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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6300 on: December 16, 2012, 08:39:03 PM »
How exactly do the NFL playoffs work? What I'm really trying to figure out is the Houston Texans' schedule. They won today so they'll play the wildcard on Jan. 5th, right? Do they have to win that to play on the 20th or do they automatically play on the 20th regardless?

The National Football League is divided into two conferences-the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). 

Each conference has four divisions of four teams each.

Towards the end of the regular season, one team will win its division (as Houston won the AFC South today), plus each conference sends two wildcard teams, for a total of six teams from each conference, or twelve altogether.

The six teams in each conference are ranked 1-4 (the division winners) and 5-6 (wildcards), according to their win-loss-tie records.  Since each of the four teams per division play one another twice (home and in the opposing stadium), this is why divisional records (called "tiebreakers) are so important.

In the first week of playoffs, the #3 division winner hosts #6 wildcard team, and #4 division winner hosts #5 seed.  #1 and #2 get a "bye" week (which is why Houston wants to win out so badly and get a high seed, plus "home field".  I think we have to wait two more weeks to find out when and who they play).  So, after that week you have two teams surviving.

In the second week, #1 seed hosts the lowest surviving seed (4, 5, or 6).  #2 seed hosts the other team (3, 4 or 5).  Thus, the survivors of this week meet in the respective championship games, with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake.






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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6301 on: December 16, 2012, 08:49:05 PM »
How exactly do the NFL playoffs work? What I'm really trying to figure out is the Houston Texans' schedule. They won today so they'll play the wildcard on Jan. 5th, right? Do they have to win that to play on the 20th or do they automatically play on the 20th regardless?

The National Football League is divided into two conferences-the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). 

Each conference has four divisions of four teams each.

Towards the end of the regular season, one team will win its division (as Houston won the AFC South today), plus each conference sends two wildcard teams, for a total of six teams from each conference, or twelve altogether.

The six teams in each conference are ranked 1-4 (the division winners) and 5-6 (wildcards), according to their win-loss-tie records.  Since each of the four teams per division play one another twice (home and in the opposing stadium), this is why divisional records (called "tiebreakers) are so important.

In the first week of playoffs, the #3 division winner hosts #6 wildcard team, and #4 division winner hosts #5 seed.  #1 and #2 get a "bye" week (which is why Houston wants to win out so badly and get a high seed, plus "home field".  I think we have to wait two more weeks to find out when and who they play).  So, after that week you have two teams surviving.

In the second week, #1 seed hosts the lowest surviving seed (4, 5, or 6).  #2 seed hosts the other team (3, 4 or 5).  Thus, the survivors of this week meet in the respective championship games, with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake.

That makes a lot of sense!  I don't know why I couldn't follow it when someone at work was trying to explain it...maybe it was just the way he was saying it.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6302 on: December 16, 2012, 08:56:37 PM »
Y'all, please - tipping is a really hot-button issue on here and has gotten more threads closed than I can count.  I love to hear the horror stories as much as anyone, but they really belong in the "Never shopping there again!" thread.  Arguments about whether tipping is fair, valid, unreasonable, too high/too low, etc. don't belong on here because no matter how civil they start out, they inevitably degenerate into people getting feelings hurt.

(This isn't directed at any particular poster, just a general plea to get back to non-stupid questions!)

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6303 on: December 16, 2012, 10:17:39 PM »
Y'all, please - tipping is a really hot-button issue on here and has gotten more threads closed than I can count.  I love to hear the horror stories as much as anyone, but they really belong in the "Never shopping there again!" thread.  Arguments about whether tipping is fair, valid, unreasonable, too high/too low, etc. don't belong on here because no matter how civil they start out, they inevitably degenerate into people getting feelings hurt.

(This isn't directed at any particular poster, just a general plea to get back to non-stupid questions!)
Even though I responded to the question I have to agree.  :-[
In hindsight, I think this thread is better suited for questions that have factual answers, not questions that will only bring mostly opinions, and very conflicted ones at that. I only responded because I was hoping someone would have a reference to a written rule/tradition we weren't aware of that would clarify - but there seems to be no consensus. :(

Back to the silly little things that puzzle us... :)
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6304 on: December 16, 2012, 11:01:44 PM »
Why am I insanely tired when I wake up, but am wide awake after two hours, even though I have not eaten or drunk anything? Is it just adrenaline?
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« Reply #6305 on: December 16, 2012, 11:07:16 PM »
I have only refused to tip once.  My brother and I went to a Chinese place that we frequent so regularly the owners greet us by first name. They had a newish person on and he was nothing less than horrific.  My brother was seated against the wall, I was on the other side, accessible to the aisles and traffic ( this is important). He spilled hot tea on me, failed to apologize or see if I was ok, used our table for dirty dishes ans garbage from other tables...and then walked away leaving it there, hit me with a tray, ran into my chair several times and then when we put the money for the bill on the little tray designed for that purpose, he refused to give them the change. We called over the owners, got my change back and he stood there demanding "That is my tip, tip. tip."  I told the owners some of what he did and they promised to talk to him - and my brother told hin "No tip"
  Had he brought back the change we would have given him the standard tip, but if you steal from me, you don't get a tip. Since this place was a stop for most of the people we hang with, we heard later that he pulled similar crap with others, and by the time my brother and I went back, the waiter was no where to be seen. My brother was told a couple weeks later, that the waiter would "not be a problem. again"


Something similar happened with my Mom. The service wasn't as bad. Neglectful but no pouring things on us. Mom paid with cash. She would have left a tip more to the 15% than 20%. The change was closer to a 40% tip - not something my parents would leave. When Mom asked for her change, the server said in a snotty tone that was my tip.  Mom asked for the owner by name. (Dad was in the beer business. Mom and Dad knew all the independent restaurant owners in his territory by name.) The owner was NOT happy. Mom got her change back and the server was retrained by the owner.

Which San Angelo restaurant was it?  I worked my way through my senior year of high school and most of college (1974 to 1979) and we moved back there after getting out of the military in 1985 - I've probably eaten at most of the ones still in business - and if I haven't, my ILs have!
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6306 on: December 16, 2012, 11:11:04 PM »
Why am I insanely tired when I wake up, but am wide awake after two hours, even though I have not eaten or drunk anything? Is it just adrenaline?

Low blood sugar & you take a while to get going?

Low body temperature when you first start moving around?

You're waking up at the wrong point on your sleep cycle and your body takes a bit longer to get everything up to speed when it is starting at the wrong point on the cycle?

You're a night owl instead of a lark?
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« Reply #6307 on: December 16, 2012, 11:13:26 PM »
Why am I insanely tired when I wake up, but am wide awake after two hours, even though I have not eaten or drunk anything? Is it just adrenaline?

Low blood sugar & you take a while to get going?

Low body temperature when you first start moving around?

You're waking up at the wrong point on your sleep cycle and your body takes a bit longer to get everything up to speed when it is starting at the wrong point on the cycle?

You're a night owl instead of a lark?

I'm definitely a night owl. I usually go to bed around 1 or 1:30 in the morning, and get up at 9:30 in the morning.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6308 on: December 17, 2012, 10:40:55 AM »
For those here that have longish hair, do you do anything special with it for the night?
It's the first time I've had my hair this long (it's 5/6 inches past my shoulders) and I've been waking up with more and more knots in my hair, is tying it in a pony tail usefull?

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6309 on: December 17, 2012, 10:42:35 AM »
For those here that have longish hair, do you do anything special with it for the night?
It's the first time I've had my hair this long (it's 5/6 inches past my shoulders) and I've been waking up with more and more knots in my hair, is tying it in a pony tail usefull?

I find sleeping in a ponytail uncomfortable, and it doesn't do much for knots.  Try a plait instead.

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« Reply #6310 on: December 17, 2012, 11:02:31 AM »
For those here that have longish hair, do you do anything special with it for the night?
It's the first time I've had my hair this long (it's 5/6 inches past my shoulders) and I've been waking up with more and more knots in my hair, is tying it in a pony tail usefull?

My daughter has long hair. She loosely braids it at night, but also uses a satin pillowcase. The cotton fibers from her regular sheet set created too much friction, leading to knots and breakage.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6311 on: December 17, 2012, 11:31:05 AM »
For those here that have longish hair, do you do anything special with it for the night?
It's the first time I've had my hair this long (it's 5/6 inches past my shoulders) and I've been waking up with more and more knots in my hair, is tying it in a pony tail usefull?

My hair is waist length, thick and curly.  I actually find that putting it in a pony tail or plaits makes the knotting worse, so I think some of it has to do with the type of hair you have, not just the length.  I am also more prone to headaches if it's up at night.  I comb my hair right before I go to bed and right when I wake up. That seems to keep the knotting down to a minimum.  Of course, I've had very long hair for so long, that my "normal" amount of knotting might not be acceptable to somebody who's not accustomed to dealing with it.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6312 on: December 17, 2012, 11:52:07 AM »
For those here that have longish hair, do you do anything special with it for the night?
It's the first time I've had my hair this long (it's 5/6 inches past my shoulders) and I've been waking up with more and more knots in my hair, is tying it in a pony tail usefull?

My hair is waist length, thick and curly.  I actually find that putting it in a pony tail or plaits makes the knotting worse, so I think some of it has to do with the type of hair you have, not just the length.  I am also more prone to headaches if it's up at night.  I comb my hair right before I go to bed and right when I wake up. That seems to keep the knotting down to a minimum.  Of course, I've had very long hair for so long, that my "normal" amount of knotting might not be acceptable to somebody who's not accustomed to dealing with it.

My hair is mid back, thick, and curly...and I don't comb my hair at all.  When I shower, I run my fingers through my hair when there is conditioner in it, and I do that until there are no more knots.  That's all my hair gets.

I wear my hair in a bun or pony tail when I sleep.

What I'm trying to get at is, you're right, it depends!

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6313 on: December 17, 2012, 12:17:09 PM »
I have waist length, curly hair. I wear it in a loose bun at night (helps with not tangling in my CPAP headgear). I am a back sleeper, so the bun is way high on my head, and I do it deliberately loosely so it's not hard nor does it tear my hair. YMMV

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« Reply #6314 on: December 17, 2012, 12:59:41 PM »
I have close to hip length tangly hair. I put it into a high bun on the very top of my head. Sometimes I braid it, but I don't like how braid waves look in my hair, so I usually just go with the bun.
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