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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You’re too stupid and poor to get rich from bitcoin.

I’ve known plenty of seemingly smart people who have said things like “My holographic Charizard 1st edition will be worth hundreds of dollars in a few years.” Everyone’s got one of those. Shut up.

Buy and hold, baby.

Working in the FX and Equity Trading industry, I get a lot of investment questions from friends of mine. I used to be bothered that they’d ask me things like, “I’ve got 50 bucks to invest, can you help me make the right stock plays to become a millionaire?” But what has really annoyed me even more lately are basically any questions about whether they should invest money into bitcoins or not. And that’s mostly because if they’re asking me, it’s not even a question anymore. They’ve already decided that they’re gonna buy some, and also want my validation that it’s a good idea.

I usually answer with something like,

“I don’t trust cryptocurrencies because it’s hard to determine the real underlying value behind it. Blockchain technology is interesting, but most people are just trying to get rich off of it, and it’s heavily inflating the value.”

Which always gets a response like,

“You make a good point, but I still think there’s money to be made. The price went up 200% in the last month! I think I can get into bitcoin before it pops.”

And I don’t disagree that the price of bitcoin will keep going up for a while. It started off as a toy used by tech savvy nerds and online drug kingpins, but now cryptocurrency has begun to reach the market of speculative beanie baby and tulip bulb buyers. You know, people who have received large inheritances from a Nigerian prince.

Hello sir you have been named for receive inheritance of 200 btc. Please provide your coinbase wallet details.

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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.

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

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?” »

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


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).


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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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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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.


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.