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2020.09.15 19:36 LawlietDWBYF US: Build a PC for Me ($500-$1,000)

>**What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.**
Work, general use and potential gaming.
Not really that big into pc gaming but this computer might be used for the Sims, Stardew Valley, and Harvest Moon.
Trying to find a wfh job as a customer rep, so mainly for that (need a headset with mic etc.)
I’m a student so this computer might be used for adobe creative suite and general documents.
>**What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?**
$500-$1,000 (cheaper the better, but I do like cool pc designs so I’m willing to spend more for that)
>**When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.**
Within the next few months, not really that urgent.
>**What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc\)**
>**Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?**
US, Tampa FL
>**If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.**
Not reusing any parts.
>**Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?**
Probably not.
>**Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)**
I think 1 TB would work pretty well.
Most job requirements ask for: Quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 2GHz minimum processor speed, and a solid-state drive (SSD) with 5GB of free space.
I preferably want something with a higher processor.
>**Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?**
I would prefer something a bit more compact, I don’t have that much desk space. I like the LED color changing set ups.
>**Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?**
I believe I can get that for free with my university, but if I can’t I would like the latest.
>**Extra info or particulars:**
I need a high-quality wired headset. I’m also interested in custom keyboards (or potentially building one). I'm also interested in getting an open case.
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2020.06.07 21:25 Ahhellitshim So My job is hunting/trapping invasive and dangerous animals in Florida. And this is the closest i can get to a some what list of Invasive land animals in the state. It will be ranked by the most common and sighted then to rare and then only sightings.

So animals with sightings,photos and a recorded population In the state of Florida. I am including animals that are dangerous to humans and are nonnatives.
The brown anole Highly common you will see these lizards if you go any where in Florida.
Feral hogs a common animal in the rural southern united states and can be detrimental to a ecosystem.
Peacocks more common in suburban areas. But still common i might try having one of these cooked at thanksgiving.But i know one thing when ever there around they don't allow me to get any dammed sleep. They make the most annoying sounds ever.
Feral domestic cats Cats are one of the worst invasive species on the planet second to humans they kill over Billion of native birds and small animals every year. So spay and neuter your cats and hybrid breeds such as the savanna cat can become a wild invasive cat which are worse then feral domestic cats if allowed to live and breed in the wild and sometimes bigger then native bobcats.
Cane toads highly poisonous relatively common at night don't let kids,cats or dogs near.
Orange Headed Agamas an invasive lizard common to Miami.
Iguanas in south Florida there a common site and can maul you.
rhesus macaques oh boy these fucking annoying little shits. They are common in the central Florida region. can spread the deadly herpes virus.
Vervet monkeys Two troops of well over 120 animals live in Broward County near Dania. nasty little things.
Tegu lizards "Hillsborough and Miami-Dade Counties. An emerging population was recently discovered in Charlotte County after several confirmed reports were received through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Exotic Species Hotline. Researchers believe these populations occurred through escapes or intentional pet releases. Argentine black and white tegus have also been reported from other Florida counties, though these observations are most likely isolated occasions of escaped or released pets and not related to successful breeding populations. Some limited observations of red tegus (Salvator rufescens) and gold tegus (Tupinambis teguixin) have also been recorded in Florida. "
Nile monitor in Lee, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties, although observations have occurred throughout the state including multiple observations in Broward County.
sugar gliders one animal that no one expects. They are opossums and like there name sake says they love sugary foods like sap,nectar and fruits but are omnivores, which means they eat both plants and animals, and their diet typically includes berries, nuts, and even mice. They can be a sight at night time I have seen these guys in Clearwater the Tampa bay area to the most rural of areas in Florida. But they are different from the native flying squirrel in the fact that the flying squirrel is a true squirrel but still can't fly.
Burmese pythons they are common in the south florida everglades area but they don't tell you about the pythons in central and some times north florida.
cuban tree frog was first recorded in Miami in 1952 (Schwartz 1952) but had dispersed northward to central Florida by the mid-1970s (Meshaka 1996). This West Indian species is easily dispersed in plant shipments, especially in the leaf axils of cultivated palm trees (Meshaka 1996). Females may attain a body length of 12.7 cm (5 in), but males are smaller and shorter lived. This species has much larger toepads and a wartier skin than our native treefrog species. The ground color may be tan, gray, brown, or olive green, and there may or may not be a pattern present. Cuban treefrogs are established through much of southern Florida.
Mexican red-bellied squirrel Elliot Key in Biscayne Bay in 1938, Dade County but there has been sightings of this animal on the main land of Florida but might be confused with the native fox squirrel.
Morelet's Crocodile The mexican crocodile don't be confused with the native american croc these things have been reported in the state "its population in Florida has more than doubled, and its distribution has expanded significantly." and not a county or place has been named for this animals exotic range.
King Cobra oh boy recent escapees of these animals are most likely in central Florida. no breeding population has been recorded but its entirely possible that there out there. These animals are extremely deadly and can be a serious threat to people and the ecosystem.
Basilisk Lizard Mainly a feral species in the state.They have been seen in Miami and most likely came as exotic pets. And they have the nick name Jesus lizard for there strange ability to run over water.
Cuban Knight Anole More common in south Florida but can't stand the winters in north Florida and like iguanas they freeze and fall out of trees.
Monk Parakeet they are in the state of Florida most likely south Florida.
Sambar deer on saint Vincent island but there are escaped animals.
Red Deer these guys are a problem but the Florida government call them ELK? which is highly confusing to figure out if there Elk or FUCKING RED DEER. but they are red deer and are in highland county most likely in a ranch being breed to be killed but there are escapes.
Barasinga another type of wetland loving invasive deer these guys are a favorite of exotic game ranches but they are a unknown in how invasive these guys really are.
Axis Deer they are on exotic game ranches but some have escaped into the wild.
Nutria They have been reported over a wide area of the state at various times, but populations seem ephemeral in most areas. Current distribution in Florida is not known, although the animals are consistently reported from the Tampa Bay area, Hillsborough county.
Capybara so these guys are most likely in the area of Jackson vile Although not reported breeding in the wild, sightings are not uncommon, and a breeding population may exist. I have not seen any photo or video reports of these animals in Florida. They escaped from a testing facility and most likely carry deadly blood borne diseases so would not wanna eat them.
Fucking bird speed round.
Budgerigar, Scarlet Ibis, Purple Swamphen, Monk Parakeet , Muscovy duck**,** house sparrow, Spot-breasted oriole, European starling, Red-whiskered bulbul And the Hill myna.
Lets continue on.
Nile croc Several specimens have been recently captured in South Florida, though no signs have been found that the population is reproducing in the wild.
White-nosed coatis have also been found in the U.S. state of Florida, where they are an introduced species. It is unknown precisely when introduction occurred; an early specimen in the Florida Museum of Natural History, labeled an "escaped captive", dates to 1928. There are several later documented cases of coatis escaping captivity, and since the 1970s there have been a number of sightings, and several live and dead specimens of various ages have been found. These reports have occurred over a wide area of southern Florida, and there is probable evidence of breeding, indicating that the population is well established. But there are NO RECENT VIDEOs Or photos of these Florida invasive coatis.
Feral dogs/hybrid canids Feral dogs live in a wild state with no food and shelter intentionally provided by humans and show a continuous and strong avoidance and come from a line of domestic dogs while Hybrid Canines come from mixed lines like the Coydog which are rare to happen but when they do happen they are similar to timber wolves in a sense but are less afraid of humans. There are even more rare cases of wolfdogs getting loose in the state but there wolf dna causes a problem because there fur most of the time is too long and these animals die of heat stroke and the fact both canines are less afraid of humans this can be more of a problem for them in a long run due to they are more likely to go after live stock,pets or small children.
jaguarundi ,it is believed that a feral population exists in Florida and so i listed this as the rarest nonnative, established from an introduced population of escaped pets but There has never been an official sighting of a jaguarundi in Florida, and none has ever been recorded on camera or video. Two color morphs) are known (though intermediate shades are also seen)—gray (blackish to brownish-gray fur with a grizzled look due to bright and dark rings on individual hairs) and red (foxy red to chestnut) to a Blackish brown individuals superficially resemble the tayra (Eira barbara), but the latter can be told apart by the clear, yellowish patch on the throat. The red morph is seen more often in dry, open areas. Melanistic individuals have been reported, but the coat is not completely black; the head and the throat are clearly paler than the rest of the body the Jaguarundi can be mistaken for feral cats and they are quite stealthy animals so you can never now if there really there. They were allegedly introduced in the region by a writer from Chiefland who at some point imported the animals from their native habitat and released them near his hometown and in other locations across the state. W. T. Neill noted that jaguarundis occurred throughout peninsular Florida in the 1950s, but the numbers had plummeted by the late 1970s. Jaguarundis were also reported in the coastal area of Alabama in the 1980s, which may be evidence of the Florida population migrating northward. If you find them take a picture and video record them and then call your states fish and wild life program.
The next list of animals are animals from Exotic game ranches or reported as feral livestock in the state. And what animals are allowed on exotic game ranches in the state. These animals have had reported sightings over the years.
Black buck oh boy these guys are the most likely to escape and have escaped from exotic game ranches they can run up to speeds to 90kms per hour with strides up to 6m long and can leap up to 2m in height and could easily get over a fence.
Wild cattle when Spanish settlers came they brought there live stock with them such as cattle and those animals got out and became a wild breed called the Florida cracker cattle but recent past more breeds of hot weather cattle have been brought into the state such as the zebu which is well adapted to the Florida climate and so wild cattle in Florida are mostly well adapted and can be highly dangerous.
water buffalo I have hunted a small feral herd of 2 males with 3 females and i was only able to get 1 male and 1 female.But there are allot of farms in Florida that have water buffalo.
Père David Deer exotic game ranches in florida love having these guys with giant antlers and there love of wetlands they do well in the Florida climate.
Nilgai a well known invasive in Texas and they do really well. But its also known that these guys are used by exotic game ranches hence how they got into the wild of Texas so its entirely possible for these guys to get into the wild here.
Sika Deer: The sika deer also known as the spotted deer or the Japanese deer a much loved by exotic game ranches.
Waterbuck: The waterbuck is a large antelope found widely in sub-Saharan Africa and used by you guessed it exotic game ranches.
and the laws of Florida work like this for exotic game ranches. And what species are most likely for use in exotic game ranches in the near future and a bit of whats wrong with these laws.
  1. Equids (e.g., zebras, asses) and large non-cusorial bovids (e.g., wild cattle, African buffalo, bison). For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 1,250 square feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.
  2. Cervids (deer family) and cursorial bovids (antelope)
a) Large (e.g., elk, sambar, red deer, sable antelope, eland, wildebeest, and deer and antelope of similar size). For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 1,250 square feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.
b) Medium (e.g., white-tailed, fallow, axis, sika, pronghorn, deer and antelope of similar size). For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 800 square feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.
c) Small (e.g., roe, dikdik, muntjac, brocket, pudu, Chinese water deer, musk deer, deer and antelope of similar size). For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 450 square feet, 5 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock, by 25 percent of the original footage.
  1. Camelids (e.g., vicuna and guanaco)
a) For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 800 square feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.
  1. Tapirs
a) For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 500 square feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.
b) Each enclosure shall have a pool of water, 60 square feet, 3 feet deep, equipped with a ramp or steps. For each additional animal, increase pool surface area by 25 percent of original area.
  1. Wild swine (Suidae) and peccaries. For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 200 square feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.
  2. Wild goats/sheep (Caprinae) (e.g., musk ox, goral, serow, takin). For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 500 square feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.
So basically in Florida any animals that are not covered by the dangerous animals act are allowed to be at exotic game ranches. what counts as a dangerous animal in Florida is a bit strange i quote this from the FLA. ADMIN. CODE
"is unlawful for a person to possess any Class I Wildlife unless the animal was in possession prior to August 1, 1980. Class I Wildlife includes, but is not limited to the following: chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, baboons, leopards, jaguars, tigers, lions, bears, elephants, crocodiles, etc. Persons may possess Class II Wildlife if he or she obtains a permit from the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Class II Wildlife includes, but is not limited to the following: howler and guereza monkeys, macaques, cougars, bobcats, cheetahs, ocelots, servals, coyotes, wolves, hyenas, alligators, etc. All other wildlife in personal possession not defined as Class I or II Wildlife must obtain a no-cost permit. In addition, FL has promulgated regulations governing possession of Class II and III animals (caging requirements, etc.). In 2010, Florida passed state regulations prohibiting importation, sale, use and release of non-native species. The regulations include a ban on capturing, keeping, possessing, transporting or exhibiting venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern (listed python species, Green Anaconda, Nile monitor and other reptiles designated by the commission as a conditional or prohibited species.) Persons who hold pre-July 1, 2010, permits for these species may legally possess the species for the remainder of the reptile’s life. Traveling wildlife exhibitors who are licensed or registered under the United States Animal Welfare Act and licensed zoos are exempted." 
Most people would ask what is wrong with this allot is wrong with this sort of way for what counts and does not count many species including Carinvorians and can cause serious harm to an ecosystem if not regulated by these laws.
Take this for example over in Texas were Exotic animal ownership is common place cover many species and is extremely loose but cover any well known carnivorous mammals and hybrid mammals Florida law does not cover that for exotic game ranches.
And why would i be stressing this is fact is because of a recent drop in the rate that people go to these places might cause them to get a bit desperate and go for something drastic like getting a new animal onto there ranches to attract business.Or try to bend the rules a bit so they get business. so hear is a possible list of what they could have on there ranches to attract business. This also lists possible loop holes which they can use to get "better" animals.
African golden cats,civets, ratite's, hybrid animals,More exotic species of bovine such as indian gaur and gayal More larger dangerous species of swine such as Giant forest hog, Babyrousa and Bushpig the selected hybridization of Large domestic pigs with feral pigs.
The possible selective breeding of bovines to get bigger,more well adapted and more dangerous feral cattle for exotic game ranch trophy hunting which they all ready do but with selectively breeding with these breeds Ankole-Watusi,Zebu,Texas long horn,Nguni cattle, Belgian Blue, Sanga cattle,Angus cattle, Heck cattle just to name a few possible animals.
The Marsupials that are allowed are only Kangaroo's but they don't like having them because they are known to jump fences but don't let this fool you if there desperate enough they will have these animals.
sheep relatives ,Pyrenean chamois, red serow,Nilgiri tahr and lot more of these animals from this genus.
Why do i stress the fact about exotic game ranches is because they are most of the time unknowing of the animals that they are allowing to breed and live on there property and not well secured fences lead to disaster and a new invasive species.
And most people don't even know exotic game ranches exist they are a horrible business that leads to an ecosystem being over run in due time like we have seen in Texas.

So yeah that's the fuckin list and shit.
Animals that are not listed will be soon listed unless there horses,zebras or donkeys which were once native to the state and so are native to the Americas even though the European breeds of horses were only brought over I count them as a re introduced animal.
Coyotes are reintroduced animals too. but still does not mean that there not a problem for people. Coyotes and cockroaches will likely be the earth's sole survivors if we ever have a nuclear holocaust. The resilient coyote, has adapted and flourished very well in both rural and urban settings. Coyote populations can be found just about everywhere, from the remote wilderness to the heart of New York City - despite heavy lethal control over the past century, and in spite of the recent popularity of coyote hunting.
I will not count dogs as dogs were all ready there when Europeans got to the Americas but
I will count feral dogs and hybrid canines because they do fill in the wolf/coyote niche they cause more harm then good to humans and the ecosystems which they are in.
I also love to answer your questions so just ask a question in the comments I am to be sure to respond.

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2020.05.01 15:13 rusticgorilla Coronavirus response: Trump denies funeral aid as minority communities suffer without tests & treatment

Welcome, dear readers, to my coronavirus roundup. I'm posting these every Friday in addition to Lost in the Sauce on Mondays (for non-coronavirus news).
Title refers to the sections "Minorities and low-income communities" and "Trump sits on funeral aid"
TLDR pinned at top of comments

Intelligence warnings

More than a dozen issues of the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) in January and February contained warnings about the novel coronavirus, its spread, and the suppression of information in China. During this period, Trump downplayed the virus and insisted it was under control.
U.S. officials emphasized that the PDB references to the virus included comprehensive articles on aspects of the global outbreak, but also smaller digest items meant to keep Trump and senior administration officials updated on the course of the contagion… One official said that by mid- to late January the coronavirus was being mentioned more frequently, either as one of the report’s core articles or in what is known as an “executive update,” and that it was almost certainly called to Trump’s attention orally.

Part of a pattern

The president did not take the warnings seriously, if he noticed them at all: Trump “routinely skips reading the PDB and has at times shown little patience for even the oral summary he takes two or three times per week.”
According to then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo in 2017, Trump prefers “killer graphics” in his briefings and doesn’t want too many details so intelligence officials try to “get to the core of the issue quickly.” A year later, in 2018, the Washington Post reported that even the simplified briefings were too much of a hassle for Trump:
Trump has opted to rely on an oral briefing of select intelligence issues in the Oval Office rather than getting the full written document delivered to review separately each day...Reading the traditionally dense intelligence book is not Trump’s preferred “style of learning” ...After several months, Trump made clear he was not interested in reviewing a personal copy of the written intelligence report known as the PDB
Critically, years ago intelligence officials warned that “by not reading the daily briefing, the president could hamper his ability to respond to crises in the most effective manner.” Trump’s handling of the pandemic proves that his inability or refusal to pay attention to the intelligence briefings has harmed our country, leading to tens of thousands of deaths that could have been prevented with a faster response.

Trump blames Pelosi?

ABC News reporter Jon Karl asked Trump about the report, to which Trump responded by repeating a fake story about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Karl: “Were you warned about coronavirus back in January?”
Trump: “I think probably a lot more than the Democrats because a month later, Nancy Pelosi was saying, 'Let's dance in the streets of Chinatown.” (video)
Trump then lied about Dr. Fauci saying the virus “was no problem” in late February - Fauci did not say that - and pivoted to talking about the restrictions he placed on travel from China. Karl pressed him again on when he received warnings in his briefings and Trump said: “I would have to check, I want to look as to the exact dates of warnings.”
Trump has repeatedly lied about Pelosi’s February trip to Chinatown in San Francisco. Before any shelter-in-place orders were issued, tourism in the area had fallen dramatically amid public fears of a Chinese virus and prejudice against Asian Americans.
Pelosi while in Chinatown on Feb. 24: “I do think that because it started in China, there’s a concern that are the — is the Chinese government doing what it needed to do early enough, and now as we go forward. But that should not be carried over to Chinatown and San Francisco.”
She did not “dance in the streets” or propose a parade, as Trump has previously claimed. In hindsight, Chinatown was exceptionally well-prepared to handle the coronavirus: According to the New York Times, the community put in a place a plan of action on Feb. 1 “emphasizing frequent hand-cleaning, availability of sanitizers and education on basic hygiene principles, including frequent use of masks.” Trump, on the other hand, did not address the need for such measures until mid-March.

Man-made virus conspiracy

Last Friday, the Trump administration abruptly cut off funding for a project studying the transmission of coronaviruses from bats to humans after conspiracy theories linked the work to a lab in Wuhan, China. An official with the National Institutes of Health claimed the project does not align with “agency priorities,” but the NIH’s strategic plan for studying the coronavirus includes the exact mission of the bat project: understanding the origin and transmission of the novel coronavirus.
Suddenly ending a grant early is an unusual move for the NIH, which typically takes such steps only when there is evidence of scientific misconduct or financial improprieties — neither of which it has alleged took place in this case.
The project is run by a U.S. based nonprofit called EcoHealth Alliance, which invests in health research across the world. The nonprofit has been given millions of dollars in grants over the years, most recently in 2019.
  • Scientists have studied the genetic structure of the novel coronavirus and confirmed that it is naturally-occurring: "Two features of the virus, the mutations in the RBD portion of the spike protein and its distinct backbone, rules out laboratory manipulation as a potential origin for SARS-CoV-2." There is also no evidence that a natural bat virus “escaped” a lab: “the level of genome sequence divergence between SARS-CoV-2 and RaTG13 is equivalent to an average of 50 years (and at least 20 years) of evolutionary change."

Rightwing media

Rightwing media in America seized on an April 11 story in the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, that implied a link between these grants and the spread of the pandemic. On April 17 the story entered the mainstream when a Newsmax reporter asked Trump about the grants, framing it as an Obama Administration decision. In reality, the NIH has awarded grants to EcoHealth since 2005, which distributed the money to fund research in Shanghai, Beijing, and Singapore, as well as Wuhan.
On April 26, Rudy Giuliani appeared on a New York radio show to falsely suggest that the coronavirus was created as a biological weapon, blaming Dr. Fauci and Obama for the spread:
“China for the last 10 to 12 years has been carrying on these experiments, including in this Wuhan laboratory, with animals, and actually making this virus more dangerous,” Giuliani said on the show. “You could say that’s for scientific purposes, or you could say that’s for the purpose of weaponizing them.”

Trump buys in

Days after Giuliani’s interview, the New York Times reported (non-paywalled) that the Trump administration had tasked intelligence agencies to “hunt for evidence to support” the theory that the virus originated in the Wuhan laboratory.
Most intelligence agencies remain skeptical that conclusive evidence of a link to a lab can be found, and scientists who have studied the genetics of the coronavirus say that the overwhelming probability is that it leapt from animal to human in a nonlaboratory setting, as was the case with H.I.V., Ebola and SARS.
Yesterday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence - currently run by Trump loyalist Richard Grenell - released a statement refuting the conspiracy touted by Trump allies: “The Intelligence Community also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified."
Current and former national security officials said they were surprised by the release, and suggested it could be a sign that the intelligence community feels it is being pulled into a political battle. The administration has been pressuring analysts, particularly at the CIA, to search for evidence that the virus came from a lab and that the World Health Organization helped China cover it up, according to a person briefed on the discussions.
Later in the day, Fox News reporter John Roberts asked Trump about the statement, who responded by casting doubt on the director he handpicked for the job:
Roberts: The Director of National Intelligence today put out a statement saying they believe [the coronavirus] was naturally occurring, it was not manmade-
Trump: Who was that-who was that who said that?
R: the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
T: But who in particular? Who was the man who made that statement?
R: It was a statement from the ODNI-
T: Oh, he would know that, huh? National Intelligence. So we’ll see-
R: That would be your Director of National Intelligence, Ric Grenell
T: No I know, I think it’s - I mean you’d have to tell me who specifically, who made the statement?
R: The statement was just put out under the offices of the ODNI.
T: Okay, we’ll see. I mean, I have to see the statement. I just haven’t seen it. (video)
Roberts then redirected the question, asking:
R: Have you seen anything at this point that gives you a high degree of confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the origin of this virus?
T: Yes, I have. And I think that the WHO should be ashamed of themselves, because they’re like the PR agency for China... They shouldn’t be making excuses when people make horrible mistakes. Especially mistakes that are causing hundreds of people around the world to die. (video)
"And what gives you a high degree of confidence that this originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology?" Roberts asked again, later.
"I can't tell you that," Trump said. "I'm not allowed to tell you that." (video)
  • More fact-checking: WaPo "Was the new coronavirus accidentally released from a Wuhan lab? It’s doubtful."
  • Further reading: Reuters “Trump says China wants him to lose his re-election bid,” CNN “Trump administration draws up plans to punish China over coronavirus outbreak.”

White House testing plan

On Monday, Trump unveiled an 8-part plan to increase testing capacity across the country with the goal to reopen states. The presentation slide showed blue checkmarks indicating stage 1 “launch” and stage 2 “scale” are already complete, with only one step remaining to “support opening up again.” Conveniently for the administration, this final step is the responsibility of the governors, who must find a way to fulfill to vague mandates: "develop testing plans and rapid response programs" and "maximize the use of all available testing platforms and venues.”
"This document does nothing new and will accomplish nothing new," Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said in a statement. "It doesn't set specific, numeric goals, offer a timeframe, identify ways to fix our broken supply chain, or offer any details whatsoever on expanding lab capacity or activating needed manufacturing capacity. Perhaps most pathetically, it attempts to shirk obviously federal responsibilities by assigning them solely to states instead."
The president said the federal government will be shipping states a once-per-month supply large enough to test 2% of the population. Experts say this is not nearly enough:
Paul Romer, a Nobel Prize-winning economist from New York University who has recommended that 50 percent of the population be tested each week, said testing 2 percent “is not enough to test everyone in health care even once, let alone to keep retesting them every day, which is what it would take to keep those who do get infected from going on shift and infecting their colleagues.”
At this pace, testing 2% of the population at a time, it would take almost four years to test the entire U.S. population once, assuming the supply chain problems that have plagued the federal government’s response thus far suddenly clear up.
Despite the White House’s plan, during a press briefing on Wednesday President Trump downplayed the importance of testing:
"You shouldn't be hearing about testing, but that's the last thing [the media] can complain about I guess ...We’ve done incredible with the testing... I don't know that all that [testing] is even necessary." (video)
  • Fact check: Trump has claimed on a regular basis (video) that the U.S. has “tested more than every country combined.” Even just taking the top five countries as far as cumulative number of tests, the U.S. has actually conducted about 20 million fewer tests than those five countries combined.
  • Additionally, what matters most is the per capita testing rate. The United States’ number of COVID-19 tests performed per 1,000 people is below the average of the 36 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to figures released Tuesday by the international body. The United States had conducted 16.4 tests per 1,000 people, compared to Iceland, top of the list, which had tested 135 people per 1,000.
  • More: Politico: As Trump Claims US Has Best Covid-19 Testing in the World, Capitol Physician Says He Lacks Capacity to Test All 100 Senators

Minorities and low-income communities

Meanwhile, there are still people in the nation dying after being denied a coronavirus test. A Detroit phlebotomist, Deborah Gatewood, reportedly died from coronavirus symptoms on April 17 after being denied a test four times. Her daughter told NBC News that Beaumont Hospital “said she wasn't severe enough and that they weren't going to test her...They told her to just go home and rest."
It is unclear why Gatewood was denied a test so many times, but hospitals across the country have complained of shortages of swabs, reagents and other supplies needed for testing kits, as well as delays in securing test results.
Gatewood’s story also exemplifies the disparities in testing and treatment between minorities and classes in America. From Charlotte, NC, to Illinois to Michigan, African Americans make up a disproportionately large amount of coronavirus cases compared to the demographics of the population. Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, is just 26% black, yet African-Americans account for almost half of the coronavirus cases and 80% of the deaths,
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, LA County health director: People who live in wealthier communities in LA County have been tested more than people who are living in communities where there is less income. (video)


Fisher Island, a private island off the coast of Miami, Florida, is the richest ZIP code in the US, home to 800 families and staffed by over 400 workers. While the majority of Americans cannot get tested and some are denied tests even if they present symptoms of COVID-19, residents of the private island have spent tens of thousands of dollars to purchase thousands of rapid COVID-19 blood test kits that detect antibodies.
The purchase and availability of the testing are in sharp contrast to much of the rest of the state, where only about 1 percent of the population has been tested for the deadly virus that has caused a global pandemic… The tests, which are finger-prick blood tests, detect the presence of antibodies, an important aspect that could determine who has already had the disease and is likely immune… The tests haven’t been widely available in South Florida.

Trump sits on funeral aid

ProPublica reported yesterday that Trump has yet to release federal assistance specifically intended to help families cover burial costs for victims of the coronavirus.
Approximately 30 states and territories have requested the funding as the pandemic spreads across the country and struggling families ask for help burying their dead… In response to questions, FEMA stated that the decision on which programs to fund is in Trump’s hands.
...GoFundMe sites that have sprung up in the crisis show the shortfalls many families are facing. Family and friends of Devin Francis, a 44-year old radiology technician in Miami who was about to get married when he died of COVID-19 in early April, raised $4,300 of its $5,000 GoFundMe goal. Other posts cite burial costs for a father and son in New York who both died of the disease, and a chef in Chicago.

Seized supplies

VA masks

Each week we learn of more and more instances of the federal government intervening to seize supplies ordered by states and hospitals. Yet, in many cases, we still don’t know for certain where these supplies are ultimately going and why.
Last weekend, Executive in Charge of the Veterans Health Administration Richard Stone finally acknowledged the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) at the VA and revealed that FEMA blocked an order of 5 million masks from reaching VA facilities. “I had 5 million masks incoming that disappeared,” Stone said, adding that FEMA instead sent the masks to the Strategic National Stockpile.
VA’s four-week supply of equipment — on the shelves of 170 medical centers and in an emergency cache normally used for hurricane responses — was almost gone, and employees have held protests to say they were not safe… After an appeal from Secretary Robert Wilkie to top FEMA officials, the emergency management agency provided VA with 500,000 masks this week, FEMA said in a statement. It did not address questions about the agency’s diverted equipment orders.

Miami firefighters’ masks

Last Wednesday, the director of emergency management for Miami-Dade County (Florida)reported that a shipment of 1 million N95 face masks meant for local firefighters had been seized by FEMA. "We thought we were in pretty good shape with having that amount coming in, and they were — we were — usurped,” Director Frank Rollason said.
FEMA defended such confiscations, saying that bringing too much personal protective equipment into coronavirus hotspots can disrupt supply chains to other parts of the country. However, the White House repeatedly told state and local authorities to obtain supplies wherever they could.
At the time of writing this post, Miami-Dade county surpassed 12,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, the highest in the state.

San Francisco’s challenges

Last Friday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed held a press conference in which she described the difficulties the city has faced obtaining PPE:
“We’ve had issues of our orders being relocated by our suppliers in China,” she said. “For example, we had isolation gowns on their way to San Francisco and they were diverted to France. We’ve had situations when things we’ve ordered that have gone through Customs were confiscated by FEMA to be diverted to other locations. We know everyone is dealing with a serious challenge. Through Customs, we’ve had situations where those items have been taken and put out on the market for the highest bidder, putting cities against cities and states against states.”

Maryland guarding its tests

Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan was forced to turn to South Korea to obtain coronavirus test kits in early April, using his wife - a Korean immigrant - as a key lifeline for his state. Speaking about the ordeal yesterday, Hogan described the operation like a top-secret mission, hiding the planeload from the feds out of fear FEMA would confiscate the test kits.
"This was an enormously valuable payload. It was like Fort Knox to us, because it was going to save the lives of thousands of our citizens.”
Like Fort Knox, the supplies are currently at "an undisclosed location” under the protection of the Maryland National Guard and state police. "The administration made it clear over and over again they want the states to take the lead, and we have to go out and do it ourselves, and that's exactly what we did," Hogan said.

Mismanagement of contracts

In 2015, the Obama administration inked a contract with medical manufacturer O&M Halyard called for the creation of a “one-of-a-kind, high-speed machine” that could produce at least 1.5 million N95 masks per day. In September 2018, the company delivered detailed plans for the machine to the Trump administration… but Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) did not proceed with making the machine.
“The Halyard contract was part of an explicit strategy to ensure we could surge mask production in the next crisis,” said Nicole Lurie, who was the HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response under Barack Obama. “Now we’re dealing with the consequences of not having that capability.”
HHS officials have said that there was no funding to build the machine, but the department that solicited the design had a budget of nearly $1.5 billion for 2020, according to an HHS report.

Contracts to Trump allies

In early March, Mike Bowen, the executive vice president of the medical mask manufacturer Prestige Ameritech, found the perfect way to drum up some federal business: He went on Steve Bannon's podcast, which is highly popular at the White House… A month later, at the explicit request of the White House, Prestige Ameritech had a $9.5 million contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Bannon told NBC News that his team put Bowen in touch with White House advisor Peter Navarro, who apparently facilitated the deal.
In the only other agreement with a similar notation that NBC News could find in the 11 years or so of online disclosure of federal contracts, one that was first reported by ProPublica, the Trump White House was named in March as the authority seeking a $96 million deal with the Canadian company AirBoss of America. As ProPublica reported, the deal calls for the delivery of 100,000 respirators and filters to New York and other locations by July 31, and it isn't clear why the White House was eager to award the no-bid contract to the company.

All it takes is a tweet

An electrical engineer in Silicon Valley (with 75 followers) responded to Trump’s tweet about ventilators at the end of March with his own tweet claiming he could “supply ICU ventilators.” Apparently this was all it took for the White House coronavirus to recommend the individual to New York state officials, who quickly paid Oren-Pines $69.1 million for 1,450 ventilators - at least triple the standard retail price of high-end models.
Now, a month later, not a single ventilator has arrived and the contract was terminated. New York state is trying to recover all of the money it paid the man, Yaron Oren-Pines. “The guy was recommended to us by the White House coronavirus task force because they were doing business with him as well,” said the New York state official.

Stepping up

A profile of the efforts of an ex-Google software developer to obtain medical supplies for American healthcare workers demonstrates “that this is not an impossible task and that the Trump administration has failed miserably in this mission.”
Ning Mosberger-Tang, of Boulder, Colorado, founded “Step Up in Crisis” to raise money and purchase PPE from China, despite having no previous experience in procuring medical equipment.
In late April, the first shipment of PPE obtained by Step Up in Crisis—50,000 of the surgical masks and the shoe covers—reached a warehouse in Los Angeles. The rest of the supplies are scheduled to arrive in different shipments through the first three weeks of May… Step Up in Crisis is looking to sell the PPE at its cost to hospitals that can afford to buy the supplies, but it also intends to donate some equipment to facilities that are financially strapped.
...Mosberger-Tang, an American citizen, points out that the current anti-China talk from Donald Trump and his political allies does not help on this front: “I wish the US government could be smarter in dealing with China. They know this manufacturing is in China. There is no point to calling this the ‘Chinese virus’ and irritate the Chinese government and end up not getting the equipment you need.”

FEMA stepping back

Other than seizing supplies, what is FEMA up to? The Trump administration is reportedly planning to end the role of FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center in managing the federal response to the coronavirus crisis. Its responsibilities will be handed over to unnamed persons at HHS.
House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney responded:
President Trump seems to be declaring ‘Mission Accomplished’ while hundreds of Americans are dying every day, communities across the country are facing critical shortages of test kits and life-saving medical equipment, and millions of Americans are out of work and need assistance. The Administration has not briefed Congress on this move and has not identified a clear, unified command structure for the continued federal response.”

Hydroxychloroquine update

Federal prosecutors are investigating a New York doctor who appeared on Fox News frequently to promote the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. The doctor, Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko, has been in touch with the White House
Zelenko came to the feds’ attention when - get this - Jerome Corsi (an associate of Roger Stone) accidentally sent an email intended for Zelenko to another “Z” name in his address book — federal prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky, a member of Mueller’s team.
Zelinsky is tasked now with investigating coronavirus-related crimes in the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office, as part of a directive from U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr to prioritize such cases. The department already has charged a medley of fraudsters for peddling fake cures
Vaccine expert Dr. Rick Bright is preparing to submit a whistleblower complaint documenting Trump’s push of an unproven anti-malarial drug. “It is expected that Bright’s complaint, when revealed, will shed new light on the political pressure exerted by the Trump administration on health officials to back up the president’s sweeping praise of the drugs as a key weapon against Covid-19.”

Further reading

States and reopening
  • On Thursday, hundreds of protestors - some armed - stormed Michigan’s state capitol to protest the governor’s use of emergency powers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic: A tightly packed crowd of protesters, some carrying rifles, attempted to enter the floor of the legislative chamber, and were held back by a line of state police and capitol staff...“Let us in! Let us in!” the protesters chanted (video).
    • Friday morning, Trump tweeted his support for the armed protestors: “The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal.”
  • NBC News: As a handful of states begin to ease stay-at-home restrictions, no state that has opted to reopen has come close to the federally recommended decline in cases over a 14-day period.
  • CNN: Florida will start to reopen May 4, but for now Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties won't be included. DeSantis said restaurants and retail spaces could let customers inside, but only at 25% capacity.
    • Tampa Bay Times: Florida medical examiners were releasing coronavirus death data. The state made them stop. When the medical examiners’ list was available, it showed more deaths than the state’s count.
  • The Atlantic: Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice. The state is about to find out how many people need to lose their lives to shore up the economy.
  • WaPo: Iowa, Oklahoma and other states reopening soon amid the coronavirus outbreak are issuing early warnings to their worried workers: Return to your jobs or risk losing unemployment benefits.
  • Houston Chronicle: Texas reports most deaths in a day from COVID-19 as Gov. Abbott prepares to drop stay-home order
  • The Hill: Tennessee has highest one-day jump in coronavirus cases ahead of restaurant reopening
  • ABC news: A Michigan judge sided with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Wednesday in a lawsuit filed against her shelter-in-place order and denied the plaintiffs an injunction.
  • CBS News: A southern Illinois judge on Monday blocked Governor J.B. Pritzker's 30-day extension of the state's stay-at-home order, granting a temporary restraining order sought by a Republican state lawmaker who argued the governor overstepped his authority
  • AP: More than 50 people who voted in person or worked the polls during Wisconsin’s election earlier this month have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.
  • Center for Economic and Policy Research: Meatpacking Workers are a Diverse Group Who Need Better Protections
    • Government Executive: Federal Inspectors Are Fearful, Angry About Trump's Order to Reopen Outbreak-Stricken Meat Plants. USDA is still not providing masks and is doing "absolutely nothing" to protect workers, inspectors say.
Informative reads:
  • The new coronavirus is likely to keep spreading for at least another 18 months to two years—until 60% to 70% of the population has been infected, a team of longstanding pandemic experts predicted in a report released Thursday.
  • Center for Global Development's Jeremy Konyndyk: it looks like US-style lockdowns are enough to freeze transmission in place (R=1) but not enough to drive it down (R<1). Which suggests that without further measures, we could remain on this plateau for quite a while... for each month we remain on the plateau, we risk losing more Americans than we lost in nearly a decade in Vietnam. If we spend May like we spent April, we will blow past 100k dead in weeks.
    • The way forward is very clear: test, trace, isolate, protect. Putting that infrastructure into place can bring down cases to a manageable level, enable us to relax lockdowns, and move to a posture of sustainable suppression. But that will be tough to deliver without the feds... We are stuck in an untenable holding pattern as long as federal leadership means vague slide decks and empty assurances rather than test kits, PPE, and accountability.
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2020.03.15 14:03 lamelessness1 I am 22, make $15.50/hr in Tampa, FL and work as an HR Assistant

"I am 22, make $15.50/hr in Tampa, FL and work as an HR Assistant."

Section I: Assets and Debt

Retirement Balance: ~400. I just started contributing 5% of my income to my employer's 401k in Jan. My company matches the first 4%, but I don't track their contributions and try not to look at my accounts (for all I know, my account could be $0 or less given this past week).
Savings account balance: $4,000 in HYSA. Combo of my 2k emergency fund, $1,200 car maintenance fund, and several other sinking funds.
Checking account balance: $2,547 at the start of this week as I just got paid. Checking account fluctuates, but on average has around $1,500 in it.
Credit card debt: $0. I use my two credit cards for just about everything and pay in full every month.
Student loan debt: $5,100 at the start of March 2020. I graduated in December of 2018 with a BA in Sociology and $28k in student loans. I went to a small private college and had a full academic scholarship. Unfortunately, they raised tuition every year and wouldn't cover the difference, so I had to take loans out to cover housing/food/tuition for the last 4 semesters. $17k of that was from my Mom's Parent PLUS loans (paid off in December of 2019) and the last $11k were federal loans directly in my name. These should be completely paid off by the end of May.
Car: Paid off.
Note: I actually have written MDs every week starting at the beginning of this year just for myself and have been wanting to submit one for a while now. I decided to finally post this week's because I just got a new job offer with a BIG pay increase (more details below). March will be the last month with this exact budget and income and I wanted to document it, as this really has been a reflection of my spending for the past 14 months.

Section II: Income

Main Job Monthly Take Home: Average ~$2,600/m (paid bi-weekly), depending on over-time. I usually work 10-12 hours of OT a week but have been working closer to 6 the past couple of months since it's been slower at work. My only deductions are 5% 401(k), taxes, and about $3/check in extra insurance.
Side Gig Monthly Take Home: ~200/m ($11.42/hr, bi-weekly). I work 5 hours a week as a tutor at a local community college. As a part-time worker, 7.5% of my gross pay (roughly $13.50/check) is put in a state FICA Alternative plan, which is a nice benefit. If I leave, I can roll this balance over to an IRA.
Any Other Monthly Income Here: N/A. I might withdraw from some of my sinking funds, for gifts or car maintenance, but I don't consider that as extra income. Any interest on my HYSA account is kept there.

Section III: Expenses

Mom: $150. I live with my mom. This payment covers my car insurance and also doubles as my rent. My mom is really supportive of me staying at home and paying off my (and her) loans. I know it's an unpopular opinion, but I love living at home. It saves both of us money and my mom and I are really close.
Student Loans: ~$1,750/m. My minimum payment at this point is only $58/m but I throw about 80% of my income towards these things. Tentative pay-off of the end of May 2020.
Tolls: $40. I take a $1.05 toll-road on my way to and from work. I don’t even want to think about how much extra my commute would be if I avoided toll roads.
Taxes: ~$35. I don’t make enough at my part time job to have income tax withheld and I have not updated my full time job’s W-4 yet to have them withhold extra. For now, I’m putting the money away.
Apple Storage: $.99
Netflix: $14.15. Both my mom and my sister use my account.
Amazon Prime: $5.36/m (Paid Annually for $59/year). My student prime account expired in Jan of 2019 and I don't use it enough to justify $120/year, so my mom and I decided to split her prime payment.
YNAB: $7/m (Paid Annually for $83.99 in June). Life changing and addictive.
Disney +: 2.64/m (I paid up front for 2 years and got a 3rd one free and split the cost with my sister so it was only $80/3 years. I decided to put aside 2.64/m in case I decide to re-subscribe when it comes up in 2022 and I'm projecting it will cost $100/year by that point. Is this over-kill? Yes, but I blame YNAB, lol.)
Gym: $5/m (Paid Annually for $60/year). This is for the gym at my office building. I paid for this year in January and am putting $5/m away for next year.
Health Ins: $0. Currently covered by my mom's insurance/HSA account.
Sinking Funds: $480/m, split between gifts, car maintenance, my sister's wedding fund, and my birthday fund. I am currently not contributing anything to my emergency savings.

Section IV: Daily Totals

Day 1: ThursdayDaily Total: $1.60
5:05a—Alarm goes off. I scroll through Reddit as I wake up. My 2nd alarm goes off at 5:15 and this means it's actually time for me to get out of bed. I do my standard morning routine, which is very little: pee, brush teeth, throw hair in a pony tail and put on the work-out clothes I laid out from the night before. I doge my dog and cat sleeping in the hallway and pick up my work bag and gym bag on the way out.
5:35a—I park my car downtown. One thing about getting up this early is the traffic is non-existent. I work downtown and luckily get there early enough to nab one of the dozen parking spots that only cost $1.60 for 11 hours of parking. Before I found these, I was paying $5.35-$7.35/day in parking. I pay via an app. -$1.60
5:45a—I get to my office building and head to the on-site gym. It's small, but it's only $60/year (paid up front and noted above). Also, there are only ever at max 2 other people there. Today, I'm alone until 6.
7am—I'm showered and just reached my desk a few floors above. I hate getting up early but I love coming into the office early because it's so quiet.
9am—My manager comes in and she's brought each member of the team a chicken biscuit sandwich from Chick-Fil-A! So nice and honestly it makes me feel a little sad because I was interviewing for a new job yesterday. Mine is gone before we start our team meeting 5 mins later.
4pm—It's quitting time! I come in early, don't take a lunch (normally), and leave early. Today, like the past couple weeks, has been slow. I mostly spent the time emailing/linked-in messaging two of my previous supervisors. After yesterday's interview, the recruiter asked for references so I've been connecting with them today.
4:30pm—Home and my mom (who works from home) has cooked a frozen pizza for dinner. I spend the rest of the night re-watching NCIS, thinking about the new potential job, and budgeting out my paychecks. My part-time job paid me today (+$88) and my full-time job's check is pending in my account (+$1,208). Lights out by 8:30pm.
Day 2: FridayDaily Total: $1.60
5:05a—Awake, kinda. Down-town again by 5:30am. I was really lazy last night and decided not to pack my gym bag. So I park and spend the next 45 mins scrolling through the phone in my car. Even when I don't go to the gym, I have to get here early if I want one of the cheap spots, as they are all gone by 6:15. -$1.60
9a—My team ends up walking a few blocks to a coffee shop this morning because the people who usually bring in the office’s Friday breakfast aren’t here today. I get a small tea but pay with a gift card I was given a couple months ago (by a fellow co-worker thanking me for tipping her off to the cheap street parking!). As we talk, I feel some guilt for thinking of leaving because I truly do like and respect the people here.
10a—I get an email from the recruiter that she talked to all my references and sent them to the CHRO so “we should have a decision soon." I spend the rest of the day checking my email and being disappointed.
4pm—As I’m leaving work, I join a 3 other person FaceTime with some of my college friends. We all live in different parts of Florida and don't get to see each other too often so I love these chats. I’m still talking to them when I get home and put together the rice, bean, and chicken bowl my mom made. She quietly asks if I’ve heard anything yet and I shake my head before heading to my room.
4:45pm—I get an incoming call while still on FT. I quickly tell my friends I’ll be back and drop off to answer. It’s the recruiter and they gave me an offer!!! I have to try really hard to play it cool and not immediately accept it on the spot. She sends over my official offer letter and the benefits. I jump back on the FT only long enough to tell them the good news before running downstairs and telling my mom.
The offer is for $60k/year, which was exactly what I asked for. I know it was on the lower end of their range, but given that my base pay is currently $32k/year and I have like 3 years less experince than they wanted, I think it's an amazing offer. The insurance is affordable for me, there is more PTO, and the office is closer to my house. I'll probably loose some flexibility with number of hours I'll need to be in the office (no more leaving at 4pm everyday) but I think the 85% pay increase is well worth it. I am honestly so shocked I got it, because like I mentioned, I'm WAYY under qualified. I only even applied to it because I thought there was no way I'd get it!
6pm—I call my dad to let him know I got the job and I know he is so excited for me. He always thought I could do better than my current job, even with no experince and a worthless degree. He is my hype man and talking to him makes me feel so proud of myself. I can tell he believes this is a great opportunity for me and the real best part of the new offer is that it might make him shut up about me going to law school for a couple weeks. I spend the rest of the night talking logistics with my mom before falling asleep around 10:30pm.
Day 3: SaturdayDaily Total: $0
7am—Why am I awake? I spend the morning re-reading my offer letter and reviewing the benefit guidebook again.
11am—My mom wants to take me out to celebrate and because I'm a cheap date, I let her take me to a local pizza joint for lunch. We decide I'll stay on her dental since it's cheaper and move over to my company's medical and vision coverage. I also let her know I'll be upping my monthly payment to her to $400. This will cover my car insurance, phone bill, utilities, and pay for some of my groceies. I know this will help her so much as she helps my sister pay for her wedding and I'm so happy I can contribute more to the household. We also talk about how much we both enjoy our current living situation, aka me living at home, as it makes her feel better about my safety and helps both of us with finances. (I think my mom pays something like $20 for her salad and my small personal pizza.)
6pm—My mom and I rent "Knives Out" on (her) Amazon for the night as we eat some home-made bourbon chicken and rice. I also hammer out the details of my budget with my new paycheck, including calculating all my deductions such as my 401k, HSA, insurance premiums, taxes. I officially accept the offer and send a confirmation email to the recruiter.
Day 4: SundayDaily Total: $0
9am—When I first wake up I'm proud that I managed to sleep in so late, before I realize it was daylight saving's time last night and it's actually still 8am for my body.
7pm—I have done nothing all day except clean my room, do my laundry, stare at my new budget, and start The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez on Netflix (2 episodes is all I can manage before I have to switch to watching Tangled on Disney + as a cleanser). I wish I could say my weekends are usually more exciting than this, but that would be a lie. My dad calls and we talk more about the new job. He ends up making me cry with his kind words about how much he believes in me. I make a mental note to try to see him in-person soon. We only live about 30 mins away but I am so lazy during the weekends and I really need to make spending more time outside of home a priority.
8:30pm—The neighbors across the street from us start yelling loud enough for me to hear it near the back of the house. I join my mom in her room and we look out the window. There is defintely some type of dispute going on and it gets really intense. My mom calls the cops and within 15 mins, a couple of sheriff officers are there and one of the women involved (not the neighbor, but the person the neighbor was arguing with) is getting arrested. It is too much activity going on for me.
Day 5: Monday—Daily Total: $1.60
5:05—Normal morning routine: 10 mins of scrolling, a quick trip to the bathroom, and then I am out the door in my gym gear by 5:20am. I park downtown and arrive at my office gym. It's just me today and I decide to go easy and do several miles on the recumbent bike. I promise myself I'll push myself more tomrrow. -$1.60
1pm—It was a pretty boring day today. The recruiter initiated my background so I spend some time filling out the background information. I'm not too worried about my background because all I have is a couple of speeding tickets (I am what you might call an "aggressive driver" and it honestly might be the worst thing about me), but I'll be glad when it all comes back and they clear me.
2pm—My mom texts me to confirm she booked an eye appointment for me on Friday. We decided I should use my benefit on her plan for this year to get contacts and when I switch to the new vision insurance, I'll use that benefit to get new lenses for the year as well. I haven't had my prescription updated in 2 years and I'm sure my eyesight has gotten worse. Friday is perfect because I'm working remote.
4pm—I log out and head home. My mom has some fresh pasta and garlic bread ready. We talk a little and she tells me that the neighbor from across the street stopped by today and thanked us for calling the police, as she definitely wanted them to come. I'm still not clear on all the details but it looks like the woman arrested was the mother of the neighbor's grandchild, so I assume it could have been a custody/ex-partner issue. I head upstairs to my room to relax for an hour.
5:10pm—Time to head to my tutoring job. I work twice a week for 2.5 hours each day. Luckily, the campus is right down the road so even with bad rush-hour traffic, it only takes me about 10 mins. I have an appointment scheduled for 7pm but they don't show. I end up getting in a debate with one of the other tutors about cultural appropriation. (At one point he asks: "Does other countries wearing camo count as appropriation of American culture?" Like WHAT? No!!!!) In the end, I learn he feels defensive about the term because his girlfriend is Vietnamese and he participates in very traditional diners with her family. I try to patiently explain that while that is not cultural appropriation, it still does really exist.
8pm—I am home a few minutes after the Bachelor starts. I watch the first thirty minutes while packing my gym bag for tomorrow. I wish I could watch more but if I'm not in bed by 8:30pm, the mornings are rough for me.
Day 6: Tuesday—Daily Total: $5.48
5:05am—I really contemplate not going to the gym today. But after a painful first 5 minutes of consciousness, I realize I'm already past the worst part of the morning (waking up) so I get out of bed and head out the door. I pay for parking downtown again and do 40 mins on the elliptical before jumping in the shower. During that time and throughout the rest of the day, I catch up on all the drama I missed during the second half of the show by listening to half a dozen different Bachelor podcasts. -$1.60
8am—The team member I'm closest with comes in and we chat like we almost always do about some of our work frustrations. I make the mistake of letting her know about my job offer. I know she won't betray my confidence, I'm just more worried about my background still being in process. Like I said, everything should work out fine but I'm wondering if telling too many people will jinx things. My team mate is supportive and happy for me but we both admit we'll miss each other. She's what I would consider my first adult friend I have made post-grad and I'm worried about us staying connected once I leave.
11am—I have been thinking about some crispy Lay's chips for the past hour so I head downstairs to the cafe in the building. I end up getting some barbecue lays and a coke and bring it back to my desk. I spend the next hour snacking on the bag (it's one of those mid-sized bags that actually has more than a dozen chips in it). As you can tell, I don't eat lunch a lot during the week. This is a hold-over from my college days, when I would have classes back to back and work before and after so that I'd not really eat until dinner time. I honestly rarely get hungry enough for lunch during the day (or, probably more accurately, I'm somehow missing the signs that my body is hungry), but I recognize this is not healthy eating and I'm working on bringing more snacks with me to work. I think some of it is also self-imposed as a way to save money, but I don't want to deprive myself to that large of an extent. I make a mental note to talk to my primary doctor on my next check-up about my apparent lack of appetite. -$3.88
4pm—I clock out and head home. My mom just finished up some grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. We catch up with each other for several minutes as we eat before I head up stairs. My mom leaves for her HOA meeting at 5:30 and I watch episode 3 of the Trials of Gabriel Fernandez on Netflix before part 2 of The Bachelor finale starts. I text with my friends in a group chat about the hot mess. How did I end this season LOVING Hannah Ann? Wow, she gave Peter what he deserved. For Madi/Barb opinions, please see my comments posted in the Bachelor subreddit.
10pm—It is way past my bed-time and I'm still wired from the finale. I decide there is no way in hell I'll be able to get to the gym tomorrow. I decide to "sleep in" and set my alarm for 6am.
Day 7: Wednesday—Daily Total: $7
6a—This was dangerous because now I'm seriously tempted to give up on working out all together and just sleep in everyday from now on. I scroll in bed for 15 mins and then throw on the same pair of jeans i've been wearing all week (but a new top, so it's okay, right?).
6:30a—As expected, my usual spots are all taken. I park in a lot that is about a block and a half closer to my building but also costs way more. I contemplate sending Pilot Pete an invoice for the difference in parking costs. I head into the office and clock in at 6:40am. -$7
12p—My manager asks for my thoughts and input on a project she is undertaking that would change a lot of our team's daily processes. I'm honored she's asking for my opinion and she let's it drop that I would be her main help during this project. Even though I'm 90% sure she will be completely cool, professional, and nice about it, my anxiety about resigning increases again. (Side note: I'm sorry, I wish I had more details or stuff to talk about my job, but I really don't have much to say. I do the same thing day after day and it's not exciting at all.)
1pm—My recruiter emails me asking to confirm that I have not traveled or been in contact with anyone who has traveled to a list of heavily affected coronavirus areas. I confirm I have not and she confirm's my start date is still the end of March. I can't lie, I have serious reservations about starting this job in the midst of the coronavirus. However, this company might actually be in a better situation financially than my current one. I could see us being forced to suspend operations soon for a couple of weeks, which would mean less work and less pay. The new company would also certainly be impacted and I wonder if my start date might be delayed, but I think they could continue work and operations remotely.
2pm—A new email from the recruiter. Despite three separate confirmations of my start date and the fact that my background is only 90% completed, my new team is wondering if I can start a week early. That would mean not putting in a full 2 weeks notice and putting in notice before the full background clears (which I am WAY too superstitious to do). The recruiter does make it clear that this is not a requirement and they totally understand if I can't do it. I go into a conference room and call my mom for her advice. We talk for 5 mins and decide that I should stick with the later start date for now but I'll mention to my manager their desire for me to start early and see if she really wants me to work out my full two-weeks.
4pm—On the car ride home, I call my dad and tell him the newest developments. Remember when I said earlier that this might get my dad off my back about law school for a couple weeks? Turns out it bought me like 2 days, lol. It doesn't help that my new company is a law firm, and he's convinced that I'll see the work the lawyers do and decide to go. Despite my best efforts to crush his dreams, he keeps dreaming. Bless his heart. My mom has spaghetti and rolls cooking when I come home and I eat quickly.
5pm—I head over to my part-time job for my second shift of the week. I decide I need to give my manager here a head's up about my new job. I'm not sure yet if my new job will allow me the time to continue this job past May. And while the extra income is always great, I don't necessarily need it as much anymore.
6pm—The talk with my part-time manager went really well! He said that I could take the first month of my new job off and just kinda get a feel for how my schedule will be and if I'll be able to handle a second-job. I feel so much better about it all now, knowing I don't have it all figured out asap.
8pm—I leave my job and head home. I received an email from the background company with a copy of my report and everything looks good! I had a few employment dates mixed up but I don't think that should be an issue. I expect to get the all clear from the recruiter tomorrow. I'm in bed by 8:30pm.
Weekly Total: $17.28
Food + Drink: $3.88
Fun / Entertainment: $0
Home + Health: $0
Clothes + Beauty: $0
Transport: $13.40
Other: $0
Final thoughts:
Spending wise, this is a pretty typical week for me, as I really try to throw as much as possible on my debt and don't have a lot of spending money left after that and sinking funds. I do usually have at least one larger expense a week, whether that's gas, a lunch/dining out charge, or a student loan payment, and that is missing from this week. I already paid my minimum payment earlier this month and I'm currently delaying putting extra on my loan while I switch pay-periods with the new job.
In other ways however, this was a unique week because of the job offer. Honestly, I'm glad I had that going for me because otherwise, this would be even more boring. During this week, I worked out how my (ideal) budget would be once I start my job. In the end, I won't see a big increase in my net income, as I want to use this time while still at home to contribute 15% into my 401(k) and max out my HSA. However, once I pay off the last of my loans this May, I will be giving myself more fun and spending money. I would like to note that the frugality seen above is a relatively new trait for me. Despite making WAY less and living off student loans during my college years, I probably easily spent what I spent for this whole week in a single day in college (if not way more). Now that I'm paying for my past years, I found I have a strong aversion to spending money.
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2019.11.05 16:56 jdpatric [Race Report] - Florida Man completes Florida Ironman

Race Information

Swim – 1:28:24
T1 – 0:14:24
Bike – 6:00:31
T2 – 0:13:50
Run – 4:56:47
For whatever reason, Strava got hung up on a 156-heart rate. That was not my average HR for these activities and I have no idea why it’s so stuck on that. Garmin Connect shows it right so at least there’s that. Maybe Strava will get its stuff together(?) eventually…


Goal Description Completed?
A 10.5-hours Super-No
B Sub 12 No
C Less than twice my HIM time from 2015 (7:13) Yes
D Become Ironman not Florida Man Yes!


In January 2019 I ran the Celebration Half marathon in central Florida in 1:30:50. I PR’d by exactly 3-seconds. I was certain I’d hit sub 90-minutes, but driving rain and temperatures in the mid-40’s (not to mention losing my only Gu somewhere along the way) set me back and I was barely able to PR at all. I was actually fairly certain I’d never be warm again. Thankfully I was wrong – I was able to warm up after a few hours and did not indeed die of Florida-hypothermia.
I did, however, do something stupid after that; I took only one day off and immediately resumed raining at 60+ miles per week. This resulted in my left shin beginning to ache in an all-too-familiar manner. I’ve had two stress-reactions in my left shin that sidelined me for 13-weeks in 2012 and 10-weeks in 2015. Not wanting to relive that I decided to shut down for 10-weeks voluntarily before it got to that point. I began cycling 500-miles a month in March. I had completed a half Ironman in 2015 with a time of 7-something hours. It was in Haines City and I wanted to die. I did not die and indeed was forced to finish instead. I always wanted to do an Ironman and I figured I could cross-train the bike and swim for 10-weeks while I rested my shin. Knowing the run is my best sport I cycled as much as I could and swam when I could stand it because I straight hate swimming. I signed up for the Florida full and got to work building my base on the bike and in the pool.


I more or less followed this plan. I basically shot for 10-hours/week during my base-building phase and once I hit the actual training plan I ended up backing off a little bit which was nice for some recovery. I began running again in late May/early June.
I followed the plan as best I could. Some weeks were better than others, and the sport that suffered most was, unsurprisingly, the swim. I had problems doing a long swim on Sunday after doing a long ride on Saturday and a long run on Sunday…so I either did my long swim on Friday or not at all. Some weeks I’d swim Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday or Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday. Other weeks it’d just be Tuesday/Thursday. My swimming form is not great and I am truly OK with that. I was able to pull off 1:55min/100-yards most weeks in the pool and I figured I’d shoot for 2:00min/100-yards on race day.
On the bike I made some big gains. I’ve never been a super-fast cyclist, but I could hold 18-mph for a long time (usually). I did an International tri where I managed to pull off 20.8-mph on the ride and finished 4th in my age group. I did miss a few long training rides, including an 85-miler for a funeral, and a 70-miler for general life stuff. But other than that I hit multiple rides of 70+ miles and peaked at 114-miles before my 3-week taper. I did multiple bricks, and did do a 1.4-mile run immediately following the 114-mile ride. Many yelps were made. Not particularly manly noises, but after about 0.25-miles I felt pretty settled in to an 8:30-pace.
Running was lack-luster if I’m being totally honest. I felt OK in terms of general run fitness, but didn’t feel especially strong here. I ran a 7:15-pace 10km for the international tri mentioned above which was good enough for second in my age group in that sport. I had a few 16-mile runs, and a 20-miler the day after doing 114-miles on the bike. I did the 20-miler at a sub-9 pace where I followed the Pete Fitz plan for general long runs; by 5-miles in be marathon pace minus 20%, by 5-miles remaining be marathon pace minus 10%. I had a shockingly good run there and, for the first time since January, felt pretty good running.


So Florida does some weird stuff. I live near Tampa two days prior to the race it was 90° F with no signs of being any cooler. The water temperature Gulf near Panama City Beach was a whopping 79° F and the race looked like it wouldn’t be wetsuit-legal. North Panama City Beach, however, there was a cold front brewing. Thursday night the temperature plummeted into the high 30’s. Hooray for wetsuits! I had a few trials in mine and I swam much faster than without. Literally cut 3-minutes off my 1500-yard time in a pool that was 84° with air temperatures to match. I was expecting good things in the water. I was also moderately concerned that I’d be too cold on the bike. Friday water temperature was 69° F. That’s Florida-freezing for you northerners.
Friday prior to checking in my bike and gear bags I made the decision to include my cycling shorts/jersey in the bike bag and my running shorts/singlet in my run bag. I wanted to have the option to change out of my wet tri-suit if need be. In addition, the bike shorts provide more padding and I didn’t know how well I’d handle 112-miles in a wet tri-suit.
I put a spare CO2 cannister and tube in my bike special needs bag (you don’t get those back) because I could bring one tube on my bike in the little gear box underneath the seat. I figured if I had a second flat before mile 58 I’d be able to get back on track with a second tube. Thankfully I didn’t have any flats, although I did see at least half a dozen people who did flat. I did not use my special needs run bag, although in hindsight I should’ve thrown my head lamp in it and picked it up for the second loop of the run.
The morning of the race I woke up around 4:55 and gathered all of my gear that I’d prepared the night before, inhaled two pop-tarts (my usual pre-race meal), and headed down to transition. I readied my bike with my Gu’s and stuck my wateGatorade bottles in place. I had purchased a large bag of Swedish fish as extra race fuel. And then I promptly forgot them without a second thought. Oops. I got body-marked and slid myself into my wetsuit. I had my Garmin 945 charged and ready to go. Prior to race-day I’d read on Triathlon about how to set up your watch for a race and took that advice – I locked my keys for the swim, so I didn’t muck anything up. I’d never used my watch in triathlon mode, so I was a little concerned. I’d tested it, but never with a race.
On my way to the beach there was a backup of biblical proportions on the boardwalk when people realized they had to get their morning clothes bag to a different area than where they were headed. This resulted in a bunch of people trying to “swim” upstream against even more people desperately trying to get to the beach. Thankfully I had my wife with me so I handed her my stuff and soldiered on. Gonna pause and shamelessly plug my wife here – if not for her I would have been late to/stressed as hell for everything at this race. My wife was the key ingredient in getting me trained and to the start line.
I was still on the boardwalk when the pros started (along with almost everyone else who’d taken the stupid way). There was some seriously poor crowd management going on but thankfully it was limited to that one spot. Once on the beach I had a few minutes to seed myself for the rolling start. I figured I’d be around 1:11-1:20 on the swim since I could wear my wetsuit and I was in salt water, so I put myself near the back of that section. (Spoiler – I was wrong). Just before entering the water I noticed a few people who’d taped/bandaided their neck to prevent chafing from the wetsuit. I thought to myself “gee I’m glad my wetsuit doesn’t chafe!


Narrator - His wetsuit totally chafes when he must look up to sight.
That was a fun little surprise. Found it out about a quarter of the way through the swim. At the start I felt a little overwhelmed. I was pushing too hard and I knew it. I’d also stuck my watch beneath my wetsuit as instructed by the lovely users here and I couldn’t see how fast/far I was going/had gone. I was OK with that, but felt like I was pushing waaaaay too hard and dialed it back a little. Around 10-minutes into the swim my watch beeped and buzzed. I don’t remember that ever happening before and suddenly I fear that I’ve messed up my first ever Ironman by screwing up the swim recording on my watch. Remember, if it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen. Roughly 10-minutes later the same thing. Great, I think, now I’m “on the bike” and out of T1. After completing one-lap I staggered onto the beach and peeled back my wetsuit to get a glimpse – turns out my watch “laps” OWS at 10-minutes. So, activity intact! I plunged back in for lap 2, winded and pretty battered.
Just after the start of the second lap I saw a flash of white beneath me. I’d seen a few baitfish hanging out near the buoys and figured it was one of those. A few strokes later I saw a football-sized jellyfish swimming directly towards my face from beneath me. I briefly became Michael Phelps. I don’t know how fast I was moving but picture Scooby and Shaggy running on water. New fear deeply ingrained in my head I wished to be out of the water more than anything. I also noticed that I was sucking in quite a bit of saltwater. Around the second turn left I straight-up grabbed a fish. I was maneuvering myself around a buoy and thought I’d grabbed a foot as I wasn’t the only person there. Nope. It was a small fish who wasn’t terribly pleased about me grabbing him. We both freaked out and swam away. Him much quicker than I. Not too-long after I inadvertently palmed another jellyfish. I made some unmanly noises that may or may not have been heard by those around me and again briefly walked upon the surface of the water. I was incredibly lucky to not have been stung in hindsight and did hear about at least one person who got stung. There was a fairly strong current closer to shore that was pushing west-to-east. Once you could see the bottom you could really start to feel it. I ended up doing a tiny bit of breast-stroke to alleviate the chafing, to recovery breathe, and just because I was tired after nearly 4000-yards. I drank a ton of saltwater, which explains why I was usually a little nauseous after my longer pool swims, and was, unsurprisingly, a little nauseous getting out of the water. I made my way towards the mat, unlocked my watch buttons, and blipped myself into T1. Time = 1:28:24.
They had a huge freshwater shower thingy set up that was just wonderful. I got peeled out of my wetsuit as quickly as I and the lucky volunteers could manage. I jogged into the changing area and grabbed my swim-to-bike bag. Inside there were a number of people changing into bike shorts/jerseys, so I decided to do the same. I really wanted to do the entire tri in a tri-suit, but I was so very cold and I’m so very much from Florida. I stripped quickly and threw on socks, shoes, and arm-sleeves. I slammed a Gu with some water and ran out to get my bike. Mercifully the wateGu quelled the nausea almost instantly.
Once I had my bike I clipped my watch onto the cradle and jogged to the mounting point. My legs actually felt pretty good. In previous triathlons I’d had some calf-cramping in T1, but didn’t notice any today aside from once during the swim when I thought the bottom was closer than it was (thanks crystal-clear water) and sank in about 10-feet of water trying to touch bottom. At any rate, I hit the mounting line, clipped in and sped off. Time = 14:24.
It was indeed a little chilly and I was immediately happy for my outfit change along with the arm sleeves. The temperature was about 50° which is pretty chilly for Florida Man. I sped off and tried to hold steady at 17-18-mph into the wind, 20-22+ with the wind at my back. I did OK with this until about mile 12 where I saw the first big overpass. I decided to burn a match and attack the climb. I then decided to attack the downhill. This has always worked well for me as I tend to spin around 90 rpm and burn out the lactic acid from the climb on the downhill. I have to say that this method really served me well during the IM bike split. I attacked with almost reckless abandon on basically every hill and my legs felt pretty great for it…
Right up until mile 59 where we turned north into what I’m going to assume was an actual cyclone. I had this portion of the ride mentally marked out as trouble. It’s an out and back that heads almost due north and then due south with tons of rolling hills. I played leap-frog with a bunch of other people throughout most of the ride, but here, we all suffered. The wind was never-ending. I’d barely break 20-mph on the downhills. I’m pretty sure I saw the three fates from Hercules cutting my string with a big pair of scissors. It was unpleasant. It was, mercifully, only about 9-miles, and when we turned south things got better in a hurry.
I had been stopping at nearly every aid station to refill Gatorade/Gu/watepee, and I started to realize that I was going to be close to hitting my goal of a sub-6-hour ride. Having the wind at my back I was notching 20-22-mph easily with a nice and low heartrate (130-140). I continued my up/downhill attacks and notched people off left and right. I noticed, however, that I’d get passed during stops at aid stations, and decided around mile 75 that I was going to hit the next aid station hard and not stop again. Mile 81 rolled around with the next aid station and I made it my last. I loaded up with Gatorade, filled my water bottle, and emptied my (full) bladder one last time. I pushed it from there to the end on what I had.
Thankfully, that turned out to be enough. Once back closer to the beach the wind decided to do its own thing. East? Into the wind. West? Into the wind. North? Into the wind. South? You guessed it; into the wind. Sometimes though, east was with the wind. I was able to keep notching about 20-mph give or take for the last few miles and ended up coming into T2 just a few seconds over 6-hours. I pulled up to the dismount line a little fast and ended up pulling off a sweet dismount that probably looked like I totally intended to do it. (I didn’t). This part was neat – they had bike rackers for us so that we didn’t have to do it ourselves. I told mine to keep the bike. Time = 6:00:31
Once again into the changing room! I grabbed my run gear bag and knew for damn sure that I wasn’t coming anywhere near 10.5-hours. That wasn’t physically possible. 11-hours was out the window. But I’d hoped that I could still run a 4-hour marathon and maybe sneak in under 12-hours. I changed quickly and griped and moaned a little with the other unfortunate souls who’d also decided to torture themselves on November 2, 2019. I applied Squirrels Nut Butter to some not G-rated places, threw on my running shorts, compression socks (remember the shin injury), and my shoes. I also donned one of my favorite singlets; a green NYC Marathon singlet I purchased last year after running the NYC marathon. Remember this.
I secured the remaining Gu’s in my bib belt, clipped it on and headed outside. I got quickly slathered in sunscreen by a brave race volunteer who (smartly) had rubber gloves on. A quick potty stop and I ran out of T2 full of energy I didn’t know I had! Time = 13:50
The run
Ladies and gentlemen I consider myself a little bit of a veteran marathon runner. I have run them in 95° temperatures, and I have run them down in the 30’s. I have run them with most weather conditions aside from snow. I’d like to do that some day, but it certainly won’t happen in Florida. Going into the Florida Ironman I have completed nine marathons and two 50 km races (not included in the 9). I felt pretty good heading into the start of this marathon. It was low 70’s, although climbing, and the crowd was pretty energizing around transition. I saw my wife and got a little boost and hopped out onto the course. My legs hadn’t cramped which was a new surprise; typically after a long ride I have a quarter-mile or so of unhappy calf muscles and I was pleased to see that I’d evaded that fate this time.
A far different fate awaited me. As I pushed into mile one, I noticed what I can only describe as a full-body fatigue. I wasn’t sore in one spot. I wasn’t tired in one spot. I was sore and tired in all spots. I still couldn’t look down at my feet after being on the bike for 6-hours. The plantar fascia on my left foot was sore. The chafing on my neck from my wetsuit was starting to feel sunburnt despite sunscreen. I was not hungry at all, but knew I needed nutrition. I smartly grabbed a Gatorade and water at the first aid station and walked for a few seconds so that I could down those. If I never see orange Gatorade again after this race, it will be too soon.
As the first few miles ticked by, I felt myself slowing. The 8:30-pace that I’d started at was suddenly only a hair under 9:00 around mile 5. By mile 8 I felt the wheels start to come off. Instead of trying to crash and burn I decided to steer into the skid. I made the executive decision to go into emergency sustain mode. I walked 0.1-miles and ran 0.9-miles of every mile. I tried to line this up with an aid station, and honestly, I did pretty well with it. This allowed me to take in as much food as possible without throwing it back up. I switched from Gu to pretzels and cookies. I’d wash those down with water at each aid station and continue the death march as best as my stomach allowed me.
Remember the singlet? Green NYC Marathon? Yes. I was called “New York.” All race. By everyone. I’m from Tampa y’all. I say “y’all.” Cold is anything below 60°. My singlet was absolutely false advertising. As I ran past the lady in a devil-maid outfit handing out free spanks with a hand-wand-thing, I briefly garbled out “I’m from Tampa…” and realized that I was fighting a losing battle. Not wanting to waste air, I eventually settled on “yay Brooklyn” any time someone yelled “New York!” at me. That seemed to go over well, so I tried to stick with it, but I think I said Queens a few times. Oh well. Tired brain.
The run was two loops of an out and back that ended in St. Andrews State Park after running through some residential areas on the way. I thoroughly enjoyed the support of aid stations every mile, but there were certainly some dead spots at some low points for me. The first 3 or so miles when I was on the struggle bus (call it mile 9-11) I meandered through the neighborhoods wishing for a swift death. This request was not granted. I settled into a rhythm eventually that had me hitting 12-minute miles while recovering slightly. If I sped up much beyond this I felt all of the Gu and Gatorade start to make a comeback as well so I slowed back down. I was able to spot my wife cheering for me at the halfway point…just in time for me to take a walk break…
The second loop was, obviously, much slower than the first, but I had hit equilibrium. I wasn’t going to throw up unless I sped up. This was as OK as I was going to get. Around this time, I sorta got the “never again” mantra. I realized that my initial goals were absolutely pants-on-head-crazy. I had it in my mind that I was going to do a 3:30 marathon and that just wasn’t attainable for me after the swim & bike. So I settled into the “never again” mindset and aimed for the finish. Spoiler alert again – there probably will be an “again” as I’m already eyeing the 2020 half IM in Haines City. I trudged on as day slipped into dusk and dusk slipped into freaking dark. I had brought my headlamp to the start but decided not to use it…I ran with someone briefly who had stuck their headlamp in their special needs run bag. So that they could retrieve it at the halfway point. This was brilliant. Figuratively and literally. I wish I’d done this. Instead I had to rely on the sparse street lights and try not to die. If I fell I don’t know that I’d be getting back up. I heard someone fall about 100-yards behind me around mile 21…and I felt really bad for them, but I could hear that people had already stopped to help and I wasn’t sure I could turn around without fading out like Spiderman during the Snap.
Around 9-miles left in the run I began to eye my total time. By some error of math I realized that I had a slim chance of finishing in just under 14-hours if I averaged 12-minute miles to the end. I have no idea how I arrived at this conclusion, as if you’ve read above, I finished in just under 13-hours. I am an engineer so math is (allegedly) my thing. I don’t know. I wish I could figure it out, but somehow I thought the best I could do was around mid 13:50’s for total time. I shot for that as best as I could.
Around mile 25 I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel. I could hear Mike Reilly announcing as people crossed the finish line. Gods I was close then. I decided to run the last 1.0-miles. This meant a walk break at mile 25 and then a good sprint/try not to barf to the finish. Then I heard it. Not the finish. No. I heard someone play charge on a trumpet. It was not a particularly inspiring tune, but it was a trumpet. I have played trumpet for 23-years. I am 32. I played trumpet on a collegiate level while going to school for engineering. For 6 semesters I was in my university’s jazz band. I am a closet band-nerd, without the closet. And I heard a trumpet. I have always wanted to borrow someone’s trumpet and play near the end of a marathon. I’ve brought mine to cheer people on before when I wasn’t racing. But here, at the IRONMAN, was my chance to play a trumpet during a race. I kept my eyes peeled. I knew if I ran past him, I wouldn’t be able to turn around. There on the sidelines around mile 25.5 I saw him. He had a silver trumpet with what was either a 3C or 7C mouthpiece. I know because I’ve played enough trumpets in my day and have used both of those a lot. I prefer something a lot shallower, but beggars can’t be choosers. I quickly asked him, between wheezes, if I could use his trumpet. He happily handed it over. I attempted to belt out the end of the tune from Family guy but managed to flub the last few notes; it’s hard to hit a double-G on a big mouthpiece when you’re used to a golf-tee. I then audibled to a brief lick from the James Bond theme with a wiiiiiiiiiiild shake on the last note and absolutely nailed it. People cheered. It was glorious. I handed back the trumpet and outright sprinted towards the finish.
The adrenaline from the trumpet turned me into Eliud Kipchoge. Well. OK. It enabled me to run at a 7:30 min/mile pace for the first time all day. I was passing people left and right. Which was a nice change from doing my very best to not barf a rainbow of cookies, pretzels, and more Gu than one man should take. It finally dawned on me how close I was to the finish and I began to wish I’d tried to speed up a little earlier…although I wouldn’t have had the speed boost without the trumpet so it might’ve come back to haunt me. I started running down the chute and ran through the big red thingy that was not the finish line. That was sorta false advertising. I passed a group of 4 people just before the actual finish line and promptly stopped running as soon as I was able…mainly I didn’t want to fall down.


A race volunteer immediately greeted and congratulated me on my finish. He asked me how I felt. To which I replied, using my best John Mulaney voice, “I’m going to die!” Apparently, my sarcasm didn’t roll off well enough because then I got an escort the whole way through who almost took me to the medical tent. My wife, a nurse, was none-too-pleased with this, and was right on the other side of the fence as I was trying to exit. Eventually the well-meaning volunteer realized that I was indeed going to survive and let me go. I grabbed my medal, took a photo before I left the finish.
At this point I asked my wife if her app said my unofficial finish time and to please tell me it starts with a “13.” She looked at me funny and replied “oh yeah easily; you’re 12:53.” I was elated and utterly perplexed at my inability to do math during a 12+hour race. Who knew! I hobbled gingerly around with my wife for a little before collecting my bike & gear bags. Apparently the racker had decided I wasn’t being serious when I told them to keep it. For the best I suppose. Once I had my stuff we walked the ~0.8-miles back to our hotel and I showered. We went to Pineapple Willy’s for a drink and some food. I was barely able to keep the fries and chicken tenders down so I sipped my drink very gingerly and decided to call it a night before 11 PM. My watch absolutely refused to upload (apparently loads of people are having issues with the Garmin 945 right now), and when it finally did it was Sunday morning. Also, it forgot how to read my HR data so it says I had a 156-HR for everything. Garmin Connect shows it right, but not Strava. Close enough.
We loaded the truck up Sunday morning and checked out of our hotel for the 6-hour drive home. We stopped for lunch around 1:00 (EST) and my legs were sore but OK. Around 2.5-hours from home we stopped one last time after a large traffic jam because a semi-truck broke down in the middle lane of I-75 and no one thought it prudent to move to the shoulder. As I exited the truck my right knee decided to tell me it was done. I almost ended up on my face. It’s OK now, but I was pretty sore for the rest of the ride and most of the night after.
I’m very seriously considering the Florida Half Ironman in Haines City on April 19, 2020, as my next goal race. I want to Boston Qualify in terms of marathon, but I was planning on doing a 50-mile trail run in April and the HIM seems far less terrible. I haven’t decided yet, but that’s where I’m leaning right now. I’ve also switched away from “never again” to “not this year or next,” but I’m eyeing another Ironman with the goal of having a sub-4 marathon and a sub-6 bike. I’d like to see around 1:15 on the swim as well. I think I can make these improvements given time and will go into the next one with far more realistic goals.
I haven’t worked out since the race, but am planning a 20-mile ride for Wednesday morning and probably a 3-mile run Thursday morning. Nothing fast, but something to get me restarted. The marathon was a truly humbling experience that I haven’t endured in such a manner since my very first marathon and I’d like to get another shot at a sort of redemption. I’m sure that happens to a lot of first-timers…lesson learned.
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2019.08.13 20:58 ThatPackerFan NFL100: 100 Days, 100 Years (Day 78)

"This one's for John"-Pat Bowlen
To celebrate 100 days until the 100th season, it is time to continue counting down to the historic centennial season of the National Football League.
Over the 100 days leading up to kickoff, we’ll look at each season since the very beginning, and how the league has evolved to today’s game.
Season 78: 1997 NFL (National Football League)
Duration: August 31, 1997-January 25, 1998
Teams: 30
1997 NFL Draft: 240 selections (7 rounds), held in New York City, NY.
1997 First Draft Pick: Orlando Pace, Offensive Tackle from Ohio State University (St. Louis Rams)
1997 AP Most Valuable Player: Brett Favre, Quarterback (Green Bay Packers) / Barry Sanders, Running Back (Detroit Lions)
Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos (AFC) defeated Green Bay Packers (NFC) 31-24 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA.
This season featured the following rule changes:
-When a team fakes a punt and throws the ball downfield, pass interference will not be called on the two outside defenders who are actually trying to block a coverage man from getting downfield and might not even know the ball has been thrown.
-In order to reduce taunting and excessive celebrations, no player may remove his helmet while on the playing field except during timeouts, between quarters, and in the case of an injury. Violating the rule results in a 15-yard penalty. This is known as the "Emmit Smith rule" after the Dallas Cowboys' running back's habit of taking his helmet off every time he scored a touchdown.
During the off-season, the Houston Oilers relocated to Nashville, TN and were renamed the "Tennessee Oilers". They played their games in Memphis, TN until their new stadium was completed in Nashville.
Starting in 1990, the league added 2 additional playoff teams to round out the playoff field to 12 teams (6 from each conference). From 1990 to the end of the 2001 season, there were 3 division winners per conference as well as 3 wild cards. The top 2 division winners would have a bye week to the divisional round, while the others played on wild card weekend. Since 1990, the league altered the rules of division opponents facing off in the divisional round of the playoffs, there was ban on that until 1990, but now division opponents can meet any weekend of the post-season (except the Super Bowl). The highest seeds remaining after the divisional round would host the conference title games.
The playoff qualifiers were:
Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) [West] #1 San Francisco 49ers (13-3) [West]
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) [Central] #2 Green Bay Packers (13-3) [Central]
New England Patriots (10-6) [East] #3 New York Giants (10-5-1) [East]
Denver Broncos (12-4) [Wild Card] #4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6) [Wild Card]
Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5) [Wild Card] #5 Detroit Lions (9-7) [Wild Card]
Miami Dolphins (9-7) [Wild Card] #6 Minnesota Vikings (9-7) [Wild Card]
Wild Card Playoffs
Minnesota Vikings defeated New York Giants 23-22 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Denver Broncos defeated Jacksonville Jaguars 42-17 at Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO.
New England Patriots defeated Miami Dolphins 17-3 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, MA.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated Detroit Lions 20-10 at Houlihan's Stadium in Tampa, FL.
Divisional Playoffs
Pittsburgh Steelers defeated New England Patriots 7-6 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA.
San Francisco 49ers defeated Minnesota Vikings 38-22 at 3Com Park in San Francisco, CA.
Green Bay Packers defeated Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21-7 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI.
Denver Broncos defeated Kansas City Chiefs 14-10 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO.
Conference Championships
AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos defeated Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA.
NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers defeated San Francisco 49ers 23-10 at 3Com Park in San Francisco, CA.
Super Bowl XXXII
The Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers competed in Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA. The attendance was 68,912 while NBC held the broadcast duties. The defending champion Packers were favored to repeat by 11 points.
Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman returned the opening kickoff 19 yards to the Green Bay 24-yard line. On the third play of the drive, quarterback Brett Favre kept the offense on the field by completing a 13-yard pass to Freeman on 3rd down and 9. Then running back Dorsey Levens rushed the ball on three consecutive plays, gaining 27 yards to advance to the Denver 35-yard line. Favre finished the drive with two completions to Freeman: the first one for 13 yards, and the second one a 22-yard touchdown pass to give the Packers a 7–0 lead (the Packers were the third team to take the opening kickoff down the field and score a touchdown on that drive; the other two were the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VIII and the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX).
The Broncos responded with a touchdown of their own. Denver running back Vaughn Hebron returned the ensuing kickoff 32 yards to their own 42-yard line. Denver then drove to the Green Bay 46-yard line. On third down, a holding penalty on Packers defensive back Doug Evans nullified quarterback John Elway's incompletion and gave the Broncos a first down. On the next play, running back Terrell Davis ran the ball 27 yards to the 14-yard line. Then after a 2-yard run by Davis, Elway scrambled 10 yards to gain a first down at the 2-yard line. Two plays later, Davis capped off the 10-play, 58-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to tie the game (this is to date the only Super Bowl in which both teams scored TDs on their opening drives).
On the second play of the Packers' next possession, Denver defensive back Tyrone Braxton intercepted a pass from Favre at Green Bay's 45-yard line. Aided by five runs by Davis for 29 yards, the Broncos marched 45 yards to score on Elway's 1-yard touchdown run on the first play of the 2nd quarter, taking a 14–7 lead.
Elway's touchdown play involved a fake handoff to Davis, who was previously taken out of the game during the drive because the onset of a migraine headache after being inadvertently tripped by LeRoy Butler had severely impaired his vision. But head coach Mike Shanahan decided to send him into the game for the 3rd-down play, believing that the Packers would not be fooled by a fake handoff without Davis on the field. Davis later said his vision was so impaired that he was afraid Elway would call an audible at the line and try to hand him the ball. Despite his blurred vision, Davis perfectly executed the play, drawing the Green Bay defense into the middle of the line as Elway rushed to the right and into the end zone completely untouched. By the second half, Davis had taken migraine medication, and his vision had returned to normal, allowing him to play the rest of the game.
On the Packers' ensuing possession, Broncos safety Steve Atwater forced a fumble while sacking Favre, and defensive end Neil Smith recovered the ball on the Packers 33-yard line. Although the Broncos were unable to get a first down, kicker Jason Elam made a 51-yard field goal, the second longest in Super Bowl history, to increase Denver's lead to 17–7. Both teams went three-and-out on their next possessions, and Denver punter Tom Rouen's 47-yard kick planted Green Bay at their own 5-yard line with 7:38 left in the quarter. But Green Bay stormed down the field on their ensuing drive, marching 95 yards in 17 plays and scoring with Favre's 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mark Chmura with just 12 seconds left in the half. Thus at halftime, the Broncos held onto a slim 17–14 lead.
Green Bay kicked to Denver to start the second half. On the first play after the kickoff, Packer defensive back Tyrone Williams forced and recovered a fumble from Davis. Green Bay took possession with good field position at the Broncos 26-yard line to begin the second half. But Denver's defense forced a three-and-out. However, on the ensuing field goal attempt, Denver's special teams was called for an offsides penalty, giving the Packers a second 1st and 10 at the Broncos 15-yard line, but the broncos defense forced a second three-and-out in back to back possessions to start the second half, the drive stalled at the 9-yard line, forcing the Packers to settle for a 27-yard Ryan Longwell field goal, tying the game at 17–17.
Green Bay kicked off once again and Denver's offense stalled once more, resulting in a punt, giving the Packers possession with good field position again near their 40-yard line. But once again, Denver's defense forced another three-and-out. Forcing Green Bay's offense to punt for a third straight three-and-out to begin the second half. However, again on the ensuing punt, the Broncos special teams were called for an offsides penalty, giving Green Bay a fresh set of downs near midfield. Denver's defense then forced another punt with a fourth three-and-out in a row, marking four three-and-out possessions in a row for the Broncos Defense to start the second half.
Green Bay punter Craig Hentrich's 51-yard kick pinned the Broncos back at their own 8-yard line. But the Packers' defense could not stop Denver as they marched on a 13-play, 92-yard drive to regain the lead. Aided by a 36-yard reception by receiver Ed McCaffrey, the Broncos advanced to the Green Bay 12-yard line. On 3rd down and six from the 12-yard line, Elway scrambled for an 8-yard run and dove for the first down, a play in which he was hit so hard by Packers defenders Butler and Mike Prior that he spun sideways through the air. This run was later referred to as "The Helicopter," and what many consider as Elway's career-defining moment and the defining moment of Super Bowl XXXII. Two plays later, Davis scored on another 1-yard touchdown run, giving the Broncos the lead, 24–17.
On the ensuing kickoff, Denver's special teams player Detron Smith ran full speed into the wedge of the Green Bay blockers, forcing Freeman outside, to his left. Freeman was hit as he held the ball exposed running sideways and fumbled, then Denver defensive back Tim McKyer recovered the ball at the Packers 22-yard line. Immediately, the Broncos tried to capitalize on the turnover by trying to throw for a touchdown, a pass intended for Rod Smith as he ran a post pattern following a fake handoff and a roll out by Elway, but Packers safety Eugene Robinson intercepted Elway's pass in the end zone and returned it to the 15-yard line.
After the interception, the Packers marched 85 yards on four straight pass completions, three of them receptions by Freeman, to tie the game once again 1:28 into the 4th quarter with Freeman's 13-yard touchdown catch. On the scoring play, Freeman and Robert Brooks ran a "criss-cross" pattern, with Freeman on the inside running towards the sidelines. Denver defensive back Darrien Gordon hesitated as to which receiver to cover, and Favre hit Freeman for the score. Tying the game at 24-24.
After the ensuing kick-off, the Packers forced Denver's offense to Punt. With a short punt of only 33 yards, the Packers then took possession with good field position having 1st-and-10 at their own 48 yard line. The Packers then drove to Denver's 39 yard line on offense with the game tied at 24. Having the ball on the Broncos 39 yard line, on 3rd and 8 Favre dropped back to pass and Denver's defense blitzed, leaving Robert Brooks in one-on-one coverage deep. Farve attempted the pass to a seemingly wide open Brooks at Denver's 16-yard line but Broncos Safety Steve Atwater closed in and knocked the pass away at the last second, leaving the Packers just outside of field-goal range and forcing another punt. The Packers' defense was able to stop Denver's offense on the ensuing possession again. Giving Green Bay a chance to make a long game winning drive with 5:25 remaining in the game and First-and-10 starting at their own 10-yard line, needing a long drive but having 3 time league MVP Brett Farve at the helm. With the game in the balance, the Bronco defense forced a fifth critical three-and-out of the second half. Packers kicker Hentrich then punted the ball 39 yards to the Packers 49-yard line. Thus now shifting the balance to Denver with their chance to end the game on a potentially game winning drive with only 3:27 left in the game. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Packers linebacker Darius Holland committed a 15-yard facemask penalty while tackling Davis on a 2-yard run, moving the ball to the 32-yard line. Two plays later, Elway completed a 23-yard pass to fullback Howard Griffith, aided by a powerful block by Ed McCaffrey. A holding penalty pushed the Broncos back to the 18-yard line, but then Davis rushed 17 yards to the 1-yard line, and the Broncos called a timeout. This left the Broncos facing 2nd and goal with 1:47 left on the clock. Green Bay had two timeouts remaining.
Packers coach Mike Holmgren told his team to let the Broncos score to maximize the time the Packers would have on the clock for a potential game-tying drive. He admitted later that he had thought that it was 1st and goal rather than 2nd and goal, crucial to clock management decision making on the play. Davis then scored his third rushing touchdown on 2nd and goal, leaving 1:45 on the clock. The Broncos now had a one-touchdown lead, at 31–24.
The Packers attempted one final drive to try to tie the game before the end of regulation and send the contest into overtime. Shanahan famously instructed his defensive coordinators to keep playing the same blitzing defense as Green Bay attempted to drive downfield in the final two minutes of the game, rather than playing prevent defense. Freeman returned the Broncos' kickoff 22 yards to the 30-yard line. On the very first play of the drive, the Packers immediately advanced to the Broncos 48-yard line with a 22 yard screen pass, leaving 1:30 still remaining in the game with 2 time-outs remaining. But following the first pass, rather than use one of their timeouts, the Packers hurried to the line of scrimmage and ran a second consecutive screen pass, which was stopped for no-gain but cost the Packers 19 seconds, leaving 1:11 left in the game and also forced the Packers to take one of their two time-outs.
On the next play Favre completed another pass to Levens. Levens picked up 13 more yards and he was able to run out of bounds, stopping the clock with 1:04 left in the game with Packers having possession of the ball 1st-and-10 at the Broncos 35 yard line with one time-out remaining. The Broncos defense would stop the Packers on the next four downs. On the first down play, Favre completed a 4-yard pass to Levens, but he was stopped in bounds. The Packers hurried to the line but 20 second ran off before Favre could attempt a second pass. On second down, Favre attempted a pass downfield that hit the receiver in both hands and the chest at the Broncos 15 but Antonio Freeman could not handle the ball. The incomplete pass stopped the clock, but left the packers with a 3rd-and-six and now only :37 seconds remaining. On 3rd down, Favre intended the pass for receiver Robert Brooks covered by Denver's Randy Hilliard, but both were blasted by Atwater's seismic hit. All three players were knocked out of the game, forcing an incomplete pass. Due to the injuries suffered by both teams and because of NFL rules regarding to injuries to players in the final two minutes of the game, both teams were charged a timeout. Leaving the Packers with no time-outs remaining and in 4th down and 6 and the clock stopped at :32 seconds remaining with the ball at the Broncos' 31-yard line. On 4th down, Denver linebacker John Mobley broke up a pass intended for Chmura, enabling the Broncos to take the ball back and run out the clock for the victory. During the post-game victory celebration, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen held the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the air and said, "This one's for John," referring to the fact that Elway's long quest for a Super Bowl victory was finally complete.
It was a long-awaited victory for the Denver Broncos, having appeared in 4 previous Super Bowls and losing them all in convincing fashion, the Denver Broncos finally won a Super Bowl title. It was the first of 3 so far, as the Broncos won the following year in Super Bowl XXXIII, and again won Super Bowl 50. The win for the Broncos also snapped a 13-game streak in Super Bowls where the NFC representative was victorious, turning the tide for the AFC, who won 14 of the next 22 Super Bowls from XXXII to LIII. The Green Bay Packers would not return to the Super Bowl again until Super Bowl XLV where they would defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
If you want to catch up, check the previous days to see some other history on the NFL’s 100 Years:
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2019.06.29 18:13 Uptons_BJs The Cadillac XTS V-Sport is a fantastically underrated used performance car

Imagine this scenario:

Your local asshole who drives a 370z/ChallengeCivic Si/E92 pulls up next to you at the stoplight, with his terrified date in the passenger seat and a cloud of vape coming out the side window. A turns his head towards the poor girl and with a smirk on his face chuckles out "watch me smoke this old man". And with the utmost confidence, he revs at you.

After all, the Cadillac XTS is your grandpa's Cadillac. Cushy, floaty, and designed to be a couch on wheels, the XTS is hugely popular with old men buying their last car. It is also highly popular as a hearse, so not only is it the last car your grandpa will buy, it is probably also his last ride on this earth. When your local douchbag ricer pulls up, he probably is thinking "easy prey".

But ahh, the Cadillac V Sport is not easy prey. It has a twin-turbo v6 pushing 410 hp, all wheel drive, electronically controlled limited slip, and Brembo brakes. It is an absolute monster, as long as the racing your doing is from the stoplight to the speed limit of course. It easily beats most common performance cars in a real world stop light drag.

With an average driver behind the wheel, the XTS V Sport can beat a Civic Si, BRZ, Q60 (non-red sport), 230i, ecoboost mustang, v6 camaro, RC350, challenger t and 370z at stop light drags. With a tune and some bolt ons, I would even pick the XTS VSport against the Mustang GT (non-performance pack), maybe even the C43. Your average douchbag trying to impress a girl with his little sports car? 95% of them don't stand a single chance.

And that's the thing with real world stop light drag racing right? As the black streaks near any stop light where streetracers like to hang out will demonstrate, the vast majority of drivers aren't good. Magazine test times were obtained with professional drivers on a closed course in impeccable weather conditions. In the real world the weather is often not great, drivers don't know how to launch well, their tires are cold, and their shifting isn't great. Sure, a Mustang GT has 460hp, but the stock mustang is trying to put down all that power through 2 235 wide all season tires.

The Cadillac XTS Vsport has 410 horsepower stock, good for 5.2 second 0-60 times. But that 0-60 time is obtained just by mashing the pedal down, no launch control, no double clutch shifting, all you need to do is to mash the pedal. My buddy threw on some performance tires on his, and added some bolt ones with a tune. The car probably does mid 4 second 0-60 times, but here's the thing: all he needs to do is to mash the pedal. There is no wheelspin, no rolling burnout, nothing, the car just moves.

After you steal the ricer's girl/boy friend, by embarrassing him/her, you got a big back seat with semi-analine leather to do it in (unlike his 370z). You also have a massive trunk good for a few bodies if needed, and you get self leveling air ride, magnetic suspension, and massaging seats. It is after all, still your grandfathers Cadillac.

Macklemore says he can get up your girl's skirt with your grandad's clothes. Why don't you one-up him, and break your local boy racers' heats with grandad's Cadillac? And just like how buying used allows him to afford grandpa's coat with $20 in his pocket, the power of depreciation has driven the XTS V-Sport down to less than $20 thousand dollars.

Remember to accessorize the vehicle with a gold chain, Tommy Bahama aloha shirt, and white New Balance sneakers.
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2019.03.28 02:38 robot301_03 伊朗教育水平看来不错,有不少人才在美国 by 地球梦 on 2015-08-16

Mirzakhani专攻黎曼曲面几何学和力学体系,证明了弦理论科学家爱德华·威腾(Edward Witten)的猜想,她在“模空间”研究中有关曲面物体运动轨迹的多项重要发现得到了国际数学联盟的肯定。

Mona Jarrahi

已有 33744 次阅读 2014-8-29 09:03 个人分类:国际交流系统分类:人物纪事关键词:科学家 Mona 美女 伊朗 获奖
上周在加拿大多伦多开会,IEEE Nano2014,这个会去年在北京开的时候认识了不少朋友,因此这次虽然远在加拿大,也很欣喜地去了,没想到,这次会上不仅是听到了很多很有启发的报告和讨论,更重要的遇到了美女科学家Mona。
Mona Jarrahi是她的全名,第一次看到她是程序册上的照片,都是大会的keynote Speaker,Mona的介绍正好印在我后面的一页上,拿到册子时随手翻到:哇塞,美女,还挺时尚!浏览了一下她的讲座题目“THz”,跟我没啥关系,因此也就没有仔细去看她的介绍和其他内容,就过去了。
第一天开会一如既往人很多是很热闹,第一个主题报告是多伦多大学的John Polanyi教授,1986年的诺贝尔化学奖奖获得者,80多岁了,不过讲的问题可是很时尚:“Chemistry at the Nano-level” Watchingsimple molecules react at surface, a molecule-At-A-Time”,老人家用了一个多小时的时间娓娓道来,他们近几年来在这方面的理论和试验工作,从最底层的化学反应角度来观察和解释纳米尺度下的一些现象,风度优雅,不时地穿插一些小幽默,整个讲座科学又风趣,没有套话和大话,还挺谦虚:他说希望他们这些基础化学的研究能够给纳米科技工作者一些帮助!提问的环节也很踊跃(我也提了一个问题),气氛非常好,中间休息的时候没有前呼后拥也没有阿谀奉承,他平凡地端着咖啡跟与会的学者交流,当然还有不少粉丝来求合影得啊!很荣幸我的报告被安排在了第一天上午的后半段,大家反应很热烈,也因此交到了不少新朋友,我整个人都沉浸在学术交流之中,没注意到谁跟谁,只顾上跟大家不停地讨论了。
就这样,到了第二天晚上,是大会的宴会,我心情十分愉快地到了宴会厅,在“Invited Speaker”那一桌寻找自己的座位,突然眼前一亮,一个红衣美女坐在我旁边的座位上:哇,这是谁的太太?这么漂亮!只见她微微地笑着跟我打招呼:Hello, I am Mona…..我当时就晕菜了:让不让人活了?你怎么比照片还漂亮?!当然,我没有说出口,只是长大嘴巴:Hi, Mona, Alice from Peking University, I saw your picture on the proceeding...... 接着大家就开始聊天,有很多认识她的朋友过来打招呼、祝贺,祝贺什么?原来,Mona今晚是来领奖的,她获得了IEEE NTC一年一度的青年科学家奖!这时候旁边一位她的同事说话了:Mona, congratulations! How many awards you win recently? 大家一聊,才知道原来Mona这几年是获奖专业户:美国总统奖,IEEE不同Society的奖,美国NSF,ARO,ONR,DARPA等各种给青年科学家的重要奖项都拿了个遍,真是拿奖拿到手发软的那种!可是她真的是非常年青啊,2007年才在斯坦福大学获得博士学位,2008年正式在University of Michigan Ann Arbor工作,最近刚刚搬到UCLA做Associate Professor(因为她的丈夫在UCLA生物系做教授,是她在斯坦福的同学),可是我们的Mona确实是一个大明星啦!当然,Mona很谦虚,说这不算什么,我的同学刚刚获得菲尔茨奖呢!原来刚刚获得数学界诺贝尔奖的伊朗数学家Maryam Mirzakhani是Mona在伊朗时候的大学同学,真是让人不敢相信,这个伊朗的谢里夫理工大学是个怎样的大学啊?尤其是该校的女学生为什么都这么优秀啊?!
大家聊得越发熟络起来,很快发现我们有很多共同的朋友(特别是在美国的伊朗教授,因为我的第一个外国朋友就是一位在美国的伊朗裔教授),我很是为他们感到骄傲,这是一个非常友善的精英群体!也聊起来她的科研工作,在毕业后开始独立科研的这7年里,Mona用Nanotechnology逐渐建立起来的具有非常大影响力的Advanced THz Technology,这在第二天她的报告里有了更为精彩的证明,她从基本物理出发,从基础理论和结构上突破了传统THz器件的瓶颈,结合“Nanophotonics and Plamonics”等为THz的研究揭开了一个新篇章,尽管她的实验室在从Michigan搬到洛杉矶的过程中,可是她的研究脚步却是一天都没有停下,她和她精干的学生团队在这一新领域不断地开拓着……这也是Mona在短短的几年里拿奖拿到手发软、经费从来不用愁的根源所在!
才华胜容貌:再议美女科学家莫娜•贾勒希(Mona Jarrahi
张海霞博主的“巧遇美女科学家Mona”的博文访问量已经超过2万人次,我再想补充一点内容,使我们对于莫娜•贾勒希(Mona Jarrahi)美貌之外的内在才华有更深入的了解与认识。外在形象之美是父母给的,或者说是与生俱来的,当然也有人经过人造使自己形象更加迷人的。对于一个人的认识与了解,我们不仅要看其外在形象,更为重要的还是看她(他)的内心世界是否美丽,是否值得人们尊敬和爱戴。前不久为了抗击埃博拉疫情而献身的Mbalu Fonnie(穆巴鲁•方妮)和Alice Kovoma(阿丽斯•科沃玛),无论其长相如何,她们永远是我们活着的人心中最美的白衣天使。我也找到一些关于莫娜•贾勒希(Mona Jarrahi)的信息,读罢有一种感觉:才华胜过容貌。现将相关材料整理如下,供大家参考。
莫娜•贾勒希(Mona Jarrahi)在伊朗出生,她现在是美国美国加州大学洛杉矶分校电气工程系(Electrical Engineering Department University of California Los Angeles)副教授。她早年毕业于伊朗谢里夫工业大学(Sharif University of Technology),获得电气工程学士学位,而她的电气工程硕士和博士学位则是在美国斯坦福大学(Stanford University)获得。她对于物理的钟爱,可以从高中阶段说起。高中阶段莫娜•贾勒希对物理很感兴趣,是因为她感到应用物理学中的有关定律,可以对我们日常生活中许多电子和机械的操作工具的工作原理作出解释。当然她并不满足自己已有的知识,渴望了解更多知识,发明能解决大问题,显著改善人们生活条件的新产品成为她心中的一个梦想,这种梦想成为促使她大学毕业之后再去美国求学的一种源动力
现在,她作为密歇根大学一名电气工程和应用物理学教授,正在创新研发供高级医学成像、化学传感、大气研究、空间探索、安检以及工业质量控制等应用的太赫兹设备和系统。她带领一个专门从事太赫兹光电设备和系统研究的科研小组,不仅要为申请科研经费费心,也要为招收研究生和博士后来探索新的研究设想而考虑,还要撰写论文,为各种会议和研究机构作报告,同时兼任多种科学期刊和杂志的编辑和审稿人,并参与会议组织委员会和其他各种专业委员会。除了培养教育研究生和本科生,指导博士后学者进行科学研究之外,还要为研究生和本科生讲授太赫兹技术、光学和电磁学课程。不同领域之间的空白地带可能存在的机会更多一些,但是也对新领域的开拓者来说有更高的要求。因此,不断更新自己的已有知识,随时准备涉足新的研究方向也已经成为莫娜•贾勒希的未来发展方向。充满雄心别自卑,路遇障碍勿气馁也可以说就是她的座右铭。用莫娜•贾勒希的话说就是:Many opportunities exist in gaps between fields, so keep your knowledge up-to-date and be ready to dive into new research directions. Be ambitious and never think you aren't good enough. Believe in yourself and don't get discouraged by the obstacles along your way.
莫娜•贾勒希的研究兴趣涉及到太赫兹/毫米波电子学、光电子学和新材料(Terahertz/Millimeter-Wave Electronics, Optoelectronics, and Novel Materials);微波光子学和超快电光学(Microwave Photonics and Ultrafast Electro-Optics);太赫兹/红外成像和光谱学(Terahertz/Infrared Imaging and Spectroscopy)等。
加州大学洛杉矶分校电气工程系(Electrical Engineering Department University of California Los Angeles);
加州纳米系统研究所(California Nanosystems Institute);
密歇根大学放射实验室(University of Michigan Radiation Laboratory);
密歇根大学光学和光子学实验室(University of Michigan Optics and Photonics Laboratory);
密歇根大学固态电子学实验室(University of Michigan Solid State Electronics Laboratory);
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Electrical Engineering Department
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department & Applied Physics Program
Post-Doctoral Scholar, University of California Berkeley
Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center
Research Assistant, Stanford University
Electrical Engineering Department
时间 荣誉或获奖名称
2014 国际无线电科学联盟美国国家委员会的布克奖学金
Booker Fellowship from the United States National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (USNC/URSI)
2014 IEEE纳米技术委员会纳米技术学者新秀奖
IEEE Nanotechnology Council Early Career Award in Nanotechnolog
2014 IEEE微波理论和技术学会杰出青年工程师奖
IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award
2014 美国光学学会资深会士OSA Senior Membership
2013 科学家和工程师总统学者新秀奖
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
2013 美国国家工程院固安捷基础前沿工程奖
National Academy of Engineering, Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award
2013 国际光学工程学会资深会士SPIE Senior Membership
2013 国际微波会议最佳论文奖(第三名)
Best Student Paper Award, 3rd place, International Microwave Symposium
2013 天线和传播国际研讨会最佳学生论文奖(第二名)
Best Student Paper Award, 2nd place, International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation
2012 陆军研究办公室(ARO)年轻研究者奖
Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award
2012 美国国家工程院工程先锋
National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering
2012 美国海军研究办公室(ONR) 年轻研究者奖
Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award
2012 密歇根大学伊丽莎白•克罗斯比研究奖
Elizabeth Crosby Research Award, University of Michigan
2012 IEEE高级会员IEEE Senior Membership
2011 美国国家科学基金会(NSF) 早期职业能力发展奖
National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early CAREER Development Award
2010 美国国防高级研究计划局(DARPA)青年职员奖
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award
2008 国际微波会议最佳论文奖(第三名)
Best Student Paper Award, 3rd place, International Microwave Symposium
2008 伯克利传感器和致动器中心工业咨询委员会会议最佳论文奖
Best paper award Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center industry advisory board meeting
2007 国际微波研讨会最佳学生论文奖(第一名)
Best Student Paper Award, 1st place, International Microwave Symposium
2005 光子技术存取程序研究奖
Photonic Technology Access Program Research Award
2002 罗伯特•博世FMA奖学金Robert Bosch FMA fellowship
1995 伊朗全国物理奥林匹克竞赛银奖Silver medal, Iranian National Physics Olympiad
专业学会成员 Professional memberships:
IEEE激光与电光学会高级会员IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (Senior Member)
IEEE微波理论与技术学会高级会员IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (Senior Member)
IEEE电子设备学会高级会员IEEE Electron Devices Society (Senior Member)
IEEE天线与传播学会高级会员IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (Senior Member)
美国光学学会高级会员Optical Society of America (Senior Member)
国际光学工程学会高级会员International Society of Optical Engineers, SPIE (Senior Member)
编委会成员 Editorial Boards:
IEEE微波杂志特刊太赫兹技术特邀编辑(2014年)Guest Editor of IEEE Microwave magazine special issue on Terahertz Technology, 2014
红外、毫米以及太赫兹微波杂志编委会成员,2013年至今Editorial board member of Journal of Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves, 2013-present
2011年发冷光能源国际会议专刊特邀编辑Guest Editor for International Conference on Luminescence Procedia Issue, 2011
会议组委会成员Conference Committees:
Member of the Technical Program Committee, Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), San Jose, CA, May 10-15, 2015
Member of the Technical Paper Review Committee, 9th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Lisbon, Portugal, April 12-17, 2015
Member of the Technical Program Committee, Optical Society of America Advanced Photonics Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, July 28-31, 2014
Member of the Technical Program Committee, IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Tampa Bay, FL, June 1-6, 2014
Member of the Technical Paper Review Committee, IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, Memphis, TN, July 6-12, 2014
Member of the Program Committee, Nano and Giga Challenges in Electronics, Photonics and Renewable Energy From Materials to Devices to System Architecture Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, March 10-14, 2014
Member of the Program Committee, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices, SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, CA, February 1-6, 2014
Member of the Technical Paper Review Committee, International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics, Bordeaux, France, September 16-21, 2013
Member of the Program Committee, Nano Science and Engineering, SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference, San Diego, CA, August 25-29, 2013
Member of the Program Committee, Optical Engineering and Applications, SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference, San Diego, CA, August 25-29, 2013
Member of the Technical Paper Review Committee, IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, Orlando, FL, July 7-13, 2013
Member of the Program Committee, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging, Beijing, China, June 25-27, 2013
Member of the Technical Program Committee, IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Seattle, WA, June 2-7, 2013
Member of the Technical Paper Review Committee, IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, Chicago, IL, July 8-14, 2012
Member of the Technical Program Committee, Optical Society of America Optical Sensors Meeting, Monterey, CA, June 24-28, 2012
Member of the Technical Program Committee, IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Montreal, Canada, June 17-22, 2012
Member of Program Advisory Committee, 36th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW/THz), Huston, TX, October 2-7, 2011
Member of the Technical Paper Review Committee, IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, Spokane, WA, July 3-8, 2011
Member of Technical Program Committee, 16th International Conference on Luminescence (ICL), Ann Arbor, MI, June 27 - July 01, 2011
Member of the Technical Program Committee, IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Baltimore, MD, June 5-10, 2011
Member of the Technical Program Committee, International Workshop on Optical Terahertz Science and Technology (OTST), Santa Barbara, CA, March 13-17, 2011
Member of Technical Paper Review Committee, IEEE International Conference of Networking, Sensing and Control (ICNSC), Chicago, IL, April 10-12, 2010
杂志审稿人 Journal reviewer for:
2008年至今担任23种期刊的审稿人其中包括《自然》(Nature)杂志的多种子刊如Nature Photonics,Nature Communications;8种IEEE期刊等。具体任职时间详见如下:
ACS Photonics, 2014-present
Optica, 2014-present
Applied Optics, 2014-present
IEEE Microwave Magazine, 2014-present
Optics Letters, 2013-present
Optical Materials Express, 2013-present
Applied Physics Letters, 2013-present
IEEE Transactions on Antennas & Propagation, 2013-present
IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science & Technology, 2012-present
IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 2012-present
Journal of Infrared, Millimeter & Terahertz Waves, 2012-present
Journal of Applied Physics, 2012-present
IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 2012-present
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 2012-present
Nature Photonics, 2012-present
Nano Letters, 2012-present
Nature Communications, 2011-present
ACS Nano, 2011-present
Nanoscale, 2011-present
Optics Express, 2010-present
Journal of Numerical Modeling, 2010-present
IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, 2010-present
IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory & Techniques, 2008-present
基金项目评审员 Proposal reviewer for:
W. M. Keck Foundation, 2014-present
Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Program, 2012-present
National Science Foundation, 2009-present
其他专业*河蟹* Other professional services:
2014年至今担任国际光学工程学会客座讲师(SPIE Visiting Lecturer, 2014-present);
2012年至今担任国际光学工程学会会员资格审查委员会成员(Committee member of the SPIE Membership Committee, 2012-present);
2011年至今担任IEEE微波理论与技术学会太赫兹技术与应用委员会成员(Committee member of the Terahertz Technology and Applications Committee of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, 2011-present);
2009-2013年曾经担任IEEE光子学学会密歇根东南分会技术活动副会长(Vice-chair of technical activities for IEEE Photonics Society, Southeast Michigan Chapter, 2009-2013)

Title Cited by Year
Significant performance enhancement in photoconductive terahertz optoelectronics by incorporating plasmonic contact electrodes
CW Berry, N Wang, MR Hashemi, M Unlu, M Jarrahi
Nature communications 4, 1622
41 2013
Analysis of periodic metallic nano-slits for efficient interaction of terahertz and optical waves at nano-scale dimensions
BY Hsieh, M Jarrahi
Journal of Applied Physics 109 (8), 084326
30 2011
Terahertz generation using plasmonic photoconductive gratings
CW Berry, M Jarrahi
New Journal of Physics 14 (10), 105029
28 2012
Wideband, low driving voltage traveling-wave Mach–Zehnder modulator for RF photonics
M Jarrahi, TH Lee, DAB Miller
Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE 20 (7), 517-519
24 2008
Optical switching based on high-speed phased array optical beam steering
M Jarrahi, RFW Pease, DAB Miller, TH Lee
Applied Physics Letters 92 (1), 014106
23 2008
Design of reconfigurable metallic slits for terahertz beam modulation
CW Berry, J Moore, M Jarrahi
Optics express 19 (2), 1236-1245
22 2011
Ultrafast photoconductors based on plasmonic gratings
CW Berry, M Jarrahi
Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz), 2011 36th ...
18 2011
High-speed optical beam-steering based on phase-arrayed waveguides
M Jarrahi, R Fabian, W Pease, DAB Miller, TH Lee
Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 26 (6), 2124-2126
18 2008
Plasmonically-enhanced localization of light into photoconductive antennas
CW Berry, M Jarrahi
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CFI2
17 2010
Terahertz radiation-band engineering through spatial beam-shaping
M Jarrahi
Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE 21 (13), 830-832
16 2009
Continuous-wave ultraviolet emission through fourth-harmonic generation in a whispering-gallery resonator
J Moore, M Tomes, T Carmon, M Jarrahi
Optics Express 19 (24), 24139-24146
15 2011
Principles of impedance matching in photoconductive antennas
CW Berry, M Jarrahi
Journal of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves 33 (12), 1182-1189
14 2012
Broadband terahertz polarizing beam splitter on a polymer substrate
CW Berry, M Jarrahi
Journal of Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves 33 (2), 127-130
14 2012
High-power tunable terahertz generation based on photoconductive antenna arrays
M Jarrahi, TH Lee
Microwave Symposium Digest, 2008 IEEE MTT-S International, 391-394
12 2008
Spatial quantized analog-to-digital conversion based on optical beam-steering
M Jarrahi, RFW Pease, TH Lee
Journal of Lightwave Technology 26 (14), 2219-2226
10 2008
Optical spatial quantization for higher performance analog-to-digital conversion
M Jarrahi, RFW Pease, DAB Miller, TH Lee
Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on 56 (9), 2143-2150
9 2008
Enhanced light–matter interaction at nanoscale by utilizing high-aspect-ratio metallic gratings
SH Yang, M Jarrahi
Optics letters 38 (18), 3677-3679
6 2013
Plasmonic photoconductive detectors for enhanced terahertz detection sensitivity
N Wang, MR Hashemi, M Jarrahi
Optics express 21 (14), 17221-17227
6 2013
Toward Ultrafast Pump-Probe Measurements at the Nanoscale
BY Hsieh, N Wang, M Jarrahi
Optics and Photonics News 22 (12), 48
6 2011
Broadband terahertz modulators based on reconfigurable metamaterials and their potential application in terahertz imaging
M Jarrahi
Electromagnetic Theory (EMTS), 2010 URSI International Symposium on, 640-642
6 2010

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2018.12.07 03:42 Paracortex Who do I report a housing scam to? Does anyone investigate or take down these lowlifes preying on people?

The craigslist ad was innocent enough:
The people seem to know the neighborhood and everything sounds normal. So I reply to the email link and I get this:
Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my house, Yes the house is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person/family to occupy and maintain the house now that we are not around. My husband and i just traveled to (Live Oak, FL) For a program called National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD)#Did You Know there are 76,400 young people, ages 13-24, living with HIV in the U.S.? So the program is taking place in Three major countries in United States, Europe, Canada... We will be away for 2 to 3 years or more that is why I have made up my mind to put up my house for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it,
FEATURES : Laundry, Electric Range, Electric Heat, Master Bedroom, Playground, Car Park AMENITIES: Air Conditioning, Patio/Party Deck, Cable TV, Ceiling Fans, 24 hours Internet service, Dishwasher, Fire pit, Garbage Disposal, Microwave, security alarm, Pets Friendly, Refrigerator, Washer / Dryer,
It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows...nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. Appliances included are washer, dryer, oven,dishwasher, new fridge (7/07)...I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas,so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house. here are the information regarding the house.
This is the address of the House ([physical address redacted])
The rent is:$880
Security Deposit:$700 (Security Deposit is Refundable)
Total Moving Cost :$ 1,580
For this 2 beds 2 baths Home.
Pets Allowed:Dogs and Cats.
Available :Available Now for move in.
Attn : The rent are including the Utilities are intact such as Dishwasher,Dryer, Electric Stove, Fridge, Washer,Air Condition,Sewage,Trash,all included in the monthly rent.....
STATUS OF MY HOUSE:AVAILABLE FOR MOVE IN. LONG AND SHORT TERMS ARE BOTH ALLOWED. ALL PETS ARE ALLOWED.(well behaved) if you are interested below is the rental application form you can fill them up then we can proceed further,
Full Name__________________________ ________________________ Home Phone ( ) ________________________ Date of Birth_________________________ ________ Other Phone ( ) ________________What time is best to call you_______ Current Address_______________________ _____Apt#_____ City__________________ State______ Zip________ Reasons for Leaving_______________________ __Rent $____Phone ( ) _________________________ Are you married_______________________ _____ How many people will be living in the house_________________________ ___ Do you have a pet___________________________ _ Do you have a car___________________________ _ Occupation____________________ ________ Move In Date__________________________ __ How many months rent can you pay upfront? Minimum ( 1 month + SECURITY DEPOSIT ) or ( 2 months + SECURITY DEPOSIT ), so which option If you are ask to make a down deposit payment to secure the house today and take it off market, :_______? YOUR FAMILY PICTURE(IF ANY):could be attached with the application________________ ___________?
Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this. Feel free To Contact My Husband Any Time OR Text +1 [scammer’s phone redacted]
[name redacted]
Thanks And God Blessed
The email raised some flags in my brain, so I checked the property records (pcpao.org), and the signed name was the actual property owner’s name, so I called the phone number to ask about seeing the place.
The heavily accented man who answered asked if I had filled out the application sent in the email, and since I didn’t feel good about giving out ANY personal information yet, I asked about seeing the house. He told me to fill out the form, and they wouldn’t be able to show it because they were out of town but that I could go look at the outside and walk around. When I said that I wouldn’t rent a place without first walking through it, he hung up.
I decided to play along then, and filled out the form by email. They weren’t really asking for much in the way of confidential data, and I didn’t include any photos and only put the year of my birth.
Soon after sending that, I got this:
Title: Application Accepted...Pls get back to me ASAP
Good Morning [Paracortex]
Thanks for getting back to me. I just wanted to let you know that we have decided to let you live in our house. As we have found your application very satisfactory and acceptable by my family..So we would want you to go through this email and get back to us on what you feel so we could proceed in renting the house to you.We would like to send the following documents to you via FedEx 24 hours delivery to the address you sent to us and the tracking number will be sent to you so that you can possibly occupy our house.Please once again, we are giving you this based on trust so please do not disappoint us and i promise you that, you will love the house. We are with the under listed documents here with us and you will need to make the security deposit which is ($700 USD) to secure the home and take it off market on your name and enable the shipment of the Keys and documents to the address you have provided to us, after which you could move in at your convenience. The rent only starts counting after you move in,I want you to know that the rent fee is among the home utilities such as water & garbage, Cable & Internet the bills already in my name and will be taken care every month by me cause i have make all the arrangement so you can use them anytime but make sure you take proper care of my properties.We will like you to promise us that you will update us with the recent picture of the interior every month as soon as you moved into our home to see how you are maintaining it, We would like to send the following documents to you via FedEx 24 hours delivery to the address you sent to us... Here are the contents of the document that needs to be sent.
1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
2) PapePermanent house form
3) The house documentary file.
4) Full Description of the house
5) Payment Receipt
6) Signed Lease Agreement Form you are supposed to also sign and get it sent back to me.
The package containing the keys and documentations will be delivered to you writhing 24 hours through Courier Service to the address that you have provided when filling the lease application Or where do you want the parcel to deliver to?
RECEIVERS NAME?:_________________
DELIVERY ADDRESS?:_________________
RECEIVERS NUMBER:?_________________
As soon as the security deposit is been confirmed by me, l will go ahead and commence on how the House Keys / Documents will be delivered to you and i will ensure that i book for the 24 hours FedEx next day delivery service as to enable you receive it on time and as scheduled. Let me hear back from you as soon as possible so that i can arrange for the delivery.
I await your reply ASAP. Regard and God bless you!!!
I didn’t even really read through this, and had I done so I would have balked immediately at the request to send $700. Shortly after receiving this, I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize. As usual, I send it to voicemail, since they’re almost always scammers or telemarketers (the overlap is broad). But this one called back a second time, which they never do, and it was at least in my state, and then I got this text message:
Good Morning [Paracortex], I have tried to call you but you did not pick it up, I would like to say a Big congratulation to you cause out of the filled application form we found i and my family are very satisfied with your own so we have decided to let you live in our house. As i have found your application very satisfactory and acceptable by my family..So we would want you to go through the email and get back to us asap Thanks
So I called back. It was the same heavily accented man. I again asked to see the house (still hadn’t read through the obvious scam email), and he maintained that there was no one to show it, but I was welcome to go walk around and look into the windows. I told him I wouldn’t be renting anything I couldn’t walk through and look over, and he said good luck with renting another place, and I said that’s fine.
After realizing this was a scam, I looked up these kinds of scams (new to me), and tried to report them to the police. The local police wouldn’t do anything to investigate unless I’d allowed myself to be scammed by them. After much around and around with the officer on the non-emergency line, in which they made it perfectly clear by way of bored repetition that they wanted nothing to do with trying to protect anyone from BEING scammed, I angrily told them to go write some speeding tickets amd then hung up.
There HAS to be someone, somewhere who will pursue these scam solicitations for the crimes they are, and locate people who have fallen prey to them.
They’re promising to mail stuff. Postal Inspector’s interested?
They’re probably not even in this country. FBI?
I wish I could reach through the phone line and choke these scum who prey on the nive and/or desperate, people who have very little to lose to begin with. It’s horrendously detestable.
Anyway, long-winded, I know, but just want to know if any authority anywhere gives even a tiny fuck about such a traceable scam operation.
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2018.10.14 06:02 assessment_bot [ Non-Fatal ] [ 09/28/2018 ] Piper PA32, Bartow/ FL

On September 28, 2018, about 1325 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-32-300, N4592X, operated by the private pilot, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a marsh, following a total loss of engine power during cruise flight near Bartow, Florida. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for planned flight to Tampa Executive Airport (VDF), Tampa, Florida. The flight originated from Boca Raton Airport (BCT), Boca Raton, Florida, about 1230.
The pilot reported that during cruise flight, the engine began to run rough. He notified air traffic control (ATC) and declared an emergency. Shortly after, the engine cowling separated and the pilot observed that a cylinder had separated as oil began to cover the windscreen. Although ATC provided vectors to the nearest airport, the pilot could not see due to the oil, and flew via the instruments to the ground.
Examination of the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that during the landing in a marsh, the right wing contacted a tree and separated. The inspector also observed a separated cylinder resting near the engine. The engine was retained for further examination.
The six-seat, low-wing, fixed-tricycle-gear airplane was manufactured in 1975. It was powered by a Lycoming IO-540, 300-hp engine, equipped with a constant-speed, two-blade Hartzell propeller. Review of maintenance records revealed that the engine's most recent overhaul was completed on November 14, 2006. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on March 16, 2018. At the time, the engine had accrued 353.58 hours since the overhaul.
Category Data Category Data Category Data
Event Id: 20180929X12128 Investigation Type: Accident Accident Number: ERA18LA265
Event Date: 09/28/2018 Location: Bartow, FL Country: United States
Latitude: 27.937222 Longitude: -81.855556 Airport Code:
Airport Name: N/A Injury Severity: Non-Fatal Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Aircraft Category: Airplane Registration Number: N4592X Make: Piper
Model: PA32 Amateur Built: No Number of Engines: 1
Engine Type: Reciprocating FAR Description: Part 91: General Aviation Schedule:
Purpose of Flight: Personal Air Carrier: Total Fatal Injuries:
Total Serious Injuries: Total Minor Injuries: 2 Total Uninjured:
Weather Condition: VMC Broad Phase of Flight: Report Status: Preliminary
Publication Date: 10/11/2018
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2018.07.13 17:27 datdudebdub Offseason Review Series: Day 8, The Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals
Division: AFC North
2017 Record: 7-9 (3rd in AFC North)
2017 Statistical Team Rankings
Total Offense – 280.5 YPG (32nd in NFL)
Passing – 195.1 YPG (27th in NFL)
Rushing – 85.4 YPG (31st in NFL)
Points Per Game – 18.1 PPG (26th in NFL)
Total Yards Allowed – 339.1 YPG (18th in NFL)
Passing Yards Allowed – 211.2 YPG (8th in NFL)
Rushing Yards Allowed – 127.9 YPG (30th in NFL)
Points Allowed Per Game – 21.8 (16th in NFL)
Sacks – 41 (T-11th in NFL)
Turnover Differential – -9 (27th in NFL)
Coaching Changes
Offensive Coordinator: Bill Lazor
Bill Lazor entered 2017 as the Bengals QB coach and was promoted to OC last season from week 3 on following the firing of former OC Ken Zampese. The offense looked much better immediately in week 3 taking the Aaron Rodgers led Packers all the way to overtime. The offense overall had peaks and valleys throughout the season, and much of that was attributed to Lazor being forced to use Zampese’s playbook that was implemented in training camp. There has been a ton of cautious optimism for this upcoming season that Lazor, with his own offense being fully implemented this summer, will be able to maximize the most out of the Bengals offense.
Quarterback Coach: Alex Van Pelt
With Lazor ascending to full time OC, the Bengals had a hole at QB coach that needed to be filled. The team elected to go out and sign former NFL quarterback Alex Van Pelt. Van Pelt had most recently been the QB coach of the Green Bay Packers since 2014. Aaron Rodgers publicly stated after the move was made that he was unhappy that the team allowed Van Pelt to walk without consulting him, which could be a testament to the strength of the relationship between Rodgers and Van Pelt. In any case, the Bengals are happy to have a coach with an NFL pedigree who has been responsible for coaching a QB in the past that many feel is the best in the game today.
Wide Receivers Coach: Bob Bicknell
Bob Bicknell is going to be the Bengals WR coach for 2018 following the departure of former WR coach James Urban. Urban had been on the Bengals staff since 2011, including winning the Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals Coach of the Year in 2016 for his work developing young wideouts Tyler Boyd, Alex Erickson, and Cody Core. As for Bicknell, despite only being 48 years old he has 27 years of coaching experience with 3 collegiate teams and 4 NFL teams. He will be working in tandem with new offensive coaches Lazor and Van Pelt to make the Bengals offense hum.
Offensive Line Coach: Frank Pollack
To put it quite plainly, the Bengals offensive line was god awful last year. They were undoubtedly one of the worst units in football. Former OL coach Paul Alexander had been with the team since 1994 in multiple capacities, but following his inability to develop multiple valuable draft picks along the offensive line it was time for a change. Enter Frank Pollack, former NFL player and OL coach most recently of the Dallas Cowboys. This may be the most dynamic philosophy shift on the Bengals offense this season. Alexander’s strategy with linemen was consistent: retreat post-snap and react to the defense. Pollack’s intense personality is mirrored by how he has his lineman play, attack the defense off the snap and initiate contact. This change could spell big things from a unit that is hoping to become more run oriented with the two headed monster of Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard.
Defensive Coordinator: Teryl Austin
This is the hire that I personally, and many Bengals fans, are most happy about. There is no mistaking that Paul Guenther wasn’t very liked among fans. His “bend but don’t break” style of defense had its moments but largely left people with a sour taste in their mouths. Austin comes in and immediately in his introductory press conference he makes it known that he wants to play a more aggressive brand of defense that emphasizes defense taking over games, being physical, and forcing turnovers. In 2017 the Bengals only forced 14 turnovers which was tied for 30th in the NFL, while Austin’s Lions defense forced 32 which was 3rd best in the NFL. Similar to the changes on the offensive line and offensive coordinator, the theme of the Bengals offseason seems to be trying to be more aggressive and be an initiator. The fanbase is hopeful that these changes will result both in more wins and more points on the scoreboard.
Cornerbacks Coach: Daronte Jones
I don’t have too much to say about this move. Our secondary has been an up and down group in recent years, and after the season the team elected to part ways with former coach Kevin Coyle. Jones was the defensive backs coach for Wisconsin in 2015 and they led the nation with only 7 passing TDs allowed while ranking 7th in overall passing defense. From 2016-2017 Jones was the assistant defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins. Hopefully the secondary can channel some of the success that Jones had at Wisconsin with ascending star CB William Jackson III.
Free Agency
Players Lost
Player Position New Team Contract
AJ McCarron QB Buffalo 2-year $10m
Jeremy Hill RB New England 1-year $1.5m
Russell Bodine C Buffalo 2-year $5m
Andre Smith T/G Arizona 2-year up to $10m
Chris Smith DE Cleveland 3-year $14m
Kevin Minter LB NY Jets 1-year $880k
Pat Sims DT Free Agent N/A
Cedric Peerman RB Free Agent N/A
Eric Winston OT Free Agent N/A
Adam Jones CB Free Agent N/A
AJ McCarron: This was a tough loss for the Bengals. In the NFL you can’t have enough security at the backup quarterback position. McCarron had long been thought of as a potential NFL starter by other teams. If you recall, the Bengals famously attempted to trade him at the trade deadline to the division rival Cleveland Browns. I can tell you it stings as a fan to know that we were in a position to get 2nd and 3rd round draft picks in this years draft for him, and instead we are just crossing our fingers hoping for a decent compensatory selection. Even that, though, seems unlikely.
Jeremy Hill: This departure was a foregone conclusion from the moment the Bengals selected Joe Mixon in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft. Hill burst onto the scene in 2014 running for 1,124 yards and 9 TD while averaging 5.1 YPC. Since then it has been all downhill, as from 2015-2017 Hill averaged only a measly 3.6 YPC without a single 1,000 yard season. He will forever be remembered (and not in a good way) among Cincinnatians for his costly fumble in the playoff game against Pittsburgh. Closing out the 2017 season he also opted to undergo surgery mid-season (team doctors told him it was not an urgent surgery) to be healthy for the 2018 season, and was called out by Coach Lewis for giving up on the team.
Russell Bodine: Bengals fandom, rejoice! The Bengals selected Bodine in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL draft and he was a day 1 starter at center. He started every single game in his 4 year career here, and that is about where the positive things I can say stop. Per PFF he was the 25th ranked center in the NFL for 2017 with a 46.8 grade (his 3rd season out of 4 with a grade below 53). The center position is extremely important to an offensive line and Bodine didn’t cut it. I wish him the best of luck in Buffalo but I sure am glad that I will no longer have to watch him stumble back as if he has never faced a bull rush before.
Andre Smith: Andre Smith was actually a high draft choice by the Bengals going all the way back to 2009 when the Bengals took him 6th overall. He was the starting RT for Cincinnati from 2009-2015, left to play in Minnesota in 2016 on a one year deal before returning to Cincinnati for the 2017 season. He appeared in 13 games and started 8 at several OL positions (mostly all at Tackle). Per PFF he graded out as the 62nd best tackle in the league, consistent with his deteriorating play throughout the last 3 seasons. He was always viewed as a 1-year rental behind our patchwork line.
Chris Smith: This guy hurt to lose. He was a very effective rotational piece for the Bengals defense off the edge. He recorded 3 sacks and a forced fumble, and was generally disruptive whenever he was brought into the game. His playing time was limited but I think moving forward if he gets more opportunity the guy could one day become a great player. For the duration and money that Cleveland gave him though there was no way the Bengals were going to be able to hang on to him, not with our other defensive lineman already on the roster. If you watch many Cleveland games I think this is a name you’ll be hearing a lot of.
Kevin Minter: Minter was a guy that came into the league in 2013 to Arizona as a 2nd round pick. The Cardinals had high hopes for him, as did the Bengals when they gave him a 1-year $4.2m deal in free agency. The idea was he would come in and be a faster, stronger, and younger Rey Maualuga. Instead we got what the Cardinals got, pretty unspectacular play. It never seemed like he gelled in the Cincinnati defense and was limited to just 9 games due to injury. Following a disappointing season the Bengals elected to let him walk in free agency.
Pat Sims: The Bengals took Sims in the 3rd round of the 2008 draft, and since then he has had stints with both the Bengals and Oakland Raiders. Sims was only on a 1-year deal for 2017, and throughout his career he as mostly just been a big body DT to plug in on rushing downs. Sims is now 32, it is possible the Bengals or another team could bring him in on a minimum contract if they need interior help. I would guess this is a guy that is going to get some calls following training camp injuries.
Cedric Peerman: Cedric has pretty much been a career special teams player since entering the league in 2009, but he has been spectacular in that role. In 2014 he was named the Bengals special teams captain and made the pro bowl as a special teamer in 2015. Unfortunately his past 2 seasons have been marred by injury, only playing 6 games in 2016 and missing the entire 2017 season. As of this writing it is unclear what the future holds for him.
Eric Winston: This one is short and sweet. The current NFLPA president is more than likely done as an NFL player. He sat on the couch half of last season before being an emergency signing in November following injuries along our offensive line.
Adam Jones: Love him or hate him, the guy has been a really solid player throughout his NFL career. He was a First-Team All-Pro in 2014 as a return specialist, and then he made the pro bowl the following season in 2015 as a CB. I’d be inclined to say that his time as an NFL player is over however after the Bengals declined to pick up the 2018 option for the 34 year old player. This is especially compounded by his recent airport fight. I think his age, declining skill set, and constant fear of off-field issues will keep teams away.
Players signed/traded for
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Kevin Huber P Cincinnati 3-years $7.9m
Tyler Eifert TE Cincinnati 1-year $5.5m
Preston Brown LB Buffalo 1-year $4m
Matt Barkley QB Arizona 2-years $3.1m
Chris Baker DT Tampa Bay 1-year $3m
Cordy Glenn LT Buffalo 3-years $30m
Bobby Hart T NY Giants 1-year $1m
Kevin Huber: The Bengals re-signed our long time punter in a pretty easy to predict move. Huber was born in Cincinnati, grew up and played high school ball in Cincinnati, attended college at the University of Cincinnati, and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. The former First-Team All-Pro is a quality player and a local guy, no need to make a change.
Tyler Eifert: Tyler is probably the biggest enigma in the entire Bengals organization. When he is healthy, he is one of the best in football. The problem with that is that he is absolutely never healthy. The guy has only played in 39 out of 80 career games, literally he has missed more than he has played. He has history of injury to his back, knee, shoulder, and elbow. This is basically a 1-year prove it deal, this season is going to basically determine his market value moving forward.
Preston Brown: After the Kevin Minter experiment didn’t work last season the Bengals turned to a former Buffalo Bills 3rd round pick to help shore up the LB corps. Preston had a pretty good season last year, ranking 43rd out of all linebackers per PFF. Perhaps most importantly he has played every game of his 4 year career. It was reported Brown chose the Bengals over an offer from Buffalo as he grew up in the Cincinnati area. This move confirms that LB Vontaze Burfict will primarily play WILL with Brown playing MLB.
Matt Barkley: Nothing fancy here. Barkley is a veteran QB that is going to come into camp and compete with Jeff Driskel for the backup job. I know most Bengals fans (myself included) love us some crazy legs Driskel but I think Barkley wins the job in the end due to his experience and track record. Regardless though, this is undoubtedly Andy Dalton’s team.
Chris Baker: Last offseason Baker signed a nice 3-year $15.7m contract with Tampa Bay before being cut after the season. Baker was a force for the Washington Redskins from 2014-2016, but reports out of Tampa were that his laziness and negative attitude made him an unwelcome presence with the team moving forward. I see this as a low risk high reward signing. If the coaching staff can get him into his 2014-2016 form with his current price tag, it is a huge win. If his negativity continues the team can cut him loose easily.
Cordy Glenn: This was by FAR the biggest offseason acquisition by the Bengals this season, and perhaps in decades. The trade had the Bengals send a 1st round pick (12th overall) and a 6th rounder to Buffalo in exchange for Glenn, a 1st round pick (21st overall), and a 5th rounder. This is an absolute steal for a team that didn’t have a single tackle on the roster with half of the ability of Glenn a season ago. Glenn has been a full-time starter in his NFL career, but dealt with some injuries of late. Still, he is a massive upgrade over what we had before and is one of the reasons for optimism for our offense moving forward. Note his salary in the table above is what is left on his contract that Cincinnati is on the hook for.
Bobby Hart: I’m going to make no qualms about this. I absolutely despise this signing. Yes, it is low risk money wise, but Hart brings nothing of value to the Bengals locker room. There were very few tackles in the league that were worse than what the Bengals already had, and Hart was one of them (PFF ranked him as the 74th Tackle). He is unathletic, has poor technique, and a history of locker room issues. I’m hoping he doesn’t make the roster.
Round Number Player Position School
1 21 Billy Price C Ohio State
2 54 Jessie Bates S Wake Forest
3 77 Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State
3 78 Malik Jefferson LB Texas
4 112 Mark Walton RB Miami (FL)
5 151 Devontae Harris CB Illinois State
5 158 Andrew Brown DE Virginia
5 170 Darius Phillips CB Western Michigan
7 249 Logan Woodside QB Toledo
7 252 Rod Taylor OL Mississippi
7 253 Auden Tate WR Florida State
Billy Price (6’4 312lbs):
Offensive line was by far the most important priority going into this draft, and the Bengals front office wasted absolutely no time in addressing it. Rumor was that the Bengals wanted Frank Ragnow out of Arkansas here, but he was chosen the pick prior by the Detroit Lions. The Bengals ended up with, in my opinion, the more polished player with Price. He started all 55 of OSU’s games the last 4 seasons, and with the departure of the disappointing Bodine the team needed an upgrade and some consistency in the middle. With Price I think they got both.
Grade: A
Jessie Bates (6’1 200lbs):
The Bengals secondary was solid if unspectacular last season, with one position group that needed help being safety. The Bengals brought in Kurt Coleman and Eric Reid for offseason visits, but in the end they chose to upgrade via the draft. George Iloka and Shawn Williams are both quality players but neither of them are ballhawking playmakers a la an Earl Thomas type, something that is far and away the best part of Bates’ game. I think you will see Bates over the top and Williams/Iloka dropping down into the box more due to their more physical style. Honestly I kind of wanted another OL here but for a safety I think we got a great fit.
Grade: B
Sam Hubbard (6’5 270lbs):
I don’t think the team expected Hubbard to be here with this pick, but I can tell you they were thrilled to get him. On a personal note I know that Sam was watching the draft with friends and family from a local Jeff Ruby restaurant in Cincinnati (Carlo & Johnny, if you are familiar). He is a Cincinnati kid born and raised a Bengals fan, and when he got the call he absolutely lost his mind with excitement. He may not have a JJ Watt type ceiling, but he is an extremely high motor guy that is going to become a part of our pass rush rotation day 1.
Grade: A-
Malik Jefferson (6’3 240lbs):
Jefferson was one of the most highly regarded LB prospects coming out of highschool, but was largely disappointing in college. His impressive testing at the combine probably makes him warrant this draft position, but with how weak our LB corps are overall I would have rather seen us take a safer pick. I think he is certainly a developmental guy that has a ton of upside, but the Bengals have a history of these not working out (looking at you Margus Hunt).
Grade: C+
Mark Walton (5’10 202lbs):
Walton is a very athletic and quick back that profiles as a scat back at the NFL level. He has the ability to get to the 2nd level and make defenders look silly with more than enough speed to take it to the house. However, there are some questions about his pass protection and he is firmly behind Mixon and Bernard on the depth chart. This is a depth pick that I’m not sure made sense given what we have on the roster.
Grade: C-
Davontae Harris (5’11 205lbs):
Harris is a guy blessed with great athleticism and pretty good size for a CB, and his play style is fast and aggressive. He doesn’t mind dishing out some hits, which allows him the versatility to play some safety as well. Overall as a corner his technique and hips need some work, but his fearless nature and athleticism will have him right in the conversation for a roster spot if he can contribute on special teams. It may be a few years before he sees time on defense. Overall a solid depth pick.
Grade: B
Andrew Brown (6’3 296lbs):
Brown was a DE (5 technique) in college but he profiles as a DT (3 technique) in today’s NFL. That versatility is a huge plus for him, and his size and pass rushing ability gives us another potential presence pushing the interior next to Geno Atkins. Again, if you notice the theme, he is an aggressive and attacking player, further proving how the team is committed to being more physical overall. Plus, he is known as a high character guy which is always solid for a locker room.
Grade: B+
Darius Phillips (5’10 179lbs):
Phillips is an interesting selection. Another CB selection, though Phillips profiles as more of a slot corner than a true outside guy. Also going along with another theme, Phillips is a ball hawk with 12 INTs in the past 3 seasons in college. I think he is purely a depth pick for 2018 for defense, but his ability as a returner (5 collegiate return TDs) could get him on the 53 man roster for week 1.
Grade: B-
Logan Woodside (6’2 213lbs):
Woodside was taken as just another young QB camp body in the draft. With Driskel already on the roster, the signing of Barkley, and Woodside getting a DUI in early June, I’d wager there is 0% chance he makes the team. Probably going to end up being cut or a practice squad guy.
Grade: C-
Rod Taylor (6’3 320lbs):
Taylor came out of high school as a 5 star recruit but didn’t see much playing time until his senior season. He played RT in college but projects as a G for the Bengals. This was a great selection for the 7th round, a guy with top prospect pedigree with very little draft capital is a good decision for a team that desperately needs OL help.
Grade: B+
Auden Tate (6’5 228lbs):
What does Tate bring to Cincinnati? One word. Size. He is another big bodied WR who was a quality college player, but many teams had doubts about his ability to transition his game to the NFL level with his lack of speed and explosiveness. He is a red zone target guy that will be on the fringe of the roster, with my expectation being they cut him in favor of someone with a more diverse skill set.
Grade: C
Another Year of Marvin @#$%& Lewis
I, like pretty much every single Bengals fan that I know, was absolutely certain that last season would be the final season for Lewis in Cincinnati. But then the final few weeks of the year (when it didn’t matter) all of the sudden the team that was walking out on the field looked competent. Perhaps even more than competent, maybe even a little bit dangerous. When we closed out the year shattering the hopes and dreams of the Lions and Ravens it resulted in an unexpected turn of events: the hopes and dreams of us ushering in a new coaching regime were shattered as well. Don’t get me wrong, Lewis is a good guy and has had a lot of positive moments for the franchise but what we really need is a culture shift on a wide scale. Instead, we get another season of Lewis giving out ho-hum press conferences. We’ll see a lot of mindless clapping on the sideline when our team performs poorly, and a lot of blank stares when things don’t go our way. We’ll see atrocious clock management with the worst 2 minute drill in the history of football.
The prayer for myself and all of Bengals fandom is that we will see a shift with a new offense installed by OC Bill Lazor and a new version of our 4-3 defense installed by Teryl Austin. Our greatest successes were when we had great coordinators to offset Marvin’s deficiencies (Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer, Hue Jackson) and one can only hope that this year will see similar results. It was pretty clear from our offseason moves what the team is trying to do: establish an identity. I believe that this year we will see the offense being built a lot around Joe Mixon and the run game, though our shoring up of the OL was just as much about pass protection too. Still, I think a fast paced offense built around quick throws and the run game will be what we see. On defense they were trying to get physical and disruptive playmakers to force more turnovers. That has been the calling card of Austin’s defenses to date which gives Bengals fandom reason for optimism moving into 2018.
Projected Starting Lineup:
  • Andy Dalton. Pretty easy one here. He is a polarizing guy among fans as he is definitely no Rodgers or Brady but he is a quality starter. He can go as far as the pieces around him and as far as his coordinator can make him go. I think our skill positions are good enough to make Dalton look great, the real questions surround our offensive line. If they hold up we could see another fringe pro-bowl year from him. Projection: 4,100 yards, 26 TD, 12 INT
Running Back:
  • Joe Mixon. He will be our definite RB1 banger. He is an excellent between the tackles runner that put up some below average numbers last season mostly due to our absolutely atrocious OL play. I think he will put up a great season this year with the offense being built around what he can do. Projection: 250 carries for 1,150 yards, 9 TD, 40 receptions for 350 yards, 1 TD
  • Giovani Bernard. Gio is always underrated but the guy is a great weapon out of the backfield. He has between the tackles ability to spell Mixon but he will primarily be our 3rd down back. Projection: 120 carries for 500 yards, 3 TD, 55 receptions for 550 yards, 2 TD
  • Ryan Hewitt. We don’t use this position a ton but when we need to bring him in we do. He played around 11% of our snaps last season. He has shown the ability to also play TE in a pinch.
Tight End:
  • Tyler Eifert. He is projecting to be our starter but the real question surrounds if he will be healthy enough to contribute to the team. I have to be honest and say that I just don’t see it happening, but for the sake of the offense I hope I am wrong. Projection: 30 receptions for 350 yards and 5 TD in 10 games
  • Tyler Kroft. He really shined last year as a quality option in the passing game. A pleasant surprise to fans that were concerned following Eifert’s string of injuries. Kroft has only missed 2 games in his career, which is really what we need. Projection: 40 receptions for 380 yards and 3 TD
Wide Receiver:
  • AJ Green. No surprise here at all. The guy is an absolute monster, and coming off a down year I expect big things. Projection: 90 receptions for 1,350 yards, 8 TD
  • Brandon LaFell. This may be a surprise to some but I see LaFell opening the season as the WR opposite AJ. Marvin loves his veterans. This could very well end up being wrong if John Ross balls out in training camp LaFell could be a cut candidate. Thus is the life of a veteran. Projection: 40 receptions for 500 yards, 2 TD
  • Tyler Boyd. Boyd had a very solid rookie year but was mostly quiet last year with the exception of his game winning TD against Baltimore in week 17. I think he is a great slot guy and he takes a big step this year. Projection: 60 receptions for 650 yards, 5 TD
  • John Ross. No idea what to think about this guy. He could have 1,000 yards or 0. His pedigree and athleticism is there, and there has been nothing but praise for him from OTAs, but Marvin’s doghouse is tough to get out of. I’m mentioning him as I think he will contribute but before training camp I’m holding off on projections.
Left Tackle:
  • Cordy Glenn. We went out and got this guy and there is zero doubt that if he is healthy he will be our unquestioned starter on the left side on Sunday’s. Former LT Cedric Ogbuehi will be his primary backup and could move along the line, but I don’t see anyone challenging Glenn here.
Left Guard:
  • Clint Boling. Clint has been a mainstay for the Bengals since he was drafted in 2011. He is consistently above average, and offers a veteran presence to the position group.
  • Billy Price. The rookie was taken in the first round because he is ready to start from day 1. I think he should be a pretty safe bet to be an immediate upgrade over Bodine.
Right Guard:
  • Trey Hopkins. I think Hopkins is probably who ends up getting the starting gig here, but to be honest the right side of our line is kind of up in the air. Hopkins was our projected RG last year and I think this year is more of the same.
Right Tackle:
  • Jake Fisher. Fisher was a Bengals high draft selection that has largely struggled, and he is coming off an injury shortened season due to a heart issue. I think though that he has shown enough flashes of upside to be given one more chance to start.
Defensive Interior:
  • Geno Atkins. Zero argument here from anyone. He is without a doubt our best defensive player, and one of the best DL in the entire NFL. He will periodically come out for a breather but if he has his wind he is in there.
  • Chris Baker. I think Baker gets the majority of the PT next to Atkins but there is going to be a very heavy rotation here with Michael Johnson, Jordan Willis, Ryan Glasnow all getting a chance.
  • Carlos Dunlap. This guy is the straw that stirs the drink for the defense. He plays loose and fun. He never developed into a Strahan type sack guy but he is an above average pass rusher, run stopper, and is consistently at the top of the league in deflections by a DE. Dunlap plays the majority of snaps.
  • Carl Lawson. One of the brightest spots for our team last year was the emergence of our 2017 4th round pick. He recorded 8.5 sacks as a rookie despite only playing 41% of our defensive snaps. If he improves his run stopping he will be a pro bowl player someday. Expect Lawson to be spelled by Jordan Willis/Michael Johnson on running downs.
  • Vontaze Burfict. Yes he has done some shitty things on the field, but when he is out there he is one of the most intimidating and effective linebackers in the game. He will primarily play our WILL backer spot. Note he is suspended for 4 games, during that time you will likely see Vincent Rey and Jordan Evans playing here.
  • Preston Brown. The Bengals went out and got him in free agency to plug him in at MLB from day 1.
  • Nick Vigil. Our other outside LB spot is up for debate. It would seem that Jordan Evans, Malik Jefferson, and Vinny Rey could be in contention here. In the end they will all see playing time, I just think the coaches like Vigil the most overall.
  • William Jackson III. If you don’t know who he is you better be ready to hear his name quite a bit. I think he is legitimately going to be the next big thing at cornerback. He will be covering outside. I think he is an All-Pro in waiting
  • Dre Kirkpatrick. Dre is merely an average corner, but we are paying him like a dynamo because we couldn’t afford to lose him on our defense. I’m hoping Austin can get more out of him. Kirkpatrick will be outside opposite Jackson.
  • Darqueze Dennard. We selected Dennard in the first round of the 2014 draft and for a while it looked like he was going to be a bust. He has really blossomed though into his role as a slot corner. He is quick, physical, and a great tackler.
  • George Iloka. Neither of the Bengals starting safeties are your prototypical free safety, so the defense that we play doesn’t lend itself really to needing that. Jessie Bates will compete for playing time with both guys due to him being more of a ballhawking pure FS.
  • Shawn Williams. This guy is a hammer, goes for the big hit and is great at helping out the run defense. I expect to see him dropping down and playing some nickel LB with some cover 1 and cover 3 looks.
  • Randy Bullock. I don’t like him and he is garbage but we don’t have anyone that can really compete.
  • Kevin Huber. Consistent, quality punter. Nothing fancy, I wrote about how he is a solid Cincy guy earlier.
Kick Returns/Punt Returns:
  • Alex Erickson. He has done well enough with the job, and has proven he can be a pretty reliable slot WR when called upon, too. I’d wager he keeps the job for one more year.
Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses:
Overall grade: B
We don’t have one of the premier guys in the league, but we have a consistent starter and a backup in Barkley that has won football games in the NFL. I think that puts us in a better than average position in regard to the rest of the league.
Overall grade: B+
I think the 1-2 punch of Mixon/Gio could wind up being considered one of the best in the entire NFL, but they haven’t shown it yet. Homerism aside I still think they are an above average group, especially when you factor in the depth that Walton provides.
Overall Grade: C-
The addition of Price and Glenn were absolutely huge for us, but we still have questions on the entire right side of the line. Not to mention that Price is still a rookie and Glenn has had injury concerns. Still, a grade of C- is much better than the grade of F that we had at this time last year.
Pass catchers
Overall Grade: A-
This is pretty easy when you have AJ Green and Eifert being the stars of your group with solid depth guys like Kroft and LaFell and Boyd, and huge upside with Ross. If Eifert goes down I’d drop the grade a bit, but still I think this is a very interesting group for us.
Overall Grade: A
This is by far our best position group. Atkins and Dunlap are 2 of the best at their respective positions, and rookies Carl Lawson and Jordan Willis showed a ton of promise. Couple that with the addition of Sam Hubbard and I think that our DL will be the highlight of our team.
Overall Grade: C-
Outside of Vontaze we don’t have any guys on the roster that have played really well in a Bengals uniform. The addition of Brown helps, but we have questions with our SAM backer and very little depth. I’m disappointed that the organization didn’t do more to shore them up.
Overall Grade: B
WJIII and Dennard are both very good players, but Kirkpatrick is prone to penalties and giving up big plays. The addition of Bates and Teryl Austin’s tutelage may help bring this unit up above their projections but overall I think they are just pretty average.
Special Teams
Overall Grade: C-
Bullock is an F. I think that our return group is pretty good and our punt team is above average as well. I’m nervous how our ST will look now that the leader of that group Cedric Peerman is no longer in Cincy.
Schedule Predictions
Week 1 – AT Indianapolis Colts
Prediction: Bengals 24 Colts 17 (1-0)
Summary: I think with it being Luck’s first taste of real game action in a while that the Bengals will be able to hit them in the mouth and rack up a bunch of sacks and come away from this week with a W.
Week 2 – VS Baltimore Ravens
Prediction: Ravens 27 Bengals 17 (1-1)
Summary: Our games against the Ravens are always hard fought games. I think that they have really improved their team this offseason and they get the better of us in this early season matchup with Alex Collins having a big day.
Week 3 – AT Carolina Panthers
Prediction: Panthers 21 Bengals 20 (1-2)
Summary: Carolina is a tough place to go and win games, and the Bengals have struggled to contain Cam in the past. I think it is more of the same and the Bengals come out losing.
Week 4 – AT Atlanta Falcons
Prediction: Falcons 31 Bengals 17 (1-3)
Summary: The Bengals are kind of reeling at this point following two really tough games on the road. The Falcons DL eats our OL alive and it is a blowout.
Week 5 – VS Miami Dolphins
Prediction: Bengals 27 Dolphins 7 (2-3)
Summary: AJ Green torches the Dolphins secondary and Tannehill struggles in what is a sorely needed get right game for Cincinnati.
Week 6 – VS Pittsburgh Steelers
Prediction: Bengals 17 Steelers 14 (3-3)
Summary: I think that this game at home is going to be a hard nosed kind of football game. Vontaze is back in the swing of things off the suspension, WJIII battling with Antonio Brown. I think that Ben throws a costly late pick that leads to a game winning field goal.
Week 7 – AT Kansas City Chiefs
Prediction: Bengals 24 Chiefs 14 (4-3)
Summary: I am really high on Mahomes as a starter but I think he is going to have his ebbs and flows this year. I think our DL is going to get to him early and get him rattled, and the KC defense isn’t quite what it once was.
Week 8 – VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Prediction: Bengals 27 Buccaneers 20 (5-3)
Summary: Unfortunately for Bucs fans, I think they may be in some trouble this year. I think this ends up being a game where the final score is close but it never looked that way.
Week 9 – BYE
Week 10 – VS New Orleans Saints
Prediction: Saints 24 Bengals 10 (5-4)
Summary: I think the Saints come into Cincy and control the game from start to finish with an effective running game and a sneaky good defensive effort.
Week 11 – AT Baltimore Ravens
Prediction: Bengals 31 Ravens 28 (6-4)
Summary: What goes together better than crazy games by AJ Green against Baltimore? AJ explodes for 170 and 2 TDs and the Bengals hold off a late onslaught by Joe Cool to get the W.
Week 12 – VS Cleveland Browns
Prediction: Bengals 21 Browns 10 (7-4)
Summary: The Browns are making waves in the league and playing really well, but for this game our DL wreaks havoc and we hold them to their lowest yardage output all season.
Week 13 – VS Denver Broncos
Prediction: Broncos 21 Bengals 17 (7-5)
Summary: I think the Broncos defense channels their Super Bowl run and Case Keenum throws it just well enough for the Broncos to squeak out a win in Cincy.
Week 14 – AT Los Angeles Chargers
Prediction: Chargers 28 Bengals 7 (7-6)
Summary: Our OL just flat out cant handle the pass rush of the Chargers, Melvin Gordon has a great game and the Bengals look like they are flat.
Week 15 – VS Las Vegas Raiders
Prediction: Bengals 31 Raiders 14 (8-6)
Summary: I think the Bengals come out angry about their sorry performance against the Chargers and blow the Raiders off the field. Mixon runs roughshod over them. The playoff hope is alive
Week 16 – AT Cleveland Browns
Prediction: Browns 24 Bengals 21 (8-7)
Summary: The Browns get us in Cleveland behind a great performance by Baker Mayfield, who had recently taken over for Tyrod Taylor.
Week 17 – AT Pittsburgh Steelers
Prediction: Steelers 31 Bengals 7 (8-8)
Summary: The Bengals go to Pittsburgh needing a win and some help to win the wild card but it is clear from the jump that the pressure is too much for them and they completely flop. They finish the season .500 and out of the playoffs.
2018 Projection Summary
The Bengals are an improved team from the team that went 7-9 in 2017. We didn’t lose any key contributors save Andre Smith and Russell Bodine along the line (both were bad and needed to go) and we made some upgrades at our weaker positions. Still, our head coach doesn’t have the ability to maximize what he has in front of him and remains overall a career underachiever. We play better than we did last year but our deficiencies along the offensive line and in our linebacking corps prove too much to overcome to be a playoff team. We are yet again thrust into mediocrity but with just enough solid play and hope to keep the fans and the organization wondering if the current regime has what it takes to put us in the Super Bowl before our current roster window closes.
Note From The Writer
I want to thank everyone that took the time to read this. If anyone has any questions/comments/concerns please ask in the comments and I will try to shed more light if possible. Go Bengals!
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2018.06.30 13:42 rm_a 2018 Ultimate College Football Road Trip

2018 Ultimate College Football Road Trip

As a big fan of both college football and road trips, I set out to create a road trip that would allow one to attend as many college football games as possible in 2018.


The goal is simple: attend as many college football games in 2018 as possible. I aimed mainly for Division 1 teams, with a slight preference to G5 teams because I like them. Some D2/D3 conferences don't seem to have a schedule released, though this should have a minimal impact as the vast majority of D2/D3 games are on Saturdays. As we'll see later, there are a bunch of games that have TBD times that we'll need to work with. The assumption is each game lasts 3 and a half hours. All times are in Eastern Time to make time zones easier to deal with. Travel times and distrances are calculated on Google Maps, with the ability to make up a little time on the road if necessary.
For the purpose of this post, the games were chosen based on ability to travel by car (with one exception) or other ground methods of transportation. Leave your frequent flier card at home, we're putting the miles on your car. Since cars require maintenance, we also need to factor in oil changes, and routine maintenance at specific milestones.
Starting out, you will need a buddy to share driving with, a pillow (you aren't staying at hotels most nights, sorry), your passport, ample food, and a few many Red Bulls.

Game 1: Wednesday, August 22 6:00PM Muskingum Muskingum Fighting Muskies at Wittenberg Wittenberg Tigers (Scrimmage)

In all my research, it appears that this is the first college football game in 2018 between two different colleges in the US. We're starting out our adventures in Springfield, Ohio, midway between Dayton and Columbus, with a scrimmage between two D3 teams. A nice matchup before we get to full-fledged action.

Game 2: Saturday, August 26 Time TBD Duquesne Duquesne Dukes at UMass UMass Minutemen

Travel: 751 miles, 11 hrs 19 min
There's a number of games on the Saturday of "Week 0" but this will be the only time we see UMass play, and it's at home so we get to see the UMass Marching Band. They're better than the football team.
Time is TBD, however largely irrelevant. Other Saturdays this will not be the case.

Game 3: Thursday, August 30 6PM Ouachita Baptist Ouachita Baptist Tigers at Northwestern (OK) Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers

Travel: 1,679 miles, 24 hrs
We're watching some midweek GACtion, despite many other schools starting games up. Ouachita Baptist made the D2 playoffs last year, so this could be a good game. A couple hours away Oklahoma State is playing Missouri State, but we're taking this game instead because there won't be any untimed downs.

Game 4: Friday, August 31 9:30PM Colorado Colorado Buffaloes vs Colorado State Colorado State Rams (Denver, CO)

Travel: 522 miles, 7 hrs 51 min
Rocky Mountain Showdown under the lights. Get ready for our first double header in just a few hours.

Game 5: Saturday, September 1 12PM FAU Florida Atlantic Owls at Oklahoma Oklahoma Sooners

Travel: 697 miles, 9 hrs 57 min
Last night's game ended at 1AM (11PM local). This game kicks off at 12PM (11AM local), so we have time to get some gas in Kansas and try to find some food, but there's minimal time we're off the road. Lane Kiffin looks to extend his winning streak in one of the more exciting matchups of the weekend.

Game 6: Saturday, September 1 7PM Central Arkansas Central Arkansas Bears at Tulsa Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Travel: 127 miles, 2 hrs
While Joey Freshwater is hitting the bars, we're hitting the road. We have three and a half hours to make it to Tulsa. Central Arkansas was 10-2 last year and Tulsa was 2-10, so we could witness an FCS upset.

Game 7: Sunday, September 2 7:30PM Miami Miami Hurricanes vs LSU LSU Tigers (Arlington, TX)

Travel: 276 miles, 4 hrs 19 min
Opening weekend means bonus football. This is a primetime game so we have travel time to spare.

Game 8: Monday, September 3 8PM Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Hokies at Florida State Florida State Seminoles

Travel: 858 miles, 12 hrs 53 min
The only game on Labor Day is a matchup between ACC powerhouses in Tallahassee.

Game 9: Thursday, September 6 7PM Lincoln (MO) Lincoln University Blue Tigers at Missouri State Missouri State Bears

Travel: 818 miles, 13 hrs 11 min
FCS Missouri State takes on D2 Lincoln in this weeknight matchup. We're coming up on 6,000 miles and it isn't even the second Saturday of the season, so it's time for a tire rotation and oil change in Missouri.

Game 10: Friday, September 7 8PM TCU TCU Horned Frogs at SMU SMU Mustangs

Travel: 414 miles, 6 hrs 37 min
The Battle for the Iron Skillet continues for a 98th year in Dallas.

Game 11: Saturday, September 8 12PM Mississippi State Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kansas State Kansas State Wildcats

Travel: 494 miles, 7 hrs 24 min
Once again, we're driving on a Friday night. This week the trip is a bit shorter, only to Manhattan, Kansas for a SEC-Big 12 matchup. It just means more.

Game 12: Saturday, September 8 7PM Wyoming Wyoming Cowboys at Missouri Missouri Tigers

Travel: 249 miles, 3 hrs 49 min
We're keeping the SEC theme for our doubleheader, and we're also hauling ass. We need to make up 20 minutes on I-70 to make kickoff, but it'll be doable. We'll see how Wyoming does without Josh Allen, and how Drew Lock looks in his senior season.

Game 13: Thursday, September 13 7:30PM Boston College Boston College Eagles at Wake Forest Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Travel: 843 miles, 12 hrs 29 min
Boston College and Wake Forest battle it out in an ACC Atlantic matchup.

Game 14: Friday, September 14 7PM Georgia State Georgia State Panthers at Memphis Memphis Tigers

Travel: 652 miles, 9 hrs 47 min
Your 2025 National Champions look to pick up a win over a team towards the top of a Power 6 conference.

Game 15: Saturday, September 15 12PM Miami Miami Hurricanes at Toledo Toledo Rockets

Travel: 682 miles, 10 hrs
By this time we're used to traveling on Friday nights. This week we're going to a packed Glass Bowl in Toledo. How could we pass up a (likely) ranked P5 team visiting a G5 team?

Game 16: Saturday, Setember 15 4PM Eastern Kentucky Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Bowling Green Bowling Green Falcons

Travel: 25 miles, 28 min
One of the advantages of having your rival a half hour away is an intense rivalry game. In our case, it helps us complete our doubleheader. Toledo's cross division rival, Bowling Green, takes on FCS Eastern Kentucky as we arrive minutes before kickoff.

Game 17: Thursday, September 20 7:30PM Tulsa Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Temple Temple Owls

Travel: 542 miles, 8 hrs 18 min
Tulsa travels to Philadelphia in a cross division AAC matchup.

Game 18: Friday, September 21 9PM Penn State Penn State Nittany Lions at Illinois Illinois Fighting Illini

Travel: 769 miles, 11 hrs 49 min
Penn State night games are nice, except this one is in Champaign so there's no whiteout. Lovie Smith looks for his first big win for the Illini.

Game 19: Saturday, September 22 12PM Shepherd Shepherd Rams at West Virginia State West Virginia State Yellow Jackets

Travel: 428 miles, 6 hrs 42 min
We're off to West Virginia for some noon D2 football. It's that time of the year where times are still TBD, so we're seeing games where times have already been announced – mostly lower division. Another possible doubleheader (depending on game times) is: Michigan State Michigan State Spartans at Indiana Indiana Hoosiers, WKU Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Ball State Ball State Cardinals, Boston College Boston College Eagles at Purdue Purdue Boilermakers (noon)

Game 20: Saturday, September 22 7PM NC State NC State Wolfpack at Marshall Marshall Thundering Herd

Travel: 41 miles, 46 min
It's the third week in a road where we're watching a P5 travel to a G5. I could get used to this. We Are!

Game 21*: Sunday, September 23 4:30PM Fort Valley State Fort Valley State Wildcats at Benedict Benedict College

Travel: 403 miles, 6 hrs 23 min
This game intrigues me. While searching D2 schedules, I came across this game scheduled for a Sunday. It's the only Sunday game I have seen besides Miami vs LSU on Labor Day weekend. ESPN has this game listed on their site for Sunday, as do the two colleges. Benedict's press release lists the game on Saturday, Fort Valley State does not have a press release for the schedule. Did an intern transpose the date incorrectly? Do we actually have Sunday football? Regardless, we're heading to Columbia, SC in search of Sunday college football.

Game 22: Thursday, September 27 8PM North Carolina North Carolina Tarheels at Miami Miami Hurricanes

Travel: 627 miles, 8 hrs 41 min
Our third time watching Miami play, but first time we see them at home. Another tire rotation and oil change are in order before we head to Friday's game.

Game 23: Friday, September 28 8PM Memphis Memphis Tigers at Tulane Tulane Golden Wave

Travel: 852 miles, 11 hrs 38 min
The only other D1 games this Friday at in the northeast or Colorado. Tulane is the closest, so we're off to the Big Easy.

Game 24: Saturday, September 29 1PM Morehead State Morehead State Eagles at Butler Butler Bulldogs

Travel: 827 miles, 11 hrs 38 min
It's the second day in a row of a nearly 12 hour drive, but a schedule full of TBD times has us watching some non-scholarship football in Indianapolis.
Another possible doubleheader is a bunch of home games in North Carolina. Two of these games are bound to have kickoff times that allow a doubleheader: South Alabama South Alabama Jaguars at Appalachian State Appalachian State Mountaineers, Rice Rice Owls at Wake Forest Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Hokies at Duke Duke Blue Devils, Virginia Virginia Cavaliers at NC State NC State Wolfpack, Old Dominion Old Dominion Monarchs at ECU East Carolina Pirates.

Game 25: Saturday, September 29 7:30PM Stanford Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Travel: 137 miles, 2 hrs 24 min
We're cutting it close, getting to South Bend about a half hour before kickoff. It'll be one of two #Pac12AfterDark games this trip.

Game 26: Thursday, October 4 8PM Tulsa Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Houston Houston Cougars

Travel: 1,147 miles, 17 hrs 24 min
I originally had this day as Georgia State Georgia State at Troy Troy, but Houston has a semi-new stadium that is worth checking out. Fear not, Troy fans, we'll see the Trojans in a few weeks.

Game 27: Friday, October 5 7PM Georgia Tech Georgie Tech Yellow Jackets at Louisville Louisville Cardinals

Travel: 955 miles, 14 hrs 32 min
We're headed back north for a Friday night ACC matchup.

Game 28: Saturday, October 6 12PM McMurry McMurry Warhawks at Belhaven Belhaven Blazers

Travel: 588 miles, 8 hrs 23 min
And we're going back down south for a noon kickoff in Jackson, MS between D3 schools.

Game 29: Saturday, October 7 7PM UAB UAB Blazers at Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Travel: 155 miles, 2 hrs 14 min
There's a number of D1 games within a couple hours of Jackson on October 7, but only this one has a kickoff time. Any of the following games would work with a 7PM kickoff or later: Connecticut UConn at Memphis Memphis, ULM ULM at Ole Miss Ole Miss, Auburn Auburn at Mississippi State Mississippi State.

Game 30: Tuesday, October 9 8PM Appalachian State Appalachian State Mountaineers at Arkansas State Arkansas State Red Wolves

Travel: 301 miles, 4 hrs 58 min
It's the thirtieth game of the trip and finally a Tuesday game - we've seen a game on every day of the week! After the long drives to the previous games, a 5 hour drive is nothing.

Game 31: Thursday, October 11 7:30PM Georgia Southern Georgia Southern Eagles at Texas State Texas State Bobcats

Travel: 672 miles, 9 hrs 54 min
Our Sun Belt drought was snapped last game, and now we're watching a second Sun Belt game in three days.

Game 32: Friday, October 12 7PM USF USF Bulls at Tulsa Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Travel: 483 miles, 7 hrs 23 min
We're at around 18,000 miles less than two months in, so before the game the car's getting another oil change, tire rotation, and whatever else it needs. It's our fourth time seeing Tulsa, and second time at Chapman Stadium. The Tulsa football team is getting a little creeped out.

Game 33: Saturday, October 13 1PM UAB UAB Blazers at Rice Rice Owls

Travel: 505 miles, 7 hrs 31 min
We're seeing UAB in back to back weekends as they take on Rice in Houston.

Game 34: Saturday, October 13 7PM Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at UTSA UTSA Roadrunners

Travel: 197 miles, 2 hrs 47 min
We're also seeing Louisiana Tech in back to back weekends as well. The 7PM kickoff means that we need to make up 17 minutes on I-10.

Game 35: Thursday, October 18 9PM Stanford Stanford Cardinal at Arizona State Arizona State Sun Devils

Travel: 982 miles, 14 hrs 9 min
Finally. We've been traveling across the eastern half of the United States and finally we have made it out west. My original plan was home games at Arkansas State Arkansas State, Pennsylvania Penn, Bucknell Bucknell, and Morgan State Morgan State (shoutout to the Magnificent Marching Machine), but game times were updated since I originally planned it out so we're headed west. We're watching some real #Pac12AfterDark.

Game 36: Friday, October 19 9PM Colorado State Colorado State Rams at Boise State Boise State Broncos

Travel: 928 miles, 14 hrs 32 min
There's a Friday night game in Las Vegas, Air Force Air Force at UNLV UNLV, however my experience with the residents of Boise makes the extra 10 hour drive through nothingness in Nevada absolutely worth it. After the game, we won't have time to go to the bars with the Boise locals because we have a long drive to make

Game 37: Saturday, October 20 4PM Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags at Occidental Occidental Tigers

Travel: 842 miles, 13 hrs 57 min
We're taking the long overnight drive from Boise to watch a D3 matchup in the oldest college football stadium in Los Angeles. No time for sleeping after the game - we have another game to catch.

Game 38: Saturday, October 20 10:30PM San José State San Jose State Spartans at San Diego State San Diego State Aztecs

Travel: 125 miles, 2 hrs 9 min
To my surprise the drive from LA to San Diego leaves nearly an hour to account for traffic, time to park the car, and a graceful walk to the stadium for a #MWCAfterMidnight game.

Game 39: Tuesday, October 23 8PM Troy Troy Trojans at South Alabama South Alabama Jaguars

Travel: 1,930 miles, 28 hrs
It's a good thing there's no Monday games.

Game 40: Thursday, October 25 7PM Baylor Baylor Bears at West Virginia West Virginia Mountaineers

Travel: 937 miles, 14 hrs 13 min
We've almost hit the halfway mark in our journey, and what better way to celebrate it than with Country Roads and couch burning. I love Morgantown.

Game 41: Friday, October 26 8PM Indiana Indiana Hoosiers at Minnesota Minnesota Golden Gophers

Travel: 934 miles, 14 hrs 31 min
We'll get another oil change and tire rotation before this Big Ten matchup. We've put another 6,500 miles on the car in exactly 2 weeks.

Game 42: Saturday, October 27 12PM Charleston (WV) Charleston Golden Eagles at Notre Dame (OH) Notre Dame Falcons

Travel: 763 miles, 11 hrs 43 min
Not that Notre Dame. This Notre Dame is located outside Cleveland, Ohio.

Game 43: Saturday, October 27 7PM Walsh Walsh Cavaliers at Findlay Findlay Oilers

Travel: 158 miles, 2 hrs 23 min
This game was originally Navy Navy at Notre Dame Notre Dame, but duffman13jws corrected me that the game was actually in San Diego. We can't get across the country that fast.

Game 44: Tuesday, October 30 8PM Miami (OH) Miami Redhawks at Buffalo Buffalo Bulls

Travel: 326 miles, 5 hrs 4 min
Put your passport away, we're going through Ohio and Pennsylvania to get to Buffalo. But keep it handy, we'll need it later.

Game 45: Wednesday, October 31 7:30PM Ball State Ball State Cardinals at Toledo Toledo Rockets

Travel: 318 miles, 5 hrs 4 min
5 hours back the way we just came. And there was a Tuesday night game only half an hour away at Bowling Green State University, but we decided to drive to Buffalo. Isn't this fun?

Game 46: Thursday, November 1 7PM Ohio Ohio Bobcats at Western Michigan Western Michigan Broncos

Travel: 155 miles, 2 hrs 27 min
It's our third MAC game in a row, but we aren't complaining because our other option was to drive down to see the National Champion UCF UCF Knights all the way in Orlando.

Game 47: Friday, November 2 7:30PM Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Panthers at Virginia Virginia Cavaliers

Travel: 678 miles, 10 hrs 53 min
We can make all the jokes in the world about the quality of this football game, but Virginia's basketball team was bowl eligible last year and their basketball team had the #1 seed in the men's basketball tournament. We'll celebrate their successes by visiting Charlottesville.

Game 48: Saturday, November 3 12PM Air Force Air Force Falcons at Army Army Black Nights

Travel: 389 miles, 6 hrs 31 min
No college football bucket list is complete without a visit to West Point for game day. We even left time to check out Highland Falls and to tailgate on Buffalo Soldier Field.

Game 49: Saturday, November 3 5PM Framingham State Framingham State Rams at Western Connecticut Western Connecticut Colonials

Travel: 54 miles, 1 hr 6 min
A jump across the Hudson, and we're at the second game of our doubleheader for this weekend - a D3 matchup in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Game 50: Tuesday, November 6 7:30PM Kent State Kent State Golden Flashes at Buffalo Buffalo Bulls

Travel: 391 miles, 6 hrs 13 min
Back to the track stadium to watch some Tuesday night MACtion.

Game 51: Wednesday, November 7 TBD Ohio Ohio Bobcats at Miami (OH) Miami Redhawks

Travel: 450 miles, 7 hrs 8 min
Battle of the Bricks on a Wednesday night.

Game 52: Thursday, November 8 7:30PM Wake Forest Wake Forest Demon Deacons at NC State NC State Wolfpack

Travel: 538 miles, 8 hrs 49 min
It's November which means a game a day except for Sundays and Mondays, thanks to the NFL. Luckily all the games are at night or else we'd be pulling doubleheaders.

Game 53: Friday, November 9 7PM Louisville Louisville Cardinals at Syracuse Syracuse Orange

Travel: 649 miles, 10 hrs 2 min
You won't need your passport to get into the Cuse Nation for this trap game. Syracuse has won 6 of their last 7 Friday home games, including two against ranked opponents.

Game 54: Saturday, November 10 2PM Centre Centre Colonels at Birmingham-Southern Birmingham Southern Panthers

Travel: 1,043 miles, 15 hrs 45 min
It's a long trip, but it's going to be slightly shorter since we need to make up 15 minutes on the road. Our next game is slightly less of a drive.

Game 55: Saturday, November 10 7:30PM Southern Miss Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at UAB UAB Blazers

Travel 1 mile, 5 min
Yes, you could walk it. No, you won't want to walk it. We're driving. Our overnight drive to Alabama has us at around 7,000 miles since our last trip to the shop, so we're back for an oil change, tire rotation, and a 30,000 mile service. In three months we've more than doubled the miles the average American drives in a year.

Game 56: Tuesday, November 13 6PM Western Michigan Western Michigan Broncos at Ball State Ball State Cardinals

Travel: 538 miles, 8 hrs 5 min
We're off to see some Tuesday night MACtion. We'll stay at Garry Gergich's timeshare in Muncie after the game. Or was his name Jerry? Larry, maybe?

Game 57: Wednesday, November 14 TBD Miami (OH) Miami Redhawks at Northern Illinois Northern Illinois Huskies

Travel: 290 miles, 4 hrs 39 min
More MACtion - this time in DeKalb. We've experienced MACtion in all five states.

Game 58: Thursday, November 15 9:30PM FAU Florida Atlantic Owls at North Texas North Texas Mean Green

Travel: 938 miles, 13 hrs 55 min
We haven't come to the faU this road trip, and we won't, but we'll catch another Owls road game.

Game 59: Friday, November 16 9PM Boise State Boise State Broncos at New Mexico New Mexico Lobos

Travel: 611 miles, 9 hrs 9 min
Yep, we're headed out west again. This time, we're seeing a game in New Mexico.

Game 60: Saturday, November 17 4PM Sacramento State Sacramento State Hornets at UC Davis UC Davis Aggies

Travel: 1,098 miles, 16 hrs 38 min
Ok, I know this is a huge stretch. We need to make this drive in 15 hrs 30 minutes. The speed limit on I-40 is 75mph, so I guess we're going 85.

Game 61: Saturday, November 17 10:30PM San Diego State San Diego State Aztecs at Fresno State Fresno State Bulldogs

Travel: 187 miles, 2 hrs 55 min
It's a hell of a day, I know. This #MWCAfterMidnight game kicks off 3 hours after the Aggies game ends.

Game 62: Tuesday, November 20 7PM Ball State Ball State Cardinals at Miami (OH) Miami Redhawks

Travel: 2,301 miles, 34 hrs
We're headed back to Oxford for our fourth Miami game. We got an oil change and tire rotation a week ago, but a trip to California put another 6,000 miles on the car so we get that taken care of here.

Game 63: Thursday, November 22 3:30PM Colorado State Colorado State Rams at Air Force Air Force Falcons

Travel: 1,172 miles, 17 hrs 38 min
We're skipping the Egg Bowl Egg Bowl to see another game at a service academy. Happy Thanksgiving!

Game 64: Friday, November 23 12PM Texas Texas Longhorns at Kansas Kansas Jayhawks

Travel: 551 miles, 8 hrs 10 min
So Black Friday has a few games that could allow for double headers, mostly in the Ohio region. But we don't have game times yet, so we have to pick a game. Texas hasn't lost to Kansas since....2016.

Game 65: Saturday, November 24 1PM Old Dominion Old Dominion Monarchs at Rice Rice Owls

Travel: 764 miles, 11 hrs 30 min
It's the last day of the regular season for the vast majority of teams, and we're headed to Texas.

Game 66: Saturday, November 24 7PM North Texas North Texas Mean Green at UTSA UTSA Roadrunners

Travel: 197 miles, 2 hrs 57 min
Out of all of our times that we need to make up time on the road, this could be the hardest. We need to cut off half an hour of a three hour drive. It means going 80mph down I-10. Yikes.

Game 67: Friday, November 30 7PM MAC MAC Championship (Detroit, MI)

Travel: 1,457 miles, 21 hrs 40 min
It's conference championship time and we aren't done watching MACtion. Too bad it isn't on a Tuesday night. The MAC is the only G5 conference to have a neutral site for the championship.

Game 68: Saturday, December 1 8PM Big Ten Big Ten Championship (Indianapolis, IN)

Travel: 301 miles, 4 hrs 38 min
These drives are getting better, after the November we had.

Game 69: Saturday, December 8 3PM Army Army Black Knights vs Navy Navy Midshipmen (Philadelphia, PA)

Travel: 650 miles, 10 hrs 17 min
There's D2 and D3 playoffs going on, but times and locations are TBD. It's time to watch America's Game.

Game 70: Saturday, December 15 12PM Celebration Bowl Celebration Bowl (MEAC MEAC vs SWAC SWAC - Atlanta, GA)

Travel: 794 miles, 12 hrs 22 min
The Celebration Bowl is the de facto National Championship for FCS HBCU schools, and the beginning of our first double header in nearly a month.

Game 71: Saturday, December 15 5:30PM Camellia Bowl Camellia Bowl (Sun Belt Sun Belt vs MAC MAC - Montgomery, AL)

Travel: 162 miles, 2 hrs 19 min
Our first FBS Bowl of the season and we are flying down I-85 to make it to Montgomery in time. Another 6,000 miles has elapsed - we get the oil change and tire rotation after the game.

Game 72: Tuesday, December 18 7PM Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton Bowl (American American vs Conference USA C-USA - Boca Raton, FL)

Travel: 645 miles, 9 hrs 46 min
Ok, I lied above. I guess technically we are coming to the faU, but unless the Owls get a second home bowl game in a row, we won't see Mr. Freshwater.

Game 73: Wednesday, December 19 8PM Frisco Bowl Frisco Bowl (American American vs At Large - Frisco, TX)

Travel: 1,325 miles, 18 hrs 41 min
We're stuck with the long drive since there's only one bowl game. The Frisco Bowl is only a year old, and is held in a soccer stadium.

Game 74: Thursday, December 20 8PM Gasparilla Bowl Gasparilla Bowl (American American vs ACC ACC/Conference USA C-USA - Tampa, FL)

Travel: 1,130 miles, 16 hrs 36 min
Back to Florida for the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. At least this year it's in a football stadium.

Game 75: Friday, December 21 12:30PM Bahamas Bowl Bahamas Bowl (MAC MAC vs Conference USA C-USA - Nassau, Bahamas)

Travel: 22 miles, 40 min
Here's the biggest stretch of them all. There's two bowl games on this day - in Boise and the Bahamas. There is not a snowball's chance in hell we can go from Tampa to Boise in 16 hours - we'd have to be going over double the speed limit. Rather than take a day off we're going to the Bahamas. We'll drive to Tampa International Airport, conveniently located right next to the Gasparilla Bowl. Our passport is finally being used!
Our flight is Delta 1872, leaving TPA at 6:30AM on Saturday morning. With a 38 minute layover in ATL, we land at NAS at 10:45AM. After getting a rental and making the 14 km (9 mile) drive to Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, we're ready to watch the game.
With a 12:30 kickoff, we expect to have the game end at 4pm. Add in our 16 min drive back to the airport, it's 4:16pm. The last flight that gets us back to TPA in time for us to make our next game is Jet Blue flight B6 2394, leaving NAS at 7:05pm. Most websites that I see suggest arriving at NAS about 3 hrs prior to an international flight, so we're cutting it close but can still make the flight. After a 2 hour layover in FLL, Spirit flight NK 574 gets us back to Tampa at 11:20pm. If somebody tells you the Bahamas is not a day trip, we just proved them wrong.

Game 76: Saturday, December 22 12PM Birmingham Bowl Birmingham Bowl (American American vs SEC SEC - Birmingham, AL)

Travel: 569 miles, 8 hrs, 55 min
Spirit Airlines is well known for delayed flights, so luckily we have a ~3 and a half hour cushion between our expected arrival at TPA to when we need to leave to drive to Birmingham.

Game 77: Saturday, December 22 7PM Dollar General Mobile Bowl Mobile Bowl (Sun Belt Sun Belt vs MAC MAC - Mobile, AL)

Travel: 260 miles, 3 hrs 44 min
We've had little rest in the last week - nearly everything has been back to back and this bowl game is no different. We need to make up 14 minutes on the road, but by now we're pros at speeding. Unfortunately, it's our last Saturday double header.

Game 78: Wednesday, December 26 1:30PM Heart of Dallas Bowl Heart of Dallas Bowl (Big Ten Big Ten vs ACC ACC/Conference USA C-USA - Dallas, TX)

Travel: 584 miles, 9 hrs
We get a few days off, but we're back on the road for our final stretch.

Game 79: Thursday, December 27 1:30PM Independence Bowl Independence Bowl (SEC SEC vs ACC ACC/Notre Dame Notre Dame - Shreveport, LA)

Travel: 182 miles, 2 hrs 37 min
It's the shortest travel we've had between games in nearly two weeks.

Game 80: Thursday, December 27 9PM Texas Bowl Texas Bowl (SEC SEC vs Big 12 Big 12 - Houston, TX)

Travel: 239 miles, 4 hrs 2 min
Are you kidding me? A double header on a Thursday with no time to spare between games?

Game 81: Friday, December 28 9PM Alamo Bowl Alamo Bowl (Big 12 Big 12 vs Pac-12 Pac 12 - San Antonio, TX)

Travel: 199 miles, 2 hrs 58 min
Coming off a double header, I tried to find a way to make a double double header with the three games being played, but unfortunately we can't make either of the other games.

Game 82: Saturday, December 29 1PM Arizona Bowl Arizona Bowl (Mountain West Mountain West vs Sun Belt Sun Belt - Tuscon, AZ)

Travel: 870 miles, 12 hrs 8 min
Just when you thought the long drives were over, we’re driving to Tuscon. We've seen every other G5 conference play in a bowl game besides the Mountain West, so we’re skipping the playoff games. We get our last oil change and tire rotation of our journey, and a 50,000 mile service. We haven't driven 50,000 miles yet though, we're only at 49,564.

Game 83: Monday, December 31 3PM Foster Farms San Francisco Bowl San Francisco Bowl (Big Ten Big Ten vs Pac-12 Pac 12 - Santa Clara, CA)

Travel: 832 miles, 12 hrs 24 min
Knowing that we neglected the Pac 12 a lot during the regular season, we’re hitting up all of the bowl games now. We’ll see a total of 3 Pac 12 teams in 5 days.

Game 84: Tuesday, January 1 5PM Rose Bowl Rose Bowl (Big Ten Big Ten vs Pac-12 Pac 12 - Pasadena, CA)

Travel: 346 miles, 5 hrs 7 min
5 hours later we’re in Pasadena. We've now seen as many games as Rutgers Kansas plays in seven seasons, but we're not done yet. There's one game left.

Game 85: Monday, January 7 8PM College Football Playoff CFP National Championship (Santa Clara, CA)

Travel: 347 miles, 5 hrs 7 min
Hooray! We’re made it. We turn around and head back to Santa Clara for the last game of our long season. Despite what the Nevada Dental Association says about UCF, this National Championship goes in the record books.


We watched 85 games. 1 was a scrimmage, 66 were regular season games, 4 were Championships (including the Celebration Bowl), and 14 were bowl games.
Excluding bowl games, we have seen 74 different FBS teams. The conference we saw the least was the SEC, where was saw three teams once. We saw teams from the MAC the most - 18 times, but the ACC had the most number of unique teams - 12.
Conference Team
ACC Miami (3), Louisville (2), Wake Forest (2), NC State (2), Virginia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Boston College
American Tulsa (4), Memphis (2), Navy, Tulane, USF, Houston, SMU, Temple
Big 12 Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State, Texas, Kansas, West Virginia
Big Ten Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, Penn State
Conference USA UAB (3), Rice (2), UTSA (2), Louisiana Tech (2), North Texas (2), FAU (2), Marshall, Southern Miss, Old Dominion
FBS Independents Army (2), Notre Dame, UMass
MAC Miami (OH) (4), Ball State (3), Toledo (2), Buffalo (2), Ohio (2), Western Michigan (2), Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, Kent State
Mountain West Colorado State (3), San Diego State (2), Air Force (2), Boise State (2), San José State, Wyoming, New Mexico, Fresno State
Pac-12 Stanford (2), Arizona State, Colorado
SEC LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri
Sun Belt Georgia State, Appalachian State, South Alabama, Georgia Southern, Texas State, Arkansas State, Troy
In the FCS, we saw 8 teams, no more than two teams from a single conference.
Conference Team
Big Sky Sacramento State, UC Davis
Missouri Valley Missouri State
Northeast Duquesne
Ohio Valley Eastern Kentucky
Pioneer Butler, Morehead State
Southland Central Arkansas
In Division 2, we saw 11 teams.
Conference Team
GAC Northwestern (OK), Ouachita Baptist
GLVC Lincoln (MO)
G-MAC Walsh, Findlay
MEC Charleston (WV), Notre Dame (OH), Shepherd, West Virginia State
SIAC Benedict, Fort Valley State
In Division 3, we saw 10 teams
Conference Team
ASC Belhaven, McMurry
MASCAC Framingham State, Western Connecticut,
NCAC Wittenberg
OAC Muskingum
SAA Birmingham-Southern, Centre
SCIAC Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Occidental
We saw a double header 16 times, and despite my best efforts I could not find a single triple header, though I am convinced one exists. If you find one, I am very interested in knowing when/where.

The Route

We drove 50,868 miles in 31 days, 22 hours, and 50 minutes according to the GPS, excluding any time we made up. Over a month was spent purely driving. At 35 mpg on the highway and $2.85 a gallon for gas, we spent over $4,000 just on gas. We also changed the oil a number of times, got some other maintenance, and rented a car in the Bahamas.
We traveled through all but 14 states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Of the states that we visited, Oregon, Wisconsin, Nevada, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware we did not see a game in. If the Sunday game at Benedict College is actually an error, South Carolina is added to this list.
You can access the map here. Some locations I used the campus rather than the football stadium for, and the mileage is ~100 miles different than the individual destination to destination totals that I used Google Maps for. It also does not include our trip to the Bahamas. But it gives a general sense as to what our route was.
We saw a football game in every FBS stadium in New York, West Virginia, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Idaho, and Arizona (though we never saw the Wildcats, they host a bowl game).
OptiMap does not show the distribution by state, but we saw the most games in Texas.
The fastest trip was Birmingham-Southern Birmingham Southern to UAB UAB Blazers - 1 mile
The longest trip was Fresno State Fresno State to Miami (OH) Miami - 2,301 miles
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2018.04.26 04:20 Evmaw666 Looking for options with lowering of prices and ryzen 2xxx releases

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.

This pc will be used for playing computer games(ie pubg, dragonball fighterz, dragonball xenoverse 2 and a variety of others), rendering 3d models in Autodesk Programs such as revit, as well as casual usage and video streaming

What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?

When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.

What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)

Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?

If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.

Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?

Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)

Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?

Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?

If possible i would like a build that utilizes new 2000 series ryzen processors if possible :
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2018.04.24 19:11 patriotsfan543 2018 /r/MLBDraft Mod Mock 1.0

Hey everyone, so we as the moderators decided to put together our own mock with write-ups!. Unfortunately due to the fact that we decided to include the write ups and we all lead busy lives we had delay after delay. So what this means is this mock is out of date as we did it about 3 weeks ago. But even with this, I felt like I should still post as the write-ups can make it easier for you guys to learn a little more about the kids.
1 Detroit Tigers: LHP Shane McClanahan, South Florida
The Tigers have their pick of the litter in this very strong pitching class. They take the best lefty in the class. McClanahan has a 3.22 ERA s far on the year, and has 84 strikeouts through 50 IP. His draft stock has taken a pretty big hit and it now seems like Mize is the favorite to go 1.1.
2 San Francisco Giants: RHP Casey Mize, Auburn
The Giants get their decision basically made for them, Mize has been discussed a lot about going 1-1 and very well may. At Auburn so far Mize has a 2.00 ERA and 7-1 record, along with 86 K over 63 IP. Mize also tossed a no-hitter back in March. Giants would be happy with Mize falling to them.
3 Philadelphia Phillies: 3B Nolan Gorman, O'Connor HS (AZ)
Gorman goes pretty high here compared to the consensus, but there is a lot to like about him. He is a lefty hitter with a lot of power in the bat. He displayed his power in summer ball. There are a few concerns with Gorman and that is he may not stick at 3B and there are some holes in his swing so he may strikeout at a higher rate. For these reasons he may drop from here, but the power is undeniable.
4 Chicago White Sox: RHP Ethan Hankins , Forsyth Central HS (GA)
Probably the best prep pitcher in this class, Ethan Hankins is taken by the White Sox to supplement that already stacked farm. Hankins had an injury scare(shoulder) earlier this spring, but is back on the mound and seems to be healthy. Hankins has a good frame, standing at 6’6’ 200 lbs, and his fastball can reach the high-90s. Might even go higher than 4 come draft day.
5 Cincinnati Reds: LHP Matt Liberatore, Mountain Ridge HS (AZ)
The best lefty prep pitcher of the class is Matthew Liberatore and he plays in the same state as Nolan Gorman, not too far from each other. Liberatore has a three pitch mix: FB, CB, CH and all three are quality pitches, a rarity from a prep pitcher. He sits in the low-90s, but can reach mid-90s pretty often. Liberatore is an interesting prospect because he’s a high schooler, but there isn’t a ton of projection there. Could rise through the ranks pretty quickly.
6 New York Mets: RHP Brady Singer, Florida
The Mets could potentially get a pretty big steal here at #6. Brady Singer was the consensus #1 pick for 2018 dating back to last year, but the consensus has changed. It’s not entirely Singer’s fault, the prospects ahead of him have really jumped out. Singer has had a pretty solid spring, albeit with a few clunkers in there, but even when he struggles he still racks up the K’s. Singer could definitely go higher than 6, but the Mets would love if he falls here.
7 San Diego Padres: OF Travis Swaggerty, South Alabama
Besides having an 80 grade name, Swaggerty has some other tools. Swaggerty is a junior at South Alabama and is having a solid year. He has a .314 BA with 9 HR. Swaggerty has the speed and power combination that everyone loves and projects to be a top of the order bat. 7th may be a bit high for Swaggerty, but he’s having a solid spring so far.
8 Atlanta Braves: C Joey Bart, Georgia Tech
Joey Bart is by far the best catching prospect in this draft and maybe the best catching prospect in a while. He is hitting .357 with 11 home runs at Georgia Tech so far this season. He has the bat, but he also has the defense to go along with it. Despite being rather large for a catcher at 6’3”/225 he can move well behind the plate and has a cannon of an arm. Braves would love to get him here after all the top pitchers come off the board.
9 Oakland Athletics: 2B Nick Madrigal, Oregon State
Nick Madrigal could end up going higher than 9, but an injury suffered early in the season has kept him out of action.
10 Pittsburgh Pirates: LHP Ryan Rolison, Mississippi
Rolison is a the 2nd best lefty in this draft and is going to an organization with a strong affinity for pitching. With the right adjustments, Rolison could be the #2 guy on your staff.
11 Baltimore Orioles: SS Nander de Sedas, Montverde Academy
De Sedas is a switch-hitting SS with a good hitting ability. Problem a lot of people have with him is his ability(or lack thereof) to stick at SS and he might have to move to 3B. Rankings have been all over the place with him, some have him top 10 and some have him outside top 50.
12 Toronto Blue Jays: 1B Triston Casas, American Heritage HS
In the past, drafting a 1B this early was considered to be a bad pick, however with the success of guys like Freddie Freeman, Bellinger, etc, teams are now more willing to take a chance. Casas has great power from the left side, perhaps the best of all the high school players in this draft. While he’s likely a 1B only guy, if he keeps hitting it won’t matter.
13 Miami Marlins: SS Brice Turang, Santiago HS
The Marlins are getting a potential steal with Turang at 13. He’s got extremely strong tools that will make any scout dream big, all while staying at short.
14 Seattle Mariners: OF Tristan Pompey, Kentucky
Pompey has a lot of raw tools at his disposal and there’s a lot to like about this kid. He is hitting .349 on the season at Kentucky. I think Mid-1st round is a good prediction as of now for him.
15 Texas Rangers: 3B Alec Bohm, Wichita State
Alec Bohm at 15 is a dream for the Rangers. Bohm can just hit, and he can do it with good defense at 3B. Anyone who drafts him is getting a solid player, and he’ll move up quickly too. Recent mocks have him as high as #2.
16 Tampa Bay Rays: RHP Kumar Rocker, North Oconee HS (GA)
The Rays are getting a prep arm with a lot of upside with Rocker. They’re saying he’s a tough start which makes it seem a little unlikely the Rays will pick him, however. Rocker is a little raw but when he harnesses it, watch out.
17 Los Angeles Angels: RHP Jackson Kowar, Florida
Kowar could be 1 of 3 Gators to be drafted in the 1st round. Kowar has a 2.70 ERA so far this season as the Gators’ Saturday starter. He sits in low 90s and has a very good changeup and his curve is his third pitch that is developing.
18 Kansas City Royals: RHP Mason Denaburg, Merritt Island HS (FL)
Denaburg is a prep pitcher who sits in low to mid 90s with a plus curveball and an average change. Was shut down 2 weeks ago with biceps tendinitis, but they don’t believe it’s a serious issue. Can also play at Catcher, but is a better RHP.
19 St. Louis Cardinals: 1B Luken Baker, TCU
Unfortunately Luken Baker suffered a broken bone in his leg running the bases and is out for the forseeable future. His draft stock is going to tank and it could be a possibility he returns to TCU for his senior year.
20 Minnesota Twins: OF Jarred Kelenic, Waukesha West HS (WI)
Kelenic has been rumored to go 1-1 with the Tigers. Kelenic is a toolsy OF, but there are concerns whether or not he can stick to center. He has a good mix of contact and power. His speed is also no joke either.
21 Milwaukee Brewers: LHP Ryan Weathers, Loretto HS (TN)
Coming in at 6’2”, 225 lbs...Weathers is a big lefty. He has dominated the Tennessee HS baseball scene. He is a Vandy committ, but if he goes in 1st round seems like signability won’t be a huge issue.
22 Colorado Rockies: OF Trevor Larnach, Oregon State
Larnach is leading the Beavers in home runs with 12 on the season and is hitting a .341 clip. The lefty outfielder is having a good year...may be able to get himself in the mid-1st, but here seems to be where he’s been going in mocks.
23 New York Yankees: LHP Konnor Pilikington , Mississippi State
The Yankees love their college arms in the 1st round(Kaprielian, Schmidt) and if there is one thing their farm is lacking it is left-handed pitchers. Pilkington seems like a perfect fit here.
24 Chicago Cubs: 1B Greyson Jenista, Wichita State
Only behind fellow Shocker Alec Bohm, Jenista is 2nd on the team with a .311 avg and 2nd on the team behind Bohm again in home runs(7).
25 Arizona Diamondbacks: C Will Banfield, Brookwood HS (GA)
Banfield is pretty much the consensus #2 catcher behind Bart...may end up going higher due to position scarcity.
26 Boston Red Sox: RHP Carter Stewart
Carter Stewart has gotten rave reviews for his curveball; Baseball America has it at a 3,826 average RPM. His curveball might be one of the single best pitches of any potential draftee. He’s only a high school guy as well, so there’s a lot of projection still left.
27 Washington Nationals, LHP Tim Cate, UCONN
28 Houston Astros, SS Jeremy Eierman, Missouri State
29 Cleveland Indians, RHP Logan Gilbert, Stetson
30 Los Angeles Dodgers, 3B Jon India, Florida
32 Tampa Bay Rays(Comp for Alex Cobb), 1B Seth Beer, Clemson
32 Tampa Bay Rays(Comp for Drew Rasmussen), RHP Mike Vasil, BC High
31 Kansas City Royals(Comp for Lorenzo Cain) OF Joe Gray Jr., Hattiesburg HS
33 Kansas City Royals(Comp for Eric Hosmer), C Noah Naylor, Ontario
34 Cleveland Indians(Comp for Carlos Santana)RHP Sean Hjelle, Kentucky
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2017.12.21 14:00 xaricx Build me a PC for a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

Maybe this request is a little unique from the typical posts... First, I am an IT professional, but don't stay up-to-date so much on current hardware. I want a new DAW for a small home recording studio. As such, my requirements may differ than other builds:
~$800+, totally flexible
Windows 10 Pro, already have it
Tampa, FL
Looking forward to what this community recommends ...
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2017.03.03 12:54 GipsySafety 32 Teams/32 Days: Day 17: The Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders

Division : AFC West
Record : 12-4 (3-3 in Division) T-1st (lost on Head-to-Head tiebreaker)

Intro "Return to Greatness"

In 2015, the Raiders' record was 7-9. By objective measures that is a disappointment, but the Raiders' context and expectations were far below average. In 2015, the team in the midst of their reboot and were coming off a mere 11 wins over the past three seasons, many times looking closer to a Developmental League team than an NFL one.
The young Raiders team was competitive and fiery and started to give the Raider fans some true hope. They were led by true studs on each side of the ball in Khalil Mack and Derek Carr and while the talent level was improving, the Raiders roster was still thin and lacking substantial depth.
In 2016, Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie looked to address that. In contrast to previous years, McKenzie went out and opened up Mark Davis' checkbook and gave out $100M+ in total contract dollars to bring in some big name free agents players. The Big 4 were Bruce Irvin, Kelechi Osemele, Sean Smith, and Reggie Nelson.
Bolstered by the free agents, another solid draft class, another year of seasoned improvement by the team's young core, and a strong coaching hand, the Raiders in 2016 belied most expectations and made a 5-win jump from 7-9 to 12-4 and very nearly won the AFC West (losing out to the Chiefs on the head-to-head tiebreaker).
This was a fantastic season and will be remembered fondly by Raiders fans for many reasons
This team is built for the long run and while there will be some different challenges lying ahead (most notably paying the drafted Superstars' 2nd contracts), it is safe to say that the Silver and Black Are Back.

Statistics "Top 10 Offense, Opportunistic 10 Defense"

Stat Rank
Points 416 7
Yds 5973 6
TO 14 4
FL 7 7
1stD 333 13
Cmp 379
Att 596 9
Yds 4051 13
TD 29 8
Int 7 4
1stD 198
Att 434 11
Yds 1922 6
TD 17 6
1stD 98
Stats Rank
Points 385 20
Yds 6001 26
TO 30 2
FL 14 2
1stD 318 12
Cmp 328
Att 541 6
Yds 4120 24
TD 27 20
Int 16 9
1stD 188
Yds 1881 23
TD 18 25
1stD 94
You may expect a 12-4 team with a dynamic young QB and the Defensive Player of the Year to have dominant statistics. But the 2016 Oakland Raiders were mostly statistical lopsided.
The offense was Top-10 :
  • 6th in Total Yards, 7th in Points Scored
and while you'd think that the Offense led by QB Derek Carr would be leading those stats, interesting how important the rushing attack was with
  • 13th in passing yards, 6th in rushing yards
  • 8th in passing TDs, 6th in rushing TDs
As good as the offense was, the defense was equally ineffective :
  • 26th in Yardage and 20th in Points Allowed
Despite being 12-4, their point differential was merely +31, just under 2pts per game. According to Pro Football Reference, the Expected W/L record is 8.7 - 7.3, which is more in line with many pre-season predictions (including my own).
There are two ways of looking at this, One for the Rabid RaiderNation and One for Everyone else :
Raider Nation
It's a textbook example of synergy, where the whole performs greater than the sum of the parts. Led by Coach Jack's perfect gambling, the Clutch offense, and the timely defense, the team won games when they should have lost.
Everyone Else
Outlier performances are notoriously dangerous to rely upon and in cases of substantial close games, chance plays an inordinate role. On balance, a season statistically similar to this with Fortune being less favorable could easily result in a drastically different win total.
Additional Stats

Draft "Build the Pipeline"

Draft Picks
Rnd. Pick Overall Player Pos. College Notes
1 14 14 Karl Joseph S West Virginia
2 13 44 Jihad Ward DE Illinois
3 12 75 Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State
4 2 100 Connor Cook QB Michigan State Trade up from 4.14
5 4 143 DeAndre Washington RB Texas Tech from Dallas (Brice Butler)
6 19 194 Cory James LB Colorado State from Indianapolis (Sio Moore)
7 13 234 Vadal Alexander G LSU
This was an interesting and strange draft class for Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders. Some big names show up as well as a few project picks. While the first round draft pick was expected to be a major contributor in year one, nearly all the rest of the draft picks were not expected to play major roles in their first year; most were developmental projects or role players.
This draft class provided only 2 serious positive contributors, Karl Joseph as a starting safety and DeAndre Washington as a 3rd down RB.
Shilique Calhoun made a transition from DE to OLB (backing up Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack) and while his struggles were painfully apparent, he was making visible progress until a minor knee surgery ended his season.
Jihad Ward was perhaps the largest disappointment. A fantastic physical specimen with tremendous upside, Ward was completely out of his depth, but because of DL injuries, he was forced into a starting role. Later, as the DL started to get healthy, Ward dropped on the depth chart and was eventually a healthy scratch in the Wild Card game.
Connor Cook was taken as the long term backup to Derek Carr. When he was pressed into duty in Week 17 v Denver's No Fly Zone and in the Wild Card game against Houston, Cook definitely looked like a rookie. At the same time, his positive qualities also flashed and he may prove to be quite a valuable player in time.
Cory James found playing time as a starter. While he had some early success, he also found himself out of position and overwhelmed.
Vadal Alexander rotated in as a backup lineman and occassional 6th OL in heavy sets.
While the draft itself was a bit of a disappointment, the rookie class was bolstered by a strong haul of Undrafted Free Agents.
Player Pos. College
Jalen Richard RB Southern Miss
Darius Latham DL Indiana
Denver Kirkland OL Arkansas
Johnny Holton WR Cincinnati
James Cowser DE Southern Utah
Branden Jackson DE Texas Tech
Antonio Hamilton CB South Carolina St
Ryan O'Malley TE Penn
Oni Omoile OL Iowa St
In his rookie year, RB Jalen Richard leapfrogged 5th round pick DeAndre Washington on the depth chart and quickly had Raider Nation envisioning a young Maurice Jones-Drew emerging.
Darius Latham flashed often in preseason and eventually won a key rotational position on the defensive line.
Denver Kirkland became an important part of the Raiders' rushing attack by winning the job as the 6th OL in the many "heavy" formations the team used.
Johnny Holton was relegated to the 5th WR and was only an occassional contributor, generally on the same end-around play. Despite a pedestrian 4.54s 40 yard time, his field-speed is impressive and he plays like a downfield burner.
James Cowser was a fan favorite, but a pre-season injury cost him a roster spot until late in the season when he was signed to replace injured Shilique Calhoun.
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Free Agents "Big Money, Big Players"

Reggie McKenzie's early years as Raiders' GM were marked by his frugality, much of it by necessity since the Raiders' cap situation were in dire straits. In 2016, McKenzie became more aggressive and he brought in a top-loaded free agent class with three big name, high priced free agents : Kelechi Osemele, Sean Smith, and Bruce Irvin.
Whereas in the past, McKenzie was looking for deals, in 2016, Big Reggie was ready to pay market price or even Set The Market with Mark Davis' checkbook to the tune of $140+M in contract dollars, but notably only $5M in Signing Bonus dollars.
Player Pos Yrs Total Signing Bonus Guar APY Score
Kelechi Osemele OG 5 58.5 0 25.4 11.7 10
Sean Smith CB 4 38 5 20 9.5 7
Bruce Irvin LB 4 37 0 19 9.25 10
Reggie Nelson S 2 8.5 0 4 4.25 7
Daren Bates ST/LB 1 0.675 0 0 0.675 9
Perry Riley Jr LB 1 0.76 0 0 0.76 8
Kelechi Osemele ("KO") was everything the Raiders could have hoped for, a dominant power at the LG position who instilled an identity to the offensive line.
Bruce Irvin was fantastic on defense, providing passion, energy, and performance. And not to be understated, he also provided Khalil Mack with a "Big Bro" presence.
Sean Smith was up-and-down and will mostly be remembered for surrendering a few highly visible big plays and being benched in Week 1, but overall he performed well. Still, for ~$10M APY, expectations are high.
Few players were as criticized as S Reggie Nelson. Often out of position, a step slow, and missing communication with the CBs. But he was also instrumental in wins and made some great plays. His team-leading 7 turnovers (5 ints, 2 fumble recoveries) are a bit misleading, but his best plays came at crucial times.
Daren Bates was a key special teamer and played well.
When starting Inside LB Ben Heeney was injured and backup rookie Cory James struggled, street Free Agent Perry Riley stepped in and immediately upgraded the run defense.
KO, Irvin, and Smith are long-term solutions and their true value to this team will be in their repeated and continuous performance over the next 4+ years.
Nelson, Bates, and Riley all played a part in the 12 wins, but none may end up being long term Raiders.
Roster churn is a way of life in the modern NFL and while the Raiders have locked up/are locking up their key core players, the team is looking at some decisions on a few of the supplementary players.
Name Pos Type Curr APY Need
Malcolm Smith LB UFA 3.5 7
Nate Allen S UFA 3.0 7
DJ Hayden CB UFA 2.6 9
Matthew McGloin QB UFA 2.6 0
Andre Holmes WR UFA 2.0 9
Menelik Watson RT UFA 1.2 7
Perry Riley ILB UFA 1.2 7
Jon Condo LS UFA 1.1 10
Daren Bates ST/LB UFA 0.9 8
Brynden Trawick S UFA 0.8 7
Denico Autry DE/DT RFA 0.6 8
Latavius Murray RB UFA 0.6 6
Mychal Rivera TE UFA 0.6 5
Stacy McGee DE/DT UFA 0.6 9
The biggest name on the list is RB Latavius Murray. He's a very good RB who is big strong, fast, agile, and has improved every year, but he also has some significant drawbacks, most notably that he does not play consistently to his size and that he tries to play "scatback" far too often. He will be testing free agency and seeing what his market is like. Hopefully the Raiders would be able to bring him back on a short term, medium-dollar deal, but another team may value him more than that.
Former #12 overall pick DJ Hayden has a terrible rep among Raiders' fans for his struggles in his first 3 years, but in the past year, he has improved dramatically and was an important player in the secondary. It will be very interesting to see what the market is for him and what Oakland deems is worth paying to keep him.
Menelik Watson was a 2nd round pick in 2013. He came into the league as an "Al Davis" player, ie., a remarkable big, strong, fast man who was more athlete than football player. He has shown flashes of being a great RT and possibly a very good LT, but devastating injuries in every season have prevented him from realizing any consistent growth. A big money, long term deal is likely out of reach and so he may return to the Raiders on a Prove It-type deal.
Malcolm Smith was brought in together with Ken Norton Jr, presumably to help instill the defensive concepts. At this point, Smith has played OK, but has shown his limitations particularly at the Inside LB position. The key to Smith returning to the Raiders is whether or not the team can actually upgrade from him.
Nate Allen is quality depth at S and was key when he was needed to play. His market is probably not very high and so expect him to re-sign on team friendly terms.
Denico Autry struggled mightily early this season, but in the latter half of the season he suddenly (surprisingly) became a strong run defender. As a Restricted Free Agent, he is a priority and will probably command a 2nd round tender.
Backup QB Matt McGloin wants to be a starter. At best he will go somewhere to compete for the starting role, but most likely he will find a backup position with an unsteady starting position, perhaps re-uniting with College coach Bill O'Brien. With Derek Carr and Connor Cook on the roster, Matt McGloin will definitely not return to Oakland.
Perhaps the best player no one knows about is Stacy McGee. A developmental project, he finally exploded this year and became an impact player a wanting defensive line. Stacy McGee's next contract may raise some eyebrows.
Mychal Rivera is likely gone. Rivera is a decent receiving target with good hands, but a huge detriment as a blocker. With Lee Smith and Clive Walford and potential Gabe Holmes and perhaps Ryan O'Malley competing, Rivera is on the outside.
Jon Condo, Daren Bates, Brynden Trawick, and Andre Holmes are important to special teams and so should be prioritized to return. Trawick had an opportunity to play in the final game and made some splash plays so he may figure into the safety compeition.
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General "Stage 3, Ready for Stage 4"

".. you go through four stages: you lose big, you lose close, you win close, and finally you start winning big." (Bobby Bowden)
In 2015, the Raiders were 7-9 and were on the losing side of many close games. In 2016, that trend flipped drastically and the Raiders were surprisingly successful in winning close games. In week 16 against Indianapolis, the team looked like it may be turning the corner as it cruised to a 33-14 lead in the 4th quarter. It was the most complete game on offense, defense, and special teams that they had played and the team looked and felt like it was going to go into the playoffs with momentum and confidence.
All that vanished in a flash when Trent Cole sacked Derek Carr and broke his fibula. That sent the season into a tumble from which the team would never recover.
They limped into the playoffs, went on the road to Houston, and were outmatched by the Texans. From Derek Carr's injury onwards, the Raiders were outscored 62-20.
While it was a terribly disappointing end, the season itself should be considered a successful one. The team has survived the Dark Times and emerged as a legitimate contending team. And unlike years past (eg., 2010-2011), this team is built for the long term with youth and talent everywhere.

Season in Review "Just Win, Baby"

It was rarely very pretty and each win was hard-fought, but in the end you can't complain about 12 wins. Especially with how the Raiders looked like they were peaking at just the right time until Derek Carr's injury ended it.
Week Date Opponent Result Record
1 9/11/2017 at New Orleans Saints W 35–34 1–0
2 9/18/2017 Atlanta Falcons L 28–35 1–1
3 9/25/2017 at Tennessee Titans W 17–10 2–1
4 10/2/2017 at Baltimore Ravens W 28–27 3–1
5 10/9/2017 San Diego Chargers W 34–31 4–1
6 10/16/2017 Kansas City Chiefs L 10–26 4–2
7 10/23/2017 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 33–16 5–2
8 10/30/2017 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 30–24 (OT) 6–2
9 11/6/2017 Denver Broncos W 30–20 7–2
10 Bye
11 11/21/2017 Houston Texans W 27–20 8–2
12 11/27/2017 Carolina Panthers W 35–32 9–2
13 12/4/2017 Buffalo Bills W 38–24 10–2
14 12/8/2017 at Kansas City Chiefs L 13–21 10–3
15 12/18/2017 at San Diego Chargers W 19–16 11–3
16 12/24/2017 Indianapolis Colts W 33–25 12–3
17 1/1/2017 at Denver Broncos L 6–24 12–4
WC 1/7/2017 At Houston Texans L 14-27 12–5
Week 1 v NO, W 35-34
A back and forth offensive explosion with a combined 997 (OAK's 486 yards to NO's 511) and 8 TDs and in true heart-attack fashion the game was decided in the final minute with a 2 point conversion that set the tone for the rest of the season.
Last Score, Seth + Crabtree
Week 2 v ATL, L 28-35
Another back and forth battle. Atlanta's running game using split-zone concepts and designed cutbacks and explosive passing attack had the Raiders' defense on its heels, but the Raiders' offense kept the team in the game and a few fortunate bounces had the Falcons in the lead late in the game. On a crucial 3rd down, the defense could not get the ball back to Derek Carr for a chance to pull out another last second win.
The biggest play for the Raiders was the TD that wasn't :
Amari's TD from out of bounds
Week 3 v TEN, W 17-10
Battling Tennessee's new Exotic Smashmouth running attack was a struggle and the 13/22 personnel groups and motions confused the defensive assignments. The Titans rushing attack racked up 181 yards on 6.2 per carry, but big TDs by Latavius Murray and Seth Roberts were just enough to get the lead late in the game. In the final minute, Marcus Mariota and the Titans were on the verge of tying the game and potentially going to overtime against an exhausted Raiders defense, but two huge penalties helped seal Oakland's win.
Holding off at the end
Week 4 v BAL, W 28-27
Another back and forth game that was only decided at the end. After taking a 21-12 lead in the 4th, the Raiders quickly gave up 15 unanswered points to trail 28-27 with 3:36 remaining in the game. Derek Carr led the team on a 6 play, 66 yard drive that culminated in a Michael Crabtree TD.
With the team up 28-27 and 2:12 remaining, it was up to the defense to keep the Ravens out of field goal range and close out the game.
Closing out the win, Reggie and DJ
Week 5 v SD, W 34-31
In the first 4 weeks, the Chargers were sending players to IR at an alarming rate, but despite that they were still competitive. In their games, they were leading late in the game and finding new and creative ways to lose games that they should have won.
Week 5 fell in line. The Chargers score first and held a 24-19 lead into the 4th quarter before the Raiders took a 27-24 lead.
On the ensuing drive, a 16 yard Drew Kaser punt gave the Raiders a drive start at the Chargers' 32 yardline. 5 plays later and it was 34-24 Raiders.
But the Chargers came back to make it 34-31 and had one final chance to tie it up.
End of game FG attempt, Drew Kaser
Week 6 v KC, L 10-26
KC has been the Raiders' nemesis in the current era and once again Del Rio's good friend Andy Reid won out on the strength of their running game with totalled 183 yards and 3 TDs on 40 carries (4.6 avg). Coming off a bye, Reid changed the offensive run scheme, shifting to 1 and 2-WR sets instead of their usual 3 WRs and the Raiders were not prepared. While they defended adequately against 3 WR group running plays (15 carries, 55 yards, 3.7 avg), they were abysmal when seeing 1 and 2 WRs sets (20 carries, 127 yards, 6.3 avg)
And while Derek Carr and the offense were game, as soon as they had some momentum, something happened to derail them.
Underthrow Interception
Week 7 v JAX, W 33-16
This was as close to an "easy" victory as the Raiders had all year. The Raiders' offense was very efficient while the defense was able to hold Blake Bortles in check.
Perhaps the biggest most notable play of the game was punter Marquette King's big run on a botched punt attempt.
Marquette's big run on 4th and 24
Week 8 v TB, W 30-24 (OT)
This was an offensive explosion for the Raiders with over 500 yards passing and 120+ yards rushing for a total of 641 total yards against Tampa's 282. But still, the game went into Overtime, where once again it was a 4th down play call that won the game. This time, Seth Roberts came up big with the catch over the middle, bounced off two would-be tacklers, and then ran the final 30 yards for the game winner.
Seth's Game winner
Amari Cooper had a career day going up against Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes. 173 receiving yards + a 31 yard endzone pass interference penalty drawn for 204 net yards and quite a few ridiculously "dirrty" open field moves. Unfortunately, it wasn't a perfect day. He also had a huge drop on an absolutely perfectly placed pass that could have won the game in regulation and put him over 200 receiving yards legitimately. Still, this was one of his finest games in his first two seasons.
Amari's Dirrty Day
It was also a record setting day for penalties. 23 penalties for 200 yards, including some mind-numbing ones.
NFL Record : 23 Penalties for 200 yards
Week 9 v DEN, W 30-20
The most satisfying win of the season.
On National television, with many casual NFL fans questioning the Raiders' legitimacy, the team gave a beautiful example of SmashMouth football by rushing for 218 yards and 3 TDs. In the second half, the Raiders threw out the playbook and ran the same running play down the Broncos' collective throat time and time again.
Rushing Attack v DEN
Week 10 : Bye
Week 11 v HOU, MNF in Mexico City, W 27-20
In another example of "getting a few breaks" and squeaking out a victory (though Houston fans will remember it as multiple failings on the part of the refs).
The back to back games of Denver and Houston showed dramatically different approaches. Against Denver, the team went heavy personnel and ran the ball. Against Houston, the mismatch was the RBs against the LBs in coverage. Latavius Murray, Jalen Richard, and Jamize Olawale combined for 199 receiving yards and 2 TDs.
Including a fantastic play design. Amari Cooper and Olawale line up in the backfield and run double wheel routes. Carr fakes to Amari and throws to Olawale, who then runs free for the TD.
Amari in the backfield
Another fantastic changeup was the quick screen to Amari with Seth Roberts as the blocker; interesting because the play is an inverted version of a play they typically run. Amari then flashes his special brand of run after catch featuring his toe drag.
Amari's gamewinner
Another great example of the Go for Broke mentality of this offense. As time is winding down, rather than run the ball Derek Carr throws it downfield to Jalen Richard.
Jalen catch
And then on crucial 4th down, Black Jack Del Rio decides to go for it yet again. Latavius rewards him and seals the game.
4th and 1
The Raiders did enjoy a couple of favorable calls, but they also made a few huge plays to win the game.
Week 12 v CAR, W 35-32
The first half of this game may have been the best first half of the season, outscoring Cam Newton and the Panthers 24-7 and outgaining Carolina 191 yards to 89, including 162 passing yards v 12. Oakland closed out the first half with Khalil Mack's ridiculous Pick 6 and the Raider Nation was absolutely exuberant.
In the 3rd quarter, on a strange, fluke play, Derek Carr got his pinkie finger jammed by Rodney Hudson on the snap, which resulted in a fumble on the field, but more concerning was that Carr went into the locker room with the injury to his throwing hand.
Excellence of Execution
Carolina took advantage and seized momentum and even when Derek Carr made a heroic return with his right hand in an ominous black glove, the team was note quite in sync as before. But Derek had enough to make a key TD drive and a beautiful throw to Clive Walford for the game winning TD.
Cam Newton had one last chance to drive his team to tie or win the game. But Khalil Mack told his secondary, "Just give me 3 seconds". This is what happened :
Mack close it out
Week 13 v BUF, W 38-24
The Raiders' run defense was improving since midseason, but could offer little resistance against the #1 rushing team; Buffalo put up 212 yards and 3 TDs on the ground en route to a 24-9 lead midway thru the 3rd quarter.
But that is when the Raiders put things together. The Offense exploded as the Raiders came roaring back to score 29 unanswered points and to take the lead 38-24. The Defense and Special Teams were key as well. And Buffalo could only muster 12 yards on 6 carries the rest of the way.
On the Raiders' 4 late TDs drives, the offense's average starting field position was the Buffalo 47 yardline.
If only we could combine the first half of the Carolina game and the 2nd Half of this game!
Mack causes the Int
Tyrod Taylor and the Bills had a chance near the end, but Khalil Mack once again closed it out.
Mack strip sack
Week 14 v KC, L 13-21
The Thursday Night game was a nightmare. And while Khalil Mack's heroic's once again helped to keep it close, the Chiefs' Tyreek Hill's 2 TDs were daggers. And once again, strange things happened whenever the Raiders were trying to get things on track.
Amari loses the ball
Week 15 v SD, W 19-16
"Slice of Blue" TD
Final Defensive Stand
The Raiders are in the Playoffs
Week 16 v IND, W 33-25
The game when RaiderNation learned the def'n of the term "Pyrrhic Victory."
This may have been the most unified and complete game that the team has played all season, the closest thing to putting 1st half Carolina with 2nd Half Buffalo as a single game. The Raiders offense was clicking, the defense was smothering and battering Andrew Luck, and the Special Teams was en pointe as the team took a 33-14 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.
It ended when Trent Cole sacked Derek Carr, broke his fibula, and unofficially ended the Raiders' dream season. Backup Matt McGloin came in to barely salvage the game, but the team's heart and spirit was torn asunder and they would not recover.
United v IND
Amari's catch
Week 17 v DEN, L 6-24
Denver's revenge.
As wonderful and satisfying as it was for the Raiders to crush the Broncos on National Television in Week 9; it must have been doubly delicious for them to come back and ruin the Raiders' bid for Home Field in the playoffs. On this day, the Raiders looked lost and the Broncos were out for blood.
Story of the offense :
Amari's post

Injuries "Availability and Depth"

Injuries. In the current NFL, success is often defined as much by team health by team talent. And while the Raiders had a great season, they also struggled against a number of injuries :
  • Mario Edwards Jr, DE/DT
  • Lee Smith, TE
  • Donald Penn, LT
  • Menelik Watson, RT
  • Gabe Holmes, TE
  • Neiron Ball, LB
  • Ben Heeney, LB
  • DJ Hayden, CB
  • Karl Joseph
  • Derek Carr, QB

Coaching Staff "Black Jack"

Jack Del Rio
In 2015, when the Raiders hired Jack Del Rio to be their Head Coach, the general consensus was a resounding "eh" but in 2016, the fanbase has fully embraced Del Rio as the coach to lead this team. It wasn't just the 12 wins, but it was how the team won those games. Similar to how Carolina Panthers' head coach Ron Rivera became "Riverboat Ron" for his aggressive 4th down calls, Coach Jack became Coach "Black Jack Del Rio".
And though he provided that freedom of aggression, he was also the much needed solid, stable rock upon which the young players could rely.
And he gave us some great gifs like :
Bill Musgrave
The Bill Musgrave hiring was about as uninteresting a hiring as you could imagine and the first year was filled with vocal fans complaining about poor play calling and design. In year 2, as the playbook opened up and as the execution improved, and as the offense took off, it became more and more evident that Coach Musgrave was building some great gameplans and designing some excellent plays.
Derek Carr was growing into the offense and was really taking to the scheme and as such, he was being entrusted with more and more of the offense.
When Coach Blackjack Del Rio was willing to gamble on 4th down or on a 2pt conversion, it was up to Musgrave to make the right play call and most of the time he (and Derek Carr) did so and rewarded Del Rio's faith.
Ken Norton Jr
Coach Del Rio's headscratching hire was Ken Norton Jr, Seattle's LB coach who did not seem to be in a pipeline for promotion, nor was he a candidate as a Defensive Coordinator with any other team. Presumably brought over to implement Pete Carroll's defensive scheme, Norton struggled in his first season getting acclimated to the new role.
In his second season, the defensive unit was overall disappointing especially given the high priced, big name additions. The biggest indictment of him was just how confused, disorganized, and generally unprepared the entire defense appeared in the first half of the season.
Time after time, the defense came out and acted as if they were outmatched schematically more than physically. Communication was poor, discipline was disappointing, and there were missed assignments at all three levels. At times, All Everything Khalil Mack even looked out of position and unsure about what he was supposed to be doing.
But displaying a remarkable resiliency and "Never Say Die"-attitude, the defense came up with huge turnovers, made some big plays, and had several key stops to close out games. And in the latter half of the season, the defense started to play as a group and made some significant improvements.
The defense was definitely inconsistent but their timely play contributed to the success of the season.
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End of Year Changes
The end of the season brought about a number of key changes in the coaching staff, each of which looks to have a huge impact on the future of this team.
Bill Musgrave to Denver
The Offensive Coordinator who built the offensive system and who brought Derek Carr into it is now gone. His contract expired and was not renewed. Coach Musgrave signed with Division Rival Denver as their QB Coach to work with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.
Coach Todd Downing promoted to OC
Derek Carr's first QB coach was John DeFilippo, who left to become the Browns' OC and who is now guiding Carson Wentz as the Eagle's QB coach. His next QB Coach was Todd Downing with whom he has fashioned a fantastic relationship.
There were rumors that Downing had some offers as an Offensive Coordinator so the Raiders were put into position of choosing between Musgrave and Downing.
Downing intends to retain and maintain Musgrave's system and terminology while expanding Derek Carr's role in playcalling. What was already a QB-Friendly system is going become even moreso. Derek Carr was growing into the system and could become an on-field commander a la Peyton Manning. At least that's the hope of all RaiderNation.
Jake Peetz, QB Coach
Assistant QB Coach Jake Peetz is now elevated to QB Coach and will be taking on Downing's old role of working with Derek Carr as well as with developing 2nd year QB Connor Cook.
Marcus Robertson fired
Perhaps the most disappointing position group on the team for the past couple of years was the Defensive Backfield and so DB Coach Marcus Robertson (a personal favorite of Charles Woodson's) was let go.
There has been no explicit hiring/promotion to fill this position, but expect Asst DB Coach Rod Woodson to take a larger role here.
John Pagano, Assistant Head Coach, Defense
When Chargers' Defensive Coordinator John Pagano was fired via Twitter, the Raiders wasted no time in snatching him up. And while many impatient Raiders' fans were eager for Ken Norton to be fired and replaced by Pagano--and some dreamt of Wade Phillips--Pagano was given the more ambiguous title of "Assistant Head Coach, Defense."
At present, no one outside the Raiders' building really knows what that means, but here are a couple of thoughts :
  • Jack Del Rio has a history of having Assistant Head Coaches, including Steve Shafer (2003-2004), Dave Campo (2005-2007), Mike Tice (2006-2009). So probably has a plan on how to use Pagano.
  • Pagano is a great defensive mind schooled under Wade Phillips with a strong background in LBs
  • Pagano's 34 scheme may fit closer to the 34 that Jack Del Rio seems to want to implement
  • Pagano's experience and knowledge may be a great complement to Norton's motivation and team environment
  • Pagano may help scheme the secondary and in particular help design disguises in the coverage. In particular, it has been stated that he will certainly "help" Rod Woodson with the secondary.
  • Pagano may free up Del Rio from mentoring/developing Norton
  • If the Raiders are successful and the Defense makes a big step forward, Pagano will get some attention and possibly some HC considerations
  • Being Asst HC will give Pagano some experience to prepare him for a potential HC position
  • Norton is probably the (hoped for) long term solution as DC, since presumably Pagano is interested in being a HC
Regardless what exactly happens, this appears like a great hire and bodes well for the defense in the near future.

Team Needs "Competition Everywhere"

On the surface, a young, explosive 12-4 team probably should not have a lot of team needs. But this is no ordinary 12-4 team and in many ways the Raiders overachieved. While the offense has most of its pieces set, the defense is a tremendous work in progress from the top down and for this to become a true championship caliber team, the defense must take some big steps forward. The biggest question is whether those steps can come from the development and the cohesion of the players on the roster of if it will require further talent infusion.
Competition Everywhere
Depth Everywhere
Building the Pipeline
The team has a nice nucleus and there are also developmental players littering the roster, there are also some clear holes, particularly on the defense.
The Linebackers have been problematic, struggling both against run and pass. While there are some interesting young players like Ben Heeney and Cory James, there is no clear "stud" at the 2nd level.
The interior Defensive Line was absolutely miserable early on in the season, both in their ability to hold up against offensive linemen, as well as difficulties in getting aligned properly and understanding their assignments. As some players became healthy and some younger players developed, this unit improved, but there is still a need for a disruptive interior presence.
The offensive line is growing a bit older at the tackles. Starting LT Donald Penn is 33 and RT Austin Howard is 29. In two years, neither may be still with the team. Menelik Watson was the hope for the future, but his injury history makes him far from a sure thing.
On paper, the secondary is set with David Amerson, Sean Smith, DJ Hayden, and safeties Karl Joseph and Reggie Nelson. But this group struggled to function cohesively and looked very vulnerable. Nelson is aging and Hayden is a free agent, leaving a big question mark at one safety position and the slot corner position. TJ Carrie may vie for the slot corner role, but he struggled late in the season when Hayden was injured and Carrie is not guaranteed a position.
Going into next year, if Latavius Murray does not return, RBs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington will compete for the starting role. Both RBs are about 5'8"/210 lbs and neither has been tested with a 200+ carry NFL season. The Raiders are definitely going to need a big back to team up with the Dyna Mites.
Number one on many Raiders' fans wishlists is 25 year old Strong Safety Tony Jefferson from Arizona to pair up with 23 year old Karl Joseph, though the expected price tag of ~$7M APY may be out of the Raiders' price range.
Tony Jefferson highlight reel


Misc vids and GFYs

Final Thoughts "The Greatness is the Future"

Despite what the 12-4 record may seem to indicate, this team is not a finished product.
Young stars like Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, and Khalil Mack are awesome but each still have significant development ahead of them. And this team is going to grow with and around them.
What is most exciting is that GM Reggie McKenzie has found players that are not only talented, but that they are all hard-working and team-oriented. This is a group that naturally exhibits the Raiders' motto of Commitment to Excellence.
The coaching staff have cultivated a fantastic atmosphere where there is hard fought competition, a love of the process, and a genuine caring for each other.
When blocking TE Lee Smith broke his ankle, it was Derek Carr and Latavius Murray that helped him off the field :
When Murray scored his 3rd TD against Denver, he gave a sign of respect to RT Austin Howard who had been playing despite being slowed by significant injuries (for which he'd have surgery at the end of the season) :
This group is looking to build something meaningful for the long term and to steal the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates motto "We are Family".
They've gone from a team that players like Darrelle Revis would say they WON'T play for to a team where a player like Adrian Peterson intimates that he may end up there.
12-4 was not a great season, it was a great start.
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2016.06.20 12:00 clearliquidclearjar WEEKLY EVENTS 6/20 – 6/27

Here I go again on my own. Going down the only road I’ve ever known.
Tally’s Independent Cinema and Theater Offerings:
  • Dave’s Pizza Garage: Super Smash Bros. Tournament #3. 4:30pm/$3
  • Capital Lanes: 9 Pin No Tap Tournament. 7pm
  • Junction @ Monroe: Phantasm & The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Toast to Legends Double Feature. “Hey Gang, The Primal Root here, and it is my absolute honor to be presenting to you two timeless cult horror classics Phantasm (1979) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) in honor and respect to two of the genre’s most beloved thespians, Angus Scrimm (Phantasm’s corpse squashing, sphere wielding multidimensional mortician) and Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s skin wearing, chainsaw wielding, human flesh devouring brain damaged psychopath) and their unfortunate passing.” 7:30pm/$5
  • Tallahassee Buddhist Community in RR Sq: Power Flow Yoga hosted by the Yoga Club at FSU. “This a series of WEEKLY classes hosted by the Yoga Club and taught by our exec board member Leah Means. Classes hosted by the Yoga Club at FSU are always 100% free/by donation to both FSU students and members of our community! Appropriate for all levels! Donations are always accepted, especially since the TBC is saving up for a new larger meditation and retreat space.” 5pm/free or donations
  • Madison Social: Trivia Social. They do half and half theme and miscellaneous, so check their FB every week for an event page. 7pm
  • Brass Tap in Midtown: Trivia. Check their FB page for the theme. 7pm
  • Northside Pies: Bar Trivia With Hank. 50 questions of sweet, sweet trivia. This is a great geeky date night option. If you’ve got teens or kids that want to go to trivia (hey, nerds come in all sizes), this is a PG/PG-13 night. 7:30pm/free
  • Bird’s Oyster Shack: Trivia With John Carpenter. Lively and fun. 7:30pm
  • GrassLands Brewing Company: Trivia Factory. 7:30pm
  • Fourth Quarter: Trivia With Professor Jim. AUCE wings. Truly a trivia favorite. 8pm
  • Krewe de Gras: Karaoke With Pete. 8:30pm
  • Atmosphere Pub: Open Mic "SingeSong Writer" Edition. 9pm
  • Applebees on the Parkway: Karaoke with Amanda Goram. 10pm
  • Pockets Pool: Karaoke with Dwight. 10pm/21+
  • Fifth & Thomas: With Love, Tallahassee - A Benefit. “In light of the recent tragedy in Orlando, Fifth & Thomas and Finnegan's Wake are coming together to raise money to benefit the victims & families of the senseless violence at Pulse Nightclub. With a live soundtrack of local musicians coming up and taking our stage, we're going to be hosting a silent auction in our breezeway with items donated from local Tallahassee businesses.” 5pm/$10/21+
  • Waterworks: Summer Solstice Science Salon! “First day of summer is Monday! Solstice is at 6:34 pm on June 20th and what does that actually mean? We don't know either but we will after this Science Salon. Host Ken K, The Sky Guy, will enlighten us about the changing season and other astronomical info. After the Salon and weather permitting, we'll have the big scope out on the deck and peer into the heavens!” 8:35pm/21+
  • Bird’s Oyster Shack: Wednesday Night Lab Session Hosted by Jim Crozier, featuring Kyle Chervanik, and Reo Morris, and Clyde Ramsey. 6pm-8pm/free
  • Fermentation Lounge: Quizmaster General Knowledge Trivia. “Quizmaster is hosted by Bennett Miller from 7-9pm every Wednesday, and features three rounds of general knowledge trivia (and a weekly food special). It is free to play and teams of up to 6 are welcome. The winner of each round receives a sample flight, and the Quizmaster for the night receives a $25 gift card and serious credit on Geek Street.” 7pm
  • Brass Tap on Gaines: Trivia. Check their FB page for the theme. 7pm
  • Hurricane Grill & Wings: Trivia With Greg. 7pm
  • GrassLands Brewing Company: BYOBG! Bring Your Own Board Game. “Our gracious host, Trevor Bond, will be featuring one game each week. Feel free to bring your own games to play & share.” 7pm/21+
  • The Fox and Stag: Ladies Night with DJ Loden. 7pm-9pm.
  • Proof: Bar Trivia With Hank. Drink delicious brews and show off all those random factoids you thought you’d never use. Local beer, local trivia in the heart of Tally’s Art District. A food truck is always out front for this, too, or you can order and pick up something great at the Crum Box Gastgarden (the caboose in RR Sq). Bar tab for 1st and 2nd place teams. 7:30pm/no cover
  • The Warehouse: Open Mic. “There is a lottery for time slots. Now smoke free!” 8pm
  • El Patron: Karaoke with Big Bob’s Music Machine. 8pm
  • Just One More: Karaoke with Roger. 9pm
  • Bird’s: Comedy Night. I’m pretty sure this is both a performance and an open mic. 9:30pm/free
  • Down Below (Under Barnacle Bills): Karaoke with Scott. 10pm
  • Cascades Park: Plein Air Tallahassee presents Sundown at Cascade Park. “Plein Air Tallahassee artists celebrate the begin of summer by capturing the late afternoon sun and shadows in Tallahassee's new park, Cascade Park. Artists will set up their easels around Edison Restaurant, the amphitheater, and waterfall.” 5pm
  • Waterworks: Paella Party! “The 'Paella King' returns to Waterworks! Juan from Real Paella will be cooking up three types of the finest Spanish paella for you: Paella Mixta (vegetables, chicken, fresh seafood), classic Paella (pork, chicken and fresh veggies), and special VEGAN Paella! All paella plates come with a side salad. Along with all the tasty Paella, we will be serving up Sangria while you listen to some Flamenco and Spanish music! It's a night of Spain at Waterworks!” 7pm/21+
  • Junction @ Monroe: KWCUSA Karaoke National Championships Tallahassee Round #3. “Join in the 2016 Karaoke World Championship! Compete for Team Florida in the 6 week regional preliminary heats. Preliminaries will decide who advances to the Regional Finals on July 27 and August 3. From there, the two finalists will win cash and prizes and compete against the entire state in the Florida Finals on August 20-21. The two lucky Florida finalists will be sent to Seattle Washington to compete in the Nationals. Next up is the World Championship in Vancouver, Canada. Tallahassee Preliminaries run 6 weeks from June 8 through July 13. Registration is $20. If not advanced in a preliminary round, you may return as many times as you like. The fee is $5 per additional round.” 8pm
  • Sidecar Gastrobar: Foxy Punch! 9pm
  • Lake Ella Area: Food Truck Thursday featuring The Crawlers. 6pm
  • Kleman Plaza: TLH Downtown Yoga presented by Florida Blue. 6pm
  • Beef O’Brady’s: Trivia Night from AJ Johnson Trivia. 6:30pm
  • Junction @ Monroe: Open Mic with Warren Gill. “The only open mic that pays the performers! Bring your instruments and play an open slot or just come and be entertained in Tallahassee's best sounding room! Free draft beer for performers.” 7pm/$5
  • Gaines Street Pies: Bar Trivia With Hank @ Warhorse Whiskey Bar. With a picture round! Sound round! Speed round! Hoarder’s Delight drawing! And all the other trivias! Win a delicious 18” pizza! 8pm
  • Dux (Crawfordville): Karaoke with Big Bob. $25 bar tab given away every week. 8:30pm-12:30pm
  • Midtown Caboose: Trivia Factory. 8:30pm
  • Pockets: Karaoke Dance Party with Keith Welch. 9pm/21+
  • Applebees on Cap Cir: Karaoke with Amanda Goram. 10pm
  • Birds: Karaoke Hosted By Jumpin Jams. Some of the most diverse and longest running karaoke in town. 10pm
  • Down Below (Under Barnacle Bills): Karaoke with Davin. 10pm
  • GrassLands Brewery: Invisibilia Listening Party. “The second season of the hugely popular “Invisibilia” podcast launches in mid-June, and WFSU is adding it to our radio schedule! To celebrate, WFSU is teaming with NPR Generation Listen to host a special listening event on June 16. Join us for an exclusive sneak peek of episode one of the new season as well as a casual conversation about the topics covered in the episode moderated by WFSU's Kim Kelling Engstrom. We'll provide pizza and you can purchase beverages from Grasslands. Our event is part of a national NPR listening event with parties happening across the country. “Invisibilia” (Latin for "invisible things") is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, “Invisibilia” interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.” 5:30pm
  • Side Bar: Displace (Tampa) w/ Funk You & The Hub Chason Band. 9pm/$10
  • Camp Folks: Totally Tubular Fridays. “Spend a Summer's day floating down a lazy river! Every Friday in May, June, and July, Camp Folks will be doing tube runs to Spring Creek, otherwise known as "Bear Paw." Known for its leisurely speed and crystal clear water, Spring Creek and Chipola River, offers one of the most popular tube runs in the North Florida Panhandle. Let Camp Folks to take the wheel as you sit back and enjoy time spent with your tubular river crew! Choose to rent a single (bottom & no bottom), double, or cooler tube at checkout.” 11am-6:30pm
  • Parlay Sports Bar: Karaoke with Big Bob. 8pm
  • Leggetts: Karaoke with Paul. 8:30pm
  • Just One More: Karaoke with Roger. 9pm
  • 926 Lounge (Formerly Pugs): The Friday Night Party. “Get your pre-game on at Happy Hour with Tom from 4-9 and the dance party getting rolling at 10 pm with our favorite house DJs slinging sound all night long. At midnight, join our talented Queens for an amazing show!” 9pm/$5, $7 under 21/18+
  • Down Below (Under Barnacle Bill’s): Karaoke with DJ Scott Long. 10pm
  • Stetsons @ The Moon: Karaoke with Johnny Ray. 10pm/$5/18+
  • Fifth & Thomas: Top Shelf Trio. 6pm
  • Capital City Country Club: 4th Annual Rockin' With Spirit Benefit Concert ’16 with The Matt O’Ree Band and Donovan Chapman, and Sway Jah Vu. Preconcert reception by Tocamos Mas. 6pm/$12
  • Movies 8: Trapped Documentary Screening. “Trapped follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of Americans. The screening will be followed by a short panel discussion with Florida advocates and employees of Planned Parenthood.” 7pm/free
  • Fox and Stag: Mason Margut – Jazz. 8pm
  • Backwoods Bistro: Dadburn Varmints. 8pm
  • The Vineyard (1907 Karen Ln): SHARTY 2.0 w/ Butthole, Skoolgirl, Slumberjack, & Teen Baby. 9pm/$5/all ages/byob
  • Bradfordville Blues Club: Sam Frazier Jr. 9pm
  • The Bottom (Quincy): Three Billy Goats Gruff. 9pm
  • Side Bar: Citizen 102 w/ Emerson, Rachel Hillman & Timid Tongues. 9pm/$7
  • Park at Monroe: The Downtown Marketplace. 9am
  • Corner of Georgia & Macomb: Frenchtown Farmers’ Market. “The Frenchtown Heritage Market offers a wide variety of fresh, naturally grown produce. Live music, cooking demos, fruits vegetables, and honey sold directly by farmers.” 9am – 1pm.
  • Wakulla Springs Lodge: Bob Carey on Piano. “Come on out and bring along your vocal chops, browse through my lyrics book, pick up one of my pass-around mics and sing your heart out, or just grab a stool and enjoy a fun filled evening of music and dancing. Full bar open til late.” 7pm
  • Salty Dawg: Karaoke with Paul. Family friendly! 8pm
  • Leggetts: Karaoke with Cowboy Chris. 9pm
  • El Patron: Pasion Latina. Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton. 9pm
  • Mint Lounge: Come Out Saturdays. Drag Show and Gay Night. 9pm/18+
  • Down Below (Under Barnacle Bills): Karaoke With Devin. If you want to sing and drink cheap beer and liquor and not have to wait for huge crowds, this is your spot. 10pm
  • 926 Lounge: Sanctuary (formerly Blue Monday). “Tallahassee's Longest Running Dark Dance Night is here again! Wear your finest for Darkwave, EBM, Industrial, and some of your other favorites with some of the best and weirdest people in town. Fetish Friendly.” 10pm/$5/18+
  • Big Bend Model Railroad Association: 25th Annual Tallahassee Model Railroad Show and Sale. 9am-4pm
  • Mission San Luis: Soap-Making Workshop: Cold Process. “Join us at Mission San Luis to learn to make soap, an essential product that colonists made by hand! The cold process makes soap with a smoother texture and, some claim, more conditioning properties. White soap and more complicated designs such as swirls are possible with this method. The cold process method is less labor intensive than the hot process (we have workshops for this too) but the curing process is longer (4+ weeks before you can use the soap).” 10am/$35/15+
  • World Triumph Martial Arts: Free Women's Intro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Self Defense Workshop. 11am
  • Gulf Coast Marine Lab: Science of the Sea Class: Horseshoe Crabs. “This week's classes will cover horseshoe crabs. These animals are often misunderstood, so we will be learning about what makes these "living fossils" so interesting and valuable. These classes are for people of all ages, with craft activities for children.” 1pm/free with admission
  • Sweet Grass Dairy (Thomasville): Gulf Coast Dinner. “We are bringing the colorful flavors of the Gulf Coast to Thomasville, GA. The culinary influence of the early French settlers was most prevalent along the Gulf Coast where the fish and seafood dishes continue to have a strong French influence. We want to highlight the diversity of flavors and prepare them with the freshest seafood and produce we can find. We have paired these flavors with crisp wines from Austria. The grower Terry Theise has been a wine importer and writer for thirty years. A decade and a half ago his love of honest and compelling wines from small growers brought him to Champagne. Terry assembled a portfolio of Grower Champagnes – a category that then hardly existed – and it remains today without equal. Terry’s approach is vastly divergent from that of many of his colleagues. The growers he works with and the wines he selects must speak to something genuine and real beyond their basic flavor. His wines have in common a distinct character, a point of view, vitality, and a voice. They express the land, the grower, and the time in which they were made. These wines convey to the drinker a sense of beauty, harmony, meaning, and above all pleasure.” 6:30pm
  • Civic Center: Artopia 2016. “Artopia is a charity art fundraising event that benefits Big Bend Cares. Local and regional artists donate their artwork for this event, which includes a few signed and numbered limited editions. With art and media including painting, sculpture, photography, arts and crafts, and more, Artopia has become a must-attend event, drawing approximately 1,500 participants per year. Artopia features both silent auctions, and a rousing live auction at the end of the evening. But you don’t need to be an art critic to enjoy this lively event! As a matter of fact, there’s just about something for everyone—beautiful art at a reasonable price—in just about every form you can think of! Last year Artopia featured more than 300 pieces of original artwork, including oils, pastels, acrylics, photography, scenography, sculpture, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, mixed-media and much, much more. In addition to all of the artwork, local businesses and individuals donate gift certificates or other goodies that you can bid on.” 7pm
  • Hurricane Grill: Friday Night Live With Free Wheelin'. 7pm
  • Miccosukee Root Cellar: Allijah Motika. 7pm/free/all ages
  • Shark Tank: Friend Fest 2! “LOCAL BANDS COVER OTHER LOCAL BANDS! WE ARE NOT SELF INVOLVED WE JUST REALLY LIKE EACH OTHER OKAY. Line Up: Echo Base as Small Talk, Rene Dogscartes as Nostradogmus, Night Witch as Naps, States Avenue as Buffalo Buffalo, and Ex-Bleeders as Ex-Breathers.” 7pm/$5
  • Krewe de Gras: Highway 85. 7:30pm
  • Warhorse: Look Mexico Record Release Party - "Uniola" LP w/ Dikembe and Big Heet. 8pm/free/all ages
  • Junction @ Monroe: Nitro Groundshakers with Erin Lustria. 8pm/$8
  • Crum Box Gastgarden: Film Crashers Presents Captain America II Death Too Soon. “This is going to be a big one, folks!!!! With both the new Captain America movie coming out soon and the Fourth of July on the horizon, we are going to be taking a look back at just how far this character has come since 1979!” 9pm
  • Side Bar: Last Saturday Party with Versailles the Everything, San Alexander, Nivea, Ty'Zen, & Trilogy Family. 9pm/no cover if born in June
  • Fifth & Thomas: Tyler Denning Band & Raf the DJ. 10pm/21+
  • Bradfordville Blues Club: Cedric Burnside Project. 10pm
  • Proof: Summer Solstice Yoga & Brew Class. “Enjoy a yoga class to welcome the summertime in FL and celebrate the solstice! What you get: 1 hour yoga class, A delicious flight of Proof brews following class Memories, and new friends!” 11am/$25/21+
  • Lake Ella: Sunday Brunch. “The Spring Concert Series is here! Come out to Lake Ella every Sunday for food trucks and live music!” 11am-2pm
  • Salty Dawg Pub & Deli: The Famous Acoustic Jam w/ Wayne, Glenn, and Bo. Open mic, free beer for performers. 6pm
  • Gulf Coast Marine Lab: Science of the Sea Class: Horseshoe Crabs. “This week's classes will cover horseshoe crabs. These animals are often misunderstood, so we will be learning about what makes these "living fossils" so interesting and valuable. These classes are for people of all ages, with craft activities for children.” 1pm/free with admission
  • Wakulla Springs: Canada Day Picnic in Tallahassee. “Come and join your fellow Canadians for a picnic. The park is a wonderful place to spend the day, walking, swimming, taking a boat trip. Come early and/or stay late. The park is open from 8am until Sundown. We will attempt to find a pavilion but if unsuccessful will likely be in our regular spot which is pretty visible from the road as you get close to the water. We will have Canadian flags up to mark our spot. Please, bring a dish to share, drinks for your family, and plates and utensils to eat with.” 2pm
  • Centre of Tallahassee: Rockstar Energy Drink Taste of Chaos Tour. Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, The Early November. (This is hilarious to me.) 4:15pm/$53 general admission/all ages
  • Fifth & Thomas: Flow Tribe. 6pm
  • Junction @ Monroe: Summer Sunday Showcase with The Blues Factor Band and Friends. 7pm/$5
  • Burrito Boarder: Bar Trivia With Hank. $30 food & bar tab for first place. Specials on shots and $2 margaritas. 7:30pm
  • Waterworks: Patio Theater. 8:30pm/21+
  • 926 Bar & Grill: Karaoke With Nathan. Drink specials and the best selection of songs in town. 10pm
  • The Plant: Back of a Car (NM), See Saw, pTerrordactyl, Rachel Hillman, TBA. 7:30pm
  • Side Bar: Anthony Raneri (of Bayside) w/ Brightside & Daniel Lancaster from Stages & Stereos. 8pm/$15
Keep checking back, sometimes I update. Got anything to add?
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2016.06.08 18:37 edwincool2 Looking for new road disc wheels recommendations

Hello, good day to you fabulous people of cycling
I am interested in acquiring a custom wheelset for my Rose Pro dx Cross, and I am looking at a few options. I would be grateful if you could orient me in this regard, any suggestions appreciated.
I have been researching the market and recently came across the Hunt 4season (http://www.huntbikewheels.com/products/mason-x-hunt-four-season-disc-brake-road-bike-wheelset-tubeless-ready).
I actually purchased a pre-order to be shipped on May week 4, but they were unable to make the delivery date, excusing themselves under the premise that bigger bike companies have priority over them with their suppliers, which sounds a little BS to me, as I ordered the wheels 2 months in anticipation.
Nevertheless, basically I am looking for something similar to said wheelset, meeting the following criteria:
I am reaching out to you, because I have zero experience dealing with custom wheels, and I don't want to just go for the off-the-shelf solution. I am based in Tampa, FL if that helps.
Thank you for your great wisdom, and keep the rubber side down.
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2016.05.22 19:56 gentlemanjack123 $1,200 Basic, general build, Tampa FL

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Web browsing, Microsoft Office, playing some PC games (Steam games, FPS, etc.)
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Within a week
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Tower, operating system (Windows), dual monitors (I'd prefer 22 inch monitors), keyboard, mouse
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
Tampa, FL. No microcenter
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated. Nothing to be reused
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
I'm interested in two hard drives (one SSD to install the O/S on). Also, I'm interested in the monitors having two inputs (one VGA, one HDMI).
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Yes, latest Windows version. I have fiber internet (gigabit), so I'll need hardware to support the maximum speed.
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2016.04.19 15:45 Eboard2016 2016 Complaints on Better Business Bureau - Rated F

02/02/2016 Delivery Issues Read Complaint Details
Complaint I ordered an item. I payed $499. It never came. I cancelled the order. They accepted a refund. It was October. I have not been refunded ever. Dear Sir or Madam,
My name is ***** ********* and I am writing from Spain. I am contacting you to report an alleged fraud. The authors of this alleged fraud are Marbel Technology. Tampa, FL (USA), a Kickstarter company behind "the lightest, fastest, and most advanced electric skateboard in the world" (ridemarbel.com). His founder is named Matthew *******.
Before telling my story, I want you to know that more stories like mine can be found in the comments written on Facebook or Kickstarter (see links below). In fact, that is the reason why I believe we are being victims of a mass fraud. That being said, I will give you some details of what is happening to me. I paid a deposit of $499, for what I was charged EUR 458.26=$500.42, using my MasterCard credit card on JUNE 13. (ORDER: #XXXXXXX, DESCRIPTION: SP * MARBEL XXXXXXXXXX). I would also like to point out that I decided to buy the skateboard under the announcement of receiving it in JULY. The reality was quite different though.
In the beginning, they updated their website frequently and justified some delays because of technical reasons. In addition, they started to warn that more delays were to happen due to reasons related to their escalation process or international certifications. To top it all, they foresaw that international orders would be shipped in 2016.
At this point, I contacted them and asked for a refund. It was October. They accepted my decision and told me that it could take weeks. (That is an easy way to let time pass.) More than enough months later and after sending several emails to Marbel, I have not received a refund whatsoever. The only thing I receive from Marbel is replies saying: "it is in processing", but nothing concrete. In my opinion, the fact that they are not denying refunds but, instead, are advising of long delays force victims to either wait forever for a refund or accuse them of intentional deceit, i.e. fraud. I am not waiting forever...
I am looking forward to hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks in advance.
Some useful links: Marbel in Kickstarter:
(Negative) comments on Marbel:
Marbel site: http://ridemarbel.com Marbel Facebook page: ******************************************** Matthew *******'s Linkedin profile:
Matthew ****'s Twitter profile: ************************
Desired Settlement Just a refund. I cancelled my order and asked for a refund that they accepted months ago, but it never comes.
Final Consumer Response Sorry, I received $499 in my bank account on JANUARY 12, 2016, not on February 2, 2016
Complaint The company has had my $1199 for over 20 months now, still unable to deliver their product, and won't refund my money. I pre-ordered Marbel's electric skateboard through kickstarter in June 2014 for $1199 with an estimated delivery in january 2015. They have since then kept pushing back the delivery date with empty promises.
I requested a refund on october 22nd, and it was accepted on October 27th and was told it would take 6-8 weeks. (that is at latest 22nd of december) after this date i the sent them more emails to inquire about my refund, and received very scarce replies from them in which they couldn't tell me anything about my refund.
On January 30th i got an email telling me all pending refunds would be completed by February 28th, and that i was "certainly closer to the top of their list" and would receive my refund earlier. Now it is March 4th, i haven't received my money and i haven't heard anything from them despite my numerous attempts of contact with them.
Desired Settlement I am hoping to get my refund of $1199 that they promised me over 4 months ago. They have had my money for over 20 months now.
Complaint After 2 years on non-delivery of ordered product - asked the company for a refund to which they agreed by email. Still no refund 3 months later. After 1 year of non-delivery of product, asked the company for a refund. Company agreed to refund my purchase price by email - Still no refund 3 months later - I only receive "cut and paste" emails meant to stall when i inquire as to the status of my refund. Read many clients having the same issue. Fear my purchase price of $1,199.00 will be forfeited. Original purchase date - June 2014, order number 439 by credit card.
Desired Settlement refund
Complaint No response whatsoever with regards to my attempts to return a faulty/falsely advertised product. On 01-02-15 I purchased an electric skateboard (order #XXXXXXXXX) from Marbel Electronics for $1299.99. They originally told me that the product would be delivered in February but after numerous delays I ended up receiving the board 12-24-1015. Although a very long delay (in which I did try unsuccessfully to cancel my order for a refund) I was happy to receive the board. However after initially using it I realized it was not as promised, the board did not meet many of the promised specifications (including speed or battery life), and the cell phone app which was promised and mentioned through the user manual in fact doses not (at least as of now) even exist. But even with all that, I was still trying to make the best of things, unfortunately after about a week the board stopped working completely. Despite being fully charged the product now immediately turns itself off as soon as it is turned on. I have tried numerous times (via email as there phone number is listed anywhere on their website or paperwork they sent to me) to contact the company can organize a return/refund. But each time I send them a message I just get an automated response saying that I will hear back shortly, but that never happens. Before when I was waiting for the product (but did not want to cancel it) I did on two occasions send emails to Marbel, and each time I receive a timely response. However the one attempt I made to cancel my order before it arrived and the three later attempts to return my product for a refund have been completely ignored. There is a 90 day warranty on this skateboard and I'm afraid the company is just going to ignore me until that time is up and was wondering what if anything I can do to make sure I get the refund that I deserve so that I can be done with this debacle.
Also, you may be aware (or Marbel may tell you) that this produced was a crowd sourced project funded on *********** (and I believe laws are different with that), and although the company did begin this way, I made my purchase from their regular website, completely independent of *********** and I paid full price for my purchase.
Thank you,
Desired Settlement I would like a full refund for the product I purchased, as I have completely lost faith in the company and do not trust doing business with them anymore.
Complaint ****** Skateboard will not refund money for an order of which they failed to deliver any product. I ordered an electric skateboard from Marbel and after months of delays in shipping the product, I requested a full refund. This was more than 4 months ago and have never received the refund. I have repeatedly tried calling, but only able to leave a message. I've also emailed the company at least 10 times. I will sometimes get a response saying that they will send a refund check, but now 4 months later, still nothing.
Desired Settlement I would like Marbel Skateboard to refund me the $1,299 I paid for an electric skateboard. It's been 4 months and they still have not provided the refund they guarantee on their website
Complaint I am an international backer who has initiated a refund request to ***. *** has agreed to refund but after 9 weeks of waiting nothing happened. I have backed this project on 20 June 2014 on Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/XXXXXXXXXX/******-the-lightest-electric-skateboard-in-the-wor) and the reward delivery is supposed to be January 2015.
This project has been delayed well over 2015. Initially MS. M was kind enough to explain the project delays and as an international backer I understand that the wait will be longer due to electronics certification procedures. MS. M has time and again pushed back on the delivery datelines to the point whereby I no longer believe that they are telling the truth.
Now that MS. M. has begun shipping the product to domestic customers, there has been numerous disgruntled backers about the lack of communications and poor product quality by the company. As an international backer, I have yet to receive my reward after more than a year's wait and MS. M. effort to fulfill backer's reward seems non-existent.
****** is not replying on the kickstarter comments page, heavily censoring any negative feedback on their social media (https://www.facebook.com/ridemarbel) while lying that those feedback are untrue, as well as provides vague replies and false promises on their support email.
I have tried reaching out to them via emails for a refund which they (***** **** - *****************) confirmed that they will do so. *** said that the refund will take between 6-8 weeks to process reasons being "in order to properly comply with the refund procedures". I have waited more than 9 weeks and ****** is still brushing off this matter, saying refunds are processed on a case by case basis by their founder Matthew B. My kickstarter pledge for the board is ******** I have also done an additional purchase via their webstore for a Replacement Belt Kit (http://ridemarbel.com/collections/accessories/products/copy-of-drive-gear-aluminum) at USD $14.95
My kickstarter backer number is **** for the board. My order number for the Belt Replacement kit is #XXXXXXX
I have yet to receive both products and would like a refund for them.
Please assist. Thank you.
Desired Settlement I want to be refunded in full for my paid products (****** board USD $1199 and Belt Kit USD $14.95).
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2016.02.16 19:05 Droid2Win Looking for a high performance PC

Going to be building my own desktop soon. Looking for some great ideas out there. I plan to do the assembly myself.
What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Programming (Java SE & Android), multi-media (Plex Media Server hub, with transcoding etc), and gaming. I'll be playing a wide range of games, from strategy games to shooters to everything in between, and I'm looking for a rig that can run it all.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Probably in a few months honestly. Which means the build you give me may be out of date, but it'll still be a good starting point to grow off of with my own research.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Tower, internal hardware, and OS is all I need. I have monitors/speakers/peripherals/etc.
For the OS, I'm planning to dual boot Ubuntu & Windows, so I'll need a new Windows license for this. Windows 10 is what I'm aiming for, unless someone knows of a super cheat 7/8 that I can get, and then use the free upgrade to get to 10.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
I live just outside of Tampa, FL. Doesn't look like Microcenter is here though :(
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Monitors: 2 ViewSonic monitors, one with a VGA connector, one with HDMI, both 22" 1080p.
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech wireless set.
Speakers: Can't remember, but they connect to the PC via 3.5mm jack, so there shouldn't be compatibility issues there.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Not planning on it unless necessary. Ideally, I want something that'll have top notch performance without needing to overclock. However, I have experience with this, so if there's a good model for a good price that is stable at certain higher clock speeds, please recommend it and include links to known stable overclock stats.
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Enough storage to have 2 OSs on board (so 500-750GB storage).
5Ghz WiFi is a MUST, my apartment really doesn't do 2.4Ghz well.
Ideally lots of ports. USB, HDMI, VGA, etc. Extras are always nice, I can get creative with peripherals at times.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
The case should be large with good ventilation for both cooling and the ability to expand with more components in the future. Other than that, not particularly partial to any styles.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Yes. I mentioned earlier that I'll ultimately want 10, but if there's a super cheap 7/8 available out there that I can use to get the free 10 upgrade from, that's fine.
Extra info or particulars:
I think I've covered everything.
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2015.12.31 13:22 shadyshoelace 2016 Outback Bowl Preview

Outback Bowl The Outback Bowl
Northwestern #13 Northwestern vs. Tennessee #23 Tennessee
Bowl Information
Date: January 1st, 2016 Time: 12:00 PM EST Channel: ESPN2 Point Spread: Tennessee -8 O/U: 47.5
Bowl History
Year Founded: 1986
Location: Tampa, Florida
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Conference Tie-ins: Big Ten versus SEC
Trophy: 2015 Trophy
Payout: $3,500,000
All past game results
2014 Season Result: Wisconsin Wisconsin 34 - Auburn Auburn 31 (OT): Highlights The 2015 Outback Bowl featured the 17th ranked Wisconsin Badgers and the 19th ranked Auburn Tigers. The Tigers, led by 2nd season head coach Gus Malzahn, started the season 5-0 but dropped 4 of their last 7 games to finish with an 8-4 record. The Badgers under 2nd year head coach Gary Andersen won the Big Ten West with a 10-2 regular season record. They faced Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game, where they lost 0-59. Andersen left Wisconsin for Oregon State at the end of the regular season and Athletic Director Barry Alvarez coached the Badgers in the bowl game. Both teams relied heavily on their rushing offense with top 12 rushing offenses led by their respective conference's leading rushers. Auburn’s Cameron Artis-Payne came into the game with 1,608 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, and Heisman runner-up Melvin Gordon boasted 2,336 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns for Wisconsin. The game was back and forth throughout with Auburn and Wisconsin trading touchdowns off of explosive runs from Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement and good quarterback play by Auburn’s Nick Marshall. 2 costly turnovers inside of the Tigers’ 35-yard line kept Wisconson down 14-7 going into halftime. Wisconsin quickly answered in the second half with Melvin Gordon running all over the field, ending the game with an Outback Bowl record of 251 yards and three touchdowns. Key turnovers for Auburn kept the game close, and Auburn led 31-28 with 2:55 on the clock, but the game was sent into overtime when Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone hit a 29-yard field goal with 7 seconds remaining. Overtime was over quickly; Wisconsin was stopped by Auburn’s defense on the first possession and ended with a 25-yard field goal by Gaglianone. On Auburn’s ensuing possession Daniel Carlson missed his second kick of the game to give the Badgers the victory 34-31.
Brief Bowl History: The Outback Bowl, previously known as the Hall of Fame Bowl, was first played in Tampa Stadium on December 23, 1986 between Georgia and Boston College. In 1995, Outback Steakhouse became the game’s title sponsor. This name has persisted for twenty years, which is the longest title sponsorship of any current college bowl game. It has been part of the New Year’s Day bowl lineup for the past twenty-seven years, and currently takes place in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Northwestern Ball Northwestern Wildcats
2015 Season Record: 10-2 (6-2 Big Ten)
Team Location Result
Stanford Ryan Field, Evanston, IL W 16-6
Eastern Illinois Ryan Field, Evanston, IL W 41-0
Duke Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC W 19-10
Ball State Ryan Field, Evanston, IL W 24-19
Minnesota Ryan Field, Evanston, IL W 27-0
Michigan Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI L 0-38
Iowa Ryan Field, Evanston, IL L 10-40
Nebraska Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE W 30-28
Penn State Ryan Field, Evanston, IL W 23-21
Purdue Ryan Field, Evanston, IL W 21-14
Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI W 13-7
Illinois Soldier Field, Chicago, IL W 24-14
Key Players this Season: Offense Clayton Thorson (QB, FR): 142/275 (51.6%), 1465 yards, 7 TD, 7 INT, 88 carries, 374 yards, 5 TD; All-B1G Freshman Team Thorson, a redshirt freshman, was the biggest question mark for the Wildcats before the season started. That continued throughout the season, as he displayed questionable decision-making and accuracy mixed with flashes of brilliance. He made an immediate impact by scoring Northwestern’s first TD of the season on a 42-yard scramble vs. Stanford and almost single-handedly willed NU to victory against Nebraska. His passing left a lot to be desired, however, as he threw for over 150 yards only three times and only topped 200 yards once. Northwestern doesn’t need him to be great to win as long as he takes care of the ball, but he has the talent to jumpstart the offense at any given time. Justin Jackson (RB, SO): 298 carries, 1344 yards, 4 TD, 19 receptions, 147 yards; All-B1G Second Team Justin “THEBALLCARRIER” Jackson is the engine that drives Northwestern’s offense, finishing third in the nation in carries (behind Derrick Henry and Christian McCaffrey) and rushing for over 100 yards in 8 games. He runs with incredible balance, vision, and agility despite less-than-elite speed and power. When he is bottled up, the offense completely stalls as seen in the games against Michigan and Iowa.
Defense Anthony Walker (MLB, SO): 113 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 1 FF, 3 FR, 1 TD; AP All-American Third Team, All-B1G First Team Walker emerged as a star in the middle of the defense in his sophomore season with his nose for the ball and sideline-to-sideline athletic ability. He had 40 more tackles than any other NU player and has a knack for blowing up RBs, WRs, and QBs alike. He’s talented enough to consider leaving school early after next season for the NFL, which tells you all you need to know about his importance to the ‘Cats. Dean Lowry (DE, SR): 46 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FR; All-B1G Second Team Lowry, the elder statesman of the defense, doesn’t jump off the stat sheet. However, he did a little of everything for the Wildcats, generating pressure, stuffing the run, and even breaking up passes. He showcased his ability to be a force in the trenches against Nebraska, racking up 6 TFL and 2 sacks.
Special Teams Christian Salem (Holder, SR): It’s impossible to describe what the Holder of the Century means to the ‘Cats. In addition to making some pretty impressive holds, he also does this.
Biggest Plays this Season: Clayton Thorson’s 42-yard TD run vs. Stanford: The game against Stanford was one that few expected the Wildcats to be competitive in, much less win. Thorson was playing the first game of his career and some fans were questioning the decision to start him over more experienced QBs Zack Oliver and Matt Alviti. Thorson proved the doubters wrong with this big play that proved crucial in the victory that would set the tone for the season.
Nick VanHoose’s 72-yard pick-6 vs. Nebraska: Aside from a long Thorson run, NU’s offense was sputtering in the first half against Nebraska. With only a 7-5 lead and the Huskers nearing the red zone, senior CB Nick VanHoose made a stellar play on the ball to give his team some breathing room. The play would ultimately prove to be the difference in a two-point Wildcat victory.
Deonte Gibson’s game-saving sack vs. Wisconsin: After a stellar performance for the first 58 minutes of the game, the Northwestern defense found itself in a seemingly hopeless position as the Badgers had a 2nd and Goal at the 1 yard line with 30 seconds left in the game. Many fans were imploring the referees to just award Wisconsin a touchdown on the previous 1st down in order to conserve time for the Northwestern offense. However, that all changed when Gibson (9 sacks this season) brought Joel Stave down, forcing Wisconsin to burn a down on a spike and effectively ending the comeback attempt.
Solomon Vault’s 96-yard kickoff return TD vs. Penn State: After Thorson left the game with an injury, Northwestern’s prospects against Penn State looked bleak. After the Nittany Lions closed the gap to 13-7, Vault broke the game open with his second return TD of the year. Like in the game against Duke, Vault was a difference-maker in a close game that saw the offense struggle.
Season Summary: Northwestern had a few key questions leading into the season, but the foremost was who would be leading the Wildcats at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson was announced as the starter 8 days before the season opener and was widely heralded as the quarterback of the future for Northwestern. The season began with a shocking 10 point victory over then #21 Stanford, a game no one expected to be competitive. Northwestern controlled the game in the trenches and pulled out a victory that elevated previously modest expectations for the season. Led by dominant defensive play carrying an often conservative and stagnant offense, the Wildcats rose to 5-0 including a 27-0 shutout of Minnesota to open Big Ten play. The tone of the season shifted dramatically in the following two games, where Northwestern fell to Michigan 38-0 and then to Iowa 40-10. These blowout losses exposed the weaknesses of the Northwestern team. The defense was good, but couldn’t win the game alone when the offense wasn’t able to make anything happen. Northwestern brought the season back into control at Nebraska, where Thorson showed off his mobility. A pick-6 and a crucial 2 point conversion stop led the ‘Cats to a 30-28 victory, which would foreshadow the close games in the final stretch of Big Ten play. Northwestern won against Penn State with a last second field goal, beat Purdue by a touchdown, and won at Wisconsin against a ranked squad in one of the craziest (and most controversial) final minutes to a game this year. It closed the season with a 10 point win over Illinois to claim the Land of Lincoln Trophy (HAT) and tie its best record with 10 wins. The ‘Cats ended the season boasting a 4th ranked overall defense (S&P+) backed up by an abysmal offense at 109th (S&P+). However, that offense has done just enough to win close games when it counted. The season so far has exceeded every fan’s expectations, and attitudes in Evanston are on the rise.
Why we are going to win: Unlike the last time NU was in the Outback Bowl, Northwestern relies on a heavy rushing attack and smothering defense to win close, low-scoring games. The Northwestern defense is built first and foremost to shut down the opponent’s running game; they held Christian McCaffrey to 66 yards and the forced Wisconsin to end the game with -26 total rushing yards. The Tennessee offense presents a uniquely balanced skillset, but will likely try to lean on the run game. If Northwestern is successful in limiting big plays on the ground and forcing Dobbs to push the ball downfield against the Wildcats’ formidable secondary, the Vols will be in trouble. Tennessee’s average rushing defense (49th in rush yards allowed per game, below Northwestern opponents Wisconsin, Nebraska, Stanford, and Penn State) should allow Thorson and Jackson to churn out consistent, if not explosive, yardage on the ground. Additionally, viewers can expect to see some interesting wrinkles thrown into the usually-conservative offensive playbook after the extra practice time. If the offense can perform at even an average level and control the pace of the game, the defense is more than equipped to limit the Volunteers’ opportunities to score. I expect a close, low-scoring game (somewhere in the neighborhood of ~10-20 points per team) and pulling out victories in those types of games has been the ‘Cats M.O. all season long.
Tennessee Ball Tennessee Volunteers
2015 Season Record: 8-4 (5-3 SEC)
Team Location Result
Bowling Green Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN W 59-30
Oklahoma Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN L 24-31 2OT
Western Carolina Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN W 55-10
Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL L 27-28
Arkansas Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN L 20-24
Georgia Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN W 38-31
Alabama Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL L 14-19
Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY W 52-21
South Carolina Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN W 27-24
North Texas Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN W 24-0
Missouri Memorial Stadium, Columbia, MO W 19-8
Vanderbilt Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN W 53-28
Key Players this Season:
Josh Dobbs (QB, Jr.): Potentially a cyborg from the future, Dobbs has sacrificed his eyebrows and human appearance to become the piece that takes the Tennessee offense to the next level, both running the ball (134 carries, 623 yards, 9 TDs) and throwing it (59.9% completion, 2,125 yards, 15 TDs, 5 INTs, 6.7 yds./att.). When Dobbs is effective, if not necessarily dynamic, as a passer it opens things up for UT's run game
Jalen Hurd (RB, So.): Hurd is the workhorse and focal point of the offense, carrying the ball a whopping 253 times this year for 1,158 yards and 11 TDs. For a 240 lb. back he's fairly versatile, catching 21 passes for a total of 191 yards and 2 TDs.
Jalen Reeves-Maybin (LB, Jr.): JRM is the unquestioned leader of the defense, stepping into the role vacated by A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt. He's typically all over the field, with 99 tackles this year including 13 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.
Biggest Plays this Season:
#1: Josh Smith TD vs Georgia. With 1:13 on the clock from the UGA 39, Tennessee goes for it on 4th and 9 and converts in spectacular fashion to spur a comeback from 24-3 down and defeat our division rival. A close win here over a talented Georgia team was key to an 8-4 finish and solidifies Butch Jones' program as one that remains on an upward trajectory.
#2: Fourth quarter drive vs. Alabama. This is actually a few plays but I'm going to link to the video of the whole drive because it's demonstrative of just how potent this offense can be when Josh Dobbs is hitting his targets. Here we see accurate throws, receivers making plays, and Jalen Hurd finishing off a drive that gave the Vols the lead late in the game and had Saban's Evil Empire peeing in its pants a little.
#3: Evan Berry does crazy things. I couldn't get him into the featured players section so I figured I'd give our All-American kick returner some love here. This return against Western Carolina showcases the speed, strength, and elusiveness that would allow him to average 38.29 yards per kick return and score 3 TDs.
Season Summary:
Tennessee entered this season as probably one of the most resented teams here on /cfb, mainly as a result of rampant media hype and our giant, rabid, possibly inbred Twitter fanbase. Early in the season it appeared that naysayers were justified in their cries of "overrated" as the Vols dropped close losses to Oklahoma and Florida due to conservative 4th quarter tactics and a lack of depth. In a battle to see who could blow a lead worse, Arkansas escaped Neyland Stadium with a close win and Vol Nation was becoming restless with Butch Jones and offensive coordinator Mike DeBord. The aforementioned win over then #19 Georgia stymied that talk, and Tennessee finished its season strong with a closer-than-expected road loss to Alabama and five straight victories over the bulk of the admittedly weak SEC East. Most fans came into this year predicting 8, possibly 9 wins and are only mildly unsatisfied due to how close we came to surpassing those predictions. The team as it stands right now features a strong running attack (doubled the season averages of two solid run defenses in Missouri and Vanderbilt) across from the 25th ranked scoring defense in the nation. Three years of stellar recruiting are beginning to pay dividends and the Vols look more like their old selves again. Fans have every right to be optimistic headed into this bowl season and 2016.
Why we are going to win:
Northwestern presents a difficult challenge in that they're optimized to take away the emphasis of our offense, the running game. The Wildcats are coming in with the 13th-ranked run defense in the country and giving up only 118 yards per game. With that said, I'm confident in the Vols' ability to put together a balanced gameplan that opens up that run game, an ability demonstrated in last year's dominating performance against Iowa in the compellingly-named Taxslayer Bowl. If the weakness of Tennessee has been closing out games, the strength has been coming in with a plan that puts us in a strong position early on. If this pattern continues and the Volunteers are able to take their usual first half lead, I don't see the less-than-impressive Northwestern offense having enough juice to close the gap.
Why you should watch the game: I believe that this game is being underrated, due to either Tennessee’s record or Northwestern’s lack of brand recognition (or likely both). It probably won’t be a shootout, but fans of hard-nosed, trench-driven football will likely enjoy this game as both teams boast excellent rushing attacks and strong defenses. Tennessee will be looking to prove that the great games against Oklahoma, Florida, and Alabama were more than “moral victories” and set itself up for an SEC title run next season. Northwestern will be trying to win 11 games for the first time in program history, demonstrate that the win against Stanford was not a fluke, and show that it can hang with the “big boys” after the blowout losses to Michigan and Iowa.
Contributors Northwestern: shadyshoelace, ursudak
Tennessee: Il_Principo
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