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Phillip Lindsay’s case for Rookie of the Year

Phillip Lindsay has made a strong case for Rookie of the Year and deserves your vote. But the media probably doesn’t see it that way.

Anybody who knows me knows that I am a big fan of the Denver Broncos. I don’t have much claim to the fandom, other than the fact that I was born in Colorado, and they were the first team I chose to be a fan of for that very reason. Part of why I like the Denver Broncos so much is that they have a lot of history with low-drafted or undrafted players finding great success. They’re constantly underrated, and some of their greatest players are snubbed for Hall of Fame consideration year after year.

The Orange Crush defense of the 80s. Rod Smith. Terrell Davis. Shannon Sharpe. Chris Harris Jr. Now running back Philip Lindsay is just yet another snub waiting to happen.

With Terrell Davis’s blessing, the former CU Buff wears #30 as he currently leads the NFL in yardage per carry at 6.1 yards despite running behind a banged up offensive line. He’s established the Broncos as a potent rushing team and posted 8 touchdowns to help the Broncos to an even 6-6 record. Lindsay has helped put points on the board for a team without a consistently elite passing attack. Not only is his 154 carries for 937 yards good for #4 in the league, he’s doing it with almost 40 fewer touches than New York Giants rookie, Saquon Barkley. And its happening because Lindsay is consistently breaking off huge plays that lead to scores.

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Yet, the league favorite remains the 2018 second overall draft  pick, Saquon Barkley, who is in the middle of an impressive debut season himself.

Barkley is obviously a very talented football player, but there is question for his value to the franchise this year. He was drafted high, expected to do well, and pretty much meets the expectations of a running back taken with the second overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft by the Giants. He’s an athletic beast.

But at 4-8, I’m asking: where is the rest of his team? Is Barkley the reason that they are winning the games they do? How absolutely valuable has Saquon Barkley been to the Giants 2018-2019 NFL campaign thus far? The numbers don’t exactly favor Barkley. In my head, the Giants could be 4-8 right now with almost any other RB in their backfield.

To put it another way: Saquon Barkley has not picked up the slack of others to help the Giants win more, despite his statistical success.

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Phillip Lindsay (#30) running past Michael Johnson #90 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The numbers support Phillip Lindsay; the Denver Broncos are winning BECAUSE of Lindsay. If the Rookie of the Year award weren’t a popularity contest driven by the narrative the NFL wants to push, Phillip Lindsay would be winning this award 9/10 times. He is picking up that slack for an injured offensive line, a journeyman quarterback in Case Keenum, and a beleaguered defense also struggling with injuries. First down after first down, #30 and co. have been draining clocks and single-handedly changing the perception of the Denver Broncos as a ground-and-pound team ready to slug it out for 4 quarters.

In that vein, #30 Phillip Lindsay deserves your vote for NFL Rookie of the Year.

matt doesn’t have all the numbers because he honestly cannot be bothered to look that deep into the stats. But by the eye test, Saquon Barkley probably actually contributed meaningful yardage and touchdowns during like, 1 win. Against the Bucs.

Just pay student athletes already

You’d think with the hundreds of millions the NCAA and affiliated colleges are raking in, they could afford to give some kind of compensation to their players. You’d be wrong, apparently.

They’re referred to as part-time athletes, full-time students, but the physical and mental reality of it all is that you’re working two full time jobs in order to excel at collegiate athletics AND collegiate academics. I’m told that having money would be a distraction to the athletes, like it is to Susan and Xu Wei as they walk to their 9am class decked out in Raf and Gucci.

It’s true that student athletes should be students first, athletes second. I’d be impressed by this rhetoric if the top NCAA schools actually bothered to follow this model instead of having virtual slaves play their sports to secure profit for their institutions.

Grayson Allen and Duke will be one of the big TV draws in the 2018 NCAA college basketball tournament. Getty Images (from Metro US)

The best athletes are making tons of money for their schools while earning chump change back in the form of athletic scholarships – the middle-of-the-road athletes put everything in and get nothing back. All of these students are putting in effort for a full-time job and getting nothing from it beyond fond college memories. To be blunt, many collegiate athletes come from struggling, poor backgrounds. They will struggle with things that many other families never had to worry about: will I be able to afford new cleats, can I eat tomorrow, can I afford that textbook, that online resource, will I be able to travel there?, etc.

Professional sports are hardly helping, as they are still mandating players go to college for a minimum number of years before qualifying for professional league play. Again, I’d be totally behind this if it weren’t so painfully obvious this was only done to make that much more money for schools. Imagine if all the superstar talent bypassed collegiate level sports and entered professional play immediately – all that profit is lost from colleges!

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Reminder: Punching Nazis is okay

A lot of debate surrounds the ethics of punching Nazis. To me, there is no debate. If the Nazis are low enough for Captain America to punch, then they are low enough for me to punch.

Punching Nazis is still okay today because we suppressed Nazism with violence in the past and it worked out pretty well. In Germany, they just arrest people who promote Neo-Nazism in any form, so I don’t see why the US feels such qualms about it. You should see how the polizei operate, too. It’s a thing of beauty. So if I saw someone wearing a swastika in public, I’d be sure to kick their ass too.

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“Hey man, I have the freedom of speech okay let’s just talk about it”
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I’ve never seen someone so peacefully asleep.
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“Ain’t nothin’ to talk about.” – Actual quote from the puncher.

Let me give you a few reminders:

On September 1, 1939 the leader of then-Nazi Germany launched an invasion and attack on Europe that would throw the world into hard, bloody chaos for the next 6 years, millions dead, countries and families torn apart.

On December 7, 1941 the US entered the war after Germany’s ally Japan launched an unprovoked attack on American soil: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA.

When news of the Holocaust broke loose in Europe, and more and more atrocities committed by the Nazis became apparent, the US adopted a staunchly violent view against Nazis. Why? Because using the plight of the people in conjunction with blatant racism and homophobia to gain power and justify war is a vile and broken act that deserves no reprieve. Only swift and violent justice is the answer for these people.

Today, there are people who admire the same people who slaughtered countless humans and threw Europe into irreversible chaos and set the stage for the Cold War. There are even those who deny that the Holocaust even happened.

Many of such filth admire the Nazis because to them, they represent power, something usually lacking in the lives of Neo-Nazis. Really, they are a symptom of the system breaking down at every level to produce such dysfunctional human beings. I feel sorry for many because I’m sure bullying had a lot to do with it. But turning to Neo-Nazism to cope and feel empowered is not the answer; turning to hate and encouraging violence and race purging is not the answer.

And because I remember what the Nazis managed to do the first time around, I don’t want any of them to feel encouraged to feel the way they do. People who are incapable of realizing why they are getting punched deserve to continue to get punched then given a lengthy lecture about it. Anyone who wears the German swastika or the Iron Cross or any Nazi symbols/regalia should be considered traitors to the US. And summarily punched by the nearest US citizen.

Because remember, if Captain America can feel justified punching Nazis, so can you.

If you know anybody that promotes Neo-Nazism, or you are a Neo-Nazi, let me know. I’d be glad to sit down and have a talk with you.

Alex Jones is the greatest face of the Internet 2.0

Did you know that Alex Jones is one of the only fighters in the resistance against Google and their plans for world domination?

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Good god this man is capable of doing anything isn’t he

If you don’t know who Alex Jones is, he’s a radio show host and a pretty (in)famous conspiracy theorist. He has all kinds of zany theories, and has in recent years appeared on Joe Rogan’s radio show (among many, many others) and CNN. He’s convinced chemtrails (condensation trails from airplanes) are turning our frogs gay.

Recently, this happened:

David Hogg is that high schooler who stepped up into the national spotlight after his high school got shot up by a loser with no friends with guns. He’s seriously giving Alex Jones the time of day about this, which is outrageous and ridiculous to me.

This really confirms it, Alex Jones is the greatest pot stirrer ever. Ever since he got national media attention, people continue to feed into his bullshit at every turn. It’s quite amazing what he’s managed to do, honestly. I was really mesmerized by his explanation of Google’s plans for world domination.

I mean this guy really sounds like he’s serious, you couldn’t make up the stuff he’s saying:

So now this is the person that this David Hogg kid has to go on his show and act like Alex Jones is a sane person who is totally serious.

I don’t understand. Either Alex Jones is psycho, or he’s making all of this up and we’re all buying that he really believes it. If he doesn’t believe it, does that make him the fool? I don’t think so, I think he’s playing us either way. He’s getting paid either way.

Alex Jones is an entrepreneur and a true bearer of the American way, in my opinion. Nobody masters and synergizes free speech with capitalism, entrepeneurship as well as Alex Jones has in the last century. He’s also an expert fighter and will beat you up if you challenge him; that’s right, he’s not just a master in the debate room, he’s a master in the dojo.

I love Alex Jones.

matt writes when he’s bored. follow matt on twitter @bokchoifresh (nsfw) Opinions are matt’s

The way the video game industry exploits the human dopamine response is unethical.

Bogus achievements and subtle changes to the way games are presented today maximize the dopamine hits the average gamer will receive so that they return to play habitually. This is taking advantage of human biology, and it’s unethical.

It’s just a part of human nature. When you accomplish something, your body releases the hormone dopamine to make you feel good about what you just did. Normally, this would be for things like a successful hunt, or watching a crop grow successfully, or scoring a goal in soccer, or managing to get more than a stammer out to the lady at Safeway whom you constantly forget is paid to smile at you. Increasingly, social media is actively trying to exploit the human dopamine reward system by pushing meaningless notifications – that’s right, just getting notifications is enough to give you your pleasure hormone for the day.

But that’s been written about enough. Let’s talk about the way video games have been trying so hard to brainwash you into returning to play.

First of all, achievement trophies are total bullshit. They’re immaterial titles that were once reserved for actual challenges and accomplishments, and now are awarded for as much as buying the video game. I’m not kidding, that’s an achievement. Executives and marketing teams and whatever bullshit hacks realized they could trigger our desire to keep playing without actually rewarding the player with anything. Once, completing levels and challenges unlocked cool content or bonuses for the players, and this is increasingly harder to find in video games. The best video games continue to reward the player with substance.

Money well spent. Ahhhh dopamine.

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Trump: ‘Hundreds more’ would have died; Silicon Valley’s homeless; an autistic stage actor; and more stories

Just sharing some articles I read today that I thought others might enjoy. Click the links to read the full stories.

Los Angeles Times Trump: ‘Hundreds more’ would have died in Texas shooting if there was more vetting for gun buyers

Donald Trump speaking in Korea (AFP)

Los Angeles Times: Trump: ‘Hundreds more’ would have died in Texas shooting if there was more vetting for gun buyers

President Trump said that even with tighter vetting of gun buyers, “there would have been no difference” for those killed in the mass shooting at a South Texas church on Sunday.

Trump made the comments during a news conference in Seoul with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in response to a question about why his promised “extreme vetting” for visa applicants shouldn’t also be applied to gun purchases.

The New York Times: Harvey Weinstein Expelled From Television Academy Over Abuse Claims

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer accused of sexual harassment and assault by several women, has been banned for life from the Television Academy because of “widespread examples of this horrific behavior.”

His ouster from the Television Academy is the latest in a series of professional condemnations since widespread accusations about his treatment of women were published last month. Since the accusations surfaced, he has been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and fired from the Weinstein Company, which he co-founded.

Associated Press: In Silicon Valley, the homeless illustrate a growing divide

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Why aren’t there more animated cartoons adapted from comic books?

matt wants to ask you all a question: would you not watch a cartoon series that is just recounting the plot from existing comic books?

I’m not talking about cartoons inspired by comic books. Plenty of those cartoons are being made and are still in syndication. We’ve seen Batman The Animated Series, Superman The Animated Series, two awesome Spiderman shows and one less awesome Spiderman series (I’ll let you decide which are which).

I do, I really do enjoy the Internet’s propensity toward rehashing old cartoons for bad internet jokes

There are more examples of shows based on comic books, but none are animated recreations of actual old comic book panels. We don’t see the kind of paper-to-television transfer of comic book to television in America that you see with manga-to-anime. A lot of anime and other entertainment media are direct adaptations of old Japanese comics.Continue reading “Why aren’t there more animated cartoons adapted from comic books?” »

Post-midnight thoughts 9.17.2017: Night Train Lane

A legendary footballer. Really just a baller. And an unrelated story about a really stupid professor. These are the things matt thinks about past midnight.

Night Train Lane

It’s football season again. I’ve been getting into that football mood – I’m reading everything about every team, I’m watching and re-watching Gifs of great plays from over the weekend, my day is ruined because I stop to pause for 3 hours watching the Tennessee-Florida game (what a finish huh?!), and I’m up late looking up facts about the late Night Train Lane.

This isn’t a train that you ride on tracks that go “choo! choo!” across the countryside. But he’ll hit like one, and take you for a ride – straight into the turf! Night. Night. Welcome to one of the most ferocious and feared footballers in American history.

Night Train Lane picks a pass off in a game (1952)

Richard Lane (April 16, 1928 – January 29, 2002), commonly known as Dick “Night Train” Lane, was an American football player who played cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Cardinals (now Arizona), and Detroit Lions, and Pro Football Hall of Famer (1974).

“MY OBJECT IS TO STOP THE GUY BEFORE HE GAINS ANOTHER INCH. I’M USUALLY DEALING WITH ENDS WHO ARE TRYING TO CATCH PASSES, AND IF I HIT THEM IN THE LEGS THEY MAY FALL FORWARD FOR A FIRST DOWN. THERE IS NOTHING I HATE WORSE THAN A FIRST DOWN.” – Dick “Night Train” Lane

At the end of 14 seasons, Night Train Lane had amassed 68 career INTs, 1207 return yards, 6 All-NFL selections of 7 Pro-Bowls to boot. But outside of numbers, Night Train Lane’s most iconic aspect is his tackling, the ferociousness, the sheer primal violence that exudes from the force of his hits. He absolutely loved to hit.

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Jaden Smith is finally starring in his own anime

Jaden Smith, son of popular actor and accomplished rapper Will Smith, will be starring in a Netflix original anime production, slated to be released September 22nd, 2017.

How Can Anime Be Real If Jaden Smith Isn’t Starring In It

A thrilling production of a pink haired magical demon hunter is coming to you this Fall on Netflix, starring none other than your very own Jaden Smith.

I’m only a little confused by the trailer. A lot confused. I’m not going to watch this, but I think some people will want to. Jaden Smith delivers impact lines like “She’s possessed? That sucks,” and “I’m grieving the death of a relationship,” in the trailer. He’s not so much detached as he is dissociative.

“YO WE GOTTA TEACH THESE OLD MONEY FUCK BOYS A LESSON”

Spreading the word.

matt is appalled by the existence of this, but recognizes that free will is essential to the human machine. Win, lose, we’ll all be equal in the grave. Follow matt @brapachinensis on Twitter!

I refuse to write about the new LA Chargers starting Kicker from South Korea, Younghoe Koo.

Because the new LA Chargers starting Kicker from South Korea, Younghoe Koo, is a FOB. Plus he’s a kicker – what’s there to talk about? What, just because I’m Asian I gotta talk about the Asian American players in the NFL?

Kicker Younghoe Koo tosses a ball during the Los Angeles Chargers’ training camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, CA on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The new LA Chargers starting Kicker from South Korea, Younghoe Koo, is certainly not the first Asian-American in the league. And teams have actually been really cool about drafting/signing foreign players – the Denver Broncos have like 3 foreign born guys right now. It’s not uncommon for first generation immigrant talent to get into the league. Hines Ward was Korean too, you know.

There’s really just not much to talk about with this guy, the new LA Chargers starting Kicker from South Korea, Younghoe Koo. Don’t need to mention that he’ll only be the fourth NFL player with Korean heritage playing – ever.

So this isn’t a big deal. I refuse to write about the new LA Chargers starting Kicker from South Korea, Younghoe Koo, and how he played defensive back well enough to earn All-County honors or earned a scholarship for his football ability. Or how he went undrafted, got signed by the LA Chargers, and beat out incumbent kicker Josh Lambo to become  the new LA Chargers starting Kicker from South Korea, Younghoe Koo.

Not gonna do it.

matt refuses to write about the new LA Chargers starting Kicker from South Korea, Younghoe Koo. Mostly because he thinks this kind of thing should already be common, and that Asian Americans should naturally enter the NFL more in the future. So if we act like it’s not a big deal, maybe people will just see it as another thing and more Asians will get into the league that way. It’d be really cool to have more AA representation in the NFL. But also because he’s a total FOB. Follow matt @brapachinensis on Twitter.