We can live without most cable stations and are fine to rely on something like Roku or watching online (or whatever else is similar on the market) for almost everything. However, we'd like to be able to watch most if not all the NFL games each week and don't know if there are options that will allow that.
If it matters, since things get bundled, we Wholesale NFL Jerseys are planning to get internet but no home phone.
No. There are no other (legal) options. If you want the NFL, you must sign up for a contract with a major content distributor; if you want all of the NFL, you must sign up with DirecTV.
Your only legal chance at getting Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV contract is if your new place cheap nfl jerseys is out of the line of sight of a DirecTV satellite; in that case, you can pay $50 more than the typical Sunday Ticket price to get access to the games on tablet/smartphone/computer etc. In DC, this is unlikely to be true.
posted by downing street memo at 2:39 PM on September 16, 2012 [2 favorites]
I just learned it's possible to get the DirectTV NFL Sunday Ticket through a PS3 system. Does anyone have experience with that setup?
posted by calcetinporfavor at 3:06 PM on September 16, 2012
Here are a few write ups on Sunday Ticket on a PS3.
posted by roomwithaview at 3:15 PM on September 16, 2012 [1 favorite]
This is much much tougher than it should be. This site might help, and it's both recent and the poster seems to want to keep updating it regularly.
Seriously, good luck.
posted by Sphinx at 4:19 PM on September 16, 2012
Is RCN available where you are? It was the only option in my last DC building, but the prices were reasonable and the service was pretty good.
posted by charmcityblues at 4:30 PM on September 16, 2012
I was coming in to tell you about the PS3 option I haven't done it myself, but a friend of mine did and he had issues with the Sony system rejecting him and couldn't get it to work. He heard about from from Best Buy, so it should be a fully legit option.
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We've tried to answer the same question, and the only other option for us turned out to be ditching cable and hanging out at the neighborhood sports bar. We don't watch every single game each week, though.
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British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions, formerly known as the British Lions, is a rugby union team selected from players eligible for any of the Home Unions the national sides of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Lions are a Test side, and generally select international players, but they can pick uncapped players available to any one of the four unions. The side tours every four years, with these rotating among , New Zealand, and South Africa. The 2009 Test series was lost 2 1 to South Africa, while the 2013 Test series was won 2 1 over .
From 1888 onwards combined rugby sides from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland toured the Southern Hemisphere. The winning series in 1971 (New Zealand) and 1974 (South Africa) changed this pattern. The last tour of the amateur age took place in 1993.
Naming and symbolsThe multi nation team that is today named the British and Irish Lions first came into existence in 1888 as the Shaw Shrewsbury Team. It was then primarily English in composition but also contained players from Scotland and Wales. Later the name British Isles became associated with the team. On their 1950 tour of New Zealand and they officially adopted the name British Lions, the nickname first used by British and South African journalists on the 1924 South African tour after the lion emblem on their ties, the emblem on their jerseys having been dropped in favour of the four quartered badge with the symbols of the four represented unions.
When the team first emerged in the nineteenth century it represented the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, then one single state. The team continued to exist after the Irish War of Independence and the subsequent division of the island of Ireland in 1922 into the Irish Free State (later the Republic of Ireland) and Northern Ireland. To avoid ambiguity and possible offence to Irish players it was later decided to define the team's identity as representing the two sovereign states Ireland and the United Kingdom with the team members being either "British" or "Irish". From the 2001 tour of , the official name British and Irish Lions has been used. For the 2005 tour to New Zealand, the Lions management commissioned a song, "The Power of Four", although it met with little support amongst Lions fans at the matches and was not used on the 2009 or 2013 Tours.
Team colours and strip
For more than half a century, the Lions have been synonymous with the red jersey that sports the amalgamated crests of the four unions. However, prior to 1950 the strip went through a number of significantly different formats.In 1888, the promoter of the first expedition to and New Zealand, , demanded "something that would be good material and yet take them by storm out here". The result was a jersey in thick red, white and blue hoops, worn above white shorts and dark socks. The tours to South Africa in 1891 and 1896 retained the red, white and blue theme but this time as red and white hooped jerseys and dark blue shorts and socks. The 1899 trip to saw a reversion to red, white and blue jerseys, but with the blue used in thick hoops and the red and white in thin bands. The shorts remained blue, as did the socks although a white flash was added to the latter. The one off test in 1999 between England and that was played to commemorate 's first test against Reverend 's British side saw England wear an updated version of this jersey. In 1903, the South Africa tour followed on from the 1896 tour, with red and white hooped jerseys. The slight differences were that the red hoops were slightly thicker than the white (the opposite was true in 1896), and the white flash on the socks introduced in 1899 was partially retained. The of 1904 saw exactly the same kit as in 1899, and it seemed that the British touring sides had settled on kits particular to the host destination. However, in 1908 with the Scottish and Irish unions refusing to be involved, the Anglo Welsh side only sported red jerseys with a thick white band on their jerseys on tour to and New Zealand. Blue shorts were retained, but the socks were for the first time red, with a white flash.
Blue jerseys, the Lions named and the crest adopted
The Scots were once again involved in Dr Tom Smyth's 1910 team to South Africa. Thus, dark blue jerseys, were introduced with white shorts and the red socks of 1908. The jerseys also had a single lion rampant crest. The 1924 tour returned to South Africa, retaining the blue jerseys but now with shorts to match. It is the 1924 tour that is credited as being the first in which the team were referred to as "the Lions", the irony being that it was on this tour that the single lion rampant crest was replaced with the forerunner of the four quartered badge with the symbols of the four represented unions, that is still worn today. Although the lion had been dropped from the jersey, the players had worn the lion motif on their ties as they arrived in South Africa, which led the press and public referring to them as "the Lions".
The unofficial 1927 Argentina tour used the same kit and badge. So powerful was the attribution of "the Lions" nickname that three heraldic versions of the animal returned as the jersey badge in 1930. This was the tour to New Zealand where the tourists now standard blue jerseys caused some controversy. The convention in rugby is for the home side to accommodate its guests when there is a clash of kit. The New Zealand side, by then already synonymous with the appellation "All Blacks", had an all black kit that clashed with the Lions' blue. After much Cowboys Demarcus Lawrence Jersey reluctance and debate New Zealand agreed to change for the Tests and the All Blacks became the All Whites for the first time. On the 1930 tour a delegation led by the Irish lock George Beamish expressed their displeasure at the fact that whilst the blue of Scotland, white of England and red of Wales were represented in the strip there was no green for Ireland. A return to New Zealand was accompanied by a desire to avoid the controversy of 1930 and so red replaced blue for the jersey with the resultant kit being that which is still worn today, the combination of red jersey, white shorts and green and blue socks, representing the four unions. The only additions to the strip since 1950 began appearing in 1993, with the addition of kit suppliers logos in prominent positions. Umbro had in 1989 asked for "maximum brand exposure whenever possible" but this did not affect the kit's appearance. Since then, Nike then Adidas have had more overt branding on the shirts, with sponsors Scottish Provident (1997), NTL (2001), Zurich (2005) and HSBC (2009 2013).
The earliest tours date back to 1888, when a 21 man squad visited and New Zealand. The squad drew players from England, Scotland and Wales, though English players predominated. The 35 match tour of two host nations included no tests, but the side played provincial, city and academic sides, winning 27 matches. They played 19 games of n rules football, against prominent clubs in Victoria and South , winning six and drawing one of these (see n rules football in England).
The first tour, although unsanctioned by rugby bodies, established the concept of Northern Hemisphere sporting sides touring to the Southern Hemisphere. Three years after the first tour, the Western Province union invited rugby bodies in Britain to tour South Africa. Some saw the 1891 team the first sanctioned by the Rugby Football Union as the English national team, though others referred to it as "the British Isles". The tourists played a total of twenty matches, three of them tests. The team also played the regional side of South Africa (South Africa did not exist as a political unit in 1891), winning all three matches. In a notable event of the tour, the touring side presented the Currie Cup to Griqualand West, the province they thought produced the best performance on the tour.
Five years later a British Isles side returned to South Africa. They played one extra match on this tour, making the total of 21 games, including four tests against South Africa, with the British Isles winning three of them. The squad had a notable Irish orientation, with the Irish national team contributing six players to the 21 man squad.
In 1899 the British Isles touring side returned to for the first time since the unofficial tour of 1888. The squad of 23 for the first time ever had players from each of the home nations. The team again participated in 21 matches, playing state teams as well as northern Queensland sides and Victorian teams. A four test series took place against , the tourists winning three out of the four. The team returned via Hawaii and Canada playing additional games on route.
Four years later, in 1903, the British and Irish team returned to South Africa. The opening performance of the side proved disappointing from the tourists' point of view, with defeats in its opening three matches by Western Province sides in Cape Town. From then on the team experienced mixed results, though more wins than losses. The side lost the test series to South Africa, drawing twice, but with the South Africans winning the decider 8 to nil.
No more than twelve months passed before the British and Irish team ventured to and New Zealand in 1904. The tourists devastated the n teams, winning every single game. also lost all three tests to the visitors, even getting held to a standstill in two of the three games. Though the New Zealand leg of the tour did not take long in comparison to the number of n games, the British and Irish experienced considerable difficulty across the Tasman after whitewashing the ns. The team managed two early wins before losing the test to New Zealand and only winning one more game as well as drawing once. Despite their difficulties in New Zealand, the tour proved a raging success on field for the British and Irish.
In 1908, another tour took place to and New Zealand. In a reversal of previous practice, the planners allocated more matches in New Zealand rather than in : perhaps the strength of the New Zealand teams and the heavy defeats of all n teams on the previous tour influenced this decision. Some commentators thought that this tour hoped to reach out to rugby communities in , as rugby league (infamously) started in in 1908. The Anglo Welsh side (Irish and Scottish unions did not participate) performed well in all the non test matches, but drew a test against New Zealand and lost the other two. The 1910 tour to South Africa marked the official beginning of British and Irish rugby tours: the inaugural tour operating under all four unions. The team performed moderately against the non test parties, claiming victories in just over half their matches. The test series, however, went to South Africa, who won two of the three games. A side managed by Oxford University supposedly the England rugby team, but actually including three Scottish players toured Argentina at the time: the people of Argentina termed it the "Combined British".
The next British Isles team tour did not take place until 1924, again in South Africa. The team, led by Ronald Cove Smith, struggled with injuries and lost three of the four test matches, drawing the other 3 3. In total, 21 games were played, with the touring side winning 9, drawing 3 and losing 9. This tour may have marked the occasion when the team first became known as "the Lions".
In 1927 a short, nine game series took place in Argentina, with the Lions winning all nine encounters; the tour did however become a financial success for Argentine rugby. After a seemingly long absence from New Zealand, the Lions returned in 1930 to some success. The Lions won all of their games that did not have test status except for the matches against Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury; they did however lose three of their four test matches against the All Blacks, winning the first test 6 3. The side also visited , losing a test but winning five out of the six non test games.
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How to Slaughter Cattle with Pictures
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It's pretty obvious that beef is meat from muscles of cattle, but how does it get to our table? In order for beef to be served at dinner time in the form of, for example, a Porterhouse Steak, sacrifices must be made in order to get that steak. In other words, an animal's life must be taken to put meat on the table. It does sound sad and gruesome, but it's reality. Cattle, like all ungulates, are born to be killed and eaten. However, the way we humans kill and eat animals is much different from what a pack of wolves or a pride of lions have to do so they can eat. Humans are expected to treat animals with the same level of kindness and respect from the time the animal came to be raised to the point of slaughter. This is particularly true for those who care for and raise animals for their own freezer. However, some anti slaughter people disagree with this statement, due to their agendas that all animals should be protected and none should be killed in every way shape and form.
It should be noted, though, that this article is not created for the purpose of arguing about the morals of whether slaughtering animals for food is right or wrong, since that should be left for a different time and place, or can be discussed on the Discuss tab of this article. Before we begin, cowboysauthenticofficial.com/Zack_Martin_Jersey_Cowboys a definition: Slaughtering is the killing, cleaning, skinning and quartering animals for meat. It is a process that begins when the animal enters onto the kill floor or the area where they can be easily accessed to be slaughtered and ends in the cooling room.
There are three ways that cattle are slaughtered: Commercial, Do It Yourself at Home Butchering, and Religious slaughter. Religious slaughter is the most controversial subject next to commercial slaughter, but it is beyond the scope of this article to cover such a diversified subject due to the fact that there is more than one religious slaughter method that exists, and thus will not be covered here. The steps below will show only two methods, describing how they are accomplished and the details as to why such methods and steps need to be done.
The details in the sections below are only examples of what is typically done to slaughter cattle. Every slaughter plant or butcher shop, large or small, and every DIY practice is always going to be different from another. Different slaughtering facilities will have different equipment that they see fit to use for humane slaughter, and different farms and counties have various methods and regulations, respectively, that must be followed when performing slaughter. The basic concepts of the two methods, though, are the same and involve similar practices. Try to avoid slaughtering and butchering cattle, or any other animals, during fly season, which is typically between May and October in most countries except Australia. For some areas, you can butcher anytime between October and May, especially the areas that don't get much or any snow and temperatures remain 40 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) during the day.
However, the window for slaughtering cattle is much more narrower for areas that do get snow from November or December through to May. For these areas, slaughtering should be done in the fall, between October to the first snowfall.
You should also note the time that your animals were born and when the best age and time to slaughter should be. For example, if the steer you are raising on grass was born in April and you are wanting to slaughter him when he's around 18 months of age, then you should slaughter in October of the following year. However, if the steer was born in February and you want to slaughter at the same age (18 months), then you may have to consider waiting a couple of months more (into October or November instead of in August of the following) to slaughter it.
Consider withholding feed for 24 hours prior to slaughter. It's not totally necessary, but it's easier to clean or gut an animal when there is no food in the gastro intestinal (GI) tract than if there was. But if you feel bad about leaving your cattle hungry before slaughter, then that's fine too. Aim carefully for the invisible X above the eyes, and then squeeze the trigger. If your shot is right on the mark, then the animal will die instantly or be rendered insensible.
In order to know where to place the bullet from your gun to render the animal insensible, an invisible X should be visualized: Start at the top of the base of the animal's horn or ear, then trace it to the center of the opposite eye. Do the same with the other ear or eye. (Or think of it this way: left ear/horn to right eye, right ear/horn to left eye.) The center were the lines meet is where the bullet should be placed.
If the gun is placed in between the eyes, the shot will completely miss the brain and quite possibly fail to kill. Thus it is very important to know where to place the gun in order to let the animal meet a swift and painless end. With a big, very sharp knife (a hunting knife is best), stick the point of the knife into the throat and cut outward away from you so that the blood can drain out onto the ground. Never cut into the skin through the hair, since the blade will slip and you could cut yourself or a part of the animal you don't want cut. Make sure all the main blood vessels are severed.
Often pumping the foreleg up and down a few times also helps get the blood out.
Note: Before and during the sticking process many people who have viewed videos of animal slaughter or have personally watched the slaughter process observed that the animals' legs were still moving and kicking as their throats were being slit, and this has lead them to believe that the animal was still alive after being stunned or killed. This is false. Leg movements are merely unconscious reflexes that are initiated by synapses that come from not the brain itself because the brain would already be non functioning after being killed, but the spinal cord. Even decapitated animals will kick.
In order to determine if an animal is unconscious and insensible, leg movement must be ignored. Eye reflexes, eye blinking, vocalization and rhythmic breathing or movement of the animal's sides must be absent in order for an animal to be considered deceased. Shackle the single tree to chains and attach the chains to the loader. Raise the loader up as high as you are comfortable of raising so that the animal's head is not dragging on the ground, and so it's at a sufficient height where you can start to work on the rear of the animal.
Dry, dust free and well drained area.
Area not visible to the public, like from roads, neighbor's houses, etc.
Well lit area, such as in a sunny spot or where you can access electricity if you have to do the slaughtering process in the evening or at night.
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15 Old Photographs That Prove the World Used to Be Insane
No, really look at that picture again. Look at the man who has been freshly ejected from a speeding automobile. There he is, currently flailing through the air. Now look at the other man the one with a giant smile on his face, waiting to smack said crash victim with a comically oversized mallet before he hits the ground. Everybody in that image either died immediately after it was taken or were promptly investigated for suspected Highlanderism. But that was auto polo.
You would head out to your nearest muddy field, mount up an unstable, dangerous, rickety car a vehicle that had only been invented 30 years earlier, remember and then whale the bastard about psychotically while swinging a friggin' hammer over your head. That's like you and your friends buying a bunch of jet packs and jai alai sticks today and just setting off into the open sky, giving the finger to your concerned families it's insane that you would even own the technology in the first place, much less have the balls to violently misuse it like that. Auto polo was not just some Jackass style one off stunt, either .
Demonstration matches were frequently held at county fairs and stadiums all across the country, though it was most prominent in the Midwest during the early 1910s. It was usually played with a basketball, as seen above, and the only mandated gear was a jaunty cap and a callous disregard for human life. It was every bit as unquestionably awesome as it was uncontrollably, screamingly retarded:
That picture is perfect. It's everything art should be: There's an Old West style sheriff in a ten gallon hat, grimly staring off into the sunset as a pair of land based airboats wait patiently for permission to start their automotive hammer jousting. I'm going to dedicate that last sentence to my wife, because that's the most beautiful thing I've ever created.
Don't go thinking that auto polo was a case of things looking worse than they really were, either: I'm not cherry picking exciting photos from a boring event. If you couldn't guess from the ridiculous overabundance of overturned cars and men flying through the air, about to successively eat shit and then have their heads bashed in by their own hurtling hammers:
Auto polo was so deadly, it was eventually banned nationwide. Heartbroken enthusiasts of sport and blunt force injuries the world over had to pack up their families every Chargers Donald Brown Jersey Sunday, and settle for attending another boring old .
Lion DromeI've shown this photo once before, but I don't think I made it totally clear that Lion Dromes were not a fluke. This was just how you took in a show, back in the day. It was like going to the matinee now, only instead of watching Jeremy Renner pout in front of a shaky camera, you had the kids stick their unshielded little faces out over a bowl of automotive trauma and told them to inhale the heady fumes of gasoline and jungle predator.
Lion Dromes originally started as a spinoff of Walls of Death: enclosed arenas where small cars and motorcycles kicked gravity square in the beanbags with a boot made out of centrifugal force. But of course, driving sideways in defiance of how everything should be wasn't entertaining enough for the discerning, cane fighting supercriminals of yesteryear. So they added lions, naturally:
Now you had stoic men in severe suits bolting great cats to tiny cars and trying to outrace a million years of primal, murderous instinct . sideways.
However that, too, bored the masses, still coming down off the carnage high of auto polo, so Wall of Death owners did what any good entertainer would do: They threw in hot dames and bigger cats.
Well, as hot a dame as they could find who was willing to risk flipping a go kart on top of a furious lion. The pool was . surprisingly narrow.
Our forefathers were so jaded by the rampant, unchained awesomeness of day to day life that they looked at motorcycles defying gravity with zero safety measures and stifled a yawn. Then they politely requested that the show owners mix some comely lasses and apex predators into the Bowl of Death to really earn that nickel admission fee.
I know that we, as a species, have come a long way since then: We have established such important concepts as "human rights" and "respect for animals" and "basic, rational safety measures" in our modern society. And that's great. Wonderful. But maybe it's time we all stopped and asked ourselves: Is it worth what we gave up? Is it worth the total and complete absence of angry lions doing sweet motorcycle tricks in our lives?
I humbly posit that it is not.
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Werner Herzog http://www.officialchargersnflstore.com/Ryan_Carrethers_Jersey_Chargers Enters 'The Cave Of Forgotten Dreams'
In 1994, three French cave explorers discovered hundreds of prehistoric paintings and engravings on the walls of the Chauvet Cave in southern France.
Carbon dating has since shown that the depictions of rhinoceroses, lions, cave bears, horses, bison, mammoths and other animals are between 30,000 and 32,000 years old.
"Art . as it bursts on the scene 32,000 years ago, is fully accomplished. It doesn't start with 'primitive scribblings' and first attempts like children would make drawings," Herzog says. "It's absolutely and fully accomplished."
The acclaimed German director, who has produced, written and directed more than 40 films, gained exclusive access to the Chauvet caves. He tells their story and the story of the world's oldest cave paintings in The Cave of Forgotten Dreams, a 3 D documentary film.
"Since early adolescence, I have been fascinated by cave paintings," Herzog tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It actually was my personal intellectual awakening . and shook me to the core seeing an image of a horse [from the] prehistoric Stone Age. I couldn't believe it."
Part of Herzog's interest in the paintings, he says, is the knowledge that tens of thousands of years ago, humans had the instinct to make art in order to represent the world around them.
"It is strange and very significant that all of a sudden, we have the presence of what I would call 'the modern human soul,' " he says. "Neanderthal man actually did not have all of this, and other civilizations did not have it. And earlier human beings did not represent the world in figurative means paintings and sculptures and so on."
Filming Inside The Chauvet Caves
Making a documentary inside the Chauvet caves was a difficult endeavor in part because the cave has so many restrictions. All visitors are required to obtain permission from the regional French government and wear protective body suits to prevent the spread of bacteria and biological growth within the cave. Herzog had to convince both government officials and scientists that he would film inside the cave for only one week.
"I was only allowed [in the cave] for four hours a day," Herzog recalls. "I was only allowed three men with me. I was only allowed to carry along what we could in our hands. So we couldn't move heavy equipment in there. [I could only bring] lights that would emit light without any temperature. And, of course, you never step off the metal walkway."
The men who accompanied Herzog into the cave are frequently seen in the film's final footage, mainly because they could never leave the metal walkway. But seeing the drawings inside the cave, Herzog says, made all of the restrictions worthwhile.
"[The first time I saw the drawings], it was just a moment of complete awe," he says. "I was not prepared for the fact that the cave was so beautiful. It's like crystal cathedrals and stalactites and stalagmites and just like a fairy tale universe down there, and I was not prepared. . Facing the paintings, it's just sheer awe how beautiful and how accomplished they are."
Interview Highlights On what the cave smelled and felt like
"It's slightly humid. . There is a plan to re create the cave outside in some sort of what I called the Disneyland version. Since nobody's going to be allowed in the cave, they will replicate the entire cave. They'll replicate the paintings on the walls. And there was even a plan to re create, in our imagination, the scent inside of the cave. Which means maybe some carrion of rotting cave bears, some fire, some . resins. I've found a master perfumer who fantasize[s] wildly about how the odor may have been 32,000 years ago. However, when you are entering there, it is slightly humid. There's no significant traces of any smell of anything significant in there."
On shooting in 3 D
"When I saw photos, it looked almost like flat walls maybe slightly undulating or so. Thank God, I went in there without any camera a month before shooting. What you see in there is limestone, and you have these wildly undulating walls you have bulges and niches and pendants of rock, and there's a real incredible drama of information. The artists utilized it for their paintings. . So it was clear it was imperative to do this in 3 D, in particular, because we were the only ones ever allowed to film."
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On how Fred Astaire footage wound up in the documentary
"Arguably, or for me, the greatest single sequence in all of film history [is] Fred Astaire dancing with his own shadows, and all of a sudden he stops and the shadows become independent and dance without him and he has to catch up with them. It's so quintessential movie. It can't get more beautiful. It's actually from Swing Time . And when you look at the cave and certain panels, there's evidence of some fires on the ground. They're not for cooking. They were used for illumination. You have to step in front of these fires to look at the images, and when you move, you must see your own shadow. And immediately, Fred Astaire comes to mind who did something 32,000 years later which is essentially what we can imagine for early Paleolithic people."
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