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The Front Porch / Fargo
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:09:25 PM »
Not the movie, but the TV series has started it's 3rd season.

This series is a major unknown gem. Each season stands alone and they are not interrealted, except for the quirkiness of the entire show.

season 1 starred Billy Bob Thornton and was just great
Season 2 starred Ted Danson and several other well know actors and was even better.
Wednesday started season 3 and even a slow start was better than many series on today.

It is on FX which seems to have a knack of finding these new series and finding a market for them. As with Justified and Feud, to me, Fargo is Must See TV.

If you enjoyed the movie, with the people and quirkiness of the North Dakota/Minnesota accents and way of life, you will love this series.

I would try and watch the earlier seasons to get an idea of how good this series is, but it is not necessary, as I said, each season stands on it's own and is not related, but it is excellent TV.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802850/
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No matter it be Easter, Bill Beleckick's 65 birthday, this date will live in 'infamy' to all Patriot's fans.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/17-years-ago-today-patriots-drafted-tom-brady/ar-BBzUcJx?li=BBnb7Kz
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http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/former-ravens-tight-end-todd-heap-accidentally-kills-3-year-old-daughter/ar-BBzR9eM?li=BBnb7Kz

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Todd Heap tragically killed his daughter Friday in an accident at the family's home in Mesa, Ariz.
Heap, who was a two-time Pro Bowler for the Ravens, was moving his truck in the driveway when he struck and killed his 3-year-old daughter.
Mesa police said, via the Arizona Republic, the accident occurred about 3:45 p.m. She was later pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital.
Police say Heap exhibited no signs of impairment.

I simply cannot imagine wheat this person is going thru right now.

All my payers are with him and his family.
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The Front Porch / April the giraffe's baby calf is born
« on: April 15, 2017, 11:14:25 AM »
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/april-the-giraffes-baby-calf-is-born/ar-BBzRPfX?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

In what ha`s been going on for months now, April the giraffe has FINALLY given birth to a baby calf. I know this may not be world famous news, but in my house, it is. My grandchildren have been watching the LIVE feed of April waiting to give birth for well over 2 months now. They had a live feed in her stall and when they are over our house, that's what they love to watch. Myself, a bit boring, but this morning April finally did her thing and a baby calf was born, on LIVE TV.

Now there were tried to prevent this from being shown live, but  Facebook prevailed and it remained on the air.



Congrats to April and the proud Papa on their new baby ___________.
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The Front Porch / The American Experience
« on: April 15, 2017, 11:08:21 AM »
This is a long running series on PBS which, over the years, has offered us some really great TV watching.

This past week they had (I believe it is new) a 3 part series on WWI and the American intervention in it. Just truly fascinating stuff. It doesn't dwell on the causes of WWI (it does mention it) but it is more on the American slant on it, and I learned a lot about Woodrow Wilson, as our President who tried his darnedest to keep us out of that 'Foreign' war, but to no avail. It is a 6 hour series that has been on this past week, but, I'm sure, will be replayed again.

WW1 was just a terrible war, the amount of people who died, the insanity of 'trench warfare' and just going over the top to charge in a mass of enemy machine guns, the poison gas, the conditions in those trenches, all for what, I don't think many people really know.


Again, a great watch to learn about a war that has been basically forgotten by many basically from the American viewpoint.
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The Front Porch / 20 hidden secrets of the $1 bill
« on: April 08, 2017, 12:13:25 PM »

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/savingandinvesting/20-hidden-secrets-of-the-dollar1-bill/ar-BBzftyP?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp#page=1

Most I knew but a couple were new to me. Pretty interesting stuff.

I never knew the dollar bill didn't come out until the Civil War and George Washington wasn't on it.
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http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/chris-simms-says-dad-phil-was-blindsided-by-cbs-hiring-romo/ar-BBzuuEi?li=BBnb7Kz

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Phil Simms is being replaced by Tony Romo as a member of CBS’s top NFL broadcast duo next season, and apparently he never saw it coming.
While speaking about the situation on his Bleacher Report podcast Thursday, Simms’ son Chris revealed that CBS officials did not inform Phil that they intended to remove him as Jim Nantz’s on-air partner. Instead, Chris was made aware of the impending Romo hire by an NFL insider, and he passed the information along to his father while Phil was on vacation.

Personally, I always enjoyed listening to Phil, but he did get a bit 'tiring' after a while. He never criticized anyone when the need to do so was glaring. And again, for me, to hire a guy right off the street, basically, and make him #1, well-another Cowpuke color man to listen to. What does Jerrah have over the networks, first Aikman and now Romo, EVERY WEEK.   B OOOOOOOOO
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http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/report-seahawks-demanding-good-player-high-draft-pick-for-sherman/ar-BBzuMzi?li=BBnb7Kz


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The Seattle Seahawks are open to trading Richard Sherman. This is known. Now we have an idea about what they’re looking for in return.

Hint: It’s not peanuts and Cracker Jack.
“The Seahawks have let it be known they would consider trading Sherman, but only for ‘a very good player plus a high draft pick,’ according to an NFL source,” wrote Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “And that’s just the team-to-team cost of a potential deal.”
Perhaps one thing that could potentially soften the blow and push down this asking price is that Sherman reportedly initiated all this trade talk, wanting out of Seattle (more on that here). If he wants out badly enough, then perhaps a team might get Seattle to back off its asking price a bit.

The man sure has talent, but just not my 'cup of tea'
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Big Blue Huddle / NFT---- Legendary Comic Don Rickles Dies at 90
« on: April 06, 2017, 04:08:34 PM »
http://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/celebrity/legendary-comic-don-rickles-dies-at-90/ar-BBzuEB9?li=BBnb4R7

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Legendary comic Don Rickles, a rapid-fire insulting machine who for six decades earned quite a living making fun of people of all creeds and colors and everyone from poor slobs to Frank Sinatra, has died. He was 90.

Rickles died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles of kidney failure, publicist Paul Schrifin announced.

Sarcastically nicknamed "Mr. Warmth," Rickles had mock disdain for stars, major public figures and all those who paid to see him, tweaking TV audiences and Las Vegas showroom crowds with his acerbic brand of takedown comedy. A good guy and devoted husband away from the stage, Rickles the performer heartlessly laid into everyone he encountered - and they loved it.

Don Rickles wasn't to everyone's taste, but I happen to love his humor.  He will be missed.
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The Front Porch / Great news story
« on: March 29, 2017, 08:07:58 PM »
http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/peopleandplaces/solider-pulls-off-road-to-salute-fallen-vets-funeral-procession-in-pouring-rain/vi-BBz1vkO?ocid=mailsignout


Soldier Pulls Off Road To Salute Fallen Vet's Funeral Procession In Pouring Rain


What a great piece, after all the garbage we listen to on the news, how come this wasn't shown.
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The Front Porch / Feud -- Bette and Joan
« on: March 26, 2017, 12:56:50 PM »

 This new TV series started on FX a few weeks ago, and myself, I find it great. It is the personal feud that was going on between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and how they tried to put their huge differences and personal dislikes for each other, aside to make 'What Ever Happened To Baby Jane" It is now 3 weeks into the run and again, I like this series a lot. With a great cast of Jessica Lange p[laying Joan Crawford, Susan Sarandon playing Bette Davis, Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper, Alfred Molina as the frustrated director Robert Aldrich and Stanley Tucci as Jack Warner, for me, they are all great.
I know the 2 primma donnas, Bette and Joan sort of go over the top in some scenes, but it is a look behind the scenes as to what did or might have happened while making this terrific movie.

Catch up now and hold on, it's going to be a bumpy ride.   :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/03/18/rock-n-roll-icon-chuck-berry-dead-at-90.html

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Rock 'n' roll icon and musical master Chuck Berry died Saturday at his home west of St. Louis, Missouri, authorities confirmed. He was 90.

The guitarist and musician defined the art form's joy and rebellion in such classics as "Johnny B. Goode," ''Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven" in a career that spanned 7 decades and earned him countless accolades.

Just another part of my childhood has passed away.
So many memories of things we did to his music.

You will be missed but your music will live forever.

RIP Chuck berry
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Seems all the big name RB's who are on the FA market, are still on the FA market. Maybe they are pricing themselves out of a job, but maybe, as we ahve seen for years, the NFL has become a pass happy league and the value of RB's just ain't what they used to be.

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Being a free agent running back is no fun at all these days.
Consider this list of unsigned free agents: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Latavius Murray, LeGarrette Blount, Chris Johnson and Darren McFadden. All of these guys have been successful starters in the NFL, and one is coming off a career year.
Now consider that the running back who has hauled in the best contract this year is 32-year-old change-of-pace back Danny Woodhead, who landed $4.25 million guaranteed with the Baltimore Ravens. The next-best contract landed by a running back is the $3 million guaranteed the Seahawks foolishly paid Eddie Lacy.
The Woodhead angle is interesting, because it continues to reinforce the idea that teams are going further and further away from paying big money to traditional power backs. Instead, they are opting to reward players who can make an impact on the passing game as well.
This bodes very well for the likes of Christian McCaffrey, who should be a first-round pick in April during the 2017 NFL Draft.
Speaking of the draft, the influx of talent at the running back position means that veteran backs just aren’t going to get much play financially. Charles and Peterson, both coming off injuries, won’t land big-money deals, even though they might have huge seasons in 2017 for the teams they ultimately will end up signing with. Neither will any other running back in free agency this year
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Big Blue Huddle / NFT-- The Blizzard of 2017
« on: March 14, 2017, 03:54:42 PM »
So how are we all faring on this almost spring day.   /sarcasm/ /sarcasm/ /sarcasm/

We, on Long Island are saying, what's all the fuss about. If we got 3 inches of snow it is a lot. been raining most of the day, but I'll bet others are getting hammered.

We are still hunkered down for the day, as what is around will freeze tonite, so if you are out or plan to go out, stay safe.
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NFL Draft, NY Giants style / Trading draft picks
« on: March 13, 2017, 06:11:07 PM »
I understand draft picks are like gold, teams seem to want as many as they can get. Even foirgoing salary cap to gain more.

But my question is, would you trade a #1 for a sure starter?
Would you trade a #2 for a starter?

MY thought process was after I read that article about Belichick and the Pats trading away their #1 for a great WR, and then their #2 for another starter.

So is it better to get a sure starter instead of wondering if your draft pick will amount to anything?

Myself, I would take the sure NFL ready player, basically knowing what you have and being able to plan for next year instead of worrying if your pick will sort of 'fit in' or be NFL ready.

I understand people say you build thru the draft, but in certain cases, when you can get a sure fire starter and a decent one at that, why not trade that draft pick away for it. It sure seems to work for Belichick and the Pats.
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