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"Ok For Me, But Not For Thee": How the NYT, Liberals, Hollywood and the MSM Have Redefined #metoo For the 2020 Election

2020.04.18 18:08 IamBarefootDave "Ok For Me, But Not For Thee": How the NYT, Liberals, Hollywood and the MSM Have Redefined #metoo For the 2020 Election

"Ok For Me, But Not For Thee": How the NYT, Liberals, Hollywood and the MSM Have Redefined #metoo For the 2020 Election April 18, 2020
One of the few useful things I learned in college (note: yes, sadly I went to one of those pricey liberal arts colleges for rich kids that qualify one to do nothing in the real world but go to graduate school (I went this route and also question the merit of the $s spent to what you get out of it, perhaps a rant for a different blog post) or get a good job through a connection if you're lucky enough to have one; BUT, when you're lucky enough to get a full tuition scholarship and you don't come from money, you take it, say thank you, and you deal with it and you pay it forward, which I did) was you should always read and research both sides of an issue, regardless of your own point of view, because it's always intellectually responsible to understand the argument on both sides to have a sincere debate (thank you, Professor Block)...
As such, and accidentally since the time before college (when I was young, naive and didn't fully appreciate how polarized we as a people really are), I have dutifully read both the WSJ and the NYT since 4th grade - back then the old school way carrying around the print editions when I could scramble together the quarters to buy them and nowadays digitally from the comfort of my smartphone - and today, also supplementing that with the top stories from Real Clear Politics online, which is an excellent sampling of "reporting" and editorials from all points of view...
It is with this historical/memory lane BFD backdrop that I tell you that I found a recent piece of "reporting" (since in my view you can't properly editorialize a sexual assault allegation without first presenting fulsome reporting on the facts, evidence, witness commentary and the presence or lack of corroboration) by the NYT to be absolutely fascinating.
The "report", albeit late to the game (19 days after other outlets began their flaccid reporting) and disappointingly sad on a variety of fronts in terms of its investigative depth, centered on a specific allegation against the presumptive Democrat party nominee for president and former Senator and Vice President Joe Biden. The allegation claims that (and I'll spare the details for the sake of my young readers) - a while ago - but not as long ago as when Brett Kavanagh was in high school - he did some pretty bad things to the accuser...and her name is Tara Reade...
Now, Ms Reade was not in high school and there was (supposedly) no alcohol involved when this assault took place. She worked for the then Senator Biden. She was a staffer. She was his EMPLOYEE (feel familiar, if you lived through a different impeachment era?).
Ok - stop here...before proceeding and formulating your own judgement, let's pause to recall what we learned from the Brett Kavanagh debacle about #metoo, #timesup and how to treat similar situations when it pertains to public figures seeking extremely high office (thanks to Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Alyssa Milano, the MSM and the Creepy Porn Lawyer (who thankfully went to prison, albeit for a different but deserved crime) for their finger waving and assistance with this new normal):
no due process for the accused all women are to be believed (I won't waste time pulling together all the tweets and the hashtags, feel free to search Al Gore's web at your own leisure but it's staggering to see all of the ones that are still out there that haven't been deleted, because they're damning to Biden's defense now) every bad thing we did from the time we could walk was fair game to the media when they need to ruin your life as you seek public office Now, having digested that, let's examine what happened here prior to the NYT "bombshell reporting":
no major MSM outlet did ANY reporting on this story (MSNBC, CNN, WAPO, etc.), except for Newsweek, which did a decent piece on it (kudos to them) the "tv news" networks didn't even ask a single question of candidate Biden on this topic when they dutifully gave him airtime and softball questions at his home bunker every night while he struggled to complete his own thoughts and sentences... Alyssa Milano, in her infinite ignorance and stupidity attempted to qualify her defense of Joe Biden as compared to her OCD psycho stalking of Brett Kavanagh on Twitter by saying "he's a friend" (hmm, so our friends, de facto, are incapable of doing bad things...hmm...weren't Ahmad Rashad and OJ Simpson friends?...weren't Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein friends?...weren't, ah never mind you get my point...)...but sadly Tony Danza wasn't around to have her back Time's Up offered Ms Reade no support or resources (that's really gross) Lastly, before I get into the NYT piece, let's assume that if you read the Newsweek piece and listened to Ms. Reade's own story from the podcast that emerged you, at a minimum, find her as credible as Christine Blasey Ford - which, I think a reasonable and sincere person could - then you'd suspect that given that this guy is running for president that this story would be the only thing besides the Wuhan virus that this country is talking about, given how our lives were hijacked by the media for the Brett Kavanagh Senate confirmation sh*show...
So along comes the NYT story...and, given all of the above, to my shock and surprise, treats this allegation like the MSM has treated China's culpability throughout this whole virus saga: that is, that it's a non-story and we should all move on...
Huh?...
This story, as best I can tell, didn't do any of the following:
didn't present all of the facts didn't present all of the evidence didn't do an exhaustive pursuit of the witnesses didn't do an exhaustive pursuit of any corroboration didn't aggressively pursue the accused didn't aggressively seek or present the view of the accuser So I don't have to waste 1000 words and explain to any of you WHY the NYT didn't do a real story or try to present this accusation fairly (hint, hint...he's the presumptive democrat nominee for president...so he couldn't have done it and if he did we can't let that get out and must give him a pass or create a smokescreen and move onto something that matters...hmm...)...but I'll say for the record that the double standard here is alarmingly disturbing to me...(and more about that later)...
Thus, I'm sitting there shaking my head and I do 2 things: (1) I reread the NYT piece over and over and make sure I'm not missing something; and (2) I go back and reread ALL of their "reporting" on Brett Kavanagh...AND...I'll leave it to the rest of you to do the same and formulate your own opinion, but suffice to say from this cynic's point of view, the NYT has set a new moral standard (which I'll explain in a bit) for conduct by people on the left...
It's almost like the NYT was chasing the wrong story, like they misunderstood that the accuser was Tara Reid, the actress...you know, April Wexler from "Sharknado"...or Bunny Lebowski (thank you Todd for that reference) from one of my favorite movies (she's actually good in that movie)...the girl that's been drunk since the late 90s (when I used to see Carson Daly of MTV fame when he was dating her come drag her off the bar floor at the old Upper East Side Brother Jimmy's BBQ at 3am)...that Tara Reid...it's like they made this inadvertent name switch to a D-list, drunken actress [I mean, it only took, what, decades of NBC and Hollywood covering up for Harvey Weinstein before his day of reckoning finally came, right?] or a fictional character, either of whom undeserving of any credibility and so...where's the fire?...
[DISCLAIMER: that was satire and meant to be funny in order to make a point...I don't wish any harm upon Ms Reid, the actress, nor do I wish she was the victim here...just painting a hypothetical to explain the egregious lack of honest journalism by the NYT]...
But in spite of ALL of the above, the 2 shocking things that came out of the article for me are the singular dismissive summary statement the NYT made in reference to the sum total of its "investigation" and the story behind how the Biden campaign complained and had it changed...
Let's take those things in order. First, the NYT statement. At end of the piece, the NYT concludes that:
"No other allegation about sexual assault surfaced in the course of reporting, nor did any former Biden staff members corroborate any details of Ms. Reade’s allegation. The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable."
Hmm...let that last piece in italics wash over you. So has the NYT reset the moral compass for people that "think" the right way and whose politics align with MSM?...in other words, are all those behaviors ok?...
I shudder to think of all the women in corporate America reading this NYT story on Easter Sunday (good timing for a serious story that no one was reading given the circumstances of the holiday) who have been ogled, kissed, groped, propositioned repeatedly or otherwise spoken to inappropriately, etc. that must have been seething at reading this...OR...every male corporate executive who in recent times has been disciplined/fired/etc. at their job from these same offenses that are apparently "OK" for Mr. Biden, Hollywood, culture elites, and your average liberal, but not for them...
Is that what the NYT is really saying or implying?...because if I learned ANYTHING about the Harvey Weinstein debacle and #metoo it was that people on "their side" need to be protected but the rest of us can perish without due process...because that seems fair...and that my friends is DEEPLY TROUBLING
I mean, remember Julie Swetnick?...the rando Kavanagh accuser that Creepy Porn Lawyer Michael Avenatti paraded in front of cameras with her false accusations the FBI kicked to the dirt in minutes?...the very same NYT ran that non-story the day it heard about it with zero corroboration or investigation but was written with gusto and zest...seemingly turning gross fiction into fact...instantly..and yet it had the audacity to note in it's Tara Reade "reporting" (which took 19 days to get around to) that filing a false police report is a felony, whose crime is punishable with jail time...that's rich...what's the penalty for printing false news reports?...
Several human beings that haven't yet been discredited (including her own brother) have corroborated some form of Ms Reade's story. To date, zero humans have actually corroborated Ms Blasey Ford's story (despite the most rigorous attempts in the history of modern journalism to do so, including influence by the "establishment" to put forth false witnesses that would do so)...yet when you read the MSM coverage of both accusations you would be led to believe Mr. Kavanagh is the modern day Hester Prynne and should be wearing an "R" on his judicial robe, and candidate Biden deserves a Congressional medal...
Now second, and equally disturbing is...if you pull up the NYT story now, you'll see the quote in bold from above has since been edited by the NYT and replaced with the following new wording:
"No other allegation about sexual assault surfaced in the course of reporting, nor did any former Biden staff members corroborate any details of Ms. Reade’s allegation. The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden."
Why, you ask, did the NYT make that material edit? What if I told you it was because the Biden campaign reached out to the NYT and complained that its reporting was too harsh on the candidate and suggested/implied that there were other examples of misconduct out there...WELL GUMSHOES, THAT'S BECAUSE THERE ACTUALLY ARE...and if you don't believe me, look it up yourself...
Now...for the record...I watched the movie 'Bombshell', and long before that knew that candidate Trump was calling Roger Ailes at Fox News daily complaining about covering him fairly when he was running for president...because Fox News was actually mentioning it in their reporting...so I know all this stuff goes both ways...
BUT...the high and almighty NYT is so easily influenced that it just changes the wording of its reporting because a political campaign calls up and complains...THAT's REALLY DISTURBING...on many levels...
So is the Communist Chinese Party ringing up and weighing in on the NYT coverage of the Wuhan virus?...why should we think otherwise...is the NYT on the take?...how does that distinguish them from organized crime?...
Even more laughable is the interview NYT editor Dean Baquet gave to one of the NYT's own employees explaining all of this...and his answers (including direct confirmation that the Biden campaign influenced his decision to edit the original reporting as I indicate above...see, BFD doesn't lie to the folks) are laughable and when put in contrast and taken in the full context of how the NYT covered the Kavanagh accusers, it's just downright disgraceful.
I'll walk away from this piece leaving you with a quote from Ms Reade's account of what allegedly happened in that Senate hallway in 1992...Biden, allegedly expressing frustration when Ms Reade resists his advances says..."come on man, I heard you liked me..."
Sounds just like him, doesn't it?...
BFD
Remote Bunker
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2020.03.16 16:42 ChiBears_Mod [Megathread] Bears 2020 Off-Season Tracker

Here's your CHIBears 2020 off-season tracker thread, which will feature ongoing updates of team activities, player transactions, training camp, and more. Feel free to drop any major news you come across here and we'll add it below.
Latest Update: September 9
  • Placed K Eddy Pineiro on IR, Signed DE Mario Edwards.
  • Signed to Practice Squad: QB Tyler Bray, RB Artavis Pierce, WR Rodeny Adams, WR Thomas Ives, WR Reggie Davis, TE Jesper Horsted, OL Badara Traore, OL Sam Mustipher, OL Lachavious Simmons, OL Jamon Brown, DT Abdullah Anderson, DE LaCale London, LB Rashad Smith, S Stephen Denmark, S Xavier Crawford, K Cairo Santos.
  • Added link to 2020 Rules Changes to Roster per CBA and Covid in 'See Also' section.
Previous Update: September 5
  • Released/Waived: QB Tyler Bray, RB Napoleon Maxwell, RB Artavis Pierce, WR Rodeny Adams, WR Thomas Ives, WR Reggie Davis, WR Alex Wesley, WR Ahmad Wagner, TE Jesper Horsted, OL Corey Levin, OL Dieter Eiselen, OL Badara Traore, OL Sam Mustipher, OL Lachavious Simmons, DL Lee Autry, DT Trevon McSwain, DT Abdullah Anderson, DE LaCale London, OLB Isaiah Irving, LB Rashad Smith, LB Ledarius Mack, LB Keandre Jones, CB Kevin Toliver, DB Stephen Denmark, S Xavier Crawford, K Cairo Santos.
See Also:
32 Teams / 32 Days: The Chicago Bears written by Butkus69
Offseason Review Series: Chicago Bears written by PlatypusOfDeath
2020 Rules Changes to Roster per CBA and Covid
2020 SCHEDULE
PRE SEASON
QUARANTINED
REGULAR SEASON
Wk Away @ Home Time (ET) Date Net
1 Bears @ Lions 1pm 9/13 (Sun) FOX
2 Giants @ Bears 1pm 9/20 (Sun) CBS
3 Bears @ Falcons 1pm 9/27 (Sun) FOX
4 Colts @ Bears 1pm 10/4 (Sun) CBS
5 Buccaneers @ Bears 8:20p 10/8 (Thu) FOX
6 Bears @ Panthers 1pm 10/18 (Sun) FOX
7 Bears @ Rams 8:15p 10/26 (Mon) ESPN
8 Saints @ Bears 4:25p 11/1 (Sun) FOX
9 Bears @ Titans 1pm 11/08 (Sun) FOX
10 Vikings @ Bears 8:15p 11/16 (Mon) ESPN
11 BYE WEEK
12 Bears @ Packers 8:20p 11/29 (Sun) NBC
13 Lions @ Bears 1pm 12/6 (Sun) FOX
14 Texans @ Bears 1pm 12/13 (Sun) CBS
15 Bears @ Vikings 1pm 12/20 (Sun) FOX
16 Bears @ Jaguars 1pm 12/27 (Sun FOX
17 Packers @ Bears 1pm 1/3 (Sun) FOX
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ROSTER
Position
OFFENSE
C Cody Whitehair
LG James Daniels Alex Bars
RG Germain Ifedi Rashaad Coward
LT Charles Leno Jr Arlington Hambright
RT Bobby Massie Jason Spriggs
QB Mitchell Trubisky Nick Foles
RB David Montgomery Tarik Cohen Ryan Nall Cordarrelle Patterson
TE Jimmy Graham Cole Kmet Eric Saubert
TE Demetrius Harris J.P. Holtz
WR Allen Robinson Javon Wims
WR Riley Ridley Ted Ginn Jr
WR Anthony Miller Darnell Mooney
DEFENSE
DT Bilal Nichols John Jenkins
DE Akiem Hicks Brent Urban
DE Roy Robertson-Harris Mario Edwards
OLB Khalil Mack Trevis Gipson James Vaughters
OLB Robert Quinn Barkevious Mingo
ILB Roquan Smith Joel Iyiegbuniwe
ILB Danny Trevathan Josh Woods
CB Kyle Fuller Kindle Vindor
CB Jaylon Johnson
NCB Buster Skrine Duke Shelley
S Eddie Jackson Deon Bush DeAndre Houston-Carson
S Tashaun Gipson Sherrick McManis Marqui Christian(suspended)
SPECIAL TEAMS
K Eddy Pineiro(IR)
P Pat O'Donnel
LS Patrick Scales
KR Cordarrelle Patterson
PR Tarik Cohen
PRACTICE SQUAD
QB Tyler Bray
RB Artavis Pierce
WR Rodeny Adams, WR Thomas Ives, WR Reggie Davis
TE Jesper Horsted
OL Badara Traore, OL Sam Mustipher, OL Lachavious Simmons, OL Jamon Brown
DT Abdullah Anderson, DE LaCale London
LB Rashad Smith
S Stephen Denmark, S Xavier Crawford
K Cairo Santos
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CHICAGO FREE AGENTS
Player Pos FA Signed by Contract
OFFENSE
TJ Clemmings OT UFA
Rashaad Coward OL ERFA Chicago $675k/1Y
Chase Daniel QB UFA Detroit $13M/3Y
JP Holtz TE ERFA Chicago $675k/1Y
Ted Larsen OL UFA
Cornelius Lucas OT UFA Washington $5.3M/2Y
Bradley Sowell TE UFA
DEFENSE
Deon Bush S UFA Chicago $1.4M/1Y
HaHa Clinton-Dix S UFA Dallas $4M/1Y
DeAndre Houston-Carson S UFA Chicago $840k/1Y
Isaiah Irving OLB RFA Chicago $850k/1Y
Nick Kwiatkoski ILB UFA Las Vegas $21M/3Y
Aaron Lynch OLB UFA Retired
Sherrick McManis S UFA Chicago $888k/1Y
Kevin Pierre-Louis LB UFA Washington $3.45M/1Y
Roy Robertson-Harris DE RFA Chicago $3.26M/1Y
Brent Urban DE UFA Chicago $1M/1Y
Nick Williams DT UFA Detroit $10M/2Y
SPECIAL TEAMS
Patrick Scales LS UFA Chicago $1M/1Y
PLAYER TRANSACTIONS
Player Pos Action Notes
OFFENSE
Ben Braunecker TE Released $800k Cleared
Tyler Bray QB Signed $795/1Y
Trey Burton TE Released $2.8M Cleared
Nick Foles QB Traded a 2020 4th
Ted Ginn Jr WR Signed $888k/1Y
Jimmy Graham TE Signed $16M/2Y
Demetrius Harris TE Signed $1.65M/1Y
Germain Ifedi OL Signed $888k/1Y
Kyle Long G Retired $9.6M Cleared
Taylor Gabriel WR Released $4.5M Cleared
Adam Shaheen TE Traded for 2021 7th
Jason Spriggs T Signed $825/k1Y
Cody Whitehair C Restructured $3.2M Cleared
DEFENSE
Prince Amukamara CB Released $9M Cleared
Devante Bond OLB Signed $735k/1Y
Artie Burns CB Signed $1M/1Y
Leonard Floyd OLB Released $13.2M Cleared
Tashaun Gipson S Signed $1.05M/1Y
Eddie Goldman NT Opt-Out $4.85M Credit
John Jenkins DT Signed $800k1Y
Jordan Lucas SS Signed $1M/1Y
Jordan Lucas SS Opt-Out $1M Credit
Barkevious Mingo OLB Signed $1.2M/1Y
Robert Quinn OLB Signed $70M/5Y
Tre Roberson CB Signed $1.3M/2Y
Josh Simmons CB Waived
Danny Trevathan ILB Extended $24M/3Y
SPECIAL TEAMS
Cairo Santos K Signed 1Y
Estimated current cap space for 2020 per Spotrac: $17,982,831
Projected 2021 Compensatory Picks per OverTheCap:
  • 6th Round for Nick Williams
  • 6th Round for Chase Daniel
  • 6th Round for HaHa Clinton-Dix
  • 7th Round for Kevin Pierre-Louis
  • 7th Round for Cornelius Lucas
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DRAFT PICKS
Round Pick Overall Player Pos School
1 [1] 19
2 11[1] 43 Cole Kmet TE Notre Dame
2 18 50 Jaylon Johnson CB Utah
3 [1] 81
4 [2] 125
4 [3][5] 140
5 [6] 155 Trevis Gipson EDGE Tulsa
5 17 163 Kindle Vindor CB Georgia Southern
5 [7] 173 Darnell Mooney WR Tulane
6 [7] 196
6 [4][7] 200
7 12[1] 226 Arlington Hambright OL CU
7 13[7] 227 Lachavious Simmons OL Tenn St
7 [7] 233
[1] - Chicago trades 2019 pick 1.24, 2019 pick 6.196, 2020 pick 1.19, 2020 pick 3.81 to Las Vegas for 2020 pick 2.43, conditional 2020 7th round pick 7.116, and OLB Khalil Mack
[2] - Chicago trades 2019 picks 3.87 and 5.162 and a 2020 pick 4.125 to New England for 2019 picks 3.73 and 6.205
[3] - Compensatory Pick for Adrian Amos
[4] - Chicago trades Jordan Howard to Philadelphia for conditional 2020 pick 6.200
[5] - Chicago trades compensatory 2020 pick 4.140 to Jacksonville for Nick Foles
[6] - Chicago trades 2021 4th round pick to Minnesota for 2020 pick 5.155
[7] - Chicago trades 2020 picks 6.196, 6.200, and 7.233 to Philadelphia for 2020 picks 5.173 and 7.227
UDFAs Signed
  • OLB LaCale London, WIU
  • OL Dieter J. Eiselen, Yale
  • OT Badara Traore, LSU
  • LB Rashad Smith, FAU
  • RB Artavis Pierce, Ore St
  • DE Ledarius Mack, Buffalo
  • DL Trevon McSwain, Duke
  • WR Ahmad Wagner, Kentucky
  • RB Napoleon Maxwell, FIU
  • LB Keandre Jones, Maryland
  • DL Lee Autry, Miss St
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Draftee Visits / Workouts / Interviews
Taken mostly from walterfootball.com
SR - Senior Bowl meeting.
EW - East-West Shrine meeting.
COM - Combine meeting.
INT - Interested.
VINT - Very Interested.
PRO - Pro Day or campus meeting/workout.
LOC - Local visit. Prospect making a local visit.
PRI - Private visit. Prospect making an official 30 visit.
WOR - Private Workout. Members of an organization working out a player in private.
STM - Some Type of Meeting.
% - indicates more than one meeting at an event.
^ - has met with team at more than one event.
# - indicates meeting set up outside of the 2020 Senior Bowl or the 2020 East-West Shrine Game
OFFENSE
Jet Anderson, RB, TCU (COM)
Ben Bartch, G, St. John's (COM)
Gabriel Davis, WR, Central Florida (COM)
Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia (COM)
Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina (COM)
Matt Hennessy, C, Temple (COM)
Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue (COM
Jason Huntley, RB, New Mexico State (PRO)
Cordel Iwuagwu, OG, TCU (EW)
Van Jefferson, WR, Florida (COM)
Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee (SR)
Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor (STM)
Joe Reed, WR, Virginia (EW)
Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky (COM)
Binjimen Victor, WR, Ohio State (EW)
DEFENSE
Bradley Anae, DE/3-4OLB, Utah (COM)
Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland (SR)
K'Lavon Chaisson, DE/OLB, LSU (COM)
Rodney Clemons, S, SMU (EW)
Jeremiah Dinson, S, Auburn (EW)
Trevis Gipson, DE, Tulsa (SR)
A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State (SR)
Michael Pinckney, OLB, Miami (EW)
Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise St (WOR)
Logan Wilson, ILB, Wyoming (SR)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Rodrigo Blankenship, K, Georgia (SR)
Blake Ferguson, LS, LSU (SR)
Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M (SR)
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2015.12.12 19:47 quickonthedrawl Going All In - Should We? Part Two

Hello and welcome back!
Almost two weeks ago, we explored the benefits of “going all in” on a championship run, and the costs/benefits of making such a move. Now that the playoff teams and seeding in my league are set, it becomes a lot easier to do, and as promised we can even put a dollar value to each move!
THE TEAM:
QB: Kirk Cousins, Marcus Mariota, Alex Smith
RB: Ahmad Bradshaw, Ka’Deem Carey, Tim Hightower, Jeremy Langford, Charles Sims, Karlos Williams, T.J. Yeldon
WR: Jared Abbrederis, Davante Adams, Chris Conley, Taylor Gabriel, Josh Gordon, Rashad Greene, DeAndre Hopkins, Jeff Janis, Donte Moncrief, DeVante Parker, Allen Robinson, DeAndre Smelter, Sammy Watkins, Albert Wilson
TE: Gary Barnidge, Jared Cook, Austin Seferian-Jenkins
IR: Dion Lewis, Zach Zenner, Aaron Dobson
Start 2 RB, 2 WR, 2 flex, 1 QB, 1 TE.
Only two changes to the team from last time from the waiver wire. Neither are particularly relevant.
Thanks to projections from 4for4.com, it becomes easy to estimate the quarterfinal matchups to a greater degree of certainty. After that, I will be using season stats to determine semifinal and final equity. Without making any moves to my team, that gives me the following chances to win:
With ~$650 going to first place, $300 to second, and $200 to third, that gives me an overall prize equity at this point of $236.80. Not quite as much as what the two teams with byes will have, but it's the best of the rest. It should be noted that if each game this weekend goes to the betting favorite, then each of the four remaining teams will have approximately the same ~25% share of the pot ($287.5 in prize equity).
SCENARIO 1: ADDING A STRONG RB1
Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams, David Johnson, et al
In this case, I advance to the semifinals at the same rate (since the trade would go through next week at the earliest), and my odds of reaching the finals increase by 6.5%. Once there, my odds of winning the championship rise also.
Total prize equity with an RB1: $274
Net prize equity: +$38
Cost: Approximately one late first round pick, likely with a little bit extra on top.
This really hammers home why I'm reluctant to pay top dollar for a stud RB. Even this late in the season - playoff bid locked up with a good first round matchup - the change to my equity score is not all that much. Would you sell your first round pick next year for 40% of the buy in?
Note, the closer we get to the championship game, the more enticing going all in should become. If that's not intuitive, consider this: buying an RB1 does nothing for me if I lose in the first round, or if I lose in the second round. With a prize payout schedule like this league has (and like most leagues have), the big money comes in the distinction between first place and second place.
SCENARIO 2: ADDING A MIDDLING RB2
Shaun Draughn, Charcandrick West, Jonathan Stewart, et al
In this case, my odds against each team rise slightly. My team turns into even money against the league's top scorer (rather than being a slight underdog), and my matchups against everybody else all get a small bump.
Total prize equity with an RB2: $248
Net prize equity: +$12
Cost: Approximately one mid-late second round pick, give or take.
Here we get to the guys that are more in my price range, but again... is it really worth it? I would not trade my second round pick next year for a 12% discount of my buy in, and I hope you would not either.
One final wrinkle in the whole equation is that we're not just pissing away the future asset and getting prize equity; presumably, we're also gaining an asset that has real future value. In the case of Adrian Peterson, that value might be shaky and volatile at best. For a guy like David Johnson, it might be higher in the future than it is now. And then at the other end of the spectrum, a guy like DeAngelo Williams or Shaun Draughn might have zero future value in most circumstances.
If we could somehow guarantee that buying an RB1 now would give us an RB1 to sell in the offseason, then the exercise it moot; it would be silly not to buy now. However, with the relatively low frequency of trading in this league and the difficulty I've had finding trading partners to date, I don't know if that is something I can bank on.
Putting it all together
  1. My conclusion is that I would rather stay put than spend a future first/second round draft pick, but that I would rather move Davante Adams or Karlos Williams off my team at faimarket value before either option. Agree/disagree?
  2. How much money is your late first round pick worth to you? If it weren't outside the rules to do so, how much money (as a percentage of your league's buy in) would you sell it for next year? What about your second round pick?
  3. Take control of my team: With the knowledge of these equity scores, what would you do?
The discussion last time was excellent, and I hope this brings about even more.
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2013.10.28 21:17 vivanepotista Actor Orlando Bloom Reportedly Dating Broadway Costar Condola Rashad, Daughter of Actress Phylicia Rashad and Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad

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2013.02.21 21:51 vibrantmelody This letter and response from sister 2 sister magazine, from some 10 years ago, has been floating around my Facebook newsfeed. I'd like to read the responses of my fellow lovely ladies here. None of the following are my words...

A White women's opinion of black women & a brother's response Please take a moment and read this. Pretty Deep! Thumbs up to this black man.. Enjoy.
It seems that an article was written to Sister 2 Sister magazine by a Caucasian woman who requested a response from black men. I'm so glad she got what she asked for (and more) !!!
Dear Jamie: I'm sorry but I would like to challenge some of your Black male readers. I am a White female who is engaged to a Black male-good-looking, educated and loving. I just don't understand a lot of Black female's attitudes about our relationship. My man decided he wanted me because the pickings amongst Black women were slim to none. As he said they were either too fat, too loud, too mean, too argumentative, too needy, too materialistic or carrying too much excess baggage. Before I became engaged, whenever I went out I was constantly approached by Black men, willing to wine and dine me and give me the world.
If Black women are so up in arms about us being with their men, why don't they look at themselves and make some changes. I am tired of the dirty looks I get and snide remarks when we're out in public. I would like to hear from some Black men about why we are so appealing and coveted by them. Bryant Gumbel just left his wife of 26 years for one of us Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, the model Tyson Beckford, Montell Williams, Quincy Jones, James Earl Jones, Harry Belafonte, Sydney Poitier, Kofi Anan, Cuba Gooding Jr., Don Cornelius, Berry Gordy, Billy Blanks, Larry Fishburne, Wesley Snipes... I could go on and on. But, right now, I'm a little angry and that is why I wrote this so hurriedly.
Don't be mad with us White women because so many of your men want us. Get your acts together and learn from us and we may lead you to treat your men better. If I'm wrong, Black men, let me know. Disgusted White Girl, Somewhere in VA
RESPONSE Dear Jamie: I would like to respond to the letter written by A Disgusted White Girl. Let me start by saying that I am a 28-year old black man. I graduated from one of the most prestigious universities in Atlanta, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management. I have a good job at a major corporation and have recently purchased a house. So, I consider myself to be among the ranks of successful black men.
I will not use my precious time to slander white people. I just want to set the record straight of why black men date white women. Back in the day, one of the biggest reasons why black men dated white women was because they were considered easy. The black girls in my neighborhood were raised in the church. They were very strict about when they lost their virginity and who they lost it to. Because of our impatience to wait, brothers would look for someone who would give it up easy without too much hassle. So, they turned to the white girls.
Nowadays, in my opinion, a lot of brothers date white women because they are docile and easy to control. A lot of black men, because of insecurities, fears, and overall weaknesses, have become intimidated by the strength of our black women. We are afraid that our woman will be more successful than us, make more money than us, drive nicer cars and own bigger houses.
Because of this fear, many black men look for a more docile woman. Someone we can control. I have talked to numerous black men and they continuously comment on how easy it is to control and walk over their white women. I just want to set the record straight.
I want A Disgusted White Girl to know that not all successful black men date white women. Brothers like Ahmad Rashad, Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Morris Chestnut, Will Smith, Blair Underwood, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Chris Rock all married strong black women And, to flip the script, there are numerous white men, in and out of the spot light, who openly or secretly desire black women over white women. Ted Danson, Robert DeNiro, and David Bowie to name a few.
I just don't want a disgusted white girl to be misinformed Stop thinking that because you are white that you are some type of goddess. Remember, when black Egyptian Queens like Hatsepshut and Nitorcris were ruling Dynasties and armies of men in Egypt, you were over in the caves of Europe eating raw meat and beating each other over the head with clubs. Read your history!
It was the black woman that taught you how to cook and season your food. It was the black woman that taught you how to raise your children. It was black women who were breast feeding and raising your babies during slavery. It is the black woman that had to endure watching their fathers, husbands, and children beaten, killed, and thrown in jail. Black women were born with two strikes against them: being black and being a woman. And, through all this, Still They Rise! It is because of the black women's strength, elegance, power, love and beauty that I could> never> date anyone except my black Queen.
It is not just the outer beauty that captivates and draws me to them. It is not the fact that they come in all shapes, sizes, colors and shades that I love them. Their inner beauty is what I find most appealing about black women. Their strong spirit, loving and nurturing souls, their integrity, their ability to overcome great obstacles, their willingness to stand for what they believe in, and their determination to succeed and reach their highest potential while enduring great pain and suffering is why I have fallen in love with black women.
I honestly believe that your anger is geared more toward jealousy and envy more so than snotty looks. If this were not so, then why do you continuously go to tanning salons to darken your skin? If you are so proud to be white, then why don't you just be happy with your pale skin? Why do you continue to inject your lips, hips, and breasts with unnatural and dangerous substances so you can look fuller and more voluptuous? I think that your anger is really a result of you wanting to have what the black woman has.
BOTTOM LINE: If I were looking for a docile woman, someone I can walk over and control, I would give you a call. But, unfortunately, I am looking for a Virtuous Woman. Someone that can be a good wife and mother to my children. Someone who can be my best friend and understands my struggles. I am looking for a soul mate. I am looking for a sister and; unfortunately, you do not and CANNOT fit the bill. No offense taken, none given. Signed, Black Royalty
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