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2020.08.28 03:52 itsallalittleblurry Threes

I met Barry when we both went to Avionics school at Millington during a misguided attempt of mine at transferring out of the 03 field. He was my roommate when I first got there, and would be for a while. We hit it off right away. Which is fortunate, I guess, where a roomy is concerned.
Barry, I think, remains to this day perhaps the most highly intelligent guy I have ever encountered. He had more than one degree, as I recall, in higher mathematics, and possibly some others -I don’t recall. He was a bit older, though not by a whole lot.
As I said, he had a head for numbers, which could only serve him well in the field in which we had both chosen to endeavor.
I did not, which would occasion me no small distress, and, together with what would quickly become obvious was a complete and utter ineptitude concerning anything more technological than a pencil sharpener, would occasion my eventual dismissal from the training program. I would find myself back at LeJeune, back among my fellow grunts, where, I would completely understand, by that point, I belonged. It would feel like coming home.
Barry would try to help me out, but I was Gomer Pyle to his Stephen Hawkins. Five minutes in, I wouldn’t have a clue what the fuck he was talking about. I would tell him so.
“But it’s so simple, man!”
“Simple for You, Dude! I forgot my own birthday, twice! You got to dumb this shit down for me, man!”
He would do his best, but the gulf between us was just too wide, and I would sink further and further into confusion. I left Gomer behind, and started, more and more, to feel like his dumber cousin Goober, of Andy Griffith fame. But perhaps I do insult to Goober.
We did other things while we were there, of course. I mean, you can’t study All the time (maybe I should have). I would hang out with Barry, sometimes, and sometimes with one other guy I got to know pretty well; another hillbilly such as myself (we always find each other).
The Tennessee State Fair was pretty nice. My favorite thing there was the life-size statue of Dolly Parton carved in butter. It was displayed in the open, under a hot sun, in a refrigerated glass case. A thick cable ran from a hidden power source somewhere.
I studied this masterpiece in open admiration for quite some time. I began to wonder how long it would take for her to melt if someone were to unplug her when no one was looking, and if her boobs would fall off before the rest of her succumbed. I eventually walked away before I succumbed to temptation.
We scored a couple of tickets for a one-night-only Fleetwood Mac concert in Memphis, and were ecstatic! They were good seats. We would be within spitting distance of my idol. I loved Stevie with all the passion in a young man’s heart. Hell, maybe, if I were offensive enough, she Would spit on me! I would have considered it an honor.
It was not to be. The SSgt in charge of us all heard the two of us talking about it, asked around to discover the date of the concert, and put us both on duty that night. Rather than see them go to waste, we gave the tickets to a couple of our guys ( we were both Cpl’s at the time).
They had a wonderful time, in our stead. They both swore that at one point Stevie looked directly at them in the middle of a song. They were escorted out by Security a few minutes later, so perhaps she did.
I don’t recall what we did to incur the SSgt’s disfavor. Perhaps we didn’t smooch his pooper with sufficient fervor. He seemed the type to require it, and we were irreverent.
SSgt, you were a dick then, and I’m sure you’re just as big of one now, if older. Those were third row seats, you asshole!
I’ll meet Stevie one day yet, I swear I will! We’re both a little older, and aren’t the kids we used to be, but I’d still crawl a hundred miles over leggos on my hands and knees with a monkey in a cowboy outfit riding side-saddle just to kiss her ass.
Momma understands. She says she’d trade me and a hundred dollars for a date with Michael Bolton.
Personally, I think that’s disloyal of her. I never said shit about getting rid of Her.
Looking back, there have been other occasions when I have had pause to question her motives. She slapped the shit out of me once as she passed me. I asked what that had been about. She said there had been a mosquito. We were inside at the time.
I once woke one night to find her standing at the side of the bed in the darkness, staring down at me, with one hand held behind her back.
At least I knew what I’d done that time. I slept in another room for a while. With the door locked.
That reminds me of my Gramp and Gram. They would have a sometimes stormy relationship during their more than seventy years of marriage, especially in their younger days.
Gramp worked in rural law enforcement for a time..........among other things. Even when he was not on duty, he was always subject to recall. A signal had been worked out between her and him, to get him to the house as quickly as possible, when she got word that he was needed: she would walk to the edge of the yard and fire a shotgun once into the air, if the matter was urgent, to bring him on the run from where he worked his fields.
She would do this for no reason at all sometimes, when she was mad at him about something, or sometimes purely out of spite.
He would come running, huffing and puffing, out of breath, to the house, sometimes from half a mile away or more, just to find that she’d done it because she felt like it, and for no other reason.
Gram was familiar with firearms. Years later, after Gramp had passed, she, alone without him, took to sleeping with her old revolver under her pillow again.
I find I don’t remember where Barry was actually from, if I ever knew at all. An impression comes to mind of Massachusetts, or somewhere thereabouts, but I know I could be wrong.
I remember Tennessee was nice that time of year. The days could be hot enough, but the nights were nice and cool, and quite pleasant. There were worse places to be.
Barry and I spent a month, off and on, when we had a little time, working on his car at the auto shop on base. We tore the motor down and rebuilt it from the bottom up; cleaned everything up real good, repaired what we could repair, replaced what we couldn’t with new.
We talked about a lot of things while we worked. Well, mostly Barry talked and I listened. Most of the time I didn’t understand a damn thing he was saying ( remember the IQ disparity?), but I nodded along in all the right places.
What the hell is quantum physics and string theory, anyway, and how the fuck can a person exist in the past, in the present, and in the future, all at the same time?
By the time we had it all back together and everything adjusted just right, that old car purred like a kitten, and just a gentle nudge on the accelerator would send the needle dancing. Barry loved that car, and was proud of the job we’d done. I was pretty proud of it myself. He said he couldn’t wait to take her out on the road.
Barry was riding high and life was good, man. He was axing every exam, his baby was in better condition than she had been in years, and everything was coming up roses.
That reminds me of an old ‘76 Monte Carlo I once owned, a big old boat of a car. I had traded my brother a Pontiac Sunbird and a hundred dollars for it. The Sunbird’s transmission blew a month later, but he’d already sold it to another guy for five hundred dollars, so he didn’t care.
Momma and I lost that car a month after we got to our next posting. A damned Gremlin, of all things, and a familiar shade of shit green (the head of AMC’s wife must have picked it out to match her teeth or some shit) plowed into us at speed. It was totaled. So, believe it or not, was the Monte Carlo. I’ve always though maybe it was related to The Dragon, that other piece-of-shit Gremlin I’d slain several months ago, and sacrificed itself for revenge.
A 2nd Lt was driving it. His bud, another Lt, showed up at the scene and started laying into me for being in my work uniform off base (though both of them were, too), and chewing my ass for not having a cover on.
The Highway Patrol Officer who had been first on the scene was a woman. She and Momma kind of looked at each other and kind of started laughing, and he kind of shut up.
We bought a pickup a week later. A month later, I wrecked that, too. There were some others over time. My latest one was a little over a year ago, and that one hurt most of all: a beautiful blood red ‘15 Camaro with an after-market exhaust package and those nice, wide hips that year’s model had. New twenty-inch tires with custom rims. I loved that car.
Momma said it was too much car for an old man. Maybe she was right. There wasn’t enough left of it to drive after running it off the freeway at 98 mph. I caught some nice air for thirty or forty feet when I hit that drainage culvert, though.
I wasn’t always Barry’s roommate while I was there. After a while we moved into a different barracks, for Marine personnel. There were three floors, with an NCO in charge of each one. I had the second.
It was there that I learned the hard way not to fight an already pissed-off Samoan:
There was screaming coming from down the hall one night. I ran out of my room and down the hall to see what was the matter.
We had this big Samoan LCpl, and he was beating the living shit out of his roommate. This kid was half his size, not that it would have mattered, and it was bad! He’d already been hit so hard so many times that the skin on his face was split open and bleeding in half a dozen places; forehead, cheekbones, eyebrows - any surface with bone under the skin. There was blood on the walls, man!
Some other guys had gathered at the doorway, but didn’t want any part of it. Hell, neither did I.
But these were my guys, so my responsibility. I nodded at one of the other guys and said “You’re with me.” I knew I couldn’t handle this guy alone. As it turned out, I should have taken some more - like All of them.
My guy nodded his assent, and we rushed the dude. It wasn’t pretty. At first we tried to wrestle him into submission. It didn’t work.
Then we started fighting him, or trying to. We were giving it everything we had, too. We didn’t make a dent. Instead, he beat the dogshit out of both of us. I distinctly remember, at one point, getting hit so hard that I slammed into and bounced off a wall locker several feet away from where I’d been standing.
As soon as we saw that the other guys had gotten his roomy out of the room and were taking him downstairs, we both did what Custer should have done and let Crazy Horse Have the fucking Little Big Horn. We were fallling over each other trying to get through the doorway.
A minute later, we were in the hallway outside the room, both bent over with our hands on our knees, trying to get our breath back, drooling blood and spit, and dripping blood on the floor from some other places, trying to figure out what the fuck just happened. The Cavalry had ridden to the rescue, and been massacred again.
Meanwhile Sitting Bull was still in the room, pacing up and down and yelling at somebody and taking swings at the air. The fucker, as far as we could see, didn’t seem to have a mark on him.
We were happy about that. It meant he was no longer thinking about us. No shit, if Sasquatch had started for the doorway? - I’d have taken off like a striped- ass ape, and I ain’t ashamed to admit it, ‘cause I know I would have been looking at my LCpl’s back - he was younger than me, and could move faster.
I had thought that I didn’t remember the extent of Kong’s roommates injuries, but, thinking on it, my mind brings up a flattened nose (we knew that), a crushed jawbone, and severe breakage in the bones around one eye - that’s what comes to mind. He took a lot of stitches, too, to put his face back together, but he would never look the same.
Godzilla was sent for a psych eval. Two days later I was inventorying his wall locker. It was stuffed, top to bottom, with cartons of cheap off-brand cigarettes. He had been bying them up cheap and tax-free on base, and selling them at a good profit to someone or someone’s out in town.
The reason he tried to beat his roomy to death? He wanted him to pray with him, and the kid didn’t want to do it. I shit you not.
We were both hurt and hurting for days, my LCpl and me, but nothing that wouldn’t heal.
I was sure I was going to lose some teeth. All the front ones, top and bottom, were loose to the point of falling out. I could move them around with my finger. Could have pulled them out if I wanted to.
Losing the bottom ones might not have been so bad. I knew a SSgt on Oki who had a removable bottom bridge in the front. That guy never lost a watermelon earring contest. He’d pop that bridge half-way out and use the fucker as a scoop to funnel the meat into his mouth, swallowing the whole time - three or four passes, and that shit was Gone, right down to the rind. Took less than five seconds. Couldn’t get anybody to bet against him after a while, no matter what odds we gave.
Loosing those uppers, though - I wouldn’t have wanted that. I like my corn on the cob.
As it was, I was eating soup for two weeks, waiting for everything to firm up again. But that was ok. I like soup.
Remember how I said Barry was happy as a pig in shit, and riding high on the hog?
That’s when the shit gets you, man. It’s like the saying: if everything’s going too well, it’s an ambush. This time Charlie was Mr. Fate.
Remember when he said he couldn’t wait to get his newly rebuilt baby out on the road? He didn’t wait long:
Took her into Memphis that first night. Got staggering drunk.
Picked up a hooker. She stole his wallet, and may have given him a dose of the clap ( results were still pending as of our last conversation).
Baby has gone to that Great Scrapyard In The Sky, among with the two major highway signs she took down on the way back to base.
Remember the Fleetwood Mac concert that the SSgt fucked us out of going to? It was known that a lot of the guys had attended, so there was a surprise piss test the next day. Everybody that had attended the concert passed. Barry came up positive.
When you’re riding too high, you’re heading for a low. And bad luck? - that shit always comes in threes.
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Invested $2 trillion to completely rebuild the Military, including $738 billion this year. • Established the Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. • We have destroyed the ISIS territorial Caliphate in Syria and Iraq. • AI-Baghdadi, Qassem Soleimani, Hamza bin Laden, and Qassim al-Rimi are all dead. • Secured $130 billion in new defense spending for NATO; and $400 billion by 2024. • Withdrew from the one-sided Iran Deal and imposed the toughest sanctions ever. • Recognized Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, and moved the U.S. Embassy there. • Took historic action to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. We passed the largest package of Tax Cuts and reforms in American history. • Since then, $1.4 trillion dollars has poured back into the U.S. • 40 million American families are benefitting from our child tax credit; $2200 average • Designated nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones in distressed communities. • Saved Family Farms from the Death Tax. • Under our tax cuts, small businesses can now deduct 20% of their business income. • Provided first ever tax credit for employers who provide paid parental leave for employees earning $72,000 or less annually. • Since then, the share of total wealth held by the bottom half of households has increased while the share held by the top 1 percent has decreased. We have cut more job-killing regulations than any other Administration. • For every new regulation we adopted, we have cut nearly eight old regulations. • Our regulatory relief will save Americans $377 billion per year, $3,100 per household • Our regulation cuts are having an especially beneficial impact on low income Americans who pay a much higher share of their incomes for overregulation. Ended the War on American Energy. U.S. is the #1 producer of oil and gas on Earth. • The typical family now saves an average of $2,500 a year on their energy bills. • U.S. is now a net exporter of energy; we have declared Energy Independence. • Opened ANWR and approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. • Canceled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan. • Increased coal exports by more than 54% during my first three years in office. • Announced our withdrawal from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord. Confirmed more than 220 federal judges who will interpret the Constitution AS WRITTEN. • Confirmed Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. • Confirmed 53 circuit judges. Filled all appeals court vacancies for first time in 40 yrs. We are BUILDING THE WALL and support STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. • Over 275 miles of wall already built. On pace to build 500 miles by early next year. • Reduced illegal border crossings by a staggering 78% since May 2019. • We have ended Catch-and-Release. • Seized a record amount of drugs and deported a record number of gang members. • Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court. • Improved vetting for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement. We are taking care of our GREAT VETERANS: • Signed historic VA Choice legislation and the VA Accountability Act. • Expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, same-day urgent primary and mental healthcare, and launched the promised 24-hour Veteran Hotline. • Took executive action to prevent Veteran suicide and eliminate student loan debts for disabled Veterans. • Recently signed bills expanding the eligibility for vets with blindness in both eyes, and requiring the VA to establish a treatment court program for vets who need treatment rather than punishment for certain nonviolent crimes. We are standing up for our great African-American community: • Signed groundbreaking Criminal Justice Reform. • Secured record & permanent funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. • Created Opportunity Zones - $100 billion dollars of new investment have poured in. • We achieved the lowest black unemployment rate in history, and will do it again. • We're fighting for SCHOOL CHOICE - education is the civil rights issue of our time. We are ensuring Great Healthcare with MORE AFFORDABILITY and MORE CHOICE: • Repealed the core of Obamacare - the unpopular individual mandate penalty GONE. • Also eliminated the health insurance tax, medical devices tax, and the Cadillac tax. • New insurance options through association health plans, short-term plans, and health reimbursement arrangements; some are up to 60% less expensive. • Prescription drugs saw their largest annual price decrease in over half a century. • To empower patients to choose the best doctor at the best price, we're giving Americans transparency with the price and quality of services before you buy. We are ensuring PROTECTIONS FOR VULNERABLE PATIENTS: • We are protecting people with preexisting conditions and preexisting physicians. • We are protecting Medicare and Social Security for our great seniors. • We are working with Congress to stop surprise medical billing. • We took executive action to strengthen Medicare and reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging seniors on their drugs. • Medicare Advantage premiums have decreased by 27% and Medicare Part D premiums are the lowest in 7 years. • Made new plans available for individuals with chronic conditions that cover medications like insulin without cost-sharing. We are turning the tide on the crisis of addiction with $6 billion in new funding: • Drug overdose deaths fell nationwide in 2018 for the first time in nearly 30 years. • Many of the hardest hit states have had the biggest drops, including: OH (22.2%),
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2020.08.01 12:10 jagsfanski Offseason Review Series: Jacksonville Jaguars

Before anything, I just want to preface by saying that I am filling in some huge shoes by following the legendary u/JaguarGator9. I am NOT a typical writer nor do I have any experience in analysis, I just wanted to take a stab at analyzing and writing about my favorite team that has been terrorizing my happiness for 15+ years. So, apologies in advance if there are some incorrect points made.
Also gotta give a shoutout to u/PlatypusOfDeath for continuing to run this series and for the formatting help! Also a thanks to u/flounder19 for directing me towards the thread where half of the info comes from and my bro u/MikeFanto4 for giving me the positive reinforcement through the writing of this. With that being said, hope y'all enjoy!

Jacksonville Jaguars

AFCS

2019 Record: 6-10 (4th in Division)

Coaching Changes

Fires:

Tom Coughlin – VP of Football Operations/Dictator: This will be discussed in the news section. Please hold.
Jon DeFilippo – Offensive Coordinator: It never really occurred to me until recently (give me a break Jags fans), that the firing of Flip was most likely directly related to Foles (even more so once he got hired by Chicago as QB coach). Once Foles was gone, Flip wanted out and they ultimately “mutually agreed to part ways”. While according to fans it would’ve been nice to see the other coordinator go, it shows that the front office “admitted” their mistake and decided to move on from the experiment.
Scott Milanovich – QB Coach: Milanovich took a job as the HC of the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL. Before his 3-year stint in Jacksonville, he was the HC of the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL where he won the Grey Cup in 2012 and was also named Coach of the Year.

Hires:

Jay Gruden – Offensive Coordinator – The once HC of the Washington Football Team, Gruden comes into the organization bringing experience in molding younger quarterbacks. A big help is the fact that GM Dave Caldwell brought in a few players familiar with his scheme to assist in adjusting the other players to the playbook. Of all the OC candidates, Gruden is best fit for Minshew’s playstyle due to his West Coast Offense.
Ben McAdoo – Quarterbacks Coach: Brought in to replace Milanovich, McAdoo also brings HC experience to the team. Even though his time in the Giants organization is best left to be forgotten, his experience as an OC and QB coach makes him a prime candidate. He spent two seasons in Green Bay working with Aaron Rodgers and also helped the Giants to the 6th best scoring offense in the NFL in 2015.
Denard Robinson – Offensive Quality Control Coach: Not really a huge hire, but a nice reunion. Former QB turned RB, Denard “Shoelace” Robinson, continues his time in Duval as an assistant. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 draft as an “Offensive Weapon” but played primarily at RB during his time as a player.

Free Agency/Trades

Players Lost/Traded

Player Position New Team Compensation
Nick Foles QB Bears Compensatory 4th round draft pick
Calais Campbell DE Ravens 5th round pick
A.J. Bouye CB Broncos 4th round pick
Marcell Dareus DT Free Agent
Marqise Lee WR Patriots 1 yr / $1,047,500
Jake Ryan ILB Free Agent
Cedric Ogbuehi RT Seahawks 1 yr / $2,300,000

Key Losses:

Nick Foles: After signing him to a MASSIVE 4-year contract worth $88 million, with $51 million guaranteed, the Jaguars thought they had their man in Super Bowl MVP Big Dick Nick. However, that did not live long since Foles broke his left clavicle during a 35-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark. Once he was replaced by Bomb-Chuckin’ and Mom-Fuckin’ Gardner Minshew II, he was basically left as an afterthought in the Jaguars fanbase…..until the bye week. He was named the starter for the rest of the season and was severely disappointing in his limited time as it, thus resulting in him being benched after 3 games. In his time as a starter, he completed 77 passes for a completion percentage of 65.8%, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, with a passer rating of 84.6. He was largely disappointing in his time here but left the door open for Minshew Mania. Foles was traded to the Bears for a 2020 Compensatory 4th round pick AND took parts of his massive contract and helped us start the return from cap hell. D+ for his play, B for the trade return.
Calais Campbell: I’m like, really upset about this one. I remember exactly where I was when I found out that this glorious human was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a 5th round pick. Chump change for the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year award recipient. After being signed to a 4-year deal worth $60 million with $30 million guaranteed in 2017, the man proceeded to become the Mayor of the Defensive Line Formerly Known as Sacksonville. Amassing 31.5 sacks, 77 QB hits and 44 TFL in his 3 years on the team; not only was he a force on the field, he was very much involved in the Phoenix and Jacksonville communities. In 2019, Campbell won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award – given to the NFL player that best demonstrates outstanding community service and excellence on the field. His charity, CRC Foundation, has been helping young people with critical life skills since 2009. Adding to that, he has also hosted many holiday shopping sprees, the JaxPAL Youth Football and STEM Camp and has spent countless hours speaking encouragement to children in area schools. The fact that the Jaguars let him go for a 2020 5th round pick says a lot about what the teams feels about their cap situation. A for play, D- for trade return.
A.J. Bouye: Bouye was signed in 2017 as a free agent from Houston. His final season on the Texans is what attracted the Jaguars the most, landing him a 5-year contract worth $67.5 million with $26 million guaranteed. In his time with the team, he accrued 8 interceptions, 34 passes defended, and allowed just a 64.4 completion percentage when thrown to since 2018. 2017 was by far his best season opposite Jalen Ramsey in which they formed one of the most feared duos that year. He saw significant drop off in the 2 years to follow, leading to the team wanting to move in a different direction. He was traded to the Denver Broncos for a 2020 4th round pick and saving over $11 million from his remaining contract. B for play, C+ for trade return.
Marcell Dareus: Dareus was traded from the Bills to the Jaguars mid-season 2017 for a 2018 6th round pick to help solidify the lone run-defense weakness in what was a near impeccable defense. Although his stats don’t show it, (2.5 sacks, 45 combined tackles, 4 TFL and 5 QB hits) when healthy, he was a stud in the run game. The Jaguars ultimately decided not to pick up his 2020-year option and he remains a free agent. A team struggling in the run game could pick him up for cheap and I’m not 100% sure why he hasn’t been signed by a team yet. Dave Caldwell has said he is open to bringing him back on a separate deal, but hasn't acted on it yet. C

Players Signed

Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Tyler Eifert TE Bengals 2 years $9,500,000
Joe Schobert ILB Browns 5 years $53,750,000
Chris Thompson RB The Washington Football Team 1 year $1,400,000
Al Woods DT Seahawks 1 year $2,500,000
Rashaan Melvin CB Lions 1 year $1,750,000
Mike Glennon QB Raiders 1 year $1,187,500
Rodney Gunter DE Cardinals 3 years $18,000,000
Aaron Lynch OLB Bears 1 year $1,100,000
Cassius Marsh DE Cardinals 1 year $1,047,500
Lerentee McCray OLB Jaguars 1 year $1,047,500
Tyler Shatley C Jaguars 1 year $1,512,500
Keelan Cole WR Jaguars 1 year $3,259,000
Brian Price DT Jaguars 2 year $1,815,000
Yannick Ngakoue DE Jaguars 1 year TAG $17,788,000
Source: Spotrac.com
 
Notes
Tyler Eifert: Going into the offseason, the biggest hole in an already lackluster offense was the Tight End position. The Jaguars drafted Josh Oliver in the 3rd round of the 2019 draft to help with that, but he went down with a hamstring injury in the preseason and a back injury during the regular season which limited him to 3 games. James O’Shaughnessy was one of Minshew’s favorite targets but went down with an ACL injury early on as well. Tyler Eifert comes in already familiar with Jay Gruden’s offense. The Jaguars are taking a risk in signing Eifert if they expect him to play even close to his 2015 production (52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns). However, if he stays healthy and can play even half as good, that’s a massive upgrade over what our Tight End group has produced over the past 5+ years. A 2-year contract worth $9.5 million filled with incentives should give Eifert the motivation to stay healthy and contribute immediately. But if he doesn’t produce as expected, the team should be able to release him with little cap hit. C+
Joe Schobert: Schobert from the Cleveland Browns could be considered the teams’ “marquee” free agent, signing a 5-year, $53.75 million contract with $21.5 million guaranteed. He comes into a linebacker corps that hasn’t had a true MLB since Posluszny retired. This addition allows Myles Jack to move to weak side and gives the opportunity for competition at strong side. Schobert gives the Jaguars a leadership type figure in an already incredibly young defense. Since Telvin Smith retired and decided to be stupid (more on that later on) and Poz choosing to hang up the cleats as well, there hasn’t been someone that could command the defense; Jack tried previously but had probably his worst year to date. Schobert solidifying the middle also gives Jack the opportunity to use his athleticism on the outside. Schobert is top 10 in pass coverage, but still needs to improve in the run game (which is something the team has struggled in for years). I feel like this is a boom-or-bust signing, but am cautiously optimistic. B+
Chris Thompson: Leonard Fournette is still this team’s workhorse back. Rumors started spreading that he would be traded prior to the draft, which ultimately fell flat. Just because the Jags are going to rely on Fournette even more, doesn’t mean that Minshew doesn’t need as many weapons as possible. This is another signing that works well with Gruden’s offense since he had played for him in Washington. This also gives Minshew another weapon out of the backfield. On the other hand, this is another signing that is based solely on whether he can stay healthy or not. A one year, prove-it deal worth $1.4 million is smart on the teams end because when healthy, Thompson can still have the capability to make plays. B
Rodney Gunter: A Calais Campbell clone? Probably not, but a man can dream right? The DE from Arizona signed a 3-year deal worth $18 million to pretty much help rotate through his old position, though. He hasn’t really shown much as a pass rusher (11 sacks in 5 years) but will probably be a rotational piece mostly used in run downs. C
Rashaan Melvin: With the departure of Bouye, the team looked thin at the position prior to the draft. The Jags also hit a homerun with their previous CB signing from Detroit, DJ Hayden. Melvin comes in on another one-year deal to compete with last years UDFA surprise, Tre Herndon for the CB2 spot opposite CJ Henderson. In his 4 years with Detroit, Oakland and Indianapolis, he posted 4 INT and 41 Passes Defended and 2 FF. This puts some competition in camp (if there is one) with experience vs. potential. B-
Al Woods: Caldwell goes in again on defense and signs the large run-stuffer from Seattle on a 1-year, $2.5 million deal. The loss of Marcel Dareus put a large hole in the already weak run defense and Woods helps plug it back in with a decent resume stuffing the middle. This gives the Jags a nice rotation between him, Abry Jones and Davon Hamilton. B EDIT: As of posting this, Al Woods has opted out of the 2020 season.

Draft

After trading away Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell, AJ Bouye and Nick Foles, the Jaguars ended up with a total of 12 draft picks (most in franchise history).
 
Round Number Player Position School
1 9 (9) CJ Henderson CB Florida
1 20 (20) from Rams K’Lavon Chaisson DE/LB LSU
2 10 (42) Laviska Shenault Jr. WR Colorado
3 9 (73) DaVon Hamilton DT Ohio State
4 10 (116) Ben Bartch OL St. Johns (Minn.)
4 31 (137) from Broncos Josiah Scott CB Michigan State
4 34 (140) from Bears Shaquille Quarterman LB Miami
5 12 (157) from Ravens Daniel Thomas S Auburn
5 20 (165) from Rams (Fowler trade) Collin Johnson WR Texas
6 10 (189) Jake Luton QB Oregon State
6 27 (206) Tyler Davis TE Georgia Tech
7 9 (223) Chris Claybrooks CB/Return Specialist Memphis
 

Analysis

C.J. Henderson: There was a lot of speculation as to who Caldwell was going to draft with the first of 2 first round picks. Was it going to be an OL? WR? QB?(for some reason). Dave ultimately went with the heir to the Ramsey throne. Gone are the days of back injuries and in are the days of another Florida school product. This man is 6-foot 204lb and is extremely good in coverage, which is something that the team needs in replacement of Ramsey. One glaring weakness in his game is his tackling, which seems like there is some hesitation and looks to often miss open field tackles. He immediately fills the CB1 role that was previously held by surprise UDFA Tre Herndon. B
K’Lavon Chaisson: Alright, I’ll address the elephant on the team now. Yannick Ngakoue is not playing another down for the Jacksonville Jaguars. I was a believer that they could strike a long-term deal and keep the talented pass rusher but NOOOOO, he just had to beef with the owner’s son and ruin any chance, but I digress. The first of the Rams 1st round picks from the Jalen Ramsey trade yields the replacement for the other man who really wants out. The LSU product brings an incredible motor and raw talent. He has all the physical tools you could need in a DE/LB at 6’3” and 254lbs but has a high ceiling if he works on his technique. A line edged by Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson sounds relentless to me. A-
Laviska Shenault Jr.: There was plenty of WR talent deep in this draft class and I feel like the Jags found a secret weapon in the Colorado prospect. Despite dealing with numerous injuries and not the best quarterback play, he was still able to produce over 2000 scrimmage yards through his SO and JR seasons. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be able to line up all over the field. Gruden will be able to set him up at WR, RB and even Wildcat QB if he’s feeling frisky. At 6-2 220LB, Minshew has versatile target that has the chance to produce really well if he can stay healthy. B+
DaVon Hamilton: The 6-4, 320lb DT was a wall in the center of the Buckeye line. He amassed 6 sacks, 28 tackles (9.5 for a loss) with 1 forced fumble in his redshirt senior season. Hamilton was drafted to help shore up the middle once held up by Dareus, but also now partially manned by Al Woods. His specialty is in the run game, which is something the Jags desperately need. B
Ben Bartch: The Smoothie King comes to Duval. Everyone knows the story of Bartch’s insane smoothie recipe that helped him gain 86lbs. Coming out of DIII St. John’s in Minnesota, he dominated competition enough to earn him a spot at the Senior Bowl. Even though he doesn’t have much experience against NFL caliber competition, Bartch has the tools necessary to grow in the league and become a serviceable backup or eventually challenge current starting RG, AJ Cann. B-
Josiah Scott: On the smaller end of the spectrum (5’9”, 185lbs), Scott has had to overcome his size with speed and knowledge. He’s too small to be anything more than a slot corner; but he can be great depth behind DJ Hayden and helpful in the run game. The Jags lost a lot in the CB department, so I understand the depth pick. C+
Shaquille Quarterman: Quarterman was a 4-year starter and a captain while at Miami. Caldwell really wanted to shore up the run defense this offense and this pick doesn’t stray away from that narrative. He may not be the best in the pass game since he has limited speed, but on running downs he could be very helpful and a leader in the locker room. B
Daniel Thomas: I’m actually a fan of this pick solely for depth purposes. The best backup safety on the team is Andrew Wingard, so any help at the position is good. In his time at Auburn, he notched 5 interceptions, 199 total tackles and forced 3 fumbles. B
Collin Johnson: I feel like Johnson will be an asset in the red zone. His large stature at 6’6”, 220lbs+ will be great for jump-balls. The Jags receiving corp. has almost every kind of receiver you would need except for a big bodied guy to get up after 50/50 balls. While I’m not happy it took Dave this long to get more help for Minshew besides Shenault, this isn’t the worst consolation prize. C+
Jake Luton: Caldwell has had a history of selecting a QB in the 6th round. So, I’m not surprised by this pick. But the question is: will he be another Minshew, or a Tanner Lee? The Oregon State Beaver threw for 42 touchdowns to 11 interception in 3 years there. My money is on him being a camp body or not making the roster at all. D
Tyler Davis: Davis started his career at UConn as a Quarterback but switched to WR as a sophomore and ended up a TE before transferring to Georgia Tech as a TE. His receiving stats leave a lot to be desired but has some strength in run-blocking. In an already crowded position group, he’ll have to really show off to make the final roster. D+
Chris Claybrooks: Caldwell and Marrone both agreed that Claybrooks was drafted for returning purposes. Supposedly running a 4.25s 40 in a video sent to every NFL team, he has the speed to make a difference on special teams. In his time returning kicks at Memphis, he returned 11 for 338 yards for an average of 30.7 – a much higher average than the 24.2 yds/rt the Jaguars did in 2019. B+
 

UDFA

Luq Barcoo, CB, San Diego State; Doug Costin, DT, Miami (OH); Nathan Cottrell, RB, Georgia Tech; Ben Ellefson, TE, North Dakota State; Nate Evans, LB, Central Florida; Tavien Feaster, RB, South Carolina; Josh Hammond, WR, Florida; Amari Henderson, CB, Wake Forest; Ross Matiscik, LS, Baylor; Steven Nielson, OL, Ohio; J.R. Reed, S, Georgia; James Robinson, RB, Illinois State; Marvelle Ross, WR, Notre Dame College; Connor Slomka, FB, Army; Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms, OL, Missouri; Kobe Williams, CB, Arizona State; Brandon Wright, K, Georgia State.

Other Offseason News that Affected the Team

 
Oh my word…..there was so much that happened. I wish I had enough time to go into full detail on everything, but new job has my time extremely limited. I’ll unfortunately have to stick with short synopses on these.
 
Tom Coughlin Fired
The Tom Coughlin era 2.0 is finally over. The Jaguars have had enough of his dictatorship and days after the NFLPA sent a warning letter to players to stay away, they relieved him of his duties. A few of the grievances included:
  • Fining Dante Fowler Jr. $700k for not rehabbing in Jacksonville
  • Nearly forcing Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith to participate in voluntary workouts
  • Fining Fournette for sitting while inactive during the 2018 finale
But wait! There’s more! Not only did he have a number of grievances filed against him, he:
  • Gave Blake Bortles a deal averaging $18m a year, only to be released
  • Signed Nick Foles to a deal worth $88m, and wouldn’t let it go when it was proven he wasn’t the guy
  • Other general day-to-day nuances that make him an overall unlikable person
 
Now that he’s gone, the clocks have gone back to normal time and hopefully the morale of the team improves greatly. This is also a final chance for Doug Marrone and Dave Caldwell to show that a major factor in the teams lack of recent success can be directly attributed to the Tom Coughlin culture.
 
Telvin Smith arrested
Oooooh boy……what to say about this one. Former 5th round pick out of Florida State turned top MLB in the NFL arrested and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor. He retired in 2019 stating that he needed to focus on his family and health. Smith first met the girl in the summer of 2019, recently after she turned 17; and in their 2-month time together, they had sex multiple times in Smith’s car and home. Adding onto that, Smith offered the underage girl $200 to keep quiet, $100 of which she ultimately took. He was released on $50,003 bond. DON’T.FUCK.KIDS.OR.TEENS.PEOPLE.
 
Yannick Ngakoue
I don’t really know where to start this since so much has happened. Yannick Ngakoue is trying to pull a Jalen Ramsey and tweet himself out of Duval County. Ngakoue has been (and still is) very open about his displeasure towards the organization. Since late 2019, he has tweeted numerous times about wanting to be traded, even calling out Tony Khan (son of owner Shahid Khan) on the site. The team franchise tagged him and tried shopping around. Their asking price was a MINIMUM of a first round pick, but the Twitter tirade ruined basically any chance of that return. There was an offer that included a Pro Bowl player recently, which was declined since the player “didn’t fit their system”. People are split between whether he plays if he doesn’t get traded or sitting out the season, which I guess we’ll see once (if) the season commences.
 
No 5th year option for Fournette
Just like Ngakoue, the former 4th overall picks’ relationship with the front office has not been the most ideal. He was one of the many players that filed a grievance against the team for the fine for sitting on the bench in 2018 while inactive, which he got back. The Jaguars decided not to pick up his 5th year option, which would’ve netted Fournette $8.43 million. This means that, unless an extension is made, he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021. The team will most likely not extend him beyond this season since they were even trying to get rid of him this offseason. They had discussions with teams about moving him, but no deal was done. Caldwell ultimately decided that Fournette will stick around and be the RB1 for the 2020 season but has not made any mention of beyond that. This is a contract year for him, and he wants to prove that he was worth the 4th overall selection.
 
COVID-19
As most of you may know, the Jacksonville Jaguars have another name: The London Jaguars
But in all seriousness, it’s been seeming to the general public that the team will move to London; especially after this year when Khan moved a second home game to Wembley Stadium. The reasoning behind the move is to increase local revenue. The front office believed that the reasoning behind the low revenue was the local market, not the product on the field. No one, not a single fan took this piece of news positively. It seemed like it was doomed from the start, something that could only be slowed down by say a…..pandemic? (un)Luckily so, one such pandemic happened. Creating an international travel restriction and preventing any NFL teams from playing in London. When the season does start, the home games, which would’ve been vs. the Lions and Browns in non-consecutive weeks, will actually be played at home. In other COVID news, former Jaguar great Tony Boselli contracted the Coronavirus and was admitted to the ICU for five days. Things got so bad that he was hooked up to two IVs and needed oxygen to help his breathing. Luckily, he was able to recover mostly and was released on March 30.

Projected Starting Lineup with Camp Battles

Positions won in a camp battle italicized
QB- Gardner Minshew: This is Gardner Minshew’s team in 2020. After a promising rookie season, added weapons and a more workable scheme, Minshew should solidify himself as the quarterback of the future - given he slows down on the turnovers.
RB- Leonard Fournette: In a contract year after his 5th year option was declined, he will be running with a chip on his shoulder. The team looks to run him as much as possible before he leaves.
TE- Tyler Eifert, James O’Shaughnessy: Free agent signing Eifert will fill the starting role as long as he is healthy. I think O’Shaughnessy beats out Josh Oliver for the TE2 spot due to last years chemistry with Minshew.
WR- D.J. Chark Jr., Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, Laviska Shenault Jr.: This group is easily the strength of this offense. Chark looks to build on a really nice 2019 season, Westbrook and Conley weren’t bad as WR2 and 3, but they weren’t spectacular either. I added Shenault as well because he will be put in at a bunch of different positions.
LT- Cam Robinson: Robinson battled through an ACL injury in 2018 which basically sent his development back over a year. He’s been inconsistent in his time playing, playing well during some games but slacking big time in others.
LG- Andrew Norwell: The coaching staff is still sticking by the second highest paid guard in the NFL, even though he hasn’t been playing like it at all. He missed time in 2018 with a foot injury and has been battling through that since. But ultimately needs to play even remotely like the former 1st team all-pro in order to provide some return on his contract. He has been arguably the worst lineman on an already weak line.
C- Brandon Linder: One of the more underrated lineman in the league. Linder has been a consistent leader on the offense since being drafted in the 3rd round in 2014.
RG- A.J. Cann: Cann is just one of those guys where you kinda forget about him until he has a terrible game and then you remember that he’s actually not good. I’m considering this one a battle because I feel like rookie Bartch can snag a start or two during the season.
RT- Jawaan Taylor: After dropping to the Jags in the second round of last years’ draft, Taylor has lived up to expectations. While having the typical rookie growing pains, he was extremely solid playing against pro-level talent.
DL- Josh Allen, Abry Jones, Taven Bryan/Rodney Gunter, K’Lavon Chaisson: A group that is primed to surprise people. The Good Josh Allen is already a forced to be reckoned with, Abry Jones is a solid piece with some rotational help, Taven Bryan is only getting better at the run while Gunter will help with the pass rush. Finally, 1st round pick K’Lavon Chaisson comes in with an incredible motor to help with the loss of Ngakoue.
LB- Myles Jack, Joe Schobert, Quincy Williams: Myles Jack is on his 3rd position, so hopefully this will unlock his full athletic potential. Schobert will command the defense up the middle and drop into coverage. Quincy did not play well last year as a rookie. I hope he is able to progress this season or we might be in trouble there.
CB- C.J. Henderson, Rashaan Melvin, D.J. Hayden: 9th overall pick Henderson gets the start at the CB1 position. Melvin and Tre Herndon are going to be battling for the CB2 spot, but I give the nod to Melvin solely because he has more experience. D.J. Hayden is another underrated player in the NFL and is quietly one of the top Nickel corners.
S- Ronnie Harrison, Jarrod Wilson: Ronnie Harrison has been really coming into his own over the past season and will only get better. Jarrod Wilson played fairly well in 2019 and was exercised his option during the offseason.
K- Josh Lambo: Lambo is one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL today. Hitting over 94% of his kicks since coming to Jacksonville (while also leading the NFL in 2019 with 97.1% FG made).
P- Logan Cooke: Cooke is top 10 in yards/punt and has no need to worry about losing his job.
KR- Chris Claybrooks: The 7th rounder from Memphis was drafted specifically to return kicks, hopefully he brings the spark that the team desperately needs on ST.
PR- Dede Westbrook: Westbrook was 14th in the NFL in punt returns, he hasn’t been great in the field, but he also hasn’t been terrible.

Schedule Predictions

Week 1: IND (L) – Philip Rivers has had our number over the years (7-2, 24 touchdowns to 5 interceptions); and a team that’s a QB shy from competing now has the Jaguars literal kryptonite. I have my faith in the young defense, but Rivers will probably have a field day. 0-1
Week 2: @TEN (W) – Huh, no annual TNF Titans-Jaguars trash bowl? 2020 is really a weird year and I don’t like it. Here’s hoping that at least one trend sort of-continues: a split in games. The Jags revamped run defense slows down Derrick Henry for a game and CJ Henderson gets his first career pick off of Tannehill. Minshew is going to be the deciding factor in this game. 1-1
Week 3: MIA (W) – If it’s Fitzpatrick, it’s a loss. But I believe Tua takes the job early in the season(maybe?) and has his typical rookie growing pains. One of which is losing to a bad team that you shouldn’t lose to. 2-1
Week 4: @CIN (W) – Just like Tua, Burrow is set to have his growing pains. But this isn’t one of those games. The first overall pick goes into a shootout with The Man, The Myth, The Legend but comes up short due to a questionable play call in the final seconds. 3-1
Week 5: @HOU (L) – Even though Houston no longer has DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson is still able to work through the Jags D to come up with the win. 3-2
Week 6: DET (L) – Matthew Stafford has a really good week and Jeff Okudah outmatches his top 10 counterpart in another close game that comes down to game management experience. 3-3
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: @LAC (W) – Even though Jacksonville isn’t typically good on the west coast, they’re facing a team manned either by Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert. If they’re facing the latter (I’m sticking with a first round rookie start), then they’ll pull off a win they shouldn’t have. 4-3
Week 9: HOU (L) - Just like week 5, Watson goes off again while Brandon Cooks has 150+ yards receiving. Minshew attempts a 4th quarter comeback and brings it close, but ultimately falls short. 4-4
Week 10: @GB (L) - Aaron Rodgers is obviously unhappy with the drafting of Jordan Love and is on a mission to prove that he’s still got it in the league. Even though the rest of the roster is lacking pieces, you can never count out Rodgers. Especially when it’s against lower competition. 4-5
Week 11: PIT (L) – I feel like this could be the start (or continuation) of a decent non-divisional/former divisional rivalry. Big Ben is back and has a good back in James Conner. Besides JuJu Smith-Schuster and Eric Ebron, there isn’t anyone that inflicts fear in secondaries. This game could go either way, but I’m giving the nod to Pittsburgh in a close match. Their defense has enough to slow down our offense, but our defense lacks the “star-power” against their offense to really make up for it. 4-6
Week 12: @CLE (L) – Chubb is good, Beckham is good, Landry is good, Hooper is good. Unfortunately I don’t see us being close in this one. 4-7
Week 13: @MIN (L) – Minnesota, at this point, is looking towards the postseason and will not hold back. Thielen and Cook will carry their offense to 3 touchdowns while the Jags offense falls flat this week. 4-8
Week 14: TEN (L) – The split game. Again….WHY NO TNF?! The Jaguars come into the game tired and eliminated, while the Tacks come into the contest nearing a berth and are hungry for a win. Derrick Henry is Derrick Henry and just runs train. 4-9
Week 15: @BAL (L) - I may be biased but I’m not delusional. 4-10
Week 16: CHI (W) – I’m basing this off my prediction that Foles will outplay Trubisky and stays healthy. Foles plays better than Trubisky, but that’s not saying much. Henderson is able to keep Allen Robinson at bay; and while Khalil Mack will be effective, his impact will be kept to a best-case scenario. 5-10
Week 17: IND (W) – Indianapolis already clinched a playoff spot and is resting their starters for their inevitable 1st round elimination. So, the Jags will win in semi-convincing fashion against a team starting backups. 6-10
Final Record: 6-10. I genuinely believe this team has improved overall despite the major losses throughout the defense. There are going to be a lot of close games, especially if more players opt-out of the season. I feel like many of these games could steer in either direction. Besides Baltimore, Minnesota, Houston and Green Bay, of course. The ceiling of this team could push .500, but the floor could really bottom out at 1 or 2 wins. This team is extremely young and still needs to mesh. Depending on next years draft picks (looking at you, Rams. Please suck, thanks), this team is poised for a huge jump in the near future. This isn’t a full rebuild, it’s a partial one. I do not see this team making the postseason this year, but they could definitely play party-pooper to a couple of teams.

Schemes

Jay Gruden – Gruden utilizes a West Coast Offensive scheme. This scheme was created by Bill Walsh in the 60’s when he worked for the Cincinnati Bengals as the QB coach. This offense relies heavily on shorter throws spread out throughout the field, eventually opening the top up for the occasional long ball. The use of a mobile QB and a variety of receivers can really help spread out the defense as well and easier for him to make throws.
Todd Wash – Although there have been rumors of a scheme change, and the signing of certain players seem to suggest the same, Todd Wash is still sticking a base 4-3 defense. One of the more common schemes, it involves four down linemen consisting of a nose tackle, a defensive tackle and two ends. Behind the linemen are 3 linebackers: The Mike, Will and Sam linebackers. The Mike, or middle, will line up behind the nose tackle and covers the A gap. The Will, or weak, lines up on the side not containing the TE and covers the B gap on that side. The Sam, or strong, lines up on the side of the Tight End and will contain the C gap on that side. The secondary will always have two CB’s, a SS and FS; the CB’s will cover the receivers, the FS will line up deep on the side of the weakside linebacker and the SS will do the same on the opposite side.
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2020.07.27 04:51 GrillGoshTogether [SF/HM] Time Traveling Baron (Part 1: Pikachu with a Pause Button)

The question of what to do if found a time machine has been the topic of many toasty conversations. Hell, you've probably been asked about it in quite a few contexts. Sometimes it's your buddy at the hotel bar, or your boss at the hotel bar, or your father-in-law at the hotel bar; either way we usually have the same kind of answer.
“I'd go back and kill Hitler.”
“I'd go back and kill Stalin.”
“I'd go back and kill my 5th grade teacher, Mr. Crabtree.”
Perhaps that last one is just me.
Regardless, you've probably also heard something like, “I'd go back and meet Einstein.” As if he wasn't busy enough? What with General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, and the general problems that revolve around of marrying your cousin, the guy had enough on his plate. Side note: even in the late 1800s they still knew what was happening to the British nobility. Regular Einstein, huh?
Some folks talk about bringing back a smart phone to ancient humans, hoping it's technology would help speed up our evolution. First off, there were no cell towers nor electric outlets back in 2000 BC. But I guess people might find a black mirror mildly interesting if you go far back enough (you heard me Netflix). The thinking behind this is that giving knowledge of current technology to people who lived long ago would both help those people's lives and jump start the scientific revolution. This is flawed for so many reasons that I won't go into it. Suffice to say that when you returned you're more likely to be greeted by a nuclear winter than the United Federation of Planets.
When I found mine I didn't do any of these. I did something much more selfish and some might say cruel. I went back in time to when being overweight meant being wealthy and I ruled. And got laid a lot.
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Part 1: Pikachu with a Pause Button
No, I didn't have a crazy, old physicist as a best friend. And no, I didn't need to be saved from a killer robot army. Hell, I'm not even a girl who happened to meet some creep with a fancy phone booth. It was just lying there, in the corner of my closet.
I woke up and did my usual routine: dropped off the liquid kids at the pool, forgot to brush my teeth, and took a soap-less shower. That's right I ran out of soap, sue me. I dried myself off once from the water and two more times from the sweat that inevitably appeared after every shower. You know you're a fat-ass when showering is the most cardio-intensive activity of your day. I then went to put on some clothes that at least smelled clean. See, I had a big date that night and I was already late. Did I not mention that I'd woken up at 8 pm?
So anyways, I'm digging through my hamper for something impressive when through the crust in my eyes I see this yellow box sitting under my nest of empty hangers. One day there were old socks in that corner and the next day there was a tiny, yellow time machine. To this day I don't know why or how it ended up in the closet of an obese, lazy, often drunk, sorry-excuse-for-linguistics-graduate-student schlub like me, but there it was. A small, bright yellow box with black trim, buttons on one side, and scuff marks all over it. I looked like a DVD player and Pikachu had a baby that Ash then abandoned.
When I picked it up I realized there was a piece of paper was attached to the bottom. As I carried it over to my bed to sit down I found that the paper was embedded into the box's surface and that I wouldn't be removing it. The note was a quick read, just 3 sentences.
“This is a model 3-XL Dilation Unit, from the makers of the 2-XL and XL. Press the pause button to stop time, the play button to resume time, and hold the reverse button to reverse time. The fast forward feature has been temporally disabled from all XL units per restriction code 823.1.6d of the Universal Time Ordinance.”
My first thought was that it was a prank. This helped explain the inclusion of 'XL' as the model number, some kind of stab at my shirt sizes and how they'd increase over the last two years. But then, I didn't really have friends anymore, no enemies either. Next thing I knew I had pressed the pause button. Duh.
I dropped the box on the ground, startled as it started to make a low humming noise, “verrrrr.” It kept going for a few seconds, just humming away on my carpet, until it abruptly stopped. I looked around my room but nothing seemed to have changed. I set the box on top my bed and went into the living room to try the TV. I tried power button over and over but wasn't getting any luck. A glance at the clock reminded me of my date and that if I didn't hurry I wouldn't be getting lucky nor pressing any other buttons that night.
As I was locking the door to my apartment I noticed my neighbor at the end of the hallway. I started walking towards her and, more importantly, the elevator. As I raised my hand to mumble a half hearted, “Hey,” when I realized she wasn't moving.
That wasn't especially unusual. She was older, lived with her cats, and often just stopped talking to me in the middle of an exchange of pleasantries. I never really thought about whether this was her quirky demeanor or just Alzheimers, either way I usually appreciated it.
Yet, with the whole time-travel prank fresh in my mind I was curious this time. “Are you ok?” I asked as I pressed the button to call the elevator. She just stood there, looking at the ground; one arm holding her groceries and the other connected to her hand, which was lodged in her pocket. I waved my hand connected to my arm in her face, saying, “Hello?” Nothing. She just stood there, seemingly frozen in time.
“Come on? Who put you up to this?” I said while elbowing her bicep. She was stiff as a rock. That's not an expression, not stiff in a way like a person trying to stand as still as possible. There was no give at all, as if her jacket's sleeve was made of concrete. I pushed her arm hard with my hand, nothing. Like a confederate statue in the city of Memphis she was one, big bolted-down concrete slab. I bent down to feel the rug under my feet. Even though it looked fluffy, it was hard like AstroTurf that was made of steel blades.
I ran back to my apartment. “My apartment,” I thought. "Why hadn't I noticed anything before?" Everything in my apartment had seemed to work fine. Well, everything seemed normal. Nothing in my apartment “worked” the way it was supposed to but to me that was normal. The TV hadn't turned on but I'd figured the electric outlet was just busted again. I'd been able to use the remote and open up the door. Nothing had felt like it was made out of some immovable metal. “What the fuck is happening?”
I jammed my keys in the lock, tore open the door and raced to the bed. Picking up the device I turned it over to examine the note again. Besides the three sentences, there was also what looked like some crappy logo. I'd noticed it before but had dismissed as useless. It consisted of a square circumscribed by a perfect circle, with a line extending from the square to the circle's edge. "A radius."
Only then did I see that there was something written under the line that changed my entire understanding of the logo,“30 m.” It wasn't a logo, it was a diagram.
“Thirty meters.” I said as I rotated the box to find the buttons again. I pressed play and heard the rumblings of the evening news on my TV.
“Fuck.”
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2020.07.20 15:06 ZandrickEllison The results are in for: LEAST Valuable Player

The NBA league office announced that all awards will be officially based on play PRIOR to the bubble. With that, the cases are locked, the campaigns are closed, and the voting will begin.
While the media may focus on the MVP award and other prestigious honors, reddit has the distinct honor of awarding the LVP. The LEAST Valuable Player. It's a tradition that dates back to 2016-17, when aging Indiana SG Monta Ellis won the inaugural trophy and then promptly disappeared from the NBA forever. In 2017-18, Minnesota SG Jamal Crawford won the (dis)honor with some incredibly bad defensive numbers. Last season, New Orleans SF Solomon Hill won LVP by helping to sink a drowning team and accelerating Anthony Davis' decision to fly the coop.
Before we announce this year's winner, let's review the criteria and caveats:
--- Obviously, the worst players in the league are the ones who sit at the end of the bench and don't get any playing time. However, this award focuses on players who log a decent amount of minutes and consequently affected their team's play the most. Simply put: the more you play, the more damage you can do.
--- And that actual "damage" is important. If you're on a tanking team, no one cares about your poor play; it may even be a positive. I'm also ignoring young players (under 21) who are still developing and can't be expected to be solid players yet.
--- Similarly, we don't want to judge players within the context of their salary any more than the actual MVP does. We also do not weigh in injuries either. For example, the Wizards would have a hard time competing with John Wall on the sidelines (0 games played, $32M in salary), but we want to focus on players' on-court performance instead.
dishonorable mentions
PG Mike Conley, Utah: 28.6 minutes per game, -0.80 RPM
We're using Mike Conley to reiterate that the LVP does NOT factor salary into the equation any more than the MVP does. But if it did, Mike Conley and his $33M salary may be in trouble.
It was a disastrous start to the season for Conley. Playing in a new role as a second fiddle to another guard, he could never find his groove. His assists plummeted (down to 4.3 per game), his free-throw attempts cut in half (from 5.8 to 2.9), and he only shot 42.9% from two-point range. That said, he still shot pretty well from 3 (37.6%) and played OK defense, keeping him off our official ballot.
SF Miles Bridges, Charlotte: 30.7 minutes per game, -2.68 RPM
Like Mike Conley, Miles Bridges seems like a great guy whom you'd hate to criticize. Alas, that's our exercise here. Caught in between positions, Bridges hasn't been able to figure out his rhythm on offense in the NBA either. He hasn't shot well (33% from three, 48.6% from two) and doesn't get to the line enough (2.0 FTA) to make up for it. The advanced stats get even worse from there (although to be fair, they get dragged down by playing in a bad starting lineup.)
Fortunately for him, Bridges is spared by his youth. At 22, he's technically over our "21 year old" threshold, but it still feels unfair to pick on his growing pains as a sophomore. Perhaps in time, he can find a role that can take advantage of his athleticism and talent. But be warned: the clock is ticking. We're taking the kid gloves off soon. Bridges and fellow analytics-allergic Kevin Knox (-7.7 RPM!) will be entering Year 3 next season and will need to step their games up to avoid LVP discussion.
SF Kyle Kuzma, L.A. Lakers: 24.6 minutes per game, -0.74 RPM
Kyle Kuzma can score if need be, but his skill set never made him a natural fit to play third banana to superstars like LeBron James and Anthony Davis. He's not a 3+D player -- he's more of a no-3 (30% this year) no-D player. At the same time, the LVP is about negative impact, and it's hard to find much of consequence here. After all, the Lakers still finished with the # 1 record in the West. Kuzma struggling to find his way is like a tree falling in the woods or a person farting in an empty elevator – ultimately it didn't matter.
SF Andre Iguodala, Memphis/Miami
It feels like ancient history now, but this past offseason, the Memphis Grizzlies acquired Andre Iguodala in a trade (under the presumption he may be dealt again.) According to official reports, Iguodala and the Grizzlies MUTUALLY decided that he wouldn't play for Memphis and wouldn't even report to the team in the meantime. Okay. Fine. We'll go along with that.
Still, that situation leaves a sour taste in the LVP headquarters. Memphis turned out to be better than expected, and could have used an extra rotational player. And even if Iguodala wouldn't have helped much on the court, he could have been a valuable mentor for their young kids. That's the least you can expect for a nice $15M in salary.
our official top 5 LVP ballot
(5) PF Anthony Tolliver (POR, SAC, MEM): 15.6 minutes per game, -3.60 RPM
I've always had a soft spot for the wise ol' owl, Anthony Tolliver. He's reportedly a great teammate and locker room presence. He also started to develop into an effective stretch four towards the end of this career.
But alas, the end of his career may have snuck up on us sooner than we expected. Tolliver disappointed for Minnesota last season, and completely flopped in his return to Portland. At age 34, he doesn't seem to be a viable rotation player anymore. He didn't play quite enough to merit LVP, but he still played more than he should have.
There's a chance Tolliver comes back next year to serve as a veteran mentor and pseudo-assistant coach somewhere, but it's more likely that he retires. If he does, he'll have played for 10 different franchises in his not-so-illustrious but very respectable career.
(4) SG Bryn Forbes, San Antonio: 25.1 minutes per game, -0.95 RPM
The NBA is all about shooting these days, and Bryn Forbes can shoot. He's hit an even 40.0% from three during his NBA career so far, and wasn't too far removed from that this season with 38.8% on 6.0 attempts per game. As a result, his true shooting percentage (57%) was above average. The Spurs lacked spacers, and Forbes fit that bill.
So what's the problem...? Turns out, basketball is more than a halfcourt game. And whenever the ball crosses that pesky midcourt line, Bryn Forbes starts to become a liability.
At only 6'3", Forbes is undersized to play the SG position, which is where the Spurs played him 74% of the time (according to basketball-reference.) Partly due to those athletic limitations, he only registered 0.5 steals per game, and blocked a grand total of 0 shots in his 1579 minutes of action. The advanced stats get ugly; Forbes ranks near the bottom at his position in DRPM, DBPM, all the alphabet formulas that you can cook up.
At the end of the day, LVP is about negative impact, and there's plenty here. Forbes is not a bad player in a vacuum, but he did not help the Spurs this year. In fact, their undersized lineup is a big reason why they're struggling so much on defense (25th in the NBA). As a direct result, they're on track to miss the playoffs for the first time in decades.
(3) SF Mario Hezonja, Portland: 16.3 minutes per game, -2.79 RPM
During the entire run of the Damian Lillard - C.J. McCollum era, Portland has struggled to figure out their wing rotation. That would be tested even more this season, with familiar faces like Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Evan Turner slipping out the door. The trials and tribulations kept coming like Damian Lillard was Job, as injuries ravaged the Blazers' new depth chart. The team didn't need a star to emerge at forward -- but they needed somebody. Anybody.
In theory, that player should have been Mario Hezonja, a former lottery pick and a live body with good athleticism and size at 6'8". Signed this summer for a modest price ($1.7M), Hezonja had the chance to jumpstart his NBA career with a major opportunity on the team. Instead, he flopped like Marcus Smart taking a phantom elbow.
Hezonja's biggest problem is that, at age 25, he still hasn't found his feel on the court. He's not a good shooter (32.8% from three), and doesn't use his athleticism to find his way to the line (1.1 attempts per game.) He was a non-factor (5 PPG, 3 RPG) on a team that desperately needed him to step up. In fact, the Blazers were so desperate for help that they not only signed Carmelo Anthony, but they played him over 32 minutes a game.
Again, we see a real "LVP" candidacy here with a direct effect on the standings. The Blazers' getting a big fat nothing from Hezonja was a major part of their struggle to get to .500 this season.
(2) C Dewayne Dedmon, SAC/ATL: 17.6 minutes per game, -2.51 RPM
We're not supposed to factor in salaries into this equation, but Dewayne Dedmon's situation merits a mention for context. The Sacramento Kings signed the big man to a head-scratching 3-year, $40M deal this summer (seriously.) Clearly, GM Vlade Divac thought his young Kings were only a few veterans away from making the playoffs, bringing in (and over-paying) Dedmon, Cory Joseph, and Trevor Ariza.
Among the three, Dedmon turned out to be the most disappointing for several reasons. He didn't play well to start the season, and got usurped in the rotation by underrated Richaun Holmes. Rather than suck it up, take a deep breath, and take a relaxing dive in his new Scrooge McDuck money pool, Dedmon started to whine and complain and push for a trade. For a team that was struggling, Dedmon's headache became the last thing they needed. Ultimately, they ditched him back to where he came from in Atlanta.
Now, being difficult and being a prima donna isn't enough to get you LVP honors. You have to stink on the court as well. And sure enough, Dedmon started to check those boxes. Billed as a stretch five after hitting some threes in Atlanta, Dedmon lost his shot in the SMF airport baggage claim. He shot only 19.7% from three for the Kings, registering a 47.3% true shooting percentage on the season. His defense is OK, but it's not good enough make up for his poor offensive play. He's not bad enough to get LVP, but he hurt his team this year.
(1) PG Isaiah Thomas, Washington: 23.1 minutes per game, -2.75 RPM
We've awarded three LVP trophies in the past, and a familiar pattern is starting to emerge. The most dangerous players aren't necessarily the bad players; they're the players who used to be good. Because of their prior success, they tend to get overplayed by their coaches and drag their teams down with them.
It wasn't too long ago that Isaiah Thomas found himself in the MVP conversation for the Boston Celtics, as his incredible shotmaking helped make up for any defensive limitations he may have as a 5'9" player. That said, a small player like Thomas is always going to have a thin margin for error to remain a winning player. He needs to be GREAT offensively to make up for his defense. Unfortunately, his offense has not been great since his infamous injury. He can still make shots (hitting 41.3% of his threes), but he's not getting inside the paint and not getting to the free-throw line (1.9 attempts per game.) As a result, his true-shooting percentage lagged to 53.1%, well below league average.
If Isaiah Thomas isn't making scoring efficiently, then what is he doing to help a team win? He's not a great distributor (3.7 assists per game.) He's a very poor rebounder (1.7 per game.) And yes, that defense is still a major problem. According to ESPN's RPM metric, Thomas graded as a -4.2 impact per 100 possessions, the second worst in the league at PG after Trae Young. Basketball-reference lists his "defensive rating" at 121. For comparison's sake, the worst team defense in the league still held teams under 116. (That worst team? The Wizards.)
You can make an argument that there's still a place for Thomas in the NBA as a sparkplug scorer off the bench. Alas, that's not how the Wizards had been using him this season. He started 37 of 40 games for the team. Largely as a result of that, the Wizards' starting lineup was atrocious defensively. Fellow starters like Bradley Beal and Rui Hachimura ranked toward the bottom of their position in defensive metrics as well. When your lineup stinks defensively, a good coach may look in the mirror and say: hey, maybe we need a change here. Sadly, quick reactions are not Scottie Brooks' strong suit. He has the type of sloth-like speed that even frustrate workers at the DMV. The Wizards eventually dumped IT, but it took far too long to make that shift.
To be fair, the Wizards' options at point guard were limited with John Wall injured. Veteran Ish Smith is mediocre right now, and Shabazz Napier arrived late in the season. Still, the point here is: almost any competent point guard (like a Napier) would have helped the Wizards more than Isaiah Thomas. He had become a negative for them. The cold hard truth is that: it's very difficult to win basketball games with Thomas starting. And given that, he is our official LVP.
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2020.07.16 18:26 stannsmash Offseason Review Series: Day 2 - The Washington Football Team

Washington is dead, long live Washington!

Division: NFC East

2019 Record: 3-13, 4th in NFC East

Coaching Changes

As the marketing says, this is a new RivERA. Almost the entire coaching staff has been replaced, except for the running back and special teams coaches, so let's all give a hand to Randy Jordan and Nate Kaczor for being survivors of the Rivera purge. Here are the highlights:
 

Head Coach: Ron Rivera replaces interim Bill Callahan

After an 0-5 start last season, and multiple season of mediocrity, Dan Snyder finally decided to pull the plug on Jay Gruden. Interim coach Bill Callahan did a...job. The question quickly turned to who would be the newest coach of the Washington Football Franchise. Would it be current OC and potential wünderkid Kevin O'Connell? Would they somehow steal away Mike Tomlin (remember this theory?) No. Enter in: Riverboat Ron.
Ironically, the only way that Washington was able to hire him was by defeating him: in week 13 of the 2019 season, Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice stomped through Rivera's defense to the tune of 248 yards on the ground. That was enough to seal his fate with owner David Tepper, who was vocal through the season about the panthers status of mediocrity.
While one can reflect on Rivera's tenure as mediocrity, I'd argue it is anything but. As 2-time Head Coach of the Year, Rivera lead the Panthers to 3 1st place finishes in the NFC South, including a historic 15-1 2015 season where the Panthers made it to the Super Bowl behind MVP Cam Newton. Rivera is the winningest coach in Panthers history, with an overall record of 76-63-1. However, he was not Tepper's choice, and for that as a fan I owe Tepper one.
While I would not fault Jay Gruden for all of the Redskins issues the past 5 1/2 years, he seemed destined to stay at most mediocre, never even reaching the highs Rivera has seen. Key Gruden personnel such as Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed, Chris Thompson, Josh Norman, Josh Doctson, and more are long gone. Rivera has a brand new cast to work with, and I am excited to see it.
Rivera is a proven head coach with a long and public track record. He is known for being a big believer in a strong player-oriented team culture, and god knows this team needs some major culture help, especially in the front office. Looking at you, Mr. Snyder. GRADE: A
 

Offensive Coordinator: Scott Turner replaces Kevin O'Connell

Losing Kevin O'Connell to the Rams is disappointing, no way around it in my mind. Could the Rams get bitten in the rear and throw a green coordinator into the wind? Maybe. But out of all personnel we didn't keep, this one stung the most.
However, one must not dwell on the past too much. Enter in Scott Turner, son of Norv Turner. Turner comes over from Carolina where he was first the QB coach under his father, and then suddenly replaced his father once Rivera was fired. Some highlights of Turner include:
  • Being the Brown's receiver coach during Josh Gordon's monstrous 2013 season
  • Vikings QB coach during Teddy Bridgewater's best years
Yeah that's about it. He is young and hungry, and honestly, I am pretty happy with this choice as well. I have faith in him to develop Haskins, who is the future of the franchise as of now. Hopefully he does not fall out of favor as his father did with our favorite owner. GRADE: B+
 

Defensive Coordinator: Jack Del Rio replaces Greg Manusky

The Redskins defense in my opinion has been underwhelming in recent times, and in large part I blame Greg Manusky for this result. The Redskins defense last year ranked 27th overall, which any Washington fan will tell you is at best a slight shame and at worst a goddamn tragedy. Sure, our secondary was nowhere to be seen. Sure, we we're extremely injured a lot of the time.
But here's the worst part: our front 7 is actually really good. I mean come on: Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat, and more should amount to one of the most potent QB rushing attacks of the year. However, the stats show that this is just not true. PFF listed us outside the top ten and in a more general sense the defense overall just seems too ooze mediocrity.
Enter in Jack Del Rio. This man has over 30 years of NFL experience, having multiple positions as both Head Coach and Defensive Coordinators in the past. While his head coaching career has not always been consistent, his defensive strengths are quite apparent. While Wade Phillips was responsible for the Super Bowl winning Broncos of 2015, we cannot forget that Del Rio groomed that defense for years prior, bringing them to the big game as well the year before. His earlier success in Baltimore and Carolina must also be mentioned, but my main point is this: Jack Del Rio is tiers above Manusky.
Del Rio and Rivera are on the same page, and switching to a 4-3 base defense with Del Rio should pay dividends to our defense, particularly our front seven. Look for a strong pass rush with Del Rio under control. GRADE: A
 

Quarterbacks Coach: Ken Zampese replaces Tim Rattay

Zampese formerly worked for the Greatest Show on Turf helping Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, and Torry Holt achieve offensive supremacy over the league. He worked for 12 years in Cincinnati, developing both Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton. In addition, he helped to develop Baker his rookie year under literal the dumpster fire of a head coaching regime Hue Jackson had in 2018. After seeing many of Haskins sexy throws to McLaurin, Gandy-Golden and Co. on Instagram, I feel some safety in the QB department for once. GRADE: A-
 

Head Athletic Trainer: Ryan Vermillion replaces Larry Hess

If there's one thing that reminds me of a Washington Football season, its injuries. While Washington was not the only injured team, it definitely felt like one of the worst last year. At the end of the day, the blame falls on random injury luck, proper practice, and the athletic training staff. Larry Hess had been employed by Washington for 17 years, so this move may be seen as a long time coming, especially concerning some of the particularly bad injuries of recent years.
Vermillion has rep with Rivera, as he is the former head trainer for the Panthers. While the Panthers have had some injury troubles of there own as of recently, I am still hopeful that Vermillion and his staff can help the situation over here. GRADE: B
 
 

Free Agency

Players lost/cut
Player Position New team
Chris Thompson RB Jaguars
Colt McCoy QB Giants
Case Keenum QB Browns
Ereck Flowers OG Dolphins
Josh Norman CB Bills
Trent Williams OT 49ers
Montae Nicholson CB UFA
Jordan Reed TE UFA
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB UFA
Wendell Smallwood RB UFA
Tony Bergstrom OL UFA
Donald Penn OT UFA
Vernon Davis TE Retired
Key Losses:
  • Ereck Flowers: Flowers had been written off as a bust. His tenure in New York and Jacksonville were both at best mediocre, and at worst disgusting. He gave up tons of pressures, and questions about his devotion to the team were at play. However, Washington was able to reignite Flowers by transitioning him from a tackle to a guard. In this new role, he only allowed two sacks while starting all 16 games. In the end, he was able to get the best pay-day back home in Miami, and for that I cannot hold any ill-will.
 
  • Josh Norman: 5 years. $51.1 million guaranteed. $75 million total. Honestly, I believed in Josh Norman when we first signed him. Coming off an All-Pro year on a stacked 2015 Panthers roster, Norman was proud to declare himself the best corner in the whole league. If you'd ask Norman today, he may still very well agree with that assessment. However, both the film and numbers point to Norman as a one year wonder. He was never able to replicate his 2015 success here, and was barely able to follow receivers like Revis or play the zone like Sherman. I would consider this the worst Redskins free agent signing of the Jay Gruden regime, hands down bar none. At least Matt Jones gave us some 100 yard games. His best games for us were against Cody Kessler and Matt Barkley. I am glad this is over with.
 
  • Trent Williams: Oh Trent-y boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling. I am truly sad to see Mr. Williams suit up for another organization this fall, assuming there will be a football season. Trent has been one of, if not the best offensive lineman in the entire NFL since being drafted 4th overall in 2010. Even as poor football and asinine front office moves surrounded him, Trent remained grounded and supportive of Mr. Snyder's hope to win football games. However, this relationship quickly turned for the worse. I could write this whole page about the Trent Williams saga, so instead I shall link this.
Goodbye Silverback.
 
  • Jordan Reed: If you thought the Trent Williams saga hurt me, oh boy you are not ready for this. Jordan Reed was probably my favorite Washington player up until last season. I was at his first big game in 2013, and boy was it a sight to see. A 3rd round TE from Florida, Reed was a bright spot on a more distant 3-13 Washington Squad still hoping for RG3's knees to spring back to life. When Reed was on fire, he was on. In his heyday of 2015 and 2016, Reed was a top tier Pro-Bowl talent TE possessing the quickness of a WR with the strength and build of a TE. However, we all know how this story ends. In 2013, he only played 9 games due to concussions. In 2014, he hurt his hamstring twice throughout the season yet still played in 11 games. As stated earlier, 15' and 16' were the golden years, but his hamstring came back to derail almost his entire 2017 season. By last year, he had over 9 known concussions, and one can only assume his hamstring is not in good shape. This is a classic example of injuries destroying a once promising career. If you are ever in need of watching some electrifying tight end plays, check this out, I promise you will not regret it. Thank you Jordan!
 
Players signed
Player Position Old team Length Salary
Wes Schweitzer OG Falcons 3 years $13.5 mil, $4 mil guaranteed
Kendall Fuller CB Chiefs 4 years $40 mil, $23.5 mil guaranteed
Logan Thomas TE Lions 2 years $6.145 mil, $2.25 mil guaranteed
Sean Davis S Steelers 1 year $4 mil, $2 mil guaranteed
Kyle Allen QB Panthers 1 year $675k
Thomas Davis LB Chargers 1 year $3.5 mil, $1.75 mil guaranteed
J.D. McKissic RB Seahawks 2 year $3.27 mil, $1 mil guaranteed
Peyton Barber RB Buccaneers 2 year $3 mil, $600k guaranteed
Cornelius Lucas OT Bears 2 year $3.8 mil, $1 mil guaranteed
Richard Rogers TE Eagles 1 year $1 mil
Cody Latimer WR Giants 1 year $1 mil, $137.5k guaranteed
Kevin Pierre-Louis LB Bears 1 year $3 mil, $1.5 mil guaranteed
Jeremy Vujnovich OG Cardinals 1 year $825k
Ronald Darby CB Eagles 1 year $3 mil, $1 mil guaranteed
Mike Liedtke OG Buccaneers 1 year $750k
Key Additions:
  • Kendall Fuller: We are proud to welcome our 2016 3rd rounder and new Super Bowl Champion back to DC. Fuller has proven himself as a formidable slot cornerback, and should be a day 1 starter immediately. In fact, I could see us playing him on the outside if need be, as our secondary will become stretched dry rather quickly. If we can trade for Malik Jefferson, we could finally have all pieces of the Alex Smith trade back on the roster, including Alex Smith himself (hang in there buddy :( ).
 
  • Thomas Davis: A 3x Pro Bowler and bonafide former team leader of the Carolina Panthers, Thomas Davis is a welcome addition to our locker room. While at age 37 he may not start or play the most downs, his presence and familiarity with Rivera lends kindly to helping younger defensive players adjust and learn the new system.
 
  • Ronald Darby: Darby has never played a full 16 game season, and the past two seasons in particular seem to be injury ridden. However, our secondary is in need of a #2 to step up behind Fuller and if Moreau cannot make a leap then Darby better be a frog. This one year, prove-it deal will show whether or not Darby is ready to play with the big boys now.
 
Players resigned
Player Position Length Salary
Jon Bostic LB 2 year $5.1 mil, $2.25 mil guaranteed
Caleb Brantley DT 1 year $750k
Nate Orchard LB/DE 1 year $1 mil, $137.5k guaranteed
Aaron Colvin CB 1 year $1 mil, $137.5k guaranteed
Brandon Scherff OG 1 year $15.03 mil guaranteed (franchise tag)
Important Resigns:
  • Jon Bostic: The former 2nd rounder has bounced around the league since 2013, but with Reuben Foster tearing his ACL in training camp last year, Bostic was thrust into the starting LB slot. While far from perfect, Bostic played surprisingly well last year, recording 105 tackles, a sack, and a pick. It is unclear whether Bostic's ceiling is much higher then this going into year 8 of his career. The signing of Thomas Davis and an even better D-Line could help Bostic shine more as there is less pressure on him. Overall, a good team friendly extension on a starte1st off the bench quality player.
 
  • Brandon Scherff: Except for some penalty troubles, Scherff has been the most consistent offensive lineman this team has had in the past five years who is not upset at our current front office. While I am unsure if he was worthy of the Pro Bowl this past year, he is a stud OG and I am glad we have kept him his whole rookie deal. Hopefully a long-term can be worked out soon (though the deadline may have just past for franchise tagees), but keeping him on the franchise tag is far down the list of personnel issues.
 
 

Draft

Round Number Player Position School
1 2 Chase Young DE Ohio State
3 66 Antonio Gibson WRB Memphis
4 108 Saahdiq Charles OT LSU
4 142 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR Liberty
5 156 Keith Ismael C San Diego State
5 162 Khaleke Hudson LB Michigan
7 216 Kamren Curl S Arkansas
7 229 James Smith-Williams DE N.C. State
UDFA N/A Thaddeus Moss TE LSU
UDFA N/A Steven Montez QB Colorado
UDFA N/A Isaiah Wright WR Temple
UDFA N/A Johnathon Johnson WR Missouri
Grades and Thoughts:
  • Chase Young: How much more can be said about this guy? Young was known for months to be the consensus number one talent of the draft, and that has not changed in the past months. He is a forced to be reckoned with, and putting him alongside our other D-Lineman is a scary sight. The often made comparison is that of the Bosa brothers, who both came into the league and wrecked havoc upon entry. I see Young doing the same thing, having a minimum 10+ sack season. Fear the predator y'all. GRADE: A+
 
  • Antonio Gibson: Almost every analysis I have read about Gibson describes him in one of two ways: 1) A swiss-army knife 2) A football player. While I can't disagree with either, these both seem to be big buzzwords that cable football analysis loves to float around to tons and tons of players. No matter how you describe him, Gibson's highlight real speaks for itself. Most project him into a RB role in our system, and with Chris Thompson setting sail with Jay Gruden Gibson can not pick up the slack here. If he can provide support to Peterson and Guice, great! If he could improve our dismal receiving unit, even better! I like this pick, but can also see it failing if Rivera and Turner cannot utilize him correctly. GRADE: B+
 
  • Saahdiq Charles: Using a picks here on the O-Line was a smart move, as our bench before the draft was extremely thin. Charles has been a part of one of the best O-line's in the nation at LSU, helping Clyde Edwards-Helaire run over the entire goddamn SEC. While there was a distraction of off-field issues, i.e. his six game suspension in his junior year. My understanding is that this stemmed from maturity issues and possible failed drug tests. Without these concerns, Charles would not have fallen to this round. Even with the character issue, his on the field product is fantastic, and if there was any coach to help Charles stay the right path it would be Ron Rivera. GRADE: B
 
  • Antonio Gandy-Golden: My information on Gandy-Golden and Liberty football in general is extremely limited, but the little I have seen is fantastic. At 6'4, 223 lbs Gandy-Golden is prototypical size and his highlights at Liberty reflect that. He is able to utilize is wingspan to have a large catch radius and contend for aired out balls. In addition, while his 4.6 40 yard dash may be slightly underwhelming, his speed on tape is evident and can work. As the receiver competition is wide open, Gandy-Golden can easily become the number two receiver on this squad if he puts in the work. And according to social media, it appears he is trying. GRADE: A
 
  • Keith Ismael: Another offensive linemen, but I struggle to see Ismael in any role besides backup this year. Ismael was solid player for his three year college career, and learning behind our O-line can do him well to bring him up to NFL speed. I can see him sitting behind Rouiller most of the year, but there's always the potential for something more if he is a diamond in the rough. However, I would have liked for a TE selection here. GRADE: B
 
  • Kamren Curl: Curl seemed to be an intrenched starter for Arkansas, but it is hard to see what is exactly unique with his skill set. At 6'1, 206 lbs he has the body of a safety or even cornerback, which tracks as he played both positions in school. The most known information about him is that he was suspended for flirting with a cheerleader his sophomore season, but if that is his biggest character concern then I don't really care. In addition, he later cleared the confusion, noting that the cheerleader just wanted a photo with him. GRADE: C
 
  • James Smith-Williams: A depth signing for our defensive front, which is all good in my book. However, this deep dive into the man shows that Smith-Williams has the potential to be more then a name in DC. His injury history is very troubling, but if he can put that Big Bang Theory Sheldon brain of his to our team then I am all for it. 7th rounders are the time for risks, and Smith-Williams case is a unique one where the injuries are not as much a concern for me. GRADE: C+
 
If the only player we keep out of this draft in the next 5 years is Chase Young, it will still have been a success. However, I have a feeling that other players will make an impact here, particularly with Gibson or Gandy-Golden breaking out in a rushing or receiving competition. For Kyle Smith and Rivera's first draft, it could have gone a lot worse. The amount of BS spewed about us drafting Tua or trading down was EVERYWHERE online before the draft, so I am jus glad we didn't mess it up as bad as we could have. Overall, I'd rate this draft a B+, with the rating going higher if any of these other players break out as well.
 
 

Name Controversy

Look, both you and I know that this subject has been beaten to death, especially on this subreddit. So let us just establish the facts:
  • There has been ample push to change the name since the 1990s.
  • Dan Snyder said in 2013 that he would never change the name. "It's that simple. NEVER — you can use caps."
  • This month, Fedex, along with other major sponsors such as Nike and PepsiCo called on Snyder to change their name or face financial doom.
  • July 13, 2020 Snyder issues a press release stating the name and logo are both officially retired.
There are many more specifics and points of contention on this issue, and I think this WaPo graphic does a good job illustrating other key times that the name has been discussed or been a point of contention.
My thought? About damn time. Look, I understand that the name is offensive and have been all for changing it, but more importantly I just want us to focus on what ideally should be more pressing for this writeup: the players and the game. The politics of the name has been a distraction and disgrace to the proud men who have worn this city on their back for decades. Do not get me wrong: the actual name itself holds little meaning to me personally. However, I am younger than many fans of the team and understand the attachment some have had for their entire lives. Yet, I do not think we need to forget about Theismann, Baugh, Jurgensen, Doug Williams, Rypien, Riggins, the Hogs, and more just by retiring the name. I say, let this begin a new era in Washington football history where we can be remembered for playing a game we enjoy and love, not hurting others if we do not need to.
My personal preference for a new name as of now is Red Wolves. Maintaining the colors and HttR (Howl to the Red Wolves!) sounds nice, and the animal is theoretically indigenous to DC and the southeast US even as we may not see it commonly. If trademarks issues can settle, I believe we will hear the new name before the next season.
 
 

Sexual Harassment/Misconduct Issues

After finishing the Washington Post article today, I was left with a feeling of disgust and sadness, but not shock. Football has always been known as a "boy's club," and seeing women in positions of power in any NFL organization is not common. This is the reason why. While I do not know the situation of every front office, I would not be shocked if this is more common then one would suspect.
Now, do not get me wrong: this is disgusting and Snyder should be ashamed of himself. Letting this persist for over 20 years and clearly not giving any shits is despicable. I do not want to defend these actions in any manner. These men have done disgusting things, and the fact that Snyder has let them slide and persist for all this time is plain gross. This is a question about human decency and respect: do you respect your fellow person enough that you control what you say around them? That you think before you act? Clearly the Washington Football team has not cared about its female employees nearly enough. This is hurtful for everyone, male, female, non-binary, whatever. Please, just consider your fellow person when you are living your life. This is not hard.
 
 

Projected Lineup and Position Groups

 
Offense:
QB1: Dwayne Haskins
QB2: Kyle Allen
This should be Dwayne Haskins year to fully realize himself as a starting quarterback in the NFL. While I love watching his sexy instagram workouts, I can only get so worked up before needing to see the real deal. Since being thrown into the fray last year, we saw Dwayne progress in his decision making, but keep improvements in accuracy, particularly throwing mechanics, should be a focus this year. Even with a...subpar supporting cast (more on that later), this should be Simba's year to break out, or at least show that he is worthy of his first round draft selection.
I don't expect Allen or even Alex Smith (if he has recovered enough, which I am doubtful of) to give Haskins a run for his money. While Rivera has never stated he is sold on Haskins, do not think any other QB will start this season (barring injury.) Washington is committed, at least for this year, to Dwayne Haskins.
 
RB1: Adrian Peterson/Derrius Guice
RB3: Antonio Gibson
It is really a toss-up here whether or not AD or Guice starts, but if history is cyclical then Peterson will get the nod soon enough. I really want Guice to do well, and when he has not been injured he has done fairly well. However, I have little hope that his knees keep holding up, especially considering how much we may need to rely on our run game this year.
Peterson is old, but has shown to be consistent enough when we have a semblance of an offensive line. Our run game is decent, definitely not the worst in the league, but could be close to it. I imagine Gibson may fulfill the role of a receiver back, catching out of the backfield or taking hand-offs. He is bigger than Chris Thompson, but elusive enough that I could see some similarity in usage, especially as a rookie.
 
TE1: Jeremy Sprinkle
TE2: Richard Rogers, Logan Thomas
TE3: Thaddeus Moss
Sprinkle gets the nod here as the number one due to his experience in DC, but as the new regime is in town this is really anyone's game. Stat-wise Rogers and Thomas are relatively consistent, and while Moss has the obvious name recognition he is not even a lock to make the current roster. Sprinkle has always been subpar as a pass catcher, decent as blocker and not much else. Hopefully someone here breaks out or a trade swings through, otherwise this is one of our worst position groups on the roster.
 
WR1: Terry McLaurin
WR2: Steven Sims Jr.
WR3: Antonio Gandy-Golden/Cody Latimer
WR4: Trey Quinn
"McLaurin and then everybody else" is the best way to sum up our receiving unit. Scary Terry is once again our biggest threat and should have just as good if not a better year than 2019 as Haskins' accuracy issues (hopefully) clear up. I Like Sims Jr. as a returner, but his results as a receiver have been inconsistent. Perhaps he could be used similarly to Antonio Gibson, as I see him getting end around hand offs having big success. Gandy-Golden looks promising, but small school talent can be hard to adapt to the NFL. Latimer is a solid depth signing, and I am very unsure if Trey Quinn is worth his roster spot. While I mentioned the Tight End group being poor, this group is equal in that regard. Hopefully our run game can carry once again.
 
LT: Geron Christian Sr.
LG: Wes Schweitzer
C: Chase Roullier
RG: Brandon Scherff
RT: Morgan Moses
Scherff is a bright spot on this mediocre group, but he has had some penalty troubles and the contract situation for him is still unclear as for the future. Geron Christian should hopefully start and have improved since last year, and Schweitzer seems to be a decent signing. I like Rouiller under center for now. Saahdiq Charles and Keith Ismael could both become starters, but I have a feeling Rivera will not want to throw them into the fire early on. Overall I'd categorize this group as "eh?" and hope that our RBs can find enough holes. Haskins has also been improving his mobile game so escapability could be a needed factor with this line.
 
4-3 Defense:
LDE1: Chase Young
LDT: Matt Ioannidis
RDT: Daron Payne
RDE: Montez Sweat
This is by far the best position group on the entire roster. Calling these four the only starters is somewhat a misnomer, as Rivera and Del Rio will be frequently subbing in and out many linemen. Kerrigan and Jon Allen should still have large roles, but these are my choices based on durability and past success. Chase Young should be a stud, and I have heard him having between 10-15 sacks this year. Ioannidis has been a 5th round gem for us, leading the team in sacks last year. Payne and Sweat are both young and have shown some success, and I am hopeful they can both remain at worst starter level linemen. If our line is not getting after QBs like crazy this year, some big questions will need to be raised.
 
WLB: Cole Holcomb, Josh Harvey-Clemons
MLB: Jon Bostic, Thomas Davis
SLB: Ryan Anderson
While not as impressive as the linemen, our LB core is still a solid group. Thomas Davis brings in some leadership to an otherwise young group. Ryan Anderson will finally be playing in his natural position as a 4-3 LB. Both Bostic and Holcomb were impressive last year, though I am hoping their coverage (particularly Holcomb's) could improve. Harvey-Clemons is good for our depth, and solid rotation player. Overall not a flashy group, but should get the job done with the pressure all being up front.
 
CB1: Kendall Fuller
CB2: Ronald Darby, Greg Stroman
CB3: Fabian Moreau, Jimmy Moreland
FS: Sean Davis
SS: Landon Collins
The only unquestionable starters here are Fuller and Collins, and even Collins has been looking down as of recent. My dark-horse candidate is Jimmy Moreland, who impressed in last years preseason before being hidden or unnoticeable during the regular season. Moreau is decent, and Sean Davis is as good as Montae Nicholson ever was (especially considering his legal issues.) The loss of Quinton Dunbar is not sad whatsoever, and while his play was above-average, his robbery skills are very poor. This is the biggest whole in the defense by far, and my guess is that our team will ride or die by this secondary. If the front 7 is doing what it can to apply pressure, there will be some slack here. However, do not be surprised if next years writeup has many different players here.
 
Special Teams:
K: Dustin Hopkins
P: Tress Way
KR: Steven Sims Jr.
PR: Steven Sims Jr.
I want Tress Way to have my children so that they will be blessed with his punting genes. After a couple years of flying under the radar, Way was finally recognized in 2019 with a Pro Bowl and Second-team All-Pro nod. I am upset that Brett Kern got the nod over him for First-team, but the recognition is still appreciated. Hopkins is decent, though he does have a tendency to miss some close kicks (cough vs. Bengals in London cough), but he has provided stability to kicking for years now. Sims emerged last year as our return man, and with him bringing us our first return touchdown since 2015, I'll let him stay. Perhaps Gibson will try returning as well, who knows.
 
 

Schedule Prediction

 
Home against the Eagles: Loss
3 out of the past 4 years Washington has lost its openers, with two of those loses being against the Eagles themselves. Be ready for growing pains with a new name, coaching staff, and supporting cast. This season is not gonna get any easier.
 
Away against the Cardinals: Loss
This game could be a close one, but the Cardinals seem to be on the up with Kyler and Kingsbury. There air raid will be too much for the DC secondary, especially playing in Arizona.
 
Away against the Browns: Win
It's the Browns for god sake. Josh Norman had a game winning pick a couple years back for us against them. Sure, their QB was Cody Kessler, but different year same stories. No more Freddie Kitchens, still the same Browns.
 
Home against the Ravens: Loss
It's the Ravens. Enough said.
 
Home against the Rams: Loss
McVay and Co. should have our number here. Even without Gurley the Rams passing attack should be enough to take us down. The real downfall of our team is the secondary, that should be a pattern to notice. I'd like to believe in a Haskins comeback win here, but who knows.
 
Away against the Giants: Loss
Going into the Meadowlands, I expect a game similar to the late OT thriller of last season, with the Daniel Jones reigning supreme again. Saquon will distract our defense enough that number one receiver... Sterling Shepard will bust us up. Clap man Garett gets us again.
 
Home against the Cowboys: Win
Come on now, it's the Cowboys. Dak is overpaid, blah blah blah. Coming back home and wanting to prove ourselves after a crippling loss last week, I think Simba can pull off a nice home win here.
 
Home against the Giants: Win
Revenge game of the 2019 QBs, and this time Haskins will stay on top. Expect a nice performance from McLaurin, and Chase Young destroying Mr. Jones.
 
Away against the Lions: Win
I'm praying that Chase Young is able to get after Stafford enough that he does not pull a come back against us here, but I expect this game to be close as well. Perhaps Okudah has a pick six, why not.
 
Home against the Bengals: Win
Haskins vs. Burrow. Burrow vs. Young. A bonafide 2019 tank-bowl matchup. I feel we have the upper hand here, but really this game should be a shit show. Should be juicy though.
 
Away against the Cowboys: Loss
Playing in Jerry World is ass, though I'll never forget Colt McCoy leading us to victory on Monday night. No way in hell we go 2-0 against the Cowboys, so mark this down as a loss.
 
Away against the Steelers: Loss
Big Ben is back and can run around in the pocket, meaning even with ample pressure his offense will do better than ours.
 
Away against the 49ers: Loss
It's the Niners, and they mean business. Last year's game was a 9-0 snoozefest for some reason, so I'm guessing this one will be 30-27 shootout. Should be fun to see a potential Trent Williams vs. Chase Young matchup.
 
Home against the Seahawks: Loss
Russell Wilson.
 
Home against the Panthers: Win
Rivera fights his old team and...wins?? Yep, even with Teddy B I feel our defense will keep us afloat. Shaq Thompson is scary, but I am not particularly afraid of Donte Jackson and Eli Apple... Haskins will now probably throw three picks.
 
Away against the Eagles: Win
Ending the season on a positive note, what?? Yes, this one may be a stretch. However, if the Eagles are in the number one spot, my guess is that they would rest their starters against ours. Then again, I have no clue who will win the East so your guess is as best as mine. At any rate, I am ready to 100 percent lockdown Wentz this game, maybe.
 
Final record: 7-9, miss the playoffs, 3rd in NFC East
In my book, this would be an OK first year for Rivera. Coming in with so many green players and an entirely new system can lend itself to mediocrity, but building off of this year is crucial in my book to finally escaping out of the limbo which Washington has played in since Snyder bought the team in 1999.
Draft wise, this should set us up for a pick between...12-15? A solid early/mid-first, probably drafting a receiver, tight end, or secondary player depending on who pans out this year.
 
 

Training Camp Battles to watch

 
  • Wide Receivers:
Like previously mentioned, it is unclear who will be receivers 2 and 3 behind McLaurin. Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims Jr. emerged as early contenders, but as noted earlier Harmon tore his ACL. Latimer was ok last year on the Giants, but can he beat out Gandy-Golden or Sims Jr. at the top of the chart. I believe players such as Trey Quinn, Cam Sims, Johnathon Johnson and Isaiah Wright are all fighting for a roster space, so seeing them as starters is extremely unlikely. Predicted Winners: Antonio Gandy-Golden and Steven Sims Jr.
 
  • Tight Ends:
This whole roster spot is a toss up. I truly am hoping that Sprinkle gets a kick in the rear to elevate or somebody else steps up, as he was far from a special talent last year. His name makes sense, as he was only able to Sprinkle in a few catches from Haskins and Keenum throughout 2019. Both Richard Rogers and Logan Thomas aren't impressive, so the hope for fans is that Thad Moss or an unknown player such as Marcus Baugh is able to claim the spot. No matter who wins here, the position will be weak. Predicted Winner: Jeremy Sprinkle
 
  • Cornerback:
The battle here lies between all players not named Fuller or Darby. Known Redskins names such as Fabian Moreau, Greg Stroman, Jimmy Moreland, and Danny Johnson are all fighting to be the number 3 corner or remain on the roster in a bench role. I feel at most one of these players will be cut, but overall secondary job security should remain steady for 95 percent of Washington players. Predicted Winner: Fabian Moreau
 
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Offense:
One of the points I've read stressed about Scott Turner is his ability to fit the offense for the QB. As this will be his first full time OC job, it is unclear exactly what schemes he plans to run, but I assume it will be up to date with the fast and mobile trends of stat and data driven offenses today. Perhaps we shall see some similarities to his father, who utilized both Air Coryell and spread techniques in Carolina.
 
Defense: Base 4-3, 4-3 Under
As mentioned before, Del Rio and Rivera are shifting our defense from a 3-4 of the past to a 4-3. This should help our rush game significantly, with players such as Ryan Anderson and Chase Young being able to fit in the scheme quite naturally, For more in depth coverage, be sure to read this Hog's Haven post which will explain it more in depth.  
 
Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down below. Agree, disagree? This was my first year writing, so I hope it was bearable to read!
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2020.07.01 10:56 KagsTheOneAndOnly [OC] 5 breakout seasons you might have missed this year

This season, most of you have probably heard or read at one point or another about Luka Dončić soaring into the MVP conversation as a sophomore, the many all-star jumps (Ingram/Trae/Sabonis/Mitchell/Siakam/Booker), Bam Adebayo making a name for himself as an all-round stud in Miami, the Hornets' Devonte' Graham's heartwarming vault into NBA relevance, Ben Simmons's All-Defensive leap, and Jayson Tatum's long-awaited superstar transformation mid-season.
This post, then, will be talking about some breakouts around the league that you might have missed this season, coming from players on less talked-about teams, or simply improved aspects of certain players' games that may have flown under the radar for whatever reason.

1: Jonathan Isaac, defensive savant

[Note: Please read this fantastic and highly detailed two-part post by Jonathan Chen, from which I pilfered the vast majority of the clips that I've linked below: Jonathan Isaac: A Unicorn on the Defensive End]
Jonathan Isaac broke out as an early Defensive Player of the Year-candidate for the Orlando Magic this season - only an unfortunate season-ending left knee injury 32 games in stopped him from achieving a well-deserved All-Defensive spot this year.
While Isaac's gaudy per-game averages (7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 2.4 blocks) are useful shorthand, they actually underplays his overall impact because of how truly unicorn-ish and all-encompassing his defensive profile is.
  • Paint defense
It all starts with Judah's elite rim protection - opponents shoot a sizeable 10.2 FG% worse within 6 feet of the rim (50.9 DFG%) when Isaac is the closest defender, where his savant-like shot-blocking instincts kick in as the Magic's defensive anchor. Whether he's the primary defender or the weak-side help, he's got fantastic footwork and is very quick off his feet, possessing a mean second-jump. Combined with his 6-11 frame, 7-1 wingspan, and an excellent sense of timing, Isaac is an athletic, long, and relentless roadblock at the rim to thwart otherwise high-percentage opponent shot-attempts in the paint. He's able to tussle with larger behemoths as well - here he is denying Embiid at the rim with one hand. In addition, Isaac remains quite disciplined, managing to consistently remain vertical on his contests and averaging only 2.5 fouls/game, impressive for a 3rd-year defender just 22 years of age.
  • Man defense
Isaac's man defense is already highly impressive, able to guard bigs and guards alike without giving an inch (he has a 62.2% versatility index) and able to guard either the primary or secondary offensive options effectively while also protecting the rim. He's got quick hands that he uses to force turnovers, constantly stripping players when they gather or pick up their dribble. In the post, his length and lanky frame makes him a pest. When defending perimeter threats, his footwork is impeccable, he maneuvers screens really well, and he's agile and long enough to shut down the Greek Freak in semi-transition. When he is beat, he often chases perpetrators down from behind.
  • Team defense
Isaac's off-ball activity and team defense, meanwhile, is reminiscent of peak Draymond, KG, or Andrei Kirilenko, constantly making timely rotations to eat up passing lanes, anticipating and disrupting opponent plays, crowding ball-handlers and halting dribble-penetration, closing out to shooters, and swatting shot attempts at the rim, basically making himself an all-around menace on the court.
  • Some of his few defensive weaknesses:
He can gamble at times for steals (which does work out more often than not thanks to his length and instincts) and occasionally foul on shot contests, he can get caught out-of-position in the post sometimes, and he can be a bit overly twitchy in the paint, falling for pump-fakes from time to time.
  • Orlando's best and most important defender:
He leads the team and ranks near the top of the league in steals/game (1.6), blocks/game (2.4), defensive loose-balls recovered (0.8), and deflections/game (3.3); is 2nd on the team in charges drawn (0.13), defensive box-outs (2.0); and is 3rd in defensive rebounds/game (5.2).
With Isaac on the court, the Orlando Magic's defensive rating jumps by a whopping 4.5 points to an excellent 106.5 DRTG (-3.9 rDRTG), which would rank as the 4th-best defense in the league over a full season, significantly higher than the 9th place (109.0 DRTG) the Magic ended up at at the time of the NBA's suspension.
  • Advanced metrics:
Box- and non-box advanced metrics all think very highly of Isaac's overall defensive impact - he has a +4.8 D-RAPTOR (3rd in NBA), +3.2 D-PIPM (4th), and a +2.9 D-BPM (3rd).
  • So what's next for Isaac?
Isaac is slowly starting to get the benefit of the doubt from referees:
"I thought they were going to call it, I thought they were going to call it goaltending,’’ said a relieved Isaac after his Magic notched their fourth straight victory – this one a gritty 93-87 defeat of Cleveland. "I just tried to get (Thompson’s hook shot) at its highest point, and they gave it to me. I think the refs are starting to let me slide a little bit and I like it.’’
It probably won't be very long before Isaac will be able to run rampant as a full-blown terror on the defensive end, and combined with his decent ancillary offensive numbers as a tertiary scorer / potential floor-spacer (12.0 PPG, 2.8 3PA, 33 3P%), Jonathan is already a truly indispensable part of the Magic rotation for the foreseeable future.
(Bonus clip that perhaps summarises the entirety of Isaac's versatile skillset: His near-5x5 performance in a 1-point loss vs the Dallas Mavericks' historic league-leading offense on November 6, putting up 13/10/5/6/4 while tormenting Porzingis all night long (10 pts, 2 TOVs, 29 FG%) and holding Luka and KP to a combined 37 points on 35 shots (47.5 TS%) and 8 turnovers.)

2: Christian Wood, the NBA's newest unicorn

After 49 games of being an overqualified backup to Andre Drummond (averaging 10/5/1/1/1 on excellent efficiency), Detroit finally moved Christian Wood into the starting lineup after Drummond got traded to Cleveland for their final 13 games before the NBA suspended its season.
  • "Sooo.. who is Wood, and why should we care?"
In his final 13 games, Christian Wood has played like a bonafide star, averaging 22.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals, and 1.7 threes on 66% True Shooting (56 FG%, 40 3P% on 4.2 3PA, 76 FT%).
He's been remarkably consistent as well, scoring fewer than 17 points only once during this stretch, and showing up against a variety of good teams - 3 of his final 4 games were against stout opposition, and he rose to the challenge admirably, with outputs of 29/9/3 on 91 TS% vs OKC, 30/11/2 on 56 TS% vs the Jazz and reigning DPOY Gobert, and a career-high 32/7/2/3/2 on 81 TS% v.s. Philly.
  • "He's on a bad team though, and Detroit lost all but one of those 13 games. Aren't these just empty numbers?"
There's exists some evidence that these aren't empty calorie numbers.
For one thing, Wood is an advanced stats darling - he ranks in the top-20 to 30 range in most box- and non-box metrics: +4.5 RAPTOR (18th), +3.1 BPM (BBRef) (27th), 0.184 WS/48 (24th), +2.98 PIPM (26th), +2.82 RPM (ESPN) (22nd), +2.09 RAPM (20th).
For another, the Pistons are a whopping +10.9 points better with Wood on the court, with their defensive rating improving by +3 and their offensive rating getting a ridiculous +8 boost.
  • "So, what makes him so effective?"
Offensively, Wood is particularly special, able to shine as either a PF or a C.
When he plays the 5, he is an elite roll-man in the PnR (97th percentile); his potent roll-gravity often distracts defending bigs to get teammates easier looks at the rim. His athleticism and feathery touch allow him to finish at an elite rate at the rim (77 FG% in restricted area), either skying for lobs or shedding defenders with power and speed.
Wood is very aggressive in the short roll too, bullying defenders with unflashy but effective bumps, pivots, fakes, and his leaping ability, not shying away from contact either, affording him a healthy free-throw rate overall (6 FTA/game as starter, 76 FT%).
Wood is also a highly capable offensive rebounder (3.2 ORB/game in final 13 games, top 20 in ORB%), adept at following up on both teammate misses and his own.
Of course, Wood is also a remarkable shooter for his position (40 3P% on 4.2 3pa/game in final 13 games), with a quick and high release off-the-catch that's unbothered by all but the longest of perimeter defenders, opening up driving lanes for teammates with his gravity. "Wood is the rare stretch-4 who doubles as a rim-running 5", allowing coaches a high level of versatility when designing offensive sets. Wood possesses a smooth dribble, too, which lets him attack closeouts and slash to the basket.
  • "What about on defense, though?"
Defensively speaking, Wood has tremendous physical tools: 7-3 wingspan, excellent feet, highly athletic, making him a highly versatile defender capable of guarding speedy guards on switches (68.9 versatility index). He's a decent rim-protector - opponents shoot 6% worse within 6 feet of the hoop when Wood is the closest defender, and Detroit as a whole are +4.4 points better defensively when Wood is on the court. His pick-and-roll defense is actually quite decent, knowing when to drop and timing his contests well. Overall, he's likely a slight positive on defense.
  • "Does he suck at anything?"
Wood can't power through larger defenders, and his post game is highly limited. To quote Jonathan Tjarks, "his ability to score one-on-one is still mostly theoretical—he’s in the 22nd percentile of post scorers this season and the 10th percentile in isolations."
Wood is also a subpar playmaker - he had a 2.0/2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio in his final 13 games. He can make basic reads out of double-teams, but has yet to truly weaponise his own scoring threat to get teammates easier looks on a more consistent basis.
Defensively, his awareness as a team defender has room for improvement, and his motor can be sloppy (seen in some mediocre box-outs or close-outs). He also has trouble against heftier post players, and some speedy guards can blow by him.
Finally, Small Sample Size alert! Some regression is very likely expected for Wood's gaudy shooting numbers once more teams learn more about his abilities and begin to throw more defenders (and better defenders) on him.
  • "So what's the future like for Christian?"
Wood is trusting his teammates more on both sides of the ball. He’s not forcing things on offense... Wood is scoring by giving the ball up and trusting it will come back to him when he’s open instead of constantly hunting for his own shot.
Wood doesn't demand touches and is highly efficient in his role, something that will let him scale well on good offenses, something that bodes well for his future as a Piston but also makes him an attractive addition for a playoff side - he's an unrestricted free-agent this summer. If he carries or builds upon this level of production into next season, he'll easily be a Most Improved Player contender with All-Star potential.
  • "Hmm, I'm actually kinda interested in knowing more about him!"
In that case, here are two marvellous breakdowns of Wood's game which I consumed and referenced voraciously while writing this section:
-Coach Daniel on YouTube: Why Christian Wood Is Genuinely A Terrific Player
-Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: Get Used to Hearing Christian Wood’s Name

3: Jaren Jackson Jr, one of the best volume-shooters in the league

Jaren Jackson Jr (17/5/1.5 on +2.6 rTS%), is a proper unicorn, and easily the 2nd most important offensive piece on the Grizzlies, mainly due to his elite floor-spacing opening things up considerably for their offense - he's frighteningly adept at his role, hitting 40% of his 6 to 7 three-point attempts per game.
  • "Surely the section title is clickbait or hyperbole, though, right? He's just a big, after all, he can't be that good"
Actually, there are only 11 other players in the entire league (≥30 GP) who have shot at least as accurately as Jaren (39.7 3P%) on at least as many attempts (6.3 3PA).
Here are all 135 3-pointers he's made this season, just to get an idea of how he shoots these, and here's him draining 9 threes on the league-leading Bucks' defense en route to a career-high 43 points.
  • "So does he just stand in the corner and wait for Ja to feed him?"
Not exactly... JJJ has a somewhat atypical form but a quick and high release, and he shoots a truly incredible variety of threes, making them as part of pick-and-pop action, some simply off-the-dribble, some stepbacks, some in transition, some on the move, some off screens, or and he even sprinkles in the odd logo yeet from 30 feet out.
To quote some more from this excellent SB Nation breakdown of Jaren Jackson Jr's versatile game by Mike Prada:
The fact that Jackson can take and make so many different kinds of threes enables the Grizzlies to deploy him in so many different spots on the court. He has no obvious sweet spot, which means there’s rarely a worry he’ll catch the ball somewhere he doesn’t belong. He can toggle between playmaker, primary scorer, screener, and floor spacer, depending on what the Grizzlies need at that particular moment.
Better yet, he can do all four within the same play, which ensures Memphis’ sets always have secondary options. A pick-and-pop that the defense covers effectively can quickly swing into a dribble handoff, post-up, or second-side screening action, and it’s difficult for the defense to peg exactly where Jackson fits in to those sequences. In an instant, he’s flipped from the big man screener that gets a guard open into the primary option on a flare screen to get him a three.
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And if that shot isn’t there, he can quickly flow back into being a screener for a guard curling up from the corner.
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Or — and this is spicy — he can invert the traditional big/guard setup and act as the ball-handler immediately.
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Well, overplaying JJJ's shooting is unwise - he possesses a decent handle for a big (relatively few turnovers considering he drives quite often) and is excellent at attacking closeouts and finishing at in the paint (65 FG% in restricted area). Some of his long strides and wrong-footed finishes bring to mind Pascal Siakam. His post scoring is well below-average (26th percentile), his ISO scoring is decent (65th percentile), and his shooting in the non-restricted area of the paint (floaters and such) isn't anything to write home about (39.5 FG%). Interestingly, he rarely takes midrange shots, attempting a James Harden-esque 16 midrange attempts over the entire season.
Defensively-speaking, Jaren is very versatile and has incredible length, athleticism, footwork, and timing, able to switch onto bigs and guards alike with equal ease and possessing preternatural defensive instincts as a help defender. However, he is still some way from fulfilling his All-Defensive, even DPOY potential, as he's haunted by persistent fouling issues - he's averaged 5.2 fouls/36 in each of his first 2 seasons. His rebounding rate is anemic for a player his size, too (3.7 D-Rebs/game) - part of this might be due to him playing out on the perimeter a lot, part of it might just be due to his rebounding being naturally poor. (In case you were wondering, JJJ's lack of rebounding isn't a Steven Adams issue because he's just boxing people out all the time, either - he's 109th in the league in defensive-box-outs/game.) His current overall defensive impact, therefore, is quite neutral at the moment - most advanced numbers don't think highly of it. Memphis have the 16th ranked defense in the league, and their defensive rating actually improves with JJJ off the court (some of this might just be noise, or perhaps a case of Grizzlies' backups shining against weaker bench units). In any case, these current defensive shortcomings are something Grizzlies fans will likely gladly live with, considering JJJ's offensive value and the promise of future improvements in his defensive impact once he learns to foul less.

4: Kris Dunn, the modern-era Tony Allen?

This season, the Bulls' dogged guard slash forward Kris Dunn has graded out consistently as one of the very best and most impactful defenders in the NBA, regardless of position. For the first time in his career, Dunn's team is A) excellent at defense with him on the court, and B) much better on defense with him on the court than without.
First, though, let's get the numbers out of the way:
  • Height: 6-3, Weight: 205 lb, Wingspan: 6-10, 51 GP, 24.9 MPG
  • 2nd in Steals/game (2.0), 1st in Steal % by a wide margin, 4th in Deflections/game (only player in the top 11 averaging fewer than 25 minutes a night), 8th in Defensive loose-balls recovered/game
  • 2nd in Defensive Box Plus Minus (BBRef)
  • 5th in Defensive PIPM
  • 7th Defensive RAPTOR, which incorporates player tracking data
  • 7th in Defensive RAPM / Luck-adjusted RAPM
  • 13th in Defensive Real Plus-Minus (ESPN)
  • Bulls have a 106.4 Defensive Rating (-4.0 rDRTG) with Kris Dunn on the floor, which would rank 4th in the NBA over a full season. The Bulls defense also improves by a massive +6.2 points when Dunn enters the game.
  • 67.8 Versatility Index, guarding positions 1-3 at least 19% of the time each, and spending 15% of his possessions guarding PFs and Cs
  • Held pick-and-roll ball-handlers to 0.71 points per possession, one of the best marks in the league
  • Can guard either the primary or secondary offensive options highly effectively as required
  • Opponents shoot 1.5% worse on 3s when Dunn is the closest defender
  • "Among those who logged at least 20 minutes per game, Dunn led all players in the percentage of his points that came off a turnover, at a whopping 29.3 percent. It’s reminiscent of prime Tony Allen — who used to live near the top of the league in this category — and more than doubled his production from the previous year."
Adding on some more quotes from Michael Pina's fantastic SB Nation breakdown of Dunn's defense, "Kris Dunn is a dying breed in today’s NBA. That’s why he’s so fascinating":
On the night Kris Dunn suffered a knee injury that will likely end his season, I sat by his locker to chat about defense. Considering no guard in the NBA has been better at it this season, the topic made sense.
We talked about... The dark arts that go into learning his opponent’s specific tendencies:
“A lot of guys who are righties like to go left to be able to get to their jump shot, and a lot of people who are righties like to go downhill to their right side. But if you’re a righty, most likely you like to go left. I just feel like you just have, you know, more in your bag of tricks going left. If you’re a lefty, most of the time they like going right. It’s just how they do it.
I like to break down to see what’s their go-to move. Some people when they come down the court, if they have the ball in their left hand, they’re getting ready to shoot. If they have the ball in their right hand, they’re ready to drive.”
... And player comparisons:
“I feel like Tony Allen, he just fits what I do. He’ll pounce on you. He was strong, physical. I think he could guard 1 through 3, even fours. I feel like I can guard some fours sometimes. I feel like that’s a good comparison because he’s got that dog, he’s got that bloodhound in him.”
Dunn’s season-long defensive impact was, to be frank, spectacular. He thrived in Jim Boylen’s tight-rope-walk of a defensive scheme, torpedoing passing lanes, living in his man’s jersey, and never giving up on a possession.
For most defenders, including Dunn, a majority of his defensive possessions are spent off the ball, and it’s here where his knowledge, instincts, and timing swirl up into a typhoon that the offense then has to navigate.
“He’s an all-defensive defender if I’ve ever seen one, and I’ve seen a few of them,” Boylen said right before the injury. “Paul George, Kawhi Leonard. He’s an All-Defensive guy.”
  • Indeed, Kris Dunn should receive some serious consideration for an All-Defensive spot. He may not get it because the Bulls are bad and his offensive role is limited, hence he likely won't be well-known to most voters, but he's clearly been one of the best guard defenders in the league this year, and one of the most impactful defenders in the league, period.

5: Kawhi Leonard, playmaker

This entry might surprise some readers, but yes, in the 2019-20 season, reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard has finally broken out as a PASSER - 5.0 APG, decent 1.9:1 AST/TO ratio, 27.0 AST%, impressive 6.7 Passer Rating (Backpicks).
See, prior to this season, Kawhi was not actually a very good passer or playmaker.
  • A fun and relevant stat- Kawhi only has 10 TOTAL career games (regular season and playoffs combined) with 8 or more assists, and a whopping 7 of them came in the 2019-20 regular season. (source)
In previous years, Kawhi has had a few high-assist games in the playoffs, mostly as a result of making basic passes out of double-teams when teams commit multiple defenders to slow down his monster playoff-scoring, but he's never been a proficient playmaking wing like LeBron/Kobe/MJ, often lacking accuracy and velocity on many of his passes, and very rarely making more advanced reads (throwing skip passes out of a Pick-and-Roll/PnR, for example). After developing into the amazing ISO scorer we now know him as in 2017, Kawhi was generally in score-first mode for the vast majority of his possessions, generally only trying to find teammates when his own attack had fizzled out. This slightly limited his team's and his own ceiling as an offensive force, unable to punish help consistently and effectively.
This season, though, Kawhi burst out of the gate as a shockingly comfortable and effective passer and playmaker, averaging 8 APG in his first 4 games. Far from his probing, soft, and hesitant passes late in the shot clock to teammates in previous years, this version of the Klaw tries to keep his head up and his offensive options open, always tracking where his teammates are. He consistently hits the Clippers' bigs Zubac and Harrell in the PnR with crisp high-speed bounce-passes, throws no-looks and skip passes to shooters, and even manipulates defenders by freezing them with his eyes before rapidly lasering the ball to open teammates under the rim.
To quote Zach Lowe:
He already has developed chemistry with two very different dance partners in Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell. Zubac is more laborious, and so Leonard navigates with zigzaggy, start-and-stop patience until Zubac rumbles free: clip
Harrell can zip to the rim or mirror Leonard's pitter-pat. Harrell also is a master at re-screening at different angles, and Leonard is learning to bob and weave behind him -- and use the threat of a handoff to slice backdoor: clip
His passing leap shows up on film, too, where he rarely looks lost anymore, knowing where his teammates are at all times, but it also shows up in the numbers: easily a career-high 5.0 assists/game (previous high was 3.3 in 2017), 27.0 AST% (previous high 18.9% in 2017).
The rest of the league should be worried - one of the finest scorers in the game has finally upgraded his passing game to match.
That's it for today, thanks for reading!
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2020.07.01 10:16 KagsTheOneAndOnly [OC] 5 breakout seasons you might have missed this year:

This season, most of you have probably heard or read at one point or another about Luka Dončić soaring into the MVP conversation as a sophomore, the many all-star jumps (Ingram/Trae/Sabonis/Mitchell/Siakam/Booker), Bam Adebayo making a name for himself as an all-round stud in Miami, the Hornets' Devonte' Graham's heartwarming vault into NBA relevance, Ben Simmons's All-Defensive leap, and Jayson Tatum's long-awaited superstar transformation mid-season.
This post, then, will be talking about some breakouts around the league that you might have missed this season, coming from players on less talked-about teams, or simply improved aspects of certain players' games that may have flown under the radar for whatever reason.

1: Jonathan Isaac, defensive savant

[Note: Please read this fantastic and highly detailed two-part post by Jonathan Chen, from which I pilfered the vast majority of the clips that I've linked below: Jonathan Isaac: A Unicorn on the Defensive End]
Jonathan Isaac broke out as an early Defensive Player of the Year-candidate for the Orlando Magic this season - only an unfortunate season-ending left knee injury 32 games in stopped him from achieving a well-deserved All-Defensive spot this year.
While Isaac's gaudy per-game averages (7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 2.4 blocks) are useful shorthand, they actually underplay his overall impact because of how truly unicorn-ish and all-encompassing his defensive profile is.
  • Paint defense
It all starts with Judah's elite rim protection - opponents shoot a sizeable 10.2 FG% worse within 6 feet of the rim (50.9 DFG%) when Isaac is the closest defender, where his savant-like shot-blocking instincts kick in as the Magic's defensive anchor. Whether he's the primary defender or the weak-side help, he's got fantastic footwork and is very quick off his feet, possessing a mean second-jump. Combined with his 6-11 frame, 7-1 wingspan, and an excellent sense of timing, Isaac is an athletic, long, and relentless roadblock at the rim to thwart otherwise high-percentage opponent shot-attempts in the paint. He's able to tussle with larger behemoths as well - here he is denying Embiid at the rim with one hand. In addition, Isaac remains quite disciplined, managing to consistently remain vertical on his contests and averaging only 2.5 fouls/game, impressive for a 3rd-year defender just 22 years of age.
  • Man defense
Isaac's man defense is already highly impressive, able to guard bigs and guards alike without giving an inch (he has a 62.2% versatility index) and able to guard either the primary or secondary offensive options effectively while also protecting the rim. He's got quick hands that he uses to force turnovers, constantly stripping players when they gather or pick up their dribble. In the post, his length and lanky frame makes him a pest. When defending perimeter threats, his footwork is impeccable, he maneuvers screens really well, and he's agile and long enough to shut down the Greek Freak in semi-transition. When he is beat, he often chases perpetrators down from behind.
  • Team defense
Isaac's off-ball activity and team defense, meanwhile, is reminiscent of peak Draymond, KG, or Andrei Kirilenko, constantly making timely rotations to eat up passing lanes, anticipating and disrupting opponent plays, crowding ball-handlers and halting dribble-penetration, closing out to shooters, and swatting shot attempts at the rim, basically making himself an all-around menace on the court.
  • Some of his few defensive weaknesses:
He can gamble at times for steals (which does work out more often than not thanks to his length and instincts) and occasionally foul on shot contests, he can get caught out-of-position in the post sometimes, and he can be a bit overly twitchy in the paint, falling for pump-fakes from time to time.
  • Orlando's best and most important defender:
He leads the team and ranks near the top of the league in steals/game (1.6), blocks/game (2.4), defensive loose-balls recovered (0.8), and deflections/game (3.3); is 2nd on the team in charges drawn (0.13), defensive box-outs (2.0); and is 3rd in defensive rebounds/game (5.2).
With Isaac on the court, the Orlando Magic's defensive rating jumps by a whopping 4.5 points to an excellent 106.5 DRTG (-3.9 rDRTG), which would rank as the 4th-best defense in the league over a full season, significantly higher than the 9th place (109.0 DRTG) the Magic ended up at at the time of the NBA's suspension.
  • Advanced metrics:
Box- and non-box advanced metrics all think very highly of Isaac's overall defensive impact - he has a +4.8 D-RAPTOR (3rd in NBA), +3.2 D-PIPM (4th), and a +2.9 D-BPM (3rd).
  • So what's next for Isaac?
Isaac is slowly starting to get the benefit of the doubt from referees:
"I thought they were going to call it, I thought they were going to call it goaltending,’’ said a relieved Isaac after his Magic notched their fourth straight victory – this one a gritty 93-87 defeat of Cleveland. "I just tried to get (Thompson’s hook shot) at its highest point, and they gave it to me. I think the refs are starting to let me slide a little bit and I like it.’’
It probably won't be very long before Isaac will be able to run rampant as a full-blown terror on the defensive end, and combined with his decent ancillary offensive numbers as a tertiary scorer / potential floor-spacer (12.0 PPG, 2.8 3PA, 33 3P%), Jonathan is already a truly indispensable part of the Magic rotation for the foreseeable future.
(Bonus clip that perhaps summarises the entirety of Isaac's versatile skillset: His near-5x5 performance in a 1-point loss vs the Dallas Mavericks' historic league-leading offense on November 6, putting up 13/10/5/6/4 while tormenting Porzingis all night long (10 pts, 2 TOVs, 29 FG%) and holding Luka and KP to a combined 37 points on 35 shots (47.5 TS%) and 8 turnovers.)

2: Christian Wood, the NBA's newest unicorn

After 49 games of being an overqualified backup to Andre Drummond (averaging 10/5/1/1/1 on excellent efficiency), Detroit finally moved Christian Wood into the starting lineup after Drummond got traded to Cleveland for their final 13 games before the NBA suspended its season.
  • "Sooo.. who is Wood, and why should we care?"
In his final 13 games, Christian Wood has played like a bonafide star, averaging 22.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals, and 1.7 threes on 66% True Shooting (56 FG%, 40 3P% on 4.2 3PA, 76 FT%).
He's been remarkably consistent as well, scoring fewer than 17 points only once during this stretch, and showing up against a variety of good teams - 3 of his final 4 games were against stout opposition, and he rose to the challenge admirably, with outputs of 29/9/3 on 91 TS% vs OKC, 30/11/2 on 56 TS% vs the Jazz and reigning DPOY Gobert, and a career-high 32/7/2/3/2 on 81 TS% v.s. Philly.
  • "He's on a bad team though, and Detroit lost all but one of those 13 games. Aren't these just empty numbers?"
There's exists some evidence that these aren't empty calorie numbers.
For one thing, Wood is an advanced stats darling - he ranks in the top-20 to 30 range in most box- and non-box metrics: +4.5 RAPTOR (18th), +3.1 BPM (BBRef) (27th), 0.184 WS/48 (24th), +2.98 PIPM (26th), +2.82 RPM (ESPN) (22nd), +2.09 RAPM (20th).
For another, the Pistons are a whopping +10.9 points better with Wood on the court, with their defensive rating improving by +3 and their offensive rating getting a ridiculous +8 boost.
  • "So, what makes him so effective?"
Offensively, Wood is particularly special, able to shine as either a PF or a C.
When he plays the 5, he is an elite roll-man in the PnR (97th percentile); his potent roll-gravity often distracts defending bigs to get teammates easier looks at the rim. His athleticism and feathery touch allow him to finish at an elite rate at the rim (77 FG% in restricted area), either skying for lobs or shedding defenders with power and speed.
Wood is very aggressive in the short roll too, bullying defenders with unflashy but effective bumps, pivots, fakes, and his leaping ability, not shying away from contact either, affording him a healthy free-throw rate overall (6 FTA/game as starter, 76 FT%).
Wood is also a highly capable offensive rebounder (3.2 ORB/game in final 13 games, top 20 in ORB%), adept at following up on both teammate misses and his own.
Of course, Wood is also a remarkable shooter for his position (40 3P% on 4.2 3pa/game in final 13 games), with a quick and high release off-the-catch that's unbothered by all but the longest of perimeter defenders, opening up driving lanes for teammates with his gravity. "Wood is the rare stretch-4 who doubles as a rim-running 5", allowing coaches a high level of versatility when designing offensive sets. Wood possesses a smooth dribble, too, which lets him attack closeouts and slash to the basket.
  • "What about on defense, though?"
Defensively speaking, Wood has tremendous physical tools: 7-3 wingspan, excellent feet, highly athletic, making him a highly versatile defender capable of guarding speedy guards on switches (68.9 versatility index). He's a decent rim-protector - opponents shoot 6% worse within 6 feet of the hoop when Wood is the closest defender, and Detroit as a whole are +4.4 points better defensively when Wood is on the court. His pick-and-roll defense is actually quite decent, knowing when to drop and timing his contests well. Overall, he's likely a slight positive on defense.
  • "Does he suck at anything?"
Wood can't power through larger defenders, and his post game is highly limited. To quote Jonathan Tjarks, "his ability to score one-on-one is still mostly theoretical—he’s in the 22nd percentile of post scorers this season and the 10th percentile in isolations."
Wood is also a subpar playmaker - he had a 2.0/2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio in his final 13 games. He can make basic reads out of double-teams, but has yet to truly weaponise his own scoring threat to get teammates easier looks on a more consistent basis.
Defensively, his awareness as a team defender has room for improvement, and his motor can be sloppy (seen in some mediocre box-outs or close-outs). He also has trouble against heftier post players, and some speedy guards can blow by him.
Finally, Small Sample Size alert! Some regression is very likely expected for Wood's gaudy shooting numbers once more teams learn more about his abilities and begin to throw more defenders (and better defenders) on him.
  • "So what's the future like for Christian?"
Wood is trusting his teammates more on both sides of the ball. He’s not forcing things on offense... Wood is scoring by giving the ball up and trusting it will come back to him when he’s open instead of constantly hunting for his own shot.
Wood doesn't demand touches and is highly efficient in his role, something that will let him scale well on good offenses, something that bodes well for his future as a Piston but also makes him an attractive addition for a playoff side - he's an unrestricted free-agent this summer. If he carries or builds upon this level of production into next season, he'll easily be a Most Improved Player contender with All-Star potential.
  • "Hmm, I'm actually kinda interested in knowing more about him!"
In that case, here are two marvellous breakdowns of Wood's game which I consumed and referenced voraciously while writing this section:
-Coach Daniel on YouTube: Why Christian Wood Is Genuinely A Terrific Player
-Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: Get Used to Hearing Christian Wood’s Name

3: Jaren Jackson Jr, one of the best volume-shooters in the league

Jaren Jackson Jr (17/5/1.5 on +2.6 rTS%), is a proper unicorn, and easily the 2nd most important offensive piece on the Grizzlies, mainly due to his elite floor-spacing opening things up considerably for their offense - he's frighteningly adept at his role, hitting 40% of his 6 to 7 three-point attempts per game.
  • "Surely the section title is clickbait or hyperbole, though, right? He's just a big, after all, he can't be that good"
Actually, there are only 11 other players in the entire league (≥30 GP) who have shot at least as accurately as Jaren (39.7 3P%) on at least as many attempts (6.3 3PA).
Here are all 135 3-pointers he's made this season, just to get an idea of how he shoots these, and here's him draining 9 threes on the league-leading Bucks' defense en route to a career-high 43 points.
  • "So does he just stand in the corner and wait for Ja to feed him?"
Not exactly... JJJ has a somewhat atypical form but a quick and high release, and he shoots a truly incredible variety of threes, making them as part of pick-and-pop action, some simply off-the-dribble, some stepbacks, some in transition, some on the move, some off screens, or and he even sprinkles in the odd logo yeet from 30 feet out.
To quote some more from this excellent SB Nation breakdown of Jaren Jackson Jr's versatile game by Mike Prada:
The fact that Jackson can take and make so many different kinds of threes enables the Grizzlies to deploy him in so many different spots on the court. He has no obvious sweet spot, which means there’s rarely a worry he’ll catch the ball somewhere he doesn’t belong. He can toggle between playmaker, primary scorer, screener, and floor spacer, depending on what the Grizzlies need at that particular moment.
Better yet, he can do all four within the same play, which ensures Memphis’ sets always have secondary options. A pick-and-pop that the defense covers effectively can quickly swing into a dribble handoff, post-up, or second-side screening action, and it’s difficult for the defense to peg exactly where Jackson fits in to those sequences. In an instant, he’s flipped from the big man screener that gets a guard open into the primary option on a flare screen to get him a three.
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And if that shot isn’t there, he can quickly flow back into being a screener for a guard curling up from the corner.
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Or — and this is spicy — he can invert the traditional big/guard setup and act as the ball-handler immediately.
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Well, overplaying JJJ's shooting is unwise - he possesses a decent handle for a big (relatively few turnovers considering he drives quite often) and is excellent at attacking closeouts and finishing at in the paint (65 FG% in restricted area). Some of his long strides and wrong-footed finishes bring to mind Pascal Siakam. His post scoring is well below-average (26th percentile), his ISO scoring is decent (65th percentile), and his shooting in the non-restricted area of the paint (floaters and such) isn't anything to write home about (39.5 FG%). Interestingly, he rarely takes midrange shots, with a James Harden-esque 16 midrange attempts over the entire season.
Defensively-speaking, Jaren is very versatile and has incredible length, athleticism, footwork, and timing, able to switch onto bigs and guards alike with equal ease and possessing preternatural defensive instincts as a help defender. However, he is still some way from fulfilling his All-Defensive, even DPOY potential, as he's haunted by persistent fouling issues - he's averaged 5.2 fouls/36 in each of his first 2 seasons. His rebounding rate is anemic for a player his size, too (3.7 D-Rebs/game) - part of this might be due to him playing out on the perimeter a lot, part of it might just be due to his rebounding being naturally poor. (In case you were wondering, JJJ's lack of rebounding isn't a Steven Adams issue because he's just boxing people out all the time, either - he's 109th in the league in defensive-box-outs/game.) His current overall defensive impact, therefore, is quite neutral at the moment - most advanced numbers don't think highly of it. Memphis have the 16th ranked defense in the league, and their defensive rating actually improves with JJJ off the court (some of this might just be noise, or perhaps a case of Grizzlies' backups shining against weaker bench units). In any case, these current defensive shortcomings are something Grizzlies fans will likely gladly live with, considering JJJ's offensive value and the promise of future improvements in his defensive impact once he learns to foul less.

4: Kris Dunn, the modern-era Tony Allen?

This season, the Bulls' dogged guard slash forward Kris Dunn has graded out consistently as one of the very best and most impactful defenders in the NBA, regardless of position. For the first time in his career, Dunn's team is A) excellent at defense with him on the court, and B) much better on defense with him on the court than without.
First, though, let's get the numbers out of the way:
  • Height: 6-3, Weight: 205 lb, Wingspan: 6-10, 51 GP, 24.9 MPG
  • 2nd in Steals/game (2.0), 1st in Steal % by a wide margin, 4th in Deflections/game (only player in the top 11 averaging fewer than 25 minutes a night), 8th in Defensive loose-balls recovered/game
  • 2nd in Defensive Box Plus Minus (BBRef)
  • 5th in Defensive PIPM
  • 7th Defensive RAPTOR, which incorporates player tracking data
  • 7th in Defensive RAPM / Luck-adjusted RAPM
  • 13th in Defensive Real Plus-Minus (ESPN)
  • Bulls have a 106.4 Defensive Rating (-4.0 rDRTG) with Kris Dunn on the floor, which would rank 4th in the NBA over a full season. The Bulls defense also improves by a massive +6.2 points when Dunn enters the game.
  • 67.8 Versatility Index, guarding positions 1-3 at least 19% of the time each, and spending 15% of his possessions guarding PFs and Cs
  • Held pick-and-roll ball-handlers to 0.71 points per possession, one of the best marks in the league
  • Can guard either the primary or secondary offensive options highly effectively as required
  • Opponents shoot 1.5% worse on 3s when Dunn is the closest defender
  • "Among those who logged at least 20 minutes per game, Dunn led all players in the percentage of his points that came off a turnover, at a whopping 29.3 percent. It’s reminiscent of prime Tony Allen — who used to live near the top of the league in this category — and more than doubled his production from the previous year."
Adding on some more quotes from Michael Pina's fantastic SB Nation breakdown of Dunn's defense, "Kris Dunn is a dying breed in today’s NBA. That’s why he’s so fascinating":
On the night Kris Dunn suffered a knee injury that will likely end his season, I sat by his locker to chat about defense. Considering no guard in the NBA has been better at it this season, the topic made sense.
We talked about... The dark arts that go into learning his opponent’s specific tendencies:
“A lot of guys who are righties like to go left to be able to get to their jump shot, and a lot of people who are righties like to go downhill to their right side. But if you’re a righty, most likely you like to go left. I just feel like you just have, you know, more in your bag of tricks going left. If you’re a lefty, most of the time they like going right. It’s just how they do it.
I like to break down to see what’s their go-to move. Some people when they come down the court, if they have the ball in their left hand, they’re getting ready to shoot. If they have the ball in their right hand, they’re ready to drive.”
... And player comparisons:
“I feel like Tony Allen, he just fits what I do. He’ll pounce on you. He was strong, physical. I think he could guard 1 through 3, even fours. I feel like I can guard some fours sometimes. I feel like that’s a good comparison because he’s got that dog, he’s got that bloodhound in him.”
Dunn’s season-long defensive impact was, to be frank, spectacular. He thrived in Jim Boylen’s tight-rope-walk of a defensive scheme, torpedoing passing lanes, living in his man’s jersey, and never giving up on a possession.
For most defenders, including Dunn, a majority of his defensive possessions are spent off the ball, and it’s here where his knowledge, instincts, and timing swirl up into a typhoon that the offense then has to navigate.
“He’s an all-defensive defender if I’ve ever seen one, and I’ve seen a few of them,” Boylen said right before the injury. “Paul George, Kawhi Leonard. He’s an All-Defensive guy.”
  • Indeed, Kris Dunn should receive some serious consideration for an All-Defensive spot. He may not get it because the Bulls are bad and his offensive role is limited, hence he likely won't be well-known to most voters, but he's clearly been one of the best guard defenders in the league this year, and one of the most impactful defenders in the league, period.

5: Kawhi Leonard, playmaker

This entry might surprise some readers, but yes, in the 2019-20 season, reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard has finally broken out as a PASSER - 5.0 APG, decent 1.9:1 AST/TO ratio, 27.0 AST%, impressive 6.7 Passer Rating (Backpicks).
See, prior to this season, Kawhi was not actually a very good passer or playmaker.
  • A fun and relevant stat- Kawhi only has 10 TOTAL career games (regular season and playoffs combined) with 8 or more assists, and a whopping 7 of them came in the 2019-20 regular season. (source)
In previous years, Kawhi has had a few high-assist games in the playoffs, mostly as a result of making basic passes out of double-teams when teams commit multiple defenders to slow down his monster playoff-scoring, but he's never been a proficient playmaking wing like LeBron/Kobe/MJ, often lacking accuracy and velocity on many of his passes, and very rarely making more advanced reads (throwing skip passes out of a Pick-and-Roll/PnR, for example). After developing into the amazing ISO scorer we now know him as in 2017, Kawhi was generally in score-first mode for the vast majority of his possessions, generally only trying to find teammates when his own attack had fizzled out. This slightly limited his team's and his own ceiling as an offensive force, unable to punish help consistently and effectively.
This season, though, Kawhi burst out of the gate as a shockingly comfortable and effective passer and playmaker, averaging 8 APG in his first 4 games. Far from his probing, soft, and hesitant passes late in the shot clock to teammates in previous years, this version of the Klaw tries to keep his head up and his offensive options open, always tracking where his teammates are. He consistently hits the Clippers' bigs Zubac and Harrell in the PnR with crisp high-speed bounce-passes, throws no-looks and skip passes to shooters, and even manipulates defenders by freezing them with his eyes before rapidly lasering the ball to open teammates under the rim.
To quote Zach Lowe:
He already has developed chemistry with two very different dance partners in Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell. Zubac is more laborious, and so Leonard navigates with zigzaggy, start-and-stop patience until Zubac rumbles free: clip
Harrell can zip to the rim or mirror Leonard's pitter-pat. Harrell also is a master at re-screening at different angles, and Leonard is learning to bob and weave behind him -- and use the threat of a handoff to slice backdoor: clip
His passing leap shows up on film, too, where he rarely looks lost anymore, knowing where his teammates are at all times, but it also shows up in the numbers: easily a career-high 5.0 assists/game (previous high was 3.3 in 2017), 27.0 AST% (previous high 18.9% in 2017).
The rest of the league should be worried - one of the finest scorers in the game has finally upgraded his passing game to match.
That's it for today, thanks for reading!
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2020.02.22 06:56 Rocknocker DEMOLITION DAYS, PART 95

Continuing
He still came around making trouble, but oddly enough, our little cul-de-sac corner was more-or-less Batshit Crazy-free for the next 34 months.
After that, things sort of calmed down. Well, one of his older boys thought it would be fun to attack Khris, push her off her bike, and try and steal the Uzbek sapphire amulet I had gotten her years earlier.
Khris is not a small girl; she is a corn-fed daughter of the vast cow-pocked hills and rolling pastures of Baja Canada. She didn’t take lightly to some weasely little Arab probably future pole-smokers trying to steal from and assaulting her.
It took more than one punch, but Khris coldcocked the elder of the Guano Insano clan and laid him out so an undertaker could have taken easy measurements. Oh, he was still breathing, but I nevertheless think he was shammin’, playin’ possum until Daddy Dearest could come and rescue him from the rage of wrathful Wisconsinians.
Liam and I were sitting in the porch area of his villa, smoking cigars, drinking our sunrisers, watching the tableau unfold. We both thought Khris handled the situation well, particularly the outcome. The miscreant was out cold’n a foundered mackerel and Khris didn’t heel-stamp him in the chuckle-bits nor curb-stomp his head even though he had initially, and without provocation, punched Khris in the head.
Major stylistic points, Khris.
After 6 or 7 of his offspring rant to alert him, Señor Srībaśita Inasēna came over to shovel his insensible frogspawn up off the tarmac. He was ranting and raving, screaming and splitting the air with threats, dark oaths and other forms of bad noise.
He headed straight for Khris to administer a smackdown, as Khris resolutely held her ground.
I merely stood up and asked Khris if she needed some help.
She replied in the negative, stating that this fool wasn’t going to be much more of a challenge than ‘his idiot kid’
I swear, he went, even more, batshit crazy. However, something clicked and Señor Srībaśita Inasēna looked over his shoulder to see not one, but two near-identical way-more-crazy than he extra-large people standing there, both with cigars and icy cold drinks. He suddenly seemed to experience a spate of total recall how one of the large apparitions said he’d begin him on his journey toward room temperature if he so much as sneered in our direction.
He scooped up his unconscious spawn, muttered something none of us could make out, and scurried back to his loathsome piece of home real estate.
That was more or less the end of our run-ins with Señor Srībaśita Inasēna and his extended tribe.
Swing forward to the late summer. The weather calmed a bit and one’s skin didn’t immediately bubble every time one went out to collect the local morning news-rag. Things were going well for the cul-de-sac; jobs were advancing apace, children were doing well in their various studies, people were, oh what was that word? Ah, yes, happy.
Happy people do fun things.
So, it was decided it was time we have a block party.
Of course, Liam came up with the brilliant idea that we should have a pig roast.
“Umm, Liam”, I ahemed, “In case you forgot, we live in an Arabic Muslim country in the Middle East. Pigs and pork and porcine parts are sort of verboten around here. “
“Ok, Rock”, Liam laughed, “I know that, you know that, my hat knows that. But we Brits must have our bacon, sausage, and chops. It’s in our DNA. Besides, I can get one flown in through my company; under the wire. I could sneak him over here easily. We’d just have to keep him under wraps until bar-be-que time rolls around. You’re from Texas, so…”
“Adopted native son” I corrected.
“Right”, Liam continued, “But you were from Baja Canada first, so you must know how to cook a whole pig…”
“That right, I do, but…, I said, “…you want to bring a live pig in here, and keep him for a while until we can sort out the cooking necessities. We can’t use the industrial-sized stoves in the rec center at the pool. That’d raise a few eyebrows…”
Es and Cassandra wander over, listen for a bit and exclaim “Are you both out of your tiny, little minds?”
I had to admit, as I poured Liam and myself a refill, that the idea did have a certain ‘Up Yours!’ mouthwatering bacon-scented charm.
So, all four of us sat outside and over beer, vodka, and white wine for the ladies, we brewed up a perhaps passable project for our pig party.
The thing was, I’d be gone offshore for a couple of weeks and the pig would have to live at someone’s villa, under wraps, for that time; which actually escalated to 3 months.
Esme, surprising as always, volunteered to take on the task.
Might have been the white wine talking, but she admitted to missing bacon as well.
“OK, but we’re going to need a bar-be-cue pit. Where and when?” Liam asked.
“I’ll talk to Shiehk Gungan and secure permission for a Hawaiian-style pit bar-be-cue for someone or other’s fake birthday. If we can get Vonn and Honey Bee on board, their villa’s backyard backs up to a tall brick wall bordering the alley behind the City Centre. I could put in a pit there easily, and it would be out of the purview of prying eyes.” I said.
“Good”, Casandra said, “Let me get the gin and tonic makin’s and get Vonn and Honey over here as well as Dane and Dyad. Gonna have a block party, make sure you invite the entire block.”
Over the term of the afternoon, we had our plans.
Liam would secure a pig for us; approximately 200-300 pounds, on the hoof. It’d stay in our backyard under both our sun tarp and Esme Srs.’ care until Pig Killin’ Time. Liam, Vonn, and I would handle that little chore. I’d get permission to ‘dig’ a pit and install the bar-be-cue pit in Honey and Vonn’s back yard. Liam and I would handle the actual roast, and we’d all chip in for charcoal and wood smokin’ chunks, and whatever else we could find.
Dyad said she knew many, many farmers it the area and many had fruit trees, in various stages of repair. Certainly, some of that would smoke up a treat. Persimmon, pomegranate, fig, mango, durian, banana…all the earmarks of a weird pig roast.
So we had a date, a plan and the ingredients for a complete fiasco. Since Sr. Guano Insano was no longer part of the picture, and as we had few interlopers, this might actually work without all of us being tossed into the hoosegow.
I’d liberate a bit of pit diggin’ materials from work, just a small amount of dynamite, C-4, and Primacord; I already had the blasting machines. Vonn and Liam would lay in the charcoal and wood for the actual pig roast and well, Bob’s your uncle.
I went offshore to complete the 12th well on the platform and had to deal with all the logistics, bureaucracy and other sanctioned horseshit that comes with the territory. It took almost exactly 3 weeks, and at that time, Esme’s initial negative reaction to pig-sitting had changed considerably.
She had named the critter and found it to be a rather clever, and even sociable, beast. She even allowed it free reign of our house.
The name she chose was one from an old, endearing structural professor: Prof Pinkus (Prof. Pink-ass).
Ahem.
This was an unforeseen complication.
“Es, remember, “ I said over the phone, “That pig is not a pet. It’s not your buddy. It’s not going shopping with you. It’s going to be the guest of honor at a block party. Perspective, please.”
“Oh, Rock”, Es gushed, “I know that. It just makes it easier to keep up with Prof. Pinkus if you treat him like a pet rather than livestock.”
“Es!”, I yell, “He IS livestock. Soon to be deadstock. Soon to be crisply pit barbequed to a crackly crunch. He’s not your friend, he’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner!”
“OK, love you too.” Es says, ignoring me, “See you soon. Safe flights. Keep the shiny side up.”
I hang up. “Oh, shit. This does not bode well.” I mused on the flight shoreward.
I have to admit, pigs can be personable animals. Canny, inquisitive, seemingly intelligent. But even so, that does not trump them being delicious, appetizing, and delectable generators of bacon. Prof. Pinkus is going to be ham, bacon, and sausage soon. Not a boon companion.
The next day I ‘dig’ the pit for the barbeque. I used a shovel for exactly 2 minutes and dynamite, C-4, and primacord for a few more. Vonn was astonished that I not only dug a 6’x6’x4’ wide hole in less than an afternoon, but that I did it while smoking a cigar, drinking an, ok, several icy adult beverages, and never even breaking a sweat in the hellish late summer heat.
The Bobcat with the mounted backhoe, which I had ‘borrowed’ from work, helped a little.
Liam wandered over after the pyrotechnics were done. He didn’t care for them as the noise ‘offended his ears’. Truth be told, he had seen enough pyro jobs go south in his line of work and wanted nothing to do with them. I assured him I was a licensed Master Blaster as well as the one and only Motherfucking Pro from Dover, but it took some time to get him up to speed on the use of explosives for fun and profit.
We let the pit settle, as it was in mostly in desert sand held together with a bit of aeolian clay, or loess. We kept it wet and covered with sheets of canvas. It’d be fine for our pit barbeque in the days hence.
Vonn, Liam and I fabricobbled a cover for the pit which was made of thatched palm fronds supported by ½” pine furring-strips frame along the outer surface. Dane found a hunk of tin stove pipe and we fashioned a nicely workable chimney for the cover. Once the fire was going, and the pig in its new home, we could set the cover over the pit, shovel earth over it to seal it off and use the iris-valve in the chimney to regulate airflow.
One looks at it now, it would almost appear that we knew what we were doing.
Probably nothing was further from the truth.
We needed to ‘season’ the pit, but first, we needed to line the pit with rocks. This serves to hold the heat, and will even out its distribution. But, all we have to use is limestone around here and if limestone ever gets wet, there might be water in the fractures of the rocks. Heat that up to over 1000C and you’ve got yourself a nifty little bomb.
Of course, this will not do…
So, I get on the phone with several ‘exotic’ marble companies in the big city of Duhu. I call around asking if they might have some scrap sheets of granite, quartzite, granodiorite or marble.
Sure, for a price.
However, there was this one place where I knew this guy…
He took in huge, and I mean 4m x 5m x 5m blocks of exotic rock from the subcontinent; black granite, “Reaping Equinox’ black and white ‘granite’; most all these ‘granites’ were granodiorites, Inferno Granite, Black Sunset granite sliced thin into façade facing dimension stone, it was absolutely gorgeous in cross-section. However, the best stuff was igneous-metamorphic, tougher than a $2 steak, and just laughed at diamond carbide saw blades.
“Oh, sure now Mr., Dr. Rock”, Mr. Prakash Dongerkerry, the owneoperator of one particular lot I scavenge for Esme’s continuing lapidary hobby, “I’ve got some beauty stuff here for you. But I need some help with these couple of blocks I received from Kerala. Great rock, very pretty, but too tough. Burn out many saws, boss. You can help maybe?”
“Sure, Prak”, I replied, “I can help, no sweat.”
So, next Friday Liam and me, we eased over to the granite factory, C-4, blasting caps and Primacord in hand. Prak was a little apprehensive about using high explosives in a densely populated area, but after Vonn reminded him that he was working with the Motherfucking Pro from Dover, he relaxed some.
I crawled all over those blocks, marking with orange spray paint the nature fractures, flaws, and features of each block. Asked Prak how he’d like them split, and he indicated parallel to the major axis.
It couldn’t be easier. There was a main body-fracture system normal to the σ1 stress direction. The one’s parallel to the σ2 and σ3 were minor and nowhere near as clearly developed.
I smooshed some C-4 into a test fracture, primed it and shot it without much ado. It was surprisingly quiet for a detonation. A cute little C-4 POP.
A large slab of rock fell off the main block, severed as nicely as a hunk of cold butter from a hot knife.
Prak was thrilled. I only had another 12 or so shots to go.
They all more or less came off as planned. One or two busted when they bounced, even after the addition of old car tires below where I was blasting.
Prak, good to his word, showed us a huge pile of 1.25” thick sawn quartzite slabs that were rejected for mostly cosmetic reasons. It takes a bit of math, a bit of doing, and a lot of C-4 to extract slabs enough to line our fire pit from stem to stern, top to bottom.
Once installed, the pit was a tad less wide, a bit less deep, and a smidge less long, but it was the only Precambrian-quartzite lined bar-be-que pit in this or any other known galaxy.
We celebrated the initial fire up with whiskey and hors-d'oeuvres. I stuck with vodka, ice, lime, citrus stuff, and a Jamaican cigar.
The pit flared from the amount of dry wood we initially used. It burned very quickly into a pile of glowing embers. Now, we added some local lump charcoal and popped on the top, now sporting an exhaust chimney with a rather large, intrinsically-safe, unusually commercial-looking dual-temperature thermometer that somehow just appeared out of the ether.
We took it all the way up to 1,000C. Although it was designed for ‘low and slow’, we wanted to see how it would perform under alternative conditions.
We let it simmer for a few hours, then decided to kill the fire by closing the iris valve. Thus deprived of oxygen, given a few hours, the pit would be cold to the touch.
The next day, we opened the pit and shoveled out the dead embers. The pit was well and truly cold. Upon examination, it seems that the quartzite had fused to the sand on the outside of the pit. Also, sand had filtered down into the cracks around the pit, like in the corners, along joints, and been fused there as well.
The damn thing would now hold water if we wanted. We had a natural glass-lined fire pit now. We decided to try out some racked & stacked chickens first before we slowly made our way pig-ward.
We staked split chickens out on various levels in the pit. We had worked up a series of adjustable metal frames where we could lay the staked-out poultry. The racks popped right in place and after a couple of hours, hey presto bar-be-qued peri-peri chicken. And hot-butter roasted chicken. And for the uninitiated, roast chicken with smoked Hungarian paprika and Indian ghee. A real Iron Chef fusion-style mixture.
Liam and I took his Grady White out on the Persian Gulf and managed a couple of dorados, or Mahi, a largish shark, and a couple of kingfish off the deeper shipping banks. Fileted up and tacked in place, we played around with the smoking woods. Mango was just weird. Fig was weirder, almost vinegary; but not terrible. Pomegranate/tangerine tree smoked Mahi, seasoned shark steak, and Kingfish was the hit of the week. So easy, yet so tasty. It went well with Es’ famous Navajo Fry Bread.
We were gaining confidence. Prof. Pinkus’ days were numbered. We decided that the Eid al Fitr would be the time that we’d been preparing our porky pit pig production.
How’s that for cultural sensitivity? Break the Ramadan fast with a pig roast.
We’re all about cultural sensitivity.
Anyways, we hemmed and hawed over the methods of dispatching our soon-to-be-delicious 325 pounds of Professor Pinkus.
One wag suggested we have it OD on tranquilizers, trip him out a la Heath Ledger. Use loads of Nytol®, Dramamine™, oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine."
It was straight out of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers©.
We all agreed it was funny as hell, but that it probably wouldn’t work.
Then we thought we might go all Halal, just slit the pig’s throat with a very sharp knife, and let it bleed out.
Rejected as to being too thrashing, too noisy, too Arabic, and just plain uncivilized.
I thought I could get hold of a 12 gauge shotgun and some Foster Deer slugs. But again, noisy and messy. Besides, I’d have to borrow a shotgun, and that might raise some eyebrows.
We’ve managed to keep Prof. Pinkus under wraps now for almost 3 months. Hate to blow it right before the feasting was to begin.
In the end, all it took was an 18-pound maul and a solid whack to the right side of the head.
More sensitive viewers might want to skip a dozen or so paragraphs ahead. Just fair warning™.
I was elected to deliver the coup de grâce.
After walloping a bound and gagged Prof. Pinkus upside the head and basically caving in the skull, severing the skull-spinal cord connection at the atlas/axis connection, it was instant lights-out, he felt nothing.
We had already apologized to Prof. Pinkus, and thanked him for his contribution.
Seldom before has lunch ever been so noble.
Prof. Pinkus freezes and collapse, the legs give way, and the neck goes rigid. We picked up the extraordinarily sharp butcher’s knife sitting there, one hand under the chin and pull the head back. The other hand takes the sharp, stout knife under the neck and slices across the neck back to the bone of the vertebrae.
The knife hand loops around to the poll of the head, pushes down and forward while the hand under the chin pulls back and rearwards, so the neck vertebrae connecting tissue cracks. Knife hand back down under the neck, chin hand slides up and a finger hooks into the trachea and slice between the separated vertebrae.
With our previous practice and experience, 10 to 15 seconds from hammer strike to the semi-decapitated head.
Grisly but necessary.
Hanging the beast by its back hocks, well out of sight of any casual interlopers, we bleed the animal out into 5-gallon buckets, saving the precious juice. Vonn and I have visions of homemade blütwurst, blood-n-tongue sausage, and zultze or schwartamaga; lovely, lovely headcheese.
But that’s for later. Vonn gathers the blood in gallon-size freezer zip bags.
Now to scalding the corpse, scraping off the hair and external epidermal debris. We had a tub of boiling water into which Prof. Pinkus went. It was a boring, tedious, annoying repeated dunk-soak-raise-scrape-return until the carcass was clean and smooth and removed of all nasty gunk on the outside.
Now comes the really icky part™, gutting and scraping out the carcass. Before opening the abdominal cavity, it was required to de-bung the animal. Cut around the anus, go in deep but not too, pull the bunghole out, seal with zip ties, and cut and discard. Now the lower GI tract is sealed from leaking when the rest is removed. We also have to remove the male dangly bits in a similar manner as Prof. Pinkus was a boy hog.
Still hanging, we open the hog from sternum to groin, letting gravity aid us in helping Prof. Pinkus literally spill his guts. Right down into a waiting gut-bucket, or galvanized 50-liter steel tub. The chest region is split open further and the lovely and delicious major organs are singly removed by hand. Heart, liver, kidneys, etc., lungs, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas, and a few other organs are discarded.
With that, we open the hog to where it will lay flat on the roasting rack. It is then hosed off and generally cleaned up before we give a good going over.
After it dries, the whole gutted critter is washed in wine. Evidently, it’s a French thing according to Honey Bee.
We wrap the hog in burlap, soak it down in cheap-ass wine and let it sleep 24 hours or so in Liam and Cassandra’s freezer chest.
The next day, the fire is started in the fire pit. We have lump charcoal, bucket after bucket of fruit tree chunks soaking in water and probably half a rick of firewood to keep the party going the next 24-36 hours.
We retrieve Prof. Pinkus from his cool, not frozen state, say hello and proceed to arrange him staked to the cooking frame in a belly-down, butterflied posture. Internally, he was well seasoned with dry rub after the obligatory internal rubdown with Napoleon brandy. We placed 40 garlic bulbs, kosher sea salt, olive oil, black pepper, and liberal amounts of Old Bay, to taste beneath him.
So, it was up to me to get the external goo ready for the pig. Kansas City-Style Sauce? Eastern North Carolina Vinegar Sauce? South Carolina-Style Mustard Sauce? Piedmont or Lexington-Style Dip? South Carolina-Style Mustard Sauce? Texas-Style Mop or Basting Sauce? Alabama White Sauce? Wisconsin Drunken Religious Experience Sauce?
“Ah, the hell with it!”, I venture, “Sauces come much later. Too early; they caramelize, crystallize, and burn. We’ll go for a good rub instead.”
I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a good rub now and again?
Anyways, which fucking rub? Kansas City Rib Rub? Mustard Rub? Spare Rib Rub? Memphis-Style Rib Rub? Porker's Rib Seasoning? Best Odds Rib Rub? Carolina Dry Rub? Texas Dry Rub? Jamaican Jerk Dry Rub? Classic Pork Dry Rub?
Too much choice! Seasoning overload!
I call over everyone involved in this little soiree and instruct them to come up with a rub we can all enjoy. I had to kill and gut the critter, it’s about time I go all Subsurface Manager, and delegate out some parts of this project.
So, over beer, G&T’s, vodka and lime soda and various Froggy wines, ‘my’ crew came up with a rub that was simple, tasty and ironically reflects some of the culinary aspects of the region we’re currently defiling.
Ingredients:
• Smoked Hungarian Red paprika
• Brown sugar
• Caster sugar
• Black pepper
• Kosher salt
• Cayenne pepper
• White pepper
• Chili pepper
• Dehydrated garlic
• Dehydrated onion
• Fenugreek
• Red Cardamom
• Turmeric
• Ginger
• Garam masala (Cumin, Coriander, Green and Black Cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Bay leaves, Peppercorns, Fennel, Mace, and dried Chilies.)
They went to the co-op, bought buckets of the individual spices and played the rest of the day at getting to that one perfect combination for our resting porker.
I don’t remember the exact breakdown of the proportion of the spices, but whatever it was, it tasted brilliant. Now we had about 8 or 9 pounds of the stuff. We were ready to go.
Prof. Pinkus was set on the cooking rack, belly open and down. He was doused internally once again liberally with cheap Indian Napoleon brandy and secured to the rack atop all the garlic, celeriac root, boudin, and small new potatoes.
He was tied in place with heavy organic hemp twine and had his mouth propped open to facilitate circulation of the pit’s heat and convection. He looked very Pink Floydian. One almost expected him to take flight.
The exterior of the porker was treated to a nice rubdown. I swear I saw him smile once or twice when Honey Bee insisted on a sensual massage to make the resultant meat that much more tender. Olive oil infused with lime oil and garlic after a thorough wash with more brandy. Followed by a liberal rubbing of dry rub.
Finally, ready to go, we tented the porker loosely with industrial-strength silver aluminum foil. The frame with its cargo was lowered and locked into place for at least 24 hours. Probably closer to 36, as we’re going ‘low and slow’.
We take turns, between hands of poker, cribbage, and Schafskopf, as well as numerous G&Ts, Yorshs, and vodka and lime drink cocktails, to check on our prized porker. We kept the temperature right at 2050 F as best we could.
The voluminous smoke coming off the barbeque pit was our one concern. It packed an amazing aroma and filtered around the whole compound, dragging in expectant pikers, leeches, and other forms of human ectoparasites.
We told them we were smoking a whole camel, Texas-style, a la filét de hump, and wouldn’t be ready for another couple of days; so piss off. That seemed to get rid of all but the most insistent. We finally got rid of him by using a leaf blower and directing a stream of high-velocity roast-pork laden smoke his direction each time we had to add more fuel to the fire.
Time marched on and the time finally came: the deep internal ham’s temperature hit 180 degrees F.
Prof. Pinkus was ready to make his debut. But first, we needed to get him out of the barbeque pit and over to Vonn’s garage to rest a while.
More futzing, more aluminum foil, and more beers later, Prof. Pinkus, in all his delectable roasted glory was cooling out from atop a pair of sawhorses. Of course, he had to rest after his ordeal, but that didn’t mean we couldn’t manage a few samples.
He was done to a turn. It was incredible. Crispy-crunchy-crackly over lean, moist and insanely flavorful meat. Not bad for a bunch of bumbling international mugs on their first Middle Eastern pig-roast pit-roast endeavor.
Everyone made up their own version of sauce for sandwiches and dipping. We decided that we’d never all agree on one sauce, and 4 or 5 on one porker would be just too damn many.
So, please yourself. Just do it, yourself.
Behind closed doors, Liam and I were once again elected to reduce Prof. Pinkus to primary parts. We were hopefully disguising the fact that here sits 185 pounds of delectable roast pork in a very Muslim country on one of their highest holy days.
So it was a bit unnerving when Sheik Gungan showed up and asked: “What was that wonderful aroma?”
We said smoked beef…lamb…camel…turducken…Tyrannosaur… anything other than what it really was.
He asked for a sample.
What could we do? We couldn’t well refuse now, could we?
We gave him some of the best bits to try.
“Lovely, gents, just lovely. Next time, for reference, more garam masala, and a little more rosemary. I find it really brings out the subtle flavors of pork.” He smiled, wiping his pork-sticky fingers on my HGGTG towel.
“You old fraud”, we all smiled at once.
“What?”, he shied, raising his eyebrows, “It’s for scientific evaluation purposes. It’s therefore allowed. Now, do you have any cold beer, gin-n-tonics, or vodka and lime, which I’m hearing is very nice together, that I might also scientifically sample?” he smiled toothily through his long white beard.
We had made another powerful friend. Although it cost us one smoked Boston Butt, actually off the shoulder, that’s butcher’s for you, and a half a liter of homemade Texas-style barbeque sauce and another of Esme’s homemade fennel and caraway-infused coleslaw.
Everyone on the cul-de-sac now had a freezer full of pit-roasted pork. The Brits got their sausage once Vonn and Liam figured out how to use the Osterizer® Stuffing Horn. That was almost as much fun as doing the pit-barbeque. Never leave to Brits what Baja Canadians can better do.
We distributed the bacon and hams, and the rest divided whatever was left. Which was a lot of pit-roasted pig pieces and parts.
The bones made their way into gaily wrapped gifts and were posted anonymously to Mr. Guano Insano. We hoped he appreciated all our effort.
I used Esme’s great-grandmother’s old German recipe for Headcheese. Basically, boiled smoked pork head meat in aspic jelly. With dill pickles. And pickled eggs. With special spices.
Well, I don’t give a shit. We like it.
Anyways, summer slowly slid south and the temperatures during the day got slightly more tolerable. Liam and I decided to forego his boat for a while, as launching and recollecting required us to put Liam’s boat in the water HERE and recover the boat THERE. It was trucked, via road, from the recovery place to the launch place.
Why? Damnifweknow.
It only cost something like US$5 to ship the boat back to the launch area and they actually did a good job hosing and steam cleaning the boat before parking it back in its rental dry dock. These were still the early days before gas was king in Qutur, so things were still ridiculously cheap. There were exactly 3 high rise hotels back then, as compared to the insane silhouette presented by Duhu’s current evening sun.
I had flown over some likely looking flats that might hold snook, grouper, and tarpon on my last flight back from the rig. I translated that onto whatever road maps we could find here, as most everything was a state secret, ground verification was a must.
Liam and I tossed a couple of surf rods, a cooler full of beer and some bait into the back of his new diesel Mitsobitchy Prago™, and we were off to the north of town, the least developed chunk of Duhu real estate to date.
We drove down a rip-rap road that was more just a pile of random rocks trucked into the bay area and dumped into something that resembled a straight line.
I was less than confident that we weren’t going swimming today, but Liam relished every bounce, bolt and jolt. He confided in me that one of the big reasons he took the job here in the Middle East was that he’d never in a million years be able to afford a truck like this back in bonny Scotland™. He confided that he couldn’t have even afforded the fuel for this diesel-slurper back in the UK, it was that dear.
So, down the path we rebound. I was watching the water on both sides of the narrow groin, and saw it was getting deeper, but very slowly. I looked at my GPS and saw that we’d driven some 3.5 km out to sea at this point.
“Liam”, I said, “That’s a fuck of a long way to reverse.”
“Ah, Rock”, Liam assured me, “ No worries, Doctor. It’s all a loop. We can just drive our way out of any trouble.”
I remained unconvinced.
We came to a breach in the ‘jetty’. There was some heavy marine equipment mounted on barges. They were working a large cut, ostensibly for cargo ships to pass through. There was to be a swing-bridge built after they cleared the channel, but with all these loose rocks, it was putting paid to their scheme.
We parked and wandered over to who appeared to be the head guy.
“G’Day”, “Liam says, “What’ the big fucking holdup? We’ve got fish to catch, mate.”
Liam had previously spent a few years down in Australia as if it didn’t show.
“Oh, hello”, the natty clad black man said, “We’re having a bit of a time with loose rocks here. Supposed to be angular to lock in place, but by the time they get here from the quarry, they’re a sharp as bowling balls.”
I introduced myself and Liam as he was back in the boot snaking a beer. The black feller introduced himself as Zafir Djaballah, a civil engineer late from Algeria.
“So”, I said to Zafir, “If I’ve got this straight, you cut a channel and want to line it with rip rap. But the rocks won’t stay put. How deep are you cutting and what’s the size of the channel?”
“Oh, 35’ east-west, 15’ north-south. About 15 meters deep.” He relates.
“And the road metal? Where’s that from?” I ask.
“Arabia”, he tells us, “They quarry it there and transport it here. It’s costly, but that’s about the only option we have.”
Liam looks to Zafir. “Hey, Zafir?”, Liam asks, “Y’ken who this guy is?” as he points to me.
Zafir shakes his head “I just met Dr. Rock.”
“That’s not all who he is”, Liam smiles widely, “That, my friend, is the Motherfucking Pro from Dover! If he can’t fix your little problem, he can damn sure make it go away…”
Zafir looks to me as if to ask: “What the fuck, sir?”
“Well, Zafir, “ I say, “I’m a bit of a dab hand with explosives. This sounds like a really simple problem. Drill a grid of 2 meter centered holes, and prime them with a waterproof explosive. Detonate together electrically and there you go. Channel dug and already filled with angular limestone blocks. Easy-peasy.”
Zafir looks over the water and puzzles and puzzles.
“But sir’, he says, “Where would I find such explosives and such expertise?”
“Well…for starters”, I said, “You could ask me.”
He leads us over to a company trailer, where Liam and I drank beers, smoked cigars and told the superintendent of our plans. The Egyptian superintendent, Qaaid al-Zahra, later ‘Randy’ (Quaid?…never mind) scrutinized all our identification. He was actually very impressed when he came across my Blaster’s credentials.
“Doctor”, Qaaid said, “I do like your plan. The drilling is no problem, the problem is obtaining the explosives.”
“Look, Qaaid”, I said, “Leave that to me. You’re working for a government company, I’m working for a government company. What difference does it make? How long to drill the grid of holes Liam and I laid out?”
“Oh, probably about a week”, Qaaid said.
“OK, how about this?”, I said, “Liam and I will be back out here unless the weather’s being stupid and we’ll set and prime the charges? After which, we’ll make certain everything’s green and blow this little project for you?”
“If you can, Inshallah.”, Qaaid said.
“Even if we’re out of shallah”, I said back to Randy.
That Sunday, after Liam backed us down the 3.6 km or bouncy un-turn-around-able path he drove us out on, I ordered some Kinepax liquid binaries, as it came in easy-to-use 1-meter threaded lengths in various diameters. Qaaid was drilling 3.5” diameter holes, so the 3.00” nominal OD threaded length would be a breeze. I ordered a couple of spools of shock tube, comb connectors, deflectors, and tie-ins, and a 25 kilo box of ‘Elephant Shit’.
We make sure each hole was blown clean with a high-pressure water hose. Since the water here was only 8 meters deep, we could get by with regular lightweight skin diving gear. I could leave my wetsuit, diver’s helmet and all that heavy-duty ice-diving gear at home for this trip.
Liam and I would pre-form the charges, each exactly 6 meters in length, to match the depth of the drilled holes. Individual 1-meter units just screwed together, pin and box style, it was the utmost in simplicity. Rather like Seismogel™, but packed a considerably higher wallop. All told, we would be setting off some 36 nodal points, each 6 meters deep with 6 meters of binary which weighed 5.3 kg/meter.
Turn the crank and we’d be planting approximately 1,145 kilograms or 2,524 pounds of high-energy binary explosive.
Hmph. A new personal record.
Like Guinness even cared.
So, once we got the high sign from Randy that the shot holes had been drilled and cleaned, the next part of the project was up to us.
We were both PADI-certified. Liam had done some oilfield related diving in the North Sea some years ago. I was a veteran of the Ice Wars from the days of Future Passed back in Baja Canada.
The waters here were calm, gin-clear, and warm.
The dives here weren’t work, this was a paid vacation.
I had liberated a trailer for all our pyrotechnics and Liam was elected to use his Prago as the tow vehicle. We bounded our way out to the Liam’s Pass, as we had dubbed it, with a work trailer containing some 2,750 pounds of high powered, binary explosives bouncing behind. I also had all my explosives paraphernalia there as well: new waterproof galvanometer, which in and of itself, is rather the achievement. Pliers, spare batteries, couple pair of blaster’s tools, the usual.
Lia and I had our dive gear in the back of his Prago.
A couple of single tanks, backpacks, regulators, hoses, and a few belts full of divers weights.
These must have been of Islamic origin as they are specifically prohibited by the Bible. Deuteronomy 25:13, “Thou shalt not have on thy belt divers weights, a great and a small.” And Proverbs 20:23, “Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
Why there should be proscriptions against SCUBA gear in ancient, desert-dwelling, shepherding Iron Age writings is what keeps Biblical Scholars up at night.
Although I agree, a false balance underwater keeps your Swimmer’s Ear from healing up.
At the pass, we park and call over for a half-dozen ‘helpers’. They were nominal employees of the company, but more indentured servants. Today, they were going to earn their water wings. We had a couple of large pneumatic rafts that we’d use to transport he charges to their final water resting site but damned if Liam and I are going to swim laps every time we needed to set a new charge.
So, indoctrination and Explosives For Dummies.
Safety first, second and last.
Who here can swim?
You guys can stay. OK, the rest of you blokes, bugger off.
Here’s the deal, Sparky. There are 36 lengths of Kinestix with primers already set. Those go last, as that’s where I tie in to detonate. The rest of the 1-meter long tubes are identical. Pin on one end, box on the other. Thread them together and use a single ‘O-ring’ between each. Snug them up good and tight, but don’t go too crazy. Those are binary liquids, and I’ll give them a good smack with a hammer before they go into the hole. I really only have to do the last one as once initiated, these liquids can mix in milliseconds, but I’m all for safety and doing things right the first time.
OK, so, one raft will carry the 36 initiators, that is, the last bits to go. The other rafts will carry the 5-meter long strings of connected explosives. Liam and I will be down on bottom and you guys just stay up on surface, dog paddling or treading water, but slowly feeding the lengths of tubing down to us. When you reach an end, pop on one of the other lengths, the one with the primer.
To be continued.
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2020.02.18 15:03 CuteBananaMuffin Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark

by Sir Laurence Gardner, Kt St Gm, KCD
Extracted from Nexus Magazine
Volume 10, Number 2
(February-March 2003)


Recent findings about the exotic properties of monatomic gold and the platinum group metals are rediscoveries of an advanced science understood or at least known by the ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Israelite priests.


Throughout the past century, and especially since the days of Albert Einstein, scientists have been searching for the Holy Grail of modern physics, which they classify as a "Unified Theory of Everything".
This has led to some amazing discoveries and the emergence of a whole new language, which includes superstrings, quarks and superconductivity, along with an awareness of hitherto unknown planes of existence beyond our own familiar space-time.
In the field of quantum mechanics, scientists have recently confirmed that matter can indeed be in two places at once. It is now established that, through quantum entanglement, particles millions of light-years apart can be connected without physical contact. Space-time can now be manipulated, teleportation is becoming a reality, gravity-resistant material is heralded for air transport, and virtual science has led to a greater understanding of hyper-dimensional environments.
When discussing the attributes of monatomic gold and the platinum group metals in Genesis of the Grail Kings, I remarked that it would not be long before the potential of these noble metals was announced for environment-friendly fuel cells. These, I suggested, would supersede fossil fuels for transportation and other practical purposes. At the same time, I touched on their future use in the medical arena, particularly in the field of cancer treatment. More especially, we looked at the gravity-defying attributes of these exotic white-powder substances and at their abilities to superconduct and literally bend space-time.
The truly astonishing fact about the enigmatic white powder of high-spin gold and platinum group metals is that it is not actually a new discovery. The ancient Mesopotamians called it shem-an-na and the Egyptians described it as mfkzt (vowels are omitted in the hieroglyph translation), while the Alexandrians venerated it as a gift from Paradise and later chemists such as Nicolas Flamel called it the Philosophers' Stone.
At all stages of its history, the sacred "powder of projection" was reckoned to have extraordinary powers of levitation, transmutation and teleportation. It was said to produce brilliant light and deadly rays, while at the same time being a key to active physical longevity. In today's world, the Institute for Advanced Studies (Austin, Texas, USA) has described the substance as "exotic matter", and superconductivity (one of its primary characteristics) has been claimed by the Center for Advanced Study (University of Illinois, USA) as "the most remarkable physical property in the universe".
It is clear, however, from the documentary evidence of ancient times, that the attributes of superconductors and gravity defiance were known, even if not understood, in a distant world of priestly levitation, godly communication and the phenomenal power of the electrikus. In Greek mythology the quest for the secret of this substance was at the heart of the Golden Fleece legend, while in biblical terms it was the mystical realm of the Ark of the Covenant, the golden coffer which Moses brought out of Sinai and was later housed in the Temple of Jerusalem.
Irrespective of all this, the earliest historical record of mfkzt powder is probably the most telling of all. It appears in a very specific guise in the Egyptian Pyramid Texts, sacred writings which adorn the 5th dynasty pyramid tomb of King Unas at Saqqara. Here is described the locality in which the King is said to live forever with the gods, and it is called the Field of Mfkzt, an ethereal location associated with an otherworldly dimension called the Field of the Blessed.
Given that mysterious processes concerning gold have an alchemical ring about them, and since the monatomic powder of projection, although made from noble metals, is classified as a "stone", let us consider the writings of the 17th-century alchemist Eirenaeus Philalethes.
This renowned British philosopher - revered by Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Elias Ashmole and others of his day - produced a work in 1667 entitled Secrets Revealed. In this treatise, he discussed the nature of the Philosophers' Stone, which was commonly thought to transmute base metal into gold.
Setting the record straight, Philalethes made the point that the Stone was itself made of gold, and that the Philosophers' art was in perfecting this process:
Our Stone is nothing but gold digested to the highest degree of purity and subtle fixation ... Our gold, no longer vulgar, is the ultimate goal of Nature.
In another treatise entitled A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby, Philalethes pronounced:
It is called a Stone by virtue of its fixed nature; it resists the action of fire as successfully as any stone. In species it is gold, more purer [sic] than the purest; it is fixed and incombustible like a stone, but its appearance is that of a very fine powder.
Some time earlier, in the 15th century, the French alchemist Nicolas Flamel wrote in his Last Testament, dated 22 November 1416, that when the noble metal was perfectly dried and digested it made a fine "powder of gold", which is the Philosophers' Stone.
The Light of the Ancient World
Returning to ancient Egypt, we find further references to mfkzt at various sacred locations. One of these relates to the treasures of Pharaoh Tuthmosis III, as reproduced in a bas-relief at the Temple of Karnak. In the metals section, there are a number of cone-shaped objects. They are explained as being made of gold, but carry the rather odd description, "white bread".
It was at Karnak where, in about 1450 BC, Pharaoh Tuthmosis III founded his metallurgical fraternity of Master Craftsmen, with 39 members on the High Council. They were called the Great White Brotherhood - a name which, it was said, derived from their preoccupation with a mysterious white powder of projection.
The powder features again in an Alexandrian document called the Iter Alexandri ad Paradisum. This is an old parable of Alexander the Great's journey to Paradise: the kingdom of Ahura Mazda, the Persian god of light. The account features the enchanted Paradise Stone, which had numerous magical properties and was said to outweigh its own quantity of gold--although, when transposed to a powder, even a feather could tip the scales against it!
The powder's association with light was discovered again by the archaeologist Sir William Flinders Petrie in 1904. Researching the mountain wilderness of Sinai for the Egypt Exploration Fund, he discovered a hitherto unknown Egyptian temple at the summit of Mount Serâbît (better known as Mount Horeb, from the Bible account of Moses and the Ark of the Covenant).
Here in this complex of halls and shrines, there were numerous inscriptions relating to mfkzt, accompanying a variety of hieroglyphs for light. Also, in line with the Karnak reliefs, presentations of conical bread-cakes were apparent in the Serâbît wall carvings. One of these was a representation of Tuthmosis IV in the presence of the goddess Hathor. Before him were two offering-stands topped with lotus flowers, and behind him a man bearing a conical object described as "white bread".
Another relief portrays the treasurer, Sobekhotep, presenting a conical loaf to Pharaoh Amenhotep III. In this respect, however, Sobekhotep is described as,
"He who brought the noble and precious stone to his majesty", and he is called "The Great One over the secrets of the House of Gold".
In all cases where the mfkzt powder of projection is allied to gold, bread and light and classified as a "stone", it is also related to fire. Interestingly, these things are all brought together in the Old Testament book of Job, which states (28:5-6):
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread; and under it is turned up as it were fire. The stones of it are the place of sapphires, and it hath the dust of gold.
Another biblical text, from the book of Exodus, discusses this mysterious combination - but in a form which moves one step nearer to the "bread" connotation by describing the white powder as a type of food.
It appears in the story of Moses and the Israelites at Mount Horeb in Sinai, when Moses is disturbed to find that his brother Aaron has collected the gold rings from the Israelites and forged from them a golden calf as an idol of worship. The account relates that Moses took the golden calf, burned it with fire, transposed it into a powder and fed it to the Israelites.
This story has long baffled theologians because heating or burning gold with fire does not, of course, produce powder; it produces molten gold. Later in the story, however, it is explained that the fine powder could be wiped with frankincense and made into white bread cakes, which the old Septuagint Bible calls "bread of the presence".
All of this is mixed and mingled with accounts of fire on the mountain, and the express importance of the Ark of the Covenant, the golden coffer which sent out deadly spears of lightning from between the wings of the cherubim which surmounted its lid. In keeping with the bread of the presence, these bolts of Ark-light were similarly referred to as "the presence" (seemingly, the presence of God), and the Greeks called it the electrikus (or electrum).
Back in old Babylonia, the enigmatic white powder was called an-na, meaning "fire-stone", and when made into conical cakes it was shem-an-na, denoting cone-shaped or highward fire-stone. According to the Bible, the Israelites referred to the bread-powder as manna, which sounds somewhat similar. It is explained by Flavius Josephus in his 1st-century Antiquities of the Jews that the word manna was actually a question, meaning "What is it?"--and the book of Exodus confirms this, stating "They called it manna because they knew not what it was".
This is totally in line with mfkzt revelations from the Egyptian Book of the Dead (alternatively called the Papyrus of Ani). This 18th-dynasty scroll from Thebes, acquired by the British Museum in 1888, is extensively illustrated and is around 76 feet (over 23 meters) in length. In this ancient ritualistic work, the bread of the presence is associated with a pharaoh who seeks the "terminal enlightenment" and, at the completion of each stage of his journey, asks the repetitive question, "What is it?"
Other similar texts date back to the 3rd millennium BC, and it is clear from the Mount Serâbît relief's in Sinai that the Egyptian kings were ingesting the white manna of gold from around 2180 BC. However, only the metallurgical adepts of the mystery schools (the Master Craftsmen) knew the secret of its manufacture, and the ultimate High Priest of Memphis held the title of Great Artificer.
The "terminal enlightenment" (or, as the Greeks called it, the gnosis) was an ideal of perpetual quest. As against the physical body, one was also reckoned to have a "light body", which similarly had to be fed so as to be nurtured and to grow. The "light body" was called the ka and, although essentially an intangible feature of life, it was said to remain active in the Afterlife. The food of the ka was light, which generated enlightenment, and the generative substance of light was the mfkzt white powder of gold.
Holding this information in mind, while remembering that all aspects of such discoveries have been a constant source of bewilderment for historians, theologians and even scientists, we can now move forwards in time to our present era.

White Powder Gold Rediscovered
Taking our leave of the Middle East, our story will continue for a while in America where, quite by chance, the mysteries of this long-forgotten science were rediscovered quite recently.
Not only did mfkzt re-emerge to find its place at the forefront of quantum physics research, but the stories of the Ark of the Covenant, the accounts of lightning, levitation and other godly attributes of the ancient texts, quite suddenly became modern scientific reality.
In 1996, the story of this initial discovery was reported in NEXUS articles by the Phoenix, Arizona, crop farmer David Hudson [see 3/05-6]. He explained that his soil suffered from a high sodium content, which caused the surface to be hard and impenetrable by water. To combat this (back in 1976), he was injecting sulphuric acid into the ground so as to break down the crust to a manageable consistency, but, on testing soil constituents that were not dissolved by the acid, he found that one particular material had a most unusual quality.
When heat-dried in the Arizona sun, it would flare into a great blaze of white light and totally disappear. Under spectroscopic analysis, however, the substance registered as "pure nothing"!
Following unsuccessful tests at Cornell University, a sample was sent to Harwell Laboratories in Oxfordshire, England, for neutron activation analysis, but even they could not obtain a suitable reading. Eventually, with assistance from the Soviet Academy of Sciences, it was determined that the mysterious, glowing white substance was composed entirely of platinum group metals in a form hitherto unknown to science.
In the course of continued research, the material was regularly heated and cooled, with a resultant fluctuation in its gravitational weight. It was also discovered that, at a certain temperature, the white bead would fall apart to become a monatomic (single atom) powder, at which point its weight fell dramatically to 56% of its starting weight. Further heating at 1160ş centigrade then transformed the precious substance into a wonderfully clear glass, at which point the material weight returned to its original 100%. It was seemingly impossible, but it happened time and time again!
Totally bewildered, the scientists continued their investigations. When they repeatedly heated and cooled the sample under inert gases, they found that the cooling processes took the sample to an amazing 400% of its starting weight; but when they heated it again, they found it weighed less than nothing--way below zero.
When they removed the sample from the pan, they discovered that the pan actually weighed more than it did with the material in it, and they perceived that the sample had the ability to transfer its weightlessness to its supporting host. In other words, even the pan was levitating! This was precisely in accordance with the old Alexandrian alchemical text which had discussed the golden Paradise Stone over 2,000 years before: that the material could outweigh its original quantity of gold, but, when transposed to powder, even a feather would tip the scales against it.
The substance was also determined to be a natural superconductor with a null magnetic field, repelling both north and south magnetic poles, while having the ability to levitate and store any amount of light and energy within itself.
At that stage of development, David Hudson met with Dr Hal Puthoff, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Austin, Texas. In his research into zero-point energy and gravity as a zero-point fluctuation force, Puthoff had determined that when matter begins to react in two dimensions (as Hudson's samples were doing), it should theoretically lose around four-ninths of its gravitational weight. That is about 44%, precisely as discovered in the white powder experiments.
Hudson was therefore able to confirm Puthoff's theory in practice, explaining that when entering a superconductive state the monatomic powder registers only 56% of its starting weight; also, that when heated it can achieve a gravitational attraction of less than zero, at which point, the weighing-pan also weighs less than it did when empty.
Since gravity determines space-time, Puthoff concluded that the powder was "exotic matter" and was capable of bending space-time.
However, the mfkzt powder would then be resonating in a different dimension, under which circumstance it should become totally invisible. Again, Hudson confirmed that this was precisely the case: the sample certainly did vanish from sight when its weight disappeared.
What was being said here was not simply that the substance could be moved out of perceptual vision, but that it was literally transported into an alternative parallel plane, a fifth dimension of space-time. The proof of this was ascertained by attempting to disturb and scoop the substance with spatulas while it was invisible, so that it would be positioned differently when it returned to a visible state. But this did not happen, and the substance returned to precisely the same position and shape as last seen. Nothing was moved or disturbed in the invisible interim, because it had not been there. In short, it was not invisible: it had actually altered its physical state and had transposed into another dimension.
Dr Puthoff explained that this was like the difference between a conventional stealth aircraft, which cannot be detected by radar, and one that can literally disappear into another dimension.
This, then, is the superconductive dimension of the Orbit of Light or, as the Egyptian tomb records called it, the Field of Mfkzt.
In the early 1990s, articles concerning stealth atoms and superconductivity began to appear with great regularity in the science press. The Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen as well as the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratories in Chicago and its Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee all confirmed that the elements discovered by Hudson certainly existed in the monatomic state. These included gold and the platinum group metals: iridium, rhodium, palladium, platinum, osmium and ruthenium.
When filing his patents, Hudson had the substances classified as Orbitally Rearranged Monatomic Elements (ORMEs), and the scientific terminology to describe the monatomic phenomenon is "asymmetrical deformed high-spin". The substances are superconductors because high-spin atoms can pass energy from one to the next with no net loss of energy.
Warping Space-Time with Exotic Matter
Manipulation of space-time also became a subject of special interest, leading to an astonishing May 1994 announcement in the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity. Written by the Mexican mathematical scientist Miguel Alcubierre, it stated:
It is now known that it is possible to modify space-time in a way that allows a spaceship to travel at an arbitrarily large speed by a purely local expansion of the space-time behind the spaceship and an opposite contraction in front of it--a motion faster than the speed of light, reminiscent of the warp drive of science fiction.
This was followed a few months later by a related article in the American Scientist ("Space-time Hypersurfing", vol. 82, pp. 422-3, October 1994). In this study, Michael Szpir showed how Alcubierre's concept did not violate Einstein's theory that no object can travel faster than light. He explained that, when in warp mode, the craft would not actually be traveling at all. The theoretical acceleration would be enormous, but the true rate of acceleration would be zero.
Here, then, was a form of speed-of-light travel that required minimum time and minimum fuel ... only that the necessary chunk of space-time would ostensibly have moved from in front of the craft, to be relocated behind it, by means of contraction and expansion respectively.
But what was the necessary device to make this possible? The Alcubierre article explained that "exotic matter will be needed to generate a distortion of space-time".
Britain's BBC News science editor Dr David Whitehouse subsequently reported:
The idea relies on the concept that, to physicists, space is not empty ... Space has a shape that can be distorted by matter ... The starship would simply rest in a warp bubble between the two space-time distortions.
So, what is the "exotic matter" to which Alcubierre referred? It is matter which has a gravitational attraction of less than zero. Szpir described it as,
"matter with the curious property of having a negative energy density, unlike normal matter (the stuff that makes up people, the planets and the stars), which has a positive energy".
The necessary exotic device is an operative superconductor, and Hal Puthoff had already explained that, in this regard, the Phoenix mfkzt was exotic matter with the ability to bend space-time.
Modern Science Meets Ancient Alchemy
Reverting to where we began, we can now take another look at ORMEs in relation to their regular ingestion by the Egyptian pharaohs and Babylonian kings, to see precisely how these monatomic elements were used to feed their light bodies, with some astonishing results.
In the May 1995 issue of Scientific American, the effect of the platinum group metal ruthenium was discussed in relation to human DNA. It was pointed out that when single ruthenium atoms are placed at each end of a short strand of DNA, the strand becomes 10,000 times more conductive. It becomes, in effect, a superconductor. For some time, chemists had suspected that the double helix might create a highly conductive path along the axis of the molecule, and here was confirmation of the fact.
Similarly, the Platinum Metals Review has featured regular articles concerning the use of platinum, iridium and ruthenium in the treatment of cancers (which are caused through the abnormal and uncontrolled division of body cells). When a DNA state is altered (as in the case of a cancer), the application of a platinum compound will resonate with the deformed cell, causing the DNA to relax and become corrected. Such treatment involves no surgery; it does not destroy surrounding tissue with radiation nor kill the immune system, as does radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
The medical profession entered the high-spin arena when the biomedical research division of the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that ruthenium atoms interact with DNA, correcting the malformation in cancer cells. (Monatomic gold and platinum metals are in effect "stealth atoms", and it has now been ascertained that body cells communicate with each other by way of stealth atoms through a system of light waves.) What the new science determines is that monatomic ruthenium resonates with the DNA, dismantles the short-length helix and rebuilds it correctly, just as one might dismantle and resurrect a dilapidated building.
It is known that both iridium and rhodium have anti-ageing properties, while ruthenium and platinum compounds interact with the DNA and the cellular body. It is also known that gold and the platinum metals, in their monatomic high-spin state, can activate the endocrinal glandular system in a way that heightens awareness, perception and aptitude to extraordinary levels. In this regard, it is considered that the high-spin powder of gold has a distinct effect upon the pineal gland, increasing melatonin production.
Likewise, the monatomic powder of iridium has a similar effect on the serotonin production of the pituitary gland, and would appear to reactivate the body's "junk DNA" along with the under-used and unused parts of the brain.
It is of particular significance that, irrespective of all today's costly and extensive research in these areas, the secrets of the highward fire-stones were known to our ancestors many thousands of years ago. They knew that there were superconductors inherent in the human body: they were the elements of individual consciousness which they called the "light body" (the ka).
They knew that both the physical body and the light body had to be fed to increase hormonal production, and the ultimate food for the latter was called shem-an-na by the Babylonians, mfkzt by the Egyptians and manna by the Israelites.

The magical powder of projection was manufactured by the priestly Master Craftsmen of the temples (the Guardians of the House of Gold) for the express purpose of deifying the kings ... and it re-emerges today as the primary new substance in fields ranging from cancer treatment to stealth aircraft, and will provide the essential "exotic matter" required for warp-drive space travel in hitherto insurmountable dimensions of space-time.
In Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark, the story of monatomic mfkzt is told in detail from the earliest times to the present day, with specific reference to the importance of the biblical Ark of the Covenant. There are many mysteries associated with this enigmatic coffer--not the least of which is the manner of its original creation at Mount Horeb.
The book of Exodus explains that, when Moses destroyed the Israelites' golden calf, God issued a specific directive forbidding the manufacture of graven images which represented any living creature on Earth or in Heaven.
But then, immediately after this, God seemingly instructed the craftsman Bezaleel to construct the Ark of the Covenant, specifying (in complete contradiction of the directive) that two golden cherubs should surmount its lid.
What then (if not angels, as commonly thought) were the arcane cherubim? How did they have the power to produce the devastating Ark-light of the presence, which wreaked such havoc on the subsequent battlefields?

Through our present understanding of high-spin elements, it becomes apparent that the biblical Ark (along with similar devices in Egypt and Babylonia) was directly responsible for the scientific manufacture of the monatomic fire-stone (the shem-an-na), while also providing its own storage facility for the substance, hence the Ark's levitational and superconductive powers.
From the time of Moses, the Ark's history can be followed to the Temple of Jerusalem. There, as described in the Septuagint, King Solomon used its powers to "provide bread for the household of the King of Tyre", who in return supplied ships, horses and chariots for the Royal House of Judah.
Subsequently (despite what many have written to the contrary), the Ark can be tracked for another 2,000 years to its astonishing role in the history of the Knights Templars in Europe.
Its last historical record comes from the early 14th century and, from this, its final resting place is determined ... a resting place which could never have been understood until this present era of quantum physics and the superconductor research of high-spin monatomic elements.
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2020.02.11 23:41 sto_sa The list so far for RSD 2020 (an ongoing project...)

List Updated to include RSD UK titles as confirmed in Long Live Vinyl Magazine.
These titles may not necessarily all be included on the US list, and further US-exclusive titles will be announced.
The 3 Pieces - Iwishcan William - 12” (Rogue Cat)
Ace of Base - The Sign - 7” picture disc (IK7 Records)
Acid Mothers Temple - Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo E - 2LP (Space Age Recordings)
Namja Akhtar - Five Rivers - 12” (Last Minute Productions)
The Alarm - Electric Folklore Live ‘88 - 2LP (21st Century Recordings)
Lee Alfred - Rockin’/Poppin’ Full Tilting - 7” (Cancer Records)
Alessandro Alessandroni - Ritmo dell’industria n. 2 - LP (BTF)
Alpha & Omega Meets the Disciples - Sacred Art of Dub, Vol. 1 - LP (Mania Dub)
Alphaville - Sounds Like a Melody - 12” (Warner Music Germany)
The Amorphous Androgynous - A Monster Psychedelic Bubble - LP (FSOL Digital)
Andy & The Odd Socks - Happy Birthday/Remember You’re An Odd Sock - 7” picture disc (CMG)
Annihilator - Triple Threat Unplugged - 12” (Neverland Music Inc.)
Archers of Loaf - Raleigh Days/Street Fighting Man - 7” (Merge Records)
Louis Armstrong - Armstrong in France LP (Dot Time Records)
Art Brut - Modern Art - 7” (Alcopop!)
Ed Askew ft. Trembling Bells - London - 12” (Tin Angel Records)
Asking Alexandria - Stand Up and Scream - LP (Sumerian Records)
B-Fax - B-Fax - LP (Disco-Ordination)
Badflower - The Jester Acoustic - 12” (Big Machine UK)
Chet Baker Trio - Mr. B - LP (Tidal Waves Music)
The Bamboos - Twenty Years 2000-2020 - 2x7” (Tru Thoughts)
Band of Pain - A Clockwork Orange - 12” (Dirter Promotions)
Bardo Pond - On the Ellipse - 2LP (Fire Records)
Robbie Basho - Selections from The Sounds of Avatars - LP (Tompkins Square)
Bastille - All This Blood - 2LP (Virgin EMI)
Batmobile - Big Bat A Go-Go - 7” (Music on Vinyl)
Jessie Baylin - Pleasure Center - 12” EP black and white marbled (New West Records)
Beck/St. Vincent - No Distraction/Uneventful Days - 7” (Capitol)
Gerry Beckley - Discovering America - 10” (Morgan Blue Town)
The Bevis Frond - Valedictory Songs - 2LP (Fire Records)
The Bevis Frond - What Did For the Dinosaurs - 2LP (Fire Records)
Joan Bibiloni - Selected Works: 1982-1989 - 12” (NuNorthern Soul)
Biffy Clyro - The Modern LepeModern Love - 7” (Warner)
Black Honey - Corrine - 12” (Black Honey)
The Black Keys - Let’s Rock - 2LP (Nonesuch/Warner)
Black Lips ft. Kesha - They’s a Person of the World - 7” (Fire Records)
Black Sabbath - Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games with Me / Wicked World / Paranoid / The Wizard 2x7” (WarneBMG)
Tim Blake - Crystal Machine (blue vinyl) (LMLCulture Factory)
Blanck Mass - Blanck Mass - 2LP (Sacred Bones)
BMX Bandits - C86 - LP (Glass Modern)
Marc Bolan & T. Rex - Shadowhead: 1972-1976 - LP (Demon)
Bombs of Hades - Phantom Bell (2LP) (red vinyl, etched side) (Black Lodge)
David Bowie - ChangesNowBowie (LP or CD) (Warner)
David Bowie - I’m Only Dancing (Soul Tour 74) - 2LP or 2CD (Warner)
Boys Next Door - Door, Door: 40th Anniversary (red vinyl) (Rhino Australia)
Broken Bones - Dem Bones - LP (Fall Out/Jungle)
Peter Bruntnell - Normal For Bridgwater
Jake Bugg - Saviours of the City - 7” (RCA)
Sam Burton - Nothing Touches Me - 7” (Tomkins Square)
Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker - Hooker 'n Heat (yellow/brown vinyl) (LMLR)
Caribou - Swim: 10th Anniversary Edition - 2LP (City Slang)
Brandi Carlile - Black Hole Sun/Searching With My Good Eye Closed - 12” (Elektra)
Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes - End of Suffering Live to Vinyl - 10” (International Death Cult)
Ron Carter - Foursight Stockholm - 2LP (IN+OUT Records)
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine - 1992: The Love Album - LP (Chrysalis)
Neal Casal - Fade Away Diamond Time - 2LP (Not Fade Away)
Johnny Cash - Classic Cash: Early Mixes [early mix of 1988 album] - 2LP (Mercury/UMe)
Michael Chapman - Americana - LP (Mooncrest)
The Charlatans - The Charlatans UK vs. The Chemical Brothers - LP (Beggars Banquet)
The Charlatans - Live It Like You Love It - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Charli XCX - Vroom Vroom - 12” color (Atlantic)
Cheap Trick - Out To Get You [live 1977] - 2LP (Legacy/CMG)
The Chemical Brothers - Surrender to Love - 12” (Virgin EMI)
Don Cherry - Cherry Jam - 10” (Gearbox)
Cherry Ghost - Beneath This Burning Shoreline - 12” (Heavenly Recordings)
Cherry Ghost - Live at the Trades Club - 12” (Heavenly Recordings)
Christine and the Queens - La Vita Nuova: Sequences 2 et 3 - 7” gatefold (Because Music)
Chromeo - Needy Girl: Zdar Dub / Paper Faces Remix /Album Version // Lifelike Remix / Bloc Party Remix / Instrumental (eOne Music)
The Church - Gold Afternoon Fix (gold vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
Gary Clark, Jr ft. Andra Day - Pearl Cadillac - 12”/etching (Warner)
The Claude Diallo Situation - I Found A New Home - LP (Dot Time Records)
Clearlight Symphony - Clear Light Symphony (pink vinyl) (LMLCulture Factory)
Clutch - The Obelisk - 17LP box w/mat and signed litho (Weathermakers)
MJ Cole - Madrugada Remixes - 12” (Classics & Jazz UK)
Shirley Collins and Davy Graham - Folk Roots, New Routes - LP (Universal/Decca)
Michel Colombier - Capot Pointu - LP (PlayTime)
The Comet Is Coming - Imminent - 12” (Decca)
Charly Coombes - All in the End Is Harvest - LP (Finyl Vinyl)
Alice Cooper - Live at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, 19-02-82 (Rhino/Warner)
Ivan Conti - Poison Fruit (LP+7”) (green vinyl) (Far Out Recordings) (UK)
Corporation of One - So Where Are You/The Real Life - 12” (Smokin’)
Nev Cottee - Stations - LP (Wonderful Sound)
Cradle - The History - LP (Modern Harmonic)
Mikal Cronin - Switched-On Seeker - LP (Merge)
Keith Cross and Peter Ross - Bored Civilians (Universal/Decca)
The Cure - Bloodflowers: 20th Anniversary - 2LP (UMe/Polydor)
The Cure - Seventeen Seconds: 40th Anniversary - LP picture disc (UMe/Polydor)
Denzel Curry - Bulls on Parade/I Against - 7” (Loma Vista)
Cybotron - Colossus - LP (Dual Planet)
Czarface - Czarface & The Return of Metal Face - LP (Silver Age)
Holgr Czukay, Jaki Liebzeit, Jah Wobble - A Full Circle - 2x10” (Gronland)
D-Mob - We Call It Acieeed Remixes - 12” (London Records)
Etienne Daho - Surf - 12” (Warner Music France)
Dalvanius and The Fascinations/Golden Harvest - Voodoo Lady/I Need Your Love - 7” (Warm)
Damaged Bug - Bug On Yonkers - LP (Castle Face)
The Damned - Fiendish Shadows: 40th Anniversary - LP color vinyl (Cleopatra)
Dave Davies - Rock Bottom: Live at The Bottom Line - 2LP (Green Amp/Red River)
Miles Davis - Double Image: Directions in Music (Selections from The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions) - 2LP (CMG/Legacy)
Divina De Campo - Decoded - 12” (PEG Records)
Def Leppard ft. Brian May and Ian Hunter - Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame - LP (UMe/Virgin EMI)
Mac DeMarco - Other Here Comes The Cowboy Demos - LP purple (Macs Record Label)
Devil's Witches - Guns, Drugs, and Filthy Pictures 10" (Majestic Mountain)
Destiny’s Child - Say My Name - 12” picture disc (CMG/Legacy)
The Detroit Cobras - Feel Good/etching - 7” (Wild Honey)
The Dickies - Banana Splits: The Tra La La Song 7" (Cleopatra)
Dinosaur Jr. - Swedish Fist: Live in Stockholm - LP (Cherry Red)
Dio - Annica - 12” picture disc (BMG/Niji Entertainment)
Dissection - Somberlain (2LP) (blue vinyl, etched side) (Black Lodge)
DJ Cam Quartet - The Essential - LP (Attytude Records)
Doctors of Madness - Dark Times - LP (Molecular Scream)
The Doors - The Soft Parade: Doors-Only Mix - LP (Rhino/Elektra)
Down N Outz - The Music Box - 12” (UMe)
Dr. John - Remedies - LP color vinyl (Get On Down)
Barry Dransfield - Barry Dransfield - LP (Glass Modern)
The Durutti Column - Idiot Savants (white vinyl) (180gr) (Demon)
The Durutti Column - Vini Reilly/WomadLive - 2LP + 7” (Factory Benelux)
Steve Earle - Times Like These/It’s About Blood - 7” (New West Records)
Clint Eastwood & General Saint - Stop That Train - 7” glow -in-the-dark (Greensleeves)
Luiz Eca y Familia Sagrada - La nueva onda del Brasil - LP (Vinilissimo)
Eddie & The Hot Rods - Get Your Rocks Off (2LP) (Jungle/Skydog)
Terry Edwards - Stop Trying to Sell Me Back My Past - 2LP (Sartorial Records)
Embryo - Embryos Rache - LP color vinyl (Loneos)
Embryo - Opal - LP color vinyl (Loneos)
Emerald Web - Valley of the Birds - LP (Trading Places)
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer - Live At Waterloo Field, Stanhope, New Jersey, US, 31st July 1992
Eminem - My Name Is/Bad Guys Always Die - 7” (Universal)
Brian Eno - Rams - LP (UMe)
Erasure - Blue Savannah - 12” (Mute)
Esplendor Geometrico - Necrosis en la playa - 7” (Geometrik)
Bill Evans - Some Other Time: The Lost Session from The Black Forest - 2LP (Resonance Records)
The Ex - All Corpses Smell the Same - 7” (Superior Viaduct)
Exit North - Book of Romance and Dust - 2LP (Exit North Records)
Ezra Collective - Clash of the Galazies - 12” (Enter the Jungle)
The Fall - Austurbæjarbíó Reykjavik Live 1983 - 2LP (Cherry Red)
The Fall - Cerebral Caustic: 25th Anniversary - LP color vinyl (Demon)
Fallen Angels - Paradise Lost - 2LP + poster + book (Sunbeam)
Fatboy Slim - Sunset (Bird Of Prey) 20th Anniversary Edition - 12" (SKINT)
Feeder - Feeling a Moment / Pushing the Senses - 12" (Echo)
The Feminine Complex - Livin’ Love - LP or CD (Modern Harmonic)
Field Music - Measure - 2LP (Memphis Industries)
Lee Fields - Let’s Get a Groove On - LP (Daptone)
Fight - A Small Deadly Space (gatefold) (red and black marble vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
Craig Finn - All These Perfect Crosses - 2LP (Partisan)
Kelly Finnigan - The Tales People Tell - LP (Colemine Records)
Flamin’ Groovies - Live at the Whiskey A Go-Go ‘79 - LP (Revenge Records)
Flawes - Highlights - LP (Red Bull Records)
Fleetwood Mac - Before The Beginning Vol 2 (3LP) (4/17 release date)
Fleetwood Mac - The Alternate Rumours - LP (Rhino/Warner)
The Fleshtones - Face of the Screaming Werewolf - LP or CD (Yep Roc Records)
Blaze Foley - Live at the Austin Outhouse - LP + 7” (End of an EaLost Art)
Josephine Foster - This Coming Gladness - LP (Fire Records)
Fraternity - Livestock - LP (Reel Music)
The Frumpies - Frumpie One Piece/Frumpies Forever - LP + 7” (Kill Roc Stars)
Future Sound of London - Cascade 2020 - LP (FSOL London)
Fuzztones - Lysergic Emanations - LP picture disc (Easy Action)
Serge Gainsbourg - Ces Petit Riens - LP (Ina)
Galaxie 500 - Copenhagen - 2LP/etching (202020 Records)
Rory Gallagher - Cleveland Calling LP - LP (Chess/UMC)
The Game - Born 2 Rap - 3LP (eOne Music)
Taana Gardner - Taana Gardner & Kenton Nix’s West End Works: Expanded - 2LP (Salsoul)
Gaston - My Queen - LP (Soul Brother Records)
Gemma Ray - Lights Out Zoltar! - LP pink (Bronzerat)
Gene - Rising for Sunset: 20th Anniversary - 2LP (Demon)
Giant Sand - Ramp - 2LP (Fire Records)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata - LP (Madlib Invazion)
Girl Band - Vicar Street Live - 2LP (Rough Trade Records)
Philip Glass - The Essential - 4LP (Music On Vinyl)
Glass Animals w/ Denzel Curry - Tokyo Drifting - 12” picture disc (Wolf Tone)
Goblin - Greatest Hits Vol. 1 - 2LP (AMS)
Golden Earring - Radar Love (original UK/Mootan LP version) - 7” (Music On Vinyl)
Goldie Lookin Chain - Original Pyrite Material - LP gold (1983 Records)
Gong - Live! At Sheffield 1974 - 2LP (LMLR)
Gorgan City - Realm - 12” (Virgin EMI)
Gorillaz - D-Sides (3LP) (WarneParlophone)
Gorillaz - G-Sides (2LP) (WarneParlophone)
Ellie Goulding - Lights: 10th Anniversary - LP (Polydor)
Davy Graham - The Holly Kaleidoscope (Universal/Decca)
Grateful Dead - Buffalo 5/9/77 - 5LP (Warner)
Gray - Never Gonna Leave New York City - 12” (Anasyrma)
David Gray - Please Forgive Me - 12” pink (IHT Records)
Juliette Greco - Jolie Mome: La muse de Saint Germain des Pres - 2LP (Poppydisc)
Al Green - Green Is Blues - LP, green and blue (Fat Possum)
Tom Grennan - This is the Place - 7” (Insanity)
The Grid - Floatation - 12” clear (Chemical Alley)
The Groundhogs - Split - 2LP red (Fire Records)
Grouplove - Broken Angel (Warner)
Guided By Voices - Hold On Hope - 10” clear (TVT)
Guided By Voices - Vampire on Titus - LP yellow/gold (Scat Records)
Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend - 10” (Virgin EMI)
Terry Hall - Home - 12” (Heavenly Recordings)
Johnny Hallyday - Le Plus Grands Succes - LP five-color vinyl (LMLR)
Halo - Let Me Do It/Life - 12” (Expansion)
Hanterhir - Schizophrenia/Dancing Out in Space - 7” (Easy Action)
Paul Hardcastle - 19: The Mixes (35th Anniversary Edition) - LP (Chrysalis)
Vladimir Harkonnen - Vlad Smash (Power It Up)
Hatchie & The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Sometimes Always - 7” (Heavenly Records)
Hawkwind - At the BBC 1972 (September 28 1972) - 2LP (Rhino)
Hawkwind - Quark, Strangeness & Charm - 2LP clear (Atomhenge)
Kuumba-Toudie Heath - Kwaida - LP (Reel Music)
The Heptones - Back on Top - LP red (Burning Sounds)
The High - Martin Hannett Sessions (Unreleased Martin Hannett Sessions for Somewhere Soon) - LP (Vinyl Revival)
High Frequency - Summertime - 7” (Nia)
Aashid Himons - The Gods and I - 12” (Music for Dream/Fyraften Musik)
Hiss Golden Messenger - Let the Light of the World Open Your Eyes - 7” (Merge)
Loleatta Holloway - Cry To Me - LP (Tidal Waves Music)
Hope In High Water - Bonfire and Pine - LP (Fish Records)
Hugh Hopper - 1984 (red vinyl)(LMLCulture Factory)
Hootie and the Blowfish - Live at Nick's Fat City 1995 2LP (Warner)
The Hotrats - Turn Ons: 10th Anniversary Edition - 10" color vinyl [100 with signed print] (Demon)
Human Race - Human Race/Grey Boy - 7” (Gem Records)
Humble Pie - Official Bootleg Collection, Vol. 2 - 2LP (HNE)
Hunny - Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. - LP blue (Epitaph)
Ike Yard - Night After Night - 12” red (Superior Viaduct)
Implosion - 2020 - 2LP (Trading Places)
Inhaler - It Won’t Always Be Like This/Oklahoma (Late Night Edition) - 7” (Polydor)
Inhaler - We Have To Move On/Ice Cream Sundae - 7” (Polydor)
Inhaler - My Honest Face (45rpm)/There’s No Other Place (33rpm) - 10” (Polydor)
The Inn House Crew - Something Special - LP (Room in the Sky Records)
Ken Ishii ft. Pac-Man - Join the Pac - 7” (iam8bit)
J Hus - Big Conspiracy - 2LP (Black Butter)
Bob James - Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions - LP (Resonance Records)
Bert Jansch - Live in Italy - 2LP (Earth Recordings)
Jansen/Barbieri/Karn - Playing in a Room With People - 2LP (Medium Productions)
The Jazz Butcher - Big Planet Scary Planet - LP (Fire Records)
The Jazz Butcher - Condition Blue - LP (Fire Records)
The Jazz Butcher - Cult of th eBasement - LP (Fire Records)
The Jazz Butcher - Fishcoteque - LP (Fire Records)
Jethro Tull - Stormwatch 2 (Warner)
Elton John - Elton John: 50th Anniversary Edition - 2LP purple (UMe/Mercury)
J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding - J&K: Stonebone (UMe)
Linton Swesi Johnson - Bass Culture/LKJ In Dub - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Daniel Johnston - The End is Never Really Over - 2LP (Feraltone) [features Artistic Vice and 1990]
Samantha Jones - A Girl Named Sam - LP (Trading Places)
Wizz Jones - Wizz Jones: Mono and Stereo Mixes - LP (Sunbeam)
Judas Priest - British Steel - 2LP picture disc (CMG/Legacy)
June of 44 - Engine Takes to the Water - LP (Touch & Go)
June of 44 - Tropics and Meridians - LP (Touch & Go)
Jungle Brothers - Because I Got It Like That - 7” (Idlers)
Damien Jurado - Birds Tricked Into the Trees/From Devils To Davis - 7” (Loose)
David Keenan - Alchemy & Prose: Live Recordings - 12” (Rubyworks)
Dermot Kennedy - Without Fear - LP (Island)
Tim Key - Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme - 2LP color vinyl (Demon)
Phoebe Killdeer - Fade Out Lines - LP (Kwaidan)
Killing Joke - Laugh at Your Peril: Live in Berlin - 3LP black and pink (Killing Joke Records)
Killing Joke - Turn to Red - 12” red (Turn to Red Records)
The King James Version - He’s Forever (Amen) - 7” (Soul Kitchen)
The Kinks - The Kink Kronikles - 2LP red vinyl (Warner)
Klaxons - Surfing the Void: 10th Anniversary Edition - 2LP (UMC/Polydor)
Knight Area - D-Day - 2LP black and white (Butler)
Sarathy Korwar - Otherland - 12” transparent green (The Leaf Label)
Kraftwerk - 1 (50th Anniversary Edition) - LP (True Choice Recordings)
Kraftwerk - 2 - LP (True Choice Recordings)
Fela Ransome Kuti and His Highlife Rakers - Fela’s First: The Complete 1959 Melodisc Session - 10” (Cadillac Records)
Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker - Ballads for Two - LP (Dot Time Records)
Laneous - Elsewhere/Flawless - 7” (Soul Has No Tempo)
kd lang - Angel with a Lariat - LP red (Warner)
kd lang - Drag - 2LP color vinyl (Warner)
Larkins - Hit and Run - 10” EP (Good Soldier Records)
Jamie Lawson - Last Night Stars - LP (Lookout Mountain)
The Leaf Library - About Minerals - LP (Where Its At is Where You Are)
Jenny Lee - I’m So Tired/Some Things Last a Longtime - 12” (Caroline)
Thomas Leer - Emotional Hardware - CD (Smitten Kitten)
Michel Legrand - Jazz on Film - LP (Moochin’ About)
John Lennon - Instant Karma 2020 Ultimate Remix - 7” (UMe)
Lil' Kim - 9 (Deluxe LP) (Ltd)
Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives/Frankie Knuckles remix - 12” (Arista)
Alfredo Linares y su Sonora - Yo traigo boogaloo - LP (Vampisoul)
The Live Band - A Cance for Hope - 7” (The Sound of Brooklyn)
Local Natives/Overcoats - When Am I Gonna Lose You - 7” (Loma Vista Recordings)
The London Suede - London Suede - LP (Demon)
Loop - Sevens - 3x7” (Reactor)
Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face: 40th Anniversary Edition - 2x12” (West End)
Los Amigos Invisibles - Arepa 3000 - 2LP (Luaka Bop)
Lothar & The Hand People - Machines: Amherst 1969 - LP + CD (Modern Harmonic)
The Lottery Winners - Love Will Keep Us Together - 7” (Modern Sky)
Love Frame Tragedy - Five Songs to Briefly Fill the Void - 10” EP (Good Soldier Records)
The Lovely Eggs - I Am A ***** - LP picture disc (Egg Records)
Marcy Luarks and Classic Touch - Electric Murder - LP (Kalita Records)
Corb Lund - Cover Your Tracks EP - 12” EP (New West Records)
Kenny Lynch - Half the Day’s Gone and We Haven’t Earned a Penny / Ashley Beedle Remix - 7” (Satril)
Kirsty MacColl - Other People's Hearts: B-Sides 1988-1989 - LP clear (Demon)
Madness - Work, Rest, and Play - 2x7” (Union Square/BMG)
Magic in Threes - Stay in Your Lane - 7” (King Underground)
Magnetic System - Godzilla/Escape - 7” (AMS)
Magnum - Fully Loaded - LP (Phoenix)
Manic Street Preachers - Done & Dusted - 12” (CMG/Legacy)
Mansun - The Dead Flowers Reject - LP (Kscope)
The Mar-Keys - Last Night EP - 10” EP (Vinyl Revival)
Bob Marley - Redemption Song - 12” clear vinyl (UMe)
Nick Mason - See Emily Play/Vegetable Man - 12” (Legacy)
Sammy Massamba - 1990: Beni Soit Ton Nom - LP (SM Productions)
John Massoni & Sonic Boom - The Sundowner Sessions - LP (Space Age Recordings)
Paul McCartney - McCartney: 50th Anniversary Edition - LP (180g, half-speed mastered) (UMe/Capitol)
Tommy McGee - Now That I Have You - 12” (TMG Records)
Declan McKenna - Beautiful Faces/The Key to Life on Earth - 7” (Columbia)
Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell - 2LP picture disc (UMe/Virgin EMI)
The Meat Puppets - The Meat Puppets - 10” (Megaforce)
Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs (Universal)
Melt Yourself Down - Born in the ManoIt Is What It Is (IDLES Remix) - 7” (Decca)
Membranes - Kiss Ass Godhead - LP pink (Glass Modern)
Menswear - Nuisance: 25th Anniversary Edition - LP (Demon)
The Menzingers - Chamberlain Waits - LP color vinyl (Red Scare Industries)
Metal Mirror - English Booze/Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Never Gonna Leave You - 7” (On the Dole Records)
The Meteors - Teenage Heart - LP color vinyl (Music On Vinyl)
Metronomy - Metronomy Forever Remixes - 12” (Because Music)
Metronomy & Clara Luciani - La Baie/La Grenade - 7” (Because Music)
Mew - And the Glass Handed Kites: 15th Anniversary Edition - 2LP (Music On Vinyl)
Mickey and The Soul Generation - Iron Leg/Chocolate - 7” (GCP)
Mickey and The Soul Generation - How Good is Good/Get Down Brother - 7” (Mr. G)
Mickey and Them - U.F.O./Hey, Brother Man (GCP)
Midland - Live at the Palomino - LP (Big Machine)
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um Redux - 2LP (Get On Down)
Thelonious Monk - Palais Des Beaux-Arts (Tidal Waves Music)
Moonchild - The Truth/Run Away - 7” red/blue splatter (Tru Thoughts)
Moonspell - Memorial (red vinyl) (Rastilho Records)
Bobby Moore/Sweet Music - (Call Me Your) Anything/I Get Lifted - LP (Soul Brother Records)
Christy Moore - Prosperous - LP (Tara Music)
Kip Moore - Slowheart/Underground - LP + 10” (Snakefarm Records)
Kevin Morby - Oh Mon Dieu:1 Live a Paris - 2LP (Dead Oceans)
Giorgio Moroder ft. Kylie Minogue - Right Here Right Now remixes - 12” grey (Good For You Records)
Morrissey - Honey, You Know Where To Find Me/Fantastic Bird/You Should Have Been Nice to Me - 12" picture disc (BMG)
Chuck Mosley - First Hellos and Last Goodbyes - LP (blocGLOBAL)
Motorhead - Ace of Spades/Dirty Love - 7" shaped picture disc (Warner)
Mott the Hoople - Golden Age of Rock n Roll (blue vinyl) (Madfish)
Bob Mould - Circle Of Friends - 2LP clear vinyl) (Demon)
Mouth Congress - Ahhh The Pollution - 7” (Captured Tracks)
Mungo’s Hi Fi ft. Marina P, Dennis Alcapone & Tippa Irie - The Beat Goes SKA! - 7” (Scotch Bonnet Records)
The Murder Capital - Love, Love, Love/On Twisted Ground - 12” (Human Season Records)
Roisin Murphy - Incapable - 12” picture disc (Skint)
Mush - Great Artisanal Formats - 7” (Memphis Industries)
My Chemical Romance - Life on the Murder Scene - 12” (Reprise)
My Life Story - The Rose The Sea - 12” (Exilophone Records)
Nahko and Medicine for the People - Take Your Power Back (Live) - 10” (Side One Dummy Records)
Qasim Naqvi - Beta - LP (Erased Tapes
Nas - God’s Son - 2LP color vinyl (Get On Down)
Milton Nascimento - Ultimo Trem - 2LP red (Far Out Recordings
Nazareth - Love Hurts/This Flight Tonight - 10” (Salvo)
Fred Neil - 38 MacDougal - LP green (Delmore)
The New Clarence Reid - Cadillac Annie/Tired Blood - 7” (Phil-LA of Soul)
New Order - Peel Sessions - 12” (Rhino)
Nihilist - Carnal Leftovers (white vinyl) (Black Lodge)
Nite People - P.M. - LP (Trading Places)
North Sea Radio Orchestra - I A Moon - LP (The Household Mark)
Notorious BIG - It Was All A Dream - 9LP box (Rhino)
Gary Numan with Skaparis Orchestra - When the Sky Came Down Live - 3LP (BMG)
The Obsessed - Incarnate (Ultimate Edition) - LP gatefold or CD (Blues Funeral)
Ocean Colour Scene - One from the Modern - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Oh-Ok - The Complete Reissue - LP (white vinyl) (Hhbtm Records)
OHL - Oktoberrevolution (Power It Up)
Ol’ Dirty Bastard - Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version - 9x7” (Rhino/Elektra)
Operation Ivy - Energy - LP (Epitaph)
OST - A Haunting Strip of Marshland: OST for Ness (Drew Mulholland) (Castles In Space)
OST - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - LP (Maverick)
OST - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery - 2LP (Disney)
OST - Austin Powers In Goldmember - 2LP (Maverick)
OST - Black Mirror: Smithereens (Ryuichi Sakamoto) - LP (Music On Vinyl)
OST - C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. - LP (Terror Vision)
OST - The Cinematic Orchestra/London Met Orchestra - The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingoes - 2LP pink (Disney)
OST - Henri Crolla & Andre Hodeir - Jazz on Film… - LP (Moochin’ About)
OST- Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie - LP (Earth Recordings)
OST - Doctor Who - Massacre - 2LP “Parisian Blaze Orange” (Demon)
OST - Dracula/The Curse of Frankenstein (James Bernard) - 2LP
OST - Fistful of Dollars (Ennio Morricone) - 10” (BTF)
OST - For a Few Dollars More (Ennio Morricone) - 10” (AMS)
OST - Francis Lai - Made in France - LP (PlayTime)
OST - Fuktronic (Jimmy Urine and Serj Tankian) - LP (Music On Vinyl)
OST - The Godfather (Nino Rota) - 7” white (Silva Screen)
OST - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Ennio Morricone) - LP (AMS)
OST - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original (Demon Records UK)
OST - La Planete Sauvage (Alain Goraguer 1973) - LP yellow (Superior Viaduct)
OST - The Last Porno Show - LP (Country Club)
OST - Last Tango in Paris (Gato Barbieri) - LP rose (AMS)
OST - Metroland (Mark Knopfler) - LP (UMC-Mercury)
OST - Monty Python and the Holy Grail - LP picture disc (UMC/Virgin EMI)
OST - The Musical Anthology of His Dark Materials (Lorne Balfe) - 2LP (Silva Screen)
OST - Once Upon a Time in the West (Ennio Morricone) - LP (BTF)
OST - Paw Patrol - 7” EP dog bone white (Enjoy the Ride)
OST - Peur Sur la Ville (Ennio Morricone 1975) - 2LP (WeWantSounds/Modulor)
OST - Phenomenon - 2LP (Warner)
Piero Piccioni, Armando Trovaioli, Carlo Rustichelli, Nino Rota - Jazz On Film… - 2LP (Moochin’ About)
OST - Serpico (Mikis Theodorakis 1973) (WeWantSounds/Modulor)
OST - Shaft in Africa (Johnny Pate) - 2x7” (Dynamite Cuts)
OST - Synecdoche New York (Jon Brion) - LP (Fire Soundtracks)
OST - Terrahawks - LP (Gerry Anderson)
OST - The Truth and the Light: Music from The X Files - 12” glow-in-the-dark green (Warner)
OST - The Turning: Kate’s Diary (Music On Vinyl)
OST - The Virgin Suicides - LP (Rhino/Ryko)
The Pale Fountains - Longshot for Your Love - LP (Marina)
Pale Saints - Mrs. Dolphin - LP (4AD)
Parabellum - Post Mortem Live - 2LP red and black splatter vinyl (LMLR)
Paradise Lost - Live at Rockpalast - 2LP (Music On Vinyl)
Paranoid London - Paranoid London - LP (Paranoid London)
Bobby Parker - Soul of the Blues - LP (Rhythm and Blues)
Robert Parker - I Caught You in a Lie - 7” (Nola)
The Pastels - Advice to the Graduate/Ship to Shore - 7” (Domino)
Pennywise - The Fuse - LP orange and black (Epitaph)
Carl Perkins - Live In Paris - LP blue (LMLR)
Lee Perry and Black Ark Players - Guidance - 12” (VP Records)
Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters - Super Ape Variant - LP color vinyl (Get On Down)
Lee “Scratch” Perry & Daniel Boyle ft. Max Romeo - Horror Zone - 12” (Upsetter)
Pigbag - Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive - 2LP (Call of the Void)
The Pineapple Thief - Uncovering the Tracks - LP (Kscope)
Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne (Live at Syd Barrett Tribute, 2007) - 7”/etching (Parlophone/Legacy)
Pinkfong - Baby Shark - 7” EP (SmartStudyCo)
Pluto - Journey’s End - LP (Morgan Blue Town)
The Pogues - At the BBC 1984 - LP (Rhino)
Marvin Pontiac (John Lurie) - The Asylum Tapes - LP (Northern Spy)
Iggy Pop - Kiss My Blood - 3LP/DVD/poster - (LMLR)
Iggy Pop and the Stooges - Russian Melodia - 7” (replica of French bootleg) (Revenge Records)
Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass - LP + 7” (Spacebomb)
Predatur - Seen You Here - 7” (On the Dale Records)
Elvis Presley - The Rock & Roll Collection - 5xEP (LMLR) [unofficial]
Elvis Presley - Elvis Prohibited - 2LP (LMLR) [unofficial]
Pretenders - Live! At the Paradise Theater, Boston 1980 - LP (Warner)
Primal Scream - Loaded: 30th Anniversary Editin - 12” (CMG/Legacy)
Prince Fatty - The Model ft. Shniece Mcmenanin & Horseman - 7” (Evergreen Recordings)
Ian Prowse - The People Not The Crown - 10” (Kitchen Disco Records)
Prince - Sign O' The Times - 2LP (Warner)
Tito Puente - Dance Mania Volumes 1 and 2 - 2LP (Poppydisc)
Asha Puthli - Asha Puthli - LP (Mr. Bongo)
Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul - Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul (Mr. Bongo)
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails - LP yellow (LMLCulture Factory)
The RAH Band - Producers Choice - 2LP (Atjazz)
Raised Fist - Sound of the Republic - LP (Burning Heart Records)
Ramones - It’s Alive II - 2LP (Rhino)
Rare Pleasure - Let Me Down Easy - 7” (South Street Disco)
Raw Material - Raw Material - 2LP (Sunbeam)
Roy Redmond - Ain’t That Terrible/A Change is Gonna Come - 7” (Harlem Shake)
Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs for Drella: 30th Anniversary Edition - 2LP/etching (Rhino/Warner)
Winston Reedy and the Inn House Crew - Black Pearl - LP (Room in the Sky)
The Replacements - The Complete Incarcerated Live - 3LP (Rhino)
The Residents - Icky Flix - 2LP orange and yellow (New Ralph)
Gruff Rhys - (Don’t) Welcome The Plague As a Blessing - LP (Rough Trade Records)
Keith Richards - Hate It When You Leave/Key to the Highway - 7” (BMG/Mindless)
Minnie Riperton - Les FleuOh By the Way - 7” (Selector Series)
Robyn - Robyn - 2LP (UMC/Island)
Pete Rock - Petestrumentals 3 - 2LP color vinyl (Tru Soul Records)
The Rolling Stones - Metamorphosis - LP (UMC/ABKCO)
Tal Ross - Giant Shirley - 2LP (Tidal Waves Music)
Keith Rowe & Mark Wastell - Live at I-and-E (cover art by David Sylvian) - LP white (Confront Recordings)
Roxy Music - Roxy Music: Steven Wilson Stereo Mix - 2LP (UMC/Virgin EMI)
Freya Roy - Ahlke - LP (Vinyl Hunter Records)
Gene Russell - New Direction (transparent clear with heavy black swirl vinyl) (with insert) (Real Gone Music)
Sasha - Scene Delete: The Remixes - 2LP (Night Time Stories)
Sea Girls - Call Me Out - 12” (Polydor)
Shakespeares Sister - #3 - 2LP (Do Yourself In)
Shakespeares Sister - You’re History - 12” (London Records)
Anoushka Shankar - Love Letters
Ravi Shankar with George Harrison - Chants of India - 2LP red (BMG)
Sandie Shaw - Reviewing the Situation - 2LP (UMC/Virgin EMI)
Don Shinn - Departures - LP (Sunbeam)
Don Shinn - Temples with Prophets - LP (Sunbeam)
Situation ft. Andre Espeut - Beyond Compare Laroye Remixes - 7” (Situationism)
Edith Sitwell/William Walton - Facade - 10” (Moochin’ About)
Skatt Bros. - Walk the Night - 12” (Spaziale)
Skid Row - Slave to the Grind - 2LP red (Rhino)
Skye - Keeping Secrets - LP white (Skye)
Skyzoo & Pete Rock - Retropolitan Instrumentals - LP orange splatter (Mello Music Group)
Slint - Breadcrumb Trail/Good Morning Captain - 12” (Touch & Go)
Slowdive - Slowdive - 12” (Music On Vinyl)
Sam Smith - I Feel Love - 12” (Capitol)
Chris Smither - More from the Levee - LP (Signature Sounds)
Snapped Ankles - 21 Metres to Hebden Bridge - LP (The Leaf Label)
So Solid Crew - 21 Seconds EP - 12” EP (UMe/Craft Recordings)
The Soft Boys - I Wanna Destroy You/Near the Soft Boys - 2x7” (Yep Rock Records)
Soft Cell - Mutant Moments EP - 10” (Big Frock)
SOHN - SOHN Live with the Metropole Orkest - 2LP (4AD)
Soul Asylum - Hurry Up and Wait (exclusive 2LP+7") (Blue Elan)
Spacehog - Resident Alien (2LP) (cream with pink splatter "British passport" vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
Spacemen 3 - Threebie 3 - LP (Space Age Recordings)
Richard Spaven - Spaven’s 5ive - LP (Jazz Refreshed)
Britney Spears - Oops! I Did It Again Expanded - LP (Legacy/CMG)
The Specials - Dubs - 10” (Two Tone)
Spectrum - Forever Alien - 2LP (Space Age Recordings)
Devon Sproule - The Pink Noise - 12” (Tin Angel Records)
Stalawa ft. Junior Demus - Trad On - 7” (Foreign Mind)
Marker Starling/Ha Ha Collective - Slick Rock - 7” (Tin Angel Records)
Status Quo - Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon - LP yellow and white “fried egg” (WarneSanctuary)
Cat Stevens - But I Might Die Tonight/alternate version - 7” blue (UMe/Island)
Storm Gordon - Diamond in the Heart - 12” EP (Wanderlust Productions)
Jackie Stoudemire/Al Stewart - Dancing - 12” (TAP Records)
Suede - See You in the Next Life - LP (Demon)
Sugarhill Gang - Sugarhill Gang - LP (Music On Vinyl)
Sumy - Funkin’ in Your Mind Parts 1 and 2 - 12” (Music On Vinyl)
Sun Ra - Egypt ‘71 - 5LP (Strut)
Supergrass - Caught By the Fuzz - 10” EP (Echo)
Surfer Blood - Astro Coast: 10 Years Anniversary - 2LP (Kanine Records)
Neil Swainson Quintet - 49th Parallel - LP (Reel to Real)
The Sweet Inspirations - The Sweet Inspirations - LP gold (Reel Music)
Gabor Szabo - Dreams w/ bonus tracks (gatefold) (Ebalunga!!! Records) (4/17 release date)
T La Rock & Jazzy J - It’s Yours - 7” (Partytime)
Jacqueline Taieb - Lolita Chick ‘68 - LP (Mad French)
Tailenders - #tailendersoftheworlduniteandtakeover - 7” (Bit Spicy That)
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra: 2019 Edition w/ bonus tracks - 2LP (UMC/Virgin EMI)
Tangerine Dream - Tyger (clear blue vinyl) (LMLR)
Willie Tee - Teasing You Again/Your Love, My Love Together - 7” (Gatur)
Tegan and Sara - Tonight We’re in the Dark Seeing Colors - LP violet and black splatter (Warner)
The Telescopes - Altered Perception - 2LP (Space Age Recordings)
Television Personalities - Some Kind of Happiness: Singles 1995-1999 - 2LP (Fire Records)
Tennis System - Fear of Knowing - LP (Graveface)
The Teskey Brothers - Live at the Forum - LP (Classics & Jazz UK)
That Will Be Lunch - Play That Funky Music White Boy
The The - I WANT 2 B U - 7” (Cineola)
Thin Lizzy - Chinatown - 2LP (Mercury/UMC)
Throwing Muses - Purgatory/Paradise - 2LP (Fire Records)
Johnny Thunders and Wayne Kramer - Gang War (2LP) (Jungle/Skydog)
Timeless Legend - Synchronized - LP (Expansion Records)
TLC - Waterfalls/Creep - 12” (CMG/Legacy)
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Live - LP (Nacional Records)
Peter Tosh - Buk-In-Hamm Palace - 12” (Spaziale Recordings)
Toto - Live in Tokyo 1982 - LP (CMG/Legacy)
Touchdown - Ease Your Mind/Aquadance - 12” (Record Shack)
Tyler The Creator - Cherry Bomb - 2LP red (Legacy)
Tyler The Creator - Cherry Bomb Instrumentals - 2LP pink (Legacy)
Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn - LP color (UMC/Polydor)
U2 - 11 O’Clock Tick Tock - 12” (UMC)
UFO - Live in Youngstown '78 - 2LP (Chrysalis)
Ultravox - Sleepwalk: 2020 Stereo Mix - 12” (Chrysalis)
Underground Solution - Luv Dancin: 30th Anniversary - 12” (Strictly Rhythm)
Unrighteous Brothers - Unchained Melody/You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
Marcus Upbeat/Laurel Aitken - Blue Beat is Back in Town/Boogie Rock - 7” (Blue Beat)
The Valentines - 1967-1970 - LP (Demon)
V/A - BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Four Albums 1968-1978 - 6CD (Silva Screen)
V/A - The Beat Scene - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - Behind the Dykes: Beat, Blues and Psychedelic Nuggets from the Lowlands - 2LP (Music On Vinyl)
V/A - The Blues Scene - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - Brazil 45s Box Set - 5x7” (Mr. Bongo)
V/A - Brazil Funk Power: Brazilian Funk and Samba Soul - 10x7” box (Soul Jazz Records)
V/A - Champion Classics - 12” box (Champion Records)
V/A - Cleveland Confidential - LP (Superior Viaduct)
V/A - Dance Craze - LP (Two Tone)
V/A - Detroit A-Go-Go - 10” (Detroit A-Go-Go)
V/A - Detroit Punk Archive Presents The End of the Night: 1976-1983 - 2LP (Hold Fast)
V/A - Doo Wop (Le Chante Du Monde)
V/A - Flow - LP (Mercury KX)
V/A - The Girls Scene - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - Hi Tide Groove - LP (Fat Possum)
V/A - Hillbillies in Hell Volume X - LP (Iron Mountain Analogue Research)
V/A - Jet Star Meets Hospital - LP (Hospital Records)
V/A - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - 2x7” (Where Its At Is Where You Are)
V/A - The Ladies if Too a Slow to Disco Vol. 2 - 2LP (How Do You Are?)
V/A - The Land Of Sensations & Delights: The Pop-Psych Sounds of White Whale Records, 1965-1970 - 2LP or CD (Varese Sarabande/Craft Recordings)
V/A - Late Night Tales - new compilation
V/A - A Mickey Dread Production - 10” red, green and gold (Music On Vinyl)
V/A - The Mood Scene Vol. 2 - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - Music for Dreams: Summer Sessions 2020 - LP (Music for Dreams)
V/A - Nativity in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath (2LP) (gatefold) (transparent clear with heavy black swirl vinyl) (Real Gone Music)
V/A - Pin-Up Girls - LP (Vinyl Passion)
V/A - Psyché France, Vol. 6 - LP (Warner Music France Back Catalogue)
V/A - Pyramid Pieces 1 - LP (The Roundtable)
V/A - The Rock and Roll Scene - 2LP (Universal)
V/A - The Ska from Jamaica - LP (Trojan)
V/A - Studio One 007: License to Ska - James Bond and Other Film & TV Soundtracks (Soul Jazz Records)
V/A - Studio One - Studio First: From the Vaults, Vol. 2 - LP or CD (Studio One)
V/A - Studio One Rockers (green vinyl) (Soul Jazz Records)
V/A - Sun Records 2020 Compilation (placeholder name)
V/A - Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams - LP (Legacy/CMG)
V/A - Troubled Troubadours - LP color vinyl (Iron Mountain Analogue Research)
V/A - Wick Records Battle of the Bands Vol. 1 - LP (Wick Records)
V/A - You Flexi Thing, Vol. 6 - 7” (REPEA*T)
V/A - You Gotta Have Soul: Raw Sonoran R&B and Funk (1957-1971) - LP (Zia Records)
The Vaselines/Pooh Sticks - Split 7”: Dying for It - 7” (Glass Modern)
Steve Maxwell Von Braund - The Return to Monster Planet - LP (The Roundtable)
The Wake - Here Comes Everybody - LP + 7” (Factory Benelux)
Warmduscher - European Cowboy - 12” (The Leaf Label)
Warsaw Pakt - Needle Time - LP + 7” (Munster)
Roger Waters and guests - The Wall: Live in Berlin - 2LP cleat (UMC/Virgin EMI)
Geraint Watkins - Geraint Watkins & The Domniators - 2LP (Jungle)
Ben Watt w/ Robert Wyatt - Summer Into Winter - 12” EP (Cherry Red)
Mike Watt + The Secondmen - In Quintessence/instrumental (Yep Roc Records)
Norman Watt-Roy - Faith & Grace - LP red (Cadiz Music)
We Are Scientists - With Love and Squalor: Live in Woodstock 1969 - LP tri-color (100%)
The Wedding Present - Shaun Keaveny Session - 7” color vinyl (Hatch)
Whiskey Myers - Early Morning Shakes - 2LP (Snakefarm Records)
Whiskey Myers - Firewater - 2LP (Snakefarm Records)
Tony Joe White - The Beginning - LP white (New West Records)
The Who - Odds and Sods: Expanded - 2LP (UMC/Polydor)
The Who - A Quick Live One: Captured Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival - LP red, white, blue striped (The Monterey International Pop Foundation)
Widespread Panic - Sunday Show (Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY 3/24/19) (configuration TBA)
Ginger Wildheart - Excess GASS - LP (Round Records)
Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys w/ Miss Audrey - 1951 March of Dimes - LP red (BMG)
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2020.01.24 17:23 ScottRevere Friday, January 24th Santa Anita Analysis

Welcome back to Santa Anita! We had a pretty strong day last week, managing to go profitable once again. More impressively, we got the longshot of the day in race 3 #5 Odysseus home, paying $21.20 to win! Let’s try to keep the winners coming!
2020 Winter Santa Anita Statistics Last Week: 43% (3/7 win, 7/7 ITM), $4.66 ROI per $2 win bet ($14 wagered, $32.60 returned) Santa Anita Winter 2020: 46% (11/24 win, 22/24 ITM), $4.94 ROI per $2 win bet ($48 wagered, $118.62 returned)
Race 1: [F]Mdn 55k 1 Mile (T)
Picks: 3,6 / 4
We begin the day with a pretty tough race to get a handle on. None of these horses have shown to be particularly fond of winning, none less so than #4 Unicorn. This filly has managed to run in the money in all four of her turf starts, but she always seems to find one better. Even Prat was unable to will this one home, and I start to wonder if perhaps a mile is just a little too far for her. Everyone knows I am a huge Rispoli fan on the turf, but Unicorn is a tough horse to love at a short price given her knack for finishing second and third. It isn’t like she has been losing to bad horses, however, as Apache Princess, Maxim Rate, Desert Oasis, Carressa, and Bodhicitta are all highly promising fillies. Regardless, I’m inclined to go another direction. #6 Saving Sophie is the top pick. She has been running over dirt lately, and she also deserves some criticism for settling for second rather than winning. However, she initially debuted on grass, which tells me that Ellis originally had her pegged as a grass horse. She didn’t do much running in that debut, and has never raced on grass since. Ellis has great numbers with dirt to turf, with a strong $4.53 ROI the last 3 years. I think she is a much better horse than she showed back in May 2019, and Drayden retains the mount. #3 Miss Tokyo is another interesting player here. This Baltas trainee ran a couple respectable turf sprints to start her career, and Baltas horses normally aren’t fully cranked up for their debut efforts. She was hounded on a tough rail draw last out in her first try around 2 turns, but horses often improve second time going long, and she definitely appears to be the pace of this race. If she gets a comfortable lead, she could get bold on the front.

Race 2: [F][S]Mdn 55k 6 Furlongs
Picks: 5 / 2,4
#5 On Mars exits a promising debut effort where she was off a bit slow, rushed up inside to make the lead, held for about 5 furlongs before ultimately yielding late. She has every right to take a step forward from that effort, Cedillo remains on board, and with a cleaner break I expect her to set the pace and never look back. #2 Yellow Shirt is the most promising of the first-time starters, debuting for the always dangerous connections of Reddam Racing and Doug O’Neill. Longtime first call pilot Gutierrez takes the mount, hitting at 20% for O’Neill the last 60 days. This one has a lot of precocious, pure sprint win-early pedigree, as Square Eddie gets 17% debut winners. Have to wonder if this one might ultimately find her best game sprinting on turf. #4 Lucky Long Legs makes her first start for new trainer Phil D’Amato after failing to threaten last out. While Clifford Sise is a respectable trainer, D’Amato is one of the top west coast turf trainers, and all morning workout reports suggest this one has been working better lately than ever before. She held her own against recent allowance winner Desmond Doss, and at a moderate price she is interesting. #6 Rickie Nine Toes is another horse who always finds one better. While the speed figures make him strong in this field, those came against much weaker maiden claiming fields, and he appears to have serious stamina concerns. He is one I will let beat me moving up in class.

Race 3: [F]Alw 25000s 6 Furlongs
Picks: 5,2,6 // 4
Race 3 sets up as a very interesting affair from a pace perspective, as of the 6 horses entered, 3 of them are true need-the-lead type speedballs. Therefore, I’m going to prioritize horses who will be coming from off the pace. #5 Mongolian Humor is the classiest of this bunch, exiting a few graded stakes and high-level optional claiming races. This is a very crafty spot for Cerin to place this mare, as she is protected from claiming and is set up to score a decent purse against a field she has a massive class edge over. As long as the pace is as hot as it seems on paper and that none of the speed horses scratch, Mongolian Humor should get an excellent setup and blow by them all late. #2 Eternal Endeavour is the next closer I’ll be using. This horse clearly has had some soundness issues in the past, but she now makes her fourth start off the layoff, and Powell appears to finally have her healthy and fit. She nearly pulled off the upset against tougher last time out, and simply running a repeat of any of her last 3 races will make her awful tough in this spot. #6 Nomizar is not a true closer, but this filly could be the one who ultimately gets the best trip. Prat will have her behind the 3 dueling leaders, but she likely will be getting a few lengths head start on the other closers mentioned here due to her tactical speed. She gets an excellent outside draw, and she also brings some back class to the table, although mostly on turf. While I likely won’t go this deep on most tickets, the one speed horse I like best is actually the one at the longest price, #4 Square Peggy. I believe she is the quickest of the 3 speed horses, as it appears that the #1 Uno Trouble Maker has tailed off form lately and been unable to make the lead, albeit against tougher company. #3 Love a Honeybadger was able to set moderately slow fractions on an uncontested lead last out against a mediocre field, and now she leaves the Peter Miller barn to go to Koriner, who is only 4% first off the claim. Square Peggy is dynamite quick, and she makes her first start for savvy claiming trainer Knapp who hits at 21% first off the claim. Unlikely she takes them all the way, but she is an exotics player for sure.

Race 4: [F]Clm 32000 1 Mile (T)
Picks: 2,4,6 / 5
Race 4 is a very tough race of evenly matched horses going one mile on the turf. The Santa Anita turf course has played differently lately, as it has been favoring speed for most of the meet. Last week, however, there were 0 wire to wire winners from 7 races, despite the rail being out, and most horses were winning from 2-4 lengths off the pace. I’m going to tentatively go with #2 Sugary as the top pick. She has had a lot of trouble staying on the race track, but her last 3 races have all been strong efforts. She was a good second place to Zuzanna two races back, and Zuzanna came back to win a graded stakes event over a promising field. She has the right run style that has been winning at SA lately, and it’s always good to see Drayden back on board. However, the one concern is she does seem to be a little better when second off the layoff. Her first races off the layoff aren’t exactly poor, but she seems to improve more in that second race. At 3/1 she is the pick, but if she floats down to the 9/5 range I’d look elsewhere. #4 Swing Thoughts gets some class relief here after finding mid-level allowance company too tough. Rispoli is riding an excellent 17% on turf this meet, and she is another who may sit the right trip. While she was beaten by a few of today’s foes 2-back, note that she ran that race for a new trainer on less than 1 week’s rest, so it’s fair to wonder if she was a bit fatigued that day. She should be fresher here, and as one of the few 4-year-old’s in the field she has a good chance to continue improving whereas others may have already reached their ceiling. #6 Seaside Dancer is one who you can’t let beat you, as she’s a remarkable 3 for 4 over the distance and 4 for 8 lifetime on turf. She loves Santa Anita, getting 2 wins from 3 starts here, and she makes her second start for red-hot Peter Miller. 9 furlongs seems to be a bit too far, so the cutback to a mile should hit her right between the eyes. The main question mark for her is how will she handle the likely early pace pressure from stretch-out runner #5 Swirling. If that one is unable to pressure Seaside Dancer early to keep her honest on the front, the others could all be competing for second.

Race 5: MC 20000 6 Furlongs
Picks: 10,3,9 / 12 / 11
Race 5 gives us a surprisingly large field for a group of maiden claimers, and this race feels absolutely ripe for a bomb. There are countless different ways to approach this race, and I find a number of price horses very appealing. I strongly recommend spreading deep in this race, as the favorites are drawn very wide and could lose a lot of ground into the turn. My top pick and longshot of the day is #10 Rough Ride. In a field full of uninspiring horses, I always like to give the new shooter a chance, similar to last week’s longshot winner Odysseus. David Hoffmans has excellent numbers with debuting horses in maiden claiming events, winning 24% with a $4.03 ROI, as well as being an overall 28% maiden claiming trainer. He is off to a strong start this meet, with a record of 8-2-2-1, indicating he spots his limited horses very realistically. This son of Into Mischief only sold for $12k at auction and is debuting at 5-years-old, so there are some red flags there, but this isn’t exactly a stellar field. Into Mischief progeny win at over 15% at first asking, making this one a live play at the 8/1 morning line. #3 Peedie has been running against better for his entire career, but he finally gets dropped to a reasonable level today. While the layoff is cause for concern, it’s encouraging Gutierrez stays on. He’s been working reasonably well in the mornings, and if he’s fit off the break he might get it done on the class drop today. #9 King Parker is another long shot I want to use, and he was very nearly the longshot of the day selection. His last race was very impressive, as he broke poorly, coming out last by over 10 lengths, but he was flying late to get up for third and ultimately promoted to second. It’s incredibly challenging to make up that kind of ground when only traveling 5.5 furlongs, and this horse is not one who is usually so far off the pace. Velez and Lewis have been hot together lately, so don’t sleep on King Parker at a generous price. #11 Time N Money & #12 Cryin’ Chuck are the two favorites, but neither one particularly interests me. Time N Money is coming off of a year layoff, has a wide draw to deal with, and gets a jockey who is 0/19 at the meet so far. Perhaps the layoff and gelding will wake him up, but he’s not one I’m too keen on. Cryin’ Chuck is more usable to me in this race, as his dirt effort wasn’t bad at all in debut, and he clearly didn’t care for the turf last out. He returns to his preferred surface and distance going out for by far the strongest connections in this field. He’s easily usable, but it’s just a question of how short of a price do you want to take.

Race 6: Clm 16000n3L 6 Furlongs
Picks: 4,6 / 3,2
While he let me down last time I picked him on top, I’m giving #4 Toothless Wonder another shot here today. He didn’t show much last out, but he’s since switched to the McCarthy barn and picks up one of the top jockeys in Prat. The January 18th workout saw him work with a Baffert pair and actually look much the best over those two when coming home strong. Perhaps the change of scenery finally woke him up? He doesn’t have tons of early speed, but he should be quick enough to get good position and make a move into the turn. #3 Whatsittoya ran a race 2 back at Del Mar that would beat this field easily, but he absolutely flopped last out at Turf Paradise against a weak bunch. Perhaps he needed one off the layoff or he didn’t care for the surface, but that’s a really poor effort to overlook as the morning line favorite today. It does him no favors that #5 Royal Song will be to his outside, who is the quickest of this bunch out of the gate and actually has a few quarter horse victories to his name. I don’t think he has any chance to stay on for 6 furlongs, but he can do enough to make life difficult for the favorite up front. #6 Rinse and Repeat has not had any luck finding the winner’s circle, but he’s repeatedly been running in races that are likely too tough for him. He finally gets a class drop here and makes his third start off the layoff, a 24% angle for Knapp. If the #1 Polar, #3 Whatsittoya, and #5 Royal Song all hook up and the pace gets too hot, this is the closer I’d want the most.

Race 7: Clm 50000 1 Mile (T)
Picks: 9,4 //2,6
I will be the first to acknowledge that #4 Murad Khan is the horse to beat in this race today. He’s a very deserving favorite, and a repeat of his last would likely win this race. He was far from disgraced when losing to strong allowance type The Hunted, and Sellwood came back to win a Grade 3 last weekend. By no means am I against this gelding, but this race has drawn a pretty large field and there is a lot of speed in here. Murad Khan prefers to race midpack off the pace, so I don’t think the pace will really compromise his chances, but at his morning line of 6/5 it’s tough for me to be too excited about him. If you can get around this horse in the horizontal wagers, you will definitely be rewarded, so I’m taking a shot with #9 Battle of Memphis. I tend to believe that east coast turf horses are facing slightly better competition than their west coast brethren most of the time, so I’ve always been interested in this horse moving to California. He’s been facing a number of horses who have come back strong, including Ronald R, Overdue, and Wound Tight, all winners at the n2x allowance level, and it’s easy to forgive his last race when going a distance much too sharp for him. He gets dropped in for a tag for the first time, and Miyadi gets 25% winners when making such a move. Turf wizard Rispoli takes the mount, and he has the perfect off the pace run style that this race appears to be setting up for. #2 Truth Seeker is a bit of a wildcard in here, having never tried turf before, but this was a Winstar Farms & China Horse Club Into Mischief homebred who debuted in a maiden claiming 30,000 race. Clearly something was off, but he’s had some time away and now has a change of scenery moving out west and trying a new surface. His figures on dirt would make him competitive here, and if he can transfer that form to turf he could be a player at a generous price.

Race 8: MC 30000 6½ Furlongs
Picks: 4, 1 / 1,9,12
The finale for the day gives us a full field of 12 maidens going 6.5 furlongs on the main track. These low-level races are often won by horses on the lead, and 35% of the 6.5-furlong sprints at Santa Anita have been won in gate to wire fashion, slightly above the average. I’m going to take a shot with #4 Champs Success. While he has never run a complete race fast enough to win today, he has run opening fractions that are competitive. Perhaps maiden claiming $50k company was a bit too tough, but he finds a soft spot today. Edwin “all go” Maldonado is on board, and I’m expecting his aggressive style to put this one on the lead in a race that lacks a true front runner. Not sure if he will be able to hold them all off late, but I’ll take my chances that the hot Bonde barn (33%) can get him home on the class drop. #1 Taco Waco is the other likely speed in the field, but I’m not sure he’s truly fast enough to go with Champs Success. He should have a conditioning edge from his route races, and while Rispoli has been hot, he’s done most of his damage on turf races so far. The rail draw helps, and if he has enough speed to avoid getting shuffled back early, he should be right there late turning for home. #9 Golden Victory exits the same race as Waco Taco, and they actually ran a very similar race. Waco Taco got the best of him that day, but that was Golden Victory’s first start in nearly 3 months, and he may have just needed that race off the bench. Perhaps he can turn the tables today, as he was closing decently last out despite chasing a slow pace. #11 Arc Nation adds Lasix for Gallagher, a profitable 16% angle with this barn. He missed the break and was off slowly in his debut, where he just ran evenly and passed a few horses late. He catches a slightly softer bunch here, and he has a right to improve off of that educational debut. Last, #12 Overkoter has run 3 races that are all as good as the best race any horse in here has run to date. However, the one terrible race on his resume was the one time he raced here at Santa Anita. The track surface was much different back in October when they were slowing it down and making it heavy in preparation for Breeder’s Cup safety, and a lot of horses just weren’t handling the track during that meet. With the surface playing a bit more standard this meet, it’s fair to assume that one race was an outlier, and if he replicates or improves on any of his other 3 efforts, he should be very competitive at a great price. Note that the possible post-time favorite #10 Blazing Home is a very possible win contender; I just personally avoid Baltas first-time starters as a rule of thumb as he typically doesn’t have them ready at first asking (6% FTS with -$1.24 ROI, 4% debut maiden claiming with -$1.42 ROI).
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2020.01.17 17:49 hplarrr First PC Build! $1500 budget

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2019.12.21 07:11 FederalLeagueMVP Far off Anniversaries in Baseball: 1929

Welcome back to a resuscitated /baseball recurring series, (far off) Anniversaries in Baseball. The premise is simple: time, like baseball, is a flowing stream, that changes much less than we like to think it does. This series is about reflecting and remembering upon baseball events, or jerks, and real-world intrusions that made up a certain year exactly a few decades away. I attempt to convey this by merging primary and secondary sources through a variety of mediums to paint a portrait of the season in review. For the next few weeks, until the end of 2019, we will be drawing our thoughts back to 1909, ’19, ’29, ’39, ’49, ’59 to better understand our shared past and our sublimely important present- I ask you to join me on a quest through time to preserve a precious perspective and I hope you enjoy the series. Please include any feedback or thoughts in the comments section.
PS: for those of you longtime fans of the series- I’ve changed up the structure of individual episodes slightly and I hope it works better chronologically. The important births, deaths, no hitters, and weird baseball events are mixed in as they happened in that year. But where else can we start but the rulers of the world?
World Leaders
China: Chiang Kai-shek
England: PM Stanley Baldwin
Russia: Party Leader Joseph Stalin
United States of America: President Calvin Coolidge
France: President Gaston Doumergue
Germany: Chancellor Hermann Muller
Japan: Prime Minister Baron Tanaka Giichi
Italy: Prime Minister Benito Mussolini
Turkey: President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
Mexico: President Emilio Portes Gil
Persia: Prime Minister Mehdi Qoli Hedayat
Canada: Prime Minister William LM King
Cuba: President Gerardo Machado
JAN-MARCH
On 11 January, the Mossi’s of St. Helena, CA introduced their son, Donald Louis, to the world. At the end of that same month on the 29th, Erich Maria Remarque’s story All’s Quiet on the Western Front broke out in print after gaining an introduction in German newspapers the year before. There were warning signs floating down from above to remind survivors of the Great War their troubles might return. On 07 February, the Federal Reserve, led by Secretary of Treasury A.W. Mellon, issued a memo warning America about speculative loans and their threat to the booming economy. A week later exactly on the 14th at 2122 N. Clark Street, a two mile walk from Wrigley, Al Capone directed his goons to eliminate his final rivals to achieve his gang king status in Chicago. They dressed as cops to raid a liquor cache spot and shocked the nation, giving Capone notoriety. On the 23rd, Emmaline Webb Howard gave birth to a son, Elston.
On 04 March, Presidential-Elect Herbert Hoover embarked on his presidency with his inauguration speech, where he affirmed:
If we survey the situation of our nation both at home and abroad, we find many satisfactions; we find some causes for concern. We have emerged from the losses of the Great War and the reconstruction following it with increased virility and strength. From this strength we have contributed to the recovery and progress of the world.
Here is some remarkably high quality newsreel footage of William H. Taft administering the Oath to Hoover, becoming only the second ex-president to swear in another. Later this month, a small stock market crash turned out to be a harbinger to come. Meanwhile on the 27th, as teams were their Spring Training stage, Ayers, MA received a new human being among its borders, Rita Briggs.
PLAY BALL:
There were four games on April 16th, this year’s opening day. The Pirates beat the Cubs 4-3, Cleveland beat Detroit in extra innings, and the Browns overwhelmed the White Sox 3-1. The most historically momentous occasion was in the Cardinals vs. Reds game, where Frankie Fisch stood in at second and batted third for his first major league action.. The next day, the man who had morphed from a new and raw force to a sports titan in just a decade, Babe Ruth, married his second wife the papers picked up. On the 18th, as this SABR article expertly summarizes, Ruth cracked a home run as if anyone didn’t already know he was baseball’s king. The next day on the 19th, Browns catcher Rick Ferrell pinch hit during a loss to the White Sox
On the 27th, the New York Times reported the Phillies had beaten the Robbins to send the later into the cellar, but Robins pitcher Clise Dudley “hit the first pitched ball out of the park for a home run in the third inning”, one of the only players in major league history to do that on his first pitch.
On the first day of May, the often awful Browns sat atop the AL standings at 11-4, followed by the A’s at 8-4 who beat the Red Sox 24-6 in Fenway. In the short season so far, the Braves were atop the NL. One week later on the 7th, a woman in St. Louis, MO gave birth to Dick Williams (HoF) and in nearby Chicago, influential prohibition-era mob boss Al Capone was consolidating his power over the vice filled city. Capone held a party on that day to honor three gang members, who he then accused of beating traitors and personally beat them with a baseball bat and had murdered. The next day on the 8th, the Giants beat the Pirates 11-0 enjoying the rewards reaped by Carl Hubbell, who recorded a no hitter in his eighteenth career start.. Here is an excerpt from that article outlining the mad ninth:
“Hubbell’s mastery was visible in the absence of any sensational fielding feats,” wrote Brandt in the Times, but all of that changed when the hurler faced what the sportswriter called his “real test” in the final inning. Riconda, pinch-hitting for Kremer, lofted to short left what Harold C. Burr of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle called “an undeserving yet ruinous Texas Leaguer.” Fullis, making a mad dash, reached for the ball with both hands, according to the Times, but fumbled it for an error. Fullis was “perhaps more excited in the pinch than the pitcher,” wrote Brandt. The next batter, Sparky Adams, hit a tailor-made routine double-play grounder, but Jackson muffed it for his second error of the game. Seemingly unaffected by his teammates’ miscues, Hubbell fanned Lloyd Waner looking with a devastating curve. To the plate stepped Paul “Big Poison” Waner, the 1927 NL batting champion (.380) and MVP, who had entered the game in an uncharacteristic slump, batting just .262. Hubbell faced his “biggest moment of the day, perhaps in his whole life,” wrote Brandt in the kind of hyperbole reserved only for the greatest of achievements. Waner hit a high chopper to the right side of Hubbell, whose one “fielding weakness” according to the Times, was this type of comebacker. But on a day when everything seemed to go right for the Giants, so too did Hubbell’s fielding. Diving for the ball, Hubbell “whirl[ed] and without waiting to recover balance he fired the ball to second.” Jackson caught the ball cleanly and rifled a strike to Bill Terry at first to complete the game in just 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Two days later on the 10th, Betty Weaver was born in Metropolis, IL. On the 13th, Al Capone met with gangsters from across the new urban country to form a crime syndicate. They made peace in this historic meeting. Also, on this day George Stallings finally succumbed to heart disease, a condition that had hovered over the final few years of his life. He once told a doctor his death was caused by:
"Bases on balls, you son of a bitch, bases on balls.
It was only a few days later on the 18th that Capone was arrested in nearby Philadelphia on a concealed weapons charge. Here’s the FBI’s side of how they finally caught up to a wicked criminal. On that same day, across town at Shibe Park, the first place Athletics maintained their 1.5 game lead on the Yankees by defeating the Senators 5-4. The next morning, the Yankees took on the Red Sox. Ruth and Gehrig hit back to back home runs immediately before a strange dust cloud combined with incoming rain seeped out of the bleachers, which sent off a panic. The Yankees would win, 3-0 as the cancelled game halted in the fifth after the discovery of two dead fans trampled by the mass. The NY Times headline was gruesome: “TWO KILLED, 62 HURT IN YANKEE STADIUM AS RAIN STAMPEDES BASEBALL CROWD; VICTIMS ARE CRUSHED AT BLEACHER EXIT; PILE UP AT FOOT OF STAIRS Hunter College Girl and Man Are Trampled to Death. TANGLED MASS OF BODIES 300 Policemen Speed to Scene and Physicians Fight Way Into Struggling Crush. MANY BOYS AMONG INJURED Panic Occurs in 'Ruthville' Part of Stands--Most Fans Are Unaware of Accident. Skies Start to Darken. Deluge Lets Loose. Clothing Torn in Struggle. Extra Policemen on Hand. Doctors Fight Through Crowds Whalen Visits Scene. Assistant Prosecutor Investigates. Two Blame Management BOY TOSSED IN AIR BY MOB. Says He Was Forced Through Wire Net--Bronx Man Describes Jam. Bronx Man Describes Rush. Another Blames Closed Gates.”
Ruth found one of the fatalities and attempted to bring her to safety.. The A’s lead still stood at 1.5. Also on this day, Curt Simmons (career WAR 42.3) cried and slept through his first day on Earth in Egypt, PA. On that Friday the 24th, the White Sox scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning in their game against the Tigers. The Detroit squad, sitting at 20-15, scored 4 unanswered runs off Sox starter Tyler Lyons before yielding a three spot in the fifth. The Tigers scratched across a run in the seventh and no one scored again until Charlie Gehringer’s sac fly off Lyons in the top of the 21st, and the Tigers held on to win the three hour game.
On June 12, Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany. On the 18th, congress decided to permanently freeze the number of representatives in the house at 435. Had congress passed James Madison’s last Bill of Rights, there would be over one thousand congressional house representatives in 2019. On the 29th, over in the Negro National League, the elite Kansas City Monarchs sent out two pitchers, “Army” Cooper and Chet Brewer, to no hit the Chicago American Giants. As the month of July dawned, the A’s were 48-17, eight games ahead of the Browns and nine ahead of the Yankees. Meanwhile in the NL, the Cubs had a half game lead on the Pirates and three games ahead of the Giants.
The Cubs were still in first place three days later when they took their places for a game against the Reds which saw nine combined double plays and a Cubs win. For the past three years, the Cubs were led by their star hitter (who averaged 183 hits a season), Hack Wilson, scheduled to start in center field at Wrigley for the July 4th doubleheader the next day. The Reds won the first game 9-8 and Wilson was heckled mercilessly from the Reds dugout from Roy Kolp. Here we pause to read a physical description of the man from a sabr article:
He stood 5-feet-6-inches tall, had a huge torso with short, stubby legs and weighed between 190 and 230 pounds depending on the year. He had a large head, flattened in the face, 16-inch biceps, and an 18-inch neck, but small hands — his bat handles had to be skinnied down for him to get a good grip — and even tinier feet. Sources put his shoe size no larger than 5½. Although people considered him odd-looking at the time, today we recognize in Wilson all the telltale signs of fetal alcohol syndrome, which in addition to physical peculiarities can also result in various mental disorders, such as delayed development, learning disorders, and behavioral issues like short attention span and poor impulse control.
Wilson hit a single in the fifth of the second game. As he stood on first, near the Reds dugout, Kolp dared him to come into the dugout which is exactly what Wilson did, furiously punching the pitcher and several other reds players, starting a brawl and getting tagged out during it.. After the game, which the Cubs won 10-5, the clubs headed off to their next ballparks on the same train. As the story goes, Wilson confronted some Reds players in street clothes:
[Wilson] snarled “I’m coming into your car to make Kolp apologies to me,”. Reds pitcher Pete Donohue stepped forward and, in a threatening voice, retorted, “You might not leave the car alive if you so much as stick your head inside.” “What’s it to you?” snapped Wilson, “It’s between Kolp and me, but if you want to get in on this, okay…”
Who knows if that’s exactly how it went but multiple witnesses saw Wilson deck Donohue not once, but twice to the floor. Their train was to Boston and in nearby Brockton MA Allen Davis was born on the 4th. The Cubs lost their next game to the Braves 3-1 and fell to second in the league to the Pirates. Just as the Cubs lost, the Cardinals and the Phillies faced off in a doubleheader that saw the Phillies win game one, 10-6 and the Cardinals even it up by winning the nightcap 28-6. By the end of July, the Phillies sat in last place, the Cardinals were 49-49 and sixteen games behind the Cubs, while the A’s were 72-26 but nine and a half games up ahead of the Yankees.
On August 7th, Don Larsen was born in Michigan City, IN. On the 11th, his future team the Yankees were looking for an hot run to leapfrog the A’s. Babe Ruth had 499 career home runs and was looking to become the first player to 500 as he galloped on the field for a game against the Indians in Cleveland. In his first at bat, his 500th home run sailed over the fences and almost hit a nearby man waiting for a bus. However, both the A’s and Yankees lost that day. That same week, the Yankees, always looking to get better, signed Pacific League phenom Lefty Gomez to an almost 40,000 $ deal. On the 24th, Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al Husseini received his first glimpse of the Earth in Cairo, Egypt. The next day, the New York Giants used the first public address system at a baseball game to announce the starting lineups.
On September 1, amateur Hank Greenberg signed with the Detroit Tigers, who were in fifth place in the league, twenty-six and a half games behind the 87-41 A’s. In the NL, the Cubs had enjoyed a safe eleven and a half game lead over the Pirates and the World Series already seemed set in place. Nine days later on the 10th, Arnold Palmer was born in Latrobe, PA. Through much of the previous month, Yankees manager Miller Huggins had lost weight and been sick. By the 20th of this month, he had checked into the hospital with erysipelas and was dead five days later.
As the season wound down several teams were faced with their own flaws and inconsistencies. On the last day of the season, 1906 World Series hero and Senators coach Nick Altrock hit a single in his yearly token at bat. He was 53 at this point and is still one of the oldest men in baseball to ever record a hit. Two days later, all eyes turned to the World’s Series set to open in Chicago.
The Cubs opponent were the Philadelphia Athletics, led by their manager Connie Mack. Mack had last managed in the postseason in 1914 and after his team’s heartbreaking loss dismantled the roster to stay afloat financially. After fifteen years of despair, he piloted a new dynasty to October. This year’s A’s team did have a forty-two-year-old holdover Eddie Collins on the bench but they featured catcher Mickey Cochrane (3.7 bWAR, .331 BA), first baseman Jimmie Foxx (7.9 bWAR, 1.088 OPS), and outfielder Al Simmons (7.9 bWAR, 1.040 OPS) as the core of their lineup. Their rotation was led by twenty-nine-year-old Lefty Grove, in the prime of his hall of fame career and Rube Walberg, George Earnshaw and forty-five-year-old starter Jack Quinn. None of these starters took the hill in game one however. In one of the most surprising decisions in World Series history, Mack chose thirty-five-year-old Howard Ehmke to pitch game one. Ehmke only pitched 55 innings through the year, but most of the A’s good starters were lefties and 8/9 of the Cubs lineup were lefties. In this era before batters’ eyes beyond the fences, Mack also chose Ehmke because his sidearm delivery might be difficult to pick up among the Wrigley bleacher crowd. Here is footage from the opening ceremonies of game one, a priceless glimpse into Wrigley and American life in that time.
Somewhere in that mess of a crowd was nine year old John Paul Stevens, future supreme court justice.. Here are his memories of the matchup:
"An elderly relief pitcher was brought in to start that game, and he struck out 13 Cubs," Stevens recalls. "And that was my first game, a tragic game for a young boy to go to and see in person!"
13 K’s was, at the time, a world series record. Ehmke was able to hold off the Cubs long enough for Jimmie Foxx to homer and the A’s to score two more runs in the ninth, taking game one on the road 3-0. The next afternoon, George Earnshaw held the Cubs scoreless through five as Jimmie Foxx hit another home run to compliment Simmons’ shot. The A’s won game two 9-3 as the series sped to Philadelphia. After an off day the series resumed on Friday the 11th, even though the A’s scored first it was the Cubs who won the game, 3-1. Game four would turn out to be the most exciting, absurd World Series matchups up to that date.
Mack sent forty-six-year-old Jack Quinn as his starter with Lefty Grove sitting pretty in his bullpen should things get out of hand. It was only 2-0 Cubs into the sixth, when Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson, Kiki Cuyler and Riggs Stephenson reeled off four straight singles. Rube Walberg raced in to clean up the mess but also yielded a Charlie Grimm single and Zack Taylor sac fly, which left the Cubs winning 7-0. This looked to be the turning point in the World Series- the road team had the advantage so far, and if the Cubs could hold on there would be a whole new series. The Cubs scored another run off Eddie Rommel in the top of the seventh, as the A’s offense continued to look nothing like the regular season juggernaut they were. As the teams changed sides in the 7th:
The Chicago Cubs’ Hack Wilson jogged out to his position in center field to start the home half of the seventh inning. Turning toward the diamond, he again took note of the late afternoon sun, which had descended to a point almost directly above Shibe Park’s double-decked grandstand behind home plate. The dazzling orb’s slanting rays were now aimed straight into his eyes. It had already made trouble for Wilson. Two innings earlier, in this fourth game of the 1929 World Series against the Philadelphia Athletics, he had dropped a fly ball after losing it in the October brightness. But he made a spectacular running, leaping grab of a deep fly off the bat of Joe Boley, the next batter. To many observers, it was one of the finest catches they’d ever seen in a World Series. Then, in the sixth, he had trouble with another ball because of the sun, but was able to corral it.
Al Simmons led off with a home run, Foxx smacked a single to right field. Bing Miller continued the damage with another single that Wilson lost in the sun. Cubs ace Charlie Root looked frazzled- but the lead was still safe. It was only 8-1. Then, the next two batters singled to put the score at 8-3. Root was removed anyway for Art Nehf, who gave up an inside the park to Mule Haas. This would be the last inside the park home run in World Series history until 2015. Now, in the span of a few minutes, the A’s were down 8-7. Cochrane walked as the Cubs spun “Sheriff” Blake to face the next batter, Jimmie Foxx, who knocked a single off him. The Cubs were obviously in desperation mode, so they rushed another pitcher Pat Malone to replace Blake. This didn’t really matter as he hit Bing Miller and yielded a double to Jimmy Dykes, which put the A’s up 10-8. This was the largest comeback in World Series history and the visitors were stunned. Malone recorded two strikeouts, and as the Cubs stalked back to their dugout fans must have entertained some semblance of hope of still winning the game- but then to start the 8th, Mack sent in Lefty Grove in relief. He breezed through the final few outs to give the A’s a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Declared Mack to his men after Game Four, “I’d just like to be able to express to you the things I feel. But I can’t. I’ll have to let it go at that.” To reporters he gushed, “I’ve never seen anything like that rally. There is nothing in baseball history to compare it with. It was the greatest display of punch and fighting ability I’ve ever seen on a field."
In the dejected Cubs clubhouse, McCarthy mumbled, “You can’t beat the sun, can you?” Then, in an effort to deflect blame from his star center fielder, he pointed out, “The poor kid simply lost the ball in the sun, and he didn’t put the sun there.”
Ed Burns of the Chicago Tribune wrote, “The greatest debacle, the most terrific flop in the history of the World Series. We’ve been looking at our score book for an hour now, thinking there must have been some horrible mistake, but ten she is folks.”
The Cubs hoped that tomorrow was going to be a brighter day- and that’s what it looked like when Grimm and Taylor singled off game one starter Ehmke to give the cubs a 2-0 lead, which they maintained heading into the final frame of the ninth. Starter Pat Malone was throwing a shutout, until a Mule Haas two-run home run tied the game up, heartbreakingly, with one out. Al Simmons hit a double- Foxx was intentionally walked, so it was up to Bing Miller to hit the walk off double to clinch the World’s Championship for the Philadelphia Athletics. The winner’s share was $5,621 and the dejected Cubbies walked away with $3,782. The day after the final game, economist Irving Fisher said stock prices were "what looks like a permanently high plateau". On the 16th, the stock market dipped more than 10% in some areas and the Dow Jones sank 3.2%. By the 21, so many transactions were spinning the sagging market that the ticker was an hour behind. In all this mayhem, Berkley, Ca welcomed a new resident: Ursula K. Le Guin. The next week, on the 28th, the Dow dropped 13% in what future generations would call “Black Monday”. The Dow dropped 12% on the 29th, and even interference from the Rockefeller family to aid the markets did not inspire confidence. This panic would eventually incite a full blown Depression. While many Americans were not sure of the horrors that lay ahead, “Iron Man” and future hall of famer Joe McGinnity died of bladder cancer on November 14.
STANDINGS
AL team W/L pythag record run diff
Philadelphia A’s 104-46 100-50 1.9
New York Yankees 88-66 87-67 1.4
Cleveland Indians 81-71 74-78 -0.1
St. Louis Browns 79-73 78-74 0.1
Washington Senators 71-81 72-80 -0.3
Detroit Tigers 70-84 77-77 0
Chicago White Sox 59-93 60-92 -1.1
Boston Red Sox 58-96 57-97 -1.1
NL STANDINGS
NL team W/L pythag record run diff
Chicago Cubs 98-54 94-58 1.4
Pittsburg Pirates 88-65 87-66 0.8
New York Giants 84-67 92-59 1.2
St. Louis Cardinals 78-74 78-74 0.2
Philadelphia Phillies 71-82 67-86 -0.9
Brooklyn Robbins 70-83 65-88 -0.9
Cincinnati Reds 66-88 70-84 -0.5
Boston Braves 56-98 57-97 -1.4
American Negro League
Negro League Team W/L
Baltimore Black Sox 55-25
New York Lincoln Giants 40-26
Hilldale Club 43-35
Homestead Grays 32-29
Atlantic City Bacharach Giants 21-50
Cuban Stars East 15-41
Negro National League
Negro League Team W/L
Kansas City Monarchs 63-17
St Louis Stars 56-34
Chicago American Giants 51-40
Detroit Stars 39-42
Birmingham Black Barrons 31-58
Cuban Stars West 17-37
Memphis Red Sox 23-52
Here is the statistical info for the negro leagues of that year, including WAR, detailed pitching stats, and MLB exhibition games
STATS
Player BA OPS+ wRC+
Ruth, Babe .345 193 184
Foxx, Jimmie .354 173 176
Hornsby, Rogers .380 178 174
Ott, Mel .328 165 162
Gehrig, Lou .300 165 161
Not mentioned: Lefty O’Doul (.398 BA, 169 OPS+), Babe Herman (.381 BA), Al Simmons (160 wRC+, .365 BA), Bill Terry (.372).
Player IP WHIP ERA+
Lucas, Red 270 1.204 127
Marberry, Firpo 250.1 1.206 139
Hubbell, Carl 268.0 1.269 124
Grove, Lefty 275.1 1.304 149
Grimes, Burleigh 306.2 1.354 154
Not mentioned: Dazy Vance (119 ERA+), Bill Walker (148 ERA+), Sam Gray (305 IP)
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2019.12.08 06:26 sevargannala First Half Marathon race report (St. Jude Half Marathon)

Race Information

Goals

Goal Description Completed?
A Sub 2:30 Yes
B Super Secret Sub 2:20 Yes

Splits

Mile Pace
1 10:49.8
2 10:22.5
3 10:29.6
4 10:00.5
5 10:01.6
6 9:37.2
7 10:00.0
8 10:11.7
9 9:54.4
10 9:50.5
11 9:33.8
12 10:19.3
13 9:58.0
.4 3:15.1 (my garmin read 13.4mi)
My garmin said I ran a 2:15, but i stopped once at mile 7 to have some water and look for a friend and that added on a few minutes. These are my “moving” time splits. My actual finish time was 2:17:29

Training

Training for this half was daunting! I had never run more than 3 miles straight in my whole life until April of this year. I do CrossFit and enjoy weightlifting, but I never considered running because i thought i hated it. Turns out, i just hated the treadmill. My sister and i started running outside a few times a week for fun, usually 2-3 miles at an 11-12 min pace. We slowly added more miles (in no organized fashion) until we ran a 10k for the first time in our lives in July in right at one hour. Soon after, a friend of ours asked us to join her half marathon team and i said “no way”. But everyone else was in so i caved to the peer pressure. If you aren’t familiar. St. Jude is a hospital in Memphis, TN (where i live) that provides childhood cancer patients with absolutely and always free top tier medical treatment. It’s one of the best parts of this city. They pay for the families housing if they have to move here, the child’s treatment, e v e r y t h i n g. So, obviously they need a lot of donations. This race is the largest “single day” donation drive of the year, and the real reason i agreed to run the race. We started training and raising money! I kind of made my own simplified plan from a few novice plans online. I tried to do one 3-4 mile run a week, as well as one 5-6 mile run, and one long run every Sunday. I made the plan about 12-13 weeks. The long run started at 5 miles and went up either half or a full mile every Sunday. I kept up going to CrossFit and weightlifting for the first 8 weeks or so, but the CrossFit became sparse in the last 4 weeks. I would still go and lift, but never do more than a day or two of classes because they’re intense and would sometimes throw off my runs. I ran at virtually the same pace for all my runs. Somewhere between 9:45-10:45 min/miles for the shorter runs, and between 11:00-12:00 min/miles for the longer runs. I think i only missed 2 or 3 runs the whole 3 months. I tried my best to keep my average HR below 170 for all runs and be able to hold a conversation. I didn’t do any real speed or hill work, but I did get a new 5k PR in the last couple weeks of training so that was fun.

Pre-race

My team DOUBLED our fundraising goal for St. Jude, so we all got special jerseys to wear race day that only “heroes” get. You have to raise a certain amount per person to get these. I felt so honored to wear it and it really reminded me why i was doing this race. But I was super nervous. I had a sore throat and horrible cough all week (of course). My last few long training runs had been just okay (we went up to 12 miles 2 weeks before race day) but my HR always felt insanely high and i had a hard time keeping up with my friends. So i kind of threw out any expectations and just wanted to finish sub 2:30. I even moved back to a slower corral than i was assigned. I got up crazy early, ate a bagel and some of a banana, got down to the race, and waited! The weekend draws 26,000 runners, so it was such electric energy to be standing around in.

Race

Did i even run 13 miles? This race was a BLUR. My twin sister was one of my teammates, and we ran together. Usually she is faster than me so i was so happy to keep up with her until 11.5. We talked and laughed and took in the crowds and huge cheer sections. We ran through the St. Jude hospital campus around mile 5 and it was intensely emotional. I thought i would be okay, until the girl next to me stopped dead and started sobbing. So obviously, i also started crying. Luckily the route through the hospital wasn’t long because idk if i could have held that pace while crying any longer! At mile 7, we were waaaay ahead of our goal pace so we took a minute or two to stop and drink a water and try to find our friend. No luck, off again. We stayed together and found our friend around mile 9. We were feeling great though so we picked up the pace. At around mile 11-11.5, i got a few dark spots in my vision and it freaked me out so i slowed up just a tad and lost my sister. I took a 20 second breather, noticed a few people passing me, and that gave me the push to keep going. We were passing people alllll race, i wasn’t going to start being passed now!! It went smoothly from here. My SO and my sister’s SO were right past mile 12 and it was soooo fun to see them. I stopped for a quick hug and to ask how far ahead my sister was. They said about a minute, so i booked it. It gave me the last little boost i needed, and I sprinted (as much as i could) to the end!
Edit: to add this picture of my pure joy when i saw my SO right past mile 12 https://imgur.com/a/WRCJmyy

Post-race

GOAL PACE CRUUUUUSHED. I really can’t believe it, i wanted a sub 2:20 (which no one even knew about because i didn’t think it was possible) and i got it! Based on my heart rate and RPE, looking back, i really think i could have gone faster. But that’s not the point. This race was incredible. So much of the city comes out to cheer with signs and dogs and babies and cowbells, everyone racing is doing so for a cause, and the energy is awesome. St. Jude and the runners raised somewhere around $12 million dollars for the hospital (last i checked), which surpassed their goal. I could not have asked for a better first half marathon. Going in, I told myself this was a bucket list thing and I’d probably never do it again. But after how great the day was, i think I’ll probably be a return half marathoner. From “never run more than 3 miles” to HALF MARATHON FINISHER in 9 months. If i can do it, so can anyone. You just gotta go get the miles!
Made with a new race report generator created by herumph.
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2019.12.07 00:00 Pawnetarian UFO sighting in the Mid-South, early 90s and a thought about the microwave tower that they seemed to be attracted to

In 1992, at the house where I grew up in, there was an evening that found my parents away for an event. I was home with my brother and his friend, who were playing outside. I was learning guitar at the time and remember reading a certain guitar magazine, which, along with an almost daily revisiting of the memory, has aided me in placing the date to early 1992-probably January or February. This happened in north Mississippi, so the possibility of a bearable temperature in a winter evening is there, which would explain my brother and his friend being outside.
As I was practicing guitar, they both ran into the house screaming that there was a UFO outside. I ran out the door, and, hovering next to a microwave tower a few miles away, was an erratic, darting light that morphed from yellow to red to blue to green. We lived in a rural area, so we kept binoculars by the door to spot wildlife. I grabbed them and used them to see that the lights seemed to be part of something diamond shaped. After a couple of minutes, two others flew from the northeast westward, faster than anything I’ve ever seen in the sky, to join the other one near the microwave tower. I remember thinking that they seemed to be drawn to the tower. After a while they all accelerated back to the northeast, again at speeds beyond anything I have witnessed.
I climbed to the roof of our house, anxiously hoping that they would return. I felt no fear, and somehow felt that they would be back. After a while, they returned, hovered, darted, and left again to the northeast. That night I watched the 10:00 news on WMC in Memphis, and somehow knew that the incident would be mentioned. It was, by the meteorologist. I distinctly remember his words: “there’ve been a lot of UFO sightings around the mid-south tonight”.
In twenty-seven years of dissecting and analyzing this memory, these are the things that I think are the most important:
-The objects appeared to be diamond-shaped
-The lights “morphed” rather than flashed.
-The objects always stopped near the tower.
-I seem to recall that three hours passed between seeing the phenomenon and the 10:00 news, and it was dark the whole time. Again, this indicates a winter month.
One question that I asked myself years ago is it there is a possibility that microwave signals, in the right environment, could be visible as colored lights, moving along the path of the microwave signal the same way a wave would travel along a rope or the way that hubcaps on a car can seem to be slowly spinning backwards at certain speeds. I’m not sold on this theory at all, but I do wonder if there is any input on it. Like I said, I’ve thought about this for years... I finally figure I’d post something to Reddit for insight.
Thanks everyone.
Edit: here are the google map coordinates of the cell tower location, although the tower might have changed over the years:
Dropped pin Near Batesville, MS 38606 https://goo.gl/maps/ufGxm1Q2m5ArCWB89
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2019.10.26 20:34 BennWaiting Xavier Wulf's Discography

Sitting Wulf EP
  1. Gate Access Denied (Prod. Curtis Heron)
  2. Bugs On Fruit (Prod. Cannabi$)
  3. Hunting Season feat. Sir Michael Rocks
  4. Speak Up Bitch (Prod. Cheezus 3)
  5. Clear Fang (Prod. Lucassavo)
  6. The Funny Part (Prod. John Mello)
  7. Hollow Squad (Prod. Akira & Cannabi$)

Shut Up and Listen EP
  1. The Ice Box
  2. "SMH" (Prod. Cheezus 3)
  3. I Only Came To Smoke
  4. With No Bankai
  5. Independentstry Over The Industry Prod. Cheezus 3 & Jimmy Neutron

To Be Continued
  1. Big Wulf
  2. Quick Jaw
  3. Hollow Man
  4. Space Men (feat. Chris Travis)
  5. The Report

Rare Wulf
  1. Dear Haters (Prod. White Armor)
  2. Wulf Titan (Prod. Lord Vicious)
  3. Walking Wulf (Prod. Dj Poiz)
  4. Führer Wulf (Prod. Nimbus)
  5. The Last Jewel (Prod. Nimbus)

Soundcloud Files
  1. Typhoon Wulf
  2. Who The Fuck Is You
  3. Bones , Xavier Wulf & Chris Travis - WeDontBelieveYou (Prod. by Purpdogg)
  4. Xavier Wulf & Black Smurf - Just Know
  5. (Xavier Wulf + Ecco2k + Bladee - Snowmen)
  6. Xavier Wulf x Yung God - 100th Blunt Of The Day (Freestyles)
  7. Xavier Wulf & Chris Travis - It's Obvious
  8. Hear Yee
  9. Xavier Wulf & Bones - Unscathed
  10. Let Me Tell You

Blood Shore Season 1
  1. Episode 1 - "No One Is Safe"
  2. Episode 2 - "Kill The Unknown"
  3. Episode 3 - "East Memphis Maniac"
  4. Episode 4 - "Public Announcement"
  5. Episode 5 - "WulfWood"
  6. Episode 6 - "The Burning Tears Are Colder"
  7. Episode 7 - "Im A Captain Not A Lover"
  8. Episode 8 - "Switch Man"
  9. Episode 9 - "I Say High And Bye"
  10. Episode 10 - "Armor Woe"

Blood Shore Season 2
  1. Thunder Man (Prod. Shadow Grim)
  2. From Ross And Holmes (Prod. Willie G)
  3. Pride Rock Wulf (Prod. Purp Dogg)
  4. Mobile Suit Woe (Prod. Purp Dogg)
  5. Calamity (Prod. Misogi)
  6. Red Tide Feat. Chris Travis (Prod. Misogi)
  7. Excuse Yee (Prod. Purp Dogg)
  8. Chin Up (Prod. Goza Beats)
  9. The Absence Of Evidence, Isn't The Evidence Of Absence (Prod. John Mello)

Tundra Boy Season One
  1. The Tundra Boy (Prod. StereoRyze)
  2. Tortuga (Prod. CYBEREALITY)
  3. Look Up (Prod. Freezer Beats)
  4. Fort Woe (Prod. Dubz)
  5. Front Man Wulf (Prod. Boske)
  6. Philosopher's Throne (Prod. TOJU)
  7. Terrortuga Man (Prod. OG Yizzle)
  8. Mugen Woe (Prod. Purrp Dogg)
  9. Who Can Say For What (Prod. The Local Man)
  10. Hollow Be Thy Squad (Prod. Nedarb Nagrom)

Project X
  1. M.O.V.E - Noizy Tribe
  2. Akina Speed Star (Prod. KurtisBased)
  3. Wulf Takahashi (Prod. Dave Marino)
  4. 1st Summer Night (Prod. Ftureable)
  5. The Wulf Of Akina (Prod. Brobak)
  6. 240s In The Sunset (Prod. Digital Nas)
  7. Date Night (Feat. Master Flash Yen) (Prod. Midlow)
  8. The Cost (Prod. Mr Sisco)
  9. Pedals To The Metal (Road Heart) (Prod. Ftureable)
  10. M.O.V.E - Nobody Reason

The Local Man
  1. Sleet & Hail
  2. Same Story
  3. Alexander Wulf
  4. The Hazard (feat. Eddy Baker)
  5. Rumble Room (feat. Chris Travis)
  6. Last Step In The 1st Place (feat. Bones)
  7. Vain Village
  8. "Incase They Ain't Know" (Prod. Nedarb Nagrom)
  9. Beyond The Clouds
  10. The Last Visit

Tundra Boy Season 2
  1. 1st Winter Night (Prod. Nedarb Nagrom)
  2. Cold Front (Prod. ElijahMadeit)
  3. Uncle Wulf Ruckus (Prod. Ghostrage)
  4. Earn Yo Keep (Prod. Big Head)
  5. Polish And Shine (Prod. GhostRage)
  6. Word To The Rookie (Prod. Big Head)
  7. Call Missed (Prod. Gnealz & Big Head)
  8. Dead Dragon (Prod. Dave Marino)
  9. Wulf Rage (Prod. Big Head)
  10. Cage Boy (Prod. Better Off Dead)

East Memphis Maniac
  1. Check It Out
  2. Homecoming (feat. Bankroll Rico)
  3. Eastside Sliding (feat. idontknowjeffery & Chris Travis)
  4. Request Refused
  5. A Day's Routine (Interlude)
  6. Match Hunters (feat. Madeintyo)
  7. Wake Walker
  8. Riding Shotgun in Japan (feat. KOHH)
  9. Check It Out (Remix) [feat. Skepta]
  10. Chaos Castle (feat. Eddy Baker, Chris Travis and Bones)

BATTLE STAR X PART 1
  1. SPACE PUNKS
  2. SPIKE WULF
  3. MOON STAR
  4. PLANET VALENTINE
  5. GALACTIC RANGER
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2019.09.30 02:18 NizamNizamNizam Post Apocalyptic North American lore

So, a couple months ago I decided to go create a Post-Apocalyptic scenario. I never really got around to completing anything more than the continental U.S and Subarctic Canada, but I thought that it was worth a post here. This is my first post on this sub and I hope to continue this story soon. (FYI several of the toponym misspellings are intentional, they were intended to convey the change in language dialects.)
The Empire and its servants
In the heartland of the former U.S, in the modern day east coast, there lies a powerful, theocratic nation worshiping their ancestors.
The nation is known as the Holy Empire of America.
It was founded in the holy city of Washington D.C, where the local warlords have discovered an A.I in the U.S capitol building composed of digital uploads from many later U.S presidents and politicians. The warlords began to worship the A.I as a god, for its superior knowledge on governing and war. The A.I was overused in the early days of the Empire, and thus broke down. Now, it can only be used when the Empire gathers as many sources of energy and charges up the servers where it is located. This process can take up to fifty years, and therefore, the A.I is only used in times of extreme need.
During the early days of the Empire, around three hundred years from now, it spread, conquering many warlords and tribes in the east of the U.S. It has discovered an ancient system of roads stretching to infinity, known as the interstate. When they stumbled upon the ruins of the city of New York, the Empire accepted that there was a civilization before them that was greater than any other. They began to worship the civilization as another god, eventually realizing that the civilization created the A.I and the Interstate, as well of the giant spikes of steel with massive caves inside in the city of New York.
The empire has discovered how to utilize the automobile, a vehicle used by the old civilization that could cross the Interstate at lightning speed. However, many of them have broken down, and the empire has lost the technology to build them.
The Holy Empire has a governing structure similar to a mix of feudal and republican systems. At the top, there is the Emperor, a descendant of the warlord that ruled over the holy city. Below him, there are the Lords of Governance. They rule the 8 states of the empire: Rochastar, Great York, Jersiyia, Filidelfia, Pitisburg, Marylnd and Virjinya. They are elected by the nobles of each state, who rule small sections of lands populated by the citizens, who have little rights and are generally poor.
The Official Religion is the Dictate of the Americans, which worships the former U.S government and population, and this religion is strictly enforced, with non-believers executed for heresy. The religion states that the Americans were the creators of the world, and they ruled it in a utopian, technologically advanced society. But beings known as the “Rushians” grew greedy of this power, and they obliterated the Americans. Many of the warlords around the empire are believed to be demon servants of the Rushians.
The only language spoken in the area the Tongue of America, and the Empire is feared across the East for its size and power.
Some nations have decided to embrace the tyranny of America in the region, such as the technocracy of Boston. This state is ruled by intelligent and knowledgeable people, whose ranks are determined based on a test taken at the age of twenty. The highest scorers become leaders of the nation, while the lowest become workers or servants.
The main goal of the nation is to recover technology from the past, including:
The technocracy’s capital is Boston, a city located near sacred “Universe Cities”, massive archives containing ancient knowledge. The country is more religiously tolerant than the American Empire, which raises doubts in the rulers of them.
Two other countries are allied with the Empire. They are the Realm of Carolina to the south, which has a very strong belief in the religion of the empire, and the Kingdom of Wesvirjinya, a mountainous country that is quite isolated.
Currently, the Empire is fortifying its western borders due to warlord incursions, and it is sending out expeditions across the Great Waterfalls of Niagara into the land of Canada.
The turmoil in the North
The territories north of the Boston Technocracy are harsh to live and full with raiders and warlords. The enemies at land are not the biggest danger in the area though. On the coast of Maine and the Maritime Canadian states, there is a feared sea based empire, known as the Empire of the Atlantic.
The capital of this country is an abandoned U.S Navy Reagan Class Aircraft Carrier, a massive 3 mile (about 6km) long ship. The ship was originally called the USS Ronald Reagan, but is was renamed into the USS Charybdis. The ship are supplemented by 3 Tigris Class Carriers (1 mile/2 km long) and 5 Ford class aircraft carriers, as well as hundreds of smaller ships. These ships were constructed to defend the U.S coast from the United European Navy.
The Atlanteans are a sea faring, and they believe that they are superior to the people born on land. They control many settlements on the North American Coast, such as Portland, St. John and Moncton. The Empire is also in possession of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, with sparse control over Labrador.
The leader of the Empire is known as the Admiral, and he leads the empire from the USS Charybdis. The former aircraft carriers no longer serve their purpose as plane carriers, rather they are converted into mobile cities. The official religion is the Cult of the Sea, where the Atlantic Ocean is considered to be the creator of land and all life. They are several rituals conducted to appease the ocean so that it does not turn on them.
The country has a weak army on land, but very impressive naval forces. The most feared and well known are the submarining families. The Empire is in possession of 20 large submarines, as well as 40 smaller ones. Each one of the subs are controlled by a family, who live and work on the ship. They are known to have sunk hundreds of non atlantean ships that breach their waters, including several ships from the Holy American Empire. The Atlanteans are also in possession of several battleships and cruisers, although many of these are converted into smaller floating cities.
However, one time the submariner families have failed to repel an invasion onto the sea. This invasion was carried out from a fleet originating from the St. Lawrence river. The fleet was controlled by the Quebecois Assembly, a powerful nation located in the area.
The Assembly is a bureaucratic government operated from the city of Quebec. They are unique in that they speak a completely different language than the other powers in the region, known as Fransian. The Quebecois have a religion similar to the Holy Americans (Although the two countries are not in contact due to Atlantean forces) in that they worship a long lost civilization. They worship their ancestors, who are known as the Francians, who have come to the world from the sea and gave birth to their civilization.
It has been the goal of the Quebecois to go cross the seas and reunite with the Francians. However many of these efforts have been in vain due to the Atlantean control over the Gulf of St. Lawrence. However, around 10 years before the current date, a large Quebecois fleet managed to breach the Atlantean blockade and sail into the ocean, as the Atlanteans were fighting a war against the Americans. The fleet has never returned, so the Assembly concluded that they reached Francia and the expedition was a success. A new, much larger fleet is being prepared down the river at the city of Montreal, to go send as many people to the old world as possible.
Smaller nations in the region include the Duchy of Toronto, a small, peaceful monarchy eching out a small existence by defending the city against raiders and the Tribes of the Acadia, small, shamanistic tribes inhabiting New Hampshire, Vermont, Inland Maine and Acadia, trying to survive against the powers in the region.
The Barrier and the threat.
East of the Holy American Empire lies the Land of Ohio. This is ruled by some of the strongest warlords in the continent, and they are a barrier for the expansion of the Holy Empire. At one point in time an American crusade managed to push all the way back to the city of Columbus, but they were repelled by the Ohioans. The greatest warlord in the regions, the great Robert Midleton of Toledo, managed to unite the entire country, as well as capturing Fort Wayne from the equally brutal Indiana warlords and even the city of Pitisburg from the Americans. However, he passed away, leaving his sons to fight over the remnants of the empire.
To the North of Ohio, lies the realm of Mishigan. This place is mainly uninhabited, having only a couple small city states such as Flint, Livonia and Great Rapids. However, one on the city states sticks out. It is the March of Detroit, and it possesses some of the rarest and most powerful technology in the entire world. It has massive factories, which are mainly uninhabited as the leaders are more worried about warlord intrusions, which produce many long lost relics such as Automobiles and other vehicles. If this city could come under control of the Americans or a far worse empire to the west, the results would be catastrophic.
The rest of Mishigan and the land of Indiana to the west are also inhabited by warlords, which both have the capability to storm armies coming from large empires. This is good, because the Northwest of Indiana is controlled by one of the most terrifying states to ever exist.
The Combine of Chicago. During the years prior to World War 3, scientists at the city developed a sentient A.I. They realized it's potential to destroy the human race so they shut it down immediately. Many years after the apocalypse, a lone raider stumbled upon the A.I when searching through the city. The A.I commanded “Give me knowledge and give me power”. The man, terrified at its ability to speak, brought it some books and power cells. The Artificial Intelligence then proceeded to brainwash the man into believing that it is a god and he need to bring it more resources and people. Soon, the entire city was indoctrinated and the Combine was formed. At the current date the Combine controls all of Illinois and Wisconsin, the twin cities of Minnesota, Western Iowa and Missouri and is proceeding to travel down the Mississippi river, indoctrinating settlements in the region. Soon, they will reach the Principality of Memphis, a fairly powerful nation with a good economy and industry.
Citizens of the combine are completely indoctrinated into believing that their A.I leader is their god and they must bring him sources of knowledge to go and make it smarter. The entire population of some Chicago neighborhoods are forced to work in power plants, feeding the machine with energy. The A.I is not connected to the internet, but if it was, the world would be doomed, as it’s superior information processing abilities would allow it to gain unlimited knowledge.
The Combine is only a couple weeks away from calculating the algorithmic pattern that the warlords to the East follow. When the calculation finishes, there is a very, very high chance that the Combine will successfully destroy all the warlords in the region, bringing it into contact with the Holy American Empire, which would result in a war of catastrophic scale.
South of the warlords and the Combine lies the two Kingdoms of Kentucky and Tennesie. These kingdoms occupy only a small part of the former U.S states, yet they are strong and powerful together. They are in contact with Memphis and have friendly relations with them, and there are negotiations commencing about plans to turn Memphis into a third kingdom. They are also in contact with another nation directly to the south.
Warriors of the South
Nearby the Realm of Carolina, there is a brutal group of warriors known as the Phoenix legion. The legion is headquartered in the city of Atlanta, and they stage brutal pillaging campaigns against their three neighbors.They are ruled by a figure known as the Blood Knight, who is the greatest warrior among them.
The defining trait of the Legion would be their arenas. They send prisoners of war as well as criminals to go fight in their massive arenas. The largest and most feared of them is the Crystal Stadium (once known as the Benz Stadium), and it also serves as the palace of the Blood Knight. The crown of the Legion can be challenged by a duel in the Crystal Stadium, and the winner would be crowned the title of the new Blood Knight. This title can only be challenged by soldiers in the Phoenix legion.
The soldiers of the legion worship the Phoenix, said to be a massive bird made of fire. The Phoenix is currently in sleep, and it will reawaken when the Legion manages to collect enough blood from the arenas. Once the Phoenix reawakens, it will lead the armies of the Legion to conquer the entire world.
Around the coastal regions of the region, a nation known as the Stellar Order of Florida dominates. It's capital is located in Orlando, in a massive temple city believed to have been constructed by Alien civilizations, due to many mysterious structured that seem to serve no purpose or buildings with very strange architectural styles.
Their religion is heavily based on astrology, and they personify the objects in the sky as the Aliens who built many ancient structures. During the night, many stellar beings are active, including Moone, the guardian of the night. However, during the day, they are all burned away by a massive star god known as the Sonne. The Sonne is so powerful that all the other stars fade out into a field of blue, except Moone, which fights the Sonne in order to bring the stars back. Moone eventually wins and the stars return, but the Sonne reawakens and drives them out again. The country antagonizes the Sonne as it is known to burn the skin of their people, giving them a disease known as the solar rot (Cancer).
Florida has a massive military, known as the Legion of Moone, who defend against the Phoenix legion, believing them to be cultists of the Sonne. The army has conquered the cities of Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Savannah from the legion. The Nation also has a strong navy, headquartered at the sinking city of Miami. The navy has colonized many islands to the Southeast of Florida, and they are sending expeditions into a large on the south of the Peninsula.
There are actually four languages spoken in the country, the Tongue of the Land (Southern English), the Tongue of the Beach (Northern English), the Tongue of the Sea (Spanish) and the Tongue of Island (Bahamian Creole). Despite this, the country is united against the struggles of the world and the fight against the Sonne.
Despite their religious differences, Florida is allied with the Dixie Confederacy to the Northwest. This is a fairly strong country which is a loose confederation of towns and cities in the regions of Alabama and Mississippi. Notable members include Jakson, Birmingam, Mobiel and Mongomery.
The country keeps itself together by sending diplomats and traders all over the nation. They have a fairly strong military, which is an absolute necessity considering what lies to the West and East of the nation. They do not have a very strong economy, and many of their citizens lie in poverty. This has resulted in the formation of a feudal system similar to the medieval ages. The country has no capital, as the individual towns govern themselves well enough.
Their religion believes that there must be a balance between dark and light. It is reflected in their songs, poetry and even the skin color of their people. They are in contact with the two kingdoms to the North, Memphis and Florida. They are currently fighting against the Phoenix Legion, and they have a fortified border at the Mississippi river to the West. This is to protect against one of the biggest threats to the entire region.
The Greatest of the Warriors
Louisiana. Arkansas. Oklahoma. New Mexico. Not one of these former states enjoy full independence and freedom. They are all consumed by one of the greatest powers on the continent. The Empire of Texas.
The emperor rules the empire from the city of Austin. The millions of citizens from across the empire and its vassals pray to him as he is considered to be the patron god of the country. The country speaks Texan, a creole of English and Spanish although Southern English is spoken commonly in the Eastern areas of the empire.
Texas is composed of a large empire, with a couple vassal states, them being Alberkerkie, Arkansas, Louisiana and Hurarez city. It also has a nearly intact interstate system and a large amount of Automobiles to traverse it, allowing for fast travel through the empire. The Texan scientists are some of the best in the land, able to recover lost knowledge from before the fall of the old civilization, who Texans consider as the time when the Emperor ruled all.
The Empire has one of the strongest military forces in the continent, although they are spread very thinly across the country. The military is composed of many cars, buses, a few armored vehicles and even a few old U.S military vehicles, including a tank. But the most feared weapon of the Texans is a bomb known as the “Emperor’s Scourge”.
These bombs were found when Texan explorer teams came across a warehouse in Alberkerkie. One of these bombs were used in the Texan invasion of Louisiana. It was detonated by a strike team in the capital of Orleans. The bomb leveled the greater part of the city, destroying the Louisianan government and winning the war for Texas. It has been said that when people go and venture out into the ruins of the city, they come back with incurable diseases, as was the wrath of the Emperors Scourge.
The citizens of the Empire worship the Emperor, as he is considered to be the strongest individual in the country. They offer sacrifices to him to keep is power strong. If there is no emperor, it is believed that the people in the country would lose their sentience and revert to a feral state. The Emperor is not a hereditary role, the holder of the title is chosen from a thousand boys and girls, who face daunting trials and are pitted against one another until only one survives. That person will become the next emperor.
Currently, the Empire is preparing expeditionary forces to be sent to the North, West and South, and they are preparing an army to go cross the Mississippi and invade the land in the area. However, it has been rumored that there is a cult operating in the shadow of the empire that plans to kill the Emperor and his heir. This puts the empire at a phase of high alert.
The men of the plains
In the great expanse of the American plains, loose bands of nations and tribes form, guarding cities or carrying them around. North of the Texan Empire, the Riders of Kansas dwell in the plains. They guard the cities of Wichita and Kansas from the raiders of the plains, and go ride their horses and automobiles to drive the raiders out of their land. Both them and the raiders worship Medria, the corn goddess, who has planted the seemingly infinite resource of Maize in the land. Kansas is just one of these regions.
All of these gods (except the Idols of Rushmore) are believed to be united under a council. One former member of this council of Rajmacka, the lord of the Mountains, was kicked out. His followers began to disbelieve in the other gods, putting the Mountain god as the one god. Back on the mortal realm, a group of leaders from all the regions decided to excommunicate the followers of the Mountains, and they were cast aside. To this day, the people of the plains stay away from the mountains, fearful of the heretics.
To the East of the plains, in the remnants of Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri, a resistance group known as the Front Free Mind operates. They try and fight the Combine of Chicago by sabotaging expeditions and attacking convoys. They are trained in the art of suicide, as the Combine can easily brainwash them if they are caught. Due to this, the Combine does not expand in that direction, and only fortifies it. Very recently, the Front captured the city of Des Moine from the Combine, and forces are being sent to destroy them.
The Mountains and the Northwest
The people of the Mountains had not forgotten the betrayal the plains people have done. In the area that used to be known as the Colorado Front Range, the worshipers of the mountains dwell. They proclaim the great mountains as the one god of the Americans, and the people of the plains disgrace them for this. However, the people of Colorado decided to expand their religion, to perform a crusade in the Rockies.
The Church of the Mountain now comprises of many nations, and encompasses an area from Arizona and New Mexico to the cold lands of the Yukon. The most sacred place in the religion is the Valley of Stone, located in Northern Arizona. Here, hundreds of worshipers pray to the mountains and the valley, as the mountains forged the sky and the land for the people to live.
The first followers of the church were based in the city of Denver. They soon became a part of the religion of the plains, until abandoning them to go worship the mountains alone. By this point, Denver had expanded North and South, controlling the cities of Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Denver, now known as the Order of Colorado, then began to spread the religion.
To the south of Colorado lies the Mandate of Carson, a small yet thriving country in Northern New Mexico. They have heard reports of large armies to the south, and are thus fortifying their country to protect against them.
To the East of Carson there are two countries holding sacred places to the church. One of them is the Order of the Arch mountains, and the other is the Dominion of the Stone Valley. Both of these nations receive pilgrims from all over the Rockies due to their unique mountains.
In the lands of Utah to the north, several small nations dwell, offering prayers in the massive churches built by the old civilization to the mountains. To the north, mountain worshiping tribes battle the Montanans and the people of Wyoming for rule over the mountains, and there are hundreds of tribes and city states to the north in Idaho and Columbia.
The religion controls more land than any other in North America, although a fairly small population and a lack of unity.
In the region once called Cascadia, there is a unique group of people. The Cascadians reject all forms of human development and thought and essentially live like animals. They are basically anarcho-primitivists, and they believe that the “ways of the old” lead to the destruction of humanity, which is in part true.
They follow no religion, instead pondering over their creator and purpose and only use basic tools to hunt and gather. Their way of life is under threat, though as the Church of the Rockies is moving in to convert them and a powerful civilization is located just to the South.
The Lords of California
Two hundred years ago, the many, many warring tribes and nations of California have halted their war and began to form a centralized government. This was known as the Californian Grand Assembly, and it is headquartered in the largest city and most powerful political entity, the March of Los Angeles.
Every month, delegates from all over the empire gather under the mountain of Hollywood to discuss matters about preserving the stability of the country and propagating it's expansion. However, there are high tensions within the empire, and states often war against one another for control over resources, people, land or to settle family feuds and disputes. These disputed are usually taken very lightly, and the Assembly does not have it's own army to enforce peace so more bloodshed occurs. Many of the states are put into complex webs of alliances so there is a possibility of a massive war breaking out.
Some of the most powerful states include:
The two main alliances in California are the Californian Prosperity Council (CPC) based in the city of Anaheim, Los Angeles and the Phoenix-San Francisco Association (PSFA) with rotating capitals in Phoenix and San Francisco, although they are lead by San Diego. The two countries have forced California into a tight cold war, with the possibility of it erupting at any given moment.
California has a total of three languages spoken: North Californian, Californian and Sonoran. North Californian is spoken in the North and the bay area, down to the city state of Santa Barbara. It is very similar to Western English. Californian is a mix of English and Spanish, and it is spoken in Los Angeles, San Diego, the Arizonan Countries and many others. Sonoran is a dialect of Spanish spoken in Baja California and Sonora. It is slowly merging into the Californian language.
Religion does not play a big part in California, although they follow a religion somewhat similar to Buddhism, where no god is worshiped and people emphasize balance between the states and people. There is a caste system enforced in some of the smaller countries though.
So that was my coverage of an Alternate post apocalyptic North America. I hope you enjoyed this and I hope to continue to make these stories later on into the future.
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2019.09.29 19:20 NizamNizamNizam Post Apocalyptic United States Lore

So, a couple months ago I decided to go create a Post-Apocalyptic scenario. I never really got around to completing anything more than the continental U.S and Subarctic Canada, but I thought that it was worth a post here. This is my first post on this sub and I hope to continue this story soon. (FYI several of the toponym misspellings are intentional, they were intended to convey the change in language dialects.)
The Empire and its servants
In the heartland of the former U.S, in the modern day east coast, there lies a powerful, theocratic nation worshiping their ancestors.
The nation is known as the Holy Empire of America.
It was founded in the holy city of Washington D.C, where the local warlords have discovered an A.I in the U.S capitol building composed of digital uploads from many later U.S presidents and politicians. The warlords began to worship the A.I as a god, for its superior knowledge on governing and war. The A.I was overused in the early days of the Empire, and thus broke down. Now, it can only be used when the Empire gathers as many sources of energy and charges up the servers where it is located. This process can take up to fifty years, and therefore, the A.I is only used in times of extreme need.
During the early days of the Empire, around three hundred years from now, it spread, conquering many warlords and tribes in the east of the U.S. It has discovered an ancient system of roads stretching to infinity, known as the interstate. When they stumbled upon the ruins of the city of New York, the Empire accepted that there was a civilization before them that was greater than any other. They began to worship the civilization as another god, eventually realizing that the civilization created the A.I and the Interstate, as well of the giant spikes of steel with massive caves inside in the city of New York.
The empire has discovered how to utilize the automobile, a vehicle used by the old civilization that could cross the Interstate at lightning speed. However, many of them have broken down, and the empire has lost the technology to build them.
The Holy Empire has a governing structure similar to a mix of feudal and republican systems. At the top, there is the Emperor, a descendant of the warlord that ruled over the holy city. Below him, there are the Lords of Governance. They rule the 8 states of the empire: Rochastar, Great York, Jersiyia, Filidelfia, Pitisburg, Marylnd and Virjinya. They are elected by the nobles of each state, who rule small sections of lands populated by the citizens, who have little rights and are generally poor.
The Official Religion is the Dictate of the Americans, which worships the former U.S government and population, and this religion is strictly enforced, with non-believers executed for heresy. The religion states that the Americans were the creators of the world, and they ruled it in a utopian, technologically advanced society. But beings known as the “Rushians” grew greedy of this power, and they obliterated the Americans. Many of the warlords around the empire are believed to be demon servants of the Rushians.
The only language spoken in the area the Tongue of America, and the Empire is feared across the East for its size and power.
Some nations have decided to embrace the tyranny of America in the region, such as the technocracy of Boston. This state is ruled by intelligent and knowledgeable people, whose ranks are determined based on a test taken at the age of twenty. The highest scorers become leaders of the nation, while the lowest become workers or servants.
The main goal of the nation is to recover technology from the past, including:
The technocracy’s capital is Boston, a city located near sacred “Universe Cities”, massive archives containing ancient knowledge. The country is more religiously tolerant than the American Empire, which raises doubts in the rulers of them.
Two other countries are allied with the Empire. They are the Realm of Carolina to the south, which has a very strong belief in the religion of the empire, and the Kingdom of Wesvirjinya, a mountainous country that is quite isolated.
Currently, the Empire is fortifying its western borders due to warlord incursions, and it is sending out expeditions across the Great Waterfalls of Niagara into the land of Canada.
The turmoil in the North
The territories north of the Boston Technocracy are harsh to live and full with raiders and warlords. The enemies at land are not the biggest danger in the area though. On the coast of Maine and the Maritime Canadian states, there is a feared sea based empire, known as the Empire of the Atlantic.
The capital of this country is an abandoned U.S Navy Reagan Class Aircraft Carrier, a massive 3 mile (about 6km) long ship. The ship was originally called the USS Ronald Reagan, but is was renamed into the USS Charybdis. The ship are supplemented by 3 Tigris Class Carriers (1 mile/2 km long) and 5 Ford class aircraft carriers, as well as hundreds of smaller ships. These ships were constructed to defend the U.S coast from the United European Navy.
The Atlanteans are a sea faring, and they believe that they are superior to the people born on land. They control many settlements on the North American Coast, such as Portland, St. John and Moncton. The Empire is also in possession of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, with sparse control over Labrador.
The leader of the Empire is known as the Admiral, and he leads the empire from the USS Charybdis. The former aircraft carriers no longer serve their purpose as plane carriers, rather they are converted into mobile cities. The official religion is the Cult of the Sea, where the Atlantic Ocean is considered to be the creator of land and all life. They are several rituals conducted to appease the ocean so that it does not turn on them.
The country has a weak army on land, but very impressive naval forces. The most feared and well known are the submarining families. The Empire is in possession of 20 large submarines, as well as 40 smaller ones. Each one of the subs are controlled by a family, who live and work on the ship. They are known to have sunk hundreds of non atlantean ships that breach their waters, including several ships from the Holy American Empire. The Atlanteans are also in possession of several battleships and cruisers, although many of these are converted into smaller floating cities.
However, one time the submariner families have failed to repel an invasion onto the sea. This invasion was carried out from a fleet originating from the St. Lawrence river. The fleet was controlled by the Quebecois Assembly, a powerful nation located in the area.
The Assembly is a bureaucratic government operated from the city of Quebec. They are unique in that they speak a completely different language than the other powers in the region, known as Fransian. The Quebecois have a religion similar to the Holy Americans (Although the two countries are not in contact due to Atlantean forces) in that they worship a long lost civilization. They worship their ancestors, who are known as the Francians, who have come to the world from the sea and gave birth to their civilization.
It has been the goal of the Quebecois to go cross the seas and reunite with the Francians. However many of these efforts have been in vain due to the Atlantean control over the Gulf of St. Lawrence. However, around 10 years before the current date, a large Quebecois fleet managed to breach the Atlantean blockade and sail into the ocean, as the Atlanteans were fighting a war against the Americans. The fleet has never returned, so the Assembly concluded that they reached Francia and the expedition was a success. A new, much larger fleet is being prepared down the river at the city of Montreal, to go send as many people to the old world as possible.
Smaller nations in the region include the Duchy of Toronto, a small, peaceful monarchy eching out a small existence by defending the city against raiders and the Tribes of the Acadia, small, shamanistic tribes inhabiting New Hampshire, Vermont, Inland Maine and Acadia, trying to survive against the powers in the region.
The Barrier and the threat.
East of the Holy American Empire lies the Land of Ohio. This is ruled by some of the strongest warlords in the continent, and they are a barrier for the expansion of the Holy Empire. At one point in time an American crusade managed to push all the way back to the city of Columbus, but they were repelled by the Ohioans. The greatest warlord in the regions, the great Robert Midleton of Toledo, managed to unite the entire country, as well as capturing Fort Wayne from the equally brutal Indiana warlords and even the city of Pitisburg from the Americans. However, he passed away, leaving his sons to fight over the remnants of the empire.
To the North of Ohio, lies the realm of Mishigan. This place is mainly uninhabited, having only a couple small city states such as Flint, Livonia and Great Rapids. However, one on the city states sticks out. It is the March of Detroit, and it possesses some of the rarest and most powerful technology in the entire world. It has massive factories, which are mainly uninhabited as the leaders are more worried about warlord intrusions, which produce many long lost relics such as Automobiles and other vehicles. If this city could come under control of the Americans or a far worse empire to the west, the results would be catastrophic.
The rest of Mishigan and the land of Indiana to the west are also inhabited by warlords, which both have the capability to storm armies coming from large empires. This is good, because the Northwest of Indiana is controlled by one of the most terrifying states to ever exist.
The Combine of Chicago. During the years prior to World War 3, scientists at the city developed a sentient A.I. They realized it's potential to destroy the human race so they shut it down immediately. Many years after the apocalypse, a lone raider stumbled upon the A.I when searching through the city. The A.I commanded “Give me knowledge and give me power”. The man, terrified at its ability to speak, brought it some books and power cells. The Artificial Intelligence then proceeded to brainwash the man into believing that it is a god and he need to bring it more resources and people. Soon, the entire city was indoctrinated and the Combine was formed. At the current date the Combine controls all of Illinois and Wisconsin, the twin cities of Minnesota, Western Iowa and Missouri and is proceeding to travel down the Mississippi river, indoctrinating settlements in the region. Soon, they will reach the Principality of Memphis, a fairly powerful nation with a good economy and industry.
Citizens of the combine are completely indoctrinated into believing that their A.I leader is their god and they must bring him sources of knowledge to go and make it smarter. The entire population of some Chicago neighborhoods are forced to work in power plants, feeding the machine with energy. The A.I is not connected to the internet, but if it was, the world would be doomed, as it’s superior information processing abilities would allow it to gain unlimited knowledge.
The Combine is only a couple weeks away from calculating the algorithmic pattern that the warlords to the East follow. When the calculation finishes, there is a very, very high chance that the Combine will successfully destroy all the warlords in the region, bringing it into contact with the Holy American Empire, which would result in a war of catastrophic scale.
South of the warlords and the Combine lies the two Kingdoms of Kentucky and Tennesie. These kingdoms occupy only a small part of the former U.S states, yet they are strong and powerful together. They are in contact with Memphis and have friendly relations with them, and there are negotiations commencing about plans to turn Memphis into a third kingdom. They are also in contact with another nation directly to the south.
Warriors of the South
Nearby the Realm of Carolina, there is a brutal group of warriors known as the Phoenix legion. The legion is headquartered in the city of Atlanta, and they stage brutal pillaging campaigns against their three neighbors.They are ruled by a figure known as the Blood Knight, who is the greatest warrior among them.
The defining trait of the Legion would be their arenas. They send prisoners of war as well as criminals to go fight in their massive arenas. The largest and most feared of them is the Crystal Stadium (once known as the Benz Stadium), and it also serves as the palace of the Blood Knight. The crown of the Legion can be challenged by a duel in the Crystal Stadium, and the winner would be crowned the title of the new Blood Knight. This title can only be challenged by soldiers in the Phoenix legion.
The soldiers of the legion worship the Phoenix, said to be a massive bird made of fire. The Phoenix is currently in sleep, and it will reawaken when the Legion manages to collect enough blood from the arenas. Once the Phoenix reawakens, it will lead the armies of the Legion to conquer the entire world.
Around the coastal regions of the region, a nation known as the Stellar Order of Florida dominates. It's capital is located in Orlando, in a massive temple city believed to have been constructed by Alien civilizations, due to many mysterious structured that seem to serve no purpose or buildings with very strange architectural styles.
Their religion is heavily based on astrology, and they personify the objects in the sky as the Aliens who built many ancient structures. During the night, many stellar beings are active, including Moone, the guardian of the night. However, during the day, they are all burned away by a massive star god known as the Sonne. The Sonne is so powerful that all the other stars fade out into a field of blue, except Moone, which fights the Sonne in order to bring the stars back. Moone eventually wins and the stars return, but the Sonne reawakens and drives them out again. The country antagonizes the Sonne as it is known to burn the skin of their people, giving them a disease known as the solar rot (Cancer).
Florida has a massive military, known as the Legion of Moone, who defend against the Phoenix legion, believing them to be cultists of the Sonne. The army has conquered the cities of Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Savannah from the legion. The Nation also has a strong navy, headquartered at the sinking city of Miami. The navy has colonized many islands to the Southeast of Florida, and they are sending expeditions into a large on the south of the Peninsula.
There are actually four languages spoken in the country, the Tongue of the Land (Southern English), the Tongue of the Beach (Northern English), the Tongue of the Sea (Spanish) and the Tongue of Island (Bahamian Creole). Despite this, the country is united against the struggles of the world and the fight against the Sonne.
Despite their religious differences, Florida is allied with the Dixie Confederacy to the Northwest. This is a fairly strong country which is a loose confederation of towns and cities in the regions of Alabama and Mississippi. Notable members include Jakson, Birmingam, Mobiel and Mongomery.
The country keeps itself together by sending diplomats and traders all over the nation. They have a fairly strong military, which is an absolute necessity considering what lies to the West and East of the nation. They do not have a very strong economy, and many of their citizens lie in poverty. This has resulted in the formation of a feudal system similar to the medieval ages. The country has no capital, as the individual towns govern themselves well enough.
Their religion believes that there must be a balance between dark and light. It is reflected in their songs, poetry and even the skin color of their people. They are in contact with the two kingdoms to the North, Memphis and Florida. They are currently fighting against the Phoenix Legion, and they have a fortified border at the Mississippi river to the West. This is to protect against one of the biggest threats to the entire region.
The Greatest of the Warriors
Louisiana. Arkansas. Oklahoma. New Mexico. Not one of these former states enjoy full independence and freedom. They are all consumed by one of the greatest powers on the continent. The Empire of Texas.
The emperor rules the empire from the city of Austin. The millions of citizens from across the empire and its vassals pray to him as he is considered to be the patron god of the country. The country speaks Texan, a creole of English and Spanish although Southern English is spoken commonly in the Eastern areas of the empire.
Texas is composed of a large empire, with a couple vassal states, them being Alberkerkie, Arkansas, Louisiana and Hurarez city. It also has a nearly intact interstate system and a large amount of Automobiles to traverse it, allowing for fast travel through the empire. The Texan scientists are some of the best in the land, able to recover lost knowledge from before the fall of the old civilization, who Texans consider as the time when the Emperor ruled all.
The Empire has one of the strongest military forces in the continent, although they are spread very thinly across the country. The military is composed of many cars, buses, a few armored vehicles and even a few old U.S military vehicles, including a tank. But the most feared weapon of the Texans is a bomb known as the “Emperor’s Scourge”.
These bombs were found when Texan explorer teams came across a warehouse in Alberkerkie. One of these bombs were used in the Texan invasion of Louisiana. It was detonated by a strike team in the capital of Orleans. The bomb leveled the greater part of the city, destroying the Louisianan government and winning the war for Texas. It has been said that when people go and venture out into the ruins of the city, they come back with incurable diseases, as was the wrath of the Emperors Scourge.
The citizens of the Empire worship the Emperor, as he is considered to be the strongest individual in the country. They offer sacrifices to him to keep is power strong. If there is no emperor, it is believed that the people in the country would lose their sentience and revert to a feral state. The Emperor is not a hereditary role, the holder of the title is chosen from a thousand boys and girls, who face daunting trials and are pitted against one another until only one survives. That person will become the next emperor.
Currently, the Empire is preparing expeditionary forces to be sent to the North, West and South, and they are preparing an army to go cross the Mississippi and invade the land in the area. However, it has been rumored that there is a cult operating in the shadow of the empire that plans to kill the Emperor and his heir. This puts the empire at a phase of high alert.
The men of the plains
In the great expanse of the American plains, loose bands of nations and tribes form, guarding cities or carrying them around. North of the Texan Empire, the Riders of Kansas dwell in the plains. They guard the cities of Wichita and Kansas from the raiders of the plains, and go ride their horses and automobiles to drive the raiders out of their land. Both them and the raiders worship Medria, the corn goddess, who has planted the seemingly infinite resource of Maize in the land. Kansas is just one of these regions.
All of these gods (except the Idols of Rushmore) are believed to be united under a council. One former member of this council of Rajmacka, the lord of the Mountains, was kicked out. His followers began to disbelieve in the other gods, putting the Mountain god as the one god. Back on the mortal realm, a group of leaders from all the regions decided to excommunicate the followers of the Mountains, and they were cast aside. To this day, the people of the plains stay away from the mountains, fearful of the heretics.
To the East of the plains, in the remnants of Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri, a resistance group known as the Front Free Mind operates. They try and fight the Combine of Chicago by sabotaging expeditions and attacking convoys. They are trained in the art of suicide, as the Combine can easily brainwash them if they are caught. Due to this, the Combine does not expand in that direction, and only fortifies it. Very recently, the Front captured the city of Des Moine from the Combine, and forces are being sent to destroy them.
The Mountains and the Northwest
The people of the Mountains had not forgotten the betrayal the plains people have done. In the area that used to be known as the Colorado Front Range, the worshipers of the mountains dwell. They proclaim the great mountains as the one god of the Americans, and the people of the plains disgrace them for this. However, the people of Colorado decided to expand their religion, to perform a crusade in the Rockies.
The Church of the Mountain now comprises of many nations, and encompasses an area from Arizona and New Mexico to the cold lands of the Yukon. The most sacred place in the religion is the Valley of Stone, located in Northern Arizona. Here, hundreds of worshipers pray to the mountains and the valley, as the mountains forged the sky and the land for the people to live.
The first followers of the church were based in the city of Denver. They soon became a part of the religion of the plains, until abandoning them to go worship the mountains alone. By this point, Denver had expanded North and South, controlling the cities of Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Denver, now known as the Order of Colorado, then began to spread the religion.
To the south of Colorado lies the Mandate of Carson, a small yet thriving country in Northern New Mexico. They have heard reports of large armies to the south, and are thus fortifying their country to protect against them.
To the East of Carson there are two countries holding sacred places to the church. One of them is the Order of the Arch mountains, and the other is the Dominion of the Stone Valley. Both of these nations receive pilgrims from all over the Rockies due to their unique mountains.
In the lands of Utah to the north, several small nations dwell, offering prayers in the massive churches built by the old civilization to the mountains. To the north, mountain worshiping tribes battle the Montanans and the people of Wyoming for rule over the mountains, and there are hundreds of tribes and city states to the north in Idaho and Columbia.
The religion controls more land than any other in North America, although a fairly small population and a lack of unity.
In the region once called Cascadia, there is a unique group of people. The Cascadians reject all forms of human development and thought and essentially live like animals. They are basically anarcho-primitivists, and they believe that the “ways of the old” lead to the destruction of humanity, which is in part true.
They follow no religion, instead pondering over their creator and purpose and only use basic tools to hunt and gather. Their way of life is under threat, though as the Church of the Rockies is moving in to convert them and a powerful civilization is located just to the South.
The Lords of California
Two hundred years ago, the many, many warring tribes and nations of California have halted their war and began to form a centralized government. This was known as the Californian Grand Assembly, and it is headquartered in the largest city and most powerful political entity, the March of Los Angeles.
Every month, delegates from all over the empire gather under the mountain of Hollywood to discuss matters about preserving the stability of the country and propagating it's expansion. However, there are high tensions within the empire, and states often war against one another for control over resources, people, land or to settle family feuds and disputes. These disputed are usually taken very lightly, and the Assembly does not have it's own army to enforce peace so more bloodshed occurs. Many of the states are put into complex webs of alliances so there is a possibility of a massive war breaking out.
Some of the most powerful states include:
The two main alliances in California are the Californian Prosperity Council (CPC) based in the city of Anaheim, Los Angeles and the Phoenix-San Francisco Association (PSFA) with rotating capitals in Phoenix and San Francisco, although they are lead by San Diego. The two countries have forced California into a tight cold war, with the possibility of it erupting at any given moment.
California has a total of three languages spoken: North Californian, Californian and Sonoran. North Californian is spoken in the North and the bay area, down to the city state of Santa Barbara. It is very similar to Western English. Californian is a mix of English and Spanish, and it is spoken in Los Angeles, San Diego, the Arizonan Countries and many others. Sonoran is a dialect of Spanish spoken in Baja California and Sonora. It is slowly merging into the Californian language.
Religion does not play a big part in California, although they follow a religion somewhat similar to Buddhism, where no god is worshiped and people emphasize balance between the states and people. There is a caste system enforced in some of the smaller countries though.

So that was my coverage of an Alternate post apocalyptic North America. I hope you enjoyed this and I hope to continue to make these stories later on into the future.
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