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#1 Dallas Cowboys Skip: “The Dallas Cowboys Will Win the NFC East”

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"I still believe the Dallas Cowboys will win the NFC East by default... 9-7, I think that's going to be the magic record." Skip Bayless lays out how his Cowboys will win the division

Cowherd: 'Cowboys are innately dysfunctional'

ByJORDAN DAJANI 54 minutes ago
The Dallas Cowboys now have some momentum after their big, 27-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, but they still have quite a road ahead of them. There are many analysts such as FOX Sports' Colin Cowherd who still aren't sold on Dallas, and aren't very confident in them winning the back half of their schedule.

The Cowboys have seemed like a mess at some points this season, and have attracted their fair share of criticism over the past year for a multitude of reasons. From releasing Dez Bryant, to bad coaching decisions, to verbally guaranteeing Dak Prescott an extension, the Cowboys have seemed pretty dysfunctional from the outside, and Cowherd says it just comes with the territory of being a big franchise.

"I don't think they need an overhaul, and I don't think they are team I trust down the stretch," said Cowherd. "I do think, however, there is some innate ... I think they are innately dysfunctional."

Cowherd isn't necessarily saying that the Cowboys coaches and owners are incompetent, he's saying that it's hard to run an organization that's so big. From all of the money to all of the power — too many powerful people connected to the franchise from agents to power brokers, it always, at some level, will make it hard to operate. The bigger the organization, the more dysfunction you have.

Sitting in second place in the NFC East at 4-5, the Cowboys still have three more divisional games left on the docket, and may have to win all of them if they want to make the postseason. The Cowboys have played inconsistently on both sides of the ball, and teams like that usually don't find success in the playoffs. This team still has time to get it together however, and we will learn a lot about their potential over the next couple of weeks.

Their next divisional game comes on Thanksgiving, when the Cowboys get a rematch with the Washington Redskins at home. The Redskins already have a two-game lead over the Cowboys, which means Dallas has to win just to break even with them, but that matchup won't be as important if the Redskins win and the Cowboys lose this upcoming Sunday.

Dallas heads back on the road to take on the Atlanta Falcons, who just lost to the Cleveland Browns by double digits. The Falcons are favored however, and a big reason is because Dallas is just 1-4 on the road this season. Matt Ryan is also one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and it's hard to win on the road when playing a good quarterback. It's a perfect opportunity to prove that this is a new chapter for the Cowboys however, and a win on Sunday would be huge.

#2 Spider-Man – Home

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Spider-Man updated their cover photo.

 

SPIDER-MAN DIRECTOR SAM RAIMI REVEALS HE INITIALLY DIDN'T WANT STAN LEE TO CAMEO

Of course, it's now one of his favorite parts.

Director Sam Raimi, known for Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3, told THR that although he loves it now, he originally thought Stan Lee having a cameo in Spider-Man was not a good idea.

"I got the job for Spider-Man in 1999," Raimi said. "And [Marvel head] Avi Arad said, 'I want you to put Stan in the movie.' And I was like, 'No. I know Stan, and he can't act.' And Avi was, 'I want him in the movie. We did it for X-Men, we're doing it here.' Now imagine you're a minor director in England doing Macbeth and you're told, 'Put the writer in the play.' It sounds absurd. 'Fine, you want Shakespeare in the play, I'll put Shakespeare in the play.' Now it's one of my favorite parts in the movie."

Raimi's relationship with Lee began in the early 90's when Lee called Raimi and said he liked Darkman. Lee took him out to lunch and said they should work together on something. The two ended up writing treatments together for a Thor movie, which they pitched to Fox.

"[They said] Absolutely no. Comic books don't make good movies," Raimi said. "This was in 1991."

#3 Click Frenzy – HomeThumbs Up Sign

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Everything you need to know about Click Frenzy 2018, including earlybird sales

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Australia’s biggest online shopping event, Click Frenzy, starts tonight at 7pm AEDT and will run for 24 hours.

We’ve pulled together all the information you need to know about the online mega-sale event.

Shoppers will be able to choose from more than four thousand deals from 500-plus retailers including Myer, Webjet, Nike, Flight Centre, Optus, Sony, Adidas, ASOS, Dell, Cathay Pacific, Country Road, Woolworths, Cotton On, Mon Purse, Timberland, Seafolly and more.

It’s the perfect opportunity to get an early start on your Christmas present shopping.

Depending where you are located, Click Frenzy may start at a different time.

Here’s when it will start in major cities in Australia and New Zealand:

  • Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart: 7:00pm
  • Perth: 4:00pm
  • Darwin: 5:30pm
  • Brisbane: 6:00pm
  • Adelaide: 6:30pm
  • New Zealand: 9:00pm

Click Frenzy is offering a number of special deals throughout the event such as the “Go Wild Treasure Hunt”, where you can gain access to exclusive deals by being the fastest to answer quiz questions as you shop, but if you’re looking for the best rounds ups of great deals on fashion, tech, health, travel and more, Business Insider will have you covered.

Until then, some retailers have started starting early. Here’s a round up of some of those deals:

Catch.com.au

Catch is offering deals on retailers such as Birkenstock, Asics, Lorna Jane and more. Other deals will also be offered once Click Frenzy goes live at 7pm AEDT.

#4 Spyro

Spyro The Dragon

Spyro The Dragon added a cover video.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Review Roundup

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Spyro the Dragon was one of the biggest gaming mascots of the '90s, and he's responsible for many people's nostalgia for that era of gaming. Now he's back in the Reignited Trilogy on PS4 and Xbox One.

The Reignited Trilogy includes remastered versions of the first three Spyro games: Spyro the DragonSpyro 2: Ripto's Rage! (also known as Gateway to Glimmer in Europe and Australia), and Year of the Dragon. The purple dragon's voice actor from that trilogy, Tom Kenny, has returned, while Stewart Copeland's iconic soundtrack has been revamped. But does all this make for a good remaster?

GameSpot's Spyro Reignited Trilogy review awarded the games an 8/10, with critic Justin Clark stating the bundle is the "best kind of collection." For a broader look at the game's reception, read a selection of reviews below, or take a wider view of critical opinion on GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
  • Developer / publisher: Toys for Bob / Activision
  • Release date: Out now
  • Price: US $40 / £35 / AU $70

GameSpot -- 8/10

"The Reignited Trilogy is the best kind of collection that not only brings a beloved series up to current visual standards but also proves just how well-built the original titles were. Granted, the originals were done by a little studio called Insomniac, and it's not exactly surprising something that team did is a fine example of the genre. But the Reignited Trilogy's developer, Toys for Bob, deserves major kudos for bringing Insomniac's vision to life in the way we could've only dreamed in 1998." -- Justin Clark [Full review]

IGN -- 8.5/10

"Toys for Bob has done a great job of filling Spyro's first three adventures with such reinvigorated life. Worlds are packed to the brim with more detail, animations are consistently endearing, and the quality of life improvements make revisiting these once analog stick-less platformers a joy to play. They're definitely easier thanks to some of those changes, but no less charming to play. It's great to see Spyro's return treated with such love and care, and I hope renewed interest in his past can light the way for his future." -- Jonathon Dornbush [Full review]

Eurogamer -- No score

"If you want a blast from the past, Spyro Reignited Trilogy will certainly stoke the fires of nostalgia. Thanks to its charming redesign and smooth controls, exploring Spyro's world is a rather magical experience for returning players, while its soft and welcoming aesthetics could make this a hit with a new generation of youngsters. And, importantly, it feels good to control. Yet once the novelty wears off, I'm left without a burning desire to return--making this an intriguing window into the way we used to play, but one which I won't gaze through repeatedly." -- Emma Kent [Full review]

GamesRadar -- 4/5

"My experience with Spyro Reignited began with apprehension upon noticing that a thing I love has changed, followed by acceptance, followed by excitement to see where these new paths and features would lead. It was not always the journey I expected or remembered, but it's a joyous trip down memory lane well worth taking." -- Sam Prell [Full review]

Game Informer -- 8.5/10

"Given just how different the worlds look in remastered form, I found this trilogy to be more interesting and enjoyable to return to than Crash’s. These games don’t preserve history as well, but that's okay. Having already lived through them, it's fascinating to see how the worlds have been reimagined and differ from the vision I had in my head. If you've never played these games before, I can't recommend them enough. From a historical standpoint, you can clearly see the foundation for Insomnaic's Ratchet & Clank series in each level. As a game, Spyro is a blast to control, and collecting gems is an oddly satisfying thing to do. You'll watch the credits roll on each game before you know what hit you." -- Andrew Reiner [Full review]

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