eagles aren't good.


    But the Cowboys aren't great. They'll get knocked out by any of the Seahawks, Cardians or Lions. Whoever winds up the #6 seed.

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  69. Martavis looks like a good start so far.

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  70. It's going to be ugly. Can we just figure out how to reanimate Papa Bear?

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  71. No, I think it's Cowboys/the rest of the world stuff.

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  72. CEOs think since they've got a shitload of money that people who actually work for a living have been doing just as well. They are of course incorrect.

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  73. Pretty much. A team that constantly gets over because of having a large fanbase. See also: Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Lakers. By hook or by crook, the leagues want these teams doing well. The Cowboys having a "miracle" playoff run wouldn't shock anyone.

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  74. Nothing to watch on TV? HBO to the rescue.


    Game of Thrones season 4 marathon. Woot.

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  75. The way the Fox guys were laughing their asses off over it, I don't think people are expecting the Cowboys to do much. They are taking advantage of a week division.

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  76. Bret dropped the belt to Bulldog at SummerSlam '92, then HBK took it from Bulldog. They could have still had Bret vs. Shawn at Survivor Series for the IC belt, maybe even a series of matches. Just have Savage as champ, beating Flair at Rumble '93 to send him packing back to WCW. Bret can win the Rumble to continue his rise to main event status. Savage can put Bret over at Wrestlemania 9 with Hogan vs. Yoko as a special attraction.

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  77. True, but the WWE Network has both. Theoretically anyone who can view on-demand Netflix content should be able to view on-demand WWE Network content. If the word out there was a couple million subscribers had tried the Network and given up because they weren't able to view the live stream then I think we'd have heard that and there'd be no question or debate.

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  78. That would have been cool, because when Flair resurfaces in WCW you can run a series with Bret anyway

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  79. Interesting thought. Explain?

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  80. You know I love you but I'm in too deep!

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  81. Exactly. The on demand stuff on the network streams fine. But the live PPVs are the selling point and they don't work for everyone. Hell, they freeze up at least once or twice a show for me and my internet is fast as hell

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  82. Which isn't as big as you think it is.

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  83. I would get the Network, but I have no idea how much it costs.


    I wish they'd tell us.

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  84. And no ice packs, either.

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  85. MikeyMike, JuggernautDecember 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    That's it lol. It doesn't even have it's own set anymore.

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  86. I believe he got the deal in 1992 along with 4 other wrestlers.

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  87. Yes, it's an issue, but I don't think it's an overwhelming one. If it was, would WWE have been giving away a Roku Streaming Stick to subscribers if their own data showed them that people don't have the necessary bandwidth to use it?

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  88. What? How? Because an internet wrestling site said it would happen? :)

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  89. Sometimes it's easier (and always definitely shorter) to just type "you're right."

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  90. The sky is blue.

    That has nothing to do with what you posted. Now just respond I'm right and shit the fuck up.

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  91. What's great about that story is when you watch Rumble 1996, you can clearly see his eyebrows had just been shaved a few days prior.

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  92. Eh, the Raw where Rock and Hogan faced off for the first time had Perfect getting squashed by Kane in seconds after cutting a drunken promo in the ring.

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  93. You are missing a key point. WWE fans represent, at best, 2% of the US population (3-6 million out of 350 million). If we assume a similar proportion of Netflix subscribers would be interested in the network, you are looking at roughly 750,000, which is surprisingly close to what they have.

    Lots of people, even young folks, are not tech savvy. Netflix also has significant hardware installs on Smart TV's - the WWE requires a potential customer to download it's app to their streaming device - another "hurdle" for some.

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  94. It is if their target is a million.

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  95. Which all makes my one point--that broadband isn't the stumbling block we wrestling fans have been grasping as the explanation for low subscribers. It's way more than that.

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  96. So that makes 100,000 wrestling fans that are absolutely stupid.

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  97. Another knock on the network is how bad the stream was during some of the PPV's. It certainly wasn't anywhere near as good as the HD experience I would get ordering it through cable. I would stream through my PS3 and would often times have a frozen picture or need to restart the show altogether. No thank you.

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  98. Ice packs are over huge now and I missed the catalyst.

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  99. I agree. I think a "Loser Leaves RAW for 30/60/90/whatever days" stip would actually be pretty effective.

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  100. That's why WWE was pretty smart with their Roku offer, because the Network runs beautifully on it.

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  101. They don't need to go back, but they could charge for the PPVs separately - just over the network. In germany, the PPVs are today only available over a platform which is similar to Netflix BUT you have to pay 15 to 20 € for the PPVs, while RAW and SD are free if you pay the regular subscription.

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  102. Are you saying you would rather pay $55 for the ppv than $10 for the ppv plus x?

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  103. Still doesn't mean it was anymore of a guaranteed that he would show up for sure. And again, how many casuals even heard about the random rumor that Sting was gonna show up? If it was a show with no strong angle going for it, that'd be one thing, but the main event was built up to feel like a big deal.

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  104. Maybe, but the possibility of seeing The Authority ostracized from power for good was enough to intrigue a lot of people, I'd imagine.

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  105. I've never had that problem. Id suggest your Internet might have something to do with it.

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  106. You have to download Netflix as well.

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  107. No - it comes preloaded on many Smart TV's and streaming devices.

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  108. Comparing WWE Network to Netflix is faulty, though. Netflix promotes itself far far better. My TV remote has a bright red NETFLIX button, while I need a Roku/PS3/PC to get WWE.

    Any and all 'hurdles' like this are severe, and as I've said from the beginning, I'd suspect a large percentage of rasslin' fans (skews old, poor and dumb) are completely baffled whenever WWE mentions the network on TV.

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  109. Note the phrase "certain devices"

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  110. While I see your point with Hennig, he was hardly the only one who left when things were supposed to be going good. Madusa was WWF Women's champ when she left (which while not stellar was bigger than what she did in WCW), Rick Rude was part of DX and Mike Rotunda was supposed to be getting, if you believe the sheets at the time, a job backstage as part of his retirement (although I suppose it could have been one of those fun forced retirements).


    I'm sure there are plenty more who did fit your description (Luger, Waltman to name two), but it was a little varied

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  111. Madusa was women's champion, but it's not like WWF cared about Alundra or the belt at the time.

    Rude was a manager in DX, so not really a big deal. His only screen time was basically saying cut the music. Rude only considered getting back into the ring again when he was in WCW, but I'm sure had Rude considered getting back into the WWF ring again then Vince would have given him a main event push.

    And working backstage as an agent isn't much of a big deal. Frighteningly enough, I think WWF have the same amount of agents as active wrestlers on their roster.

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  112. Funnily enough, I was similarly SHOCKED when I heard Guerrero was the WWF champion in 04. I'd been away from the product since HHH's reign of terror started, and it astounded me so much I started choking on the Pepsi I was drinking.

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  113. Scott do you find it is a beneficial business model for you, personally?

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  114. Only 33k were from North America, so yeah. It's pretty reasonable to expect that the majority of those 33k buys were from folks without access to broadband.

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  115. Agreed. He was already getting jobbed out and basically only wrestling on Heat within 2 weeks of his return. I know this because my friend who was stoked about his return kept a tally of his "record" on televised matches after his return, and I think he was sub .500 winning percentage.

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  116. I have to laugh at the last part, because that might be true

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