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BoD Sunday NFL Thread

After going 4-1 last week, I have finished the year at 41-38-1. Here are my picks for the two playoff games today:

Cincinnati +3.5 at Indianapolis
Dallas -7 vs. Detroit


Also, don't forget to vote in the 2nd Round of Place to be Nation's "Greatest Song of the 90's" tournament. Click on the links below to vote in the Group S and T brackets:

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

http://placetobenation.com/greatest-song-of-the-90s-tournament-pool-round-two-group-t/



And, RIP Stuart Scott, who passed away at the age of 49 this morning after a battle with cancer.

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  1. MikeyMike, JuggernautJanuary 4, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Stuart Scott was the coolest dude in the world to me in middle school. Fuck Cancer,

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  2. He seemed like a really nice guy

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  3. MikeyMike, JuggernautJanuary 4, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    His ESPY speech was terrific.

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  4. Bayless: "When you're right 51 percent of the time, you're wrong 49 percent of the time."
    Homer: "WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY THAT BEFORE?!"

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  5. TJ: legendary stuntman Richard Graydon passed away. He was in 10 James Bond films, as well as Star Wars and Batman, many other movies. He was 92.

    Sad about Stuart Scott passing away too.

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  6. In... the... game... between... In...di...an...a...po...lis... and... Cin...cin...na...ti.... we... must... con...si...der... many... things...

    ....

    The... wind....

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  7. That -3.5 on Indy looks so inviting, which can only mean Cincy will cover.

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  8. None of the wildcard round I'm particularly interested in. Although Indy and Cinncy might be good.

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  9. Stuart Scott was funny and fresh in the 90s. His act got stale but cancer sucks. R.I.P.

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  10. That's how things go. New and fresh into old and stale.

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  11. Don't have much vested interest in these games. I want Dallas to win so the Panthers can take on Seattle next week. There is that

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  12. Gotta pull for Indy here. If they win, it creates nightmare matchups for both Denver and New England fans.

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  13. YankeesHoganTripleHFanJanuary 4, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    I can't watch the games because Dish Network removed CBS and FOX over some contract dispute. FUCK YOU DISH NETWORK.

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  14. I really don't think they scare anyone. I believe Denver would take them over seeing Cincy again

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  15. Nah. Indy isn't winning in Denver.

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  16. WHAT?!


    Green AND Gresham are out? That's a body blow.

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  17. Night - Honorary BSK MemberJanuary 4, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Also known as john Cena syndrome,

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  18. How have I never heard this before?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UQ9bKBnIO4&spfreload=10



    Do the eye gouge you turkey necks!

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  19. Going Colts and Cowboys today. 1-1 with my picks from yesterday, got Ravens/Steelers wrong.

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  20. That's just good D by Newman.

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  21. A good run by a RB that's not Richardson.

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  22. You can describe 140% of NFL runs that way.

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  23. Super pumped for Lions/Cowboys. Not sure if Detroit will get the win, they can, but just excited to see a Lions playoff game. I missed the one vs. Saints in 2012 due to being in Afghanistan, so this is my first Lion playoff game since I think 1999

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  24. Which is really stupid because those are supposed to be the FREE networks

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  25. Good idea letting Allen get uncovered in the middle.

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  26. Luck looked pretty sharp on that first drive.

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  27. WatercoolersandAirportsJanuary 4, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    R.I.P. Stuart Scott 49 is WAY too young :(

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  28. Agreed. Heard about it on the radio this morning on Coachmans show, very sad. R.I.P. Stu

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  29. Let's go Bengals!

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  30. LOL Bengals D already woofing at each other.

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  31. Stuart Scott will be missed. He was one of the few good people left on ESPN.

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  32. I enjoyed he and Eisen on SportsCenter back in the day. Eisen's announcement this morning almost brought a tear to my eye. Very, very heartfelt.

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  33. That's a moderately fast white RB run there. lol

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  34. It's crazy to think Andy Dalton has helped the Bengals to four straight playoff appearances.

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  35. Somebody asked me the other day if we're getting a lot of new customers from Dish and I had no idea what she was talking about. This explains that.

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  36. Fucking sad about Stuart Scott, he pretty much was THE sports anchor for me. It hits pretty hard because I lost my stepmom to cancer before she was 50, and that's just way too fucking short for good people. I didn't think anyone could touch the Jimmy V ESPY speech, but he came very goddamn close.

    "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live."

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  37. He's a solid QB and the Bengals have a good defense.

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  38. Not so crazy to think Andy Dalton has lead them to zero playoff wins

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  39. His worst days are days when you wonder how he's in the league.

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  40. Burkhead ruled at Nebraska.

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  41. How do you flub a swing pass? Come on, Dalton.

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  42. His worst days are Sundays and occasionally Saturdays, Mondays and Thursdays.

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  43. It's always DISH with these fucking blackouts. Comcast may provide me shitty customer service, but at least they give me channels I'm paying them for.

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  44. HE'S A GINGER! HE'S A GINGER! LOOK THERE'S A GINGER!

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  45. Hey look, it's the Ginger Guy. The hell you doin' here, Ginger Guy?

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  46. Punting in opposing territory in the playoffs on 4th and short is "we're getting eliminated" football.

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  47. Hilton gonna have to catch one of these soon.

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  48. Time Warner pulled that shit a few years ago.

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  49. Pacman did slightly more on that punt return than he did during his entire TNA tag title run.

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  50. Now, Skeeter. He ain't hurtin' nobody.

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  51. Things in real life are not as cool as commercials.

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  52. http://deadspin.com/rich-eisen-hannah-storm-others-react-live-to-stuart-1677360761/all



    Don't watch either unless you're ready to cry.

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  53. Didn't Rodman win a tag title in his WCW appearances?

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  54. I was welling up when I watched Eisen this morning. It hurt to watch him become more devasted at the loss of his friend as time went on. RIP, Stu.

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  55. Look at Burkhead go!

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  56. Great throw, great catch.

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  57. He's taking it back for white people!

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  58. The Bengals actually playing like a competent team in January?


    Welcome to Bizarro World

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  59. I accidentally voted for the Chili Peppers. God. Damn. It.

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  60. They're probably gonna lose anyways. Without Green and Gresham is a big problem.

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  61. I forgot to set my fantasy hockey lineup on New Year's and missed out 15 points that day, now I'm in a tight matchup with my perfect record on the line. Rooting hard for the Blackhawks today (specifically Toews and BIG RED MACHINE KANE)

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  62. .....Where? (/Barbarino)

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  63. MikeyMike, JuggernautJanuary 4, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    The Eisen one had me crying.

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  64. Don't worry. Andy Dalton will remember he's Andy Dalton and panic.

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  65. Ain't nothing wrong with voting for the Chili Peppers.

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  66. Byron Scott literally said that Kobe shooting less is working, but he wants him to shoot more. He's the WOOOOORRRRR-OOOORRRRST!!!

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  67. FFS, man. We're gonna have to start the whole thing again now.

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  68. Andy Dwyer would've caught that go route.

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  69. If it makes you feel any better, Kobe was going to shoot more regardless.

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  70. Also, nobody can take 3's. Except Kobe, who can take any shot, including 29 footers with 4 seconds left on the shot clock.

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  71. That's how Kobe's mind works. He needs more shots, always.

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  72. Bengals defenders doing a nice job knocking the ball out on these deep routes.

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  73. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

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  74. Ugh, I had to wake up at 10 am (7:15) this is awful I wish I lived on the east coast because waking up at 10 am (7:15) is just terrible!

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  75. Of course. As long as Luck keeps the spiral tight.

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  76. That;s how Lindsay Lohan's mind works too. MORE SHOTS WOO HOO!

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  77. Hilton's pretty badass. Dare I say... underrated?

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  78. Getting there, I've just been noticing that I wake up naturally about three hours before the "lol you guys have to wake up at 10 am sometimes for football" hour is even reasonably close. I'm not sure how waking up at totally reasonable times is an argument against living here.

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  79. Indy finally adjusted to Cincinnati's zone by going short and medium.

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  80. Paris Hilton does have a bad ass

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  81. Conicidentally, that's how I adjusted to my ladyfriend's lady parts.

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  82. I prefer football on the west coast. Football from 10 AM-9 PM. Still have time to do stuff after.

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  83. Because of the STDs

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  84. Last year Undertaker in the main event fought Yokozuna, Diesel, Crush, Bam Bam, Jeff Jarrett, Adam Bomb and a few other jobbers and barely lost.

    This year he's jerking the curtain one on one with....IRS...

    Bit of a drop.

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  85. I'm hoping you lose, but it won't hurt your position after the Sharks shit all over the ice yesterday. Hopefully this goes like the first half of the season, slow start then a good run of wins. But this team is... deficient.

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  86. *boop* okay I'm hitting the snooze button. Don't talk again for 8 minutes Gerry.

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  87. Kicks off a really rough 1995 for him. By January 96 they finally get him back where he belonged.

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  88. Night - Honorary BSK MemberJanuary 4, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Have you ever had to deal with the Internal Revenue Service?! They're MERCILESS!!!

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  89. Is that what the new Titan book is about?

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  90. I don't think they believe that he's dead.

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  91. I love that poor Rotunda had to drive at 3 am between like, Dubuke and Kansas City, trying to think of a new way to cut a promo about taxes.

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  92. Kat Dennings could get the D. like all of it.

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  93. Night - Honorary BSK MemberJanuary 4, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    OMG...he's SO the Gerry of this blog!

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  94. At least he didn't die.

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  95. False start on 3rd and 5. Stupid!

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  96. I wonder if he tried pitching Vince to tag him and Taker up and call themselves Death and Taxes.

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  97. Randy Orton should yell at them.

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  98. She's hot. She's kinda annoying in the Thor movies but those movies are weak anyways.

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  99. Like Tom, I refuse to be the new Gerry

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  100. Druids...and IRS....and now Bundy....and the urn is stolen AGAIN...

    Fucking hell Taker was really stuck in booking purgatory for a LOT of years.

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  101. http://s2.postimg.org/652l9z8ft/Kat_Dennings_Thor_Premiere_white_dress_05.jpg



    Yes sir.

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  102. Night - Honorary BSK MemberJanuary 4, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    You don't get to choose!

    Be careful, you may die of a fart attack!

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  103. GERRY'S FAULT! GBSM!

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  104. Real and spectacular, esp. in the leaked pics.

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  105. In a way, Rock vs. Austin has an interesting build hampered by shit writing. The main storyline of two faces who don't trust each other had the tacked on Debra-as-Rock's-manager thing.

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  106. Don't get in the way of us romanticizing the Attitude Era!

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  107. McMahon in every corner was the biggest jerkoff fest ever by Vince.


    Only reason I don't have it as one of the worst is the match wasn't terrible

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  108. It would sure make acknowledging the main event of it easier now...

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  109. I agree it wasn't terrible, but nowhere near what it should have been (Rock vs. HHH.) Foley wasn't clamoring for a return (and in terrible shape) and Big Show was a joke.

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  110. Yes, I got fired up the moment Hogan said he wanted "that Jap, brother"

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  111. The other shitty thing about this is HHH retains and then drops the belt to Rock at Backlash (or Unforgiven or whatever it was called then).


    Which tells me the only reason HHH retained was because they wanted to throw people off the scent of the champ always losing the belt at Mania. Which is the worst reason to do something.


    I'm starting to rethink it. This may be one of the worst.

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  112. Randy Poffo was not a dog, like Owen was not a nugget!

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  113. In that case, the Vaudevillains for the semi main!!!!

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  114. Or that he was black, or that he was a "wcw" guy. One of them.

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  115. HHH in 2000/2001 was a great heel, but looking back his backstage manipulations were almost Machiavellian.
    - Retires Foley, twice
    - Wins WM
    - Loses to Rock, but only due to outside interference from Austin
    - Wins title back a month later.
    - Loses title but isn't pinned.
    - Is rebooked to be mastermind of "who ran over Austin," throwing himself into the biggest feud at the time and cutting the legs under Rikishi.
    - Technically wins the feud with Austin in the "3 stages of Hell" match.
    - Refuses to turn face and overshadows Austin as the #1 heel


    No wonder Austin didn't want to lose to HHH at Summerslam '99. He saw what was coming.

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  116. I appreciate the Andre build even more reading the Superstars reviews here. It pretty much started with the Machines angle less than a year before. I don't know how I missed the bits about heels defending his private hearing the first time around.
    Megapowers' story crossed 3 different years in total.

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  117. And because PG ensured it would be a toned down match anyway.

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  118. Or Chris "I'm Savage to HHH's Hogan" Jericho.

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  119. Yeah, that angle was so bad they bailed halfway through.

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  120. Can't believe more people haven't mentioned 21. Triple H/Batista is by far the best built Mania main event of the modern era, and one of the better builds of all time.

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  121. The first Taker/HHH match at X-7 had a great build if I remember.

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  122. Thats the joke of it. I mean, you can argue that hes a great wrestler or the top 10 best or whatever. But as a leader of a multimillion dollar industry? There's a reason why these people tend to go to to harvard or somewhere and are not wannabe body builders. I mean the guy laughed when Chris Jericho asked for directions to an arena. How is this guy in any shape qualified to run the place. Id like to think he matured. But I doubt hes changed.

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  123. Loved the build going in to 26, but almost all the matches felt lackluster to me.

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  124. I freaked when I realized that was the next arc they're tackling. Gonna be so good.

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  125. Also, in an effort to give some more modern main events some love, thought XXX was built pretty well. And I LOVED the build to Michaels/Taker at XXVI. Lost a little steam once the match was announced, but the slow build to making the match official was awesome, made even better by that AMAZING Placebo music video.

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  126. Megapowers explode is the greatest storyline in wrestling history to me. Shakespeare type storytelling at its finest. That said Wrestlemania 21 was the last time a really good build was done.

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  127. CruelConnectionNumber2January 4, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    We had like 2000 posts on it last night, this thread is way too late.

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  128. I definitely liked that build-up, but I felt it kind of peaked with the powerbomb through the contract signing when Batista turned on Trips. The stuff that happened the following weeks was cool too, but not on the same level.

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  129. I honestly can't think of a single clean win Jericho had during his title reign.

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  130. His loss to Rocky had outside interference from Austin, but you fail to mention that HHH had his cronies (including crooked ref Shane) with him. Rocky winning without help would've been dumb, and the Austin's return made an already great match even better and was a hell of a moment.


    You also neglect to mention that when he won the title back a month later, he once again had the entire McMahon-Helmsley faction with him in the final stages of the match, and only won because of a DQ caused by Undertaker's interference.


    Also, I don't see how he overshadowed Austin during the Power Trip. Austin was the guy holding the WWF title and feuding with big brother 'Taker, while HHH was IC Champ and facing Kane.

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  131. He looked good in the great matches with Rocky, but his match with Austin sucked and did nothing for him, and his matches with HHH were decent but again did nothing for him.

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  132. On rewatch, Nakamura/Ibushi is ****3/4 easy.

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  133. That was a bad match. Indicative of Angle's deteriorating ring ability.

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  134. Were we watching the same feud? Remember Bryan attacking HHH during that Orton/Batista match on RAW and pretty much singlehandedly kicking Evolution's ass? Remember Bryan being injured going into WM and kicking out of the Pedigree and beating Trips clean with one running knee? Remember him knocking Trips out with his own sledgehammer in the main event? Also, why should Trips be limping after the match when he was on offense for most of it, didn't have his legs targeted and only lost after a knee to the face? He was stumbling after the match and breathing heavily, and I thought that was perfect.


    I'm not saying that there weren't times during the buildup/actual match where HHH was the one looking good, but that's the way a feud works. Every time during the buildup that he got over on Bryan it was with the help of a fleet of other guys (Orton, Batista, Kane, whoever) or with handcuffs that one time. Whereas every time Bryan got over on Trips, it was with him massively defying the odds, which is the way the little underdog should be booked against the huge heel.

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  135. Power_of_Hogans_HOF_RingJanuary 4, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    First off, "Flash Man" is a great, great user name.
    Secondly, I was reading through these and thinking about how much I loved the build to Cena-Rock II. I'd put that among their best ever (and I've been watching since WM III). I'm not even really an active fan of either guy, and I loved it. Then again, I also love that match, so I'm in the minority in a lot of ways when it comes to that feud.

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  136. Strangely, if Bryan didn't get injured last year, Sheamus would have made a great opponent for Bryan at a B-Show PPV. "You never beat me Bryan. Infact, I beat you in less than 20 seconds at Wrestlemania. You might as well hand that belt over, because I'm gonna destroy you."

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  137. Power_of_Hogans_HOF_RingJanuary 4, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    The WM 13 to the specific Taker-Sid match was really bad, but the build overall to WM 13 was completely unique at the time and very, very good. It's weird. It's mostly all Bret, but the whole "It's WM and no one's happy" angle for the company as a whole really worked well. Like, if you watch a highlights build to it (I actually made a two hour one), it's a blast of a disc to watch.
    But then, if you pause to consider the build to Taker-Sid, to the tag-title match, and to the IC match, it's awful.

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  138. Power_of_Hogans_HOF_RingJanuary 4, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Good call. They could have even brought Hogan out at the end to help clean house of heels or something. Have the three heroes in the middle of the ring. End with a great match, the title, and the heroes celebrating. It would've worked.

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  139. I give them a fair bit of credit because even though it wasn't the original plan, they still executed it excellently. There were a million ways to get to WrestleMania, and they went the perfect route.

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  140. How did he make him look like shit?

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  141. Power_of_Hogans_HOF_RingJanuary 4, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    That match should have been the equivalent of Austin-Foley at Over the Edge. Run-ins from Legacy, counter run-ins from the McMahons, brawling and weapons all over the building. The only question is could Orton & HHH pulled off the same kind of intensity...I'm not sure they could have. I can't recall them ever having done it before.

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  142. Their best match is a pretty good Last Man Standing match at No Mercy 2007, but I too doubt they could've pulled it off. Still would've been better than what we got.

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  143. XXX was accidentally built really well, but yeah, it worked.

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  144. Power_of_Hogans_HOF_RingJanuary 4, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    I'd say it seems kind of obvious that they're giving Bryan the Rumble. Ignore everything you read online and focus only on what's actually on screen, and it's pretty easy to see what ship they're really backing. IMO, of course.

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  145. I DEMAND, DEMAND (!!) that Scott reviews this!

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  146. Power_of_Hogans_HOF_RingJanuary 4, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Only if you were on the internet (like I was). They didn't talk about the neck injury on the air as I recall correctly.

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  147. I'd say the Miz/Cena build was worse than 2000 (goddamn, I wish my OCD would allow me to refer to it as XVI), but Jericho/Trips is by far the absolute worst.

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  148. I'll stick with ****3/4 for Okada/Tanahashi. Neither it or the IC title match are quite the full monty for me, the one lacks a little in the ending, the other takes a little too long to get going. Both great, great matches however.


    I watched the second time with the JR/Striker commentary. Didn't feel like it added anything. Felt like they were always a few seconds behind the action, trying to remember the names of the moves, and certainly didn't feel like they were at ringside. Still, if people watched the PPV because of the English commentary than that can only be a good thing.

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  149. I don't know what people are talking about saying the finish was out of nowhere

    Nakamura had been trying to hit the Knee all match and couldn't. Then he did, more than once, and it killed Ibushi.

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  150. But... but... Cena's gangster entrance gave us the debut of CM Punk!

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  151. Crazy talk! Next thing you'll tell me is that Undertaker/Punk wasn't the main event.

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  152. The Rock/HHH part was good (surprise) but the rest of the match wasn't all that good.

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  153. The camera angle didn't help. Since you don't see the impact the move doesn't feel quite so definitive. Really fun match though, and I can see myself watching it again. Okada/Tanahashi had the better closing sequence, but this was a better story.

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  154. Hogan/Warrior had a good build with stuff. Plus, Warrior/Savage was terrific both coming alive in wild promos and really selling "putting you down" well to get crowd hot.

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  155. God Bless you. BOO-YAH!

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  156. Tournaments for the title can do that, same thing happened with me & Survivor Series '98.

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  157. CruelConnectionNumber2January 4, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    **** 3/4 for IC Title and **** 1/4 for the main event, I thought.

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  158. Thanks for sharing. It matters.....said no one ever!

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