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    So once or twice a year I head down to the states (Niagara and Buffalo to be specific) to catch a Bills game / get a 2 day getaway with my brother. A few of things I noticed this time around :

    A) the malls seemed insanely quiet compared to prior years.

    B) likely related to point a, the casino and restaurants we went to all seemed super quiet compared to prior years.

    C) we get us TV networks (but Canadian networks can often sub in their own commercials). I did not quite appreciate the over the top advertising of drug companies you guys need to deal with. 50% of the commercials on TV must have been for some miracle drug. The other 50% seemed to be for either draft kings or fan duel.

    D) so the old home of the Houston Rockets is now a church with a 16000 seat capacity and these guys sell it out multiple times a week. Fucking amazing.

    Not sure any of this is even conversation starting but that was my weekend.

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    Last concert in the Houston Summit was the Black Sabbath tour with Ozzy in 98. I think that was the year.
    I saw some of the best concerts and games there.
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    I've noticed the Fan Duel and Draft Kings commercials this year. They're pervasive. They're so annoying that, while on principle I think the business model should be legal, I wouldn't be overly upset if the states and feds shut them down. That one doofus who says he's won $3 million, I want to punch in the face. And it seems like everything ESPN does now is sponsored by one of them.

    You're right about the drug commercials too. How did we get so populous without boner pills? And why do they have to show the damn commercials every inning or every timeout or at all when your kids are asking you what's ED? Who says we don't manufacture anything anymore?

    I can't think of a beer commercial I've seen this football season yet. It's all, like you said, fantasy sports and boner pills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
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    Here's what I thought I would read.

    1. The IQ level just dropped about 50 points by stepping over the border.
    2. How come so many don't have health insurance?
    3. What's with all the guns?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1way2rock View Post
    Here's what I thought I would read.

    1. The IQ level just dropped about 50 points by stepping over the border.
    2. How come so many don't have health insurance?
    3. What's with all the guns?
    Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1way2rock View Post
    Here's what I thought I would read.

    1. The IQ level just dropped about 50 points by stepping over the border.
    2. How come so many don't have health insurance?
    3. What's with all the guns?
    Not to mention, "Why does all the beer taste like water?" Haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    Where are all the moose?
    And beavers!
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    I agree about the pharmaceutical commercials. Since they are limited on how they can market to physicians they use us to get the drugs to the doctors attention


    why should WE go to the doctor and ask for a specific drug...but that's the spiel. Everyone of those commercials is 10 seconds of how the drug benefits you and makes your life wonderful followed by 20 seconds telling you how the drug is going to fry your liver and give you seizures and some form of cancer or make your nipples fall off in the shower or something

    Wonder how much drug research could be paid for with all that advertising dough

    as for malls.....the internet kills off the malls just like the malls killed off downtowns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    I agree about the pharmaceutical commercials. Since they are limited on how they can market to physicians they use us to get the drugs to the doctors attention


    why should WE go to the doctor and ask for a specific drug...but that's the spiel. Everyone of those commercials is 10 seconds of how the drug benefits you and makes your life wonderful followed by 20 seconds telling you how the drug is going to fry your liver and give you seizures and some form of cancer or make your nipples fall off in the shower or something

    Wonder how much drug research could be paid for with all that advertising dough

    as for malls.....the internet kills off the malls just like the malls killed off downtowns.
    Boobs without nipples would be pointless!
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    I change the channel when commercials come on. Plenty of other things to watch besides 3 minutes of stuff I won't be buying.
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