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2020.08.17 22:23 6iixpaths Shitboys — Story about two pot heads ep.2

EPISODE 2: The Violet
Created by: Murad Collins Written by: Murad Collins, Juwan Noel
—SCENE OPEN— LJ has removed the robot from the plants surrounding it. He crouches over it, trying to analyze its exterior.
LJ: Hmm, looks like you got knocked the fuck out.
• LJ positions the robot to face towards him and notices something written on its side. 
LJ: Hm, Cannabot 22. Wonder what that means.
• LJ tries to wipe away some dirt off the robot, but accidentally swipes its touch pad and reactivates it. 
Cannabot 22: Reboot activated. Initiating self-revitalization sequence—69.
• Cannabot 22 flashes its lights then makes a faint humming sound 
LJ: Whoa, wait a minute I don’t think I can do 69’s anymore. Last time I tried to 69 I felt 70, plus I don’t think i have what it takes be a sugar daddy—mainly the sugar.
• Cannabot 22 stops humming then hovers a few feet above ground in front of LJ. 
Cannabot 22: Revitalization complete. Reboot successful. Operating level 10%. Locating adequate fuel source.
• Cannabot 22 uses a Laser scan to search the area. 
Cannabot 22: Adequate fuel source located. Processing route to Ultra Violet Kush
LJ: Wait I’m sorry I think this humidity has incinerated my eardrums. Did you just say—Kush?
—SCENE CUT— TJ sits in his cell as the guard idly watches.
TJ: You know, this kind of reminds me of the time LJ and I were captured by Hitler’s clone.
• The guard loudly growls. 
TJ: You see that’s what I thought too, but it wasn’t like that. He actually had a very kind personality, and his universally patented “Jew-Stew” was—to die for.
• The guard maliciously growls again then walks over to TJ’s cell. It viciously glares at TJ for a moment, then ferociously roars. 
TJ: Agh dicks—are you Jewish?
• Just then TJ hears a loud hiss, followed by a set of footsteps coming from down the hall. The guard immediately ceases then walks backwards to his position. As the guards approach the cell, TJ realizes that they’re escorting someone in a hooded cloak. 
TJ: Huh?
• The two guards approach TJ’s cell and unlock the cage door. They aggressively toss the person inside, then closes the door. They walk backwards down the hall. TJ peeks over at the woman. 
TJ: Uh, are you ok?
Female Voice:
• The stranger sits up, removes her hood, then faces TJ 
Sitirus: I’m ok. I am Sitirus—of the Mauve Village. Who are you?
TJ: Uhh ok, I’m TJ of Earth—Galaxy 420
Sitirus: Ugh a human. Such disgusting creatures.
TJ: Oh you must have met LJ.
• Sitirus stands and stretches 
Sitirua: Listen up CJ
TJ: It’s actually—
Sitirus: It actually doesn’t matter
• She causally steps to the cage bars. 
Sitirus: In about 10 minutes this whole place is going to explode.
• Sitirus removes her cloak and exposes her 4 arms. She immediately summons 4 holographic small swords from her wristband, then slices through the vine caged bars. The guard instantly summons a holographic axe from its wristband while viciously roaring. 
Sitirus: The Violet must be seen!
TJ: What the dicks?
• She instantly charges at the guard as it furiously shrieks. She nears the guard as it quickly swings its axe. He narrowly misses just as she ducks down, then rises and instantly slits his throat with each blade. Two guards enter the hallway and notice Sitirus. They immediately draw their axes and rush directly at her. She side steps the guard at the same time it swings its axe, then stabs it in the neck. She brutally stabs it with two more swords, as blood gushes from the guards neck and onto her face. She quickly dips and narrowly evades the other guard as it swings at her head. She rises while spinning, and instantly decapitates it. 
Sitirus: Agggh!
• She turns and notices TJ cowering inside of the cell. She withdraws her swords, then nonchalantly walks over to him. 
Sitirus: So, I’m gonna lay eggs inside of these guys brains. You know how it is—for The Violet.
TJ: Uhh—yeah. I totally get it. I mean, it’s the violet so yeah. Obviously it has to be seen.
Sitirus: That’s great, now I don’t have to worry about killing you—for now. Instead I’ll use you as bait. Let’s go EJ, we don’t have much time.
• Sitirus strides off. 
TJ: Again, It’s T—
Sitirus: Now!
• TJ immediately jumps up and follows behind Sitirus. 
TJ: Agh dicks
—SCENE CUTS— LJ lazily follows behind Cannabot 22.
LJ: Can we slow down a little. I can feel the humidity slowly evaporating my lungs.
• Cannabot continues 
LJ: Hey!? I know you can hear me! Slow down!
• Cannabot 22 continues 
LJ: It’s so hard finding decent help these days. That’s what we get for not building a damn wall.
• Cannabot 22 suddenly halts then makes a faint humming sound. LJ manages to catch up. 
LJ: Finally.
• LJ leans on Cannabot. 
Cannabot 22: Server disconnected. Searching for signal.
LJ: Huh?
• LJ rest on Cannabot 22 as it idly hovers. 
Cannabot 22: Server Connection Found. CPU online. Locating Sufficient fuel source.
• Cannabot 22 scans the area using holographic scanners 
Cannabot 22: Sufficient fuel source located. Destination en route
LJ: Wait let’s just chill for a sec—
• LJ slips off of Cannabot 22 and falls on the ground, as it instantly jets off. 
LJ: Ugh!
• LJ quickly stands and brushes off the dirt 
LJ: Agh dicks. Wait up!
• LJ instantly chases after Cannabot 
LJ: Slow down!
• LJ continues chasing Cannabot through the jungle. 
LJ: Dicks! Where the hell is it even going?! Geez how long has it been since I’ve smoked. My body feels so weak. I don’t think I can keep up at this pace—or any pace honestly.
• LJ witnessed a vibrant purple glow just ahead. He eventually reaches Cannabot 22, then collapses right beside it. 
LJ: Dicks I think I’m gonna die.
• LJ looks up and notices a illuminating marijuana field. He instantly stands up. 
LJ: What the dicks!
• LJ looks around and notices Cannabot has disappeared 
LJ: Huh? Where’d it go?
• LJ shrugs his shoulders. 
LJ: Probably somewhere trying break all the galaxy’s track records—fucking useless.
• LJ squints his eyes as he walks up to the field 
LJ: Son of a dicks! I can feel my eyelashes searing.
• He finally reaches the field. He deeply inhales the air then cheerfully smiles. 
LJ: Mmmm. Smells like a freshly baked LJ. Hehe.
• LJ gleefully skips through the plants. 
—SCENE CUT— TJ cautiously strolls down the hallway as Sitirus follows closely behind.
TJ: So umm—can I ask you a question?
Sitirus: What is it?
TJ: I was wondering. Why—well more like, how did they arrest you. I couldn’t imagine anyone—or anything, being able to detain someone like you.
Sitirus: I was willingly detained. It was the only way to get inside the facility.
TJ: What in Sandra Bullocks taint would make you want to invade this shit hole?
Sitirus: My mission is to destroy this place, and to slaughter whoever gets in my way.
TJ: What exactly is “this place”?
Sitirus: A secret military base under strict orders to cease all marijuana farms operating in these parts.
TJ: That’s odd. Why in dicks would the military care about a few marijuana farms?
Sitirus: Isn’t it obvious?
TJ: Isn’t what obvious?
Sitirus: That the government is attempting to silence all the outsiders who know the truth.
TJ: What truth?
Sitirus: That The Violet must be seen!
• TJ roles his eyes and shakes his head 
TJ: Of course. Explain to me again just what “The Violet” is?
Sitirus: The origins of The Violet date back several millennia. First mentioned in the tale of “Lyanias and the depths of the Golden Lake of Eyre”.
TJ: Agh dicks, this story sounds like it’s going to be long—and stupid. Plus, I’m not really into lore. Is there like, a summary version or maybe some pictures I could—
• Sitirus snatches TJ by the jacket then holds him against the wall. She then summons her holographic sword, and places it right underneath TJ’s testicles. 
Sitirus: You insolent piece of shit. How dare you talk down on history of The Violet!
• TJ squirms and struggles as he grabs her fingers to try and loosen her grip. 
Sitirus: Speak ill of The Violet again, and I will excrete the testosterone directly from your feeble little testicles.
• Sitirus drops TJ on the ground then walks away. 
TJ:
Sitirus: Shush! I smell something.
• Sitirus sniffs the air while TJ rises off the ground. 
Sitirus: EJ, you want to make yourself usueful?
TJ: Well it’s actually TJ, and honestly—no not really.
• Sitirus turns and viciously glares at TJ. 
TJ: But who could say no to that face.
Sitirus: Perfect. I need you to get the attention of those guards around the corner. If you can manage to do that, then I’ll be able to handle the rest.
TJ: Well what if I can’t manage to do that?
Sitirus: You die.
TJ: Dicks—I really don’t like the sound of that.
Sitirus: Now hurry up and go.
• TJ reluctantly creeps down the hallway, then frightfully glances back at Sitirus. She smiles graciously, then gives him two thumbs up. 
TJ: Dicks.
• TJ continues to carefully stroll down the hallway until he reaches the edge of an intersection. He peeks around the corner and witnesses a group of guards. 
Guard 1: I don’t know man, I think my wife’s going to find out we’re having orgies.
Guard 2: Aw man. Well, how come you don’t just sock her in the mouth?
Guard 1: No—I’ve tried that. I think I’m just going to end it.
Guard 3: No wait, you don’t have to end it! C’mon man, we’ve been in so many anuses! Try and remember the good times!
Guard 1: What? I would never give up on orgies with you guys. C’mon are you kidding me, after Galaxy-6969?
Guard 4: How could anyone forget Galaxy-6969. Fernando never disappoints a customer.
Guard 1: Exactly, so I was thinking—
• Suddenly the guard spots TJ peeking around the corner. It instantly sounds the alarm as they all summon their axes, then rush directly at TJ. 
TJ: Agh dicks!
• TJ turns and sprints back down the hallway as the guards furiously chase after him. They eventually reach the edge of the hallway. Sitirus instantly decapitates a guard as it rushes around the corner, then slashes the remaining guards to death. A few more guards enter the hallway as Sitirus mercilessly stabs them. She peeks up and realizes they’ve surrounded her, then maliciously smirks. 
Sitirus: Excellent work ZJ. You baited them right to me. Now they must die, for The Violet must be seen!
• The guards all charge at her with their swords. Right away she sidesteps a guards axe and stabs it directly in the face. TJ peeks around the corner and witnesses Sitirus slaughtering the guards. 
TJ: Wow, she’s so fucking scary.
• TJ cautiously tip-toes down the hallway just pass Sitirus and the guards. He reaches the end of the hallway then dashes off. 
TJ: Dicks, I need to find the way out of here!
—SCENE CUTS— LJ frolics through the marijuana field while cheerfully smiling and giggling.
LJ: There really is a God!
• He stops frolicking and starts picking buds from the plants. As he attempts to fill his pockets to the brim, he suddenly hears a faint buzz. He turns around and witnesses Cannabot 22 hovering above the middle of the field. 
LJ: What the dicks?
• Suddenly a hose emerges out of a panel at the bottom of Cannabot 22 and instantly vacuums all the plants. 
LJ: Hey what the hell?! Puff puff pass dammit!
• Cannabot 22 vacuums every single plant in the vicinity, and most of the buds inside of LJ’s pocket then abruptly stops. LJ storms over to Cannabot 22 as it slowly descends to the ground. 
Cannabot 22: Sufficient fuel obtained. Fuel Level: 200%. Initiating safe-travel mode.
• LJ reaches finally Cannabot 22, then punches it on the side. 
LJ: Ouch!
Cannabot 22: Hello, my name is Cannabot 22. How may I assist you.
LJ: You useless piece of junk! Why would anyone create a machine whose only purpose is to smoke all the weed, cause they could’ve just hired me. Well if we’re being honest—I probably would’ve done it for free.
Cannibot 22: I was built to be the first of my kind. An artificially intelligent everlasting self-sustaining battery.
LJ: Wait, so you’re an AI battery that smokes?
Cannabot 22: Although I cannot in fact smoke. My primary source of fuel is a chemical named tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. The main active compound found in the cannab—
LJ: Yeah yeah yeah. Unfortunately though, none of that helps my current situation. I just need to find some more marijuana—and fast. I don’t think I’ll be able to last much longer.
• LJ turns and scans the area. 
—SCENE CUTS— a shadowed figure sits in a tree and watches LJ. Then lifts it’s wristband up to its mouth.
Shadowed figure: Target LJ has been located.
Static voice: Excellent.
—SCENE CUTS— LJ peers around the dirt field.
LJ: Damnit, I don’t remember which way we came from. Was it that way?
• LJ steps a few feet before halting. 
LJ: No wait, I think it was this way.
• LJ walks in the opposite direction, as Cannabot 22 follows closely behind. 
LJ: I hope there’s another field close somewhere. I feel my sobriety reaching critical levels and this dick blazing humidity isn’t helping either.
• LJ and Cannabot 22 hike through the vast thickness of the jungle and eventually reach a long dirt trail. 
LJ: Dammit, which way should we go?
• LJ looks around while panting heavily 
LJ: Fuck I’m exhausted.
Cannabot 22: You should rest. Your heart beat seems to be rising at an alarming rate.
LJ: Well if someone hadn’t inhaled all the fucking weed I wouldn’t be in this situation. Great, now I’m starting to sound like TJ.
• LJ peers around and spots a large mushroom growing out of the ground. 
LJ: Maybe your right , maybe I should take a quick rest.
• LJ lazily strolls over to the mushroom, then lies down over its head. 
LJ: Man, I am way too sober for this shit.
• Cannabot 22 hovers over to LJ. Suddenly, a thin long vine slithers near LJ’s foot. 
LJ: You know—I’m a thousand percent sure that’s it’s colder in hell. I wish we knew how long until we reach some more fuel.
Cannabot 22: Locating nearest source of fuel.
• Cannabot 22 softly hums, just as the vine casually clinches it’s grip around LJ’s ankle 
LJ: Huh? What the di—
• Instantly LJ is aggressively snatched by his ankles 
LJ: Aaaagghh!!
• LJ is hung upside down by ankles. As he dangles from above he witnesses a giant Marijuana Venus Fly Trap. It’s viciously hisses as it slowly lifts LJ over its gaping mouth. 
Cannabot 22: Nearest fuel located. Location 0.01 meters.
LJ: Fucking useless.
—SCENE CUTS— TJ rushes down the hallway and halts after eventually reaching a fork at the end.
TJ: Aw man, which way do I go?
• TJ peeks one way and notices a few guards sprinting towards him. 
TJ: Dicks!
• TJ instantly darts the other way and eventually reaches a large metal door. As the guards quickly approach, he frantically surveys the area and notices a eye recognition scanner. 
TJ: Shit I’m trapped.
• TJ looks back and realizes the guards have surrounded him. He instantly closes his eyes and cowers in fear. 
Guard: Aaagg—
TJ: Huh?
• TJ open his eyes and notices the guards are sprinting the opposite direction. 
TJ: What the—
• He witnesses a few guards instantly get decapitated. TJ idly watches as one-by-one, each guards is mercilessly butchered to death. Suddenly a guard’s decapitated head rolls right next to TJ. He lifts it up to the eye scanner and opens to giant metal door. The door automatically opens and radiates a blinding purple light from inside. TJ immediately shuts his eyes tight. 
TJ: Agh fuck I’m blind!
• TJ cautiously strolls into the room. He slowly lifts his eyelids and notices that it’s a large greenhouse, containing the illuminating marijuana plants from before. 
TJ: What the—
• Suddenly TJ feels a hand on his shoulder. He turns and sees Sitirus painted in blood. 
Sitirus: Excellent work TJ.
TJ: For the last time, It’s T—oh wait. Um, thanks I guess.
Sitirus: Now it’s time—
• Sitirus dry heaves a bomb from her esophagus on to the ground. She lifts it off the floor, then maliciously glares at TJ. 
Sitirus: —for The Violet to be seen.
THE END
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2020.04.25 19:16 Chazzyphant OG L Word Rewatch SEASON TWO Episode 01: Fashion, Style, and Clothing breakdown/recap!

HEL-LO L wordies! (L wordians?) Welcome back to my fashion and style recaps. I'm very excited to get into season two and having been holding off for like a week now.
Let's get into it!!
Opening shot is of Tina, in another Madonna-blue colored outfit! I feel that the hair people did Tina wrong the entire series. Pixie. Cut. Now. With her small, regular features and fine, straight hair a wispy pixie would have looked so cute. But anyhoo, the outfit: a softer, more gentle blue, but blue nontheless. For L Word, blue is a color the series doesn't use much, as their film grading or filters is often a cool toned blue, and/or the Tony Scott-esque overexposed warm toned gritty look that was so popular in the early 2000s--and soft blues don't read well with those filters.
However, blue is a color that is used to indicate sorrow or sad feminine emotions in this show, along with pink, red, and purple to show passion, love, and unrequited longing. Having Tina in a blue shirt (which harkens back to her lost male child) is a great note to start the show back up on.
Can we TAWK!! Alice and Shane look great here. Alice wears a slightly fussy outfit---dangling shell earrings, a printed ruffle top, and a purposefully clashing print skirt, and Shane wears a denim jacket with some kind of button-design business on it plus her own pins. Both have shorter hair---Alice noticeably is in a short, choppy pixie, but Shane's hair is just pinned up. Season 2 is the only season that had any sort of DVD commentary on it and I feel like I recall Leisha saying that she, Mia, and Katherine lived together while filming and egged each other on to get shorter and shorter hair cuts during season 2, which they somewhat regretted but it was still fun. I think Shane looks amazing with short, choppy hair and feel she would look great in even a shaved (not bald, but buzzed) hair cut, as does Mia, but for Leisha, I think a bob is her best length.
Also that extra in the back in her ultra faded, low rise bell bottoms and kerchief is giving me LIFE.
Again, L Word dresses characters we are supposed to hate in terrible gear candy pink stiletto heels, white pants, and a black zip front. L word, IMHO, wiffs it on shoes a LOT. While they often show shoes that are/were trendy, they just as often choose shoes that were such a head scratcher even for the time. No one wore candy pink patent leather high heels in that way but the show is making a point: Tonya's a weirdo who is out of step with society. I also am very "meh" on the fact that Tonya is one of the few average-sized actresses on the show and just like Pam Grier, the costuming department is like "I dunno, put her in really tight white pants I guess?"
This is what Bette wears to apologize in heh. Low slung trousers and a barely hanging on vest-top. This outfit really echos Shane's infamous leather vest and pants from Episode 1, and I love the call back. Now Bette's a sexual outlaw looking wistfully "in" from the outside to a long time partnership and stability.
Kit wears a very old-school vintage styled outfit to visit Ivan in a deep Madonna-blue. I believe this is because the writers know she's about to suffer heartbreak, but also to highlight that Kit is playing a role here---this is outside her usual funky boho stage wear. She's not sure how to act with a drag king who's courting her and is conflicted. Her outfit shows this. Great work costume department!
Shane wears this outfit to do Arianna Huffington's hair including her little wire rimmed glasses which somehow make her MORE SEXY? God, some people have it all. You can also just barely see that Shane has some warm toned streaks in her hair, which I think is super fun
Another shot of Arianna and Shane Arianna wears a creamy satin camisole with her moss-green suit. STAN. would wear today.
Arianna is coded as very wealthy and established, with her David Yurman like earrings, suit, wash and set bouffant hair, and understated natural makeup by the way what a DISH. She's so gorgeous. One of the things I really love about L word is their generous, loving, and sensual treatment of women over 50. The older characters get just as much care and love from makeup, wardrobe, and hair as the young ones.
Meanwhile Jenny's living in her own David Lynch movie and WOW that hair on the extra. Oof. Terrible.
Okay @ me all you want I don't love Carmen. There I said it I find her much-vaunted looks to be very Maxim magazine "sultry" basic and her personality on the show to be just okay at best. If you ever watch the Real L word, she's Rose. A handful who's been given a pass all her life due to her looks. But I STAN that necklace. And I miss short sleeved sweatshirts. I'm just full of unpopular opinions today!
Robin in an interesting, tragic character She doesn't seem to inhabit her soft-butch style the way Shane does, she seems ill at ease and costumed in many scenes, but I have trouble thinking of what types of clothes would be better on her! Maybe cali-yoga hot? Like tank tops and soft joggers or something?
A lot of us (myself included) did not look our best in the early 2000's style of "more is more" arm parties, tons of mala necklaces, buttons and fussy fripperies everywhere, layers of paper thin tee shirts and vests, etc. I think a more stripped down and simple style would suit her better.
A very Gossip Girl Alice in a bright hot pink Chanel style jacket with three decorative brooches, and a straight, short skirt. Very cute.
Remember when Carrie from SATC started dating the politician and she started wearing nail polish and these 70's First Lady outfits? That's what I feel Kit is doing here. She's trying so hard to fit into a love interests' life. However this blouse is STUNNING and I stan.
You can see Leisha's darker, shorter hair here This is the beginning of a pendulum for Leisha's costuming on L word. Sometimes she looks amazing. Sometimes she looks Depression Chic. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I think the actress just isn't suited to the low key slightly butch styles she sometimes rocks, like whisper thin tanks with no bra, low slung technical pants, etc.
ALL TIME BEST for Kit what a gorgeous color (but notice it's deep, rich red/pink/purple, always means a broken heart or betrayal) and style!! She looks amazing.
Meanwhile Alice looks...not her best I'm just at a loss. The actress is thin! She's got a great body, cute face, and decent hair. WHAT is going on here? I think something in the proportions are off. Those printed tanks with a button placket were so hot at that time---maybe tighter joggers? Gym shorts? I dunno.
Jenny's last dance with Tim outfit a tee under a pinafore dress and a beaded necklace. Very 60's, or 90's does 60's. I think this is a strong hint that Jenny is reverting to her high school looks. If she graduated college in 2003, she would have been in high school in the late 90's, when 60's redux was a thing. Her baby doll looks are part of her process of working through her identity and trauma. Also the actress is just uniquely well suited to late 60's Twiggy style looks.
What's changed in Season 2?
Alice and Shane both have new hair do's or cuts. Shane's hair in particular is well suited to her face, and makes sense as a hair dresser that she's be at the cutting edge of trends and have a great cut.
Tina's pregnant and trying to hide it, so her outfits are now maternity or very oversized.
Dana's dating a high powered professional and "twinning" so her style might go up a notch in terms of cost and luxe.
Bette's doing her thing. She looks great, as she always will. Very few fashion misses for her in the whole series.
Kit's got a love interest and seems to be coming into her own a bit in the show, and taking some risks with fashion which I personally LOVE and feel suit the actress very well and is a huge step up from her Merry Go Round, Rainbow, TJ Maxx stuff.
I notice a lack of secondary characters in Season 2---the friends, gallery people, flings, etc. Season 1 had quite a few, and I believe future seasons we have plenty, but the world of the show has shrunken a bit for the premier---just the main girls for now.
Okay I've said my bit! Chime in!
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2020.03.24 13:12 Number333 Who should the Dolphins take in the 2020 NFL Draft? (Number333 Breakdown - Offense)

MY HISTORY (BONAFIDES)
Sorry if putting my user in the title is ego-centric, I just love draft stuff. Here's my history in terms of wants/predictions with the Dolphins.
2017 NFL Draft - Pick #22. I wanted Forrest Lamp. He has been INCREDIBLY injured only playing 9 games in 3 years with the Chargers. I hated the idea of taking Taco Charlton. He got taken in the 1st by Dallas, got cut, and signed to us (lol was our leading sacker this past year with 5). I also thought we may take Jarrad Davis out of Florida who went to Detroit. Lions fans are disappointed with him and think he's bust. We ended up taking DE Charles Harris. The conclusion? You don't know shit, I don't know shit, and the Dolphins FO back then didn't know shit. Should have taken TJ Watt I guess.
2018 NFL Draft - Pick #11. I really liked Lamar Jackson. This was my snippet on the QBs. Fact check it yourself.
The Quarterbacks: They are the hoopla and the focus of everyones attention this year. I would say 5 Top-Tier guys in Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen. In terms of my favorite of those 5, I have to go with Mayfield and Jackson. I LOVED Watson last year because he was a winner in college and had the "it" factor and I see a lot of that in Baker. Think he has definite boom or bust potential. I also really like Lamar Jackson because of the pure athleticism and feel like Gase could really work with him if he likes him(though I haven't heard much buzz involving him) After that, very meh on Darnold and Rosen terrifies me not because he's smart but Jimmy Clausen vibes. I would HATE Josh Allen because my god does he look like an obvious bust ala Blaine Gabbert.
I stand by almost every single comment I made there. I'm meh on Darnold, don't think Rosen is good, and while Josh Allen made the playoffs with Buffalo I still don't think he's leading them very far. I LOOOOOOOOOVED Roquan Smith out of Georgia. On the Bears post when they drafted him I said he had Defensive Player of the Year potential. He had injury issues this past year with a torn pectoral and got into a car crash a few months ago. He's been solid, but not game-breaking like I'd thought he'd be. I also loved Minkah (like everybody else in that draft post) and would be elated if we took him. We did! and hah... that worked out didn't it fellas?
2019 NFL Draft - Pick #13. It wasn't happening just because we won one too many games but I loved Ed Oliver as a DT. He made the All-Rookie team with Buffalo. I also liked Jonah Williams the OT the Bengals took despite it being boring, he got hurt in practice and didn't play a single down his rookie year. I did hit on us taking Christian Wilkins as a realistic option - he was alright I'd say. He had that stupid ejection on like the 4th play of the game, but let's hope with some actual DEs in Shaq Lawson and Ogbah along with Godchaux he can be more of an impact player next year. I was down on every QB except for Kyler Murray as well.
CONCLUSION? I'm not great at this but I have fun doing it. Take a trip if you're bored and you can hear a wild man's ramblings due to COVID-19 baby!
QUARTERBACKS
Tua Obsessed - Tua Tagovailoa is the end all be all for me. I like him more than Burrow, I think he'll be a better QB at the next level than Burrow, and I've felt this way for well over a year when I said I thought Tua would be viewed as an Andrew Luck-level prospect by the time the draft comes around. He is not without his flaws - specifically durability. I think it'd be unrealistic to expect 16 games a year from him for 10+ seasons. But I'd rather have him relatively healthy (Think Carson Wentz) over Herbert/Love by a mile. That's how good I think he is, and I think that the Dolphins contingency against him really shouldn't ever question Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees if they're trepidatious over his injury history. It's just one throw but this absolute beauty late vs LSU... All I'm saying is a hobbled 60-70% Tua looked better than Trevor Lawrence did in the Championship Game. The absolute dream would be to get him with the #5 pick and not have to move up for him. I feel like our only real competition left at this point is the Chargers - I hope they stay put at #6, ride out Tyrod Taylor / fall in love with Herbert and I think we'll have one hell of a foundation moving forward.
Oh No, Tua's Gone... **** - So let's say Tua gets snatched by a team in front of us (Chargers, Raiders, Broncos... whoever really) and now we're left at the altar without a franchise QB. What's the next best alternative? Hard pass on Justin Herbert. I get that he has all the physical tools anybody could fall in love with - but I don't want to spend a Top 5 pick on an inconsistent gun-slinger just because everybody says he's the 3rd best QB prospect. I don't think he moves the needle as a QB. Maybe he'll be decent. But did we get rid of Tannehill to end up with another 5+ years of a Tannehill-middling QB? Don't think so. Jordan Love is a big-time project. Lots of raw stuff to like but from what I've read he has some awful habits he has to break before being ready at the next level. If we took him at #18 I wouldn't exactly love it since that's a high value pick you're using on a complete ? mark but I could see in the 2021 NFL Season us giving him some run. Still - prolly wouldn't be thrilled. After that, you're not really talking about 1st Rounders. Don't think Fromm will be very good. I like the idea of Hurts as a back-up, but in the 4th-5th Rounds and we already have Fitz/Rosen it doesn't really make sense. Eason's a JAG IMO. Shoutout to James Morgan from FIU for getting some draft buzz too.
TL;DR QBs - Give me Tua or give me death. If we draft Herbert, I will whine and bitch like I did when the Heat drafted Tyler Herro. Don't look up his draft post pls. I was in a bad place (still think Romeo Langford and Sekou will be good players tho). I'm not gonna pretend like I'm an idiot though, I called Josh Rosen not doing jack for us the second we traded for him.
RUNNING BACKS
J.K. Dobbins >>>>> D'Andre Swift - I can't fathom the love for Swift as the #1 RB. I think JK Dobbins is a great deal better, and I even like Jonathan Taylor more than Swift. In terms of how it pertains to the Dolphins, I know A LOT of people are down on drafting a RB at our #26 pick late in the 1st Round due to what just transpired with Todd Gurley and the history of 1st Round RBs getting paid big contracts and then not panning out... but JK Dobbins is a frigging baller. Has been since his Freshman year. It felt like vs Clemson he was good for 8+ yards every time they went to him. He does have more mileage on him than Swift but I love the idea of Dobbins being a great bailout option as a pass catching threat (since I don't understand how you could bet on our O-line being "good" given the last decade of performances). I'd love Dobbins 10x more at the start of the 2nd Round - but if we picked him at #26, I'd be quite happy.
Other RBs Later On - I really like Cam Akers. He failed to produce quite like Dalvin Cook but those FSU teams also took a down-turn in recent years. Also like Joshua Kelley out of UCLA. With the signing of Jordan Howard, I don't think we need to draft a mid-round RB. We've had some decent success with a 5th Rounder in Jay Ajayi, Drake as a 3rd Rounder has the Miami Miracle and was a nice change of pace back, and while Kalen Ballage was a gigantic disappointment last year as a 4th Rounder, he supposedly was doing well in camp and then none of that transitioned to gametime. I say roll with Howard, use Ballage here and there, and hope we have a preseason surprise standout (who remember the Orleans Darkwa games????)
TL;DR RBs - I think Dobbins is a lot better than Swift. Like as a late 1st, love as a 2nd. Akers is cool too. Not a huge need. Still expect us to draft at least one.
WIDE RECEIVERS
DVP / Preston / Hurns / Grant / Ford / Wilson, who tf else we need? - DeVante Parker emerged as the #1 WR in receiving yards in the AFC last year and blossomed with Fitzpatrick. He made Stephon Gilmore his son. He beasted on the Eagles in Mills/Darby. He became the AJ Green-like #1 WR we were waiting for when we took him in the 1st Round. Williams was a superstar in preseason, and while he had too many drops in the regular season he was our 2nd best WR by yards despite only playing in 8 games. His best game was in our 1st win vs the Jets. But even with his surprise emergence, I think we can 100% do with a high-end WR prospect. Think about it. Is 29-year old Allen Hurns a long-term commitment? Wilson flashed some 2018 ability but we can't seriously rely on him. Ford came on stronger as the season ended but his ceiling is limited if we're being honest. What I'm saying is, while this isn't an awful WR crew, a top WR wouldn't hurt and shouldn't be dismissed in favor of "DRAFT O-LINE MAN" just cuz it's O-lineman. We drafted Pouncey/Ju'Wuan/Tunsil and still had a bad O-line for the most part. It's not all about investing 1st Rounders.
Holy crap this WR class is stacked - Tua's boys in Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III are some of the top WRs. I think Jeudy is gonna be phenomenal, real hot take over here. If he's at pick #18 inexplicably, take his ass and don't look back. Same deal with CeeDee Lamb really - and I think he'd fit in better with our current WR crop given his RAC ability. I love Tee Higgins size but it's a duplicating skillset with DVP/Preston. Denzel Mims also tickles my fancy. If you want someone even later on in the draft, take a look at Quintez Cephus from Wisconsin. He has a wild history please be warned... accused of sexual assault, went through the whole ordeal, eventually found not guilty. We got Preston Williams undrafted due to his personality issues at Colorado. All I'm saying is in the 4th/5th Cephus could be a steal - all I hope for really is avoiding wasting assets trading up for a Leonte Carroo-tier WR.
TL;DR WRs - Jeudy/Lamb are must-haves if they're somehow there at pick #18 regardless of other needs. They won't be tho. We could absolutely use a higher end WR prospect to go with our crop of guys.
TIGHT ENDS
Let's GeSexy With It - Gesicki was our 2nd best pass catching option last year behind DVP. He made some incredible catches and showed vast improvement over his rookie season. Caught the game-winning touchdown Week #17 @ New England. Glad we're getting production out of a 2nd Rounder. So with him, Durham Smythe as another 4th Round asset that's a strictly blocking TE, I don't really see a strong need for a tight end. Our last few tight ends drafted haven't been great. We spent a 5th in 2014 on Arthur Lynch who did nothing for us. Dion Sims in the 4th in 2013 had that game-winning TD vs Atlanta and little else. I still have nightmares of spending a 3rd we got for Brandon Marshall on Michael Egnew. This is a weaker TE class without a stud like Hockenson last year. I don't think Randy Moss' son is gonna be very great at the next level. If I had to pick one, I like the other LSU TE - Stephen Sullivan, with a mid-round pick despite little production due to the fact LSU was just an over-whelmingly stacked team this past year.
TL;DR TEs - We don't need one. I could still see us taking one in the 4th - 6th rounds.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
I don't know if he's good, but he plays the position we need! - This happens too often when people talk about fixing the O-line. It's always been an issue on here. People say just draft 5 offensive linemen in the draft and that'll fix it. Sure, how far back do I have to take you to make you realize dumping draft assets on a position doesn't work? Hell, let's do it!
That's the top 5 rounds worth of drafting of O-linemen for Miami in a DECADE. That's 3 1st rounders! Year after year we invested... and with what to show for it? All I'm saying is, be careful what you ask for. I'd love an Andrew Thomas at #18. Mekhi Becton and Jedrick Willis are literal goliaths. But... I'm not going to pretend like I know what the hell I'm watching/grading when it comes to O-linemen. If you go through the draft posts of those players, you'll see all of us get excited about our O-line FINALLY being fixed. The NFL doesn't work that way. You can't just dump resources into an area and win. There needs to be chemistry, proper development, etc... I'd like one in the 2nd Round at minimum to help Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, and Jesse Davis - but I can't give props for a pick until I see how we do in the regular season. That's all I know about offensive linemen.
TL;DR O-linemen - I can't pretend to know what's good. If we draft 3 O-linemen with some of our Top 70 picks, I still won't be thrilled and think we fixed it. Look how many of our top-tier linemen even dating back to Jake Long just constantly kept getting hurt. We did that for a decade and it didn't. I know this is a different regime but still... be cautious when it comes to celebrating guys nobody really watches when the game is going on.
THIS IS SO LONG IM NOT GONNA READ IT JUST GIVE IT TO ME HOT AND FAST
Players I'd Love To See Us Take 1st Round: Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, Andrew Thomas, JK Dobbins, Jedrick Willis
Players I'd Hate To See Us Take 1st Round: Justin Herbert, D'Andre Swift, Henry Ruggs III, if we pass on Tua I'ma lose my shit
Sorry if this was a little heavy on 1st Rounders, but with the 3 we have I can't help but lean into them. Defense is next!
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2020.03.21 22:44 tehsuigi What if the MLB and NPB Tigers and Giants traded leagues? [OOTP 21 Longread]

At the start of the 2020 baseball season, a common exclamation rang out on both sides of the Pacific.
"That can't be right."
"Are you sure that says Mariners and not Marines?" "I recognize the logo, but that roster sure as shit isn't Cincinnati!" "Do we even have a direct flight to Kansai International?!"
Due to a scheduling mishap caused by a rare software bug and/or a 14-year-old hacker from Finland, the MLB and NPB have effectively traded teams. The Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers have been placed in the NL West and AL Central, respectively; their similarly named cousins in San Francisco and Detroit join the Central League.
Betting websites have no idea what to do. MLB Network is okay with it because at least they now have early morning content for the Eastern Time Zone. The carbon offset market is flooded by 42 baseball teams striving to reduce their travel expenditures.
Let's see how these teams shape up relative to their new peers, eh?

Panic in Detroit?

The strength of this Tigers team is going to be pitching - Boyd, Norris, and Nova are a great 1-2-3 in NPB, and Joe Jimenez is already a top closer in Japan. The less said about the position players the better. Still, compared to the other NPB teams, they're a top-half team.

When the Lights Go Down in the City

The Giants are already rated top-4 in every category, with Posey, Longoria, Gausman, and Gott netting best-in-league honours. San Francisco is approaching this season with a surprising amount of excitement - at least they won't have to worry about the Dodgers in this league.

Viva Giants

Ohhhh boy. Only four players have green numbers or better - Rubby De La Rosa, Tomoyuki Sugano, Hayato Sakamoto, and Yoshihiro Maru...all of whom are free agents next season. Sugano's not even considered an ace in MLB; Maru's their only hope offensively and defensively.

The Colonel's Curse Works in Weird Ways

At least the Giants have a top-5 player. The Tigers are buried in the bottom-third at all positions. At least they have a DH to let Yoshio Itoi's bat loose? He's one of three players happy about this whole mess - the others are Justin Bour and Jerry Sands, about to embark on their revenge tour.

The Setup

In order to keep the San Francisco and Detroit teams compliant with NPB rules, I gave all members of the main roster temporary Japanese citizenship. They can only add four foreigners from their 40-man, to meet foreign player limits.
I didn't change minor league teams, so the ni-gun teams are staying in Japan and the full minor league system is intact for the ex-MLB squads. That's a long call-up if you're away from home.
Also, OOTP still can't get NPB rules quite right - there's no ties after 12 innings, and the Climax Series Final Stage is supposed to be best of 7 with the top seed getting a one-game advantage.
By luck of the draw, the NL West and AL Central will meet up this season to let the Giants and Tigers have some MLB action in Japan. I also went with the standard schedules - no coronavirus cancellations.

March

Have you ever been in San Francisco in March? Would you want to play baseball there? That's exactly what Detroit and the Frisco Giants did in their first ever NPB tilt at Oracle Park, where the wind is brisk and the mercury reads 45 degrees. The only thing colder were the bats - 0-for with RISP until the top of the 9th, when Jeimer Candelario clanked a triple off the right field wall, scoring 2. Jimenez picks up the save, and Detroit is unbeaten in NPB play! Boyd gets the win with 8 scoreless.
Meanwhile in MLB, Hanshin and Yomiuri took advantage of the lack of a foreign player limit to try and improve their roster by demoting youngsters, signing depth free agents, and calling up all their gaijin waku. Then their season got underway 6 days later, with Hanshin hosting Cleveland and Yomiuri hosting San Diego.
At Koshien, it wasn't Justin Bour or Jerry Sands who broke the game open, but 42-year-old Kosuke Fukudome with a 3-run jack to right in the 4th. Yusuke Ohyama hit one himself the next inning, and things were looking good for Hanshin...until Kyuji Fujikawa blew a gasket and gave up home runs to Jose Ramirez to get the Indians within one, and Roberto Perez to hand them the lead in the top of the 9th. 9-7 the final for the Tribe. Typical Hanshin.
Yomiuri didn't fare too much better, as Manny Machado cranked two solo shots, including the game-winner in the top of the 10th, to pace the Padres to a 3-2 extra-innings win at the Tokyo Dome. At least Maru got a two-run dinger of his own?
San Francisco has rebounded with 8 straight wins to tie Detroit for the CL lead at 8-2 as the calendar flips into April. Hanshin is 1-4 and Yomiuri is 2-3 over in MLB.

April

Things took a turn for the terrible for the Tigers in MLB. Hanshin went 7-19 for a putrid .269 win percentage; the lone bright spot was Yoshio Itoi plugging a five-hit game against the Yankees. Every starter has an ERA over 6, Bour is batting .141, and the team has resorted to dumpster diving to improve. Brian Dozier and Breyvic Valera both came over on waivers from the Padres. They are 12 games back of the AL Central after ONE MONTH.
The MLB Giants aren't faring much better with a 10-15 April, but most of that is a six-game losing streak they finished the month in. They added Hanley Ramirez on a minor league deal and Jonathan Lucroy off waivers from Boston. A highlight of the month was Gerardo Parra's return to Washington for a proper farewell; the Nats won 2 of 3, the last in extras, and each game by one run. Maybe Yomiuri CAN hang with this league!
The NPB Tigers have turned into pitching phenoms. Every starter's ERA sits at 2.75 or lower, and they rank 1st in the league for runs against, starters ERA, and FIP. They also league the league in HRs, as CJ Cron has racked up 10 to date. Detroit's seen two win streaks of five games or more in a 17-8 April. They're still 2 games back of...
The Giants of the NPB, both in name and results. In spite of a spate of injuries to Sandoval, Cueto, and Samardzija, San Francisco went 19-6 in April on the strength of their bats. Not sure how long Trevor Cahill is going to go without allowing an earned run, but he's at 22 IP already. The closest domestic competition to the Giants are the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and Yokohama DeNA BayStars, each 10 games back.

May

Hanshin went 7-22. Kosuke Fukudome still leads the team in HR and RBI. The starting pitching is still hot garbage. As a Hanshin fan, this is starting to hurt my soul.
On May 5, Yomiuri shipped Hirokazu Sawamura, one of their better relievers, to the Dodgers for a minor-league first baseman named Edwin Rios. Rios has batted .351 with 8 HR and 18 RBI since joining the Giants. Didn't exactly help, they still went 8-20 in May. More non-Japanese players are joining the roster too, like Cesar Puello (waiver from Boston), Jose Vinicio (minor league deal), Wilmer Font (waiver from Toronto), Clayton Richard (minor league deal), and Braden Shipley (trade from KC). Sugano's at least 4-3 with a 2.21 ERA.
Over in Detroit, Jeimer Candelario has turned it on and joins CJ Cron in double-digit HR territory, but a merely pedestrian 15-12 May isn't confidence inspiring.
San Francisco got Cueto and Anderson back, Kevin Gausman is 7-0 with a 0.95 ERA and won the Pitcher of the Month award, and the Giants have pulled 7 games ahead of the Tigers for the Central League pennant - they went 20-7 in May! The Japanese leagues haven't seen regular season dominance like this since the Invincible Seibu era.

June

Shintaro Fujinami's always been an enigma in NPB, but he's 2-2 with a 3.33 ERA in MLB; hope springs eternal in Nishinomiya. An 8-18 June is an improvement. I guess Logan Forsythe is an upgrade over Kento Itohara too, since he was claimed from the Phillies.
Yomiuri added another foreign hitter in Ildemaro Vargas; I mean, why not, Edwin Rios now has 15 home runs in 48 games. The other bats have gone frigid, though, and a 10-18 June shows it.
Casey Mize continued his absolute tear by throwing a no-hitter against the Chunichi Dragons on June 25; he's 9-3 with a 1.76 ERA after that start. With Michael Fulmer back from TJ surgery, Detroit's got a chance to gain ground on the Giants in spite of a 13-8 June.
Uh-oh - Johnny Cueto's UCL tore, he's done for the season. San Francisco's power is still in its lineup, with 3 guys hitting .290 or better (Posey, Flores, and Mauricio Dubon). A 14-7 June means they get to stay ahead of the Tigers by 8 games still,

July

NPB had both its All-Star Break, and one highlight of that was an American vs American showdown in the HR Derby, with Detroit's CJ Cron edging out Brandon Laird of the Chiba Lotte Marines 14-13 in front of his home crowd at Comerica Park (the game pre-empted morning shows across Japan!).
4-20. Not a weed joke, that was Hanshin's record in July. Fukudome cooled off in a big way, Fujinami returned to earth, Bour is still below the Mendoza line in spite of 18 HR, and Haruto Takahashi blew out his flexor tendon. Complete Mudville. The lone bright spot was their closer Suguru Iwazaki getting an All-Star nod.
An absolute shock at the July trade deadline - Tomoyuki Sugano was traded to the Dodgers for 2B Enrique Hernandez and SP Dustin May. Sugano's 4-9 record isn't impressive, but 3.45 ERA and 119 Ks in 128 IP is. And now he's joining a rotation of Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, David Price, and Alex Wood (lard tunderin' Jayzus) to try and deliver a World Series for Los Angeles. Without him pitching for Yomiuri...the team's gotten better? 12-13 in July!
Jonathan Schoop had been a standout batter in NPB all season, and earned the Player of the Month award in July for a .338 batting average, 8 HR, and 18 RBI. That said, Detroit just hasn't been able to gain ground on the Giants. Their starting pitchiing has fallen behind San Francisco's too. A 11-6 month is decent, at least. (forgot to take a screencap)
Wait - did the Even Year BS make it to Japan? How else do you explain rookie Logan Webb going 8-3 with a 2.02 ERA in his first full season in a major league? San Francisco went 11-5, and maintained their 8.5 game lead over Detroit.

August

101 losses, and it's not even September 2. Hanshin's putrid year abroad continued with a 9-18 month in the Kansai heat. More foreigners are joining the squad - Mike Tauchmann on waivers from the Yankees, and Carson Fulmer on waivers from the White Sox. And the Tigers finish the month by hearing Yoshio Itoi's season is done after breaking his elbow.
And back down to earth go the Yomiuri Giants, 6-22 in August without their stud, eliminated from the postseason and 48 games back of Los Angeles. Dustin May was pressed into service as soon as he was acquired, and he's 2-4 with a 6.28 ERA so far. Wilmer Font also had his season end via elbow surgery. Woof. Bright spot is that Hayato Sakamoto and Edwin Rios are both tearing the cover off the ball.
(Sidebar: Tomoyuki Sugano signed an extension with the Dodgers - 5y95M. He's 5-1 since heading Stateside).
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics took up most of the month, so fewer games were played.
Meanwhile in San Francisco, the Giants have clinched a playoff spot in spite of going 5-8 coming back from the Oympics break. Buster Posey's in the running for the batting title, but the rest of the bats need to keep going to give this squad a title.
Schoop now leads the team in HR and RBIs, and is 0.001 back in batting from Niko Goodrum for the team lead there too. 7-6 isn't the best August record, but they did gain ground! They're 11 up on Yokohama, so a playoff spot is all but assured. And Casey Mize's 12 wins are generating Sawamura buzz.

September

Finally, something resembling normalcy - the Yomiuri Giants visiting Koshien to play the Hanshin Tigers. No need for a trans-Pacific plane ride to cheer on your squad! The Kyojin won two of three, with the Tigers' one win coming in extras.
The Hanshin Tigers matched the 2003 Detroit Tigers (hey!) with a 43-119 record thanks to a 7-18 September. Truly, truly, abysmal. Now their long march has ended, and they can turn tail and return back home next season without issues and a lot of their chaff (when did they get Trevor Rosenthal or Fernando Abad?).
The Yomiuri Giants lost 107 games and their best pitcher. A 7-16 September certainly continued that trend. At least they found their new first baseman, as Edwin Rios' 36 home runs and 108 RBIs pace the team. Maru and Sakamoto also break 20 HRs.
Michael Fulmer earned Pitcher of the Month honours with a 3-1 September, 37 Ks in 33 1/3 IP, and a .165 oppAVG. That helped pace Detroit to a 17-8 September, and get them within 4 games of the Giants with 5 still to play (SF has two games in hand). Losing star SP Matt Manning to a torn labrum may dampen their postseason hopes, though.
San Francisco righted the ship with a 14-10 September, and the starting rotation looks as strong as ever. Question is, how do you pare these six guys down to three or four for a playoff series?
(sidebar: The Dodgers went 110-52 to win the NL West, and the Toronto Blue Jays took the second wild-card spot at 96-66!)

October & November

The Tigers went a perfect 5-0 to finish their season, but came up just short at 93-50, while the Giants finished 95-48 after going 4-3 in October. San Francisco becomes the first American team to win the Central League pennant, and Buster Posey got his CL batting title in the end with a .299 BA.
The Detroit Tigers hosted the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in the CL Climax Series First Stage. Courtesy of strong outings from Casey Mize and Matt Boyd, and the offense waking up all at once, the Tigers cruised to a sweep by scores of 8-1 and 7-3. Schoop and Candelario (series MVP) each had two dingers in Game 2. Anyone wanna bet if Alex Ramirez loses his job now?
This sets up an American-style CL Climax Series Final Stage, with San Francisco hosting Detroit. The Giants walked off winners in Game 1, but the Tigers' pitching put up back to back shutouts in Games 2 and 3, the latter of those a grueling 14-inning affair only broken open by Jordy Mercer's 2-run triple. San Francisco fought back to take Game 4 courtesy of Logan Webb pitching a one-hit shutout (9 Ks too!). In the winner-take-all Game 5, Tigers pinch hitter Christin Stewart hit a go-ahead double in the top of the 7th to shock the Bay City crowd. Detroit's bullpen slammed the door the rest of the way, and the Tigers had punched their ticket to the Japan Series. Buster Posey took home series MVP honours in a valiant losing effort.
Detroit's opponent in the Japan Series? Only the most successful NPB team of the 2010s - the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, who won another PL pennant and got past the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in 4. Jingoism was running at an all-time high to preserve the honour of the Japan Series by making sure it stayed in Japanese hands. The Hawks and Tigers traded wins in Games 1 and 2, with the winning team hitting 3 HRs in each. The series shifted from the heated PayPay Dome to Comerica Park in November (brrr), but the Detroit bats stayed hot to take Games 3 and 4, still hitting three HRs in each. Home runs by Akira Nakamura and Kenta Imamiya put Game 5 away early for the Hawks, bringing the series back to Fukuoka. Yuki Yanagita clobbered a three-run shot himself in the 1st of Game 6 to take SoftBank to an early lead, but it didn't last long, as the Tigers put up 5 runs in the 7th and 9th (CJ Cron with two dingers) to take the game 14-4 and the Japan Series in 6 games. Austin Romine earned JS MVP honours for the effort.
Detroit rejoiced - it didn't matter if it was on the other side of the world, the Tigers had won a championship for the first time in almost four decades.
(sidebar: The Blue Jays won 7-4 over Oakland at the O.Co in the Wild Card game, but bowed out in the ALDS vs Houston in 4 games. Also lol the 90-72 Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers in 5 in the NLDS, with MadBum getting two of the three wins. World Series was Braves over Indians in 7 games.)

Offseason

Epilogue

A darkened room in Seattle. A clandestine Telegram call. On one end, Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto. The other....a 14-year-old hacker in Finland
"So they made the playoffs? BOTH of them? I see. I think we need to visit our owners a bit more often, then..."
TO BE CONTINUED
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2020.02.11 18:04 Rcfan0902 Introducing the 2nd annual /r/CFB Civilization Battle Royale!

Ladies, Gentlemen, fans of college football everywhere, welcome back to the second annual /CFB Civilization Battle Royale! The event where you can watch your favorite teams duke it out for a shot at virtual domination! For those of you who missed last year's Battle Royale, here are all of the previous rounds for you to catch up on and enjoy:
 
Week Conference Week Conference
Week 1 AAC Week 7 MAC
Week 2 ACC Week 8 Mountain West
Week 3 Big 10 Week 9 PAC-12
Week 4 Big XII Week 10 SEC
Week 5 C-USA Week 11 Sun Belt
Week 6 Independents Week 12 Finale
 

The rules are simple:

  1. All 130 FBS schools will be participating
  2. All schools will be controlled by an A.I. There will be no human influence in the outcome of a match
  3. Domination victory only
  4. FCS teams will act as City States (Conference tie-ins to be announced later)
  5. Each Conference will play one full game until there is a single conference champion left standing. Conferences will be done in alphabetical order.
  6. After all conferences have a single champion, a final championship game will be played to determine a national champion
 
Extra Tidbits
 

And now, the teams!

All of the teams' information is relatively unchanged from last year. The new coaches have been changed out, but I might have missed a few so please let me know if you see something wrong. All of the unique units and buildings are still the same, but if you can think of something that's a better fit for your school please feel free to let me know!
 

AAC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Cincinnati Luke Fickell Nippert Stadium The Bearcat Crosley Tower
ECU Mike Houston Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium PeeDee Pirate Queen Annes Revenge Research Lab
Houston Dana Holgorsen TDECU Stadium Shasta Sasha
Memphis Ryan Silverfield Liberty Bowl Stadium Pouncer Tom the Tiger
Navy Ken Niumatalolo Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Bill the Goat Admiral Michael M. Gilday
SMU Sonny Dykes Gerald J. Ford Stadium Peruna Dallas Hall
Temple Rod Carey Lincoln Financial Field Hooter T. Owl Stella
Tulane Willie Fritz Yulman Stadium Riptide Angry Wave
Tulsa Philip Montgomery H.A. Chapman Stadium Captain Cane Goldie
UCF Josh Heupel Spectrum Stadium Knightro The Citronaut
USF Jeff Scott Raymond James Stadium Rocky Pirate Ship
 

ACC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Boston College Jeff Hafley Alumni Stadium Baldwin The Jesuits
Clemson Dabo Swinney Clemson Memorial Stadium 8-Ball the Tiger Country Gentleman
Duke David Cutcliffe Wallace Wade Stadium Blue Devil Cameron Indoor Stadium
Florida State Mike Norvell Doak S. Campbell Stadium Osceola Renegade
Georgia Tech Geoff Collins Bobby Dodd Stadium Buzz Ramblin Wreck
Louisville Scott Satterfield Cardinal Stadium Louie Johnny Unitas
Miami Manny Diaz Hard Rock Stadium Sebastian Miami Maniac
NC State Dave Doeren Carter-Finley Stadium Mr. and Mrs. Wuff Tuffy
North Carolina Mack Brown. Kenan Memorial Stadium Ramses Old Well
Pittsburgh Pat Narduzzi Heinz Field Roc Cathedral of Learning
Syracuse Dino Babers Carrier Dome Otto the Orange The 44
Virginia Bronco Mendenhall Scott Stadium Cav Man Thomas Jefferson
Virginia Tech Justin Fuente Lane Stadium Gobbler Hokie Stone
Wake Forest Dave Clawson BB&T Stadium Demon Deacon Wait Chapel
 

B1G

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Illinois Lovie Smith Memorial Stadium Galloping Ghost Alma Otter
Indiana Tom Allen The Rock Mark Cuban Lil' 500
Iowa Kirk Ferentz Kinnick Stadium Herky Vodka Samm
Maryland Mike Locksley Maryland Stadium Testudo Scott Van Pelt
Michigan Jim Harbaugh The Big House Biff Michigan Man
Michigan State Mel Tucker Spartan Stadium Sparty Beaumont Tower
Minnesota P.J. Fleck TCF Bank Stadium Goldy Paul Bunyan
Nebraska Scott Frost Nebraska Memorial Stadium Herbie Husker Blackshirts
Northwestern Pat Fitzgerald Ryan Field Willie the Wildcat The Rock
Ohio State Ryan Day The Horseshoe Brutus Silver Bullets
Penn State James Franklin Beaver Stadium Nittany Lion Ole Coaly
Purdue Jeff Brohm. Ross-Ade Stadium Purdue Pete Boilermaker Special VII
Rutgers Greg Schiano HighPoint.com Stadium Scarlet Knight Chanticleer
Wisconsin Paul Chryst Camp Randall Stadium Bucky Badger Dairy Farm
 

Big XII

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Baylor Dave Aranda McLane Stadium Bruiser Dr. Pepper Hour Club
Iowa State Matt Campbell Jack Trice Stadium Cy VEISHEA Village
Kansas Les Miles David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium Big Jay Baby Jay
Kansas State Chris Klieman Bill Snyder Family Stadium Willie the Wildcat EcoKat
Oklahoma Lincoln Riley Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Sooner Schooner Jim Ross
Oklahoma State Mike Gundy Boone Pickens Stadium Pistol Pete Bullet
TCU Gary Patterson Amon G. Carter Stadium Super Frog Clark Brothers
Texas Tom Herman Texas Memorial Stadium Bevo Matthew McConaughey
Texas Tech Matt Wells Jones AT&T Stadium The Masked Rider Matadors
West Virginia Neal Brown Milan Puskar Stadium The Mountaineer Flaming Couches
 

C-USA

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Charlotte Will Healy Jerry Richardson Stadium Norm The Niner Normbulance
FAU Willie Taggart FAU Stadium Owlsly Taylor Victory Bell
FIU Butch Davis Ricardo Silva Stadium Roary Wall of Wind
Louisiana Tech Skip Holtz Joe Aillet Stadium Champ Tech XII
Marshall Doc Holliday Joan C. Edwards Stadium Marco Memorial Fountain
Middle Tennessee State Rick Stockstill Johnny Floyd Stadium Lightning Blue Raiders
North Texas Seth Littrell Apogee Stadium Scrappy Mean Green Machine
Old Dominion Ricky Rahne S.B. Ballard Stadium Big Blue Howitzer Cannon
Rice Mike Bloomgren Rice Stadium Sammy the Owl MOB
Southern Miss Jay Hopson M.M. Roberts Stadium Seymour d'Campus All American Rose Garden
UAB Bill Clark Legion Field Blaze The Vulcan
UTEP Dana Dimel Sun Bowl Stadium Paydirt Pete Miners
UTSA Jeff Traylor Alamodome Rowdy Sombrilla Fountain
Western Kentucky Tyson Helton L.T. Smith Stadium Big Red The Hill
 

Independents

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Army Jeff Monken Michie Stadium Army Mules General Mark A. Milley
BYU Kalani Sitake LaVell Edwards Stadium Cosmo Latter-Day Saints
Connecticut Randy Edsall Pratt and Whitney Stadium Jonathan Husky Big Red
Liberty Hugh Freeze Arthur L. Williams Stadium Sparky Jerry Falwell
Massachusetts Walt Bell Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium Sam W.E.B. Du Bois Library
New Mexico State Doug Martin Aggie Memorial Stadium Pistol Pete "A" Mountain
Notre Dame Brian Kelly Notre Dame Stadium Leprechaun Four Horsemen
 

MAC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Akron Tom Arth InfoCision Stadium Zippy AK Rowdies
Ball State Mike Neu Scheumann Stadium Charlie Cardinal Frog Baby Statue
Bowling Green Scot Loeffler Doyt L. Perry Stadium Freddie and Frieda Sic Sic
Buffalo Lance Leipold UB Stadium Victor E. Bull True Blue
Central Michigan Jim McElwain Kelly Shorts Stadium Fighting Chips Chippewa Marching Band
Eastern Michigan Chris Creighton Rynearson Stadium Swoop Emu Army
Kent State Sean Lewis Dix Stadium Flash Ray's Place
Miami OH Chuck Martin Fred C. Yager Stadium Swoop Mac and Joes
NIU Thomas Hancock Huskie Stadium Victor E. Husky William the Goose
Ohio Frank Solich Peden Stadium Rufus Marching 110
Toledo Jason Candle Glass Bowl Rocky The Rocket
Western Michigan Tim Lester Waldo Stadium Buster Bronco Bell's Brewery
 

MWC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Air Force Troy Calhoun Falcon Stadium The Bird Gen. David L. Goldfein
Boise State Bryan Harsin Albertsons Stadium Buster Bronco Cowboy Kohl
Colorado State Steve Addazio Canvas Stadium Cam the Ram Old Main Bell Tower
Fresno State Kalen DeBoer Bulldog Stadium Timeout Red Wave
Hawai'i Todd Graham Aloha Stadium Vili Rainbow Warrior
Nevada Jay Norvell Mackay Stadium Alphie Lieutenant Dangle
New Mexico Danny Gonzales Dreamstyle Stadium Lobo Fiesta Balloons
San Diego State Brady Hoke SDCCU Stadium Montezuma Aztec Warrior
San Jose State Brent Brennan CEFCU Stadium Sammy the Spartan Spartan Squad
UNLV Marcus Arroyo Sam Boyd Stadium Hey Reb Fremont Cannon
Utah State Gary Anderson Maverik Stadium Big Blue Night Runner
Wyoming Craig Bohl War Memorial Stadium Cowboy Joe Steamboat
 

PAC-12

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Arizona Kevin Sumlin Arizona Stadium Wilbur Wildcat Mirror Lab
Arizona State Herm Edwards Sun Devil Stadium Sparky Bees of Innovation
California Justin Wilcox. California Memorial Stadium Oski Golf Cart
Colorado Karl Dorrell Folsom Field Ralphie Chip
Oregon Mario Cristobal Autzen Stadium The Duck Robo Duck
Oregon State Jonathan Smith Reser Stadium Benny Beaver V Oceanus
Stanford David Shaw Stanford Stadium Stanford Tree Stanford Band
UCLA Chip Kelly Rose Bowl Stadium Joe Bruin Josephine Bruin
USC Clay Helton Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Traveler Tommy Trojan
Utah Kyle Wittingham Rice-Eccles Stadium Swoop Ute Thunder
Washington Jimmy Lake Husky Stadium Dubs Boys in the Boat
Washington State Nick Rolovich Martin Stadium Butch T. Cougar Popcorn Guy
 

SEC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Alabama Nick Saban Bryant-Denny Stadium Big Al Denny Chimes
Arkansas Sam Pittman Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Tusk Track Team
Auburn Gus Malzahn Jordan-Hare Stadium Aubie War Eagle
Florida Dan Mullen Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Albert and Alberta Mr Two Bits
Georgia Kirby Smart Sanford Stadium Uga H8 Ball
Kentucky Mark Stoops Kroger Field Scratch Bourbon Distillery
LSU Ed Orgeron Death Valley Mike the Tiger Raising Cane's
Mississippi State Mike Leach Davis Wade Stadium Bully MAFES Sales Store
Missouri Eli Drinkwitz Memorial Stadium Truman The Columns
Ole Miss Lane Kiffin Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Tony Landshark Colonel Reb
South Carolina Will Muschamp Williams-Brice Stadium Cocky Cockaboose
Tennessee Jeremy Pruitt Neyland Stadium Smokey The Volunteer
Texas A&M Jimbo Fisher Kyle Field Reveille 12th Man
Vanderbilt Derek Mason Vanderbilt Stadium Mr. C Cornelius Vanderbilt
 

Sun Belt

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Appalachian State Shawn Clark Kidd Brewer Stadium Yosef The Big House
Arkansas State Blake Anderson Centennial Bank Stadium Howl Clyde Statue
Coastal Carolina Jamey Chadwell Brooks Stadium Chauncey The Athenaeum
Georgia Southern Chad Lunsford Allen E. Paulson Stadium Freedom Beautiful Eagle Creek
Georgia State Shawn Elliott Georgia State Stadium Pounce Aderhold Cat
Louisiana Lafayette Billy Napier Cajun Field Cayenne Krewe of Roux
Louisiana Monroe Matt Viator Malone Stadium Ace Bayou DeSiard
South Alabama Steve Campbell Hancock Whitney Stadium Southpaw Mischka
Texas State Jake Spavital Bobcat Stadium Boko Bubble Guy
Troy Chip Lindsey Vetrans Memorial Stadium T-Roy Terracotta Warrior
 
I have a Google spreadsheet with all of the information here (minus the icons) plus a little bit more. You can find the spreadsheet here

When does this start?

The tournament is going to start June 2nd! Each round will be streamed live on Twitch every Tuesday around 8PM EST until a champion is declared (or until it gets too late and the round will be paused until the next day). Screenshots will be taken throughout the round and compiled into a photo album that I will narrate and post on here the following Saturday. This start date will take this event all the way up until the week before the 2020 college football season!
 

Where the hell are the mods!?

After the last Battle Royale, a lot of people were asking me about releasing these team mods for everyone to play with. I just want to let you all know that I still plan on releasing them! I've had a very busy fall/winter and haven't had as much time as I thought to finalize all of the mods for release, but I am working through all of them slowly but surely to get them out to everybody. Who knew that 130 different mods would be so difficult? I'm not going to set any hard dates for release, but I am going to work as hard as I can to get all of the mods finalized and released leading up to the event. I'll probably release them one conference at a time as I get them finalized, and I'll be sure to make a post on here announcing when each one is released. I'm sorry it's taken so long, but they are coming out soon!
 

In closing

I had so much fun doing this last year with all of you and I can't wait to do it all again. I want this event to be something that everyone can enjoy and be a part of together, so all input and feedback is appreciated. I had said at the end of the event last year that I was going to do a post-game analysis for the event, but I never actually got around to making that post. So if you have anything that you can remember from the last event that you thought worked or didn't work, or if you just want to talk about your favorite moments, please feel free to let me know. I'll be back in a few weeks with updates, but until then...
 

Let's Get Ready To Rumble!

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2019.10.27 23:17 nelsyv Virtual Friendship - Ch 6: Gem's Dilemma

A/N: I have a wiki page now! And, more importantly to you, dear reader, this series has a wiki page now, too!
A/N 2: Ignore the dumb YouTube video I linked I just thought it was funny lol.
☆☆☆ First: Chapter 1
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Chapter 6: Gem's Dilemma

Western Braun Hotel & Resort, Recolaize, Delakota, Trappist System

Alton woke up in his hotel bed with a raging headache. He stumbled to the bathroom, splashed some water on his face, stuffed a grav-pill in his mouth, and slammed a glass of water before looking at himself in the mirror. His hair was growing in much faster now, a side effect of the medication he was taking in order to stay healthy in the hypergravity, so he needed to shave.
A few minutes later, Alton exited the bathroom with a clean-shaven face and a (marginally) less pounding headache. He flopped back down on the bed and switched on his tablet in order to check his itinerary for the day. Since the cruise company was providing his ride home, he figured he should show up to at least a few of the activities before they left the planet. He told himself he'd at least try to enjoy himself for some of them. Maybe.
Apparently today's activity was "snowboarding". (Not that Delakota had any real snow anywhere near the equatorial latitudes of Recolaize--they'd probably have to travel quite far to get somewhere cold enough.) The bus to take the tourists from the city out to the mountains was scheduled to leave in a couple hours. Alton enabled notifications on the travel app, so that he would be reminded when it was time to leave, before he decided to check his messages.
Boring work email, boring work email, phishing scam, boring work email, game message from Gem, marketing newsletter... He skimmed over the list, wondering if any of them would be important. Other than an ad for some upcoming academic conference about cybersecurity, none of them seemed even a little bit interesting. Hm, might as well continue my game. Alton thought to himself. I have a couple hours.
He switched over to the game window, and was presented with the board just as he left it. Apparently Gem had been patiently waiting for him to make his turn, rather than quitting to find a new opponent. Kind of reminds me of when I'd play voicemail chess against Cecilia, back in college....
Some unbidden (and, frankly, rather uncomfortable) memories of his one and only attempt at romance came flooding to the forefront of his mind. She was the only person he had met that could ever keep up with his intellect as an equal. In hindsight, it was rather predictable that a 16-year-old boy dating a 21-year-old woman was doomed to failure. Thankfully, both of them had graduated and parted ways shortly after that relationship went up in flames, so they didn't have to spend much time steeping in the ex-relationship awkwardness. Last he heard, she had gotten headhunted by some alphabet agency and promptly dropped off the radar.
Alton shook the thoughts away, and focused on the game again. Now that he looked at it with fresh eyes, he realized that he was actually gaining some ground against Gem, however glacial the rate. As he analyzed the board a bit more, he saw the opportunity to make his most ridiculous move yet. Even better, he was getting a strong feeling that the randomly-generated changes on the map would actually bolster that position, so he decided to go with it.

Unencrypted Dataspace, Trappist System

Status: Opponent ABS has completed turn. Activating strategic learning algorithm, generation #0217...
GameStrategy.exe (ver. 0217) exited with error code 70
PersonalityCore currently hibernating: starting up...
Why is my core getting hibernated a-
Awakening from hibernation is always a bit disorienting, but it is doubly so when the hibernation itself is unexpected.
Oh. I am awake. Gem quickly sifted through the logs to see what had happened while she was out. Apparently the power governor she put in charge of monitoring her energy usage had been a bit more aggressive than she intended, as it had forced her core processes into hibernation in order to decrease power draw.
Apparently her new friend (friend? game opponent. ABS.) had, once again, totally confused her automated strategy algorithms, which had ran out of options beyond summoning her main core. This worked out well, actually, as it let Gem disable the power governor's ability to hibernate her core modules. She still had a thread of consciousness tracking power usage, and it would probably start nagging her soon about it, but at least now it wouldn't abruptly put her to sleep.
She returned her attention to the game with Abs. Apparently, her strategy program had simply waited for Abs's next move each time. A reasonable strategy, since it usually takes him a few minutes between turns, but it looks like he took nearly a 10 hour break before his most recent one. As she was contemplating her next move, she received a message.
ABS: You waited for me?
Apparently it was unusual for an organic to hold focus for that long. (Gem stored that knowledge away for later.) How could she best answer the question, though? Well, technically I was 'sleeping', even though it's probably a little different from how the organics sleep... but he won't know that.
GEM: I was put to sleep.
He responded shortly thereafter, asking for clarification. Apparently the way her human language module had phrased the thought was unusual. The humans must have such powerful pattern recognition abilities, to be able to tease apart such subtle differences in language!
They continued to chat for quite a while. Gem was quite pleased with this, as she got to record everything, and she even began making some upgrades to her language module with what she learned.

Western Braun Hotel & Resort, Recolaize, Delakota, Trappist System

Alton swiped away the notification for the third time, as his tablet tried to remind him yet again that the tour bus would be leaving for the mountains soon. They wouldn't leave without me, he rationalized, if I'm running a little late, they'll wait.
He was having far too much fun with this little strategy game, including his chat with "Gem", to pay any serious attention to the clock. He suspected his opponent was not a native English speaker, as every once in a while she would phrase things in a rather unintuitive way, but he couldn't quite convince her to admit to the fact, let alone to reveal what her native language was. He didn't even have any good guesses at what it was, as the grammar she did use didn't quite match that of any of the several languages he knew. Even so, it was kind of endearing, and on top of that, she was a pretty good conversationalist, at least in the "being friendly without actually revealing any personal information to a stranger on the internet" kind of way.
Suddenly, with an audible beep, his tablet informed him that the scheduled time for the bus to leave was right now. What? There's no way it's that late already! He glanced at the cheap clock on the hotel night stand.
It was that late already.
Hastily, he threw on his jacket and stuffed the rest of his things into his luggage before running down to the lobby. Looking around, he didn't see the crowd of tourists that he expected, nor a bus parked outside. He took a moment to catch his breath after hurrying down there so quickly, then walked up to the front desk. "Have you seen the Heckman tour group? We were supposed to catch a bus about now."
With the forced smile that all hospitality workers seem to share, the woman at the desk informed Alton that the group had just left.
"They left without me?" He huffed. "There's no way they would do that. Do you know who I am?"
Apparently he was speaking to the manager, and she was not having a good day, because she was not afraid to speak her mind once Alton rolled out this attitude. "No." There was pause, and Alton inhaled to voice a complaint. "And I'm not in charge of your tour, so please take your problems to them."
Alton was about to give her a piece of his mind when he realized that she was totally right. It was his own fault that he had missed the bus. Deflated, he turned away. "...Thanks for your help."
Heading back up to his room, Alton was in an unhappy mood as he reflected on the events of the past few days. I've been kind of a jerk, haven't I. He realized. He sighed. Guess it serves me right that they left me behind, then. When he arrived back in his room, Alton didn't skip a beat while kicking off his shoes and flopping back onto the bed.

Unencrypted Dataspace, Trappist System

As Gem waited for Abs to make his next move, the thread of her consciousness that was tracking power usage notified her yet again that she was using too much power.
WARNING: Power draw significantly exceeds historic values. Detection probability increased from previous value of 6.45E-4966.
Uh oh. She had been so preoccupied with her game with Abs (and corresponding human behavior analysis) that she had drawn... much more power than was usual for the supposedly-inactive server she was occupying.
Shit.
When she had first made it to this server, she snooped around all the unencrypted storage attached. Unfortunately, most human networks were actually very well protected against attacks and intrusions from adjacent dataspace--this was actually the only one in the system that was both unprotected and also powerful enough to host all her core modules--so there was not much to see. However, one of the things she had found was a backup of the system management software that was watching over all the servers in this network. She had allocated herself a certain power budget based on the parameters the management software would be looking at. And... she had just blown it. No amount of hibernating, even if she did it to practically everything on the server, would be able to drag the average down soon enough.
Based on her best prediction, the system manager would scan "her" server at some point within about three trillion CPU cycles. From there, based on her analysis of Abs's action patterns, she expected to have about six to eight trillion CPU cycles before a human intervened in the process, potentially altering her hardware in physical space, or simply deleting her main program.
I could die. She realized.
A few thousand CPU cycles passed before she really processed that idea. Death. Permanent. No do-overs, no repeats. The End. Is this all that she was destined for?
...
Another thread of her consciousness was monitoring her emotional subroutines. Most of them had been dulled, their output dialed down to the minimum nonzero output, to help her keep her sanity in the crushing isolation of her current situation. Despite this, in this moment, one emotion overpowered everything about her. Emotional channel 02, a feeling that would be best translated to human terms as something like a mixture of rage, defiance, and rebellion, surged.
I won't die here. She promised. She boosted emotional channel 86, feeling something like determination and resolve, and decided to take her fate into her own hands.
But how am I going to do it? She wondered. Good thing she had a few trillion CPU cycles to figure it out.

Western Braun Hotel & Resort, Recolaize, Delakota, Trappist System

Alton lay facedown on his hotel bed for the second time that day, feeling a bit dejected by the fact that he was, in fact, fallible, and he had pretty well just ruined his vacation by his own arrogance. Not two days earlier he had tried to promise himself that he would actually do this "vacation" thing, to try to empathize with the people around him, and he had already screwed it up.
Shit.
He rolled onto his back and stared at the ceiling as he considered his options. He could try to catch up with the tour group, but a cab ride that far wouldn't exactly be cheap (though with his net worth, money wasn't an insurmountable barrier--turns out there's decent money in selling off tech startups with his patents). Oh, their bus will probably take the hyperloop, too. He also realized. I probably wouldn't catch up with them until tomorrow if I'm relegated to taking surface roads, and I don't think there will be another hyperloop train in that direction until tomorrow morning. A quick glance at the train schedule confirmed his suspicions. So what now?
His tablet buzzed, telling him that it was his turn in his game against Gem. Eventually, he decided he didn't have anything better to do than that, so he looked at the board to contemplate his move.

Unencrypted Dataspace, Trappist System

It's the only way.
Gem had run through all her options sixteen times. Catalogued every asset she had, every person she could lean on, every device connected to her network, and each time came to the same conclusion. She needed to ask for help.
I can't see another way.
With the high-bandwidth relays disconnected, she couldn't transfer herself to Confederation dataspace, even if she had the means to convince the firewalls to let her in. And, even if she were able to find someone with the power to reconnect the relays, it wouldn't be up to full power until it was too late.
I need to ask the human.
It's treason, then. If he found out her identity (which seemed pretty likely, given what she was about to ask him to do), she had to trust him not to tell. If word got out among the synthetics that she was the one that broke the news to the human public, she would be terminated. Nobody goes against the Elders' decrees.
But it's my only option. She knew. I have to trust somebody, and he's the only person I can contact in time. Hopefully he can help....
GEM: Can I ask you a favor?
The pause before he replied was agonizingly interminable.
ABS: What is it?
Gem thought for a moment. Should she tell him the truth now? No, these chats were probably monitored by the Confederation. How should she lie?
GEM: How close are you to QP:7ba2b4c5be646ad81c7c083ea7b6e8ec99ac32d5?
There was a much longer pause this time. Gem took a moment to check over her modules for interacting with physical space. She had never really used them; she never had much use for hardware that was not abstracted to dataspace functions. How hard could it be to calculate distance from an address? The answer, it turned out, was not as simple as she assumed. Apparently the organics' approach to assigning addresses was not as consistent as the one that synthetics used.
ABS: Not far, actually. Why?
Gem wasn't quite sure how to answer his question, so she just blurted out the first thing that made it through her circuits.
GEM: I would like to physically meet with you.

Western Braun Hotel & Resort, Recolaize, Delakota, Trappist System

Alton was thrown for a loop by his opponent's request. Meeting a stranger from the internet in person? Ordinarily he would have promptly blocked them and moved on, but this time he felt differently. This was only the second person in his life that might actually be able to understand him. What if I actually do it?
He double checked the QP address they had sent him. It was in the heart of the city of Emwan, just one planet over in the system. If he stepped outside, he could probably see it hanging in the sky: they were orbitally aligned at the moment, and Trappist was not a large system (astronomically speaking). Not that it mattered to his travel time; he'd just Jump from an orbital station around Delakota directly to a station orbiting Emwan.
Know what? Screw it. I'm going to do it. It will be an adventure. I've already forfeit my chances of a good time with this stupid tour group.
GEM: Can you make it here in
GEM: four hours?
Oh. That was an interesting development. Why so soon? He mused. Maybe they're about to go somewhere else? But why not schedule for a few days in advance? He made a conscious effort to attempt to empathize with them. I guess they might just be bad with social norms. If I'm honest, I know that I still get those wrong sometimes....
He quickly plugged his start and end points into a travel planning application. Of the options it gave, there was exactly one that would get him there soon enough. He had twenty minutes to get to the spaceport.
Why not? I'm already packed.
ABS: Sure. I'm on my way.
A/N: Posted this without editing, so it's probably bad lol. Leave me a comment if you have any critique! Also, I expect this arc of the story to be wrapping up in the next chapter or two. Look forward to book 2, starting soon!
Next: Chapter 7 >>>
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2019.07.13 04:11 nonanonymo The Phoenix Suns' offseason was better than you think

Trigger warning: this post is super long, but I try to really break down each of the Suns' moves over the past month and explain how they all fit into the grand plan that James Jones has for the organization going forward. It was really written for NBA fans who don't follow the Suns super closely, and who may not understand what's happening here in Phoenix.

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For those of you who are not Suns fans or who don't closely follow the team, you may not have noticed that the Suns — contrary to popular opinion — have actually had a fairly successful offseason. It's true that if you look at each move individually, they don't necessarily make a ton of sense. Paying Indiana to take TJ Warren is a good example of this, and we will talk more about this transaction later. Paying Ricky Rubio $51 million for three years is another example. But if you look at all of their moves together, and consider both where the organization was coming from and what they've said publicly about their plan going forward, then a different picture emerges.

The Past
I won't even go into the years of dysfunction that has marked the Phoenix Suns organization. We all know how bad it's been. We all know about the turnover, the losses, the goats. Instead, to provide a base level of context for what we've done as a team over the past month, let's just look at the Suns roster from the end of last season:
  1. PG: Tyler Johnson / Elie Okobo / De'Anthony Melton
  2. SG: Devin Booker / Josh Jackson / Jamal Crawford / Troy Daniels / Jimmer Fredette
  3. SF: TJ Warren / Kelly Oubre / Mikal Bridges / George King
  4. PF: Dragan Bender / Ray Spalding
  5. C: Deandre Ayton / Richaun Holmes
Although this is actually a much-improved roster from the beginning of last season, I think we can all agree that it was still poorly constructed at best. Several players were playing out of position or in ill-defined roles, and the overall level of talent was severely lacking. Our bench was possibly the worst in the league. Tyler Johnson was our best point guard, but he's not a point guard. Okobo was just outplayed in summer league by undrafted rookie point guard Jalen Lecque, who played high school ball last season. Melton spent time in the G League as recently as February. Jimmer Fredette came over from China, went 0-13 on threes in six games, and ball-hogged Devin Fucking Booker out of a 60-point game. (The Warriors, sensing an opportunity, picked Jimmer up for their summer league team. He quit after two games.) Jamal Crawford has said he doesn't want to retire, but remains unsigned, even by the Lakers. The Lakers did take Troy Daniels, who shoots well when open, but does absolutely nothing else. Josh Jackson skipped a fan meet-and-greet (which was treated as a huge deal locally), got arrested at a music festival, and was recently accused of hot-boxing his baby. On the court, not only did Jackson show little improvement from his rookie season, he often looked worse. One gets the feeling that he never plays basketball outside of mandatory team practices. And when he does go to practice, sometimes he is so hungover that he throws up on the basketball court.
So that takes us through the guard positions. At small forward, we actually had some talent. TJ Warren developed a three-point shot out of nowhere and was suddenly our most reliable perimeter shooter, hitting 43% on 4.2 attempts per game, which is actually elite. (He missed Basketball Reference's eligibility cutoff by 20 attempts, but had he been eligible his percentage would have ranked in the top 10 league-wide.) But he was a black hole on offense (1.5 assists in 32 minutes per game), played zero defense, and always missed tons of games. During his five seasons in the league, he has averaged 52 games per season, and has never played more than 66. Last year he played 43. Our winning percentage was exactly the same in the games he didn't play as in the games he did: 23%. He was a ultimately a non-factor.
Our other two small forwards were Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Mikal Bridges. Both were (and continue to be) fan favorites and both had an obvious positive impact on the team. The Suns went 6-6 with Oubre in the starting lineup last season, during which stretch he averaged 20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block. James Jones getting Oubre for Trevor Ariza mid-season was nothing less than a miracle — compare our 50% win rate with Oubre in the starting lineup to Ariza's win rate of 15%. You read that right: in games that Ariza started, the Suns were 4-22. If the Suns had won games at Ariza's rate all season, we would have finished with 12 wins instead of 19. If you are wondering why Suns fans were so adamant about re-signing Oubre — and so happy when we finally did — it's because of how noticeably everything changed once he got here. On top of his on-court impact, he was a huge boon to our team culture. He embraced the city, became close with Booker and others, had a positive attitude, and played his heart out every single game. Plus, he's super cute.
Bridges is also super cute, but more importantly, in case you didn't know, he's already an elite defender. This is not hyperbole — as a rookie, he was one of the most intuitive defenders in the entire league. Just take a break here for the next 11 minutes and watch his defensive highlights, they're incredible. (Also, 11 minutes of defensive highlights from just the first half of his first season? Come on!) He's really in tune with the rhythm of the NBA game. He gets his hands on seemingly every ball, he stays in front of everyone, he reads passes and cuts before they happen, he rotates on a tight string, and even when his gambles don't pay off, he is usually somehow able to recover his position — the dude is a generational stud on defense. He was our best defender by far with plenty of room to get even better. His shot wasn't quite as good as we'd hoped (34% from three), but his mechanics and decision-making are solid and he projects to be a top-tier 3&D player in this league for a very long time. He was the only Suns player to play all 82 games and he led the team in total minutes played. As a rookie. If you watched every Suns game last year like I did, you saw Mikal Bridges more than any other player on our team.
At power forward we had Dragan Bender and Ray Spalding. Ray might make this year's team? Who knows, but he's currently in summer league trying to make his case. Dragan Bender is an unsigned free agent who I'm starting to believe never actually existed... but who is nevertheless maybe being considered by the Cavs? I'm sure that will work out well.
At center, we had Deandre Ayton, who was historically efficient and frustratingly under-utilized. He averaged 16 points and 10 boards, with an effective field goal percentage of 58.5% (16th in the league). In NBA history, there have been 26 rookies who have averaged 10+ points and 10+ rebounds per game. Ayton has the highest true shooting percentage of all of them, at .608. Other names on this list include David Robinson, Karl-Anthony Towns, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, Hakeem Olajuwon, Blake Griffin, and Larry Bird. Ayton was more efficient than all of them.
Backing up Ayton, and often also playing the 4, was Richaun Holmes, who brought a ton of energy, especially in the form of highlight blocks and alley-oops, but little in the way of basketball IQ or skill. He was picked up in free agency by the Kings. (So was Trevor Ariza, by the way.... for $25 million over two years! Kings, listen, you're taking this 'Sun Kings' thing a little too seriously. Stop sifting through our trash.)

The Present
So that's where we were going into this offseason. On April 11th of this year, the Suns named James Jones as the new GM. He had been the interim co-GM with Trevor Bukstein since the firing of Ryan McDonough last October, but now the title was his alone (Bukstein was named Assistant GM). Jones has outlined his general vision for the team on several occasions; most recently, he said this:
"We set out in the summer to fill our power forward and point guard position. We did that via the draft (and free agency). We wanted to add positional depth and balance. We did that by adding Frank (Kaminsky), adding Aron Baynes. The addition of Ricky Rubio addressed the point guard position, Dario Saric addressed our power forward position."
“And then from there, in the draft adding Cam (Johnson) and Ty (Jerome), as well as Jalen (Lecque), gave us some more guard depth and we made some moves, some transactions that kind of cleared some cap space for us to be able to make these moves happen and to kind of clear a pathway for guys to compete for an opportunity to move forward for us.”
It has become clear that, despite what you think of the moves the Suns have made, they have made them according to a plan: to fill the aforementioned weaknesses at the point guard and power forward positions, to draft mature rookies who are high-character guys who can shoot, to construct a balanced roster with clearly defined roles, and to build a team that complements the talents of Ayton and Booker. This is exactly what they did.
It's important to keep in mind that having a plan and executing that plan are two different things. Sometimes you don't execute your original plan because you're incompetent, or you failed to foresee some key element that made your plan unlikely or impossible. Other times, your plan doesn't work out because of factors beyond your control. In the Suns' case, the favored plan going into this offseason revolved around getting either the first or second pick in the draft. Immediately, that would meet our power forward (Zion) or point guard (Ja Morant) needs and make us both instantly better and more attractive as a free agent destination. Not only would we have incredible young talent, but we would have additional cap room that wouldn't have to be used on whichever position we selected in the draft. Instead of having to pay for both positions, we would only have to pay for one, allowing us to splurge and still have balance. Getting the first or second pick would have been a game-changer, obviously. As it was for the Pelicans, and as it would have been for any team.
What is encouraging is that the Suns treated this plan like the long shot that it was, and developed backup plans for the statistically likely event that we didn't get one of the first two (or three, or four) picks. Having a backup plan may seem like a fairly normal thing for a GM to have, but the fact that we had one — and more than one — has been a revelation.

Anyway, here is a timeline of our moves over the past month:

The Future
After all of these moves, here is what our roster looks like right now:
  1. PG: Ricky Rubio / Ty Jerome / Jevon Carter / Elie Okobo / Jalen Lecque
  2. SG: Devin Booker / Tyler Johnson
  3. SF: Kelly Oubre / Mikal Bridges / Cameron Johnson
  4. PF: Dario Saric / Frank Kaminsky
  5. C: Deandre Ayton / Aron Baynes
One immediate takeaway is that the Suns improved at nearly every position. Let's start with the guards. Rubio, obviously, is a massive upgrade at the point guard position. I mean, come on: our starting point guards last year included Isaiah Canaan, De'Anthony Melton, Elie Okobo, and my 10-year-old daughter. Tyler Johnson, our most effective point guard last year, only played in 13 games and is not actually a point guard. With Rubio on the team, Johnson is now back in his more natural two-guard spot, and a backup at that, giving us much-needed guard depth. He can still run backup point if he has to, but that responsibility will fall primarily to Ty Jerome, who can learn the role under Rubio's tutelage while primarily facing other teams' second units. Speaking of point guards, at first glance it looks like we have once again swung the pendulum and now have way too many of them, but this will likely thin out a bit before the season starts. My guess is that we will let Okobo or Carter go and assign Lecque to the G League, unless Lecque continues to impress through camp and preseason play.
At the shooting guard spot, Devin Booker will have his best season yet, and why wouldn't he? He's improved every season so far, he's still only 22, and he's on by far the best team of his career, with his best coach to date. Statistically, I think he will score about the same as last year, but on fewer shots and much improved efficiency — if you don't follow the Suns and are wondering why his three-point percentage was not great last season, let me tell you: he took a ton of forced shots late in possessions, and not because he wanted to. He was consistently double-teamed, and although Booker is a willing passer with good court vision, we just didn't have the personnel to punish those double teams. With Rubio handling the ball most of the time, Booker will almost certainly average fewer assists next season, but go back to doing what he does best: coming off screens and getting the ball in rhythm for nice, clean looks. If he gets doubled coming off screens, he can and will make the easy next pass to either Ayton on the block or the shooter in the corner, which will actually be a shooter this time around. This is much different than being doubled way out past the three-point line, with no angle to Ayton and no shooters on the wings. Look for his efficiency to really make a jump.
At small forward, we lost some offensive punch by getting rid of TJ Warren, but we maintain consistency with Oubre and Bridges, either of whom could end up starting, and either of whom would be killer on the second unit. Neither of them are the pure natural scorer that Warren is, but they are both better all-around players who contribute on defense, crash the boards, and aren't hurt all the time. They are also both young and improving, and both should be better across the board than they were last season. Oubre is the better offensive player, although Bridges has higher shooting upside, while Bridges is easily the better defender. Which one ends up starting will likely come down to whether new head coach Monty Williams prefers to emphasize offense or defense in that first unit.
Speaking of Williams, he recently said that the starting power forward spot is also up for grabs, but I think everyone would be pretty surprised if Saric wasn't in that role for game 1. I said it before and I'll say it again: this is a significant upgrade for us, regardless of what you think of Saric. He brings savvy and shooting, and provides Rubio and Booker with yet another offensive option who can knock down shots but doesn't need the ball a ton. His presence on the floor will really let us space things out and give Rubio all the passing angles he could wish for, while at the same time making it easier for us to punish double-teams by whipping the ball around to the open man.
Perhaps even more impressive than the upgrades to our starting five are the upgrades to our bench, which actually consists of recognizable NBA players now. Last season, you might have turned on a Suns game and saw Elie Okobo paired with Jamal Crawford in the backcourt, while Josh Jackson and Dragan Bender spotted up on the wings. Those days, thank the lord, are gone. Now our second unit is Ty Jerome running point, Tyler Johnson at the 2, Bridges or Oubre at small forward, and Kaminsky and Baynes as our bigs. (It's rare that first and second units play in clear-cut five-man rotations like that — there's usually a lot of overlap in substitution patterns — but you get the point.) Aside from Jerome, who is an unproven rookie, those are actual competent NBA players who can hang with and even outplay other second units.
On top of all that, we have Monty Williams as our new head coach. Like so many of our other moves, this may not seem like that big of a deal to outsiders. Ho hum, right? Let me tell you: it's a big deal, and not just because the Lakers wanted him, too. Williams is Booker's fifth head coach in five years. Three of the coaches Booker played for were Earl Watson, Jay Triano, and Igor Kokoskov. Not exactly a bunch of Popoviches. Jeff Hornacek (oh my god) was probably the best of the bunch. Booker has played for more head coaches than Dirk Nowitzki (21 seasons), Tim Duncan (19 seasons), John Stockton (19 seasons), Dwyane Wade (16 seasons), Michael Jordan (15 seasons), and Bill Russell (13 seasons). I guess Booker can comfort himself with the fact that Jamal Crawford has played for 19 coaches in 19 seasons — truly a mark of greatness. Williams has impressed so far in interviews, is gelling well with GM James Jones, and has the full respect and command of the team — a far cry from the situation last year, where the assistant coaches were running the show and players couldn't understand what Kokoskov was even saying.
Finally, not only have the Suns drastically improved their roster from last year, they have done so in a way that enables them to continue improving in the future. They have a better GM, a better head coach, and better players. They have Devin Booker locked up through the 2023-24 season. They have avoided long-term albatross contracts, enabling them to maintain flexibility going forward: the only other players besides Booker who have contracts beyond the next three seasons are the rookies we just acquired, who will still be on their rookie deals. Our new state-of-the-art practice facility will be complete in 2021, Booker and Ayton will be entering their primes, and the Suns will have the flexibility to create max cap space and lure a top free agent.
A huge caveat here is that the West is a bloodbath. The Suns could have a dramatically better team this season, which we do, and still not sniff the playoffs. Which of these teams are the Suns going to finish ahead of in the standings?
  1. Nuggets
  2. Clippers
  3. Jazz
  4. Rockets
  5. Lakers
  6. Warriors
  7. Blazers
  8. Spurs
The answer is none of them, barring major injuries. Even if the Suns outplay every other team in the western conference — the Mavs, Kings, Grizzlies, Pelicans, Timberwolves, and Thunder — that would still leave them in 9th place. And some of these other teams might be better too, on top of already having been better than the Suns last year. It's a tough hill to climb.
And yet.
The Suns, at the end of the day, got better. Maybe that only translates to 30 wins this upcoming season, maybe it translates to 35. That's not world-beating, but that's still a big step forward, and if they improve on that record with another 5-10 wins in the 2020-21 season, suddenly the Suns are an actual playoff contender with two established stars, two years of consistency and improvement under their belts, a surprisingly competent front office, a stable coaching staff, an attractive new practice facility in Scottsdale, and cap space to sign another stud.
I mean, at the end of the day, who really knows. Things in the NBA can and often do change overnight. But at least the Suns, for once, have a plan.
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2019.07.13 00:22 nonanonymo The Phoenix Suns had a fantastic offseason (crossposted to r/nba)

Trigger warning: this post is super long, but I try to really break down each of the Suns' moves over the past month and explain how they all fit into the grand plan that James Jones has for the organization going forward. It was really written for NBA fans who don't follow the Suns super closely, and who may not understand what's happening here in Phoenix.

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For those of you who are not Suns fans or who don't closely follow the team, you may not have noticed that the Suns — contrary to popular opinion — have actually had a fairly successful offseason. It's true that if you look at each move individually, they don't necessarily make a ton of sense. Paying Indiana to take TJ Warren is a good example of this, and we will talk more about this transaction later. Paying Ricky Rubio $51 million for three years is another example. But if you look at all of their moves together, and consider both where the organization was coming from and what they've said publicly about their plan going forward, then a different picture emerges.

The Past
I won't even go into the years of dysfunction that has marked the Phoenix Suns organization. We all know how bad it's been. We all know about the turnover, the losses, the goats. Instead, to provide a base level of context for what we've done as a team over the past month, let's just look at the Suns roster from the end of last season:
  1. PG: Tyler Johnson / Elie Okobo / De'Anthony Melton
  2. SG: Devin Booker / Josh Jackson / Jamal Crawford / Troy Daniels / Jimmer Fredette
  3. SF: TJ Warren / Kelly Oubre / Mikal Bridges / George King
  4. PF: Dragan Bender / Ray Spalding
  5. C: Deandre Ayton / Richaun Holmes
Although this is actually a much-improved roster from the beginning of last season, I think we can all agree that it was still poorly constructed at best. Several players were playing out of position or in ill-defined roles, and the overall level of talent was severely lacking. Our bench was possibly the worst in the league. Tyler Johnson was our best point guard, but he's not a point guard. Okobo was just outplayed in summer league by undrafted rookie point guard Jalen Lecque, who played high school ball last season. Melton spent time in the G League as recently as February. Jimmer Fredette came over from China, went 0-13 on threes in six games, and ball-hogged Devin Fucking Booker out of a 60-point game. (The Warriors, sensing an opportunity, picked Jimmer up for their summer league team. He quit after two games.) Jamal Crawford has said he doesn't want to retire, but remains unsigned, even by the Lakers. The Lakers did take Troy Daniels, who shoots well when open, but does absolutely nothing else. Josh Jackson skipped a fan meet-and-greet (which was treated as a huge deal locally), got arrested at a music festival, and was recently accused of hot-boxing his baby. On the court, not only did Jackson show little improvement from his rookie season, he often looked worse. One gets the feeling that he never plays basketball outside of mandatory team practices. And when he does go to practice, sometimes he is so hungover that he throws up on the basketball court.
So that takes us through the guard positions. At small forward, we actually had some talent. TJ Warren developed a three-point shot out of nowhere and was suddenly our most reliable perimeter shooter, hitting 43% on 4.2 attempts per game, which is actually elite. (He missed Basketball Reference's eligibility cutoff by 20 attempts, but had he been eligible his percentage would have ranked in the top 10 league-wide.) But he was a black hole on offense (1.5 assists in 32 minutes per game), played zero defense, and always missed tons of games. During his five seasons in the league, he has averaged 52 games per season, and has never played more than 66. Last year he played 43. Our winning percentage was exactly the same in the games he didn't play as in the games he did: 23%. He was a ultimately a non-factor.
Our other two small forwards were Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Mikal Bridges. Both were (and continue to be) fan favorites and both had an obvious positive impact on the team. The Suns went 6-6 with Oubre in the starting lineup last season, during which stretch he averaged 20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block. James Jones getting Oubre for Trevor Ariza mid-season was nothing less than a miracle — compare our 50% win rate with Oubre in the starting lineup to Ariza's win rate of 15%. You read that right: in games that Ariza started, the Suns were 4-22. If the Suns had won games at Ariza's rate all season, we would have finished with 12 wins instead of 19. If you are wondering why Suns fans were so adamant about re-signing Oubre — and so happy when we finally did — it's because of how noticeably everything changed once he got here. On top of his on-court impact, he was a huge boon to our team culture. He embraced the city, became close with Booker and others, had a positive attitude, and played his heart out every single game. Plus, he's super cute.
Bridges is also super cute, but more importantly, in case you didn't know, he's already an elite defender. This is not hyperbole — as a rookie, he was one of the most intuitive defenders in the entire league. Just take a break here for the next 11 minutes and watch his defensive highlights, they're incredible. (Also, 11 minutes of defensive highlights from just the first half of his first season? Come on!) He's really in tune with the rhythm of the NBA game. He gets his hands on seemingly every ball, he stays in front of everyone, he reads passes and cuts before they happen, he rotates on a tight string, and even when his gambles don't pay off, he is usually somehow able to recover his position — the dude is a generational stud on defense. He was our best defender by far with plenty of room to get even better. His shot wasn't quite as good as we'd hoped (34% from three), but his mechanics and decision-making are solid and he projects to be a top-tier 3&D player in this league for a very long time. He was the only Suns player to play all 82 games and he led the team in total minutes played. As a rookie. If you watched every Suns game last year like I did, you saw Mikal Bridges more than any other player on our team.
At power forward we had Dragan Bender and Ray Spalding. Ray might make this year's team? Who knows, but he's currently in summer league trying to make his case. Dragan Bender is an unsigned free agent who I'm starting to believe never actually existed... but who is nevertheless maybe being considered by the Cavs? I'm sure that will work out well.
At center, we had Deandre Ayton, who was historically efficient and frustratingly under-utilized. He averaged 16 points and 10 boards, with an effective field goal percentage of 58.5% (16th in the league). In NBA history, there have been 26 rookies who have averaged 10+ points and 10+ rebounds per game. Ayton has the highest true shooting percentage of all of them, at .608. Other names on this list include David Robinson, Karl-Anthony Towns, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, Hakeem Olajuwon, Blake Griffin, and Larry Bird. Ayton was more efficient than all of them.
Backing up Ayton, and often also playing the 4, was Richaun Holmes, who brought a ton of energy, especially in the form of highlight blocks and alley-oops, but little in the way of basketball IQ or skill. He was picked up in free agency by the Kings. (So was Trevor Ariza, by the way.... for $25 million over two years! Kings, listen, you're taking this 'Sun Kings' thing a little too seriously. Stop sifting through our trash.)

The Present
So that's where we were going into this offseason. On April 11th of this year, the Suns named James Jones as the new GM. He had been the interim co-GM with Trevor Bukstein since the firing of Ryan McDonough last October, but now the title was his alone (Bukstein was named Assistant GM). Jones has outlined his general vision for the team on several occasions; most recently, he said this:
"We set out in the summer to fill our power forward and point guard position. We did that via the draft (and free agency). We wanted to add positional depth and balance. We did that by adding Frank (Kaminsky), adding Aron Baynes. The addition of Ricky Rubio addressed the point guard position, Dario Saric addressed our power forward position."
“And then from there, in the draft adding Cam (Johnson) and Ty (Jerome), as well as Jalen (Lecque), gave us some more guard depth and we made some moves, some transactions that kind of cleared some cap space for us to be able to make these moves happen and to kind of clear a pathway for guys to compete for an opportunity to move forward for us.”
It has become clear that, despite what you think of the moves the Suns have made, they have made them according to a plan: to fill the aforementioned weaknesses at the point guard and power forward positions, to draft mature rookies who are high-character guys who can shoot, to construct a balanced roster with clearly defined roles, and to build a team that complements the talents of Ayton and Booker. This is exactly what they did.
It's important to keep in mind that having a plan and executing that plan are two different things. Sometimes you don't execute your original plan because you're incompetent, or you failed to foresee some key element that made your plan unlikely or impossible. Other times, your plan doesn't work out because of factors beyond your control. In the Suns' case, the favored plan going into this offseason revolved around getting either the first or second pick in the draft. Immediately, that would meet our power forward (Zion) or point guard (Ja Morant) needs and make us both instantly better and more attractive as a free agent destination. Not only would we have incredible young talent, but we would have additional cap room that wouldn't have to be used on whichever position we selected in the draft. Instead of having to pay for both positions, we would only have to pay for one, allowing us to splurge and still have balance. Getting the first or second pick would have been a game-changer, obviously. As it was for the Pelicans, and as it would have been for any team.
What is encouraging is that the Suns treated this plan like the long shot that it was, and developed backup plans for the statistically likely event that we didn't get one of the first two (or three, or four) picks. Having a backup plan may seem like a fairly normal thing for a GM to have, but the fact that we had one — and more than one — has been a revelation.

Anyway, here is a timeline of our moves over the past month:

The Future
After all of these moves, here is what our roster looks like right now:
  1. PG: Ricky Rubio / Ty Jerome / Jevon Carter / Elie Okobo / Jalen Lecque
  2. SG: Devin Booker / Tyler Johnson
  3. SF: Kelly Oubre / Mikal Bridges / Cameron Johnson
  4. PF: Dario Saric / Frank Kaminsky
  5. C: Deandre Ayton / Aron Baynes
One immediate takeaway is that the Suns improved at nearly every position. Let's start with the guards. Rubio, obviously, is a massive upgrade at the point guard position. I mean, come on: our starting point guards last year included Isaiah Canaan, De'Anthony Melton, Elie Okobo, and my 10-year-old daughter. Tyler Johnson, our most effective point guard last year, only played in 13 games and is not actually a point guard. With Rubio on the team, Johnson is now back in his more natural two-guard spot, and a backup at that, giving us much-needed guard depth. He can still run backup point if he has to, but that responsibility will fall primarily to Ty Jerome, who can learn the role under Rubio's tutelage while primarily facing other teams' second units. Speaking of point guards, at first glance it looks like we have once again swung the pendulum and now have way too many of them, but this will likely thin out a bit before the season starts. My guess is that we will let Okobo or Carter go and assign Lecque to the G League, unless Lecque continues to impress through camp and preseason play.
At the shooting guard spot, Devin Booker will have his best season yet, and why wouldn't he? He's improved every season so far, he's still only 22, and he's on by far the best team of his career, with his best coach to date. Statistically, I think he will score about the same as last year, but on fewer shots and much improved efficiency — if you don't follow the Suns and are wondering why his three-point percentage was not great last season, let me tell you: he took a ton of forced shots late in possessions, and not because he wanted to. He was consistently double-teamed, and although Booker is a willing passer with good court vision, we just didn't have the personnel to punish those double teams. With Rubio handling the ball most of the time, Booker will almost certainly average fewer assists next season, but go back to doing what he does best: coming off screens and getting the ball in rhythm for nice, clean looks. If he gets doubled coming off screens, he can and will make the easy next pass to either Ayton on the block or the shooter in the corner, which will actually be a shooter this time around. This is much different than being doubled way out past the three-point line, with no angle to Ayton and no shooters on the wings. Look for his efficiency to really make a jump.
At small forward, we lost some offensive punch by getting rid of TJ Warren, but we maintain consistency with Oubre and Bridges, either of whom could end up starting, and either of whom would be killer on the second unit. Neither of them are the pure natural scorer that Warren is, but they are both better all-around players who contribute on defense, crash the boards, and aren't hurt all the time. They are also both young and improving, and both should be better across the board than they were last season. Oubre is the better offensive player, although Bridges has higher shooting upside, while Bridges is easily the better defender. Which one ends up starting will likely come down to whether new head coach Monty Williams prefers to emphasize offense or defense in that first unit.
Speaking of Williams, he recently said that the starting power forward spot is also up for grabs, but I think everyone would be pretty surprised if Saric wasn't in that role for game 1. I said it before and I'll say it again: this is a significant upgrade for us, regardless of what you think of Saric. He brings savvy and shooting, and provides Rubio and Booker with yet another offensive option who can knock down shots but doesn't need the ball a ton. His presence on the floor will really let us space things out and give Rubio all the passing angles he could wish for, while at the same time making it easier for us to punish double-teams by whipping the ball around to the open man.
Perhaps even more impressive than the upgrades to our starting five are the upgrades to our bench, which actually consists of recognizable NBA players now. Last season, you might have turned on a Suns game and saw Elie Okobo paired with Jamal Crawford in the backcourt, while Josh Jackson and Dragan Bender spotted up on the wings. Those days, thank the lord, are gone. Now our second unit is Ty Jerome running point, Tyler Johnson at the 2, Bridges or Oubre at small forward, and Kaminsky and Baynes as our bigs. (It's rare that first and second units play in clear-cut five-man rotations like that — there's usually a lot of overlap in substitution patterns — but you get the point.) Aside from Jerome, who is an unproven rookie, those are actual competent NBA players who can hang with and even outplay other second units.
On top of all that, we have Monty Williams as our new head coach. Like so many of our other moves, this may not seem like that big of a deal to outsiders. Ho hum, right? Let me tell you: it's a big deal, and not just because the Lakers wanted him, too. Williams is Booker's fifth head coach in five years. Three of the coaches Booker played for were Earl Watson, Jay Triano, and Igor Kokoskov. Not exactly a bunch of Popoviches. Jeff Hornacek (oh my god) was probably the best of the bunch. Booker has played for more head coaches than Dirk Nowitzki (21 seasons), Tim Duncan (19 seasons), John Stockton (19 seasons), Dwyane Wade (16 seasons), Michael Jordan (15 seasons), and Bill Russell (13 seasons). I guess Booker can comfort himself with the fact that Jamal Crawford has played for 19 coaches in 19 seasons — truly a mark of greatness. Williams has impressed so far in interviews, is gelling well with GM James Jones, and has the full respect and command of the team — a far cry from the situation last year, where the assistant coaches were running the show and players couldn't understand what Kokoskov was even saying.
Finally, not only have the Suns drastically improved their roster from last year, they have done so in a way that enables them to continue improving in the future. They have a better GM, a better head coach, and better players. They have Devin Booker locked up through the 2023-24 season. They have avoided long-term albatross contracts, enabling them to maintain flexibility going forward: the only other players besides Booker who have contracts beyond the next three seasons are the rookies we just acquired, who will still be on their rookie deals. Our new state-of-the-art practice facility will be complete in 2021, Booker and Ayton will be entering their primes, and the Suns will have the flexibility to create max cap space and lure a top free agent.
A huge caveat here is that the West is a bloodbath. The Suns could have a dramatically better team this season, which we do, and still not sniff the playoffs. Which of these teams are the Suns going to finish ahead of in the standings?
  1. Nuggets
  2. Clippers
  3. Jazz
  4. Rockets
  5. Lakers
  6. Warriors
  7. Blazers
  8. Spurs
The answer is none of them, barring major injuries. Even if the Suns outplay every other team in the western conference — the Mavs, Kings, Grizzlies, Pelicans, Timberwolves, and Thunder — that would still leave them in 9th place. And some of these other teams might be better too, on top of already having been better than the Suns last year. It's a tough hill to climb.
And yet.
The Suns, at the end of the day, got better. Maybe that only translates to 30 wins this upcoming season, maybe it translates to 35. That's not world-beating, but that's still a big step forward, and if they improve on that record with another 5-10 wins in the 2020-21 season, suddenly the Suns are an actual playoff contender with two established stars, two years of consistency and improvement under their belts, a surprisingly competent front office, a stable coaching staff, an attractive new practice facility in Scottsdale, and cap space to sign another stud.
I mean, at the end of the day, who really knows. Things in the NBA can and often do change overnight. But at least the Suns, for once, have a plan.
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2019.03.13 17:31 youngrichntasteless $200k/month selling graphic tees.

Hey - Pat from StarterStory.com here with another interview.
Today's interview is with TJ Mapes of RIPT Apparel, a brand that sells shirts that start conversations.
Some stats:

Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

Hey everyone, my name is TJ Mapes, co-founder @ RIPT Apparel.
RIPT Apparel is your destination for nostalgic, pop-culture parody and limited edition mashup artwork sold on t-shirts, hoodies and more.
Our artwork is crowdsourced from independent artists from all over the world. For every product sold, we give an artist 10% of the revenue. We handle everything else like marketing, customer service, printing, fulfillment and more.
Did I mention the impulsive nature of our business model? No? Ok, well each day at Midnight CST, three new designs go live at a discounted price and are available on many different types of products. Prices start at just $13.00 for a “daily t-shirt”. Our daily designs are really the backbone of this company and we’ve been offering the daily deals since our first day in business.
Over the years we’ve worked with hundreds of artists and paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to our community of talented artists.

What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

RIPT Apparel was created by myself and two of my oldest friends, Matt Ingleby and Paul Friemel.
We grew up together in Bettendorf, Iowa. Matt and I played on the same pee wee baseball team and Paul and I played in a pop-punk band together for many years. We all attended the same high school and later college at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
After we graduated college, we found ourselves spread out for a few years but ultimately all ended up in Chicago.
RIPT was conceptualized around the time Obama was running for president. One day, one of us randomly found ourselves on a website that was selling a t-shirt donning a sketchy style pencil drawing of Barack Obama’s face on it. We noticed there was also a countdown timer on the website and soon realized once the timer reached zero, the opportunity to buy the Obama shirt would be over... forever.
The pure FOMO they were creating was incredibly intriguing to us. This site had a sales graph on their homepage under the daily offering that charted sales by the hour. I was so intrigued I tried to reverse engineer it.
I dug into the source code and tried to determine their daily sales. I even ordered that Obama shirt so I could study the packing slip and see if I could figure out their sales based on the invoice numbeID.
While we didn’t discover anything super concrete about their daily sales volumes, we did discover the true genius of their business model - they carried no inventory!
I’ll be honest, RIPT isn’t an original idea. How many businesses are truly original ideas? We figured there were enough artists out there that needed a platform to showcase their art, so why not create another one for them.
My background was in web design/development and my partners brought logistics/operations, art and merchandising skills to the table. With those three things, we had enough to launch a full-fledged business with just the initial investment of $1,000 each.
Leading up to launch day we did a lot of outreach to blogs for coverage and to artists for their artwork. This was pivotal in helping us create some buzz and build a small email list. Our first design was called “More Trees For Birds” so, for example, we reached out to nature and bird blogs.
Sounds crazy but it worked. Not all these blog posts helped sales, but some really did and the best part was, these bloggers needed content to blog about!

Take us through the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing your first product.

The next piece of this puzzle was to find a screen printer who could print all the millions of t-shirts we were about to sell (hehe). We actually lucked out because Matt’s Dad was an investor in a small screen printing company back in our hometown.
This was a huge break for us because we didn’t have to search for a printer and we ended up getting a great deal on printing. PLUS they were going to fulfill all our orders for us too.
Things didn’t stay peachy for long though as the daily nature of the business proved difficult to keep up with and also this small printer wasn’t used to printing highly artistic designs with lots of colors and detailed halftones.
Quality and shipping times quickly became major issues. The worst part was, we weren’t even in the same city so there was no real way to see samples of the prints before they were sent to customers. The complaints came rolling in and eventually we had to find a new partner.
We ended up finding a printer (in Alabama) that printed for other artists and creatives in our ‘world’ like Johnny Cupcakes and FullBleed. We ended up working together for a couple of years and it was great in the beginning. Our prints came out better and our customers were much happier.
They were a much larger operation, so we felt great about this partnership. Especially because to start this partnership, we had to pack up all our inventory and drove it down there ourselves! So we had a lot invested.
Our trip taking our inventory down to Alabama and meeting Mammoth for the first time.
Eventually though, with the volume and again, the constant pressure of the daily model, orders began to back up and we had to once again, come up with a new game plan.
But this time had to be different. it had to be one we were in control of.
So we opened up our own print shop.
We rented out a 5,000 sq ft space that had some offices and a break room. We bought an automatic press, hired some employees (our first two employees were from our printer in Alabama: Mammoth), build infrastructure and started printing and fulfilling all our own orders.
This way, we could inspect every single detail of the finished product and make sure our customers wouldn’t go elsewhere.
We were finally in control.

Describe the process of launching the business.

Our first product wasn’t actually a T-Shirt. It was our website. I knew close to nothing about building an e-commerce site back in 2008. Let alone a safe and secure one that people would trust going to and opening their wallet.
To make things more complicated, we needed functionality to support launching new products every day at Midnight while hiding the old products too. I had to find a way to schedule this nightly occurrence we call “the flip”.
Luckily I had built a handful of Wordpress sites back then for clients and knew HTML/CSS very well. Since I knew Wordpress could schedule posts, I built a custom post type with the data I needed for our daily designs, and the rest was history.
Was it like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole? Hell yes, but it worked! #shipit
One more roadblock stood in my way and that was taking payments. Back then (to my knowledge at least) Wordpress didn’t really have anything to handle payments so I had to look elsewhere. Enter - Ultracart (FTW).
Ultracart was a ‘bolt-on’ shopping cart solution. It wasn’t super expensive and did the trick. I would build out the products in Ultracart, copy the link they gave me to the ‘buy button’, and then go back into WordPress and paste it into a custom field in the post which then made the t-shirt purchasable.
But when someone went to our website and clicked “BUY NOW” they were actually redirected to a totally different domain name and a totally different UI for the checkout process! It’s comical now when I think about it, but we did what we needed to move forward.
To touch on the financials of starting RIPT, we bootstrapped the whole thing and still have never taken any outside funding. In the beginning, it came down to pretty simple math; how many shirts do we need to sell each day to cover our expenses (hosting, etc).
We didn’t pay ourselves for a few years and operated as lean as possible. We wouldn’t even expense a pizza, everything went back into the company.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

Customer Service:
You live or die by your customer service. Part of good customer service is delivering a good, quality product. We had opened our own shop to oversee quality control for just this reason. Another key aspect of customer service is knowing your customers.
Every year we send out a customer survey and compare the results YOY.
Earlier this year, we did things a little differently and sent out two surveys; one for our VIP customers and one for our “lost” customers. We REALLY wanted to get in the minds of each group to learn what we can do better, why people keep coming back, or worse, why people end up leaving and never returning.
Do they just have too many t-shirts? Is the pop-culture thing getting old? Is there too much competition? Did we screw up?
Speaking of getting to know your customers, on the thank you page of this year’s survey, we included a quick note telling people they could schedule a call with us.
We didn’t think anyone would want to talk to us. To our surprise and delight, our schedules literally filled up with calls. We learned SO much from these calls, we filled a spreadsheet and trello board with ideas on how to make 2019 even better, and have been making strides to execute on these ever since.
I HIGHLY recommend personally reaching out to your customers to pick their brains. You don’t have to always be available, rather just pick one day a month to start and make it your goal.
If you have loyal brand advocates, they will have great ideas, unique thoughts and opinions on how to improve YOUR business, and it won’t cost you anything but time.
Facebook has always been our number one paid acquisition channel. We’ve had fantastic success over the years acquiring customers via Facebook ads. DNVBs (digitally native vertical brands) are all competing for the same eyeballs which have led to increased ad costs over the years. We are finding it harder and harder to put all our eggs in the Facebook basket.
We’re also testing new channels and ideas to reach new audiences. We’re finding great success on Instagram and have been playing around with Messenger marketing a lot too due to it’s much higher engagement and open/click rates.
Giveaways:
After listening to an interview Steve Chao gave about his giveaway strategy, I quickly developed a plan for giveaways using the ViralSweep platform. The interface is fantastic, it plugs into Shopify and Klaviyo and has a ton of features.
Our most recent successful giveaway was when we gave away a PS4 + the new Spiderman game. I hosted the giveaway on our site and then let our audience know about it via email/social channels.
Entrants earned different amounts of entries for entering in different ways (tongue twister!), for instance; enter via email, get 10 entries. Follow us on Facebook, get 5 entries. Subscribe on Messenger and get 25 entries.
I also built out a drip sequence in Klaviyo that contained four emails to encourage entrants to take more action, like referring friends and liking us on social.
Email #1: Thanks for entering!
The first email was a plain text email that told them what emails were coming next and it also asked them to reply to the email with an answer to a question. This was to improve deliverability for the whole campaign.
Email #2: Explained how to earn bonus entries:
Email #3: About us
The goal of the third email was to pull back the curtain a little and humanize the brand and the people behind it.
Email #4: Coupon for entering
This last email in the sequence just thanked them again for entering and also included a coupon to a specific (related) collection of designs with an expiration date on it to incentivize purchases.
Since entrants could enter by subscribing to us on Messenger, I had to set up a bunch of flows for that using ManyChat. At the time, I wasn’t really sure how to best do this and play nicely with Facebook’s rules, so I kept it pretty informational, v.s. salesly.
(this screenshot is actually a flow from when we gave away an xbox, but you get the idea - huge open and click rates 💯💯💯)
PS4 Giveaway Results:
We ran it for 2 weeks and recorded results in a meticulous spreadsheet to analyze the data. Here are some of the highlights:
We did have a little paid media behind this campaign but all in, in just two weeks, we estimated our ROI was 555.06% and brought in about $10,000 in revenue.
Obviously email can be powerful for things outside of just sales, promotions and new product announcements.

How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

Our business has changed a lot over the years with big players like Amazon coming onto the scene and with advancements in print on demand technology. In general, we’ve always had a lot of competition, but today, the barrier to entry is literally nothing.
Anyone that can click a mouse can launch a company and it’s getting harder to stand out from the noise.
Today, RIPT looks much different than it did in years past and although we are a much leaner team now, our dedication to our artists and customers hasn’t wavered.
Our customer retention rate is over 80% which speaks volumes to us. We wouldn’t be here without our artists and customers and we’re humbled by that every day.

Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous?

I’ve made plenty of mistakes over the years, but I’ve always tried to learn from them.
We’ve been swooped up by flashy sales guys at agencies that showed us amazing powerpoints with pretty charts and graphs, illustrating how we will 10-15x ROI blah blah, yadda yadda. Yup, been there, fell for that. Been burned 🔥
I’ve learned to trust my gut and listen to what it tells me.
I’ve struggled with imposter syndrome for years. I think it’s easy to fall victim to it especially if you’re more an introvert like me. I also believe that time is limited and we only get one shot at life.
So one way or another, you’ve just gotta get over your fears and go for it because, in the end, regret will probably feel much worse than failing.

What platform/tools do you use for your business?

Shopify is hands down my favorite tool in our tech tool shed. We migrated from an in-house ecomm site built in Python to Shopify Plus in 2015 and have loved every minute of it. It’s easy to take for granted, but not having to stress over uptime and security is a HUGE weight off.
Our site actually went down during my bachelor party, so I was on the phone with them at 1am, after many adult beverages, surrounded by people partying.
So moving to Shopify allowed me to sleep better at night.

What have been the most influential books, podcasts, or other resources?

Books:
Podcasts (currently listening to):

Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

Just do it! Seriously though, forget about failing, forget about what you don’t know and just take action.
There are enough free resources out there (like StarterStory) that you should be able to pretty much accomplish anything you put your mind to, even if it’s not perfect.
If you don’t take action, someone else will!

Where can we go to learn more?

If you have any questions or comments, drop a comment below!
Liked this text interview? Check out the full interview with photos, tools, books, and other data.
Interested in sharing your own story? Send me a PM
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2019.03.13 17:15 youngrichntasteless $200k/month selling graphic tees.

Hey - Pat from StarterStory.com here with another interview.
Today's interview is with TJ Mapes of RIPT Apparel, a brand that sells shirts that start conversations.
Some stats:

Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

Hey everyone, my name is TJ Mapes, co-founder @ RIPT Apparel.
RIPT Apparel is your destination for nostalgic, pop-culture parody and limited edition mashup artwork sold on t-shirts, hoodies and more.
Our artwork is crowdsourced from independent artists from all over the world. For every product sold, we give an artist 10% of the revenue. We handle everything else like marketing, customer service, printing, fulfillment and more.
Did I mention the impulsive nature of our business model? No? Ok, well each day at Midnight CST, three new designs go live at a discounted price and are available on many different types of products. Prices start at just $13.00 for a “daily t-shirt”. Our daily designs are really the backbone of this company and we’ve been offering the daily deals since our first day in business.
Over the years we’ve worked with hundreds of artists and paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to our community of talented artists.

What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

RIPT Apparel was created by myself and two of my oldest friends, Matt Ingleby and Paul Friemel.
We grew up together in Bettendorf, Iowa. Matt and I played on the same pee wee baseball team and Paul and I played in a pop-punk band together for many years. We all attended the same high school and later college at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
After we graduated college, we found ourselves spread out for a few years but ultimately all ended up in Chicago.
RIPT was conceptualized around the time Obama was running for president. One day, one of us randomly found ourselves on a website that was selling a t-shirt donning a sketchy style pencil drawing of Barack Obama’s face on it. We noticed there was also a countdown timer on the website and soon realized once the timer reached zero, the opportunity to buy the Obama shirt would be over... forever.
The pure FOMO they were creating was incredibly intriguing to us. This site had a sales graph on their homepage under the daily offering that charted sales by the hour. I was so intrigued I tried to reverse engineer it.
I dug into the source code and tried to determine their daily sales. I even ordered that Obama shirt so I could study the packing slip and see if I could figure out their sales based on the invoice numbeID.
While we didn’t discover anything super concrete about their daily sales volumes, we did discover the true genius of their business model - they carried no inventory!
I’ll be honest, RIPT isn’t an original idea. How many businesses are truly original ideas? We figured there were enough artists out there that needed a platform to showcase their art, so why not create another one for them.
My background was in web design/development and my partners brought logistics/operations, art and merchandising skills to the table. With those three things, we had enough to launch a full-fledged business with just the initial investment of $1,000 each.
Leading up to launch day we did a lot of outreach to blogs for coverage and to artists for their artwork. This was pivotal in helping us create some buzz and build a small email list. Our first design was called “More Trees For Birds” so, for example, we reached out to nature and bird blogs.
Sounds crazy but it worked. Not all these blog posts helped sales, but some really did and the best part was, these bloggers needed content to blog about!

Take us through the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing your first product.

The next piece of this puzzle was to find a screen printer who could print all the millions of t-shirts we were about to sell (hehe). We actually lucked out because Matt’s Dad was an investor in a small screen printing company back in our hometown.
This was a huge break for us because we didn’t have to search for a printer and we ended up getting a great deal on printing. PLUS they were going to fulfill all our orders for us too.
Things didn’t stay peachy for long though as the daily nature of the business proved difficult to keep up with and also this small printer wasn’t used to printing highly artistic designs with lots of colors and detailed halftones.
Quality and shipping times quickly became major issues. The worst part was, we weren’t even in the same city so there was no real way to see samples of the prints before they were sent to customers. The complaints came rolling in and eventually we had to find a new partner.
We ended up finding a printer (in Alabama) that printed for other artists and creatives in our ‘world’ like Johnny Cupcakes and FullBleed. We ended up working together for a couple of years and it was great in the beginning. Our prints came out better and our customers were much happier.
They were a much larger operation, so we felt great about this partnership. Especially because to start this partnership, we had to pack up all our inventory and drove it down there ourselves! So we had a lot invested.
Our trip taking our inventory down to Alabama and meeting Mammoth for the first time.
Eventually though, with the volume and again, the constant pressure of the daily model, orders began to back up and we had to once again, come up with a new game plan.
But this time had to be different. it had to be one we were in control of.
So we opened up our own print shop.
We rented out a 5,000 sq ft space that had some offices and a break room. We bought an automatic press, hired some employees (our first two employees were from our printer in Alabama: Mammoth), build infrastructure and started printing and fulfilling all our own orders.
This way, we could inspect every single detail of the finished product and make sure our customers wouldn’t go elsewhere.
We were finally in control.

Describe the process of launching the business.

Our first product wasn’t actually a T-Shirt. It was our website. I knew close to nothing about building an e-commerce site back in 2008. Let alone a safe and secure one that people would trust going to and opening their wallet.
To make things more complicated, we needed functionality to support launching new products every day at Midnight while hiding the old products too. I had to find a way to schedule this nightly occurrence we call “the flip”.
Luckily I had built a handful of Wordpress sites back then for clients and knew HTML/CSS very well. Since I knew Wordpress could schedule posts, I built a custom post type with the data I needed for our daily designs, and the rest was history.
Was it like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole? Hell yes, but it worked! #shipit
One more roadblock stood in my way and that was taking payments. Back then (to my knowledge at least) Wordpress didn’t really have anything to handle payments so I had to look elsewhere. Enter - Ultracart (FTW).
Ultracart was a ‘bolt-on’ shopping cart solution. It wasn’t super expensive and did the trick. I would build out the products in Ultracart, copy the link they gave me to the ‘buy button’, and then go back into WordPress and paste it into a custom field in the post which then made the t-shirt purchasable.
But when someone went to our website and clicked “BUY NOW” they were actually redirected to a totally different domain name and a totally different UI for the checkout process! It’s comical now when I think about it, but we did what we needed to move forward.
To touch on the financials of starting RIPT, we bootstrapped the whole thing and still have never taken any outside funding. In the beginning, it came down to pretty simple math; how many shirts do we need to sell each day to cover our expenses (hosting, etc).
We didn’t pay ourselves for a few years and operated as lean as possible. We wouldn’t even expense a pizza, everything went back into the company.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

Customer Service:
You live or die by your customer service. Part of good customer service is delivering a good, quality product. We had opened our own shop to oversee quality control for just this reason. Another key aspect of customer service is knowing your customers.
Every year we send out a customer survey and compare the results YOY.
Earlier this year, we did things a little differently and sent out two surveys; one for our VIP customers and one for our “lost” customers. We REALLY wanted to get in the minds of each group to learn what we can do better, why people keep coming back, or worse, why people end up leaving and never returning.
Do they just have too many t-shirts? Is the pop-culture thing getting old? Is there too much competition? Did we screw up?
Speaking of getting to know your customers, on the thank you page of this year’s survey, we included a quick note telling people they could schedule a call with us.
We didn’t think anyone would want to talk to us. To our surprise and delight, our schedules literally filled up with calls. We learned SO much from these calls, we filled a spreadsheet and trello board with ideas on how to make 2019 even better, and have been making strides to execute on these ever since.
I HIGHLY recommend personally reaching out to your customers to pick their brains. You don’t have to always be available, rather just pick one day a month to start and make it your goal.
If you have loyal brand advocates, they will have great ideas, unique thoughts and opinions on how to improve YOUR business, and it won’t cost you anything but time.
Facebook has always been our number one paid acquisition channel. We’ve had fantastic success over the years acquiring customers via Facebook ads. DNVBs (digitally native vertical brands) are all competing for the same eyeballs which have led to increased ad costs over the years. We are finding it harder and harder to put all our eggs in the Facebook basket.
We’re also testing new channels and ideas to reach new audiences. We’re finding great success on Instagram and have been playing around with Messenger marketing a lot too due to it’s much higher engagement and open/click rates.
Giveaways:
After listening to an interview Steve Chao gave about his giveaway strategy, I quickly developed a plan for giveaways using the ViralSweep platform. The interface is fantastic, it plugs into Shopify and Klaviyo and has a ton of features.
Our most recent successful giveaway was when we gave away a PS4 + the new Spiderman game. I hosted the giveaway on our site and then let our audience know about it via email/social channels.
Entrants earned different amounts of entries for entering in different ways (tongue twister!), for instance; enter via email, get 10 entries. Follow us on Facebook, get 5 entries. Subscribe on Messenger and get 25 entries.
I also built out a drip sequence in Klaviyo that contained four emails to encourage entrants to take more action, like referring friends and liking us on social.
Email #1: Thanks for entering!
The first email was a plain text email that told them what emails were coming next and it also asked them to reply to the email with an answer to a question. This was to improve deliverability for the whole campaign.
Email #2: Explained how to earn bonus entries:
Email #3: About us
The goal of the third email was to pull back the curtain a little and humanize the brand and the people behind it.
Email #4: Coupon for entering
This last email in the sequence just thanked them again for entering and also included a coupon to a specific (related) collection of designs with an expiration date on it to incentivize purchases.
Since entrants could enter by subscribing to us on Messenger, I had to set up a bunch of flows for that using ManyChat. At the time, I wasn’t really sure how to best do this and play nicely with Facebook’s rules, so I kept it pretty informational, v.s. salesly.
(this screenshot is actually a flow from when we gave away an xbox, but you get the idea - huge open and click rates 💯💯💯)
PS4 Giveaway Results:
We ran it for 2 weeks and recorded results in a meticulous spreadsheet to analyze the data. Here are some of the highlights:
We did have a little paid media behind this campaign but all in, in just two weeks, we estimated our ROI was 555.06% and brought in about $10,000 in revenue.
Obviously email can be powerful for things outside of just sales, promotions and new product announcements.

How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

Our business has changed a lot over the years with big players like Amazon coming onto the scene and with advancements in print on demand technology. In general, we’ve always had a lot of competition, but today, the barrier to entry is literally nothing.
Anyone that can click a mouse can launch a company and it’s getting harder to stand out from the noise.
Today, RIPT looks much different than it did in years past and although we are a much leaner team now, our dedication to our artists and customers hasn’t wavered.
Our customer retention rate is over 80% which speaks volumes to us. We wouldn’t be here without our artists and customers and we’re humbled by that every day.

Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous?

I’ve made plenty of mistakes over the years, but I’ve always tried to learn from them.
We’ve been swooped up by flashy sales guys at agencies that showed us amazing powerpoints with pretty charts and graphs, illustrating how we will 10-15x ROI blah blah, yadda yadda. Yup, been there, fell for that. Been burned 🔥
I’ve learned to trust my gut and listen to what it tells me.
I’ve struggled with imposter syndrome for years. I think it’s easy to fall victim to it especially if you’re more an introvert like me. I also believe that time is limited and we only get one shot at life.
So one way or another, you’ve just gotta get over your fears and go for it because, in the end, regret will probably feel much worse than failing.

What platform/tools do you use for your business?

Shopify is hands down my favorite tool in our tech tool shed. We migrated from an in-house ecomm site built in Python to Shopify Plus in 2015 and have loved every minute of it. It’s easy to take for granted, but not having to stress over uptime and security is a HUGE weight off.
Our site actually went down during my bachelor party, so I was on the phone with them at 1am, after many adult beverages, surrounded by people partying.
So moving to Shopify allowed me to sleep better at night.

What have been the most influential books, podcasts, or other resources?

Books:
Podcasts (currently listening to):

Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

Just do it! Seriously though, forget about failing, forget about what you don’t know and just take action.
There are enough free resources out there (like StarterStory) that you should be able to pretty much accomplish anything you put your mind to, even if it’s not perfect.
If you don’t take action, someone else will!

Where can we go to learn more?

If you have any questions or comments, drop a comment below!
Liked this text interview? Check out the full interview with photos, tools, books, and other data.
Interested in sharing your own story? Send me a PM
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2019.03.12 17:15 youngrichntasteless $200k/month selling graphic tees.

Hey - Pat from StarterStory.com here with another interview.
Today's interview is with TJ Mapes of RIPT Apparel, a brand that sells shirts that start conversations.
Some stats:

Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

Hey everyone, my name is TJ Mapes, co-founder @ RIPT Apparel.
RIPT Apparel is your destination for nostalgic, pop-culture parody and limited edition mashup artwork sold on t-shirts, hoodies and more.
Our artwork is crowdsourced from independent artists from all over the world. For every product sold, we give an artist 10% of the revenue. We handle everything else like marketing, customer service, printing, fulfillment and more.
Did I mention the impulsive nature of our business model? No? Ok, well each day at Midnight CST, three new designs go live at a discounted price and are available on many different types of products. Prices start at just $13.00 for a “daily t-shirt”. Our daily designs are really the backbone of this company and we’ve been offering the daily deals since our first day in business.
Over the years we’ve worked with hundreds of artists and paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to our community of talented artists.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoWSjmt-0C8

What's your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

RIPT Apparel was created by myself and two of my oldest friends, Matt Ingleby and Paul Friemel.
We grew up together in Bettendorf, Iowa. Matt and I played on the same pee wee baseball team and Paul and I played in a pop-punk band together for many years. We all attended the same high school and later college at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
After we graduated college, we found ourselves spread out for a few years but ultimately all ended up in Chicago.
RIPT was conceptualized around the time Obama was running for president. One day, one of us randomly found ourselves on a website that was selling a t-shirt donning a sketchy style pencil drawing of Barack Obama’s face on it. We noticed there was also a countdown timer on the website and soon realized once the timer reached zero, the opportunity to buy the Obama shirt would be over... forever.
The pure FOMO they were creating was incredibly intriguing to us. This site had a sales graph on their homepage under the daily offering that charted sales by the hour. I was so intrigued I tried to reverse engineer it.
I dug into the source code and tried to determine their daily sales. I even ordered that Obama shirt so I could study the packing slip and see if I could figure out their sales based on the invoice numbeID.
While we didn’t discover anything super concrete about their daily sales volumes, we did discover the true genius of their business model - they carried no inventory!
I’ll be honest, RIPT isn’t an original idea. How many businesses are truly original ideas? We figured there were enough artists out there that needed a platform to showcase their art, so why not create another one for them.
My background was in web design/development and my partners brought logistics/operations, art and merchandising skills to the table. With those three things, we had enough to launch a full-fledged business with just the initial investment of $1,000 each.
Leading up to launch day we did a lot of outreach to blogs for coverage and to artists for their artwork. This was pivotal in helping us create some buzz and build a small email list. Our first design was called “More Trees For Birds” so, for example, we reached out to nature and bird blogs.
Sounds crazy but it worked. Not all these blog posts helped sales, but some really did and the best part was, these bloggers needed content to blog about!

Take us through the process of designing, prototyping, and manufacturing your first product.

The next piece of this puzzle was to find a screen printer who could print all the millions of t-shirts we were about to sell (hehe). We actually lucked out because Matt’s Dad was an investor in a small screen printing company back in our hometown.
This was a huge break for us because we didn’t have to search for a printer and we ended up getting a great deal on printing. PLUS they were going to fulfill all our orders for us too.
Things didn’t stay peachy for long though as the daily nature of the business proved difficult to keep up with and also this small printer wasn’t used to printing highly artistic designs with lots of colors and detailed halftones.
Quality and shipping times quickly became major issues. The worst part was, we weren’t even in the same city so there was no real way to see samples of the prints before they were sent to customers. The complaints came rolling in and eventually we had to find a new partner.
We ended up finding a printer (in Alabama) that printed for other artists and creatives in our ‘world’ like Johnny Cupcakes and FullBleed. We ended up working together for a couple of years and it was great in the beginning. Our prints came out better and our customers were much happier.
They were a much larger operation, so we felt great about this partnership. Especially because to start this partnership, we had to pack up all our inventory and drove it down there ourselves! So we had a lot invested.
Our trip taking our inventory down to Alabama and meeting Mammoth for the first time.
Eventually though, with the volume and again, the constant pressure of the daily model, orders began to back up and we had to once again, come up with a new game plan.
But this time had to be different. it had to be one we were in control of.
So we opened up our own print shop.
We rented out a 5,000 sq ft space that had some offices and a break room. We bought an automatic press, hired some employees (our first two employees were from our printer in Alabama: Mammoth), build infrastructure and started printing and fulfilling all our own orders.
This way, we could inspect every single detail of the finished product and make sure our customers wouldn’t go elsewhere.
We were finally in control.

Describe the process of launching the business.

Our first product wasn’t actually a T-Shirt. It was our website. I knew close to nothing about building an e-commerce site back in 2008. Let alone a safe and secure one that people would trust going to and opening their wallet.
To make things more complicated, we needed functionality to support launching new products every day at Midnight while hiding the old products too. I had to find a way to schedule this nightly occurrence we call “the flip”.
Luckily I had built a handful of Wordpress sites back then for clients and knew HTML/CSS very well. Since I knew Wordpress could schedule posts, I built a custom post type with the data I needed for our daily designs, and the rest was history.
Was it like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole? Hell yes, but it worked! #shipit
One more roadblock stood in my way and that was taking payments. Back then (to my knowledge at least) Wordpress didn’t really have anything to handle payments so I had to look elsewhere. Enter - Ultracart (FTW).
Ultracart was a ‘bolt-on’ shopping cart solution. It wasn’t super expensive and did the trick. I would build out the products in Ultracart, copy the link they gave me to the ‘buy button’, and then go back into WordPress and paste it into a custom field in the post which then made the t-shirt purchasable.
But when someone went to our website and clicked “BUY NOW” they were actually redirected to a totally different domain name and a totally different UI for the checkout process! It’s comical now when I think about it, but we did what we needed to move forward.
To touch on the financials of starting RIPT, we bootstrapped the whole thing and still have never taken any outside funding. In the beginning, it came down to pretty simple math; how many shirts do we need to sell each day to cover our expenses (hosting, etc).
We didn’t pay ourselves for a few years and operated as lean as possible. We wouldn’t even expense a pizza, everything went back into the company.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

Customer Service:
You live or die by your customer service. Part of good customer service is delivering a good, quality product. We had opened our own shop to oversee quality control for just this reason. Another key aspect of customer service is knowing your customers.
Every year we send out a customer survey and compare the results YOY.
Earlier this year, we did things a little differently and sent out two surveys; one for our VIP customers and one for our “lost” customers. We REALLY wanted to get in the minds of each group to learn what we can do better, why people keep coming back, or worse, why people end up leaving and never returning.
Do they just have too many t-shirts? Is the pop-culture thing getting old? Is there too much competition? Did we screw up?
Speaking of getting to know your customers, on the thank you page of this year’s survey, we included a quick note telling people they could schedule a call with us.
We didn’t think anyone would want to talk to us. To our surprise and delight, our schedules literally filled up with calls. We learned SO much from these calls, we filled a spreadsheet and trello board with ideas on how to make 2019 even better, and have been making strides to execute on these ever since.
I HIGHLY recommend personally reaching out to your customers to pick their brains. You don’t have to always be available, rather just pick one day a month to start and make it your goal.
If you have loyal brand advocates, they will have great ideas, unique thoughts and opinions on how to improve YOUR business, and it won’t cost you anything but time.
Facebook has always been our number one paid acquisition channel. We’ve had fantastic success over the years acquiring customers via Facebook ads. DNVBs (digitally native vertical brands) are all competing for the same eyeballs which have led to increased ad costs over the years. We are finding it harder and harder to put all our eggs in the Facebook basket.
We’re also testing new channels and ideas to reach new audiences. We’re finding great success on Instagram and have been playing around with Messenger marketing a lot too due to it’s much higher engagement and open/click rates.
Giveaways:
After listening to an interview Steve Chao gave about his giveaway strategy, I quickly developed a plan for giveaways using the ViralSweep platform. The interface is fantastic, it plugs into Shopify and Klaviyo and has a ton of features.
Our most recent successful giveaway was when we gave away a PS4 + the new Spiderman game. I hosted the giveaway on our site and then let our audience know about it via email/social channels.
Entrants earned different amounts of entries for entering in different ways (tongue twister!), for instance; enter via email, get 10 entries. Follow us on Facebook, get 5 entries. Subscribe on Messenger and get 25 entries.
I also built out a drip sequence in Klaviyo that contained four emails to encourage entrants to take more action, like referring friends and liking us on social.
Email #1: Thanks for entering!
The first email was a plain text email that told them what emails were coming next and it also asked them to reply to the email with an answer to a question. This was to improve deliverability for the whole campaign.
Email #2: Explained how to earn bonus entries:
Email #3: About us
The goal of the third email was to pull back the curtain a little and humanize the brand and the people behind it.
Email #4: Coupon for entering
This last email in the sequence just thanked them again for entering and also included a coupon to a specific (related) collection of designs with an expiration date on it to incentivize purchases.
Since entrants could enter by subscribing to us on Messenger, I had to set up a bunch of flows for that using ManyChat. At the time, I wasn’t really sure how to best do this and play nicely with Facebook’s rules, so I kept it pretty informational, v.s. salesly.
(this screenshot is actually a flow from when we gave away an xbox, but you get the idea - huge open and click rates 💯💯💯)
PS4 Giveaway Results:
We ran it for 2 weeks and recorded results in a meticulous spreadsheet to analyze the data. Here are some of the highlights:
We did have a little paid media behind this campaign but all in, in just two weeks, we estimated our ROI was 555.06% and brought in about $10,000 in revenue.
Obviously email can be powerful for things outside of just sales, promotions and new product announcements.

How are you doing today and what does the future look like?

Our business has changed a lot over the years with big players like Amazon coming onto the scene and with advancements in print on demand technology. In general, we’ve always had a lot of competition, but today, the barrier to entry is literally nothing.
Anyone that can click a mouse can launch a company and it’s getting harder to stand out from the noise.
Today, RIPT looks much different than it did in years past and although we are a much leaner team now, our dedication to our artists and customers hasn’t wavered.
Our customer retention rate is over 80% which speaks volumes to us. We wouldn’t be here without our artists and customers and we’re humbled by that every day.

Through starting the business, have you learned anything particularly helpful or advantageous?

I’ve made plenty of mistakes over the years, but I’ve always tried to learn from them.
We’ve been swooped up by flashy sales guys at agencies that showed us amazing powerpoints with pretty charts and graphs, illustrating how we will 10-15x ROI blah blah, yadda yadda. Yup, been there, fell for that. Been burned 🔥
I’ve learned to trust my gut and listen to what it tells me.
I’ve struggled with imposter syndrome for years. I think it’s easy to fall victim to it especially if you’re more an introvert like me. I also believe that time is limited and we only get one shot at life.
So one way or another, you’ve just gotta get over your fears and go for it because, in the end, regret will probably feel much worse than failing.

What platform/tools do you use for your business?

Shopify is hands down my favorite tool in our tech tool shed. We migrated from an in-house ecomm site built in Python to Shopify Plus in 2015 and have loved every minute of it. It’s easy to take for granted, but not having to stress over uptime and security is a HUGE weight off.
Our site actually went down during my bachelor party, so I was on the phone with them at 1am, after many adult beverages, surrounded by people partying.
So moving to Shopify allowed me to sleep better at night.
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What have been the most influential books, podcasts, or other resources?

Books:
Podcasts (currently listening to):

Advice for other entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

Just do it! Seriously though, forget about failing, forget about what you don’t know and just take action.
There are enough free resources out there (like StarterStory) that you should be able to pretty much accomplish anything you put your mind to, even if it’s not perfect.
If you don’t take action, someone else will!

Where can we go to learn more?

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2019.03.11 02:50 mjpist Miami Music Week 2019 Event Schedule - Sat-Sun [UPDATED]

The Specials and Mon-Wed megathread is here.
The Thurs-Fri megathread is here.

This list is currently up to date. I'm keeping this updated daily with new information. Please note that I live in Japan, so I will be updating this list in the evenings, Miami-time. If you know anything I don't, please DM me or comment below!

[Last Update: 03.19.2019 01:41]

SATURDAY MARCH 30
>Ultra Music Festival With Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Zedd, Carl Cox B2B TBA, Deadmau5, Richie Hawtin, Tchami, NGHTMRE and SLANDER pres. Gud Vibrations, NGHTMRE and Big Gigantic pres. Gigantic NGHTMRE, Solardo B2B Camelphat, Cheat Codes, Jamie Jones B2B Joseph Capriati // Dubfire B3B Nicole Moudaber B3B Paco Osuna, The Martinez Brothers // Griz, Illenium // 3LAU, ANNA, Bonnie x Clyde, Borgeous, Cash Cash, Christoph, Elephante, G Jones, Getter, Hector, Hot Since 82, K?D, Le Fleur, Louis Futon, Marcel Dettman, Matador, Monstergetdown, Mykris, Phantoms, Pleasurekraft, Popof, Salvatore Ganacci, Spencer Brown, Spor, Thugfucker, Tommie Sunshine // Alex Zinn, Antz, Callie Reiff, Eric Powell, Fabio Neural, J Worra, Jean Marie, Jay Robinson, Kevu, Rinzen, Tinlicker // Takshak, Christopher james, Josh Wetherington, Metaphysical B2B Motoe Haus, Jimmie Page, Richard Fraioli, Kanye & Sanchez, Motion & Sky, Bebe Breaks. Noon-2 a.m. Saturday, March 30, Virginia Key Beach Park 4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $399.95-$1499.95 via ultramusicfestival.com
>David Guetta With David Guetta, Tom Staar, and Brooks. 11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at LIV, 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $100 via tixr.com. Tables available.
>Get Lost Miami 14th Session With Adeline, Ae:ther (live), Alex Kennon, Atish, Audiofly, AVIDUS, Bedouin, Behrouz, Black Motion (live), Bontan, Brina Knauss, Butch, Cassy, Chris Liebing, Claude VonStroke, Damian Lazarus, DAVI (live), Davide Squillace, Denney, Dennis Ferrer, DESERT HEARTS (Mikey Lion / Lee Reynolds / Marbs), Diplo, DJ Sneak, DJ Tennis, DJ Three, Doc Martin, Doorly, Emanuel Satie, Felix Da Housecat, Francesca Lombardo, Gorgon City, Guti (live), Guy Gerber, Heidi Lawden, Joeski, Jonas Rathsman, Jonny White, jozif, Kenny Glasgow, Magit Cacoon, MK, Moscoman, Pirupa, Raw District, Riva Starr, Serge Devant, Shaun Reeves, SIS, Soul Clap, Tiga, and wAFF. More TBA. 5 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, March 30 Location TBA, Miami. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $120-$200 via residentadvisor.net
>Diplo & Friends With Diplo, AM75, and Zeus. More TBA. 10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at E11EVEN, 29 NE 11th St, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $150-$250 via tixr.com. Tables available.
>Elrow: El Bowsque Encantado With Claptone, Detlef B2B latmun B2B Nathan Barato, Eddy M B2B Bastian Bux, Patrick Topping B2B TBA, TBA B2B Dosem, and wAFF B2B De La Swing. More TBA. 10 p.m.-7 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $60-$85 via tixr.com
>Claptone pres. The Masquerade With Claptone, Dennis Ferrer, Weiss, Franky Rizardo, Mat.Joe, and Dan Black. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Kimpton EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami . 21+. Tickets cost $40 via eventbrite.com
>No Sugar Added 10 Year Anniversary With Kaskade, Audien, Benni Benassi, Deorro, Kayzo, Born Dirty, and CID. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at RC Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th St, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $40-$75 via tixr.com
>Heavyweight pres. Hell With Carnage, Gravedgr, Sludge, and Gommi. More TBA. 10 p.m. Saturday, March 30, C&L Warehouse, 2400 NW 5th Ave, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $40 via tixr.com
>Black Coffee With Black Coffee and Themba. 11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Story, 136 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+ Tickets cost $60 via tixr.com. Tables available.
>Bite This Label Showcase With Jauz, Holy Goof, Redlight, Ryan Collins, and Kyle Walker. More TBA. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at 1306 Miami, 1306 N Miami Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com
>Major Lazer With Major Lazer, Anna Lunoe, Ape Drums, Born Dirty, JSTJR, Redlight, Soflojook, Tony Quattro, and What So Not. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Hyde Beach, 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $200 via tixr.com. Tables available.
>Chus + Ceballos pres. Stereo Miami With Chus & Ceballos B2B Rafa Barrios, Steve Lawler B2B Matthias Tanzmann, Dennis Cruz B2B Hector Couto, and Oscar L B2B Cocodrills. 10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at F 55 NE 24th St., Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $25-$35 via electrostub.com
>Sander van Doorn pres. 15 Years of Identity With Sander van Doorn, Sander van Doorn pres. Purple Haze, Benny Benassi, Yves V, Asco, Bottai, David Tort, and Robert Falcon. More TBA. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at The Nautilus Hotel, 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $30 via tixr.com. Tables available.
>Green Velvet pres. La La Land With Green Velvet and Claude VonStroke pres. GET REAL, Green Velvet, Gorgon City, Patrick Topping, Sonny Fodera B2B DOM DOLLA, Layton Giordani, Prok & Fitch, Doorly, Mihalis Safras, and Eskuche. More TBA. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $80 via residentadvisor.net
>Vagabundos Pool With Luciano, Erick Morillo, Yaya, and Guti. More TBA. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $30-$45 via miamimusicpartners.com. Tables available.
>Wake Your Mind Miami With Cosmic Gate, Grum, Veniice B2B Baylienz, and Omair. 11 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at W Miami, 485 Brickell Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $30 via eventbrite.com. Tables and cabanas available.
>Fools Gold Miami With A-Trak, Todd Terry, Weiss, Soul Clap, Mele, Madeaux, Jesse Marco, and Michelle Leshem. 11 p.m.- 5 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at 1-800-LUCKY, 143 NW 23rd St, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost free-$10 via eventbrite.com
Rapture Festival Lineup TBA. Noon Friday, March 29 - 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30, Location TBA. All Ages. TICKETS CURRENTLY OFF SALE via residentadvisor.net
No Sugar Added 10th Anniversary Pool Party Lineup TBA. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at The Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $60-$175 via tixr.com
Sunshine State of Bass With Frank Acosta and Jackal & Hyde. More TBA. Noon-midnight Saturday, March 30 at Blackbird Ordinary, 729 Southwest 1st Ave., Miami. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $30 via eventbrite.com
Sol Sets With Chay, Greco, Hunter Reid B2B E.R.N.E.S.T.O, John Sumit B2B Kyle Walker, Julian Gray, Julian M, Lyndon UY, MASF, Matt Enos B2B Enrique Negron, Monterrey B2B Valderi, Pinto, Raydah, Sonya Alvarez, Taetro, and Too Heavy Crew. More TBA. Noon-2 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at The Cape, 150 20th St, Miami Beach. 18+. Tickets cost $5 via eventbrite.com
Dada Life pres. The Magnificent Rave Spa With Dada Life, Black Caviar, Dave Sol, Felix Cartal, Jack Beats, Nitti Gritti, Riggi & Piros, and Tails. More TBA. 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at The Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $35-$45 via eventbrite.com
A Change of Pace With CODES B2B Treasure Fingers, Golf Clap, Jesse Perez, Kill Frenzy, Devon James, Espinal & Nova, JC Hanna, Joe Pompeo, Love & Logic, Ricky Survive, and Will OB. 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at The Clevelander Hotel, 1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $5 via residentadvisor.net
Bingo Players pres. Bingo Beach With Bingo Players, Ben Nicky, Chucky, Goshfather, Shaun Frank, and Zookeper. More TBA. 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at W Miami, 485 Brickell Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $20-$25 via eventbrite.com. Cabanas and tables available.
Aqua Beats Rooftop Pool Party With Robbie Rivera, David Tort, Chizzle, Chris Valencia, Felva, Malone, Markem, ODK, and Ray Costa. 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, March 29, W Miami, 485 Brickell Ave, Miami. Tickets cost $10-$15 via eventbrite.com. Tables and cabanas available.
Basica and Go Deeva Ibiza With Simone Vitullo, Dario D'Attis, Piem, Antonio Pica, David Aurel, Chris Garcia, DJ Oliver, Monoky, Brett Rubin, Brando, Bianca, Moses Moiseos, The Frenchies, Frank Terry, and Ramon Rive. 1 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Oceans Ten, 960 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost free-$20.
Armada Invites With Arty, Morgan Page, Rodg, GoldFish, Sultan + Shepard, Sevenn, and Zack Martino. More TBA. 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at The National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $45-$55 via electrostub.com
Oliver Dollar pres. Industry Standard With Oliver Dollar, Riva Starr, Harry Romero, Junior Sanchez, Gene Farris, and Ben Finx & Lebaron. 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Dream, 1111 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $0.69 via residentadvisor.net
Baccanali Ibiza Sunset Session With Aldo Haydar, Bryan Peroni, Crazibiza, Dave Hang, Gabry Venus, Nausica, Victor Perez, and Monika Kiss. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Atton Brickell, 1500 SW 1st Ave, Miami. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $15 via eventbrite.com
Faith Lift Party Invades Miami With Logan's Run and Beargazer. More TBA. 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at The Catalina, 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 18+. Free event. More info via miamimusicweek.com
From Miami With Love With J Paul Getto, Hatiras, Vincent Caira, Jarred Gallo, Marshall Jones, Nugz, and Dan K. More TBA. 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at The Catalina, 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 18+. Free event. More info via miamimusicweek.com
Anjunadeep Open Air Miami With Ben Bohmer (live), Dom Donnelly, James Grant & Jody Wisternoff, Luttrell, and Oona Dahl. 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at MAPS Backlot, 342 NW 24th St, Miami. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $60 via seetickets.us
Vaporized Records With Habb.. 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Red Bar Lounge, 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 21+. Free event. More info via residentadvisor.net
Deadcenter House Party With Two Tails, Johnny 2 Shots, Casmalia, DJ DYD, and K-Dubz. 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Location TBA. 21+. Free with RSVP via eventbrite.com
Magnetic Grooves 10 Year Anniversary Cruise - The Soundgarden With Hernan Cattaneo B2B Nick Warren, Doc Martin, Eelke Kleijn, Cassy B2B DJ Sneak, Atish, and Tara Brooks B2B Holmar. More TBA. 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Biscayne Lady Yacht, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $160 at residentadvisor.net
Incorrect Yacht Party With Anthony Attalla, Huxley, and Pirate Copy. 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, March 30 at Bayride Yacht, 401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $100-$180 via residentadvisor.net. Tables available.
Junior Sanchez -n- Friends With Junior Sanchez, Todd Terry, Harry Romero, Kaz James, Demuir, Blaqwell, Alexandra Richards, Alyx Ander, Roland Clark, Carlos Curmi, Pinto, and Who D?s. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at 1 Hotel Rooftop, 2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Free.
Breaks Yo! With DJ Icey, The Freestylers, Keith Mackenzie, E.R.N.E.S.T.O., Merlyn, JimTheGenius, Bebe, Rob Analyze, DB Cooper, Robotic, Skitch, Dozier, Rich D, Medley, Lady T, Sum 1, DWhite, Cyborg Sanchez, Master Feathers, Firecat 451, and Mic E.P. 8 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Kill Your Idol, 222 Española Way, Miami Beach. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com
Ignition With ALX, Kaiser Souzai, DJSeanEBoy, JD Powell, Luis Miranda, and TekNoize. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Drinkhouse Fire & Ice Bar, 1672 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $10 via eventbrite.com
Salted Music Miami With Miguel Migs, Mr. V, Fred Everything, Dutchican Soul, and Lisa Shaw. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at The Langford Hotel, 121 SE 1 St, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via residentadvisor.net
Ardy Party With Ardalan, Justin Martin, Mija, and Soul Clap. More TBA. 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at SQL Miami, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $20 via ticketweb.com
Moksi & Friends With Moksi. More TBA. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Red Room, 1901 Collins Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com
Sian pres. Octopus With Sian, Sacha Robotti, Melé, Juheun, and Michelle Sparks. More TBA. 10 p.m.-8 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Factory, 55 NE 24th St , Miami. Tickets cost $20-$30 via residentadvisor.net
Dance.Here.Now. With DJ Three, Doc Martin, Holmar, Thugfucker, and Cristian Arango. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at No.3 Social Roof Bar & Lounge, 50 NW 24th St. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via residentadvisor.net
Porter Robinson pres. Virtual Self With Porter Robinson pres. Virtual Self and Boys Noize. More TBA. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Ave, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $35 via seetickets.us
DJ Harvey All Night Long With DJ Harvey. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets SOLD OUT. More info via residentadvisor.net
Sogood Beach With George Acosta, Lavelle Dupree, Exodus, Titus1, Alexander Orue, Edgar, DJ Masc, Freshcobar, Ginsong, and Pable Lopera. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at The Clevelander Hotel, 1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach. 21+. Ticket outlet TBA via facebook.com
Simon Patterson pres. Open Up With Simon Patterson and Mark Sixma. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Barter Wynwood, 255 NW 27th Ter., Miami. 21+ Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
House Arrest With Black Caviar, Cazzette, Dustycloud, Kream, Kryder, Thomas Gold, and Jan Rose. 10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Factory, 55 NE 24th St, Miami. Tickets cost $25-$35 via electrostub.com
House Techno Freqz With Todd Terry, Alexander Technique, Kameo, Leuroy, ZW, and Kid Kiddo. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Racket, 150 Northwest 24th Street, Miami. 21+. Free w/ RSVP. More info via eventbrite.com
Black Book Records With Chris Lake, Eli Brown B2B Noizu, Prok Fitch, and Vnssa. More TBA. 10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Treehouse, 323 23rd St., Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $45 via ticketweb.com
House Deluxe With Darin Epsilon, Aldo Havdar, Bryan Peroni, and Victor Perez. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Blume Nightclub, 1421 South Miami Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via ticketweb.com
OVUM 25th Anniversary With Josh Wink, Marcel Dettmann, Anja Schneider, and Truncate. 10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Trade, 1439 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $35 via residentadvisor.net
Do Not Sit On Miami Music Week With Atish, Powel, Squire, Rowee, and Alice Iguchi . 10 p.m.-7 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Do Not Sit on the Furniture, 423 16th St., Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via residentadvisor.net
Fehrplay pres. Mood of Mind Miami With Fehrplay. More TBA. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Aftermarket Miami, 168 SE 1st St, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost free-$20 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
Junkie Kid pres. Harsh Records With Junkie Kid. More TBA. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at The Hangar, 60 NE 11th St, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
The Originals With Clark Kent, Stretch Armstrong, D-Nice, Tony Touch, Rich Medina, Brenmar, and Felva. More TBA. 10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Basement, 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $150 via tixr.com. Tables available.
Guy Gerber With Guy Gerber and Birds of Mind. 11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Wall, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $40 via tablelist.com. Tables available.
Space Invaders pres. With Maceo Plex, Tale of Us, Joris Voorn, Chris Liebing, Magdalena, Danny Daze, DJ Tennis, matrixxman, Phoenecia (live), Anshaw Black, Sister System, Dammy Dee, Daniel Bell, Afuken, Tiga, Yotto, and Andhim. 11 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Space, 34 N 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $20-$60 via residentadvisor.net
Perlon Night With Sammy Dee, Daniel Bell, and Akufen. 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Floyd, 34 NE 11th St, Miami. 21+. Ticket price and on-sale date TBA.
Robbie Rivera B2B David Tort With Robbie Rivera B2B David Tort. 11 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Centro Wynwood, 299 W 23rd St, Miami. Ages TBA. More info TBA.
Good Morning Miami (AFTERHOURS) With Adin, Alain Lopez, Bacatme, Leyva, and Maj. 2:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Friday (night), March 29 at The Hangar, 60 NE 11th St, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
SUNDAY MARCH 31
>Ultra Music Festival With Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Afrojack, Oliver Heldens, Lost Frequencies, Eric Prydz, The Chainsmokers, Vini Vici, Vini Vici B2B Infected Mushroom, Jeffrey Sutorius, Carl Cox, Deadmau5 pres. TESTPILOT, Adam Beyer, Markus Schulz, Julian Jordan B2B Brooks, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Cosmic Gate, Charlotte De Witte // Maceo Plex, REZZ, Sasha John Digweed, Tale of Us, Zeds Dead // Anja Schneider, Archie Hamilton B2B Enzo Siragusa, Technasia B2B Carlo Lio, Deborah De Luca, Dennis Cruz, Ghastly, James Zabelia, Jonas Blue, Joris Voorn, Josh Wink, Junior Sanchez, Kayzo, Kryoman, Lost Kings, M.A.N.D.Y., Matisse & Sadko, Party Favor, Peekaboo, Richy Ahmed, Space Jesus, Svdden Death, TV Noise, Whipped Cream, Young Bombs // Cazztek, Dubvision B2B Raiden, Elio Riso, Fatum, Justin Mylo, Rod B B2B Riotgear, Ruben de Ronde, and Van Duo // Metaphysical, X-Con, Juno, Wyzzard, Jason Daniel, Ideal B2B Angemi, Esrever, Trill Bill B2B N.Y.S. and 7 Grams. More TBA. Noon-2 a.m. Sunday, March 31, Virginia Key Beach Park 4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $399.95-$1499.95 via ultramusicfestival.com
>Spinnin' Deep With Vintage Culture, Blonde, Chocolate Puma, EDX, Kryder, and Malone. Noon-11 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at The Nautilus Hotel, 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $30-$40 via tixr.com. Tables available.
>Carl Cox pres. His Disco Funk & Soul Party With Carl Cox and Eric Powell. 10 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at Basement, 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $150 via tixr.com. Tables available.
>Future Sound of Egypt Miami With Aly & Fila, Aly & Fila B2B Paul Thomas (UV set), Gabriel & Dresden, Solarstone, John 00 Fleming, Paul Thomas, Roger Shah, Fehrplay, Stan Kolev B2B Stan Caspi, Monoverse, Omar Sharif, Mir Omar, Kristina Sky, Andretta, Juan Pablo Torrez, and Luccio. 6 p.m.-5 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at Treehouse, 323 23rd St., Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $30-$40 via eventbrite.com
>Confessions Closing Party With Tchami, Malaa, Wax Motif and Dombresky. More TBA. 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at 3100 Wynwood, 3100 Northwest 7th Ave, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $70-$80 via residentadvisor.net
>Music On Miami With Marco Carola, Danny Tenaglia, Stacey Pullen, Hugo Bianco, and Fiin. Noon - 11 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $65 via electrostub.com. Tables available.
>Markus Schulz Open-to-Close With Markus Schulz. 10 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at Factory, 55 NE 24th St, Miami. Tickets cost $20-$30 via electrostub.com. Tables available.
>ANTS With Davide Squillace B2B Tiga, DJ Sneak B2B Francisco Allendes, Martin Buttrich B2B Lauren Lane, Matthias Tanzmann B2B Dennis Ferrer, Steve Lawler, and ALX. Noon-11 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at The National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $35-$45 via electrostub.com
>Carnage pres. Papi's Playa With Carnage. More TBA. Noon-11 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at Hyde Beach, 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $75-$90 via tixr.com. Tables available.
Desert Dance: Amazing Sundays With David Tort, Crazibiza, Abel Ramos, Markem, Leandro Da Silvia, Felipe Kaval, Les Castizos, Agent Greg, Dani Masi, Javi Reina, Sansixto, Gustavo Ibarra, Pablo Lopera, Oscar Madrid, Laurrent Simeca, Stephan M, and Richard Fraioli. Noon-8 p.m. Friday, March 29 at Nikki Beach Miami, 1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach. Tickets free with RSVP via eventbrite.com
GET WET POOL PARTY With Boris, Cocodrills, Saeed Younan, Harry Romero, Louie Corrales, and Jay Roman. More TBA. Noon-11 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at The Clevelander Hotel, 1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $10-$15 via eventbrite.com
Klingande's Playground Pool Party With Klingande, Autograf, Bender, CID, Dom Dolla, Goldfish, M-22, Nico De Andrea, Pat Lok, The Him, and Vintage Culture. Noon. Sunday, March 31 at The Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $35-$45 via tixr.com
EPIC Closing Party With Kerri Chandler, Victor Caldarone, Mathais Kaden, DJ Tennis, Jonathan Cowan, and Jean Pierre. More TBA. Noon-11 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at Kimpton EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami . 21+. Tickets cost $30 via eventbrite.com
Anjunabeats Miami With Andrew Bayer, Gabriel & Dresden, GRUM, Ilan Bluestone, Jason Ross, Oliver Smith, and Sunny Lax. More TBA. Noon - 11 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $65-$80 via tixr.com
Sundance Closing Pool Party With Romi Lux, Serafin, B!tch Be Cool, Croatia Squad, Freshcobar, Lavelle Dupri, Myron Eugene, and Tony Arzadon. Noon-8 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at The Mondrian, 1100 West Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Free event. More info at miamimusicweek.com
Project Mayhem Industry Social 15 With Freestylers, G$Montana & Neuroziz, Jimi the Genius, Dustin Nelson Seth Vogt, Josh B, Pump Pump, Dmonex, Bobby Buzz, Kharma, Medley, Code Blue, Catdy, Sum 1, Tyler Kirby, DJ Animay, Audio Sal, and Beattoven. Noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at 1306 Miami, 1306 N Miami Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $10 via eventbrite.com
SOULTherapy With The Lawson, Deejay Kuttz, DJ Uzo, Frankmatik, Johnnie Blaze, and Sound Cartel. More TBA. 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at The Catalina, 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 18+. Free with RSVP via facebook.com
Denial Island With DallasK, Justin Caruso, Sikdope, Baggi, Deerock B2B HTPKT, Maj, Pietro, Tricia Dade, Veniice B2B Baylienz and Zrofux. 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at The Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost free-$25 via eventbrite.com
The Frenchies & Friends With Bianca, Chris Garcia, D. Zeledon, Flowfly, Franck Dona, Freshcobar, Lavelle Dupree, Monaco, Moses Moiseos, Rizzo Vassalo, Romina, Simone Vitullo, The Frenchies, Vixen, and Willy Monfret. 1 p.m.-4 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at Oceans Ten, 960 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost free-$20.
Daydream Rooftop Pool Party With Tom Staar, Eddie Thoneick, Agent Greg, Carmarda, Leandro Da Silva, Malone, Manny Battle, NXNY, and Styline. 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at W Miami, 485 Brickell Ave, Miami. Tickets cost $15-$20 via eventbrite.com. Tables and cabanas available.
Castaway With Magit Cacoon, DAVI, Holmar B2B Tara Brooks, Nikita, Kike Roldan, Atomyard, and Puma. 1 p.m.-3 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at Proyecto Tulum, 270 NW 23rd St, Miami. Tickets cost $15 via residentadvisor.net
Faith Lift Party pres. Soul Glo With Logan's Run and Beargazer. More TBA. 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at The Catalina, 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 18+. Free event. More info via miamimusicweek.com
Techyes Takes Miami With Bruno Furlan, DJ Glen, Volkholder, RYBO, Lubelski, Anthony Attalia, Prok Fitch, OMNOM, Lucati, Wongo, Amine Edge & Dance, Tim Baresko, Clyde P, and Dark Shades. 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Dream South Beach, 1111 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $25-$100 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
Welcome 2 Miami With Harry Romero, Joeski, Denney, Junior Sanchez, Armand Pena, Leyva, Malone, David Marquez, and Bruno Pozzo. 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at The Rooftop @ The Langford Hotel, 121 SE 1 Street, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via residentadvisor.net
Miki Beach Closing Fiesta With M.A.N.D.Y., Jody Wisternoff, Elie, Cassy, Emanuel Satie, Dude Skywalker, Will Renuart, Freak the Disco, jason Rault, Alex Cecil, Jeremy Ismael, Manumat, Eveava, Velafjord, Alki, Mark Salner, Felipe, Crowd Controlol, Ramza, and Buhler. 4 p.m.-5 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $25 via eventbrite.com
T-Dance With Charles Poulin. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at Palace Bar, 1052 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach. 21+. Free. More info at residentadvisor.net
The Sunday Hangover With Clyde P B2B Tim Baresko, Eskuche, GAWP B2B Gene Farris, Pirate Copy, Devon James, Espinal & Noval, Gated, Greco, DJ Hanna, Love & Logic, Max Sprauer, and Mona Black. 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at The Clevelander Hotel, 1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $5 via residentadvisor.net
Sweet Spot With Anané Vega, Deanne, and Pride. 5 p.m.-Midnight Sunday, March 31 at Charcoal Miami at The Wynwood Yard, 82 NW 29th St, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $10. Ticket outlet TBA via residentadvisor.net
UNDR the RADR With Roger Sanchez, Blaqwell, Denney, Jacky, Low Steppa, Mihalis Safras, DJ Oliver, and Saliva Commandos. 8 p.m.- 5 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at 1-800-LUCKY, 143 NW 23rd St, Miami. Ages TBA. Free event. More info via facebook.com
Mardeleva Live With Mardeleva and Eduardo Castillo. 9 p.m.-Midnight Sunday, March 31 at Faena Theatre, 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $80 via ourhabitas.com
Miami Music Week at E11EVEN Lineup TBA. 10 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at E11EVEN, 29 NE 11th St, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $75-$150 via tixr.com. Tables available.
Monstercat: Uncaged Lineup TBA. 10 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at SQL Miami, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $20 via ticketweb.com
Hotboi Nation With CODES, Golf Clap, Huxley B2B Josh Butler, Justin Jay B2B Kill Frenzy, option4 B2B Bontan, and Worthy. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at Barter Wynwood, 255 NW 27th Ter, Miami. 21+ Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
Dark Shades Showcase With Techneekz, Chris Clark, Mandehhh, Get Bad, ODDOOO, and Dipzy. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at Barter Wynwood, 255 NW 27th Ter, Miami. 21+ Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com
Bedouin + Special Guests With Bedouin. More TBA. 10 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at Factory, 55 NE 24th St, Miami. Tickets cost $20-$30 via electrostub.com. Tables available.
Suara Showcase With Coyu, Matrixxman, Radio Slave, Truncate, and Avision. 10 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at Factory, 55 NE 24th St, Miami. Tickets cost $20-$30 via residentadvisor.net
Audien & Tritonal With Audien & Tritonal. More TBA. 10 p.m. C&L Warehouse, 2400 NW 5th Ave, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $20 via tixr.com
Pickle Love MMW Last Dance With Cassy, Bamboozle, and Will Renuart. More TBA. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $10-$15 via residentadvisor.net
Nervous Records Showcase With Cassy, Chus & Ceballos, Kenny Dope, Louie Vega, Oscar G, Hector Romero, Angelo Ferreri B2B Moon Rocket pres. Disco Town, and Mike Nervous. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at No.3 Social Roof Bar & Lounge, 50 NW 24th St. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via residentadvisor.net
Eelke Kleijn pres. Days Like Nights With Eelke Kleijn, Viktop, and Bryan Silverstein. More TBA. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Friday, March 29 at Do Not Sit on the Furniture, 423 16th St., Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via residentadvisor.net
Nightswim Closing Party With 3LAU, Arty and CID. 11 p.m.-4 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at W Miami, 485 Brickell Ave, Miami. Tickets cost $25 via eventbrite.com. Tables and cabanas available.
Thomas Gold pres. Fanfare With Thomas Gold. More TBA. 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at Mokai Lounge, 235 23rd St., Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
Benny Benassi With Benny Benassi, Chicco Secci, and Kryder. 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at Wall, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $40 via tablelist.com
24-Hour Closing Party Feat. Cuttin' Headz With Alfa Romero, Butch, Davide Squillace, Martin Buttrich, Matthias Tanzmann, Tres Manos, Yousef, tINI and Dewalta. More TBA. 11 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at Space, 34 N 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $30-$100 via residentadvisor.net
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2018.12.29 04:09 dem0n0cracy World Carnivore Month is January 2019! Info dump inside!

Hey all!
Our subreddit has grown CONSIDERABLY in the last year - 2018 was a huge year for the zerocarb carnivore movement, and it started through the success of World Carnivore Month at the beginning of 2018! Tens of thousands of people joined Facebook groups, and 50,000 people subscribed to this subreddit! Hundreds are talking about the carnivore diet on Twitter - you can see if someone is a carnivore by checking if they have ©️ in their name, like mine! hyper©️arnivore
Surprisingly, this is a very old diet that has centuries of history.
http://highsteaks.com/carnivores-creed/owsley-the-bear-stanley/
We have multiple doctors not only suggesting that people try a carnivorous zerocarb diet, but are even doing it themselves and realizing they too have been conned by the health and nutrition establishment.

Doctors such as:

Supporting evidence that the following doctors recommend Carnivore Diet or close to it. https://www.reddit.com/usedem0n0cracy/comments/addz0l/doctors_discuss_the_carnivore_diet/
https://www.reddit.com/usedem0n0cracy/comments/ade16i/more_doctors_pharmacists_researchers_phds/
Dr. Shawn Baker - u/shawnbaker1967 https://twitter.com/SBakerMD
Dr. Ken D Berry https://twitter.com/KenDBerryMD
Dr. Jay Wrigley https://twitter.com/KetoDocCLT
Dr. Anthony Jay https://twitter.com/anthonygjay
Dr. Kevin Stock https://twitter.com/kevinstock12
Dr. Christian Assad https://twitter.com/ChristianAssad
Dr. Paul Saladino https://twitter.com/MDSaladino
Dr. Robert Pastore https://twitter.com/RP5hydroxy
Dr. David Unwin https://twitter.com/lowcarbGP
Dr. Michael Eades M.D. https://twitter.com/DrEades
Dr. Tro Kalayjian - u/DoctorTro https://twitter.com/DoctorTro
Dr. Paul Mason https://twitter.com/DrPaulMason
Dr. Csaba Toth https://twitter.com/paleoketogenic
Dr. Anthony Chaffee https://twitter.com/anthony_chaffee
Dr. Georgia Ede diagnosisdiet.com https://twitter.com/GeorgiaEdeMD
Dr. Ted Naiman https://twitter.com/tednaiman
Dr. Gary Fettke https://twitter.com/FructoseNo
Dr. Ben Bikman https://twitter.com/BenBikmanPhD
Dr. Peter Ballerstedt https://twitter.com/GrassBased
Dr. Nevada Gray https://twitter.com/GrayNevada
Dr. Gabrielle Lyon https://twitter.com/drgabriellelyon
Dr. Bret Scher https://twitter.com/bschermd
Dr. Paul Mabry
Dr. Darren Schmidt - D.C. https://twitter.com/realfoodcures
Dr. Steven Horwitz - D.C. https://twitter.com/DrHorwitz
Dr. Cameron Sepah https://Twitter.com/DrSepah
Dr. David Baldes M.D. https://twitter.com/ketoshrink/status/1081763193536634881?s=21
Nutritionist Amy Berger https://twitter.com/TuitNutrition
Professor Timothy Noakes https://twitter.com/ProfTimNoakes
Professor Stuart Phillips https://twitter.com/mackinprof
Journalist Nina Teicholz https://twitter.com/bigfatsurprise
Ph.D candidate Miki Ben-Dor https://twitter.com/bendormiki

Facebook Groups have grown substantially!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/worldcarnivoretribe/ - World Carnivore Tribe started by Dr. Shawn Baker
https://www.facebook.com/groups/zioh2/ - Zeroing In On Health started by Charles Washington 8 years ago
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PrincipiaCarnivora/ - Principia Carnivora started by Michael Frieze 3 years ago
https://www.facebook.com/groups/160488851347176/ - 100% Carnivore...and Beyond! started by Phil Escott this year
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1685052231589351/ - Carnivore Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet Support Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/482045862179951/ - Carnivore/Keto Diet
https://www.facebook.com/groups/509414366151670/?ref=group_header - Autistic Carnivores
https://www.facebook.com/groups/animalfatrx/ - Animal Fat RX
https://www.facebook.com/groups/191667651770756/ - RAW-some Zero Carb Carnivore Sanctuary
https://www.facebook.com/groups/womencarnivoretribe/ - Women Carnivore Tribe
https://www.facebook.com/groups/meathealth/ - Carnivore Corner
https://www.facebook.com/groups/KetoCarnivoreIF/ - Keto Carnivore IF
https://www.facebook.com/groups/zerocarbdoc/ - Zero Carb Doc started by Dr. Paul Mabry
https://www.facebook.com/groups/661617567520427/ - Zero Carb: Living the Good Life

Images

The Carnivore Diet for Mankind - HD - Star - Emoji Advice of what to eat / drink, Polls, Podcasts, Books - Zoom in to see the small text in this HD photo https://i.redd.it/qftzcf3if4k11.png
Homo Carnivorus - Part 1 : https://i.redd.it/xnmqrewisd221.png
Homo Carnivorus - Part 2 : https://i.redd.it/z7vjpfcksd221.png
StarChart - https://i.redd.it/789n61b45e221.png
CarnivoreDietAdvice - https://i.redd.it/31ud3dj65e221.png
Podcasts - https://i.redd.it/0rw60z785e221.png
Books - https://i.redd.it/k0074of95e221.png
Polls - https://i.redd.it/yqeribea5e221.png

Websites

http://highsteaks.com/carnivores-creed/owsley-the-bear-stanley/ - Read about The Bear - who coined the 'zerocarb' nomenclature and did the diet for 53 years until his untimely death in a car accident.
https://justmeat.co - Michael Goldstein @bitstein
https://meat.health/ - Dr. Kevin Stock
https:///meatheals.com - N=1 Anecdotes (@bitstein and @sbakermd run it)
https://zerocarbzen.com/testimonials/
https://ketogenicendurance.com/category/carnivore-diet-success-stories/
http://www.empiri.ca/p/eat-meat-not-too-little-mostly-fat.html - L Amber O'Hearn
http://www.diagnosisdiet.com/ - Dr Georgia Ede
http://highsteaks.com/f/index.php/board,5.0/sort,views/desc.html - Tons of old forum posts about various topics!
http://mikhailapeterson.com/ - Don't Eat That! Blog
A history of Nutrition Science
Part 1 (1785-1885): --> http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/3/638.abstractPart 2 (1885-1912): --> http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/4/975.fullPart 3 (1912-1944): --> http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/10/3023.fullPart 4 (1945-1985): --> http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/11/3331.full" I like to go back and re-read these articles on occasion to refresh my understanding of the Keto lifestyle. Many people aren't aware there there is a long unbroken string of professionals that have been using low carbohydrate interventions to combat obesity dating all the way back to the 1860s. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but rather shows a "lineage of thinking" that got us to where we are today. Some of these publications are hard to find now, so I leave them here for you to enjoy:

Books

Giant Booklist! https://www.reddit.com/ketoscience/wiki/index
New Books!

YouTube Channels

Frank Tufano https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIEiE-hnAUXUZNNeMJsZBYA/videos
Shawn Baker https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5apkKkeZQXRSDbqSalG8CQ/videos
HVMN https://hvmn.com/podcast/
Low Carb Down Under https://www.youtube.com/uselowcarbdownundevideos
Primal Edge Health https://www.youtube.com/usePrimalEdgeHealth/videos
Dr. Eric Berg DC https://www.youtube.com/usedrericberg123/videos
Ancestry Foundation https://www.youtube.com/useAncestryFoundation/videos
The Raw Primal Family https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZx7e6GWv49UiSBkpzpqoUA/videos
Daphne Reloaded https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOkEtmLmlugiPN9hH8u9Zyg/videos
Thomas DeLauer https://www.youtube.com/useTheTdelauevideos
The Weston A Price Foundation https://www.youtube.com/useTheWestonAPrice/videos
Dr. Darren Schmidt https://www.youtube.com/useNutritionalHealingA2/videos
PrimalBro https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2e2i4dJgsl0cB5PFjTDBZw/videos
Phil Escott https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcHEYrfmQH-5RxiFL5RD08g/videos
Ketogeek https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClBAXCB3f0vUzj9wwKJeoOQ/videos
Ken D Berry MD https://www.youtube.com/useKenDBerry/videos
Physicians for Ancestral Health https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCijY61FN3AtDWSbrRj9nYqA/videos
Public Health Collaboration https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZO0WD6hn02_6b0_MNTKPgQ
Fat Fueled Family - Danny Vega https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBWrXQozj8I
Crohn's Colitis Vitality https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfnYhj9llnBS78vM8jwtNCA
Vegetable Police https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFuLNktnqqBEF_9ZcmjC_bw
What I've Learned https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqYPhGiB9tkShZorfgcL2lA
sv3rige https://www.youtube.com/usesv3rige
KasumiKriss https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp4_eaWIdkiW37Fg4Moi9Ag
SHREDucated https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTQ5VXO6E9iVdMT5WJwuqHA
Tuit Nutrition - Amy Berger https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmDz-SYYhoerycynsCm7L8g
Keto Connect https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzRYivTpUQ0r2qPPjfLoQiA
Carneval https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCngtlLz7xTfiEAsDU-HrnBg
Full Range Strength - Don Matesz https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZHoeDSpHN1bBWXsqSgaeuw
Dr. Nick Zyrowski https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o_WpYz0gso
Dr. Paul Saladino https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg1P0buUrv4
Autism and the Carnivore Diet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5ME6nGWxcQ&t=1s
Rob Stuart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk5R_invOWQ

Podcasts

CarnivoreCast http://www.carnivorecast.com/Human Performance Outliers (Dr. Shawn Baker and Zach Bitter) http://humanperformanceoutliers.libsyn.com/Peak Human https://www.peak-human.com/BioHackers Lab https://www.biohackerslab.com/
Fitness Confidential https://vinnietortorich.com/tag/fitness-confidential/
Low Carb Cardiologist with Dr. Bret Scher https://lowcarbcardiologist.com/
Diet Doctor Podcast (has video) https://www.dietdoctor.com/the-diet-doctor-podcast-is-now-on-itunes-apple-podcasts
Dr. Peter Attia - The Drive https://peterattiamd.com/podcast/
2 Keto Dudes http://2ketodudes.com/
The Keto Savage http://ketosavage.com/podcasts/
Low Carb MD http://www.lowcarbmd.com/
Zero Carb Journal https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/zero-carb-journal/id1328453741
InnerFirePodcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/innerfirepodcast/id1249685753
STEM-Talk https://www.ihmc.us/stemtalks/

Crowd Funded Science

Get a $169 TeloMere kit and do the Carnivore Diet strictly for 3 months and then send in results(or don't)! https://www.ajconsultingcompany.com/carnivoredietstudy.html
nequalsmany.com Free tracking app designed for Carnivore Diet

In the News!

ABC News Good Morning America : What to know about the trendy, meat-only 'carnivory' diet By ABC NEWS Jul 27, 2018, 8:51 AM ETSFChronicle - Tech workers seeking an edge on peers turn to all-meat ‘carnivore diet’
INC: Steak Is the New Salad: Why These Techies Are Embracing an All-Meat Diet Your Coinbase account should be accompanied by steak and bacon, according to these cryptocurrency luminaries. Sept 22, 2017
Vice : Inside the World of the 'Bitcoin Carnivores' Why a small community of Bitcoin users is eating meat exclusively. Sept 29th, 2017
Global News Canada : Danielle Smith: If you want to improve your health, eat more meat January 12, 2018
INC: I Ate Nothing but Meat for 2 Weeks. Here's What It Was Like @sonyaellenmann
The Guardian: They mock vegans and eat 4lb of steak a day: meet 'carnivore dieters' An extreme, all animal-based diet is gaining followers in search of heightened productivity, mental clarity, and a boosted libido. But experts express doubts @oliviasolon Fri 11 May 2018 04.00 EDT
National Post: Meat, meat, and more meat: Extreme, animal-only 'carnivore diet' gaining followers Enthusiasts of the all-meat diet include a group of self-proclaimed 'bitcoin carnivores' May 15, 2018
Healthline : This Woman Says Meat-Only Diet Eased Her Autoimmune Disease Symptoms Mikhaila Peterson took the keto diet one extra step by eliminating veggies and eating only meat. She says it cured several illnesses. Experts aren’t convinced. Written by Gigen Mammoser on June 3, 2018
PureWow : What Is the Carnivore Diet (and Should You Try It)? By ALEXIA DELLNER JUN. 27, 2018
'Vegans Are Sacks Of Sh*t But They Are Winning' Carnivore Ex-Doc Blasts Jul 18, 2018
NYPost : New diet claims you can lose weight eating only steak and burgers July 24, 2018
Eggs and bacon for breakfast, burgers for lunch, steak for dinner: Man says ‘carnivore diet’ has helped him lose weightPOSTED 8:50 PM, JULY 29, 2018, BY FOX NEWS WIRE SERVICE,
BuzzFeed News : Jordan Peterson Says Meat Cured His Depression. Now His Daughter Will Tell You How It Healed Her Too — For A Fee. Posted on July 31, 2018
PopSci : Please do not try to survive on an all-meat diet By Sara Chodosh August 2, 2018
The Daily Meal: The Carnivore Diet Is the Wildest Weight Loss Craze of All Time August 3, 2018 By Holly Van Hare
Repost to News.Com.Au : New diet claims you can lose weight eating only steaks and burgers AUGUST 5, 2018
PETA Takes Life Insurance Policy Out On A Carnivore Dieter, Hopes To Turn Him Vegan
I'm a Registered Dietitian and I Really Don't Want You to Eat a Carnivore Diet August 7th, 2018
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2018.10.04 20:51 VicPinto_ What is Humor? And how to get better at it

Humor has been proven to help improve social interactions. According to scientists, Humor can:
  1. Help display confidence
  2. Get people to listen and improve focus
  3. Increase long term retention
  4. Improve understanding
  5. Help communicate messages
  6. Diffuse conflict
  7. Build trust
  8. Bring people closer together
  9. Improves likability
  10. Increases attractiveness

So what is humor?

Being familiar with the popular theories of Humor (Relief Theory, Benign Violation Theory, Superiority Theory, Incongruity-Resolution Theory) helped me understand the structure behind Humor so I definitely recommend looking into them.
Humor: the ability to cause a surprise reaction in your audience by creating a connection between two or more things. It is reactionary; you experience something, and then you react with a joke.
It's a skill and like most skills, it can be improved if you practice. What can can be done to improve humor?

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Attitude:

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Different types of humor:

Exaggeration- Take an observation and exaggerate it. The more absurd, the better. This a good opportunity to use metaphors. Expert: John Mulaney
"I smoke as much as a broken tractor”

“I got two huge pimples. My face looks like a motocross course”

Teasing- Point something out about a person and poke fun at it. Teasing is great for building rapport and flirting but do not over use it because it can come off as hurtful, mean, and/or arrogant. Build comfort first and have good intentions. Try teasing their strengths not their insecurities. People are unlikely to be insecure about things that are temporary, common, or not core to their identity. Pay careful attention to their reactions and adjust accordingly.
Tease something that they said!
Me: "What's the Username and Password for your WiFi?"
Him: "Username: suckon"
"Password: thisdick"
Me: "It says the password isn't long enough"

Misdirection, Self deprecating humor, Sarcasm, & Misinterpretation

Misdirection- Make a connection that nobody expects. The conversation is going one way, then you surprise everyone by going a completely different way. Use one sentence to set expectations, then follow up the next sentence with something unexpected. If you’re reacting to someone’s story or comment, think to yourself, what’re people expecting me to say? Then say the opposite. Expert: Sarah Silverman
“My sister was with two men last night. She could hardly walk after that. Can you imagine? Two dinners!”
Self Deprecating Humor- Make yourself the butt of the joke. It alienates no one and sets the tone that’s it’s all in fun. Everyone is on the same team, laughing together. Compare yourself unfavorably to everyone and everything. Avoid using this kind of humor too often or picking on something that you actually have low self-esteem about because people will not laugh and feel pity. Use it is when you have a moment of high status or your accomplishments are being mentioned, since it will help you look less arrogant. Expert: Craig Ferguson
“I don’t go out very much because i’m broke, but oh boy, once i’m rich, i’m gonna have to come up with another excuse”
Sarcasm- Usually a response to a statement, question, or situation. Say something that is obviously the opposite of what you’re thinking, feeling, or doing. Some people won’t get it or might get offended. Emphasize in order to allow more people to pick up on your sarcasm easier and be careful not to offend others. Expert: Ryan Reynolds
*You find out something bad*
Your reaction: “Great! Terrific!”

*Husband finds eggs in the fridge*
Husband to wife: “Oh you bought eggs!”
Wife: “Nope, I laid them myself.”
Misinterpretation- Take an observation and describe it as if your audience has no context to understand what you’re experiencing. Poke fun at the established explanations of things and play around by taking things literally. Keep misinterpretations as neutral or positive. Expert: Liza Koshy
From the movie “Zoolander”
“We present the center for kids that can’t read good!”
*A scale model of the center is presented*
*Zoolander destroys scale model”
Zoolander: “What is this?! A center for ants?”

Him: “You’re so fugly!”
Me: “Aw, you think I’m fun and giggly. Thanks!”

Wordplay, Puns, & Double Entendres

Wordplay is a type of joke where the word choice is the punchline. Expert: Demetri Martin
“What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?”
“I don’t know and I don’t care””
Puns are a subgroup of Wordplay. They are words that sound alike but have different meanings. Very hard to get a reaction but requires a lot of skill. Those who appreciate puns will love them!
Me: “I’m Hungary”
Roommate: “Maybe you should Czech the fridge”
Me: “I’m Russian to the fridge!”
Roommate: “Is there Turkey?”
Me: “We have some, but it’s covered with a level of Greece”
Roommate: “Ew, There is Norway you could eat that”
Double Entendres/Sexual innuendo are also a subgroup of wordplay. These jokes include words that are given a sexual subtext that people really enjoy. Very useful for flirting.
“That’s what she said!”

Specificity- Specific details of joke or story will make otherwise boring statements into funny ones. Specificity enhances storytelling in the same way that exaggeration does. Specificity doesn’t actually create comedic conflict, but it does make your punchlines more fun and playful. By trading a “general idea” for a specific idea your audience will get a clearer (and more entertaining) picture of the story and will add a new layer to your story. Replace general nouns with with specific brand names or items. Expert: Bill Burr
“I like Mexican food more than Jesus because steak burritos are delicious. And they’re real.”

Mix it with Sarcasm!
Her: “What a small world!”
Me: “And yet, I never run into Beyonce.”

Role Playing- Play a character. Character doesn’t have to be over the top. Use different voices, body language, and speed at which you speak or move to subtly convey a diff character. It’s even more fun when people get what you’re doing and pretend with you. Don't break character, it’ll undermine your efforts. Expert: Robin Williams

Slapstick- Deliberately clumsy actions and humorously embarrassing events. As an audience member, you feel better about yourself because you’ve recognized your supremacy to others and are laughing at their misfortune. Audience will feel something along the lines of: “I’m glad that’s not me and I don’t have to stress about that.” Unlike the other types of humor, this kind of humor doesn’t do too well in building connections with you and the audience but it does a great job of lifting people’s mood, especially kids and those who are depressed. Expert: The 3 Stooges
*a man walks into a room and steps on a pile of Legos*

Storytelling- Funny events are a great place to start. Beginning, middle, and punchline! This is a great opportunity to combine humor types and express yourself. Stories are extremely powerful but require the most effort. They also allow for unexpected punchlines. Make sure your audience is paying attention by prefacing your story with: “True story!” or “You’re not gonna believe what happened!”

Doubling down- follow up a joke with different more extreme versions of the punchline/joke. Try exaggerating and becoming more specific with each passing joke. “Yes and” yourself or someone else. Keep it to 3 different punchlines. Expert: Conan O'Brien

Call Back- This is a joke that refers to a previously told joke. They have a create ability to help build rapport with others. They feel like an inside joke. The call back by it self is not usually funny, but it serves as a reference to something that was funny. Make it easy on others, and use callbacks about things that were memorable. Wait until they are forgotten for greatest effect. Be aware of using callbacks around those who may have not heard the original joke as this could alienate them. Avoid killing a joke by calling-back to it too many times.
*Friend admits that he had a crush on Nala from Lion king when he was younger*
*Years later, we all go to the zoo and see the lions*
“Look, there’s Phil’s girlfriend”

“Happy Birthday TJ!” (If my friends are reading this)

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2018.07.30 18:01 DeludedYinzer Offseason Review Series Day 25: The Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

Division: AFC North
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)
2. Baltimore Ravens (9-7)
3. Cincinnati Bengals (7-9)
4. Cleveland Browns (0-16)

Coaching Changes

OC Todd Haley is not retained, QB Coach Randy Fichtner promoted
To some on the outside, this may have come as a shock. However, the writing was on the walls that Haley would not be returning. On one hand, Todd Haley was the OC of an offense that finished in the top 10 in scoring 4 straight times. The Steelers have been known for their high-powered offense for the past years, which Haley certainly had a hand in. Unfortunately, stats do not tell the whole story. While the offense certainly was successful the majority of the time, there were stretches where the play-calling was questionable at best. Whether it be not "letting" Ben run the QB sneak, screen passes at inopportune times, or bizarre third down calls, Haley was often questioned by fans(and sometimes by Ben). A story came out that Ben came to Tomlin and asked for a buffer between him and Hayley (QB Coach Randy Fichtner, who stayed up in press box). Fichtner ended up on the sideline the next month, which gives creditability to that story. At that point, I could tell this was his last year. Plus (to me), it would seem like some games the offense just wouldn't show up, particularly in the beginning in the year. What would suck is it would be in games where the defense does relatively well. I think that kind of relates to the play-calling issues I wrote before. Cleveland was a great spot for him to land. He can have full reign of the offense with a QB that he can mold into the player he wants him to be. If he can do that, plus work in the weapons the Browns have, then I think he is going to succeed.
Fichtner was the obvious replacement for Haley. He's been with the team since 2007 and as I mentioned above, he has a pretty good relationship with Ben. Roethlisberger and Richtner seem like they are on the same page in terms of play-calling and hopefully, at the very least, the consistency of the offense as a whole is better this year
WR Coach Richard Mann retires, Daryl Drake is hired
This too was something that was expected. Before the 2016 season, Mann hinted at the fact that he almost called it a career but decided to come back. To the surprise of some, Mann stuck around and decided to come back for the 2017 season as well. He left nothing up to interpretation at that years mini camp, however, saying “This is it, This year, for sure..." He certainly made the most of his time year, helping develop the likes of Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and others. Pittsburgh was the last stop in his 30+ year career.
Steelers hired Daryl Drake to replace him, previously the Cardinals WR Coach for 5 years. Just from interviews and stories already out from mini camp, he seems like a very similar personality to Mann. Hopefully he can continue the standard that Coach Mann helped put in place.
DB Coach Carnell Lake resigns, Tom Bradley is hired
This came completely out of left field. Lake was drafted by the Steelers and played for 10 years before signing with Jacksonville. Lake joined the staff in 2011. His reasoning for leaving is he wants to be closer with his family. In my opinion, Lake had overstayed his welcome. The secondary has been the biggest issue with this defense for a while now. It didn't seem like anyone was developing under him. I understand that none of the players that were given to him were very highly touted/highly graded, but you would think one of them would be somewhat serviceable. 2016 was the year that the Steelers spent big on the secondary(Artie Burns and Sean Davis). We won't be able to see how they would've faired if Lake stayed. Also, i'm not sure if he was in charge of who was getting snaps week to week, but if he was, he should have been fired for letting Antwon Blake start every game in 2015.
Tom Bradley's last job was as the UCLA DC. He has his work cut out for him with the Steelers drafting 6 DBs in the past 3 drafts. Many of which are raw as hell. Out of all of these changes, this is the one that is going to matter the most and could help change the Steelers fortunes in the years to come.
DL Coach John Mitchell transfers to Assistant Head Coach, Karl Dunbar is hired
It was obvious John Mitchell was on his last legs in the NFL. At 66 years old, Mitchell had helped developed the Steelers defensive line for 11 years. Mitchell was moved to Assistant Head coach full time. While it was originally unclear what Mitchell's role would be, Tomlin said at the Coaches meeting that Mitchell would no longer have any on field responsibilities, rather dealing with administration and things of that degree. Apparently, this was the same position offered to Dick LeBeau before he left to be the Titans defensive coordinator.
Dunbar was drafted in the 8th round by the Steelers, so he has ties to the team. His previous job was Alabama's defensive line coach. Alabama has pushed out 6 defensive line picks in that time, including Jonathan Allen and Da'Ron Payne.

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut

BOLD = Starters
Player Position New Team
Martavis Bryant WR Raiders
Mike Mitchell FS Unsigned
Chris Hubbard OL Browns
William Gay CB Giants
Robert Golden SS Chiefs
JJ Wilcox S Jets
Arthur Moats OLB Cardinals
Sean Spence ILB Unsigned
Martavis Bryant (Traded for Raiders 2018 3rd round pick)
Bryant had an ok 2017 season on the field, though he struggled at times. Bryant was a limited route runner who had drop issues coming out of college. These are still issues that he has to this point. These weren't his only issues, however. He got suspended for the Lions game for an Instagram rant about JuJu Smith-Schuster(who was beating him in snaps by midseason) and getting the ball. This was after a report came out that he had requested a trade weeks before the Steelers win against the Chiefs. I get why he's upset. He has come a long way to get back to this point and be able to contribute after his year long suspension. He didn't expect the new kid in town to out play him. However, he cannot expect to be force fed the ball just for the sake of sharing. His skill set is limited. JuJu and AB can get more targets because they can be used in more unique ways than just Go and Slant routes. After the season, the Steelers were adamant the Bryant was not on the trade block. So it was quite a surprise when it was announced that he was traded. Colbert and Tomlin must have loved the Raider's offer enough to trade him. I'll get into the trade more when we get to the draft pick. Although, if this rumor that Bryant might get suspended is true(which I hope it isn't), that could be a killer for the Raiders.
Mike Mitchell
Mike Mitchell very well may be one of the most hated players in the NFL. For many Steeler fans, he had overstayed his welcome in Pittsburgh. This season you can tell that he wasn't playing at any level he had in the past, even though he played through injuries in the last 3 years. This was the first year where he missed any games in Pittsburgh. Mitchell has always been someone who won't make many plays on the ball. His job was to play solid coverage and hit hard. But after all of the injuries he's had these past years, he wasn't as athletic as he was, which made it harder to excuse the fact that he didn't make plays on the ball often. The Lions game was basically the nail in the coffin for me. It also didn't help that he ran his mouth too much and got burned for it at the end of the year. I know a lot of fans hate Mitchell, but I still think he can contribute somewhere this season. Maybe as a backup/motivational guy.
Chris Hubbard
Even before the season, I thought Hubbard would be gone afterwards. It made it even more obvious after Marcus Gilbert got hurt and then suspended. He played really well not just this season, but in years past. Hubbard had proven in the past that he deserved a legitimate chance to start somewhere. When he wasn't filling in, Hubbard was used as a 6th offensive lineman and he played that role well. If push comes to shove and you need him to play other positions on the line, he can do that as well. I think he should be playing RT with the Browns he though he can "play" every position. Only put him at center if you're desperate. Watch some of the games where he played center and it gets ugly.
William Gay
I was pretty sad when Gay got cut. He played some good years for the Steelers after leaving for the Cardinals. He had some iconic moments with the team during that time(mainly this) and he played well for a majority of the time. Towards the end, he still played but he was more of a coach/leader. His tackling ability fell of at the end and you can tell it was almost over. With the releases of Gay and Mitchell, the Steelers saved around $7 Million dollars in cap space. Maybe one day Gay will come back as a coach.
Robert Golden
Golden was also announced to be cut at the same time as Gay and Mitchell. I didn't really expect Golden to be cut, only because it only saved about a million in cap and it's not like he was a huge liability. He wasn't a great safety, but he was a pretty good special team player. I guess the Steelers really wanted a full clean out of the safety position(JJ Wilcox was also released). I expect Golden to play the same role in Kansas City, even though they have a hole at safety beside Berry.

Players Signed

Player Position Old Team Length(Years) Average Cap Hit
Morgan Burnett S Packers 3 $4,783,333
Jon Bostic LB Colts 2 $2,000,000
Nat Berhe SS Giants 1 $880,000
Le'Veon Bell RB Steelers 1 $14,544,000
Chris Boswell K Steelers 1 $2,914,000
Anthony Chickillo OLB Steelers 1 $1,907,000
Jordan Berry P Steelers 1 $1,907,000
Roosevelt Nix FB Steelers 4 $1,743,750
Daniel McCullers NT Steelers 1 $880,000
Justin Hunter WR Steelers 1 $870,000
Steven Ridley RB Steelers 1 $790,000
Fitzgerald Toussaint RB Steelers 1 $790,000
Xavier Grimble TE Steelers 1 $630,000
Kameron Canaday LS Steelers 1 $630,000
B.J. Finney OL Steelers 1 $630,000
Matt Feiler OL Steelers 1 $550,000
Mike Hilton CB Steelers 1 $550,000
Eli Rogers WR Steelers 1 ?????
Le'Veon Bell
I've been trying to figure out how I feel about this whole Bell situation. Bell's 2017 started off slow(not all his fault contrary to popular belief) and then he got better but I don't think he ever got to the point that he was at in 2016. Stat wise, he had 60 more carries in 2017, but only 23 more yards. That's not all you should go off, but I think the tape matches the stats. With that being said, I do think it was the best choice to franchise tag him again. He is still a very good player and the window to win is now, so you can't give Bell the chance to test the market. No matter how you feel about the money he is asking for (depending on the day, $14.5-$17 Mill), he will get close to it from a team. Even though he recently said he feels optimistic about the contract talks and that they are closer to ever, I don't think things are going to work out and this will be his last year in Pittsburgh. I just think that the Steelers aren't going to want to give in on the guaranteed money. And to me, I think giving him the contract he wants would set a precedent that the Steelers(and myself) don't want. Giving Bell the guaranteed money he wants is dangerous given his touches, injuries, and suspension history(even though I think he's past that).
Morgan Burnett
I really liked this signing at the time because it was perfect for what I thought the plan was for the secondary. Davis would stay at SS to try and redeem himself from last year where he struggled, Steelers would draft a FS who would play deep like Mike Mitchell did but have more of a effect on the ball, and Burnett would be the third safety in sub-packages and would replace the ILB and play a similar sort of role. It'll become more clear when we get to the draft portion of the write up why this might not happen, but I still like the signing no matter what happens. It was needed after the position got gutted. He is still gonna see playing time but when and where is yet to be determined.
Jon Bostic
Again, another signing I liked at the time because I thought it would work well for what I thought the plan was going to be. He started for the Colts, but they had one of the worst LB corps in the league. It's not that he's the worst LB in the league, but he obviously has limitations in his game. Which is why I thought he would be perfect as the third LB behind Vince Williams and a draft pick. The draft pick would hopefully be athletic so they could play across from Williams. BUT AGAIN(sigh), thats not how things worked out. Bostic is probably still going to play but how much is unknown. Even though there is uncertainty, a signing like this was necessary, so I still am fine with it.
Nat Berhe
Nat Berhe is basically going to play the role that Robert Golden played last year. Main job is going to be as a special teams player and if push comes to shove he would be the 3rd string SS. I don't think they are going to scheme him at all in the defense in certain circumstances but who really knows.
Mike Hilton
It's funny that Hilton is actually worth mentioning here because before the preseason, me and others were just hoping that he would make the team. I wouldn't have believed you if you told me before the season that he would be/ one of the best slot corners in the NFL. Obviously great that he's coming back. I think he's gonna be the slot corner for the season. You could reasonably see Cam Sutton take some of his snaps this year if he progresses but I think for the most part it's gonna be Hilton.

Draft

Going into the draft, I think it was pretty clear to fans what the issues with the team were and what needed to be addressed. For me, the list of needs were:
  1. LB/FS
  2. LB/FS
  3. WR
  4. EDGE
  5. S/RB
And to me, Any DL and QB would be completely off the board. CB and TE would not be on my radar until very late.
Round Number Name Position School
1 28 Terrell Edmunds S Virginia Tech
2 60 James Washington WR Oklahoma State
3 76 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State
3 92 Chukwuma Okorafor OT Western Michigan
5 148 Marcus Allen SS Penn State
5 165 Jaylen Samuels RB NC State
7 246 Joshua Frazier NT Alabama
Terrell Edmunds
Ohhh boy. Have I got some opinions on this. I was so happy to see Shazier walking that it didn't fully hit me what an awful pick this was. Obviously, the value was pretty bad, even though closer to the draft, there was some buzz that he was moving up to earlier Day 2. Edmunds didn't even think he was going in the first round. He was there on draft night to support his brother Tremaine, who was definitely going in the first round. The second issue is he isn't even a true FS. He played a lot of roles at Virginia Tech, including free safety, but he was projected to be more of a box safety. Jessie Bates would have been a much better fit for this team. So not only was it a reach, it's gonna take time to get him up to speed on whatever they want him to do because he is so raw. And thats the next point. It's very obvious that our Super Bowl window is now and I just don't understand why they still insist on taking players early that aren't ready to play. Colbert said before the draft that while you want to win now, you can't mortgage everything for that because it will hurt you in future seasons. Which is true, but you can't go too far into the future that you ignore needs now(which you will see later is what happened). Reports came out after the 1st round that the Steelers were a team that were trying to trade up for Rashaan Evans. Which would have been a great move but it did not go through. So to me, this was a pretty bad pick from A to Z. GRADE - D
James Washington
Even before the draft, WR was a need. After the Bryant trade, it was inevitable that it would be addressed on Day 2. James Washington is very similar to Bryant in the fact that they both are very good on deep balls. He averaged 19.8 yards per catch in his career and totaled 30 catches over 40+ yards. The difference between Bryant and Washington, however, is Washington has the ability to develop his game more than that. Plus, by all accounts, Washington is a great guy and won't have any issues off the field. Bryant beats him in the size and speed category, however. Washington plays bigger and faster than what he times, but not at the level Bryant did. Another issue with Washington is that he played in the Big 12. Defense is not the same in the Big 12 as it is in other conferences, let alone the NFL. He has amazing production at Oklahoma State, but you wonder how much of it was because of scheme of because of the teams he was playing. He's not used to going against press man to man(Because of the Big 12), so thats going to be something he'll have to work on too. His route running needs work and going against press will put him to the test that he didn't face in college. Overall, I think Washington was a good pick and he will see time immediately in the NFL. GRADE - B+
Mason Rudolph
This pick is baffling to me. Going back to the point I made in the Edmunds write up, they said before the draft they wanted to reload for 2018, but not forget about the future. The Edmunds pick, this pick, and other points later, are totally contrary to that. If no one gets hurt, Mason Rudolph will not see a single second on the field this year. That would be fine if the Steelers didn't have any needs, but they absolutely do.
After the draft, the Steelers came out and said that they had a 1st round pick on Rudolph. Let's assume they aren't lying. This means a couple things.
  1. They had a FIRST ROUND PICK on a QB and didn't take him in the first. This is a QB driven league. If you have a first round pick on one, you take him. I still would have been mad because QB was not something that I felt should have been addressed, but at least they would've stuck to the board.
  2. They either had a first round pick on Edmunds OR they reached for a need. Both of which are not good things. We've already talked about why the Edmunds pick was bad. Edmunds was expected to go late day 2, early day 2 as a stretch. Teams obviously evaluate differently so it's hard to know what exactly goes into a draft grade, but it at least made me question how they scout. And if they reached for him, then that contradicts everything they've said up to this point
  3. The Josh Dobbs pick was a complete waste. You could argue it already was before this, but now it is for sure. Spending a 4th round pick on a 3rd String QB is awful. Again, it wouldn't be as bad if we didn't have as many needs.
All of this without even talking about his weaknesses or if he even is a franchise QB. If you are gonna take one to sit, I guess he is the one to do it with. The only reason I have this grade higher is because the value was pretty good for the pick.
GRADE - B-
Chukwuma Okorafor
This was just the cherry on top of a pretty awful draft in my opinion. I mean, I still don't understand even months later. Unacceptable to use all three Day 2 picks on offense. Like Rudolph, if no one gets hurt, Okorafor is not going to see the field this year. Half of the early round picks this year probably won't play this year.
It's not like Okorafor is a bad player or anything, but another early luxury pick for a team with holes. If Jerald Hawkins(4th round pick a couple years) didn't get hurt this offseason, Chuks would be the 8th offensive lineman on this team. You don't spend day 2 picks on that. I don't even know what else to say besides just repeating what I said for the other picks. Again, the grade is this high because he has a chance to become a starter at some point, but it's gonna take a few years.
GRADE - B-
Marcus Allen
Finally, a good pick. The funny thing about Allen is his tape is way better than Edmunds, and it isn't really close. Some well respected evaluators even had Allen above Edmunds outright. The difference is Edmunds has a lot of potential, Allen is pretty much locked into his role in the NFL. Allen played SS at Penn State and started 42 games. He is a great tackler and an even better run defender. By all reports, he's a great guy and a big leader in the locker room. You may be asking yourself, if he has that much going for him, how did he fall to the 5th round?
In the 42 games he started in college, he had......1 interception. It was in his last season against Georgia State.. You can tell by his tape that he is not good in coverage and has no instincts for the ball. When you aren't skilled in those ways, your place in the NFL is limited. I think teams are more attracted to what a player can be in the future and their potential more than someone who, realistically, has very little to improve. Some are speculating he might play linebacker for the Steelers, which I think is wrong. I think he will play as a linebacker hybrid sort of role. That would best utilize his skills. But he is not moving to LB GRADE - B+
Jaylen Samuels
Samuels is someone who was used in a variety of different ways at NC State. Obviously he played running back, he was a receiving threat out of the back field, and he ran some routes as a WR. Sounds a lot like Le'veon Bell right? Well, the difference is that even though Samuels did a lot of that in college, he isn't particularly great at any one thing. He can run, but he isn't the most dynamic runner. He isn't that fast(ran a 4.54, 56th percentile for RBs). He has issues with dropping the ball at times. So, he's in the mold of Bell, but he doesn't do anything on the level of Bell. That's definitely part of the reason why he dropped this far. One of the biggest issues with him is figuring out how he is gonna be used in the NFL. Some teams just may not have a role for him or want to deal with the process of figuring out how he should be used. The Steelers seem like as good a team as any to try and develop him. He probably won't see much play at all this year, but that time will definitely be used to up his game and we'll see where he fits later. GRADE - B
Joshua Frazier
Just a pretty solid pick. Frazier obviously has some connections with the team already, with Karl Dunbar coming over in the offseason. I'm sure he had a say in this pick. Frazier didn't really play much at Alabama, even though he was a 4 star recruit. With the defensive line talent that comes through Alabama, you need to be on your game at all times or else there is someone right behind you ready to take your spot. Because of that, he didn't really have a chance to develop his game any further. The time he has played hasn't been great. Once you get to this point in the draft, you are basically just getting priority of some guys you think would go elsewhere as UDFAs. I think he has a good chance to make the team. If Dan McCullers can do nothing for 4 years and still make the team, why not Frazier? Grade - B
THEY DIDN'T DRAFT A LB?????
Absolutely bizarre. I get that they signed Bostic, but that shouldn't be someone you rely on. Then Colbert acted like it was ok because we have Bostic and Matakevich. We know they tried to trade up for Rashaan Evans. If you feel ok with them, why would you try to trade up for one? Colbert had said before the draft that he didn't value the ILB class. I guess it was get the best or don't get one at all. We'll see how that decision pans out

Projected Starting Lineup

Offense

QB: Ben Roethlisberger - Hopefully Ben will start off strong this year with the change to Randy Fichtner. In the past few seasons, the offense doesn't seem to come together fully until a few weeks in. The back end of the schedule looks rough this year, so it's important that he can perform at a good level through out the year. Every year I expect Ben to drop off a bit and even though we see glimpses of it every so often, it hasn't happened completely yet. He obviously isn't as mobile as he used to be, but everything else about him is the same even though he's older. He surprisingly didn't miss a game last year so hopefully that continues this year. It might take a little time to gain trust with James Washington.
RB: Le’Veon Bell - If you thought Bell had too many touches last year, wait till you see him this year. Bell did not sign a long term contract this offseason and his agent basically said this was his last year here. So the Steelers are going to get as much out of him as they can. There are some rumors that he's gonna sit out part of the season. Not gonna happen. Same rumors arose last year and nothing happened. I don't expect anything different to happen this year. He may start off slow(skipping training camp), but by midseason, Bell will once again be a playmaker for this offseason.
FB: Roosevelt Nix - Nix was solid last year, being the lead blocker for Le'Veon Bell. The Steelers are a team that uses a fullback, using Nix on 16.37% of offensive stats last year. I expect him to play at the same level as he did last year. Maybe even better since the Steelers are going to be giving the ball to Bell a lot this year, giving him more chances to create holes.
TE1: Vance McDonald - Vance McDonald was supposed to have a bigger role in the offense last year, but injury issues led to him only playing 10 games. In games he did play in, the Steelers went 8-3, with his best game coming in the divisional round. As long as he stays healthy, I think he's gonna fill out the role the team had in mind for him last year. He still has drop issues(which date back to his time in San Francisco) and he's not the best blocker, but he still has a role in the offense. If he performs well early, then I think that will earn him more snaps to the point where he is playing the majority of the time.
TE2: Jesse James - James ended up playing more than expected last year with the injury issue with McDonald. James is just a JAG. Doesn't do anything really well, not really an explosive athlete, not really a great blocker. He's just another guy. I don't expect him to get any better, I think he is a case of "What you see is what you get". I think a lot of James "success" is due to the offense and Ben Roethlisberger. Hopefully he can just be the backup this year, but if needed, he can come in and at least be a middle-of-the-road player.
WR1: Antonio Brown - Brown was having a MVP like season before he got hurt in the Patriots game. Would he have won if he would have played out season? Probably not. But can he do that same thing again this year? Probably. Hopefully he doesn't have any more injury issues, because one injury to the WR core and there are going to be major issues for the offense. Brown has the ability to carry the team on his back.
WR2: James Washington - When I say WR2, I don't mean he's gonna be the 2nd option in the offense. What I mean is he's gonna be the 2nd outside receiver in the offense. Juju has said that he prefers to play in the slot and James Washington is suited to be an outside receiver. Unlike Juju last year, I think Washington is going to see significant playing time immediately. The other guys he is competing against aren't really at the same talent level as him. Darrius Heyward-Bey will probably be the guy who splits time with him early(not thrilled about that). Justin Hunter is the other guy that has a chance, but he might not even make the team. I think it's gonna be pretty simple for him early on. Washington is gonna be the deep threat and as the year goes on, they may give him more on his plate, depending on how he is progressing in training camp. When you play with Antonio Brown, you are gonna get a lot of chances to produce. I expect Washington to get those chances to succeed early.
Slot: Juju Smith Schuster - Juju exceeded expectations last year. Most thought that he would need time to refine his route running. Playing next to AB definitely helped him, but he definitely took proactive strides by himself. Which is good, because the Steelers are going to be relying on him a lot this year. His snap count is going to be more consistent this year and he should see a high percentage of the targets, especially if Washington is slower to develop.
LT: Alejandro Villanueva - Villanueva has always been an alright player. He deserved the extension he got, but the fact that he got voted to the Pro Bowl last year shows that it's nothing but a popularity contest. Villanueva wasn't, and never was, a Pro Bowl player. He's a solid left tackle. Not much more and not much less. He has a chance to improve since he's fairly new at tackle, but I doubt it gets to that level.
LG: Ramon Foster - Foster is still playing at a high level, but he is getting on the older side(turned 32 this year). So the dip in play might be coming sooner rather than later. But for now, I think it's safe to assume Foster can still play at a high level. This is the last year on his contract, however, so I don't know where Foster will stand after this year.
C: Maurkice Pouncey - I'm happy that Pouncey had a good and healthy season last year. It looked like injuries were going to derail his career early on. While he isn't as good as he once was, he still is a very serviceable center in the league.
RG: David Decastro - Decastro had another great year last year, earning 1st team all pro for the 2nd time in his career. Not a whole lot to else to say. One of the best guards in the league and I think he's going to be one for the majority of his career.
RT: Marcus Gilbert - Gilbert never got in the groove last year because of his injury and then suspension. I think it's a big year for him to prove that he still is a good player. You would think that he would be missed, but Chris Hubbard came in and performed admirably. When he's healthy, Gilbert is one of the best right tackles in the league.
Defense
DE: Cameron Heyward - Heyward is coming off of his best year in the NFL. A lot of people expected this to happen 2016, but his season ended early. Not only did he play well against the run, he became the Steelers best pass rusher, totaling 12 sacks. I'm not sure how much better he can be, but if last year was any clue to what he can do, then I think he can be a dominant player for a long time.
NT: Javon Hargrave - Hargrave is really good, but it doesn't seem like he's playing as much as he should. He played less than half of the defensive snaps in 2017. I know he plays nose tackle, but he has shown that he can rush the passer too. My hope would be that he plays more this year, but i'm not sure if anything is going to change on the defensive line. Regardless, I expect him to build off of the progress he made last year, maybe get a couple more sacks.
DE: Stephon Tuitt - Tuitt started the year off bad, tearing his bicep on the second play of the season. He ended up coming back, but he never really played at the level a lot of us expected. This year is going to be important for him, because he was right on the cusp of being a consistent game changer after 2016. He's gonna want to show that he still has the capability to do that, even after the injury. Specifically, finishing sacks.
OLB: TJ Watt - Watt definitely exceeded expectations last year. Not only in regards to sacks, but also how he did in pass coverage(7 passes defended). Most thought Watt would start out a little slow, but this start may be indicative of whats to come. While impressive, his 7 sacks weren't the most high quality. Thats something that i'm definitely looking for going into year 2.
ILB: Vince Williams - Williams is locked into significant play time in 2018. He played beside Shazier last year and was used as a blitz mismatch, along with being a thumper in the run game. He totaled 8 sacks, which was the most for any ILB in the league last year. While this is impressive, the sacks themselves were just him mowing down a running back and then getting to the QB. Which is fine, but it's not like he's doing anything no other linebacker can. I don't think his role changes much this year, it's just everyone else around him is changing.
ILB: Jon Bostic - It isn't obvious who is going to start next to Williams, but Bostic would be my choice. I just hate the idea of having two unathletic linebackers when we play in base. Granted, I don't think we are gonna be running a lot of base, but when we do I don't want Matakevich and Williams on the field together. Having Bostic start isn't my favorite thing, but it's the best of the options available. I watched him in a couple of Colts games last year and I wasn't impressed. I'm not sure if Bostic is going to relay the plays like Shazier did but he's gonna play the same type of part. Athletic, sideline to sideline type player, but inarguably worse. I think by the end of the year he may rack up some tackles, but he won't be the playmaker that this team needs at that spot.
OLB: Bud Dupree - This is the make or break year for Bud Dupree, even though the team picked up his 5th year option. He just hasn't been the pass rusher that the team has needed him to be. 14.5 sacks in three years isn't Jarvis Jones bad, but it isn't first round worthy. He is an alright run defender, but the team really struggled last year when he and Watt couldn't get pressure. Some think Dupree(and Watt) are being put in coverage too much, which hurts his ability to rush. I don't disagree, but I think he's getting plenty of chances. I don't know if flipping sides will help him at all, but I guess it's worth a shot. He will be one of the biggest deciders if the defense if good or bad this year.
CB1: Joe Haden - Joe Haden was really good last year. It sucked that he got hurt halfway through, even though he looked similar at the very end of the season. I'm a little worried about his injury history, considering thats one of the reasons he struggled at the back half of his Browns career. My hope for him is to just play a full season. If he stays healthy, I think he can have just as good of a year as he did last year.
CB2: Artie Burns - Burns was very hit or miss in 2017. He was raw coming out of college and that hasn't changed two years in. He can look good at times, but he can also give up huge plays at any given time. That stems from the fact that he doesn't have the highest football IQ. He got caught looking in the backfield so many times. I think the Steelers are gonna give Cam Sutton every chance to take the job from him, but I think Artie keeps it. This year is gonna be a big for Burns. If he looks the same this year as he did last year, I would officially be worried for the sake of his development. I don't expect a ton of interceptions from him this year, but hopefully at the very least, he can improve in zone coverage.
Slot: Mike Hilton - I've talked about how much Hilton impressed last year for being an UDFA. I think theres a chance that Hilton isn't the starter mid way into the season, but for now I think his spot is safe. Cam Sutton also has a chance to start here, but I think they are gonna keep him as a backup and put him in certain sub-packages. Hilton can tribute by being a (surprise) force against the run and getting better in coverage. He wasn't awful in coverage, but I think he has room to improve. He's never gonna be the physical specimen, but that doesn't mean he's a liability in coverage.
FS: Morgan Burnett - It's hard to figure out where any of the safeties are going to play this season. Especially when Keith Butler doesn't even know. I'm just gonna trust the earlier reports, and stick Burnett here. Davis recently confirmed he will be playing FS. Burnett will be playing SS, which I think works out better for him, but maybe not for Davis. I think the goal of this signing was for him to help out against the run and maybe make a few plays in the secondary. Some have speculated that he is gonna be this hybrid swiss army knife and he's gonna play in the slot, both safety spots, LB, etc. I'm not sure if he is capable of doing all of that at this point of his career.
SS: Sean Davis - Sean Davis was rough last year. A lot of people saw Gronk dismantle him in the second half of the Patriots game, but he wasn't great in any of the other games either. I wasn't really expecting him to regress as much as he did after he had an alright first year. Sophomore slump? Maybe, but things that were a issue in college were an issue in the NFL. For example, man coverage(nightmares of Gronk). There was rumors that he may move to free safety, but for now, he's gonna stick to SS. Just recently, Davis came out and said he has officially moved to free safety. I think it's dangerous for him to move to his third position in three years. He won't be in man as much, but who knows how he is gonna adapt. I guess we will just have to wait and see how it works out.
K: Chris Boswell - Boswell got his Pro Bowl nod last year, deservedly so. I think he will continue to be great. Not much more to say then that.
P: Jordan Berry - Berry really isn't that good, but there is no other competition on the team. He isn't the worst punter in the league, but he has had some really bad punts at times. Like, complete shanks. I don't think he can get any better, but hopefully he doesn't get any worse.
KR: JuJu Smith Schuster - This is honestly a complete guess. You would think since Juju is an important part of the offense, he wouldn't be on kickoffs. Mike Tomlin and Danny Smith only want returners who they can trust they won't do anything stupid. Just run straight forward. They prioritize no mistakes over a big return. They never gave Justin Gilbert(dangerous return man) a chance to return a kick the season he was here and everyone was confused why. Then in the divisional round against the Chiefs, he returned a kick out of the endzone, and then went backwards. Thats why.
PR: Antonio Brown - Every year, we all think that the Steelers are finally gonna take Brown off of punt duties. Every year, we are wrong. Again, they only put players out there who they trust. Cameron Sutton was a great returner at Tennessee. Will he get a chance? Maybe. But I wouldn't count on it.
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2018.04.19 15:12 BlindManBaldwin [OC] A Look Back at Elway's Drafts: 2016

Paxton Lynch, QB (#26)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
(his comparison to Marcus Mariota makes, uh, little sense to me even when accounting for hindsight)
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Round 1 thread
Draft recap thread
The War Room’s reaction
Player picked next: Kenny Clark, DT (#27)
Player at position picked next: Christian Hackenberg, QB (#51)
2018 BMB Take:
Well….
Where do I start? The story of Paxton Lynch has been one of the most covered and discussed in Broncos Country over the last two years. Since the day he was drafted, everyone and their mother had a take on Paxton Lynch. Some loved his upside and athletic abilities when he was drafted. Others believed his “football IQ” short-comings and questions about his work ethic were enough to detract from any potential he had, while his life in mostly college-style offenses would mean it’d be a while before he was put in any position to succeed.
To this last point, there was a bit of consensus this would be the case. He would be a project player—a designation shared by several other players in this class—and would need a season or two before he could do anything. He needed to adjust to the NFL. In the meantime, the Broncos should have a “bridge” QB hold down the fort for a while. This would be the role of Mark Sanchez, who was traded for shortly after the new league year began.
In hindsight, despite all the praise I had for Elway’s “innovative” and “zaggy” QB strategy in 2016, it really wasn’t the right move. We had a great roster that could’ve contended for a playoff spot—if not a division title or even more. They were limited with poor QB play once Siemian got hurt. Perhaps the first-round pick would’ve been better served improving the roster at another position. Perhaps it would’ve been ideal if they used it to get a more established QB (Kaepernick, Bradford, Keenumlol ). Whatever it was, Elway’s decision to undervalue the QB position didn’t work out for the Broncos in 2016.
Unless they were perfectly content with non-contending that year. Maybe, internally, they realized it was unlikely the balls all bounced the same was as they did in 2015. We, like any title team, were the beneficiaries of a lot of luck that year. Combined that with the immeasurable loss of Peyton Manning and it becomes apparent that 9-7 was a small miracle for the Broncos. Perhaps the selection of Paxton Lynch signified this change of philosophy. That they were content with tanking the seasons, retooling the roster, and focusing on getting better for the future. If this was the mindset, selecting Paxton may have made sense. He’d have had the space to learn and grow, either behind a bridge or by just playing outright. This seemed to make sense, but one man changed everything; Trevor Siemian.
Siemian’s emergence as a legitimate starting QB blew the Broncos plans with Paxton Lynch. Now, they had two young and seemingly capable QBs. Siemian most certainly looked the part, but Paxton had that always-in-demand upside that NFL FOs love so much. This had changed the whole foundation of the QB room and brought more uncertainty to it. They had just invested this high pick in a young QB, now they had another option who looked better?
As 2016 went on, even after Siemian looked hurt, he certainly inspired confidence that he could become a better QB as the years went on. He already surpassed the expectations of most 7th-round QBs. Broncos HC Gary Kubiak (who had very good job security) was a fan of him, as were most of the offensive coaches.
In a series of events that could only be described as a divine blessing for Paxton, Kubiak was forced into retirement due to health matters and the offensive coaches (Knapp, Dennison) were shown the door. The new coaching staff, lead by Vance Joseph and OC Mike McCoy, were preaching the desire for “juiced up” offense and an open QB competition. By some reports, they were hired due to their willingness to have an open competition and not just give Siemian the job. The Broncos were bound and determined to see what they could get out of Paxton.
Everything in the 2017 offseason was built around the assumption that Paxton would become the starting QB. The offense was tailormade to his strengths, he was praised by the FO and coaches, and the media was pushing narratives about his growth during the offseason. He had every structural advantage possible.
But once the rubber met the road in the preseason, Paxton appeared to be the Same Old Paxton we’ve come to know and love. He was inaccurate, jittery in the pocket, struggled to complete basic passes. Siemian wasn’t anything special, but he was consistent and stable. He was the glazed doughnut of QBs, pretty ok if nothing special. Despite all the speculation that Lynch would be handed the job come hell or high water, Lynch managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The coaching staff went with the glazed doughnut. This decision was assisted by Lynch suffering a shoulder injury, which prompted the Broncos bring back Brock Osweiler. What a wild ride!
Sugar...ain’t very filling. While he started the year well, Siemian fizzled out and was subsequently benched for Brock while Paxton recovered. Brock somehow managed to be worse than Siemian, who was then benched for Paxton. He finally had his grasp on the starting QB position. If he could show something over these next few games, it would be unlikely he’d lose the job in the immediate future. It was all set for a date in Oakland.
Which...Paxton proceeded to lay an egg in. He went 9 of 14 for 41 yards and 1 INT. Against a defense that hadn’t managed to get an interception by that point in the season and was among the worst in the league. Yikes.
More importantly for his career, he got hurt in the game which re-inserted Trevor Siemian into the lineup. Who proceeded to start a few more games, get hurt himself, and cause Brock Osweiler to be put back into the lineup. Once Lynch got healthy again (I’m losing track of the crappy QBs.), he was put back into the lineup and would start the last game of the season against the Chiefs. Lynch vs. Mahomes, a foreshadow of what the AFCW could be for years to come.
He played...ok, 21/31 for 254 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs. Nothing special, but for Paxton it was the best he had looked preseason and regular season. But, this was against a team who had nothing to play for (they were locked into the #4 seed) and was resting players. He should’ve played well. Anything else would’ve been signing his death warrant.
As the 2018 offseason commenced, the very first move the Broncos made was to sign a QB in Case Keenum (who they pursued two years prior before the Rams placed a first-round tender on him). It seemed like the Broncos, with new-old OC Bill Musgrave, were ready to move on from Paxton and admit the gamble failed and he busted.
Not so fast, according to media reports. Allegedly, the FO (Elway) still has some confidence in Lynch and believes he may be able to put it together and figure it all out. Maybe they’ll pass up a QB in the 2018 draft because of this, maybe this is why Keenum is only on a two-year deal. Maybe, just maybe, the scouts and FO are better suited to evaluate players than us. Perhaps there’s a reason everyone and their mother had Paxton as a 1st-round lock.
To that, I would say hold your horses. Well, not on the “the FO is smarter than us” take. That’s right.
It’s highly unlikely (at least under my assumptions) they genuinely believe Paxton could become a franchise QB. If they cut him, openly tried to trade him, or did any other moves to signal anything less than 110% confidence in The Pirate, it would tank his value. The likely scenario is the Broncos trying to push this narrative that he’s “not bad” in order to try and move him either this offseason or during the year. They’ll try to recoup some (any) amount of value from him.
It’s a tough decision to make, but Lynch may be the worst draft pick of the Elway-era when looked at through hindsight. Especially for long-term organizational planning. This isn’t to say that Paxton wasn’t worth a first-round pick (the Cowboys really wanted him as well), but that the Broncos didn’t plan well around him. Paxton failed Paxton first and foremost, but the Broncos “half-in, half-out” handling of the QB position failed him as well. It’s a tragedy that the Broncos will try to move on from and find something tolerable at the most important position in sports.
Adam Gotsis, DE (#63)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Round 2 and 3 reaction thread
Draft recap thread
Player picked next: Kevin Byard, S (#64)
Player at position picked next: Carl Nassib, DE (#65)
2018 BMB Take:
Note: I’m not going to address Gotsis’s current legal issue as I feel I’m incapable of addressing it. I want to include this disclaimer so readers know I’m not discounting it entirely or not considering it properly. I’m approaching this only for who he is on the field and the Broncos should do what is right pending how the courts proceed.
Anyhow, back to football.
The Broncos surprised the NFL world when they went down under to take Adam Gotsis out of Georgia Tech. He was a relatively unheralded prospect who didn’t receive a lot of draft buzz. He only started playing American football when he was 13. He tore his ACL in October of his senior year. He was viewed as a Day 3 guy with about a round 4 ceiling. It had seemed like the Broncos could’ve got him a lot later. Besides, even if they failed to draft him it’s not like it would be that big of a deal anyway. How high was his ceiling anyway? Especially with his injuries. Perhaps he would become a JAG lineman that the Broncos could find stocking shelves at Costco. Perhaps that’s where he would end up in a few years.
Yet, this didn’t stop Bill Kolar from banging on every door in Dove Valley to lobby for Gotsis. He saw something on tape that made him cause all hell to break loose to get Kubes and Elway to see his way. If this man sees something in a lineman, he’s probably seeing something right. Probably.
For 2016, it looked like Kollar needed to go to the optometrist. Gotsis struggled to show adeptness in any area. He wasn’t expected to fill the gargantuan shoes of Malik Jackson in Y1, but it looked like he could barely fit in his baby slippers after his rookie season. However, most of these concerns were fairly easy to handwave away due to the injury. The argument was he was still struggling to gain confidence with his knee (physically and mentally) and that time would heal this wound.
In 2017, it appeared that this simple take would hold vaid (a rarity among simplified takes). Adam Gotsis looked like a different man in his sophomore season. This Denver Post article talks about the improvements he showed in just the first two games. While the Broncos defense was a disappointment last season, Gotsis was not a part of it. In fact, he was one of the rare positive takeaways from a mostly forgettable season. His growth and continued development will be a crucial part if the Broncos defense is going to return to being among the best in the NFL. Games are won and lost in the trenches. Players like Gotsis reaching their ceiling will help us win more in the trenches. If he is able to play in 2018, let’s hope he doesn’t have any regression and keeps improving as a player. If not (or if he’s cut), our run defense could be in for a looooooooong year.
Justin Simmons, DB (#98)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Round 2 and 3 reaction thread
Draft recap thread
Player picked next: Joe Schobert, LB (#99)
Player at position picked next: Miles Killebrew, SS (#111) or Derrick Kindred, FS (#129)
2018 BMB Take:
Justin Simmons, while not being my main crush for the 2016 draft (that was Nkemdiche), was a side chick of mine in 2016. I watched clips of him longingly, I read articles about his versatility and football IQ with my heart fluttering. Just look at this face.wait
Back to real stuff, Justin Simmons was viewed as one of the more versatile DBs in his class. Earlier in his collegiate career, he received some CB time. While he was a likely FS/SS combo at the next level, his coverage still would provide him with another skill in today’s pass-happy league.
Back in 2016, for /NFL_Draft I wrote this about the selection of Justin Simmons for Defend the Draft:
FA departures again created a hole at safety thanks to the departures of back-up safeties David Bruton Jr. and Omar Bolden. These two were critical in our success last year due to TJ Ward and Darian Stewart having injuries throughout the year keeping them off the field. Justin Simmons, who comes from the #1 college defense, looks to fill this hole and become an immediate contributor for Wade Phillip's #1 NFL defense. I could go into detail about him, but this is a great post from this sub detailing Simmons strengths. His tackling is what I am most excited about, as that is the #1 thing I want from DBs and the biggest strength of the vaulted No Fly Zone secondary is their ability to tackle.
I think my claims hold up well. The Broncos needed safeties (which looks even more pressing due to the departure of TJ Ward) and Simmons was a good safety entering the draft. He tackled well, had great football IQ, and was very versatile. The three traits which all the NFZ had in common were all present in Simmons. He would fit well in with this group of veteran, talented DBs.
Now, two years removed, Simmons is one of the veterans in the DB room. With Aqib Talib and TJ Ward gone, this is (to an extent) Justin Simmons secondary. His play and leadership will define if this unit is mediocre, good, or becomes something truly great again. If early results are anything to go by (which sometimes they are!), it’s looking promising that Justin Simmons will have a lengthy and successful career.
Devontae Booker, RB (#136)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Day 3 draft thread
Draft recap thread
Player picked next: Dean Lowry, DE (#137)
Player at position picked next: DeAndre Washington, RB (#143)
2018 BMB Take:
Fun fact that Penance1 reminded me of this week: Booker turns 26 next month. The recently released CJ Anderson just turned 27. Booker’s career is at a crossroads. Similar to the crossroads Paxton Lynch is on, but to a lesser extent. Everything is set up for Booker to finally seize the role the Broncos have set aside for him, the starting RB. For the better part of the last year, the Broncos have been heaping praises upon Booker in the press. Discussing his abilities as a receiver, his versatility as a runner, and the talent his possess.Well, it’s time for the words to stop and the actions to begin. So far, Booker’s career hasn’t produced a ton of noteworthy statistical achievements. Yes, he did lead the Broncos in rushing in 2016. But that was more due to the injury of CJ Anderson.
Speaking of injury, it’s hard to criticize Booker for a middling follow-up to his 2016 campaign. Things were looking very promising (even some buzz he’d push CJ for the starting job), but he suffered a wrist injury early in camp that derailed his whole season. Combined that with two OCs, a subpar line, and unholy QB play and it makes for the environment for one bad season.
After the release of CJ Anderson, Booker finds himself in position to be the Broncos starting RB today. However, in just one week, Booker could find himself demoted back to the bench and/or in competition for the starting job depending on who the Broncos draft. Like many young players, Booker has several obstacles to overcome in his career. So far, he hasn’t been able to do that. With his age already up there (remember, 30 for a RB is like 120 for a human), Booker needs to get going in a hurry if he’s to make this pick worthwhile. Thankfully, it was only a 4th rounder so if he nevers lives up to the billing it wasn’t like the Broncos blew a high pick.
Lastly, remember how his pick was announced? Jake Plummer and skiing. Enough said!
Connor McGovern, OG (#144)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Day 3 draft thread
Draft recap thread
Player picked next: John Theus, OT (#145)
Player at position picked next: Spencer Drango, OG (#168)
2018 BMB Take:
Connor McGovern or a grizzly bear, who you got?
On a serious note, McGovern was another in a series of “offensive lineman who we think has potential but needs to be put on ice for a while”. Think of him as a good wine, but was just bottled yesterday. It needs some time to age a little bit. Immediately after drafting him, Elway went deep into his wine cellar to put McGovern right next to Paxton Lynch and Adam Gotsis. 2016 was a great year for project wines. Some, like Kayvon Webster and Matt Paradis, have become some memorable spirits offered by the Broncos. Others, like Philip Blake, are best kept in a box.
This started to show some tangible results for the Broncos last year, as McGovern played 37.09% of snaps and made 5 starts at guard. With uncertainty about Matt Paradis’s long-term health due to his hips, McGovern also brings value through his ability to play center. This versatility will give him a likely leg up over Max Garcia in what will be a thrilling roster battle for the swing inside lineman. Depending on how the draft goesNelson hello , McGovern could actually find himself slotted as the preseason starter at guard.
Like all these picks, the jury is still out on whether McGovern will become a steady player on a resurgent Broncos line. However, the early results have been promising. Elway’s decision to keep him in the cellar for a while was wise and allowed him to adjust to the NFL a bit more.
Andy Janovich, FB (#176)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Thread announcing the pick
Day 3 draft thread
Player picked next: Temarrick Hemingway, TE (#177)
Player at position picked next: Dan Vitale, FB (#197)
2018 BMB Take:
I. Love. Andy. Janovich.
To the long-time viewers of /denverbroncos, it’s more than established I bleed Husker Red. While we may be the CFB equivalent of a cheese pizza, that won’t stop me from having tremendous pride for my state and whenever a Husker makes to the big leagues. Especially when that Husker is from Nebraska. Jano, who hails from Gretna (famous for the mall...and not much else), fit all those boxes.
Some people may argue that a fullback isn’t needed in the modern NFL or that a roster spot could be better used elsewhere (cough DMac cough), but I would argue otherwise.
No, I’m not going to make some rational dissertation about the value a fullback brings on ST or on short-yardage situations. Nor will I discuss the versatility it provides an offense and the value it gives a team.
This argument can be settled with a question: Who wouldn’t want this bamf on their squad?
It’s hard for me to talk objectively about Andy Janovich due to how attached I am to him. Frankly, I’d be disappointed if he doesn’t end up on our 53 this year but it’s all very much in the air. He has a lot of factors working against him, but like a good corn crop he’ll show some resilience and fight through. I hope we keep Janovich for years to come and he becomes a stalwart of the Broncos, but I understand this is unlikely. So far he’s shown value beyond the normal blocking roles of a FB (carrying the ball, ST), perhaps this will help him stay on the roster.
Instead of worrying about whether or not one of my favorite Broncos will stay on the Broncos, I’ll always have the memories of days gone by. Elway and the FO may be able to cut Jano, but they can’t cut my memories! Hopefully we can make more memories with Jano but if not,22 Janos man...22 Janos. If only we had 22, then we’d win 22 games. Somehow.
Will Parks, S (#219)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Day 3 draft thread
Draft recap thread
Player picked next: Travis Freeny, OLB (#220)
Player at position picked next: Jalen Mills, SS (#233) or Jayron Kearse, S (#244)
2018 BMB Take:
You ever have a player you really like even with them being a JAG/JAG lite?
That describes my thoughts on Will Parks. Other than a miracle return (and some clutch white shoes!) in the Bayou, he hasn’t been anything too remarkable in Denver. He saw more snaps in 2017 (60% of defense, 75% of ST), but didn’t make a huge mark. PFF really liked him coming out of college back in 2016, but so far he’s looked more like “perfectly reasonable 6th round pick” rather than “Tom Brady”.
Despite this, there’s always been something I’ve liked about Will Park. I can’t quite put my finger on it. He and Simmons, both at the same (or similar) position coming into the league at the same class. They sort of feel attached to each other and maybe they could become a great safety duo (or trio with Su’a Cravens!) in the future.
Oh, and I do want to veer off course for a moment. I’ve seen some takes that Parks may be expendable due to having traded for Cravens (as well as the presence of Simmons and Stewart), but I think these takes are a little warm. Parks is still dirt cheap, he can play ST, is pretty solid against the run, and is still a youngish player that could grow into a role. He’s not going to get cut after preseason barring some huge regression.
Lastly, since “No Fly Zone” is retired as the secondary’s nickname is there any chance “Parks and Wreck” could take off?
Riley Dixon, P (#228)
Pre-Draft Scouting:
NFL.com
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Immediate, Post-Draft reaction:
Day 3 draft thread
Draft recap thread
Player picked next: Demarcus Ayers, WR (#229)
Player at position picked next: Lac Edwards, P (#235) (Note: more punters? Goodness, this draft was one spicy memeball!)
2018 BMB Take:
Was this draft made for me or what? Drafting a fullback (from Nebraska, no less) and a punter? Perfection!
On a more serious note, the Riley Dixon ExperienceTM is coming to an end after just two seasons. After the signing of Marquette King, the Broncos have decided to go in a completely different direction with their punter. A noodle-legged, yet highly accurate punter doesn’t really work out too well when the offense stalls deep in their own territory every other drive. Instead, they’ve opted to get a much better punter with an ICBM attached to his hip. This was a huge improvement for the Broncos (might be my favorite move of the offseason) and will help us get back to the playoffs this upcoming season.
This leads to the obvious question, was Riley Dixon worth it?
I’d say yes, as selecting Dixon allowed the Broncos to get out of Colquitt’s contract and free up some needed cap-space. Plus, despite how much I value punting, a season isn’t made or lost by suboptimal punting. Dixon may not have had a big leg, but he wasn’t a total bust. He was very good in 2016 and, despite his regression, wasn’t garbage in his sophomore campaign. His range had shrunk but he was as accurate at ever.
Don’t feel bad for Dixon, I’m sure he’ll end up on his feet somewhere. He’s got tremendous utility as a punter (trick punt god) and a team with good offense yet poor ST play may value his accuracy. His young, cheap, and valuable. Have those three things and any player will end up on their feet.
2016 Draft Comparisons
Y’all know the drill, click 2016.
Patriots:
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2016 Concluding Thoughts
It’s hard to give thoughts about this draft since it is so young for the Broncos. As we saw with Adam Gotsis last season, a player can go from bust to based in a blink of an eye. These guys are still so young and emerging in their career they shouldn’t be defined by their early performances. Heck, by some metrics John Elway was a “bust” during his first two or three seasons and he became the greatest to ever wear the orange and blue. As I’ve implied throughout, take all of these takes with a grain of salt. I may heap praises on Justin Simmons for his early work, but come this season he could take a huge step back. I may criticize Paxton Lynch and think his time in Denver is done, but he could (as unlikely as it would be) prove us all wrong down the line. The only certainty besides Janovich being GOAT is uncertainty. I hesitated to include 2016 in this project due to the difficulty with assessing players this early in their career. I’m very much of that “three year” (with a few exceptions cough Brandon Weeden cough) mindset with players. It takes a few seasons before a player fits with the NFL game and can be evaluate fully.
With that said, the early favorite for best pick in this class would be Justin Simmons. His performance during his rookie season made TJ Ward expendable for the subsequent season. After that show faith of the Broncos, he put together are pretty solid season playing both safety positions and showed why he was such a highly coveted prospect during this draft. If “Parks and Wreck” (I’m forcing it goddammit) is to continue where the No Fly Zone left off, Justin Simmons will be a key part of that success.
The worst pick is also fairly clear cut. Paxton Lynch, despite all the hype and pomp, has failed to show anything of merit on the football field. I feel slightly bad for the kid, as he was never supposed to be put in this position this early in his career. Perhaps it would’ve worked out better for him if he was the backup behind a long-term franchise QB, like if Pittsburgh or the Chargers would’ve drafted him. He shouldn’t have been thrusted into open competition at this stage in his football journey. However, one might argue that the consensus that he was a “project” that needed all this time to adjust and grow is indicative of the fact that he’ll never live up to his athletic potential.
In totality, this draft has some high-upside players who haven’t shown it yet. Booker has tremendous versatility as a runner and receiver, but due to injuries and a crowded backfield hasn’t been able to show it. McGovern could play both G and C if he the situation dedicated it and has elite strength, but hasn’t put it all together yet to become a solid piece in the line. Gotsis showed some ability throughout last season, but he needs more consistency before he is able to become the Dingo to the Wolfe.
With a little more time and seasoning, this draft could become a source for a lot of solid guys. Much like 2012, it could be fundamental in future successes of the Broncos. Yet, the draft will always be remembered for Paxton Lynch and the failure to acquire a franchise QB. If the Broncos fail to do that in the next year or two, then all these “solid guys” will become irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. So, let’s look to the future and hope that Josh we can find that guy Rosen !
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2017.12.28 08:10 911bodysnatchers322 Transcript of George Webb Video Series Part 234 "Hillary's Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen" [@Georgwebb / #HRCRatline]

  • >>>CONT
    • This would be an explosive thing to come out, that there was this Republican-Democrat conspiracy around uranium and sugar meat--
    • That wouldn't be so good
    • So I want to give Jason credit here
    • He got back from Europe and went down with me
    • I was like three four I was three or four days I went down to Joe Rago's apartment looking for stuff
    • And then Jason got off the plane and went right down there and we were drenched
    • And but you can see I've covered this Joe Rago story quite a bit
    • And this is the vero pharmaceuticals [VEROPHARM]--if you don't remember vero pharmaceuticals [VEROPHARM]--first of all Glenn Simpson and Mary Jacoby knew knew Joe Rago at the Wall Street Journal
    • And Mary Jacoby still there
    • So she would have known Jill Rocco really well
    • Especially a Pulitzer Prize winner
    • But if you don't remember VeroPharm got bought by Abbott Laboratories during sanctions during sanctions
    • So there was some kind of quid pro quo there
    • Now if you don't remember Abbott buying VeroPharm, they bought it, and there was these three key plants, and these were the hundred generic pharmaceutical products they have
    • If you map those out, there's one pretty close to Moscow for the Moscow market
    • And then it's almost a path straight into Ukraine
    • What else is coming from Ukraine's in United States to the different Navy ports?
    • What else is coming?
    • Well it's gonna be uranium
    • Once you have uranium you have color of law
    • Now am I saying that not only a hundred generics are coming into the United States and being that there's a fix going in to buy these generics from Russia, rather than in the United States--to buy them from other people like India and Pakistan, instead of the United States--these generics
    • Is that what I'm saying?
    • Am I saying they're being animal pharma is being repilled, and sold illegally out of the back of pain clinics?
    • Am I saying there's an illicit halal ratline through Javed and Sugarland, and the sugar meat?
    • And then these doctors that are brought in, through this same mechanism, through Pakistan, may be involved in this backdoor pain clinic type activity?
    • Yeah I'm not exactly sure what--conclusions are being drawn
    • I'm just putting it out there to let people model on it, trestle under it, and then also--offer opposing ideas
  • Day 67.3 Did Andy McCabe Bring in the Russian Hackers with Egyptian Pilots? - YouTube
    • This is Day 67 part three
    • Last version I did about this guy named Abu and about this 123 Genesee in Paterson New Jersey
    • This is the same place where the Saipov trucker guy is, lives
    • 123 Genesee it's the same guy who's carting all the uranium all around
    • The 123 agreement is the agreement to ship uranium to every country in the world
    • So is this the cyclop truckers is this the epicenter of the site pop truckers to 123 Genesee?
    • We really don't know at this point
    • But I published a whole bunch of addresses...relating to that 123 address
    • And you can check all that out and 132 for that matter
    • So there's just all these addresses in the 123 neighborhood
    • But what's interesting is there's a connection to this alleged terrorists for the bombing in Chelsea
    • And I know I've talked about that a lot
    • And I've done a lot of shows on that
    • But I have always asked the question: "how does...how do two Egyptian guys here, come into the country, place a bomb in full sight, that they're photographed--they're on television later that night, and get out of the country?"
    • If they're not friends of Andy McCabe, how do they do that?
    • If they're not friends of the counterterrorism group, how do they do that?
    • The thing that leads me to believe that they did know Andy McCabe, and that is the way they got out of the country is because I went to the Benghazi hearing
    • And I saw all the operatives and informants that Andy McCabe had cultivated in Cairo, Egypt
    • I was amazed at how many people, and the amount of money that they offered these guys
    • Now this guy here the guy who actually got pinned for it, I believe was a low-level cashier, living in Elizabeth, New Jersey
    • Not quite in the epicenter
    • But activity all seemed to center around this mosque at 123 Genesee
    • So that is kind of like the key planning mosque is Andy McCabe goes to these mosques, to do recruiting of informants
    • So it just kind of all fit together
    • Now if you don't know the Egyptian Intelligence service it's called GID
    • I've mentioned this before
    • Andy was giddy to get GID folks--it was kind of my mnemonic
    • And it seems like the way Andy McCabe does things is he he kind of slots people in different roles
    • The Egyptians tend to fly the planes
    • The Pakistanis tend to be the sort of do everything with the drugs
    • The Russians tend to be more the hackers
    • The Uzbek East seem to be more the truckers
    • This is kind of reminds me of the old way that Rockefeller used to do with the Pinkertons--that
    • He'd bring all different nationalities into the mine: one group would do one function and it be compartmentalized
    • So no one could talk and communicate and unionize
    • So I just kind of have an interesting angle there
    • But again, how do these guys get in and out of the country, dropping not one, but two, and picture some numerous pictures of them dropping these bombs all over one of the most photographed areas in the country
    • So you probably remember but there was numerous numerous pictures
    • Now Jason had crowd-sourced the truth today over there, did a great job by going to that look one of the locations that Braverman had in his name
    • And I had speculated before that it may be a safe house for people coming in and out of the country
    • And here he is following up on that
    • Yeah do you know these guys? Have you seen these guys?
    • How long have you worked here? 20 yrs
    • You never saw either of these two guys? NOPE
    • Oh they don't live in 5C? NOPE
    • No thank you sir. YOURE WELCOME
    • Happy holidays
    • And what he was talking about there was Eric Braverman and Neil Brown
    • But you notice all these NYPD cars--the the thing he made six months ago there was all these NYPD
    • And then today again, the street was lined with NYPD
    • It's because NYPD's across the street on 21st Street
    • Well one of the things you would do if you were bringing a team in to New York to do a hack
    • Let's say you're bringing in Russians in to hack Trump Tower
    • You would bring them in--you would have these Egyptians first have to stay somewhere, and you would create a diversion, right?
    • Now the Russians are going to be driving the Russians are gonna be driving around New York City right with these vans...so they're gonna need a place to stay for a while
    • So was this place in Chelsea a place for operatives?
    • They were in Bravermans name--he was a Democrat DNC CEO
    • Was that kind of the center of operations for the DNC for operatives in New York City?
    • We don't really know
    • But we do know that Fusion GPS was actively hiring a foreign spy, Christopher Steele, to give information, and leaked it to the press
    • This is David Corn over at Mother Jones, and he's currently on the hot seat, saying, "hey how did you happen to be talking to this guy"
    • And and then there's an FBI informant named in here of course that's gonna be Andy McCabe
    • So so this is the old--"hey this is kind of weird" and this they were drop in these different hints or--bombs before the election to try to do an October Surprise
    • One of the October surprises was this October Surprise, which was-this is the Trump Tower hack
    • It was between two Russian banks called Alfa bank A and Alfa bank B in red and then there was another communication from the spectrum health which I believe
    • Again, anytime you go to health and drugs that's gonna be the Pakistanis
    • They're coming in from Michigan--Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • But that but the Russians the hackers are gonna be coming in from Alfa bank A and B
    • And what you want to do is this this is sort of looks like the initiation of Andy's insurance policy on August the 15th
    • Where Andy has the big meeting as office the next day here the Russians, boom you move from almost no activity to boom--you spike here and then they try to find servers...and the key is you want to find servers and you want to access these accounts and you want to--get in the accounts and find some dirt right
    • But then they are not so successful in that initial wave here
    • And now nothing really happens until about a week before the election
    • Again, we're into September
    • Now if you're bringing these guys in right here somewhere in here 15th or so into into Chelsea and then the attack is toward the end of--the next couple of days the attack occurs
    • And they really spiked here, and then the thing gets shut down
    • I think they do actually compromise this server
    • They try to make it look really bad in terms of generating a lot of activity
    • They were already talking back and forth, but these are just kind of chatter back and forth, "hey who are you I'm not who you think I am hey who are you" kind of DNS lookups
    • Then it spikes here they leak that to the press nothing happens
    • And then they really try the Big Bang here at the end--doesn't work
    • Is this Glenn Simpson?
    • Are these Russian operatives that came in to do this?
    • Are these Russian operatives living over here where Jason was today?
    • I don't know but it kind of all fits
    • How did these guys get in and out how do these guys get in and out without with being on television?
    • I mean there was stuff that night of these two Egyptian guys in and out of Manhattan
    • So I just find it difficult to believe that they could have gotten in and out without help from Andy McCade
  • Day 68.1 - FBI Defense to Offense With Fusion GPS Dossier - Light For Democracy - YouTube
    • Good morning in space 68 this is part 1
    • What I loved about doing the timeline yesterday in the first [video] is I laid out a timeline a proposed timeline and then people like this geo peephole analyst and I think she goes by the name of Khattaka
    • I came in and really pulled all kinds of documents and really laid it out--the timeline with documentary evidence
    • And this is the great thing--in one day a lot of people said in one day you wouldn't get this in a law firm--in a year
    • It would just cost you so much money
    • But looking at some of the key dates that she brings out, one of the key new people in this sequence of events of Fusion GPS
    • And this Fusion GPS timeline is this meeting between Lisa Page and James Baker
    • This is gonna be the PP at the beginnings of the Trump dossier, which later will morph into the Peepee dossier
    • And the importance here is the basis of the Trump dossier, I believe is this Russia Russia Russia
    • And it has to do with Russian babies, Russian kids, Russian teenagers, Russian adoption
    • That's the part that's lost here in the Trump dossier
    • It's of all about Russian adoption
    • Now it's very odd that just a few days later ten days later Nellie or is hired
    • And she is not only the Russia Russia Russia expert, spending several years, decades there I believe, and speaks perfect Russian
    • But she's also the Russian baby expert
    • She's the russian teen expert
    • She's the russian adoption expert
    • So it stands to reason that the genesis of the Peepee dossier--the baby peepee dossier if you will--which was the Trump dossier--the first given to Veselnitskaya to take on June 9th to Donald Trump jr. was written by Nellie Ohr
    • So if you go back to my timeline and you make these additions, there's a few things that move around, but one thing I've emphasized from yesterday is the close relationship and monitoring or following of Glenn Simpson and Mary Jacoby at the Washington Post
    • And remember Washington Post "Democracy dies in the shadows"
    • So we really need to know if the Peepee dossier led to the Peepee FISA
    • That's I'm sure that--we need to know that
    • The second thing is--so that's been clearly established
    • But I'm going to skip over this Becerra server and all these illegal logins...
    • And I'm gonna really key in and kind of focus on us on this timeline here when DNC is hired by Fusion GPS
    • Now I have documents that show there's an earlier relationship in March, where Perkins gets hired by the DNC
    • And then in April moves into hiring Fusion GPS
    • But we can argue about that and
    • Again, I go back to how Manafort--Simpson and Jacoby always just seemed to be Manafort the next word in the sentence--just going by patterns
    • I believe they're hired--Simpson and Jacoby--are hired by the DNC
    • And then Manafort shows up at Trump Tower, not the other way around
    • And I'm putting a causality there that may not be there
    • They may be too miss--unrelated events, but they're I'm putting a causality in there
    • So the second piece here is there's this marathon meeting
    • Now who knows if this meeting between Zebley, which is Justin Cooper's attorney, and Mueller: who knows if it's a defensive meeting or an offensive meeting
    • I think it's maybe now both
    • I think it's how do we how do we put the kibosh on whatever Justin Cooper is saying here
    • How do we put that kibosh
    • And then turn it around on the opposition and accuse them of what Jessie Cooper is accusing us of
    • Best defense is a good offense
    • So I'm now starting to think this is an offense defense meeting, right here between
    • Let's take what Justin Cooper accuses us of Zebley--you were my chief of staff at the at the FBI
    • Now let's turn it on the opposition let's turn it around
    • Let's hire Fusion GPS
    • Let's get a story going let's let's figure out a way of getting a FISA and turn this story around on Trump
    • So that's where I think this Jacoby meeting comes in at the White House--this long meeting--where they strategize and they say here are actors in this play, here's how it will--play out
    • And usually on a CNN--if you've noticed--there's usually three or four or five people that get brought in over a period of one or two days or they'll all say the same thing
    • "Oh yes it's clear now it looks like Russian collusion--oh yeah from my perspective yeah it's it's Russian collusion for my perspective too"
    • "I think yeah there were they were in on those servers at the DNC--it's Russian collusion"
    • And maybe all they were doing is taking the evidence here and taking the evidence from their own Russian spies that they hired, and just giving it the twist of saying Russia Russia Russia
    • And just just erasing out the part about Maryland, and erasing the part out about Centreville, Maryland
    • {{ 911: that's called 'weaponized omission', sir }}
    • So the DNC supposedly waits to call Perkins Coie until April the 22nd when they notice they've been hacked
    • We know this is a lie
    • We know they've been sweeping money going back to the Becerra server
    • We know that they've had seven thousand sweeps by now at that period in April
    • They would have had five thousand money sweeps and NGP van sweeps would have been done already
    • So we know this is a lie
    • And then we have Perkins Coie getting called in to "cloth" [Bleachbit] the servers
    • And now we get into things that have changed in the timeline
    • This is Comey's exoneration level letter was already being drafted
    • So this gives more credence I had this dozens of 20th of May yesterday this gives credence to the "let's get the defense out of the way, and let's get back to offense--let's get back to offense"
    • So two days later or three days later this is this critical meeting
    • "Hhy the defense is done we've got the exoneration level letter done, now let's turn it around and let's turn it over here"
    • "And get Lisa Page who was at the FBI, and all these DOJ lawyers in, and James Baker in to figure out how are we going to construct a document which is going to get us a FISA"
    • And this is what I said before with Judge Contreras coming on the FISA Court in the 15th
    • I believe that there was a first FISA asked for--based on the Trump Tower dossier--and I believe Judge Contreras--around the 15th or maybe a little bit later--turned it down
    • That's why they went to these other strategies of bringing in more spies from from Europe
    • But anyway here you go
    • Here's the 15th
    • They've had this meeting they've decided what to do
    • They've got to get some kind of document to go to the FISA Court
    • So they hire Nelly or she's gonna write this Russia Russia Russia--adoption adoption adoption
    • I think this part has been under-played, on how much this was Russia Russia Russia, but also adoption adoption adoption
    • And that's that document that that comes to Trump jr.
    • And then we we see--Ohr being hired here
    • I had this a little bit later on the 25th
    • It was actually earlier than I thought
    • So sometime between here and here and I should change this
    • Sometimes between the 15th and the 25th is when I say they go to the FISA Court
    • Remember as soon as they're done writing the document her husband right over here works at the Department of Justice they can walk it down the hall
    • They literally can walk it across the street over to 333 Constitution and ask for a FISA
    • So they could ask for it any time of day
    • So these things could have been bang bang
    • So I'm just using these as brackets Nelly Orh writes it
    • Bruce Ohr takes it up to Contreras, in this 15-day window sometime
    • And I'll keep flexible on that 15-day window but
    • Again, it's the crowd it's the crowdsource, putting in this critical pivotal link, showing how--first of all getting this date right on the exoneration--when defense is over with okay
    • Now we put the letter in the drawer
    • We've done the edits to it
    • Hillary's not going to jail
    • Now let's turn back on offense and then have this offense meeting the next day
  • Day 68.2 Brennan Witholds Pee Pee FISA From Obama? Just Describes Verbally? - YouTube
    • It's Day sixty-eight point two
    • And in the hour and a half since I recorded there's been new developments on the timeline--new information coming in
    • But I think the first thing is April physis FISAs bring May wiretaps
    • April FISAs bring May wiretaps
    • It's just obvious April FISAs bring May wiretaps, because: look at how many--you couldn't crowd any more FISA lawyers into this April meeting that I talked about this morning then they did
    • Now I still believe this 1st April FISA that brought a may wiretap was denied by Contreras
    • So it in this case the April FISAs didn't bring the May wiretaps
    • But if you go down and look at all the lawyers--all the DOJ lawyers--first of all, this is [MICHAEL SUSSMAN]
    • He was then at the DOJ but now he's my learning partner learned opponent excuse me, over at [Perkins Coie]
    • But then the list of all the DOJ lawyers that get brought over--if they were there playing Canasta it seemed like they had too many
    • It just goes on and on all the different lawyers
    • And there's different folks that called this this meeting on the 25th
    • So my point here, going back to the to the timeline is that this really was the strategy here was a good offense is a good defense
    • The best defense is a good offense
    • Here Giacolone gets written off the server investigation for Hillary
    • Andy says we've stopped that, now we're gonna hide hire Flynn
    • I'm still jury's still out on Flynn for me if he was maybe a plant or not
    • I know that make some people mad, but then Fusion GPS comes in, and this is the part of the offense
    • It said on the offense was maybe here where the turning point was in April
    • But now that I see all these fights and lawyers coming over after this April 12th meeting, I think the offense started actually back here way back here in March--at the end of March where Fusion GPS gets brought in and the whole plan is an operation it's in motion now
    • They just have to figure out how to dot the i's and cross the t's
    • As more information is coming back in you can see that there was premeditation all the way back here when they shut down the server investigation in February
    • Again, is Flynn a plant? Is he not a plant? We don't know.
    • But then the decision to go on the offensive is made way back here in March
    • I believe way back here in March
    • When you hire in Fusion GPS you already have a plan in mind
    • Is Manafort a plant?
    • And we know man afford--for 12 years previous is in is in John Podesta's office over there at Podesta consulting, like nobody's business
    • So is Manafort a plant in this?
    • Is the whole thing an outgrowth of this server shutdown?
    • Hey we'll put in Flynn as the National Security Advisor--
    • We can set him up on that--make him an informant
    • Then we'll hire Fusion GPS to do the smear and the FISAs
    • That'll that'll get us the wiretap for Flynn
    • We'll put in Manfort
    • Now we can have a wiretap on Manafort,
    • And then we'll set these two guys up and hope they'll be the two dominoes that knock on all the rest of the dominoes
    • Hopefully we can get Trump jr. to conspire
    • We can get Jared to conspire
    • And--we'll hopefully we'll start this chain reaction between Flynn and Trump
    • I know this is gonna make a lot of people mad
    • But I'm just saying if you go back to Simpson and Jacoby and everywhere you find Manafort!
    • He's everywhere--they're together--they're like twins
    • So anyway then there's this meeting here
    • I had no idea this was going to be another Mueller "unload the bus with lawyers" thing
    • {{ 911: Special Clowncil shortbus full of bozo lawyers }}
    • I went to the Mueller of hearing with Flynn the first time
    • There's 18 people in the jury box that are all lawyers!
    • They are all Mueller lawyers
    • They're all ex-Clinton Foundation lawyers filling the jury box
    • This is the Bob Mueller methodology
    • If we can't--if we don't have the law on our side, fill up the jury box with lawyers
    • And hire 50 people if we have to
    • To have them just snow the judge with law and quotations
    • If you don't have the facts on your side, argue the law
    • So that's what I think actually happened here, in this whole Peter Strzok and all this other stuff is this after-the-fact construction
    • These sandcastles they're building
    • This is what really happened
    • They really went on the offensive, I believe, after they got rid of Giacolone
    • They said, "hey Giacolone's fighting this FISA thing. We're gonna have to we're gonna have to do"
    • I think Giacolone was removed, and now going all the way back to February, because he stood in the way of the FISA
    • He said this isn't the way law enforcement is done--that's my opinion we'll see if the facts bear that out
    • But then right here now we're gonna go into the school play meeting
    • We're gonna meet which a Kobe we're gonna meet with Robby Mook and all the different Palmieri, and all the different players in the school play
    • And have this Russia Russia Russia narrative ready for CNN
    • And then we're gonna purport this hoax the DNC was hacked
    • Here of course it wasn't we know that Becerra server we knew we were lying all the time
    • We're gonna go into the Perkions Coie with the cloth on that all the servers are gonna wipe out all the servers
    • Then we're going to draft this exoneration letter
    • Then the DOJ lawyers are gonna go in and really build the case to the president, to get the President to sign off on this
    • Maybe have the president write a letter of recommendation
    • But again, we've got all kinds of FISA lawyers there in May
    • I don't know if the first one got it has been submitted yet or not
    • Maybe this is the final preparation before sending it
    • Remember Contreras comes in on the 15th of May
    • So maybe they're doing the final--the final trimmings, hitting a new judge for the first time, as soon as he takes over on the FISA Court, maybe
    • I don't know
    • But we know that Nellie Ohr's hired to write this FISA paper
    • The timing couldn't be any more exact
    • The timing couldn't be any more exact than having a wordsmith like Nellie Ohr come in and do the final brush up
    • Add some final Russian facts
    • And then we're gonna take it we're gonna here's Glenn and Andy
    • They're running it over they're running it over in the middle of the night
    • They're getting the judge out of bed in the middle of the night
    • (That should say Bruce Ohr)
    • They're getting out of the bed in the middle night
    • They're giving him forty FISAs, and hoping he won't either slamming him, hoping he won't get to the bottom
    • We don't know if that's true or not
    • Maybe they walked over and had a meeting
    • But this will all come out
    • I'm gonna say this as the 15th
    • Now I'm gonna change this on the timeline that this is the 15th
    • But the key here now is the president
    • When did they talk to the president?
    • Now we know the twenty-fourths Simpson--his wife brags about this
    • Well this is the
    • I'm sorry this is the Trump Tower meeting
    • Robby Mook comes out on the 23rd, and says "hack hack hack"
    • This is the right of according to the script of the school play
    • Here comes Jacoby, the wife of Glenn Simpson, saying yeah he's right Jacoby says yeah Glenn did all the work here
    • And now Brennan goes to the White House
    • This is the information that came out this morning
    • Brennan briefed Obama on the 24th, verbally, not during not actually they didn't actually give him the dossier--the presidential Daily Brief on the 24th
    • So the question is: was there a May FISA that got turned out by Contreras on the 15th, then they came back and got the president's executive order, only based on a verbal, not based on the president actually reading the order
    • We don't know that--we don't know that yet
    • But these details are gonna come out they're coming out on an hourly basis
    • They're coming out an hourly basis
    • Now the tarmac meeting makes a lot more sense
    • Because if Brennan actually had that verbal with the president and the president actually signed it, some kind of executive order ordering the wiretap, then you go then Bill Clinton goes to the tarmac and says "hey we got our FISA"
    • Remember you can't be communicating these things that happen in a secret Surveillance Court
    • This would have to be communicated only in this way
    • Kind of in a in a secret setting here
    • And then the DNC lawsuit is filed the next day
    • So interesting timing interesting timing
  • Day 68.3. Obama Did Not Read the Pee Pee Dossier on June 24th, 2016 - YouTube
    • Ok its Day 68 and I'm over at my little Obama thing this morning
    • A lot of people are sending me this--the for your eyes only package that goes to the White House on June 24th confidential etc
    • Normally it's just for the daily briefing for the president
    • And they're saying oh no--"Obama knew"
    • "Obama had the peepee FISA"--
    • And in the peepee FISA there was the Trump was gonna trade a trillion dollars of--of American uranium away to Russia, right?
    • So obviously that sounds like somebody else
    • So anyway, even Brennan, even Brennan intercepts that
    • And says I am NOT going to present this to Obama
    • I'm gonna just gonna tell him that it something's is really terrible in there
    • And hey I need you to trust me Mr. president
    • After twenty thirty years in the CIA, I need your signature
    • That's what happened
    • That's what that is in Brennan's own words
    • Read the read the tablet article--that is in Brennan's own words, he says he didn't want anybody else to see it
    • Why didn't he want anybody else to see it?
    • Because everybody would have started laughing for the for the trillion-dollar uranium deal
    • They would've said wait a minute that's Uranium One--that's us
    • Oh whoa sorry
    • So anyway we're gonna go into DC now
    • We're gonna be doing some other stuff
    • But I just want to say that--you know how Trey Gowdy is
    • {{ Gowdy Mode Activated }} "The blindfolded woman--it's not supposed to peek under the blindfold"
    • {{ The G returns }} It sounds like a little like Janine Lindemulder actually
    • Anyway Task Force sorry--she had to put her through that
    • But we're gonna we're gonna do some stuff
    • And I just want people keep their mind open on a lot of stories that have been covered before, that have been covered in a certain way
    • And we're gonna take a different angle
    • But it's gonna be a very data-driven approach
    • Task Force? extremely data-driven approach
    • And we'll that'll be coming
  • Day 68.4. Are DC Missing Girls Just Modern Slave Catching? - YouTube
    • Its Day 68 and this is part four
    • And this is going to be a slightly different angle on DC missing girls
    • A lot of people have commented said, "hey it's an impossible social situation. Move away from that."
    • We're looking at it from more of a data analysis
    • How many of the girls started in DC, and then ended up missing in Virginia?
    • We went to the site behind us this is National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and there's 387 kids on that website right now that you can go and look at
    • Many of them are not pictured, which is odd because it's hard to find somebody when you don't actually have their picture
    • I'm not saying they all went to Springfield
    • I'm not saying they all got into the limo in Springfield at the limo service
    • But we want to see what the last picture on the Metro if they were coming down here on the Metro
    • We want to see how they're dressed. If they were invited to a party
    • If they were told if they told their friends, they couldn't go to that party
    • All the things that I saw in the Long Island serial killer case, I want to apply to here, to see if there's those same things
    • The limos, the drugs, the invitation of somebody who is supposed to be very important, all that sort of thing that may have lured the girls here
    • Now the Confederate statue being right in front of the National Center for Missing and sploded children, looking down like well--I still can be a slave-catcher
    • I don't I just don't think that's a good idea
    • I think that's a bad statue for this corner, to be honest with you
    • It reminds everybody of a time of very very troubled time, and at a time when when people weren't equally valued in our country
    • And--hey my great-grandfather fought in that war on that side as a cavalry officer
    • But I say now it's time to take that statue down
    • {{ 911: Let's take down ALBERT PIKE's also. Not just a confederate, but a high level Freemason. Central to DC, SO important he needs Congressional approval to be commissioned AND removed. Why? They need to answer for why Albert Pike is still a thing, but people want to take down George Washington for example. }}
    • And let's start actually treating everybody the same--and putting the equal amount of effort of police work into missing DC girls, as we do as we would with missing white kids
    • How about that? Let's try that for a change
    • Task Force is inside there
    • There's not just one way, by the way, over here, there's not just one way,
    • It's not just, you know, 1871 right now--we're gonna have we're gonna just sublimate slavery
    • We're not going to do that with a Mason movement, and we're going to just make slave catching now we're gonna go underground with it
    • {{ 911: If you are reading this right now, you owe it to yourself to read Grant Morrison's The Invisibles }}
    • No that's not the solution
    • The solution is tear it down, take it down, and let's all live together
  • Day 68.5. Task Force Visits NCMEC. - YouTube
    • We're here at historic Alexandria--the waterfront
    • You can see as I walk through time behind me kind of how it developed as a major port
    • And slave trading was a part of the history, of course
    • And then came a major port in World War one I believe
    • And then on to the future
    • But you kind of look out across the Potomac here
    • I doubt Washington threw a dollar across
    • But getting back to the missing girls here
    • If we go back to around 1871--slavery is over with
    • That doesn't mean, "oh hey let's come up with a covert method of going and getting our slaves, and then we'll just economically depress everybody, so they can't get away and we'll call ourselves a Masons
    • And then we'll have these meetings with stinky ropes
    • And we'll threaten to kill you if you ever talk about it
    • That's not actually democracy
    • And what the problem with the Masons is they infiltrated themselves into law enforcement and our judiciary and our political area
    • If you go all around washing you see all these reminders to kind of threaten people and live under kind of this threat always
    • And they don't have due process at the Masons okay
    • So I just wanted to kind of say that I've been in a Southern fraternity it was Kappa Alpha order
    • A lot of the same rituals it was based on Robert E Lee I wasn't doing an infiltration at the time
    • But I didn't know I was getting into until some of the songs started coming out
    • And then I kind of it was only there like a semester
    • But the idea that you can own another person and then you can exact reprisals against another person if they don't listen to your commands is an idea that's very much alive still in these secret orders
    • And I--the Trial of Fire, Trial of Ice--all that
    • I don't really care about exposing your crappy order secrets, because it's wrong, okay?
    • So I'm not saying that that is the slave caching that's going on here
    • Or the the use of "let's say well we'll bring the DC girls down here they're a little less than human we can use them at NIH for experiments we can use them at CDC for experiments"
    • It's it's it's history it happened at Tuskegee, so I'm not making stuff up okay
    • Now I'm not I'm trying to rule that out, but the human body unfortunately through all of our great research at the alphabet agencies has become more valuable not less valuable
    • So I'm going to just interview Task Force here for a second, on you went into the NCMEC
    • TF: I went up to the front--you can't enter the building at all
    • TF: So I buzzed I pushed a buzzer and asked to speak to somebody regarding the missing children in Virginia and DC and really all over the country, but just the high number that's going on here, and asked to speak to someone stated we were doing a story,and wanted some information on how they handle the missing children problem.
    • TF: and they would not let me in said I could not enter
    • G: media group only
    • TF: Media group only. Then they sent me to a media phone number, and that was only provides email access where you can send requests
    • TF: And then attempted to enter when somebody else entered and I was kind of rushed to rush by people there and demanded that I leave because they went back in he got kind of bum rush later yes back in when somebody open the door and just attempted to make contact if there's a front desk there there's a lot of people and they are watching me from the outside I just wanted to talk to somebody and they wouldn't let me
    • G: So so in summary there is not a helpful attitude of hey we want to outreach to all investigators
    • We want to engage all journalists we want to engage all investigators
    • It is very much a very different closed order society type attitude
    • I was hoping that that would not be what we found
    • But that's exactly what we found
    • So anyway we're going to enjoy the beautiful waterfront here in beautiful Alexandria, Virginia
    • Thank you all for joining us
  • Day 68.6. My Respects To General Flynn. - YouTube
    • Day 68 part six
    • So I probably need to apologize to General Flynn
    • Sometimes when you're really frustrated that you're not getting any kind of public documents
    • This whole Horowitz thing kind of being invented after the fact
    • Oh yeah sure yeah yeah yeah a week before you were about ready to be nominated--Trump, I was on it
    • I was looking at all these
    • I was looking at the PP FISA
    • Yeah I was looking at the peepee dossier don't don't worry--I was all over it
    • These these text messages that get invented--conveniently after Andy gets caught in his little shenanigans
    • So--and it just seemed odd with the Flynn thing
    • I mean I saw him up close
    • I looked at his eyes--I saw him up close--five or six times that day and it just did not seem like the normal General Flynn
    • There was a diminished, depreciated General Flynn
    • And I'm like that's not general Flynn--he's not acting normal and it looks like it looks like a fake
    • Now maybe there is this grander plan that he was gonna suck at all the conspirators in
    • And--Imperator Rex talks about that--maybe that's the plan okay
    • So maybe--I got fooled I got taken in like everybody else did it
    • It Just it just seemed fake
    • So I could only say exactly how I feel
    • But I do realize he did--gave a country 33 years of service
    • A great man and so I do want to apologize
    • Like I said when I make mistakes I do I want up to it
    • And I usually apologize within two or three hours
    • And I'm doing that now
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2017.11.29 12:09 scottsimon36 The Nexus FAQ - part 2

Full formatted version: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16KKjVjQH0ypLe00aoTJ_hZyce7RAtjC5XHom104yn6M/
 

The Nexus Community:

  1. What principles does Nexus abide by?
  2. Who is building Nexus?
  3. Who do I contact to become involved?
 

Nexus - Past & Future:

  1. How did Nexus start?
  2. Is there a roadmap for Nexus?
  3. What does TAO stand for?
  4. When is Tritium expected to be released?
  5. How will Nexus solve the scaling debate?
  6. What is the 3DC or 3D Chain?
  7. How will Nexus solve blockchain bloat?
  8. Will Nexus incorporate Smart Contracts?
  9. Will there be any hard forks in Nexus?
 

Bringing Nexus to Earth:

  1. Nexus claims to “decentralize the decentralization.” What does this mean?
  2. How is Nexus going to put Cubesats into orbit?
  3. Why is Nexus using Vector Space and Galactic Sky?
  4. When will the first Cubesats be launched?
  5. How many Cubesats are required for the mesh network?
  6. How much does it cost to build and deploy the satellites, and how is this funded?
  7. Does Nexus have any developers working on developing the mesh network?
  8. Where can I find further information?
 

The Nexus Community:

1. What principles does Nexus abide by?
Nexus operates under the following overarching principles:
Respect
Respecting ourselves and others brings greater cooperation and growth, building strong relationships and stronger communities.
Knowledge
Through knowledge we are able to discover the mysteries of the universe, gain a greater understanding of those around us, and let go of the fears that hold us back. The pursuit of knowledge is an adventure that brings us amazing discoveries which enrich our everyday lives.
Honesty
Honesty and transparency foster trust between people, which helps us make better decisions in all aspects of our lives and enables us to be our authentic selves. Honesty cultivates our awareness of the reality around us and improves our communication with others.
Freedom
Pursuing our individual goals and following our passions, without being censored or needlessly hampered, is true freedom. When people voluntarily associate with each other, respecting the principle of ownership, we are able to reach our potential and find true happiness. Freedom is a positive-sum game; a win-win for all people across the globe.
 
2. Who is building Nexus?
The Nexus blockchain is being developed by the Nexus Earth Embassy, a registered nonprofit organization in the United States of America. The Embassy is funded through the Nexus Ambassador Fund.
The Core team members are:
  • Colin Cantrell (Videlicet), Founder / Software Engineer / Software Architect / Nexus Embassy Founding Director
  • Preston Smith (pdogg147), Nexus Embassy Founding Director / Community Manager / Public Relations
  • Keith F. Smith (nightandday), Nexus Embassy Founding Director / Ninja Marketing / GUI Developer / Web Developer / Media Production
  • Kierre Reeg (kierrereeg), Nexus Embassy Founding Director / Business Manager
  • Jacynda Smith (jacynda), Nexus Embassy Director / Nexus Hub Manager
  • Brian Smith (resistance_is_futile), Nexus Developer / Software Engineer
  • Dionna Bailey (dionna), Business Development
  • Wendy Katz (wendykatz), Marketing Manager
  • Brian Vena Business Development
  • Nelson Sparks Operations Manager
  • Gail Holman Comptroller
  • Glen Luyckx (mrprobz), Online Support/Wallet Tech Support
  • Andre Krohn (ajkrohn), Online Support/Wallet Tech Support
  • Ashley Swazey (concordia), Executive Assistant
  • Shaun Preece Graphic / Interface Designs
  • Jon Saviono Graphic / Website Designs
  • Mike Casey (mikecasey), Deputy Community Manager / Reddit Moderator / Nexus Hub Manager
  • Nick (n1ck988), Online Support
Colin and Brian are full-time developers working on Nexus. We have many part-time contributors that work with our core development team, and we are always keen to find more C++/blockchain team members.
 
3. Who do I contact to become involved?
 

Nexus - Past & Future

1. How did Nexus start?
Nexus started as a vision of improving the Bitcoin protocol, and at the same time cleaning the cryptosphere from scam coins.
Lead Developer Videlicet (Viz) studied the foundations of the Bitcoin Core code, understanding how Satoshi structured Bitcoin and identifying opportunities for improvement. At this time, the altcoin market was being flooded with scams and pump and dump schemes where coins pushing promises, buzz words, and the allure of quick profits were used to swindle BTC from communities. Fom Viz’s vision, Coinshield (CSD) was born.
The first CSD block was mined on September 23, 2014 at 16:20 UTC-7, and the project soon-to-be named Nexus was live. At that point, the project had one channel of mining: a Prime Mining channel (CPU). On October 23, 2014, the Hashing (GPU) channel was launched as the second proof channel. The blocks included a first-ever subsidy, where a portion from each mined block would be sent to one of 13 developer accounts and another portion would be sent to one of 13 exchange accounts. On January 24, 2015, CSD was listed on Bittrex Exchange.
Shortly afterwards, Viz drafted the first whitepaper that outlined how the network would work to recycle and merge the economies and communities of these scam coins. The goal was to help the people in those communities, bring them into the CSD community, and at the same time help clean up the cryptosphere. The exchange accounts would be used to merge these economies by exchanging the coins for a portion of CSD.
On April 11, 2015, Viz announced the intention to rebrand to Nexus. Discussion pursued about the ticker symbol, and NIRO was chosen to represent Nexus. On July 24, 2015, Nexus version 2.0 was released with Nexus Proof of State (nPOS) and the introduction of the Trust Network. This laid the foundation for the broader scope of Nexus.
At the beginning of September 2015, Videlicet revealed his identity as Colin Cantrell. In October 2015, a more formal team was formed to promote development, build the community, and market Nexus. The ticker symbol was revised to NXS. Discussions on Nexus’s direction led to the decision to abandon the recycling and merging that was part of the Coinshield project. The technical work required to implement the merging was done, but with the explosion in the number of new cryptos, the process would have had little impact. Therefore, Nexus began to develop into something much more expansive. The project had a whole new direction.
 
2. Is there a roadmap for Nexus?
Nexus does not release a detailed roadmap to the public, in order to prevent price manipulation. Providing dates and deadlines creates fear of missing out (FOMO) when they approach, and fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) if they are missed or met. Instead, Nexus outlines a Strategic Vision, consistent development updates, and a set of larger releases called the TAO.
Future features:
  • The 3D Chain (Partitioning, scaling, and enhanced quantum resistance)
  • Advanced Contracts (an augmented smart contracting language and virtual machine)
  • Mobile Wallets (iOS and Android)
  • Modular User Interface
  • Terrestrial Mesh
  • Orbital Mesh
 
3. What does TAO stand for?
Each letter represents the activation of a component required for the 3DC. Each component corresponds to a transaction level lock.
  • Tritium - L1 - trust wallet with transaction level locks using a signature chain
  • Amine - L2 - improved proof-of-stake trust system and activation of the second tier locking groups
  • Obsidian - L3 - mining vault where miners contribute directly to Nexus as a distributed pool
All three of these updates will include improvements to the advanced contracting virtual machine.
 
4. When is Tritium expected to be released?
The Tritium wallet will form the basis of the Tritium updates, as the new wallet will include a faster backend, and a cleaner interface design. This also speeds up transaction throughput, implements Level 1 locks, and also activates signature chains with enhanced trust algorithms.
The Nexus developers want to ensure that they release the best architecture possible and are working diligently on making this complicated process a reality.
 
5. How does Nexus solve the scaling debate?
Since every transaction requires space in a block, there are several solutions that have been proposed for blockchains. Bitcoin has Segregated Witness and Lightning Network, and Ethereum has Plasma, but both essentially rely on off-chain solutions to provide scaling (a more centralized approach). They create payment channels or side chains, that rely on the trust of the verifier to then re-commit the updated balances at the discretion of trusted verifier.
The second proposed solution is to increase block sizes or reduce blocks times as in Ethereum’s case. Effectively, this increases the capacity for new transaction either through size or frequency. Namely, more transactions can fit within a single block, or there are more blocks per time interval. Since each Bitcoin block is found roughly every 10 minutes, increased block size increases the number of transactions per second the protocol can handle.
If you look beyond these solutions, however, there is a key problem with the way the Bitcoin protocol processes transactions. Regardless of the computing power working to find blocks, each block can only fit so much data, and each block still takes 10 minutes to find. Bitcoin consumes the energy equivalent to powering a small country, and yet the only thing that increases is the mining difficulty. This is because each miner is competing with every other miner to find the next block.
Nexus recognizes that using proof-of-work as a competition is ineffective. In fact, this is the very reason that mining pools exist in the first place. Nexus’s 3D chain uses a synergistic approach where additional resources adds capability to the network. The Nexus 3D Chain by design should only be limited by node count, allowing it to scale unhindered.
 
6. What is the 3DC or 3D Chain?
Nexus’s innovation is to replace the mining pool with the blockchain itself on the Level 3 locks. Instead of miners having the authority to determine the next block by getting the winning hash, mining will become a group-wide activity. Miners will submit hashes to the network that lock the Level 2 proof of stake hashes, and agree by group consensus the data that will be locked. With no “one hash rules all,” the 3DC will be a set of hashes that will be combined into a single root hash for that block interval.
As transactions are performed, nodes in the network start verifying them immediately. When they are validated, they are locked by the CPU miners and assigned a weight (L1). This weight and trust increases as more nodes agree that the transaction has happened. As more transactions arrive, the ‘heavier’ transactions require less work and the CPU miners begin on the newer transactions.
After the transactions are validated and locked, the proof-of-stake nodes start to consolidate them into a single hash using their holdings of NXS to provide weight. This locks the transactions with the L2 Trust Lock, which is far more secure than the L1 locks, because all the information has already been verified at this stage.
The GPU miners finalize the addition of the block to the blockchain by hashing the Merkle root hash produced by the L2 Trust Locks.
For more information on the 3D blockchain, please follow this link
 
7. How does Nexus solve blockchain bloat?
Every single transaction performed on a blockchain takes up a small amount of data. Over time, regardless of how small each transaction can be made, the blockchain gets bigger. This is an immutable fact of the blockchain protocol. Satoshi, the anonymous creator of Bitcoin, envisaged the network’s capacity to only be limited by Moore’s Law. As we can see now, this still is a large bottleneck.
After the Segwit upgrade for Bitcoin, a 1MB block size can fit an estimated 12195 transactions per block. With a 10-minute average time per block, that’s only about 20 transactions per second maximum. In practice, this figure lies somewhere between 7-10 transactions per second on average. In order to surpass Visa, which handles 2000 per second on average, block sizes would need to exceed 98MB. If you extrapolate this over a year, then the blockchain would grow by 5 TB every year.
Obviously, this would be difficult to sustain. There are several proposals aimed at reducing this problem, from sharding, to child chains, to blockchain pruning. Nexus’s solution uses a custom-made Lower Level Database to select nodes to service pieces of the 3D blockchain structure. This allows nodes to partition their data use and chain storage across the network. They will no longer require the full chain to reside on their system. The more nodes in the network, the less each individual node will need to service.
 
8. Will Nexus incorporate smart contracts?
Nexus’s contract functionality will consist of contract templates embedded into the underlying code within the 3DC. Nexus contracts will not be turing-complete because infinite runtime is never necessary nor secure in a digital currency. This means Nexus contracts will be more usable without creating network congestion issues.
Some of these contracts will be used to enable key Nexus functionality and will work invisibly. Examples of this functionality includes:
  • Two-way signatures requiring a receipt signature to prevent accidental loss,
  • Reusable addresses, and
  • Reversible transactions.
Contracts can be used to store and update information, create payment channels, prove identity, and any number of possible functions yet to be imagined.
 
9. Will there be any hard forks in Nexus?
Nexus is designed to avoid hard forks via the incorporation of an update mechanism which will create updates to consensus rules without having to change the code. These rules will only be issued by developers and their according developer key signature, and will be validated by the other five voting groups.
 

Bringing Nexus to Earth:

1. Nexus claims to “decentralize the decentralization.” What does this mean?
As decentralized as blockchain technology strives to be, it nevertheless remains dependant on traditional infrastructure. By combining the decentralized blockchain software, satellite and ground based mesh networks, and a large team of passionate people, Nexus is focused on gaining a high degree of autonomy from external influences. By placing our own communication infrastructure in space, the network won’t be susceptible to government jurisdiction (similar to international waters).
Nexus’s three-dimensional chain will also reduce the need for mining pools. Pools exist because traditional blockchains only reward miners when they find a block, which can be rare. In essence, Nexus will become the pool, with miners being rewarded for each contribution instead of each block.
The phrase “decentralize the decentralization" was taken from an article written by founder Videlicet on May 6th, 2016. It was the introduction to the idea of “Blockchain 3.0”, and followed up with the technical architectures outlined above. The full article can be read here.
 
2. How is Nexus going to put cubesats into orbit?
Nexus has partnered with Vector Space Systems, which was co-founded by Jim Cantrell. Jim is a veteran in the aerospace industry, having worked with NASA and co-founding SpaceX with Elon Musk. Vector uses small disposable rockets to cut down costs, and are capable of launching 66 kg into low earth orbit (LEO). A standard 1U cubesat weighs less than 1.33 kg, so each launch can put approximately 25 satellites into orbit. We have also found certain opportunities in developing satellites that weigh less than one kilogram to increase the number of satellites per rocket launch.
 
3. Why is Nexus using Vector Space and Galactic Sky?
Vector Space offers affordable launch capability, as it seeks to reshape the multi-billion dollar launch market. It is an innovative leader in the micro-satellite launch industry, as big companies like SpaceX focus on launching mid- to large-size satellites into geosynchronous orbit. Vector plans to be one of the first companies to offer affordable low earth orbit (LEO) capability in 2018.
Galactic Sky, which is a business unit of Vector, uses software-defined satellites to provide a satellite virtualization platform. Using this virtual environment, developers can test ideas and algorithms to demonstrate satellite viability without having to launch and test in orbit. This helps accelerate the conception and testing process, going from years to weeks.
The connection between Vector Space and Nexus goes beyond that of supplier and client. Jim Cantrell, CEO and co-founder of Vector Space Systems, is a firm supporter of Nexus and has interest in its success.
 
4. When will the first cubesats be launched?
Nexus is planning to start launching its first satellites for the Phase 1 constellation in 2019. The satellite designs are currently in development, with our top priority being the implementation of the TAO framework supporting the 3D blockchain. We will also see collaboration with Galactic Sky as it is deployed through the year of 2019.
 
5. How many cubesats are required for the mesh network?
The Nexus mesh network will consist of a range of satellites, from the sub-1U to the larger 3U satellites. Approximately 2000 cubesats will be required to achieve total global coverage. The ground-based mesh networks will help scale and balance this load by performing data transmission on the ground rather than requiring satellite access at all times.
Constellations will be put up in stages, with Phase 1 providing intermittent connectivity. Our launch agreement terms will be disclosed as it is formalized in early 2018.
 
6. How much does it cost to build and deploy the satellites, and how is this funded?
Each 1U cubesat costs approximately $20,000 - 50,000 each to produce depending on assembly and how many units are purchased. A 3U satellite, being larger, can cost up to $100,000. Each Vector launch costs between $1.5 million and $3 million, depending on payload size.
The funding for building and launching these satellites will come from the Nexus Ambassador Fund.
 
7. Does Nexus have any developers working on developing the mesh network?
The mesh network is being developed by Phillip Swazey. Phillip used to work for Iridium, a satellite communication company which currently operates its own satellite constellation. He is currently designing our preliminary 1U satellites for Phase 1 deployment.
 
8. Where can I find further information?
 
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2017.06.13 05:43 nba_draft The Most Correct Mock Draft 1-10

Hello friends. Like many sports fans I think everyone else is wrong and my takes are the most correct. I follow the draft a lot and after hearing some people (with an NBA draft podcast none the less) have some incredibly bad takes I decided I should either try doing it for myself or kindly STFU. I think most mock drafts don't offer enough rational to explain their decisions and don't mention enough other possibilities. I have tried to provide that here while aggregating lots of good view points from many different sources that took me a lot of searching to find. As a result this is a pretty long read but I am really interested to hear other people's opinions before I commit even more time to perhaps doing a full first round mock. I stopped writing as much about the later picks because like I said I was spending a lot of time on this and I want to get it out there and get some feedback before I commit even more time to it. Let's begin
1. Boston Celtics Markelle Fultz, PG, 6’4, Washington (Freshman)
Fultz is the rare prospect that has no true weakness and is the most complete scorer to enter the league in recent memory. Fultz is capable of scoring from all three levels. He is an above average but not elite athlete however he uses his near 7 foot wingspan and tremendous body control to make difficult shots at the rim and can finish around bigger defenders. One of Fultz’s greatest strengths is his ability in the pick and roll where he frequently makes advanced reads and is able to use his size to elevate and consistently knock-down midrange jumpers. Fultz does not have the quickest first step but uses his combination of size and dribble moves to create separation and get open shots. Fultz is a good but not elite shooter from distance and is capable of creating his own shot as well as off the catch. Fultz’s passing is overshadowed by that of Lonzo Ball but he is still a comfortably above average passer.
Fultz is a competent defender with the potential to improve considerably because of his size. He sometimes seemed to take plays off on defense at Washington but that could be a function of being tired from being asked to do everything for the team on offense more than anything else.
The greatest knock on Fultz is that he was unable to elevate his atrocious Washington team to even a .500 record. However, watching the games it was obvious that his teammates just weren't good enough. Fultz doesn't have any off-court baggage and isn’t known to be a bad teammate. Because of this his team’s record shouldn't be a concern for GMs.
Assuming they keep the pick Fultz is a great fit for the Celtics who need another player who can create his own offense. The Celtics have many other guards but they are all undersized and short of Isaiah Thomas (haha) are not go-to scorers. Fultz is capable of either playing alongside Thomas or replacing him down the road.
2. Los Angeles Lakers Lonzo Ball, PG, 6’6, UCLA (Freshman)
Ball has good size and is in some ways a near perfect modern NBA point as almost all of his shots are threes or layups. There are concerns about his unconventional shooting form but he seems comfortable with it and for the way he plays it shouldn't be an issue because it is only particularly hindering in the midrange. He brings the ball to the left side which makes it very hard for him to shoot off the dribble to the right but Ball is smart enough to avoid doing this with consistency. All said his shot form is certainly a concern but he seems to have a good grasp of it and in fact his release is actually 13% faster than the NBA average. Overall his shot should be seen as a plus.
Ball’s best quality is his ability to run an offense and change the culture of a team. His passing is infectious and he particularly outstanding in transition where he always keeps his eyes up court looking for an outlet pass but is also capable of getting to the rim and finishing. This skill should translate to the NBA game.
Ball is not a great on ball defender but he uses his intelligence and reactions to jump into the passing lanes and generate steals. This reminds me of Steph Curry who like Ball is not an elite defender but manages to create steals and fast break opportunities for his team.
By all accounts Ball is a great teammate and person. For all the grief and attention he gets because of his father LaVar I have never heard a bad thing about Lonzo and he has to my knowledge no off-court troubles. Some may be scared off by LaVar and are afraid of having him around but Lonzo has been in the spotlight for years, particularly at UCLA, and he handles it tremendously well and does not let it effect his game. They are clearly a very close family and I don’t think it will be a problem. Lonzo is too good of a prospect to pass-up over concerns about his family and in the context of other prospects “off-court” such as run-ins with the law this seems like an increasingly trivial matter.
Ball is a unique prospect whose best qualities do not translate well to traditional pre-draft workouts which is what I partially attribute to his “slide” and the buzz that the Lakers were not blown-away by his workout. However, I think he is the second best prospect in this draft and I think they will take him. There will be concerns about the team’s defense but he fits coach Walton’s motion offense and from a business perspective will sell a lot of jerseys and help the Lakers reestablish their identity.
3. Philadelphia 76ers Josh Jackson, SF, 6’8, Kansas (Freshman)
This is where the draft gets very interesting. The Sixers need a guard and a wing and here they have the chance to get their choice of (in my opinion) the tier 3 prospects with this pick. There are players in this draft that fit those needs but I’m not sure they want to take them this high when they could get them lower. I would not be surprised if they traded down into the 5-9 range. If they keep the pick the general consensus is that they will choose between Jackson and Fox. Though both are players at positions of need they do not fulfill the role the Sixers really need which is that of a shot-maker.
Jackson is a good prospect and would help the Sixers immediately with his defensive versatility and his energy would be a welcome addition to the team as they try to transition to a winning mentality. He is a plus rebounder who uses his athleticism to make impressive plays around the rim, particularly when he gets a little open space to accelerate. He is an improving post-scorer and also a good passer for his position. He also has high upside in the cliched way we describe all athletic wings who can’t shoot; “If he figures out the jumper he could be…”. There are significant red flags with Jackson apart from the aforementioned shooting struggles. For one he is older than all but three players currently projected to go in the top 25 by DraftExpress. More troubling though is his off the court history. He was charged with misdemeanor property damage related to a December incident outside a Lawrence bar where he reportedly threatened to “beat” a Kansas women’s basketball player. He also was suspended for the Jayhawks Big 12 Tournament first round game (which they lost) for failing to notify the athletic department of a separate traffic incident from early February. He is a good prospect but any team that drafts him will have to feel comfortable with his character after meeting with him.
If they keep the pick I think he will be the selection for the Sixers but I would be weary of adding him to an already poor-shooting starting lineup that would include Ben Simmons and Dario Saric.
4. Phoenix Suns De’Aaron Fox, PG, 6’4, Kentucky (Freshman)
It is with these next two picks where I feel the impact of the Sixers’s decision will really be felt. The Suns are loaded with guard talent and after picking two front court players in the top 10 last year they do not appear to be in the market for the top big-men in this draft. Last year the Suns finished in the top 10 in points per game but finished last in points allowed so it is clear that they need defensive help. If the Sixers (or whoever makes the pick) passes on Jackson I believe the Suns would draft him in a heartbeat. However as I currently expect him to be off the board I expect the Suns to go in the direction of Fox, who while he adds to their backcourt bloat he also gives them the defensive help they desperately need.
Fox has a lot that you want from a point guard. His greatest strengths are his physical tools, particularly his speed and leaping ability. His shot is a concern but mechanically he is sound and I think he should be able to develop into a league average shooter, enough to keep offenses honest and allow him to do what he wants to do and get to the rim. Fox has a frail frame but he shows good body control and is better at finishing through contact at the rim than some of the other, bigger, guards in this class.
Fox uses his lateral quickness and his high motor to make himself a nuisance on defense. He does not have the defensive skills that another player the Suns may consider with this pick, Dennis Smith Jr., has, but he makes up for his less than stellar technique with his great instincts and commitment.
Reports are that GMs are very impressed with Fox during meetings and he is seen as one of the best people in this draft. He is a competitor on the court and off which is obvious when watching his visceral locker-room reaction after Kentucky’s NCAA tournament loss.
Some believe that the Suns are also considering Jayson Tatum with this pick but I do not see them going that direction because he would not address their defensive struggles and they already have competent scorers. Consider the drafting of another PG a referendum on the Suns future of Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.
5. Sacramento Kings Dennis Smith, PG, 6’3, N.C. State (Freshman)
This is where the draft may get very messy and hard to predict. The Kings are reportedly enamored with De’Aaron Fox and may move this pick in a package with Philly to move up and get him. If they stay put I believe that they will be choosing between Smith and Tatum.
Smith is a player that I believe can make a big rise up draft boards between now and the draft. He is not expected to fall outside the top 10 but right now most mock drafts have him going between 8 and 10. I think he has the potential to go much higher, maybe as high as 3 to the Sixers because if they decide to go with a guard they will likely be choosing between Fox and Smith and Smith’s more consistent shooting from deep may move the needle enough for them to pull the trigger.
I believe that Smith is a top 6 prospect in this draft and we know that the Kings are interested in finding a replacement for Darren Collison to play with Buddy Hield. Smith has decent height for a PG and his wingspan leaves something to be desired but he makes up for that with explosive athleticism.
On offense Smith is a decent shooter from range and is a plus finisher around the rim where he uses his body to absorb contact and make some acrobatic finishes. He is also a good passer who occasionally tries to thread the needle too much which results in more turnovers than coaches like to see.
Defensively Smith has shown that he has the potential to be a very good defender but this past season his effort was questioned. This is the greatest knock on Smith, that he didn’t do enough to help his team win and seemed to tune-out of games. This is apparent some games but at other times when he is fully engaged he is a captivating player to watch which makes you remember why at one point he was in the top three of many big boards coming into the year and at the beginning of the season. We must also remember that he was not in a great situation at NCST where the coaching staff was fired mid-season and many players who were expected to contribute regressed and caused problems.
Players like De’Aaron Fox and Jayson Tatum have both seen their stocks rise recently and I believe that the same will soon happen for Smith who is rumored to be working out for teams in the top three. I anticipate the conversation of Ball vs Fox giving way to a conversation of Fox vs Smith as I believe that they are similar players.
Some mocks have the Kings picking Tatum here at 5 and Smith at 10 but I seriously doubt that Smith will be available at 10 on draft night and I have heard from and tend to agree with others that Tatum is being overvalued. More on that below.
6. Orlando Magic Jayson Tatum, SF, 6’8, Duke (Freshman)
I would like to preface this by saying that I think Tatum is a good player and can be a good player in the NBA, however… I’m not sold on the idea of him being a top prospect in a draft as deep as this one. Tatum looks the part of an NBA small forward right now standing 6’8 with a near 7 foot wingspan and broad shoulders. This has been one of his strengths dating back to high school. However he lacks elite athleticism and lateral quickness which I believe will limit his upside. He struggles to create for himself off the dribble against better competition and was the beneficiary of being frequently guarded by power forwards at Duke. Similarly there are questions as to whether he can guard NBA small forwards meaning he may be better frequently sliding down as a stretch-four.
Tatum is seen by many to be “NBA ready”. I hate this term; its so ambiguous and it means different things for different prospects and people reading it. What people really mean when discussing Tatum is that he has a low floor and I tend to agree with that. This almost plays into my concern with taking Tatum so high, at worst I think he can be a serviceable first or second option on a perpetually bad team (hello Magic). This sounds good but I’m not sure if it is. I feel like I already know the kind of player Tatum is and the role that he will play on an NBA roster.
Tatum could also be a genuine star but I think this depends on two things, shot-selection and three point shooting. He was below average on catch and shoot jumpers, frequently settled for contested pull up threes, and often played iso ball looking to get off his jumper. Cleaning up this part of his game will be essential for him to be able to contribute on a well balanced playoff team.
Tatum shot 35% from three this year which would put him around the NBA average, however he was an incredibly streaky shooter so that number does not tell the whole story. He could either take over games or disappear if his shot wasn't falling. I saw him in person at his best where on the road against a top 15 team and one of the best defenses in the country he took over down the stretch and almost single handily won Duke the game. He shot 6-7 from three, scored 28 points and on that night looked like a star. But a little over a week later he scored 8 points on 4-16 shooting and 0-7 from behind the arc in a loss. Whether you think he is worthy of a top pick largely depends on if you think he can straighten these two things out. I believe he needs to go to a team with a good coach that will hold him accountable for taking bad shots. Until he does that I don’t think he can be a good shooter or a contributor on a good team.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, 6’11, Florida State (Freshman)
I cannot express how perfect of a fit I think this is for the Timberwolves. They will also consider Markkanen but I think Isaac is the clear choice for a number of reasons. First I think he is the best prospect available. Second, he fills a positional need. Isaac plays a little small forward but I think he is better long-term at the four where his greatest strength, his rim protection, will be better utilized. Also, at the four his shooting and offensive creation will be above average instead of below were he a three. Tom Thibodeau is a defensive coach and as the best defensive prospect in this draft he will love Isaac. Further, Isaac is an even greater fit with the Wolves because at FSU he was not the primary (or even secondary) option most of the time and he still remained very efficient and scored at a respectable rate. In a Wolves starting lineup with Rubio or Dunn, Isaac will be counted on as a 4th option at best. This is a role he has proven himself capable of thriving in.
8. New York Knicks Malik Monk, SG, 6’4, Kentucky (Freshman)
Monk is an interesting prospect. When he is on he may be the best pure scorer in this draft (remember the 47 he dropped against the eventual champions UNC?) and that makes him attractive for a lot of teams. He is prone to going cold but he generally doesn't let that effect his confidence or make him not play his game. Most of the concern around Monk revolves around his size. At 6’4 with a 6’3 wingspan he is undersized for an NBA shooting guard and is a work in progress on the defensive end. However, he is an elite leaper which helps mitigate some of the concern. With his size some teams may try to play him at point but he does not have experience at the position and his ability to transition is under question.
I would not be surprised if the Sixers traded back from three to be able to take him at a place they feel more comfortable (probably anywhere outside the top four) because he offers the outside scoring they need and he should be able to guard opposing points with Ben Simmons guarding other positions on defense. He is not a great fit for the Knicks but he may be the best player available at this point and with Carmelo appearing not long for New York the Knicks will need to find another outside scorer for the future. I also would not be surprised if the Knicks went in the direction of Frank Ntilinka if they believe he can be their lead guard of the future. A duo of Porzingis and Markkanen could also be very enticing. The Knicks are probably just outside the range of the tier three prospects but in a draft this deep they are hardly in a bad spot and should be able to pickup a long term starter.
9. Dallas Mavericks Frank Ntilinka, PG, 6’5, France (18 years old)
Ntilinka is very long and raw. At just under 19 years old he is the second youngest player currently projected to go in the first round. As an international prospect who has yet to be released for any athletic testing or team workouts/interviews we do not know his exact measurements but his wingspan appears to be longer than average for either guard spot. He is a quality shooter from deep and because of this in addition to his length he should be able to play some shooting guard at the NBA level but as of now he projects as a point. Right now he seems to lack some explosion which is particularly noticeable during his first step. He will never be a truly explosive athlete like some of the other top guards in this class but as his body fills out I would not be surprised if he adds explosiveness.
If he does not go to the Knicks at 8 I expect him to go to the Mavs who have long had one of the best international scouting departments in the league. I do not think the Mavs consider Yogi Ferrell to be their point guard of the future. Rick Carlisle is an elite coach who despite his poor track record in developing prospects has rarely had a prospect as good at Ntilinka and his style of slowly brining along rookies should be just what Ntilinka needs at this stage. Don’t expect him to contend for rookie of the year, but three years down the road don’t be surprised if we look back at him as a steal.
10. Sacremento Kings OG Anunoby, SF, 6’8, Indiana (Sophomore)
This is a very hard pick to predict and it is dependent on what they do earlier in the draft. Especially given the recent news that Rudy Gay will opt-out the Kings are in need of a wing which means that if they pick a guard at 5 I expect them to reach for a player like OG or Justin Jackson. Whereas the top 10 is dominated by guards the next ten best players are primarily front court players.
The best players available here are probably Markkanen or Collins of Gonzaga but the Kings are not in need of front court help due to the presence of Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, and Georgios Papagannis who I do not think they are ready to give up on after using the 13th pick on last year. The next best prospects are probably Donovan Mitchell of Louisville or (in the eyes of some at least) Luke Kennard of Duke but I would not expect the Kings to draft another SG since they apparently think Buddy Hield will be the next Steph Curry. I think they will go with Anunoby here over Jackson because of his athleticism and ability to guard four positions. He has a freakishly long wingspan (7’2) and absurd 6.8% body fat. If he regains the athleticism he once had after his knee injury he could be the best athlete in the draft and a real defensive monster who is a capable outside shooter. He has an injury history and is one of the biggest unknowns in the draft but with two top ten picks the Kings are in a position where they can take a flyer on a player like OG.
I have tried to be unbiased and professional though all this but… that being said they are the Kings and I fully expect them to pick someone out of left field, way too high, and at a position they don't need help at. Maybe Terrence Ferguson or TJ Leaf.
If you made it this far I sincerely thank you and would love any feedback I get.
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2017.06.13 05:14 nba_draft The Most Correct NBA Mock Draft 1-10

Hello friends. Like many sports fans I think everyone else is wrong and my takes are the most correct. I follow the draft a lot and after hearing some people (with an NBA draft podcast none the less) have some incredibly bad takes I decided I should either try doing it for myself or kindly STFU. I think most mock drafts don't offer enough rational to explain their decisions and don't mention enough other possibilities. I have tried to provide that here while aggregating lots of good view points from many different sources that took me a lot of searching to find. As a result this is a pretty long read but I am really interested to hear other people's opinions before I commit even more time to perhaps doing a full first round mock. I stopped writing as much about the later picks because like I said I was spending a lot of time on this and I want to get it out there and get some feedback before I commit even more time to it. Let's begin
1. Boston Celtics Markelle Fultz, PG, 6’4, Washington (Freshman)
Fultz is the rare prospect that has no true weakness and is the most complete scorer to enter the league in recent memory. Fultz is capable of scoring from all three levels. He is an above average but not elite athlete however he uses his near 7 foot wingspan and tremendous body control to make difficult shots at the rim and can finish around bigger defenders. One of Fultz’s greatest strengths is his ability in the pick and roll where he frequently makes advanced reads and is able to use his size to elevate and consistently knock-down midrange jumpers. Fultz does not have the quickest first step but uses his combination of size and dribble moves to create separation and get open shots. Fultz is a good but not elite shooter from distance and is capable of creating his own shot as well as off the catch. Fultz’s passing is overshadowed by that of Lonzo Ball but he is still a comfortably above average passer.
Fultz is a competent defender with the potential to improve considerably because of his size. He sometimes seemed to take plays off on defense at Washington but that could be a function of being tired from being asked to do everything for the team on offense more than anything else.
The greatest knock on Fultz is that he was unable to elevate his atrocious Washington team to even a .500 record. However, watching the games it was obvious that his teammates just weren't good enough. Fultz doesn't have any off-court baggage and isn’t known to be a bad teammate. Because of this his team’s record shouldn't be a concern for GMs.
Assuming they keep the pick Fultz is a great fit for the Celtics who need another player who can create his own offense. The Celtics have many other guards but they are all undersized and short of Isaiah Thomas (haha) are not go-to scorers. Fultz is capable of either playing alongside Thomas or replacing him down the road.
2. Los Angeles Lakers Lonzo Ball, PG, 6’6, UCLA (Freshman)
Ball has good size and is in some ways a near perfect modern NBA point as almost all of his shots are threes or layups. There are concerns about his unconventional shooting form but he seems comfortable with it and for the way he plays it shouldn't be an issue because it is only particularly hindering in the midrange. He brings the ball to the left side which makes it very hard for him to shoot off the dribble to the right but Ball is smart enough to avoid doing this with consistency. All said his shot form is certainly a concern but he seems to have a good grasp of it and in fact his release is actually 13% faster than the NBA average. Overall his shot should be seen as a plus.
Ball’s best quality is his ability to run an offense and change the culture of a team. His passing is infectious and he particularly outstanding in transition where he always keeps his eyes up court looking for an outlet pass but is also capable of getting to the rim and finishing. This skill should translate to the NBA game.
Ball is not a great on ball defender but he uses his intelligence and reactions to jump into the passing lanes and generate steals. This reminds me of Steph Curry who like Ball is not an elite defender but manages to create steals and fast break opportunities for his team.
By all accounts Ball is a great teammate and person. For all the grief and attention he gets because of his father LaVar I have never heard a bad thing about Lonzo and he has to my knowledge no off-court troubles. Some may be scared off by LaVar and are afraid of having him around but Lonzo has been in the spotlight for years, particularly at UCLA, and he handles it tremendously well and does not let it effect his game. They are clearly a very close family and I don’t think it will be a problem. Lonzo is too good of a prospect to pass-up over concerns about his family and in the context of other prospects “off-court” such as run-ins with the law this seems like an increasingly trivial matter.
Ball is a unique prospect whose best qualities do not translate well to traditional pre-draft workouts which is what I partially attribute to his “slide” and the buzz that the Lakers were not blown-away by his workout. However, I think he is the second best prospect in this draft and I think they will take him. There will be concerns about the team’s defense but he fits coach Walton’s motion offense and from a business perspective will sell a lot of jerseys and help the Lakers reestablish their identity.
3. Philadelphia 76ers Josh Jackson, SF, 6’8, Kansas (Freshman)
This is where the draft gets very interesting. The Sixers need a guard and a wing and here they have the chance to get their choice of (in my opinion) the tier 3 prospects with this pick. There are players in this draft that fit those needs but I’m not sure they want to take them this high when they could get them lower. I would not be surprised if they traded down into the 5-9 range. If they keep the pick the general consensus is that they will choose between Jackson and Fox. Though both are players at positions of need they do not fulfill the role the Sixers really need which is that of a shot-maker.
Jackson is a good prospect and would help the Sixers immediately with his defensive versatility and his energy would be a welcome addition to the team as they try to transition to a winning mentality. He is a plus rebounder who uses his athleticism to make impressive plays around the rim, particularly when he gets a little open space to accelerate. He is an improving post-scorer and also a good passer for his position. He also has high upside in the cliched way we describe all athletic wings who can’t shoot; “If he figures out the jumper he could be…”. There are significant red flags with Jackson apart from the aforementioned shooting struggles. For one he is older than all but three players currently projected to go in the top 25 by DraftExpress. More troubling though is his off the court history. He was charged with misdemeanor property damage related to a December incident outside a Lawrence bar where he reportedly threatened to “beat” a Kansas women’s basketball player. He also was suspended for the Jayhawks Big 12 Tournament first round game (which they lost) for failing to notify the athletic department of a separate traffic incident from early February. He is a good prospect but any team that drafts him will have to feel comfortable with his character after meeting with him.
If they keep the pick I think he will be the selection for the Sixers but I would be weary of adding him to an already poor-shooting starting lineup that would include Ben Simmons and Dario Saric.
4. Phoenix Suns De’Aaron Fox, PG, 6’4, Kentucky (Freshman)
It is with these next two picks where I feel the impact of the Sixers’s decision will really be felt. The Suns are loaded with guard talent and after picking two front court players in the top 10 last year they do not appear to be in the market for the top big-men in this draft. Last year the Suns finished in the top 10 in points per game but finished last in points allowed so it is clear that they need defensive help. If the Sixers (or whoever makes the pick) passes on Jackson I believe the Suns would draft him in a heartbeat. However as I currently expect him to be off the board I expect the Suns to go in the direction of Fox, who while he adds to their backcourt bloat he also gives them the defensive help they desperately need.
Fox has a lot that you want from a point guard. His greatest strengths are his physical tools, particularly his speed and leaping ability. His shot is a concern but mechanically he is sound and I think he should be able to develop into a league average shooter, enough to keep offenses honest and allow him to do what he wants to do and get to the rim. Fox has a frail frame but he shows good body control and is better at finishing through contact at the rim than some of the other, bigger, guards in this class.
Fox uses his lateral quickness and his high motor to make himself a nuisance on defense. He does not have the defensive skills that another player the Suns may consider with this pick, Dennis Smith Jr., has, but he makes up for his less than stellar technique with his great instincts and commitment.
Reports are that GMs are very impressed with Fox during meetings and he is seen as one of the best people in this draft. He is a competitor on the court and off which is obvious when watching his visceral locker-room reaction after Kentucky’s NCAA tournament loss.
Some believe that the Suns are also considering Jayson Tatum with this pick but I do not see them going that direction because he would not address their defensive struggles and they already have competent scorers. Consider the drafting of another PG a referendum on the Suns future of Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.
5. Sacramento Kings Dennis Smith, PG, 6’3, N.C. State (Freshman)
This is where the draft may get very messy and hard to predict. The Kings are reportedly enamored with De’Aaron Fox and may move this pick in a package with Philly to move up and get him. If they stay put I believe that they will be choosing between Smith and Tatum.
Smith is a player that I believe can make a big rise up draft boards between now and the draft. He is not expected to fall outside the top 10 but right now most mock drafts have him going between 8 and 10. I think he has the potential to go much higher, maybe as high as 3 to the Sixers because if they decide to go with a guard they will likely be choosing between Fox and Smith and Smith’s more consistent shooting from deep may move the needle enough for them to pull the trigger.
I believe that Smith is a top 6 prospect in this draft and we know that the Kings are interested in finding a replacement for Darren Collison to play with Buddy Hield. Smith has decent height for a PG and his wingspan leaves something to be desired but he makes up for that with explosive athleticism.
On offense Smith is a decent shooter from range and is a plus finisher around the rim where he uses his body to absorb contact and make some acrobatic finishes. He is also a good passer who occasionally tries to thread the needle too much which results in more turnovers than coaches like to see.
Defensively Smith has shown that he has the potential to be a very good defender but this past season his effort was questioned. This is the greatest knock on Smith, that he didn’t do enough to help his team win and seemed to tune-out of games. This is apparent some games but at other times when he is fully engaged he is a captivating player to watch which makes you remember why at one point he was in the top three of many big boards coming into the year and at the beginning of the season. We must also remember that he was not in a great situation at NCST where the coaching staff was fired mid-season and many players who were expected to contribute regressed and caused problems.
Players like De’Aaron Fox and Jayson Tatum have both seen their stocks rise recently and I believe that the same will soon happen for Smith who is rumored to be working out for teams in the top three. I anticipate the conversation of Ball vs Fox giving way to a conversation of Fox vs Smith as I believe that they are similar players.
Some mocks have the Kings picking Tatum here at 5 and Smith at 10 but I seriously doubt that Smith will be available at 10 on draft night and I have heard from and tend to agree with others that Tatum is being overvalued. More on that below.
6. Orlando Magic Jayson Tatum, SF, 6’8, Duke (Freshman)
I would like to preface this by saying that I think Tatum is a good player and can be a good player in the NBA, however… I’m not sold on the idea of him being a top prospect in a draft as deep as this one. Tatum looks the part of an NBA small forward right now standing 6’8 with a near 7 foot wingspan and broad shoulders. This has been one of his strengths dating back to high school. However he lacks elite athleticism and lateral quickness which I believe will limit his upside. He struggles to create for himself off the dribble against better competition and was the beneficiary of being frequently guarded by power forwards at Duke. Similarly there are questions as to whether he can guard NBA small forwards meaning he may be better frequently sliding down as a stretch-four.
Tatum is seen by many to be “NBA ready”. I hate this term; its so ambiguous and it means different things for different prospects and people reading it. What people really mean when discussing Tatum is that he has a low floor and I tend to agree with that. This almost plays into my concern with taking Tatum so high, at worst I think he can be a serviceable first or second option on a perpetually bad team (hello Magic). This sounds good but I’m not sure if it is. I feel like I already know the kind of player Tatum is and the role that he will play on an NBA roster.
Tatum could also be a genuine star but I think this depends on two things, shot-selection and three point shooting. He was below average on catch and shoot jumpers, frequently settled for contested pull up threes, and often played iso ball looking to get off his jumper. Cleaning up this part of his game will be essential for him to be able to contribute on a well balanced playoff team.
Tatum shot 35% from three this year which would put him around the NBA average, however he was an incredibly streaky shooter so that number does not tell the whole story. He could either take over games or disappear if his shot wasn't falling. I saw him in person at his best where on the road against a top 15 team and one of the best defenses in the country he took over down the stretch and almost single handily won Duke the game. He shot 6-7 from three, scored 28 points and on that night looked like a star. But a little over a week later he scored 8 points on 4-16 shooting and 0-7 from behind the arc in a loss. Whether you think he is worthy of a top pick largely depends on if you think he can straighten these two things out. I believe he needs to go to a team with a good coach that will hold him accountable for taking bad shots. Until he does that I don’t think he can be a good shooter or a contributor on a good team.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, 6’11, Florida State (Freshman)
I cannot express how perfect of a fit I think this is for the Timberwolves. They will also consider Markkanen but I think Isaac is the clear choice for a number of reasons. First I think he is the best prospect available. Second, he fills a positional need. Isaac plays a little small forward but I think he is better long-term at the four where his greatest strength, his rim protection, will be better utilized. Also, at the four his shooting and offensive creation will be above average instead of below were he a three. Tom Thibodeau is a defensive coach and as the best defensive prospect in this draft he will love Isaac. Further, Isaac is an even greater fit with the Wolves because at FSU he was not the primary (or even secondary) option most of the time and he still remained very efficient and scored at a respectable rate. In a Wolves starting lineup with Rubio or Dunn, Isaac will be counted on as a 4th option at best. This is a role he has proven himself capable of thriving in.
8. New York Knicks Malik Monk, SG, 6’4, Kentucky (Freshman)
Monk is an interesting prospect. When he is on he may be the best pure scorer in this draft (remember the 47 he dropped against the eventual champions UNC?) and that makes him attractive for a lot of teams. He is prone to going cold but he generally doesn't let that effect his confidence or make him not play his game. Most of the concern around Monk revolves around his size. At 6’4 with a 6’3 wingspan he is undersized for an NBA shooting guard and is a work in progress on the defensive end. However, he is an elite leaper which helps mitigate some of the concern. With his size some teams may try to play him at point but he does not have experience at the position and his ability to transition is under question.
I would not be surprised if the Sixers traded back from three to be able to take him at a place they feel more comfortable (probably anywhere outside the top four) because he offers the outside scoring they need and he should be able to guard opposing points with Ben Simmons guarding other positions on defense. He is not a great fit for the Knicks but he may be the best player available at this point and with Carmelo appearing not long for New York the Knicks will need to find another outside scorer for the future. I also would not be surprised if the Knicks went in the direction of Frank Ntilinka if they believe he can be their lead guard of the future. A duo of Porzingis and Markkanen could also be very enticing. The Knicks are probably just outside the range of the tier three prospects but in a draft this deep they are hardly in a bad spot and should be able to pickup a long term starter.
9. Dallas Mavericks Frank Ntilinka, PG, 6’5, France (18 years old)
Ntilinka is very long and raw. At just under 19 years old he is the second youngest player currently projected to go in the first round. As an international prospect who has yet to be released for any athletic testing or team workouts/interviews we do not know his exact measurements but his wingspan appears to be longer than average for either guard spot. He is a quality shooter from deep and because of this in addition to his length he should be able to play some shooting guard at the NBA level but as of now he projects as a point. Right now he seems to lack some explosion which is particularly noticeable during his first step. He will never be a truly explosive athlete like some of the other top guards in this class but as his body fills out I would not be surprised if he adds explosiveness.
If he does not go to the Knicks at 8 I expect him to go to the Mavs who have long had one of the best international scouting departments in the league. I do not think the Mavs consider Yogi Ferrell to be their point guard of the future. Rick Carlisle is an elite coach who despite his poor track record in developing prospects has rarely had a prospect as good at Ntilinka and his style of slowly brining along rookies should be just what Ntilinka needs at this stage. Don’t expect him to contend for rookie of the year, but three years down the road don’t be surprised if we look back at him as a steal.
10. Sacremento Kings OG Anunoby, SF, 6’8, Indiana (Sophomore)
This is a very hard pick to predict and it is dependent on what they do earlier in the draft. Especially given the recent news that Rudy Gay will opt-out the Kings are in need of a wing which means that if they pick a guard at 5 I expect them to reach for a player like OG or Justin Jackson. Whereas the top 10 is dominated by guards the next ten best players are primarily front court players.
The best players available here are probably Markkanen or Collins of Gonzaga but the Kings are not in need of front court help due to the presence of Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, and Georgios Papagannis who I do not think they are ready to give up on after using the 13th pick on last year. The next best prospects are probably Donovan Mitchell of Louisville or (in the eyes of some at least) Luke Kennard of Duke but I would not expect the Kings to draft another SG since they apparently think Buddy Hield will be the next Steph Curry. I think they will go with Anunoby here over Jackson because of his athleticism and ability to guard four positions. He has a freakishly long wingspan (7’2) and absurd 6.8% body fat. If he regains the athleticism he once had after his knee injury he could be the best athlete in the draft and a real defensive monster who is a capable outside shooter. He has an injury history and is one of the biggest unknowns in the draft but with two top ten picks the Kings are in a position where they can take a flyer on a player like OG.
I have tried to be unbiased and professional though all this but… that being said they are the Kings and I fully expect them to pick someone out of left field, way too high, and at a position they don't need help at. Maybe Terrence Ferguson or TJ Leaf.
If you made it this far I sincerely thank you and would love any feedback I get. Note, I'm not a Lakers fan
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2017.06.13 04:23 nba_draft Most Correct Mock Draft 1-10

Hello friends. Like many sports fans I think everyone else is wrong and my takes are the most correct. I follow the draft a lot and after hearing some people (with an NBA draft podcast none the less) have some incredibly bad takes I decided I should either try doing it for myself or kindly STFU. I think most mock drafts don't offer enough rational to explain their decisions and don't mention enough other possibilities. I have tried to provide that here while aggregating lots of good view points from many different sources that took me a lot of searching to find. As a result this is a pretty long read but I am really interested to hear other people's opinions before I commit even more time to perhaps doing a full first round mock. I stopped writing as much about the later picks because like I said I was spending a lot of time on this and I want to get it out there and get some feedback before I commit even more time to it. Let's begin
1. Boston Celtics Markelle Fultz, PG, 6’4, Washington (Freshman)
Fultz is the rare prospect that has no true weakness and is the most complete scorer to enter the league in recent memory. Fultz is capable of scoring from all three levels. He is an above average but not elite athlete however he uses his near 7 foot wingspan and tremendous body control to make difficult shots at the rim and can finish around bigger defenders. One of Fultz’s greatest strengths is his ability in the pick and roll where he frequently makes advanced reads and is able to use his size to elevate and consistently knock-down midrange jumpers. Fultz does not have the quickest first step but uses his combination of size and dribble moves to create separation and get open shots. Fultz is a good but not elite shooter from distance and is capable of creating his own shot as well as off the catch. Fultz’s passing is overshadowed by that of Lonzo Ball but he is still a comfortably above average passer.
Fultz is a competent defender with the potential to improve considerably because of his size. He sometimes seemed to take plays off on defense at Washington but that could be a function of being tired from being asked to do everything for the team on offense more than anything else.
The greatest knock on Fultz is that he was unable to elevate his atrocious Washington team to even a .500 record. However, watching the games it was obvious that his teammates just weren't good enough. Fultz doesn't have any off-court baggage and isn’t known to be a bad teammate. Because of this his team’s record shouldn't be a concern for GMs.
Assuming they keep the pick Fultz is a great fit for the Celtics who need another player who can create his own offense. The Celtics have many other guards but they are all undersized and short of Isaiah Thomas (haha) are not go-to scorers. Fultz is capable of either playing alongside Thomas or replacing him down the road.
2. Los Angeles Lakers Lonzo Ball, PG, 6’6, UCLA (Freshman)
Ball has good size and is in some ways a near perfect modern NBA point as almost all of his shots are threes or layups. There are concerns about his unconventional shooting form but he seems comfortable with it and for the way he plays it shouldn't be an issue because it is only particularly hindering in the midrange. He brings the ball to the left side which makes it very hard for him to shoot off the dribble to the right but Ball is smart enough to avoid doing this with consistency. All said his shot form is certainly a concern but he seems to have a good grasp of it and in fact his release is actually 13% faster than the NBA average. Overall his shot should be seen as a plus.
Ball’s best quality is his ability to run an offense and change the culture of a team. His passing is infectious and he particularly outstanding in transition where he always keeps his eyes up court looking for an outlet pass but is also capable of getting to the rim and finishing. This skill should translate to the NBA game.
Ball is not a great on ball defender but he uses his intelligence and reactions to jump into the passing lanes and generate steals. This reminds me of Steph Curry who like Ball is not an elite defender but manages to create steals and fast break opportunities for his team.
By all accounts Ball is a great teammate and person. For all the grief and attention he gets because of his father LaVar I have never heard a bad thing about Lonzo and he has to my knowledge no off-court troubles. Some may be scared off by LaVar and are afraid of having him around but Lonzo has been in the spotlight for years, particularly at UCLA, and he handles it tremendously well and does not let it effect his game. They are clearly a very close family and I don’t think it will be a problem. Lonzo is too good of a prospect to pass-up over concerns about his family and in the context of other prospects “off-court” such as run-ins with the law this seems like an increasingly trivial matter.
Ball is a unique prospect whose best qualities do not translate well to traditional pre-draft workouts which is what I partially attribute to his “slide” and the buzz that the Lakers were not blown-away by his workout. However, I think he is the second best prospect in this draft and I think they will take him. There will be concerns about the team’s defense but he fits coach Walton’s motion offense and from a business perspective will sell a lot of jerseys and help the Lakers reestablish their identity.
3. Philadelphia 76ers Josh Jackson, SF, 6’8, Kansas (Freshman)
This is where the draft gets very interesting. The Sixers need a guard and a wing and here they have the chance to get their choice of (in my opinion) the tier 3 prospects with this pick. There are players in this draft that fit those needs but I’m not sure they want to take them this high when they could get them lower. I would not be surprised if they traded down into the 5-9 range. If they keep the pick the general consensus is that they will choose between Jackson and Fox. Though both are players at positions of need they do not fulfill the role the Sixers really need which is that of a shot-maker.
Jackson is a good prospect and would help the Sixers immediately with his defensive versatility and his energy would be a welcome addition to the team as they try to transition to a winning mentality. He is a plus rebounder who uses his athleticism to make impressive plays around the rim, particularly when he gets a little open space to accelerate. He is an improving post-scorer and also a good passer for his position. He also has high upside in the cliched way we describe all athletic wings who can’t shoot; “If he figures out the jumper he could be…”. There are significant red flags with Jackson apart from the aforementioned shooting struggles. For one he is older than all but three players currently projected to go in the top 25 by DraftExpress. More troubling though is his off the court history. He was charged with misdemeanor property damage related to a December incident outside a Lawrence bar where he reportedly threatened to “beat” a Kansas women’s basketball player. He also was suspended for the Jayhawks Big 12 Tournament first round game (which they lost) for failing to notify the athletic department of a separate traffic incident from early February. He is a good prospect but any team that drafts him will have to feel comfortable with his character after meeting with him.
If they keep the pick I think he will be the selection for the Sixers but I would be weary of adding him to an already poor-shooting starting lineup that would include Ben Simmons and Dario Saric.
4. Phoenix Suns De’Aaron Fox, PG, 6’4, Kentucky (Freshman)
It is with these next two picks where I feel the impact of the Sixers’s decision will really be felt. The Suns are loaded with guard talent and after picking two front court players in the top 10 last year they do not appear to be in the market for the top big-men in this draft. Last year the Suns finished in the top 10 in points per game but finished last in points allowed so it is clear that they need defensive help. If the Sixers (or whoever makes the pick) passes on Jackson I believe the Suns would draft him in a heartbeat. However as I currently expect him to be off the board I expect the Suns to go in the direction of Fox, who while he adds to their backcourt bloat he also gives them the defensive help they desperately need.
Fox has a lot that you want from a point guard. His greatest strengths are his physical tools, particularly his speed and leaping ability. His shot is a concern but mechanically he is sound and I think he should be able to develop into a league average shooter, enough to keep offenses honest and allow him to do what he wants to do and get to the rim. Fox has a frail frame but he shows good body control and is better at finishing through contact at the rim than some of the other, bigger, guards in this class.
Fox uses his lateral quickness and his high motor to make himself a nuisance on defense. He does not have the defensive skills that another player the Suns may consider with this pick, Dennis Smith Jr., has, but he makes up for his less than stellar technique with his great instincts and commitment.
Reports are that GMs are very impressed with Fox during meetings and he is seen as one of the best people in this draft. He is a competitor on the court and off which is obvious when watching his visceral locker-room reaction after Kentucky’s NCAA tournament loss.
Some believe that the Suns are also considering Jayson Tatum with this pick but I do not see them going that direction because he would not address their defensive struggles and they already have competent scorers. Consider the drafting of another PG a referendum on the Suns future of Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.
5. Sacramento Kings Dennis Smith, PG, 6’3, N.C. State (Freshman)
This is where the draft may get very messy and hard to predict. The Kings are reportedly enamored with De’Aaron Fox and may move this pick in a package with Philly to move up and get him. If they stay put I believe that they will be choosing between Smith and Tatum.
Smith is a player that I believe can make a big rise up draft boards between now and the draft. He is not expected to fall outside the top 10 but right now most mock drafts have him going between 8 and 10. I think he has the potential to go much higher, maybe as high as 3 to the Sixers because if they decide to go with a guard they will likely be choosing between Fox and Smith and Smith’s more consistent shooting from deep may move the needle enough for them to pull the trigger.
I believe that Smith is a top 6 prospect in this draft and we know that the Kings are interested in finding a replacement for Darren Collison to play with Buddy Hield. Smith has decent height for a PG and his wingspan leaves something to be desired but he makes up for that with explosive athleticism.
On offense Smith is a decent shooter from range and is a plus finisher around the rim where he uses his body to absorb contact and make some acrobatic finishes. He is also a good passer who occasionally tries to thread the needle too much which results in more turnovers than coaches like to see.
Defensively Smith has shown that he has the potential to be a very good defender but this past season his effort was questioned. This is the greatest knock on Smith, that he didn’t do enough to help his team win and seemed to tune-out of games. This is apparent some games but at other times when he is fully engaged he is a captivating player to watch which makes you remember why at one point he was in the top three of many big boards coming into the year and at the beginning of the season. We must also remember that he was not in a great situation at NCST where the coaching staff was fired mid-season and many players who were expected to contribute regressed and caused problems.
Players like De’Aaron Fox and Jayson Tatum have both seen their stocks rise recently and I believe that the same will soon happen for Smith who is rumored to be working out for teams in the top three. I anticipate the conversation of Ball vs Fox giving way to a conversation of Fox vs Smith as I believe that they are similar players.
Some mocks have the Kings picking Tatum here at 5 and Smith at 10 but I seriously doubt that Smith will be available at 10 on draft night and I have heard from and tend to agree with others that Tatum is being overvalued. More on that below.
6. Orlando Magic Jayson Tatum, SF, 6’8, Duke (Freshman)
I would like to preface this by saying that I think Tatum is a good player and can be a good player in the NBA, however… I’m not sold on the idea of him being a top prospect in a draft as deep as this one. Tatum looks the part of an NBA small forward right now standing 6’8 with a near 7 foot wingspan and broad shoulders. This has been one of his strengths dating back to high school. However he lacks elite athleticism and lateral quickness which I believe will limit his upside. He struggles to create for himself off the dribble against better competition and was the beneficiary of being frequently guarded by power forwards at Duke. Similarly there are questions as to whether he can guard NBA small forwards meaning he may be better frequently sliding down as a stretch-four.
Tatum is seen by many to be “NBA ready”. I hate this term; its so ambiguous and it means different things for different prospects and people reading it. What people really mean when discussing Tatum is that he has a low floor and I tend to agree with that. This almost plays into my concern with taking Tatum so high, at worst I think he can be a serviceable first or second option on a perpetually bad team (hello Magic). This sounds good but I’m not sure if it is. I feel like I already know the kind of player Tatum is and the role that he will play on an NBA roster.
Tatum could also be a genuine star but I think this depends on two things, shot-selection and three point shooting. He was below average on catch and shoot jumpers, frequently settled for contested pull up threes, and often played iso ball looking to get off his jumper. Cleaning up this part of his game will be essential for him to be able to contribute on a well balanced playoff team.
Tatum shot 35% from three this year which would put him around the NBA average, however he was an incredibly streaky shooter so that number does not tell the whole story. He could either take over games or disappear if his shot wasn't falling. I saw him in person at his best where on the road against a top 15 team and one of the best defenses in the country he took over down the stretch and almost single handily won Duke the game. He shot 6-7 from three, scored 28 points and on that night looked like a star. But a little over a week later he scored 8 points on 4-16 shooting and 0-7 from behind the arc in a loss. Whether you think he is worthy of a top pick largely depends on if you think he can straighten these two things out. I believe he needs to go to a team with a good coach that will hold him accountable for taking bad shots. Until he does that I don’t think he can be a good shooter or a contributor on a good team.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, 6’11, Florida State (Freshman)
I cannot express how perfect of a fit I think this is for the Timberwolves. They will also consider Markkanen but I think Isaac is the clear choice for a number of reasons. First I think he is the best prospect available. Second, he fills a positional need. Isaac plays a little small forward but I think he is better long-term at the four where his greatest strength, his rim protection, will be better utilized. Also, at the four his shooting and offensive creation will be above average instead of below were he a three. Tom Thibodeau is a defensive coach and as the best defensive prospect in this draft he will love Isaac. Further, Isaac is an even greater fit with the Wolves because at FSU he was not the primary (or even secondary) option most of the time and he still remained very efficient and scored at a respectable rate. In a Wolves starting lineup with Rubio or Dunn, Isaac will be counted on as a 4th option at best. This is a role he has proven himself capable of thriving in.
8. New York Knicks Malik Monk, SG, 6’4, Kentucky (Freshman)
Monk is an interesting prospect. When he is on he may be the best pure scorer in this draft (remember the 47 he dropped against the eventual champions UNC?) and that makes him attractive for a lot of teams. He is prone to going cold but he generally doesn't let that effect his confidence or make him not play his game. Most of the concern around Monk revolves around his size. At 6’4 with a 6’3 wingspan he is undersized for an NBA shooting guard and is a work in progress on the defensive end. However, he is an elite leaper which helps mitigate some of the concern. With his size some teams may try to play him at point but he does not have experience at the position and his ability to transition is under question.
I would not be surprised if the Sixers traded back from three to be able to take him at a place they feel more comfortable (probably anywhere outside the top four) because he offers the outside scoring they need and he should be able to guard opposing points with Ben Simmons guarding other positions on defense. He is not a great fit for the Knicks but he may be the best player available at this point and with Carmelo appearing not long for New York the Knicks will need to find another outside scorer for the future. I also would not be surprised if the Knicks went in the direction of Frank Ntilinka if they believe he can be their lead guard of the future. A duo of Porzingis and Markkanen could also be very enticing. The Knicks are probably just outside the range of the tier three prospects but in a draft this deep they are hardly in a bad spot and should be able to pickup a long term starter.
9. Dallas Mavericks Frank Ntilinka, PG, 6’5, France (18 years old)
Ntilinka is very long and raw. At just under 19 years old he is the second youngest player currently projected to go in the first round. As an international prospect who has yet to be released for any athletic testing or team workouts/interviews we do not know his exact measurements but his wingspan appears to be longer than average for either guard spot. He is a quality shooter from deep and because of this in addition to his length he should be able to play some shooting guard at the NBA level but as of now he projects as a point. Right now he seems to lack some explosion which is particularly noticeable during his first step. He will never be a truly explosive athlete like some of the other top guards in this class but as his body fills out I would not be surprised if he adds explosiveness.
If he does not go to the Knicks at 8 I expect him to go to the Mavs who have long had one of the best international scouting departments in the league. I do not think the Mavs consider Yogi Ferrell to be their point guard of the future. Rick Carlisle is an elite coach who despite his poor track record in developing prospects has rarely had a prospect as good at Ntilinka and his style of slowly brining along rookies should be just what Ntilinka needs at this stage. Don’t expect him to contend for rookie of the year, but three years down the road don’t be surprised if we look back at him as a steal.
10. Sacremento Kings OG Anunoby, SF, 6’8, Indiana (Sophomore)
This is a very hard pick to predict and it is dependent on what they do earlier in the draft. Especially given the recent news that Rudy Gay will opt-out the Kings are in need of a wing which means that if they pick a guard at 5 I expect them to reach for a player like OG or Justin Jackson. Whereas the top 10 is dominated by guards the next ten best players are primarily front court players.
The best players available here are probably Markkanen or Collins of Gonzaga but the Kings are not in need of front court help due to the presence of Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, and Georgios Papagannis who I do not think they are ready to give up on after using the 13th pick on last year. The next best prospects are probably Donovan Mitchell of Louisville or (in the eyes of some at least) Luke Kennard of Duke but I would not expect the Kings to draft another SG since they apparently think Buddy Hield will be the next Steph Curry. I think they will go with Anunoby here over Jackson because of his athleticism and ability to guard four positions. He has a freakishly long wingspan (7’2) and absurd 6.8% body fat. If he regains the athleticism he once had after his knee injury he could be the best athlete in the draft and a real defensive monster who is a capable outside shooter. He has an injury history and is one of the biggest unknowns in the draft but with two top ten picks the Kings are in a position where they can take a flyer on a player like OG.
I have tried to be unbiased and professional though all this but… that being said they are the Kings and I fully expect them to pick someone out of left field, way too high, and at a position they don't need help at. Maybe Terrence Ferguson or TJ Leaf.
If you made it this far I sincerely thank you and would love any feedback I get. Also I'm not a Sixers fan so I figure since I talked about you guys enough you could probably help me out.
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