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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Tyler Bassett wants to go Lee Corso and say — not sofast. Adam Green thinks the Cards should not turntheirback such good, ummm, luck. Instead of disagreeing whilesitting in their (neighboring) cubicles they decided todo it through email. Tyler’s up first. With the Arizona Cardinals at 1-6 and losersof six straight, you almost have to mention thepossibility that the team that could end up with the No. 1overall pick come next April. Under the assumption AndrewLuck puts his name in the draft, he’ll be the favorite tobe taken with that selection. Hell, he was last yearbefore the 2011 draft even started. TylerIF the Arizona Cardinals end up with the No. 1 pick nextApril they should not take Andrew Luck with the pick ifthey are going to keep Kevin Kolb on the roster. The teaminvested way too much money in Kolb this past season togive up on him after one year. Yes, if you draft Luck youhave given up on Kolb. A team can’t trade for a“franchise” QB and give him $21 million guaranteed —$63.5 overall, trade a good cornerback (DRC) and a second-round pick and put him on the bench after one year. It’sbad business and bad investing. You gave up — and gavehim — a whole lot and it’s the guy you are stuck with forthe foreseeable future. Andrew Luck should not be anArizona Cardinal no matter what. They have way too manyother holes to fill.AdamFirst, let me preface this by saying I don’t think theCards will land the top pick in the draft. They may suck,but not enough to land Luck. However, if they wereselecting first overall it would mean one very simplething: Kevin Kolb stunk. That being the case, why wouldyou pass on the most sure-thing QB the league has seencome out of college in decades just to get another year ofKolb? At 27 the guy may not have much more room toimprove, and it’s fairly likely what you see now is whatyou’ll get three years from now. Did the Cardinals give upa lot to get Kolb? Absolutely. But don’t compound onemistake by making another. Admit you were wrong and behappy it only cost you a shaky corner, a high pick and asigning bonus and not the franchise’s next decade offootball. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ TylerI disagree that them getting the first pick means KevinKolb stunk. It certainly doesn’t say he played well butthis team is a roster full of issues right now. I don’tthink the QB position is one of their biggest needs. Ilike Luck, but with all rookies I won’t sit here and sayhe’s a sure thing. Even saying the most-sure thing indecades doesn’t sway me. I would much rather see a lefttackle that could protect and help Kolb’s mental statewhen he drops back or a guy coming off the edge with thespeed of a safety and the reach of a power forward. Afterwatching seven games I think this team can succeed withKolb at QB (I don’t see another nine completely changingmy mind, not with all the other holes). I only think he’llcontinue to get better (injury may prevent that for a fewweeks). Give him this entire season, plus a full off-season and a full season with that off-season to build offof. With what the Cardinals did to make it happen thispast August plus their other holes, it makes the mostsense. AdamI’ll grant you the Cardinals have plenty ofissues, with some maybe even being worse than QB. However,if there is one thing we’ve learned the last couple ofyears it’s that a great quarterback can make up for a lotof problems. Kurt Warner had the Cardinals in the playoffsand without him they are the worst team in the NFC West.The Colts are a perennial playoff team, take away PeytonManning and they may not win a game. An accurate QB whocan read a defense and get the ball out quickly willneutralize a bad offensive line and a QB who can putpoints on the board will help his defense look adequate.The point is you cannot win without an elite QB unless youhave a dominant defense and running game, and theCardinals are quite a few pieces short of having either.While there are no guarantees Andrew Luck will be great,all signs (minus Phil Simms) point in that direction. Plughim into this offense and watch the team magically becomegood again. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Microsoft is shutting down card and board games for Windows XP ME

first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Microsoft is ready to pack up its board and card games once and for all. The software giant has published a post on Microsoft Answers announcing the retirement schedule for the old-school games bundled with now retired versions of Windows, including Backgammon, Checkers, Spades, Hearts, Reversi and MSN Go.“Hello, Microsoft Internet Games players,” the post begins. “It is with heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision that the following games will no longer be supported,” it continues before listing the games and the version of Windows impacted.Windows XP and ME users will be losing the most, with everything except MSN Go included. Windows 7 players, on the other hand, will just see the end of Backgammon, Checkers, Spades and MSN Go, and they also see a stay of execution into next year. While games for XP and ME will cease to work on July 31, Windows 7’s game services will stay online until January 22 2020.“We truly appreciate all the time and passion you’ve put into Microsoft Internet Games. This has been a great community,” the blog post continues. “However, the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.”While that could mean any part of the business, Microsoft’s internet gaming plans have got considerably more complex since the days when multiplayer Checkers was the norm. Project xCloud, for one thing, promises to stream Xbox One games to anywhere in the world. While you’d imagine Microsoft only has limited resources working on older Windows games, every little helps. “While we’re saddened to leave this chapter behind, we continue to be committed to delivering engaging, delightful gaming experiences,” the post continues. “We hope you’ll come with us on this journey and join the community of any of the other Microsoft casual games.” Ideally joining that community on Windows 10 – an OS that the company is still actively supporting.Did you play these older internet games? Share your reminiscences with us on Twitter: @TrustedReviews. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think.last_img read more