NFL moving and shaking
It’s been a while, and during the fall, Tuesday is the Power Poll offer for the most popular league in our country.
I’m not afraid to say, I miss the NFL. More this year than most, and it probably has a lot to do with fantasy football. Yes, daily options on gambling sites are a way to fill the void, but playing in a league with people you know, even if the stakes are very small, makes fantasy football the knee of these games.
So with that, let’s do a random off-season search for NFL stories that are very interesting to me:
1 QB conversation. Whether it’s the future of Big Ben, Russel Wilson in the commercial market, a sophomore WR telling Carson Wentz that he’s keeping number 11, Cam being questioned by a teenager, news of retirement or Dak and Deshaun, there’s a lot going on. No, I’m not going to discuss the carousel, but man, add this class of QB newbies and it’s everywhere.
2 Jeff Bezos is interested in buying the Washington Football Team. The Washington Amazons? Side question: Amazon is offensive to tall blonde women. Side question not directly related to the side question: Did you see that the Cherokee nation wants the Jeep to change the name of the Cherokee vehicle? Either way, Bezos in the league would be wild.
3 The NFL is almost finished programming 17 games for 2021. Count on me.
4 The franchise season starts Thursday, but with all the uncertainty about the wage cap and payroll details, this may be a slower than normal period.
5 simulated sketches are everywhere, and hey, I love the sketch, you know that. But why is the order the free agency and then the draft? Shouldn’t it be reversed?
Thank you sir can i have another
Will it cost or charge, President Biden?
Because by no means is the $ 1.5 trillion bill to boost the economy that Democrats have drafted anything other than another direct blow to Uncle Sam’s credit score.
There are a number of places that share aspects of the bill, which Democrats have promised to force in the Senate with mysterious ‘reconciliation’ rules to avoid the need for the 60 votes normally needed to avoid obstruction.
First, let’s get some things out of the way.
The federal government needs to act. There are millions of Americans suffering because of COVID, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of deaths, the tsunami of mental stress and anguish and the daily fear of everything from losing loved ones to losing jobs and what is to come.
Side note: This is why fiscal conservatives have wisely regretted the blatant spending of previous regimes – on both sides – over the past two decades. Yes, times were generally good and the economy was in full swing, but the spend-spend-spend mentality of political leaders (or, as I like to call it, “indirect vote buying by incumbents”) continued to grow instead to tackle out of debt. Now, in a time of real crisis, when stimulus and aid are badly needed, that debt will skyrocket to unimaginable levels.
Side note on side note: This is one of the reasons Hamilton County is in such excellent shape, and County Mayor Jim Coppinger deserves a lot of credit for that, because he has been a wise administrator of excess, he has managed our rating of credit like Bobby Cox did the Braves and was willing to say the most unpopular words when needed – ‘No.’ And he has a boss status, so War Coppinger.
Anyway, as for Biden Bucks Bonanza, there are so many Democratic barnacles in this S.S. stimulus that somewhere Bernie Sanders is shirtless and rubbing hot butter on his chest.
Let’s look at some of the line items, and according to Yahoo, the numbers in parentheses are the estimated costs of the Congressional Budget Office:
> Aid to the family (US $ 422 billion). This is the $ 1,400, fulfilling Biden’s $ 2,000 campaign promise. This is certainly necessary for some, but not all, and in fact, there will be many day traders running a GameStop when these checks are cleared. Bitcoin, anyone?
> Assistance to small businesses, mainly restaurants (US $ 60 billion). This should probably be bigger. Yes, I wrote that. Now I need to go take a shower.
> Unemployment increases (US $ 163 billion). Once again, I’m in favor and I can see the wisdom in taking some of the first line items and moving them here, because people who have lost jobs right now need it more than anyone else.
> Housing aid ($ 40 billion) and paid leave ($ 132 billion). Does anyone else think these numbers should be inverted? And here you are betting that the diabolical details of ‘paid leave’ would make your head hurt.
> School aid (US $ 170 billion). At first, this seemed outrageously high – and the $ 35 billion that goes to colleges and universities is likely to be very high – but knowledge of how school budgets work makes it seem a little low in terms of public school systems across the country. Most public school systems have budgets that are largely generated by taxes paid in that district. Now, using Hamilton County, for example, home taxes will remain stable from 2019, but the less money was spent on restaurants, hotels and daily commerce in 2020, 30% less, maybe more. Therefore, taxes on services that go to state and local education systems will also be greatly reduced.
Now, for Santa Biden / Bernie’s clauses (or as a columnist called it, a “Democratic spending orgy):
> Minimum wage of $ 15 (only God knows the cost). We have already talked about this subject in these parts. My opinion is simple and you are certainly entitled to yours. The current minimum wage is very low. I think $ 15 is too high. I know this is not a COVID problem, however, and shoving it down the here and now – when we all realize how much small businesses and the unemployed are struggling – is an absolutely shameful act for Democrats.
> Pension relief (US $ 74 billion). This is mainly for unions, and it is totally ridiculous to be a COVID relief bill, and truth be told, how could you choose which pensions you are going to try to save?
> Expanded coverage in Obamacare (US $ 53 billion). Is this a topic that deserves debate? Almost certainly. But eliminating income limits and shifting rules on insurance eligibility may be high on the Democrats’ wish list, but this is not a COVID item.
And pretending to be related to COVID simply politicizes the pandemic even more, and I believe this is something that every common R&D has had more than enough.
Hey, good news, Tennessee fans, the Vols have two linebackers on the top 10 list. Hey, bad news, Tennessee fans, are the top 10 players still looking for their next stop on the transfer portal. The staff of 247sports.com ranked the best players in the new version of the free college football agency and, yes, Henry To’o To’o is number one.
Talking about the portal and the impact they have, well, it’s terrible for the Vols.
Consider that Florida managed a series of impact transfers and, in addition to the two linebackers – Quavaris Crouch joined Hank 2-2 on the list – and three former impact volleyball players will do Oklahoma much better in September as well.
In fact, the portal will need a better definition, if you ask me, and I am in favor of a player having more control over his situation.
Tennessee is certainly not the poster program for problems with the portal. The turbulence in training is the reason why there should be easier options for players to be transferred and qualified. And no more than the agitation like the dismissal of Jeremy Pruitt, who is being alleged as a dismissal for just cause for NCAA violations, like paying players.
In addition to the new team that did not recruit these players or form relationships with their families and could run a completely different system, the NCAA shadow will affect all Volleyballs at least next season and potentially more.
But what about transfer turnstiles in Norman, Oklahoma or State College, Pennsylvania or other places that have not had turnover. Yes, the recruitment process is structured so that coaches are already looking for something bigger, faster and better than what they have. Wise college athletes know that the threats to long-term play time come more from the guys who are not on campus than from the guys on the current depth chart.
How about Arik Gilbert, the super duper recruiting five stars from the tight end who fell in love with Coach O and LSU?
Yes, children are homesick. Yes, situations change. Yes, the NCAA is also sniffing Baton Rouge.
But there has to be some season between all transfers, unless you change the competition level and the free college football agency, don’t you?
This and that
– I’m not sure if I’ve seen two races in the same sports like this, but Jazz is 19-2-1 against the spread in the last 22 NBA games and the Cleveland Cavs is 0-13 against the spread in the last 13. The sequence dos Cavs is the longest string of flawed games of chance in 32 seasons, according to David Purdum, ace of ESPN betting writing.
– Purdum also posted on social media that the NBA is looking for a free game in which fans / competitors can make predictions about each individual possession. The app, called “NBA InPlay”, is made with the partner FanDuel and, in fact, is the future of in-game action for many sports. I’m not sure it would work well with the NBA, because of the fast-moving action. But this is a dream for players / punters of games like baseball and golf. Bet what the next hitter will do or if that shot hits the green. Damn, it would work very well in football too, considering the delay between the sockets. As if Tony Romo needed more money.
– Speaking of Jazz, guys, they are the best team in the NBA. How about this statistic: Jazz reserves, Joe Ingles, Georges Niang and Jordan Clarkson combined to make 19 out of 27 out of 3. Yes, leaving the bench. Gang, I hope NBA commissioner Adam Silver is prepared with a lot of dark liquor and some comforting food when it’s the invisible Jazz and the Nets impossible to match in the NBA finals in July. Talk about a ratings nightmare.
– here it is A2 today in Muppets it needs disclaimers, and as this is not surprising considering the times, and a better solution than canceling the show altogether because there were Arab Muppets digging for oil in Kenny Rodgers’s dressing room in one episode. (And yes, I’ve written millions of words and countless numbers of phrases in my life, and among the phrases I never expected to use, “Arab Muppets looking for oil in Kenny Rodgers’s dressing room” must be high on the list.)
– Previous choice of the first round and Isaiah Wilson, star of UGA it’s ‘done’ with the Titans. Considering his multiple incidents off the field, here’s a bet that this sentiment was at least somewhat shared by the Titans as well.
– There are people upset with Pat Sajak after him said “I love you” instead of “I understand” on Monday when interacting with a competitor who has a lisp.
– Former Republican Party President Michael Steele offered these insightful three words to Republican Party members seeking to separate from the party and follow former President Donald Trump. “There is the door,” he said. And anyway, Trump destroyed the Republican Party to the point that he is totally lost, having picked up a box full of Catch-22. If Trump remains in the Republican Party, it is difficult to see a path to success in big stage elections; if Trump and his followers leave, the numbers are simply not worth beating Democrats in a three-party approach.
– Isn’t there anything MC Hammer can’t do? Fashion innovator. Lyricist. A carpet cutter that always works. Now, the Twitter titan with a genuinely thought-provoking stance on science and philosophy. Here is the hammer Tweet that was social media humming Monday: “You bore us. If science is a” commitment to the truth “, should we locate all the historical non-truths perpetuated by scientists? Of course not. It’s not science vs. philosophy … It’s science + philosophy. Raise your thinking and awareness. When you measure, include the meter. “Dude, please, Hammer, don’t hurt them. I can’t touch that.
Hi, Ernie. True or false, it’s Tuesday.
True or false, if a new QB were traded for the team you played for, you would give up your number for free.
True or false, I am negligent that we missed the 40th anniversary of the Ice Miracle on Monday. (That’s true, folks. And you were born to be hockey players. War Herb Brooks and War Herb Brooks’ pants in that movie.)
True or false, Biden’s relief bill is good.
True or false, Kermit is the best Muppet. (If it’s false, I need your answer. My favorites are Stadler and Waldorf or, as they are known here, Chas and Spy.)
True or false, you had no idea that MC Hammer was so deep.
Which also raises the question, which rapper’s post-musical career is the most surprising? For me, the image of Snoop Dogg doing commercials with Martha Stewart and introducing Joker’s Wild takes the cake.
Rushmore of the most successful rappers after the end of rap. Go.