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    ironic nihilist & cheerful pessimist
  • Birthday 10/20/1975

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  • Gender: Not Telling
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  • Real name: Utter Kunt
  • Interests: Philosophy (Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Post-Structuralism, Existentialism, German Idealism)
    Literature (Bret Easton Ellis, Dostoyevsky, Jorge Luis Borges, William Gibson)
    Anime (Evangelion, FLCL, Samurai Champloo)
    Television (Rome, Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men, Spartacus: Blood & Sand)
    Film (Bladerunner, Fight Club, The Matrix, Closer, Being John Malkovich, Primer, The Dark Knight)

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  1. The Heretic added a post in a topic GOP recent events   

    If I were you I would follow Montgomery Brewster:

    By voting "None of the Above" you start a massive retaliation against the current candidates, forcing a re-election.
    But seriously, I agree with Michael Pearl. None of the candidates should be put in a philosophical box, precisely because they are not classical philosophers who operate from first principles. Moreover, if the labels do not really fit the philosophers, neither can they fit politicians trained in the art of speaking from both sides of their mouths.
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  2. The Heretic added a topic in Play   

    2015 NFL Week 11 Picks

    Holy Frijolies. Another mediocre week in the books. 11 underdogs won last week, totally submarining my picks to smithereens. Hopefully this mid-season malaise is over, and we all can return to winning ways ASAP.
    Game of the Week
    Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings (even)
    What have we learned about the Packers in recent weeks? They've lost on the road, at home, their defense is exposed, and they cannot even beat the Lions. Nothing is working, everyone is in doldrums. As for the Vikings, RB Peterson will be licking his chops facing that 24th ranked run defense.
    Minnesota by 6
    Thursday Game of the Week
    Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5)
    Break out the Jags! Even the Jaguars can slip back into AFC South division with a win here. With 3 wins in their last 4 games, their playoff prospects are legitimate.
    Jacksonville by 3
    Rest of the Week
    Oakland Raiders @ Detroit Lions (+1.5)
    The Raiders are back to their losing ways, having backslid two games in a row. I expect QB Carr to utterly exploit that horrendous Lions secondary. Even though the Lions upset the Packers last week, they're still a bad team.
    Oakland by 4
    Indianapolis Colts @ Atlanta Falcons (-6.5)
    Both teams are rested after bye week, and even though QB Luck is out for 2 weeks plus, they have a great replacement in QB Hasselbeck. However, the Colts only have the 28th ranked passing defense to slow down QB Ryan. The Falcons need to prove that they're legitimate, despite a soft schedule.
    Atlanta by 6
    Cincinnati Bengals @ Arizona Cardinals (-2.5)
    Blowing last Monday Night's matchup with the Texans, the Bengals do have a few demons left to exorcise, and they might linger in Arizona. After all, the Cardinals do have a dynamic offense, and the ever-elusive "it" factor that makes them the most stacked in the NFC.
    Arizona by 3
    Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots (-7.5)
    Even though the Patriots are without WR Edelman, they'll still have the edge over the Bills at every position.
    New England by 4
    Lame of the Week
    St. Louis Rams @ Baltimore Ravens (-1.5)
    The Rams are hoping for a jumpstart by benching QB Foles for QB Keenum. But in a matchup with two shitty teams, stick with the home team. After all, the Rams don't have much beyond RB Gurley and the Ravens' run defense is actually solid. Then again, the Ravens are suffering a classic Season from Hell where everything goes wrong.
    St. Louis by 3
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5)
    QB Sanchez is starting, and he'll either throw 2 touchdowns or 2 picks, with one pick-six at the worst possible time. Then again? It is too early to start taking the Buccaneers on the road against a playoff-hopeful.
    Philadelphia by 5
    Denver Broncos @ Chicago Bears (-1.5)
    Classic trap game. Even though QB Manning is benched for backup Osweiler, that doesn't automatically make the Bears favorites to win this match-up. However, the Bears are 3-0 against the AFC West teams this year, and Coach Fox knows plenty about the 24 year old Osweiler, who has never started a game in his career.
    Chicago by 1
    New York Jets @ Houston Texans (+2.5)
    What was a hopeful 4-1 start has stumbled into 5-4, and the Jets must scrap to keep their playoff chances alive. They are solid on the road, and if they limit WR Hopkins, they'll beat the Texans easily. The Texans will not have QB Hoyer available, due to a concussion.
    New York by 6
    Washington Ethnic Slurs @ Carolina Panthers (-7.5)
    It's amazing that the Panthers have won 13 in a row during the regular season. Unfortunately for Washington, the Slurs are below average on the road.
    Carolina by 10
    Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers (+3.5)
    The Chiefs have managed to pick themselves up from a horrible start, and their defense is playing at a high level now. And the Chargers are heavily decimated on either side of the ball, and have blown the last 5 games, 7 of their last 8.
    Kansas City by 6
    San Francisco 40 Whiners @ Seattle Seahawks (-12.5)
    How far have the mighty fallen. Both teams were Super Bowl contenders only two years ago, and now they're stuck in mediocre mud. And yes, that spread is too high, even if it's against the immortal Blaine Gabbert.
    Seattle by 10
    Shame of the Week
    Dallas Cowboys @ Miami Dolphins (even)
    Romo is back, and all is right with Jerry World.
    Dallas by 3
    Last week: 5-9
    Season to Date: 92-49
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  3. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2015 NFL Week 10 Picks   

    According to prognosticators the Saints will shatter the all time record for most touchdowns allowed in a single season.  The current record is 40 by the Denver Broncos in 1963 when they were an AFL team, but the Saints are on pace to allow 45.   
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  4. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2015 NFL Week 10 Picks   

    Well, the Jets were 5-3 before yesterday, and Fitzpatrick played with a fucked up thumb, leading to overcompensation and distraction. Now that the Jets are off for 9 days, Fitz has to have surgery on that thumb ASAP so he won't miss any games.
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  5. The Heretic added a topic in Play   

    2015 NFL Week 10 Picks
    Thanks to a number of upsets last week, my picks are finally regressing to the means after a torrid 65-18 start (78% accuracy) after the first two weeks. And the NFL is also regressing to the means: only 5 teams in the AFC have winning records, and two of them are undefeated.
    Game of the Week
    Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks (-3)
    The Cardinals did beat the Seahawks at CenturyLink in 2013, but that was without QB Palmer, who is having an MVP caliber season. Even though the Cardinals are the better team from top to bottom, it's too hard to pick against the Seahawks at home.
    Seattle by 1
    Thursday Game of the Week
    Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets (-3)
    Coach Ryan is up to his old antics - he named the knockout artist LB Enemkpali team captain. Regardless of such taunts, the Jets' defense will be too tough for QB Taylor and the Bills' offense. And it doesn't look like RB McCoy will be any factor.
    New York by 6
    Rest of the Week
    Minnesota Vikings @ Oakland Raiders (-3)
    If QB Bridgewater does not return from his concussion, the Raiders will steamroll the Vikings with a superior offense. The Purple People Eaters haven't won at Oakland in near two decades.
    Conditional: Oakland by 3 if Bridgewater is benched.
    New England Traitors @ New York Giants (+7.5)
    The injury to RB Lewis couldn't have come at a worse time, because the Patriots are facing one of their nemesis in the Giants. However, the Giants are deploying a 31st ranked pass defense against a hypercompetitive QB Brady. After all, they had a true pass rush in those Super Bowl upset victories.
    New England by 9
    Lame of the Week
    Carolina Panthers @ Tennessee Titans (+5.5)
    Las Vegas casinos have kept the Panthers line low all year long for unknown reasons. The Panthers' defense is totally legitimate, and they have a great QB just entering his prime, and is now in MVP talks. Expect them to beat the Titans by 10 or more.
    Carolina by 11
    Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers (-11.5)
    After two tough opponents, the Packers limp back home to the perfect remedy: a cupcake in the toothless Lions.
    Green Bay by 10
    Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1.5)
    Both teams are loaded with talent, yet both are scraping the bottom of the barrel.
    Tampa Bay by 1
    Chicago Bears @ St. Louis Rams (-7.5)
    The Rams have trouble converting third downs lately, but they're a lot tougher at home than on the road. And while the Bears have been in every game lately, 3 points in 5 straight weeks, they won't be able to slow down RB Gurley.
    St. Louis by 3
    New Orleans Saints @ Washington Racial Taunt (+2)
    The Saints lead the NFL in total offense, but rank near dead last in total defense. However, they still have the same problems they had during their 1-4 start: crappy pass protection. Luckily for them, the Washington Football Team is destined for another sub- .500 season. Again.
    New Orleans by 3
    Miami Dolphins @ Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5)
    The Eagles barely snuck by the Cowboys in overtime, but the Dolphins are quickly realizing that they were a bad team before and after Coach Philbin. After the Dolphins got rolled for 256 yards last week, expect RB Murray and Matthews to continue the embarrassment. Best of all, QB Bradford is getting used to the offense, by seeing the field and feeling the pocket better, taking care of the football and improving his accuracy.
    Philadelphia by 6
    Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5)
    QB Johnny Football certainly was electric in the first half last week against the Bengals. Too bad he stunk it up in the second and lost the game. And it won't matter who starts at QB for the Steelers, cuz they have sufficient talent and experience elsewhere to take care of the Browns. Hopefully backup RB Williams' injury won't be too serious.
    Pittsburgh by 4
    Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos (-6.5)
    Despite the stumble in Indianapolis, the Broncos still retain the most feared defense in the league. This game will be over early, and QB Manning will take two records from Brett Favre.
    Denver by 6
    Houston Texans @ Cincinnati Bengals (-11)
    Even though the Bengals might be looking past the Texans to Week 11, they'll still win. Even though it'll be a night game, QB Dalton will win.
    Cincinnati by 9
    Shame of the Week
    Jacksonville Jaguars @ Baltimore Ravens (-6)
    Although the schedule turns easy for the Ravens, it might be too late in the year to recover just in time for the playoffs. Coach Harbaugh is claiming that they will be the first 2-6 team to do just that.
    Baltimore by 6
    Last week: 6-6
    Season to Date: 87-40
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  6. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2015 NFL Week 9 Picks   

    Don Banks from Sports Illustrated likes the Steelers and the Packers, as well as the Bills. But he's right on my heels with a picking record of 80-39. 
    Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk likes the following teams: the Bills, Steelers, Packers, and the Cowboys. 
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  7. The Heretic added a topic in Play   

    2015 NFL Week 9 Picks
    For years, the NFL has prided itself on parity. This year, there's a gap between the elite and the rest of the league, and this is most pronounced in the AFC. Three of the remaining undefeated teams are a combined 21-0, while the rest of the conference is a godawful 36-62. Yep, there's no middle class. We shouldn't be surprised even if one of the unbeaten teams finish 14-2 or 13-3 and fail to make a first round bye in the playoffs.

    Game of the Week

    Green Bay Packers @ Carolina Panthers (+2.5)
    The Panthers are smoking hot, having won 11 games in a row. However, they will be facing an angry Packers team, spitting mad after that unceremonious butt-kicking in Denver last Sunday. Plus the last time QB Rodgers lost two games in a row was 5 years ago. Then again, the Panthers' defense is legitimate, spearheaded by that tackling machine known as Keuchly, entirely capable of slowing down the Packers' offense. But the Packers' Achilles heel is their defense, having rolled to the tune of 500 yards twice in the last few weeks.
    Green Bay by 3

    Thursday Game of the Week

    Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals (-10.5)
    Always a physical matchup between these two, but the Bengals are by far the superior team in every category. Despite stumbling a bit last week against the Steelers, the Bengals remained poised long enough to snatch victory from the jaws of Bungling Defeat.  And now here comes the easy stretch of their season, with cupcakes from Cleveland and Houston, before the Bengals travel to Arizona.
    Cincinnati by 7

    Rest of the Week

    St. Louis Rams @ Minnesota Vikings (-2.5)
    Both teams are evenly matched: both boast similar ranked defenses (7th and 7th), both have great running backs in Peterson and Gurley. However, the Vikings have the superior QB in Bridgewater.
    Minnesota by 3

    Oakland Raiders @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5)
    Even though the Raiders seem to be emerging as a legitimate force, they have yet to find consistency. As for the Steelers, they're still reeling from the loss of all-pro RB Le'Veon Bell, and QB Rothlisberger remains rusty after being 5 weeks on the shelf. Expect an old fashioned no-holds barred shootout straight out of the classic AFL.
    Pittsburgh by 3

    Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts (+3.5)
    Do you think QB Manning has this game circled on his calendar, still stewing over that loss in the divisional playoffs last January? Luckily for Manning, Luck is playing far worse than him,  throwing interceptions like they were going out of style. Since the Colts have the most offensive holding penalties, and they're facing the most ferocious pass rush in the league, it won't be close.
    Denver by 10

    Lame of the Week
    Washington Ethnic Slurs @ New England Patriots (-14.5)
    Fun Fact. The last time they faced one another, the Patriots won 52-7 and finished the year undefeated. Those who ignore the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it.
    New England by 11

    Tennessee Titans @ New Orleans Saints (-8.5)
    The Saints lucked into playing teams in full meltdown mode in recent weeks. First Colts, now the hapless Titans, trying to adapt to a new head coach in Mularkey. Even though QB Mariota is expected to suit up, it will not make a difference, because the Saints' confidence is sky-high after three straight wins, having found out who they are. At least on offense.
    New Orleans by 10

    Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills (-2.5)
    The Bills utterly demolished the Dolphins earlier this season, but the Dolphins have upgraded their head coach for the rematch. And they'll exploit the quarterback-less Bills without a shred of mercy, as long they let RB Lamar Miller run.
    Miami by 4

    Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Jets (NL)
    The Jets' top quarterbacks are nicked up, and that might force them to go with a rookie in Bruce Petty. Uh. Oh. Luckily they have a fantastic defense that won't let the Jaguars do much of anything.
    New York by 3

    New York Giants @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1.5)
    The Giants' defense was godawful against the Saints. They rolled over and played dead to the tune of 614 yards. Whereas, the Buccaneers have engineered a clutch victory over the Falcons, thanks to their top rookie, LB Alexander. Then again, the Giants are the best, most consistently inconsistent team of all time.
    New York by 1

    Atlanta Falcons @ San Francisco 40 Whiners (+4.5)
    The Comedy in Santa Clara continues. They've benched QB Kaepernick for one of the worst quarterbacks in recent history, Gabbert. Even though the Falcons are starting their annual choke a couple of months early, having blown two of the last three games, this pick is easy. As long QB Ryan stops turning the ball over.
    Atlanta by 3

    Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys (-2.5)
    The Eagles are coming off a bye, meaning Coach Kelly spent the last 14 days working on a scheme not even the mediocre QB Bradford can screw up. Btw. Despite not having played since Week 2, QB Tony Romo still leads the team in touchdown passes. And that should be all she wrote. Right?   
    Eagles by 6

    Shame of the Week

    Chicago Bears @ San Diego Chargers (-3.5)
    No RB Forte? No WR Allen?   
    San Diego by 3
    Last Week: 10-4
    Season to Date: 81-34
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  8. The Heretic added a post in a topic NBA 2015-16 Season predictions   

    Will reply at length later, but for now, it is because Anthony Davis is not a creator. He cannot break down defenses by himself, dribble and work his way into a good shot on his own.
    He is the best finisher in the league, meaning he needs players to get him the ball in prime scoring positions. And those players are not available to pass him the ball, on account of being injured.
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  9. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2015 NFL Week 8 Picks   

    By far easily the worst pick I've made this year. My instincts said "Denver" whereas my narrative-addled brain said "Peyton is done"  
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  10. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2015 NFL Week 8 Picks   

    I had the game on in the living room while drawing outside, sneaking peeks now and then. It was 42-28 Saints and I turned around for a few minutes, only to see that the Giants surged ahead, 49-42.  
    Thank Zod the Football Gods weren't cruel this week.  
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  11. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2015 NFL Week 8 Picks   

    The most important matchup in this game is between the Giants' passing offense and the Saints' pass defense. While the Saints are indeed dead last in yards per pass, they're gaining ground on other aspects: sack percentage and completion percentage and yards per attempt. Moreover, they're pretty good at getting off the field on third downs. Which is something the Giants aren't that great. 
    On the other side of the ball, the Giants' pass rush won't be able to get to Brees. Their pass defense is porous, and we are much better off trusting Brees at home than Eli on the road in a big game. 
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  12. The Heretic added a post in a topic Site update problesm   

    I suspect the reason some posts are truncated while others are intact is the "smart characters" in the word programs many use to compose their posts before copying the contents and pasting them in the post. The software update doesn't like those smart characters and blanks the rest of the post after them. 
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  13. The Heretic added a topic in Play   

    2015 NFL Week 8 Picks

    The Raiders-Chargers was my first NFL game in years, and the Football Gods were cruel - the Raiders were up 37-6 at the end of the third quarter. Forcing me and my buddy to head for the exit. But of course, the Chargers decided to make the score "respectable" by scoring 23 straight points.
    Onto Week 8!
    Game of the Week
    Green Bay Packers @ Denver Broncos (+3.5)
    Two undefeated teams, led by two Hall of Fame QBs. But only one of them is playing at a high level. Luckily for Manning, he has the best defense in his entire career on his side. Finally. However, will that be enough to offset Manning's own mortality?  
    Green Bay by 3
    Thursday Game of the Week
    Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots (-7.5)
    Since the Dolphins dumped Coach Philbin for Campbell, they've won two straight, both blowouts. Coach Belichick notes that the Dolphins have simplified their offense and defense, which allows them to play faster and more aggressive. Then again, the Patriots are an entirely different animal than the pathetic Texans or the horrible Texans. Moreover, QB Brady has never lost a Thursday night game in his entire career.  
    New England by 6
    Rest of the Week
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons (-7.5)
    After that historic 24 point gag-job last week, the Buccaneers have nowhere else to go but up. They have a shot this Sunday, because the Falcons' offense is struggling, having scored on only 2 out of 10 drives last week. But the crystal ball says WR Jones breaks out of his slump and dominates this Sunday.
    Atlanta by 6
    Arizona Cardinals @ Cleveland Browns (+5)
    The Cardinals secondary is looking forward to either QB, be it McCown or Johnny Football. They'll cruelly exploit the hopeless Browns, who will self-destruct without the slightest provocation.
    Arizona by 10
    New York Giants @ New Orleans Saints (-3.5)
    Now that the Saints have picked themselves up and won twice in a row, they're figuring out how to win without forcing Brees to drop back 50 times a game. RB Ingram had a breakout game against the Colts, gaining 143 yards on 14 carries. In the last two weeks, their special teams was excellent, jump-starting them, and their defense has forced 6 turnovers as well. While WR ODB is back, it will not make a difference. Remember the Giants are consistently inconsistent.  
    New Orleans by 4
    Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears (+3)
    Believe it or not, the Vikings haven't won in Chicago since the W administration. Luckily, they have a tough rushing defense, physical running game, and ultra-quick receivers. As for the Bears, they're well-coached, but that's about it.  
    Minnesota by 3
    Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Squealers (NL)
    While Vegas can't commit, it looks like QB Rothlisberger will play, making this game a contender for the Game of the Week honors. It will at least determine who really rules the NFC North for a month or so. However, Rothlisberger isn't a quick cure-all, because the Squealers' defense is pretty substandard. They'll need to be much better against a finely tuned Bengals offense.
    Cincinnati by 7
    New York Jets @ Oakland Raiders (+2)
    After only 6 games, both teams have surpassed last year's total victories. In last Sunday's humiliation of the Chargers, the Raiders are an impressive team, stocked with young talent. However, they're facing a complete team in the Jets.
    New York by 3
    Seattle Seahawks @ Dallas Cowboys (+6.5)
    Both teams are horribly flawed. The Cowboys' aspirations have completely derailed, having lost 4 in a row. And the Seahawks are crippled by a substandard offensive line. However, the reason Coach Carroll wasn't panicking with 2-4 record is cuz he at least has a legitimate QB.  
    Seattle by 6
    Indianapolis Colts @ Carolina Panthers (-7)
    The Panthers are winning games, despite having no serious receivers. That automatically makes QB Newton an MVP favorite. As for QB Luck, he hasn't recovered from his malaise, struggling with a shitty 76.2 passer rating, having thrown 9 picks. The problem is elsewhere, with a shitty offensive line, and underperforming talent (WR Hilton and CB Davis) and veterans showing their age (RB Gore, WR Johnson, DE Cole).
    Carolina by 6
    Lame of the Week
    Detroit Lions @ Kansas City Chiefs (-6)
    Yes, that's not a typo. The hobbled Chiefs are 6 points favorites. The Lions are now in freefall, having dumped offensive coordinator Lombardi for some guy named Jim Bob, who unfortunately has zero NFL experience in calling plays. However, the Lions remain more talented than the hopeless Chiefs.
    Detroit by 3
    San Francisco 40 Whiners @ St. Louis Rams (-8.5)
    RB Gurley looks like an absolute stud, having run for 433 yards in the last 3 games. Some even claim that he's not completely healthy from that ACL injury. As for the 40 Whiners, QB Kapernick not only has lost confidence, he's also lost the confidence of his teammates. And he's about to face what might be the best defensive line in the entire league.
    St. Louis by 6
    San Diego Chargers @ Baltimore Ravens (-3)
    Both teams are vying for the most disappointing team title this season. The Ravens always play hard, but they can't finish games, losing every game by a touchdown or less. And the Chargers are softer than Charmin on defense (allow opposing QBs a 103 efficiency rating & give up 5.3 yards per carry). It's a race to the bottom!
    Baltimore by 4
    Shame of the Week
    Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans (NL)
    An AFC South matchup? Even Las Vegas has given up on this match.  
    Tennessee by 1
    Last Week: 9-5
    Season to Date: 71-30
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  14. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2015 NFL Week 7 Picks   

    Partner in NFL crime, on the left. Yours truly, on the right:



    Blowout city:

    Once the score went up 37-6 by the end of the third quarter, we left. And the Chargers scored 23 straight points.
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  15. The Heretic added a post in a topic 2015 NFL Week 7 Picks   

    Good news. I've lucked into free tickets for the Chargers-Raiders game today, and will attend with a friend, and we will be tailgating before kickoff at 1pm local time. 
    Photos to be posted once I return
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