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Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 8, 2020

2020.10.08 21:18 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 8, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 8, 2020
Notes by mr_tyler_durden and Daily Update Team
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2020.09.27 15:24 Britneyfan456 Which Actor had the best run in the 50s?

Best run in terms of anything
Jack Lemmon: Some Like it Hot, Mister Roberts, Three for the Show, Phffft, It Should Happen to You, Once Too Often, Cowboy, Hollywood Bronc Busters, You Can't Run Away from It, Fire Down Below, My Sister Eileen, It Happened to Jane, Operation Mad Ball, and Bell, Book and Candle.
Max von Sydow: The Seventh Seal, Miss Julie, Ingen mans kvinna, Rätten att älska, Wild Strawberries, Prästen i Uddarbo, Kvinnlig spion 503, The Magician, and Brink of Life.
Frank Sinatra: From Here to Eternity, The Man with the Golden Arm, Pal Joey, Suddenly, Double Dynamite, Meet Danny Wilson, Young at Heart, Not as a Stranger, Guys and Dolls, The Tender Trap, Meet Me in Las Vegas, High Society, Johnny Concho, Around the World in 80 Days, The Pride and the Passion, The Joker Is Wild, Kings Go Forth, Some Came Running, A Hole in the Head, and Never So Few.
Gene Kelly: Singing in the Rain, An American in Paris, Invitation to the Dance, It's Always Fair Weather, Summer Stock, It's a Big Country, Black Hand, Love Is Better Than Ever, The Devil Makes Three, Brigadoon, Seagulls Over Sorrento, Deep in My Heart, The Happy Road, Les Girls, and Marjorie Morningstar.
Ernest Borgnine: Marty, China Corsair, Vera Cruz, From Here to Eternity, Bad Day at Black Rock, The Mob, The Whistle at Eaton Falls, Treasure of the Golden Condor, The Stranger Wore a Gun, Johnny Guitar, The Bounty Hunter, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Violent Saturday, Jubal, The Catered Affair, Run for Cover, The Last Command, The Square Jungle, The Best Things in Life Are Free, The Vikings, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Torpedo Run, and The Rabbit Trap.
James Stewart: Bell, Book and Candle, Vertigo, Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Naked Spur, Rear Window, Harvey, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Man from Laramie, Strategic Air Command, Anatomy of a Murder, The Spirit of St. Louis, Bend of the River, Thunder Bay, Broken Arrow, No Highway in the Sky, The Jackpot, Carbine Williams, Night Passage, The FBI Story, and The Far Country.
Ward Bond: The Searchers, Mister Roberts, Johnny Guitar, Hondo, The Quiet Man, Singing Guns, Riding High, Wagon Master, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Operation Pacific, The Great Missouri Raid, The Halliday Brand, Rio Bravo, On Dangerous Ground, Only the Valiant, Hellgate, Bullfighter and the Lady, Thunderbirds, The Moonlighter, Blowing Wild, Gypsy Colt, The Bob Mathias Story, The Long Gray Line, A Man Alone, Dakota Incident, Pillars of the Sky, The Wings of Eagles, China Doll, and Alias Jesse James.
John Wayne: The Searchers, Hondo, Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, Rio Bravo, Operation Pacific, The Wings of Eagles, Big Jim McLain, Flying Leathernecks, The Sea Chase, Trouble Along the Way, Island in the Sky, The High and the Mighty, Blood Alley, Jet Pilot, The Conqueror, Legend of the Lost, The Horse Soldiers, and The Barbarian and the Geisha.
Paul Newman: The Rack, The Silver Chalice, Somebody Up There Likes Me, The Long, Hot Summer, The Helen Morgan Story, Until They Sail, The Young Philadelphians, Rally Round the Flag, Boys!, The Left Handed Gun, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Marlon Brando: The Men, A Streetcar Named Desire, Viva Zapata!, Julius Caesar, The Wild One, On the Waterfront, Désirée, Guys and Dolls, The Teahouse of the August Moon, Sayonara, and The Young Lions.
Orson Welles: Othello, Touch of evil, Mr. Arkadin, Royal Affairs in Versailles, The Long, Hot Summer, The Vikings, High Journey, Ferry to Hong Kong, Compulsion, Masters of the Congo Jungle, South Seas Adventure, The Roots of Heaven, Napoléon, Man in the Shadow, Moby Dick, Three Cases of Murder, Trouble in the Glen, Disorder, The Black Rose, Return to Glennascaul, Little World of Don Camillo, Man, Beast and Virtue, and Trent's Last Case.
Montgomery Clift: The Big Lift, A Place in the Sun, I Confess, Indiscretion of an American Wife, From Here to Eternity, Raintree County, Lonelyhearts, The Young Lions, and Suddenly, Last Summer.
Tony Curtis: The Prince Who Was a Thief, Flesh and Fury, No Room for the Groom, Houdini, The Black Shield of Falworth, So This Is Paris, Six Bridges to Cross, The Square Jungle, Trapeze, Mister Cory, The Midnight Story, Sweet Smell of Success, The Vikings, Kings Go Forth, The Defiant Ones, Some Like It Hot, Operation Petticoat, Sierra, Winchester '73, Kansas Raiders, Forbidden, Son of Ali Baba, Meet Danny Wilson, All American, Beachhead, The Midnight Story, The Perfect Furlough, The Rawhide Years, The Purple Mask, Francis, Woman in Hiding, I Was a Shoplifter, and Johnny Dark.
James Dean: East of Eden, Has Anybody Seen My Gal?,Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant.
Kirk Douglas: Young Man With a Horn, The Glass Menagerie, Along the Great Divide, Ace in the Hole, Detective Story, The Big Sky, The Bad and the Beautiful, The Story of Three Loves, The Juggler, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Man Without a Star, Lust for Life, Top Secret Affair, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Paths of Glory, The Vikings, Last Train from Gun Hill, and The Devil’s Disciple.
Alec Guinness: Last Holiday, The Mudlark, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Man in the White Suit, The Promoter, The Captain’s Paradise, Malta Story, The Detective, To Paris with Love, The Prison, The Ladykillers, The Swan, The Bridge on the River Kwai, All at Sea, The Horse’s Mouth, The Scapegoat, and Our Man in Havana.
Charlton Heston: Julius Caesar, Dark City, The Greatest Show on Earth, Ruby Gentry, The President’s Lady, Arrowhead, The Naked Jungle, The Private war of Major Benson, Lucy Gallant, The Ten Commandments, Touch of Evil, The Big Country, The Wreck of the Mary Deare, and Ben-Hur.
Rock Hudson: The Fat Man, Bend of the River, Scarlet Angel, Has Anyone Seen My Gal?, Magnificent Obsession, All that Heaven Allows, Never Say Goodbye, Giant, Written on the Wind, Something of Value, The Tarnished Angels, The Earth Is Mine, Pillow Talk, Winchester '73, Tomahawk, Horizons West, Twilight for the Gods, A Farewell to Arms, This Earth Is Mine, Captain Lightfoot, One Desire, Seminole, Bengal Brigade, Sea Devils, Gun Fury, Back to God's Country, The Golden Blade, Taza, Son of Cochise, The Lawless Breed, Peggy, The Desert Hawk, Iron Man, Here Come the Nelsons, Bright Victory, and Air Cadet.
Burt Lancaster: The Flame and the Arrow, Mister 880, Jim Thorpe—All-American, The Crimson Pirate, Come Back Little Sheba, From Here to Eternity, Apache, Vera Cruz, The Rose Tattoo, Trapeze, The Rainmaker, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Sweet Smell of Success, Run Silent Run Deep, The Devil’s Disciple, Ten Tall Men, South Sea Woman, and Three Sailors and a Girl.
Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender, Loving You, Jailhouse Rock, and King Creole.
William Holden: The Horse Soldiers, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, Stalag 17, Picnic, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Union Station, Father Is a Bachelor, Submarine Command, Born Yesterday, Force of Arms, Boots Malone, Executive Suite, Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach, The Moon Is Blue, The Bridges at Toko-Ri, Escape from Fort Bravo, Forever Female, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, The Country Girl, The Key, The Proud and Profane, and Toward the Unknown.
Cary Grant: An Affair to Remember, North by Northwest, The Pride and the Passion, Houseboat, To Catch a Thief, Indiscreet, Crisis, People Will Talk, Room for One More, Dream Wife, Monkey Business, Kiss Them for Me, and Operation Petticoat.
Toshiro Mifune: Samurai Trilogy, Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Throne of Blood, Scandal, The Hidden Fortress, Conduct Report on Professor Ishinaka, Engagement Ring, Elegy, Escape from Prison, Beyond Love and Hate, Pirates, Meeting of the Ghost Après-Guerre, Fog Horn, Conclusion of Kojiro Sasaki:Duel at Ganryu Island, The Life of a Horsetrader, Golden Girl, Who Knows a Woman's Heart, Vendetta for a Samurai, The Life of Oharu, Swift Current, Tokyo Sweetheart, Sword for Hire, The Man Who Came to Port, The Last Embrace, My Wonderful Yellow Car, Sunflower Girl, Eagle of the Pacific, The Black Fury, The Sound of Waves, All is Well part 1 & 2, The Merciless Boss: A Man Among Men, No Time for Tears, I Live in Fear, Rainy Night Duel, The Under World, Settlement of Love, Scoundrel, A Wife's Heart, Rebels on the High Seas, A Man in the Storm, Be Happy, These Two Lovers, A Dangerous Hero, Yagyu Secret Scrolls 1 & 2, Downtown, The Lower Depths, Holiday in Tokyo, Rickshaw Man, All About Marriage, Theater of Life, Yaji and Kita on the Road, The Three Treasures, Life of an Expert Swordsman, Boss of the Underworld, Desperado Outpost, and The Saga of the Vagabonds.
Henry Fonda: Mister Roberts, The Wrong Man, Pictura: An Adventure in Art, 12 Angry Men, Stage Struck, The Man Who Understood Women, Warlock, The Tin Star, and War and Peace
Dean Martin: Some Came Running, Rio Bravo, Career, Ten Thousand Bedrooms, The Young Lions, Little New Orleans Girl, Pardners, Hollywood or Bust, Artists and Models, Living It Up, You're Never Too Young, 3 Ring Circus, The Caddy, Road to Bali, Money from Home, Scared Stiff, The Stooge, That's My Boy, Sailor Beware, Jumping Jacks, My Friend Irma Goes West, and At War with the Army.
Anthony Perkins: The Tin Star, Friendly Persuasion, Fear Strikes Out, The Matchmaker, On the Beach, Desire Under the Elms, Green Mansions, The Actress, The Lonely Man, and This Angry Age.
Gregory Peck: Only the Valiant, Roman Holiday, Moby Dick, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Pork Chop Hill, Beloved Infidel, David and Bathsheba, The Gunfighter, Pictura: An Adventure in Art, The World in His Arms, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Designing Woman, On the Beach, The Hidden World, The Bravados, The Big Country, Night People, Boum sur Paris, The Million Pound Note, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, and The Purple Plain.
Clark Gable: Mogambo, Run Silent, Run Deep, Teacher's Pet, Betrayed, Never Let Me Go, The Tall Men, Key to the City, Across the Wide Missouri, To Please a Lady, Lone Star, But Not for Me, Soldier of Fortune, The King and Four Queens, and Band of Angels.
Gary Cooper: It's a Big Country, Blowing Wild, High Noon, The Wreck of the Mary Deare, They Came to Cordura, Ten North Frederick, Love in the Afternoon, Man of the West, The Hanging Tree, Friendly Persuasion, Vera Cruz, The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, Garden of Evil, Springfield Rifle, Return to Paradise, Starlift, You're in the Navy Now, Distant Drums, and It's a Big Country.
Robert Mitchum: Not as a Stranger, His Kind of Woman, River of No Return, Fire Down Below, The Night of the Hunter, Macao, The Racket, Where Danger Lives, The Lusty Men, River of No Return, Angel Face, White Witch Doctor, My Forbidden Past, Second Chance, One Minute to Zero, She Couldn't Say No, Bandido, Track of the Cat, The Wonderful Country, The Hunters, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, The Enemy Below, Thunder Road, and The Angry Hills.
Humphrey Bogart: The African Queen, The Caine Mutiny, Road to Bali, Deadline – U.S.A., Sabrina, The Barefoot Contessa, In a Lonely Place, The Left Hand of God, Sirocco, Chain Lightning, The Enforcer, Battle Circus, We're No Angels, The Love Lottery, Beat the Devil, The Desperate Hours, and The Harder They Fall.
Sidney Poitier: Band of Angels, The Defiant Ones, Porgy and Bess, Edge of the City, Virgin Island, The Mark of the Hawk, Something of Value, No Way Out, Cry, the Beloved Country, Go Man Go, Red Ball Express, Good-bye, My Lady, and Blackboard Jungle.
Takashi Shimura: Seven Samurai, Ikiru, Rashomon, Scandal, Elegy, The Idiot, Ikari no machi, Boryōku no Machi, Ore wa yojinbo, Ma no Ogen, Shunsetsu, Tenya wanya, Ginza Sanshiro, Yoru no hibotan, Ginza Sanshiro, Ai to nikushimi no kanata e, Kedamono no yado, Mesu Inu, Aoi shinju, Nusumareta koi, Hopu-san: sarariiman no maki, Muteki, The Life of a Horsetrader, Vendetta for a Samurai, Nangoku no hada, The Life of Oharu, Bijo to touzoku, Sengoku burai, Oka wa hanazakari, Minato e kita otoko, Hoyo, Fuun senryobune, Tobō chitai, Yoru no owari, Godzilla, Taiheiyō no washi, Jirochō sangokushi: kaitō-ichi no abarenbō, Asakusa no yoru, Kimi shinitamo koto nakare, Haha no hatsukoi, Shin kurama tengu daiichi wa: Tengu shutsugen, Shin kurama tengu daini wa: Azuma-dera no ketto, Bazoku geisha, Mekura neko, Mugibue, Godzilla Raids Again, No Time for Tears, Sanjusan go sha otonashi, Shin kurama tengu daisanbu, Muttsuri Umon torimonocho, Sugata naki mokugekisha, Asagiri, Geisha Konatsu: Hitori neru yo no Konatsu, I Live in Fear, Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island, Shin, Heike monogatari: Yoshinaka o meguru sannin no onna, Wakai ki, Kyatsu o nigasuna, The Underworld, Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, Arakure, Narazu-mono, Tōkyō hanzai chizu, Bōkyaku no hanabira, Throne of Blood, Sanjūrokunin no jōkyaku, Kono futari ni sachi are, Yama to kawa no aru machi, Bōkyaku no hanabira: Kanketsuhen, Kiken na eiyu, Yuunagi, Dotanba, Aoi sanmyaku Shinko no maki, The Mysterians, Ohtori-jo no hanayome, Edokko matsuri, haha, Forty-seven rōnin, Seven from Edo, Ten to Sen, Uguisu-jō no hanayome, Jinsei gekijō, The Hidden Fortress, Nichiren to Mōko Daishūrai, Ken wa shitte ita, Sora kakeru hanayome, Tetsuwan tōshu Inao monogatari, Kotan no kuchibue, Taiyō ni somuku mono, Sengoku gunto-den, Kagero ezu, The Three Treasures, Beran me-e geisha, Shobushi to sono musume, and Kēdamonō no torū michi.
James Mason: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, A Star Is Born, The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel, North by Northwest, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Bigger Than Life, Julius Caesar, A Touch of Larceny, The Decks Ran Red, Island in the Sun, Cry Terror!, Charade, Forever, Darling, The Desert Rats, Prince Valiant, The Man Between, The Tell-Tale Heart, Botany Bay, The Story of Three Loves, Face to Face, The Prisoner of Zenda, 5 Fingers, Lady Possessed, One Way Street, and Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.
Sterling Hayden: The Last Command, The Asphalt Jungle, The Killing, Johnny Guitar, Hellgate, The Star, Journey into Light, The Golden Hawk, Denver and Rio Grande, Flaming Feather, So Big, Flat Top, Crime Wave, Fighter Attack, Kansas Pacific, Take Me to Town, Suddenly, Naked Alibi, The Come On, Top Gun, Battle Taxi, Shotgun, Timberjack, The Eternal Sea, Arrow in the Dust, Ten Days to Tulara, 5 Steps to Danger, Crime of Passion, Valerie, Gun Battle at Monterey, Zero Hour!, Terror in a Texas Town, and The Iron Sheriff.
Harry Belafonte: Calypso, Carmen Jones, Island in the Sun, Odds Against Tomorrow, The World, the Flesh and the Devil, and Bright Road.
Laurence Olivier: Richard III, Carrie, Father's Little Dividend, The Magic Box, The Beggar's Opera, The Prince and the Showgirl, and The Devil's Disciple.
Jose Ferrer: Cyrano de Bergerac, Crisis, Anything Can Happen, Producers' Showcase: "Cyrano de Bergerac", Moulin Rouge, Miss Sadie Thompson, The Caine Mutiny, Deep in My Heart, I Accuse!, The High Cost of Loving, The Great Man, The Shrike, and The Cockleshell Heroes.
James Cagney: Mister Roberts, Run for Cover, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, The West Point Story, Come Fill the Cup, A Lion Is in the Streets, What Price Glory, Love Me or Leave Me, The Seven Little Foys, Tribute to a Bad Man, Man of a Thousand Faces, These Wilder Years, Never Steal Anything Small, and Shake Hands with the Devil.
Farley Granger: Strangers on a Train, Our Very Own, Side Street, Behave Yourself!, Edge of Doom, O. Henry's Full House, I Want You, The Story of Three Loves, Hans Christian Andersen, Senso, Small Town Girl, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, and The Naked Street.
Bing Crosby: High Society, Alias Jesse James, Say One for Me, Anything Goes, The Joker Is Wild, Man on Fire, White Christmas, The Country Girl, Road to Bali, Scared Stiff, The Greatest Show on Earth, Little Boy Lost, Just for You, Son of Paleface, Angels in the Outfield, Riding High, Here Comes the Groom, and Mr. Music.
Chishū Ryū: Tokyo Story, The Munekata Sisters, Home Sweet Home, Early Summer, Carmen Comes Home, The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice, Arashi, Twenty-Four Eyes, Early Spring, Tokyo Twilight, Rickshaw Man, Floating Weeds, and Good Morning.
Ray Milland: Three Brave Men, A Man Alone, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, A Woman of Distinction, A Life of Her Own, Copper Canyon, Dial M for Murder, Lisbon, The Safecracker, The River's Edge, High Flight, Something to Live For, Jamaica Run, The Thief, Close to My Heart, Rhubarb, Bugles in the Afternoon, and Night into Morning.
Alan Ladd: The Badlanders, The Big Land, Branded, Captain Carey, U.S.A, Shane, Botany Bay, Boy on a Dolphin, A Cry in the Night, The Man in the Net, Island of Lost Women, The Deep Six, The Proud Rebel, Saskatchewan, Drum Beat, The McConnell Story, Desert Legion, The Red Beret, The Black Knight, Santiago, Hell on Frisco Bay, Red Mountain, Hell Below Zero, A Sporting Oasis, The Iron Mistress, Thunder in the East, and Appointment with Danger.
Ben Johnson: Wagon Master, Shane, Rio Grande, Fort Bowie, War Drums, Slim Carter, Wild Stallion, Oklahoma!, and Rebel in Town.
Walter Brennan: Rio Bravo, A Ticket to Tomahawk, Singing Guns, Bad Day at Black Rock, The Far Country, Good-bye, My Lady, The Way to the Gold, Tammy and the Bachelor, God Is My Partner, Glory, At Gunpoint, Sea of Lost Ships, Come Next Spring, The Proud Ones, Surrender, Curtain Call at Cactus Creek, The Showdown, Return of the Texan, Best of the Badmen, The Wild Blue Yonder, Lure of the Wilderness, Along the Great Divide, Four Guns to the Border, and Drums Across the River.
Ralph Meeker: Kiss Me Deadly, Paths of Glory, Jeopardy, A Woman's Devotion, Glory Alley, Somebody Loves Me, Teresa, 4 Num Jeep, The Naked Spur, Big House, U.S.A., Run of the Arrow, The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, Code Two, and Desert Sands.
Edmond O’Brian: The Turning Point, The Hitch-Hiker, 1984, The Girl Can't Help It, Julius Caesar, The Barefoot Contessa, The Greatest Show on Earth, Denver and Rio Grande, Pete Kelly's Blues, The Rack, The Restless and the Damned, The World Was His Jury, Sing, Boy, Sing, A Cry in the Night, The Big Land, Stopover Tokyo, Up Periscope, D-Day the Sixth of June, The Shanghai Story, Shield for Murder, China Venture, The Bigamist, Cow Country, Man in the Dark, Backfire, 711 Ocean Drive, The Admiral Was a Lady, The Redhead and the Cowboy, Between Midnight and Dawn, Silver City, Warpath, and Two of a Kind.
Lee J. Cobb: The Left Hand of God, On the Waterfront, 12 Angry Men, The Brothers Karamazov, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Party Girl, The Trap, Green Mansions, But not for me, Man of the West, The Garment Jungle, Miami Expose, The Three Faces of Eve, The Racers, Day of Triumph, The Road to Denver, The Fighter, The Family Secret, Yankee Pasha, Gorilla at Large, The Man Who Cheated Himself, and The Tall Texan.
Karl Malden: Baby Doll, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, The Hanging Tree, I Confess, The Gunfighter, Halls of Montezuma, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Diplomatic Courier, Time Limit, The Sellout, Bombers B-52, Ruby Gentry, Phantom of the Rue Morgue, Ruby Gentry, Take the High Ground!, and Operation Secret.
Rod Steiger: The Harder They Fall, Cry Terror!, Teresa, On the Waterfront, Oklahoma!, The Big Knife, Jubal, The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, Al Capone, Back from Eternity, Run of the Arrow, The Unholy Wife, and Across the Bridge.
Aldo Ray: The Marrying Kind, Pat and Mike, Let's Do It Again, Battle Cry, God's Little Acre, Nightfall, The Naked and the Dead, Men in War, The Siege of Pinchgut, Three Stripes in the Sun, The Barefoot Mailman, My True Story, and Never Trust a Gambler.
Richard Conte: I'll Cry Tomorrow, The Fighter, The Sleeping City, Hollywood Story, The Raging Tide, The Raiders, The Blue Gardenia, Desert Legion, Slaves of Babylon, Highway Dragnet, New York Confidential, The Big Combo, Mask of Dust, Full of Life, The Big Tip Off, Little Red Monkey, Bengazi, Target Zero, The Brothers Rico, This Angry Age, and They Came to Cordura.
Tab Hunter: They Came to Cordura, That Kind of Woman, Gunman's Walk, Damn Yankees, Lafayette Escadrille, The Lawless, Gun Belt, The Island of Desire, Battle Cry, Track of the Cat, While We're Young, The Steel Lady, Return to Treasure Island, The Sea Chase, Fear Strikes Out, The People Against McQuade, The Burning Hills, The Girl He Left Behind, Mask for the Devil, Forbidden Area, Hans Brinker and the and Silver Skates.
Robert Ryan: Born to Be Bad, The Secret Fury, Flying Leathernecks, Hard, Fast and Beautiful, Clash by Night, On Dangerous Ground, The Racket, Horizons West, Beware, My Lovely, Bad Day at Black Rock, The Naked Spur, Best of the Badmen, Inferno, City Beneath the Sea, About Mrs. Leslie, Alaska Seas, Back from Eternity, The Tall Men, House of Bamboo, The Proud Ones, Her Twelve Men, Escape to Burma, Men in War, Odds Against Tomorrow, Lonelyhearts, Day of the Outlaw, and God's Little Acre.
Charles Laughton: Witness for the Prosecution, The Blue Veil, O. Henry's Full House, The Strange Door, Salome, Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd, Young Bess, and Hobson's Choice.
Lee Marvin: Teresa, You're in the Navy Now, The Big Heat, Gorilla at Large, The Caine Mutiny, The Glory Brigade, The Stranger Wore a Gun, Bad Day at Black Rock, Gun Fury, Attack, Seven Men from Now, Raintree County, The Rack, The Missouri Traveler, Violent Saturday, I Died a Thousand Times, Not as a Stranger, A Life in the Balance, Pillars of the Sky, Shack Out on 101, The Wild One, The Raid, Down Among the Sheltering Palms, The Duel at Silver Creek, Hangman's Knot, Eight Iron Men, Seminole, Diplomatic Courier, and We're Not Married!.
Marcello Mastroianni: Lulu, It's Never Too Late, Black Feathers, Sunday Heroes, The Mute of Portici, The Most Wonderful Moment, Fathers and Sons, Sand, Love and Salt, White Nights, Girls for the Summer, The Bigamist, Piece of the Sky, Three Girls from Rome, The Eternal Chain, Il viale della speranza, Schiava del peccato, Tom Toms of Mayumba, The Island Princess, The Miller's Beautiful Wife, Too Bad She's Bad, House of Ricordi, Lucky to Be a Woman, The Law, Ferdinando I, re di Napoli, My Wife's Enemy, Everyone's in Love, Love and Troubles, Big Deal on Madonna Street, Doctor and the Healer, Chronicle of Poor Lovers, A Slice of Life, Days of Love, Sunday in August, A Tale of Five Cities, The Accusation, Tragic Return, Eager to Live, Barefoot Savage, Paris Is Always Paris, La valigia dei sogni, Against the Law, A Dog's Life, and Hearts at Sea.
Glenn Ford: The Big Heat, Blackboard Jungle, 3:10 to Yuma, Appointment in Honduras, The Violent Men, The Man from the Alamo, Plunder of the Sun, The Americano, Cowboy, Don't Go Near the Water, Trial, Jubal, The Fastest Gun Alive, Ransom!, It Started with a Kiss, The Sheepman, The Teahouse of the August Moon, Imitation General, Torpedo Run, The Gazebo, Human Desire, Interrupted Melody, The White Tower, Convicted, The Redhead and the Cowboy, The Secret of Convict Lake, The Flying Missile, Follow the Sun, The Green Glove, Young Man with Ideas, Time Bomb, and Affair in Trinidad.
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2020.09.26 18:01 AostheGreat Backup Goalies - Part 1: The Miracle Men

First things first, this is a beefy one, and there will be something of a tl;dr at the end of Part 4 summarizing this whole thing.
Backup goalies are weird. They're usually either wacky characters (for better and for worse), they're ho-hum nobodies who come and go, or they're solid pieces that teams hold on to and fans fall in love with for several years. In light of the Finals this year which feature...a very particular goalie, I took a look at the Hurricanes run-ins with backups, and damn do things get weird. I honestly expected this to be a small little thing, but...well, you'll see, because the Carolina Hurricanes have a long and tumultuous history with backup goalies. Some of them have turned into straight up super stars, some have gone on miracle runs, while others floundered and flopped.
These are their stories.
The story you probably know the best is the most recent one. In 2018, the Hurricanes were finally moving past the era of their first superstar goalie and into an era of uncertainty. They had Scott Darling, but in 2017/18 Scott Darling was terrible. Understandably, the Hurricanes were hesitant to rely on Darling for the upcoming season, so they went out and signed fan favorite Petr Mrazek to a 1-year prove it deal, with Darling as the backup. Then Scott Darling got hurt, so the Hurricanes started looking around for a replacement, and the Toronto Maple Leafs had just put two goalies on waivers to make room for a young goalie named Garret Sparks. One was Calvin Pickard, but he would end up going to the Flyers because the Hurricanes claimed the other off the waiver wire. Curtis McElhinney was a journeyman with a fairly lengthy career. He had already had three separate seasons where he had moved from one team to another in the middle of the season. He had flashes of brilliance, especially in the years leading up to 2018, most notably in 2014/15 and 2017/18. But he was never really able to make his case as a reliable long term option. Then he took a trip down to Raleigh and had himself a season for the ages. He was so good that Scott Darling and his 4 million dollar cap hit was sent down to the minors for the season, and only brought back up when Mrazek was injured. Even then Big Mac held the fort and he and Petr Mrazek formed what I like to call a duo of insanity. Two goalies who could not be more different coming together on the same team and just wrecking shop. Petr with his temper lighting fires under asses and Mac with zen-like focus and a calming presence that you could count on. Somehow, in a Doofenshmirtz-esque coincidence, this wasn't the Hurricanes first tandem like this. However, that comes up later so I'll save it for then. Now, the real story with Curtis McElhinney was in fact not the absurd performance in the regular season, even if Canes fans thought that it would be. The real story for Big Mac came in the Hurricanes' epic return to the Playoffs. Petr Mrazek was his usual self from that season in the first round against the defending champs, the washington no caps. He was great again in Games 1 and 2 in the second round recording an overtime shutout and then stopping all 17 pucks that got to him against an upstart Islanders team. Then Petr made a play. There was a partial break for the Isles and he had to move across the crease to cover a pass, and he was hurting. Petr had tweaked some kind of muscle and had to come out of the game. So, in comes McElhinney, and he allows only one goal under a furious Islanders attack, and makes some great saves, but his best was yet to come. In Game 3, Nick Leddy gets a breakaway and makes a nifty move to try and slide the puck past McElhinney, but Mac went into a perfect split and got the blade of his skate on the puck. But then he has to get right back into it, because Jordan Eberle is bearing down on him and Mac sort of has to gracefully fall over and get his glove to it to have any chance at stopping it. And you know what? The madlad did it. That game ended 5-2, but the Hurricanes had two empty-netters so it was essentially a 3-2 game. If Mac doesn't make that save, the Isles have a shot at taking the first game in PNC. Home ice was huge for the Hurricanes in this run, so imagine if they lost. Mac was also involved in a little bit of drama this series, though. Still in Game 3, Josh Bailey snaps a shot and gets it past McElhinney, but that's not what was important. What was important was that Brock Nelson skated right in front of McElhinney after the goal and tapped him on the head as he went by. Now Mac is a cool customer, so he didn't get bothered by this, especially after he won the game. However, one guy who did get bothered was the guy that ran into Nelson after the fact. So when the Hurricanes finished the sweep in Game 4, you know Dougie Hamilton got some payback. For that juicy bit of drama and for the stop that could eventually make its way into the conversation for The Save in Carolina, we love ourselves a Big Mac.
However, I will say this about the toe-and-glove save; if it wants the spot as Carolina's The Save, it's got some steep, steeeeeeep competition.
Kevin Weekes was a part of the Hurricanes first duo of insanity with legendary little guy Arturs Irbe. Irbe had very simple homemade pads that he maintained personally plus terrific agility and movement while Weekes had a big and solid but flexible presence in net with some incredible designs on his pads. Weekes was known for many things, his aforementioned awesome pads (I'm especially fond of the panther design with the yellow demon eyes from 2002), his jersey number (Shady 80 for the win), and his solid stats, but one moment of his stands out in the collective memory of the Carolina Hurricanes. Every team has one; washington has Game 2 in the 2018 SCF, Pittsburgh has Sebastian Caron, and the Hurricanes have this one. As of right now, it is The Save. It's 2002. The Hurricanes are in a rare spot as the underdogs with home-ice advantage in the first round (Thank you Southeast Division!) The Hurricanes are playing the New Jersey Devils, and the Devils have evened the series at 2 all with back-to-back home wins in Games 3 and 4. In those games, Kevin Weekes came in in relief of the aforementioned Arturs Irbe (who could have a whole write-up just for himself) as the Latvian Little Man struggled against the Devils. Now it's Game 5. The Hurricanes tied it at 2 late in the third to force overtime. In overtime, Weekes pulls off one of the most incredible acrobatic saves I have ever seen. One of the Hurricanes defenders gets caught in the high slot, so Jamie Langenbrunner has a clear centering pass to Stephane Richer, but Weekes gets his leg out in a crotch-killing split to stop it. Richer gets moved out of the crease by the one Hurricanes defender that wasn't caught in the slot, but that presents a new problem. Weekes doesn't have any time to wince in pain or to celebrate the awesome stop he just made because John Madden takes advantage of the breakdown in defense to jump on the juicy rebound with what can only be described as pretty much ALL OF THE NET open to him. But Weekes gets his glove in front of the shot and somehow, some way, the puck goes in...to his glove! In an interview, Coach Paul Maurice talked about that play, and I love his thoughts on it. He talked about how he had his head down waiting for the specific silence that come after the other team scores. Instead he heard the crowd roar and he thought, "Did he just make that save!?" After that save, the late great Czech Condor Josef Vasicek would win Game 5 for the Hurricanes on a clutch play at the other end, but the play of the game had already happened. Weekes would go on to finish that run with 8 GP, a GAA of...1.62!!?, and a SV% of 0.939!??! Only barely better than his partner in crime. After 2002, Weekes spent the next two seasons as the Hurricanes' starter and put up pretty good numbers, but the team in front of him just couldn't get back to the postseason. But we still have the memories. That tandem from 2002 was something special.
However, the next backup's story was even more special. Four years after Kevin Weekes sold his soul for a save and then another, the Hurricanes went back to the well of 2nd string goalies for some help in a tough spot.
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2020.08.20 18:00 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Mar. 14, 1988

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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  • As mentioned last week, WWF has changed up the bracket for the Wrestlemania IV tournament. They showed the updated bracket on tv this past weekend without any announcement or explanation for the change, and the only explanation Dave can find for why they have updated the bracket is so they can get DiBiase vs. Savage in as the final. So, now that we have an updated bracket, Dave goes into speculation mode. There are only three possible winners here in his eyes: Hogan, DiBiase, and Savage. He’s not going to rule out the possibility of a Hogan win, though he puts that as least likely due to the movie being in the works. DiBiase would seem to be the favorite, then. But if that’s the case he doesn’t really need the title any earlier than July in order to set up the august ppv. Hogan winning would probably require Hogan vs. Rude for the final. Savage or DiBiase are best off winning by facing the other in the final. Dave’s already leaning toward a Hogan/Andre double elimination as the most likely possibility there (whether they double eliminate through some kind of draw or through Hogan winning then getting jumped and being ”too injured” to continue by a bunch of guys paid by DiBiase is anybody’s guess). Of course, the real question is why change the bracket so suddenly? Did they just not think through the original one before they put it up that it would probably lead to Don Muraco being the most exciting face they could put against DiBiase in the final (or Savage/Rude)? It beggars belief they wouldn’t think this through hard, so there’s gotta be some reason like the original plan no longer seeming like a good idea. Is it that they’ve got cold feet about DiBiase’s drawing power? Does that put Savage as the likely winner, only to drop it to DiBiase in July for Hogan’s return in August?
Look: Final bracket, drawn by Dave
  • Dave’s doing a poll for those who watch both Wrestlemania and Clash of the Champions. Six questions: 1) which show did you enjoy more; 2) which show you thought was better overall; 3) match of the night; 4) your opinion of blood and wrestling; 5) should wrestling be regulated by state athletic commissions; 6) a question for those tape traders who sample widely: what promotion’s style do you enjoy most? You know what? These aren’t bad questions. I think we should answer these in the comments.
  • Syndicated tv ratings for the week ending February 7 are out and NWA is on the rise. They ranked sixth with an 8.9 national rating on 185 stations, just behind WWF which was fifth with an 11.4 rating on 258 stations. WTBS does not count for viewership on this. Probably too close for Vince’s liking. Of course, these ratings aren’t an accurate measure of how many different people are watching, as many watch more than one program from each of these syndicated packages so some viewers are counted three, four, or more times. But syndication ratings are the numbers advertisers look to, so that makes them meaningful because it determines how much money they can get by selling ads. And ad revenue from tv is a significant part of WWF’s advantage: they’ve been able to get a lot of it and leave every other promotion in the proverbial dust. The three shows at the top (Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and Oprah) are all just one show in each tv market, so those homes are counted just once, which really puts things into perspective when you consider WWF (fifth place) was watched in 10,078,000 homes across four shows (thus a home that watches Wrestling Challenge, Superstars, Spotlight, and All-American would be counted four times) and Crockett got 7,868,000 homes (with three TBS shows and other syndicated shows, Crockett viewers could get counted as much as five to even seven times). Wrestling may be highly viewed, but in terms of absolute number of individual viewers it’s still small potatoes compared to the real juggernauts, and while they may have some of the highest rated syndicated packages, neither Crockett nor McMahon can claim to have one of the top rated syndicated shows. Crockett got a big boost from the inclusion of the TBS shows, which should boost their ad revenue and help them compete. And that’s reason enough for Dave to expect WWF to try and counter this - it’s important to the way WWF presents itself that there not be any other major league company in wrestling.
  • Sports Illustrated ran a story in this week’s issue on Hiroshi Wajima. Dave hasn’t had the chance to read the story yet, but it’s apparently an old story put together in November 1986, and Dave has no idea why it just came out. Ironically, Tokyo Sports ran a story this week that Wajima was going to retire (though this apparently isn’t true). Anyway, I found the story.
Read: Down from Sumo’s Summit
  • Also in the media this week were the Von Erichs. They were on the 700 Club this week, doing their usual job of mixing truth, minor falsehoods, and major lies. On Monday they took over AWA’s old rerun timeslot on ESPN (4 pm EST) with “Legends of World Class Wrestling” which covers early 80s matches featuring Kevin and Kerry before in the pre-Freebird days of the company. They also curiously seem to have a Ken Mantell match every episode, as well as a trivia contest that’s unintentionally funny. One of the questions asked where and when David Von Erich died, which is almost pushing the exploitation of the family tragedies to the point of parody. Lastly, the latest on the Von Erichs story in Penthouse is that it’s tentatively scheduled for the July issue unless the magazine decides to do a feature on the upcoming Michael Spinks vs. Mike Tyson fight (yeah, they do that feature).
  • The biggest news in WWF is that Bruno Sammartino has left the company. Bruno got an offer to promote a national wrestling hotline that paid more than WWF pays him as a color commentator, and that’s the issue that seems to have served as reason for him leaving. It’s no secret that Bruno has been unhappy with WWF for some time and doesn’t like the company’s direction. And Vince never gave David the push he promised. When Bruno retired back in 1981, he never planned to make a comeback years later; that only happened to help David get his career launched. But once he did get back in the ring, they pressured for more appearances, slotted him in as their pinch hitter for when guys like Duggan, Patera, or Jake Roberts weren’t available due to injury or suspension to main event a show. And this extra work has caused Bruno’s back injuries to be reaggravated, and yet he still completed all bookings through last August before deciding to call it quits for real in the ring. WWF still wanted him on in the northeast, though. The real core of everything, though, is that McMahona nd Sammartino have vastly different ideas, setting aside the usual friction of the promotewrestler relationship, about the credibility of the business and about promotional ethics. McMahon’s way of promoting completely violates Bruno’s sense of credibility for wrestling and ethics. Bruno ought to know a bit about what works promotion-wise, given he’s got a long record of drawing consistent sellouts in places WWF only draws a few thousand fans today.
  • Dave saw the March 5 WWF show at the Cow Palace and runs through the card, giving ratings and making observations. Badnews Brown won his match with an enziguiri (that’s the Ghetto Blaster, though it hasn’t quite been named that yet). Steamboat and Rude had a 20 minute draw that was the best match of the show, and Steamboat is still one of the best for high spots in the country. Sherri carried Rockin’ Robin to a watchable match, though Robin is still obviously quite green. She’s a tremendous heel when they give her a chance, though they don’t often give her the chance. In the main event, Hogan and Duggan beat DiBiase and Virgil. Virgil was in the way too much and Hogan seemed like he might have been sick because he mostyl did rest holds and when on the apron he kept his head down. Hogan is absolutely the biggest draw in the industry right now, but there are a lot of folks who get bigger reactions live, including Carlos Colón, Antonio Inoki, and Chigusa Nagayo. Dave thinks it might be that fans look at Hogan as an entertaineperformer, whereas with Nagao or Colón they live and die by the rhythms of their matches. So when Dave talked back in December about how Hogan gets half the reaction live that Nagayo gets, he was being kind to Hogan. This isn’t to knock Hogan, though - he still gets incredible reactions and is an incredible draw, but there are others beyond him.
  • Dave’s had a chance to watch a lot of tape from Puerto Rico lately, and there’s only one good worker from the area: TNT. That’s the future Savio Vega. The standard match here is slow-paced, though when they bring Abdullah or Brody in you can get some blood to make up for it. The company is very successful, though, so they’re doing what works for their audience, and Dave speculates their audience has the highest percentage of true believers of any in the world. The heat they can generate is ridiculous.
Watch: A match between TNT and Super Black Ninja
  • Iron Sheik has been fired, probably setting a new record in WWF.
  • Adrian Adonis is trying to get back to WWF. No real surprise. Not going to happen before he dies.
  • NBC and WWF have come to a deal for five Saturday Night’s Main Events and one prime time special for the 1988-89 season. The Main Event proved they can be put in a weak time slot with a lot of hype and deliver a solid rating, but they can’t appeal enough to consistently compete in prime time.
  • Memphis has brought Sputnik Monroe in to feud with Billy Wicks on March 7. Dave thought Eddie Marlin feuding with Tommy Gilbert was ridiculous, but this takes the cake. Wicks was a big star in Memphis before Jackie Fargo (so we’re talking the 1950s) and Sputnik Monroe was a legendary heel who refused to work shows with segregated crowds. More on Sputnik Monroe by broken_beat. Anyway, Monroe and Wicks were big deals and their feud in the late 50s was legendary, setting an indoor arena attendance record in Memphis in 1959 that stood until the Monday Night Wars (specifically, In Your House: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre broke the record). According to cagematch, this is a one off and Monroe’s last match ever. This show was not for tv and there’s no video of it anywhere I can find online, but I wish I could put it here.
Watch: Here’s a Sputnik Monroe match from 1966 because I can
  • More guys gone from Memphis. Manny Fernandez was fired for missing shows. The Samoans quit right before they were probably due to win the Southern Tag Team Titles. Bill Dundee has left to go be a babyface in Knoxville (they wrote him off with a Gilbert family attack, so that leaves the door open for him to come back as a face and team with Lawler at least). Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson are also out. And Steve Keirn, who headlined February 29, isn’t back this week. This led to the March 7 card having 15 matches with a lot of guys pulling double duty.
  • Owen Hart injured his back taking a bump on a guard rail during his Japan tour, so he missed two weeks right after getting back to Canada.
  • Billy Jack Haynes was on a local talk show in Oregon and we get a bit of insight into his thinking about his new promotion. He’s only interested in guys who weigh at least 280 lbs and is promising sizeable guaranteed contracts. No indication when he’s going to start it up yet, but he said something to the effect of it being in arund 6 weeks. He also said they’d hold a wrestling camp.
  • Continental is continuing the same bait and switch stuff that killed Birmingham in the first place. Their February 29 show was a double taping, and among the promises not kept were Larry Hamilton no-showing his match with Scott Hall and the two other matches he was supposed to have and both Danny Davis vs. Lord Humongous and Frank Lancaster vs. Detroit Demolition didn’t happen despite all four guys being present.
  • AWA announced on tv this past weekend that Masa Saito would be returning, and he’d be bringing Riki Choshu with him to wrestle the Midnight Rockers. This comes as a surprise to all.
  • AWA has changed March 19 to have Diamond and Tanaka challenging the Rockers for the tag titles. At least they figured out what to do to make it make sense.
  • GLOW’s live card in Houston on February 26 drew 3,500 fans. That’s more than Hogan vs. DiBiase drew last time they were there, and more than Flair vs. Sting did this past weekend at the Houston Coliseum. Verne Gagne was there, and it seems GLOW wrestler Olympia is headed to AWA to be an opponent for Madusa. If Verne wanted someone to look better and wrestle worse than Madusa, he found his woman, Dave says.
  • Adrian Adonis lost his weekly guarantee from AWA back in December. Then he broke his ankle just a week before he was supposed to go to Japan, so he lost out on two weeks of Japan and hasn’t been getting income. He even asked Verne to help while he was injured and Verne told him no. Adonis has had a terrible run of luck lately, and it’s just not going to work out well.
  • New Japan officially announced that Akira Maeda has been fired. So now the question is what is Maeda’s future in wrestling, if any? Obviously someone will have the idea to start a new promotion and make him the star, but they’re gonna need television to get it going, and that could be a tough proposition. We’re on the cusp of Newborn UWF in the next couple weeks.
  • Dump Matsumoto’s retirement was such a big deal that Fuji TV ran a half hour retrospective of her career. Her retirement show took place in her home town on February 28, and she beat Bull Nakano and Condor Saito in a handicap match to send her off. The co-main event was Lioness Asuka going to a time limit draw against Yukari Omori in Omori’s final match. The last tv taping Omori and Dump did took place on February 25, where they went to a draw against the Crush Girls via double countout. Then they requested five more minutes, and the match went to a draw after the request was granted. On that show Bull Nakano and Kumiko Iwamoto won two of three falls to take the vacant tag titles against Mitsuko Nishiwaki and Yumiko Hotta. Dave anticipates a ratings drop now that Matsumoto is out, as she brings a lot of drama and heat to the shows.
  • The big news out of All Japan is that Tokyo Sports ran a front page story on February 23 about Hiroshi Wajima needing to retire due to neck injuries. Wajima insists he’ll be back, and Dave’s not sure the details, but Wajima is 40 years old and Dave’s understanding is he’ll be out for several months at least. At that age “career ending” become very common words with this sort of thing, so…. Yeah. This is pretty much the beginning of the end for Wajima. He’s not going to take time off, and by the end of the year he’ll wrestle his last match.
  • World Class has a bunch of title changes. Kerry Von Erich beat Al Perez for the WCCW Championship on March 6 in Dallas. Small crowd, and it was originally supposed to be Michael Hayes against Perez, but they had Hayes attacked at the concert on March 4, so he was “injured” and couldn’t wrestle. The concert drew much better than the Dallas show, getting roughly 2,000 fans. Terry Taylor won the Texas Title on February 26 from Matt Borne. The Simpsons won the Wild West Tag Titles from Tatum and Victory on February 29 in Fort Worth, gaining a measure of revenge from the week earlier (maybe it aired on the 22nd but was the Feb. 14 show? Cagematch is sketchy on details and I can’t find a match on February 22nd where the titles changed. Possible Dave has some things mixed up) when they lost the Texas Tag Titles to Tatum and Victory. After losing the Texas Tag titles, they came out later that night with the Wild West tag title match contract. February 29 was set up so that Victory and Tatum were meant to defend both sets of titles, The Wild West titles against the Simpsons and the Texas titles against the Fantastics, and they whined that it was unfair. Anyway, Bobby Fulton didn’t show up, so Rogers wound up teaming with someone else and lost the match.
  • WCCW is moving their Texas Stadium show to May 8. Looks like some variation on Freebirds vs. Von Erichs plus one for the top of the card. Talks of Kerry vs. Flair have dropped off.
  • Bill Alfonso, who used to be a referee in Florida and is the brother of David Sierra (who works under a mask as The Assassin in Oregon), will be the man referee in Billy Jack Haynes’ new Oregon promotion. That Oregon civil war in wrestling has brother against brother now.
  • Peter Maivia Jr. (that’s The Rock’s uncle) won the California Championship Wrestling tag title with partner Toru Tanaka on February 26. Just an interesting note from the indies, because I had no idea The Rock’s mom had a wrestling brother.
  • Also in the sons(-in-law) of wrestlers from long ago, Karl Gotch’s son-in-law is Masami Soranaka. He wrestles in Global in Florida as a foreign menace heel, V.C. Minh.
  • Brody’s March 4 show in St. Louis drew 1,200 fans for a gate of $14,000. Brody vs. Jerry Blackwell in the main event had a weird ending, but the match itself was good, if slow-paced. Blackwell threw Brody over the top and the ref missed it due to ref bump, then Brody got back in, took a powerslam, was pinned for a three count, but another referee overruled it citing the initial toss over the top and calling the match a disqualification. Then Brody dropkicked Blackwell and pinned him. When the finish is dusty, everybody wins, right?
  • World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico has just put out three video tapes. Tape #1 has a bunch of their bloodiest matches. Tape #2 has the September 1986 WWC Universal Title tournament that saw Terry Funk in three matches, including matches against Rick Martel and Barry Windham. Tape #3 is an Invader #1 (fuck Invader #1) highlight tape. One of the matches has the ring surrounded by a cage of fire and now that I know this I wish he had gotten shoved into it.
  • Letters this week are all over the place. The first one is a big one and about Hogan’s limited appeal. How much can a balding sausage man who looks ten years older than he is really appeal in the true mainstream? Can he really make anyone switch away from Dallas or The Cosby Show? Not unless the hypothetical viewer already likes wrestling. But that’s the thing the writer argues: Hogan might not be able to appeal to the mass market, but nobody else really can either because wrestling just isn’t that big and never will be. Hell, setting aside his skill or lack thereof in acting, his size alone is going to limit his options in Hollywood, and those limitations will not help him appeal more broadly either. He’s got strong appeal to a small audience, and that's okay because wrestling is a niche interest. Anyway, the writer eventually concludes her time in this issue after a long detour onto the subject of long storytelling matches by suggesting John Carpenter could have saved a lot of money on fake blood for They Live by hiring Ric Flair instead of Roddy Piper.
  • Dusty Rhodes gave a really weird promo hyping up Clash of the Champions. He told viewers that if they don’t watch the Clash, he’ll remember and come down the chimney at Christmas and beat up their kids. Whatever idea of humor he has, it didn’t really land, and a lot of readers called in to ask Dave if he lost his mind.
  • Hogan and Duggan vs. DiBiase and Virgil on March 6 in LA drew the smallest crowd Hogan has ever drawn in LA. Nothing really good on the show, either, except that main event.
  • More details for the Hayes concert finish on March 4 for WCCW: Hayes was going to sing a Willie Nelson song and invited the Von Erichs on stage because he dedicated the song to David. King Parsons came out and started arguing with Hayes, and Buddy Roberts came out too and got into it with the Von Erichs. Roberts tried to swing a guitar at Kerry’s head, but Kerry ducked and he hit Hayes instead.
Watch: The end of the Michael Hayes concert and the brawl
  • Turns out the Sputnik Monroe vs. Billy Wicks match in Memphis was billed as an “Old Timers Special Attraction” match. That’s fine - they were really hot in the area around 1961, and it’s not like WWF haven’t done similar like their 1985 Fred Blassie vs. Lou Albano match at Nassau Coliseum.
NEXT WEEK: Predictions for Wrestlemania and Clash of the Champions, Crockett Cup seeds to be announced, Owen Hart going to WWF?, and more
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2020.04.26 18:45 eaglesnation11 Eagles 53 Man Roster Projection (Post Draft Edition)

Hi all! Doing this again this year although these will appear less frequently due to lack of information coming out of OTAs and Mini-Camps. The projection after the draft is the hardest so I took my best shot at figuring out how the pieces are going to fit together. Reminder this is a prediction based on things like coach comments, team history and overall fit.
Wentz
Hurts
Sudfeld
3, Wentz obviously will come back firing after having his season taken away from him. Hurts was the most shocking selection I’ve seen as my time as an Eagles fan. It seems like he will be this team’s Tim Tebow and we will have special packages designed for his athleticism. Nate Sudfeld was signed to a $2M contract this offseason. I assumed it was to be the backup. Now I’m not sure what his role will be. I still think he makes the team due to being a high character guy and asset to the locker room. We usually keep 3 QBs anyway so why not?
Sanders
Scott
Warren II
Clement
7, It is clear the Miles Sanders is the new bell cow back for the Eagles. He had a tremendous season last year and I believe he has earned the role. Boston Scott has also earned his role as a change of pace back. We have a huge absence to fill with Jordan Howard leaving. I believe Howard will be replaced by either Michael Warren II or Elijah Holyfield. While Holyfield has shown incredible flashes Michael Warren II has shown an absolute nose for pay dirt in his career at Cincy. He had 33 TDs in his last two seasons. This would be a camp battle in July though. The Eagles usually carry four RBs and I don’t see that changing. According to Corey Clement him and the team have been in contact about a possible return. He will come dirt cheap and provide a lot of experience and wisdom in a RB room full of youth. I definitely see a reunion on the horizon. However, if Adrian Killins can prove his size isn’t a handicap he can win the spot. Still I think we throw Clement a bone and bring him back cheap.
Reagor
D. Jackson
Ward Jr.
Arcega-Whiteside
Hightower
Watkins
13, This was the hardest position group I ever had to write up. This is brought up by the curious case of Alshon Jeffery. There are 3 options that could happen. The first is that Alshon is traded or designated as a June 1st cut. There are clues this could happen as Roseman and Doug did not mention him when talking about their offense during the draft. Also DeSean Jackson specifically said the Eagles wanted a speedster to play ACROSS from him. This could really mean nothing, but with these roster write ups I consider everything. The second option is that Jeffery who is still recovering from lisfranc surgery will start the season on the PUP. The expected recovery is 9 months which places him back in September. However, there no way in knowing Jeffery’s progress due to no offseason program. The final option is he is healthy enough to play or miss only a game or two and he is kept on the 53. While Jeffery can return in September a good strategy could be to wait and see how his recovery progresses. Having him out six games is better than rushing him back if he’s not healthy. With the abundance of talent and speed at WR it isn’t the end of the world if he’s not ready to go by Week 1. In his absence Jalen Reagor will play across from Desean Jackson to create a track meet on the outside. Greg Ward Jr. has proven that he can hang in the league and I feel like he would produce more in the slot. He will have to compete for that job obviously, but I feel like he can earn it. After the Top 3 WRs we have developmental projects. Obviously JJ has been disappointing, but he could get some opportunities this year especially since he is big and tall WRs and we are lacking in big and tall WRs. John Hightower and Quez Watkins are backup speedsters in the event that someone goes down. Perhaps, Hightower can return kicks to take some pressure off Boston Scott who seems to have a bigger role in the offense. They have high ceilings, but they can afford to take a bit of time to sit and watch. Obviously the guy left off this list is former 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin. I feel like Goodwin’s place on the roster is dependent upon how much work the rookies can get in the offseason. During a post draft press conference Doug Pederson said we needed to rely on veterans. However, if the Eagles get a full or most of a camp they could get guys like Watkins and Hightower used to the offense. Howie’s offseason mantra is 1. Can he run? 2. Can he stay healthy? 3. Does he love to play? Goodwin checks two of those boxes. His health is concerning and if the coaching staff sees him hobbled in the summer he may be cut. We have a limited investment in him anyway after his contract was redone and the draft capital was negligible. Goodwin could be a potent threat in our offense, but right now he needs to have a strong and healthy camp to prove himself.
Ertz
Goedert
Perkins
16, Best TE combo in football. 12 personnel calls for at least three TEs active at all times in case one goes down. Josh Perkins proved last year he could hold his own when his number is called so he deserves a spot.
Dillard
Seumalo
Kelce
Brooks
L. Johnson
Mailata
Tega Wanagho
Pryor
Driscoll
25, The entire starting OL is back with the exception of Peters. By not bringing Peters back the Eagles have placed their trust in Andre Dillard to step up to protect Wentz’s blindside. Even though there’s reports questioning his toughness I believe he’s up for the challenge. Jordan Mailata will finally get his chance to prove if he is worthy of being in the NFL. This is will be a hot storyline in the Preseason should games be played. It seems though that Mailata has some competition. Prince Tena Wanagho was a three year starter at Auburn and many projected him to go in Rounds 3-4. It would not be surprising in the slightest to see Prince become the backup LT. Matt Pryor will sub in primarily at RG and RT. He has experience playing both positions and this team really values versatility in its depth. Pryor seemed to cut down his penalties last year which is a good sign. Jack Driscoll will be a floating OL. He has experience preparing to play Guard and Tackle. He also started practicing to play Center. The Eagles can try him a bunch of different places and see where he fits best. He’s like a better Nate Herbig.
Graham
Cox
Hargrave
Barnett
M. Jackson
Ridgeway
Sweat
Avery
S. Miller
34, The DL is stacked as usual. Hargrave will be a welcome edition to the line. Malik Jackson will be a floater as he could sub in and play any position on the line if anyone needs a breather. I’m excited for Hassan Ridgeway to return as he had a good year before being injured. Josh Sweat had 4 sacks in very limited playing time last year so I hope he sees an increase this year. Genard Avery is kept on the team mostly due to the team investing a draft pick in him (although he did flash in his debut). I believe there is one more spot for a DL. It will be an absolute battle for it if there is a camp this year. For DEs we have Casey Toohill, Shareef Miller, Daeshon Hall and Joe Ostman. For the DTs we have Anthony Rush, Bruce Hector and UDFA Raequan Williams. I think the Eagles would tend to go with an edge rusher here. I think Shareef Miller could have an edge over Toohill because he has a year of NFL experience and was okay last preseason as a 4th round pick. But, it’s still going to be an absolute battle and someone could have a Daeshon Hall like preseason and win the job. Speaking of Hall the primary reason I don’t have him making the roster is because he is coming off of an ACL injury and may miss all of camp with it.
Gerry
Edwards
J. Brown
Riley
Taylor
Bradley
40, Nate Gerry is a half decent weak side LB as he seems to have a nose for the ball. I believe TJ Edwards is underrated. I know PFF has its issues but he was graded at about an 87 last year which is really impressive for an UDFA. Hopefully he will given more time to shine this year. I was going back and forth on whether to include Jatavis Brown on the roster. My decision to include him in this projection stems from the fact that we almost always carry 6 LBs and also the LB group is young and some experience especially starting experience is very much needed. So he isn’t this year’s Corey Nelson or L.J. Fort quite yet. Duke Riley is a lock to make the team because he is important to Special Teams as he was captain when KGH was out last year. Daviyon Taylor is super athletic and can cover a ton of ground. He can also play safety and special teams. He is incredibly raw, but in a shallow LB field I see him seeing some time on defense. Bradley is tough and we could always use depth at LB and Special Teams.
Slay
Maddox
Robey-Coleman
Jones
LeBlanc
Douglas
46, I think Slay will he tasked to cover the best player on the field. We invested heavily in him to be a shutdown CB and that’s how I believe we will use him as we shift to a more man-to-man defense. Maddox and Jones could battle it out for CB2, but I see them possibly sharing the responsibility. Maybe Maddox can cover smaller faster guys and Jones could cover taller and more physical WRs. NRC is a huge addition to our secondary as we get a guy who is elite at covering the slot. CreVeon LeBlanc can play Special Teams and can fill in as a backup nickel CB. We couldn’t find a trade partner for Rasul Douglas. Depth and Special Teams is important to the CB position and Douglas’s sure tackling can be an asset on specials. He also is familiar with the system and playbook so he has an edge on UDFAs especially with no offseason program. I have to keep Douglas here until there are more whispers of a trade.
Mills
McLeod
Parks
K. Wallace
50, Jalen Mills will try and step up to fill a pseudo-Malcolm role. McLeod will return to his old role. Will Parks will be good to have as a third safety especially when it comes to making a tackle. K’Von Wallace has the potential to be a good in the box starting safety in the future. He is an absolute dog and has a killer mentality. I would not be surprised at all to see him earn significant playing time this year. Rudy Ford and Marcus Epps are going to be competing for roster spots as well. I believe Ford especially has a great shot to make the roster because of his speed which could be useful as a high safety.
Elliott
Johnston
Lovato
53, The Specialists are back and better than ever.
PUP
Jeffery
Alshon Jeffery could be left on the PUP as ensuring his health is paramount. He doesn’t seem to be big in the Eagles plans anyway.
Practice Squad
RB Killins
RB Holyfield
WR Burnett
G Opeta
C Herbig
DE Toohill
DE Ostman
DT R. Williams
DT Rush
LB Singleton
CB Arnold
S Epps
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2020.04.21 20:35 hallach_halil My one and only mock draft for 2020

All prospects have been evaluated, the rankings have been put out and we are just two days away from the draft. Now it’s time to have some fun!
I have been gathering information in the background and thinking about how Thursday could look like, but this is my one and only mock draft for 2020. To make myself clear – this is what I think will happen, not what I would do.
For every pick, I give a quick analysis on why I think it will happen and how I would grade them, in comparison to my big board.
Here we go:


1. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
This pick has been locked in pretty much since the start of November when LSU defeated their arch-rival Alabama to put themselves on track for an SEC championship. All their quarterback did in that postseason run was throw 16 touchdowns and no picks, en route to a national title. The Bengals need that kind of winner in their program with the fearless attitude to battle the physical AFC North teams. Burrow has the poise, pocket presence, field vision and ball-placement to immediately give them an upgrade at quarterback and someone to build the team around, with some nice pieces on offense around him already.

2. Washington Redskins – Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State
The Redskins may listen to some calls for trading a couple of spots down if somebody wants to come up for a quarterback, but in the end Ron Rivera will not pass on a dominant edge rusher like he was playing around back in the day. Young has the elite physical skill-set in terms of burst, bend and reactionary athleticism to continue that tremendous success he had for the Buckeyes. Washington now adds him to the three other defensive linemen they have selected in the first rounds of the last three years already to form a ferocious front-four, with Young having the potential to play at an All-Pro level for several years.

3. Los Angeles Chargers (via Detroit Lions) – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama (for picks 6, 37 and 112)
We have our first trade! The Chargers have been very vocal about Tyrod Taylor being their starter under center this year and with the selection of the Alabama quarterback, they can still go with that plan initially, while adding a long-term star potentially. Tua is such a natural passer with the ability to work through progressions like a machine and make pin-point passes all over the field. The injury history is definitely a concern and giving up a second- and fourth-round pick to go with this investment makes this a high-risk selection, but the Bolts have a lot of young players to pay soon, and having the QB on a rookie deal may help as well.

4. New York Giants – Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
A lot has been made about Isaiah Simmons being the at four because Dave Gettleman loves athletic freaks, but he gets another one here with Wirfs, while also adding much-needed help to the O-line. Contrary to popular belief, the GM has actually never selected one of his “hog mollies” in the first round, but that changes this year. Wirfs will immediately boost the rushing attack with his explosiveness and power to open holes for Saquon Barkley, while having all the tools to improve technically as a pass-protector. He could also move inside to guard, offering positional flexibility across the front.

5. Miami Dolphins – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
While Miami certainly has the draft capital to move up for the quarterback of the future, they can stay put at five and still get the guy they have been high on for a while now, according to multiple reports. That allows them to still make three two other picks in the first round to upgrade their roster in a broader way. If you have read my breakdown of Herbert and seen that he is “only” number 37 on my big board, you know that I have question marks about the way he sees the field and can work through multiple reads, but the arm talent and athleticism are certainly there. I would just prefer them to allow the young man to sit early on.

6. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Chargers) – Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
This is close to a perfect scenario for Detroit. They trade back three spots and pick up a couple of picks in the process, while still getting the guy they have had their eyes on all along. Okudah is the premiere corner in this class, with the length, speed and loose hips to go with pretty advanced technique when you consider he really was only a one-year starter for that talented Ohio State secondary. The Lions traded away Darius Slay to get a younger and cheaper option as their CB1. Okudah fits perfectly in this man-heavy scheme under Matt Patricia and they should be able to trust him from week one.

7. Carolina Panthers – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Similarly, the Panthers just lost Luke Kuechly, even though they obviously didn’t decide to get rid of him. Simmons may not be your prototypical MIKE linebacker, but his range and explosiveness are absurb for anybody at the second level. With Matt Rhule coming over from Baylor and taking his defensive coordinator with him, they will make the full-time switch to a 3-4, where they will cover up bodies and allow Simmons to roam around freely. His ability to scrape and shut down anything to the edges could be what makes this system go, plus he gives you the versatility to move into the slot or rush off the edge on third downs.

8. Arizona Cardinals – Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn
This was the one pick that really had me going back and forth. The Cardinals obviously could use some help on the offensive line and three of the top four tackles are still available, but there aren’t many truly dominant defensive players on the board in this range and they just re-signed D.J. Humphries to a three-year deal, with the option to still address the O-line on day two. Arizona has already signed Jordan Phillips coming off a career-year, but he is not close to the all-around player Brown is. The Auburn DT would be a great fit at nose tackle right in the middle of Vance Joseph’s 3-4 scheme, holding his ground in the run game and pushing the pocket up the middle.

9. Atlanta Falcons (via Jacksonville Jaguars) – Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina (for picks 16 and 47)
The second trade of my mock draft involves the Falcons, who have emerged as prime candidates to move up and select one of top defensive prospects still available, while Jacksonville seemingly wants to collect draft capital. Kinlaw is exactly what that front office always describes as an “urgent athlete”. He has freakish explosiveness and a ton of natural power. While he is kind of a one-trick pony with his bull-rush at this point, he has all the tools to become a dominant player up front for them, to pair with Grady Jarrett inside. Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson could be an option here as well, but Kinlaw’s presence would help the secondary and add size to a rather small defense.

10. Cleveland Browns – Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
The Browns are reportedly in conversations with multiple teams to trade down, but they might not be able to resist this massive tackle prospect. Becton is a 365-pound mauler in the run game that would fit perfectly for what Kevin Stefanski wants to do with that heavy zone-rushing attack and bootlegs off it. There is definitely a lot of room for improvement in terms of technique – especially in pass-protection – but with Becton at left tackle this offensive line looks tremendous now. The interior already looked strong, but with free agent Jack Conklin and this first-round pick, they are set at tackle for a while now.

11. Denver Broncos (via New York Jets) – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama (for picks 15, 83 and 118)
This has been in the news over the last few days and I could absolutely see it. The Broncos are looking for somebody to pair with Courtland Sutton. To go with the big-bodied wideout, they now have the best route-runner in the draft, who can move along the formation. Combine that with last year’s first-round pick Noah Fant at tight-end in addition to an excellent duo of backs and sophomore quarterback Drew Lock has plenty of weapons around him now. If they sit back at number 15, the top three receivers are probably off the board and they have to pick somebody that is several spots behind that group, while in this scenario they still keep two third-rounders. The speed of Henry Ruggs would be an excellent complement as well.

12. Las Vegas Raiders – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The run on wide receivers has officially started! The Raiders have their pick of the other two guys not named Jerry Jeudy and I have them going with the shiny toy in Ruggs. The Alabama standout has speed for days and he would be great weapon for Jon Gruden to utilize. With Tyrrell Williams, Zay Jones, Hunter Renfrow and now Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas could definitely use a guy like Ruggs to scare defenses. Derek Carr might not be the type of guy who will let it rip five times a game, but they can put the ball in Ruggs’ hands on jet sweeps, reverses or let him run away from everybody after catching a slant route. This is a pick Al Davis would be proud of.

13. San Francisco 49ers – Ceedee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
That leaves San Francisco, who traded DeForest Buckner for this pick, with the third guy of that trio at the top and he might be number one on their board. Lamb is an outstanding fit for that system that may lack a true X receiver. He is a physical route-runner, has that alpha mentality when the ball is in the air and is just amazing with the ball in his hands. Just imagine him and Deebo Samuel going to work, as two of the very best at gaining yards after the catch. With some of the limitations Jimmy Garoppolo showed in the Super Bowl, having weapons around him that can make life easy on him is crucial.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
The Bucs leave day one as one of the biggest winners after my top tackle falls to them due to a combination of factors – the Cardinals going defense instead, the Browns falling in love with Becton and the Jets trading down a spot behind them. Wills shows an aggressive mindset in the run game and close to flawless technique as a pass-protector. Tampa Bay could definitely use an upgrade at right tackle over Joe Haeg to keep a soon 43-year old Tom Brady upright and they get the best one in the entire draft. So they land exactly who they need without even having to move up in this scenario.

15. New York Jets (via Denver Broncos) – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Gang Green has to be very happy with how the board falls as well. They move down four spots in exchange for a third- and fourth-round pick respectively, but can still select their future left tackle to protect Sam Darnold. Thomas is my number four tackle, but this is still right where I think he should go. He is an excellent zone run-blocker and has a proven track record of shutting down some of the premiere pass rushers in the SEC (only one sack allowed last season). Of course a true number one receiver could be the target as well, if they stick at 11, but this might yield even better results for them with the added picks.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
This kid has really been rising up draft boards and I would not be shocked if he was the pick at number nine if the Jags can’t find a trade partner. Now that they have sent away their duo of Ramsey and Bouye, cornerback has all of a sudden become a huge need. Henderson gives them another super-talented cover-guy with the attitude to survive on an island. With all the players they have and might still trade away, Jacksonville doesn’t seem to be in contention right now and this young man is someone they can groom into a different version of what they had in Ramsey.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (via Dallas Cowboys) – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU (for picks 21, 103 and 145)
The Eagles are desperate for a wide receiver and while they would love to go up and grab a speed monster like Henry Ruggs, Jefferson is the clear number four guy on a lot of team’s boards. The Dolphins and Jaguars could be threats to grab Jefferson before Philly is on the clock at 21, so they move up a couple of spots in order to secure the receiver, in exchange for their third-round pick and one of their fourth-rounders. Jefferson may not quite offer the speed to open up room in-between the hashes for their tight-ends, but he would give Carson Wentz a very dependable target to replace Nelson Agholor, who was anything but that for the Birds.

18. Miami Dolphins – K’Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU
They Dolphins have already added three former high draft picks on the edge this offseason – Shaq Lawson, Taco Charlton and Emmanuel Ogbah – but they still need that true number one guy and Chaisson has the potential to be just that. He is such a natural, bendy pass rusher and he offers a lot of versatility in terms of his pursuit off the backside, how dangerous he is on stunts and the things he can do in coverage. Those are things Brian Flores and those former Patriot coaches value highly. Chaisson should also continue to be a team leader, having proudly worn that number 18 for the Bayou Bengals, and he is someone to build that program around.

19. Las Vegas Raiders – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
We already saw this last year – Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden love established players from big-time programs, especially Clemson. Terrell has the length and speed to develop into an excellent corner to pair back up with his running mate Trayvon Mullen from just a couple of years ago. I certainly have my question marks with him, when you look at the issues he has at changing directions due to his lanky build and how much he struggles with his back to the ball down the field. Still, he is the type of guy the NFL seems to love and the Raiders are the ones who seem primed to reach a little for a player they are high on.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Jacksonville goes back to the well with a defensive back from the SEC – this time at safety. With LSU receiver Justin Jefferson off the board and no offensive linemen quite worth the pick, another highly productive tone-setter like McKinney makes a lot of sense. The Alabama safety offers great versatility, being able to cover deep halves, drop in the box or line up over slot receivers. He may not be the flashiest pick and the Jaguars could be looking to trade down from here again, but if they stay put, they could do a lot worse than my number one safety available, who I happen to have right at that number 20 spot on my big board as well.

21. Dallas Cowboys (via Philadelphia Eagles) – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
I think the Cowboys would love to grab C.J. Henderson or maybe even one of those top-tier receivers, but with the corner going just one spot before their original pick and all three pass-catchers off the board, they would be smart to move back a little. Dallas seems to be happy with Connor McGovern jumping in at center for Travis Frederick, so I didn’t go with a guy like Michigan’s Cesar Ruiz either. Instead I have them selecting a different corner from the reigning national champions. Fulton played as much press-man as any corner in the draft last season, but he also has the ability to click and close in zone-coverage. For some reason I can really imagine him with that blue star on his helmet, replacing the recently departed Byron Jones.

22. Minnesota Vikings – Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State
A long and explosive defensive end with all the athletic tools to become an even better player in the pros – sound familiar? That’s pretty much how I would have described Danielle Hunter just five years ago. Gross-Matos is the type of prospect that seems right in the mold of those guys Mike Zimmer brings in and turns into stars after just a couple of seasons. He is already a very physical run-stopper and has tremendous upside in the pass game. With Everson Griffen opting out of contract, they have a hole at the position and Gross-Matos already has some experience moving inside over guards in sub-packages like they used to do with Griffen.

23. New England Patriots – A.J. Epenesa, Edge, Iowa
This just seems like such an obvious Bill Belichick move. With Epenesa he picks up a really productive player, who is already technically sound and a big body up front. He offers great versatility across the formation, stands his ground in the run game and doesn’t get taken outside his rush lanes, which is something BB covets. I know quarterback is the big topic here and I thought about how this could work that New England possibly trades down and still grabs somebody they like, but I just don’t see them selecting a quarterback that is an immature decision-maker and freelancer like Jordan Love, even though it would of course be fun to see what Josh McDaniels & company can do with him.

24. New Orleans Saints – Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
When you look at this Saints roster, there really aren’t a lot of holes to fill. Before free agency began, a number two receiver to Michael Thomas seemed to be the target, but with Emmanuel Sanders being brought in, I shifted my focus to the defense. With veterans Janoris Jenkins and Malcolm Jenkins being added to the secondary already, I have them picking up a linebacker from nearby. Queen only has one full year of starting experience and still needs to work on his tackling form as well as not overrunning as many plays, but he has excellent range in coverage and while he weighs in at just under 230 pounds, he is not afraid to run into pulling linemen.

25. Minnesota Vikings – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
Nobody loves drafting cornerbacks in the first round more than Mike Zimmer and with his two starters from last season gone, the Vikings actually need one this time around. I thought about offensive tackle and wide receiver here as well, but ultimately stuck with defense. Johnson has been one of the best players in college football when targeted over these last three seasons and has allowed a passer-rating in the mid-50s in all of them. The physical corner can re-route receivers as well as anybody in this class and he does not shy away from tackling. Perfect for the Vikes.

26. Miami Dolphins – Josh Jones, OT, Houston
I’m starting another little run on offensive tackles here, with Miami kicking things off. The Dolphins fielded one of the worst front-fives we have seen in recent years. Before the 2019 season even started, they let their right tackle walk and during the year they traded away their young LT Laremy Tunsil. So if they want to keep anybody alive they draft at quarterback, they better invest in the O-line. To me Jones has clearly established himself as my fifth tackle, but he doesn’t offer the freakish size or athleticism some teams are looking for at the position. Still, he creates plenty of movement in the run game and he shows good knee-bend and independent hand-usage as a protector.

27. Seattle Seahawks – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
The next guy is somebody I have nowhere close to the first round in my rankings, but has just been creating too much buzz for me to not acknowledge could go here. And no team better to shock us all in the first round than an organization like the Seahawks, who have blown up any mocks we have seen in recent years. I think Wilson lacks some agility to survive full-time on the edge in a true drop-back system, but with what Seattle likes to do with their run-heavy approach and play-action off it, the behemoth right tackle from Georgia could fit in well. At this point I could also see them surprise us with a Jeremy Chinn or an edge rusher they really like as well.

28. Baltimore Ravens – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Over these last two seasons, the Ravens have lost C.J. Mosley and Patrick Onwuasor to the Jets in free agency. They re-signed L.J. Fort and play their safeties at dime linebacker quite a bit anyway, but they still need that alpha in the middle of their defense. Murray has incredible range and closing speed for the position, while those big bodies up front will allow him to stay clean from blockers. I was going to go with either him or Patrick Queen, depending on which of the two falls to them here, since that is the biggest need for them, while having the ability to select another receiver from this loaded class later on. If both of the guys I mentioned are off the board, a hybrid stand-up backer and edge rusher in Wisconsin’s Zack Baun would make a lot of sense too.

29. Tennessee Titans – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
And that makes seven offensive tackles in the first round! The Titans right now are set to go into camp (or not, depending on how this whole situation develops) with Dennis Kelly and Ty Sambrailo competing for the starting spot at right tackle. While another pass-rusher or a replacement for Logan Ryan could be options here as well, I believe with Vic Beasley coming over and some young guys moving up the depth chart in the secondary, they will continue to invest into their O-line with Jack Conklin gone. I don’t think Jackson is a very physical run-blocker and his base can vary too much, but he certainly has the athletic traits to develop.

30. Green Bay Packers – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
The Packers need to add more pass-catchers around Aaron Rodgers. All the offensive tackles are off the board to replace Bryan Bulaga, they have invested heavily into their defense in recent years and the only that would make some sence here is TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock. Instead I went with another Big 12 standout in the freakish Denzel Mims. The former Baylor receiver has blown everybody away at the Senior Bowl and combine with his combination of size, explosiveness and physicality. I have him as my 31st overall prospect and would not be surprised if he went even earlier.

31. Indianapolis Colts (via San Francisco 49ers) – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State (for picks 44, 122 and a 2021 second-rounder)
In our final trade of this mock draft, I have the Colts moving up from the 44th pick and giving a fourth-rounder this year to go with a number two in 2021 to grab their quarterback of the future. Indy has been high on Love all along and while Philip Rivers should be the short-term solution, this only gives their young signal-caller time to reign in his reckless style of play. Love is as talented as any other quarterback in this draft, but he is coming off a year in which he led the FBS in interceptions (17) and still has a long way to go. Regardless, I can stand behind this way easier than Justin Herbert in the top six. The 49ers will be more than happy to move back, since they don’t own any picks on day two at this moment.

32. Kansas City Chiefs – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
As this draft process has advanced, I have had this feeling more and more. Of course the Chiefs could invest in another corner here or possibly trade back a few spots and still pick their guy, but in the end I think this just makes a lot of sense. Edwards-Helaire is “only” my number five back in this class, but he is still my 51st-ranked overall prospect and fits the KC offense really well. Not only would he give them a more physical identity as a hard-nosed runner with the contact balance to create yardage after contact, but he also led all draft-eligible RBs in receptions last season, giving Mahomes and this pass-happy offense another weapon, while being an outstanding check-down option off their vertical concepts.


Also considered:


D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
Ross Blacklock, IDL, TCU
Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin
Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota


If you enjoyed the content, I would really appreciate if you could visit the original piece - https://halilsrealfootballtalk.com/2020/04/20/nfl-mock-draft-2020/
On my page, you can find all the positional breakdowns and my big board as well.

You can also listen to my analysis of all the picks on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6ZlXBCEG48
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2019.07.31 15:21 lane555 What We Know After Seven Days of Searching for Suspected BC Killers

When I began this assignment, I thought it would have been somewhat straightforward. Reporting missing people and the tragic murders of innocent victims has become all but part of routine journalism. Crime is newsworthy, and these crimes I would be reporting had caught the global eye as it began to draw in three countries. How hard could it be for one of the most highly regarded policing agencies in the world to catch two teenaged boys from Vancouver Island? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are known to make sure they get their perpetrators and ensuring answers in the end. However, this investigation has been far from simple, and a week after the official search for Bryer Schmegelsky, 18 and Kam McLeod, 19 began we are no closer than we were at the start. The fact of it is no one knows why they ended up 3000 KM away from where they are suspected of murdering Australian Lucas Fowler (23), his American girlfriend Chynna Deese (24), and Vancouver botany professor Leonard Dyck, 64. Did they get lost? Or were they aware they were going to the most northern point you can reach in Manitoba by road? Was there a plan all along? What we do know is that they travelled from Port Alberni in British Columbia into the north under the pretence of getting work, and along the Alaska Highway on July 14 have got mixed up in the murders of Mr. Fowler and Ms. Deese. Despite reports of seeing others that day, the only proven conclusion is that McLeod and Schmegelsky are deemed responsible for their untimely deaths. The couple were seen just the day before in Fort Nelson sharing their young lives on their dream trip to Liard Hot Springs. The Broughtons, an older couple from Fort Nelson stopped for them the following day seeing the partners broken down on the side of the highway. Still in high spirits, they claim Fowler and Deese didn’t seem to mind and had been able to organise a fix to come. It was never to be. The next day they were found violently murdered where their van sat broken down and with nothing but a highway worker’s sighting to go off it became a quick mystery. Three days later on July 19, a mere week since they left their homes in Vancouver Island, McLeod and Schmegelsky were seen having coffee in Jade City at the Mountain Jade store and cafe. The manager later stating they seemed nice and polite, but she was shaken to know that just the following evening they would supposedly kill again. This time a well respected father, husband, and academic- University of Vancouver professor Leonard Dyck. A specialist in the seaweed of the British Columbian Coast, Dyck would often travel on journeys to further research and enjoy camping in the outdoors. A local 50KM south of Dease Lake- an hour south of their last sighting- along the Cassiar Highway near the Stikine River Bridge reported that a vehicle was on fire. As emergency services attended the incident another local frantically got their attention - a man lay dead 2KM up the road. At this point, the owner of the burning camper and his travel companion were assumed to be missing and Dyck listed as an unidentifiable suspicious death. The rumours swirled-could it be related to the deaths of Fowler and Deese? The RCMP quick to shut down those rumours, McLeod and Schmegelsky slip the grip of police. They would not be seen for another 36 hours until the morning of July 21 and would again, get lucky. With no reports of them being wanted, how could Cold Lake, Alberta resident Tommy Ste-Croix be blamed for helping them out of the mud behind his home? He claimed they looked scared and had “soft baby hands” that couldn’t possibly get them out of the situation they were in. He couldn’t have known the grateful teenaged men were on the run from three homicides. Neither could the store workers later that day in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan have known the men in their store were fugitives. At this point the RCMP announce they are looking for a silver Toyota RAV4 and the boys, yet again, slip through the net. On the run, continuing in their northern path they are spotted on the Provincial Road 280 in Manitoba, an 11 hour drive from the capital city Winnipeg. Stopping in Split Lake, they pay for $20 of petroleum and ask if the reserve is dry, meaning could they consume alcohol. The attendant tells him it is dry and claims Schmegelsky was, as in the past encounters, calm and kind. Within hours it would be the last time the pair would get by under the radar before they are listed as Canada’s most wanted. Believed to be moments after the service station incident, Tataskweyak Cree Nation councillor Nathan Neckoway says him and another band constable - those responsible to uphold Native reserve bylaws- notice a SUV has ran past a check point. A quick check warrants no concern, they have no alcohol and are apologetic for running the stop. Neckoway feels guilty, now knowing, he was the last stopping point for the suspected killers. Within hours they will reach the Fox Lake Cree Nation reserve and burn the stolen RAV4. Locals Tamara and Billy Beardy are passing by and see a fire. Walter Spence, Chief of the Fox Lake Cree Nation, tells locals to remain diligent and alert. They couldn’t confirm it was in fact the missing RAV4, but the RCMP would be on patrol and investigate. The next morning they are two of the most wanted men in Canadian history, charged with second degree murder and on the run. Reportedly sighted in Gillam, some 56KM south of Bird on a dead end road, there has yet to be a confirmed sighting in a week. With locals reporting sightings of backpacks by nearby powerlines and in the co-op shop, it seemed certain that a manhunt with nearly three hundred RCMP police, specialists, and military would find McLeod and Schmegelsky. However, not even a Canadian Armed Forces aircraft equipped with some of the most advanced tracking systems has traced a sign of either of the boys. On the 28th of July, Native community support volunteers with the group Bear Clan reportedly saw similar looking young men at a landfill in the York Factory First Nation’s reserve of York Landing - 100km southwest of Gillam. However, that isn’t by road. The trip is a four hour drive includes a two hour ferry stop, or you can fly in via the small landing strip. As you fly over, trees become denser and the terrain follows along powerlines and hydrolines. It is a vast area and it becomes more evident the rough terrain these fugitives are in. A day and a half of intense searching with as much resources as physically possible yields no new clues, only more questions. Was it them at the landfill? Have they walked the powerlines all along where their backpacks were supposedly seen? These are only questions that McLeod and Schmegelsky can answer as the next stage of the search begins. With the media and RCMP significantly withdrawing from the area, all we now know is they are still Canada’s most wanted men and carry the answers to why and how these crimes even occurred. If it wasn’t to be the next chapter in outlaw Canadiana lore, then what drove two young men with their lives in front of them to kill innocent people and lead Canada’s leading agencies on one of the biggest manhunts in modern police history? 
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2019.07.30 16:58 DeludedYinzer Offseason Review Series: Day 21: The Pittsburgh Steelers

Something I wanted to point out quickly. I wrote most of this stuff before the Steelers training camp actually started on Friday. So if something I say is opposite of what has been happening at camp the past 4 days, that's why. I did change some things, but I didn't want to change all of it for the sake of honesty. Thanks

Pittsburgh Steelers

Division: AFC North
1. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1)
3. Cleveland Browns (7-8-1)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)

Coaching Changes

Mike Munchak Moves On, Shaun Sarrett Named OL Coach - Most Steelers fans expected Munchak to leave at some point soon. I don't think anyone expected him to leave for another offensive line job. Munchak was reported to be one of the finalists for the Broncos head coaching job. Once it was announced Vic Fangio had gotten the Broncos head coaching job, I thought that we were in the clear. It was then reported that Munchak was being hired as the Broncos offensive line coach. I was pretty shocked at first. Things were going great for him here and I didn't think he was getting caught up in all of the other drama(more on that later). But it turns out he wanted to be closer to his family(which is why he interviewed for the HC position in the first place). Shaun Sarrett has been with the Steelers for 8 years now but last year was his first as an OL assistant specifically. This seemed like a no brainer move and many speak highly of Sarrett. Losing Munchak is obviously big but hopefully, Sarrett can pick up where Mike left off.
Joey Porter Not Retained, Keith Butler Takes Back OLB Coach Role - This has been something many fans(including myself) have been hoping for. Although TJ Watt has looked great in his first two seasons, the same development hasn't been felt through Bud Dupree and Jarvis Jones did not improve in his final two seasons with the Steelers. Yes, the Steelers did finish 1st in sacks the last two years, but that is a little deceitful. A good amount of those sacks came from the defensive line and blitzing ILBs. In 2017, Cam Heyward and Vince Williams(the two leading Steelers sackers) accounted for 35.7% of the sacks. 2018 was better because of Watt's 13 sacks, but there wasn't much behind him. Which is another issue; the Steelers have gotten almost nothing from backup EDGE rushers. Anthony Chickillo is not awful, but not someone you'd want to be your #3 EDGE, which is what he has been the past 2 years. So Porter didn't develop any depth either. There all also some off the field questions with Porter, including possibly trying to pit the defense against the offense, though this has been denied by some players. He is being replaced by.......Keith Butler.
Butler was the Steelers OLB coach for 12 years before being promoted to DC after Dick LeBeau's departure. The results so far have been a mixed bag at best. The defensive line and the run defense has been pretty consistent, but the secondary has been a mess and the overall scheme has question marks attached. Maybe going back to his roots will help that group and in turn, help the defense. Or maybe this is a purely cosmetic decision and nothing will change. We will see. But this might be the last year for Butler to prove he can be the DC.
James Saxon Not Retained, Eddie Faulkner Named New RB Coach - This move is baffling. I assumed that Porter would be the last coaching change made. Saxon was the RB coach since 2014. Most notably the year Le'Veon Bell broke out. You have to party contribute that and the rest of Bell's career to this point to Saxon. Deangelo Williams also had a successful 2015 season under Saxon. James Conner is also hopefully on his way to a promising NFL Career after a good 2018 season. So why was Saxon not retained? No clue.
No one has any idea why this move was made. No one. Steelers players and other NFL coaches are apparently dumbfounded and mad by this decision. Some point to the fact that the Steelers ranked 31st in total rushing last year. While true, the Steelers also ranked 31st in rushing attempts. Hard to rush well as a team if you aren't committed to the run in every scenario. So I just doubt that reasoning. Your guess is as good as any as to why Saxon was let go. Maybe something will come out later, but for now, we are all in the dark. He is now the Cardinals RB Coach.
Steelers decided to hire Eddie Faulkner to replace Saxon. Faulkner had been NC State's TE/FB/ST coach for 6 years. Current Steeler Jaylen Samuel played under Faulkner, so maybe the Steelers liked him while they were scouting Samuels. It'll be interesting to see what he can bring to this young RB group.
Teryl Austin Hired As Senior Defensive Assistant/Secondary - Tomlin (correctly) felt that the defense needed a little extra support in terms of coaching. Austin was most recently fired by the Bengals last year as there defensive coordinator. The Bengals defense was very bad last year, but Austin has a decorated NFL career and coaching a smaller group of defensive backs will hopefully be a better scenario for him. Apparently, Austin will also have some sort of role concerning challenges and maybe even time management. Tomlin has not won a challenge since the WC game against the Miami Dolphins in the 2016-2017 postseason and he has been criticized by some for his clock management.
There has been some debate whether or not these changes are just Tomlin saving face/trying to shift the blame. I personally don't. Tomlin is never one to deflect blame away from himself. While the Saxon decision is certainly questionable, the Porter decision was a long time coming and having Butler back with the OLB is at the very least an interesting move(if not a last-ditch effort). Some wonder whether another down year would mean the end of Tomlin in Pittsburgh. Its definitely an interesting conversation, but I ultimately think Tomlin will be safe unless things completely fall off the rails.

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut

BOLD = Starters
Player Position New Team
Antonio Brown WR Raiders
Le'Veon Bell RB Jets
Marcus Gilbert RT Cardinals
Coty Sensabaugh CB Unsigned
Jon Bostic LB Redskins
Jesse James TE Lions
Morgan Burnett S Browns
LJ Fort LB Eagles
LT Walton DE/DT Bills
Justin Hunter WR Unsigned
Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Unsigned
Matt McCrane K Unsigned
Stevan Ridley RB Unsigned
Nat Berhe S Unsigned
Antonio Brown (Traded for Raiders 2019 3rd and 5th round picks) - Whew boy. I'm gonna try my best to keep most of this section focused on the field, though some off the field stuff is relevant(more about the off the field aspect will be in the Other Offseason news section). Brown basically forced himself into being traded this offseason(besides asking for a trade obviously). Things were getting very toxic, very quickly and it was making everybody look very bad. I think the Steelers made some mistakes along the way and ultimately hurt the trade value. The biggest example was when Art Rooney II said in an interview that they weren't going to cut him and that it was "hard to envision" Brown with the team in training camp. So if you aren't going to release him but you don't see him on the team in July, then that is very obviously telling that you are going to trade him. Which hurts the trade value immensely. Now teams know that you are almost desperate to trade him. That was a damaging interview. Brown was briefly a Bill until that trade fell threw because of Brown wanting a new contract and the Bills not willing to give him one. The Raiders then swooped in and got the deal done(much more to the story, but again, trying to stay on topic). In my opinion, this was not a great trade for us. A 3rd and a 5th for arguably the best receiver in the NFL is just not enough. I get they were between a rock and a hard place, but I thought it would be an early 2nd. Plus you have to factor in the cap hit it took. Replacing Brown will be difficult and will take more than one person. Hopefully, they can figure it out in time before a playoff run.
Le'Veon Bell - This will be short. Bell sat out the entire 2019 season due to a contract dispute. Bell didn't like the contract being offered by the Steelers(specifically the guaranteed money). The Steelers aren't willing to give a ton of guaranteed money to any of their free agents. Bell signed with the Jets. The contract really isn't very favorable to him compared to the final contract offer the Steelers gave. But he wanted to bet on himself, so good on him.
Marcus Gilbert (Traded for Cardinals 2019 6th Round pick) - Gilbert's career started pretty great. He became a regular starter in 2013 and got better and better as time went on. At one point, I would say he was a Top 5 RT in this league. 2017 was the year things took a turn. Gilbert injured his hamstring in a Week 2 win against the Vikings. He didn't return until Week 6, where he aggravated the injury early in the game. After returning for 2 games, he was suspended for PEDs(assumingly to rehab the injury). Sustained a concussion in the playoff loss against the Jags. In 2018 he dealt with a hamstring and knee injury and was ultimately placed on IR after only playing in 5 games. All the while, Chris Hubbard and Matt Feiler filled in pretty well for him (especially Hubbard, who signed a big deal with the Browns after 2017). This made Gilbert expendable, thus leading to the trade. This is a great trade for the Cardinals. Giving up a day 3 pick for a chance to get a Top 5 RT is something any team should do. The Steelers are in good hands though.
Coty Sensabaugh - Coty Sensabaugh wasn't supposed to be starting in 2018. I didn't even think he was gonna make the roster, considering the fact that he was benched in 2017. He ended up making the team. He didn't start immediately but after Artie Burns disastrous performance in Cincinnati, he made his way back to the lineup. And admittedly, he wasn't awful. Much better than in 2017. PFF gave some praise. That stat is a little misleading but that's beside the point. The biggest issue is that he would make NO effort on the ball at times. It was almost like he would see the ball coming and just stop covering his man. Bizarre. When the biggest issue with your defense is you don't make big plays, someone like Sensabaugh doesn't help the cause. He somehow ended up with 6 PDs, but 3 of them came against Jeff Driskel and Joe Flacco. Again, not awful, but not what this team needs to make the leap.
Jon Bostic - I don't like to say I told you so, but I knew that the Bostic signing would not work out after the Steelers did not draft a single linebacker in the following draft. Bostic was not this highly-coveted free agent that prohibited the Steelers from bringing in competition. I still thought linebacker was one of the Steeler's biggest needs going into the draft. The Steelers only have themselves to blame for what happened during the season.
Bostic was not an awful run defender, but he wasn't that great. Not as good as Vince Williams. The issue came in pass defense. He was GOD AWFUL. Constant blown coverages. Not really playing the ball(partly because he was never close enough). Part of that is due to the scheme. The Steelers put themselves in a bad situation that they had to try and remedy. But he still was rough. I try to go back and watch all of the games from last season. He struggled mightily against Jared Cook. Not that Cook is bad, but it almost seemed like they were in two different leagues. After the Denver game, Bostic was essentially benched and didn't see more than 18 snaps in a single game. Bostic is currently unsigned after being cut.
Jesse James - Jesse James had some pretty successful seasons in Pittsburgh. Even with the emergence of Vance McDonald, James arguably had his best season yet. I was not shocked when he decided to leave. We weren't gonna pay him a ton if he wanted to stay and he probably would have been behind McDonald. Funny enough, Lions drafted TJ Hockenson in the first round and I would guess he would become the #1 tight end sooner rather than later. I think the contract was a little rich for my taste. James was just a very average tight end that isn't that athletic.
Morgan Burnett - This was another signing that I liked when it happened and then my feelings changed after the draft. This time, I was wrong about what I thought would happen. Unfortunately, the results were not any better. Burnett got through the first 2 games of the season before getting injured. He came back for the 2nd Cleveland game but never played at a consistent level. He did have some good moments but Burnett's Steeler career will most likely be remembered by blown coverages. Same issue as Bostic. Playing as the third safety most of the time, Burnett was given a lot of responsibilities that he just couldn't handle. Fans thought the Steelers might cut Burnett before he requested to be released due to the way he was used(not completely in the wrong). Steelers tried to find a trade partner but couldn't. Burnett is currently on the Browns. All of the major outside UDFAs signed last year are now off of the team one year later.
LJ Fort - Fort was one of the linebackers that tried to fix the mess the Steelers left in that group. He had been with the team for a bit, but he started playing regularly in week 12 against the Chargers. Some fans and analysts seemed to like the way he played and were sad to see him go to the Eagles. I don't think he was that great. One thing I will say, he made more splash plays than most of the defense. He would jump off the screen at times, but I think he struggled in run and pass defense. Not that he was a bad player, but not someone who should have been starting. He was a great special teamer and that will be something the Steelers will have to replace.
LT Walton - Walton was a nice surprise as a 6th round pick. Never gave a ton in pass rush, but was a pretty alright run defender. Which isn't bad for a backup.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - This is the biggest hit to the special teams unit. HeyBey was one of our best special teamers. He also was a great role model and overall a great guy. Gonna miss him.
Player Position Old Team Length(Years) Average Cap Hit
Steven Nelson CB Chiefs 3 $8,500,000
Mark Barron LB Rams 2 $6,000,000
Donte Moncrief WR Jaguars 2 $4,500,000
Ben Roethlisberger QB Steelers +2 $34,000,000
Maurkice Pouncey C Steelers +2 $11,000,000
Eli Rogers WR Steelers +1 $3,030,000
Tyson Alualu DE Steelers +2 $2,875,000
Ramon Foster LG Steelers 2 $4,125,000
Anthony Chickillo EDGE Steelers 2 $4,000,000
BJ Finney IOL Steelers 1 $3,095,000
Xavier Grimble TE Steelers 1 $2,025,000
Jordan Berry P Steelers 2 $1,850,000
Daniel McCullers NT Steelers 2 $1,375,000
Kameron Canaday LS Steelers 1 $720,000
Matt Feiler OT Steelers 1 $645,000
Mike Hilton CB Steelers 1 $645,000
Jordan Dangerfield S Steelers 1 $645,000
Zach Banner OT Steelers 1 $645,000
Steven Nelson - As many of you may know, the Steelers are not big spenders in free agency. They would rather develop their own and then refill through the draft. In the past three years, I would say the Steelers have signed 3 "significant" outside free agents each year. Nelson is the first and highest-paid one this year. In fact, Nelson is the highest-paid outside free agent in Steelers history. That says a lot about how the Steelers approach free agency. Nelson spent last year on the Chiefs, playing almost every snap on the outside. PFF had some alright things to say. I've watched him in a couple of Chief games and I did like what I saw. The consensus among Chief fans seems to be that Nelson is alright, not a #1 caliber corner, but will work as a number 2. Also say he can get a bit handsy. Nelson has played on the inside and the outside in his career. He primarily played outside last year and he has said that's where he would like to play this year. I think that is where the Steelers are going to play him, seeing as the team is severely lacking a #2 OCB. However, Nelson's flexibility was talked about early in the offseason by Mike Tomlin. I could see scenarios that move Nelson in the slot limitedly to give playing time for a certain 3rd round rookie. I only see that happening if said rookie shows a ton early. Either way, this signing is great and was desperately needed.
Mark Barron - Barron started his career in Tampa as a safety. He was traded midway through his rookie contract to the then St. Louis Rams. That is when he started to play the linebacker position. Barron signed a 5-year contract with the Rams after his rookie contract. Barron played a significant amount in the next 3 years before being cut after the 2018-2019 season. Before anyone speculates where he will play, Barron said he is playing linebacker with the Steelers. This is interesting because saying he's only playing linebacker brings up questions in regards to how he will be used in sub-packages and things of that sort. Being a former safety, you would think Barron would be pretty good in coverage. But after watching him in a few Rams games last year, that is not necessarily the case. Zone coverage was alright, but he got beat a few times in the 3-4 games that I watched. Run defense was alright. The consensus from Rams fans were a little all over the place. We'll talk about this more when we get to the starting lineups, but it will be very interesting to see what Tomlin decides to do to start the season. The signing was definitely needed, but how Barron is going to be used is still very much up in the air.
Donte Moncrief - After his rookie contract in Indianapolis was up, Moncrief signed a 1 year prove-it deal with the surging Jacksonville Jaguars. Though if I remember correctly, Moncrief was talking about getting paid way before his rookie contract was up(correct me if I'm wrong). The Jaguars fell back to the pack in 2018, largely due to the offense. They ranked bottom 10 in many offensive statistics. Bortles was not good, Fournette missed time and wasn't that effective when he did play, receiving options were not good enough, and the offensive line gave up the 3rd most sacks in the league. The offense was anemic. Moncrief is inarguably coming into a better situation than he was in Jacksonville. Many of his 89 targets last year were ruled "uncatchable". However, it's not fair to say that his inadequacies last year were all due to his supporting cast. Moncrief has never been an amazing receiver. His best year came in 2015, totaling 64 catches, 733 yards, and 6 touchdowns playing second fiddle to T.Y. Hilton. I'll talk about this more when we get to the starting lineup/training camp battles, but Moncrief absolutely has a chance to be the #2 this year.
Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey - I'm putting these extensions together because they are in pretty similar situations. Both are getting older and have been the face for the Steelers offense for years. Maurkice Pouncey has even said that the year Ben retires, he will retire as well. And I believe him. Both of them are important cogs in the machine known as the Steelers offense.
Eli Rogers - After tearing his ACL in the 2017 playoffs, Rogers re-signed with the Steelers after a couple of free-agent visits. He didn't end up playing until Week 15 but he looked alright in those last three games. He's back. Wide receiver is really up for grabs this year and it's important to see how Rogers will look after his limited time.
Tyson Alualu - One of the only recent free-agent signings that has worked out, Alualu worked out a 2-year extension to his contract. He has been a super solid backup and absolutely deserved this extension. He was better in 2017 than in 2018, but I think he has a chance to get back to that level. If someone were to get hurt, it wouldn't be the end of the world is Alualu had to start. Far from ideal, but he gives you enough to survive on defense.
Ramon Foster - Foster has been with the team for 10 years, but it seemed like 2018 could have been his last season. I can't seem to find the article now, but I swear I saw a quote that said that he was going to be asking for a lot of money, or something of that sort. That made it seem like he might be on a different team in 2019. But thankfully, the Steelers and Foster agreed to a contract (that really isn't that much money so IDK if I was imagining things). I don't think it would have been the end of the world if Foster went elsewhere. BJ Finney has looked good in his starts and Foster is getting older. The Steelers don't usually extend a good amount of money to older free agents. However, Foster has been a rock in the middle of the line and you can't let someone like him go.
BJ Finney - Finney, a former UDFA, had a 2nd round tender placed on him this offseason. He has started at least one game every year since 2016 and has performed well. Many thought this would be the year the Steelers would let go of Ramon Foster and have Finney be the starter. With the Steelers re-signing Foster, things are looking like he is gonna have to wait at least one more year for a chance to be a starter. Finney will be a UFA after the 2019-2020 season. He might look to greener pastures after this year if he can't crack the starting lineup. There is not much the Steelers can do about that unless they want to give him a starter contract but have him be a backup for one more year, but that does not seem like a smart idea. Until then, Finney will be an excellent backup and will be ready to start if/whenever the time comes.
Matt Feiler - When Marcus Gilbert went down in Week 2, Feiler was the guy that stepped in. Feiler had only started one game before this season(a meaningless Week 17 game against the 0-16 Browns), so we really didn't know what to expect when he played. He held his own. Feiler was an ERFA after the season and he signed his tender at the end of March. Feiler is going to have some competition this season for the starting right tackle spot, but at the very least, Feiler will be a pretty good backup.
Anthony Chickillo - Chickillo has been a backup EDGE and special teamer for all of his career. I personally don't think he is that great as an EDGE and him being the third rusher has been a detriment to the defense. He always performs in the preseason but he doesn't do much when he does get a chance to play. He is a good special teamer but he can't be relied on to give you production off the EDGE.
Mike Hilton - As with Matt Feiler, Hilton was also an ERFA after the season. Hilton had a good start to the year, but then suffered an elbow injury that took him out for one game but hobbled him for some of the season. 2017 was a great year for him. 2018 was good, but you definitely could tell that either the injury or something else was keeping him from being his best. He wasn't as successful blitzing and he gave up the game-deciding touchdown against the Raiders. Hilton absolutely is still a good player but he has something to prove after last year. One thing to keep an eye on; Hilton has not signed his tender yet. He wants a new contract. Hilton signed his tender on the reporting day of training camp. Though he wanted a new contract, Steelers just don't have the funds to do that at this time and I bet they like having control of him for at least one more year.
Seems like I've written a lot more than last year. The draft section usually goes next, but it just missed fitting in here. So I know it isn't the most convenient, but I have the rest of the sections linked down below.

Draft

Other Offseason News

Projected Starting Lineup

53 Man Roster and Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

Schedule Predictions

Training Camp Battles

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Shout Outs
Once again, Thank y'all for reading(some of it lol) every year. I appreciate it.
To skepticismissurvival and PlatypusOfDeath - For allowing me to write this.
To /steelers
To Astro63 and Dminnick for offering to help
To /NFL_Draft: For the continued support. Along the same lines, thanks to anyone who had kind words towards any of my videos last year. Greatly appreciated!!!
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2019.07.27 20:27 LearningIsListening The Pedophocracy by David McGowan

David McGowan, author of Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon, also published The Pedophocracy. This lesser known text covers international and domestic pedophilia and discusses several key figures involved. This is not an opinion piece. It is very well-sourced and thoroughly explained. Read the entire thing if you have the time; if you don't, check out the shortened version below.
The Pedophocracy by David McGowan
The text is pretty long, so below is a shortened (but still long) copy & paste and paraphrasing of the most vital parts. The copied and pasted portions that are in bold are most important.
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PART 1

Dutroux was sentenced in 1989 to thirteen years for his crimes, but was freed after having served just three. This was in spite of the fact that, as prison governor Yvan Stuaert would later tell a parliamentary commission: “A medical report described him as a perverse psychopath, an explosive mix. He was an evident danger to society.”
The man who turned Dutroux loose on society, Justice Minister Melchior Wathelet, soon after received a prestigious appointment to serve as a judge at the European Court of Justice at the Hague. Shortly after Dutroux’s release, young girls began to disappear in the vicinity of some of his homes. Though technically unemployed and drawing welfare from the state, he nevertheless owned at least six houses and lived quite lavishly.
Police seem to have routinely ignored tips that later proved to be accurate, including a report from Dutroux's own mother that her son was holding girls prisoner in one of his houses. In addition, key facts were withheld from investigators working on the disappearances and lines of communication were unaccountably broken, inexcusably hindering the investigation.
Police did search one of Dutroux's homes on no less than three separate occasions over the course of the investigation. On at least two of those occasions, two of the missing girls were being held in heinous conditions imprisoned in a custom-built dungeon in the basement. Nevertheless, the police searches came up empty, despite the fact that the investigating officers reported “hearing children’s voices on one occasion,” according to the Guardian.
It was not until August 13, 1996, four years after the disappearances began, that authorities arrested Dutroux, along with his wife (an elementary school teacher), a lodger, a policeman, and a man the Guardian described as “an associate with political connections” – elsewhere identified as Michel Lelievre.
Two days later, police again searched Dutroux's home and discovered the soundproof dungeon/torture center. As CNN reported, three years earlier “police ignored tips from an informant who said Dutroux was building secret cellars to hold girls before selling them abroad.” And in 1995, the same informant had told police that Dutroux had offered an unidentified third man “the equivalent of $3,000 to $5,000 to kidnap girls.”
As the body count mounted, the outrage of the Belgian people grew. They demanded to know why this man, dubbed the 'Belgian Beast,' had been released after having served such an absurdly short sentence. And to know why, as evidence had continued to mount and girls had continued to disappear, the police had chosen to do nothing. How many girls, they demanded to know, had been killed as a result of this inaction?
Adding further fuel to the fire, as a Los Angeles Times report revealed, was that: “a highly regarded children’s activist, Marie-France Botte, claims that the Justice Ministry is sitting on a politically sensitive list of customers of pedophile videotapes.”
The same report noted that: “The affair has become further clouded by the discovery of a motorcycle that reportedly matches the description of one used in the 1991 assassination of prominent Belgian businessman and politician Andre Cools. Michel Bourlet, the head prosecutor on the pedophile case, meanwhile, has publicly declared that the investigation can be thoroughly pursued only without political interference. Several years ago, Bourlet was removed from the highly charged Cools case, which remains unsolved.”
Outrage continued to grow as more arrests were made and evidence of high-level government and police complicity continued to emerge. One of Dutroux's accomplices, businessman Jean-Michel Nihoul, confessed to organizing an ‘orgy’ at a Belgian chateau that had been attended by government officials, a former European Commissioner, and a number of law enforcement officers. A Belgian senator would note, quite accurately, that such parties were part of a system “which operates to this day and is used to blackmail the highly placed people who take part.”
In September, twenty-three suspects - at least nine of whom were police officers - were detained and questioned about their possible complicity in the crimes and/or their negligence in investigating the case. As the Los Angeles Times noted in a very brief, two-sentence report, the detainments “were the latest indication that police in the southern city of Charleroi may have helped cover up the alleged crimes of Marc Dutroux.”
On October 14 came the straw that broke the camel's back: Jean-Marc Connerotte, who had been serving as the investigating judge on the case, was dismissed by the Belgian Supreme Court. Connerotte was viewed by the people as something of a rarity: a public official/law enforcement officer who actually appeared to be pursuing a prosecution, rather than a cover-up. The News Telegraph described him as: “the only figure in the judiciary who enjoys the nation’s confidence.”
As the New York Times reported, Connerotte “became a national hero in August after saving two children from a secret dungeon kept by a convicted child rapist and ordering the inquiry that led to the discovery of the bodies of four girls kidnapped by a child pornography network.” He had also, in 1994, arrested three men as suspects in the Cools assassination – just before the case was transferred to the jurisdiction of another magistrate.
His removal from the Dutroux case fanned the smoldering flames of public outrage; the Times report noted that: “Hundreds of thousands of people had petitioned the high court to retain the judge.” Adding yet more fuel to the fire, prosecutor Michel Bourlet was claiming that evidence suggested that a pedophile ring composed of the wealthy and powerful had been protected for twenty-five years.
On October 20, 350,000 citizens of the tiny nation took to the streets of Brussels dressed all in white, demanding the reform of a system so corrupt that it would protect the abusers, rapists, torturers, and killers of children. The political fallout from the case would ultimately bring about the resignation of Belgium's State Police Chief, Interior Minister, and Justice Minister – likely sacrificial lambs tossed to the outraged masses to avoid what could easily have exploded into a full-scale insurrection by the people, particularly after police ‘incompetence’ allowed Dutroux to escape and remain at large for a brief time in April of 1998.
There were in fact calls from the people for the entire coalition government to step down. Months later, an opinion survey by Brussels’ Le Soir newspaper found that only one-in-five Belgians still had confidence in the federal government and the nation’s justice system. As the Los Angeles Times reported in January of 1998, “the conviction remains stubbornly widespread that members of the upper crust - government ministers, the Roman Catholic Church, the court of King Albert II - belonged to child sex rings, or protected them.”

As 1999 drew to a close, the nation of Latvia was rocked by a child prostitution/child pornography scandal that reached to the very top of the political power structure. The case first broke in August, when police uncovered a massive operation involving as many as 2,000 severely abused children. When media reports began linking top Latvian officials to the case, a special parliamentary commission was formed to investigate.
The very next month, the Guardian carried a report on Eric Franklin Rosser – accused child pornographer, one of the FBI's ten most wanted criminals and a former keyboardist for John Cougar Mellencamp’s band. According to the report: “Investigators believe Rosser’s material is among pornography circulated by a British paedophile ring … More than 1,800 members are thought to belong to a club called Teenboys. Its website features boys aged around 12 … Teenboys is considered bigger than the notorious Wonderland Club.”
Meanwhile, a pedophile ring in Australia with high-level government connections was handled in a slightly different way. As The Irish Times reported on July 17, 1998:
“Police suspect a series of gruesome gay hate killings in the Sydney region could be the work of a serial killer whose victims might be linked through a notorious paedophile ring. The latest mutilation murder was that of Australia's longest serving mayor, Frank Arkell, aged 68, who was bludgeoned to death in his flat and who had previously faced 29 child sex charges.

PART 2

While the size and scope of these operations have grown rapidly in recent years, America has - as it turns out - always been a nation whose laws were friendly to purveyors of child pornography. It was just over twenty years ago - in 1978 - that the very first federal statute on child pornography was passed into law. While forbidding production and sale, the statute placed no restrictions at all on the possession or trade of such materials.
New laws enacted in 1984 forbid the trade of child pornography regardless of whether any money changed hands, though possession still remained legal. In fact, as recently as 1990, private possession of child pornography was legal in 44 of the 50 states, despite the inescapable fact that all such materials were, by necessity, illegally produced and/or illegally acquired.
Jan Hollingsworth concurs with that figure, describing child pornography as: “A three-billion-dollar - per year - U.S. industry that grossed twice that worldwide. It [is] bigger than Disney. Much bigger.”

Speaking of Disney, Thomas notes that child porn videos are frequently trafficked internationally by deceptively packaging them as Disney videos. Strangely enough, the first man to benefit from the circuit court decision was Patrick J. Naughton. You may remember him as the executive with the Walt Disney Co. who ran one of the company's kid-friendly web sites. Naughton was arrested and later tried on child pornography charges.
Author and e-zine editor Robert Sterling has written of what he refers to as “a pattern of trivialization of child molestation evidence” that seems to characterize high-profile media stories. He points out, for instance, that in the highly publicized Woody Allen and Mia Farrow child custody case, all the attention was focused on Allen’s illicit romance with Soon-yi Previn.
Almost entirely ignored in the media coverage was the fact that Allen was also charged with molesting his own seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan. While the press dismissed those allegations as unfounded and unworthy of reporting, Sterling notes that “Connecticut state authorities, based on the testimony of Dylan and others, have stated that they do believe Woody did molest her, but decided not to prosecute anyway,” allegedly to spare the child any further trauma.
The Junod article is, by the way, a profile of Greg Dark, one half of the former ‘Dark Brothers’ – notorious purveyors of dark-themed, occult-tinged porno films. Dark is rather noteworthy for openly peddling child pornography, in that many of his films featured a very young Traci Lords, who began working with the Dark Brothers at the age of thirteen.
But Dark has put those days long behind him. He is now working comfortably in the mainstream. And he is no longer marketing teen sexuality. No, now he is creating music videos … for Britney Spears, Mandy Moore and the pre-pubescent Leslie Carter (sister of Aaron Carter and Back Street Boy Nick Carter). That is, according to Dark, a completely different line of work.
Some interesting facts about Dark emerge in the Esquire profile. It is revealed, for instance, that he was raised by a satanist father. Dark’s father “used to read to Gregory from the works of Aleister Crowley, the noted satanist, when Gregory was very young.” His father’s collection of ‘black magick’ books is one of Dark’s most cherished possessions.

Consider the case of Craig Spence, a behind-the-scenes Republican powerbroker in Washington. In June of 1989, the Washington Times published a story that sent shock waves across Capitol Hill. It seems that Spence had been operating a call-boy ring that supplied young boys, some of them very young boys, to the Washington elite of both political parties.
It was rumored that a list of influential clients ran to some 200 names, and some of them were publicly identified. On the list were such names as former CIA director William Casey, former prosecutor and current cable ‘news’ talking-head Joseph diGenova, nominally liberal Congressman Barney Frank, political activist/propagandist Phyllis Schlafly, and former Attorney General John Mitchell – who once co-hosted a party with Spence.
Also connected to the case were prominent figures in the media; on the guest lists for Spence's ‘parties’ were names such as Ted Koppel and Eric Severeid – who had both been close friends of Spence’s for more than two decades. Koppel had first met Spence when he was serving as the ABC bureau chief in Hong Kong and Spence was purportedly working as a correspondent in Vietnam.
In Washington, Spence was known to take his show on the road, giving some of his boys regular late-night tours of the White House. These tours were reportedly arranged by Donald Gregg, the national security adviser to then-Vice President George Bush. Though Gregg adamantly denied the accusation, there were undeniable connections between the two men, including the fact that Spence had once sponsored a dinner for Gregg.
The story quickly dropped off the media radar screen, and Washington and the press proceeded to pretend as though it had never been aired at all. According to a Washington Times reporter, the paper trail was quickly covered-up – some 20,000 documents pertaining to the case were sealed by court order. By the time Spence turned up dead in a Boston hotel room less than five months after the story first broke, he was all but forgotten.
The UK’s Independent reported that: “Boston police said he was found lying on his bed at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, dressed in evening clothes, with no obvious signs of injury. The police refused to comment on the cause of death.” The Post had earlier reported that Spence had told a friend: “I may be disappearing soon. It will be sudden. It may appear to be a suicide, but it won’t be.”

Elsewhere in the country, a political operative named Larry King - hailed as “the fastest rising black star in the Republican Party” - was embroiled in another high-level pedophile ring. King, whose operation was based in Omaha, Nebraska, had connections to Craig Spence as well as to Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Oliver North, and various other major players in Washington.
The story first began to emerge with the collapse of the Franklin Community Credit Union run by King, one of many such entities that went belly-up in the 1980s savings and loan scandals. A special senate 'Franklin Committee' was formed to look into allegations of financial improprieties, but soon found itself instead investigating claims of child prostitution, child pornography and ritual homicide. Committee members soon found themselves receiving anonymous threats.
The investigation led to the doorsteps of some of the most powerful men in the state of Nebraska – including newspaper publisher Harold Andersen (a lunch partner of George Bush), local columnist Peter Citron, a judge, the mayor of Omaha, the city's Games and Parks Commissioner, a prominent attorney, the former police chief of Omaha, businessman Alan Baer, and multi-billionaire Warren Buffet (for whose son King sponsored a political fund-raiser).
Also identified as a perpetrator by some of the victim/witnesses was George Bush himself. The scandal was completely ignored by the national U.S. media, and appears to have been covered by the local press for the sole purpose of discrediting the witnesses and denouncing the investigation as yet another ‘witch hunt.’
A documentary film crew from the UK’s Yorkshire Television, working in conjunction with the Discovery Channel, worked for months investigating the case. The result of their efforts was a film entitled “Conspiracy of Silence” which concluded that the child victims/witnesses were telling the truth. The documentary was scheduled to air on the Discovery Channel on May 3, 1994.
Just days before its scheduled airing, the film was pulled without explanation and all copies were ordered destroyed. At least one production copy of the video survived the purge, however, and has been known to circulate among those derisively labeled as ‘conspiracy theorists.’ For everyone else, the conspiracy of silence continues.
The cover-up involved, according to DeCamp, the untimely deaths of at least fifteen key players in the scandal – including Franklin Committee investigator Gary Caradori, whose private plane was blown out of the sky on July 11, 1990 with Caradori and his eight-year-old son on board. Caradori had been threatened frequently, as had the witnesses from whom he was gathering information. His vehicle had also been repeatedly tampered with.
His brother claimed that Gary had told him that he had recently come into the possession of a key piece of evidence - specifically a book of addresses and phone numbers - which “if they knew he had it, they’d kill him.”
As appalling as the trail of dead witnesses was the fact that the child victims**, rather than the perpetrators, were thrown in prison. One of them, a young female victim named Alisha Owen, achieved the rather dubious honor of spending more time in solitary confinement than any woman in the history of the Nebraska penal system. She was sentenced to 9-25 years in prison for allegedly committing perjury, ten years longer than the sentence received by King for looting his financial institution of $40 million.**
It would be a full decade before any of the victims received even a semblance of justice, and that would ultimately come not from a criminal court, but from a civil court. In early 1999, a judgment was entered against defendant Larry King in favor of plaintiff Paul Bonacci – one of the most seriously abused of the child victims, whose abuse at the hands of King began when he was just six years old and which included his forced collaboration in the production of child snuff films. The memorandum of the district court's decision, issued on February 22, 1999, reads as follows:
“Between December 1980 and 1988, the complaint alleges, the defendant King continually subjected the plaintiff to repeated sexual assaults, false imprisonments, infliction of extreme emotional distress, organized and directed satanic rituals, forced the plaintiff to 'scavenge' for children to be a part of the defendant King's sexual abuse and pornography ring, forced the plaintiff to engage in numerous sexual contacts with the defendant King and others and participate in deviate sexual games and masochistic orgies with other minor children. The defendant King's default has made those allegations true as to him …”

PART 3

One of the names raised at the Bonacci trial was that of Michael Aquino. Aquino is the ‘High Priest’ and chief executive of the Temple of Set, an overtly satanic cult that split off from the Church of Satan in 1975. Besides tending to those duties, Aquino also has occupied his time serving as (according to an official biography once circulated by the Temple) a “Lieutenant Colonel, Military Intelligence, U.S. Army.”
Aquino was accused in court by the mother of a victim as being a key player in a nationwide pedophile ring. Paul Bonacci himself has also positively identified Aquino as an associate of King, known to the children only as 'the Colonel.' King's personal photographer has identified Aquino as the man to whom he saw King hand over a suitcase full of cash and bonds.
The photographer, Rusty Nelson, also has said that King told him that Aquino was part of the Contra guns and cocaine trafficking operation run by George Bush and another notorious Lt. Col., Oliver North. Aquino has also been linked to Offutt Air Force Base, a Strategic Air Command post near Omaha that was implicated in the investigation by the Franklin Committee. He was also claimed to have ordered the abduction of a Des Moines, Iowa paperboy.

This was certainly not the first time that Aquino had been implicated as a key figure in large scale pedophile/child pornography rings. In July of 1988, not long before the King and Spence cases broke, the San Jose Mercury News ran a lengthy exposé on the Presidio Child Development Center run by the U.S. Army in San Francisco...
There is little doubt that literally dozens of children were in fact severely abused at the center. There was irrefutable medical evidence to document that fact. Five of the children had contracted chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease; many others showed clear signs of anal and genital trauma consistent with violent penetration, which authorities chose to ignore. One mother complained to the San Francisco Chronicle that the FBI never interviewed her or her son, even after doctors had confirmed the boy’s abuse.
The journal article, written by Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., also noted that: “The Presidio case has confronted both the public at large and the mental health community with an extraordinary and abhorrent situation of grave psychological proportions: the willful molestation of young boys and girls by representatives of the most patriarchal and supposedly protective arm of the American government – the U.S. Army.”
The young witness also claimed to have been photographed at the Aquinos' home.
On August 14 of 1987, a search warrant was served on the house. Confiscated in the raid were numerous videotapes, photographs, photo albums, photographic negatives, cassette tapes, and name and address books. Also observed was what appeared to be a soundproof room. Neither Aquino nor his wife were charged with any crimes, nor have they been to this day – a fact that Aquino claims proves his innocence.
The next month, a fire - which the Army deemed to be accidental - destroyed the Army Community Services Building adjacent to the Presidio's day care center. Strangely enough, “the fire occurred on the autumnal equinox, a major event on the satanic calendar,” as the Mercury News noted. The fire also destroyed some of the center's records.
“Three weeks later, fire struck again, this time at the day care center itself.” Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms determined that “both fires, contrary to the Army's finding, had been arson.”
Aquino and various of his defenders have consistently claimed that no one was ever prosecuted in the case due to a lack of evidence – proof that the entire affair was no more than a ‘witch hunt.’ Of course, the failure to prosecute the federal charges could also be due to the fact that, at the time, the U.S. Attorney in San Francisco handling the case was Joseph Russoniello.
Russoniello would later be identified by reporter Gary Webb of the San Jose Mercury News as a player in the Contra cocaine smuggling operation led by Lt. Col. Oliver North and company, just as witnesses would later identify Lt. Col. Michael Aquino as an operative in the very same sordid affair. It always helps when your legal ‘adversaries’ are actually on your side.
As disturbing as the Presidio case was, it was just one of many ritual abuse cases directly tied to one or more branches of the United States armed forces. As the Mercury News reported: “By November, 1987 the Army had received allegations of child abuse at 15 of its day care centers and several elementary schools. There were also at least two cases in Air Force day care centers,” and another in a center run by the U.S. Navy.
These cases erupted at some of the most esteemed military bases in the country, including Fort Dix, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Jackson, and West Point. Many of those making the accusations were career military officers who had devoted their lives to unquestioned allegiance to the U.S. armed forces. Many would resign their posts in outraged protest.
As The Times Herald Record reported in June of 1991: “The incidents [at the West Point Child Development Center] unfolded against a backdrop of satanic acts, animal sacrifices and cult-like behavior among the abusers, whose activities extended beyond the U.S. Military Academy borders to Orange County and a military base in San Francisco, parents charged.”
The case first broke in July of 1984, when a three-year-old girl found herself in the emergency room of the West Point Hospital with a lacerated vagina. She told the examining physician that a teacher at the day care center had hurt her. The next month, the parents of another child leveled accusations of abuse at the center.
As the Mercury News reported: “By the end of the year, 50 children had been interviewed by investigators. Children at West Point told stories that would become horrifyingly familiar. They said they had been ritually abused. They said they had had excrement smeared on their bodies and been forced to eat feces and drink urine. They said they were taken away from the day care center and photographed.”
Despite abundant medical and psychological evidence, and literally dozens of child witnesses, and despite “950 interviews by 60 FBI agents assigned to the investigation, an investigation led by former U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani produced no federal grand jury indictments,” according to the Herald Record**.**
The Herald also noted that: “In 1987, Giuliani said his detailed investigation showed only one or two children were abused.” This was, it should be noted, a bare-faced lie from the fascistic future-mayor and would-be Senator, as the Herald report divulged: “a still-secret, independent report - produced by one of the nation's top experts on child sexual abuse - confirms the children's accusations of abuse.”
With help from Giuliani, the FBI, the U.S. Army, and the grand jury, the abusers of countless children at the day care center (which was, appropriately enough, building number 666 on the academy grounds) were likewise given a free ride.

PART 4
Paraphrased: Hundreds of McMartin Preschool children were raped and subjected to satanic rituals. Several witnesses/investigators were killed. Nobody was charged.

PART 5
Paraphrased: Fuster and his wife owned and ran an illegal babysitting service under a Disney subsidiary. They had been brutally raping children. Fuster was actually sentenced, likely because some of the parents of the victims are police officers and work in the legal field. Fuster had 6 bank accounts and would frequently deposit large sums of money (up to $20,000) at once.

PART 6
Paraphrased: A group called “The Finders” were suspected of pedophilia. Nothing came of it. It turns out that a couple of the members had CIA ties. D.C. took over the case and essentially shoved it under the rug. The Finders were officially declared to be an “eccentric group” but were not guilty of anything illegal. Upon further investigation, The Finders were actually international child traffickers.
Unrelated to “The Finders” …
The initial arrest of the Finders in Tallahassee, Florida went almost completely unnoticed by the media. So too did another arrest in that same state in August of 2000, just before Florida gained newfound fame as the land of the 'hanging chads.' The arrested man was Wayne Camolli, and the charge was operating an on-line child pornography site.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the West Palm Beach home in which Camolli was arrested, not unlike the Finder’s van, “was filled with so much rotting garbage, trash and cat feces that the agents had to borrow oxygen masks and hazardous materials suits from the county fire department to carry out the search.” Seized in the raid were numerous videotapes and a computer.
The most significant aspect of the arrest is that it was initiated by police “investigating Belgium's most notorious pedophile murder case.” It seems that Camolli had close connections to “Felix DeConinck, a suspect in the kidnapping and molestation of a 14-year-old girl ... [and] DeConinck in turn had links to Marc Dutroux.” And so we end up right back where we began, with the case of the ‘Belgian Beast.’
The brief Times report closed by stating that: “U.S. officials couldn't elaborate on the connection between DeConinck and Dutroux, but said they were part of the same ‘child pornography, molestation and murder investigation.’” It is unlikely that the press will ever revisit the case of Wayne Camolli (tellingly, the L.A. Times article has disappeared from the newspaper's on-line archives).
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2019.02.17 22:25 burninrubber0 Fastest Cars in Burnout Paradise - Complete Guide

Much-needed update to a comment I made detailing the fastest cars in Paradise, because it really deserves a post of its own. This is a massive topic to broach, since it's not as simple as "use this one OP car and you can rule everything" like in some other games. I'll be splitting this up into sections, much like in the previous post, but hopefully with more clarity. This should help people determine which vehicle to use in what parts of the game.
Speaking of clarity, since terms like "speed limit" and "speed cap" can be very confusing, I'll be referencing actual attribute names used by the developers from some fresh research by myself and Bo98: MaxSpeed is a limit placed on the speed of a vehicle while not boosting, in MPH. MaxBoostSpeed is a limit placed on the speed of a vehicle while boosting, in MPH. BoostKickAcceleration is the initial bout of acceleration after you start boosting. DownForce is, uh, downforce. It only affects airtime. Probably. There's no specific "speed cap" value, with it instead being a result of the car's gear ratios, max RPM, and other values, so we'll just avoid mentioning it directly. With that out of the way, let's get to the topic at hand.
Top Speed - Flat Ground:
  • The Rai-Jin Turbo, specifically Finish 1, has the highest MaxSpeed of 201. This beats the MaxSpeed and MaxBoostSpeed of all other cars in the game, including Finish 2/3.
  • The Extreme Hot Rod has a MaxBoostSpeed of 200, but can continue on to a speed nearer 215 MPH over time.
  • The Hippy Van, made up of the 3 Community Finishes for the Inferno Van, has a MaxBoostSpeed of 177 but, like the Extreme Hot Rod, can push beyond that - only the Hippy Van maxes out at nearly 250 MPH.
  • The P12 88 Special doesn't normally go beyond its hover MaxBoostSpeed of 195, but there's a glitch that allows it to reach speeds up to 210 MPH in hover mode. Although I can't find a public tutorial, the glitch does exist.
Top Speed - Downhill
  • The Annihilator Street Rod is notorious for the speeds it can reach going downhill. Its MaxBoostSpeed is 200, but you can get it to 340 MPH or higher by driving down White Mountain.
  • The Citizen and Civilian can each reach 250 MPH downhill, despite MaxBoostSpeeds of 191 and 196 respectively.
  • The Hippy Van returns once again to showcase its 250 MPH potential speed, despite the meager MaxBoostSpeed of 177.
  • The Annihilator and Annihilator Pheonix can also hit 250 MPH, regardless of their MaxBoostSpeeds of 183 and 188 respectively.
Top Speed - Reverse
  • The Rai-Jin Turbo is unrivaled in its reverse speed, hitting around 173 MPH.
Acceleration
  • The Extreme Hot Rod is quickest from 0-100, with a time of just 2.22 s.
  • The GT Nighthawk, thanks to its enormous BoostKickAcceleration, clocks in at 2.57 s.
  • Honorable mentions include the Vegas and Vegas Carnivale, at 3.45 s; and the Uberschall 8 and Uberschall Clear-View, at 3.48 s.
Now it's time to get into specifics. There are cars that are best for each Road Rule, Challenge, and Race, and all the best cars, to the best of my knowledge, are listed below. I've linked videos of as many Time Road Rules, Timed Challenges, and Races as I could find so you can better understand why these cars work best.
Time Road Rules
Showtime Road Rules
  • Although there aren't any firm numbers in the files that support this, most people believe the Carbon Uberschall 8 is one of, if not the best car for all Showtime Road Rules, and I'm inclined to agree.
Challenges
Races
Boost-limited Races
  • At Boost Limit 1, the Cavalry is fastest, reaching the same speed as other cars but with quicker acceleration and sharper steering. On the original PC game, you should only use Finish 1.
  • At Boost Limit 2, the Pioneer does best most of the time. In shorter races, such as Stealing 1st, the Vegas will beat it thanks to its better acceleration.
  • At Boost Limit 3, the R-Turbo Roadster is fastest.
  • At Boost Limit 4, the Fastback is fastest.
  • At Boost Limit 5, the Spur is fastest.
  • At Boost Limit 6, the Hippy Van is fastest. The P12 Track Package is a slightly slower-accelerating alternative.
  • At Boost Limit 7, the Tempesta Dream is fastest.
  • At Boost Limit 8, the Hawker and Hawker Mech are fastest, competing with the slightly slower Thunder Custom.
  • At Boost Limit 9, the Carbon GT Concept is fastest, with the GT Nighthawk being better for shorter routes. The Uberschall 8 is a good choice as well, and the Racing WTR is useful for races with tight turns, such as Knot in Hill.
  • For Boost Limit 10, see the "Races" section.
  • If on a downhill route and boost-limited, your selection should always be the Citizen, Annihilator, or Hippy Van, in that order.
And now for the miscellaneous stuff.
Bikes
  • The Firehawk GP Competition is fastest, in every way.
Traffic and Other Undrivables
People will bitch about this section, to which I say, deal with it.
  • LargeTruck 08 can reach about 340 MPH downhill, even though its MaxSpeed and MaxBoostSpeed are horribly low, its default external camera position is awful, and its default boost bar is less than ideal.
  • Pickup 01B doesn't go quite as fast as LargeTruck 08 downhill, but it does turn like a go-kart.
  • Van 01B is similar to Pickup 01B, but a little slower. Still brisk, though.
  • The Chrome Car may seem like a useless shiny ball for testing reflections, but if you can get your hands on it, go ahead and take it downhill. I'd call it the fastest car in any version of the game, but it's not really a car.
That's it! Hope you found this post helpful, enjoyable, or at least informative. If you have any requests, have additions, need clarification, or have found an error, feel free to leave a comment or message.
UPDATE 1: Added section for boost-limited Races.
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2018.08.15 19:28 JohnFalkirk An Idea Drawn From Old Wells. Part 1

So I’ve always been fascinated by Victorian Era science fiction. One of my favorite books growing up was War of the Worlds by H G Wells, and I’ve often wondered what would have happened next in that universe. Here is my take, or at least episode 1 of it. The majority of the names of high ranking officers and other important people (Not all but the majority) are real historical figures, additionally most of the ships named are real historical ships. I have done my best to accurately depict the mannerisms of the real individuals mentioned, and the characteristics of the real ships mentioned. That being said in order to write a story, I have indeed had to make things up. I am a professional historian in my real life. In order to write this series I have done a fair bit of research and am more than happy to answer any questions related to the real history of the period into which I am once again dropping Mr. Well’s aliens. (The alien names are of course all made up. As are most of the minor characters.)
Excerpt of Minutes of Grand Interstellar Council Committee of Lower Civilization Affairs SubMeeting 4017872-938 Standard date 15-22-190842 (May 8, 1898)
Councilor Kor’hazag of Agzanonia Presiding
Transcribed by Oona Alnon Senior Underscribe 3rd Class Council Support Logistics Bureau
Kor’Hazag: Having concluded all business of class 9 civilizations I move we now open the floor to representatives of any class 10 civilizations wishing to make requests or proposals. Do I have a second
Algabar of Tonaro 6: Second
Kor’Hazag: All in favor?
Assorted Delegates: Aye
Kor’Hazag: All opposed? … … Seeing none the motion passes. The floor is now open, any class 10 civilizations now wishing to make pleas, petitions, or proposals of the Council may stand and be recognized.
Ulaoooulooo of Jua 4: We the Delagates of Jua 4 would like to make a petition
Kor’Hazag: The committee will now hear the Jua 4 delegation’s pettion
Ulaoooulooo: Our recent preliminary scouting mission to Jua 3 has failed. While the natives, a class 12 civilization beneath the Council’s notice or protection, were unable to offer serious military resistance, the breakdown of our interplanetary projectile transporter on its 11th launch meant that our scout medical team did not make planetfall. Our data shows that the loss of the expeditionary unit was due entirely to the lack of sufficient medical staff and resources to combat local pathogens. As such Jua 4 requests the council’s permission to launch a second mission. We have effected repairs to our launcher and constructed two additional ones. We hope to launch a total of 90 projectile transports in the first wave. This time of course, we will give higher launch priority to our medical staff.
Kor’Hazag: The fate of a planet controlled by a class 12 civilization is beneath the notice of the Council in the view of Agzanonia. I therefore move that Jua 4 be permitted to carry out whatever it is that they just requested, and further move that the committee break for lun- Rude vocalizations of anger from three other class 10 delagations- SILENCE! And then break for lunch. Do I have a-
417 assorted delegates: SECOND!
Kor’Hazag: I believe the motion carries. The Committee will adjourn for lunch.
Council of Ostend. June 4th, 1898
“This is the second time I’ve witnessed the end of an Empire, and on this occasion I have the privilege of watching no fewer than four die together.” Admiral Mercury Wells mused, taking another sip of his Scotch. He was here merely as an observer. Britannia may once have ruled the waves and much of the Earth, but as the Kaiser had so haughtily informed him, her input was no longer needed.
Ten years ago, he had been Captain Wells aboard the HMS Polyphemus. How much had changed in that time? Nine years ago, the Polyphemus and her sister ships HMS Odysseus, Thor, and Thunder Child had gone into action against invaders from another world. HMS Thunder Child now sat at the bottom of the Thames. Odysseus, along with so much of the home fleet hadn’t made it out of Scapa Flow. HMS Thor, by virtue of being one of the only ships available, had ferried the surviving members of the Royal Family safely to Canada and sat out the rest of the war in the St Lawrence Channel. He’d lost the Polyphemus trying to run the gauntlet of fire and black smoke at Portsmouth. Then it had ended. The invaders had died, with little help from the Army or the Royal Navy.
The world had changed, seemingly overnight. Claiming the “Necessity of organization and defense under a common banner” Kaiser Wilhelm’s army had invaded first Denmark, then Belgium, then the Netherlands. Austria had peacefully submitted into the position of a client state, Maintaining nominal independence. A destitute and weakened Britain was powerless to interfere. “Across the pond” as it were, fears of invasion spurred a modernization and expansion of the American military not seen since their Civil War. Odd, just how many former Confederates now wore blue uniforms once again, Joseph Wheeler, James Longstreet, Fitzhugh Lee, and Matthew Butler, just to name a few, though there were more. The normally stagnant war department in Washington had even been convinced to finally force through the complete adaptation of a repeating smokeless rifle. Naturally they’d wanted to test their new army. Help it gain experience. Improve “readiness”. The Second Mexican War apparently seemed to fit the bill. A fast, and significantly less bloody annexation of Canada had followed. Despite their conquest being later, Uncle Sam had seen fit to add new stars for his northern acquisitions far sooner than his southern ones. Similar expansions were done by the Empire of Brazil in the South. Perhaps that was what had prodded the Kaiser further. Across the ocean two continents were each united, supposedly ready to repulse the invaders if they came again. His wasn’t. Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal refused to submit without a fight. A fight. A singular fight. They fought together. They had numbers. What they didn’t have was competent leadership. French Elan, Italian cojones, Iberian Machismo, whatever you called them, they led lines of men headfirst into the Kaiser’s Maxim Guns at the Marne. Mediterranean was over. Four empires beaten in the field by one. “And now here we all are” Mused Mercury. Watching the last great powers of Europe sign their independence away to the Germans. Britain herself was in little danger. With most of her fleets recalled, and massive gun emplacements going up across the Isles, the Germans wouldn’t be landing any time soon. But her empire was gone. The Raj in chaos, the Boers victorious, only the smaller far flung islands, along with Australia, and New Zealand remained. Now a junior partner alongside Brazil in an alliance with the United States at it’s head, Britannia’s lion was now overflown by the twin eagles of Uncle Sam and the Kaiser.
The treaty was signed. It was done. Germany now ruled continental Europe, the last vestiges of French and Spanish possessions in the Americas now flew the 60 star flag.
“Cheer up Admiral Wells” One of the American’s present whispered to him. It was General Funston. A younger man, swept up in the recent round of promotions which accompanied the American military expansion. “You don’t have to give anything up. We made sure of it”
“Yes, well, I wish We had made sure of it.”
Department of Astronomical Affairs Washington DC, July 8 1898
The telegraph clicked to life. John Harris was at the clicker. “Mr. Edwards!”
“What is it?”
“It’s a wire from the Barnard Observatory in Mississippi! Three bright flashes spotted on the Martian surface!”
Both men paused for a moment.
“Wire the observatory at Dearborn, ask if they can confirm it.”
Two desks down another telegraph clacked franticly.
“Mr. Edwards” called Signalman Johnson from that desk. “The San Francisco Observatory has spotted flashes as well.
“It’s happening then. Wire the War Department and the White House. President McKinley needs to know.”
Boston Navy Yard, September 3rd, 1898, Bridge of the USS Maine.
Captain Sigsbee paced the deck. Two Months. That had been the time between the first observed Martian discharges and the landings in Britain. It had now been almost two months since the first in this latest round of discharges. In the first invasion they had stopped at ten and had launched one each night. Now, in groups of three, ninety capsules were bound for Earth. The first few should be arriving soon.
The dimming evening rapidly brightened, and a noise, a first a dull rumbling, but soon the horrific roar of every animal man had ever feared folded into one split the air as a pillar of fire streaked down from above. In an explosion of fire, earth and rubble thrown skyward it crashed to the ground to the south. Somewhere near Dorchester heights. Within moments church bells and alarms were ringing throughout the fleet, and throughout the city. Men, half dressed pounded along gangways and decks from their bunks to their battle stations.
Sigsbee reached the bridge before most of the rest of the bridge crew.
“GET US ON THE WATER! CUT THE MOORING LINES IF NEED BE!”
“Captain, Sir, we’re stoking the boilers now. It will be a while before we’ve built up enough steam for full speed.”
“Lieutenant, we’re in a harbor, we don’t need flank speed”
After a few frantic minutes the mooring lines were either cast off or cut, and the screws were turning. The Maine was the second ship to clear it’s birth, beaten only by the energetic Commodore Dewey and the Olympia.
“Set a course out of the harbor! Gun crews prepare to fire on the invaders landing near Dorchester Heights.” Sigsbee shouted into the relevant speaking tubes.
As the Maine and the Olympia came about around the peninsula Dorchester Heights came into view. The Martian Capsule had slammed down directly atop Telegraph Hill. The top of the capsule was already unscrewing itself. Shards of the strange heat protective coating were splitting off all along the side.
“Helmsman, steer us broadside on that capsule”
“Aye Captain”
“Gun crews may fire as soon as their weapons bear on the Martian capsule”
“Aye Captain”
BOOM!
The ship rocked as the ten inch gun in its forward turret fired, moment’s later an explosion blew chunks of protective coating from the lower left side of the capsule.
BOOM!
The rear turret’s ten inch gun struck the upper right edge of the capsule, at least right from the perspective of the Maine, the damnable thing being round. The impact spun the top of the capsule, flinging the armored cap through the air. It was now open.
A quartet of blasts starboard and aft of the Maine sounded as the four eight inch guns of the Olympia’s main armament added their weight to the barrage. The Olympia scored two hits on the capsule as well, by this point almost all of the strange coating of the capsule had fallen off revealing the shining metal underneath, only somewhat marred by the hits it had received. A disk on a pole raised above the rim of the capsule. This must have been the dreaded heat ray which had given the Limeys such grief.
The Maine rocked as it’s broadside of 6 inch and smaller guns added their weight of metal to the storm flying at the capsule on the heights
“HELSMAN STEER HARD TO PORT” Sigsbee ordered, the ship swung to port, altering its course just in time to avoid the gout of flame which slashed through the fading light and produced a mountain of steam right where the Maine would have been. As it was the superheated steam washed over the ship’s starboard side scalding many of the men crewing the secondary guns.
Another rumble of guns sounded as the Olympia’s broadside also crashed into the capsule, and, with what was likely the most important single shot of the night, one of the 5 inch shells struck directly through the disk of the heat ray. An immense fireball blasted skywards from the stricken weapon.
By this time more of the ships moored at the Navy Yard had joined the Maine and Olympia on station. Broadsides and main guns boomed all through the night as piece by piece the capsule, despite it’s resilience, was slowly blasted apart. It did not go quietly. Over the course of the night two further heat rays protruded out of the capsule and its crater, cutting down and sinking both the USS Indiana and the USS Massachusetts. Despite these losses, by the time the sun rose over Boston, the navy had managed to silence the invaders in Dorchester. A company of marines from the Navy Yard, along with officers of the Boston Police Department and several companies of Massachusetts national guardsmen poured into Dorchester to ensure that none of the martians had survived, and to aid in the clearing of wreckage and wounded. Fire bells sounded throughout the city. The invasion had begun.
The War Department, Washington DC September 7th 1898
“That is correct Mr. President” answered General Nelson Miles. We have received confirmation of twelve landings thus far, including the first one in Boston. One in Russian Poland, near Warsaw. Three in Germany, one outside of Dusseldorf, one on top of the rathaus in Dresden, and one at some place called Peenemunde. One landed in England, near Woking where their first invasion started, but the Brits were ready for them. They’ve emplaced 100 ton Armstrong Guns in turret forts at strategic points across their isles. Woking was within range of one of these forts and the capsule was destroyed within an hour of landing. One more capsule landed near Marseille in France. Two in South America territory, near Santiago de Chile and Rio de Janero. In North America we’ve already destroyed the one that landed in Boston. Another came down near Denver, a third near Ottawa, and the final one splashed down in the Great Salt Lake, causing a massive wave which took a chunk out of Salt Lake City.”
“Outside of our success in Boston and that of the British how have the other nations faired?” Asked President McKinley
“The Kaiser’s military attaché at the War Department informs me that they have engaged two of the capsules, at Dresden and Dusseldorf. At Dresden they managed to prevent any use of the heat rays by continuously spraying the rim of the capsule with fire from Maxim guns, as we saw in Boston, a damaged heat ray has a tendency to explode. With the invaders unable to fight their way outside the capsule the Germans used a pair of Krupp siege mortars to drop explosives directly inside. They had less success near Dusseldorf. The Capsule came down in a field outside the city and the only troops nearby were a regiment of Uhans cavalry, mounted men with lances did not overrun the invaders. The Imperial Army is rushing reinforcements to the city. Von Moltke has command. We’ve received very little word from Brazil.”
“And our own forces?”
“The navy was successful at defending Boston, but unfortunately of the other three Capsules only the one in Ottawa is possibly within their reach. I’ve ordered several volunteer and regular cavalry regiments, currently in Texas to begin converging on Denver, with Joe Wheeler in command. Priority on the rail lines has been given to the largest field artillery we have. Northwest Mounted Police and troops from Quebec, New York, and Montreal are reinforcing Ottawa as we speak, General Shafter is in charge there.”
“What about Utah and Salt Lake City?”
“Other than flooding damage, which can be handled by the locals, no one has seen any sign of the capsule, we believe that when it opened it must have flooded with salt water, killing all inside.”
“Does the army have some means of combating the black smoke yet?”
“No Mr. President, though we have yet to see it deployed.”
“That is no guarantee. Perhaps civilian researchers will have more success. Send a wire to Menlo Park in New Jersey. As of right now countering the black smoke is their top priority, tell Mr. Edison I’m sure I can get Congress to be particularly generous if he is successful. That should get him moving.”
“Yes Mr. President”
The two men left the room, each surrounded by their own aides. They had a war to fight.
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2018.07.12 14:01 TheFencingCoach Offseason Review Series: Day 7, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Division: NFC South
2017 Record: 5-11 (4th in the NFC South)
Subreddit: Buccaneers, MikeGlennon

2017 Key Statistics

Category 2016 Ranking 2017 Ranking Δ
DVOA Offense 19th 11th +8
Total Offense 5,542 Yards 5,816 Yards +274
Total Passing Yards 3,926 Yards 4,366 Yards +440
Total Rushing Yards 1,616 Yards 1,450 Yards -166
DVOA Defense 13th 32nd -19
Total Defense Allowed 5,887 Yards 6,049 Yards -174
Total Passing Yards Allowed 4,012 Yards 4,169 Yards -157
Total Rushing Yards Allowed 1,875 Yards 1,880 Yards -5
Total Sacks 38.0 22.0 -16.0
TurnoveTakeaway Differential +2 -1 -3
Penalty Flags 102 104 +2
Player Arrests 1 1 0
Player Fines $1.6M $110K -$1.49M

Introduction: There’s a Storm Coming, Master Wayne

When I wrote for this series one year ago, it was full of bright and bushy tailed optimism. There were many reasons to excited: we were coming off our first winning season since 2010. Jameis Winston was showing promise as a franchise QB. Our defense finished the 2016 strong and were going in a positive direction under Mike Smith. We had finally invested in skill position players to surround Jameis with more talent.
Though brimming with optimism, there were a couple of red flags I recognized, and it turns out, they weren’t only red flags, but Achilles heels:
Jameis’s decision-making and reduction of turnovers
He would wind up turning the ball over 18 times in 13 games (11 interceptions + 7 lost fumbles). Decision-making wound up being detrimental to the team in more ways than one.
the interior offensive line protecting him [Jameis]
Our starting QB’s were sacked 40 times last season. Sweezy and Pamphile (both no longer with the team) provided sub-par protection throughout the season, and while Marpet grew as a Center, the team bounced him back to Guard where he’s a more natural fit.
a secondary that may not be poised to stop the powerhouse QB’s of the NFC South
The team allowed a league-worst 4,169 passing yards. Vernon Hargreaves III didn’t progress as much as the team hoped in year two, and while Grimes continued to play serviceably, our Safety play from Conte continued to be a plague. Injuries exposed our sheer lack of depth, and once again, we proved our inability to answer the age old question: “How do you stop a slant route?”
a huge question mark around Doug Martin
At one point in the season, he was suspended by the team (in addition to serving out the remainder of his PED suspension) for violating team rules. He wound up with 406 yards on the season (2.9 YPC). He’s now an Oakland Raider.
the circus of our competition for the starting Kicker job (aka Dr. Roberto’s Wild Ride).
The Aguayo experiment ended in massive failure. Nick Folk beat him out for the job, only to do his best Aguayo impersonation. We replaced him with Patrick Murray, and now we’re replacing Murray with Catanzaro—our 6th starting Kicker in the last two seasons.
So are the expectations for the upcoming 2018 season? There’s a storm coming, Master Wayne, and I believe we are about to witness an end of Schiano/end of Raheem Morris level meltdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a regime change from top to bottom, and whatever promise we had last year is going to go full Hindenburg. Let’s talk about the landscape entering July:
The Jameis Winston Suspension: I’ve already opined with my thoughts on Winston, so I’ll do my best to take my bias out of this and look at it from an objective standpoint. There’s little argument that Jameis would have provided us the best chance to win, flaws and all. Winston’s three game suspension to start the season comes against the Saints, the Super Bowl Champion Eagles (I need a shower every time I type that), and the Pittsburgh Steelers—all of whom were playoff teams last year. While Fitzpatrick played decently during Jameis’s injury absence last year, these teams are simply too good from both an offensive and defensive standpoint. Starting the season 0-3 during Jameis’s suspension is a real possibility. So what happens next? Does the team rally behind his return? Does the negative momentum and bad morale continue into Week 4? Does a pissed off Jameis return with a chip on his shoulder and play the best football of his career? Or does he try too hard to put the team on his shoulders and continue with his propensity to turn the ball over? The suspension is the make or break point on the season. We’ll see how the team responds (or doesn’t).
Mike Smith is Still our Defensive Coordinator: The Buccaneers made a significant investment in free agency and via the draft to upgrade our pitiful defensive line that generated a league-low 22.0 sacks last year. We used our 1st round pick on Vita Vea, traded a 3rd and 4th for Jason Pierre-Paul, and signed Mitch Unrein, Vinny Curry, and Beau Allen. But when you have a Defensive Coordinator who tries to play a game of Checkers with the Chess pieces at his disposal, acquisitions that look good on paper may not translate to success on the field.
Smith has been running a variation of the Cover 3/Cover 4—a scheme that is predicated on the strength of the pass rush up front. Though injuries were aplenty last season, our defense was painfully predictable. Four man rushes were the norm; in fact, per Pro Football Focus (PFF), the Buccaneers only sent blitz packages on 18% of first downs, 19% of third downs. Quarterbacks looked relaxed enough to sit back, sip on a pina colada, and read the newspaper.
The Bucs don’t have an easy schedule, and with matchups against division rivals Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, and Drew Brees, as well as Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Wentz/Big Dick Nick, Eli Manning, and a bevy of other solid quarterbacks, one can’t help but have a foreboding feeling going into this season about Mike Smith’s gameplans.
Mike Smith is the type of Fortnite player who gathers a bunch of materials at the beginning of a match, hides in a Godbush, and then decides to go charge at a fully stacked fort at the end of a game with a grey burst assault rifle.
Linearity on Offense: Good NFL offenses thrive on unpredictability and innovation. And then, there’s the Bucs. If I were to describe our offense last year, I would call it “predictable linearity.” There was almost an “If A, then B, if B, than C” logic to our playcalling. If it was a first down, it would almost always be a handoff up the middle. If Jameis lined up behind center, it was almost always a run play. If he lined up in shotgun, it was always a pass play. When Charles Sims took the field, it was going to be a pass. You know that Geico commercial where the evil villain reveals in painstaking detail his plans, ruining the element of surprise? That’s our offense. It sucks, and even with the addition of Ronald Jones II and Ryan Jensen, I have no confidence things will get better.
All of this said, I predict the Buccaneers will finish 5-11 this year, last in the NFC South. Let’s talk about the offseason (both Free Agency and the Draft), what to expect, and looking at our team top to bottom.

Free Agency and Trade Acquisitions – New Faces in the Red & Pewter

Player Deal Analysis
Vinny Curry (DE) 3 Years, $27M ($10.5M Guaranteed) This offseason, Jason Licht made a conscious attempt to overhaul our defensive line, and Curry was the first piece added to complete the (never-ending) puzzle. At 30 years old, Curry still has a few decent years left in him and should be an immediate starter at LE. It helps that he is a sufficient run defender as well, and should the team decide to move on from Willie Gholston, Curry will be able to step in and fulfill Gholston’s duties.
Ryan Jensen (Center) 4 years, $42M ($22M Guaranteed) This acquisition tied with the Jason “Captain Hook” Pierre-Paul trade as my favorite move of the offseason, though it wasn’t without its downsides. Perhaps the greatest benefit of signing Jensen is that it will allow us to move Ali Marpet back to Guard where he’s a more natural fit and was showing All-Pro level potential before the team inexplicably bounced him inside. The ramifications of this deal, however, is that the Indianapolis Colts were the Bucs’ greatest competition to sign Jensen. By winning the Jensen sweepstakes, it made the Colts selecting Quentin Nelson at #6 overall a foregone conclusion. The Colts wound up with a player I coveted and who will be a generational Guard (I said the same of Chance Warmack. You can trust me). Nevertheless, OL was one of our many weaknesses heading into the offseason, and while our LT and RG situations are still glaring problems, Jensen at least provides an immediate upgrade.
Jason Pierre-Paul Trade! Giants received Bucs 3rd and 4th Round Picks Thank you Jesus. The Bucs had one of the most anemic pass rushes in 2017, generating a measly 22.0 sacks. The JPP trade made sense for both sides. Bucs snagged a 29-year-old DE still in his prime (with a potential out on his deal in 2019), and the Giants free $2.5M in cap while picking up an extra pick for a guy who wasn’t a good scheme fit for their new 3-4. A graduate of University of South Florida (USF), JPP returns to Tampa and will hopefully, maybe, probably, I pray to Glennon become our first 10+ sack pass rusher since Simeon Rice (I literally say this every time we get a new DE so I’ll be right, eventually).
Chandler Catanzaro (K) 3 years, $9.75M ($3.75M Guaranteed) On the plus side, Chandler Catanzaro isn’t Roberto Aguayo or Nick Folk. On the downside, Jason Licht’s revolving door of Kicker strategy has come back to bite us in the ass. After the Folk debacle, the Bucs brought Patrick Murray who went 19/23 on FG’s last season (82.6%) and 21/22 on XP’s (95.5%). We let Murray become a Free Agent, replacing him with Catanzaro, who was 25/30 on FG’s (83.3%) and 100% on XP attempts. It’s a small upgrade over Murray, but was it really a necessary move? Will he be able to replicate his success in Tampa, or will our Kicker curse continues? Find out on this season’s Special Teams & Special Memes Twilight Zone.
Beau Allen (DT) 3 years, $15M ($7.25M Guaranteed) There’s not a lot to dislike about this move. Allen is 26 years old, an adequate starter, and he’s going to do his job better than Chris Baker. Allen and Vita Vea will provide value on 1st and 2nd down and will be a valuable rotational player on the line—all at a reasonable price
Mitch Unrein (DT) 3 years, $10.5M ($4M Guaranteed) Unrein may wind up being a surprise training camp cut, and this was a move I didn’t love, overall. Watching tape of Donovan Smith last year against the Bears, Smith not only neutralized Unrein throughout the game, but outright dominated him. And if Donovan Smith can shut you down, you need a come to Jesus moment. I don’t see a scenario where the Bucs keep McCoy, Vea, Allen, Tui’kolavatu, Ward, and Unrein, and if I were to guess, the last three games I named will be the odd men out.

2018 NFL Draft Review –

I came away from the last year’s draft with a bullish attitude, and I think you’re going to see some breakout players from that class (more on that below). My opinion is more bearish on our 2018 picks, and while we aggressively addressed some glaring needs on DL and DB, none of the picks wowed me like last year. I think this draft class will produce two quality starters in Vita Vea and Carlton Davis, and I’m on the fence about Ronald Jones II. More on that below:
Round/Pick Player Analysis
Round 1, #12 Overall Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau "Vita" Vea (DT – Washington) After Quentin Nelson went off the board at #6 (Damn you, Colts), the Buccaneers found a trade partner with the Buffalo Bills and moved down five spots to #12 where we selected Vita Vea. I felt lukewarm about the pick at the time, wondering why we passed on Derwin James. After watching a few hours of tape on Vea, that feeling remains the same. Vea addresses a glaring area of need. Dating back to when Gerald McCoy was drafted in 2010, the Bucs have desperately searched for and failed to find a run stuffing complement. In effect, McCoy has been the only source of any disruption on the DL. Vea will most likely benefit playing in a rotation on 1st and 2nd downs. It’s a small cause for concern that Vea played 62% of Washington’s defensive snaps last season, given that he was presumably a centerpiece of their unit. Vea comes across on tape as an immovable object which will benefit the Bucs in run defense; however despite developing a reputation as a pass rusher, my takeaway watching Vea’s tape is his first step comes out slower than you’d like. His pad level is a tad high, and he tends to rely on driving with his arms more than his legs, but once he engages a blocker, good luck outmuscling him. I think the kind of value Vea adds won’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet. Look at this play, for instance. If you left him one on one with a blocker in college, he was going to stuff your run like a water buffalo. I think Vea projects to be an adequate starter in the pros who will be best utilized on obvious rushing downs. His pass rush and technique need work, but with proper coaching, he might become the disruptive phenom many believe he can be.
Round 2, #38 Overall Ronald Jones II (RB – USC) Ronald Jones is a blistering speed demon with home run potential. Once he gets into open field, good luck stopping that train. I happen to love his balance as well. Once he gets hit with initial contact, his low pad level and power often made him hard to bring down. The recurring problem I saw with Jones’ tape, however, was in his inability to let his blocks develop, and the lack of patience resulted in him running into the pile before his holes opened up. It doesn’t help that the Buccaneers OL hasn’t exactly been an opportunity creator for our run game, and that makes me worry about Jones’ transition to the NFL. Pass blocking is a huge area of work for Jones, and he’ll have to refine better technique than this play and this play, for instance. RB was a huge area of need for us with the decline of the Caged Muscular Rodent. Jones may never be Chris Johnson-type who he’s sometimes compared to, but projects to a decent pro back.
Round 2, #53 Overall M.J. Stewart (CB – UNC) There’s surprisingly little tape of Stewart out there on YouTube, so my analysis is pretty ill-informed. In four years, M.J. Stewart played all over UNC’s defense, flipping between CB and Safety and coming up as the 8th man in the box. Despite the versatility, Jason Licht has stated Stewart will be used “strictly” as a CB, and we need all the help we can get there. There’s two things that concern me in the limited amount I’ve seen from Stewart: 1. His lack of turnovers. In his final two years of school, he had 0 INT’s, though he did have 12 pass breakups in 2017. 2. Hip fluidity, or lack thereof. When he turns upfield, his break comes off slower than you’d like, and it allowed his receivers to separate Example 1 vs. Stanford.
Round 2, #63 Overall Carlton “It’s Not Unusual to be Loved by Anyone” Davis (CB – Auburn) I dug the pick, and while Davis may never project to more than an adequate starter in the pros, adequate is good enough. Davis is a big-bodied CB who played against top competition while at Auburn. Watching Davis’s tape, I came away with the following observations: He can get a little bit too handsy and I worry about flag potential, particularly early on in his career (Example vs. Georgia). He’s insanely strong and does a good job in press coverage of forcing his receiver outside. He’s a good tackler and does a well shedding blocks on run plays. Watching his game against Clemson, he seemed to get burned on a number of slant routes. So how’d he do against a fellow top NFL prospect in Calvin Ridley vs. Alabama? Pretty damn well. He held Ridley to 3 catches for 38 yards and had him blanketed the whole game. I liked this pick, more than the Stewart selection.
Round 3, #94 Overall Alex Cappa (G – Humboldt State) Cappa played LT while at Division II Humboldt State, but will likely start the season at RG pending some unforeseen disaster. It’s difficult to evaluate tape of small school prospects, because the local TV stations will send out potato quality cameras, and secondly, watching them play against guys well below their level is like watching Mike Tyson box a toddler. So obviously, Cappa was a man among boys, and from the limited potato tape I watched, he’s quick off the snap, uses his hands well, and has that mean streak you want from an OL. I really have no opinion on this pick. It’s a gamble, as any small school prospect is, but it paid off with Ali Marpet and hope it will with Cappa too.
Round 4, #117 Overall Jordan Whitehead (S – Pitt) He’s the cousin of Buccaneer Legend Darrelle Revis, so clearly, he’ll have the same level of success in the pros. It’s a risky pick given some of Whitehead’s off the field concerns that led to a three-game suspension, but investing a 4th rounder was the point in the draft where the risk and reward ratio were even. In man coverage, Whitehead looks like a ballhawk, and I was impressed with his closing speed. Play recognition certainly needs some work. Look at this play, for instance. It’s a play action fake which you see him start to shadow his receiver but then realize just a moment too late the RB is in the secondary. Nevertheless, after his LB’s failed to stop the run, look how insanely fast he is to run sideline to sideline to tackle the RB. Whitehead could also sometimes whiff tackles. Deficiencies aside, it wouldn’t shock me if this pick ends up being a steal.
Round 5, #144 Overall Justin Watson (WR – UPenn) We now have three Ivy League players on our roster entering training camp! I was a big fan of this pick, and while Watson may never see the light of day on the field contending for snaps with Evans, Jackson, and Godwin, he adds solid depth to our WR corps which has become a strength for our rather thin roster. In the limited amount of Watson I saw, I liked his route running and footwork. He won’t have an immediate impact but has the chance to get looks in the event of injury.
Round 6, #202 Overall Jack Cichy (LB – Wisconsin) If Jason Licht has excelled in one area (and it’s probably the only area) of defensive scouting, he’s succeeded in finding talent at LB. Between Kwon Alexander and Kendell Beckwith, Licht has built one of the strongest 4-3 LB corps in the league. Cichy will have an uphill battle to make the final roster and will have to beat out Devante Bond. Based on watching Cichy’s tape against Iowa, his instincts and play recognition looked solid. I just really don’t like the name Cichy. Just look at it. Cichy. Screw his name. I hope he legally changes it to Ochocinco.

Projected Starting Lineup & Analysis: Offense

QB- Jameis Winston (After Suspension): Last season, I was hoping to see a downward trend in turnovers. While his accuracy has crept up year-by-year, his turnovers are still downright stupid at times. Though Winston threw 11 INT’s last season, Football Outsiders speculated that Jameis had an additional 8 passes that should have been picks. These follies are not entirely his fault. Our OL was a complete mess last year, and despite the fact that we surrounded Jameis with more weapons, our offensive playcalling didn’t necessarily cater to Jameis’s strengths, instead forcing him to chuck a number of deep balls and higher risk throws that weren’t in his skillset. The Bucs would benefit from making greater use of two TE sets with Brate and Howard to capitalize on the shorter and medium routes. Bucs fans may not want to acknowledge this, but Jameis is playing for Koetter, Licht, and possibly his own job in the final 13 games of the season. The deeper a hole the Bucs get into this year, the more risky moves we’ll see from Jameis. It’s going to be an interesting ride. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 3,113 yards, 64.1% completion percentage, 20 TD’s, 16 INT’s
WR1 – Mike Evans: Evans has turned out to be a great pick. In each of his four years in the league thus far, he’s eclipsed the 1,000+ yard mark. He earned himself a well-deserved monster extension this offseason that will keep him with the Bucs for an additional five years (he won’t even be 30 by the time the deal ends). Despite the favorable stats last year, 2017 was quite possibly Evans’ weakest season to date. He had a well-documented sideline blowup against the Saints that led to a warranted suspension. And that’s my biggest concern with Evans, going forward. He’s showing a tendency to let the league’s top DB’s get into his head, and the angrier he gets, the sloppier his game is. Nevertheless, he’s the most important piece on the Bucs offense, and it’s not even close. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 84 receptions, 1,182 yards, 6 TD’s
WR2 – Desean Jackson: Desean Jackson played his first year in Tampa better than his 668 yards would indicate. I counted at least 5 or 6 deep balls where he had generated clear and significant separation from his defender, only to be overshot by Jameis. In all likelihood, this is Jackson’s final year in Tampa Bay. The Bucs will be able to cut him after this year with no ramifications to the cap. One player to look out for is Chris Godwin, who finished the 2017 season strongly and could be a legitimate threat to Jackson as our WR2. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 56 receptions, 703 yards, 3 TD’s
RB – Ronald Jones II: See above analysis. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 721 Rushing yards (3.8 YPC), 5 TD’s
TE – Cameron Brate (He Went to Harvard): Like Evans, Cameron Brate secured a monster extension this offseason. It’s been a good success story for him as a former UDFA who’s now among the league’s top paid TE’s. It’s a bit of a travesty that Brate and Howard weren’t on the field more together because of their potential for mismatch nightmares. Brate was on the field for 178 more pass plays than Howard, and while Howard obviously had a rookie adjustment into the pros, Koetter perhaps used him too conservatively. More Brate + More Howard = Recipe for Jameis Success, which is why I think we’ll continue using them separately. It’s a Bucs life. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 56 receptions, 627 yards, 5 TD’s and Probably Wrong Projected Stats for Oterius Jabari Howard: 51 receptions, 587 yards 5 TD’s
LT – Donovan Smith: At this point, I’m firmly convinced that Donovan Smith is one of the league’s worst LT’s and has been a roadblock to Jameis’s success. Last year I wrote of Smith: “Against middling pass rushers, Smith has shown the ability to compete, but match him up against the league’s premier rushers, and he looks like a Kenyatta Walker throwback.” Not much has changed, and there’s nothing worse than watching him in blitz protection. He tends to go into a panic and allow blockers to go untouched to wallop Jameis. His play makes baby Jesus Glennon cry.
LG – Ali Marpet: I’m glad the Bucs came to their senses and put Marpet back at Guard, where he spent two years progressing very well before they inexplicably moved him to Center. Incidentally, Marpet did an AMA on Buccaneers this offseason that was downright awesome. He’s an absolute unit. Keep an eye on him.
C – Ryan Jensen: See above analysis
RG – Alex Cappa: See above analysis
RT – Demar Dotson: Dotson remains far and away our best OL and is one of the league’s underrated RT’s. At 32, he’s beginning to get into that “father time is undefeated” territory, and when the time comes that we part ways, our OL will be reduced to a pile of sad mush.

Projected Starting Lineup & Analysis: Defense

RE – Jason Pierre-Paul: See above analysis Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 11.5 Sacks
LE – Vinny Curry: See above analysis Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 5.0 Sacks*
DRT - Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau "Vita" Vea: See above analysis Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 2.5 Sacks:*
DLT – Gerald McCoy: You know how the Cleveland Browns took a generational LT in Joe Thomas and failed to ever give him the winning team he deserved? That’s Gerald McCoy for us. It has been nothing short of infuriating to see a revolving door of coaches and incompetent defensive linemen around him while he continues to produce with consistency. McCoy just turned 30 this year, and at this point, he’s probably a longshot to make the Hall of Fame down the road, but he’s a lock for our Ring of Honor and will always be a fan favorite. I hope he gets the ring he deserves before his career is done—whether it’s with us or elsewhere. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 6.5 Sacks.
WILL – Lavonte David: Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the most criminally underrated Linebacker in the game of football: Lavonte David. From my perspective, Lavonte took a huge step forward last year, his 6th season in the league. His instincts were spot on, and he seemed to always be penetrating the backfield before runs could develop, and he remained fluid in pass defense. Next to McCoy, he’s our most important player on defense, but you sons of bitches continue to ignore him because he’s a 4-3 LB who doesn’t get sacks. It’s your fault. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 3 INTs, 4.5 Sacks
ILB – Kwon Alexander: Ladies and gentlemen, I give you one of the most overrated Linebackers in the game of football: Kwon Alexander. Despite missing four games with a hamstring injury, Kwon Alexander was selected to his first Pro Bowl last year. Kwon is what I would still call a work in progress. Physically, he’s one of the most gifted LB’s in the game: he’s fast, his acceleration to the ball is quicker than most, and he can deliver some of the most punishing hits. He’s got a lot of work to do on the instincts/play recognition front, and it represents his greatest weakness. Kwon’s getting better every year and still has sky-high potential. Since he’s in a contract-year, I’m expecting a huge one for him. Probably Wrong Projected Stats, 4 INT’s, 3.5 Sacks
SAM – Kendell Beckwith: Beckwith has had two rough offseasons in a row. He was drafted in the 3rd round last year and started training camp on the PUP list while he recovered from a torn ACL sustained in college. This offseason, he was involved in a car accident and fractured his ankle. There’s no public timeline on his recovery, though the expectation is he’ll miss most of the offseason. I was impressed by his rookie season and thought he did a good job stepping into a new position (he played ILB in college) and adding value from the get-go. Our LB corps is our greatest strength on defense right now, and Beckwith rounds out the unit nicely. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 2.0 Sacks, 1 INT
RCB – Brent Grimes: Brent Grimes is straight up old at this point. In a week, he’ll be 35 years old, and while he continues to play decently, at a certain point “decent” is going to plummet to geriatric patient status. With our additions at CB in MJ Stewart and Carlton Davis, Grimes may wind up losing some snaps this season. It’s likely his last in Tampa Bay, and possibly the NFL. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 1 INT
LCB – Carlton Davis: See above analysis. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 2 INT’s
Nickel – Vernon Hargreaves III: After two seasons in the NFL, things are not trending well for Hargreaves, a former top 15 pick. Is all hope lost? Not at all. He had a four or five game stretch last season where we played him in the slot, and the improvement was noticeable, but that was a small sample size. Hargreaves has struggled to get the defense takeaways as well, with only one turnover in two years in the league. With the receiving threats in the NFC South, Hargreaves will have to have a huge year three to justify picking up his 5th year option. I’m not going to get my hopes up on this one. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 0 INT
FS – Justin Evans: Of all the young players on the team, none excite me more than Justin Evans. He had a surprisingly good rookie season where he played with confidence, intercepted the Super Bowl loser Tom Brady, delivered big hits, and seemed to be all over the field. Evans must improve on his missed tackles. It was a problem going back to his time at Texas A&M, and it crept into his rookie season. Regardless, I think he’s going to be a really good Safety in this league. He’s our defensive player with the most upside right now, in my opinion. Keep an eye on him this year. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 4 INT’s
SS – Chris Conte: [Sigh]. Chris Conte is one of the streakiest players on our team. Some weeks, he’ll get absolutely torched in the secondary, the next week he’ll make a clutch game-saving takeaway. He’s your definition of average, but average luckily comes at a bargain price. There’s not really a better alternative for us right now, and after the TJ Ward disaster, Conte will have to suffice. Probably Wrong Projected Stats: 2 INT’s

Training Camp Battles to Watch

Desean Jackson vs. Chris Godwin for the “Mike Evans’ Second Fiddle” Title Belt: As aforementioned, Jackson’s struggles on the stats sheet last year were caused more from Jameis’s inaccuracy on the deep ball than an actual decline in Jackson’s play. Godwin finished his rookie season with a spectacular TD catch to beat the Saints, and even prior to that point, he was beginning to develop a rapport with Jameis. I suspect Jackson will beat out Godwin as the starting WR2, but Godwin will transition into the starter by the end of the season. That will likely end in us cutting Jackson following the 2018 season, which would save the Bucs $10M in 2019.
Money in the Bank Match: Harvard Ryan versus not Harvard Ryan: The prevailing assumption is that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the de facto starter during Jameis’s suspension. Not so fast. Despite landing on IR in the 2017 season, the Bucs front office was high enough on “Not Harvard Ryan” (Griffin) that they were willing to extend him one year. There were whispers that Not Harvard Ryan was actually ahead of Fitzpatrick in the battle for backup QB before his injury. I think Harvard Ryan will beat out Not Harvard Ryan this time, but don’t be surprised if the Bucs keep Harvard Ryan on a short leash.
Hell in a Cell Match: Brent Grimes vs. MJ Stewart vs. Vernon Hargreaves III vs. Carlton Davis for the “Julio Jones’ Supper” Title: We got a slobberknocker here, J.R.. What happens when you put Grandpa Grimes against a bunch of youthful DB’s gunning for his job? Well, you get some angry tweets from Miko Grimes (fun fact: Buccaneers actually has a rule dedicated to Miko-related threads. It just reads: “Nope.”) The four guys I named here will all make the roster, but it’s likely to put Javien Elliott, Ryan Smith, and Jude Achoo-Baromoomoo on the roster bubble.

Schedule Predictions

Week Opponent Prediction Analysis
Week 1 @Saints 37-17 Saints (0-1) Saints roster is as complete as it’s been since their Super Bowl win. I expect Brees to come out and have a typical big game at home, while our passing game will struggle against an improving Saints secondary.
Week 2 Eagles 30-20 Eagles (0-2) I don’t see the Eagles getting a terrible Super Bowl hangover. At least, not at this point in the season. Too many good pieces on their team. I predict Nelson Agholor returns home to Tampa and has a monster game.
Week 3 Steelers 31-24 Steelers (0-3) I’m expecting a shootout in this one that winds up a one-score game. Expect a 150+ yard game from Antonio Brown, because lord knows the only thing that’s going to stop him will be a giant meteor. There’s a joke to be had somewhere about Jameis playing Roethlisberger, but I can’t make that joke because Jameis will still be suspended at this point.
Week 4 @Bears 27-17 Bucs (1-3) My own personal vendetta against Bitch Trubitchsky aside, I’m not as bought into the early hype train around him. In Jameis’s first game back from suspension, he’ll return to play a focused game and shred the Bears defense to put our first win on the board.
Week 5 Bye 5-0 Tampa Police (1-3) HONK HONK!
Week 6 @Falcons 41-23 Falcons (1-4) In our first game against the Falcons (who blew a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl), Julio Jones will do his usual dirty work on our secondary and put up another monster game. Fun fact: in 12 games against the Bucs, he’s averaged 7 catches for 118 yards per game. Until I see us stifle him once, I enter these matchups with the assumption bad things will happen.
Week 7 Browns 23-20 (OT) Browns (1-5) Bucs have typically fared poorly against rookie QB’s in the past, and this may be the game that begins “the unraveling” in Tampa Bay. Expect an ugly game with a soul breaking outcome.
Week 8 @Bengals 21-16 Bengals (1-6) I like the investments the Bengals have made in DB in the last couple of years, and Billy Price was a good pickup in Round 1. A lot of people are sleeping on the Bengals defense, but between their disruptive front 7, and an up and comer in William Jackson, I’m expecting this game to be one of those multi turnover head scratching games from Jameis.
Week 9 @Panthers 34-24 Bucs (2-6) Panthers still have a solid defense, but their OL and receivers situation makes me think the Bucs stand a chance to wreak some havoc up front and make this a tough game for Cam. Series is typically split between the two teams.
Week 10 Redskins 21-17 Bucs (3-6) I don’t really know what to think of the Cousins-less Redskins, but on paper this doesn’t look like a great roster. My best man and I have a tradition of attending the Redskins-Bucs game no matter the location and have lovingly referred to this game as “The Pooper Bowl.” It’s going to be one of the season’s uglier games. I think the Bucs will squeak out a win because Mike Evans has had a propensity to go HAM against the Skins.
Week 11 @Giants 41-30 Giants (3-7) The Saquon Barkley hype is real, and OBJ is still a monster; not to mention, the Giants have a nasty defensive line. Expecting a shootout at the Meadowlands. I could see this going either way though. I don’t really trust Pat Shurmur as a head coach because he looks like Jim Zorn and a rabid Koala Bear had a baby.
Week 12 49ers 34-31 49ers (3-8) I get that they’re named after the gold rush, but the name “49ers” is just stupid. It bothers me. Like the name Cichy. It’s gross. Anyhow, I like the identity Bucs God John Lynch is building with the 49ers, and while some of the free agent signings may have been above market value, they’re quickly building well on both the offensive and defensive fronts. I think this will be a shootout with the 49ers taking the lead in the 4th because that’s how we roll.
Week 13 Panthers 20-17 Bucs (4-8) I like the chances of the Bucs to split the series here. I just want to say, as a Gators fan, I hate Cam Newton. I. Hate. Him. So. Much.
Week 14 Saints 21-13 Saints (4-9) Expecting another defensive stifling game from the Saints defense. Bucs will respond with a few picks of our own, but Saints will hold the win in the end.
Week 15 @Ravens 24-21 Ravens (4-10) I expect Lamar Jackson to be starting by this point. Hot take: I like him more than Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield in the long run, but Rosen’s my babe. Anyhow, I predict a monster game from Suggs and a lot of bad decisions from Jameis in this one.
Week 16 @Cowboys 27-21 Cowboys (4-11) They’re going to hand off the ball to Zeke over and over again. I have no idea how the Cowboys are going to fare with their lack of receivers, but it doesn’t bode well for them. The Cowboys now have James Van Der Beek or whatever his name is on their roster. He sounds Dutch.
Week 17 Falcons 28-3 Bucs (5-11) Falcons sit their starters in a meaningless Week 17 game where the Bucs rally for one final win. It won’t be enough. One day later, the Bucs go full red wedding on their coaching staff and management. I die inside.

Non-Buccaneer Predictions for the Season

  1. Last year, I predicted we’d see a breakout year from Goff. This year, my guy is Patrick Mahomes, who I think will be one of the league’s most exciting QB’s for a long time. I’m all aboard the Mahomes canoe. If it tips, than you will too! Do you love Mahomes like I do? All aboard the Mahomes canoe!
  2. MVP will go to Aaron Rodgers. DPOY will go to Joey Bosa (dark horse: Myles Garrett). OPOY will go to Drew Brees. OROY will go to…HOT TAKE! Nick Chubb. DROY will go to Roquan Smith. COTY will go to Frank Reich.
  3. The NFC Championship game will be played between the St. Louis Rams and the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons will win. The AFC Championship game will be played between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Patriots will win. The Super Bowl will feature an LI rematch, and Brady will win his final ring.
  4. Ben Roethlisberger will retire after this year.
  5. I love Jon Gruden. I love that man very much. But I think his return to the sidelines is one of the worst things that could have happened for the Raiders. I think the Raiders are an 8-win ceiling team this year with him coaching.
  6. The teams I think that have the highest potential to land a top 5 pick, in no particular order: Bucs, Jets, Dolphins, Bills, Redskins. I guess the Browns too.
  7. Coaches most likely to lose a job during or after this season: Koetter, Bowles, Jay Gruden, Hue Jackson, Marvin Lewis (it’s going to fucking happen one day), Vance Joseph, and dark horses: McCarthy, Harbaugh

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2018.03.17 21:10 The_Anus_explorer Three round mock draft w/ explanations for every single pick!

So to preface, this is the first mock I’ve ever posted on here. I’ve been working on this for a few months and just constantly updating it as new information has released and as I’ve gotten to watch more tape. I did a shit ton of research but keep in mind, not every pick will be perfect for your team but I did the best I could drilling down into the needs and corresponding value. Any feedback or criticism would be great! Anyways, enjoy!
1. Cleveland Browns - Sam Darnold: This would be the best of both worlds for the Browns. They get a guy who needs a little more development and has a high ceiling but isn’t as risky as Josh Allen. Tyrod can be a stopgap until they decide Sam is ready. Darnold has an innate ability to rally a team from behind and all reports surrounding his character are glowing. He has a plus arm and according to Nike's Senior Director of Performance, Ryan Flaherty, he’s improved his mechanics this offseason and has unlocked some untapped arm strength. I think he will be the one to help turn this franchise around.
2. New York Giants - Saquon Barkley: While tempting to slot a quarterback here, the recent signing of Nate Solder gave me the suspicion that the Giants are in the mindset that they can win now and want to make one last run with Eli. Drafting a possibly elite running back could take a ton of pressure off of Manning and their very good defense and possibly lead to a playoff run. Darkwa and Stewart could relieve the rookie and keep him fresh late into the year.
3. New York Jets (Trade 6, 37, 49 and a 2019 second rounder to Colts for 3 overall) - Josh Rosen: The Jets give up a ton to move up to 3 Overall and the selection has to be the safest quarterback still available. Rosen will be given time to learn behind whoever is starting in New York and should develop into one better quarterbacks in recent memory.
4. Cleveland Browns - Denzel Ward: More reinforcements for the secondary for Cleveland, as Denzel Ward stays in Ohio and becomes the best corner on the roster. His size is a little bit of a concern, but that can be fixed with an NFL weight training program. He does play bigger than he’s listed and being a true corner gets him chosen over the more versatile Minkah Fitzpatrick.
5. Denver Broncos - Josh Allen: Josh Allen may scare Denver fans due to the Paxton Lynch experiment gone wrong, but Allen is a significantly better prospect. With the signing of Keenum, this makes even more sense, as Allen can develop. Quentin Nelson is a possibility here but I think with only a two year contract, Keenum is just in Denver to hold down the fort. Some scouts have compared some things in Allen’s game to Elway, maybe Elway will see himself as well.
6. Indianapolis Colts - Bradley Chubb: The winners of the draft trade down and still get their guy. Chubb is a day one starter that is going to be an excellent player who can provide immediate 10 sack production. This spot is also a spot where the Colts can move down to address even more of their needs.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Harold Landry: The dream of getting Bradley Chubb died for the Bucs as soon as the Jets traded up. Harold Landry is a nice consolation prize. He isn’t an amazing scheme fit but Tampa runs some hybrid 3-4 and Landry is talented enough to make it work anyways. He’ll solidify the edge and give Tampa the pass rush they’ve been lacking. He’s also a better run defender than he gets credit for.
8. Chicago Bears - Quenton Nelson: Finally, after a busy offseason, the Bears faithful can stop seeing Calvin Ridley mocked to them at 8 overall and instead get the best lineman in the draft. Howard and Cohen become that much more potent with someone like Nelson in front of them.
9. San Fransisco 49ers - Tremaine Edmunds: Harold Landry would have been the preferred option here, but San Fransisco still gets a dynamic playmaker who can provide pressure and solidify their run defense at the same time.
10. Oakland Raiders - Minkah Fitzpatrick: Gruden gets a new toy to start at cornerback and deploy all over the place. I personally believe Minkah can play outside corner but even if he ends up being an excellent slot player, he’ll prove his worth in Oakland as the Raiders have a premium talent fall to them.
11. Miami Dolphins - Roquan Smith: I love Roquan Smith for the Dolphins. He can flat out fly and he came in bigger than expected. He could be deployed all over the place and with another elite athlete in Raekwon McMillan, can usher in a new era of defense for the Dolphins.
12. Buffalo Bills - Baker Mayfield: The Bills cannot go into the season with AJ McCarron as their only potential QB and they can’t let Mayfield get past this pick. The trade made by the Jets benefits the Bills because they get an incredibly accomplished quarterback with a ton of upside and keep their draft capital.
13. Washington Redskins - Vita Vea: This selection came down to choosing between Vita Vea or Derwin James, and I ended up going with Vea in the end. I like Derwin James but I’m of the opinion that within two years, Vea should end up being a top 5 defensive tackle. I love his game and his athleticism for his size and a pick like this instantly improves your run defense and makes your linebackers that much better. With Zach Brown staying in Washington, the Redskins look to be hard to run against in 2018.
14. Green Bay Packers - Josh Jackson: Harold Landry is the pick here if he falls, but Jackson is an excellent consolation prize. Now I know exactly what Packers fans are thinking here. “He is a zone corner, and he can’t press.” Well I’m inclined to agree with you. Josh Jackson is not a good press corner... yet. So in comparing him to Kevin King, who is a solid press man corner, I’ve noticed that his arms are three quarters of an inch longer than that of last year’s second round pick, measuring out at 32.75. Now with arms that much longer, Jackson pounded out 18 reps on the bench press, as opposed to Kevin King’s 11. I know I’m just throwing numbers out there but these two measurements are directly correlated to being able to press, and Jackson has shown functional upper body strength and under the right coaching, will be able to work on his technique. He also possesses ball skills that might actually be harder to develop than everything I previously mentioned. I understand the concerns about his long speed, but my comparison for Jackson is actually Josh Norman, who faced the same question coming out. While Jackson may not be as refined in man coverage as Norman was, he’s certainly a better athlete than Norman was during his draft process. Jackson would immediately slide in opposite Kevin King and give Green Bay two long corners with press upside. Green Bay is going to trust their secondary coaches to help get Jackson up to speed, and they’ll be well rewarded for it.
15. Arizona Cardinals - Lamar Jackson: I have a hard time believing Arizona is content to move into the future with only Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon. Lamar Jackson is a high upside project that can be a dynamic playmaker if given a little bit of time to develop. Sliding to 15 means Arizona can get their guy and not have to lose any draft capital to do it. Offensive line or corner is always a possibility here, but a quarterback for the long term is the better choice.
16. Baltimore Ravens - DJ Moore: The Ravens have had quite the strange offseason. John Brown was a good signing in my opinion and the Ryan Grant debacle kind of saved the Ravens from overpaying. They signed Michael Crabtree, but I still believe the wide receiver position needs another body and DJ Moore is my WR1 this year. He can play outside or in the slot and he has the size to beat press and take hits over the middle. I love everything about his game and he reminds me a little of Torry Holt or Chris Godwin. If he can emulate the production of the former or the promise of the latter, he’ll be in great shape in Baltimore.
17. Los Angeles Chargers - Da’ron Payne: While Vita Vea is the easy choice assuming he’s available, the Chargers will be just fine taking Payne at 17 overall. I believe that the Chargers are the favorite to win the division as it stands, as every other team in the AFC West is transitioning in some way, and improving their run defense needs to be their biggest priority. Payne can step in right away and develop into a good pass rusher for a very talented front seven.
18. Tennessee Titans (Trade 25, 89, and 125 overall to Seattle for 18 and 169) - Marcus Davenport: This might be the spiciest trade of the first round, so don’t hate me, Titans fans. Seattle desperately needs more draft capital and Tennessee needs more pass rush, so this makes sense. The Cowboys, Lions, Bills, Rams and Panthers all should have pass rusher pretty high on their boards. Three of those five teams (Panthers, Lions, Cowboys) have their most productive edge rushers only under contract for one more year, respectively, so the Titans need to jump these teams if they want to secure the third best EDGE on the board. Davenport is raw, but his ceiling is immense. Mike Vrabel is already making a splash on this defense and grabbing Davenport to rotate with and eventually replace either Morgan or Orakpo is a great move.
19. Dallas Cowboys - Derwin James: Dallas gets jumped by the Titans but I don’t think they mind as Derwin James falls into their lap. There’s precedence for a top 10 overall prospect falling because he plays a position that isn’t quite as integral as the others (See: OJ Howard) and James is the next in line. He can line up all over the place and combined with one of the best (and most underrated) linebackers in the league in Sean Lee and the promising Jaylon Smith, getting to the second level as a runner against Dallas is not going to be easy or fun.
20. Detroit Lions - Taven Bryan: After fortifying their linebackers and secondary this offseason, interior defensive line and edge rush are their probable priorities. Maurice Hurst being completely cleared would make me slot him here instead, but the situation hasn’t developed enough for me to confidently place him here, so the Lions grab Taven Bryan. Next to the excellent run stuffer, A’Shawn Robinson, Bryan would be part two of a lethal interior line and be get after NFC north quarterbacks in a division that’s stacking up to possibly be one of the best in football. Offensive line is always an option as the Lions need to get more push in the run game, but I don’t really care for this class and I believe Bryan is the best option.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Leighton Vander Esch: After trading down and getting Cordy Glenn from their friends in Buffalo, and losing their shot at Roquan Smith, the Bengals have the luxury of selecting a Vander Esch without reaching, all the while still improving their offense line with Glenn. Vander Esch still has so much room to grow and could eventually be better than Burfict, without the tremendous headache he provides.
22. Buffalo Bills - Rashan Evans: The Bills try their luck with another Alabama linebacker, and with the addition of Star Lotulelei up front, the Bills run defense should be significantly improved.
23. Los Angeles Rams - Sam Hubbard: From one talented defensive line to another, Sam Hubbard would start right away for the Rams and this team’s defense would be one of the top units in the league. Has enough athleticism to rush from one point stance. Some would argue he’s a better run stopper than Bradley Chubb, and he offers pass rush production as well. He projects be a very balanced edge rusher and I could see him being an 8-10 sack guy for the foreseeable future.
24. Carolina Panthers - Jaire Alexander: Carolina needs another corner after the Breeland debacle, and Alexander comes at a fantastic value. They could take a long look at Justin Reid here as well, but safety can always be addressed later.
25. Seattle Seahawks - Connor Williams: Carlton Davis was almost the choice here, but I ended up going with a need they’ve had for some time. Another case of the 2016 tape being the tape to look at, Williams would be an excellent value at 25 overall. He may not be the best pure tackle or guard available, but his versatility to do both and underrated athleticism play into why I have the Seahawks choosing him at 25. This team seems like it perpetually needs line help and Williams will be able to do it from multiple spots.
26. Atlanta Falcons - Harrison Phillips: While not the sexiest pick in the world, the Falcons immediately give the stellar Grady Jarrett a partner in crime. Phillips is versatile enough to play 1 or 3 technique and showcased better-than-expected athleticism at the combine. He was insanely productive at Stanford and as long as he works on his technique, he should end up being a quality interior defender.
27. New Orleans Saints - Calvin Ridley: This pick actually hurts to make because I believe Ridley is going to be a problem. While New Orleans also needs interior defensive line help, Hurst has question marks and all of the top guys are off the board already. At this point, Ridley is a steal. He performed below average at the combine which is a concern but he has more than enough athleticism to survive in the NFL. He is a refined route runner and is ready to step in day one and make an impact for this franchise. He can play X, Y, and in the slot, no problem. New Orleans is primed for a super bowl run and grabbing one more weapon for Brees could put them over the top. Sutton is an option but needs more time to develop, so I went with the more pro-ready option who will contribute on day one.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers - Justin Reid: Reid fills a huge hole for a Steelers secondary. He’s an impressive athlete and should be starting day one. Vander Esch or Evans would have been preferable, but Pittsburgh still covers another need here.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars - Will Hernandez: This was a tough choice because Courtland Sutton was still on the board but I ended up choosing the option that bolsters the run game, which is the most important aspect of the Jaguars offense. Norwell, Linder and Hernandez should be the best interior line in the NFL and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they lead the league in rushing and ended up winning the AFC south.
30. Minnesota Vikings - Isiah Wynn: Maurice Hurst is an option here, but there’s still questions about his medical issues. Wynn starts at guard week one and moves bodies around for this Vikings offense and Dalvin Cook has a much easier second season.
31. New England Patriots - Mike Hughes: Trading down to get Mike McGlinchey, Kolton Williams, or Brian O’Neill was a possibility here, but ultimately Hughes ends up coming to New England to replace Butler. Hughes would fit in next to Gilmore and Jason McCourty and solidify a secondary that was roasted by Nick Foles. Pass rush is also an option at 31 overall, but with Adrian Clayborn coming into town, Hughes provides a better value over the best pass rushers still on the board.
32. Philadelphia Eagles - Brian O’Neill: This is a luxury pick for the most stacked team in the NFL. O’Neill is an exceptional athlete and classic zone blocking tackle who needs to develop his technique but will get that chance behind one of the most accomplished tackles in Jason Peters. O’Neill and Lane Johnson would eventually form the most athletic tackle tandem the league has seen in some time and Philly wouldn’t miss a beat when Peters eventually moves on from football.
ROUND 2
1 (33). Cleveland Browns - Mike McGlinchey: With the addition of Carlos Hyde, the somewhat cliche Derrius Guice pick at 33 overall dies, and the Browns solidify their line with the tackle from Notre Dame. He has impressive length which helps compensate for his lack of elite athleticism. He has large shoes to fill after the departure of Joe Thomas, but his floor should be a solid NFL tackle in a class that doesn’t really get me very excited.
2 (34). New York Giants - Maurice Hurst: Hurst is going to have to get cleared by the Giants to end up here, and while his stock was hurt by his heart condition, a clean bill of health gives the Giants a first round caliber interior defender. Hurst can provide more pass rush than Dalvin Tomlinson and Damon Harrison combined, and he is also an active run defender that can make plays. His addition makes this defensive line a top five unit.
3 (35). Cleveland Browns - BJ Hill: This might be one of the bigger second round surprises, but Cleveland needs interior line talent and I love what BJ Hill brings to the table as a prospect. He’s surprisingly athletic and was very productive for the Wolfpack. Cleveland needs a replacement for Danny Shelton and selecting him would allow them to keep Ogbah on the edge and give Larry Ogunjobi help. A slight reach here to grab the best defensive tackle still on the board is logical for a team with a plethora of draft capital.
4 (36). Indianapolis Colts - Courtland Sutton: Indianapolis continues to make splash picks as they grab the best receiver on the board in Sutton. I have Sutton falling this far purely due to more teams having needs at other positions, but in any other draft I would value him as a first rounder. He has enough speed to separate and is really natural at high pointing the ball in the end zone. He needs to work on his route tree but either way, Luck has a new weapon to go with TY Hilton.
5 (37). Indianapolis Colts - Billy Price: Price is almost a first round lock if he doesn’t hurt himself at the combine. Aside from his level of nastiness and grit, he doesn’t excel in anything in particular but he also has no glaring holes. He’ll solidify the Colts line right away.
6 (38). Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Derrius Guice: Yet another skill position player to fall due to the demand for trench players, Guice would more than likely take the job from Peyton Barber early on and give Tampa a bruising, stout running back with big play ability.
7 (39). Chicago Bears - Josh Sweat: Josh Sweat is a gifted athlete who was hurt by poor coaching and was utilized poorly. Coming off of an electric combine after knee surgery derailed his 2016 campaign, Sweat proved he still has explosion and agility. Chicago needs some life in its pass rush to help supplement its excellent secondary. Lorenzo Carter is also an option here but Chicago might hesitate to select another athletic-but-raw linebacker from Georgia who lacks a true position.
8 (40). Denver Broncos - Kolton Miller: The AFC West has a good chunk of the top 10 pass rushers in the NFL and the Broncos need to protect Keenum/Allen at all cost. Miller is the best tackle still available and will pair with Bolles to solidify Denver’s long for the first time in a long time.
9 (41). Oakland Raiders - Malik Jefferson: The first round talk was a little rich for the raw but athletic linebacker, and if Bowman doesn’t return, Jefferson will pair with Tahir Whitehead and will be an excellent developmental piece added to this defensive overhaul in Oakland.
10 (42). Miami Dolphins - Mike Geiseki: First tight end off the board is Gesicki, who will give this offense a second big target and breath more life into Miami. I love this value for them at this point.
11 (43). New England Patriots - Lorenzo Carter: Carter could be a first rounder based on traits alone but he’s raw and will require time to develop. Left tackle is still a need but the Patriots will have to address that in later rounds. A good defense could take pressure off of Brady and grabbing Mike Hughes and Lorenzo Carter will have them trending towards that.
12 (44). Washington Redskins - Donte Jackson: Kendall Fuller needs to be replaced at nickel, and that job will be left to the electric Donte Jackson. Questions will be asked about his size, but if he can put on 5-10 pounds, his size will be similar to that of Denzel Ward. Has the agility and make up speed to stick with the talented NFC East slot receivers in Sterling Shepherd, Nelson Agholor, and Cole Beasley. With Norman still handling CB1 duties and the extremely promising second year corner Fabian Moreau finally fully healthy, Donte Jackson will likely be able to stick to the slot and start from day one.
13 (45). Green Bay Packers - DJ Chark: With Nelson’s departure and Cobb struggling through two straight disappointing seasons, it’s time for Green Bay to bring in some fresh legs. Chark is long with excellent straight line speed and has the ability to stretch the defense, which is something Davante Adams doesn’t do. He still has a limited route tree, but if there’s one team aside from the Steelers that develops quality wideouts, it’s the Packers.
14 (46). Cincinnati Bengals - James Daniels: Daniels is an instant upgrade and will be one of the safest picks of this draft. He will start day one and will be opening holes for Cincy running backs for years to come.
15 (47). Arizona Cardinals - Equamineous St Brown: The Cardinals grab the 6’5” wideout from Notre Dame in hopes that he can learn from and take over for Fitzgerald. St. Brown is just a big slot receiver who runs really good routes but needs to use his body and frame more. Having a target with a bigger catch radius should help Lamar Jackson mitigate his overthrows early on as well.
16 (48). Los Angeles Chargers - Mason Rudolph: While the Chargers have a prime window to compete now, that shouldn’t stop them from preparing for the day Rivers retires. Rudolph might not have the cannon arm to generate a ton of velocity on his throws, but he has good touch, solid deep ball accuracy, prototypical size, and he’s a cerebral player with a chance to lead an offense once he separates himself from the college games
17 (49). Indianapolis Colts - Isaiah Oliver: Oliver is a steal at this point as some see him as a late first rounder. He will start opposite Quincy Wilson as Indy continues winning this draft.
18 (50). Dallas Cowboys - Dallas Goedert: The Cowboys need to give Prescott more weapons and Goedert is a very good start. I don’t like the value of any receiver at this point, as I see them as bodies you can still select in round 3, while I doubt Goedert will last that long. Running two tight end sets until Witten retires will be the way to go.
19 (51). Detroit Lions - Braden Smith: You really wish James Daniels or Billy Price were still on the board here as Detroit could use an upgrade at center, but Smith is still an upgrade to Detroit’s interior line. Before they have a strong run game, they need a powerful line, as Detroit’s backs are typically hit in the backfield for a loss.
20 (52). Baltimore Ravens - Tyrell Crosby: Another offensive lineman off the board and another improvement to the side of the ball that needed the most help in Baltimore. Crosby is a talent with good tape and excellent size that could have gone in the first round had he impressed more at the combine. He’s experienced at both tackle positions but will fill right tackle and give Alex Collins more space in the run game.
21 (53). Buffalo Bills - Carlton Davis: Davis is a big bodied press corner and an excellent value and will line up across from Tre White and fill the hole left by EJ Gaines.
22 (54). Kansas City Chiefs - Anthony Averett: Kansas City has had an interesting offseason to say the least, but picking up a solid corner this late in the second is a huge help to their defense. Averett doesn’t have the ball skills Peters had but still should develop into a good CB1.
23 (55). Carolina Panthers - Ronnie Harrison: Carolina secures the services of Ronnie Harrison. Harrison is likely the best strong safety in this class. He’s a classic thumper and Carolina continues to upgrade their secondary.
24 (56) Buffalo Bills - Kemoko Turay: Buffalo has addressed the defensive line this offseason but this needs to continue. Pass rush is a priority for them and Turay will be a starter that should develop into an 8-10 sack player.
25 (57). Tennesse Titans - Kyzir White: Harrison would have been ideal here but Tennessee picks the next best strong safety, and while there’s a decent gap between the two players, White is still a good prospect. The Titans defense might actually be unfair next season. Kyzir White is a hard hitting, high energy guy that fits the culture they’re building in this Titans defense. Byard and White could be one of the best safety duos in the NFL after a few years.
26 (58). Atlanta Falcons - Anthony Miller: Anthony Miller might be one of the most unheralded prospects in this draft. He’s a better athlete than Christian Kirk and I also believe he’s a better overall prospect. He’ll be excellent on screens and slants, and will be better than Taylor Gabriel in the slot.
27 (59). San Fransisco 49ers - Hayden Hurst: An exceptional athlete steps in right away to give the Italian Stallion another weapon to throw to. Could go higher based on talent if not for age.
28 (60). Pittsburgh Steelers - Jessie Bates: One of the best safeties in the draft slides to Pittsburgh. He will start immediately and be a massive upgrade. DISCLAIMER: This pick was meant to be after Rashan Evans went to the Steelers at 28. I originally had the Bills moving up to 3 until today when the Jets trades up for 3 overall, with their pick in the 20’s, they grabbed Evans and I never quite fixed this pick.
29 (61). Jacksonville Jaguars - Michael Gallup: Gallup comes into Jacksonville and gives Blake Bortles another weapon. Gallup has solid size, athleticism, production and very good tape. He could be a more athletic but less refined version of Cooper Kupp from last year’s draft.
30 (62). Minnesota Vikings - Martinas Rankin: Rankin could probably play any position on the line, but competing at right tackle or guard might be where the Vikings seem him. Rankin at 62 overall is a steal.
31 (63). New England Patriots - Sony Michel: I personally think Sony Michel is a first round talent, but he falls to the Patriots and the rich get richer. Michel is going to join a loaded backfield and is going to be the most talented runner in a group filled with good receiving backs. Tom Brady will be able to throw the ball less often and control the clock to help the defense stay off of the field. Desmond Harrison is an option here but I personally think he’s a bit of a reach.
32 (64). Cleveland Browns - Allen Lazard: For the final pick of the second round, the Browns go with one of the biggest combine risers. Lazard checks in at almost 6’5” and 220+ pounds and gives the Browns a big outside target to complement Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon. Lazard has excellent athleticism and is a phenomenal red zone threat who will contribute with touchdowns early on.
ROUND 3
1 (65). Buffalo Bills - James Washington: Washington would make a good fit in Buffalo and would get to catch passes from his old college rival, Baker Mayfield. Washington could be the best receiver in this draft five years from now and I wouldn’t be all that surprised.
2 (66). New York Giants - JC Jackson: The Giants need to add another body to the cornerback room to push Eli Apple and solidify their backend. Jackson is an underrated prospect with a good frame and agility.
3 (67). Indianapolis Colts - Nick Chubb: Nick Chubb joins Bradley Chubb in Indy and gives the Colts an actual run game. Will share carries and/or compete with Marlon Mack for the starting job.
4 (68). Houston Texans - Mark Andrews: I love what Houston is doing with their roster and another cornerback would be nice here, but losing C.J. Fiedorowicz definitely hurt. Mark Andrews will fit in nicely and give Watson another big target.
5 (69). Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Rasheem Green: Tampa doubles down on edge rushers. as they need to produce more to get their defense back on track. Green is a second round talent that will join the rotation from week one and can bump inside to defensive tackle in certain situations.
6 (70). San Fransisco 49ers - Dante Pettis: Trent Taylor wasn’t too exciting returning punts for this squad. Dante Pettis will be. He also provides Jimmy G with another target that can produce after the catch. Probably could be a second rounder if his lingering injury didn’t keep him from performing at the combine.
7 (71). Denver Broncos - Daesean Hamilton: It was between Daesean Hamilton and Deon Cain here, but Hamilton gets the nod. He’s a high character individual who projects to be a big slot receiver who can also move outside. This Broncos wide receiver unit still has talent but age is catching up and Hamilton will be huge addition.
8 (72). New York Jets - Frank Ragnow: Josh Rosen is going to need all of the help he can get and I can’t get on board with Wesley Johnson protecting him. The Jets go offense four picks in a row to grab Ragnow, who should be a very safe pick and a solid starting center.
9 (73). Miami Dolphins - Foley Fatukasi: Fatukasi is an exceptional athlete for his size and will solidify the interior of this Dolphins defense as part of a rotation until he’s ready to take over the starting job.
10 (74). San Francisco 49ers - Duke Ejiofor: Good size for an edge rusher and will be able to contribute right away and collapse pockets.
11 (75). Oakland Raiders - Ronald Jones: I’m not in love with Jones as a prospect, but the Doug Martin signing is a temporary fix at best and the Raiders need to address this position with draft picks. Lynch is on the wrong side of 30 and Doug Martin is 29 and was outplayed by undrafted second year back Peyton Barber. Maybe a change of scenery helps Martin have a resurgence but the Raiders would be happy to add Ronald Jones either way.
12 (76). Green Bay Packers - Arden Key: Pretty big slide for Arden Key here, but could be the steal of the draft if he can get his act together. Best possible scenario is he keeps Clay Matthews fresh and learns from him and rises to his potential. Could be an elite front seven if Key develops.
13 (77). Cincinnati Bengals - Austin Corbett: More offensive line help here as Cincy finds a possible starting guard.
14 (78). Kansas City Chiefs - Dorance Armstrong Jr.:** Kansas City brings in an extra pass rusher to rotate with Houston and Dee Ford. Could end up being one of the steals of the class.
15 (79). Arizona Cardinals - Andrew Brown: Now that the offense has been addressed with the first two picks, the Arizona defensive line receives some help. The Virginia product was very productive in college and tested better than expected at the combine. Brown should compete opposite of Olsen Pierre while pushing veteran Frostee Rucker and the disappointing Robert Nkemdiche for snaps.
16 (80). Houston Texans - Nathan Shepherd: Houston’s defense gets even better with the small school product out of Canada. He’s a mature individual and I absolutely love his talent. Wish he was a little younger considering the fact that he’s still a little raw, but he should be able to exceed on a talented Texan’s front.
17 (81). Dallas Cowboys - Deon Cain: Solid size and athleticism for the former Clemson receiver. Can move between outside or slot. Small hands concern me but this team needs wide receiver depth.
18 (82). Detroit Lions - Rashad Penny: Ultra productive and faster than anticipated. Good size. Needs refinement as a blocker and receiver but should start immediately for Detroit and share time with Blount and Reddick.
19 (83). Baltimore Ravens - Josey Jewell: If he tests better he doesn’t make it out of the second round. Finds an ideal spot in Baltimore with an excellent front seven.
20 (84). Los Angeles Chargers - Fred Warner: Very underrated linebacker. Will help solidify the Chargers run defense and most likely start immediately. More athletic than he gets credit for. Chargers get a steal in round 3.
21 (85). Carolina Panthers - Desmond Harrison: Dalton Schultz was almost the pick here, but Carolina should start grooming a left tackle to replace Matt Khalil before they start worrying about life after Greg Olsen. Harrison would be an ideal candidate but he needs more weight on his frame. He is athletic for his size as it is and should stay that way when he’s 10-15 pounds heavier.
22 (86). Kansas City Chiefs - Will Richardson: Talented zone blocker that projects to be a guard but still possesses enough length to play tackle. Could beat out Ehinger for starting job.
23 (87). Los Angeles Rams - Micah Kiser: Would play next to Mark Barron in the 3-4. Is a banger and would blow up blocks and let Barron rack up tackles, something Ogletree wasn’t big enough to do.
24 (88). Carolina Panthers - Kerryon Johnson: A definite luxury pick as Carolina has solidified its holes on defense and can afford to give Christian McCaffery a running mate similar to when they originally drafted Johnathan Stewart. Both backs would complement each other well and keep time of possession in Carolina’s favor.
25 (89). Seattle Seahawks (From Tennessee Titans) - MJ Stewart: With the pick acquired from the trade down in the first round, the Seahawks grab Stewart who can play corner of safety.
26 (90). Atlanta Falcons - Ogbonnia Okoronkwo: Best available pass rusher here as the Falcons need to keep finding ways to get after quarterbacks to be a top tier defense and after this, they’re one step closer.
27 (91). New Orleans Saints - Da’Shawn Hand: The talented Alabama product comes to New Orleans and beefs up an already impressive line.
28 (92). Pittsburgh Steelers - Royce Freeman: After addressing safety and middle linebacker, running back needs to be addressed due to the uncertain future of Bell. James Connor might not be the long term answer, but Royce Freeman could be.
29 (93). Jacksonville Jaguars - Jack Cichy: With Gallup and Hernandez in the equation, the offense looks pretty scary so Jacksonville turns their attention back to the defense. Cichy had an excellent pro day and his tape is phenomenal. He’ll join a stacked linebacker group that won’t miss a beat without Poslusznyz
30 (94). Minnesota Vikings - Kylie Fitts: Fitts absolutely exploded into the scene during the combine. He fits the model of edge rusher the Vikings seem to lean towards and could develop into a starting role with time.
31 (95). New England Patriots - Mike White: Life after Tom Brady needs to begin at some point, and the third round is a good place to start looking again. White has a strong arm and looks like part but could barely stand in the pocket for more than a few seconds without getting sacked when he was at Western Kentucky. Could be a starter after two or so years.
32 (96). Buffalo Bills - Jerome Baker: Doubling down on linebackers is the path Buffalo takes to fixing its run defense. Baker is fast and instinctive but just needs to get stronger and play harder than he has.
33 (97). Arizona Cardinals Compensatory) - Holton Hill: Maturity issues keep the long corner from going higher than this, but Hill is a player that could develop into a starter on the Cardinals defense.
34 (98). Houston Texans (Compensatory) - Jamarco Jones: Jones isn’t the best athlete, but his college tape is very intriguing and he will immediately compete for the left tackle spot.
35 (99). Indianapolis Colts - (Trades 104 and 178 to Denver for 99 and 225 overall) R.J. McIntosh: Indianapolis still needs interior help and they get it by swapping their fourth and sixth for Denver’s third and seventh. R.J. McIntosh is the best remaining interior lineman and comes in for the departed Johnathan Hankins. He had a very good college career and if he displays his athleticism at Miami’s Pro day, he could rise higher than this.
36 (100). Cincinnati Bengals (Compensatory) - Terrell Edmunds: The Bengals get a freak and I would love to see them beef up their secondary with him. He projects to a strong safety but can likely be used as a dollar back until Shawn Williams contract ends in 2020.
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2018.01.29 15:25 FCEventBot Fort Collins Event Calendar For Week of 01/29

Upcoming Events in Fort Collins for the week of 01/29
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01/29 12:00PM Vote for Windows on Walnut [Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524, United States]() We have some beautiful windows on Walnut thanks to some artists. Now we need YOU to vote for your favorite window! Come into any participating business on Walnut Street and grab a voting card, fill it out, and drop it off! Your vote enters you into a drawing for a chance to WIN a gift ba
03:00PM Wine Tasting at The Emporium The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market, Fort Collins, CO Come by for our weekly wine tasting in our wine market. We feature different varietals weekly with a little cheese to pair with the wines.
05:30PM Environmental Advocacy: We're all in this together Colorado State University Business School - Bohemian Auditorium Join us for a lecture with guest speaker Gabe Wing, Director of Safety and Sustainability for Herman Miller, Inc. Herman Miller is a 100-year-old-plus company that places great importance on design, the environment, community service, and the health and well-being of our customers and our emplo
05:30PM Open Office Hours with The Growing Projects' Executive Director Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House Want to learn more about The Growing Project? Have questions about Growing Project job openings, internships, or volunteer opportunities? Have an idea about food justice or urban agriculture? Stop by our drop-in "office hours" to talk to our Executive Director, Dana. She will be at a t
06:00PM Canvas Speed Painting Take & Make! Snowbank Brewing Join us Monday night the 29th for an abstract speed painting art demonstration. You'll be provided all materials to make your own, including a 10x10 canvas to take home at the end of the night! The class is hosted by local artist Cat Colonna with Catalyst Studio Foco! Tickets are $25 per
06:30PM Can leopard seals adapt to the changing climate? Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House Join CSU's Dr. Shane Kanatous for his talk entitled "Can leopard seals adapt to a changing climate?"
07:00PM Quiz for a Cause, Benefiting Canyon Concert Ballet! otto pint Quiz for a Cause for Canyon Concert Ballet’s pointe shoe fund! Bring $5 cash per person to donate for your team, and play some fun trivia with a chance to win free drinks and gift cards. Donated money goes towards our pointe shoe fund for our company dancers. Company dancers actually dance
07:00PM CCJA Ft. Collins Group Live At Ace Gillett's Lounge Ace Gillett's Join the CCJA Fort Collins Group, in concert at Ace Gillett's Lounge. Taking the stage at 7:00pm will be the UNC Catalina’s Combo and at 7:45 is the Fort Collins CCJA Combo. Come early to get seat. Families are welcome. Ace Gillett's has incredible food, cocktails, beer, and wine. For m
07:30PM Virtuoso Series Concert, Gary Moody, Bassoon Colorado State University Center for the Arts Purloined Pieces Purloined Pieces is a program of works originally written for other instruments, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F major. “Believe it or not, other great music exists than that wasn’t written for bassoon, so why shouldn't bassoonists get to play it?” said CS
01/30 06:00PM KCSU Comedy Open Mic at Ramskellar! Ramskeller Pub & Grub Last Tuesday of every month, 90.5 KCSU is putting on a Comedy Open Mic at the Ramskellar! Open to all and hosted by David Rodriguez of Fort Comedy. Signup early and work out some jokes in front of a fun crowd!
07:00PM Poker Night at Ace Gillett's Ace Gillett's Here at Ace we want to make donating back into the community as fun as humanly possible. So we are now hosting a monthly poker tournament that does exactly that. We will have food and drink specials running all night, and interesting ways to buy back in, if lady luck isn't on your side. Not to menti
08:00PM Benefit for Savannah Kay Daniels Hodi's Half Note We'd like to all get together and remember Savannah the way we did in life, by dancing, listening to music,and good friends! This is a free show, but we would like to collect donations to hand over to the Daniel's family to help cover funeral costs and such. Musical performances by
08:00PM Bingo- Free To Play Illegal Pete's Ft Collins FREE! Every Tuesday! Might wanna leave the kiddos at home for this one, folks. B-I-N-G-O Come party at Pete's and win some sweet swag, beer, or just be part of a great time.
09:00PM Tonight! RE:Turn ft Break Science w/ Tnertle, ProbCause, Megan Hamilton at Aggie Theatre Aggie Theatre Euphonic Conceptions & Mindbeam Productions Present: Re:Turn Tuesdays feat. Break Science w/ Tnertle, ProbCause, Megan Hamilton at Aggie Theatre Supported by Longevity Productions Break Science: http://www.breaksciencemusic.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8llj68I3Pg
09:00PM Comedy at the R Bar R Bar and Lounge Tuesday, January 30th @9pm Comedy at the R Bar is back once again! Come join host Justin Going for a FREE evening of hilarity and some of Colorado's best Stand up Comedians. This month to open the show we have Boulder fave and open mic host Billie Jo Gillispie. Following her, is longtime
01/31 05:00PM Noragami Viewing Dungeons & Drafts Come join us for our anime Wednesdays. This week, we will be watching Noragami! Come in your favorite anime shirt for 10% off, or in cosplay for 20% off. Make sure to follow our ongoing Weeaby Wednesday event to participate in voting and get the latest scoop on all of our anime events. https://www.f
05:30PM Improv Jam Art Lab Fort Collins Come out for a workshop on long-form improv and get in plenty of jam time. All levels welcome. Creating new teams and booking performances is where I hope to take this. Thanks!
06:00PM Magnolia Sessions w Señorita Sometimes The Lyric The Magnolia Sessions, a two-fold experience originally realized through the SpokesBUZZ music organization, gives emerging Colorado musicians: - an opportunity to promote their music while meeting and engaging with the community - Quality content in the form of a music video Magnolia Ses
08:30PM Tonight! Broccoli Samurai w/ Great Salmon Famine and Henna Roso at Hodi's Half Note Hodi's Half Note Broccoli Samurai w/ The Great Salmon Famine and Henna Roso at Hodi's Half Note on Wednesday, January 31st Broccoli Samurai: http://www.brocsam.com https://www.youtube.com/c/brocsam
09:00PM Open Mic Comedy Dungeons & Drafts Think you're funny? Come try out your material or just come for the laughs. We've got a great group of regular comics that are sure to make you laugh. Sign ups start at 9pm. Comedy starts at 9:30pm.
02/01 05:30AM 2018 Challenge Yoga Pod Fort Collins 2018 Challenge: Practice Self ❤️ Discover the amazing benefits of maintaining a consistent yoga practice! Taking 1 hour out of your day to dedicate to yourself can be life changing. Sometimes, getting out of your “normal” yoga routine can open new doors in your practice – mentally and physically.
05:00PM Keep the Glass with Horse & Dragon The Denver Bicycle Cafe Kicking off our Month with Horse & Dragon Brewing Company with a Keep the Glass Night. LIMITED QUANTITIES - buy a pint, take home a glass!
05:30PM Warm Bellies, Warm Hands Horse & Dragon Brewing Company Help those in our community, grab a beer, and learn more about the work Homeless Gear is doing. Homeless Gear works in our community to help individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness survive, regain stability and move forward. Horse & Dragon Brewing Company is donating
06:00PM Trivia! Snowbank Brewing Join us Thursday evenings for trivia, delicious beer, local food, and more! As always, it's FREE to play! Win two $20 gift cards to your Fort Collins favorites if you score first place! Thursday February 1: 1st place Matador Mexican Grill Thursday February 8: Sri Thai Thursday February 15:
07:00PM Ales, Apps & Barrels of Fun - sold out Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Release your inner child at the Children’s Museum during our first ever adults-only extravaganza! Taste beers from local breweries, snack on light bites & make-your-own pretzel necklace, listen to great tunes, and best of all, enjoy an evening of play in our world-class
07:00PM Winter Pun-der-land: Bad Pun Showdown Dungeons & Drafts Did you miss the last one? Now is your chance to come enjoy laughs galore! Bring out your best puns. Each round winners will advance in a 1v1 battle on who can deliver the best puns against each other. Judging will be based on crowd applause, presentation, and originality. Prizes for 1st,
07:00PM 94.3 The X Presents: MAGIC GIANT with The Brevet Downtown Artery Doors : 7:00 // Show : 8:00 Presale : $15 // Day of Show : $17 ALL AGES Named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 “Artists You Need to Know,” Los Angeles-based MAGIC GIANT is igniting packed crowds at every stop of its nationwide tour. The trio, comprised of Austin Bisnow (lead vocals), Zam
07:00PM Frankenstein's Army The Gorehound's Playground Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein's work to assemble an army of super-sold
07:30PM Burn Yoga Burn Boot Camp - Fort Collins, CO •Free Deep Stretch Yoga with Dannie to help your sore muscles recover! •Bring a yoga mat and join us! •No childcare •Coed
08:00PM Tonight! The Holdup w/ The Hashtones, Write Minded at Cervantes Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom The Holdup w/ The Hashtones & Write Minded at Cervantes' Other Side Supported by: Party Guru Productions The Holdup: http://www.theholdupmusic.com https://youtu.be/B2mgyZBIgDA Write Minded: https://writemindedmusic.com
08:00PM Krizz Kaliko w/Special Guests at Hodi's Half Note Hodi's Half Note Krizz Kaliko w/Special Guests at Hodi's Half Note Krizz Kaliko www.strangemusicinc.com WATCH: http://bit.ly/2zHBmuk
08:00PM The Two Tracks Magic Rat Live Music Americana covers a broad spectrum of music these days, and it’s easy to get lost in trying to define its particular parameters. If one was to determine an overreaching definition as music that reverberates with heart-felt emotion, and songs that speak to the listener with honesty, conviction and int
08:00PM The Robert Wilson Blues Band Avogadro's Number $7
09:00PM Tonight! ZZ Ward - The Storm Tour w/ Billy Raffoul at the Aggie Aggie Theatre ZZ Ward - The Storm Tour w/ Billy Raffoul at the Aggie Theatre on Thursday, February 1st. ZZ Ward www.zzward.com WATCH: http://bit.ly/2y8ydr5 Billy Raffoul: billyraffoul.com WATCH: http://bit.ly/2zgkq2c
09:00PM Zack Michael 50's Cover Set + Plasmacoustic (Plasma Canvas Acoustic Set) Surfside 7 Zack Michael performs songs from the 50's W/ Plasmacoustic Plasma Canvas Acoustic set Doors at 8pm Music at 9pm $7 cover-21+
09:00PM The Seers- Free Show Illegal Pete's Ft Collins The Seers are an experimental folk-rock duo from Fort Collins, Co. Come party!
10:00PM Buck Wilde at Chipper's Lanes Chipper's Lanes Buck Wilde takes over Chipper's Lanes North College to provide a jolt of crunchy country to your bowling experience!
02/02 10pm to 1am Narnia with massTree and Panamaa Downtown Artery, upstairs Come on a sonic journey in Narnia with Panamaa and MassTree. This special 3 hour set will take you places you have never been before......
11:30AM Friday Flights! The Hop Grenade Taproom Fort Collins Each month we collaborate with a local business to pair our exclusive Friday Flight of beer with delicious and unique food pairings. February's collaboration is with Horsetooth Hot Sauce! A limited amount of flights consisting of four, 4 oz. beers will be paired with four housemade wings tossed
03:00PM Toilet Paper USA The Colorado Room On Feb. 2 Turning Point USA (TPUSA) will be hosting an event on the Colorado State University campus. TPUSA is an alt-right group directly or indirectly implicated in harassment (1, 2), illegal campaign activity (3) and intolerance (4, 5, 6) on college campuses across the United States. The Fort C
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02/04 10:00AM Create Your Own Mala Workshop Live Beyond Limit Join Jean Parker-Renga for a mala making workshop and learn the ins and outs of why and how these traditional necklaces are put together. Jean will lead the group with instruction on how to create your very own mala with the materials provided for this sacred meditation necklace. Pre-made pack
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2017.12.09 08:14 MostlyReadRarelyPost Economic Warfare (Steelshod 227)

Table of Contents – includes earlier installments, maps, character sheets, our discord server, and other documents.
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World Map
Torathia
Karim
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Reminder: Due to moving, the expected prose post for 12/4 has been skipped.
Continuing my week of shorter posts as life keeps me on my toes with unpacking, buying new furtniture, etc.
While Yorrin negotiates with Lord Carden, Jaspar and the caravan spend some time in Denton
Denton is a good sized trading town
It is the economic heart of Cardenbury, and almost as big as one of the secondary trading centers in Torathia, such as Misviyr or Peranople.
While Jaspar and Ginevra load up on a variety of goods, they make some acquaintances in town and get a feel for what’s been going on in Cardenbury
In particular, they notice that the market for textiles and lumber has been cornered
Jaspar’s happy to capitalize on the opportunity, and he strikes up a good relationship with a Spatalian merchant named Marcelo Cardona.
Things seem quite good, until he and Ginevra are reviewing their purchases after a few days of trading
Something seems… off.
A more thorough investigation reveals that Jaspar has made some significant errors
No one catastrophic decision is responsible
Just a series of miscalculations in the value of the goods he’s purchased
It all adds up to bad news: the real market value of the goods they’ve bought in Denton is almost half what they’d paid for it.
Essentially putting their trading in Denton at a net negative of a hundred gold pieces or so.
As they go back over their purchases, it becomes increasingly clear that Marcelo Cardona’s enterprises are at the heart of Jaspar’s errors
Cheap goods mixed into bulk orders, and all manner of other just barely-legal chicanery.
Jaspar is extremely embarrassed
And irate
Possibly moreso than when he dealt with the Ruskan invaders back in Karim
He knew he was in over his head, then
But here… this is his area
To be taken for a ride in his own area of expertise is infuriating.
If Jaspar didn’t know better, he’d think all of this was done to Steelshod intentionally, as a targeted economic attack
But why?
They do some more in-depth research on this Cardona fellow
He’s from Spatalia, and a relative newcomer to Denton
His two main areas of influence, as mentioned, are textile and lumber imports.
Cardona appears to have extensive trade caravans back to his homeland, and from Cassala
It turns out he has been driving two of Denton’s biggest, most successful businesses into the ground.
One Jacob Smith, a businessman that owns a lumberyard in the nearby town of Shawminster and sells quality woodworks
And Bertrand Weaver, who runs a textile import and processing business
Both of them are seriously suffering after a year of competing with Cardona
The Spatalian seems to have an endless supply of goods from the south, and he undercuts both of the local merchants at every opportunity.
Jaspar and Ginevra present their findings to the rest of Steelshod.
Jaspar wants revenge, but he knows they probably have more important matters to attend to
But he’s forgetting one thing:
Yorrin is a petty motherfucker
Someone has been fucking with Steelshod
That will not stand.
He calls a halt to the caravan.
They will stick around in Denton long enough to ruin Marcelo Cardona, or at least put his ruin in motion
Yorrin enlists the other smartest members of the team: Hubert, Ignus, and Nate
They join Jaspar and Ginevra
And they plan their retaliation.
The first thing they do is reach out to Cardona’s local competition: Smith and Weaver
Smith is somewhat desperate, and his family has long ties to Fort Taraam, so he’s predisposed to trust Steelshod
They negotiate with him and convince him to allow Ignus and Nate supervised access to his lumberyard
They quickly get to work redesigning and creating improvements to his process, to boost his production capabilities on the industry side.
He even meets with Jaspar and reviews his books, and Jaspar provides a number of suggestions on how to manage the logistical side of his business.
They enter into a contract with Smith to receive as payment a five percent cut of revenue he generates above and beyond his historic highs
Given he’s been at historic lows for the better part of a year, Smith isn’t that optimistic, and he agrees to the contract pretty easily.
Weaver is a bit warier of their attempts to help him
But eventually they manage to meet with him, and Hubert and Jaspar provide him some logistical advice as well
In particular, they provide him a writ to get a sweet deal on the tolls and tariffs associated with passing his goods through the Underpass
And they give him a list of reliable contacts in the Torathian region where he might import his textiles and worked cloth goods in future
Including the name of a local small-volume high-quality shop just on the other side of the mountains, in Karim.
Finally, Ginevra drafts a series of letters
Mostly to her contacts in the Empire, Giancarlo and his many partners
She intends to dry up Cardona’s supply chain, if she can.
Now is as good a time as any, so Ginevra and the Trio decide to split off here
They will head south through Cardenbury, and on to the Empire
Ginevra will make sure to cut off as many of Cardona’s suppliers as possible.
So, Ginevra, Nelson, the Trio, and a handful of Spatalian mercenaries bid farewell to the rest of Steelshod’s caravan
They strike out to follow a Cassaline road through the rocky lowlands between the mountain ranges
Ignus and Nate finish as many industrial improvements to the lumberyard as they can manage in a relatively short timeframe
Jaspar and Yorrin would love to wait here in Denton and watch Cardona as his near-monoply begins unraveling around him
But they can’t afford to be that vindictive.
Smith assures them he will send them letters reporting on how things fare over the coming months
That will have to do.
They finally head out
Ignus and Nate continue their previous task, now
That of plotting out their theoretical concrete road through Cardenbury
It doesn’t take more than a few more days before they make it into Highurst.
The road climbs up into the highlands, the moors and hills of Highurst
Once again, Yorrin wishes to meet with the lords, and preferably the highest lord
Iain Mac Donough, he is called
High King and chief of the court of clans.
His seat is called Highcourt, and it rests deep in the moors of his kingdom.
Highurst is an interesting place… it still has much of the roughness and savagery of the Wncari clans, but with a veneer of civility and nobility
Perhaps what King Cailan’s lands and people will become, given a hundred years or so.
Their first stop is fairly close to the north-eastern border
The town of Bruston
A rich and vibrant trading town that does brisk business with both Kirkworth and Cardenbury
The town is overlooked by Dun Bruce, an old wood-and-stone keep, built around a restored Cassaline watchtower
Yorrin meets with the local lord, Evander Mac Bruce, and begins planting the seeds of friendship, alliance, and mutually beneficial infrastructure
Evander is a young lord, and one of the more cosmopolitan of all the Highlander nobility
He is fully on board with the idea of building a Cassaline style road through his lands, and even renting out a few hilltops to build new towers upon.
Of course, it’s not up to him.
Once Jaspar concludes his business in Bruston
(And feels a bit better about his acumen as a merchant when his triple-checking confirms he’s made solid acquisitions)
They head deeper into the moors
Historically, Highurst—especially western Highurst—has had rough relations with Dinham
Meeting with High King Iain and the lords on the far side of the kingdom will be the true test, for Yorrin
Will Steelshod be able to secure a better relationship with their neighbors?
Or will they have to contend with hostile Highlanders constantly on the lookout for any sign of weakness?
Their next stop is Highcourt, to meet with King Iain and find out
That will do for now, I think.
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2017.11.17 14:30 konoha_ka_ladka 2017–18 Indian Super League Guide

Full credits to u/EnglishHooligan [+116] for the effort behind making this post, posting on his behalf.
Welcome to my 2017—18 Indian Super League Guide! Here you'll find a brief overview of the Indian Super League, resources for following the league, and more!
For those who have even a marginal interest in Indian football will enjoy this. This guide comes just on time for the Indian Super League season which begins on 17 November and ends with the final on 17 March.
This is the second season preview/guide done on the Indian Super League. Like last season, let us start with some background on the league, which is now entering only its fourth season and its first season as a "proper league" which goes for five months. A lot of the information here will be copied and pasted from the previous guide to provide much needed context while some will be modified to fit what has happened in the last year.
(More information can be found at /IndianFootball)

Background

The Indian Super League is a franchised-football league in India which was founded in 2013 and which began its first season in October 2014. For the first three seasons, the league was not part of the official Indian football pyramid, meaning that the league champions were not eligible for Asian international competition (the AFC Champions League or the AFC Cup). This is because the official league of India was still the I-League. However, starting from this season, both the ISL and I-League share the distinction of being the top league of India with the I-League champion getting the AFC Champions League qualifying spot and the ISL champion getting the AFC Cup qualifier spot.
Currently the league runs from November to March and features ten franchises. The league has a round-robin regular season, followed by a finals series contested by the four top teams from the regular season. Each team plays each other twice, home-away, for a total of 14 games each before the finals. The semi-finals feature the 1st place team playing the 4th place team while 2nd takes on 3rd, both in two-legged fixtures while the final is one-leg and takes place at a neutral venue.
Roster wise, each team a "marquee" head coach (a coach who has coached at the highest levels before or who is a brand name). The league also features a salary cap (In 2016 it was 17.5 crore which is around $2,600,000 but no word on this season).
For the first three seasons, marquee players were a requirement in the ISL but from this season, they are no longer required but can be signed. Each team is also allowed at least 8 foreigners (a drop from 11 during the first three seasons) and at most, 18 Indian players, on each roster.
Foundation
As said above, the league was founded in 2013 by IMG-Reliance (a partnership between International Management Group and Reliance Industries), the marketing partners of the All India Football Federation, and STAR Sports. The goal of the league is to essentially help popularize football around India and increase the quality of the game in the country.
Franchises were purchased in March 2014 and saw lots of interest from Indian industrialists, as well as Bollywood and cricket stars. Bollywood actors such as Ranbir Kapoor, John Abraham, and Hrithik Roshan got involved while cricket players like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kholi bought teams.
First three seasons
The first two seasons have been looked at as being very successful for the ISL. The first season saw great marquee players join the league. Luis Garcia signed for Atletico de Kolkata, Robert Pires signed for Goa, David Trezeguet with Pune City, Nicolas Anelka with Mumbai City, Alessandro Del Piero with Delhi Dynamos, Elano with Chennaiyin, and David James with Kerala Blasters. Renowned coaches as well like Peter Reid, Antonio Habas, and Marco Materazzi also joined the league.
These marquee players and coaches eventually seemed to work as the first season of the ISL saw massive crowds come to the stadiums all around the league. By the end of the season, the average attendance was 24,357. That number was many times larger than that of the I-League, which averaged around 5,000. TV numbers were also very impressive. Eventually the league ended with the final at the DY Patil Stadium between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters. Atletico de Kolkata took the first title after a 1-0 victory through a Mohammed Rafique last minute header.
The second season was equally as successful, if not more. Roberto Carlos joined as a marquee player-coach for Delhi Dynamos while John Arne Riise and Florent Malouda also joined Delhi. Helder Postiga became the marquee for Atletico de Kolkata but got injured after 1 game (in which he scored a brace). Lucio also joined Goa.
Attendance rose in the ISL for season two. Average attendance ended up being 27,111, with Kerala Blasters being the highest attended team. Chennaiyin FC were the champions this edition, defeating FC Goa in the final 3-2, after entering the 90th minute down 2-1. Hero of the Season (awarded to the best player) was Steven Mendoza, who now plays for Bahia in Brazil's Brasileirão on loan from Corinthians.
The third season sort of came and went the same way season two went. New coaches such as Gianluca Zambrotta, Steve Coppell, Alexandre Guimaraes, and Nelo Vingada came into the league while marquee players included Aaron Hughes, Diego Forlan, Didier Zakora, Mohammed Sissoko. Postiga came back to Atletico de Kolkata while Arne Riise moved to Chennaiyin while Malouda became the marquee for Delhi Dynamos.
Attendance saw a decrease this season due to a couple teams switching stadiums and some teams lower their capacity as India prepared to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup (which occurred last month). For example, Atletico de Kolkata went from the 68,000 seater Salt Lake Stadium in 2015 to the 11,000 seater Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in 2016. Kerala Blasters were again the highest attended team, averaging 49,343 and attracting over 55,000 to the final.
In terms of on the field, Atletico de Kolkata came out as champions for the second time in three seasons. They defeated the Kerala Blasters in the final, once again, in Kerala. Unlike in 2014, this final was decided on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after 180 minutes. The top scorer was Marcelinho, with 10 goals. Malouda was the Hero of the Season.
Controversy
The league has come under a lot of controversy since its foundation with many Indian football fans questioning the intentions of the league when it comes to grassroots and actually developing the game. One of the biggest controversies about the league comes from how it cheapens the domestic league already going on in India, the I-League.
The I-League is the technical top division in India and runs like any football league in the world (pro/rel etc) but since being founded in 2007 has never seemed to work to help popularize the game nor make the game profitable. Critics have questioned how IMG-Reliance, as marketing partners, help the I-League when it seems like nothing is done to help the league. Also, when IMG signed their deal with the AIFF in 2010 to become marketing partners they also added a clause which allowed them to form their own franchise league if they wanted, and thus why the ISL exists today.
The ISL was also criticized for its short and IPL like schedule. For the first three seasons, the ISL ran for only 2-3 months, with the regular season lasting from October to the beginning of December and the final happening 2 weeks later. There would also be games every day with teams sometimes playing games with two full days of rest and sometimes after traveling across the country. This, however, is set to change this season and improve more for the 2018-19 season.
The Future
Growing pressure from FIFA and the AFC, as well as other Indian football critics and clubs, have forced the AIFF to move on fixing the league system in the country. In June 2016, a proposal was put to the table by the AIFF's marketing partners, IMG-Reliance, in which they would expand the ISL from 8 teams to 10-11 while also expanding the length of the league from 3 months to 5-7 months. The ISL would then become the top-tier league for India while the I-League would "dissolve". A new second division known as "League One" would be tier 2 while "League Two" would be tier 3.
Promotion/relegation would occur between League One and League Two but not the ISL. The ISL would remain a closed league for what the AIFF said would be at least 5 years while the league stabilizes and licensing agreements are fulfilled. This did not sit well with current I-League sides, mainly Sporting Goa and Salgaocar, who knew they would be pushed aside to the 2nd Division. This lead to the two Goan sides to withdraw from the I-League and complain to FIFA. Some I-League teams did support the proposal.
So the 2016 season came and went before finally, in June 2017, all stakeholders in Indian football, from IMG-Reliance, the AIFF, and the I-League clubs met with the AFC in Malaysia. The proposal from 2016 was put on the table again and once against rejected. Some I-League clubs meanwhile wanted a full merger between the I-League and ISL. Finally, in July 2017, it was confirmed that for one season, both the ISL and I-League would be first divisions with the I-League getting AFC Champions League and ISL getting AFC Cup (our Europa League). This is for one season only.
The league also expanded by two teams (from 8 to 10). Bengaluru FC, the two time champions of the I-League, moved from the I-League to Indian Super League. Tata Group, owners and operators of the Tata Football Academy, an academy that has developed so many players for the national team the last two decades, also one a team. The team will be known as Jamshedpur FC.
Highlights
For those who want to see some clips from the league, here are a few select videos and highlights:
2016 Final Highlights between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters
Shootout between Delhi Dynamos and Kerala Blasters in the semi-finals
The crowd at a Kerala Blasters game
Great goal by Delhi Dynamos and best ISL player Marcelinho
Malouda goal vs Atletico de Kolkata
Great goal from Milan Singh
Then 18-year old leftback Jerry Lalrinzuala's goal against Goa
An entire playlist from 2015 considering other highlights can't be found on youtube
Opening rounds
Now that the background is done, here are the opening two rounds for the upcoming season. All matches begin at 20:00 Indian Standard Time with some occurring at 19:30. Below this are mini club profiles with links to relevant pages. If there are any questions then I would be more than happy to answer them. Enjoy the league!!!
Date Home v Away
17/11 Kerala Blasters v ATK
18/11 NorthEast United v Jamshedpur FC (Logo not available)
19/11 Chennaiyin v Goa
19/11 Bengaluru v Mumbai City
22/11 Pune City v Delhi Dynamos
23/11 Chennaiyin v NorthEast United
24/11 Kerala Blasters v Jamshedpur FC
25/11 Mumbai City v Goa
26/11 ATK v Pune City
26/11 Bengaluru v Delhi Dynamos

Indian Super League Club Guide

Team: ATK
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: The Bengal Tigers
Stadium: Salt Lake Stadium
Head coach: Teddy Sheringham
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 4-8-2, 20
  • Position: 4th
  • Top goalscorer: Iain Hume (7 goals)
  • Average attendance: 11,703
  • Finals progress: CHAMPIONS
Key players:
Team: Bengaluru
Crest
Founded: 2013 (Entered league in 2017)
Nickname: The Blues
Stadium: Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Head coach: Albert Roca
2016-17 season (I-League):
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 8-6-4, 30
  • Position: 4th
  • Top goalscorer: Sunil Chhetri and CK Vineeth (7 goals)
  • Average attendance: 8,752
  • Finals progress: Ain't no finals in the I-League! They did win the Federation Cup, India's version of the FA Cup.
Key players:
Team: Chennaiyin
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: Super Machans
Stadium: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)
Head coach: John Gregory)
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 3-6-5, 15
  • Position: 7th
  • Top goalscorer: Dudu Omagbemi (4 goals)
  • Average attendance: 22,139
  • Finals progress: Did not qualify
Key players:
Team: Delhi Dynamos
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: The Lions
Stadium: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Delhi)
Head coach: Miguel Angel Portugal
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 5-6-3, 21
  • Position: 3rd
  • Top goalscorer: Marcelinho (10 goals)
  • Average attendance: 19,357
  • Finals progress: Eliminated in semi-finals to Kerala Blasters (2-2 aggregate, 3-0 on penalties)
Key players:
Team: Goa
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: The Gaurs
Stadium: Fatorda Stadium
Head coach: Sergio Lobera
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 4-2-8, 14
  • Position: 8th
  • Top goalscorer: Rafael Coelho (4 goals)
  • Average attendance: 17,661
  • Finals progress: Did not qualify
Key players:
Team: Jamshedpur
Crest
Founded: 2017
Nickname: Men of Steel
Stadium: JRD Tata Sports Complex
Head coach: Steve Coppell
2016 season:
  • Regular season: Did not exist
  • Position: How can they have a position?
  • Top goalscorer: Ain't got no players last season.
  • Average attendance: 0
  • Finals progress: They won!
Key players:
Team: Kerala Blasters
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: Manjappada
Stadium: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi)
Head coach: Rene Meulensteen
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 6-4-4, 22
  • Position: 2nd
  • Top goalscorer: C.K. Vineeth (5 goals)
  • Average attendance: 49,343
  • Finals progress: Runners-up
Key players:
Team: Mumbai City
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: n/a
Stadium: Mumbai Football Arena
Head coach: Alexandre Guimarães
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 6-5-3, 23
  • Position: 1st
  • Top goalscorer: Diego Forlan (5 goals)
  • Average attendance: 7,396
  • Finals progress: Eliminated in semi-finals to Atletico de Kolkata (3-2 aggregate)
Key players:
Team: NorthEast United
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: The Highlanders
Stadium: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
Head coach: João de Deus
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 5-3-6, 18
  • Position: 5th
  • Top goalscorer: Emiliano Alfaro (5 goals)
  • Average attendance: 26,729
  • Finals progress: Did not qualify
Key players:
Team: Pune City
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: Stallions
Stadium: Balewadi Stadium
Head coach: Ranko Popović
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 4-4-6, 16
  • Position: 6th
  • Top goalscorer: Anibal Zurdo (5 goals)
  • Average attendance: 8,588
  • Finals progress: Did not qualify
Key players:
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2017.11.17 14:27 konoha_ka_ladka 2017–18 Indian Super League Guide

Full credits to u/EnglishHooligan [+116] for the effort behind making this post, posting on his behalf.
Welcome to my 2017—18 Indian Super League Guide! Here you'll find a brief overview of the Indian Super League, resources for following the league, and more!
For those who have even a marginal interest in Indian football will enjoy this. This guide comes just on time for the Indian Super League season which begins on 17 November and ends with the final on 17 March.
This is the second season preview/guide done on the Indian Super League. Like last season, let us start with some background on the league, which is now entering only its fourth season and its first season as a "proper league" which goes for five months. A lot of the information here will be copied and pasted from the previous guide to provide much needed context while some will be modified to fit what has happened in the last year.
(More information can be found at /IndianFootball)

Background

The Indian Super League is a franchised-football league in India which was founded in 2013 and which began its first season in October 2014. For the first three seasons, the league was not part of the official Indian football pyramid, meaning that the league champions were not eligible for Asian international competition (the AFC Champions League or the AFC Cup). This is because the official league of India was still the I-League. However, starting from this season, both the ISL and I-League share the distinction of being the top league of India with the I-League champion getting the AFC Champions League qualifying spot and the ISL champion getting the AFC Cup qualifier spot.
Currently the league runs from November to March and features ten franchises. The league has a round-robin regular season, followed by a finals series contested by the four top teams from the regular season. Each team plays each other twice, home-away, for a total of 14 games each before the finals. The semi-finals feature the 1st place team playing the 4th place team while 2nd takes on 3rd, both in two-legged fixtures while the final is one-leg and takes place at a neutral venue.
Roster wise, each team a "marquee" head coach (a coach who has coached at the highest levels before or who is a brand name). The league also features a salary cap (In 2016 it was 17.5 crore which is around $2,600,000 but no word on this season).
For the first three seasons, marquee players were a requirement in the ISL but from this season, they are no longer required but can be signed. Each team is also allowed at least 8 foreigners (a drop from 11 during the first three seasons) and at most, 18 Indian players, on each roster.
Foundation
As said above, the league was founded in 2013 by IMG-Reliance (a partnership between International Management Group and Reliance Industries), the marketing partners of the All India Football Federation, and STAR Sports. The goal of the league is to essentially help popularize football around India and increase the quality of the game in the country.
Franchises were purchased in March 2014 and saw lots of interest from Indian industrialists, as well as Bollywood and cricket stars. Bollywood actors such as Ranbir Kapoor, John Abraham, and Hrithik Roshan got involved while cricket players like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kholi bought teams.
First three seasons
The first two seasons have been looked at as being very successful for the ISL. The first season saw great marquee players join the league. Luis Garcia signed for Atletico de Kolkata, Robert Pires signed for Goa, David Trezeguet with Pune City, Nicolas Anelka with Mumbai City, Alessandro Del Piero with Delhi Dynamos, Elano with Chennaiyin, and David James with Kerala Blasters. Renowned coaches as well like Peter Reid, Antonio Habas, and Marco Materazzi also joined the league.
These marquee players and coaches eventually seemed to work as the first season of the ISL saw massive crowds come to the stadiums all around the league. By the end of the season, the average attendance was 24,357. That number was many times larger than that of the I-League, which averaged around 5,000. TV numbers were also very impressive. Eventually the league ended with the final at the DY Patil Stadium between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters. Atletico de Kolkata took the first title after a 1-0 victory through a Mohammed Rafique last minute header.
The second season was equally as successful, if not more. Roberto Carlos joined as a marquee player-coach for Delhi Dynamos while John Arne Riise and Florent Malouda also joined Delhi. Helder Postiga became the marquee for Atletico de Kolkata but got injured after 1 game (in which he scored a brace). Lucio also joined Goa.
Attendance rose in the ISL for season two. Average attendance ended up being 27,111, with Kerala Blasters being the highest attended team. Chennaiyin FC were the champions this edition, defeating FC Goa in the final 3-2, after entering the 90th minute down 2-1. Hero of the Season (awarded to the best player) was Steven Mendoza, who now plays for Bahia in Brazil's Brasileirão on loan from Corinthians.
The third season sort of came and went the same way season two went. New coaches such as Gianluca Zambrotta, Steve Coppell, Alexandre Guimaraes, and Nelo Vingada came into the league while marquee players included Aaron Hughes, Diego Forlan, Didier Zakora, Mohammed Sissoko. Postiga came back to Atletico de Kolkata while Arne Riise moved to Chennaiyin while Malouda became the marquee for Delhi Dynamos.
Attendance saw a decrease this season due to a couple teams switching stadiums and some teams lower their capacity as India prepared to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup (which occurred last month). For example, Atletico de Kolkata went from the 68,000 seater Salt Lake Stadium in 2015 to the 11,000 seater Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in 2016. Kerala Blasters were again the highest attended team, averaging 49,343 and attracting over 55,000 to the final.
In terms of on the field, Atletico de Kolkata came out as champions for the second time in three seasons. They defeated the Kerala Blasters in the final, once again, in Kerala. Unlike in 2014, this final was decided on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after 180 minutes. The top scorer was Marcelinho, with 10 goals. Malouda was the Hero of the Season.
Controversy
The league has come under a lot of controversy since its foundation with many Indian football fans questioning the intentions of the league when it comes to grassroots and actually developing the game. One of the biggest controversies about the league comes from how it cheapens the domestic league already going on in India, the I-League.
The I-League is the technical top division in India and runs like any football league in the world (pro/rel etc) but since being founded in 2007 has never seemed to work to help popularize the game nor make the game profitable. Critics have questioned how IMG-Reliance, as marketing partners, help the I-League when it seems like nothing is done to help the league. Also, when IMG signed their deal with the AIFF in 2010 to become marketing partners they also added a clause which allowed them to form their own franchise league if they wanted, and thus why the ISL exists today.
The ISL was also criticized for its short and IPL like schedule. For the first three seasons, the ISL ran for only 2-3 months, with the regular season lasting from October to the beginning of December and the final happening 2 weeks later. There would also be games every day with teams sometimes playing games with two full days of rest and sometimes after traveling across the country. This, however, is set to change this season and improve more for the 2018-19 season.
The Future
Growing pressure from FIFA and the AFC, as well as other Indian football critics and clubs, have forced the AIFF to move on fixing the league system in the country. In June 2016, a proposal was put to the table by the AIFF's marketing partners, IMG-Reliance, in which they would expand the ISL from 8 teams to 10-11 while also expanding the length of the league from 3 months to 5-7 months. The ISL would then become the top-tier league for India while the I-League would "dissolve". A new second division known as "League One" would be tier 2 while "League Two" would be tier 3.
Promotion/relegation would occur between League One and League Two but not the ISL. The ISL would remain a closed league for what the AIFF said would be at least 5 years while the league stabilizes and licensing agreements are fulfilled. This did not sit well with current I-League sides, mainly Sporting Goa and Salgaocar, who knew they would be pushed aside to the 2nd Division. This lead to the two Goan sides to withdraw from the I-League and complain to FIFA. Some I-League teams did support the proposal.
So the 2016 season came and went before finally, in June 2017, all stakeholders in Indian football, from IMG-Reliance, the AIFF, and the I-League clubs met with the AFC in Malaysia. The proposal from 2016 was put on the table again and once against rejected. Some I-League clubs meanwhile wanted a full merger between the I-League and ISL. Finally, in July 2017, it was confirmed that for one season, both the ISL and I-League would be first divisions with the I-League getting AFC Champions League and ISL getting AFC Cup (our Europa League). This is for one season only.
The league also expanded by two teams (from 8 to 10). Bengaluru FC, the two time champions of the I-League, moved from the I-League to Indian Super League. Tata Group, owners and operators of the Tata Football Academy, an academy that has developed so many players for the national team the last two decades, also one a team. The team will be known as Jamshedpur FC.
Highlights
For those who want to see some clips from the league, here are a few select videos and highlights:
2016 Final Highlights between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters
Shootout between Delhi Dynamos and Kerala Blasters in the semi-finals
The crowd at a Kerala Blasters game
Great goal by Delhi Dynamos and best ISL player Marcelinho
Malouda goal vs Atletico de Kolkata
Great goal from Milan Singh
Then 18-year old leftback Jerry Lalrinzuala's goal against Goa
An entire playlist from 2015 considering other highlights can't be found on youtube
Opening rounds
Now that the background is done, here are the opening two rounds for the upcoming season. All matches begin at 20:00 Indian Standard Time with some occurring at 19:30. Below this are mini club profiles with links to relevant pages. If there are any questions then I would be more than happy to answer them. Enjoy the league!!!
Date Home v Away
17/11 Kerala Blasters v ATK
18/11 NorthEast United v Jamshedpur FC (Logo not available)
19/11 Chennaiyin v Goa
19/11 Bengaluru v Mumbai City
22/11 Pune City v Delhi Dynamos
23/11 Chennaiyin v NorthEast United
24/11 Kerala Blasters v Jamshedpur FC
25/11 Mumbai City v Goa
26/11 ATK v Pune City
26/11 Bengaluru v Delhi Dynamos

Indian Super League Club Guide

Team: ATK
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: The Bengal Tigers
Stadium: Salt Lake Stadium
Head coach: Teddy Sheringham
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 4-8-2, 20
  • Position: 4th
  • Top goalscorer: Iain Hume (7 goals)
  • Average attendance: 11,703
  • Finals progress: CHAMPIONS
Key players:
Team: Bengaluru
Crest
Founded: 2013 (Entered league in 2017)
Nickname: The Blues
Stadium: Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Head coach: Albert Roca
2016-17 season (I-League):
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 8-6-4, 30
  • Position: 4th
  • Top goalscorer: Sunil Chhetri and CK Vineeth (7 goals)
  • Average attendance: 8,752
  • Finals progress: Ain't no finals in the I-League! They did win the Federation Cup, India's version of the FA Cup.
Key players:
Team: Chennaiyin
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: Super Machans
Stadium: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)
Head coach: John Gregory)
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 3-6-5, 15
  • Position: 7th
  • Top goalscorer: Dudu Omagbemi (4 goals)
  • Average attendance: 22,139
  • Finals progress: Did not qualify
Key players:
Team: Delhi Dynamos
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: The Lions
Stadium: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Delhi)
Head coach: Miguel Angel Portugal
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 5-6-3, 21
  • Position: 3rd
  • Top goalscorer: Marcelinho (10 goals)
  • Average attendance: 19,357
  • Finals progress: Eliminated in semi-finals to Kerala Blasters (2-2 aggregate, 3-0 on penalties)
Key players:
Team: Goa
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: The Gaurs
Stadium: Fatorda Stadium
Head coach: Sergio Lobera
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 4-2-8, 14
  • Position: 8th
  • Top goalscorer: Rafael Coelho (4 goals)
  • Average attendance: 17,661
  • Finals progress: Did not qualify
Key players:
Team: Jamshedpur
Crest
Founded: 2017
Nickname: Men of Steel
Stadium: JRD Tata Sports Complex
Head coach: Steve Coppell
2016 season:
  • Regular season: Did not exist
  • Position: How can they have a position?
  • Top goalscorer: Ain't got no players last season.
  • Average attendance: 0
  • Finals progress: They won!
Key players:
Team: Kerala Blasters
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: Manjappada
Stadium: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi)
Head coach: Rene Meulensteen
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 6-4-4, 22
  • Position: 2nd
  • Top goalscorer: C.K. Vineeth (5 goals)
  • Average attendance: 49,343
  • Finals progress: Runners-up
Key players:
Team: Mumbai City
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: n/a
Stadium: Mumbai Football Arena
Head coach: Alexandre Guimarães
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 6-5-3, 23
  • Position: 1st
  • Top goalscorer: Diego Forlan (5 goals)
  • Average attendance: 7,396
  • Finals progress: Eliminated in semi-finals to Atletico de Kolkata (3-2 aggregate)
Key players:
Team: NorthEast United
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: The Highlanders
Stadium: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
Head coach: João de Deus
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 5-3-6, 18
  • Position: 5th
  • Top goalscorer: Emiliano Alfaro (5 goals)
  • Average attendance: 26,729
  • Finals progress: Did not qualify
Key players:
Team: Pune City
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: Stallions
Stadium: Balewadi Stadium
Head coach: Ranko Popović
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 4-4-6, 16
  • Position: 6th
  • Top goalscorer: Anibal Zurdo (5 goals)
  • Average attendance: 8,588
  • Finals progress: Did not qualify
Key players:
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2017.11.17 14:16 konoha_ka_ladka 2017–18 Indian Super League Guide

Full credits to u/EnglishHooligan for the effort behind making this post, posting on his behalf.
Welcome to my 2017—18 Indian Super League Guide! Here you'll find a brief overview of the Indian Super League, resources for following the league, and more!
For those who have even a marginal interest in Indian football will enjoy this. This guide comes just on time for the Indian Super League season which begins on 17 November and ends with the final on 17 March.
This is the second season preview/guide done on the Indian Super League. Like last season, let us start with some background on the league, which is now entering only its fourth season and its first season as a "proper league" which goes for five months. A lot of the information here will be copied and pasted from the previous guide to provide much needed context while some will be modified to fit what has happened in the last year.
(More information can be found at /IndianFootball)

Background

The Indian Super League is a franchised-football league in India which was founded in 2013 and which began its first season in October 2014. For the first three seasons, the league was not part of the official Indian football pyramid, meaning that the league champions were not eligible for Asian international competition (the AFC Champions League or the AFC Cup). This is because the official league of India was still the I-League. However, starting from this season, both the ISL and I-League share the distinction of being the top league of India with the I-League champion getting the AFC Champions League qualifying spot and the ISL champion getting the AFC Cup qualifier spot.
Currently the league runs from November to March and features ten franchises. The league has a round-robin regular season, followed by a finals series contested by the four top teams from the regular season. Each team plays each other twice, home-away, for a total of 14 games each before the finals. The semi-finals feature the 1st place team playing the 4th place team while 2nd takes on 3rd, both in two-legged fixtures while the final is one-leg and takes place at a neutral venue.
Roster wise, each team a "marquee" head coach (a coach who has coached at the highest levels before or who is a brand name). The league also features a salary cap (In 2016 it was 17.5 crore which is around $2,600,000 but no word on this season).
For the first three seasons, marquee players were a requirement in the ISL but from this season, they are no longer required but can be signed. Each team is also allowed at least 8 foreigners (a drop from 11 during the first three seasons) and at most, 18 Indian players, on each roster.
Foundation
As said above, the league was founded in 2013 by IMG-Reliance (a partnership between International Management Group and Reliance Industries), the marketing partners of the All India Football Federation, and STAR Sports. The goal of the league is to essentially help popularize football around India and increase the quality of the game in the country.
Franchises were purchased in March 2014 and saw lots of interest from Indian industrialists, as well as Bollywood and cricket stars. Bollywood actors such as Ranbir Kapoor, John Abraham, and Hrithik Roshan got involved while cricket players like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kholi bought teams.
First three seasons
The first two seasons have been looked at as being very successful for the ISL. The first season saw great marquee players join the league. Luis Garcia signed for Atletico de Kolkata, Robert Pires signed for Goa, David Trezeguet with Pune City, Nicolas Anelka with Mumbai City, Alessandro Del Piero with Delhi Dynamos, Elano with Chennaiyin, and David James with Kerala Blasters. Renowned coaches as well like Peter Reid, Antonio Habas, and Marco Materazzi also joined the league.
These marquee players and coaches eventually seemed to work as the first season of the ISL saw massive crowds come to the stadiums all around the league. By the end of the season, the average attendance was 24,357. That number was many times larger than that of the I-League, which averaged around 5,000. TV numbers were also very impressive. Eventually the league ended with the final at the DY Patil Stadium between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters. Atletico de Kolkata took the first title after a 1-0 victory through a Mohammed Rafique last minute header.
The second season was equally as successful, if not more. Roberto Carlos joined as a marquee player-coach for Delhi Dynamos while John Arne Riise and Florent Malouda also joined Delhi. Helder Postiga became the marquee for Atletico de Kolkata but got injured after 1 game (in which he scored a brace). Lucio also joined Goa.
Attendance rose in the ISL for season two. Average attendance ended up being 27,111, with Kerala Blasters being the highest attended team. Chennaiyin FC were the champions this edition, defeating FC Goa in the final 3-2, after entering the 90th minute down 2-1. Hero of the Season (awarded to the best player) was Steven Mendoza, who now plays for Bahia in Brazil's Brasileirão on loan from Corinthians.
The third season sort of came and went the same way season two went. New coaches such as Gianluca Zambrotta, Steve Coppell, Alexandre Guimaraes, and Nelo Vingada came into the league while marquee players included Aaron Hughes, Diego Forlan, Didier Zakora, Mohammed Sissoko. Postiga came back to Atletico de Kolkata while Arne Riise moved to Chennaiyin while Malouda became the marquee for Delhi Dynamos.
Attendance saw a decrease this season due to a couple teams switching stadiums and some teams lower their capacity as India prepared to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup (which occurred last month). For example, Atletico de Kolkata went from the 68,000 seater Salt Lake Stadium in 2015 to the 11,000 seater Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in 2016. Kerala Blasters were again the highest attended team, averaging 49,343 and attracting over 55,000 to the final.
In terms of on the field, Atletico de Kolkata came out as champions for the second time in three seasons. They defeated the Kerala Blasters in the final, once again, in Kerala. Unlike in 2014, this final was decided on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after 180 minutes. The top scorer was Marcelinho, with 10 goals. Malouda was the Hero of the Season.
Controversy
The league has come under a lot of controversy since its foundation with many Indian football fans questioning the intentions of the league when it comes to grassroots and actually developing the game. One of the biggest controversies about the league comes from how it cheapens the domestic league already going on in India, the I-League.
The I-League is the technical top division in India and runs like any football league in the world (pro/rel etc) but since being founded in 2007 has never seemed to work to help popularize the game nor make the game profitable. Critics have questioned how IMG-Reliance, as marketing partners, help the I-League when it seems like nothing is done to help the league. Also, when IMG signed their deal with the AIFF in 2010 to become marketing partners they also added a clause which allowed them to form their own franchise league if they wanted, and thus why the ISL exists today.
The ISL was also criticized for its short and IPL like schedule. For the first three seasons, the ISL ran for only 2-3 months, with the regular season lasting from October to the beginning of December and the final happening 2 weeks later. There would also be games every day with teams sometimes playing games with two full days of rest and sometimes after traveling across the country. This, however, is set to change this season and improve more for the 2018-19 season.
The Future
Growing pressure from FIFA and the AFC, as well as other Indian football critics and clubs, have forced the AIFF to move on fixing the league system in the country. In June 2016, a proposal was put to the table by the AIFF's marketing partners, IMG-Reliance, in which they would expand the ISL from 8 teams to 10-11 while also expanding the length of the league from 3 months to 5-7 months. The ISL would then become the top-tier league for India while the I-League would "dissolve". A new second division known as "League One" would be tier 2 while "League Two" would be tier 3.
Promotion/relegation would occur between League One and League Two but not the ISL. The ISL would remain a closed league for what the AIFF said would be at least 5 years while the league stabilizes and licensing agreements are fulfilled. This did not sit well with current I-League sides, mainly Sporting Goa and Salgaocar, who knew they would be pushed aside to the 2nd Division. This lead to the two Goan sides to withdraw from the I-League and complain to FIFA. Some I-League teams did support the proposal.
So the 2016 season came and went before finally, in June 2017, all stakeholders in Indian football, from IMG-Reliance, the AIFF, and the I-League clubs met with the AFC in Malaysia. The proposal from 2016 was put on the table again and once against rejected. Some I-League clubs meanwhile wanted a full merger between the I-League and ISL. Finally, in July 2017, it was confirmed that for one season, both the ISL and I-League would be first divisions with the I-League getting AFC Champions League and ISL getting AFC Cup (our Europa League). This is for one season only.
The league also expanded by two teams (from 8 to 10). Bengaluru FC, the two time champions of the I-League, moved from the I-League to Indian Super League. Tata Group, owners and operators of the Tata Football Academy, an academy that has developed so many players for the national team the last two decades, also one a team. The team will be known as Jamshedpur FC.
Highlights
For those who want to see some clips from the league, here are a few select videos and highlights:
2016 Final Highlights between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters
Shootout between Delhi Dynamos and Kerala Blasters in the semi-finals
The crowd at a Kerala Blasters game
Great goal by Delhi Dynamos and best ISL player Marcelinho
Malouda goal vs Atletico de Kolkata
Great goal from Milan Singh
Then 18-year old leftback Jerry Lalrinzuala's goal against Goa
An entire playlist from 2015 considering other highlights can't be found on youtube
Opening rounds
Now that the background is done, here are the opening two rounds for the upcoming season. All matches begin at 20:00 Indian Standard Time with some occurring at 19:30. Below this are mini club profiles with links to relevant pages. If there are any questions then I would be more than happy to answer them. Enjoy the league!!!
Date Home v Away
17/11 Kerala Blasters v ATK
18/11 NorthEast United v Jamshedpur FC (Logo not available)
19/11 Chennaiyin v Goa
19/11 Bengaluru v Mumbai City
22/11 Pune City v Delhi Dynamos
23/11 Chennaiyin v NorthEast United
24/11 Kerala Blasters v Jamshedpur FC
25/11 Mumbai City v Goa
26/11 ATK v Pune City
26/11 Bengaluru v Delhi Dynamos

Indian Super League Club Guide

Team: ATK
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: The Bengal Tigers
Stadium: Salt Lake Stadium
Head coach: Teddy Sheringham
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 4-8-2, 20
  • Position: 4th
  • Top goalscorer: Iain Hume (7 goals)
  • Average attendance: 11,703
  • Finals progress: CHAMPIONS
Key players:
Team: Bengaluru
Crest
Founded: 2013 (Entered league in 2017)
Nickname: The Blues
Stadium: Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Head coach: Albert Roca
2016-17 season (I-League):
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 8-6-4, 30
  • Position: 4th
  • Top goalscorer: Sunil Chhetri and CK Vineeth (7 goals)
  • Average attendance: 8,752
  • Finals progress: Ain't no finals in the I-League! They did win the Federation Cup, India's version of the FA Cup.
Key players:
Team: Chennaiyin
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: Super Machans
Stadium: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)
Head coach: John Gregory)
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 3-6-5, 15
  • Position: 7th
  • Top goalscorer: Dudu Omagbemi (4 goals)
  • Average attendance: 22,139
  • Finals progress: Did not qualify
Key players:
Team: Delhi Dynamos
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: The Lions
Stadium: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Delhi)
Head coach: Miguel Angel Portugal
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 5-6-3, 21
  • Position: 3rd
  • Top goalscorer: Marcelinho (10 goals)
  • Average attendance: 19,357
  • Finals progress: Eliminated in semi-finals to Kerala Blasters (2-2 aggregate, 3-0 on penalties)
Key players:
Team: Goa
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: The Gaurs
Stadium: Fatorda Stadium
Head coach: Sergio Lobera
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 4-2-8, 14
  • Position: 8th
  • Top goalscorer: Rafael Coelho (4 goals)
  • Average attendance: 17,661
  • Finals progress: Did not qualify
Key players:
Team: Jamshedpur
Crest
Founded: 2017
Nickname: Men of Steel
Stadium: JRD Tata Sports Complex
Head coach: Steve Coppell
2016 season:
  • Regular season: Did not exist
  • Position: How can they have a position?
  • Top goalscorer: Ain't got no players last season.
  • Average attendance: 0
  • Finals progress: They won!
Key players:
Team: Kerala Blasters
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: Manjappada
Stadium: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi)
Head coach: Rene Meulensteen
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 6-4-4, 22
  • Position: 2nd
  • Top goalscorer: C.K. Vineeth (5 goals)
  • Average attendance: 49,343
  • Finals progress: Runners-up
Key players:
Team: Mumbai City
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: n/a
Stadium: Mumbai Football Arena
Head coach: Alexandre Guimarães
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 6-5-3, 23
  • Position: 1st
  • Top goalscorer: Diego Forlan (5 goals)
  • Average attendance: 7,396
  • Finals progress: Eliminated in semi-finals to Atletico de Kolkata (3-2 aggregate)
Key players:
Team: NorthEast United
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: The Highlanders
Stadium: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
Head coach: João de Deus
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 5-3-6, 18
  • Position: 5th
  • Top goalscorer: Emiliano Alfaro (5 goals)
  • Average attendance: 26,729
  • Finals progress: Did not qualify
Key players:
Team: Pune City
Crest
Founded: 2014
Nickname: Stallions
Stadium: Balewadi Stadium
Head coach: Ranko Popović
2016 season:
  • Regular season: (W-D-L, Pts) 4-4-6, 16
  • Position: 6th
  • Top goalscorer: Anibal Zurdo (5 goals)
  • Average attendance: 8,588
  • Finals progress: Did not qualify
Key players:
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