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The Dark Forest / Re: The NFL Football topic
« on: January 17, 2022, 09:17:21 AM »
LOL @ the NFC East. Can we please ban this division from the league? Not only are we subjected to their prime time games every year, but they are a waste of a playoff spot. I'm not surprised to see Cowboys lose at all.  :afro:

It looks like the AFCDS is set:

Bengals @ Titans
Bills @ Chiefs

I think the Bengals can beat the Titans if Derrick Henry is not playing. I really hope the Chiefs don't make it to the Super Bowl again. The Bills already beat the Chiefs this season, but I don't think KC falls twice to the Bills in one season. I hope I'm wrong though.

I have a feeling we will have a Packers vs. Chiefs Super Bowl like PP319 predicted.  :afro:

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The Dark Forest / Re: The NFL Football topic
« on: January 14, 2022, 08:19:54 PM »
It's that time of year again - Playoff time!   :mrred:

Here are the current seedings:

AFC:
1.) Titans
2.) Chiefs
3.) Bills
4.) Bengals
5.) Patriots
6.) Raiders
7.) Steelers

NFC:
1.) Packers
2.) Bucs
3.) Cowboys
4.) Rams
5.) Cardinals
6.) 49ers
7.) Eagles

My Super Bowl prediction - Chiefs vs. Rams.

Here is how I would rank the teams if I were to root for them:

AFC:
7.) Patriots - I have nothing against Mac Jones, but I just can't stand this franchise. I was hoping they would be irrelevant for the next decade. I don't think I will ever vote for the Patriots in any type of scenario ever again. I hope the Bills crush them.
6.) Chiefs - I like Patrick Mahomes, but this team is starting to give off Brady Patriots vibes. First off, it seems everything goes their way. Second, there is too much drama surrounding this team. I can't stand Patrick Mahomes family either. They will probably be a SB representing team again, but I hope any team that is not the Patriots eliminates them.
5.) Raiders - I hate the fans more than I hate the team. I remember going to a Ravens-Raiders game years back and their fans acted like complete thugs. I do like how they were able to overcome all the adversity with Gruden's departure.
4.) Steelers - Normally, they would rank towards the bottom of my list. But part of me sort wants to see Big Ben make it far into the playoffs as a part of his farewell tour in the league. Plus, I like how competitive this team despite losing key players over the years.
3.) Bills - I'm still a little bitter over the loss last year, otherwise I would probably rank them towards the top. I think they're one of the teams that can knock the Chiefs out of the playoffs.
2.) Titans - Even though they're pretty big rivals to the Ravens, I really like how talented they are despite losing King Henry. I'm also glad they were able to keep the #1 seed from the Chiefs. Plus, the franchise is ringless and it would be nice to see them get one.
1.) Bengals - They might be a division rival, but I really like what they're doing with Burrow. I really hope they break their 30 year playoff drought this year at least. Just like the Titans, the Bengals are long overdue for a ring.

NFC:
7.) Packers - Normally I'm indifferent towards the Packers, but this year I can't stand them. Too much drama surrounding Rodgers and his vaccination status. I don't think I could stomach a Chiefs vs. Packers Super Bowl.
6.) Cowboys - I don't hate the team or players, but their fans are pretty annoying. They are pretty much guaranteed to screw up in the playoffs at some point as well.
5.) 49ers - This is a pretty boring team and it doesn't feel like they belong in the playoffs. Plus, they been to the playoffs twice already in the past 10 years so I don't really want to see them again.
4.) Buccaneers - I don't hate the Bucs at all, but I'm so over Tom Brady. Last year I rooted for them because I liked the worst to first story and how it paid off for them to buy all the big name players. Plus, it's hard to hate this franchise considering all the crap they went through over the years. They rank lower due to Brady.
3.) Eagles - I like Jelan Hurts and the recent success this franchise had. To be honest, they don't really feel like a playoff team. But I will easily take them over the teams above.
2.) Rams - I would love to see Stafford to finally get a ring. Plus, they have a lot of good talent on their team. While they've had some success the last several years, they don't really bother me as much as some of the other NFC teams.
1.) Cardinals - I like watching Kyler Murray play and he reminds me of Lamar Jackson. This franchise deserves a ring considering it's one of the oldest in the league. It's a shame they couldn't get the number one seed. I don't think they will make it far in the playoffs, but rooting for them to go all the way. A Bengals vs. Cardinals Super Bowl would be awesome.

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The Heart Room / Re: Legends is coming back!
« on: November 11, 2021, 12:32:54 PM »
So, I finally watched the entire Pearl Necklace of Rama episode. This is first episode of the Reboot that I've watched all the way through. My thoughts on the Reboot and every round of the episode are below. Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable episode and has motivated me to watch the previous episodes. I do have some complaints about the new format of the show which I will list below:

- Moat: Interesting decision to reduce the number of teams from 6 to 4 in the moat round. Not that it matters, since 2 teams ultimately make it to the temple games anyways. It does kind of suck not all 6 teams are present at once. I like how the moat in the Reboot involves a more extensive type of challenge instead of simply having two players trying to make it across without falling in. I always found the moat round in the original show to be uninteresting. I also like how teams receive an introduction, whereas in the OG it was just during the temple games. Although the constant cutting away to get the contestants' commentary might get annoying after watching the show for a while.

The moat round in this episode was pretty entertaining. The Orange Iguanas and Blue Barracudas were neck-and-neck. The Silver Snakes struggled pretty bad with trying to stay afloat. I liked the introduction for Nick and Josh and the flashback to the original show. Although they could've done better with the flashback instead of post a couple of Nick GAS screenshots.  :afro: Josh looks like the same in the face from his original episode, but I would've never guessed that was Nick. I guess not wearing his glasses makes him look like a different person. I wonder if they known each other for a long time? Maybe Nick was the one that got Josh interested in competing on the OG show?

- SOK: Not much has changed about this round. It looks like they are sticking with a cartoony artstyle for the stories. I do like how they kept the original chime for the SOK. Since this show is geared towards an older audience, they can get away with more violence in the legends. Orange Iguanas and Blue Barracudas pretty much dominated this round. LOL @ Nick frantically trying to step on the step markings in order to chime in.  :lol:

- Temple Games: I'm not a fan of this format of temple games. The teams are pretty much guaranteed to go to the temple with 2 Pendants. In the original show, the more Pendants that you earned meant the more likely you will be safe for all 3 guards. With this new format, the third temple guard is essentially worthless.

- Temple Run: I will admit that I had some major doubts about the temple, but the temple looks great so far. I like the objectives for all the new rooms featured in this episode. It will take some time to get use to them though. I also like how they brought back some old rooms like the Pit of Despair, Dark Forest, and of course the iconic Shrine. I also like the "just assemble the damn monkey" line by Olmec during the temple rundown. It made me chuckle.  :lol: The temple runner's contestant POV angle is a nice addition too. I do wish they kept the temple run theme from the original show.

As for the temple run in this episode, I agree with PP319 that Kirk was to blame for Josh and Nick losing. Was there a reason to interrupt the temple run for the Kirk cameo? They could've at least halted the clock while Nick and Josh were talking to Kirk. What if Nick and Josh never made it to the temple? How would they treat Kirk's cameo then? Although Nick wasting time in the Pit of Despair trying to open the door directly leading to the artifact did waste some time. You should know better, Nick.  :afro:

Overall, this was a good episode and it was nice seeing a couple of former contestant's return to the Reboot. I liked how Nick knows that he's famous among the fanbase for his jump out of the temple.  :lol: I hope they feature more former contestants in future episodes.

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The Heart Room / Re: Legends is coming back!
« on: November 09, 2021, 12:04:39 AM »
That's awesome that Nick and Josh returned to the show and even made it to the temple. I have this episode taped and will watch it tomorrow. Out of all the Nicks on the show (Great Seal, Melted Head, Annie Oakley, and Missing Weather Maps), I expected Great Seal nick to be the last one. From the tone of his interview, it sounded like he didn't have a good time. Or maybe he was just being a little dramatic.    :afro:

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The Heart Room / Re: What Really Saddens Me
« on: November 08, 2021, 11:59:18 PM »
I don't think Kristen's weight had anything to do with her performance. She just wasn't really an athletic person. The talent pool in Season 1 was pretty bad too and the producers pretty much allowed any contestant that signed up for the show to compete. That's why you see moat rejects from earlier episodes appear again on the last episode of each production day in Season 1. Kristen and Jim were even moat rejects from the Geronimo episode. I feel that most of the comments about Kristen's weight are supposed to be tongue-in-cheek comments and not taken seriously. Monica from Bifocal Monocle was skinny, but she struggled immensely in climbing the wall in the Pit of the Pendulum. Also, Garrett from Mata Hari is another contestant that received comments about his weight as welll. But he did a pretty good job in the temple except the Holes of Python (which caused a lot of contestants trouble).

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The Heart Room / Re: What Really Saddens Me
« on: November 03, 2021, 10:15:39 PM »
TRJ, I'm sure you know which six temple runs I was referencing with those blunders.

Not knowing how to hit an actuator: John Henry's Lost Hammer
Going in circles: Golden Cricket Cage of Khan
Retreating towards the exit from where the frontrunner left off: Keys to the Alhambra
Passing up the artifact: Golden Pepperoni of Catherine de' Medici
Making the monster monkey: Mysterious Manuscript of Mary Shelley
Dropping the artifact on the way out: Broken Trident of Poseidon

Also, do you think it would have been fair if the prizes had only gone to David? From what I've read here on this forum, the Enormous Feather run would have been if Purple Parrots broke the tie or if David had a smarter and faster female teammate. Is Karisa not only guilty for her episode's temple run not being a win but also for her team's poor pre-Temple Run performance score?

Even though I'm not fan of the Enormous Feather run, both Karisa and David deserve to get the same amount of prizes. After all, it was a team effort that allowed them to make it to the temple. Karisa did suck in the temple, but she did fine pre-temple rounds. She even won her individual temple game. The Purple Parrots might've done better with Karisa and David since the layout was pretty favorable. But we don't really know how competent either player were.

Also, is it safe to say that the following episodes would have had the temple team's Temple Game opponents do better in the Temple Run?

John Henry's Lost Hammer (Orange Iguanas)
The Keys to the Alhambra (Silver Snakes)
The Treasure Map of Jean Lafitte (Red Jaguars)
The Lost Lion Tail of Little John (Silver Snakes)

I agree that the losing temple teams should've gone to the temple in those episodes except for Lost Hammer. As bad as Kim was in the temple, they were a pretty strong team pre-temple rounds including winning 2 Pendants. And Billy did pretty good with his short time in the temple. Although to this day I never understood why Kim was so confused by an actuator. Even John and Tia knew how to press one.  :afro:

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The Heart Room / Re: Legends is coming back!
« on: November 03, 2021, 10:09:26 PM »
Who cares about that shit?

Kirk's coming back.

Let's not ignore this detail, too  :shock: :

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Fogg’s appearance on Sunday will also mark another reunion, as this week’s episode will feature contestants who first appeared on the original ’90s Nickelodeon version of the show.

Obviously no idea who, but it'll certainly be neat seeing some OG contestants again (and hopefully they limited it to only those who made it to the temple).

Wow, that's awesome! I really haven't had a chance yet to watch the 2021 version yet, but I will definitely watch the Sunday episode to see who the former contestant will be along with Kirk Fogg's return. I know there was a winning team from the David Ruprecht era of Supermarket Sweep that returned to compete on the Leslie Jones version of Supermarket Sweep last year.

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The Heart Room / Re: What Really Saddens Me
« on: October 24, 2021, 08:49:41 PM »
Travis and Elisa are easily the best losing team on the show and quite possibly the best team ever. They literally did everything right in the temple and came up one room short due to a brtual layout. They would've easily won the other King's Storeroom runs (Bent Shaving Pan and Enormous Feather). It does indeed suck that that Karisa got more prizes then they did, but in defense of her team, David was a pretty good contestant and he did deserve that prize at last. The Enormous Feather run would've been a win if David didn't get captured in the Dark Forest.


As much as I hate the Enormous Feathe run, I wouldn't give it a 1/10 even if Karisa didn't make it to the Dark Forest. A 1/10 temple run belongs to horrendously bad runs like Golden Cricket Cage, Blackbeard, Bifocal Monocle, and Snow Cone where the teams in those runs made some glaring mistakes and both players were bad. At least David was pretty decent in this run and saves it from being Bifocal Monocle level bad.  :afro:

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The Heart Room / Re: Season 2
« on: October 10, 2021, 11:55:21 PM »
I think Season 2 is probably liked the most due to being the most balanced season. No particular team really dominated this season (unlike Red Jaguars/Silver Snaks in Season 1 and Green Monkeys in Season 3) and the temple rooms were changed up a reasonable amount of times. Most of the likable rooms and temple games were also introduced during this season and were later brought back to Season 3. I don't have any issues with this season except for the stuff you mentioned. I wasn't a fan of the dubbed over temple runs. Especially when all the great runs had this terrible dubbing (Nose Ring, Priceless Portrait, Billy the Kid, and Lucky Pillow).

Season 1 had too many bad teams and temple runs. The temple layouts were either piss easy or extremely difficult. The temple was also changed too many times and more than half of the rooms were lame. The talent pool in this season was pretty bad, but it's too be expected since the entire season was taped before being aired. Kirk Fogg was also pretty boring this season as well, mostly because he was narrating too many of the rounds. One of the best decisions of Season 2 was give Olmec more narrating responsibilities. There were a handful of great episodes in Season 1, but overall this was the weakest season.

Season 3 was great and improved on Season 2 in some ways. I wasn't really a fan of how the temple remained static for all 40 episodes. They could've switched some of the temple rooms up like the Tomb of the Headless Kings and Pit of the Pendulum. There were too many hard layouts and too much Green Monkeys domination. The talent pool this season was amazing though.

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The Jesters' Court / Re: The Main Spam Topic 2.0
« on: May 22, 2021, 10:13:31 PM »
I might've tried out for a Legends reboot 5 years ago when I was 25, but now that I'm 30 pushing 31 I have less motivation to be on a show that requires physical  competition. Not that I'm out of shape or anything, I just don't have any motivation lol. Plus, with COVID going on and the try-outs on the other side of the country I have no motivation to travel either. And like PP319, I would want to know more about this show before actually signing up. If it was similar to the old format, I would consider trying out.

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I really hope no one thinks the criticism towards temple runners equates to their real life IQ. Most of the criticism I've seen is towards the contestants' temple performance rather than them personally. Admittedly, some of the comments towards contestants over the years have been harsh. Especially towards John and Tia. In fact, I found an article a couple years ago written by Sabrina for her company about her experience on the show. She seems to know that her episode is ridiculed a lot by the fanbase. As for temple runners feeling bullied, I doubt most of them care too much about their temple performance. Most of the contestants are in their late 30s/early 40s now. A lot of them found their experience on the show to be awkward (like Nick from Great Seal and Keeli from Stone Marker) and probably laugh about it. Also, some of the comments towards their temple performance is more tongue-in-cheek and shouldn't be taken seriously.

https://www.merkleinc.com/blog/what-legends-hidden-temple-taught-me-about-analytics-solution-design

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The Dark Forest / Re: The NFL Football topic
« on: April 28, 2021, 12:26:47 AM »
Even though the Ravens lost to the Bills in the divisional round, I wasn't mad at the result. The Bills dominated that game despite the weather conditions. They held the Ravens to a field goal (even though Tucker missed two chip shot FGs lol). Too bad they couldn't overcome the Chiefs in the AFCCG. Bills fans should be proud though about how far their team has come. They should definitely be division favorites the next few years.

I was surprised the Browns beat the Steelers given their situation. But they went out there and embarrassed the Steelers. Honestly, if it wasn't for that postponed Ravens game in the regular season and the loss to the Jets, they would've won the division. They should've beat the Chiefs though but it looks like KC is the new Patriots with everything going their own way.

Even though I'm not a big fan of Tom Brady, I'm glad the Bucs won the Super Bowl. It's not uncommon for teams to try and build a super team by signing all these top name guys. Often times these teams lose in the playoffs, but it worked out for the Bucs. I have no hard feelings towards that franchise, especially since they were completely irrelevant before their first SB win in 2002. They should be SB favorites again next year since Seattle lost Russel Wilson and Drew Brees is retiring from the Saints. The NFC is going to be pretty mediocre next year.

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The Heart Room / Re: Legends contestants on other Nick game shows
« on: April 27, 2021, 07:28:20 PM »
Good find! I definitely agree that Shea from Get the Picture is the same one from the Great Seal episode. It looks like we've been spelling her name wrong all these years. :P Speaking of the spelling of her name, the iTunes store description for the Great Seal episode also spells her name as "Shea". So I definitely think they are one and the same.

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The Dark Forest / Re: The NFL Football topic
« on: January 04, 2021, 10:55:37 PM »
LOL, part of me wants to think that the NFC East is so bad that is normal Eagles football. But yeah, that was the most obvious tank job next to the 2011 Colts. Although I think Washington was the "best" team in that division anyways. Ron Rivera did a great job this season with that mess of an organization. They are definitely better than a 7-9 team, but the loss of Alex Smith hurt them. It doesn't matter which team won that division anyways since they will get blown out by the Bucs in the first round.  :afro:

Speaking of Ron Rivera, he definitely deserves a mention for Coach of the Year for taking Washington to the playoffs considering the mess of that organization. As I mentioned above, they are a lot better than their 7-9 record indicates. Flores of the Dolphins deserves a mention as well for almost getting the Dolphins to playoffs. But the award definitely should go to Kevin Stefanski of the Cleveland Browns. He took a team that was 0-16 three years ago to an 11-5 record. Honestly, the Browns should've won both the Ravens and Jets game and finished 13-3. They might've been the #2 seed if they didn't lose either of those games. I hope they remain competitive in the coming years because the AFC North will be a lot of fun with the Steelers, Ravens, and Browns in competition. Even the Bengals could join the mix if Burrow continues to improve. ;)

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The Dark Forest / Re: The NFL Football topic
« on: January 03, 2021, 09:27:19 PM »
Glad to see the Browns make the playoffs as well! It would suck for them to miss it again with a 10-6 record like in 2007. It sucks that their team has suffered a COVID outbreak, but they should be healthy by next week. Playing the Steelers again will be tricky but this is an old school rivalry. The Steelers have a great record against their divisional rivals in the playoffs though. The Browns will need to play 110% at a chance of winning.

The AFC playoffs will be very interesting. All 7 teams are very talented and honestly any of them could go to the Super Bowl. I think the Bills and Chiefs are slightly above the rest, but anything can happen during the playoffs. It sucks Miami missed the playoffs with a 10-6 record, but they were definitely the weakest of the bunch. Especially since they only beat one winning team all season. They are definitely a team to look out for next year though.

The NFC, on the other hand, feels very weak. The NFC East division leader will literally be 7-9 or 6-10, 8-8 Bears will probably go one and done, and the Rams QB might not play in the playoff game next week. The Seahawks have also been pretty sucky as of late and Brees is not 100% healthy since his injury back in November. The Packers seem like the real favorites from this conference. Although I am interested in seeing how Brady and the Bucs perform. I think they can make it far into the playoffs, but beating the Packers a second time will not be easy.

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