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  1. I never knew you liked baseball. Huh.
  2. Personally, with the disparity that already exists between the money owners make and the money players make...and given that players literally put their bodies and their short term and long term health on the line every single Sunday... I am and will forever be Team "Do whatever you gotta do to get paid while you still can". Team "Maximize your payday because football is a cruel and fickle sport". These guys stay in excellent shape, and one missed Summer of practices won't suddenly make them forget how to play football. Get your bag. Do what you gotta do. Let the pundits and angry fans make noise. It's not their health and not their money on the line. But that's just me. To each their own.
  3. Totally agree. Pre heart episode, I considered him a guy that's great to have for depth and special teams and who can get you through a few weeks if your starter is injured. I even thought he had the upside to develop into a plus starter, though he wasn't there yet. Post heart episode, he did not play as well, but I will absolutely cut him some slack for the immense mental hurdle he had to overcome to play professional football again and all the distractions that must've been happening in his life. Now, a year later, drama behind him and able to concentrate solely on football, it won't surprise me in the least if he makes a run at a starting job or at least a prominent sub-package and reserve role.
  4. That I can agree with. I'm not so sure I'd enjoy the guided session either, particularly if it involved other people. I'm definitely a "sit by the river" guy when it comes to this stuff. Give me a napsack with some bottled water, citrus fruits, and an Alan Watts book and leave me alone. I'll be back in 7 hours.
  5. On the contrary, I think "set and setting" are very important to the outcome of a psychedelic trip, at least if therapeutic or medicinal results are sought. That is, one's mood/state of mind/intention when taking the substance, and the setting in which one takes the substance. Taking a heavy dose of psilocybin in a quiet, candlelit room with classical music playing and a comfortable temperature and a pitcher of ice water nearby, when one is in good spirits and has a had a bit of quiet reflection beforehand...can bring about a PROFOUNDLY different experience than taking them with a group of friends or at a concert or when one is stressed or agitated about something. I don't think a trained guide, is practically speaking, necessary, though it can be helpful. Nor do I think it's necessary to undertake the experience in a sterile medical environment. I DO think, though, that some preparation, a good mindset, and agreeable surroundings are vitally important to a good psychedelic experience.
  6. To expand on this... From https://time.com/6167638/psilocybin-addiction-therapeutic-breakthrough/ : "Additional research has shown another potential therapeutic use of psilocybin: to assuage depression. For instance, a small randomized clinical trial published in JAMA Psychiatry in 2020 found that psilocybin-assisted therapy caused a rapid reduction in the symptoms of major depression symptoms, and that the effects remained statistically significant at least four weeks later. Another study, published this year in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that among a small group of participants with depression who received two doses of psilocybin with supportive therapy, 75% still had some response to the treatment, and that 58% were in complete remission from depression. In another study co-authored by Jones, published earlier this year in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, he and colleague Matthew K. Nock reviewed NSDUH data, and found that psilocybin use was associated with a reduced risk of major depressive episodes." 58% WERE IN COMPLETE REMISSION FROM DEPRESSION. I cannot overstate how impressive a 58% complete remission rate is, particularly when compared to the pharmaceuticals commonly used to treat depression.
  7. I'll let the experts do the talking. They can explain it much better than I can. While I can vouch for their effectiveness on a personal level, my ability to explain the particulars in scientific terms is limited. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/treating-addiction-with-psychedelics/ https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2024/03/treat-addiction-with-psychedelics/ https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/31/well/mind/psilocybin-mushrooms-addiction-therapy.html https://time.com/6167638/psilocybin-addiction-therapeutic-breakthrough/ Scientific American, Time, Harvard...you'll notice these aren't just Looney Tune fringe outlets talking about this stuff. I will grant that more research still needs to happen to more fully understand the mechanisms by which psychedelics can treat addiction and provide general medicinal and therapeutic value. This research is JUST NOW starting to be allowed and to proliferate, after years of legal prohibition in this country. In my estimation, there's a reason that so many different cultures from all over the world have revered these substances for thousands of years. They're not just recreational "drugs". They powerfully impact the mind and, when approached in the proper setting and with the proper intention and even a trained professional, they can provide great value to the experiencer. Psilocybin, DMT (the psychoactive ingredient in Ayahuasca), and Ibogaine seem to be the most powerful and commonly mentioned compounds, in terms of medicinal and therapeutic psychedelic usage. Fascinating stuff.
  8. I absolutely believe that motion and pre-snap shifts provide the BIGGEST advantage you can legally give an offense. Motion and shifts can cause defensive confusion, help the QB identify coverage, set the offensive player up to out-leverage the defender, and make defenders hesitate for just a split second, which can be all an offensive player needs to beat his man. They can also force the defense into disadvantageous personnel groupings, like when an offense comes out in 12 personnel and then flexes the RB and TEs out into a spread set, creating isolation matchups against linebackers and safeties. In my estimation, EVERY offense should make liberal use of pre-snap motion. The Bills didn't do it nearly enough (or effectively enough) for my liking in the Dorsey era. I also believe that the APPEARANCE of complexity can provide a big advantage, even if what ultimately ends up happening is relatively simple. Kyle Shanahan and his coaching tree love to call the same basic play out of multiple different formations and with multiple pre-snap motions and shifts. But it all still winds up being the same play. Makes it simple for the offense, but creates headaches and confusion for the defense. I know its only day one, but the talk of condensed formations, reduced splits, and ample motion and shifts has me very excited about Brady's potential offense.
  9. I know this thread is primarily about the NY/NJ thing, but I'd just like to take this moment to say... Psychedelic therapy is a legitimate avenue for self-improvement, self-inquiry, and beating addictions. It has worked wonders for many, including myself. Changed my life. It's kind of sad that an arrogant, narcissistic knucklehead like Aaron Rodgers has become a national poster boy for it. He gives the whole enterprise a bad name and turns it into a bit of a joke. Ah well. As Lao Tsu said: Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.
  10. Brian Thomas Jr. Ran a 4.33 at 6'3" 209 lbs (!) and scored 17 TDs last season. Insane. Kid's gonna be a star. Ray Davis led all FBS backs in receiving TDs in 2023 with 7, which was the most by an SEC running back in over 20 years.
  11. My favorite three Tweets of the day so far below. Music to my ears. I think I'm going to like Mr Brady's offense
  12. Forget calling a timeout, I've seen Stefon Diggs retire MID-ROUTE a bunch of times.
  13. Hmmm...something here feels really familiar...
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