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Retire! #1: Hoka Clifton 4

I have this bad habit of wanting to keep clothing that either doesn’t fit anymore or has been worn out. Even though the item has no use anymore, I want to remember them or something, so I figured a decent way to memorialize them and toss them without worrying is to write a short blurb about stuff that I plan to never use again.

So without further ado,

Hoka Clifton 4 (True Blue/Jasmine Green) Size 10

https://www.hokaoneone.com/men-sale/clifton-4/1016723.html

Where Did I Get It?

Super Runner’s Shop on 7th Ave for full price. (MSRP says $130)

Why Did I Get It?

I needed a new pair of running shoes really bad, and Super Runner’s Shop is basically across the street from where I work. I wanted to try a Hoka Shoe as I’m a rabid Kyle Merber fanboy, so I tried these on in-store and thought that they felt decent enough to buy. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the appearance or colorway, but Kyle Merber.

How Long Did I Use It?

They were my primary long run shoe for an entire year. That’s definitely a little longer than a running shoe should last with serious use but I don’t do many long runs, and I was using other less-cushioned shoes for shorter and faster runs.

Any Special Memories?

I remember wearing these to run from my place and looped Roosevelt Island. It was one of my longest runs since High School, with some nice scenery.

Why am I getting rid of them?

  1. The soles are pretty damn worn out.

2. They hurt to run in after a couple months of use. There were no issues at the start, but eventually the inner insoles in both shoes started to tear a little bit, and the they would chafe and blister my feet up through my socks if I ran any more than 2 miles in them. (Which is obviously not good for my long run shoe)

 

Until they hurt, they were probably 5.5/10. They didn’t feel particularly good or bad. They were definitely cushioned enough for long runs but they definitely felt a little blocky to me. As a long run shoe, I have replaced these with the Nike Vomero 13.

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.

https://twitter.com/Broncos/status/1069325312431808512

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.

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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.

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?

look at that body
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 SpaceX Launch freaked some morons out; Trump aims sights at FBI director; a drug dealing moron; and more stories

A few interesting things happened in the past few days. Here is a small collection of stories to read on your Christmas Eve.

NPR: SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights Up The California Sky, Freaks Out Some Residents

The contrail from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is seen from Long Beach, Calif., more than 100 miles southeast from its launch site, the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Friday. Javier Mendoza/AP

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket had a successful launch on Friday, December 21st. The resulting gas and contrails from the rockets created a beautiful mark on the sky – or an alien UFO, according to some people.

In a bid to ease the minds of worried witnesses, the Los Angeles Fire Department released a statement saying the “mysterious light in the sky is reported to be the result of [Vandenberg] Air Force Base launching rocket to put satellite into space.”

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk didn’t help matters when he tweeted, “Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea.”

“People were wondering if it had something to do with movies, or TV or a UFO,” Jimmy Golen, who was touring the Warner Bros. studio in Burbank at the time, told the wire service.

NPR: Trump Seizes On Reports FBI’s Deputy Director Plans To Retire In Early 2018

President Trump used Twitter Saturday to suggest that Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s increasingly embattled deputy director, was holding onto his position in a race against time to claim full pension benefits.

Trump said McCabe was “racing the clock” in one tweet Saturday:

“FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!”

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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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This NFL trade deadline has shaken up the whole league. Thoughts.

Three big transactions in the NFL have already hit the league, sowing discord and madness; matt discusses their potential implications.

Big name trades don’t really seem to happen all that often in the NFL. In a conservative, copycat league, front offices and general managers are not prone to letting go of their best assets to build for the future – instead, the “win now” mentality dominated the league for many years. Because of this, the trading deadline in the NFL used to be a snoozefest. No longer the case, my friends.

These past couple weeks, we have witnessed the start of the changing NFL. The teams that used to be dominant are no longer atop their old divisions, and perennial losers are now poised to win the whole thing. This season just proves that anything can happen.

Three big name trades happened over the last few days, and I’d just like to take a moment to discuss their implications.


Miami Dolphins Send Jay Ajayi To The Philadelphia Eagles For 2018 4th Round Draft Pick

Grade: B

Photo: Rob Foldy/Getty Images

For many, this came as a surprise because Jay Ajayi is still fresh in our memories as having been the life and spark of the Miami offense these past few seasons. Apparently, this was not really the case, and his lack of work ethic on and off the field was starting to damage his relationship with the team. In truth, Miami isn’t losing out on their biggest weapon on the ground, although I think the fourth round pick is not due compensation for Ajayi’s potential.

Ajayi joins a fairly talented Eagles backfield consisting of LeGarrette Blount and Darren Sproles. He will likely see a lot of third down action, sharing with Darren Sproles. Making this trade might signal that Philadelphia is strengthening their rushing attack to complement Carson Wentz’s passing prowess – one more RB to worry about means Wentz can work with an easier defense. It also means that the Dolphins want to overhaul their offense, starting with Jay Ajayi and probably ending in the release of another Jay on the team (the quarterback, if you couldn’t tell).

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Lil B got jumped and the entire world, my world is hurting. Pray for the Based God.

Lil B got attacked and the world is hurting. Read social media reactions.

October 21st is a national tragedy – lower the flags to half mast. That someone would attack Lil B is so shocking to me. To jump someone 1 deep over their comments about your music, you have to be crazy insecure. Sad!

I still can’t believe this happened. Still, Lil B had nothing but positive things to say about what happened to him. He only preached love, no violence or retaliation.

Absolutely no excuse for this kind of violence.

https://twitter.com/NobodysVideo/status/921900678099996672

https://twitter.com/IAmGuzzyBowen/status/921928922073325568

matt is right with The Based God – violence is whack! Love always trumps hate guys, don’t hate anybody just give more love sometimes that’s all you can do. Follow matt @brapachinensis

Local girlfriend declines Chinese hot pot, makes man get pho for 19th time this month.

Area man “Armando Rodriguez” airs his frustrations out to FactsB regarding his girlfriend’s dietary choices of late.

“Please, not pho again. It’s the 30th time this month. Come on!”

October 21st, Federal Way, WA “I didn’t want to drive to Seattle,” a local girlfriend explained when her boyfriend started writing an article about her decision to eat pho for the 20th time this month.

Armando Rodriguez and Taylor Heels were deciding on what to eat when Armando reportedly found an advert for Chinese hot pot, an all-you-can-eat affair that involves a rich broth and a variety of meat ingredients.

However, when Armando suggested to Taylor that they go to gorge on this delicious offer, Taylor allegedly declined and suggested they have pho at the local Vietnamese restaurant for the 21st time this month, forcing an argument.

“We went to the pho place just last week!” Armando told FactsB. “I mean I get it, pho is great. It’s delicious. But I wanted Chinese hot pot, dammit. I’m so tired of pho, this was the 22nd time this month.”

FactsB also learned that Taylor ordered the P3 yet again without even looking at the menu.

“Stop writing about me,” an annoyed Taylor told FactsB. “I’m moving out. When I’m gone for the holidays, I’m gone forever. The more you type, the more you’re solidifying my decision to move out forever.”

“Why are you like this. I just want you to stop.”

matt is just joking stop being so mad lmao follow matt @brapachinensis

Listen to this Vince Staples Freestyle – Rubbin Off The Paint

Vince Staples serving some ice cold Sprite with this new freestyle. Give it a listen.

Click the picture to give it a listen.

He’s one of the best rappers on the scene right now, and he’s serving up another W with this freestyle. Vince Staples flows over BN Nahmir’s popular single, Rubbin Off The Paint.

Follow Vince Staples Twitter @vincestaples. Personally I find it great – matt

 

Nobody believes you, Ted Cruz.

If you missed it, Ted Cruz is recently coming under fire because his Twitter page “Liked” a pornography video on Twitter. “Accidentally.” Yeah, right. Opinions are matt’s and do not reflect the views of other FactsB writers.

Senator Ted Cruz’s public Twitter account had “Liked” a pornographic video, stirring controversy online. (Still from CNN interview video; click picture for full video from CNN)

Ted Cruz says a staffer accidentally pressed the wrong button that led to a porn video being “Liked,” and posted onto the Twitter timeline for everybody following Ted Cruz to see. He claims that this was not deliberate, and that it was not malicious in intent.

You see, Mr. Cruz, the problem with this is that it’s impossible, and nobody believes you.

Now, I want to doubt Ted Cruz himself was browsing Twitter porn on 9/11 on his public account on purpose. A variety of situations could have happened: Ted Cruz forgot to switch his accounts, or Ted Cruz’s staffer was browsing Twitter porn on his account, or Ted Cruz does indeed view porn on his public Twitter account. Whatever happened, it does not look good for Ted Cruz.

My problem with the story is two-fold. First, that Ted Cruz’s explanation sounds like something you’d say to your geriatric mother when she catches you in that despicable act. “I pressed the wrong button!” is a decidedly 12-year-old child statement to make, and one that anybody with a modicum of computer and internet knowledge can disprove in a heartbeat. Ted Cruz is using an argument meant to satisfy and calm his older constituents who consistently vote but have poor technological literacy (the US government has much to gain by keeping technological literacy to a minimum, but that’s another story). There’s just no conceivable, feasible way that someone “accidentally” presses a button to like a video on Twitter.

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