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Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars 2 Official Cast and First Vote

2020.09.11 16:10 2021ravenclaw1 Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars 2 Official Cast and First Vote

First vote:
Couples were reunited for the most part, if one pro had more than 1 partner than they were given the partner that received the most votes. The other pairs were randomly decided. Because of all the support I got I decided to include 2 more pairs based off of your votes.
Pairs: Milo Manheim and Witney Carson, Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy, James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater, Simone Biles and Sasha Farber, Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe, Riker Lynch and Allison Holker, Lindsey Sterling and Mark Ballas, James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess, Heather Morris and Pasha Pashkov, Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong, Kel Mitchell and Britt Stewart, Paige VanZant and Alan Bersten, Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke, Normani Kordei and Artem Chigvintsev, Alfonso Ribeiro and Daniella Karagach, Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough
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2020.07.27 20:02 digestives27 Reasons Why I Still Play FM08 – The First Five Years (Year 1, Part 2)

Reasons Why I Still Play FM08 – The First Five Years (Year 1, Part 2)
NB: This is part TWO of a TWO-part series. If you haven’t yet read part ONE, please click here.
Sunday 1st June 2008
The leagues are complete, the European competitions are decided, it’s time to see the damage done.
Premier League
We’ll start with the Premier League and, as expected, Man Utd held on to their strong advantage to retain the title, the top-scoring Reds finishing 1 goal and 6 points ahead of Arsenal. Liverpool and Man City claim the remaining Champions League places, whilst Portsmouth finished a point ahead of Everton to claim the first available UEFA Cup place.
Fulham would’ve needed a mathematical miracle to have survived relegation, and Middlesbrough were already related going into the final day so a draw with Wigan meant little to them, but Wigan were already safe thanks in part to what was essentially a relegation play-off match between Birmingham and Sunderland. A win for either team would see them survive but a draw would not be enough for Sunderland.
David Connolly stepped up and scored a highly contentious goal for Sunderland in a tightly contested game. Birmingham City couldn’t believe what they believed was an offside goal was allowed to stand and replays have since shown that they may have had every right to feel aggrieved about that goal. They did not, however, do enough to get back into the match and although an equaliser would’ve seen them survive, they could not muster one and now drop down into the Championship.
Kevin Doyle has the last laugh in his ongoing feud with Leroy, pipping him to the Golden Boot for Reading with 25 goals to Lita’s 24. Andy Johnson rounds off the top 3 with 23 goals for Everton. Cani’s 16 assists see him take the non-existent playmaker of the year award, 3 clear of John Carew. I shall forever call this the Playmaker Award now.
The league table is as follows:
Overachievers: Man City, Derby County, West Ham
Underachievers: Tottenham, Chelsea, Bolton, Middlesbrough
West Ham seal European football through the Euro Vase, aka Intertoto Cup, by virtue of the fact that apparently neither Everton or Chelsea, nor Blackburn bothered to apply.
As we know, Portsmouth secured European football through 5th place but wait… Newcastle and Derby are also in Europe?!
This can only mean one thing…
FA Cup
Derby comfortably defeated Blackburn 3-1 at Wembley while Newcastle played out a dramatic 3-3 draw with Portsmouth. The game would be settled by penalties, with Portsmouth scoring their first 2 and Newcastle missing them both. Nerves got the better of the Pompey players as Newcastle scored their next 3 and Portsmouth missed all of them. Incredible scenes in the capital.
Not to be outdone, Derby and Newcastle would contest a fierce final themselves. James Milner wins the header from the goalkeeper’s free kick to nod down to Barton who returns a through ball for Milner to slot home in the 22nd minute. However, Derby would hit back on the brink of half-time, in part thanks for a huge stroke of good fortune: David Jones’ free kick on the edge of the box taking a huge deflection off the wall to wrong-foot Shay Given.
Deadlocked at 90 minutes, the game moved into extra time. More free kick fortune for Derby as Ulrik Yttergård Jenssen’s freekick deflects off the wall as well and into the path of Daniel Fredheim Holm who lashed home high into the net. However with the clock pushing 122 minutes, Derby go on the attack instead of taking it the corner flag. They would be punished with a flowing Newcastle counterattack, Nicky Butt feeding Derek Boateng who flights a ball to the back post for an unmarked Claudio Caçapa to nod home a dramatic late equaliser.
The penalty shootout would be quick and painless. Derby’s players, mentally crushed from conceding such a late goal and dissolved of all confidence, missed all 3 of their penalties to concede the FA Cup to Newcastle United.
Consolation for Derby is that, because Newcastle already secured European football through their League Cup victory, they will also be playing in Europe thanks to being FA Cup runners up. Incredible for a team that was predicted to be relegated this season.
Charlton return to the top division, hanging on to top spot despite losing to West Brom on a final day, as Sheffield United could only muster a draw at home to Southampton. Watford, West Brom, QPR and Southampton make up the playoff hopefuls whilst Hull, Sheffield Wednesday and Colchester all drop down into League One. All three relegated teams’ fates were sealed before the final day, so Hull’s 2-0 win at home to Ipswich was in vain.
Stoke and Crystal Palace played each other in a play-off decider, with Stoke knowing that any win would secure them 6th place. Palace needed a win against Stoke and a favour from title-chasing Sheffield United against Southampton to leapfrog both Stoke and Southampton into 6th. As such, Southampton needed to better Stoke’s result to secure the playoffs. As it transpired, Crystal Palace’s dramatic 90th minute winner away to Stoke was not enough as Southampton played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.
Massive credit to Scunthorpe who were predicted to finish rock bottom this season and defied all expectations by finishing 9th, just 3 points off the playoffs. Unbelievable effort from QPR too, who flouted their 18th place prediction by finishing 5th in the playoff places.
Marlon King would finish top scorer for Watford with 30 goals, well clear of second place István Ferenczi, Kevin Kyle picking up the Playmaker Award with 14 assists.
Playoff Semi Finals – leg 1
QPR 1 – 1 West Brom
Southampton 2 – 0 Watford
Playoff Semi Finals – leg 2
West Brom 2 – 0 QPR << West Brom win 3-1 on aggregate
Watford 2 – 1 Southampton << Southampton win 3-2 on aggregate
Playoff Final
Southampton 1 – 2 West Brom
A cagey 2-1 win for West Brom as Chris Brunt scores a late winner from a set piece. Sherjill MacDonald may well have offside for the opener as Zoltan Gera played a lovely ball in to the near post and Southampton may well have a right to be upset with referee Lee Probert. If the build-up to the equaliser was scrappy, the finish certainly wasn’t: a ball lifted over the top by Jason Euell is despatched exquisitely on the volley by David McGoldrick. Chris Brunt would have the last laugh in this one, sticking a 20yard free kick into the top corner to send West Bromwich Albion back into the Premier League.
Overachievers: QPR, Scunthorpe, Barnsley
Underachievers: Preston, Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff City, Colchester United
League One
Business as expected for the top two as Nottingham Forest win the league and Swansea City seal automatic promotion. Yeovil needed favours on the final day to usurp Swansea but did themselves none in the process by drawing in what transpired to be a dead rubber against Bristol Rovers. Doncaster needed to better Carlisle’s result to go up but instead both teams lost, and Carlisle held onto 6th place. Brighton could’ve taken advantage of that slip but lost to champions Nottingham Forest, whilst Oldham could’ve shocked everybody but ultimately lost to Southend instead.
All four relegated teams were already down going into the final day: Northampton, Leeds, Tranmere and Leyton Orient.
Frazier Campbell of Wallsall and Marvin Williams of Yeovil would share the Golden Boot between them with 32 goals, 4 clear of veteran striker Tore André Flo. Brian Howard’s impressive displays for Yeovil meant he claimed the Playmaker Award with 20 assists.
Playoff Semi Finals – leg 1
Luton 2 – 1 Walsall
Carlisle 1 – 3 Yeovil
Playoff Semi Finals – leg 2
Walsall 0 – 0 Luton << Luton win 2-1 on aggregate
Yeovil 3 – 1 << Yeovil win 6-2 on aggregate
Playoff Final
Luton 4 – 1 Yeovil << Luton promoted after extra time
An open-ended affair with chances aplenty for both sides, Luton taking the lead inside the first 5 minutes, full-back Alan Goodall whipping a lovely ball into the near post for Sam Parkin to tuck away. Yeovil would be reduced to ten me early in the second half, Terrell Forbes hospital pass clearance met by the head of Luton’s Chris Hackett who nodded into the path of striker Drew Talbot. Talbot was unable to get his shot away clearly as Matthew Rose stuck out a leg to bring Talbot down and was sent off for a professional foul, drawing large protests from the Yeovil players.
Still, Yeovil pressed and five minutes later they’d find an unlikely equaliser. Brian Howard, standing over a free kick 30 yards out, goes for the audacious and gets a huge slice of luck as the free kick clatters off the wall, sends the keeper the wrong way and flies into the empty net.
Brave Yeovil would hold out the 90 minutes but unfortunately, Luton would make the extra man count in extra time, substitute Sol Davis starting the procession with a delightful free kick on the edge of the box. Tidy finishes from David Edwards and Willie Gibson rounded off a fine performance from Luton as they sealed their place in next season’s Championship.
Overachievers: Walsall, Brighton, Cheltenham, Yeovil
Underachievers: Leeds, Tranmere, Millwall
Maybe slightly harsh to put Leeds in there with a 15-point deduction, but without it they would’ve finished 10th which is still way below expectations.
League Two
Impressive Bury romped to a surprise League Two victory, 5 points clear of Peterborough who in turn were 6 points clear of Chesterfield. On-loan youngster Chedwyn Evans’ 24 league goals complementing striker partner Andy Bishop’s 22 league goals to good effect.
MK Dons’ Jemal Johnson would score 4 goals in a 5-2 away thriller at Brentford to snatch the Golden Boot away from Morecambe’s Michael Twiss, who must’ve hoped his two goals against Barnet would’ve been enough, Johnson finishing the season on 25 goals. Kevin McBride of Darlington wins the Playmaker Award.
Grimsby could’ve been relegated on the last day had they, as they did, lost to Hereford but in the end it mattered not as Barnet and Mansfield, who only needed a win to try and survive, both suffered heavy defeats to drop out of the Football League.
Playoff Semi Final – leg 1
Shrewsbury 1 – 2 Darlington
Macclesfield 0 – 2 Morecambe
Playoff Semi Final – leg 2
Darlington 1 – 1 Shrewsbury << Darlington win 3-1 on aggregate
Morecambe 3 – 2 Macclesfield << Morecambe win 5-2 on aggregate
Playoff final
An incredible event as teams predicted to finish 12th and 21st met in the playoff final. Morecambe’s firepower really should’ve seen them through here, but it was Darlington who took an early lead through Gregg Blundell.
Darlington must’ve feared the worst when top scorer Pawel Abbott was taken off injured after the half-hour mark. It took Morecambe until the 79th minute to get off the mark through, Jamie Forrester providing the breakthrough. Smart thinking from goalkeeper Steven Drench sees Forrester run through a gap the size of Jupiter between the two centre backs to collect the long punt forward and slot home.
Darlington would somehow have the last laugh though, Tommy Wright slotting him neatly 3 minutes later for a famous win, taking Darlington up to League One
Overachievers: Morecambe, Macclesfield, Accrington Stanley, Darlington, Bury
Underachievers: Bradford, Rotherham, Brentford, MK Dons, Rochdale, Grimsby, Barnet, Mansfield
Honestly, take your pick. Crazy season in League Two.
Oxford won the Conference Premier, 9 points ahead of the playoff hopefuls. Rushden & Diamonds steamrollered Stevenage 4-0 in the final, who themselves had reached the final via a 90th minute winner against Crawley, who themselves had an excellent season after being predicted to finish 19th and instead finished 2nd, even with a 6-point deduction. Simeon Jackson wins top goal scorer with 33 league goals for Rushden & Diamonds.
Overachievers: Salisbury, Histon, Crawley, Rushden & Diamonds
Underachievers: Exeter, York, Torquay, Ebbsfleet, Kidderminster, Burton
Southport win the Conference North and Boston United win the playoff final, beating Kettering on penalties. Alfreton, Hyde and Vauxhall are all relegated.
Lewes win the Conference South and Dorchester Town win the playoff final, beating Braintree on penalties. Havant & Waterlooville, Hayes & Yeading and Fisher Athletic are all relegated.
League round-up. We’ve already talked about the overachievers and underachievers, so let’s quickly compare the media predictions to the teams’ actual finishing positions. Should we castigate the media? Or should be laud and slate the teams who, for better or worse, defied expectations?
The final position is denoted to the right of the team, with the change from the prediction one over.

What do the media know, eh?
The game also has its own season summary for each league which pretty much covers everything I’ve already shared but for those interested, see below:
It seems like forever ago since we saw European competition. I will skip ahead, so here are the First and Second Knockout Round results.
First Round
Second Round
Gritty performances throughout. For those of you wondering why FC Bayern are in the UEFA Cup it’s because they finished 4th in the Bundesliga in 06/07 behind champions VfB Stuttgart, 2nd place Schalke and 3rd place Werder Bremen. They entered at the UEFA Cup first round, essentially a final qualifying round. In-game, they defeated FC Twente 5-1 on aggregate to reach the group stage. They finished 3rd in their group, behind Fiorentina and Bolton.

Quarter Finals
All relatively straight forward in the Quarter Finals too, Bayern and Tottenham progress comfortably whilst Porto and Fiorentina had to do a bit of digging in to get the job done.
FC Bayern (6) 3 - 0 (1) Werder Bremen
Dinamo Kiev (2) 2 - 2 (4) Porto
Tottenham (5) 1 - 1 (2) Blackburn
Fiorentina (3) 0 - 0 (2) Girondins Bordeaux

Semi Finals
Bayern and Fiorentina met again in the Semi Finals to relive their group match (which was a 1-1 draw). The Semi Final would prove to be hotly contested again, Bayern stealing the victory in the 90th minute through Bastian Schweinsteiger, although replays show he may well have been offside. Luca Toni and Adrian Mutu were the other goal scorers.
The second leg lived up to the billing as well, Bayern taking the lead mid-way through the first half through Miroslav Klose’s smart run and finish. Mark van Bommel added an unlikely second on the night through a sublime freekick which left Fiorentina needing 4 goals to go through. Adrian Mutu led a one-man crusade with a brace in the 63rd and 69th minute respectively before substitute Massimo Gobbi’s tidy 73rd minute finish set up a nervy finale. However, La Viola couldn’t add to their tally and Bayern reached the final.
A tight contest in the other match was lifted with Steed Malbranque’s goal on the stroke of half-time, simply sumptuous freekick from the corner of the box, lifted over the wall and into the back of the net on the near side. Some fine work from José Bosingwa down the right-hand side allowed him to whip a cross into the far post for Raúl Meireles to head in an equaliser to ensure the spoils were shared going into the second leg.
Robbie Keane scored his 25th goal of the season here with a cool finish, showing that you don’t need to blast the ball to score, Tottenham now sitting pretty knowing that Porto needed to score twice to progress. A moment of madness, however, from Didier Zokora left them in a spot of bother. Zokora was shown a straight red card on the brink of half-time, his second of the season, after catching Malkhaz Asatiani with his elbow, referee Stuart Dougal showing no hesitation in sending the Ivorian off. However, Porto were unable to even pluck out an equaliser, let alone a winner and Tottenham progress.
FC Bayern (4) 2 - 3 (4) Fiorentina << FC Bayern advance on away goals
Porto (1) 0 - 1 (2) Tottenham

Bayern were utterly ruthless in the final, showing no mercy to Tottenham in a 3-0 demolishing, all of the goals coming in the first half courtesy of Luca Toni and a brace from Miroslav Klose. The lack of defensive cover in the midfield really cost them and Kevin-Prince Boateng had his work cut out trying to fill-in in Zokora’s absence, indeed getting himself sent off in the 79th minute for a second bookable offence.
Miroslav Klose’s two goals in the final means he takes home the Golden Boot with 12 goals, edging out RC Lens’ Aruna Dindane and team-mate Luca Toni by one goal. Riccardo Montolivo of Fiorentina picks up the Playmaker Award with 8 assists.
Champions League
Now, for what you’ve all been waiting for – the Champions League!
We left you with the Quarter Final line-ups:

Get ready for mayhem...
None of the teams would disappoint in this round either. Liverpool beating Real Madrid 2-1 away in the first leg only to almost throw it away with a 2-1 loss at home, thanks for Raúl’s 90th minute goal. Liverpool may well have been questioning just why the final whistle hadn’t already blown, but Jamie Carragher would be the extra time hero though, scoring a scrappy goal after a corner was failed to be cleared by Madrid.
Inter Milan’s first leg away goal helped them on their way to beating Man Utd over two legs, Adriano powering home from an indirect free kick opportunity. Paul Scholes would level the tie up when they met again in Italy, but former Arsenal man Patrick Vieira would seal the tie for Inter with a wonderful 30-yard screamer into the top corner.
A contender for match-of-the-competition as Arsenal overcame Barcelona in a 10-goal feast. Thierry Henry’s sub 5-minute brace against his former club, including one after just 18 seconds, was pegged back by Robin van Persie’s own brace and the Gunners would lead 3-2 at half-time thanks to “wonderkid” Nicklas Bendtner. Bendtner would be at it again shortly after half-time, thanks in part to even more craftsmanship from Francesc Fàbregas. A headed goal from William Gallas at a corner put Arsenal 5-2 up and looking comfortable but Barcelona went on the attack the corresponding kick off, Xavi Hernández sliding Ronaldinho in to make it 5-3, Jens Lehmann going walkabouts by all accounts.
Bendtner would complete has hattrick on 70 minutes though, slotting home after a neat turn in the corner of the box, sending Andrea Barzagli to another dimension. Barcelona would secure their 5th away goal though, Thierry Henry completing his own hat-trick after William Gallas failed to deal with a ball over the tip. Final score 6-4. And breathe.
The second leg was less entertaining, but Thierry Henry would put his former club to the sword again with two more goals and, despite Rafael Márquez being sent off for an astonishing elbow to Bakary Sagna’s face, Barcelona held out for the win on away goals. 2-0 on the night, 6-6 on aggregate. The most disgraceful part of the night was the players surrounding referee Thorsten Kinhöfer after the red card. Pundits are still perplexed as to what they were complaining about.
Finally onto Celtic, who produced the most breath-taking First Knockout Round ties against Valencia would continue to produce high entertainment value against PSV. Celtic held the advantage after a 1-1 draw in Eindhoven, but PSV would not go down without a fight. Rodrigo Palacio opened the scoring after Scott Brown needlessly lost the ball and some poor play from goalkeeper Artur Boruc, less than 45seconds into the match. Maciej Zurawski would dig his goalkeeper out of a hole 3 minutes later, beating Heurelho Gomes at his near post before Rodrigo hit back again on 8 minutes, capitalising on another poor error from Artur Boruc.
John de Jong would add to icing to a rich and wholesome cake, flicking the ball into the far corner of the net beyond Boruc’s reach and PSV looked comfortable leading 4-2 on aggregate, knowing Celtic now needed 3 goals to progress. PSV would lose key midfielder Edison Méndez to injury on 27 minutes but it would take until the second half for Celtic to take advantage, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink finishing off an attack before Maciej Zurawski would set up a frantic last 5 minutes after getting on the end of Lee Naylor’s inch-perfect cross. Celtic couldn’t produce one more moment of magic though and the tie would finish 4-4 on aggregate, PSV going through by virtue of away goals.
Real Madrid (3) 2 - 2 (4) Liverpool
Man Utd (1) 1 - 1 (2) Inter
Arsenal (6) 0 - 2 (6) Barcelona << Barcelona advance on away goals
PSV (4) 3 - 3 (4) Celtic << PSV advance on away goals

Semi Finals
Could the Semi Finals produce the same magic? Liverpool were paired up against Inter Milan and Barcelona were drawn against PSV.
Barcelona all but ended PSV hopes of an underdog victory, smashing them 4-0 in the first leg at home, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho both scoring braces, Ronaldinho’s both coming from penalties (and both when Henry was on a hat-trick so he can probably consider himself unlucky to be allowed to take one of them). With Edison Méndez still missing, Sebastián Battaglia was asked to step in but he was easily over-run by the Barcelona midfield.
PSV showed incredible fight immediately in the return fixture, going 2-0 up inside the first 7 minutes through Palacio’s lob and Ismael Aissati’s smart finish, but Barcelona soon calmed everything down, scoring 4 unanswered goals in return before half-time courtesy of Barzagli, two from Henry and a brilliant Ronaldinho free kick.. Gastón Fernández scored again late in the second half, but with the tie already done and dusted, it was more for pride than anything else. Barcelona win 4-3 on the night and 8-3 on aggregate.
Liverpool hosted Inter Milan at Anfield for the first leg of the other semi final and took a first half-lead through a stunning John Arne Riise free kick. Steven Gerrard forced Júlio César into an own goal after initially saving Ryan Babel’s long-range effort before Fernando Torres turned provider for Ryan Babel to breakaway and make it 3-0. Zlatan Ibrahimović gave Inter Milan some hope with a late away goal, pouncing on a rare error from Jamie Carragher in the 88th minute.
Liverpool were in good form going into the return leg, having battered fierce rivals Man Utd 4-0 at home at the weekend but it was Inter Milan who dominated this game for long periods, really putting the Liverpool team to the sword. Their dominance paid off in the 21st minute when Ibrahimović retrieved Maicon’s pinpoint pass and slotted into the bottom corner. Torres would ease the pressure on Liverpool with an equaliser at the start of the second half, his 20th goal of the season passed into the bottom corner; the keeper probably should’ve done better with it though. Inter claimed offside, but I’m not convinced.
Incensed, Inter went on the attack immediately, both literally and figuratively, injuring Torres before Ibrahimović fed Adriano who had the vision to pick out Esteban Cambiasso to restore Inter’s lead on the night. A great counterattack. Inter would make Liverpool pay once more for sloppy defending when Steve Finnan was beaten to the ball too easily by Adriano who cut it back for Maxwell to fire home. Pepe Reina will be disappointed when he looks back on that, as he really should be saving those kinds of shots. 3-1 on the night and unbelievably 4-4 on aggregate.
Extra time beckoned but Adriano was not interested in penalties, whipping a delightful ball around the corner for his strike partner David Suazo, clean through on goal to slot past a helpless Reina. Liverpool would go all out offensive from then until the final whistle but couldn’t muster one last goal to salvage the result and Inter go through to final, 4-1 on the night, 5-4 on aggregate.
Liverpool (4) 1 - 4 (5) Inter
Barcelona (8) 4 - 3 (3) PSV

And so for the final. Inter Milan vs Barcelona. The world held high hopes after the last few rounds: they wanted goals.
They were not disappointed.

Barcelona opened the scoring on 23 minutes, emerging “wonderkid” Lionel Messi slotting Samuel Eto’o through to score his 20th goal of the season. The lead wouldn’t last too long though, as Ibrahimović fed Suazo to equaliser on 31 minutes. Eto’o would restore the lead again soon after, Deco sliding a lovely pass through the defence for Eto’o to bury.
Controversy followed in the second half. Xavi loses the ball to Maxwell inside the Inter half who in turn goes on a mazy run towards goal exchanging passes with Cambiasso along the way. He is allegedly obstructed by Zambrotta outside the penalty arc, but replays show that it’s a blatant dive. To make matters worse, the referee inexplicably gives a penalty! Ibrahimović slots it without question. 2-2.
63 minutes and Puyol is needlessly dragged out of position to close down Stankovic who instead slips in Ibrahimović for his second of the game. Minutes later, a poor throw-in from Zambrotta gifts the ball to Ibrahimović to seal his hat-trick and put the game to bed, Inter holding out for a 4-2 win in the final against Barcelona!
Despite the result, Ibrahimović would finish runner up to on 14 goals to Thierry Henry and Rodrigo Palacio in the Golden Boot race, the latter pair netting 15 goals a-piece. Andrés Iniesta would take home the Playmaker Award with 8 assists ahead of team-mate Ronaldinho’s 7. Despite an average rating of 7.83, Ronaldinho would also finish runner-up to Ibrahimović in the Champions League best player, with Henry rounding off the top 3.
Now, because does not save an accessible history of stats and results, they are essentially wiped as the season ends, so I decided to end each 4th game file on June 1st. The game resets around about the 24th or 25th but I wanted to stop the game after the season had finished and before any international competitions began.
But the year is 2008 so we all know what’s coming…
This does mean I’m going to have to go into the game file for Year 2, but I’ll keep everything else a secret. Euro 2008 deserves to be inside the 07/08 season.
I do have all the results for the other international tournaments akin to this which make up the Confederations Cup competitors, so I will give a very brief oversight into those as well as they happen.
I’m not going to go into how each team qualified for the tournament unless you specifically ask about it in the comments. Let’s look at the groups, with the help of some expert MS Paint skills to display their current world rankings too.
The most notable changes are that Denmark, England, Scotland and Finland all qualified for this edition and Spain, French, Russia and Poland, who all qualified in the real Euro 2008, miss out. Hosts Switzerland and Austria naturally have terrible ratings due to not playing many competitive internationals as they didn’t need to qualify for their own tournament. Group B looks tough, and the Scots may well fancy an upset in Group D.
Editors predictions: England. Not just because I’m biased, but because on paper they have the squad to do it. The Golden Generation may not have succeeded in real life, but this is stats-based fantasy. Football’s coming home! Failing that, and with France and Spain both missing, it’s anyone’s to take. I’m putting money on a Ronaldo-backed Portugal.
I will run through them Group by Group, even though it won’t strictly be in the order. All will be well again come the Knockout Rounds.
(editor note: a picture of all the groups is at the bottom. I had to cut back to 20 images)
Group A
Croatia and Sweden played out an entertaining 2-2 draw that didn’t get going until the last 30 minutes. Jurica Vranjes thought he’d snatched a late 87th minute for Croatia until Marcus Allbäck equalised 2 minutes later. Two early goals for Denmark were enough to see off Switzerland despite themselves pulling a goal back before half-time, a 2-1 finish.
The second round of fixtures produced even more drama, a Tranquillo Barnetta hat-trick for Switzerland helping to sink Sweden 4-3 in a back-and-forth game, Gelson Fernandes eventually settling the contest for the Swiss. An Eduardo-inspired Croatia took the game to Denmark and a late Nicklas Bendtner goal wasn’t enough to stop Croatia winning 3-1.
Any win for Croatia against Switzerland sends them through. A draw would also suffice. Switzerland need to win, although a draw would do if Sweden could beat Denmark. Any positive Denmark result paired with a Croatia win sees them progress, or even a win and a Croatia/Swiss draw. Sweden must beat Denmark and hope Croatia win. If the Swiss beat Croatia, they need to win and hope for a goal difference swing.
Drama all round as Sweden’s tournament hopes end with a 2-1 defeat to Denmark. Switzerland know they realistically need to win but can only muster a 2-2 draw with Croatia.
Denmark top the group, Croatia are runners up.

Group B
Czech Republic and Austria open the tournament with an entertaining 2-2 draw, Austria snatching a 90th minute equaliser through Steffen Hofmann after a mistake from Zdenek Grygera. Turkey and Portugal would step it up a notch by playing out a 3-2 game which, in truth, Portugal were always in control of. 3-0 up inside 21minutes, Turkey made a second half comeback but the 2nd goal in the 89th minute was too little, too late.
Goals from Deco and Tomas Rosicky in the first half ensured the spoils were shared in a game where the Czech Republic dominated Portugal for large portions of the game and will be disappointed to only draw 1-1. (editor note: the game seems to think Portugal completed 200% of their crosses in this match…) Turkey, on the other hand, turned their dominance into a 2-0 win over Austria.
Portugal need to beat Austria to secure top spot whereas Austria know they need a big win and some good fortune for a draw in the other game. Any winner of Turkey/Czech Republic will qualify, but a draw for Turkey should be enough, barring a miracle from Austria. It’s feasible that Portugal could still be knocked out, though very unlikely.
And as it happens, Portugal make light work of Austria, Maniche and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring first half goals to seal the tie 2-0 in an otherwise boring match. Czech Republic would be made to pay for not getting the winner against Portugal, being torn apart comprehensively by a relentless Turkey side with braces for both Nihat and Halil Altintop, 4-0 the final score line.
Portugal top the group, Turkey are runners up.

Group C
The last group to get going, but no lack of entertainment here, with Romania cruising to a 2-0 win against Greece. All of the drama came in the much-anticipated England/Germany match though and it met all expectations. Darren Bent’s headed opener was cancelled out by Miroslav Klose pouncing on Paul Robinson’s fumble, but Wayne Rooney would restore England’s lead halfway through the first half. Bayern’s Lukas Podolski pulled it level again before half-time before the teams seemed set to see out a 2-2 draw. However, deep into stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes, up steps David Beckham to do what David Beckham does best – dispatch freekicks into the top corner. 3-2. There was still time after the restart for Steven Gerrard to be shown a straight-red for hacking down Klose with two-feet.
Germany would take their revenge out on Greece in the next game, securing a 4-2 victory, whilst England would maintain their good form by persevering for a late 2-0 win against Romania.
England are already through and Greece cannot qualify so their final game is a dead rubber, other than Greece trying not to finish bottom and England trying to assure top spot. The winner of Germany/Romania will go through, but a draw will be enough for Germany by virtue of Goal Difference.
England consign Greece to 4th place in the group with a routine 2-0 win, goals from Wayne Rooney and Shaun Wright-Phillips enough to see them off. A cagey first-half in the Germany/Romania match became a much more open-ended affair after Daniel Niculae’s brilliant 47th minute opener, a sublime solo run culminating in a lobbed finish. Miroslav Klose fired back 10 minutes later with 2 goals in quick succession to swing the tie but Romania, not prepared to lie down, equalised again through Eric Bicfalvi. Romania would do the unthinkable though, Adrian Mutu bending a delightful goal into the corner to secure a 3-2 victory for Romania.
England top the group, Romania are runners up.

Group D
Italy kicked off the group against Finland with a nervy win, having gone 1-0 down to a 60th minute penalty from Ari Nyman. Filippo Inzaghi pulled it level in the 82nd minute before Antonin Cassano’s stoppage time winner stole all the points from Finland. Scotland were less keen to roll over though and will be disappointed to have thrown away a 3-1 lead at the 85th minute, Wesley Sneijder and Roy Makaay with late goals to snatch a 3-3 draw.
Holland vs Italy was billed as the one to watch in this group, and rightly so, both teams amassing almost 30 shots between them, but with both keepers in good form, the match would be tied 1-1, Riccardo Montolivo cancelled out Robin van Persie’s first half strike. Scotland have certainly found their shooting boots at this tournament after putting 4 past Finland, but they were made to work for the victory with the Finns taking the lead and later equalising through Mika Ääritalo’s brace. James McFadden’s strike would retake the lead before Barry Ferguson put the icing on the cake of a 4-2 win.
Scotland need any result against Italy to go through. A loss through, coupled with a likely Holland win overly Finland, would send them crashing out. Finland cannot progress. Holland must win to go through, as must Italy.
Holland do indeed get their win against Finland, dominating from start to finish, although the score line should really have been bigger than 2-1. Scotland’s hopes of sneaking out of the group were dealt an immediate blow as they went 1-0 down to Alessandro Del Piero’s header inside 45 seconds. Alberto Gilardino would double the lead in the 20th minute and although Kenny Miller pulled one back in the second half, they couldn’t find a second goal to escape the group. Final score 2-1 to Italy.
Italy top the group, Holland are runners up.
Quarter Finals
Turkey – Denmark
Croatia – Portugal
England – Holland
Italy – Romania
No real humdingers here as all of the teams tightened up a lot.
Turkey did away with Denmark 2-0 in a game that the Danes will be disappointed to have not scored in. Nihat and an own goal from Per Krøldrup sealed the game.
Portugal were perhaps the better team in their tie against Croatia but still had to work hard to secure a 2-1 victory, Eduardo’s first half strike cancelled out by Maniche and Ronaldo in the second.
More late, late drama in this one as Frank Lampard scored a trademark goal, arriving from deep to sweep home a Wright-Phillips cross. England must’ve thought that’d be enough but Robin van Persie struck early into stoppage time to level the tie up 1-1. But cometh the 94th minute, cometh the man: Holland do not deal with a long clearance properly and Wright-Phillips skips past his man on the wing to lay the ball into the path of the onrushing Lampard who buries it high into the far corner. Holland complain to the linesman but really, they should be looking at themselves for some shoddy defending.
Romania will be disappointed they had to take Italy all the way to penalties to beat them, having been arguably the better team throughout. 1-1 at full time but a comfortable 4-2 shootout victory as their excellent tournament marches on, the only sour point being Stefan Radu’s 121st minute red card for a horrific tackle on Antonio Cassano.
Turkey 2-0 Denmark
Croatia 1-2 Portugal
England 2-1 Holland
Italy 1-1 Romania << Romania advance on penalties
Semi Finals
Turkey – Romania
Portugal – England
One thing guaranteed in this tournament now is that there will be an outsider in the final. Turkey left it late, but a brace from Nihat would prove enough to put Romania to the sword and end their dream run. Romania might look back and feel like they could’ve done better with both goals though.
Manchester United teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney did battle in this one, both getting their names on the scoresheet with clinical finishes. There would be nothing to settle the two sides until the very end: penalties. Hugo Viana, Nuno Valente, Jorge Andrade all scored whilst Gareth Barry, John Terry and Steven Gerrard did likewise. After Miguel fired home, Michael Carrick would see his penalty saved by goalkeeper Ricardo. However, some Paul Robinson heroics against Ricardo Carvalho gave Rio Ferdinand a chance to get back into the shootout. The pressure was too much though, and he slammed his penalty against the inside of the post to see Portugal through to the final, a final which Deco will miss with suspension after hacking Wright-Phillips down with two feet in 120th minute for an early bath.
Turkey 2-0 Romania
Portugal 1-1 England << Portugal advance on penalties
No Third Place Playoff in the Euros, straight into the final where Turkey meet Portugal, looking for an upset. Nihat and Mehmet Aurélio’s persistence forced the breakthrough on 20 minutes but a smart short freekick routine 2 minutes later from Portugal saw Maniche hit a bending daisy cutter into the bottom corner to equalise. Into the second half and Mehmet Topuz played one of the balls of the tournament from deep, around the defence and into the path of Nihat who didn’t need to break stride to hit an unbelievable shot on the half-volley. Rumour has it that Nihat lost Ricardo Carvalho so well, he is still searching for Nihat to this day. Turkey would hold on to their 2-1 advantage until the final whistle to become unlikely European Champions 2008.
And so that concludes the first season back of Reasons Why I Still Play FM08, also unofficially called What Could Have Been.
This grew to be significantly longer than I expected, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing it, even if it did take me well over 15 hours to do so.
If anybody has any specific questions about any aspects of this particular game, please feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer them, whether it’s information about non-league clubs, club finances, world rankings, wonderkid regens etc.
I will also happily run through competitions like the African Cup of Nations and the Olympics, although competitions like the Asian Cup, Gold Cup, Copa América have yet to happen on this file.
I have at least 5 seasons worth of game files now, and seasons 2-5 are all structured the same in terms of save dates: September 1st, December 1st, March 1st and June 1st.
Congratulations if you got this far, I applaud your perseverance. I hope you enjoyed it. See you soon for Year 2.
~ dige
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2019.12.20 18:20 JoyAngel98 If all the past 13 winners completed on an all star season, who do you want to win?

This is inspired by other posts that have been posted the past few days. If all the winners from season 16-28 competed against each other on an all winners season , who do you think will win? Their fan base doesn’t count, just their pure dancing ability on the show. You can say the top three, just the winner or put them in order from 1-13. Also who do you want their partner to be or do you want them to keep their partner they competed with? A reminder of the winners: 16 Kellie Pickler her partner was Derek Hough 17 Amber Riley her partner was Derek Hough 18 Meryl Davis her partner was Maks Chmerkovskiy 19 Alfonso Ribeiro his partner was Witney Carson 20 Rumer Willis her partner was Val Chmerkovskiy 21 Bindi Irwin her partner was Derek Hough 22 Nyle DiMarco his partner was Peta Murgatroyd 23 Laurie Hernandez her partner was Val Chmerkovskiy 24 Rashad Jennings his partner was Emma Slater 25 Jordan Fisher his partner was Lindsay Arnold 26 Adam Rippon his partner was Jenna Johnson 27 Bobby Bones his partner was Sharna Burgess 28 Hannah Brown her partner was Alan Bersten
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2019.12.18 14:19 Pitdog31 [OC] The Tyson Chandler No-Trade: How a 2009 Rescinded Trade Altered the Legacies of Dirk, Durant, Harden and a Decade of the NBA

On a post last month about some certain former OKC members’ scoring exploits, I came across this comment by Charwinger21. And while I concede that the decision to trade James Harden (and pay Kendrick Perkins) may be the biggest ‘What If?’ moment in NBA, I would like to introduce another contender.
This is the ultimate Butterfly Effect trade. The aim of this game is not to choose the greatest point of deviation between the life we have and the life we could have. Rather, it is to make a small change, an infinitesimal alteration to the fabric of the basketball universe, and watch chaos unfold.
In the middle of February 2009, a team with a 13-40 record made a trade with a team sitting at 30-20 for a 26-year-old big who was averaging just 8.8 points and 8.3 rebounds.
The following decision – one not made by a player, coach, executive or agent – swung at least 2 tiles in the years immediately following, and maybe more in the years after. It directly altered the legacies of one of the top 20 players of all time (Dirk) and tangentially affected at least four others (LeBron, Kobe, Durant, Duncan) AND one of the great never-was teams (the young OKC Thunder).
I present to you, the Tyson Chandler No-Trade.

One Night in Oklahoma

A perusal of Tyson Chandler’s Wikipedia page reads about as you expect. An enormously tall child, Chandler dominated in high school and was drafted into the NBA as a teenager. Horrendously miscast as half of Chicago’s new Twin Towers opposite Eddy Curry, he found his calling as Chris Paul’s pick-and-roll partner in New Orleans. He had a stop-over in Charlotte, anchored the champion Mavs (shockingly, only playing 149 games for them over two stints), won DPOY during a fun Knicks resurgence, and has now settled into a role as a veteran gun-for-hire. By all accounts, a wonderful resume befitting one of the league’s great role players.
This page reads as expected, with one exception:
“On February 17, 2009, Chandler was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Chris Wilcox, Joe Smith and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin...
…on February 18, the trade was rescinded and Chandler was sent back to the Hornets.”
Less than two years later, Chandler had gone from CP3’s buddy into the lynchpin of a reformed Dallas defence, transforming a notoriously soft and offence-heavy Mavs franchise into one capable of throttling the talents of the world’s best player and all-time all- I-can-get-to-the-rim-and-there’s-nothing-you-can-do-to-stop-me first-teamer LeBron James, and saving the legacy of one of the league’s (now) beloved stars. But for a brief moment, Chandler was a member of the league’s premier up-and-coming franchise.

Why Didn’t The Trade Go Through?

The official reason: The Thunder were worried about Chandler’s turf toe. Tyson had a history of injuries to his left toe, bad enough to have surgery in April 2007. Chandler played all but 3 games in ’07-’08, and although he had missed a good chunk of time in the lead up to the trade, it was due to a badly sprained left ankle not his toe. In a cruel twist of fate, the same doctor who had performed the surgery, Dr. Carlan Yates (who had done so during the Hornet’s temporary post-Katrina relocation to OKC) was now administering his physical. In a February 2009 interview with Chris Broussard and March Stein, Chandler stated that “He [the doctor] told me, ‘I have no doubt you can play on it. I’m just saying it could take a turn for the worse if you come down on somebody’s foot or hyperextend it or something.'” Had Dr. Yates not administered the physical, with his prior knowledge of the injury, Chandler very well might’ve joined the newly relocated team.
The biggest shock in the trade is how little the Thunder had to give up. Wilcox and Smith combined for 1482 minutes for the Thunder that season, only 37 more than Chandler did for the Hornets. Neither played for the Thunder post-no-trade. On February 19, Wilcox was swapped for the Knicks’ Malik Rose, whose rights were renounced by the team that December. Not even 2 weeks later the Thunder bought Smith out and he signed with Cleveland. Devon Hardin never played in an NBA game.
The trade was a solid financial move too. The Thunder might have considered his $11,350,000 salary (salaries here on out are as per Basketball Reference) too costly for a Center who only managed half of a season, but Chandler’s salary amounted to less than the Wilcox and Smith duo, who combined to earn $11,545,000 that season. Would you rather have Chris Wilcox and Joe Smith or Tyson Chandler and a spare $200k?
Were the Thunder worried that Chandler would have ruin their tank by reforming their defensive rotations? Even with a healthy Chandler, Oklahoma City’s first season of pro hoops wouldn’t have gotten off the Western Conference floor. Real life Chandler managed to suit up for just 13 more regular season games, plus 4 games in the Hornets abysmal First Round showing against the Nuggets. In his final appearance that season, he went 0-2 with 4 fouls. The Hornets lost by 58.
The young Thunder core showed promise - Kevin Durant took big steps as a sophomore, Russell Westbrook made the All-Rookie First Team, Thabo Sefolosha was strong defensively and we didn’t know how full of shit Jeff Green was yet (he somehow never got better after his age 22 season of 16.5 points on 44.6/38.9/78.8 shooting splits). But at the time of the trade, the Thunder were about 10 games away from being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
In the post-Process world, Chandler would have been the perfect pickup. A veteran presence in the locker room, making enough to lift the salary floor but too injured for the next few months to make a difference. His contract would come off the books in at the end of the 2010-2011 season, just in time to clear cap space for Durant’s first extension. Worst-case scenario, Presti could’ve written him off for the season, held him as an expiring or shipped him off to the Knicks for six first-rounders.
The Thunder had received a future Defensive Player of the Year for nothing. And they sent him back.

The 2009-2010 NBA Season

In 2009-2010 real-life Chandler eeked our 51 games, sharing starting duties with Nazr Mohammed (!!) and 36-year-old Theo Ratliff (!!!) on a Charlotte then-Bobcats team that somehow won 44 games before being swept by Orlando in the First Round.
Several states over, Durant became the youngest scoring leader in history and finished second in MVP voting. Westbrook stepped up in his second season (particularly with his playmaking), scoring MIP votes. Rookies James Harden (that summer’s 3rd overall pick), Serge Ibaka (finally bought out from his contract in Spain) and Eric Maynor (a mid-season acquisition from Utah) aptly filled bench roles. Jeff Green stayed the same.
Their 50-32 record “earned” them the 8 seed (!!!) where they took the champion Lakers to 6 in the First Round. Chandler’s toe has not yet swung a title.

The 2010-2011 NBA Season

Despite a tough schedule to start the season, the real Thunder hit the ground running in 2010-2011, taking 55 wins and the opportunity to play for a spot in the Finals. They were potent offensively but had issues on the other end of the floor. This was in large part to the gap at Centre, which coach Scott Brooks tried filling with Nenad Krstić and Nick Collison. When this proved ineffective Presti shipped starters Krstić and Jeff Green to Boston for Kendrick Perkins, Nazr Mohammed and Nate Robinson at the deadline.
Perkins’ size, rebounding and size always made sense in the veteran, tough-it-out Boston system, to the extent that his injury may have swung the 2010 title. Ironically, Boston needed him this year more than any, where he would have proved useful in occupying the paint for LeBron and Wade’s drives instead of injured Shaq, Krstić and Jermaine O’Neal. But he was a negative in OKC, spending entire playoff series clogging up the paint and stifling his athletic young teammates attempts at driving into the paint. Instead of offensive freedom, Durant, Westbrook (not somebody who should ever take a pull-up 3), Harden (possibly the league’s all-time greatest drawer of contact) and Ibaka (the perfect rim-diving big) sat in the midrange and beyond, doubled by Perkins’ man any time they penetrated. Instead, imagine Chandler positioned on the weak-side, ready to throw in the lob from a doubled Durant. Imagine Harden-Chandler pick and rolls. Imagine him doing anything other than standing there.
At the time, playing Perkins was indefensible. In the spacing and analytics era, it’s beyond basketball suicide.
Twilight zone Chandler joins a Westbrook-Sefolosha-Durant-Green starting unit with Harden-Ibaka-Collison-Maynor off the bench. The Chandler-anchored Mavs – a team whose crunch-time 5 featured Dirk (never a defensive stopper), an undersized Jason Terry (ditto), old man Kidd (smart but old) and Shawn Marion (solid, but not a lockdown defender) – forced the Heat into long jumpers, walling off the paint and cut off driving lanes with their hybrid zone-man defensive schemes. Image what he could’ve done with Ibaka, Durant, Sefolosha and co. At this time, even the later notoriously bad defenders (Harden and Westbrook) were still young and trying.
Here’s where it gets interesting. The duality of Chandler alters the universe with his presence and his absence.
The 2011 Western Conference had a definite top 4. The high-powered Nuggets offence leaked points on the other end. The Blazers and now Chandler-less Hornets were cute – Brandon Roy’s last great moment happened against the Mavs in the First Round, and a still-likable CP3 lead the league in steals after an interrupted year prior – but neither had the strength or depth to challenge the Spurs, Lakers, Mavs, Thunder.
We’re here. Brendan Haywood, Ian Mahinmi and untraded Erick Dampier are not enough to offset the cosmic alterations caused by the Tyson trade. What does Dirk do without his 2011 coronation? Does he ring-chase, end up in L.A. or Miami or Oakland? Do we get a Dirk-Nash duo for one final run?
Without Chandler, we still call Dirk soft. Without Chandler, and the defence that he anchored, Dallas doesn’t win the NBA Title.
With the Mavs out of the picture, the Conference falls wide open. The Spurs, sitting nicely at 61-21, still go down in the First Round to a lovably ugly Grizzlies team. The real Lakers were the defending champs, but were clearly broken, bowing in a shameful flurry of flagrant fouls. Without the Mavs in their way, the Laker talent flounders into a Conference Finals berth against the Thunder.
Our Western Conference champs are either the fragile Lakers or the inexperienced Thunder.
We were wondering if OKC was ready for the Finals in 2012. The year prior, with an average age of 23.7, the Thunder are the youngest team in the league. Maybe we get that final shot of the young big three embracing each other a full year early and have them return a year wiser in 2012. Maybe an earlier Finals appearance convinces Presti to GODDAM KEEP THEM TOGETHER.
Maybe we get the Kobe-LeBron finals we always wanted. Maybe Kobe drags his dying dynasty to his 6th title and having vanquished his greatest opponent – who is flanked by a star-studded supporting cast – garners legitimate GOAT buzz.
Maybe we get neither and the Heat roll to the title (most likely). Maybe the Heat, their offseason moves validated by an unchallenged championship, never evolve into the monster that rolled off a 27-game win streak 2 years later. Or maybe, with the pressure of climbing the mountain lifted, LeBron and the Heatles ascend to a higher form of basketball. Is LeBron, publicly perceived to not have ‘earned’ his ring, treated like Warrior’s Durant was in our world? Or is he revered without the 2011 “choke” staining his resume?

The 2011-2012 NBA Season

Chandler’s contract expired at the end of the 2010-2011 season, with Mark Cuban infamously choosing to break up the defending champs. Chandler signed with the Knicks for 4 years, with a salary around $55-58 million. According to Basketball Reference, that first year salary sat at a little over $13 million, a large sum. Particularly large for a small-market team like OKC.
But don’t forget, this is a universe where Kendrick Perkins, Nazr Mohammed and Krypto-Nate’s salaries (about $15.37 million) sit elsewhere.
In this universe, an “overpaid” Chandler saves them $2 million.
And yes, choices would have to be made. OKC would have to pay Westbrook the following season, and Harden and Ibaka the season after that. But the Thunder had them on rookie deals until then and owned their Bird rights for an extension after that. Contending with Chandler, the Thunder can focus on taking the title, knowing that they could always reconfigure on the fly. Maybe with Chandler protecting the inside they trade Ibaka instead. Maybe the Thunder let Chandler walk, but unanchored by his or Perkins' salary are able to retain Harden. Maybe the Knicks are dumb and bite on Chandler anyways Maybe the Thunder pay the tax. Is that too much to ask?
In 2011-2012 alone they could build the team around MVP runner-up Durant and All-NBA sidekick Westbrook, complimented by fellow starters Chandler (that year's DPOY), Ibaka (All-Defense First Team), and Sefolosha. A bench rotation of Harden (Sixth Man of the Year), old man Derek Fisher (still capable of the biggest shot in a playoff series), Maynor, Collison (reboundechemist) and rookie Reggie Jackson. In later years they fill that team with buyouts and vet minimums guys.
A loaded team with the size and length to smother the Spurs and the speed to go small against Miami - what could opponents do? Would we have been treated to the Spurs Renaissance? What level does LeBron have to reach to beat them? Do the Warriors get over the hump against what is effectively a better version of the 2016 Thunder team that had them on the ropes - a long, athletic defensive team designed to challenge every shot and pound you on the defensive end? Does Steph guard Russ or Harden? As Perkins sat on that bench for almost 5 years, wouldn’t they have been better off with Chandler, or at least a 260-pound pile of wet clay?
Maybe I’m giving Presti too much credit. Maybe it would’ve been a salary mess after 2012. Thunder what-ifs have been done to death. But I know this. One misguided toe assessment altered NBA history. If the trade is cleared, we look at Dirk an entirely different way. Duncan, Kobe and LeBron are either elevated or demoted from pantheon status. And those Thunder kids – KD, Russ, Harden, Ibaka and Chandler – might just have climbed the mountain.
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2019.06.14 18:02 badpauly Significant Activist Hedge Fund Activity (Last 7 Days)

These are the latest Schedule 13D forms filed by activist investors in the last 7 days. Activist investors are investors that make an investment with the intention of influencing management in some way. There is evidence that following activist investors into investments can generate excess returns. Schedule 13G forms, in contrast, are filed by significant investors with no intention of influencing management (such as Index funds).
There is always a lot of interest in insider trades, but what a lot of people probably don't realize is that hedge fund activity is probably more predictive of future returns than insider activity. The reason is that hedge funds (a) have large research budgets, and (b) have a choice where to put their money. In contract, insiders have no choice where to put their money, but only when to time their transactions.

New Filings

This table lists new 13D filings in the last week. A new filing does not necessarily indicate a new position, as investors frequently accumulate in advance before reaching the filing threshold.
Date Form Company Investor Shares Ownership Change
06‑14 13D MDCL / Medicine Man Technologies Inc. Dye Capital Cann Holdings, Llc 3,000,000 9.7%
06‑14 13D OMAD / One Madison Corporation JS Capital Management LLC 28,103,145 55.2%
06‑14 13D OMAD / One Madison Corporation Asali Omar 11.9%
06‑13 13D NUO / Nuveen Ohio Quality Income Municipal Fund, Inc. Ancora Advisors, LLC 704,196 3.85% -23.31
06‑13 13D ASH / Ashland Global Holdings, Inc. EMINENCE CAPITAL, LP 5,173,974 8.3%
06‑13 13D ELMD / Electromed, Inc. Zenith Sterling Advisers Llc 489,700 5.82%
06‑13 13D ELY / Callaway Golf Company JANA PARTNERS LLC 8,671,810 %
06‑12 13D VBIV / VBI Vaccines, Inc. Opko Health, Inc. 6,678,751 6.84% 0.59
06‑12 13D NVCN / Neovasc, Inc . Opko Health, Inc. 3,385,753 5.0% -45.05
06‑12 13D NIMU / Non-Invasive Monitoring Systems, Inc. Opko Health, Inc. 54,690,325 35.3%
06‑12 13D CDOM / Tiger X Medical, Inc. Opko Health, Inc. 1,541,702 31.1% 486.79
06‑11 13D ESTR / Estre Ambiental, Inc. Energy Sustainable 20,062,197 39.19%
06‑11 13D FTD / FTD Companies, Inc. Travertine Creek, Inc. 3,401,003 12.0%
06‑10 13D NTC / Nuveen Connecticut Premium Income Municipal Fund, Inc. Bulldog Investors, LLC 796,077 %
06‑10 13D FALC / FalconStor Software, Inc. Falconstor Software Inc 73,747,297 10.3%
06‑10 13D IDYA / IDEAYA Biosciences, Inc. 5am Ventures Iv, L.p. 3,463,066 17.1%
06‑07 13D BCYC / Bicycle Therapeutics plc Cambridge Innovation Capital (jersey) Ltd 1,751,437 9.9%
06‑07 13D BCYC / Bicycle Therapeutics plc Vertex Global Healthcare Fund I Pte Ltd. 1,621,168 9.16%
06‑07 13D BNGO / Bionano Genomics, Inc. Lc Fund Vi, L.p. 1,774,959 18.7%
06‑07 13D BCYC / Bicycle Therapeutics plc GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC 1,915,275 10.8%
06‑07 13D VPV / Van Kampen Pennsylvania Value Municipal Income Trust BANK OF AMERICA CORP /DE/ 1,376 100.0%
06‑07 13D VTN / Van Kampen Trust for Investment Grade New York Municipal BANK OF AMERICA CORP /DE/ 904 100.0%
06‑07 13D LMFA / LM Funding America, Inc. Craven House Capital North America Llc 774,309 24.7% 8.81
06‑07 13D GLXZ / Galaxy Gaming, Inc. O'donnell Hannah 1,714,286 9.922%
06‑07 13D GLXZ / Galaxy Gaming, Inc. Webb Derek John 1,714,286 9.922%
06‑07 13D BCYC / Bicycle Therapeutics plc SVLSF V, LLC 1,915,274 10.8%
06‑07 13D FTD / FTD Companies, Inc. Ftd 50 Llc %
06‑07 13D FTD / FTD Companies, Inc. Diamond Investment Group, Llc %

Amended Filings

This table lists amended filings in the last week, and is useful for monitoring changes in existing investments or when a fund closes a position. I have eliminated all filings with less than a 5% change in ownership.
Date Form Company Investor Shares Ownership Change
06‑13 13D/A TPHS / Trinity Place Holdings Inc. MARCATO CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LP 0 0.0% -100.00
06‑13 13D/A EARS / Auris Medical Holding AG Meyer Thomas 489,573 14.4% -46.86
06‑13 13D/A LGCY / Legacy Reserves LP Baines Creek Capital, LLC 1,406,609 1.2% -87.76
06‑13 13D/A BFFTF / Biofrontera AG Deutsche Balaton Aktiengesellschaft 11,080,425 24.8% 5.98
06‑13 13D/A BKS / Barnes & Noble, Inc. Schottenfeld Opportunities Fund Ii, Lp 2,453,028 3.4% -50.72
06‑12 13D/A MICT / Micronet Enertec Technologies, Inc. Bnn Technology Plc 1,363,000 12.38%
06‑12 13D/A TPHS / Trinity Place Holdings Inc. PRICE MICHAEL F 6,708,538 21.0%
06‑12 13D/A TST / TheStreet, Inc. HARRIS & HARRIS GROUP INC /NY/ 821,521 15.4%
06‑12 13D/A TPHS / Trinity Place Holdings Inc. THIRD AVENUE MANAGEMENT LLC 5,632,150 17.7%
06‑12 13D/A NSTG / NanoString Technologies, Inc. Clarus Lifesciences II, L.P. 102,228 0.3% -95.08
06‑12 13D/A UQM / UQM Technologies, Inc. GAMCO INVESTORS, INC. ET AL 3,401,240 6.01% 14.26
06‑12 13D/A EVFM / Evofem Biosciences, Inc. Invesco Ltd. 11,812,910 25.4% -20.13
06‑12 13D/A LGCY / Legacy Reserves LP Baines Creek Capital, LLC 11,299,649 9.8% -57.76
06‑11 13D/A BKEP / Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C CB-Blueknight, LLC 0 0.0% -100.00
06‑11 13D/A DSPG / DSP Group, Inc. Raging Capital Management, LLC 1,836,193 8.1% -15.62
06‑11 13D/A VRRM / Verra Mobility Corporation PLATINUM EQUITY LLC 47,391,293 29.9% -23.92
06‑11 13D/A HIL / Hill International, Inc. Ancora Advisors, LLC 4,273,778 7.68% 18.15
06‑11 13D/A SMGI / SMG Indium Resources Ltd. Raging Capital Management, LLC 783,884 5.5% -16.67
06‑10 13D/A EVFM / Evofem Biosciences, Inc. Pdl Biopharma, Inc. 13,333,334 28.7% 50.26
06‑10 13D/A EXDI / Exactus, Inc. Ceed2med Llc 7,635,690 22.18% -61.33
06‑10 13D/A BXC / Bluelinx Holdings, Inc. Coliseum Capital Management, LLC 832,727 8.9% 17.11
06‑10 13D/A ITRI / Itron, Inc. SCOPIA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LP 3,634,004 9.2% -10.68
06‑10 13D/A OTEL / Otelco, Inc. SOCHET IRA 1,342,242 39.4% 5.35
06‑08 13D/A ARCW / ARC Group Worldwide, Inc. Everest Hill Group Inc. 13,940,981 59.63%
06‑07 13D/A FTLF / FitLife Brands, Inc. Sudbury Capital Fund, LP 512,679 43.1% 13.72
06‑07 13D/A HALO / Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. KIRK RANDAL J 12,111,874 8.3% -15.31
06‑07 13D/A INCY / Incyte Corp. Baker Brothers Advisors LP 32,551,585 15.2% -5.59
06‑07 13D/A TEX / Terex Corp. MARCATO CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LP 2,830,470 4.0% -35.48
06‑07 13D/A KNSA / Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. Baker Brothers Advisors LP 2,865,509 15.0% -6.83
06‑07 13D/A BAS / Basis Energy Services, Inc. Ascribe Capital LLC 4,492,208 16.7% 6.37
06‑07 13D/A ESEA / Euroseas Ltd. BlackRock Inc. 1,848,687 13.7% -50.18
06‑07 13D/A ZIXI / Zix Corporation True Wind Capital, L.p. 17,043,229 23.5% 18.09
06‑07 13D/A ADMA / ADMA Biologics Inc Biotest Divestiture Trust 4,295,580 7.2% -66.97
06‑07 13D/A PDVW / pdvWireless, Inc. FEINBERG STEPHEN 2,889,442 19.6% -19.34
06‑07 13D/A CSIQ / Canadian Solar Inc. Lion Point Capital, LP 3,858,908 6.5% -38.68
06‑07 13D/A GPS / Gap, Inc. (The) FISHER WILLIAM SYDNEY 56,203,235 14.9% -8.02
06‑07 13D/A ARPO / Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc Novartis Bioventures Ltd 3,585,840 8.83% -11.52
06‑07 13D/A OPRX / OptimizeRx Corp. WOLVERINE ASSET MANAGEMENT LLC 688,296 4.98% -23.38
06‑07 13D/A HCI / HCI Group, Inc. Patel Paresh 857,500 10.3% -15.57
06‑07 13D/A UGA / United States Gasoline Fund LP Counsel Portfolio Services Inc. 64,056 4.9273% -15.38
06‑07 13D/A ENT / Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. Searchlight Ii Tbo-w, L.p. 38,169,207 30.9% 15.30
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2019.06.10 17:55 badpauly Significant Activist Hedge Fund Activity (Last 7 Days)

These are the latest Schedule 13D forms filed by activist investors in the last 7 days. Activist investors are investors that make an investment with the intention of influencing management in some way. There is evidence that following activist investors into investments can generate excess returns. Schedule 13G forms, in contrast, are filed by significant investors with no intention of influencing management (such as Index funds).
There is always a lot of interest in insider trades, but what a lot of people probably don't realize is that hedge fund activity is probably more predictive of future returns than insider activity. The reason is that hedge funds (a) have large research budgets, and (b) have a choice where to put their money. In contract, insiders have no choice where to put their money, but only when to time their transactions.

New Filings

This table lists new 13D filings in the last week. A new filing does not necessarily indicate a new position, as investors frequently accumulate in advance before reaching the filing threshold.
Date Form Company Investor Shares Ownership Change
06‑07 13D BCYC / Bicycle Therapeutics plc Cambridge Innovation Capital (jersey) Ltd 1,751,437 9.9%
06‑07 13D BCYC / Bicycle Therapeutics plc Vertex Global Healthcare Fund I Pte Ltd. 1,621,168 9.16%
06‑07 13D BNGO / Bionano Genomics, Inc. Lc Fund Vi, L.p. 1,774,959 18.7%
06‑07 13D BCYC / Bicycle Therapeutics plc GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC 1,915,275 10.8%
06‑07 13D VPV / Van Kampen Pennsylvania Value Municipal Income Trust BANK OF AMERICA CORP /DE/ 1,376 100.0%
06‑07 13D VTN / Van Kampen Trust for Investment Grade New York Municipal BANK OF AMERICA CORP /DE/ 904 100.0%
06‑07 13D LMFA / LM Funding America, Inc. Craven House Capital North America Llc 774,309 24.7% 8.81
06‑07 13D GLXZ / Galaxy Gaming, Inc. O'donnell Hannah 1,714,286 9.922%
06‑07 13D GLXZ / Galaxy Gaming, Inc. Webb Derek John 1,714,286 9.922%
06‑07 13D BCYC / Bicycle Therapeutics plc SVLSF V, LLC 1,915,274 10.8%
06‑07 13D FTD / FTD Companies, Inc. Ftd 50 Llc %
06‑07 13D FTD / FTD Companies, Inc. Diamond Investment Group, Llc %
06‑06 13D GRAM / Grana y Montero S.A.A. Pacifico Corp S.a.c. 87,191,786 10.0% 0.00
06‑06 13D GCP / GCP Applied Technologies Inc. Starboard Value LP 4,640,050 6.4%
06‑05 13D GWTI / Greenway Technologies, Inc. Alfano Paul R. 21,250,000 7.392% -1.64
06‑05 13D IFLM / Independent Film Development Corp Noch Jake P. 151,514,542 25.78%
06‑04 13D IMMR / Immersion Corporation VIEX Capital Advisors, LLC 3,247,240 10.3% 0.00
06‑03 13D IVZ / Invesco Ltd. MASSACHUSETTS MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE CO 75,936,145 15.7%
06‑03 13D BCYC / Bicycle Therapeutics plc TYBOURNE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT HK LTD 1,593,675 11.06%
06‑03 13D LMFA / LM Funding America, Inc. Craven House Capital North America Llc 711,282 22.7% -27.82
06‑03 13D ELTK / Eltek Ltd. Nistec Golan Ltd. 2,862,523 65.35% -6.51

Amended Filings

This table lists amended filings in the last week, and is useful for monitoring changes in existing investments or when a fund closes a position. I have eliminated all filings with less than a 5% change in ownership.
Date Form Company Investor Shares Ownership Change
06‑08 13D/A ARCW / ARC Group Worldwide, Inc. Everest Hill Group Inc. 13,940,981 59.63%
06‑07 13D/A FTLF / FitLife Brands, Inc. Sudbury Capital Fund, LP 512,679 43.1% 13.72
06‑07 13D/A HALO / Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. KIRK RANDAL J 12,111,874 8.3% -15.31
06‑07 13D/A INCY / Incyte Corp. Baker Brothers Advisors LP 32,551,585 15.2% -5.59
06‑07 13D/A TEX / Terex Corp. MARCATO CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LP 2,830,470 4.0% -35.48
06‑07 13D/A KNSA / Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. Baker Brothers Advisors LP 2,865,509 15.0% -6.83
06‑07 13D/A BAS / Basis Energy Services, Inc. Ascribe Capital LLC 4,492,208 16.7% 6.37
06‑07 13D/A ESEA / Euroseas Ltd. BlackRock Inc. 1,848,687 13.7% -50.18
06‑07 13D/A ZIXI / Zix Corporation True Wind Capital, L.p. 17,043,229 23.5% 18.09
06‑07 13D/A ADMA / ADMA Biologics Inc Biotest Divestiture Trust 4,295,580 7.2% -66.97
06‑07 13D/A PDVW / pdvWireless, Inc. FEINBERG STEPHEN 2,889,442 19.6% -19.34
06‑07 13D/A CSIQ / Canadian Solar Inc. Lion Point Capital, LP 3,858,908 6.5% -38.68
06‑07 13D/A GPS / Gap, Inc. (The) FISHER WILLIAM SYDNEY 56,203,235 14.9% -8.02
06‑07 13D/A ARPO / Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc Novartis Bioventures Ltd 3,585,840 8.83% -11.52
06‑07 13D/A OPRX / OptimizeRx Corp. WOLVERINE ASSET MANAGEMENT LLC 688,296 4.98% -23.38
06‑07 13D/A HCI / HCI Group, Inc. Patel Paresh 857,500 10.3% -15.57
06‑07 13D/A UGA / United States Gasoline Fund LP Counsel Portfolio Services Inc. 64,056 4.9273% -15.38
06‑07 13D/A ENT / Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. Searchlight Ii Tbo-w, L.p. 38,169,207 30.9% 15.30
06‑06 13D/A FTK / Flotek Industries Inc. North Sound Trading, LP 4,300,000 7.5% 22.95
06‑06 13D/A REV / Revlon, Inc. MITTLEMAN BROTHERS, LLC 2,494,152 4.7% -17.54
06‑06 13D/A BUUZ / CalEthos, Inc. Campbell Michael 8,954,199 53.83%
06‑06 13D/A GECC / Great Elm Capital Corp. Mast Capital Management, LLC 1,015,508 9.82% -13.48
06‑06 13D/A HLI / Houlihan Lokey, Inc. HL VOTING TRUST 28,936,520 43.7% -9.15
06‑06 13D/A ENT / Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. PAR INVESTMENT PARTNERS LP 0 0.0% -100.00
06‑06 13D/A BCAC / Bison Capital Acquisition Corp Bison Capital Holding Co Ltd 1,588,393 3.43%
06‑06 13D/A CANF / Can-Fite Biopharma Ltd. Capital Point Ltd. 11,971,020 12.0% 15.61
06‑06 13D/A UGA / United States Gasoline Fund LP Counsel Portfolio Services Inc. 75,698 5.8229% -19.62
06‑06 13D/A CSU / Capital Senior Living Corp. Levinson Sam 3,465,911 11.1% 18.09
06‑05 13D/A FARM / Farmer Brothers Co. Levin Easterly Partners Llc 2,557,159 15.0% 7.14
06‑05 13D/A NTN / NTN Communications, Inc. Ellin Robert S 279,405 9.7% 14.12
06‑05 13D/A MYOV / Myovant Sciences Ltd. Svf Investments (uk) Ltd 40,765,599 45.56% -27.53
06‑05 13D/A IFLM / Independent Film Development Corp Noch Jake P. 265,584,542 45.33%
06‑05 13D/A PCRX / Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Consonance Capital Management LP 3,205,559 7.8% -12.36
06‑05 13D/A SYTE / Sitestar Corp. Moore Jeffrey 259,874 10.2% -8.93
06‑05 13D/A HMI / Huami Corporation Banyan Partners Fund I, L.p. 13,373,582 13.1%
06‑04 13D/A AIN / Albany International Corp. Standish Family Holdings, Llc 1,623,703 5.0% -50.15
06‑04 13D/A GLUU / Glu Mobile, Inc. Tencent Holdings Ltd 21,000,000 14.46% -32.74
06‑04 13D/A OREX / Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. Baupost Group LLC/MA 0 0.0% -100.00
06‑04 13D/A BASA / Basanite, Inc. Loricco Ronald Joseph Sr. 29,283,333 16.7%
06‑04 13D/A PAA / Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. EMG Investment, LLC 19,279,307 2.7% -62.50
06‑04 13D/A ATEN / A10 Networks, Inc. VIEX Capital Advisors, LLC 5,705,589 7.5% 15.38
06‑04 13D/A FRLF / Freedom Leaf Inc. Merida Capital Partners Ii Lp 17,000,000 5.5% -36.78
06‑04 13D/A VRUS / Verus International Arj Consulting, Llc 553,999,999 24.2%
06‑04 13D/A REED / Reeds, Inc. Raptoharbor Reeds Spv Llc 7,879,314 20.17% -7.18
06‑04 13D/A ESTR / Estre Ambiental, Inc. Btg Pactual G7 Holding S.a. 0 0.0% -100.00
06‑04 13D/A RRGB / Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. Vintage Capital Management LLC 1,500,000 11.6% 36.47
06‑04 13D/A SBLK / Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Oaktree Capital Management LP 33,757,243 36.3% 5.22
06‑03 13D/A IEA / Infrastructure & Energy Alternatives, Inc. Infrastructure & Energy Alternatives, Inc. 2,018,322 8.8%
06‑03 13D/A ESEA / Euroseas Ltd. TENNENBAUM CAPITAL PARTNERS LLC 4,300,587 29.3% 69.36
06‑03 13D/A ESEA / Euroseas Ltd. BlackRock Inc. 4,400,216 27.5% 58.96
06‑03 13D/A FTD / FTD Companies, Inc. Liberty Interactive Corp 0 0.0% -100.00
06‑03 13D/A AER / AerCap Holdings N.V. Waha Capital PJSC 12,660,611 9.07% -8.38
06‑03 13D/A RISE / Sit Rising Rate ETF SIT INVESTMENT ASSOCIATES INC 368,200 70.13% 9.53
06‑03 13D/A JAGX / Jaguar Animal Health, Inc. Sagard Capital Partners, L.P. 33,149,556 31.9% -24.41
06‑03 13D/A RNO / Rhino Resource Partners LP Weston Energy LLC 10,200,000 43.8% 90.43
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2019.05.06 17:30 Bradhensley69 My 2020 Mock Draft

  1. Arizona Cardinals- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
This team is poised to be bad for a while, they have a rookie QB, again, switching defensive scheme, and a young head coach. With all of the issues they need to focus on protecting Murray. Both starting tackles have expiring contracts at the end of the season. Thomas has played both left and right tackle and excelled at both. I will admit it was hard for me not having a QB going first with all of the talent in that position. But surely Arizona wouldn’t go QB a year after taking one in the first round....
  1. Miami Dolphins - Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Wow, it must suck being Josh Rosen. I thought Miami was in full tank mode and then they traded for Rosen. I think he is good enough to be a starting QB but if Miami is picking 2 the talent for QB in this draft is to good to pass up and they don’t have much invested in Rosen, so yes 2 years in a row Rosen will be replaced. Tua is the best QB on the best team in the country and there is no reason he cannot be the number 1 player drafted.
  1. Washington Redskins- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
There are going to be growing pains with a new QB. Washington is not a bad team and has a solid defense, it lacks weapons on offense. Jeudy is a solid prospect and would give Haskins a much needed number one receiver. He is praised as one of the best route runners in the country and had over 1300 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.
  1. New York Giants- Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
I have no clue what this team is doing. Eli Manning still might be playing or Daniel Jones might be with limited weapons but this team has focused on defense. After drafting Jones 7 of the teams 9 picks were on defense. I feel like they are committed to getting a solid defense and they continue that with Young. He had 9.5 sacks for the buckeyes in his first full season and has no Bosa shadow this year he should flourish as the teams top edge threat.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
If the Raiders are picking this high again it might be the end for Derek Carr. I will say that the defense is not good and it is not his fault but the Raiders will be looking for a change. Hebert seems like the kind of guy that Mayock and Gruden would fall in love with. He has great size and high upside. He should only improve his senior season, and if he does he has the potential to be a top pick. Remember he was in the discussion to be the top pick this year until he decided to stay in school.
  1. Buffalo Bills- Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
I wanted to go defensive end here because I am sure the talent will be there at this point in the draft, but this team must address the receiver position. Shenault is big, fast and strong. He put up 1100 yards as a sophomore and should improve this season. He also had 5 rushing touchdowns on the season. He has all the makings of a number one receiver and that is by far the biggest need for the Bills and must be addressed if they want Josh Allen to succeed.
  1. Cincinnati Bengals- Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Andy Daltons contract will be up and Finley is no more than a backup. Jake Fromm will be a top prospect and will be one of the safer picks for QB in this draft. He has improved every year and has been a highly touted prospect from the beginning. This pick will give this new regime their new QB and the new face of the franchise. Now this will also begin the difficult questions about moving on from other aging players and begin a true rebuild.
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Tampa is another team that has many needs. While I feel they had a good draft they ignored many of their needs. They could go QB, OT, or Edge, but you also have to keep in mind it appears to be the end of the road for Gerald McCoy. Brown is a Massive human at 6’5” 325 lbs and could fill the void if McCoy doesn’t last in Tampa. He finished last season with 10.5 TFL and 5 sacks showing he can be a force in the trenches.
  1. New York Jets- Walker Little, T, Stanford
This is another team that has more holes than picks. They did vastly improve their defense in the draft but only touched a little on offense. If they want Darnold to progress they have to get him time in the pocket. Walker Little is my favorite OT prospect in this draft class and I feel like he can be an anchor on the line for years. They still need to address the edge but at some point you have to start helping Darnold with either a lineman or receiver.
  1. Denver Broncos- Grant Delpit, S, LSU
The Broncos made big moves to set their offense up for years to come in this draft. They follow up with helping out an already good defense. Delpit had 5 picks and 5 sacks and 10 TFL and 9 PBU. He is an impact player all over the defense. This team did a good job of getting younger on offense and they must continue to do the same thing on the defensive side of the ball.
  1. Detroit Lions- A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
This is one where I wanted to go receiver as there will be players at the end of a contract and could potentially be the biggest need for the lions but Espenesa is to talented to pass at this point. He is an extremely disruptive defensive end who had 10.5 sacks 15 TFL and 4 forced fumbles. He will partner great with Flowers for the future and give the Lions a consistent threat off the edge for years to come.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
One of the biggest questions for me with Jacksonville is do they have enough weapons for Nick Foles to succeed. While I feel Jacksonville had a great draft they did nothing in terms of getting Foles any weapons. Higgins does just that at 6’4 200 he has the size to be a number one receiver and the production should be there as he had 964 yards and 12 Touchdowns and has one of college footballs best quarterbacks throwing him the ball.
  1. San Francisco 49ers- Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
I will start by saying if they can stay healthy the 49ers are in a position to be a playoff team. They don’t have many holes but they could still use a few pieces on the defense. They will have to make some financial decisions on the d-line but they could also use some depth at linebacker. Moses is the next in line to be a solid NFL linebacker from Alabama. He was a Butkus award finalist and led the Alabama defense in tackles last season.
  1. Tennessee Titans- Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
At some point the Titans are going to have to come to the realization that Delanie Walker is OLD. This is a team that could have a whole new set of problems as both their QBs are in contract years and decisions are going to have to be made but assuming they stand pat at QB they can address they tight end position. Albert is a big tight end that can catch. He has 15 touchdowns over his first two seasons even though that number is down last season, he is still a red zone threat that could solve a problem for whatever QB is throwing him the ball.
  1. Carolina Panthers- Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
Carolina did a great job of addressing their needs in this draft. They did this without reaching for players which is often hard to do. With that being said they could also use some help in the secondary. Hall has good size and was productive last season. Last season he had 21 PBU and has had 5 picks in the last 3 seasons. He is a former safety and is also a good tackler.
  1. Baltimore Ravens- Yetur Gross-Matos, DE/OLB, Penn State
I feel like Baltimore is doing the right things putting weapons around Lamar Jackson on offense but they still have holes on the defense. They did the right thing by adding Jaylon Ferguson in the third but they still have a huge hole where Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs used to be. In his first full season as a starter Gross-Matos recorded 20 TFL and 8 sacks, showing his ability to get in the backfield will be what is greatly missed on the ravens defense.
  1. Atlanta Falcons- Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
There are question marks all over the falcons defense but they have made it very clear they don’t care about that side of the ball. If they want to continue to run the high octane offense they must address the void left by Tevin Coleman leaving. While Etienne has not been asked to catch the ball out of the backfield at Clemson he can run the ball better than any prospect in the last draft. Davonte Freeman has been banged up and this could act as a changing of the guard for running back in Atlanta. Etienne has 28 touchdowns his first 2 seasons and surprisingly there isn’t to many miles on the tires. The 2 of them could create a dynamic backfield in Atlanta with Freeman being the change of pace back.
  1. Seattle Seahawks- Raekwon Davis, DE/DT, Alabama
Seattle’s biggest need is going to be pass rush. They addressed some of their other needs in this draft and added an end in LJ Collier but it was almost to little to late. They only replaced Frank Clark who was traded the day before. They need more help in the pass rush, which is where Davis comes in. I feel like end is a bigger need than tackle but he is just to talented to pass at this point. He currently plays end in Alabama’s 3-4 but is talented enough to transition inside in a 4-3.
  1. Pittsburgh Steelers- C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
The Steelers did the right thing addressing this by getting Justin Layne in the third of this years draft. Depending on how many players are retained this could be a need again next year. Artie Burns is probably gone but Joe Haden and Stevie Nelson will be entering contract years and if one or both of them aren’t returning this could be a hole once again. C.J. Henderson has been a productive defensive back in his 2 years at Florida grabbing 6 ints while taking 2 of them back for touchdowns.
  1. Minnesota Vikings- Trey Adams, T, Washington
The Vikings did a good job of addressing there line issues in this draft but their issues are deeper than the interior. While they have some depth issues on defense and elsewhere the biggest need for the future will be at tackle. They have to keep Kirk Cousins upright and healthy. Trey Adams has top 10 potential if he can stay healthy. Before a back injury he had the potential to be the top tackle taken in this years draft. While the injury concerns are real if he can stay healthy he should still be drafted in the first.
  1. Houston Texans- Kenny Willekes, DE/OLB, Michigan State
This is another team that did a good job of addressing their needs in the draft, however in this case they did appear to reach on players to fill those needs. One position that may be a huge need or may just be a depth need is outside linebacker. They currently have Jadeveon Clowney on roster but they are using the franchise tag to keep him. They could eventually part ways if a deal is not worked out. Willekes is a versatile defensive end who previously played linebacker and tight end. He had also shown the ability to cause disruption in the backfield registering 33.5 TFL and 13.5 sacks over the last 2 seasons. This pick could very easily be a running back which is also a HUGE need.
  1. Philadelphia Eagles- Isaiah Simmons, S/LB, Clemson
Going into the draft I felt like linebacker and safety were two positions that needed to be addressed by the eagles. They failed to address either. Simmons is a oversized safety he plays in the box for Clemson but also covers well. He lead the Tigers in tackles last season while also bringing in a pick and 6 PBU. He could go one of two ways in the pros, if he goes safety he is the replacement for Malcolm Jenkins or he could put on a few pounds and probably start at linebacker. Either would fill a need for the eagles.
  1. Dallas Cowboys- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
This pick should be tight end. Jason Witten is nothing more than a band aid and it is by far their biggest need but the talent pool is rich in this WR class so at least they are getting Dak another weapon. Randall Cobb, Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, and Amari Cooper will all be free agents at the end of the season. Cooper will probably be returning but past that who knows. Lamb is a super productive receiver with good size. He caught over 1100 yards last season with 11 touchdowns.
  1. Kansas City Chiefs- D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
I have a feeling this team is going to struggle a little more than most people think they will. They have lost two pro bowl caliber players from the offense and that is hard to replace. They drafted Hardman in the second but he is very raw and nowhere near the same level as Hill. They also have needs at cornerback but this is an offensive team and they need to get some life back on that side of the ball. Swift is not the biggest name yet but he is a player that is going to be the lead back on one of the best teams in the country. Last season he had over 1000 yards rushing and 300 yards receiving. One of the biggest things the chiefs will miss about Hunt is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and Swift brings that ability back.
  1. Raiders (Via Bears)- Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin
The most glaringly obvious need for the Raiders is at tight end. Unfortunately for them there are none worth taking at this point. This will probably change over the course of the season because TJ Hockenson was not a household name going into the season. Denzel Good projects to be the staring LG for the Raiders and he is on a 1 year deal. So if you cannot get a new young QB a weapon the next best thing is to protect him. Biadasz is the best IOL in this class and for good reason. He won’t project as high as Bradbury but he would be good value at this point in the draft.
  1. Los Angeles Chargers- Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Phillip Rivers is near the end of his career. They signed Tyrod Taylor to a 2 year deal and drafted Easton Stick in the fifthbut that will not stop them from taking the QB of the future. Eason is an interesting prospect because he hasn’t really played since 2016. He started at Georgia and was beat out by Jake Fromm. He transferred to Washington and is getting his next shot. He was highly touted out of high school and has great measurables. Depending on how this season goes he could be in the first round discussion.
  1. Cleveland Browns- Mekhi Becton, T, Louisville
Cleveland did an excellent job of addressing their defense in this draft. This roster has been drastically changed over the last couple years and are in a position to make a playoff run and farther. One area they could still address is offensive line. They traded away Kevin Zeitler and Joe Thomas retired. Neither one was really replaced and keeping Mayfield upright has to be a priority with all the other additions this team has made. Becton is a giant. At 6’8” and 340 lbs, he still plays light and is actually more revered as a pass blocker than a run blocker. With that size he has the potential to be a top prospect.
  1. Green Bay Packers- Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
Over the past couple of seasons the Packers have taken a handful of receivers in the middle rounds. I am not confident that any of these guys have the talent to be a true number 2 receiver to run with Davonte Adams. The receivers that they have taken do have one thing in common though, they are all tall. Of the 3 receivers they took in the 18 draft the shortest one was 6’4. In Johnson they get another big target for Rodgers. Johnson is 6’6 and will definitely help out in the red zone . He has improved every season and finished last season with 985 yards and 7 touchdowns. I assume the Texas offense will continue to improve and his numbers should also go up this season.
  1. Indianapolis Colts- Nick Coe, DL, Auburn
After this years draft I was surprised to see how little the colts did to improve their defensive line. Matt Eberflus has done a fantastic job transforming this defense with little big name talent on the roster. Coe would start instantly on this defensive line. He is an undersized DT and actually projects best as a 3-4 end. He missed a few games last year with an injury but in 9 games he got 13.5 TFL and 7 sacks. His size might cause him to slide a little bit but he is to talented to fall out of the first round.
  1. Los Angeles Rams- Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
The Rams signed Clay Matthews this offseason but he is not the answer for the future. The rams have a plethora of late round draft picks on roster but none can make the impact that Fisher can make. Fisher had recorded over 100 tackles in each of his first 2 seasons. He has also had 14 TFL and 2 ints over that span, he also has forced 8 fumbles over the last 2 seasons as well and he was also a 3rd team all American after his sophomore season. Fisher would be able to start day 1 for the Rams.
  1. New Orleans Saints- Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Saints are a solid team with not a lot of holes. I wanted to go offensive weapon here, if you add weapons on offense it will make the Bridgewater transition go smoother. But I decided to help out the defense. The saints linebackers are a solid group but all 3 starters contracts are up at the end of next season and 2 are getting up in the age column. Kenneth Murray is a tackling machine, he is big part of this defense. In 2 seasons he had 223 tackles and 19.5 TFL. He can come in and start right away even if all 3 saints linebackers are retained.
  1. New England Patriots- Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Tom Brady is going to retire at some point. This is inevitable, if it’s this year they could look for QB again. They drafted Jarrett Stidham in the 4th but it wouldn’t be the first time they had multiple QB’s on roster i.e Garoppolo, Brisset. Eventually the patriots will have to come to the realization that Brady won’t be there forever. Love is a talented versatile QB. He has improved each season, last season he completed 64% of his passes for over 3500 yards with 32 TD’s to 6 INT’s. He also ran for 7 touchdowns last season.
Some other players in no particular order
  1. K.J. Costello, QB, Stanford
  2. Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas
  3. J.K Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
  4. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
  5. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
  6. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
  7. Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
  8. Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
  9. Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
  10. Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
  11. Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
  12. Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt
  13. Calvin Throckmorton, OT, Oregon
  14. Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa
  15. Trey Smith, OT, Tennessee
  16. Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
  17. Rashard Lawrence, DT, LSU
  18. Lorenzo Neal, DT, Purdue
  19. Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State
  20. Shaq Quarterman, LB, Miami
  21. Evan Weaver, LB, California
  22. Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
  23. Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
  24. Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
  25. Essang Bassey, CB, Wake Forest
  26. Jaylon Johnson, DB, Utah
  27. Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
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2018.07.12 04:31 PristineBus [The Athletic] The precursor to 3 championships in 4 years happened 5 years ago: Bob Myers landed the free agent who legitimized the Warriors — Andre Iguodala

By Marcus Thompson II
Bob​ Myers​ was dressed sharp, as​ always. Navy blue suit. Shiny​ gold tie​ with​ blue diagonal​ stripes. Crispy white​​ shirt. Black leather Chelsea boots. An exquisite GM.
But Myers was also disheveled. His beard had grown into a wooly scruff. His shoulders drooped and head hung as he sat, a sign of his depleted energy. His speech was filled with pauses and pants, lacking the inspirational pace worthy of John Wooden quotes. An exhausted GM.
But he did it. Myers pulled it off. It took a lot out of him, but he left it all out on the phone. A year after taking over as general manager of the Warriors, and two years after first signing on as an assistant GM, Myers pulled off the sign-and-trade deal that legitimized the Warriors.
"Still tired," Myers said at the 2013 press conference, chuckling to keep from crying.
Five years ago today, the Warriors introduced Andre Iguodala, their surprise free-agent coup, at a press conference in their practice facility. It was the deal that died multiple times, only to be revived by the understanding of how much a game-changer this was for the Warriors.
In the previous 10 years, the Warriors' biggest free-agency period acquisitions were Derek Fisher in 2004, Corey Maggette in 2008, and David Lee in 2010. Each price escalated in value — Fisher got $37 million, Maggette $50 million and Lee $80 million — as the Warriors had to overpay to convince players to come. But all of that changed with Iguodala.
Early July has become a time of celebration for Bay Area basketball. Kevin Durant chose the Warriors in 2016 and altered the history of the NBA. DeMarcus Cousins maneuvered his way to the champs this year and has the league terrified at the mere thought of the Warriors' 5-Star lineup.
None of that happens if Iguodala didn't first choose the Warriors and validate the franchise as a free-agent destination. An All-Star and Olympian, a respected veteran good enough to shift the balance of power, Iguodala's vouching mattered.
It formerly took bags of cash and a suppressed desire to win for top players to even consider the Warriors. Now, stars get in line to play on a discount. And it all began five years ago with foresight from Iguodala and the resilience of Myers.
"The signing of Andre really characterized, from my standpoint, our improved stature around the league," owner Joe Lacob said recently. "We had become a destination where other NBA players - really good NBA players — wanted to play. That was huge for our organization and helped solidify our arrival."
The deal was dead.
They hadn't tried in earnest yet. But it was over in Myers' mind. He saw the writing on the wall.
The Warriors' July 2013 free-agent period was already a success because they got a seat at the table with Dwight Howard. Myers, Lacob, then-coach Mark Jackson and Stephen Curry pitched Howard in Beverly Hills. Afterwards, Curry worked out with Howard at UCLA.
One of five teams in the Howard mix — joining the Lakers, Rockets, Hawks and Mavericks — the Warriors could claim the moral victory of being considered by the top free agent on the market. Three years earlier, just as Lacob was taking over, they couldn't get a meeting with LeBron James before he left Cleveland for Miami.
To be sure, not everyone in the organization was enamored with Howard. It was presumed he wouldn't select the Warriors. The Lakers could pay him the most. The Rockets had James Harden, who at the time was higher on the NBA totem pole than Curry. The Hawks played in Howard's hometown and had one of his best friends in Josh Smith. The Warriors were the long shot.
The Warriors brass, though, was fine with that status. The meeting with Howard was more about the brand than about basketball. Lacob wanted a seat at the table with the top free agents. When the Warriors called, he wanted the league to pick up.
If Howard had said yes, that would have been an interesting development. It would have required trading Andrew Bogut to make room for Howard, whose season as a Laker didn't go well with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.
But a funny thing happened before the meeting with Howard. Iguodala's then-agent (and now-Lakers GM) Rob Pelinka called Myers and told his old friend that Iguodala wanted to play for the Warriors.
Iguodala was more of what the Warriors needed. Howard might have been an upgrade over Bogut. But they didn't need a center. The Warriors drafted two players in 2012 to fill their void at small forward, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green (who eventually proved to be an ideal power forward), but were still missing the type of player they needed at that position. With Curry and Klay Thompson entrenched in the backcourt, with Lee and Bogut locked in the frontcourt, another playmaker was optimal. That role had fallen to backup point guard Jarrett Jack the previous season, as the Warriors often went with a three-guard lineup. But lots of minutes from Jack left the Warriors small on the perimeter and the lineup was exploitable on defense.
Iguodala was a ball-handler and shot creator, a 6-foot-6 mega athlete blessed with the kind of size and athleticism the Warriors lacked. Playing for the Nuggets in the Warriors' 2013 first-round playoff series against Denver, Iguodala's defense gave the Warriors fits.
He was a perfect fit. Too perfect. Myers had known Pelinka — they were in the same agency — for nearly 20 years. So he trusted this wasn't a leverage play and went to meet with Iguodala following the pitch to Howard.
"We have no money. We have no room," Myers said, recalling his thoughts. "Don't tease me with a player like Andre Iguodala."
The deal was dead.
The Warriors had about $72 million in salaries. But the cap for 2014 was $58.7 million. Not only could the Warriors not sign Iguodala outright, they were looking at paying the luxury tax for the first time. On top of that, they had just gone without a pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the much-delayed price of the ill-fated 2008 trade for Marcus Williams. So they really didn't want to give up picks.
But Iguodala had made it clear the Warriors were his first choice. He put the pressure on them to do something.
The first step was for the two sides to agree on a salary. Despite having no money, the Warriors had to come with a respectable offer. But they couldn't dump Bogut, a desirable asset, for Iguodala. They needed Bogut if they weren't going to get Howard. That made it tougher to shed salary.
Myers told Pelinka to keep his options open because the Warriors would be a long shot.
The meetings were over. Myers went back to the Bay Area and Iguodala to his house in Sherman Oaks. On July 2, the Kings offered Iguodala a four-year, $56 million deal. The market for his services were set. The Nuggets upped the bar, reportedly offering Iguodala $60 million.
After some numbers crunching, Myers went back to Pelinka with his best offer, which included all the change he could find in the couch cushions: four years, $48 million.
Would that be enough? That's when Iguodala had a talk with his then-girlfriend/now-wife Christina Gutierrez about what mattered most. Was the Bay Area lifestyle, the Silicon Valley connections, the possibilities on the court worth taking less money?
The answer came back yes.
"Well, I think he recognized the fit," Myers recalled. "I think he recognized he could thrive as a playmaker. He could score, yeah, but that's not what he really wants to do. He saw that as a basketball mind he could do well with these guys."
The entire NBA world, at the time, was waiting on Howard to choose a destination. He had a presumed four-year, $87 million max offer (in a sign-and-trade proposal) from the Warriors on the table. But Iguodala agreed to come for nearly half that price. That became, easily, the deal the Warriors preferred.
Iguodala lost another option while waiting: the Kings reportedly pulled their offer.
Of course, that meant the Warriors had to shave more than $20 million in salaries through a trade. If it was Howard they had to clear space for, that would've been easier. Bogut had recovered from injury nicely in his first season with the Warriors and clearly was a legitimate starting NBA center. Plus, the Warriors had two expiring contracts in Richard Jefferson ($11 million for 2013-14) and Andris Biedrins ($9 million). One of those contracts plus Bogut was an attractive package.
But for Iguodala, they couldn't dump Bogut. They needed Bogut. Which means they just had expiring contracts. Those weren't nearly as valuable.
Complicating matters, when Myers was trying to clear the space, opposing GMs thought it was a play for Howard. Nobody knew about Iguodala at this point and his cohorts weren't rushing to help the Warriors get Howard. Myers was trying to ensure potential partners that their salary dump wasn't about Howard. It wasn't working.
Myers was now in Lake Tahoe, where he was supposed to be celebrating the holiday. At the end of long, 15-hour days on the phone, he would vent doubt to his wife.
"And the thing that sucks about this," he would tell her, "is no one is going to care because it's not going to happen. Nobody is going to know how close this was to happening. I can't go afterwards and say, 'Oh, Andre wanted to come to us everybody.' Everybody will say, 'Yeah, right. No he didn't.'"
The deal was dead.
Time was becoming an issue. Myers kept telling Pelinka to keep his options open because the Warriors weren't going to pull this off. But Iguodala was certain — so he told Myers.
The Warriors had three expiring contracts — Jefferson, Biedrins and Brandon Rush — valued at a total of $24 million. He just needed a taker.
Cleveland, Milwaukee, Detroit and Utah all had the cap space to absorb the salaries. So on the Fourth of July, instead of eating barbecue and potato salad, Myers was on the phone milking all of his negotiating powers, using all the tricks he learned from his agent days. Trying to get a team to take Jefferson, who had just turned 33. And Biedrins, who had digressed into end-of-the-bench filler coming off of 435 total minutes the previous season. And Rush, who hadn't played since tearing his ACL in the second game of the season.
No team was willing to just take the contracts. So the question was how the Warriors could sweeten the deal. Draft picks were the only way.
Myers asked Iguodala for another day. Dallas had entered the picture. Iguodala was about to sign, his plan to join the Warriors falling part.
Then Utah emerged as a potential trade partner. The Warriors offered up the farm: $24 million in expiring contracts, an unprotected 2014 first-round pick, an unprotected 2017 first-round pick, and a 2017 second-round pick. Myers moved all his chips to the middle, betting on Iguodala being the key, throwing in his gold watch with hopes of changing the fate of his childhood team.
Oh, the irony. The Warriors used to have to overpay to get top free agents to want to come. Now a top free agent wanted to come, and they still had to overpay.
That got it done. It would be a three-team sign-and-trade, with Iguodala signing with the Warriors, a second-round pick and Randy Foye going to Denver, and the Warriors sending all those picks and that salary ballast to Utah to make it work.
The Warriors announced the Iguodala deal two days before Howard made his eventual decision to sign with Houston. Initially, the question was whether the Warriors would still trade Bogut for Howard. But the Warriors were done. They got their guy.
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2018.02.14 04:19 JD20shoots3s [Garcia]: Miami Herald's Draft Lottery Reaction

Hello all, I'm sure you have seen the draft lottery, and are probably as angry as I am. The Miami Heat have secured the 5th overall pick after we were all hoping for the top pick. Here is our mock draft here from the Miami Herald where I and newly hired video coordinator Erik Spoelstra alternated picking for the top 10. I started and picked the odd numbered draft picks. Mr. Spoelstra did the even numbered picks.
Garcia Vancouver 21, G, Allen Iverson, Georgetown: This man is the surefire number 1 pick. He can turn an entire franchise around. His nickname is the Answer for the single reason that he is the answer to any franchise's problems.
Spoelstra Portland 22, FC, Marcus Camby, UMass: The Naismith Player of the Year will be a great addition to Portland. He is a proven player and fills a position of need for Portland. Portland could go with Steve Nash but Camby's performance in the NCAA Tournament should show Portland enough to take him.
G Cleveland 22, PG, Steve Nash, Santa Clara: This kid from Canada has the potential to be the next great PG. He has the passing and shooting ability comparable to John Stockton, with more speed.
S Minnesota 18, SG, Kobe Bryant, Lower Merion HS: I really like this high school kid. He has MJ style athleticism, and his highlights speak for themselves. He is very young and would need some tutelage and Flip Saunders would be the perfect coach to do that, and KG would be the perfect player to partner him with.
G Miami 19, PG, Stephon Marbury, Georgia Tech: While this is not ideal in my opinion this would be the best pick for the Heat at this spot. He is a young PG and could play in the backcourt with Eric Snow. The problem I see is that I do not think Marbury is a true PG so I hope to see Snow take the next step in his development.
S Toronto 21, SG, Ray Allen, UConn: They have a young star PG in Damon Stoudamire and Ray Allen would be a great backcourt partner for him. Very athletic and while he has a unorthodox shot form, he is a very reliable 3 point shooter.
G Boston 18, FC, Jermaine O'Neal, Eau Claire HS: This young Center has a lot to do to grow into a type of player like his namesake has become. Honestly he has the skills to develop into a Shaq type, but he could also be the next Sam Bowie.
S Philadelphia 22, SG, Kerry Kittles, Villanova: The young man from a college in Philadelphia fills a need as they do not need a big man since they traded for Rasheed Wallace.
G Detroit 20, F, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, California: This forward would be a great partner for Grant Hill, giving Detroit a great young athletic front court.
S Charlotte 22, PG, Derek Fisher, Arkansas-Little Rock: While not the best available player he is a good guard to play alongside star Larry Johnson.
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2017.08.30 04:38 AstrosBot Post Game Thread (Aug 29, 2017): Texas Rangers (65-66) @ Houston Astros (79-52)

Texas Rangers (65-66) Houston Astros (79-52)
Winning Pitcher Losing Pitcher
Martin Perez (10-10) Mike Fiers (8-9)
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Texas Rangers 0 0 4 4 3 0 0 1 0   12 14 0
Houston Astros 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 9 1
Texas Rangers AB R H RBI BB SO AVG   Houston Astros AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
1. Shin-Soo Choo DH 6 3 3 4 0 2 .265    1. George Springer RF 3 1 1 0 1 2 .293
2. Elvis Andrus SS 5 3 4 1 0 0 .303    2. Alex Bregman SS-3B 5 0 3 1 0 0 .288
3. Nomar Mazara RF 5 0 1 1 0 1 .257    3. Jose Altuve 2B 4 0 1 1 0 1 .355
4. Adrian Beltre 3B 5 0 3 3 0 0 .316    4. Yuli Gurriel 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 .292
4. Drew Robinson PR-3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 .237    5. Evan Gattis C 4 0 0 0 0 1 .269
5. Joey Gallo LF 4 1 1 2 1 1 .206    6. Carlos Beltran DH 3 0 0 0 0 1 .237
6. Carlos Gomez CF 5 0 0 0 0 1 .244    6. Derek Fisher PH-DH-LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .224
7. Mike Napoli 1B 4 0 0 0 1 2 .195    7. Marwin Gonzalez LF-SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 .296
8. Rougned Odor 2B 5 2 1 0 0 2 .215    8. J.D. Davis 3B-P 4 0 2 0 0 0 .211
9. Robinson Chirinos C 2 3 1 0 2 0 .252    9. Jake Marisnick CF 3 1 0 0 1 0 .248
Texas Rangers IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST W-L ERA    Houston Astros IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST W-L ERA
Martin Perez 7.0 8 2 2 2 4 0 108-63 10-10 4.89 Mike Fiers 4.0 8 8 8 3 3 1 92-57 8-9 4.55
Tony Barnette 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14-9 1-1 5.10 Francis Martes 1.0 2 3 0 0 2 1 36-22 5-2 4.73
Jason Grilli 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 18-12 2-5 5.65 Will Harris 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8-6 2-2 2.78
Luke Gregerson 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 20-11 2-3 4.09
Tyler Clippard 1.0 3 1 1 0 2 0 28-18 2-8 4.64
J.D. Davis 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9-6 0-0 0.00
TOTALS 9.0 9 2 2 2 5 0 140-84   4.43     9.0 14 12 9 4 9 2 193-120   4.14

Scoring Plays

  • ▲3 1-0 With Nomar Mazara batting, wild pitch by Mike Fiers, Robinson Chirinos scores. Shin-Soo Choo to 3rd. Elvis Andrus to 2nd.
  • ▲3 2-0 Adrian Beltre grounds out, third baseman J. D. Davis to first baseman Yuli Gurriel. Shin-Soo Choo scores. Elvis Andrus to 3rd on the throw.
  • ▲3 4-0 Joey Gallo homers (36) on a fly ball to right center field. Elvis Andrus scores.
  • ▼3 4-1 Alex Bregman singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Nomar Mazara. Jake Marisnick scores. George Springer to 3rd.
  • ▼3 4-2 Jose Altuve singles on a ground ball to shortstop Elvis Andrus, deflected by second baseman Rougned Odor. George Springer scores. Alex Bregman to 2nd.
  • ▲4 5-2 Shin-Soo Choo singles on a line drive to left fielder Marwin Gonzalez. Rougned Odor scores. Robinson Chirinos to 2nd.
  • ▲4 6-2 Elvis Andrus doubles (35) on a line drive to right fielder George Springer. Robinson Chirinos scores. Shin-Soo Choo to 3rd.
  • ▲4 8-2 Adrian Beltre singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder George Springer. Shin-Soo Choo scores. Elvis Andrus scores.
  • ▲5 11-2 Shin-Soo Choo homers (17) on a fly ball to left field. Rougned Odor scores. Robinson Chirinos scores.
  • ▲8 12-2 Nomar Mazara singles on a line drive to right fielder George Springer. Elvis Andrus scores.


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2017.08.29 13:10 AstrosBot Game Thread: Texas Rangers (64-66) @ Houston Astros (79-51) - Aug 29, 2017, 6:10 PM

Texas Rangers (65-66) Houston Astros (79-52)
Texas Rangers Houston Astros
Radio 105.3 The Fan, KFLC 1270 KBME 790
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Texas Rangers 0 0 4 4 3 0 0 1 0   12 14 0
Houston Astros 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 9 1
Texas Rangers AB R H RBI BB SO AVG   Houston Astros AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
1. Shin-Soo Choo DH 6 3 3 4 0 2 .265    1. George Springer RF 3 1 1 0 1 2 .293
2. Elvis Andrus SS 5 3 4 1 0 0 .303    2. Alex Bregman SS-3B 5 0 3 1 0 0 .288
3. Nomar Mazara RF 5 0 1 1 0 1 .257    3. Jose Altuve 2B 4 0 1 1 0 1 .355
4. Adrian Beltre 3B 5 0 3 3 0 0 .316    4. Yuli Gurriel 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 .292
4. Drew Robinson PR-3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 .237    5. Evan Gattis C 4 0 0 0 0 1 .269
5. Joey Gallo LF 4 1 1 2 1 1 .206    6. Carlos Beltran DH 3 0 0 0 0 1 .237
6. Carlos Gomez CF 5 0 0 0 0 1 .244    6. Derek Fisher PH-DH-LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .224
7. Mike Napoli 1B 4 0 0 0 1 2 .195    7. Marwin Gonzalez LF-SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 .296
8. Rougned Odor 2B 5 2 1 0 0 2 .215    8. J.D. Davis 3B-P 4 0 2 0 0 0 .211
9. Robinson Chirinos C 2 3 1 0 2 0 .252    9. Jake Marisnick CF 3 1 0 0 1 0 .248
Texas Rangers IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST W-L ERA    Houston Astros IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST W-L ERA
Martin Perez 7.0 8 2 2 2 4 0 108-63 10-10 4.89 Mike Fiers 4.0 8 8 8 3 3 1 92-57 8-9 4.55
Tony Barnette 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14-9 1-1 5.10 Francis Martes 1.0 2 3 0 0 2 1 36-22 5-2 4.73
Jason Grilli 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 18-12 2-5 5.65 Will Harris 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8-6 2-2 2.78
Luke Gregerson 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 20-11 2-3 4.09
Tyler Clippard 1.0 3 1 1 0 2 0 28-18 2-8 4.64
J.D. Davis 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9-6 0-0 0.00
TOTALS 9.0 9 2 2 2 5 0 140-84   4.43     9.0 14 12 9 4 9 2 193-120   4.14

Scoring Plays

  • ▲3 1-0 With Nomar Mazara batting, wild pitch by Mike Fiers, Robinson Chirinos scores. Shin-Soo Choo to 3rd. Elvis Andrus to 2nd.
  • ▲3 2-0 Adrian Beltre grounds out, third baseman J. D. Davis to first baseman Yuli Gurriel. Shin-Soo Choo scores. Elvis Andrus to 3rd on the throw.
  • ▲3 4-0 Joey Gallo homers (36) on a fly ball to right center field. Elvis Andrus scores.
  • ▼3 4-1 Alex Bregman singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Nomar Mazara. Jake Marisnick scores. George Springer to 3rd.
  • ▼3 4-2 Jose Altuve singles on a ground ball to shortstop Elvis Andrus, deflected by second baseman Rougned Odor. George Springer scores. Alex Bregman to 2nd.
  • ▲4 5-2 Shin-Soo Choo singles on a line drive to left fielder Marwin Gonzalez. Rougned Odor scores. Robinson Chirinos to 2nd.
  • ▲4 6-2 Elvis Andrus doubles (35) on a line drive to right fielder George Springer. Robinson Chirinos scores. Shin-Soo Choo to 3rd.
  • ▲4 8-2 Adrian Beltre singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder George Springer. Shin-Soo Choo scores. Elvis Andrus scores.
  • ▲5 11-2 Shin-Soo Choo homers (17) on a fly ball to left field. Rougned Odor scores. Robinson Chirinos scores.
  • ▲8 12-2 Nomar Mazara singles on a line drive to right fielder George Springer. Elvis Andrus scores.
Winning Pitcher Losing Pitcher
Martin Perez (10-10) Mike Fiers (8-9)


Away ATL  SEA 0 CLE  MIA 3 BOS 3 NYM 4 TEX 12 STL 10 PIT 1 CHW 4 TBR 2 DET 3 LAD 6
Home PHI  BAL 4 NYY  WAS 8 TOR 0 CIN 14 HOU 2 MIL 2 CHI 4 MIN 6 KCR 6 COL 7 ARI 7
Inning/Time Supsended Final Supsended Final Final Final Final Final Final Final Final Final Final
Away OAK 2 SFG 3
Home LAA 8 SDP 6
Inning/Time Final Final
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2017.06.17 16:48 feedreddit TRUMP to go to CAMP DAVID -- POTUS ‘yelling at television sets’ in the W.H., expanding his legal team -- POTUS discloses wealth and income from Mar-a-Lago -- Scalise shooter had list of lawmakers on him -- B’DAY: Newt

TRUMP to go to CAMP DAVID -- POTUS ‘yelling at television sets’ in the W.H., expanding his legal team -- POTUS discloses wealth and income from Mar-a-Lago -- Scalise shooter had list of lawmakers on him -- B’DAY: Newt
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
BREAKING -- NYT: "Judge in Bill Cosby Case Declares a Mistrial": "The judge presiding over the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial declared a mistrial Saturday after jurors reported being hopelessly deadlocked. The exhausted jurors had been deliberating since Monday, sometimes for as much as 12 hours a day. The mistrial, which Mr. Cosby’s lawyers had supported, means that prosecutors will need to decide whether to retry Mr. Cosby on the charges at a later date."
TODAY’S MUST READ -- AN ORAL HISTORY from KYLE CHENEY, HEATHER CAYGLE and ELANA SCHOR in POLITICO Magazine -- “‘Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me’: Five terrifying minutes on a baseball field, in the words of the people who were there.”
Good Saturday morning. Today is the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break in. THE PRESIDENT’S MOOD -- AP’s Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire: “Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit — and potentially end — his presidency.”
-- WHAT MIGHT KEEP THE PRESIDENT UP AT NIGHT: “Mueller’s staff grows to 13, with ‘several more in the pipeline,’” by Darren Samuelsohn: “Special counsel Robert Mueller has added 13 attorneys -- with more still to come -- as his investigation quickly expands beyond potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign with Russia to potential obstruction of justice case by the president. ... [The] prosecution team [has] experience going after everything from the Mafia and Enron to al Qaeda and President Richard Nixon.”
-- HOW HE’S EXPANDING HIS LEGAL TEAM: “Trump hires another high-profile lawyer as FBI probe heats up,” by Josh Dawsey: “John Dowd, who investigated Pete Rose for Major League Baseball and represented John McCain during the Keating Five Scandal, among other high-profile clients, has joined the president’s legal team, according to two people familiar with the pick. Dowd declined to comment Friday. The addition of Dowd, a 76-year-old former prosecutor who has practiced law in Washington for decades, adds an experienced hand in the investigation. He joins Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s longtime New York lawyer, Jay Sekulow and Mark Bowe, who works with Kasowitz.”
-- WHAT HE’S DOING WITH HIS POWER:“5 things Trump did while you weren’t looking: Week 2,” by Danny Vinik: “1. U.S. and China make nice on beef, dairy and poultry ... 2. Education Department targets Obama-era student protections ... 3. The Pentagon flexes its muscles ... 4. VA civil service reforms heads to Trump’s desk ... 5. New food labels? Not so fast.”
-- WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS: “White House Officials Push for Widening War in Syria Over Pentagon Objections,” by Foreign Policy’s Kate Brannen, Dan De Luce, and Paul McLeary: “A pair of top White House officials is pushing to broaden the war in Syria, viewing it as an opportunity to confront Iran and its proxy forces on the ground there, according to two sources familiar with the debate inside the Donald Trump administration. Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, and Derek Harvey, the NSC’s top Middle East advisor, want the United States to start going on the offensive in southern Syria, where, in recent weeks, the U.S. military has taken a handful of defensive actions against Iranian-backed forces fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Their plans are making even traditional Iran hawks nervous, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, who has personally shot down their proposals more than once, the two sources said.”
-- WHERE HE’S SPENDING HIS SATURDAY: “From regal to rustic, Trump heads to Camp David for weekend,” by AP’s Catherine Lucey: “President Donald Trump is picking simple over swanky this weekend. Nearly five months into his presidency, Trump is heading to Camp David, the government-owned retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains, for the first time. A frequent weekend traveler, Trump has favored his palatial residences in Florida and New Jersey over the wooded hideaway used by many presidents for a break from Washington. No one expects the luxury-loving leader to make this a regular thing. After all, Trump told foreign newspapers earlier this year that Camp David was ‘very rustic’ and ‘you know how long you’d like it? For about 30 minutes.’”
TRUMP is expected to leave for Camp David sometime this morning.
-- HOW HE’S SO RICH: “Trump reports assets of at least $1.4 billion in financial disclosure,” by Theo Meyer and Matt Nussbaum: “The Trump International Hotel, which opened last year just blocks from the White House in a building leased from the federal government, brought in nearly $20 million in revenue for the president, according to Trump’s latest financial disclosure, released by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Friday. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, which he visited often in the early months of his presidency, raked in $37 million – up from $30 million in the report Trump filed last year and about $16 million in the report filed two years ago.
“Sales of Trump’s ‘The Art of the Deal’ brought in as much as $1 million for Trump, compared to the less than $100,000 in royalties that Trump reported in his 2016 filing. And sales of Trump’s book ‘Crippled America’ brought in up to another $5 million. Trump reported assets of at least $1.4 billion and income of at least $596.3 million in the 2016 calendar year and the early months of 2017. He reported owing at least $310 million to various financial institutions, including at least $130 million to Deutsche Bank.”
--HOT DOC: Trump’s financial disclosure
DARREN SAMUELSOHN: “Escalating investigation puts Trump and his staff at legal odds”: “The legal interests of President Donald Trump and his aides are dramatically diverging as special counsel Robert Mueller expands his probe into possible obstruction of justice – and as the president ratchets up his attacks on the investigators. While Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, recently told White House staffers they can rely on him, rather than hire their own lawyers, some of the people closest to Trump aren’t taking that advice. … More White House staffers are likely to hire lawyers and splinter off as the president’s response to the investigation grows increasingly aggressive.”
CORRECTION OF THE DAY -- WaPo: “A May 19 Page One article about investigations into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign incorrectly quoted President Trump. Speaking in the wake of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein’s decision to appoint a special counsel, Trump said, ‘I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt, and there is no collusion between -- certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians. Zero.’ He did not say, ‘I can only speak for myself and the Russians.’”
SCARY -- “Alexandria Gunman Carried List With Names of 3 Republican Lawmakers,’ by NYT’s Adam Goldman: “The gunman who targeted Republican congressmen this week at a baseball field in suburban Washington was carrying a list with the names of at least three lawmakers, and had pictures of the ballpark stored on his cellphone, two law enforcement officials said on Friday. One of the officials said there were no explicit threats written on the list that was found on the body of James T. Hodgkinson, who was killed on Wednesday morning in a shootout with the police in Alexandria, Va., after he took aim at Republican lawmakers preparing for a charity baseball game against congressional Democrats.
“The official said the list included at least three names:Representatives Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina and Trent Franks of Arizona, according to the two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the shooting remained under investigation.
“Both officials said Mr. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., had also taken pictures of the ballpark, nestled in a mostly liberal neighborhood seven miles south of the nation’s capital. For several weeks, Mr. Hodgkinson had hung out at a Y.M.C.A. center located next to the ballpark, using its locker room facilities and sitting for hours in the lobby while on his laptop. Authorities believe he was living out of a van since leaving Illinois in March; his brother said he was in the capital region to protest President Trump.
“The morning of the shooting, Mr. Hodgkinson approached Mr. Duncan in an adjacent parking lot and asked for the political affiliation of the lawmakers on the playing field. ‘I told him they were Republicans,’ the lawmaker recalled. ‘He said, ‘O.K., thanks,’ turned around.’”
-- THE DAILY CALLER’s Peter Hassoon originally broke this story.
-- THIS WILL ONLY ESCALATE the discussion about ramping up security for members of Congress.
FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Seven sailors missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with container ship in Japan,” by Reuters’ Toru Hanai and Megumi Lim in Yokosuka, Japan: “U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald sailed back to its base in Yokosuka, with seven of its sailors still missing after it collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship more than three times its size in eastern Japan early on Saturday. … Search and rescue efforts by U.S. and Japanese aircraft and surface vessels were continuing for the seven missing sailors, the Navy said. Their names are being withheld until the families have been notified, it said.”
2020 WATCH -- “How Jason Kander Won by Losing,” by Isaac Dovere in Manchester, N.H.: “Jason Kander was wearing a mic pack here as he wandered around the Puritan Backroom, chatting with local activists and politicians at the Manchester Democratic Club chicken dinner. A videographer, who followed him around as he moved from table to table, was being paid out of his campaign account. Kander’s Senate race ended seven months ago. He lost. …
“The 36-year-old Kander — who came shockingly close to ousting Missouri’s Republican Sen. Roy Blunt last November despite Hillary Clinton’s blowout loss in the state—has been a man in demand the last seven months, starting with a major Iowa progressive group that reached out after the election to ask him to come to its holiday party. He drew a slightly bigger crowd than Bernie Sanders had at the same event two years earlier. He’s kept doing presidential-ish travel and generating presidential-ish buzz, though the highest office he’s ever held is secretary of state—of Missouri.
“‘All I can tell you is what people say when they invite us,’ Kander said, sitting down for an interview for POLITICO’s Off Message podcast. ‘They say that they want me to come talk about the future of the party, how we were able to run 16 points ahead.’” … Listen and subscribe to Off Message
HMM -- “Democratic 2020 contenders? Voters haven’t heard of them,” by Steven Shepard: “President Donald Trump’s poor poll numbers have dozens of Democrats reportedly considering challenging him in 2020. But voters haven’t heard of the vast majority of them. According to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll that tested voters’ views of 19 potential Democratic presidential candidates — a list that includes eight senators, five governors, one congressman, a big-city mayor and a failed Senate candidate — most of the prospects are unknown among at least half the electorate. Since the next presidential election won’t start in earnest for at least 18 months, that leaves a limited time for no-name candidates to build name recognition and familiarity among voters.”
IMPORTANT READ -- “Trump threatens to break the glass on DOJ succession plan,” by Annie Karni: “An abstract, in-case-of-emergency-break-glass executive order drafted by the Trump administration in March may become real-world applicable as the president, raging publicly at his Justice Department, mulls firing special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Since taking office, the Trump administration has twicerewritten an executive order that outlines the order of succession at the Justice Department -- once after President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend his travel ban, and then again two months later. The executive order outlines a list of who would be elevated to the position of acting attorney general if the person up the food chain recuses himself, resigns, gets fired or is no longer in a position to serve.
“In the past, former Justice Department officials and legal experts said, the order of succession is no more than an academic exercise -- a chain of command applicable only in the event of an attack or crisis when government officials are killed and it is not clear who should be in charge. But Trump and the Russia investigation that is tightening around him have changed the game.”
KNOW HER NOW -- RACHEL BRAND PROFILE – “The Obscure Lawyer Who Might Become the Most Powerful Woman in Washington: If the deputy attorney general resigns or gets fired, oversight of the Trump-Russia investigation would fall to the Justice Department’s No. 3, Rachel Brand,” by Philip Shenon in POLITICO Magazine: “Brand has enjoyed a glittering career, one that marked her early for a top job at the Justice Department in a Republican administration. Raised with three siblings on an Iowa farm, she graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1995 and, three years later, from Harvard Law School. ... Brand was part of the legal team representing Bush in the Florida vote recount in 2000. She went on to be hired as a Supreme Court clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy before joining Bush’s Justice Department. There, she helped shepherd the Supreme Court nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito. In 2011, Brand became a top lawyer for the United States Chamber of Commerce, dealing with regulatory issues.”
SCOOP -- “House Russia investigators want to bring in Trump digital director,” by CNN’s Tom LoBianco: “House Russia investigators are planning to call on Brad Parscale, the digital director of President Donald Trump’s campaign, as the congressional and federal probes dig into any possible connections between the Trump digital operation and Russian operatives. ... The House Russia investigation is planning to send an invite to Parscale soon, as they begin scheduling witnesses over the summer … The Senate intelligence committee is also interested in how Russian bots were able to target political messages in specific districts in critical swing states, although it is not clear if Parscale will be called before the Senate panel as well.”
BOB COSTA ON GEORGIA’S SIXTH -- “Trump’s shadow and stalled GOP agenda loom over close Georgia race”: “The unfolding drama over Russian meddling in the 2016 election and President Trump’s handling of ensuing investigations has transfixed Washington — and bored Mather Lindsay.
“‘Probably a little overdone,’ Lindsay, a 46-year-old economistand father of three girls, said during lunch this week at the Salt Factory Pub. What grabbed Lindsay’s attention was the GOP’s stalled legislative agenda -- in particular, the promised overhauls of the tax code and the nation’s health-care law. ‘Trump’s self-inflicted wounds are my biggest disappointment,’ Lindsay said. ‘He has squandered a huge opportunity to get all that done.’ ‘Someone,’ he added, ‘needs to take his Twitter away.’
“Republicans in this wealthy community on the outskirts of Atlanta -- and in traditionally right-leaning suburbs nationally -- are facing a reckoning. So far, they have been willing to stomach a torrent of Trump outbursts and worrying twists in the Russia probes, but they are beginning to wonder if their patience is worth it. A crucial test of that patience will come Tuesday in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, home not only to well-educated, mostly white Republicans but also to what has become the most expensive House race in history.”
LIFEVEST -- “Sources: Federal officials vetting [Sam] Brownback for position in Trump administration,” by Kansas City Star’s Bryan Lowry and McClatchy’s Lindsay Wise: “Two close associates of Brownback confirmed to The Star that they were interviewed by federal officials about the governor’s character and qualifications last month. And a congressional source said people close to the governor and senior officials at the White House have said that it’s a matter of when, not if, he gets a post. ... [T]he appointment ... will most likely be with the U.S. State Department.”
NOT SO FAST -- “DACA still ‘under review,’ Trump administration says,” by Ted Hesson: “The future of an Obama-era deportation relief program remains undecided, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday. The announcement was meant to clarify the department’s position on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows nearly 788,000 undocumented immigrants to apply for work permits and live in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
“‘The future of the DACA program continues to be under review with the administration,’ a DHS spokesperson said in a written statement. ‘The president has remarked on the need to handle the issue with compassion and with heart.’ DHS felt compelled to issue a statement on the program’s fate after POLITICO and other outlets reported Thursday on guidance posted to the DHS website that suggested DACA would remain on firm footing under the Trump administration.”
MICHAEL GRUNWALD in Camageuy, Cuba: “Trump’s Strange Retreat from Cuba”:
HOW MEGYN KELLY WOOED ALEX JONES -- “Alex Jones Scoops Megyn Kelly And Proves The Media Isn’t Ready For The Trolls,” by BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel: “At 3 a.m. Friday, Infowars delivered on part of its promise and published a 30-minute video to YouTube containing roughly 10 minutes of Kelly’s pre-interview where she’s attempting to get Jones to agree to the interview. In the tape, Kelly repeatedly reassures Jones she intends to be fair. ‘You’ll be fine with it,’ she can be heard saying. ‘I’m not looking to portray you as a bogeyman ... The craziest thing of all would be if some of the people who have this insane version of you in your heads walk away saying, “You know, I see the dad in him. I see the guy who loves those kids and is more complex than I’ve been led to believe.””
--“What Megyn Kelly says in leaked audio from Alex Jones” – Media Matters:
-- TV NEWSER: “Connecticut NBC Station Won’t Air Megyn Kelly Interview with Alex Jones”: MEMO FROM THE NETWORK: “Whenever there is news regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy, we know that the pain resurfaces for our community, our viewers and for you, our colleagues at WVIT. Over the last few days, we have listened intently to Sandy Hook parents, our viewers and importantly, to you. We have considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal. Because those wounds are understandably still so raw, we have decided not to air this week’s episode of Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly. We will continue our local coverage, including a special report on our Sunday 11pm newscast, which includes Sandy Hook parents, Governor Malloy and others who work to affect change around violence and mental illness. For those in our viewing area who still wish to see the show, it will be available Monday on”
TV TONIGHT -- MSNBC is re-airing at 9 p.m. “All the President’s Men Revisited,” a documentary on the Watergate scandal on the 45th anniversary of the infamous break-in at the DNC.
CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,”edited by Matt Wuerker -- 16 keepers
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
--“How the Saudi-Qatar Rivalry, Now Combusting, Reshaped the Middle East The Interpreter,” by The Upshot’s Max Fisher: “Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the crown prince of Qatar ... believed Qatar could find security only by transforming itself from Saudi appendage to rival. But how? The audacious plan he put in motion set off something of a regional cold war, in time remaking not just the politics of the oil-rich Persian Gulf, but also those of the entire Middle East, culminating in last week’s crisis.”
--“Remembering the Murder You Didn’t Commit,” by Rachel Aviv in The New Yorker: “DNA evidence exonerated six convicted killers. So why do some of them recall the crime so clearly?”
--“What Both the Left and Right Get Wrong About Race,” by Dalton Conley and Jason Fletcher in Nautilus magazine: “Setting the scientific record straight on race, IQ, and success.”
--“The Food Stamp Program Is An Overwhelming Success. That Might Also Be Its Downfall,” by HuffPo’s Arthur Delaney: “Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress could cut benefits for millions.”
--“Rigged,” by Brett Murphy in USA Today: “Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.”
--“Knowing Me, Knowing Me,” by Sarah Ditum in the Literary Review, reviewing “Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed & What It’s Doing to Us,” by Will Storr: “Each of us ... has an internal ‘storyteller’. This is a narrative voice that turns the daily barrage of experience into a comprehensible arc of actions and reactions, positioning us as the hero of the story. The trouble is, this voice is a dangerous liar. It tells us that we are good and rational and that other people are venal and flawed. And in a world that defines a good person as high-achieving, high-status, slim and attractive, sometimes the strain of maintaining the story is too much.” (h/t
--“A Sociology of the Smartphone,” by Adam Greenfield in Longreads, in an excerpt of “Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life”: “Smartphones have altered the texture of everyday life, digesting many longstanding spaces and rituals, and transforming others beyond recognition.” ...$19.19 on Amazon
--“Ray Spencer Didn’t Molest His Kids. So Why Did He Spend 20 Years in Prison for It?” by Maurice Chammah in Esquire: “Matt and Katie accused their father of sexual abuse. Then they started to question their memories.”
--“How America Lost the War on Drugs,” by Ben Wallace-Wells in Rolling Stone in Dec. 2007: “After thirty-five years and $500 billion, drugs are as cheap and plentiful as ever. An anatomy of a failure.” (h/t
--“When Neurology Becomes Theology,” by Robert A. Burton in Nautilus magazine: “The pursuit of the nature of consciousness, no matter how cleverly couched in scientific language, is more like metaphysics and theology. It is driven by the same urges that made us dream up souls and afterlife. The human urge to understand ourselves is eternal, and how we frame our musings depends upon prevailing cultural mythology. In a scientific era, we should expect philosophical and theological ruminations to be couched in the language of physical processes.”
--“Jungle Law,” by William Langewiesche in May’s Vanity Fair: “In 1972, crude oil began to flow from Texaco’s wells in the area around Lago Agrio (‘sour lake’), in the Ecuadorean Amazon. Born that same year, Pablo Fajardo is now the lead attorney in an epic lawsuit—among the largest environmental suits in history—against Chevron, which acquired Texaco in 2001. Reporting on an emotional battle in a makeshift jungle courtroom, the author investigates how many hundreds of square miles of surrounding rain forest became a toxic-waste dump.”
GREAT WEEKEND LISTEN, curated by Jake Sherman:
-- MY FIRST Phish show was 13 years ago today at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn.
SPOTTED: HHS Secretary Tom Price yesterday sitting in first class on the 7:23 p.m. Delta flight to Atlanta from DCA
OUT AND ABOUT: Ambassador of Jordan to the U.S. Dina Kawar hosted an Institute for Education media and tech dinner last night at her residence, which overlooks Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s household in Kalorama. WaPo’s Tory Newmyer was the special guest for the night and “discussed regulation, Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley, and the lack of civility hindering the completion of mutually agreed regulatory reform,” according to an attendee. Coach Kathy Kemper, founder and CEO of IFE, thanked the ambassador for hosting, and noted that Kawar has been decorated by four countries, Jordan, Holy Sea, France and Portugal. SPOTTED: John Paul Farmer, David Edelman, Alex Hoehn-Saric, Grace Koh, Seamus Kraft, Hud Batmanglich and Jim Valentine.
TRANSITIONS -- Jennifer Lackey is now parliamentarian for the House Financial Services Committee. She was most recently legislative director for Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), and previously worked for Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and the House Judiciary Committee. ... Prime Policy Group has hired Blaine Nolan as its deputy chief of staff. She was previously director of scheduling for Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).
BIRTHDAYS: Tory Burch (Nolita tips: Dina and Autumn) … GW athletic director Patrick Nero … Desiree Barnes ... Newt Gingrich is 74 … Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives, is 43 ... Scooter Braun is 36 (h/ts Jewish Insider) … Matt Canter, SVP at Global Strategy Group, is 37 ... Matt Miller, partner at strategic advisory firm Vianovo (h/t Jon Karl) … Politico’s Alex Weprin ... Chris Bedford, editor in chief at The Daily Caller News Foundation, vice chairman of Young Americans for Freedom, “Kansas City Barbeque Society judge & bartender extraordinaire,” per his Twitter, is 31 (h/ts Benny, Danza) ... Airbnb’s Maxwell Nunes, an HFA alum ... Christina Wilkie Sumner ... Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) is 71 ... Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) is 48 … Reps. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) and Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) are 59 ... CNN White House producer Allie Malloy (h/t Kevin Bohn) ... Jordan Wells, military LA for Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), is 27, celebrating on a CODEL with the boss (h/t Ben Goodman) ... Chad Clanton is 46 ... Competitive Enterprise Institute President Kent Lassman ... Diane Blagman of Greenberg Traurig ... Jon Leibowitz, former FTC chairman, now with Davis Polk & Wardwell (h/ts Jon Haber) ... Gabe Horwitz ... Chris Garcia, acting national director of the Minority Business Development Agency (h/t Paris Dennard) ... Samuel Garrett-Pate, account executive at comms firm RALLY, is 25 (h/t Mackenzie Long) ... Katie Lingle, deputy press secretary for Sen. Thune’s personal office (h/t Ryan Wrasse) ... Kevin McCarthy intern Boris Abreu is 2-0 (h/t Uncle Rob) ...
... Katie Grant, comms. director and senior advisor for House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer … Nate Thomas … June Shih, the pride of Alexandria, Va. (hubby tip: Josh Gerstein) … Paul Steinhauser, NH1 political director, anchor and reporter, and CNN alum … former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is 68 ... Scott Thuman, chief political correspondent for WJLA and Sinclair Broadcast Group ... Szabolcs Panyi ... Nicole Domenica Sganga ... Lee Newton Rhodes ... Kerri Chyka ... Emily Adams ... PBS NewsHour’s Jaywon Choe (h/t Simone Pathe) ... John Dimos ... Rose Gault ... Michael McLendon ... Michael Grisso ... Nicole Auerbach ... Linda Chavez … Craig Roberts, CoS for Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) ... environmental consultant Miro Korenha is 3-0, celebrating with new husband Kurt and visiting parents (hubby tip: Kurt Bardella) ... Pat Bauer … Joyce Johnson ... Rob Johnson ... Joni Klaassen (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Chris Jennings … Aaron Harrison ... Melissa Sabatine ... Jeffrey Grimshaw ... Priscilla Jones Stanzel ... Robert Becker is 49 ... Janice R. Lachance ... Katie Koenen Wright ... David Dolkart ... Barry Manilow is 74 ... Thomas Haden Church is 56 ... Greg Kinnear is 54 ... tennis player Venus Williams is 37 ... Kendrick Lamar is 3-0 (h/ts AP)
THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:
--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) … Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) … Jay Sekulow
--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) … member of Donald J. Trump’s legal team Jay Sekulow. Panel: Slate and CBS News political analyst Jamelle Bouie, CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru and The Washington Post’s Phil Rucker
--CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) … Jay Sekulow … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Panel: Bakari Sellers, Rick Santorum, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.)
--“Fox News Sunday”: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) … Jay Sekulow … Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Panel: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, Lisa Boothe, Juan Williams … “Power Player” of the week with Comfort Cases founder Robert Scheer
--ABC’s “This Week”: Guests to be announced
--Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) … Newt Gingrich (whose birthday is today) … Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) … Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas). Panel: Ed Rollins and Mary Kissel
--Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Erin McPike … Guy Benson … Michael Tomasky … Susan Ferrechio … Rich Lowry … Dan Abrams … Carley Shimkus
--CNN’s “Inside Politics”: Panel: Karoun Demirjian, Abby Phillip, Jeff Zeleny and Phil Mattingly. (Substitute anchor: CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson)
--CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Panel: Matt Schlapp, Alex Conant, Kaitlan Collins, Steve Deace and Sally Kohn … Mo Ryan and BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel … Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) … Oliver Stone
--Univision’s “Al Punto”: Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales … White House Director of Policy and Interagency Coordination Carlos Diaz-Rosillo … former Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) … Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló
--C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: Walt Mossberg …“Newsmakers”: Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), questioned by Politico’s Connor O’Brien and CQ Roll Call’s Kellie Mejdrich …“Q&A”: David Garrow (“Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama”)
--Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at Author and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Adm. James Stavridis.
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2017.06.08 09:14 feedreddit Keith Urban Finds Redemption, Carrie Underwood Dominates at This Year’s CMT Music Awards

Keith Urban Finds Redemption, Carrie Underwood Dominates at This Year’s CMT Music Awards
by Mesfin Fekadu / AP via TIME
After walking away empty-handed at the Grammy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year, Keith Urban found redemption at the 2017 CMT Music Awards, picking up four honors including video of the year for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
The country star also won male video, collaborative video and social superstar of the year at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I love making music, I love making videos … who knows how long you get to do it,” said Urban, who also thanked his fans and his actress-wife Nicole Kidman, who sat in the audience.
“I’m just trying to make a connection,” he said.
Urban also performed, singing his disco-flavored hit “The Fighter” with Carrie Underwood, who continued to dominate as the most awarded act in the history of the CMT Awards with 17 wins.
She won female video of the year for “Church Bells” and collaborative video for “The Fighter.”
“Thank you God for so many incredible blessings that we have in our lives … we are so grateful and we are so blessed,” said Underwood, who is married to Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators, who are competing in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins (Game 5 is Thursday).
“Go Preds,” she said.
Others paired up for collaborative performances throughout the night. Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Derek Trucks kicked off the show with a rocking tribute to southern rocker Gregg Allman, who died last month at age 69. Peter Frampton sang outdoors with Brothers Osborne; The Chainsmokers and duo video of the year winners Florida Georgia Line performed the energetic “Last Day Alive,” which was pre-taped Tuesday; and Earth, Wind & Fire partnered with Lady Antebellum to close the awards show.
Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo, who won CMT performance of the year for “Want to Want Me” from their “CMT Crossroads” special, performed the pop song onstage as well as Bryan’s slow groove, “Strip It Down.”
The CMT Awards didn’t only include singers from other genres; Hollywood stars also attended, including Ashton Kutcher.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Katherine Heigl sported pink sunglasses while Miranda Lambert sang “Pink Sunglasses” onstage. Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini also performed during the show. Little Big Town, who also sang, won group video of the year for “Better Man,” their No. 1 hit that was written by Taylor Swift.
Band member Karen Fairchild thanked the group’s fans “for making this such a big hit.”
Lauren Alaina, who placed second on “American Idol” in 2011, won breakthrough video of the year for her No. 1 hit, “Road Less Traveled.”
“Reba McEntire just gave me an award so that’s pretty crazy,” said the shocked 22-year-old singer. After thanking people she gave Jesus a shout-out.
“I should have said that first. Sorry God,” she said.
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2017.02.28 06:24 anupvoteforyou "Next time Derek Fisher does a broadcast I'd like Matt Barnes to be his partner instead of Grant Hill" -Vernon Maxwell

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2016.01.20 17:52 Schubes17 Ranking and Commenting on Each Team's Stance Core Socks [OC]

As someone obsessed with both the NBA and Stance socks, I freaked out when the two became partners. The league looks much better than when they had the all black or all white socks. My friend (Nut) and I (Suit) went through and ranked each team’s sock from worst to first. Hope you enjoy!
30) Houston ROCKETS
SUIT: Shitty jerseys warrant shitty socks.
NUT: Nothing says Houston like wavy, pinkish lines. Except maybe anything else.
29) Brooklyn NETS
SUIT: Given nothing to work with, Stance at least tried something new
NUT: Very minimal and cleaned out, much like the Nets’ roster.
28) Los Angeles CLIPPERS
SUIT: As bad as the rebrand.
NUT: If you wore this to a pickup game I would think you were cosplaying as boredom.
27) Chicago BULLS
SUIT: Chicago’s iconic uniforms deserved better.
NUT: Of all the socks, maybe this is the one that no one needs to buy.
26) Dallas MAVERICKS
SUIT: Every bit as flashy as Zaza Pachulia.
NUT: And like Zaza, this sock could have belonged to about fifteen NBA teams.
25) Atlanta HAWKS
SUIT: So much potential wasted.
NUT: What do we want? Neon green! Where do we want it? Where it will be hidden by almost any shoe.
24) Detroit PISTONS
SUIT: Shitty enough to be confused with the Clippers
NUT: You know these socks make me think of? Delicious Crest Toothpaste, sponsored by!
23) Boston CELTICS
SUIT: Sadly, no clovers in the atmosphere.
NUT: It’s green alright, but that’s hardly an accomplishment in a world so lushly full of other green objects, like grass or trees or better socks.
22) Philadelphia 76ERS
SUIT: It has stars. Woohoo?
NUT: The 76ers have no stars, so this sock doesn’t match the team’s culture.
21) Orlando MAGIC
SUIT: Perfect match for the jersey, but don’t wear them in public.
NUT: I hate these fucking socks and, metaphors aside, having pregnant feet doesn’t look cool.
20) Los Angeles LAKERS
SUIT: Why so white? What is this, The Oscars?
NUT: Why do the yellow lines go up and down like a square wave? That’s not Lakery, that’s fakery.
19) Indiana PACERS
SUIT: Nice design, but when did grey become their pri,ary color?
NUT: Pro: looks cool. Con: doesn't look like the Pacers.
18) Milwaukee BUCKS
SUIT: Meshes well with the color scheme, but that’s about it. NUT: This sock is as dull as my grandmother I don’t visit.
17) Toronto RAPTORS
NUT: If you wore these to a pickup game I would guess you had mixed them up in the wash. Or maybe the trash?
16) San Antonio SPURS
SUIT: I guess it matches the boring jerseys?
NUT: Well, I know it does.
15) Utah JAZZ
SUIT: Are the diagonals a mountain? They should be a mountain.
NUT: The white diagonal stripes weird me out, like when spaces on a page of a novel line up.
14) SacramenToe KINGS
SUIT: Cool colors, confusing design.
NUT: In this cool throwback sock, the Sacramento Kings pay homage to gladiator sandals from the 204-205 A.D. season.
13) Minnesota TIMBERWOLVES
SUIT: Awesome design, but needs more colors. Hey, so do the Wolves.
NUT: Con: drawing angel wings on the back won’t make you dunk any higher.
12) Memphis GRIZZLIES SUIT: So fresh, but why so grey?
NUT: Looks like Derek Fisher isn’t the only one fucking over the Grizzlies this year.
11) Phoenix SUNS
SUIT: The Suns need to bring back purple so Stance can make a better version.
NUT: This is my 258th highest priority if I’m running the 2015-16 Phoenix Suns. And at this point, I might as well be.
10) Oklahoma City THUNDER
SUIT: They look great with the jersey, but are the jerseys that great?
NUT: Why was that a question?
9) Cleveland CAVALIERS
SUIT: Ugh.
NUT: Pro: No white. Con: No Wade or Bosh.
8) Miami HEAT
SUIT: Distinctly Miami. Dale.
NUT: A slick look for the NBA’s cocky villains. Or rather, Goran Dragic to wear when he fucks up again.
7) New York KNICKS
SUIT: Kristaps Porzingis #NBAVote
NUT: The orange waves are weird. The amount of gray is weird. The Knicks fans are weird. Perfect sock for them.
6) New Orleans PELICANS
SUIT: Makes their color scheme look sweet: a pleasant surprise.
NUT: Doesn’t remind me of birds, 0/10.
5) Washington WIZARDS
SUIT: Somehow managed to make a simple two-stripe sock scream Wizards.
NUT: Somehow managed to make a simple Eastern Conference schedule scream losing.
4) Golden State WARRIORS
SUIT: Simple, but understandably so.
NUT: This one uses open white space effectively, much like the Warriors do while spacing the floor.
SUIT: In two stripes, these socks perfectly represent the Blazers.
NUT: Though to be fair, no one has fucked this up in thirty years.
2) Charlotte HORNETS
SUIT: On their own, fresh. When paired with the jersey, incredible.
NUT: These are viable for a wedding or bar mitzvah. It's so weird that Michael Jordan’s team has turned fashionable on him.
1) Denver NUGGETS
SUIT: This is what every sock should strive to be.
NUT: The Platonic Form of a regionally-distinctive athletic sock

This was part of an article I wrote for If you want to see blurbs we wrote about each socks and jokes made in the caption, you can check the full article here. If not, no worries and have a great day!
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2016.01.20 01:33 JazzFestFreak Text Version of the complete day by day line up

This is good for a quick search of an artist name to see what day they play
Friday, April 22
Steely Dan •Janelle Monáe •Gov’t Mule •Michael McDonald •Grace Potter The Subdudes •Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings •Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers Buckwheat Zydeco •Donald Harrison Jr. •Geri Allen: The Erroll Garner Jazz Project Cowboy Mouth •Christian Scott •The Black Lillies •Walter Trout Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys New Orleans Classic Recording Divas featuring The Dixie Cups, Wanda Rouzan, and Jean Knight Hot 8 Brass Band •Flow Tribe •The Anointed Jackson Sisters •Jason Marsalis Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers •Bria Skonberg Talla Walla Vibrations of Belize •Eric Lindell •Alvin “Youngblood” Hart’s Muscle Theory Shannon Powell presents a Tribute to Smokey Johnson Matt Lemmler presents “The Music of Stevie Wonder” featuring Brian Blade Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band •Shades of Praise Zulu Gospel Male Ensemble •The Deslondes •Baby Bee •The Topcats Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra •Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys •New Wave Brass Band Panorama Jazz Band •Betty Winn & One A-Chord •Real Untouchable Brass Band We Are One Social Aid & Pleasure Club •New Generation Social Aid & Pleasure Club The Perfect Gentlemen Social Aid & Pleasure Club •The Caesar Brothers Funkbox La Tran-K Band •Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians Guitar Masters featuring John Rankin, Jimmy Robinson, and Cranston Clements Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders with Butch Thompson Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians •Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians •Driskill Mountain Boys •Vishtèn of Canada Native Nations Intertribal •Patrice Fisher & Arpa with guest Javier Cabrera of Mexico New Orleans Gospel Soul Children •Aya Takazawa of Japan Keep N It Real Social Aid & Pleasure Club •Ladies of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Club Go Getters Social Aid & Pleasure Club •Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Club Sarah Quintana & the Miss River Band •Andrew Hall’s Society Brass Band Black Mohawk Mardi Gras Indians •Black Foot Hunters Mardi Gras Indians Connie & Dwight Fitch with the St. Raymond & St. Leo the Great Gospel Choir Lady Tambourine •Alexis Spight •Harold Holloway & Co. •Uptown Music Theatre Chosen Vessels Band & Performing Arts •Chris Clifton & His Allstars •UNO Jazz Allstars Gray Hawk presents Native American Lore •Rosa Metoyer Young Audiences Brass Band Throwdown
Saturday, April 23
Pearl Jam •Van Morrison •Maxwell •Boz Scaggs •Galactic Alpha Blondy & The Solar System •Brothers Osborne •Mystikal Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats •Big Sam’s Funky Nation •Anders Osborne Tab Benoit •Leo Nocentelli •Naturally 7 •John Hammond •DeJohnette·Coltrane·Garrison The Garifuna Collective of Belize Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr. Bobby Cure Band & the New Orleans R&B Revue featuring Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Robert Parker, Sammy Ridgley, and Jo “Cool” Davis Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton featuring Henry Butler, Butch Thompson, and Dr. Michael White Anthony Brown & group therAPy •Jarekus Singleton James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars •Victor Goines •Leah Chase •Tim Laughlin Alexey Marti & Urban Mind •Gregg Stafford & His Young Tuxedo Brass Band New Orleans Experience ft. S - 8ighty, Partners-N-Crime, DJ Jubilee, Denisia, Kevin Stylez, Dobama, and Govenor Reiss New Orleans Jazz Vipers •Pocket Aces Brass Band •Talla Walla Vibrations of Belize Cha Wa featuring Papa Mali •Glen David Andrews and the Treme Choir The Johnson Extension •Blodie’s Jazz Jam •Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue •Warren Storm Willie Tee & Cypress with special guest Tommy McLain •Willie Sugarcapps New Orleans Swamp Donkeys •Jambalaya Cajun Band with special guest D.L. Menard Johnny Sansone •Rumba Buena •Motel Radio •Darcy Malone and the Tangle Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir Dr. Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band •Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Club Single Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club •Single Men Social Aid & Pleasure Club Nine Times Social Aid & Pleasure Club •Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band Big Chief Walter Cook & the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir •Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band Brian Quezergue •Cameron Dupuy & The Cajun Troubadours Louis Ford & his New Orleans Flairs •Washitaw Nation Mardi Gras Indians Capoeira New Orleans •Square Dance with Lost in the Holler •Confetti Park Players Kim Che’re •Native Nations Intertribal •The Wimberly Family Gospel Singers DJ Rq Away •Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Music Program •Smitty Dee’s Brass Band Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club •Dumaine St. Gang Social Aid & Pleasure Club Family Ties Social Aid & Pleasure Club •Xavier University Jazz Ensemble Sylvia Yancy Davis •Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians •Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians Ashe Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute •Arthur and Friends Community Choir
Sunday, April 24
Red Hot Chili Peppers •Nick Jonas •J.Cole •Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter Duo Julio Iglesias •Jonny Lang •Better Than Ezra •Elle King •Rhiannon Giddens CeCe Winans •Voice of the Wetlands All Stars •Taj Mahal & The Trio Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians •Amanda Shaw Dédé Saint-Prix Band of Martinique •Henry Butler & Jambalaya Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective •Imagination Movers Glen David Andrews Band •Royal Teeth •BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet The Garifuna Collective of Belize •Leyla Mccalla •Ed Volker’s Quintet Narcosis The New Orleans Suspects •Little Freddie King Blues Band •Herlin Riley Quintet The Iguanas •Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band with Thais Clark The Zion Harmonizers •Talla Walla Vibrations of Belize Ms. Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith featuring Brian “Breeze” Cayolle Preston Shannon •Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders Larry Sieberth presents Estrella Banda •New Breed Brass Band •Mister G The Revealers •Kevin Gordon •The Kid Carsons •St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry Big Chief Keke & The Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians •Los Po-Boy-Citos Young Pinstripe Brass Band •The Furious Five Social Aid & Pleasure Club Big Stepper Social Aid & Pleasure Club •Untouchables Social Aid & Pleasure Club Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest •Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band Belton Richard & the Musical Aces •Steve Pistorius and the Southern Syncopators The Electrifying Crown Seekers •The Rocks of Harmony Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Choir Woodshed: Trombones featuring Stephen Walker and Michael Watson Ninth Ward Hunters Mardi Gras Indians •Monogram Hunters Mardi Gras Indians Shining Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians •ManzaNota/Rock en Espanol Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble •Jonté Landrum Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars •Deak Harp •NOCCA Jazz Ensemble Native Nations Intertribal •Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers •Young Band Nation Tornado Brass Band •Young Men Olympia Aid Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs First Division Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs •New Look Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs Pelican212 •The Royal Boys Choir •Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun Sundays in Congo Square •New Orleans Dance Collective Young Seminole Mardi Gras Indians •Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians
Thursday, April 28
Tedeschi Trucks Band & Friends •Elvis Costello & The Imposters •Gary Clark Jr. Flo Rida •Brandi Carlile •Buffy Sainte-Marie •Cyril Neville & SwampFunk •Snarky Puppy Sonny Landreth •Bernard Allison Group •Corey Harris Band Lost Bayou Ramblers with special guest Spider Stacy •Pine Leaf Boys George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners •Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band •Jonathan McReynolds •Wageirale Drummers of Belize The Suffers •Helen Gillet •New Birth Brass Band •Stephanie Jordan Big Band The Whitfield Family Band •Savoy Family Cajun Band Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers •Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band •New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders •Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors The Breton Sound •Mia Borders •Marlon Jordan plays the music of Miles, Trane, and Bird Javier Gutierrez & Vivaz! •Spencer Bohren & the Whippersnappers Mark Braud’s New Orleans Jazz Giants •The Nayo Jones Experience •Banu Gibson Tuba Skinny •Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra •Colin Lake Lynn Drury •Free Agents Brass Band Big Chief Bird and the Young Hunters Mardi Gras Indians Red Boys Production Native American Dance Troupe •Dave Jordan & the NIA North Penn High School Navy Jazz Band •The Doghill Stompers The GRÏD featuring Nesby Phips •Bill Summers & Jazalsa •Da Knockaz Brass Band VIP Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club •The Sudan Social Aid & Pleasure Club Men of Class Social Aid & Pleasure Club •Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca Dillard University’s VisionQuest Gospel Chorale •Spirit of the Orisha 7th Ward Creole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians •The Jones Sisters McDonogh #35 High School Gospel Choir •T’Monde •Original Dixieland Jazz Band Sons of Jazz Brass Band •Revolution Social Aid & Pleasure Club Men Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Club •The Robert Pate Project Eleanor McMain “Singing Mustangs” •KIDsmART Student Showcase Southern University Jazzy Jags •Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble Owl Glass Puppets Southwest •Kat Walker Band: Scat with Miss Kat The Hawkins Family •Landry Walker Charter High School Choir The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans Music Project •ISL Circus Arts Kids
Friday, April 29
Paul Simon •My Morning Jacket •Ms. Lauryn Hill •Irma Thomas •Elvin Bishop Los Lobos perform La Pistola Y El Corazon •Jazmine Sullivan •Honey Island Swamp Band Bonerama •Dirty Dozen Brass Band •The Revivalists •John Boutté •Wayne Toups John Mooney & Bluesiana •Cash Box Kings •Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience Sweet Pain featuring Chico Ramos and Supa G of Belize Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Creole String Beans with special guest T.K. Hulin •Joe Lovano Us Five C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band •Mississippi Mass Choir Nicholas Payton & Afro-Caribbean Mixtape •Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs Raw Oyster Cult •Astral Project •Jonathon “Boogie” Long Lillian Boutté and Gumbo Z’herbes •The PresHall Brass Wendell Brunious & the New Orleans Gentlemen of Jazz present Louie Louie •Feufollet Wageirale Drummers of Belize •Tom McDermott & Friends •Paulin Brothers Brass Band Secondline Jammers •Original Four Social Aid & Pleasure Club Scene Boosters Social Aid & Pleasure Club •Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds Kenny Bill Stinson & the ARK-LA-Mystics •High Steppers Brass Band Lady & Men Rollers Social Aid & Pleasure Club Original Big Seven Social Aid & Pleasure Club Mount Hermon Baptist Church Praise Delegation Choir •Mississippi Rail Company Herbert McCarver & The Pin Stripe Brass Band •The Bester Gospel Singers The Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers of Slidell White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians •101 Runners •Jesse McBride Big Band The Pfister Sisters •Mariachi Jalisco US •Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses Cary Hudson & the Piney Wood Players •Tony Hall’s New Orleans Soul Stars Derek Douget •Pastor Tyrone Jefferson •Quiana Lynell and the Lush Life Band T-Ray The Violinist featuring Dreams2Reality •Sean Bruce Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys •Josh Kagler & Praise Delegation Chorale Red Boys Production Native American Dance Troupe J. Monque’D Blues Band with Lil’ Creole Wild West •AsheSon •Cole Williams Band The Gospel Inspirations of Boutte •The Swing Setters •LeBlanc Family Cajun Band David & Roselyn •21st Century Brass Band •Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians Algiers Warriors Mardi Gras Indians •Pastor Jai Reed •Lake Forest Charter Jazz Band Lady Tambourine •Loyola University Jazz Ensemble •Adella Adella the Storyteller Young Audiences Performing Arts Showcase •Young Cherokee Mardi Gras Indians
Saturday, April 30
Stevie Wonder •Snoop Dogg •Beck •Buddy Guy •Dr. John & The Nite Trippers Preservation Hall Jazz Band •Jon Batiste and Stay Human •Hurray for the Riff Raff The Lone Bellow •Gregory Porter •Rebirth Brass Band •Big Freedia •Arturo Sandoval Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis Armstrong •The Soul Rebels Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas •Ricky Dillard & New G Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen •Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings Deacon John's Jump Blues •Cyril Neville’s Royal Southern Brotherhood •Sweet Crude Kristin Diable •Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show •New Orleans Klezmer Allstars Bredda David & Tribal Vibes of Belize •Jeremy Davenport •Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band Henry Gray •Midnite Disturbers Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots with guest Pascal Danae Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & The Wild Magnolias •Treme Brass Band •Andrew Duhon Luke Winslow King •Tonya Boyd-Cannon •Wageirale Drummers of Belize Germaine Bazzle •James Rivers Movement •Original Pinettes Brass Band Kim Carson Band •Yvette Landry •Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole The Palm Court Jazz Band featuring Sammy Rimington Sweet Pain featuring Chico Ramos and Supa G of Belize •Kinfolk Brass Band Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices •Bamboula 2000 •King James & The Special Men First Emanuel Baptist Church Mass Choir •Voices of Peter Claver The Speakerbox Experiment Jermaine Bossier & Romeo Bougere & 79rs Gang Mardi Gras Indians E’dana & Divinely Destin •Andrew Baham and 4am Red Boys Production Native American Dance Troupe •Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony Jamil Sharif •Da Truth Brass Band •Nine Times Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club Westbank Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Club Valley of Silent Men Social Aid & Pleasure Club •Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble Jermaine Landrum & the Abundant Praise Revival Choir •Julio y Cesar Band Wild Red Flame Mardi Gras Indians •First Baptist Church of Vacherie Mass Choir OperaCreole •Curtis Pierre & the Samba Kids •Versailles Lion Dance Team The Showers •Teatro Los Claveles Puppets •Undefeated Divas & Gents Original Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Club Uptown Swingers Social Aid & Pleasure Club •Kai Knight’s Silhouette Dance Ensemble The RRAAMS •Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
Sunday, May 1
Neil Young + Promise of the Real •Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue •Bonnie Raitt Arlo Guthrie - Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary •Mavis Staples The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley •Aaron Neville Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly •Chris Botti Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk with special guest Art Neville •Punch Brothers Tribute to B.B. King hosted by the B.B. King Blues Band with special guests Tribute to Allen Toussaint hosted by the Allen Toussaint Band with special guests Ellis Marsalis •Davell Crawford •The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters •Zigaboo Modeliste’s Funk Revue Marcia Ball •Heads of State featuring Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Al Foster, and George Mraz Rockin’ Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters The Band Courtbouillon featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley, and Wilson Savoy Swamp Pop Revue featuring Gregg Martinez & The Delta Kings with special guests GG Shinn and Parker James Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars •Charmaine Neville Band George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band •Stooges Brass Band Luther Kent & Trickbag •New Orleans Spiritualettes Lena Prima and The Lena Prima Band •Tin Men •The Revelers Bredda David & Tribal Vibes of Belize •Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders The Mashup featuring Ike Stubblefield, Terence Higgins, and Grant Green, Jr. Storyville Stompers Brass Band •Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Club Prince of Wales Social Aid & Pleasure Club •Bobby Lounge •Trumpet Mafia Hardhead Hunters Mardi Gras Indians •Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds •TBC Brass Band •Tom Saunders & the TOMCATS Chris Severin •The City of Love Music & Worship Arts Choir •DJ Captain Charles Wageirale Drummers of Belize •Big Chief Juan & Jockimo’s Groove •The Rayo Brothers Kerry Grombacher •Cynthia Girtley “New Orleans Gospel Diva” Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-EL •New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra Young Fellaz Brass Band •Buffalo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians Apache Hunter Mardi Gras Indians •Val & Love Alive Mass Choir Johnette Downing and Scott Billington •Audrey Ferguson and The Voices of Distinction Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective •Hot Club of New Orleans Red Boys Production Native American Dance Troupe Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music •Baby Boyz Brass Band Ole & Nu Style Fellas Social Aid & Pleasure Club Original C.T.C. Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Club Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise Young Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians Erik McAllister and the NOCCA Mime Troupe •Hobgoblin Hill Puppets Crescent City Lights Youth Theater Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company with Stilt Walkers
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2014.06.05 22:50 MLB_Game_Discussion MLB Draft - Official Day 1 Thread

Start Time: 7 PM EST.
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Jim Callis
Keith Law
Baseball America
MLB Draft Insider
Jonathan Mayo
Kiley McDaniel
Perfect Game
MLB Daily Dish
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Houston Astros Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic High School
2 Miami Marlins Tyler Kolek, RHP, Shepherd High School
3 Chicago White Sox Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State University
4 Chicago Cubs Kyle Schwarber, C/1B, Indiana University
5 Minnesota Twins Nick Gordon, SS, Olympia High School
6 Seattle Mariners Alex Jackson, C, Rancho Bernardo High School
7 Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Nola, RHP, Louisiana State University
8 Colorado Rockies Kyle Freeland, LHP, University of Evansville
9 Toronto Blue Jays Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina University
10 New York Mets Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State University
11 Toronto Blue Jays Max Pentecost, C, Kennesaw State University
12 Milwaukee Brewers Kodi Medeiros, LHP, Hilo High School
13 San Diego Padres Trea Turner, SS, North Carolina State University
14 San Francisco Giants Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt University
15 Los Angeles Angels Sean Newcomb, LHP, University of Hartford
16 Arizona Diamondbacks Touki Toussaint, RHP, Coral Springs Christian Academy
17 Kansas City Royals Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Texas Christian University
18 Washington Nationals Erick Fedde, University of Nevada Las Vegas
19 Cincinnati Reds Nick Howard, RHP, University of Virginia
20 Tampa Bay Rays Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Wichita State University
21 Cleveland Indians Bradley Zimmer, OF, San Francisco State University
22 Los Angeles Dodgers Grant Holmes, RHP, Conway High school
23 Detroit Tigers Derek Hill, OF, Elk Grove High School
24 Pittsburgh Pirates Cole Tucker, SS, Mountain Pointe High School
25 Oakland Athletics Matt Chapman, 3B, California State University Fullerton
26 Boston Red Sox Michael Chavis, INF, Sprayberry High School
27 St. Louis Cardinals Luke Weaver, RHP, Florida State University
Compensation Round A
Pick Team Player
28 Kansas City Royals Foster Griffin, LHP, First Academy
29 Cincinnati Reds Alex Blandino, SS/3B, Stanford University
30 Texas Rangers Luis Ortiz, RHP, Sanger High School
31 Cleveland Indians Justus Sheffield, LHP, Tullahoma High School
32 Atlanta Braves Braxton Davidson, OF/1B, TC Roberson High School
33 Boston Red Sox Michael Kopech, RHP, Mt. Pleasant High School
34 St. Louis Cardinals Jack Flaherty, RHP, Harvard-Westlake High School
Competitive Balance Round A
Pick Team Player
35 Colorado Rockies Forrest Wall, 2B, Orangewood Christian High School
36 Miami Marlins Brian Anderson, OF, University of Arkansas
37 Houston Astros Derek Fisher, OF, University of Virginia
38 Cleveland Indians Nick Papi, 1B, University of Virginia
39 Pittsburgh Pirates Connor Joe, OF, Poway High School
40 Kansas City Royals Chase Vallot, C, Thomas More High School
41 Milwaukee Brewers Jacob Gatewood, SS, Clovis High School
Round 2
Pick Team Player
42 Houston Astros A.J. Reed, 1B, University of Kentucky
43 Miami Marlins Justin Twine, SS, Hemphil High School
44 Chicago White Sox Spencer Adams, RHP, White County High School
45 Chicago Cubs Jake Stinnett, RHP, University of Maryland
46 Minnesota Twins Nick Burdi, RHP, University of Louisville
47 Philadelphia Phillies Matt Imhof, LHP, Cal Poly San Louis Obispo
48 Colorado Rockies Ryan Castellani, RHP, Brophy Jesuit Prep School
49 Toronto Blue Jays Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Sandalwood High School
50 Milwaukee Brewers Monte Harrison, OF, Lee’s Summit West High School
51 San Diego Padres Michael Gettys, OF, Gainesville High School
52 San Francisco Giants Aramis Garcia, C, Florida International University
53 Los Angeles Angels Joe Gatto, RHP, St. Augustine Prep
54 Arizona Diamondbacks Cody Reed, LHP, Ardmore High School
55 New York Yankees Jacob Lingren, LHP, Mississippi State
56 Kansas City Royals Scott Blewett, RHP, Baker High School
57 Washington Nationals Andrew Suarez, LHP, University of Miami
58 Cincinnati Reds Taylor Sparks, 3B, University of California Irvine
59 Texas Rangers Ti'Quan Forbes, SS, Columbia High School
60 Tampa Bay Rays Cameron Varga, RHP, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
61 Cleveland Indians Grant Hockin, RHP, Damien High School
62 Los Angeles Dodgers Alex Verdugo, OF, Sahuaro High School
63 Detroit Tigers Spencer Turnbull, RHP, University of Alabama
64 Pittsburgh Pirates Mitch Keller, RHP, Xavier High School
65 Oakland Athletics Daniel Gossett, RHP, Clemson
66 Atlanta Braves Garrett Fulenchek, RHP, Howe High School
67 Boston Red Sox Sam Travis, 1B, University of Indiana
68 St. Louis Cardinals Ronnie Williams, RHP, American Senior High School
Competitive Balance Round B
Pick Team Player
69 Arizona Diamondbacks Marcus Wilson, OF, Junipero Serra High School
70 Arizona Diamondbacks Isan Diaz, SS, Springfield Central High School
71 St. Louis Cardinals Andrew Morales, RHP, University of California Irvine
72 Tampa Bay Rays Brent Honeywell, RHP, Walters State Community College
73 Pittsburgh Pirates Trey Supak, RHP, La Grange High School
74 Seattle Mariners Gareth Morgan, OF, Blyth Academy
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2014.04.03 22:20 supersauceman32 Interesting tidbit from today's ESPN Insider article: "NBA innovating injury prevention"

The article is about how a bunch of NBA teams are minimizing their injuries by partnering with this cutting edge company called Catapult and resting their guys more. It's quite a long article, and the whole thing is quite fascinating. I can post it here if people want, but the part that struck me was the part pertaining to the Lakers below. How legit do you think this is, and to what degree do you think it's actually related to the Lakers current injury woes?
" Shaq called him "The Resurrector." Most NBA folks know him as the "Silver Fox." The white-haired former training guru for the Los Angeles Lakers, Alex McKechnie, is currently the Toronto Raptors' assistant coach and head of sports science. To kick off his 13-year tenure in LakerLand, McKechnie rebuilt Shaq in 1998 after the mammoth center shredded his abdominal muscles in a Lakers preseason game. McKechnie revitalized Shaq's career by focusing on strengthening the 7-foot-1, 315-pound monster's core and is credited with doing the same to resolve Pau Gasol's back issues that plagued him for years in Memphis. But during the 2011 lockout, the Lakers let McKechnie go as part of their organizational decision to cut payroll. Months later, McKechnie joined the Raptors to head up their training department. And now in 2013-14, the 42-32 Raptors rank as one of the biggest surprise teams in the league. Looking to explain the Raps' unlikely rise? Start with this fact: The Raptors have suffered the NBA's fewest missed games due to injury this season. Under McKechnie's watch, the Raptors have lost just 46 games due to health and a total of 826 minutes, according to Insider Kevin Pelton's injury database. That's almost 200 fewer minutes than the next-healthiest team, the Pacers.
Not coincidentally, the Lakers rank 29th with five times as many games lost and about eight times as many minutes. Contrast that with McKechnie's final season in Los Angeles, where seven players played 82 games and six of them were over the age of 30 (Gasol, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Metta World Peace, Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown). As you might have guessed, McKechnie got on board with Catapult two years ago and has reaped the benefits of its predictive analytics. Rather than react to injuries, McKechnie does everything he can to prevent them from happening. The Catapult stream line of data helps McKechnie detect when a player's body becomes overloaded. The player's posture degenerates, the weaker body parts become vulnerable and he begins to wear down. When players start to overcompensate in fatigue, that's when the soft-tissue injuries -- the hamstring pulls, abdominal tears and back spasms -- tend to occur. "We do constant recording of information," McKechnie says. "The most interesting part to me is the ability to identify breakdown of movement. I can identify the volume of a player movement left and right for example, the acuteness of the movement and whether they can generate force and power through that movement in a particular direction. In some cases, it's much more dominant in one side than the other." McKechnie tells a story about a key player's development during this season's training camp. After examining a printout of each player's directional loads on offense, McKechnie noticed that the young player moved to his left 40 percent of the time while only going right 19 percent. After asking around, none of the coaching staff picked it up with their own naked eye. So McKechnie went upstairs in the Raptors' training facility, hooked the player up with a Catapult device and went through a standard workout. What he found was fascinating. After consulting the charts, he found it wasn't that the player was simply more skilled going left; the Catapult data showed his muscle strength was categorically imbalanced. The player was unable to match the intensity levels moving left as he did going right. Turns out the player had suffered a soft-tissue injury years ago that was never properly healed. The player knew it, but tried to hide it. The data brought it to light. So McKechnie brought the Catapult findings to his coaching staff and they've worked with the player to not only strengthen his core muscles, but to level out his on-court game. Five months later, the same report showed that the player now moves 33 percent to his right, almost twice as often. The data helped add a new dimension, a fresh weapon to the player's arsenal. "This is especially true when you're coming off an injury," McKechnie. "The ability to see if a player can elevate the volume of the intensity of movement through low, medium and high intensity levels is essential to what we do. In some cases, the player can't get there, can't hide it. So once you identify that, it can change everything." "
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