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The notion that Europeans are hypocrites is nothing new, but this headline says it all. A European Union embargo on Iranian crude oil imports could take a few months to start because some EU capitals want a delay they say they need to shield their debt-stricken economies, diplomats said on Friday.
Where can I find legitimate information about Iranian public opinion on various issues?
I'm writing a post Friday morning for my blog about how the US ought to deal with Iran, and I want to approach the issue from understanding how Iranians feel about their nuclear program, the United States, the rest of the Arab world, etc. And I need useful, unbiased information. Where would I get that?
NFL Pick: 'em: Wild Card Weekend--Get It Right Or Go Home! ;)
12 teams, 1 mission...
And so the playoffs begin, and in the spirit of the playoff feel, a bit of a twist to the Pick 'em formula--you must AT LEAST break even (get 2/4 games right, or more) to stay in...3 strikes, you're out! Let's see how many make it all the way to the Super Bowl. So--4 games, 8 teams, 1 gluteus to its maximus...Pick 'em!
Another thing that gets overlooked in the "second most penalties to only the Raiders" is that the gap between the Lions and Raiders is the biggest gap between any two teams, 17.9 yards per game. To put it in perspective, that's larger than the gap between the Lions and the Giants, who give the 9th fewest. The Lions are within 5 yards per game of 5 other teams (including the aforementioned 49ers).
That was some ending. Can't believe that he did it again. Although, I have to say, he actually looked decent all game, for once, not just in the last few minutes. It was actually a very enjoyable game to watch, for the neutral.
I'm 1/4, only getting the Saints right, so I guess I'm out. Am I the only one?
Texans@Ravens, good defensive match-up there... Broncos@Patriots, and we'll see if New England's washed up or if Denver' really big-time... Saints@49ers, a classic High-Powered Offense vs. High-Powered Defense struggle... Giants@Packers, with two teams on a roll meeting head on *at the Frozen Tundra of Laaaaaambeua Field!
Well, I'm 2/2. Does that mean that I go to next week as well?
And obi, I hate to break it to you...but most often the high powered offense beats that high powered defense. Pray for the wind and rain!
But on a side note, woe to any offensive line that faces the Giants pass rush! Matt Ryan was being eaten up ALL DAY. I just want to say this on here, because I can't believe it...the Giants defense SHUT OUT THE FALCONS OFFENSE. I mean holy crap, I've NEVER seen the defense play that good. And if only the offense had gotten moving in the first half, it would've been 38-2 easily by the final whistle. Falcons got stomped, and the G-men are looking to repeat their last playoff appearance at Green Bay.
I'm so bummed about the Bengals... But at least they actually *made* the playoffs (albeit by being a wildcard, but still). Major improvement this year that will hopefully contribute to more improvement in the coming years.
frickity-frick-frick-frick! i really didn't want the giants. the one team i'm afraid of. straight-up we're the much better team, but the giants have this bizarre propensity for upsets.
@Draugnar That was a great spot for the bengals to finish at, considering they weren't all that good this year (beat only 1 team with winning record, i think?). the future is bright now, though, with aj green and a young defense. there will probably be a point in the next few years when pit/bal will have to rebuild, so there might be a window.
I actually accurately predicted all the games in the other board I frequent, and didn't realize I didn't say anything here. My scores were wildly off, though. Don't worry, I'm not using this as retroactive picks.
Jan 4 2012, 11:21 AM
So, we start with:
Bengals at Texans
Man, I really like the Texans. I also would LOVE to see this be a really rare Super Bowl: one between two teams that have never been there before. But I think we're two years away from that, realistically. The Texans are just too hurt. Even if they do pull it together and beat Cincy, and I wouldn't bet the farm on that, I think their run ends there.
My prediction: Texans 17, Bengals 14
Lions at Saints
This game is going to break my heart into a million pieces and I know it. I know the Lions are going to go down and face the guy who was my personal hero for 14 of the last 17 weeks, and he's going to torch them. I know Stafford and Megatron can hang, but I don't believe they'll come out on top. And the swagger coming out of the Detroit camp is a little too reminiscent of Rex Ryan's Jets. "I don’t think we concede anything,” Jim Schwartz says, seemingly dumbfounded that a reporter would suggest that Brees is going to light up the scoreboard to some level. Suh added, “I don’t plan on anyone shooting our defense out." It's good to have confidence. I'm glad they have it. But I'm terrified of what will actually happen.
I predict: Saints 52, Lions 48
Steelers at Tebows
I want to see a little Tebow magic here because I hate the Steelers. It's possible, because Pittsburgh's offense is a little hobbled (they had issues scoring on the Browns last week), and their leading tackler has to sit the game out because he has a medical condition that worsens at a mile high. Tebow's game has suffered the last three weeks, but hopefully he regains his faith after even a loss to the Neckbearded One didn't kill his season. I'm hoping here.
I dream: Broncos 17, Steelers 14
Falcons at Giants
I think these are the two most flawed teams in the playoffs, and Matty Ice has lately been as streaky as Eli if not moreso. Plus, while the Giants don't usually have a huge homefield advantage, the Falcons aren't very good on the road as a franchise. I think the G-Men pull this out because they have to.
@jmeyersd - oh don't get too worried. That was a once in a lifetime appearance for the Giants Defense. Next week they'll get lit up as usual. Running game struggled for a while too, so we'll be one dimensional for most of the first half, until you defense gets tired in the 4th quarter and Jacobs looks like MJD haha. Still, it'll be tough to keep up with the Pack in scoring
Political Analysts and...Lord of the Rings Fans...Unite??? (Clarify?)
“As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,It’s being drawn to Iraq and it’s not being drawn to the U.S. You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don’t want the Eye to come back here to the United States.” --Rick Santorum
WHAT did he mean by that, do you suppose? O.O I have no idea...! LOL
Hey Guys, I'd like to let you know about the opportunity to play a game. This game is 5 minute phases and should be played pretty quickly. Hopefully, we'll get through it by the time its not too late. gameID=77303
gameID=74805 Another great Gunboat finished. Interesting that me and AlexNesta were allies again...this time without a single attempt to stab and with some complex moves. Special attention to the S1903 convoy to Bulgaria.