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The Dimview Recordings

2020.10.19 03:48 berg_mannn The Dimview Recordings

Part 1
Prologue:
What you are about to witness is a series of recording that I have recovered from a source which I will keep anonymous for the time being. That being said, I will not be revealing my identity either, nor my relationship with Jasper Gaunt or any member of the Gaunt family, nor how I came into possession of the corrupt audio files stripped from Jasper’s iPhone which finally came into my hands after being transferred between multiple parties for many months. I hope you respect the nature of my secrecy, for this information is sensitive, and there are many who would love to never see it enter the light of day. It bears mentioning that these same people would also love nothing more than to have the person who presented it to the public never see the light of day again either. Therefore, I must keep my identity hidden. I have recovered the recordings found on the cell phone and have transcribed their contents below.
It is my belief that the following story must be made public knowledge for the good of humanity. These “hot spots” as some call them have remained shrouded in secrecy and out of the public eye for as long as people have walked the earth, and even longer before that. The so called “protectors” of these spots have operated with well intentions but have ultimately been foolish in their pursuits to keep this knowledge hidden. You all deserve to know the truth that has been shielded from your eyes like an overprotective mother shields her babe from the grotesque realities of the world. Once we understand the truth of what lies beyond our wildest nightmares, we will be ever closer to managing it the proper way, as a democracy. Rather than a foolish oligarchy or selfish monarchy. Please, when listening to the following tale, keep your ears open and your mind sharp, and vice versa. For what you are about to hear may be hard to take in, though it is undoubtedly necessary.
Let it be known that the titles of the chapters in this story were created by me for structural and organizational purposes and were never mentioned by Jasper Gaunt or any of his affiliations. The following story is narrated by Jasper Gaunt. It is solely his personal account.
Now, I shall let the story begin.
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Chapter 1: Dig
A burst of sharp pain hit my palm as I struck the dry ground with such ferocity that a piece of the old, dilapidated shovel I was using decided to break off and enter my hand in the form of a splinter. I stopped when I noticed a trickle of blood run down the handle of the shovel. It wasn’t the pain that snapped me back into reality. My mind was so gone that it barely registered. It was only the sight of the blood that broke the spell which consumed my mind so entirely.
I stepped back from the small hole I had started and gazed at my surroundings. There wasn’t much to look at this time of night, but everything glowed with that familiar, otherworldly intensity. All that existed was the hole in front of me, illuminated by the flashlight I had placed on the ground next to it, and the moon in the night sky. I felt tears form in my eyes as I stared at the moon in its full formed beauty. Then, my attention was driven to the faint, recognizable sound of drums and chanting that I’ve grown quite accustomed to by now. I am losing my mind.
What the fuck am I doing? If only I hadn’t decided to take the damned shortcut. I’d be with Jenna right now in her mom’s kitchen, enjoying a cold one, and celebrating what was supposed to be a milestone in every young man’s life. “Dimview,” would still be just a memory, and as far from my mind as the idea of digging a hole in this fucking cold dirt at 3:00 in the morning. Well, that’s not entirely true. I suppose Dimview was always on the brink of my thoughts, more so lately than ever. And I guess if I’m being honest, I was always going to find my way to the center, sooner or later.
But I’m getting ahead of myself now. I need to get this story out there while I’m still coherent enough to tell it. Before the spell returns and this evil fucking place plants itself inside my brain once again. No matter how coherent though, I will never shake the vision of that dirty man with the bloody X’s carved into his face. And the smell when he…oh god the smell. In fact, it’s hard to shake any of the freaky shit that I’ve seen on my past 2 birthdays.
I’m doomed you see, 18 years old and my future ends tonight. I don’t think there’s much I can do about it now. It’s actually my birthday, but I’ll get to that later. For you to fully comprehend the gravity of my situation, we need to go way back. Really, this all started long before I was born, but I first saw Dimview almost 9 years ago when I was just 9 years old…Well, I didn’t exactly see it. We’d been in the city all day and my dad wanted to have a little fun on the ride home…No wait. My dad…I…I guess it might be best if I give you some details about me and my family first.
My name is Jasper Gaunt. I live in the Appalachian Mountains in the Southern United States, in a small town which for now will remain nameless. My family has history in these hills dating all the way back to colonial times. Apparently, some ancestors of mine even fought in the revolutionary war. Our roots here go deep, very deep.
My father is the town sheriff, just like his father before him, and his father before him. The Gaunt’s come from a long line of country law enforcement, and from a practical perspective, I guess I’m next in the line of succession to take the badge. That was the plan anyways, before this whole mess. Yes, I was next in line to join in the responsibility of bringing down all the underage drinkers and local pill junkies who attempt to rob the town pharmacy. And if luck would have it, I may have even gotten to answer some noise complaints from the town’s elderly population, when some teenagers decided to throw a party next door to one of those old fart’s houses. Not much really happens in this place.
The most action my dad and his team get is when they hear word of people making moonshine up in the hills and they have to confiscate the stills. Usually, my dad will hear of these operations going down somewhere deep off the trails and he’ll have to hike up there with a few guys. By the time they get there though, the shiners often already got wind of the situation and bolted, or went out to gather supplies. When the shiners actually are there, most of the time they’re harmless, and they go to jail peacefully when the law rushes in. Shit, more often than not, they aren’t even carrying guns. They just have a hunting rifle in case they encounter some animal up there. My dad will usually lock these guys up for a bit, but the charges never really stick. This is due to the local populations love for illegal hooch. The judges themselves often have a few jars of white lightning in their liquor cabinets back at home. So, these shiners usually end back in the hills in no time and the whole process starts all over again.
Every once in a while though, the cops will roll up on a group of shiners who mean business. There’s talk of a local mafia in the nearest city who took up shining as one of their enterprises, and they send their goons deep into the hills to brew the stuff. Now, these guys are hardened criminals, and their operations are big enough to put them away for a while. Every so often my dad will run into some of them and a full-blown shoot out will go down. I always loved hearing the stories my dad’s deputies would tell me about their encounters with these crazy shiners. One of those fuckers even through a Molotov cocktail at my dad’s friend once. It started a small fire, and after all was said and done, they had to send the fire department up there before it got out of hand.
Unlike his friends, my dad would never talk about his time fighting though. He never told me any crazy stories, even though he had plenty. I’m almost certain he had to kill someone who shot at his crew with an assault rifle one day. When I was younger, I would always beg him to tell me about his experiences, but he would just blow it off and tell me he was doing his duty, and it’s not polite to talk about it.
My dad never talked much about his work with anyone, even my mom. I think his perpetual silence might have always been one of the reasons for his depression spells. You see, every so often, dad gets in a mood. He’ll go for weeks where he shuts everybody out entirely, including me, and spends all of his time at home locked in his office doing God knows what. There have even been a few instances at night when I’ve walked by his locked office door and heard him quietly sobbing. Now, my dad is the type of man who wouldn’t be caught dead showing even the slightest emotion to anybody, let alone his son, who he’s raising to take over as town sheriff someday. So, as you might guess, this situation was always very concerning to me. Sometimes, in between the sobs, I even heard him talking to himself. He’d mumble things like “It aint right. These damn hills. It just aint right.”
When I was younger, I would often get so worried about him when he was in one of these states that I would ask my mom about it. She would always tell me the same thing. She would say that Dad’s under a lot of stress right now with work and not to worry, it’ll pass. One time, when I was about 12, I wanted answers, so I aggressively confronted her about it. I asked her what he could possibly be that upset about given how uneventful his job actually is. I still remember the conversation:
“How could he feel so sad mom, nothing ever happens here. This place is boring” I said to her.
“I’m sorry son, I know this place isn’t very exciting for a young man such as yourself,” She said. “But as you get older, you’ll grow to appreciate its charms.”
“I don’t wanna live here,” I said petulantly. “I wanna live in the city. Can we move to the city? There’s movie theaters there and a mall and lots of kids my age.”
“Come on now, we’ve talked about this Jasper. This is where your dad works. This is where I work. Our whole lives are wrapped up in this little town. Besides, it’s not so bad. You’re doing great in school and you have lots of friends…”
“This place is boring and it’s making dad sad!” I interrupted her.
“Listen Jasper, when you get older, you’ll understand.” She said to me sternly, with a hint of anger behind her voice. “If you only knew about what goes on in these mount…” She stopped mid-sentence and looked embarrassed, as if she let something slip that she shouldn’t have. My mom never talked like that and it intrigued me.
“What is it mom? What goes on in the mountains?” I enquired, eager to hear of some form of excitement to wrap my little brain around.
“Oh son. Your dad… Your dad has responsibilities that you couldn’t possibly understand right now.” She said, now in a sorrowful tone.
“I can’t understand? What’s that supposed to mean?” I asked. “Did he have to shoot more bad men?”
But at this point she just went silent and told me to drop it. So, I dropped it and stormed off back into my room. A couple weeks later my dad got better and returned to his usual self and I went back to being the bored preteen boy that I was.

Chapter 2: The Shortcut/First Encounter
As I said before, it was almost 9 years ago when I first encountered Dimview…
You must have gathered by now that I wasn’t the happiest kid. I longed for some form of excitement to pull me out of the monotony of where I lived. I was obsessed with the nearby city, which was a sprawling, exciting place for a boy. It was full of unusual sights, and sounds, and smells which played symphonies on my senses. It made me feel alive. Also, I was an only child, and being an only child, I would get very lonely which only amplified the drab qualities of my existence. So, given that the city was packed with people walking up and down every busy street, it gave me a special kind of comfort you can only attain in densely populated places. It dulled my aching loneliness, if only for a bit. I would take every opportunity that I could to venture out to that place, whether it be with friends or family.
One time, when I was 9 years old, my dad decided it would be a good idea to get out of the hills for a bit and have a family adventure. I jumped for joy when he told me to go get my jacket and wait for him and my mom in the truck. The plan was to go see a movie, then shop a little bit in the mall, and then top it off with a trip to Baskin-Robbins for some ice cream before heading back home.
I remember it being a wonderful day. First, we went to the movies and saw “Tron: Legacy.” My dad fell asleep in the theater but me and my mom loved it and I couldn’t stop talking about the CGI. We then went to the mall, just like we planned. It was around Christmas time, so I was soaking in all the colorful Christmas decorations strewn about. We stopped for a bit to watch the fat man in the Santa suit take demands from spoiled little boys and girls while their parents urged them on with big Christmas smiles on their faces. My dad bought a new baseball hat and got my mom a jacket she wanted. Just as we were leaving, my dad got the idea to turn back around to the hat store and buy me a fitted hat, just like his, that was too big for my little 9-year-old head. I wore it anyways with a big smile on my face while I sat in the Baskin-Robbins enjoying my ice cream, listening to my mom and dad joke around and laugh at the people who walked by.
Spirits were high when we returned to the truck. That’s when my dad decided that for the ride back home, we should take “the shortcut.” Now, this shortcut wasn’t really a shortcut. Sure, it was a shorter route than taking the main roads back home in terms of mileage, but it cut up through the mountains and you had to go pretty deep into the trails, which weren’t so vehicle friendly. So ultimately it ended up taking more time to get back to town than the main roads. This shortcut is known only to a select few of our town’s residents who like to keep it a secret, and the only way you could take this route was if you have a strong truck or off-road vehicle. My dad, being the rugged man that he is, had just gotten a new Ford F150 with some additional off-road features, and he wanted to see what the machine could do. My mom initially objected, but with some gentle persuasion from me and my dad, she caved, and we took off up the mountain.
I’ll never forget the first time I saw it. We were about halfway through our little mountain excursion and me and my dad were having a blast. My mom, on the other hand, was not. She would let out a little scream at every bump and hill and rough patch, but my dad’s laughter always pervaded, and she would lighten up again.
We had just gotten to the top of a big hill when all the joy in the truck was suddenly sucked out in an instant and our smiles and laughter turned to unease which bordered on panic. We heard a loud pop, and the truck uncontrollably swerved for a moment until my dad got a hold of it again.
“Shit!” He said. “Shit, shit, shit.” As he guided the truck along unsteadily.
When we got to the top of the hill, there was a big turnout off the narrow mountain road to the right, so he took the opportunity and parked his truck there.
“Damn flat tire.” He said after he removed his key from the ignition and leaned back in his seat. “Welp, this is as good a time as any to learn how to fix a flat, son.” He said as he stared at me through the rearview mirror.
“This is why you should always be prepared.” He opened the door and slipped down off his seat to plant his feet in the dirt. He then came around to my door in the back seat and opened it for me.
As I slid out of my own seat and onto the ground, I was struck with the strangest feeling. There was a faint energy in the air, something that I can’t adequately describe now, and I certainly couldn’t describe then. I looked up at the trees and back down to the earth. As I did this, the energy only intensified. It was equal parts sinister and wondrous. I felt almost drugged. Something was way off with the atmosphere at the top of this hill. I didn’t know whether I should get back in the truck or listen to my dad’s instructions. I didn’t even know if my legs would work.
My dad told me to follow. I stuck close to him as we walked around to the other side of the truck. Then something caught my eye. My dad must have noticed the look on my face when I stopped in my tracks because he looked over in the direction I was staring.
On the other side of the road, opposite the turnout, there was a gate. In the middle of the gate, there was an entrance that was blocked by a car gate and secured with about 3 heavy duty chains to prevent it from swinging open. The car gate looked like a standard gate that you would see on any old dirt road to block off people from driving onto private property. It was so out of place up here in the isolation of the mountains that I couldn’t help but stare in bewilderment. The gate stretched out on either side of the entrance, down the hill from where we came and along the other side to where we were going. It was riddled with “No Trespassing,” and “Keep Out,” and “Private Property,” Signs. There were about 20 signs as far as I could see. The gate was at least 10 feet tall, which from my 9-year-old perspective, looked absolutely massive.
“Hey son, give me a hand here,” My dad already had the jack out and was loosening the lug nuts. I must have been staring for a good 30 seconds before he snapped me out of my stupor.
“What...what is this place dad?” My words were slow and felt odd in my mouth.
“Come raise this jack for me son, I can’t do this all by myself.” He completely ignored my question as if I hadn’t even asked it.
I walked over to where he was and looked at the jack, then looked back at the gate. My dad noticed me staring again and he finally spoke up.
“That place…that place is…nothing. It’s nothing to worry about son. Now grab this lever and push down like this.” He worked the jack and the truck raised a little bit.
“It doesn’t look like nothing.” I said while pointing to all the signs. He ignored me again and made me push down on the jack a few times to help raise the truck. Then he finished it off himself.
I turned away from him and stared back at the place I was previously looking at. At that moment, I noticed something strange. A grey house cat had rustled out of a bush that lay on the other side of the gate. The cat walked about as far as the entrance and sat down, tail swaying back and forth. He must have noticed me looking because he turned towards me and met my stare. I cringed….something was wrong with it. He was a little too far away to tell for sure, but it looked like something was horribly wrong with his face.
I walked a little bit closer, taking small steps. The cat continued to stare at me. A surreal feeling of discomfort arose. Even at 9 years old, I could tell this was an odd situation. What the hell was a domestic house cat doing all the way up in the mountains like this? I thought. We were a long way from civilization either way and I had never heard of house cats being out in the wilderness.
As I inched closer to it, I felt bile start to rise in my stomach. I was becoming nauseous and my nerves were dancing more wildly the closer I got. I was about 15 feet away now and I could clearly see the creature. He was repulsive. Half of his face had been chewed off or something and what remained was a mangled pink mass bulging from the right side of his head. He only had one good eye. The other one was not entirely gone, there were small fragments of glossy white peeking out of the fractured socket. He was still staring at me, peering into my soul. I froze when I heard a noise beyond the gate, a metallic bang of some sort. Me and the cat both looked up to the sight of birds taking flight out of some trees. I didn’t see anything else out of the ordinary. The cat never looked back at me. He just licked his wrist and then ran back into the bush from where he came.
“Dad! Dad, did you see that?” I looked back to the truck where my dad had just about finished changing the tire. He was tightening the last couple lugs on the spare.
“See what son?” He asked with complete disinterest.
“There was a kitty! He was hurt real bad. His face was messed up.” I shouted back at him. He laughed a little before responding.
“A cat? All the way out here? That’s not likely Jasper.” He tightened the last nut and began to put things away.
“Dad, I swear there was a cat! His face was gone, and it was bloody and pink.” I shouted again.
“Ok champ. Why don’t you get back in the truck with your mom now and we’ll head on out of here.” He threw the flat tire into the bed of the truck.
It was no use. He wasn’t going to believe me and I knew it. He did one of those things that parents do with their children where they just agree with them, so they shut up. But I knew what I saw. And after we got back in the truck, I tried one more time to grease him for all the information I could. My head was swimming with questions.
“Dad, what is that place?” I asked him when the truck was back on the dirt road, accelerating away from the gate and the cat. My mom and dad exchanged glances. He knew he was gonna have to give me something this time or my mom would speak up at least. He sighed and stared at me in the rear-view mirror.
“Listen son. That place....It’s not a good place. You can never ever go there. You hear me?” He said this very sternly. “It’s private property and it belongs to someone else. You’re going to be older soon and eventually you’ll have your own car. If you or any of your friends ever come this way for any reason, you can never go there. You understand?” I didn’t understand.
“But whyyyy Dad?” I asked in a whiney tone.
“It’s a bad place son and bad things happen to people there. That’s all I’m gonna say.” He ended the conversation.
I knew when my dad meant business and by the tone in his voice as he said that last sentence, it was time for me to shut up. But I also knew, even at 9 years old, that I was not going to stay away from that place. I had stumbled onto something too interesting to ignore and so close to my boring little town that I couldn’t ignore it if I wanted to. What the hell were those gates guarding? And what was that bizarre energy that I felt?
It had finally happened. I had found the excitement and mystery and intrigue that I had so longingly been craving for my whole, short 9 years of existence in this world. And even though it scared the hell out of me, or maybe because it scared the hell out of me, I wanted in. I vowed from that moment forward, from the bottom of my heart, to find out what laid beyond those gates.

Chapter 3: The Moonshiner’s Story
My curiosity about the secret place in the mountains only grew with age, but my parents remained tight lipped. Every time I tried to bring it up, I would get one of two responses. The first response and most common was annoyance. My dad and mom must have planned what they would say ahead of time because they both gave me the same response:
“We told you to forget about it and that’s final. Just drop it.”
But on occasion, if I waited a long time before asking them again, maybe a year or more, then I would get a more intriguing answer, such as:
“Maybe you’ll find out when you’re older. But for now, stay away from there.”
The kids in school didn’t know anything about it. Every time I told the story about the cat with the mangled face, they would get frightened and stop listening or they would think I was crazy. I gave up on trying to get answers until I got to high school and discovered that the place was shrouded in local lore. People knew I had an interest in it, so they would approach me and tell me all kinds of crazy shit that they heard from their parents and their friend’s parents. I found out it even has a name. “Dimview,” is what they called it, and that title, at least, seemed to be unanimous. In some circles, all you had to do was say the word Dimview, and people would spill their renditions on whatever ghost, alien, or government conspiracy story they had heard about the place.
By sophomore year, I had heard so many impossible stories about Dimview that I cringed at the thought of hearing another pimple faced kid tell me about how his cousin’s brother in law saw zombies eating aliens below a ghost ship floating in the sky 7 miles East of the place on a dark and stormy night two decades ago. The stories were all ridiculous, and I had come no closer to learning the truth about Dimview as I had when I first laid eyes on the signs that decorated the gates back in 2010. That is, until I met Jacob…
Just as I come from a long line of local law enforcement, Jacob comes from a long line of local criminals, shiners mostly. His family had been brewing illegal hooch all over those hills for generations dating all the way back to prohibition. My dad disapproved of our friendship immediately. He had been locking up this kid’s relatives for years and thought they were nothing but trouble. So when Jacob invited me over after school one afternoon to hear some stories and get plastered off some jars of the family recipe that he had skimmed off the top, I had to tell my dad that I was staying at school late with some friends to study for an English test. Jacob said his cousin had a real deal account of an experience involving Dimview. He also said his story would “scare the absolute shit out of me.” I couldn’t refuse his offer.
When I got to Jacobs house, I could see he was living with a large group of family members in a big 5-bedroom farmhouse that was a little deeper into the woods than I was comfortable going. I had second thoughts about all this as Jacob pulled us into the yard in his Fox-Body Mustang. I suddenly realized that maybe these people might not be so welcoming to the son of the town sheriff. Surprisingly though, they were very hospitable. His mom even offered me a small glass of some of their home brew while she went and fetched Jacob’s cousin. The stuff was outrageously strong, especially for a 15-year-old who had only ever gotten drunk a few times off domestic beer.
Jacob’s cousin, Manny, came in and joined us at the kitchen table where me and Jacob sat waiting for him. It was easy to see these people were related given they all had the same red hair and freckled faces. Manny was Jacob’s cousin on his mom’s side and looked about 35. He was wearing a U.S. Army hat and a sleeveless shirt. If anyone had walked in at that moment, they would easily have seen that I was the outsider here given my jet-black hair, tan complexion, and clothes that actually had sleeves still on them. Manny offered me another glass and we exchanged pleasantries. They were obviously trying to get me tipsy. I think they got some amusement out of corrupting the sheriff’s son. With a drink in hand, he began his story. The following is his account and I still remember exactly how he told it:
A few months ago, me and my partner Jeff found a good spot deep in the hills to set up shop. You couldn’t get there by any roads, but after I put the lift kit on the Tacoma, we had no problem prowling over a few bushes and making a road of our own. It was Jeff’s find really. He had been out hunting rabbits and came across a natural spring. If you know anything about moonshine, you know that a good water source is essential to the process. So, we packed up the truck with our tents, still, and equipment, then started the drive. Like I said, there wasn’t no road to get us there so the drive was a little rough at times, but we eventually made it. When all was said and done, we must have been at least a good 12 miles or so out there away from civilization.
Once I saw the place, I was impressed with Jeff’s scouting abilities. He’d brought back some good skills he’d learned in the Army. It was a decent spot really. We had trees covering us from above in all directions and a little stream about 30 feet or so from the place we aimed to set up the still. My good mood instantly shifted though when Jeff told me there was just one problem.
“Dammit Jeff,” I said. “You wait til you bring me all the way out here to tell me about a problem? This better not be something major”
“It aint.” Jeff said to me. “Well, not unless you believe in ghost stories.” I laughed and asked him what the hell he was talking about.
“That Dimview place,” He said. “The backside of it is a little up the way over there.”
Now I’m not one to jump at some dumb, spooky backwater legends, so I told him as long as there aint no one from there that’s gonna come looking around and find us, then I could care less about the place.
“There aint no one.” He said. “It’s gated off, but as far as I could see, there aint even anything beyond those gates but more hills and valleys. I walked the perimeter plenty of times before and hadn’t never seen a single soul.”
“Oh hell,” I said. “Let’s get to work then.”
We set up that morning and got to work. By midday we were ahead of schedule, so we decided to crack open a jar and relax for a bit. Well, one jar turned into 2 which turned into 3 and before we knew it, we was absolutely shitfaced. I could barely stand let alone get any more work done. We decided to pull out the tents and try to sleep it off for a bit. What happened next is a God damn nightmare that I’ll never forget for as long as I live, no matter how hard I try.
I woke up with a start to this metal banging sound echoing from somewhere. It was dusk still, but the stars were just starting to come out, so there wasn’t much natural light around. I jumped up out of my tent on high alert, trying to figure out where the hell that noise was coming from. The first thing I noticed was that Jeff’s tent flap was open. I scuttled my way over there as best I could and peaked inside to find that Jeff was gone. What the hell? I thought. Where did he run off to? My first instinct was that maybe he was the one making that noise, so I grabbed my flashlight and followed the sound through the approaching night.
I realized the sound was coming from the West where them gates were, so I plowed through the bushes and trees, getting caught on every damn stick and thorn on the way. I was still drunk as a skunk from the shine and was stumbling all over the place. It must have been about 20 minutes had passed before I managed to find the damn gate. When I got there, I couldn’t see shit, but what I could gather was that the sound definitely was coming from beyond those gates. It was somewhere over the crest of a nearby hill. There was no way I was climbing the gate to go see what that racket was, so I decided to just look around the woods for a bit and see if I could find any kind of clue as to what the hell was going on. Maybe I’d run into Jeff too.
As I turned around to walk back towards where I came, something else caught my ears. Something much closer than the metallic bangs. It was coming to my left. It sounded like some shuffling of leaves or some tree branches swaying around. I shined my flashlight in that direction and started walking. As I got closer, I began to smell something in the air. Something…putrid, something god awful. It was getting inside me too and making me wanna gag. It felt wrong and twisted. I had fought a little bit overseas in Afghanistan when I was in the Army and I had some experience with IED’s. When you roll up on a convoy that just got blown up, there’s a smell that lingers and there’s this overwhelming feeling of despair. This felt like that. It was the feeling of death. Lingering death that was too close for comfort.
I walked a little further towards the rustling and tore through another bush, then I saw him. It was Jeff. Only it wasn’t, it couldn’t have been. I shined my flashlight and I saw him…walking up the tree. My stomach felt woozy and I wretched as I tried to get a grip on what I was seeing. He was walking up the tree sideways as if gravity switched directions. His back was parallel with the ground. He stopped walking at the top of the tree and reached into his stomach. I could see his belly was cut wide open and blood was spilling down the sides of him. He started pulling his guts out. He was hanging them on the branches like some kind of grotesque mockery of Christmas lights. He started screaming, shrieking this ungodly noise, it sounded like a damn wounded bird or something. His shrieks turned to laughter and he turned around to face me. His eyes were gone. I shined the light on his face and saw these X’s scratched into where his eyes should be. Even though he couldn’t see, I knew he was looking right at me, he was staring into me. A smile crept up his mouth, too large for his face. He started singing…no, chanting. The most horrible sounds came pouring out of his mouth. There was this banging like drums and this god-awful chanting.
I was frozen. I thought I must be hallucinating from the hooch. I needed to gather my thoughts, but they were nothing but a jumble.
“As the fire burns, they come for us all.” Jeff started saying.
“When the fire burns, they come for us all…” He said
“As the fire burns, they come and we fall” The metallic noise beyond the gate had finally stopped.
“The fire burns you motherfucker!” He was screaming now like he was stark raving mad with pain. Then the sky lit up beyond the fence with this orange glow.
“The fire burns you motherfucker!” Jeff started dancing grotesquely.
“The fire burns you motherfucker!” He was running up and down the tree now, his body creaking and folding in impossible contortions.
“The fire burnssssss!”
The glow beyond the gate got brighter and through the night sky I thought I saw little plumes of black smoke.
“You motherfucker!” Jeff was moving fast now, screaming again, shrieking at the top of his lungs.
“You motherfucker!”
And then he vanished. As soon as he was gone, I heard something absolutely massive moving my way. I saw it out of the corner of my eye. It was darker than night, it was the blackest ebony I had ever seen, it was like the antithesis of light floating through the sky. It seemed to be sucking up all the color around it. But I didn’t care to look any longer. I sprinted back to the camp site as fast as I could. I didn’t bother to collect anything. I just jumped in the truck and drove the fuck out of there, plowing over bushes and flying over every bump. I fucked up my truck something awful, but I made it back home in about an hour or two. I never saw Jeff again.
The next day I gathered a crew to go look for him. We found the still and tents right where they were, but we didn’t find Jeff. We must have searched every nook and cranny within a few miles, but there wasn’t a shred of him left. He was gone.
….
Manny was on the verge of tears. He got up quickly, walked out the kitchen and out the back door, leaving me and Jacob at the table. I looked at Jacob and he had his head down. I was feeling stick to my stomach and requested he drop me off back home.
The ride home was mostly silence. I had to say something, anything to break the awkwardness.
“Was any of that true?” I asked. Jacob looked over at me.
“Manny doesn’t lie.” He said solemnly with a straight face. “Go ahead, ask your dad about Jeff. It was right around the time that bridge collapsed. The sheriffs had to handle that first but afterwards they sent a search party out for him. They never found him either.”
“In all my life, I had never seen Manny as shaken up as he was when he came home that night. He made it through all kinds of fucked up shit over there in the sandbox and I never heard a peep out of him about it. But after this, he hasn’t been the same since.”
“Then what the fuck was that?” I asked, a little angrier than I had intended.
“There are things in these hills Jasper.” Jacob went on. “Things that we would be smart to forget about.”
After I got back home that night, I realized maybe Jacob was right. Maybe it was time to put this behind me and stop searching for the answers. I was digging into something beyond my understanding, something wildly dangerous. and I decided to give my whole Dimview obsession a rest for a while.
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2020.10.08 18:03 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ May 2, 1988

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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2-1-1988 2-8-1988 2-15-1988 2-22-1988
2-29-1988 3-7-1988 3-14-1988 3-21-1988
3-28-1988 4-4-1988 4-11-1988 4-18-1988
4-25-1988 * * *
  • [NWA] The biggest story of the week is Barry Windham turning on Lex Luger to join the Four Horsemen on the April 20 WTBS taping. They made it meaningful. Windham and Luger were challenging Tully and Arn for the tag titles and they posted Luger, who bled for the first time in seven months. And Windham tried to make the tag on two occasions, but Luger wasn’t there, and J.J. Dillon got in his ear and with a bit of encouragement he lariated Luger so Arn could get the pin. Luger and Brody doing clean jobs in the same week has Dave joking the Road Warriors will be next. Anyway, Midnight Rider followed Windham into the heel dressing room and was jumped by all the heels, who unmasked him. But the faces saved him before we could find out who this mysterious enforcer of what’s right could have his face caught on camera. Windham rode off in the Four Horsemen’s limo holding the mask to close the show. Given the cards they’ve got set up all around the country for May, Dave thinks this must have been a spur of the moment thing, but by all accounts it came off fantastically.
  • The Crockett Cup, on the other hand, did not come off fantastically. At least not on the first night. Totally disorganized is the phrase Dave uses. The wrestling was excellent and the second night was a very good show, with the exception of having a half full arena. The first night had nearly a full house. The only good thing about the show, aside from the wrestling, is really that the right team won. Dave reviews both nights. Anyway, main things of note: Tony Schiavone announced at the beginning that Windham had pulled out and that Luger would pick a new partner, which everyone assumed would be Midnight Rider and would lead to them going to the end. The bracket was a mess and basically wasn’t really used. The first match was a forfeit since The Green Machine didn’t make it to the building on time (he was there by 8 pm when the tickets said the show would start, but the show started at 7 so yeah). Music miscues happened, the Mexican delegation was Curtis Thompson and Gene Ligon in red versions of the Cruel Connection’s outfits, and the Japanese team was Johnny Ace and John Savage because the actual Japanese team “missed their flight” or so they said. Steve Williams and Ron Simmons took on Rick Steiner and Mike Rotunda at the point the intermission should have happened and was supposed to be the final second round match according to the program, but yeah let’s roll with it. The crowd cheered the announcement that Ron Garvin was injured (following the use of the spike by Kevin Sullivan in the aftermath of the Prince of Darkness match, which meant Sting had no partner. Well, Lex Luger’s looking for a partner, so here we are, the beginning of Sting and Luger as the worst best friends. The final match of night one should have been the Midnight Express vs. the Varsity Club, since they were the only remaining teams left not to have second round matches. For some reason we got the Midnights vs. the Sheepherders instead, and this counts enough, because it’s how the Midnights made it to the quarter finals. Oh, and Flair, who won Most Hated Wrestler by the PWI this past year, gave a promo and got a standing ovation. Very hatred indeed.
  • And that’s just night one. But before night two, Dave talks about Ricky Steamboat’s gym in Charlotte. Dave went to pick up some t-shirts because those make great gifts. Well, the guy at the front desk refused to sell Dave anything because it was 5:01 pm and the gym was closed. “I flew in from California just to buy t-shirts” was not a convincing argument either.
  • Anyway, night two of the Crockett Cup began with announcements, and the crowd was buzzing because word of Barry Windham’s turn was starting to get around. But since it hadn’t aired, pretty much everyone was going off secondhand information. Anyway, the first announcement had to do with Garvin’s injury and the crowd cheered again. Then they announced Windham was out and had joined the Horsemen, and people were beside themselves hugging and cheering this news. And when Sting and Luger were announced, the women in the audience punctured everyone else’s eardrums. Night 2 sees a much improved quality of matches. The Fantastics vs. Varsity Club get 4 stars and Dave notes they had the best opening match he’s seen in years. Sting and Luger beat the Midnights in a 3.75 star match and Dave praises Sting (not “one of the elite workers in the world yet” but definitely on his way). Road Warriors vs. Powers of Pain used the over the top DQ Dusty finish they used last month for Midnights/Fantastics in the same arena, and Dave can’t believe the booking there. Arn and Tully beat the Fantastics in a 3.5 star match.Flair and Nikita Koloff had a completely predictable, watchable, ho hum match. The finals saw Sting and Luger beat Arn and Tully in another 3.5 star match, and Luger put some work into this one (he wasn’t in much at all in the earlier matches, and he blew up after 10 minutes in this one.
  • Dave guesses that the reason the finals drew so poorly comes down to a few factors. Nobody believes the $1 million prize, for one thing, and tournaments don’t draw without a really strong bracket. Nobody cares about Flair vs. Koloff. Midnight Rider isn’t doing anything for anybody and they put all their tv energy into that. The Crockett Cup has a three year history and has yet to sell out a building once. It’s time to re-evaluate. Fewer teams and matches would be a good start, and that would allow a meaningful world title match on night one. Getting outside teams would be good too because it would provide some drawing power by putting on the show people the crowd is not used to, but easier said than done.
  • Akira Maeda’s UWF sold out its debut show for May 12 in 15 minutes. Dave thinks this might be a record for pro wrestling. Fans camped out on April 15 outside the Korauken Hall box office to get tickets the next morning, and more than 6,000 fans were turned away once the show sold out. This news is forcing some re-evaluation of opinions on UWF. With this, Maeda is now the hottest guy going in Japan. It’s leading to demand for UWF to have television, and Tokyo Channel 6 wants to broadcast specials. They’re looking at the 11,000 seat Ariake Coliseum for August. Dave personally thinks UWF will attain a cult following for its hyper-realistic style, but it’ll lose the mainstream general public because of the lack of flash, high flying, and showmanship. That said, a Japanese reporter told him that if Maeda becomes “cool” in the eyes of Japan, he’s going to be “cool” regardless of what his style is and people will follow what he’s doing. If something is “in” in Japan, everybody follows it, according to the reporter. UWF gaining a following will likely hurt Baba and Inoki because they’ll look fake by comparison, and it’d wreck any plans WWF might have of entering the Japanese market beyond a week’s tour a year. Money shouldn’t be a big issue - they only have six wrestlers on contract and two front office people, so they can reinvest profits into the company heavily. That said, they only have three guys (Maeda, Nobuhiko Takada, ad Kazuo Yamazaki) with name value, which only gives them three options for main events, so staleness is a possibility. Only time will tell.
  • War is brewing in Oregon and Roddy Piper has thrown a spanner in the works. He’s appearing on April 30 for Don Owen. Piper turned down lucrative offers from the WWF and NWA in the past year, so this definitely feels like a personal favor to help out Owen, who gave Piper his big break in the late 70s. Even when he worked for WWF, Piper refused to work in Washington or Oregon because they weren’t Owen’s shows right up until the end of his career, when he worked a couple shows in Seattle and Tacoma after Owen had given up running those cities. He even worked Owen’s 60th anniversary card in 1985 when he was the top heel for WWF. Piper’s appearance has forced Billy Jack Haynes to push his debut card back a week to May 7, and Owen’s bringing in Tom Zenk and Curt Henning for that night.
  • [All Japan] Bruiser Brody jobbed clean by pinfall to Jumbo Tsuruta on April 19 to lose the International Title. The finish was a back suplex and it’s the first pin he’s taken in Japan since 1980.
Watch: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Bruiser Brody
  • [WWF] The April 30 Saturday Night’s Main Event was taped on April 22. Results saw Beefcake beat Danny Davis and cut his hair. This was supposed to be HonkyTonk vs. Beefcake, and they ran ads for it all the way to the last minute, but Honky didn’t wrestle Beefcake. He did work both the taping and the taping from the night before and never dropped the Intercontinental Title, though. Duggan beat Hercules by DQ. Demolition beat the Bulldogs by DQ in a non-title match. Ted DiBiase beat Don Muraco. Randy Savage retained the WWF Title against One Man Gang. Andre the Giant squashed Jake Roberts, who got his heat back after the match with the snake.
  • Former Atlanta promoter Paul Jones passed away on April 17 at the age of 86. When they announced his passing at Jerry Blackwell’s tv taping in Marietta for his promotion some fans cheered because they thought the announcement was about the NWA manager Paul Jones.
  • There’s a movie called Tokyo Pop coming out shortly and a few joshi have non-speaking roles. Bull Nakano is among them. It’s apparently not a very good movie, and not worth it if you just want to see Bull.
  • The Edmonton Athletic Commission has warned Stampede that no spitting, swearing, or brawling in the crowd will be allowed going forward.
  • [Stampede] Wayne Hart and Gary Allbright (the latter to make his debut as Volcan Singh) injured their knees in training. Referee Hermann also has a bum knee that’s keeping him out, so yet another brother (Ross Hart) is filling in.
  • Apparently Owen Hart is having second thoughts about going to WWF. Three Japanese tours a year and working the rest of the year apparently seems pretty satisfying to him.
  • On April 23, Memphis formally announced a talent trade deal with World Class. Jerry Jarrett has taken over as booker for Memphis from Jerry Lawler, and he made the announcement that the Von Erichs, Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, Chris Adams, Terry Taylor, and “World heavyweight champion” and “first Black World champion ever” Iceman King Parsons would be coming in shortly. World Class has cut down Fort Worth shows to every other Sunday, which frees up some Mondays to come over to Memphis for work. Most of the guys in World Class could use the dates, because just working for World Class means they aren’t making any money. TV fans had no reaction to this, apparently.
  • [Memphis] Downtown Bruno called out Jerry Lawler on tv on April 23 while dressed kind of like Ric Flair. This led to Robert Fuller jumping Lawler from behind and putting a noose on him and dragging him around before choking him over the ringpost. Jeff Jarrett made the save. Continental did the same angle in Birmingham on April 18 with an airdate of April 23 with Tony Anthony and Tom Prichard, and since some cities get both shows some are upset at Fuller and Bruno doing it and copying the deal. Nobody seems upset at the whole lynching aspect, just at the copycat thing.
Watch: Robert Fuller hangs Jerry Lawler
  • Continental’s version of the noose angle got a lot of heat. Dirty White Girl/Lady Mystic (she’s used both names) came out with a black eye and pleaded with Gordon Solie to get Tom Prichard through two whole matches, with the idea that Tony Anthony (whom she valets) punched her. Eventually Solie gets Prichard and Anthony sneaks up behind him and handcuffs him then ties a noose around his neck and drags him to the ring where he hangs him and blood comes from his mouth. They destroyed the old set during the brawl, which is leading to the rename of the promotion as the Continental Wrestling Federation and the building of a new set.
Watch: Tony Anthony hangs Tom Prichard
  • Continental is doing a tournament in late May for a new CWF champion. Whoever holds the title will also be number one contender in the area for the AWA World Title, which Continental now recognizes as the world championship of record.
  • [All Japan] Brody and Tenryu’s title unification match drew 4,400 fans out of a capacity of 7,000 and ended at 30 minutes in a double countout. Since Brody dropped the title to Tsuruta, that means that the big une 10 Budokan Hall show will be headlined by Tenryu putting up the PWF and United National titles against Tsuruta’s International title.
  • All Japan’s ratings have dropped significantly since being moved from prime time to Saturday nights at 10:30 pm.
  • May 20 to June 26 are the dates for this year’s IWGP tournament in New Japan. Announced names include Billy Gaspar (Bob Orton), Owen Hart, Adrian Adonis (who has lost something like 80 lbs according to those in touch with him), Mr. Pogo, El Canek, Dr. Wagner Jr., and more.
  • New Japan is doing a big show at Ariake Coliseum on May 7. Inoki will defend the IWGP title against Vader, and Keiichi Yamada will challenge World Karate Association champion Don Nakaya Nielsen for his title. Nielsen had a famous match in 1986 against Akira Maeda which really helped establish Maeda’s popularity. Dave thinks it’s likely Yamada will be the first pro wrestler (to his knowledge, anyway) to do a job to someone from a different sport in one of these mixed matches, which would set Nielsen up for another mixed match in August against a bigger name wrestler.
watch: Nielsen vs. Maeda from 1986
  • Antonio Inoki gave a guest lecture at a school recently and a kid asked him if he could beat Giant Baba. Inoki said if he met Baba and couldn’t beat him, he’d kill himself.
  • WWF won syndicated ratings again for the week including March 27, taking third place overall with a 10.9 in 255 markets. Crockett got 6th place with an 8.4 in 183 markets, and All-Star Wrestling Network got a 5.6 in 164 markets. These numbers are for the weekend of Clash and Wrestlemania, and WWF predicts a new record for the following week, but we’ll see how that works out for them.
  • Adrian Adonis has either threatened to or already gone through with filing a lawsuit against the AWA over his ankle injury in January. That injury cost him a tour of Japan
  • There was an angle in Southern Championship Wrestling on April 17 where Mr. Atlanta knocked out Mr. Wrestling II and tried to unmask him. Out of nowhere comes a second Mr. Wrestling II to make the save. They’re calling the new guy Mr. Wrestling, and he’s being played by Joe Powell. Interestingly, over a decade ago Powell worked as an imposter Mr. Wrestling II.
  • Nearly everybody Dave said was gone from WWF in the past couple issues is still around. Outback Jack and Mike Sharpe were on tv recently in jobber roles, while Terry Gibbs and Craig De George did tv interviews. And even Hulk Hogan appeared as a surprise on April 21 to squash Boris Zhukov. He’s not booked for any other shows until the end of May, but obviously that doesn’t mean as much with the surprise appearance on the table.
  • Harley Race was hospitalized and had to have a foot of intestine removed.
  • Butch Reed was apparently fired along with Sika and S.D. Jones.
  • At the Superstars taping, Savage vs. Andre for the title was the dark match. It went three minutes and Andre choked Savage from the jump, and the fans just chanted for Hogan the whole time. Savage got DQed for hitting Andre with a chair when he started chasing Elizabeth.
  • Mel Phillips has been replaced as ring announcer by Mike McGuirk. Aside from messing up a couple tag team introductions, she did a good job on her first day.
  • A possible hint for the role of Big Bubba Rogers. Jimmy Hart said he’s looking for a bounty hunter to get Beefcake for what he did to Hart’s hair, so that might be him.
  • Dave responds to a letter asking him not to cover POWW or GLOW and requesting his opinion on the long-term effect of Wrestlemania IV sucking. Dave thinks it’s obvious at this point that Wrestlemania won’t have much long-term negative effect and that Crockett has already squandered whatever positives they had coming out of Clash by failing to realize that building the entire show around one person is the opposite of what they should do. Like a skilled politician, Dave argues that Vince can tell everyone his show was a success so often and convincingly that they forget, while Crockett too often fails to follow through and correctly take advantage of anything they manage to get hot.
  • Another letter heaps praise on the Malenko brothers for not needing a gimmick. “The Malenkos have a gimmick called wrestling, a term that seems to be forgotten, but as long as the Malekos are around there is still a chance it won’t be extinct.” I like me some Dean Malenko, but “guy who wrestles good” is a terrible gimmick if you have nothing else going for you, and Dean’s no font of charisma. There’s a reason he had a ceiling.
  • Owen Hart is rumored to be debuting for WWF in July as a masked wrestler with a gimmick something along the lines of Tiger Mask in terms of appeal to children. Dave thinks this would work great if he had people capable of working at his level and if WWF would let him do his good moves rather than try and quash his style to keep the rest of the crew from looking bad. And thus we have the first early mention of the Blue Blazer.
  • WWF is thinking of running a Randy and Elizabeth tv special. Dave thinks it might be a possible head to head against Crockett’s July ppv. Not until Summerslam 1991, Dave.
  • Starting with Survivor Series, WWF will be on tv in France.
  • Dave speculates that Crockett turned Windham due to unimpressive house show attendance. The April 17 Charlotte show drew “one of the smallest crowds in years” and the April 24 show at the Omni only drew 1,400, or less than 10% capacity, for what was an excellent show. Dave heard from someone in attendance that the Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics was a five star match. They had three shows booked for May, but after how poorly this show did, they cancelled two of them.
  • Crockett’s July ppv is tentatively scheduled for July 10. That’ll be the first Great American Bash ppv, and Dave’s guessing that they’ll keep the same plan for the main event and go with Flair vs. Luger.
  • Finally, the most important news of the year is in. WWF’s new tv announcer is Sean Mooney. He used to produce This Week in Baseball and co-hosted Light Moments in Sports with Joe Namath.
NEXT WEEK: WCCW announces card for Parade of Champions, Oregon war heating up, April 30 Saturday Night’s Main Event, Wrestling telethon in June, transcript of hour 1 of Bruno’s radio interview, and more
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2020.10.05 15:12 IOTAbesomewhere Round up of Cryptocurrency News #10 Week 28/09 - 4/10

Hello and sorry all its been about a month since serious post. So what has happened this week? 1. Kucoin exchange was hacked for over $150 Million in Bitcoin. Bitfinex and Tether freezes $33 Million of stolen funds. Over this past week we have seen many cryptocurrencies on the exchange be released from the freeze. However, users are still waiting on the main cryptos to be released as KuCoin is working on their security of their platform to make sure it does not happen again. The hacker itself tried to dump his tokens over Binance... Good try lol https://news.bitcoin.com/kucoin-hack-17m-laundered-via-decentralized-exchanges-blockchain-analysis-firm-claims-this-can-still-be-traced/ (HOLY MOLY) https://news.bitcoin.com/kucoin-ceo-says-exchange-hack-suspects-found-204-million-recovered/ 2. Bitcoin outperforms Gold, Nasdaq, 10 year treasury and S&P 500. not surprising at all for us but still very interesting, Bitcoin is up 48% since the start of the year. It appears more people are becoming interested in cryptocurrency as Bitcoin continues to be the best performing asset not just in the past 10 years but of all time. On a more personal note, I was at a small gathering today (within covid restrictions) and I was just saying how i was really interested in cryptocurrency. For the first time ever everyone around me was really interested in what it was and how it worked also talked to a lot of my stock market friends and almost all have pulled out or thinking of pulling out. related: https://dailyhodl.com/2020/10/01/report-details-unprecedented-levels-of-wall-street-interest-in-bitcoin-and-cryptocurrency/ https://dailyhodl.com/2020/10/02/former-goldman-institutional-trader-says-large-investors-now-buying-bitcoin-and-gold-at-same-pace-heres-why/ 3. CBDC news - US federal reserve is actively working on the a digital dollar. From a previous post we know that the European Union is working on a Digital Euro and China is working on their own digital dollar. For me this is a bit of a worrying issue and seems like an upgrade for their own outdated systems completely removing the idea of decentralisation. In addition to this, I find it interesting that in Australia all cryptocurrency tax laws were written in late 2017/2018 and continues to be adapted. In Russia their are harsh penalties for unreported cryptocurrency holdings. In my controversial view I think the technology of blockchain can actually be used to recreate and rewrite a much better future through its innate abilities. we can avoid things like this: https://news.bitcoin.com/jpmorgan-fraud-billion-dollar-settlement/ 4. Highlights on cryptojacking - if you dont know what this is it is when a script or code runs on a computer to mine cryptocurrency using your computer resources. You can block these using other programs or scripts and being safe over the internet. 5. World economic forum names XRP as crypto asset most relevant in central bank digital currency space. Many partnerships in the space plus flare coming later. https://dailyhodl.com/2020/09/30/ripple-matchmaking-effort-discovered-featuring-170-financial-institutions-is-xrp-front-and-cente i definitely have a love hate relationship with XRP. 6. https://dailyhodl.com/2020/09/28/defi-movement-shatters-11000000000-in-total-crypto-assets-locked/ https://news.bitcoin.com/uniswap-captures-2-billion-locked-dex-volume-outpaces-second-largest-centralized-exchange/ 7. https://www.ey.com/en_au/blockchain/blockchain-platforms 8. https://dailyhodl.com/2020/09/29/twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-says-bitcoin-and-blockchain-will-fuel-financial-freedom-and-transform-future-of-content-delivery/ 9. https://news.bitcoin.com/easily-spend-your-bitcoin-via-prepaid-debit-card-or-a-paypal-account-with-bitcoin-of-americas-easy-to-use-trading-platform/ 10. https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoin-com-exchange-to-list-aspire-and-aspire-gas-as-newest-digital-asset-creation-platform-comes-to-market/ 11. https://news.bitcoin.com/onecoin-victims-petition-establishment-european-crypto-fraud-compensation-fund/ 12. https://news.bitcoin.com/atari-announces-ieo-collaboration-and-listing-of-the-atari-token-with-bitcoin-com-exchange/ Atari also partners with Cryptocurrency project ULTRA. Don't sleep on NFT projects, they may be a niche but they help with organisation, collectability and simplifies processes. 13. https://news.bitcoin.com/aurus-disrupts-the-gold-industry-today-its-ecosystem-lists-at-a-value-of-75m/ 14. https://dailyhodl.com/2020/10/01/irs-deploying-two-firms-to-track-crypto-transactions-in-million-dollar-deal/ 15. https://dailyhodl.com/2020/10/01/number-of-crypto-users-shatters-100000000-worldwide-cambridge-study/ https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoin-posts-a-66-day-consecutive-streak-above-the-10k-price-range/ 16. https://news.bitcoin.com/cryptocurrency-exchange-diginex-trading-nasdaq/ 17. https://news.bitcoin.com/smart-contract-protocol-rsk-attempts-to-bring-defi-to-the-bitcoin-network/ 18. Bitmex news: https://news.bitcoin.com/bitmex-criminal-charges-prison/ well this happened. https://news.bitcoin.com/open-interest-on-bitmex-drops-16-investors-withdraw-37000-btc-in-less-than-24-hours/ https://dailyhodl.com/2020/10/02/bitmex-fires-back-after-us-accuses-crypto-exchange-of-failing-to-prevent-money-fraud/ https://dailyhodl.com/2020/10/03/440000000-in-bitcoin-exits-bitmex-as-crypto-traders-respond-to-cftc-allegations/ 19. Contract to break monero privacy: https://news.bitcoin.com/chainalysis-and-integra-win-1-25-million-irs-contract-to-break-monero/ 20. https://news.bitcoin.com/stacking-satoshis-leveraging-defi-applications-to-earn-more-bitcoin/ 21. https://dailyhodl.com/2020/10/02/bitcoin-whale-issues-big-warning-to-traders-heres-why-he-believes-group-of-crypto-assets-are-at-risk-from-regulators/ 22. https://news.bitcoin.com/venezuelas-state-run-defi-crypto-exchange-goes-live-after-maduros-anti-blockade-speech/ 23. https://news.bitcoin.com/crypto-exchange-coinbase-hands-over-customer-data-to-uk-tax-authority/ 24. https://news.bitcoin.com/jeff-booth-bitcoin-price-of-tomorrow/
25. https://news.bitcoin.com/eth-volumes-top-125-billion-in-q3-high-risk-dapps-dominate-tron-network/ 
Here is a small cross post for price movement: https://dailyhodl.com/2020/09/30/bitcoin-btc-tezos-xtz-cardano-ada-etoro-crypto-roundup/
Seems like everyone is bullish on bitcoin and leading crypto projects to make big gains over the next year, sooner rather than later. Bitcoin also holds above $10.5K with over 1Million wallets. Bitcoin interest is gaining throughout the world as many parts are hit by economic crisis.
Ethereum 2.0 roadmap updated, plans to exponentially increase scalability! VERY BULLISH. https://dailyhodl.com/2020/10/03/vitalik-buterin-updates-ethereum-2-0-roadmap-details-plans-to-exponentially-increase-scalability/
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2020.10.04 00:34 TheAndredal Day 125 of "peaceful protests"

Jesus fucking christ, they're at it again...
0003 - PPB behind the Penumbra Kelly Building. #PortlandProtests #PDXprotests #BlackLivesMatter
https://twitter.com/cdsupriyadi/status/1312295471512051714?s=19
2240 - A moment of silence behind the Penumbra Kelly Building for Breonna Taylor. Breonna Taylor’s aunt is called via video chat on an individual’s cellphones. #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor #PortlandProtest #PDXprotests
https://twitter.com/cdsupriyadi/status/1312269160240488451?s=19
From an Antifa person:
Riot cops arrive, forcing their way into the crowd of friends and medics treating one of the protesters who were knocked down. Then officers start shoving, macing, and knocking the injured protester to the ground.
https://twitter.com/baaascom/status/1312297008799997952?s=19
As I lock my car after parking at Laurelhurst Park, PPB LRAD announces that no permits were issued to march on streets and orders everyone to march on sidewalks if they march. Also, that the Penumbra Kelly building and it's grounds and landscaping are closed to the public.
https://twitter.com/baaascom/status/1312241531252744192?s=19
https://twitter.com/baaascom/status/1312252461957050369?s=19
https://twitter.com/baaascom/status/1312264791021375488?s=19
https://twitter.com/baaascom/status/1312268042789777408?s=19
A motorcycle cop pulls over two vehicles that were blocking the street to protect the crowd. Protesters swarm him and both vehicles drive off. Two protesters block the motorcycle as it drives off, knocking them both to the ground.
https://twitter.com/baaascom/status/1312293492702371842?s=19
Dumbass got arrested for being a dumbass
https://twitter.com/sethdunlap/status/1312296767631683584?s=19
Rioters scream and yell during street clash with Portland Police in SE Portland tonight. #antifa #PortlandRiots
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1312311598636134400?s=19
Antifa/BLM are criminals:
Portland tonight: BLM-antifa rioters surround officer who pulled over driver. The driver flees & when the officer tries to follow him, rioters stand in front of his motorcycle. One gets hit. #PortlandRiots #antifa
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1312309478667083777?s=19
Portland thread:
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312247205873348609?s=19
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312250757651996672?s=19
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312255409768427521?s=19
Another flag burned:
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312257504198365184?s=19
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312288342814322689?s=19
Portland Police trying to control the scene and get the person aid, the crowd is pretty hostile. #Portlandprotests
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312288431217631232?s=19
Portland Police motorcycle incident - she was trying to block the motorcycle, and they were throwing liquids at the police #Portlandprotests
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312294068446097410?s=19
More of the motorcycle incident showing them trying to stop an arrest, a car taking off from being pulled over, and them blocking the vehicle #Portlandprotests
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312294906023403520?s=19
The girl seems fine, the police say she is in good condition but Antifa is saying that PPD pulled her into the police station and she was unconscious. I think she's checking her nails here. Posting for archive #Portland
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312304925590732800?s=19
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312306592537178114?s=19
SPD East Precinct a little bit ago. Surrounding a Police vehicle again. They are trying to normalize this. #Seattleprotests
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312298033426571264?s=19
Detectives Investigating Friday Night Shooting, Homicide, and Fatality Hit and Run
https://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2020/10/03/detectives-investigating-friday-night-shooting-homicide-and-fatality-hit-and-run/
Denver
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312270755590148096?s=19
White Supremacist Who Organized Charlottesville Race Riots Endorses Joe Biden
https://thefederalist.com/2020/08/24/white-supremacist-who-organized-charlottesville-race-riots-endorses-joe-biden/
A new survey by Downtown Portland Clean & Safe, an affiliate partner of the Portland Business Alliance, shows that at least 20 businesses have closed within a 213 block radius in downtown #PDX. #Portland #Oregon #smallbusiness #pnw
https://twitter.com/JenDowlingKoin6/status/1312237243013058561?s=19
Portland Police said over loud speaker that incendiary devices from rioters have been thrown tonight. #PortlandRiots #antifa
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1312266506164596737?s=19
This is funny or sad, I honestly don't know:
To those gathered near the Penumbra Kelly Building and specifically the owner and/or operator of the Snack Wagon: Officers have observed people in the crowd retrieving eggs from the Snack Wagon and throwing said eggs at officers. Stop throwing eggs. (continued)
https://twitter.com/PortlandPolice/status/1312256239410180096?s=19
Jim Acosta — like many in the media — apparently forgot President Trump already has condemned white supremacy
https://www.theblaze.com/news/ready-jim-acosta-like-many-in-the-media-apparently-forgot-president-trump-already-has-condemned-white-supremacy?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Police say that people are now throwing incendiary devices. They are on the loudspeaker telling people to stop throwing things. #koin6news #PDX #PNW #Oregon #PortlandProtest
https://twitter.com/JenDowlingKoin6/status/1312261981701697536?s=19
Liberal students vandalize, steal signs from pro-life memorial at Texas university
https://www.theblaze.com/news/liberal-students-vandalize-pro-life-memorial?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Las Vegas, NV - BLM blocking traffic and then throwing things at and hitting vehicles when they get through (for justice)
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312246422142476288?s=19
Gabriel Johnson, Dir. of Save #PDX, says, “I think there are still a lot of businesses suffering. There have been 2 that just closed in the last 2 weeks. We've seen the 7-11 which was the scene of someone getting kicked in the face...that just closed.” #koin6news #Portland #PNW
https://twitter.com/JenDowlingKoin6/status/1312242428200452096?s=19
Video: Police officer launches himself headfirst down courthouse stairs in attempt to catch fleeing suspect
Protesting the "racist DA" Sandra Doorley at her home Rochester, NY
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312240373012463617?s=19
Charlotte, NC
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312238038928384001?s=19
St. Petersburg FL
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312236061783859201?s=19
Providence, RI
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312233910151995394?s=19
The two people in this crowd responding to them are the people ruining this all for us. "We're suffering...also burn down the precinct" ~ Seattle BLM
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312231529725132800?s=19
https://twitter.com/KittyLists/status/1312231479993196544?s=19
Bi-racial woman said four white males lit her on fire in racist attack — prosecutors found no evidence that it happened
https://www.theblaze.com/news/althea-bernstein-racist-attack-hoax
Gov. Whitmer fumes after Michigan Supreme court strikes down her coronavirus orders
https://www.theblaze.com/news/gov-whitmer-fumes-after-michigan-supreme-court-strikes-down-her-coronavirus-orders
Biden supporter outside Walter Reed as the President is hospitalized: “We don’t care how he’s feeling”
https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1312212387953471494?s=19
This is spicy:
Here's the raw footage of Jeff Ordower getting grilled for money by "protesters."
https://twitter.com/SomeBitchIKnow/status/1312208791601995777?s=19
Bikers praying for our President and First Lady. 🙏🙏 We are with you.
Follow @VoteRed_ IFB
https://twitter.com/VoteRed_/status/1312183285930360833?s=19
Federal judge denies New York Times, Rolling Stone, ABC, and CBS motion to dismiss Nick Sandmann's defamation lawsuit
https://www.theblaze.com/news/judge-greenlights-sandmann-lawsuit?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Trump haters rejoicing in his testing positive for COVID-19
https://archive.is/wip/Djy4E
Days after computer theft from Philly elections warehouse, reporter strolls inside, walks by rows of voting machines — with no one else around
https://www.theblaze.com/news/philadelphia-elections-warehouse-voting-machines--with-no-one-else-around?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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2020.09.30 11:52 thecambridgegeek Audio Drama/Fiction/RPG Debuts - September 2020

I've got what I think is a mostly exhaustive list of the new audio drama series that came out in September, which may be of interest to those looking for new shows. See below. Anyone want to tell me any I've missed, and I'll update it? (Note, "new" here means that the Ep1 of the RSS feed was released, or a previously non-fiction feed started producing fiction.) Listened to any of them that you would recommend?
Previous months are available here:
https://www.thecambridgegeek.com/results.php?proof=Releases&tag1=Audio%20fiction
And the ongoing updates (just in case you don't want to wait for the end of the month) are available here:
https://twitter.com/AudioDramaDebut
And I do a weekly podcast collecting a few trailers here:
https://www.thecambridgegeek.com/archive/add/add.php

9/1: No Place but the Water (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000ly22/episodes/downloads
Synopsis: Linda Marshall Griffiths' drama series set in a flooded future world. When there is no place but the water, where do you go?
RSS Feed: https://podcasts.files.bbci.co.uk/m000ly22.rss

9/1: Starlight (RPG - Science fiction)
Site: https://starlight.captivate.fm/
Synopsis: Join us for this live play DnD space opera as three unlikely heroes traverse the many perils of the known galaxy, and etch their names among the stars. We break the bounds of traditional epic fantasy, and reach for the starlit enterprises of the universe beyond.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.captivate.fm/starlight/

9/2: Deep Folk (Fiction - Anthology)
Site: https://redcircle.com/shows/deep-folk
Synopsis: Studio Tortu Presents: Deep Folk /// Deep Folk is an experimental Artificial Intelligence narrative podcast by Malcolm Sutherland and Simon Cottee /// Tales from the Generator is a first person radio drama written with assistance of the AI Dungeon Dragon Engine /// The Deep Folk Companion is an ongoing discussion of artificial intelligence and its role in the creative process.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.redcircle.com/69a2c347-766c-4a88-a926-e129b0944f3f

9/2: Eberron Chronicles: Oracle of War (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://www.oracleofwar.com/
Synopsis: A Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition "PodioBook" (podcast/audiobook) playing through a Wizards of the Coasts Adventurers League Campaign. Influence this game and story at: www.EberronChronicles.com
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/2b7c1a5c/podcast/rss

9/2: Tales of the Nova Realm (Fiction - Fantasy)
Site: https://linktr.ee/totnrpodcast
Synopsis: This is a fantasy fiction podcast made by fans of the genre, FOR fans of the genre. The tales that will be told are also of those who inhabit this world. Filled with adventure, mystery and possibly lessons for those who wish to find a deeper meaning. We hope you enjoy what you hear!
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/32be92b8/podcast/rss

9/2: The Hero of Matysia (Dramatised - Fantasy)
Site: https://anchor.fm/the-hero-of-matysia/
Synopsis: Fatine and Rusen, two knights-in-training in the Matysian Kingdom, meet the legendary hero Balthian, who tells them a variety of tales from his long life of adventures. Join the young trainees as they learn about their hero's life and come to understand the many complexities of heroism, and the impact that being a hero for such a long time can have on a person. Starring Jennifer Hale and Bryan J. Howard, The Hero of Matysia is an original, episodic audio drama created by Will Kaplan & John Kyle Moseley.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/2d7aa7ec/podcast/rss

9/4: (exp)lore (Fiction - Anthology)
Site: https://www.theatrejupiter.com/explore
Synopsis: A fiction anthology podcast to be enjoyed in the community while social distancing. These site-specific stories take an imaginative dive into the past and future of your city. Each episode immerses the audience in a rich audio play while they explore the world through a new lens.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.transistor.fm/explore

9/4: Armageddon: Black Dawn (Fiction - Fantasy)
Site: https://soundcloud.com/terry-tibke
Synopsis: A fantastic tale of dragon riders.

9/4: Deck of Many Queers (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://www.deckofqueers.com/
Synopsis: Welcome to the Table! We're the Deck of Many Queers. Just a group of queerfolk gathered around to play some Dungeons & Dragons!
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/32bfba08/podcast/rss

9/4: No Sleep Tonight Horror Radio Show (Dramatised - Horror)
Site: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1330696
Synopsis: A horror radio show featuring fully dramatized radio plays to scare you silly.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1330696.rss

9/4: Station Arcadia (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://www.stationarcadia.com/
Synopsis: The Station Arcadia podcast tells stories from a dystopian world where dieselpunk, steampunk, cyberpunk and solarpunk societies all exist side by side. These diverse stories are told through a radio station on a shifting island, and given voice to by the Station's Host - Kass. Woven through each stand-alone story are threads that come together to tell the story of a revolution, and hope in the face of a dying world. Also, it's queer.
RSS Feed: https://pinecast.com/feed/station-arcadia

9/4: The Genesys Archives (RPG - Anthology)
Site: https://anchor.fm/thegenesysarchives
Synopsis: Welcome to the Genesys Archives! A place where a bunch of nerds, artists, writers, and musicians collaboratively create stories through a tabletop role playing game called Genesys. This podcast will serve as an archive of these stories as we adventure through fan-favorite settings like Star Wars or Azeroth and unearth the unexplored in original settings like our first project: The Unseen World. Enjoy your stay and feel free to peruse our collection at your leisure!
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/21e7ffb0/podcast/rss

9/4: The Heart of Ether (Dramatised - Horror)
Site: https://heartofether.tumblr.com/
Synopsis: Irene Gray moved to the town of Daughtler, Washington to move on from something that has haunted her for four years. There is more to this town than meets the eye, however. Beneath its surface, something lurks.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:868604788/sounds.rss

9/5: Space Mantis Show Podcast (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://spacemantisshow.com/
Synopsis: A fan hears a knock on her door and realizes she's been given a box of secret DVDs. Why did she get unreleased episodes of a canceled space opera show, and what's going on in space? She'll have to watch the DVDs to find out. The show, Space Mantis, follows a team of intergalactic efficiency experts combing the stars looking to bring order to the chaos of the universe! Though, what's the deal with space, anyway?
RSS Feed: https://spacemantisshow.com/storage/app/media/podcast.rss

9/6: Muhaymin Luckett Audio Dramas (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Site: https://anchor.fm/muhaymin-luckett/
Synopsis: Hello, My Name is Muhaymin Luckett. I am an aspiring Actor and Playwright. In this podcast you can expect to hear my works that tell compelling stories. I hope to become known throughout the world for the work I put out. New episode every other Sunday!
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/202fe7a0/podcast/rss

9/6: Mysteries and Madness (RPG - Crime/Mystery)
Site: http://www.theclubhouse.ca/
Synopsis: A 2 Player Role Playing Game creating a Supernatural Detective Drama set in the 1940s. GM’d by Dave Coalmine & Played by Todd Sullivan. These are the Case Files of Jack Shepherd.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/coalminesclubhouse/feed.xml

9/7: Audio Ephemera (Dramatised - Anthology)
Site: https://anchor.fm/audio-ephemera
Synopsis: Audio Ephemera is an audio drama series of unique, inclusive, and engaging one-off stories. Every month, a new story with new characters to love and a new journey to follow will make its way into your ears, head, and heart.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/34618580/podcast/rss

9/7: Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Dramatised - Slice of life)
Site: http://ldlha.com/
Synopsis: "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," is a fictional, original audio drama podcast series by writers Terrell Jackson and Ember Stone. The lead, Naomi Martin, is a young woman from Kansas City, MO, torn between her dream of becoming a world-renowned vocalist, and the more seemingly realistic goal, set for her by her father, to finish school and have a practical, “safe” existence.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/ldlha/feed.xml

9/7: Mighty Deeds (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://gveltum.podbean.com
Synopsis: Mighty Deeds is a podcast of high adventure. If you Like Dungeons and Dragons, Dungeon Crawl Classics, or any other brand of Fantasy Adventure Actual Play podcasts, please give Mighty Deeds a try. We're starting off with a Ravenloft / Curse of Strahd funnel, but where things go from there is anyone's guess. Be on the lookout for more Goodman Games adventures in the party's future.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/gveltum/feed.xml

9/7: Ravis: The Lost World (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://anchor.fm/1in20
Synopsis: Welcome to the world of Ravis for our D&D 5e actual play campaign series! Ravis is a world full of monsters and mystery. Follow our adventurers as they uncover the truth behind the Lost World. Using D&D 5e rule set, with a few homebrew / variant rules thrown in! World and story is created and written by our Dungeon Master; Liam Wright. We hope you enjoy!
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/33051008/podcast/rss

9/7: The Golden House (Dramatised - Interactive)
Site: https://www.the-golden-house-podcast.com/
Synopsis: "The one and only podcast for The Golden House Technology and Innovation Centre. Broadcasting from the heart of our state-of-the-art facility on the Isle of Wight". These six episodes were originally broadcast between September 2018 and January 2019. They were pulled from the internet shortly after. Each episode seems to contain a code of some kind... I'm reposting in the hope that someone can shed light on what happened here. I'll repost any clues to my Twitter (@ImogenShelfTest).
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/2205482c/podcast/rss

9/7: Waylays and Melees (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://waylaysandmelees.podiant.co/
Synopsis: Waylays and Maylays To date: it is the only place that one can get such classics as; grown men cry laughing whilst other adults squeak in high pitched voices trying to intimidate a glowing penguin baby out of it's own birthday cake and into a brand new porn carriage.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.podiant.co/waylaysandmelees/rss.xml

9/8: The Elvet Mysteries (Dramatised - Horror)
Site: https://kymdeyn.com/crow-kettle/
Synopsis: The Elvet Mysteries is a horror-mystery miniseries set in a small English university town. After a strange experience, first year student Livvy Jones starts to document the unusual things happening in Durham, and invites the student body to share their stories.

9/9: Around Dis Joint (Dramatised - Anthology)
Site: https://arounddisjointent.com/
Synopsis: Around Dis Joint Entertainment is a podcast that produces original creative content from a collaboration of talented Screenwriters, Voice Actors, Songwriters, Music Producers, & Poets. From Romantic Comedies and Dramas, to Horror, Sci-Fi, and Whodunits, our radio theatre style stories will capture your attention and awaken your imagination with new episodes launching each week!
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/2e2ed67c/podcast/rss

9/9: Brian Blessed's Bedtime Stories (Fiction - Anthology)
Site: https://www.unionjack.co.uk/shows/brian-blesseds-bedtime-stories/
Synopsis: Gordon's Alive! Shy and retiring actor Brian Blessed has got his first ever podcast. Every Wednesday, he'll be soooooothing you to sleep with classic children's stories and fairy tales. Get ready for a 'calming' and completely off-the-rails rendition of some of world's most famous stories.
RSS Feed: https://www.omnycontent.com/d/playlist/58553d62-3a06-463a-b5c8-a442006798d2/bb064cdb-72fc-4ecc-81e5-ac2100a60a4a/1e1ef77f-6708-4ce9-83ed-ac2100a66c15/podcast.rss

9/9: Of Mice and Men and Monsters (RPG - Anthology)
Site: https://omamamshow.captivate.fm/
Synopsis: A real play podcast where Dungeons and Dragons collides with the classic stories you either love or completely avoided while in school. Join players Aaron, Adam, Kimmie, and Dungeon Master Katelyn, who is also a high school English teacher by day, as D&D elements are dropped into famous pieces of literature.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.captivate.fm/omamamshow/

9/9: Season of the Worm (RPG - Urban fantasy)
Site: https://seasonoftheworm.libsyn.com/
Synopsis: Season of the Worm is an actual play Monster of the Week podcast set in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and it's dark heart Wormwood Falls. Season of the Worm follows 2 groups of monster hunters as they try to solve mysteries and hunt down monsters in and around Wormwood Falls, Arkansas.
RSS Feed: https://seasonoftheworm.libsyn.com/rss

9/9: The Dr. Epicopolis & 1102 Show of Shows (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://www.wonkybot.com/the-dr-epicopolis-1102-show-of-shows/
Synopsis: A meta comedy audio series following supervillain Dr. Epicopolis, the self-proclaimed ‘genius of all evil’ who plots to destroy Earth’s superheroes with his loyal but terribly mistreated slog, 1102. A spin-off from the Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning scripted podcast series Tara Tremendous.
RSS Feed: https://www.spreaker.com/show/4483253/episodes/feed

9/10: Tall and True Short Reads (Fiction - Anthology)
Site: https://shows.acast.com/tall-and-true-short-reads/
Synopsis: Tall And True Short Reads is an audio fiction podcast featuring original short stories from Tall And True, an online showcase and forum for writers, readers and publishers, narrated by Robert Fairhead.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.acast.com/public/shows/tall-and-true-short-reads

9/10: Welcome to the Quids Inn (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://welcometothequidsinn.podomatic.com/
Synopsis: Welcome to the Quids Inn' is the story of five young people simultaneously hired by the Edinburgh Newington branch of the Quids Inn, Britain's finest chain of budget hotels. The series explores the group's interactions, stories, misadventures and fun whilst working hard maintaining the reception desk, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
RSS Feed: https://welcometothequidsinn.podomatic.com/rss2.xml

9/11: The Atlantis Project (Dramatised - Science fiction)
Site: https://www.amam.cymru/theatlantisproject/2536
Synopsis: “...This is North Sag – home of the Sagog people. It’s disappearing to the sea. Tomorrow, we have to leave North Sag forever. So tonight, we’ve come together to record our story for you. This is ‘The Atlantis Project’...” This is an audio series in 5 parts for listeners aged 11+. Created as an international collaboration between artists in Wales and Norway, we uncover the effects of climate change on culture through the adventurous and heart-warming story of Evie and Deean - two teenagers who invite us into their world of friendship, crisis and acceptance.

9/11: The Order of Podcasters (RPG - Crime/Mystery)
Site: https://anchor.fm/order-of-podcasters/
Synopsis: An actual play tabletop role-playing game using the Esoterrorists rules and featuring podcast hosts as the investigators, including Jennifer Taylor of In Defense of Liberty and Vanished, Rob Kristoffersen of The Coda, Brian Hastie of Double Density and The Coda, and TechnoFunkBoy of Tales from the Rusty Speeder and Dice & Dreary as the game master.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/35707f6c/podcast/rss

9/12: Doctor Who: Beginnings of Battle (Dramatised - Fanfiction)
Site: https://anchor.fm/drwhobeginningsofbattle
Synopsis: After escaping a battle The Doctor, newly regenerated, finds himself on the frontline of attack from a creature known as a Tiromal, which is roaming the streets of modern day Edinburgh. After bumping into Sophie, a student, he then begins a quest into finding out who is unleashing these creatures in Edinburgh. Starring Harry Aspinwall as The Doctor, Sophie Weller as Sophie, Max Darke as Triper, Abbie Davidson as Daisy, Maisy Crunden as Tilda, Courtney McCrea as The Physora, Briony Martha as Megan, Rachel Johnstone as Debbie, David McKie as The Soldier, Tomos Bohanna as The tech geek and narrated by Lewis C. Baird.Original music by Rebecca Kelly. Featuring music by CO.AG Music, Whitesand and White Bat Audio. Written, Directed & Edited by Lewis C. Baird.
RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/2dad2870/podcast/rss

9/12: In Astra: A Sci-Fi Mystery (Dramatised - Crime/Mystery)
Site: https://allmylinks.com/inastrapodcast
Synopsis: What is happening at Delphic Peak Preparatory School? Joaquin Moreno doesn't want to be here. But as a bizarre and disquieting mystery unfolds, he may be forced to stay and reckon with it—especially since he's the only one who's noticed. Now Joaquin must fight battles both outward and inward. Because truth carries burden. No one can go back in the dark once they find the light... And there's something watching us from the stars. In Astra is a story about mystery, trust, mental health, and identity. And also space and some gay stuff. New episodes every Saturday! Written, Directed, and Produced by Bee Dellepiane.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/inastrapodcast/feed.xml

9/13: Deconstructive Criticism (Dramatised - Comedy)
Site: https://dcritpodcast.libsyn.com/
Synopsis: This is the podcast where Paul and Allison review all the things they do and don’t need in their lives… But there’s one very important thing they never discuss: Do they need each other?
RSS Feed: https://dcritpodcast.libsyn.com/rss

9/13: The Paper Dungeon (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://www.thepaperdungeon.com/
Synopsis: The Paper Dungeon is a Dungeons and Dragons 5e campaign streamed on Twitch. Our group started in Nebraska, but has spread to include people across the United States, and we hope to include people around the world. D&D has held us together for years. Welcome to the podcast of our adventure, Dungeoneers.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/thepaperdungeon/feed.xml

9/13: Where the Tracks End (Dramatised - Crime/Mystery)
Site: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1304281
Synopsis: From Darker Truths in Strange Fiction Studios comes a tale of 5 people whose lives become intertwined: two boys, two police officers, and a murderestalker. The audio drama will follow the lives of each of these characters separately throughout the course of 9 months.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1304281.rss

9/14: Hank the Cowdog (Dramatised - Children)
Site: https://www.qcodemedia.com/hank-the-cowdog
Synopsis: Hank the Cowdog, the self-declared “Head of Ranch Security,” finds himself smack dab in the middle of a host of tangled mysteries and capers that span the universe of the Texas Panhandle cattle ranch Hank calls home. Hank is joined on these tail-wagging, tongue-slobbering adventures by a motley assemblage of characters, not least of which is his less-than trusty sidekick, Drover, a small but uncourageous mutt. Listen in as Hank the Cowdog always claims to know the answer, is the last to realize he doesn’t, but is the first to run headlong into tales of courage, loyalty, and friendship. Hank the Cowdog podcast stars and is executive produced by Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey. Written, directed and executive produced by Jeff Nichols.
RSS Feed: https://feeds.simplecast.com/syZR7vjv

9/14: The Spooky Sapphic Storyteller (Dramatised - Horror)
Site: https://linktr.ee/emwalker
Synopsis: A hybrid personal narrative/audio drama podcast exploring LGBTQ experiences and the paranormal.
RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/spookysapphicstorytellefeed.xml

9/15: Dice and Desire (RPG - Fantasy)
Site: https://linktr.ee/DiceAndDesire
Synopsis: Six friends go adventuring in this actual play Dungeons and Dragons 5e podcast. Listen to find out how they avoid a TPK this week!
RSS Feed: https://shoutengine.com/DiceandDesire.xml

9/15: Team Asterous (Dramatised - Anthology)
Site: https://asterous.carrd.co/
Synopsis: Queer, inclusive, accessible. Subscribe to this feed for self-contained audio drama stories, TTRPG one-shots, previews of our other podcasts as well as special updates from the team. We're a small team of LGBTQIA+ creators making podcasts and videos together in Sydney, Australia.
RSS Feed: https://pinecast.com/feed/team-asterous

9/15: The Cypher and Avaria Beyond (Fiction - Urban fantasy)
Site: https://buzzsprout.com/1354183
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2020.09.15 01:33 MightySilverWolf Unusual Batting Feats

Introduction

Brian Lara's 400*. Don Bradman averaging 99.94. Sachin Tendulkar scoring 15,921 Test runs. Chris Martin scoring 12*. The batsmen who achieved these Herculean feats have all gone down in cricket history. However, these are not the only batting performances which exist. There are multiple cases in which a batsman has achieved something unusual, or even at times truly unique, yet they do not get recognition. This post is dedicated to all those batsmen who have managed to achieve what few others have achieved, regardless of whether those achievements are good or bad.

Howzat?

There are ten methods of dismissal (formerly eleven) in cricket, but of these, only five can be considered 'normal': Bowled, caught, LBW, stumped and run out. One could also make a case for hit wicket, and it's common enough that I don't think it counts as being truly unusual. What about the other five, then? Has any batsman in international cricket been dismissed through any of those methods? Thankfully, Wikipedia has a list which I highly advise you to check out, so I'll just be summarising in this section.
First, there's obstructing the field. Only one batsman has ever been dismissed obstructing the field in Tests, and that batsman is Len Hutton against South Africa in 1951. After striking the ball, he noticed that it was about to land onto his stumps and thus bowl him, so he used his bat to strike the ball a second time and protect his stumps. This is actually a legal manoeuvre for a batsman provided that it doesn't prevent a fielder from taking a catch; unfortunately for Hutton, there was a fielder nearby who was ready to take a catch, so he became the first (and so far only) batsman in Test history to be dismissed obstructing the field.
Interestingly enough, there have been seven instances in ODIs of batsmen being given out obstructing the field. In all of those cases, the batsman in question obstructed throws from fielders in order to avoid being run out, in contrast to Hutton who obstructed a catch in order to avoid being caught. In three of those cases, the batsman used his bat or his body to deflect the ball away from the stumps while out of his crease, and in three other cases, the batsman changed his direction of movement while running in order to block the ball. Ben Stokes was out obstructing the field in the most unusual way, however, when he pulled a Maradona and used his hand to prevent the ball from hitting the stumps in a 2015 ODI against Australia.
There have been two instances of a batsman being dismissed obstructing the field in T20Is. Jason Roy was given out in a 2017 T20I against South Africa for changing his direction of movement while running, and Maldivian cricketer Hassan Rasheed was given out obstructing the field in 2019 for...I don't know, actually. It's pretty hard to find articles on bilateral T20Is between the Maldives and Qatar. If there's anyone here who is an expert on Maldivian or Qatari cricket then I'd appreciate finding out more about this incident.
As for handling the ball, this has happened ten times in international cricket (seven times in Tests and three times in ODIs). In 2013, the Laws were changed so that only the striker could be given out handling the ball and even then only before he had finished playing his stroke (strikers handling the ball after the completion of his stroke, and non-strikers handling the ball at any time, would be given out obstructing the field). In 2017, this method of dismissal was removed entirely and instead came under obstructing the field.
I won't go through all the players, but I will pick out some particular highlights. South Africa's Russell Endean was the first batsman in international cricket to be dismissed handled the ball in 1957 when he used his free hand to knock the ball away from the stumps, but according to a later interview, he actually wanted to head the ball away at first; I don't know whether that's actually against the Laws, but given that they didn't wear helmets back then, I can't imagine that it would have ended well. Michael Vaughan was the last player to be dismissed in this manner in Tests back in 2001, and Zimbabwe's Chamu Chibhaba holds the distinction of being the last cricketer to be dismissed handled the ball in international cricket after he was given out for handling the ball in an ODI against Afghanistan in 2015.
This post is about unusual feats, however, and when it comes to being given out handled the ball, there is none more unusual than the story of Australia's Andrew Hilditch. In a Test match against Pakistan in 1979, following a wayward throw from a fielder, Hilditch (who was at the non-striker's end) decided to return the ball to the bowler. It's actually against the Laws for a batsman to return the ball to a fielder without that fielder's permission, and controversially, the bowler (Sarfraz Nawaz) decided to appeal, which led to Hilditch's dismissal. This would be the only instance in international cricket of a non-striker being given out handled the ball, so Hilditch takes the biscuit when it comes to this unusual method of dismissal.
Retirement is rather unusual in that depending on the situation, the batsman can be considered out or not out. Generally, retirement occurs due to injury, in which case the batsman is considered 'retired hurt' and is entitled to return to the crease upon the fall of a wicket or upon another batsman's retirement. This situation is not at all unusual. What is unusual, though, is a batsman retiring for reasons other than injury, and unless there is some other acceptable reason for their absence (which I'll talk about shortly), the fielding side has the right to prevent them from returning to the crease, in which case they are retired out.
This has only occurred three times in international cricket. In a Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2001, in which Sri Lanka demolished the then-new Test nation of Bangladesh, the Sri Lankan captain (Sanath Jayasuriya) retired Marvan Atapattu after he scored his double-century, and later in the same innings, retired Mahela Jayawardene after he smashed 150(115). Obviously, this move was criticised by some for breaching the spirit of the game, and these are the only two instances of batsmen being retired out in Test cricket. The other such instance in international cricket is when Bhutan's Sonam Tobgay was retired out in a 2019 T20I against the Maldives (something about the Maldives and unusual dismissals for some reason), but I can't find any further details of the incident.
Now, this post is generally meant to be a light-hearted celebration of unusual batting achievements, but this next story is rather more sombre. In a 1983 Test between the West Indies and India, Gordon Greenidge was on 154* in the West Indies' first innings when he received news that his daughter was dying; he retired in order to be able to visit her, and she sadly passed away two days later. Although Greenidge had not been injured, he was given as 'retired not out' due to the tragic circumstances. To this day, this is the only instance in international cricket of a batsman being given retired not out.
Hit the ball twice and timed out are perhaps the most unusual dismissals of all in the sense that no batsman has ever been given out for those reasons in international cricket (not yet, anyway; there's a first time for everything). There was one instance, however, in which a batsman could have been timed out in Test cricket, but ultimately wasn't.
The Law states that a batsman must be at the crease within three minutes, else they can be timed out. In a 2007 Test between India and South Africa, Sachin Tendulkar was due to come in at #4. However, he had temporarily been off the field during South Africa's innings, and he still had unserved penalty time when two Indian wickets quickly fell, meaning that he couldn't bat at #4. As a result, India, who were confused by the whole ordeal, didn't send out a batsman for six minutes until Sourav Ganguly finally arrived at #4. Both the umpires and South Africa's captain, Graeme Smith, agreed that an appeal would be against the spirit of the game, but had Smith appealed, this would have been the only instance in international cricket of a batsman being timed out.

The Best Since Bradman

It's common knowledge among cricket fans that Don Bradman holds the record for the highest Test batting average, at 99.94. However, this isn't strictly speaking true. It is correct to say that Bradman has the highest average among batsmen who have played a minimum of twenty innings, but among all batsmen, Bradman only comes in at a measly third (what a fraud). Who are ahead of him, then?
Firstly, let us dispel with the notion that a batsman who is never dismissed has an infinite average. That is not true. A batsman who is never dismissed has an undefined average, since it is impossible to have a batting average without any dismissals. Pakistani off-spinner Afaq Hussain holds the record for the most Test runs scored without being dismissed, having scored 65 runs in four innings.
Looking at batsmen who have been dismissed, however, we come across West Indian wicketkeeper Andy Ganteaume in second place. The poor lad struggled to get into the Test team because of his slow scoring rate in tour matches, but an injury to Jeff Stollmeyer forced the selectors to play him against England. In his only Test innings in 1948, Ganteaume hit 112 but was criticised (once again) for scoring too slowly and was subsequently dropped; he would never play another Test match. Still, he can lay legitimate claim to having a higher Test batting average than Bradman, which only one other batsman has achieved.
Who's the best since Bradman, then? With a minimum cut-off of twenty innings, we have Adam Voges, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, all Australian, two of them still active international cricketers. As is tradition at this point, the batsman with the highest Test batting average of all time is an active Australian cricketer, Kurtis Patterson to be precise. He forced himself into the team after scoring twin centuries in a tour match and although he only scored 30 in his first innings, he scored 114* in his second to end up with an average of 144.
Australian fans go crazy over Smith and Labuschagne, declaring them to be the best since Bradman. Little do they realise that they have in their ranks a batsman who is not only statistically better than Bradman but who is also statistically better than the GOAT Test batsman Andy Ganteaume.
How about ODIs, though? Who has the highest ODI batting average of all time? I'll give you a hint: He's a Dutch player. No, it's not Ryan ten Doeschate; it is, in fact, Max O'Dowd. He scored 86* in his first innings followed by a score of 59 in his second innings to end up with an average of 145. South African Irish cricketer Curtis Campher comes in at second with an average of 127.
Who has scored the most runs in ODIs without being dismissed, though? Well, let me ask you a different question: Who is England's greatest ever ODI player? If you said Jos Buttler then you'd be wrong. By law, anything that Buttler can do, Foakes can do better, and Ben Foakes does in fact hold the record for the most runs in ODIs without being dismissed, having scored 61* in his only ODI innings. Buttler would never.
In T20Is, the greatest ever batsman is someone who you probably haven't even heard of. Chris Gayle calls himself 'Universe Boss', but the true Universe Boss is surely the guy who averages 126 in T20Is. Enter Portugal's Najjam Shahzad, who scored 27* in his first innings, 46 in his second and 53* in his third. Not only does he have the highest T20I average of all time but he's also improving with every innings, so it won't be long until Portugal becomes a powerhouse in T20I cricket thanks to megadaddy hundreds from Universe Boss Najjam Shahzad.
If Shahzad is the Universe Boss, however, then Saudi Arabia's Mohammad Adnan is the Multiverse Boss. He holds the record for the most runs in T20Is without being dismissed, scoring 14*, 38* and 8* in his three innings. Not only that, but he has a career strike rate of 193.54, so he doesn't waste time. Give this man an IPL contract already.

Duck, Duck, Goose

Ducks and golden ducks are not unusual in and of themselves. That doesn't mean that scoring a duck or golden duck can't still be unusual feats, however; it all depends on how those ducks or golden ducks come about.
You might be aware that New Zealand's Geoff Allott holds the record for the most balls faced for a duck in Tests, having faced 77 balls against South Africa in 1999 (he also holds the record for the longest duck, having batted for a whopping 101 minutes). What about the other formats, though? The late West Indian batsman Runako Morton holds the record for most balls faced for a duck in ODIs, having scored 0(31) against Australia in 2006 (unsurprisingly, the West Indies lost that match). Morton took 56 minutes for his duck, which is also an ODI record.
T20Is are where it gets juicy, however. Canada's Sandeep Jyoti holds the record for most balls faced for a duck in T20Is, scoring 0(12) against Zimbabwe in 2008 (it was a close match, though, as Canada only lost by 109 runs). In terms of minutes batted, however, Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor holds that record, having batted for 19 minutes in a T20I against South Africa in 2010 for a five-ball duck; Jyoti, by comparison, batted for 15 minutes.
The record for most balls faced for a golden duck is...one. By definition, golden ducks involve the batsman facing exactly one ball. However, who took the longest time for their golden duck?
In Tests, that accolade belongs to Bangladesh's Nazmul Hossain, who spent 14 minutes at the crease against India in a 2004 match before being run out for a golden duck. England fans were probably waiting in anticipation for a superb knock from the #3 batsman, Martyn Moxon, when they were 47-1 against Australia in a 1985 ODI, but after 19 minutes of tension, Moxon was dismissed LBW off his first ball. In a 2015 T20I between England and Pakistan, Pakistani opener Rafatullah Mohmand somehow conspired to spend 17 minutes at the crease before being dismissed LBW in the third over for a golden duck; amazingly, he was only two minutes away from equalling the record for the longest duck in T20Is!
What if a batsman just doesn't feel like scoring runs, though, and ends on 0*? Obviously, batsmen can end on something like 0*(0) or 0*(1) or 0*(5), and that wouldn't be too unusual. The truly remarkable feats are when a batsman plays a marathon innings and yet still finishes on 0*. Some of these players put Geoffrey Boycott to shame.
Firstly, let's consider Tests. In 1968, England scored 351/7d in the first innings and bowled Australia out for 78, forcing them to follow on. Cricinfo states that Paul Sheahan 'never completely mastered the art of crease occupation', which is a bizarre claim to make about a player who faced 44 balls in Australia's second innings without scoring a run, thus not only securing the draw but also setting a record which remains unbroken to this day. His marathon innings took 52 minutes, which is a joint record along with New Zealand bowler Danny Morrison's 0*(30) against South Africa in 1995.
Fun fact: Had Jack Leach not scored that single at Headingley while still remaining not out, he would have broken this record having batted for 60 minutes, yet assuming that he completed his final over, he would have only faced 20 balls (fewer than half the balls Paul Sheahan faced). I think this demonstrates just how effective Stokes was at farming the strike.
Moving on to ODIs, Zimbabwean #11 batsman Chris Mpofu (who averages 2.85 with the bat) holds the record here, having scored 0*(20) in a tenth-wicket partnership of 12(38) against Bangladesh in 2006. His partner was the #10 batsman (and Zimbabwe's captain) Prosper Utseya, who certainly didn't prosper with his 21(42), thus stranding Mpofu 80 balls short of his dentury. Who holds the record for the longest 0*, though?
Picture the scene. It's March 2019 and Sri Lanka is struggling in an ODI against South Africa. It's the first innings and Lasith Malinga has been run out for a duck, leaving Sri Lanka on 131/9 after just 33.4 overs. Everyone knows about Kusal Perera's incredible 153* earlier that year, but what happened next, while not nearly as impressive, was nonetheless incredible. #9 batsman Isuru Udana and #11 batsman Kasun Rajitha put on a tenth-wicket stand of 58 runs from just 34 balls. Udana ends on 78(57). Rajitha ends on 0*(9), having batted for exactly half an hour. South Africa still won comfortably, but Rajitha's immense innings saw him enter the history books as having scored the longest 0* in ODI history. Udana's innings was alright as well.
Finally, in T20Is, the record for the most balls faced for a 0* is held by Bermuda's Rodney Trott, who scored 0*(7) against the Netherlands in 2019. Cricinfo doesn't know how long it took, however. For that, we have to look towards India's Yuzvendra Chahal, who took 15 minutes for his 0*(4) against Australia in 2019. Solid contribution from him.
All these feats are just in one innings, though. Some batsmen go above and beyond that and spend their entire career not scoring runs (either that or they don't know what a batsman's main job is). Two Sri Lankan players (Ishara Amerasinghe and Dinuka Hettiarachchi) hold the joint record for most balls faced in Tests without scoring a single run, both having faced 25 balls. In fact, the entire top four is made up of Sri Lankans; clearly, a significant proportion of Sri Lankan cricketers view run-scoring as optional. Hettiarachchi (who Cricinfo reckons is an all-rounder despite an FC batting average of 9.55) beats out everyone when it comes to minutes batted, though, having batted for 39 minutes in Tests without scoring a single run.
Bangladesh's Harunur Rashid holds the record for most balls faced in ODIs without scoring a run, having faced 17 in total. However, we have to look to our old friend Rajitha to find the player who's batted the most minutes in ODIs without scoring a run; he has batted at least 32 minutes, almost all of which comes from his partnership with Udana. Portugal's Sukhwinder Singh has faced nine balls in T20Is without scoring a run, which is the record, but Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mathew Sinclair both hold the joint-record for having batted seven minutes in T20Is without scoring a run.

Diamond Ducks Are Forever

Ducks and golden ducks aren't too unusual for the most part, but diamond ducks (in which a batsman is dismissed without facing a single ball) are. Think of what needs to happen for a diamond duck to occur. The player can't be a striker for obvious reasons, so bowled, caught, LBW, stumped, hit wicket and hit the ball twice (all of which can only apply to the striker) are out of play. Timed out is out of play as soon as a batsman enters the crease. This leaves just three possible dismissals for a diamond duck: Run out, obstructing the field and retired out. The latter two almost never happen, so diamond ducks almost always occur due to run-outs.
There have been 153 diamond ducks in ODIs and 53 diamond ducks in T20Is, so in those formats, diamond ducks aren't that unusual. This makes sense, of course, as run-outs are more likely to occur in those formats. Tests are where diamond ducks count as an unusual batting feat, as there have been in the history of Tests only 29 diamond ducks that we know of. Chris Martin holds the unfortunate distinction of being the only cricketer in the history of Tests to be dismissed for a diamond duck twice (one of which came in his final Test innings, which is a perfect summation of his batting career).
Most of these diamond ducks have of course come through run-outs, but there have been seven international diamond ducks (three in ODIs and four in T20Is) which have come through stumpings. On the surface, this shouldn't be possible; how can a batsman be stumped without facing a ball? The answer is simple: Leg-side stumpings. In white-ball cricket, any leg-side delivery tends to be given as a wide, and the odd thing about wides is that they do not count as a ball faced by the striker yet the striker can be dismissed stumped or hit wicket off of them. This would explain why this kind of diamond duck has occurred seven times in LOIs yet has never occurred in the history of Test cricket.
FWIW, there has yet to be an international diamond duck from a method of dismissal other than run out and stumped, but it is theoretically possible for a batsman who is dismissed hit wicket (off a wide), obstructing the field or retired out to achieve a diamond duck. Will any batsman be brave enough to make history and try to achieve what would be a unique feat by being dismissed for a diamond duck through one of these modes of dismissal? We'll have to wait and see.

Specialist Six-Hitters

So far, this post has been focusing largely on defensive stalwarts, but those are boring to watch. Everyone knows that real cricket is about walking up to the crease and hitting sixes from the get-go, so this section will be dedicated to those players who consider a strike rate under 600 to be too defensive. No score illustrates this mentality better than the rare 6*(1), so let's start with that.
In all the Tests throughout history, only once has a batsman finished on a score of 6*(1). The year is 1993 and Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya enters the crease with his team five wickets down but needing just four runs to beat England. Phil Tufnell is the bowler who is trying to take his wicket and help pull off a miracle for England, but Jayasuriya is having none of it and promptly smacks his first delivery for six. As far as Tests go, Jayasuriya's 6*(1) is a true case of batting scorigami (maybe I'll do a cricket scorigami post at some point).
As for ODIs and T20Is, a final score of 6*(1) is more common as you might imagine. In fact, it has occurred nine times in ODIs and thirteen times in T20Is. It appears to be the case that when a batsman is dismissed on the penultimate ball of the first innings, the batting team will send out a specialist six-hitter to get the job done. Credit goes to Afghan wicketkeeper Shafiqullah and England all-rounder Chris Jordan for being the only two players to achieve this unusual feat twice (Shafiqullah has achieved it twice in T20Is whereas Jordan has achieved it once in ODIs and once in T20Is).
A 6*(1) is probably my second-favourite score, but you know what my favourite score is? 6(2). I don't think any score illustrates the dual nature of batting quite like this one does. You can be dominating a bowler and smashing them for six one moment, then the very next moment, you can find yourself dismissed by the same bowler. It's poetic. It represents not only the duality of batsmen but the duality of man himself; you can be breezing through life one second then you could be rock-bottom the next. 6(2) is not just a score; it is a representation of life itself, cricket's ode to the erratic nature of mankind's existence.
Much like 6*(1), 6(2) has only occurred once in Test cricket, in 1958 to be precise. The West Indies were 401 runs behind Australia heading into the third innings and they required a miracle just to stay in the game. A 179-run partnership between Walcott and Sobers gave the West Indies hope, but they then proceeded to collapse from 244/3 to 283/8. In comes Frank King at #10 with his team needing over a hundred runs just to make Australia bat again. Not wanting to go down without a fight, he heaves the bowler for six off his first ball. Alas, his very next ball results in him being caught, but one cannot fault King for his effort in the face of certain defeat (apart from the fact that he had Everton Weekes at the other end, but we'll just ignore that).
This scoreline of 6(2) has occurred ten times in ODIs and eleven times in T20Is. No batsman in international cricket has ever achieved it twice. The first player to achieve it twice will thus have their names etched in the history books for their unique feat.
South Africa's Mangaliso Mosehle deserves special mention, though. He has achieved the ultimate cricket scorigami: His score of 6(1) against Sri Lanka in a 2016 T20I is the only such score in the entire history of international cricket. He came in at #6 at the end of South Africa's ninth over and hit his first international ball for six. He was then run out as the non-striker in the next over, leaving him on a score of 6(1). Not only did his team win the match, but Mosehle achieved what no other batsman has achieved before or since. Truly, his name must be counted among the likes of Lara, Tendulkar and Bradman for this one-of-a-kind feat.
In cases such as 6*(1) and 6(1), the batsman was left with a strike rate of 600. Can it go higher, though? Has any batsman done better than 600? For the first question, the answer is surprisingly yes. It is indeed theoretically possible for a batsman to finish an innings with a strike rate greater than 600. If he hits a ball for three and the fielding side then throws the ball to the boundary, the number of runs scored off of that delivery will be 3 + 4 overthrows = 7. This is how it would theoretically be possible for a batsman to conclude an innings with a strike rate greater than 600.
Does this mean that there is a batsman out there who has struck at a rate greater than 600? Unfortunately, no. Though it is doable, it has never happened in international cricket. The highest SR ever achieved in an international innings is 600; that includes Mosehle, all the players who have scored 6*(1), and Afghanistan's Dawlat Zadran, who against Oman in 2016 scored 12*(2) to win his team the T20I by three wickets with three balls remaining. He clearly did his job as specialist six-hitter very well indeed, for he is the only batsman in international cricket to have finished an innings with a strike rate of 600 having faced more than one ball.
Since no batsman has struck at greater than 600 in an innings, it stands to reason that no batsman has struck at greater than 600 over their career. Has anyone struck at exactly 600, though? Is there a batsman who hit their only ball in international cricket for six?
No-one's done it in Tests, that's for sure. The batsman with the highest confirmed career strike rate in Tests is Australia's Fred Freer, who hit 28*(21) in his only innings for a career SR of 133.33. However, Bill Howell (also Australian) may have had an SR of up to 205.88, though we don't have full ball-by-ball data for his innings.
In ODIs and T20Is, the records are undisputed. South African pace bowler Johann Louw holds the accolade in ODIs, having scored 23(7) in his only innings for a career strike rate of 328.57, and Bahrain's Qasim Zia hit a four off his only international delivery to take the record for the highest career strike rate in T20Is.
As you can see, not only has no batsmen ever finished with a career SR greater than 600, but none have even managed to finish with an SR of exactly 600. To strike at greater than 600 over the course of an innings would be unique in international cricket; to strike at exactly 600 over the course of a career would be truly special; to strike at greater than 600 over the course of a career, however, would be the holy grail of unusual batting feats. The player who manages to achieve that would surely go down in cricketing folklore for all eternity.

To Be Or Not To Be On Strike

All of the aforementioned batting feats require that the batsman has actually faced a ball. What if that's not the case, though? What if a batsman's dedication to weirdness is so great that they do not even bother to get themselves on strike? Or, perhaps more accurately, what if a batsman's dedication to weirdness is so great that they do not allow their partner to take the strike?
That is precisely what happened in 2012 when England faced Pakistan in the first Test of the tour. With Pakistan on 319/9 in their first innings, Adnan Akmal evidently didn't trust his partner Aizaz Cheema to face even one delivery, with the result that the two batsmen put on a 19-run partnership for the tenth wicket despite Cheema not facing a single ball. What makes this notable is that Cheema batted for 20 minutes without facing a delivery, which is a Test match record. Amusingly, Cheema ended his career with five innings batted, five not-outs, a high score of 1*, 23 balls faced and a strike rate of 4.34.
As for T20Is, I must admit that I am rather bemused. Afghanistan's Amir Hamza holds the record for the most minutes batted in a T20I innings without facing a ball, having batted for 10 minutes against the Netherlands in 2013. However, I'm confused as to how he managed to achieve this. Afghanistan's ninth wicket fell on the final ball of the nineteenth over, and so Hamza's partner faced the first ball of the final over. However, Hamza was also run out for a diamond duck on the first ball of the final over. This means that the gap between the end of the nineteenth over and the beginning of the final over was 10 minutes. How is that even possible in a T20I? Cricinfo isn't helping me at all here.
Now for the reason I wanted to make this post in the first place. This particular innings took place in 2017, during an ODI between Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand had set the Aussies a target of 287 and the chasing side found themselves facing certain defeat on 226/9, with only Marcus Stoinis and Josh Hazlewood left at the crease.
What happened next was nothing short of spectacular. Stoinis somehow managed to farm the strike with such effectiveness that immediately prior to the final ball of the 47th over, the two batsmen had put on a tenth-wicket partnership of 54 runs and needed just six more runs to win. The kicker? Hazlewood didn't face a single ball. Stoinis had faced every single delivery in the partnership. Australia's innings finally ended on the final ball of the 47th over when Hazlewood was run out for a diamond duck while attempting to take a single, but if Stoinis had pulled it off, it would surely have been one of the greatest ODI innings of all time.
All in all, Hazlewood batted for 26 minutes, which is by far the longest innings by a batsman without facing a single ball in the history of international cricket. When I first heard about this stat, I couldn't believe it; I found it so unusual and so unique that I decided to look for more weird and wonderful batting feats, and that's how this post came about. Hats off to specialist non-striker Josh Hazlewood, then, for inspiring me to do this.
You might think that any batsman who faces zero balls in an innings can only end up with a score of either 0 or 0*, and if you think that, you'd be right. Nonetheless, while searching through Cricinfo's database to find the weirdest batting feats out there, I came across this scorecard. Apparently, this is due to a scoring error as the scorer incorrectly neglected to count the no-ball as a ball faced. The fact that this is the only such instance of this happening in Cricinfo's database supports this theory.
Hazlewood's achievement was superb, but even he only managed it in one innings. How about over an entire career? Who holds the record for the most minutes batted over a career without facing a ball? Unfortunately, Cricinfo won't let me find that out for Tests, and the ODI and T20I data present nothing at all unusual (the record is 2 minutes for ODIs and 5 minutes for T20Is, in case you're wondering).
Matches played is somewhat more interesting. Once again, Cricinfo won't let me do this for Tests, but India's Jaydev Unadkat holds the record for the most ODIs played without facing a single ball, having played in seven ODIs. However, he's also never had to bat; if we restrict our search only to those who have batted at least one innings, Lance Gibbs and Pakistan's Mohammad Khalil come out on top, both having played three ODIs without facing a ball.
The West Indies' Krishmar Santokie holds the record for the most T20Is played without facing a single ball, having played in twelve of them (talk about specialist bowler!), although India's Mohammed Shami and Scotland's Hamza Tahir are closing in on that record, both having played in eleven T20Is without facing a single ball. Unlike Unadkat (and Shami and Tahir, for that matter), Santokie actually batted in one innings (against Ireland in 2014), though that would be his only international innings with the bat.

Extra, Extra!

I don't think Extras gets enough credit. The dude's been batting for 144 years and yet no-one praises his longevity. This final section will thus be dedicated to the man, the myth, the legend, Mr. Extras himself.
Despite his long and illustrious career, Extras has only top-scored in 19 completed Test innings. The lowest such score came in 1924; England scored 438 in the first innings while South Africa could only manage 30, with Extras scoring a swashbuckling 11 to lessen South Africa's humiliation. The skipper, Herbie Taylor, was the next-highest scorer with 7; a true captain's knock from him. Extras' highest score was a 76 for Pakistan against India in 2007 (he had also scored 38 and 41 in India's two innings, so it was a good match for him), but this was not the highest score in the innings.
In total, Extras has top-scored in 39 completed ODI innings. This includes a 2004 ODI between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, in which Extras scored 7 of Zimbabwe's 35 runs (tied with Dion Ebrahim for Zimbabwe's top scorer that game). Extras has also scored three half-centuries in ODIs, his highest score of 59 occurring twice in 1989 and 1999, both for Pakistan. For some reason, Extras just really loves scoring for Pakistan.
Extras has top-scored in 10 completed T20I innings, the lowest of which was once again a score of 7, this time coming for Turkey against Luxembourg in 2019 (Turkey scored just 28 runs in that match). Extras has never scored a half-century in T20Is, with his top score being 39 for Czechia against Turkey in 2019.
That's strange. This Extras fellow, despite having a 144-year-long batting career, has never scored a century, or even approached a century. I personally think that he's been given enough chances and should be dropped. I've heard that he can't even field or bowl, so what's the point in having him in the team if he's not scoring?

Conclusion

When discussing impressive batting feats, a lot of people place emphasis on comparisons: Who has the better average? Who has scored more runs? Who has the better strike rate in white-ball cricket? Who has the better beard? Who has the lower dot-ball percentage when batting in the third innings of the second Test in the series on a Tuesday with a lead of 100 runs or more?
However, the most unusual achievements in the art of batting tend not to derive from excellence in the craft but rather from unique circumstances which lead to bizarre stats or scorelines. To achieve what no batsman has achieved before in international cricket, even if it's something terrible such as becoming the first batsman in the history of international cricket to be out hit wicket for a diamond duck, is impressive in its own way. Also, the subsequent memes can be pretty funny.
I hope you enjoyed the read. Next time, I'll be doing the same thing but for bowling. Get ready for first-ball wickets and economy rates of 0.
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2020.09.02 18:23 EST781229 Suggestions for a 28 years old French guy?

Hello, French 28 years old guy here, based on the list below, what would you recommend me? I really like Animated TV Shows and comedies.
Favorites shows:
Shows I really like:
Acclaimed shows I didn't really liked / wasn't really into it:
I really like Ryan Murphy's show, so far I have seen: 9-1-1 — 9-1-1: Lone Star — American Crime Story — American Horror Story — FEUD — Glee — Pose — Scream Queens (first seasons was one of my favorites things ever!) — The Politician (need to watch season 2)
I also really like British TV Show (and I'm craving for more!! It's been a long time) Here is what I've watched so far: Absolutely fabulous — Banana / Cucumber — Bad Education — Blackadder — Black Books — Chewing Gum (soooo funny!!) — Fleabag (!!!) — How not to live your life — Inside No. 9 — My Mad Fat Diary — Mr. Bean — Psychoville (meh) — Spaced — The Aliens (mehhhhh) — The IT Crowd — The thin blue line
Never should have watched:
Just started:
Everything else I've already watched (or still watching for those "too much seasons" show"), some enjoyable shows and some less interesting: 8 simple rules — AJ and the Queen — Baby Daddy — Bates Motel —Benched — Bored To death — Brickleberry — Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (first 2 seasons I guess were really fun, then it became little less interesting) — Dead Set — Devious Maids — Dexter — Flight of the Conchords — Gravity Falls — Hot Streets — How to make it in America — Huge in France — Hung — Kyle XY — Lazor Wulf — Living with Fran — Locke & Key — Looking — Love — Love, Death & Robots — Moonbeam City — My wife and kids — No ordinary family — Off centre — Over the garden wall — Partners — Phillip K. Dick's Electric Dreams — Rick & Steve — RuPaul's Drag Race — Russian Doll — Santa Clarita Diet — Special — Step by step — Superstore — Telenovela — Testees — That's My Bush! — The Critic — The emperor's new school — The imagineering story — The increasingly poor decisions of Todd Margaret — The nanny — The neighbors — The real O'neals — Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — United States of Tare — Why Woman Kill — Wilfred (US) — Wrong Cops — Young Sheldon — Room 104 — American Dad — Sex and the city — Bravest Warriors — Family Guy — We bare bears — Modern Family — SpongeBob SquarePants — Better call Saul — The ranch — Rapunzel's tangled adventure
Thanks from France!
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2020.08.27 18:01 Britneyfan456 Which Actor had the best run in the 70s?

Best run in terms of anything
Jack Nicholson: Five Easy Pieces, Chinatown, On a clear day you can see forever, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Missouri Breaks, The Last Detail, Carnal Knowledge,The Last Tycoon, The King of Marvin Gardens, Tommy, The Fortune,The Passenger, Goin' South, and The Rebel Rousers.
John Cazale: The Godfather 1 & 2, The Conversation, The Deer Hunter, and Dog Day Afternoon.
Donald Sutherland: MASH, Dont look now, Kelly’s Heroes, Klute, Alex in Wonderland, 1900, The Day of the Locust, Steelyard Blues, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Animal House, The First Great Train Robbery, Murder by Decree, The Eagle Has Landed, Fellini's Casanova, Start the Revolution Without Me, The Act of the Heart, F.T.A., Little Murders, Lady Ice, Johnny Got His Gun, Alien Thunder, End of the Game, Bear Island, A Man, a Woman, and a Bank, The Kentucky Fried Movie, Blood Relatives, The Disappearance, and SPY*S.
Al Pacino: The Panic in Needle Park, The Godfather 1 & 2, Serpico, Scarecrow, Dog Day Afternoon, ... And Justice for all!, and Bobby Deerfield.
Robert DeNiro: 1900, Taxi Driver, The Godfather 2, The Last Tycoon, Mean Streets, Bang the Drum Slowly, The Deer Hunter, Bloody Mama, The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, New York, New York, Hi, Mom!, Jennifer on My Mind, and Born to Win.
Robert Redford: The Sting, The Candidate, The Hot Rock, Jeremiah Johnson, Three Days of the Condor, All the President's Men, The Electric Horseman, A Bridge Too Far, The Great Waldo Pepper, The Great Gatsby, The Way We Were, and Little Fauss and Big Halsy.
Robert Duvall: The Eagle Has Landed, MASH, The Godfather 1 & 2, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, The Greatest, THX 1138, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, Tomorrow, Network, The Greatest, The Great Santini, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Breakout, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Joe Kidd, Badge 373, Lady Ice, The Killer Elite, The Betsy, and Breakout.
Gene Hackman: A Bridge Too Far, The French Connection 1 & 2, The Poseidon Adventure, Bite the Bullet,The Conversation, Superman, Night Moves, I Never Sang for My Father, Prime Cut, Cisco Pike, Scarecrow, Zandy's Bride, The Domino Principle, The Hunting Party, Doctors' Wives, and March or Die.
Marlon Brando: The Godfather, Missouri Breaks, Last Tango in Paris, The Night Comers, Apocalypse Now, and Superman.
Dustin Hoffman: Little Big Man, Straw Dogs, Papillon, Lenny, Marathon Man, All the President’s Men, Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?,Kramer vs. Kramer, Agatha, Straight Time, and Alfredo, Alfredo.
Roy Scheider: Jaws 1 & 2, All That Jazz, Marathon Man, The French Connection, The Seven-Ups, Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York, The Outside Man,Klute, Loving, Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Last Embrace, and Sorcerer.
Richard Dreyfuss: Jaws, American Graffiti, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Goodbye Girl, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Dillinger, The Big Fix, Inserts, and The Second Coming of Suzanne.
Bruce Lee: Enter The Dragon, The Big Boss, Game of Death, Fist of Fury, and Circle of Iron.
Ned Beatty: Nashville, Network, Superman, Silver Streak, All the President's Men, Deliverance, 1941, Wise Blood, Friendly Fire, Mikey and Nicky, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, The Great Bank Hoax, White Lightning, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings, The Last American Hero, The Thief Who Came to Dinner and Alambrista!.
Warren Beatty: Heaven Can Wait, Shampoo, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Fortune, Dollars, The Fortune, The Only Game in Town, and The Parallax View.
Paul Newman: The Sting, Slapshot , WUSA, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Towering Inferno, The Mackintosh Man, Buffalo Bill, Silent Movie, and The Drowning Pool.
Steve McQueen: The Towering Inferno, The Getaway, Junior Bonner, Le Mans, Papillon, and An Enemy of the People.
Clint Eastwood: Joe Kidd, Kelly’s Heroes, Play Misty for Me, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Every Which Way but Loose, Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, High Plains Drifter, The Enforcer, Escape from Alcatraz, The Gauntlet, Beezy, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Eiger Sanction, and The Beguiled.
Michael Caine: A Bridge Too Far, Get Carter, The Man who would be king, Sleuth, The Eagle Has Landed, California Suite, and The Last Valley.
Martin Sheen: Badlands, Apocalypse Now, Catholics, That Certain Summer, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Eagle's Wing,
Elliott Gould: A Bridge Too Far, MASH, Little Murders, Nashville, The Long Goodbye, California Split, The Touch,Capricorn One, The Silent Partner, Matilda, The Muppet Movie, I Love My Wife, Getting Straight, SPY*S, and Escape to Athena, and Harry and Walter Go to New York.
Jeff Bridges: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Last Picture Show, Fat City, The Last American Hero, and Stay Hungry.
Jon Voight: End of the Game, The Champ, Catch-22, Deliverance, Conrack, and The Odessa File.
Gene Wilder: The Last Valley, Silver Steak, Blazing Saddles, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and Young Frankenstein.
Harrison Ford: American Graffiti, Apocalypse Now, Getting Straight, The Conversation, Star Wars, and Heroes.
James Caan: The Godfather 1 & 2, Cinderella Liberty, Chapter Two, Brian's Song, A Bridge Too Far, Funny Lady, The Gambler, Freebie and the Bean, Rollerball, The Killer Elite, Gone with the West, T.R. Baskin, Harry and Walter Go to New York, Another Man, Another Chance, and 1941.
John Travolta: Grease, Carrie, Saturday Night Fever, Moment by Moment, and The Devil's Rain.
Michael Murphy: Nashville, Manhattan, Phase IV, The Front, MAS*H, Count Yorga, Vampire, Brewster McCloud, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Lawyer, What's Up, Doc?, The Great Bank Hoax, The Class of Miss MacMichael, An Unmarried Woman, I Love You... Good-bye, I Love You... Good-bye, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
Ryan O’ Neal: Love Story, A Bridge Too Far, What's Up, Doc?, The Driver, Barry Lyndon, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, Oliver's Story, and Nickelodeon.
Fernando Ray: The French Connection 1 & 2, Land Raiders, Tristana, That Obscure Object of Desire, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, A Town Called Bastard, Cold Eyes of Fear, The Two Faces of Fear, The Doubt, High Crime, Bianco, rosso e..., The Murri Affair, Seven Beauties, The Desert of the Tartars, Illustrious Corpses, Manuela, A Matter of Time, Smiling Maniacs, The Assignment, Jesus of Nazareth, and Traffic Jam.
Klaus Kinski: Vengeance Is a Dish Served Cold, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Woyzeck, And God Said to Cain, A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe, and Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead.
Burt Reynolds: Deliverance, The End, Semi-Tough, Hooper, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, White Lightning, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), and At Long Last Love.
Gian Maria Volontè: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, The Working Class Goes to Heaven, Todo modo, Le Cercle Rouge, Sacco & Vanzetti, and Christ Stopped at Eboli.
Charles Bronson: Death Wish, Breakout, Rider on the Rain, Città violenta, Someone Behind the Door, The Stone Killer, From Noon Till Three, Raid on Entebbe, and Mr. Majestyk.
Woody Allen: Bananas, Play It Again Sam, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex, Sleeper, Love and Death, Annie Hall, Manhattan.
George Segal: The Hot Rock, California Split, Blume in Love, Where's Poppa?, A Touch of Class, The Black Bird, The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, and Fun with Dick and Jane.
Richard Pryor: Silver Steak, The Wiz, Blue Collar, Greased Lightning, Lady Sings the Blues, and Hit!.
Keith Carradine: Nashville, A Gunfight, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Hex, Run, Run, Joe!, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, An Almost Perfect Affair, Old Boyfriends, The Duellists, Lumière, Idaho Transfer, Emperor of the North Pole, Antoine and Sebastian, Thieves Like Us, Welcome to L.A., and You and Me.
David Carradine: Bound for Glory, The Serpent's Egg, Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider, Circle of Iron, Je te tiens, tu me tiens par la barbichette, Gray Lady Down, You and Me, Deathsport, Thunder and Lightning, Cannon Ball, Death Race 2000, Boxcar Bertha,! A Country Mile, The McMasters, The Long Goodbye, Mean Streets, Macho Callahan, and A Country Mile.
Jack Lemmon: Save the Tiger, Kotch, The War Between Men and Women, Avanti!, The Out-of-Towners, Killer Cop, The Front Page, Wednesday The China Syndrome, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Airport '77, and Alex & the Gypsy.
Sylvester Stallone: Rocky 1 & 2, MASH, The Lords of Flatbush, Paradise Alley, F.I.S.T., Farewell, My Lovely, Capone, No Place to Hide, and The Party at Kitty and Stud's.
Harvey Keitel: Pretty Baby, Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Brewster McCloud, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Fingers, Buffalo Bill, That's the Way of the World, Blue Collar, Eagle's Wing, and Mother, Jugs & Speed.
Robert Mitchum: Ryan's Daughter, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Farewell, My Lovely, Going Home, The Wrath of God, The Yakuza, Breakthrough, Midway, The Last Tycoon, The Big Sleep, The Amsterdam Kill, and Matilda.
Peter Finch: Network, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Lost Horizon, Something to Hide, The Abdication, Bequest to the Nation, England Made Me, and Raid on Entebbe.
Dennis Hopper: Apocalypse Now, CIA contro KGB, Les Apprentis Sorciers, The American Dreamer, Crush Proof, The Last Movie, Tracks, Kid Blue, The Festival Game, Mad Dog Morgan, The Sky Is Falling, Flesh Color, and The American Friend.
Sean Connery: The Man Who Would Be King, Murder on the Orient Express, Robin and Marian, The Wind and the Lion, A Bridge Too Far, Ransom, The Dream Factory, The Next Man, Cuba, Meteor, The First Great Train Robbery, Zardoz, The Offence, The Molly Maguires, The Anderson Tapes, and Diamonds Are Forever.
Jason Robards: Julia, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Rosolino Paternò, soldato…, Jud, Fools, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Julius Caesar, The War Between Men and Women, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Johnny Got His Gun, All the President's Men, A Boy and His Dog, Mr. Sycamore, Hurricane, Comes a Horseman, and The Spy Who Never Was..
Warren Oates: Dillinger, The Hired Hand, Race with the Devil, Two-Lane Blacktop, Sleeping Dogs, Barquero, The Movie Murderer, There Was a Crooked Man..., Kid Blue, Chandler, A Job for Mr. Banks, The Reluctant Heroes, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, Tom Sawyer, Badlands, Drum, Race with the Devil, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Rancho Deluxe, Dixie Dynamite, The White Dawn, Cockfighter, The African Queen, True Grit: A Further Adventure, 92 in the Shade, 1941, American Raspberry, And Baby Makes Six, My Old Man, China 9, Liberty 37, and The Brink's Job.
Robert Shaw: Jaws, The Sting, Young Winston, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Robin and Marian, Black Sunday, Figures in a Landscape, The Deep, Avalanche Express, Force 10 from Navarone, Diamonds, End of the Game, Swashbuckler, A Reflection of Fear, The Man in the Glass Booth, A Town Called Bastard, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and The Hireling.
Robert Mitchum: Ryan's Daughter, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Farewell, My Lovely, Matilda, The Big Sleep, Breakthrough, The Last Tycoon, The Amsterdam Kill, Midway, The Yakuza, Going Home, and The Wrath of God.
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2020.08.27 13:28 Britneyfan456 Which Actor had the best run in the 70s?

Best run in terms of anything
Jack Nicholson: Five Easy Pieces, Chinatown, On a clear day you can see forever, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Missouri Breaks, The Last Detail, Carnal Knowledge, Drive he Said, The Last Tycoon, The King of Marvin Gardens, Tommy, The Fortune,The Passenger, Goin' South, and The Rebel Rousers.
John Cazale: The Godfather 1 & 2, The Conversation, The Deer Hunter, and Dog Day Afternoon.
Donald Sutherland: MASH, Dont look now, Kelly’s Heroes, Klute, Alex in Wonderland, 1900, The Day of the Locust, Steelyard Blues, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Animal House, The First Great Train Robbery, Murder by Decree, The Eagle Has Landed, Fellini's Casanova, Start the Revolution Without Me, The Act of the Heart, F.T.A., Little Murders, Lady Ice, Johnny Got His Gun, Alien Thunder, End of the Game, Bear Island, A Man, a Woman, and a Bank, The Kentucky Fried Movie, Blood Relatives, The Disappearance, and SPY*S.
Al Pacino: The Panic in Needle Park, The Godfather 1 & 2, Serpico, Scarecrow, Dog Day Afternoon, ... And Justice for all!, and Bobby Deerfield.
Robert DeNiro: 1900, Taxi Driver, The Godfather 2, The Last Tycoon, Mean Streets, Bang the Drum Slowly, Jennifer on My Mind, Hi, Mom!, The Deer Hunter, Bloody Mama, Born to Win, The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, New York, New York, Hi, Mom!, Jennifer on My Mind, and Born to Win.
Robert Redford: The Sting, The Candidate, The Hot Rock, Jeremiah Johnson, Three Days of the Condor, All the President's Men, The Electric Horseman, A Bridge Too Far, The Great Waldo Pepper, The Great Gatsby, The Way We Were, and Little Fauss and Big Halsy.
Robert Duvall: The Eagle Has Landed, MASH, The Godfather 1 & 2, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, The Greatest, THX 1138, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, Tomorrow, Network, The Greatest, The Great Santini, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Breakout, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Joe Kidd, Badge 373, Lady Ice, The Killer Elite, The Betsy, and Breakout.
Gene Hackman: A Bridge Too Far, The French Connection 1 & 2, The Poseidon Adventure, Bite the Bullet,The Conversation, Superman, Night Moves, I Never Sang for My Father, Prime Cut, Cisco Pike, Scarecrow, Zandy's Bride, The Domino Principle, The Hunting Party, Doctors' Wives, and March or Die.
Marlon Brando: The Godfather, Missouri Breaks, Last Tango in Paris, The Night Comers, Apocalypse Now, and Superman.
Dustin Hoffman: Little Big Man, Straw Dogs, Papillon, Lenny, Marathon Man, All the President’s Men, Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?,Kramer vs. Kramer, Agatha, Straight Time, and Alfredo, Alfredo.
Roy Scheider: Jaws 1 & 2, All That Jazz, Marathon Man, The French Connection, The Seven-Ups, Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York, The Outside Man,Klute, Loving, Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Last Embrace, and Sorcerer.
Richard Dreyfuss: Jaws, American Graffiti, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Goodbye Girl, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Dillinger, The Big Fix, Inserts, and The Second Coming of Suzanne.
Bruce Lee: Enter The Dragon, The Big Boss, Game of Death, Fist of Fury, and Circle of Iron.
Ned Beatty: Nashville, Network, Superman, Silver Streak, All the President's Men, Deliverance, 1941, Wise Blood, Friendly Fire, Mikey and Nicky, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, The Great Bank Hoax, White Lightning, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings, The Last American Hero, The Thief Who Came to Dinner and Alambrista!.
Warren Beatty: Heaven Can Wait, Shampoo, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Fortune, Dollars, The Fortune, The Only Game in Town, and The Parallax View.
Paul Newman: The Sting, Slapshot , WUSA, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Towering Inferno, The Mackintosh Man, Buffalo Bill, Silent Movie, and The Drowning Pool.
Steve McQueen: The Towering Inferno, The Getaway, Junior Bonner, Le Mans, Papillon, and An Enemy of the People.
Clint Eastwood: Joe Kidd, Kelly’s Heroes, Play Misty for Me, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Every Which Way but Loose, Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, High Plains Drifter, The Enforcer, Escape from Alcatraz, The Gauntlet, Beezy, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Eiger Sanction, and The Beguiled.
Michael Caine: A Bridge Too Far, Get Carter, The Man who would be king, Sleuth, The Eagle Has Landed, California Suite, and The Last Valley.
Martin Sheen: Badlands, Apocalypse Now, Catholics, That Certain Summer, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Eagle's Wing,
Elliott Gould: A Bridge Too Far, MASH, Little Murders, Nashville, The Long Goodbye, California Split, The Touch,Capricorn One, The Silent Partner, Matilda, The Muppet Movie, I Love My Wife, Getting Straight, SPY*S, Escape to Athena, and Harry and Walter Go to New York.
Jeff Bridges: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Last Picture Show, Fat City, The Last American Hero, and Stay Hungry.
Jon Voight: End of the Game, The Champ, Catch-22, Deliverance, Conrack, and The Odessa File.
Gene Wilder: The Last Valley, Silver Steak, Blazing Saddles, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and Young Frankenstein.
Harrison Ford: American Graffiti, Apocalypse Now, Getting Straight, The Conversation, Star Wars, and Heroes.
James Caan: The Godfather 1 & 2, Cinderella Liberty, Chapter Two, Brian's Song, A Bridge Too Far, Funny Lady, The Killer Elite,The Gambler, Freebie and the Bean, and Rollerball.
John Travolta: Grease, Carrie, Saturday Night Fever, Moment by Moment, and The Devil's Rain.
Michael Murphy: Nashville, Manhattan, Phase IV, The Front, MAS*H, Count Yorga, Vampire, Brewster McCloud, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Lawyer, What's Up, Doc?, The Great Bank Hoax, The Class of Miss MacMichael, An Unmarried Woman, I Love You... Good-bye, I Love You... Good-bye, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
Ryan O’ Neal: Love Story, A Bridge Too Far, What's Up, Doc?, The Driver, Barry Lyndon, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, and Nickelodeon.
Fernando Ray: The French Connection 1 & 2, Land Raiders, Tristana, That Obscure Object of Desire, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, A Town Called Bastard, Cold Eyes of Fear, The Two Faces of Fear, The Doubt, High Crime, Bianco, rosso e..., The Murri Affair, Seven Beauties, The Desert of the Tartars, Illustrious Corpses, Manuela, A Matter of Time, Smiling Maniacs, The Assignment, Jesus of Nazareth, and Traffic Jam.
Klaus Kinski: Vengeance Is a Dish Served Cold, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Woyzeck, And God Said to Cain, A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe, and Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead.
Gian Maria Volontè: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, The Working Class Goes to Heaven, Todo modo, Le Cercle Rouge, Sacco & Vanzetti, and Christ Stopped at Eboli.
Charles Bronson: Death Wish, Breakout, Rider on the Rain, Città violenta, Someone Behind the Door, The Stone Killer, From Noon Till Three, Raid on Entebbe, and Mr. Majestyk.
Woody Allen: Bananas, Play It Again Sam, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex, Sleeper, Love and Death, Annie Hall, Manhattan.
George Segal: The Hot Rock, California Split, Blume in Love, Where's Poppa?, A Touch of Class, The Black Bird, The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, and Fun with Dick and Jane.
Richard Pryor: Silver Steak, The Wiz, Blue Collar, Greased Lightning, Lady Sings the Blues, and Hit!.
Keith Carradine: Nashville, A Gunfight, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Hex, Run, Run, Joe!, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, An Almost Perfect Affair, Old Boyfriends, The Duellists, Lumière, Idaho Transfer, Emperor of the North Pole, Antoine and Sebastian, Thieves Like Us, Welcome to L.A., and You and Me.
David Carradine: Bound for Glory, The Serpent's Egg, Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider, Circle of Iron, Je te tiens, tu me tiens par la barbichette, Gray Lady Down, You and Me, Deathsport, Thunder and Lightning, Cannon Ball, Death Race 2000, Boxcar Bertha,! A Country Mile, The McMasters, The Long Goodbye, Mean Streets, Macho Callahan, and A Country Mile.
Jack Lemmon: Save the Tiger, Kotch, The War Between Men and Women, Avanti!, The Out-of-Towners, Killer Cop, The Front Page, Wednesday The China Syndrome, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Airport '77, and Alex & the Gypsy.
Sylvester Stallone: Rocky 1 & 2, MASH, The Lords of Flatbush, Paradise Alley, F.I.S.T., Farewell, My Lovely, Capone, No Place to Hide, and The Party at Kitty and Stud's.
Harvey Keitel: Pretty Baby, Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Brewster McCloud, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Fingers, Buffalo Bill, That's the Way of the World, Blue Collar, Eagle's Wing, and Mother, Jugs & Speed.
Robert Mitchum: Ryan's Daughter, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Farewell, My Lovely, Going Home, The Wrath of God, The Yakuza, Breakthrough, Midway, The Last Tycoon, The Big Sleep, The Amsterdam Kill, and Matilda.
Peter Finch: Network, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Lost Horizon, Something to Hide, The Abdication, Bequest to the Nation, England Made Me, and Raid on Entebbe.
Dennis Hopper: Apocalypse Now, CIA contro KGB, Les Apprentis Sorciers, The American Dreamer, Crush Proof, The Last Movie, Tracks, Kid Blue, The Festival Game, Mad Dog Morgan, The Sky Is Falling, Flesh Color, and The American Friend.
Sean Connery: The Man Who Would Be King, Murder on the Orient Express, Robin and Marian, The Wind and the Lion, A Bridge Too Far, Ransom, The Dream Factory, The Next Man, Cuba, Meteor, The First Great Train Robbery, Zardoz, The Offence, The Molly Maguires, The Anderson Tapes, and Diamonds Are Forever.
Jason Robards: Julia, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Rosolino Paternò, soldato…, Jud, Fools, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Julius Caesar, The War Between Men and Women, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Johnny Got His Gun, All the President's Men, A Boy and His Dog, Mr. Sycamore, Hurricane, Comes a Horseman, and The Spy Who Never Was..
Warren Oates: Dillinger, The Hired Hand, Race with the Devil, Two-Lane Blacktop, Sleeping Dogs, Barquero, The Movie Murderer, There Was a Crooked Man..., Kid Blue, Chandler, A Job for Mr. Banks, The Reluctant Heroes, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, Tom Sawyer, Badlands, Drum, Race with the Devil, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Rancho Deluxe, Dixie Dynamite, The White Dawn, Cockfighter, The African Queen, True Grit: A Further Adventure, 92 in the Shade, 1941, American Raspberry, And Baby Makes Six, My Old Man, China 9, Liberty 37, and The Brink's Job.
Robert Shaw: Jaws, The Sting, Young Winston, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Robin and Marian, Black Sunday, Figures in a Landscape, The Deep, Avalanche Express, Force 10 from Navarone, Diamonds, End of the Game, Swashbuckler, A Reflection of Fear, The Man in the Glass Booth, A Town Called Bastard, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and The Hireling.
Robert Mitchum: Ryan's Daughter, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Farewell, My Lovely, Matilda, The Big Sleep, Breakthrough, The Last Tycoon, The Amsterdam Kill, Midway, The Yakuza, Going Home, and The Wrath of God.
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2020.08.24 02:11 shane2mon Are you podcasting with a partner? Be advised...

Be advised. This is my FIRST reddit post~ Please be kind.
After years of working in TV, Radio and Podcasting...I have had my share of criticism. It’s helped. Some of it~!!
The biggest problem I see (hear) when listening to two guys podcast together, they're talking TO EACH OTHER and NOT the listener~
This is a big deal.
I love to hear banter, but you need to bring the talk back to ME (the listener)!
Howie and Joe can get away with it because we know they're entertainers, but not you (nor me). We need to build rapport with the audience. We need to build our team. Make our corner deep. Fill the stands. Pipe the flute. Feed the chicks…you get the point!
When you're behind the mic, you do that by engaging WITH the listener.
What can you do?
If you guys are interested, I'll post a few tips that I've received along the years. Simple hacks but as Kenny Bania would say, "Gold!"
EDIT BELOW:
Thanks for the interest everyone! My tips for podcasting with a partner. 10 nuggets that will hopefully help you.
Situation: John and Jeff have a podcast.
  1. WEIRD. Stop looking at each other. Seriously. The listener can hear that and it can get really weird! Look at me (the listener)! When you are asking a question, look. While they’re answering or pontificating, don’t.
  2. NAMES. Use each other’s names. Most of you do NOT do this enough.
John, what do you think about that?
Well, Jeff, you know…
This will REALLY help establish a strong image of the speaker WITH their character. This is important. Can’t stress how important this is. Again, most of you are NOT DOING THIS ENOUGH! Your name is a CUE. Once you hear your NAME—that should automatically make you straighten up and look out into the hungry ears longing for your wisdom.
  1. NOTES. While the other person is talking, you’re not looking, right? But what you often should do…take notes! With a pen! This keeps you on point. SO MANY GREAT POINTS ARE LOST because although we look at each other we don’t actually listen to each other.
  2. DIRECTIONAL. A trick a great engineer taught me. Directional microphones. One problem a lot of people have is they look at everyone who’s speaking and their head bounces from left to right constantly. Don’t be a bobblehead. TO FORCEFULLY correct this, use a directional mic. The sound quality is excellent when you talk INTO the mic, but once you start to stray, you lose that sound quality. FAST. THAT forces you back onto your mic. That snap-back is a GREAT reminder that you should be talking to your listeners.
  3. SOLO. Go solo a few times. If you’ve never been solo, it can be daunting. But you SOON get over it. If the idea is still too scary, create a corner (segment) in your podcast where you go solo. Still scary? Create a persona and do a corner. One of my most popular segments has been a 90-second slot where I use a redneck voice and give advice. People LOVE it. And when that character doesn’t come on, they actually get peeved! Going solo is your chance to make love to the camera…erm, microphone~
  4. AVATAR. Do you even know WHO you are talking to? If you haven’t really thought about your target audience/avatar, it’s easy. It’s a guy with essentially the same demographics as you. The more you can visualize him, the better. When you talk into the mic, talk to HIM (hethem). If you can imagine a “studio audience” with the same group coming back every time, super. Talk to THEM. Get your avatar(s) to NOD, to SMILE, to LAUGH, to EMPATHIZE. Imagine them reacting.
  5. BOUNCE. Bounce stuff off the mic! What I mean is something like this:
John: The best way to improve your golf game is with a good putter.
Jeff: A good putter? Did you hear that, people?! John thinks a putter is the best way to improve your game! Jack Nicklaus used a $5…
The section in bold is an example of bouncing. After the bounce, you are talking solely to the audience ‘til you bring it back to John.
  1. PREPARED. Read prepared comments FROM the listeners. Prepared—not off the fly if you’re new. Even if it’s your mom’s. Even if it’s a comment YOU wrote!! (in the beginning, that might be necessary). Easy-peasy to talk directly to a listener. Give both hosts the comments, decide who reads which, and read that person’s comment just like Casey Kasem. Erm…Ryan Seacrest.
  2. PRESORTED Take presorted questions. Just like above. Pick them carefully and prep your answers. Works very nicely when JEFF reads a question and then JOHN answers it. Make sure you use the person’s name and again, best if only JOHN answers it. The roles will depend on how the show/podcast is run. When people aren’t prepared, it often becomes a circle…it often lacks organization and that smells bad.
  3. LIVE. I livestream a lot—excellent for interaction. BUT, do NOT do this unless you are able to LASER FOCUS. Do NOT react to every comment. Do NOT mumble through them. It’s best to PICK ONE and look away. Talk to the guy and move on. LIVE chats can be excellent, but they’re also one of the fastest ways to LOSE listeners who are NOT in on the chat. My metrics are: less than 3% of the total listener base will be able to LIVE chat. Don’t alienate the other 97%.
I’m sure there are lots more. If I think of any, I’ll add to this. But please feel free to add more in the comments section.
Hope this helps,
OFF AIR,
Shane
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2020.08.09 19:01 zombie_wonderland Some strong fantasy mystery books

Some say that mysteries are popular because people like puzzles. Well, I like a certain kind of mystery, but I’ve never been a puzzle person.
I like Raymond Chandler mysteries, the hard-boiled detective who fights to stay alive while prowling dark alleys and darker minds. Often, I don’t care that much about the final reveal of who the real criminal is. It’s the journey, the tortuous path that I like.
In fantasy especially, the who-dunnit can easily become a what-dunnit.

23. White Cat by Holly Black – 2010

Book 1 of 3 in The Curse Workers series
In this YA story, Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn’t fit in at home or at school, so he’s used to feeling like an outsider. He’s also used to feeling guilty—he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.
But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas—and a plan to con the conmen.
“Fans of the author will revel in the sophisticated and slightly-more-realistic-than-usual approach. . . fascinating and carefully developed characters, and lush setting descriptions.”
—BCCB (starred review)

22. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris – 2005

Book 1 of 4 in the Harper Connelly Series
Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed, and share their very last moment. Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver are experts at getting in, getting paid, and then getting out of town fast, because the people who hire Harper have a funny habit of not really wanting to know what she has to tell them.
At first, the little Ozarks town of Sarne seems like no exception. A teenage girl has gone missing, but the secrets of her death—and the secrets of the town—are deep enough that even Harper’s special ability can’t uncover them. With hostility welling up all around them, she and Tolliver would like nothing better than to be on their way. But then another woman is murdered. And the killer’s not finished yet…
“A spooky but sweet amateur detective mystery full of interesting characters.”
—Locus

21. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire – 2009

Book 1 of 10 in the October Daye series
The world of Faerie never disappeared; it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born.
Outsiders from birth, these half-human, half-fae children spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October “Toby” Daye, rejecting it completely. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas…
The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery…before the curse catches up with her.
“Well researched, sharply told, highly atmospheric and as brutal as any pulp detective tale.”
—Publishers Weekly

20. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews – 2007

Book 1 of 10 in the Kate Daniels series
Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way our of her league—but she wouldn’t want it any other way.
“Kate is a great kick-ass heroine.”
—Locus

19. Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy – 1983

Book 1 of 2 in the Black Dragon series
Martha Macnamara knows that her daughter, Elizabeth, is in trouble—she just doesn’t know what kind. Mysterious phone calls from San Francisco at odd hours of the night are the only contact they’ve had for years. Now, Elizabeth has sent her mother a plane ticket and reserved a room for her at the city’s most luxurious hotel. Yet, since Martha checked in, she still hasn’t been contacted by her daughter, and is feeling lonely, confused, and a little bit worried.
But Martha meets someone else at the hotel: Mayland Long, a distinguished-looking and wealthy Chinese man who is drawn to Martha’s good character and ability to pinpoint the truth of a matter. They become close quickly, and he promises to help her find Elizabeth. Before he can solve the mystery, though, Martha herself disappears—and Mayland realizes that he’s in love with her.
Now, a man whose true nature and identity is unknown to those around him will embark on a potentially dangerous adventure in a city on the verge of exploding with its own sort of magic as technology spreads through the region that will become known as Silicon Valley.
“A small masterpiece, setting a fantasy story against a contemporary background.”
—Booklist

18. Terrier by Tamora Pierce – 2006

Book 1 of 3 in the Beka Cooper series
Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost’s Guard, and she’s been assigned to the Lower City. It’s a tough beat that’s about to get tougher, as Beka’s limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City’s criminal enterprises, and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost’s Guard has never seen before.
“With its rollicking adventures [and] appealing characters . . . Terrier… will keep readers on the edge of their seats.”
—School Library Journal (starred review)

17. The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells – 1998

Nicholas Valiarde is a passionate, embittered nobleman with an enigmatic past. Consumed by thoughts of vengeance, he is consoled only by thoughts of the beautiful, dangerous Madeline. He is also the greatest thief in all of Ile-Rien. Under cover of darkness on the streets of the gaslit city, he assumes the guise of a master criminal, stealing jewels from wealthy nobles to finance his quest for vengeance: the murder of Count Montesq. Montesq orchestrated the wrongful execution of Nicholas’s beloved godfather Edouard on false charges of necromancy, the art of divination through communion with spirits of the dead, a practice long outlawed in the kingdom of Ile-Rien.
But now Nicholas’s murderous mission is being interrupted by a series of eerie, unexplainable, and fatal events. Someone with tremendous magical powers is opposing him, and traces of a necromantic power that hasn’t been used for centuries appear.
“Wells… continues to demonstrate an impressive gift for creating finely detailed fantasy worlds rife with many-layered intrigues and immensely personable characters.”
—Publishers Weekly

16. Finch by Jeff VanderMeer – 2009

Book 3 of 3 in the Ambergris series
This is the third book in the series. It can be read by itself, but you’ll get more out of it by reading the first two books (City of Saints and Madmen and Shriek: An Afterward) first.
Mysterious underground inhabitants known as the gray caps have reconquered the failed fantasy state Ambergris and put it under martial law. They have disbanded House Hoegbotton and are controlling the human inhabitants with strange addictive drugs, internment camps, and random acts of terror. The rebel resistance is scattered, and the gray caps are using human labor to build two strange towers.
Against this backdrop, John Finch, who lives alone with a cat and a lizard, must solve an impossible double murder for his gray cap masters while trying to make contact with the rebels. Nothing is as it seems as Finch and his disintegrating partner Wyte negotiate their way through a landscape of spies, rebels, and deception.
Trapped by his job and the city, Finch is about to come face to face with a series of mysteries that will change him and Ambergris forever.
“VanderMeer’s third book set in the fungus-laden city of Ambergris is an engrossing recasting of the hard-boiled detective novel… Though the book stands well on its own, fans of the earlier Ambergris novels will appreciate it even more.”
—Publishers Weekly

15. Low Town by Daniel Polansky – 2011

Book 1 of 3 in the Low Town series
In the forgotten back alleys and flophouses that lie in the shadows of Rigus, the finest city of the Thirteen Lands, you will find Low Town. It is an ugly place, and its cham­pion is an ugly man: disgraced intelligence agent, forgotten war hero, and independent drug dealer. After a fall from grace five years ago, a man known as the Warden leads a life of crime, addicted to cheap violence and expensive drugs. Every day is a constant hustle to find new customers and protect his turf from low-life competition like Tancred the Harelip and Ling Chi, the enigmatic crime lord of the heathens.
The Warden’s life of drugged iniquity is shaken by his dis­covery of a murdered child down a dead-end street, set­ting him on a collision course with the life he left behind. As a former agent with Black House—the secret police—he knows better than anyone that murder in Low Town is an everyday thing, the kind of crime that doesn’t get investi­gated. To protect his home, he will take part in a dangerous game of deception between underworld bosses and the psy­chotic head of Black House, but the truth is far darker than he imagines.
“[A]n assured, roaring, and rollicking hybrid, a cross-genre free-for-all that relishes its tropes while spitting out their bones. And he does it all while spinning one hell of a gripping mystery.”
—The A.V. Club

14. Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale – 2007

If you think you’re ready for a murder mystery about a fetishist inquisitor and his gay demon-spawn lover, well, buckle up.
Belimai Sykes is many things: a Prodigal, the descendant of ancient demons, a creature of dark temptations and rare powers. He is also a man with a brutal past and a dangerous addiction. He’s also the only man Captain William Harper can turn to when faced with a series of grisly murders. But Mr. Sykes does not work for free, and the price of Belimai’s company will cost Captain Harper far more than his reputation.
From the ornate mansions of noblemen, where vivisection and sorcery are hidden beneath a veneer of gold, to the steaming slums of Hells Below, Captain Harper must fight for justice and for his life.
His enemies are many and his only ally is a devil he knows too well. Such are the dangers of dealing with the wicked.
“This ingenious fantasy romance continues to resonate in my imagination.”
—Lambda Literary Report

13. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch – 2011

Book 1 of 8 in the Rivers of London series
Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost.
Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny.
Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.
“The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter.”
—io9

12. Blood Price by Tanya Huff – 1991

Book 1 of 5 in the Blood series
Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki is forced to renew her tempestuous relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci, to stop these forces of dark magic, along with another, unexpected ally…
Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his long life how to blend with humans, how to deny the call for blood in his veins. Without him, Vicki and Mike would not survive the ancient force of chaos that has been unleashed upon the world—but in doing so, his identity may be exposed, and his life forfeit.
“Explores the borders of death and beyond with an intensity that is only partially lightened by touches of ironic humor.”
—Library Journal

11. Nightingale’s Lament by Simon R. Green – 2004

Book 3 of 12 in the Nightside series
The name’s John Taylor. I work the garish streets of the Nightside—the hidden heart of London where it’s always three A.M., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side by side in the endless darkness of the soul.
I have a talent for finding things. People…property…no problem. But now I’m after something different.
A local diva called the Nightingale has cut herself off from her family and friends, and I’ve been hired to find out the reason. I’m also wondering why her suicide-prone fans think she has a voice to die for. Literally.
To get the truth, I’ll have to lend an ear to the most enticingly beautiful and deadly voice in all of the Nightside—and survive.
“[A] delight—exciting, action packed, truly suspenseful.”
—Booklist

10. Murder and Magic by Randall Garrett – 1979

Book 1 of 4 in the Lord Darcy Collections series
This alternate history series starring detective Lord Darcy and his sorcerer sidekick, Sean O Lochlainn, takes us into a reality where Richard the Lionheart’s descendants rule the Anglo-French Empire and the laws of magic have developed in place of the laws of physics. Murder and Magic, comprised of the first four stories of the acclaimed Lord Darcy series, finds Lord Darcy solving murders using his wits, a keen eye for observation, and a few choice magic tricks.
“If you are looking for something different in the way of mysteries a few hours with Lord Darcy is a fun way to go.”
—Daily Kos

9. You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister – 2004

Book 1 of 4 in the Aisling Grey, Guardian series
Aisling Grey is a courier enjoying a free, work-related trip to Paris when she learns she’s a Guardian. That’s a keeper of the Gates of Hell, for those who don’t know. She finds this out from Drake Vireo, who’s scrumptiously sexy—at least in his human form. Now Drake has stolen the package Aisling was sent to deliver, and she must track him down, get the package, and try to resist the passion boiling inside her.
“Graced with MacAlister’s signature sharp wit and fabulously fun characters, this paranormal romance is wickedly sensual and irresistibly amusing.”
—Booklist

8. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin – 2002

Book 1 of 2 in the Eddie Bear series
Once upon a time, Jack set out to find his fortune in the big city. But the big city is Toy City, formerly known as Toy Town, and it has grown considerably since the good old days and isn’t all that jolly any more. And there is a serial killer loose on the streets. The old, rich nursery rhyme characters are being slaughtered one by one, and the Toy City police are getting nowhere in their investigations. Meanwhile, Private Eye Bill Winkie has gone missing, leaving behind his sidekick Eddie Bear to take care of things.
Eddie may be a battered teddy with an identity crisis, but someone’s got to stop the killer. When he teams up with Jack, the two are ready for the challenge. Not to mention the heavy drinking, bad behavior, car chases, gratuitous sex and violence, toy fetishism, and all-round grossness along the way.
“[A] mad toymaker’s fever dream… Although substantially darker and edgier than the Hitchhiker’s series, this gem will appeal to Douglas Adams fans, as well as lovers of British humor in general.”
—Publishers Weekly

7. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison – 2005

Book 2 of 14 in The Hollows series
To save herself and her vampire roommate, former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan must confront six feet of sheer supernatural seduction—the vampire master—and dark secrets she’s hidden even from herself.
“Action packed … chick-lit with a supernatural twist.”
—The Times

6. Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris – 2001

Book 1 of 14 in the Sookie Stackhouse series
Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Bon Temps, Louisiana. She’s quiet, doesn’t get out much, and tends to mind her own business—except when it comes to her “disability.” Sookie can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. Then along comes Bill Compton. He’s tall, dark, handsome—and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life…
But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. And when a string of murders hits Bon Temps—along with a gang of truly nasty bloodsuckers looking for Bill—Sookie starts to wonder if having a vampire for a boyfriend is such a bright idea.
“Vivid, subtle, and funny in her portrayal of southern life.”
—Entertainment Weekly

5. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – 2001

Book 1 of 7 in the Thursday Next series
Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense.
All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.
“This novel might be called ‘James Bond Meets Harry Potter in the Twilight Zone.'”
—Publishers Weekly

4. Soulless by Gail Carriger – 2009

Book 1 of 5 in the Parasol Protectorate series
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and a werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
“Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. . . . This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans.”
―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

3. Storm Front by Jim Butcher – 2000

Book 1 of 17 in the Dresden Files series
As a professional wizard, Harry Dresden knows firsthand that the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most of them don’t play well with humans. And those that do, enjoy playing with humans far too much. He also knows he’s the best at what he does. Technically, he’s the only at what he does. But even though Harry is the only game in town, business—to put it mildly—stinks.
So when the Chicago P.D. brings him in to consult on a double homicide committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name…
“One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.”
—Cinescape

2. Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett – 1993

Book 15 of 40 in the Discworld series
I’m a huge fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels and can’t recommend them enough.
The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they’ve got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving!
These underdogs need all the help they can get, for they’ve been given only 24 hours to clean up the war-torn town.

1. The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes – 2019

This is a criminally underrated book.
Most ideas fade away when we’re done with them. Some we love enough to become Real. But what about the ones we love, and walk away from?
Tippy the triceratops was once a little girl’s imaginary friend, a dinosaur detective who could help her make sense of the world. But when her father died, Tippy fell into the Stillreal, the underbelly of the Imagination, where discarded ideas go when they’re too Real to disappear.
Now, he passes time doing detective work for other unwanted ideas–until Tippy runs into The Man in the Coat, a nightmare monster who can do the impossible: kill an idea permanently. Now Tippy must overcome his own trauma and solve the case, before there’s nothing left but imaginary corpses.
“A strong psychological thread weaves through the story as characters confront the trauma of being imaginary and forgotten, adding depth to what at first may seem a silly concept. Readers will revel in this strange, fully realized world.”
—Publishers Weekly
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2020.08.05 18:06 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jul. 22, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
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  • WWE hit the reset button again with a new storyline assigning general managers to each brand, and it featured the shocking debut of Eric Bischoff. The new storyline will have Bischoff as the heel GM of Raw, while Stephanie McMahon will be the babyface GM of Smackdown, while Vince McMahon will take more of a backseat role and reduce his TV presence. Of course, just 5 weeks ago, Vince panicked and blew up the existing "feuding GMs" storyline between himself and Ric Flair, so now we're re-starting it with new people I guess. It feels like a last-ditch effort to save the brand extension, which has been an utter flop since day one, with no effort to differentiate the shows and only resulting in diluting the talent and falling ratings.
  • Bischoff and McMahon struck a secret deal about 10 days prior to his debut. Bischoff had talks with WWE last year about coming in during the original Invasion angle, except they only wanted him to do a one-off match with Vince for the PPV (which Vince would obviously have won), but Bischoff turned down that offer. But this time, they agreed to a more long-term deal. Bischoff didn't know he was going to debut on Raw until just a day or two prior, when Vince called him and told him to be there. The whole thing was kept secret and almost no one other than Vince himself knew about it. This is believed to be a unique contract, in which it's a short-term deal with the option to renew it for longer-term if the angle gets over. His only role is as a television character, it's strictly a performance contract. Bischoff is not going to be a part of management or creative.
  • When Bischoff walked across the screen in the backstage segment, almost everyone in the company was just as shocked as the viewers at home. Bischoff's debut saw him come out and hug Vince, which Dave thinks about is the dumbest possible way to introduce him. Sure, the Invasion angle is over but WCW's corpse isn't completely cold yet. It's only been a year or so. There is probably still plenty of money to be made in Bischoff as an outsider trying to destroy Vince McMahon and the WWE. But as always, that would involve Vince allowing himself or WWE to look vulnerable against an "outsider" and his utter refusal to do that is a big part of what tanked the Invasion. But that's par for the course. Bischoff cut a promo, giving the fake "WWE version" of the Monday Night Wars history (Dave points out multiple inaccuracies that WWE still clings on today, such as claiming they stole Hulk Hogan from WWF. Of course, Hulk had been in NJPW and hadn't worked for WWF for nearly a year at the time WCW signed him. Things like that.). Dave thinks it became one of those promos full of old stuff or inside references where so much of it is about things that the average fan doesn't know or care about. Dave thinks most of this audience in 2002 isn't familiar with Alundra Blayze, they don't know Raw used to be taped instead of live, and they don't care about 83-week TV ratings streaks (Dave also notes that Bischoff said 84 on this show, which is incorrect). And once again, it became one of those promos talking about how much WWE sucks lately, which is something you don't want to keep pointing out to the fans who are still watching because you just make them feel dumb for supporting something that even the people producing it knows sucks. Shit like that is partly what drove off WCW fans. Bischoff also gloated about almost putting WWE out of business, and to the many guys in the locker room who remember that vividly, it wasn't a joke or a storyline. Those are guys who really were fighting for their job against a guy who really was trying to put them out of business. Bischoff has tremendous heat from the locker room, with a lot of people who worked for him in WCW or who resent him from the WWE side....they don't want Bischoff there.
WATCH: Eric Bischoff debuts in on WWE Raw - 2002
  • This angle was going to take place regardless, but it's thought that the injury to Kevin Nash may have moved things up a couple of weeks because Vince once again panicked when his plans went down in flames. Nash had surgery last week. Because of the location of the tear, it's not quite as serious as the tear Triple H suffered last year. But Nash is also 10 years older. However, he has vowed to return, noting he doesn't want his career to end like that. With his age and his track record of injuries (this is his 22nd surgery, dating back to his collegiate basketball days), Dave isn't sure how much Nash will be able to offer if/when he returns next year. Also, while nobody wanted Nash to get hurt, the mood in the locker room was said to be much happier this week without him around, as the whole Nash/X-Pac/Shawn/Triple H group isn't very well liked these days (the more things change...)
  • Speaking of X-Pac, a weird situation with him this week led to him being suspended by WWE. The day of the Raw when Nash tore his quad, X-Pac missed his flight to the show. Why? Well, he was hospitalized earlier that day in Minneapolis. Again, you ask, why? No idea. Sounds like X-Pac sure would like to know also. He called WWE saying he was in the emergency room and had no idea how he got there. He left the ER and made new travel arrangements and he got to Raw 90 minutes before the show started. And then he went out there that night and worked his match (and Dave says looked more impressive than he had in a long time). However, after the match, he still couldn't explain to WWE officials how or why he was in the hospital earlier that day and so they were naturally suspicious. As a result, X-Pac has been suspended and removed from all upcoming bookings until they get a medical report on what the deal is. Dave says X-Pac has been acting out of control for weeks now and it's been well-documented (threatening to quit if match finishes weren't changed week after week). The feeling backstage was that as long as Nash was around to go to bat for him, he was basically protected, but no longer. With Hall fired, Nash out for probably a year, X-Pac suspended, and Hogan a babyface, the feeling within the company is that the NWO angle is dead. Shawn Michaels is still expected to appear at upcoming house shows and Raws in some new role, since much of the advertising for those shows was based around him appearing, but this is probably the end of the road for the NWO. (This kinda flew under the radar, but yeah, X-Pac never wrestled another match in WWE. The match where Nash tore his quad remains to this day the last time X-Pac ever worked a match in a WWE ring. He gets released soon after this and we all know in retrospect that he was dealing with some drug issues throughout this time).
  • Dave provides some details on Vince Russo's first (and only) creative meeting when he was briefly rehired by WWE last month. Russo apparently proposed a Raw vs. Smackdown feud that would eventually lead to reviving one of them as WCW and reigniting the WCW vs. WWE war. This time, they would have Eric Bischoff leading the WCW side, while Russo suggested Mick Foley as the leader of the WWE side. It was pretty much made clear to Russo during the meeting that if they were to do a Raw vs. Smackdown angle, it would be Stephanie in charge of the WWE side, not Foley, and sure enough, that's what is expected to happen (but without the whole WCW-revival part). Russo's idea was pretty much a combination of the 2001 Invasion angle and the 2000 WCW Bischoff/Russo angle. Dave notes that Russo wanted to essentially start from scratch again, strip everyone of their belts the way they did in 2000, and bring in Bret Hart and Goldberg to be involved as well.
  • A big recap of UFC's debut show in England, which featured rising star Frank Mir getting beat in what should have been an upset, but word is Mir didn't take the fight seriously and barely trained. As a result, he got murked in the first round. Also, while in England, some people in Tito Ortiz's camp got into a big drunken bar brawl with fellow fighter Lee Murray. Chuck Liddell was somewhere involved too. Anyway, long story short, some people tell the story that Murray knocked Ortiz out. Ortiz denies it (to this day, this is a famous MMA story and both men tell different versions, so depending on who you believe I guess).
  • TNA's 4th show ended with a strong angle that actually got them some national publicity. It involved Tennessee Titans players Frank Miller and Zach Piller hopping the rail and attacking Jeff Jarrett and some other wrestlers, resulting in a big brawl to end the show. So how much of it was real or shoot? Well, Russo is involved, so who knows. The official story is that Jarrett and Piller were supposed to shove each other from across the rail, but that's it. From NFL sources, Dave has actually heard the same thing. It was supposed to stop at a shoving confrontation, and then Malice would come pull Jarrett away. That was the story as Russo allegedly wrote it. But reportedly, Piller had been drinking and he ended up hopping the rail and straight up overpowered Jarrett like it was nothing and took him down. Whether this was a shoot or a work is still unknown, but it ended up getting them coverage on SportsCenter and Dave says it's possible it was a work that only a few people were in on. If it was a work, nobody else was in on it. Ron Harris, who works backstage, almost rushed to the ring to save Jarrett and Malice (who wasn't supposed to touch the football players) got involved and broke it up quickly. After the show, the players were backstage laughing and joking with Jarrett and Miller has been openly telling people it was all planned and they were told to make it look as real as possible, but it's still unknown if jumping the rail and tackling Jarrett was part of the plan or not. Several other Titans players were at ringside with them and saw it unfold, but mostly didn't get involved. So now after the publicity, TNA is trying to see if they can make a match out of this. Either way, it's starting to feel like an elaborate work that none of the rest of the roster was clued in on, which is exactly the kind of shit Russo used to do constantly in WCW that soured morale among the locker room, and for this to happen on Russo's first night in, with an angle he wrote, sure feels a little familiar.
WATCH: Tennessee Titans/TNA brawl
  • Puerto Rico's IWA had its most successful show in company history, drawing more than 11,000 fans (without a single WWE name on the card) to see the payoff of an angle with Savio Vega fighting for control of the company. WHO SAID SAVIO AIN'T A DRAW?!
  • On the other side of things, WWC has postponed its anniversary show from August to September in order to give themselves more time to build up big angles and storylines. Seems like something they probably should have been planning earlier? IWA has become the dominant promotion in Puerto Rico and WWC felt they didn't have the build-up necessary to do a big-money show right now. Especially after this IWA show did such big business, anything less would be an embarrassment.
  • Bischoff's debut on Raw was a pretty big hit. How big, you ask? During Bischoff's in-ring promo after his debut, Raw added nearly 1.1 million new viewers from the previous segment. Meaning that as soon as Bischoff walked across the screen backstage, tons of wrestling fans started calling their friends telling them, "Holy shit, Eric Bischoff is on Raw, turn it on!" The bad news is that as soon as Bischoff's promo was over, a lot of them tuned right back out, leading to a huge drop-off for the rest of the show. On the flip side, this week's Smackdown, featuring the heavily-hyped return of The Rock ended up being the 7th lowest rated episode of the show in history (4th if you don't count holidays). Rock's not a draw, bet he won't even be in the business in a couple more years.
  • Kenta Kobashi is finally back in the ring, wrestling undercard prelim tag matches for NOAH. Even though he's in tags and doing limited in-ring work, his knees are said to be already killing him and one of them totally locked up on him after one of his recent matches. But he still hasn't missed any dates.
  • NJPW announced that Kensuke Sasaki will face Pancrase star Minoru Suzuki at the Tokyo Dome in October. This match was actually planned for the big Tokyo Dome show back in May, but negotiations fell apart because Pancrase didn't like the idea of Suzuki doing a worked pro-wrestling match. Suzuki started his career in NJPW back in 1988 and was being groomed to be a big star for the company, but he quit and joined UWF because he preferred to work shoot-style matches. In 1993, he and a few other guys all started Pancrase, which he's been doing ever since. These days, Suzuki's days of fighting for them at a top level are over and he usually only competes against nobodies or in catch wrestling (grappling and submission only, no striking). Anyway, for those curious, this didn't happen. Not sure why yet, I haven't gotten that far, but Suzuki doesn't return to NJPW until 2003.
  • Goldberg is said to be leaning very much against going to WWE anytime soon and is instead eyeing his options of working big shows in Japan. He's contemplating an offer to make an appearance at Toryumon's show in Tokyo in September, but only an appearance. He doesn't plan to wrestle until later in the year (don't think the Toryumon appearance happens, but he does end up working a few matches in Japan here soon).
  • Bret Hart is still hoping to make his scheduled appearance for Jacques Rougeau's upcoming indie show in Montreal. If you recall, Rougeau's big show there last year drew over 11,000 fans and he's got himself another big stadium to fill this year and Bret was expected to be the biggest draw. Whether he'll be healthy enough to make the show, following his recent stroke, remains to be seen but he's determined to try. As of this week, Hart is able to lift his left arm over his head. Just a week ago, he couldn't move it at all. His grip strength is also coming back and he's able to walk short distances. His vocal cords were also damaged but have started strengthening again and he's able to talk again (though he can't cut a wrestling promo yet, Dave says, so he might not be doing much other than coming out and waving to the crowd if he does make it). He's still having some vision problems also, but not too bad all things considered.
  • Dave says that "no matter what you may hear," a lot of people involved in TNA behind the scenes are very unhappy about Vince Russo being brought in. He also says that a lot of people associate Russo and Ed Ferrara together, but they actually had a major falling out awhile back and hadn't been on speaking terms until now. When it became clear Russo was coming back, Ferrara reached out to Russo and the two sides made up. He goes on record saying for sure that neither Mike Tenay or Bill Behrens are happy about Russo's arrival, among others, but says everyone is being professional.
  • Notes from TNA Weekly PPV: Crowd of about 1,500, only about half paid. Dave says it was easily the best of the 4 shows they've had so far. About 85% of it was written and booked by Jerry Jarrett and the original writing team before Russo was hired, but Russo did make some changes. Dave says some people are beginning to get tired of Don West on commentary already and he definitely brings a ton of enthusiasm (but nothing else, Dave adds) to the table. During the Ken Shamrock vs. Omori match, the crowd was distracted by one of the cage dancers near the entrance who was apparently showing her ass to the crowd. Former WCW wrestler Crowbar (real name Chris Ford) worked a tag match under the name Tempest and Dave notes that when Ford worked a try-out match for WWE awhile back, he also signed over the name Crowbar to them when he did (guessing Dave is mistaken about this. He never used the name Crowbar in TNA, but he's been using it everywhere else ever since for the last 18 years). Brian Christopher is now going by his real name, Brian Lawler, and cut a promo on Jerry Lawler about being a bad father. It got a lot of heat but now they've made fans want to see a match that they can't deliver. K-Krush faced NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler and got DQ'd. Dave says Krush was absolutely awesome here, actually carrying Sadler to a watchable match. Sadler was awful of course, but the Gayda/Stratus match from Raw was light years worse, so hey, who cares? TNA tried to bring in Hermie's more famous older brother Elliott Sadler, but that fell through because Elliott has some type of affiliation with WWE, though Dave isn't sure what (I did the research and apparently Elliott drove a Summerslam-themed car during a race around this time, so I assume that's it).
  • More notes from TNA Weekly PPV, since this recap is huge and big, unbroken paragraphs suck: Mark and Jay Brisco worked a brief match until Malice ran in and destroyed everyone (Dave says this was a Russo addition to the show. Dave also says the Briscos will be great some day and notes that on this show, the announcers lied and said both of them are 18, when in fact, Mark Brisco is still 17 and therefore not even allowed to wrestle in many commission states). Former porn star and ECW valet Jasmine St. Claire debuted and gave Jeremy Borash a lap dance, took off her underwear, and was about to strip nude until a big angle stopped it. And yes, in case it wasn't obvious, this was another Russo addition. AJ Styles and Jerry Lynn are the tag team champions and ended up in a big brawl backstage. If you've been paying attention to the show the last 2 weeks, you would have recognized that they were doing a slow build with these two partners having friction, but Russo convinced Jarrett to hurry up and pull the trigger on the split, so here we are. Dave thinks this had no impact at all because it felt completely rushed, the story hadn't progressed far enough yet for these two to already be coming to blows. Another interview with the Dupps saying "shit" repeatedly was, yes, another Russo addition. Try not to cut yourself on all this edginess. Shamrock vs. NOAH star Takao Omori ended in a no contest because of politics. Shamrock was supposed to win clean, but then NOAH decided they didn't want Omori to do a job, so this is what we got. Dave thinks TNA should have said screw them then and just not used Omori because it's not like TNA's fanbase knows who the fuck he is anyway. Omori was said to have been spaced out all day beforehand and looked bad in the match. Crowd didn't care and they pumped in a ton of fake crowd noise for it. Jeff Jarrett ran in and took everyone out with chair shots, including "NWA rep" Harley Race, who ate a brutal unprotected chair shot to the head from Jeff and Dave thinks that's not good for anyone's brain, especially a guy pushing 60. Race was there basically to help Omori since Harley's small promotion in St. Louis has a relationship with NOAH. And finally, the 6-man X-Division #1 contenders match was excellent. Dave thinks WWE really missed the boat on Jerry Lynn and K-Krush. He admits Lynn probably couldn't have ever been a top guy in WWE or anything, but he makes everybody he wrestles look like a million bucks and guys like that are priceless to have on your roster. They also pumped a bunch of crowd noise in for this match, and at one point, the fake crowd noise loop stopped and there was a moment where it went from a loud roaring crowd to dead silence in a blink. Also, a fight in the stands distracted the crowd near the end. But great match otherwise. Show ended with the Titans players angle.
  • In other news, The Shane Twins have been working as the masked penis wrestlers The Johnsons in TNA but the penis aspect of it has been played down to almost nothing. Upcoming plans were for the team to unmask and revert back to the Shane Twins, but when Russo came aboard, that plan got scrapped and they will remain The Johnsons for now. Because dammit, Russo will get to make penis jokes on TV or he's going to die trying.
  • Many of the key names in TNA (Shamrock, AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn, Mike Tenay, among others) have now signed 1-year contracts. Scott Hall was rumored to have also signed a 1-year deal, but Hall is telling people it's not true and he's only committed for 4 more dates. Low-Ki is signed through the end of the year.
  • At the recent K-1 vs. PRIDE show, there was a huge upset when PRIDE fighter Quinton Jackson knocked out Cyril Abidi, one of the top kickboxers in the world. The "plan" was for Abidi to win and then go on to a bigger money match with Don Frye, but that's what happens when you try to plan things around a shoot.
  • And I'm sorry, I know this ain't an MMA recap, but this is too good: at the UFC press conference for the UK show this week, Dana White showed up with a bag filled with $250,000 in cash and challenged UK boxing promoter Frank Warren to put up any fighter in his stable and White would find a UFC fighter of the same weight to fight him, winner takes all the money. If you recall, Warren made some statements a few weeks back calling UFC fighters unskilled steroid freaks and claiming that his boxers could beat any of them in a real fight. So Dana showed up with a whole bag of cash, doing Dana things.
  • Notes from Raw: Vince came out to the NWO music and said that's the last time we'll ever hear it and that the NWO is dead, so as expected, that's it for that gimmick. Tommy Dreamer is back to his old ECW gimmick and is already 1000x more over than the jobber-eating-gross-stuff gimmick WWE gave him. There was a Coach/Booker T segment backstage which is when Eric Bischoff walked through the shot, leaving everybody with their mouths hanging open, and then his promo. Another hype video for Rey Mysterio debuting on Smackdown next week. Former WCW wrestler and recent developmental guy Johnny The Bull made his Raw debut winning the hardcore title, and Dave is baffled how he got the call up because he's one of the worst guys they have in developmental and is nowhere near ready. But it's all about how he looks. Undertaker & Lesnar beat RVD & Flair in the main event and afterward, Lesnar turned on Undertaker in a good angle, though Dave doesn't have high hopes for the inevitable match.
WATCH: Rey Mysterio debut vignette
  • Notes from Smackdown: it was a pretty bad show and for a pretty surprising reason. It was all built around Rock and he was awful. Rather than trying to sell a PPV, he came off like he was trying too hard to be a funny, "cool" guy and became a parody of himself. Dave is a huge Rock fan and thinks it was painful. He did a big in-ring promo segment with rapper Busta Rhymes that was just an elaborate plug for his new Halloween: Resurrection movie ("coming out in July?" Dave asks incredulously and, right, wtf?). Even Rock using Angle's own ankle lock against him at the end of the show looked hilariously fake and Dave has no interest in the Rock/Angle match at Vengeance after this show. Edge & Hogan defending the tag titles was a super heated match and Dave can't understand it. The live crowds are still nuclear hot for Hogan, but it's not translating at all into TV ratings or ticket sales. But man, the people who do buy tickets sure do love him. They seem to be slow-burning a Randy Orton heel turn. The Nidia segment at the buffet was great and Dave thinks they may have stumbled across a pretty great gimmick with her.
WATCH: The Rock & Busta Rhymes Smackdown segment
  • The crew got a little backstage pep talk before Raw this week, mostly given by the agents (John Laurinaitis, Arn Anderson, and Fit Finlay) as well as Triple H. In particular, Triple H talked about there being too many people in the locker room who think they deserve a push ahead of the newer guys because they've been there longer. He said too many guys are sitting back waiting for someone to give them a push rather than breaking out from the pack and earning the push. He said he got over on his own when management was trying to hold him down after the MSG curtain call incident. Said too many guys are being lazy, playing cards and playing video games backstage rather than watching the matches and learning. He said just because you've had a few good matches on TV doesn't mean you know how to work or deserve a push, and also said everyone needs to work harder at house shows because attendance is down and it was guys like him who worked hard to re-build the company the last time business was down. Needless to say, for a locker room full of people who feel like they bust their asses only to get their legs cut off and hit a glass ceiling (often at the hands of the same guy giving the speech), this went over just about as well as you'd expect with the rest of the locker room. Not that anything Triple H said is wrong. Dave agrees with most of it. But considering who the messenger was, it was not well-received.
  • Lots of backstage talk about last week's Bradshaw/Trish Stratus vs. Chris Nowinski/Jackie Gayda match, which was among the worst matches anyone has seen in years. Fit Finlay is the usual trainer and agent for the women and usually goes over their matches and spots with them, but in this case, Sgt. Slaughter put together this match. Gayda missed a few spots early in the match and seemed to panic and it all fell apart from there. Backstage, she was fully aware of how bad it was and was said to be extremely upset. There's been talk of sending her down to OVW for more training, but she'll probably still be on TV because she's fresh off winning Tough Enough.
  • Steve Austin hasn't had any contact with anyone in WWE except for Jack Lanza, who was the agent Austin often worked with for his matches. All that's known now is Austin told Lanza he's still training hard and Lanza felt like he's getting antsy sitting at home and may be ready to return already (I think he's got bigger problems at home). But Austin and Vince still have not spoken and there's still a lot of bad feelings there.
  • In light of recent events, Dave digs up the transcript from an old Prodigy online chat from 1996, in which Eric Bischoff was asked if he would ever work for Vince McMahon. His response: "I would rather chew off my fingers."
  • Writer Brian Gewertz reportedly has some heat over Raw's declining ratings. The problem is, no matter who it is (Gewertz, Heyman, Russo, or even Stephanie), the final approval for everything you see on television comes down to Vince McMahon. He deserves the credit when it's good and the blame when it's bad, end of story. It's a common occurrence for Vince to rip up a script and tell the writers to come up with something new, so any bad segment that makes it to TV is on him, and resulting in lots of last minute changes. Some people are even blaming Gewertz for Kevin Nash's recent injury because Gewertz wrote the match into the script the day of the show, so Nash wasn't even aware he was going to be wrestling until a couple hours before they went on the air and I guess he didn't have time to properly stretch and get ready, and ended up tearing his quad 10 seconds in. Same thing with Cena's debut, that was a day-of decision, and luckily Cena was already on the road with the crew working dark matches, so he was available. But again, Dave says you can't blame Gewertz for either of those things because, once again, it's Vince who is constantly changing his mind and forcing last minute rewrites and whatnot every week. How is Gewertz or any other writer supposed to build long-term stories under those conditions? (Man, this sure feels familiar)
  • Latest on DDP, he and wife Kimberly are planning on moving from Atlanta to Los Angeles to try their hand at acting careers. They've both saved a lot of money from their years in wrestling and can afford to take a chance on this kind of thing I guess. (DDP has done a handful of acting roles, mostly in the mid-00s, but obviously nothing of note. And Kimberly Page did a few movies, including a starring role with DDP in a movie called The Scam Artist that I can't find anywhere, and of course, her most famous role as "chick who's tit fell out" in The 40 Year Old Virgin).
  • Randy Orton suffered a concussion in a house show match with Batista. Orton was trying to sell a clothesline by flying in the air and taking a big flat back bump, but hit his head on the mat coming down and was knocked unconscious. He should be back in a week or so though, because it's not like concussions are serious injuries or anything. EMT's helped him out of the ring and he walked to the back under his own power but he was knocked clean the fuck out for a bit there.
  • This week's episode of WWE Confidential featured Big Show and Bradshaw playing a game of HORSE with the winner "getting a shot to sexually harass Linda Miles." So obviously they're out of ideas for this show. (Yeah JBL is on some full-blown Jerry Lawler shit with Miles here).
WATCH: JBL perving on Linda Miles for 5 minutes under the guise of playing basketball
  • John Cena is still finishing up in OVW and working the upcoming big Six Flags show in Louisville. Despite being a big babyface on TV, he's still a heel in OVW and is playing a gimmick where his main roster success is going to his head.
  • The New York Daily News ran a story on the "Sex, Lies & Headlocks" book that is coming out soon about Vince McMahon and noted several revelations in the book, such as Vince being paranoid about his office being bugged in 1993 prior to the steroid trial and how he wouldn't sit or talk near windows because he thought the FBI was listening in. It also talked about how Vince gave a job interview to Matt Lauer to host the WBF Bodystars show but didn't think Lauer had the right look, among other things. When asked for comment, WWE responded "No one in WWE has any interest in reading it. No one cares to." Dave says that's 2002 carny talk for, "Can you get us an advance copy?"
NEXT WEDNESDAY: Raw appears to turn a corner (lol no), WWE making major cutbacks and severing developmental ties, TNA also making major budget cuts, WWE Vengeance fallout, and more...
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2020.08.04 17:26 YTWhiteWolf 20 Point and Click Games You Should Play Right Now!

1. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
Monkey Island 2 follows Guybrush's continuing adventures some time after defeating the Ghost Pirate LeChuck. His arrival on Scabb Island was in pursuit of the legendary treasure of Big Whoop. LeChuck's Revenge plays like most SCUMM-based point-and-click adventure games. Actions and dialogues are depicted on an Animation Window which covers the top of the screen; verbal commands are listed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen, while Inventory items are shown as icons on the lower right-hand corner. A Sentence Line is located below the Animation Window and serves in describing the actions of the player.The game was one of the few adventure games that offered the player a choice in levels of puzzle difficulty. In some versions, before starting the game, the player is prompted to choose between regular version and "Monkey 2 Lite", a relatively stripped-down experience that bypasses many puzzles entirely. On the back of the game's packaging it is (jokingly) stated that this mode is intended for video-game reviewers.
2. Day of the Tentacle
The game, a loose sequel to Maniac Mansion, is focused on Bernard Bernoulli — the only one of the three playable characters that was featured in the first game — and his friends Laverne and Hoagie, as they help Dr. Fred Edison using a time machine to prevent Purple Tentacle from taking over the world. The game utilizes time travel and the effects of changing history as part of the many puzzles to be solved in the game. Day of the Tentacle follows the point-and-click two-dimensional adventure game formula, first established by the original Maniac Mansion. Players direct the controllable characters around the game world by clicking with the computer mouse. To interact with the game world, players choose from a set of nine commands arrayed on the screen (such as "pick up", "use", or "talk to") and then on an object in the world. This was the last SCUMM game to use the original interface of having the bottom of the screen being taken up by a verb selection and inventory; starting with the next game to use the SCUMM engine, Sam & Max Hit the Road, the engine was modified to scroll through a more concise list of verbs with the right mouse button and having the inventory on a separate screen.Day of the Tentacle uses time travel extensively; early in the game, the three main protagonists are separated across time by the effects of a faulty time machine. The player, after completing certain puzzles, can then freely switch between these characters, interacting with the game's world in the separate time periods. Certain small inventory items can be shared by placing the item into the "Chron-o-Johns", modified portable toilets that instantly transport objects to one of the other time periods, while other items are shared by simply leaving the item in a past time period to be picked up by a character in a future period. Changes made to a past time period will affect a future one, and many of the game's puzzles are based on the effect of time travel, aging of certain items, and alterations of the time stream. For example, one puzzle requires the player, while in the future era where Purple Tentacle has succeeded, to send a medical chart of a Tentacle back to the past, having it used as the design of the American flag, then collecting one such flag in the future to be used as a Tentacle disguise to allow that character to roam freely.The whole original Maniac Mansion game can be played on a computer resembling a Commodore 64 inside the Day of the Tentacle game; this practice has since been repeated by other game developers, but at the time of Day of the Tentacle's release, it was unprecedented.
3. The Secret of Monkey Island
It takes place in a fantastical version of the Caribbean during the age of piracy. The player assumes the role of Guybrush Threepwood, a young man who dreams of becoming a pirate and explores fictional islands while solving puzzles. The Secret of Monkey Island is a 2D adventure game played from a third-person perspective. Via a point-and-click interface, the player guides protagonist Guybrush Threepwood through the game's world and interacts with the environment by selecting from twelve verb commands (nine in newer versions) such as "talk to" for communicating with characters and "pick up" for collecting items between commands and the world's objects in order to successfully solve puzzles and thus progress in the game. While conversing with other characters, the player may choose between topics for discussion that are listed in a dialog tree; the game is one of the first to incorporate such a system. The in-game action is frequently interrupted by cutscenes. Like other LucasArts adventure games, The Secret of Monkey Island features a design philosophy that makes the player character's death nearly impossible (Guybrush does drown if he stays underwater for more than ten minutes).
4. Loom
Loom is based on a serious and complex fantasy story. With its experimental interface, it eschewed the traditional paradigm of graphical adventures, where puzzles usually involve interactions between the game character, the environment, and items the character has in their possession. Loom's gameplay centers instead around magical four-note tunes known as "drafts" that the protagonist, Bobbin Threadbare, can play on his distaff. Each draft is a spell that has an effect of a certain type, such as "Opening" or "Night Vision." Some drafts can be reversed by playing their notes backwards, so the "Dye" draft played backwards becomes "Bleach," while others, such as the "Terror" draft, are palindromes (e.g. C–E–E–C) and so cannot be reversed in this manner. Bobbin can learn drafts by observing an object that possesses the qualities of the desired draft; for example, by examining a blade while it is being sharpened, Bobbin can learn the "Sharpening" draft. When the game begins, Bobbin is only able to play drafts using the notes C, D and E, limiting his ability to reproduce more powerful drafts. As the game progresses and additional notes become available, so his ability to play new drafts increases. The game can be played at three difficulty levels, each differing in how clearly the notes being played are labeled. For example, the "Standard" level indicates the notes on a scale below the distaff, while the "Expert" level shows no notes and must be played by ear. In the original release, expert players are rewarded with a cutscene that does not appear for the other two difficulties. The later CD-ROM release, however, shows an abridged version of this scene to all players.
5. Beneath a Steel Sky
Beneath a Steel Sky is a 2D adventure game played from a third-person perspective. The player uses a point-and-click interface to interact with the environment and to guide protagonist Robert Foster through the game's world. To solve puzzles and progress in the game, the player collects items that may be combined with one another, used on the environment, or given to non-player characters (NPCs).The protagonist converses with NPCs via dialogue trees to learn about the game's puzzles and plot.Clues and other information are obtained by clicking on items in the inventory and on objects in the environment.Unlike in most adventure games at the time, the protagonist's death is possible, after which the player starts from the last save point.The player controls a character called Rob Foster. Rob was rescued by a tribe of bandits as a child after he was found as the only surviving member of a helicopter crash, on which his mother was also a passenger. He is raised by the tribe and comes to look upon them as his family, learning skills such as hunting and building himself a robot from discarded scraps found in local garbage dumps. They inhabit a barren wasteland known as "The Gap", a deserted area that was once part of the Australian outback, a harsh place where daily survival is a struggle.
6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
Last Crusade was one of the most innovative of the LucasArts adventures. It expanded on LucasArts' traditional adventure game structure by including a flexible point system—the IQ score, or "Indy Quotient"—and by allowing the game to be completed in several different ways.The point system was similar to that of Sierra's adventure games, however when the game was restarted or restored, the total IQ of the previous game was retained. The only way to reach the maximum IQ of 800 was by finding alternative solutions to puzzles, such as fighting a guard instead of avoiding him.This countered one common criticism of adventures games, whereby since there is only one way to finish the game, they have no replay value.Also, the point system helped the game to appeal to a variety of player types. Some of the alternative fights, such as the one with the Zeppelin attendant, were very difficult to pass, so the maximum IQ was very difficult to achieve.
7. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
The plot is set in the fictional Indiana Jones universe and revolves around the eponymous protagonist's global search for the legendary sunken city of Atlantis. Sophia Hapgood, an old co-worker of Indiana Jones who gave up her archaeological career to become a psychic, supports him along the journey. The two partners are pursued by the Nazis who seek to use the power of Atlantis for warfare, and serve as the adventure's antagonists.Fate of Atlantis is based on the SCUMM story system by Ron Gilbert, Aric Wilmunder, Brad P. Taylor, and Vince Lee, thus employing similar gameplay to other point-and-click adventures developed by LucasArts in the 1980s and 1990s.The player explores the game's static environments while interacting with sprite-based characters and objects; they may use the pointer to construct and give commands with a number of predetermined verbs such as "Pick up", "Use" and "Talk to".Conversations with non-playable characters unfold in a series of selectable questions and answers.Early on, the player is given the choice between three different game modes, each with unique cutscenes, puzzles to solve and locations to visit: the Team Path, the Wits Path, and the Fists Path.In the Team Path, protagonist Indiana Jones is joined by his partner Sophia Hapgood who will provide support throughout the game.The Wits Path features an abundance of complex puzzles, while the Fists Path focuses heavily on action sequences and fist fighting, the latter of which is completely optional in the other two modes.Atypical for LucasArts titles, it is possible for the player character to die at certain points in the game, though dangerous situations were designed to be easily recognizable.A score system, the Indy Quotient Points, keeps track of the puzzles solved, the obstacles overcome and the important objects found.
8. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
Sins of the Fathers follows the eponymous Gabriel Knight, owner of a rare book store, and fledgling writer, as he investigates a series of local murders he plans to use as the basis for his new novel.Its story unfolds, mostly linearly, over a sequence of "days", each of which has a required set of actions which must be performed before proceeding to the next day. However, within each day, play may be nonlinear. Throughout the game, a running score is kept as new challenges, both required and optional, are completed.Unlike newer graphical adventure games using context-sensitive cursors that change based on what the cursor is hovering over, Sins of the Fathers uses "dumb icons" or "dumb cursors" so that the correct cursor must be chosen for a specific interaction with an on- screen object. The various cursors are accessed by either selecting the respective icon from the "icon bar" or by cycling through the cursors in a predefined order. The available cursors are: "WALK", "LOOK", "ASK", "TALK", "PICKUP", "OPEN/CLOSE", "OPERATE", and "MOVE". Inventory items can also be used as cursors with the active inventory item also available in the cursor cycle.Also located on the "icon bar" are the "INVENTORY" and "RECORDER" buttons, the active inventory item window, score, and the "CONTROLS" and "HELP" buttons. Clicking on the "INVENTORY" button will open the inventory window, where items can be selected and combined as well as cursor icons that allow the player to use "READ", "OPEN", and "LOOK" commands with any inventory item.The "ASK" and "TALK" cursors differ in their functions. The "TALK" cursor functions as a short, general, interaction with most characters. The "ASK" cursor is available in "interrogation mode" and is only available with main characters. Interrogation mode allows the player to ask the main characters questions by clicking on a topic from the displayed list. Global Topics may be asked of any character and are always present in the lists, while specific topics are unique to each character and are subject to change. Past conversations are accessible through the "RECORDER" button which opens a recorder tapes window that displays tapes for each of the main characters.At certain points during the game, the player is required to translate and send Drum Codes and Voodoo Codes. This is done by either selecting the correct character for the Voodoo code or by selecting the correct sequence for the drum code.
9. Full Throttle
Set in the near future, the game's story follows Ben, the leader of a biker gang, who is framed for the murder of a beloved motorcycle manufacturing mogul and seeks to clear his and his gang's names. Players can move the player character to any place on the scene, interact with objects that are highlighted by the cursor, or leave scenes via exits - either on foot for most scenes, or via the character's motorbike, both types denoted by their own icon. As with other LucasArts graphic adventure games of the era, dialogue plays a large part in the game, presenting story elements and information necessary to advance, as well as fleshing out the characters. During conversations with other characters, several choices of dialogue are presented. The currently selected choice is highlighted, and once clicked, the player character responds with the selected choice. Choosing the correct response allows the player to advance the conversation and ultimately advance the scene.Following on from LucasArts' previous graphic adventure, Sam & Max Hit the Road (1993), which introduced a new inventory and interaction system to replace those of their prior games,Full Throttle continued to refine on the changes introduced in Sam & Max Hit the Road: Objects or characters with which Ben can interact are indicated by a red square appearing around the cursor's crosshairs when it is placed over the object. When this occurs, holding down the control on this causes a contextual pie menu to appear - designed upon the emblem of Ben's biker gang: a flaming circle topped by a skull and flanked by a boot and a gloved hand. The player hovers the cursor over elements of the emblem and then releases the mouse button to attempt various interactions with the object; for example, selecting the skull's mouth to speak to a character, its eyes to examine an object, or the hand to pick up, use, or pull the object. Right-clicking anywhere on the screen brings up the player's inventory of collected objects, which can be examined or dragged and dropped in order to use them with other items in the inventory, or with objects or characters in the scene.
10. Sam & Max Hit the Road
Based on the 1989 Sam & Max comic On the Road, the duo take the case of a missing bigfoot from a nearby carnival, traveling to many Americana tourist sites to solve the mystery. The player uses Sam to explore the pre-rendered cartoon environments of the game and solve a series of puzzles using a simple point-and-click interface.The game's puzzles have logical solutions, although a number of them have far-fetched solutions due to the game's cartoon setting. Players can set the game's cursor in a particular mode to designate how Sam interacts with the environment: Sam can walk around an area, talk to other characters, look at objects, pick them up or otherwise try to use them.The cursor's graphic changes when it is hovered over an in-game entity that Sam can interact with. When talking to another character, the player is given a choice of subject areas to discuss, depicted in a conversation tree as icons at the base of the screen. In addition to specific topics involving the game's plot, Sam can inject unconnected exclamations, questions and non sequiturs into a conversation.The game incorporates an inventory system for items that Sam picks up during the course of the game. Items can be used on other entities in the game world, or can often be combined with other inventory items to provide a new object necessary for solving a puzzle. Although Max's character will walk around the game's areas by his own will, Sam can also use Max at various points by using an inventory icon of Max's head on game objects—usually on characters where the solution to a problem involves violence.Sam and Max travel to different locations in the game using their black and white 1960 DeSoto Adventurer, which when clicked on in-game will present a map of the United States with all the available locations the pair can travel to shown. As the game progresses, the number of locations on the map increases.In addition to the main game, Sam & Max Hit the Road includes several minigames. Some of these, such as a carnival game based on Whac-A-Mole but involving live rats, must be completed in order to receive new items and further the game's plot, while others, such as a car-themed version of Battleship, are entirely optional as to whether the player uses them.As with the majority of LucasArts adventure games, Sam & Max Hit the Road is designed so that the player characters cannot die or reach a complete dead-end.
11. Simon the Sorcerer
The game follows a boy named Simon, who is transported to a parallel universe to embark on a mission to rescue a wizard called Calypso from an evil sorcerer named Sordid. As a point-and-click adventure game, the player controls Simon using the mouse.Gameplay involves moving Simon around and interacting with objects and other characters. The player can make Simon perform actions such as giving an item to another character, talk to another character, and pick up (add to inventory), examine, use, move, consume, wear, or open or close an item. Some actions are binary: they involve two objects and the player sometimes, after telling Simon to use an item, needs to specify what to use it with.A map that enables Simon to instantly transport to a major landmark (if it has been discovered) is provided.The postcard is used to load, save, or quit the game.The game includes parodies of various popular books and fairy tales, including Rapunzel, The Lord of the Rings, Discworld, The Chronicles of Narnia, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff.
12. Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe
The Evil wizard Sordid is brought back to life when a magic-book of his is set ablaze and thrown into the middle of a chalkboard pentagram by the father of Runt, a young boy wanting to become a mighty sorcerer. Sordid promises him that he can become his apprentice if he helps him exact his vengeance on Simon.Several months later, Sordid's Fortress of Doom is reconstructed and Sordid has a new robotic body. He sends a magical wardrobe to fetch Simon but it accidentally ends up on the doorstep of Calypso, the wizard Simon had to save in the last game. Simon then starts to look for a fuel called mucusade which he needs to power the wardrobe in order to get home.
13. Flight of the Amazon Queen
Flight of the Amazon Queen is a point and click graphic adventure game. It follows a pilot for hire named Joe King who is hired to fly a famous actress to her next job, but ends up in a lightning storm and crashes deep in the Amazon Jungle. In the jungle, Joe uncovers a plot by a mad scientist to take over the world by creating an army of dinosaur women created from Amazon women.
14. Dark Seed
Unlike most point-and-click adventure games, which give the player time to explore, many actions in Dark Seed must occur within precise time limits, or the game will end up in an unwinnable state. As a result of this, one must start over repeatedly to win without resorting to a walkthrough. Amiga Format, in its review, stated with regards to Darkseed's gameplay: "Too many things in the game need to be done within a specific time, or in a certain order, and you don't necessarily know when you've passed that 'critical point' after which you're fighting a lost cause. As a result, you often have to play the game several times over, going through scenes you've seen countless times before." Certain events/puzzles rely on the player dying and then learning from there what to do: for instance, on day two, police wait outside Dawson's house in the afternoon to arrest him if he steps outside the front door, with no clue as to their presence until it's too late, resulting in a game over. Similarly, the player must take a painkiller each morning in the bathroom or the protagonist continually complains about a headache after every line of dialogue; there is no hint or indication to do this.The player has three real time hours within which they must complete the game, which is the equivalent of three in-game days. Time can also be passed by using the in-game wait function, and the time can be checked by looking at Dawson's watch, or by inspecting the grandfather clock in the house. At the end of each day, Dawson goes to sleep and upon going to bed, each night he has a nightmare of the Dark World. Dawson automatically goes to sleep at ten P.M. each night, regardless of where the player is. If it becomes night while Dawson is in the Dark World, he will fall asleep and die, resulting in a game over. Dawson is able to access the Dark World on day two upon receiving a piece of a mirror in the mail and re-assembling it with the rest of the mirror, creating a portal to the Dark World. Every room, person and object in the normal world has a Dark World equivalent and this is often necessary for puzzle solving.When interacting with objects, the options available to the player include look/inquire, touch/manipulate, and move, denoted by a "?", a hand, and four arrows pointing inwards respectively. Looking at an object and manipulating an object are context-sensitive: the "?" becomes a "!" when the cursor is over items or areas of interest and the hand icon points upwards when the cursor is over items that can be picked up or manipulated.
15. The Dig
In the game, the player takes the role of Commander Boston Low, part of a five-man team planting explosives on an asteroid in order to avert its collision course with Earth. Discovering the asteroid is hollow, Low and two of his team are transported to a long-abandoned complex, filled with advanced technology, on a strange alien world. Low and his companions must utilize xenoarchaeology to learn how the technology works, discover the fate of the alien race that built it, and solve other mysteries to find a way to return home. The Dig is a point-and-click adventure game, where the player, as Commander Boston Low, uses the mouse cursor to point to people, objects, and other parts of the environment to look at or interact with them, collect and use items in their inventory, and talk to non-player characters. The game runs on the SCUMM game engine, and was the eleventh LucasArts game to do so. A minigame can be found on the communicator menu, consisting of "Asteroid Lander", a Lunar Lander like game. During development, there were plans to include role-playing game elements, but these were scrapped before the game's release.
16. Maniac Mansion
It follows teenage protagonist Dave Miller as he attempts to rescue his girlfriend Sandy Pantz from a mad scientist, whose mind has been enslaved by a sentient meteor. Maniac Mansion is a graphic adventure game in which the player uses a point-and-click interface to guide characters through a two-dimensional game world and to solve puzzles. Fifteen action commands, such as "Walk To" and "Unlock", may be selected by the player from a menu on the screen's lower half. The player starts the game by choosing two out of six characters to accompany protagonist Dave Miller: Bernard, Jeff, Michael, Razor, Syd, and Wendy. Each character possesses unique abilities: for example, Syd and Razor can play musical instruments, while Bernard can repair appliances. The game may be completed with any combination of characters; but, since many puzzles are solvable only by certain characters, different paths must be taken based on the group's composition. Maniac Mansion features cutscenes, a word coined by Ron Gilbert, that interrupt gameplay to advance the story and inform the player about offscreen events.The game takes place in the mansion of the fictional Edison family: Dr. Fred, a mad scientist; Nurse Edna, his wife; and their son Weird Ed. Living with the Edisons are two large, disembodied tentacles, one purple and the other green. The intro sequence shows that a sentient meteor crashed near the mansion twenty years earlier; it brainwashed the Edisons and directed Dr. Fred to obtain human brains for use in experiments. The game begins as Dave Miller prepares to enter the mansion to rescue his girlfriend, Sandy Pantz, who had been kidnapped by Dr. Fred. With the exception of the green tentacle, the mansion's inhabitants are hostile, and will throw the player characters into the dungeon—or, in some situations, kill them—if they see them. When a character dies, the player must choose a replacement from the unselected characters; and the game ends if all characters are killed. Maniac Mansion has five possible endings, based on which characters are chosen, which survive, and what the characters accomplish.
17. The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel
In November 1888, Sherlock Holmes is engaged by Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard to help with the murder investigation of a young actress, Sarah Carroway. She was killed outside a theatre in the Mayfair area of London. Lestrade thinks the manner of her death shows that this is another strike by Jack the Ripper, but Holmes believes someone else committed the crime. It appears that the victim was killed with an unusual knife, one shaped like a scalpel but with a serrated blade.The investigation takes Holmes and Dr. Watson to many parts of late 19th Century London, including a perfume shop, the zoological gardens, the morgue, a pub, several dwellings, Surrey Commercial Dock, Savoy Street Pier, St Pancras Station, and of course 221B Baker Street. They encounter a number of characters connected to the case and also get assistance from Inspector Gregson, the leader of the Baker Street Irregulars named Wiggins, and the invaluable tracking dog Toby. The player moves around London via an elaborate overview map. Additional locations become available when Holmes finds additional leads. In each location, the player can select nine different verbal options to interact with objects or people. When accessing the inventory menu, the player has three different verbal actions to manipulate any items Holmes has picked up. When talking to people, Holmes has different dialogue options to gain information or try to get their cooperation. Dr. Watson can give his views, which may serve as puzzle hints. He may even help Holmes to perform an action he cannot do alone. Dr. Watson's journal also references the events in the gameplay.The graphics are VGA, with MIDI music and a few scenes with digitalized speech (in the intro and end sequence, and the cutscene at St Pancras Station. In the other scenes there are sound effects, but no speech). The player interacts with the characters through a command menu with verb icons that is intuitive for anyone who had played other adventure games of the period. The 3DO version consists of full voiced dialogue and the portraits of the talkers were replaced by clips with filmed actors, but also drops Dr. Watson's journal feature.In the video clips in the 3DO version, Sherlock Holmes was played by David Ian Davies, and Dr. Watson was played by Laurie Main.
18. Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders
The story is set in 1997, 9 years after the game's production. The plot follows Zak (full name Francis Zachary McKracken), a writer for the National Inquisitor, a tabloid newspaper (the name is a thinly veiled allusion to the National Enquirer); Annie Larris, a freelance scientist; along with Melissa China and Leslie Bennett, two Yale University coed students, in their attempt to prevent the nefarious alien Caponians (who have taken over "The Phone Company", an amalgamation of various telecommunication companies around the world) from slowly reducing the intelligence of everybody on Earth by emitting a 60 Hz "hum" from their "Mind Bending Machine". The Skolarians, another ancient alien race, have left a defense mechanism hanging around to repulse the Caponians (the "Skolarian Device"), which needs reassembly and start-up. Unfortunately, the parts are spread all over Earth and Mars.
19. The Curse of Monkey Island
The game's story centers on Guybrush Threepwood, a wannabe pirate who must lift a curse from his love Elaine Marley. As the story progresses, he must deal with a band of mysterious pirates, a rival stereotypical French buccaneer, a band of cutthroat smugglers, as well as his old nemesis Captain LeChuck. The Curse of Monkey Island is a point-and-click adventure game. The SCUMM engine was also used in this Monkey Island installment but it was upgraded to a "verb coin" (modelled after Full Throttle), an interface that consisted in a coin-shaped menu with three icons: a hand, a skull, and a parrot, basically representing actions related to hands, eyes and mouth, respectively. These icons implied the actions Guybrush would perform with an object. The hand icon would usually mean actions such as picking something up, operating a mechanism or hitting someone, the skull icon was most used for examining or looking at objects and the parrot icon was used to issue Guybrush commands such as talking to someone or opening a bottle with his teeth. The inventory and actions were thus visible on click, rather than on the bottom of the screen as previous point-and-click games by Lucasarts.The player controlled a white 'X' cursor with the mouse, that turned red whenever landing onto an object (or person) with which Guybrush could interact. Holding left click over an object, whether in or outside the inventory, would bring up the coin menu, while right clicking it would perform the most obvious action with this particular object. Right clicking a door, for example, made Guybrush attempt to open it, while right clicking a person meant talking to him or her.
20. Grim Fandango
Grim Fandango takes place in the Land of the Dead (the Eighth Underworld), where recently departed souls aim to make their way to the Land of Eternal Rest (the Ninth Underworld) on the Four Year Journey of the Soul. Good deeds in life are rewarded by access to better travel packages to assist in making the journey (such as sports cars and luxury ocean cruises), the best of which is the Number Nine, an express train that takes four minutes to reach the gate to the Ninth Underworld. However, souls who did not lead a kind life are left to travel through the Land of the Dead on foot, which would take around four years. Such souls often lose faith in the existence of the Ninth Underworld and instead find jobs in the Land of the Dead. The travel agents of the Department of Death act as the Grim Reaper to escort the souls from the Land of the Living to the Land of the Dead, and then determine which mode of transport the soul has merited. Each year on the Day of the Dead, these souls are allowed to visit their families in the Land of the Living.The souls in the Land of the Dead appear as skeletal calaca figures. Alongside them are demons that have been summoned to help with the more mundane tasks of day-to-day life, such as vehicle maintenance and even drink service. The souls themselves can suffer death-within-death by being "sprouted", the result of being shot with "sproutella"-filled darts that cause flowers to grow out through the bones. Many of the characters are Mexican and occasional Spanish words are interspersed into the English dialogue, resulting in Spanglish. Many of the characters smoke, following a film noir tradition; the manual asks players to consider that every smoker in the game is dead. Grim Fandango is an adventure game, in which the player controls Manuel "Manny" Calavera (calavera being Spanish for 'skull') as he follows Mercedes "Meche" Colomar in the Underworld. The game uses the GrimE engine, pre-rendering static backgrounds from 3D models, while the main objects and characters are animated in 3D. Additionally, cutscenes in the game have also been pre-rendered in 3D. The player controls Manny's movements and actions with a keyboard, a joystick, or a gamepad. The remastered edition allows control via a mouse as well. Manny must collect objects that can be used with either other collectible objects, parts of the scenery, or with other people in the Land of the Dead in order to solve puzzles and progress in the game. The game lacks any type of HUD. Unlike the earlier 2D LucasArts games, the player is informed of objects or persons of interest not by text floating on the screen when the player passes a cursor over them, but instead by the fact that Manny will turn his head towards that object or person as he walks by.[2] The player reviews the inventory of items that Manny has collected by watching him pull each item in and out of his coat jacket. Manny can engage in dialogue with other characters through conversation trees to gain hints of what needs to be done to solve the puzzles or to progress the plot. As in most LucasArts adventure games, the player can never die or otherwise get into a no-win situation (that prevents completion of the game).
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2020.08.03 13:44 SaharaFlayme Creepypasta Roleplay [Discord]

Creepypasta Roleplay [Discord]
Hey everyone! I’m Marina, 18, Female and I’m in the mood for some Creepypasta! I am adv lit writer who writes anywhere from 3-9 large paragraphs in third person paste tense! I’d love if someone could match my style! I love writing walls and love it even more when my partners match me!
Rules
•Please Be 18+
•Be at least Semi-Lit
•OC’s Are Welcome
•Characters must be 18+ for smut!
•I only play Male characters unless it’s FxF
•I have a few OC’s and am fine with CC x OC
Plots
•Origin Story
This is basically the origin story for our characters! This fits best with OCs but will also work for CC! We would playing our characters before and leading up to them becoming proxies,
•Love at First Sight
In this one, we would be playing as a proxy and a normal human. M/C would be tasked to murderer yours, however falls in love in the process! Your character would build a sort of Stockholm Syndrome for my character and begin to fall in love as my character keeps yours hidden.
•Alternate Universe
This is a more Broad plot! This could take place in many different settings! Including fandoms! Jeff The Killer in BNHA? He’ll yeah! Hoodie in an Asylum with your character? Of course! Laughing Jack being a demon with your character as an angel? Yes! These would be vary fun for world building and what not!
•Life In The Dream House
This is the easiest and most obvious one. Our characters are both proxies withen the Slender Mansion!
•What If?
Our characters are cannon Creepypasta but in a world where they DIDNT become proxies. This could be them in Highschool, College, Work Places, and is a general slice of life Roleplay.
My Characters
Jeff The Killer • Eyeless Jack • Laughing Jack • Masky • Hoodie • Ticci Toby • Grinny Cat • Slender Man • Beast Wirt • Bipper • Ben Drowned •Liu The Killer • The Rake
Cheers!
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2020.07.27 02:23 Ainsoph777 Looking at who is on the board of directors at the Jesuit 'John Caroll Society' (July 2020)

Looking at who is on the board of directors at the Jesuit 'John Caroll Society' (July 2020)
source : https://www.johncarrollsociety.org/what-is-jcs/meet-our-leadership
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_John_Carroll
The statue is located at Healy Hall at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Further reading Robert Brent, the first mayor of Washington D.C. was the nephew of Jesuit priest John Carroll S.J.!--the founder of Jesuit Georgetown University : https://www.reddit.com/Jesuitworldordecomments/dvm7q9/robert_brent_the_first_mayor_of_washington_dc_was/
The excerpt on Jesuit priest John Carroll S.J. in Appleton's Cyclopædia of American Biography Volume 1 (1887) : https://www.reddit.com/Jesuitworldordecomments/cl7otj/the_excerpt_on_jesuit_priest_john_carroll_sj_in/
Memorial Of The First Century Of Georgetown College, D.C.: comprising a history of Georgetown University, John Gilmary Shea(1891) : https://archive.org/details/MemorialOfTheFirstCenturyOfGeorget
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"Meet Our Leadership

OFFICERS
Jeffrey H. Paravano, President : https://www.bakerlaw.com/JeffreyHParavano
Andrew L. Cook, 1st Vice President : "Andrew Cook, chair of the Red Mass Committee for the John Carroll Society described the Mass as wonderful. “It was a time to reflect and to pause and appreciate the blessings we have in our legal system and our Church,” he said." https://cathstan.org/news/us-world/the-holy-spirit-can-bring-healing-in-times-of-division-priest-says-at-red-mass
Preeya Noronha Pinto, 2nd Vice President : https://www.kslaw.com/people/preeya-pinto
Elizabeth A. Young, Secretary : https://www.nixonpeabody.com/en/team/young-elizabeth-a
Suvia Yuan, Assistant Secretary : https://www.johncarrollsociety.org/what-is-jcs/member-spotlight
Christopher H. Mitchell, Treasurer : https://www.steinmitchell.com/lawyers-Christopher-Mitchell.html
Mary Ann Dmochowski, Assistant Treasurer : http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/registeevent?llr=brec8tnab&oeidk=a07ec1r54ryfca70e65
Jane Sullivan Roberts, Parliamentarian : https://www.law.com/nationallawjournal/2019/03/05/jane-sullivan-roberts-wife-of-chief-justice-opens-dc-outpost-for-recruiter-mlegal/?slreturn=20200626203043
Carol Grefenstette Bates, Immediate Past President : http://theoagroup.org/carol-grefenstette-bates/
John J. DeGioia, Ph.D., Historian : https://president.georgetown.edu/biography/
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Bret Baier : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bret_Baier
James D. Bishop : http://www.courtexcellence.org/news-events/cce-board-director-james-d-bishop-wins-2014-scoutt-prize
Gregory D. Grant : https://www.shulmanrogers.com/attorneys/gregory-d-grant/
Michael R. Huston : https://fedsoc.org/contributors/michael-huston
Catherine Ronan Karrels : https://www.stoneridgeschool.org/about/leadership
Alex LaFrankie : https://www.linkedin.com/public-profile/in/alexandra-lafrankie-41b75880?challengeId=AQFwSwp70L3b7wAAAXONvfvP_Wee5bdkD8tkcVkvYt7ubvQP2DmkxCccss1oB2JR7ofN63odMpRutLvFoiYfEwpLJuO5RZeoHQ&submissionId=8840b11f-9075-2516-15d4-1e40df72bd0d
Michelle Lally : https://www.osler.com/en/team/michelle-lally
Jeff MacKinnon : https://farragutpartners.com/partners/jeffrey-m-mackinnon-partne
Hon. Anita McBride : https://constitutingamerica.org/the-honorable-anita-mcbride/
Eileen Moore, MD : https://clinicianwellbeing.osu.edu/people/eileen-moore
Jack Murphy : https://www.clearygottlieb.com/professionals/jack-murphy
Ricardo Perez, DDS : http://www.drricardoperez.com/
Scott Rembold : https://www.catholic.edu/about-us/leadership/bios/scott-rembold/index.html
Phil Ward : https://www.wc.com/Attorneys/Philip-J-Ward
Rev. Monsignor Peter J. Vaghi, Chaplain : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Vaghi
Colleen Mudlaff, Executive Director : https://inkandescentradio.com/podcasts/234/take-a-magic-carpet-ride-with-colleen-mudlaff-s-women-s-diplomatic-series "
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2020.07.25 15:46 PM-ME-A-PRIME-NUMBER Offseason Review Series: The 2020 New York Jets

New York Jets

Division: AFC East
 
1 New England Patriots (12-4)
2 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
3 New York Jets (7-9)
4 Miami Dolphins (5-11)
 

Coaching Changes

The Jets did not make any major coaching changes this offseason, retaining HC Adam Gase, OC Dowell Loggains, and DC Gregg Williams.
 

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Trevor Siemian QB Free Agent
Bilal Powell RB Free Agent
Ty Montgomery RB New Orleans
Robby Anderson WR Carolina
Demaryius Thomas WR Free Agent
Kelvin Beachum LT Arizona
Brent Qvale LG Houston
Ryan Kalil C Free Agent
Tom Compton RG San Francisco
Brandon Shell RT Seattle
Brandon Copeland EDGE New England
Paul Worrilow ILB Free Agent
Albert McClellan ILB Free Agent
Trumaine Johnson CB Free Agent
Darryl Roberts FS Detroit
Rontez Miles FS Free Agent
Blake Countess DB Free Agent
Lachlan Edwards P Free Agent
 
The Jets reshaped their weapons for Sam Darnold this offseason, losing three veterans and bringing in a number of free agents and draft picks. GM Joe Douglas opted not to re-sign RB Bilal Powell who the Jets drafted in 2011, and he remains a free agent. Most significantly, Douglas allowed his top offensive weapon in WR Robby Anderson to walk to Carolina on a 2-year, $20.0 MM deal, creating a void at outside receiver. The team has also not re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas, who filled in for Quincy Enunwa last season and remains a free agent.
 
The biggest change that the Jets made to their personnel this offseason was along the offensive line, and as such there were a number of veteran casualties. LT Kelvin Beachum started for the Jets from 2017 to 2019, but he seems to have regressed, but he projects to compete for Arizona on a 1-year deal. The Jets also let C Ryan Kalil go, who unretired to snap for Sam Darnold last offseason but disappointed and got injured, and he remains a free agent. RG Tom Compton was forced into action last season with the injury to Brian Winters, and he, as is characteristic of his NFL career thus far, struggled massively in run blocking and pass pro, but he projects to compete anyway next year for San Francisco on a 1-year deal. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase never expressed interest in RT Brandon Shell for the long term, benching him for the raw Chuma Edoga early in 2019, so it was not a surprise to see the Jets let Shell go to start for Seattle on a 2-year contract.
 
The Jets mostly kept their 7th-ranked total defense in tact this offseason, only losing two key pieces. EDGE Brandon Copeland left for New England on a 1-year contract, which is not a surprising location, as Copeland is a great utility player, functioning as a rush linebacker, an off-ball linebacker, and a core special teamer for the Jets in 2019. Similarly, Joe Douglas has not re-signed the versatile FS Rontez Miles, who has played high safety, box safety, and a key special-teams role during his seven-year Jets tenure, and he remains a free agent.
 
The Jets cut CB Trumaine Johnson, which was virtually a no-brainer after two injury-plagued seasons in which his lack of speed was frequently exposed. The only real decision was whether to cut Johnson immediately, which would have resulted in a $12.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020, or to designate Johnson as a post-June 1 cut, which would have resulted in a $4.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020 and a $8.0 MM dead cap hit in 2021. Joe Douglas opted for the latter, meaning that the Jets saved a total of $11.0 MM by cutting Johnson in 2020. Grade: A
 
The Jets cut FS Darryl Roberts in mid-March. The Jets had high hopes for Roberts following the 2018 season, prompting them to sign him to a three-year contract with an out after one year. Roberts had a rocky first eight games of the season at cornerback before injuring his calf and being benched in favor of Maulet and Austin. Roberts remained a special-teams asset and good safety depth in December, but ultimately GM Joe Douglas decided he could cut Roberts, save $6.0 MM, and look elsewhere for a replacement. Grade: B
 
Players Signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Denver 1 year $1.5 MM
David Fales QB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Frank Gore RB Buffalo 1 year $1.1 MM
Breshad Perriman WR Tampa Bay 1 year $6.5 MM
Josh Doctson WR Minnesota 1 year $0.9 MM
Daniel Brown TE NY Jets 1 year $0.8 MM
Alex Lewis LG NY Jets 3 years $18.6 MM
Greg Van Roten LG Carolina 3 years $10.5 MM
Josh Andrews LG Indianapolis 1 year $1.0 MM
Connor McGovern C Denver 3 years $27.0 MM
George Fant RT Seattle 3 years $27.3 MM
Jordan Jenkins EDGE NY Jets 1 year $3.9 MM
Neville Hewitt ILB NY Jets 1 year $2.0 MM
Patrick Onwuasor ILB Baltimore 1 year $2.0 MM
James Burgess ILB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Pierre Desir CB Indianapolis 1 year $4.0 MM
Arthur Maulet CB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Quincy Wilson CB Indianapolis 1 year $1.3 MM
Brian Poole NCB NY Jets 1 year $5.0 MM
Bennett Jackson FS NY Jets 1 year $0.7 MM
 
Jets GM Joe Douglas used to work in Baltimore, where he was supposedly very influential in the decision to draft QB Joe Flacco, so this signing is far from surprising. While Joe Flacco may be trending down in his play, $1.5 MM feels like a bargain for the chance at solid veteran insurance for Sam Darnold. However, his neck surgery will supposedly keep him out for the opening of the season. Grade: B
 
After the draft, the Jets signed RB Frank Gore to a 1-year, $1.1 MM deal to ensure that he will play his 16th season in green and white. Gore is a physical back who played under Jets HC Adam Gase in San Francisco in 2008 and in Miami in 2018. Gore can take some of the pressure off of starting RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020 as the Jets move towards a "runningback by committee" system. Grade: B
 
The Jets-Ravens connection proved strong again with the signing of WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman was a first-round pick for the Ravens in 2015 while current Jets' Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander was with Baltimore, and though he never really produced at a high level there, he had a resurgence in 2019 for the Buccaneers. Especially in November and December, where he performed at a 1000-yard rate projected over a whole season, Perriman proved to be a legitimate outside option across from Mike Evans with Chris Godwin in the slot. Perriman is a big, athletic receiver who projects to be worth the $6.5 MM deal to get a shot on the outside. Grade: A
 
Yet again, the Jets signed a former Ravens player, re-signing LG Alex Lewis, who played 2016 through 2018 with Baltimore before GM Joe Douglas traded for him in the 2019 offseason. Lewis stepped in for Kelechi Osemele last season and was a serviceable starter. Lewis is good in pass pro, versatile, and a good zone fit as a guard. However, Lewis could touch up on his penalties and overall run blocking for 2020. GM Joe Douglas only gave Lewis a 3-year, $18.6 MM deal which actually has an out after 1 year, which seems like a solid price to get another look at a 28-year-old guard who might be part of the team's future. Grade: B
 
The Jets' biggest free-agent singing in 2020 in terms of guaranteed money was former Broncos' C Connor McGovern at $18.0 MM. McGovern is an athletic lineman with experience at guard and center. He is a powerful center, and that serves him well in the run game. However, McGovern has a weak anchor and inconsistent pad level and leverage in the pass game. For this reason, despite the need at center, Joe Douglas' decision to commit two years to a center who is, perhaps, below average in pass pro is worthy of scrutiny. Grade: C
 
The biggest heavily-scrutinized acquisition that the Jets made in 2020 was probably signing former Seahawks RT George Fant to a 3-year, $27.3 MM contract. Fant functioned primarily as a swing tackle and as a sixth offensive lineman in Seattle, as he could not see the field as a starter over Germain Ifedi. Fant remains a very raw pass protector in terms of his anchor and the fluidity of his kickslide, and his ability in the run is only theoretically a strength in zone blocking. While Fant's contract has an out in 2021, it is a bit strange to see him making a similar salary to Bryan Bulaga and Halapoulvaati Vaitai. Grade: D
 
The Jets were patient in re-signing their own free agents, which probably helped get good value retaining EDGE Jordan Jenkins. Despite notching 15 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Jenkins only got $3.9 MM from the Jets. The sack number is a bit misleading, though, due to a high quantity of "coverage sacks" and a relatively modest pressure rate. However, Jenkins is a fine run defender, and he'll slot in as EDGE #1 again for the Jets in 2020. Grade: B
 
The Jets also acquired a former Raven on defense with LB Patrick Onwuasor, and they only paid $2.0 MM to bring him in. Onwuasor is an undersized linebacker but a good linear athlete, and while he struggles reading offensive cues and getting off of blocks to stop the run, he is a really good coverage player with the ability to get home as a pass rusher. Onwuasor has played next to CJ Mosley before, and he could potentially contribute in subpackage and base 4-3 looks, in addition to in a depth capacity and on special teams. Grade: A
 
With the cuts of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, GM Joe Douglas decided to fill a starting cornerback spot with former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a 1-year, prove-it deal. Desir lacks longspeed, but he is a long, physical corner with decent short-area quickness. However, Desir lacks refinement in press and zone. With that said, $4.0 MM is a reasonable price to get a fill-in outside cornerback in 2020. Grade: B
 
This signing probably didnt get much national coverage, but re-signing CB Arthur Maulet could pay huge dividends for the Jets in 2020. In 2019, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts failed to hit expectations, forcing Maulet, Nate Hairston, and rookie Blessuan Austin into the outside cornerback rotation. Maulet is the only one of that group who was not benched for performance reasons. For a mere $0.9 MM, retaining a guy in Maulet who is familiar with the defense who will compete to start in 2020 is seemingly a no-brainer. Grade: A
 
Instead of making another draft choice, the Jets decided to trade pick 211 for former Colts CB Quincy Wilson. Wilson, a former 2nd-round pick, was a raw prospect coming out of Florida, and his penalties and lack of zone instincts followed him to the pros and led to his benching. However, Wilson is a big, long, and athletic corner, and at only 23 years of age, it makes sense that GM Joe Douglas wants to bring him on board to compete in an iffy cornerback room. Grade: C
 
This signing went somewhat under-the-radar, but Jets fans were thrilled when the team retained NCB Brian Poole to play slot on a 1-year, $5.0 MM contract. Poole is a good run defender with an ability to rush the passer, and he had a career year in coverage in 2019. Brian Poole is a good fit for Gregg Williams' defense, so retaining him to start in 2020 for a mere $5.0 MM seems to be a good value. Grade: B
 

Draft

Round Number Pos Player School
1 11 LT Mekhi Becton Louisville
2 59 WR Denzel Mims Baylor
3 68 FS Ashtyn Davis Cal
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine Florida
4 125 QB James Morgan FIU
4 129 LT Cameron Clark Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann Texas A&M
 
The eleventh pick, Louisville LT Mekhi Becton, was my favorite acquisition that the Jets made during the 2020 offseason. While there were other options on the board, namely Tristan Wirfs, Henry Ruggs, and CeeDee Lamb, that the Jets presumably could have considered, Becton was the exact player I thought the Jets should take when he fell to 11. The first thing that stands out about Becton is his massive size, as he's 6'7", 364 lbs, with a monstrous 83-inch wingspan. Becton, however, is much more than a heavy lineman, as he defies expectations with his exceptional 5.1-flat movement skills. Becton is a hulking run blocker who is inexperienced but a fluid mover in pass pro. Becton projects to replace Kelvin Beachum and slide in at left tackle immediately in his rookie season. Grade: A
 
Wanting to add more picks to build the Jets in his image in his first year as GM, Joe Douglas opted to move down from 48 to 59 in the second round. This was a costly move, as it caused the Jets to miss out on AJ Epenesa and Darrell Taylor, but the Jets managed to grab a falling Senior Bowl standout in Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Mims is a height-weight-speed freak with good length, hands, and blocking. Mims should start at outside receiver across from Breshad Perriman in year one. Grade: B
 
The Jets' first third-round pick of 2020 was a real surprise to many fans, as although the team already had arguably the best safety tandem in football with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets drafted Cal FS Ashytn Davis with the 68th-overall draft selection. Davis is a freak athlete who played high safety, box safety, and even slot corner at Cal and would almost definitely have been drafted significantly higher but for teams' inability to medically check his groin post-surgery. It's possible that Gregg Williams will utilize Davis as a big nickel defender this year, but this selection could also give the Jets flexibility if Marcus Maye, who is a free agent in 2021, or Jamal Adams, with whom the Jets are supposedly far apart on a long-term contract, depart. Grade: B
 
Despite having a starting EDGE tandem consisting of Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham and losing Brandon Copeland to New England, the Jets did not add outside talent to the position group before the draft, forcing GM Joe Douglas to pick Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga at 79 overall. Zuniga is a good linear athlete with a decent ability to set the edge and some interior versatility, and he could project to replace Jordan Jenkins as a starter in 2021. However, Zuniga struggles with stiff hips and slow reaction time at the snap, and plus he missed most of the 2019 season with ankle injuries. The Jets probably hit the right position with Zuniga, who should factor into the pass-rush rotation with Jenkins, Basham, and Kyle Phillips, but it's hard to justify drafting Zuniga with guys like Jonathan Greenard, Terrell Lewis, and DJ Wonnum still on the board. Grade: C
 
With his first day-3 selection as GM, Joe Douglas chose Florida RB La'Mical Perine. Perine is a physical runner with some receiving versatility out of the backfield. However, Perine doesn't really offer very much in terms of speed or vision, and drafting a RB instead of going offensive line, pass rush, receiver, or cornerback with Le'Veon Bell already in the fold was a curious move. Grade: D
 
The second of the Jets' 4th-round picks probably stirred up the most intrigue, as most casual football fans probably didn't expect the Jets to draft a quarterback. With that said, the Jets have gone a combined 0-6 over the past two seasons in games that Darnold did not start, and at this time David Fales was slated to be the backup quarterback, so drafting FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, which I thought was a value anyway, was a good choice. Morgan is a thick quarterback with a live arm with developmental potential. Grade: B
 
With their third pick in the fourth round, the Jets chose a player with the potential to start soon on the offensive line in Charlotte LT Cameron Clark. Clark is a powerful lineman who started at left tackle in his rSo, rJr, and rSr seasons and has good short-area quickness despite his 5.29 forty. Some have floated Cameron Clark as a potential convert to guard for the Jets due to his sloppy pass-pro footwork. Grade: B
 
The Jets addressed the secondary in round 5, taking Virginia CB Bryce Hall at 158 overall. Hall is a long, tall corner who moves well, has zone instincts, and contributes in the run game. However, Hall's struggles in press and off-man probably project him better as a safety in the NFL rather than as a corner, which doesn't seem to be a need with Adams, Maye, and Davis already in the fold, and Hall's ankle injury prevented him from working out at the Combine, leaving teams in a state of uncertainty about his health and his testing numbers. Grade: C
 
With their 6th-round pick, the Jets went special teams with Texas A&M P Braden Mann. Mann has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties. Mann projects to replace Lachlan Edwards, but this may have been a tad high for a punter. Grade: C
 
The Jets had an intriguing undrafted free agent class with a number of guys who warranted day-3 draft consideration, but two guys that I liked pre-draft stood out as being worth mentioning. Georgia WR Lawrence Cager is a physical receiver at the line of scrimmage and a redzone threat. Alabama NCB Shyheim Carter played the STAR role in Nick Saban's defense, and he proved his versatility as a college approximation of a nickel corner, a box safety, a high safety, and a subpackage linebacker, and he likely would have been drafted if teams had been able to conduct medical rechecks on him after a minor injury prevented him from working out at the Combine.
 

Other Offseason News

After tensions flared at the trade deadline last season, SS Jamal Adams expressed his frustrations with a lack of a contract extension on social media before supposedly requesting a trade in June. However, according to Connor Hughes at The Athletic, the Jets still hope to sign Adams to a long-term contract. Reportedly, over half of the teams in the NFL have expressed interest in adding the defensive star, but the Dallas Cowboys have gotten the most traction as a potential trade partner, with La'El Collins and Michael Gallup coming up as potential trade targets. Jamal Adams is still on his rookie contract for 2020, and the Jets accepted his fifth-year option for 2021.
 
Also, this isn't really news, but former Jets' All Pro CB Darrelle Revis continued his spat with 49ers' All Pro Richard Sherman, culminating in this unusual Tweet:
3 facts here.
@RSherman_25
•I’m more handsome than him according to women.
•I’m better at corner than him according to everyone.
•Shutdown corners are paid more than Zone 3 corners which I’m currently still am today.
 

Projected Starting Lineup

Pos 1 2 3 4
off
QB Sam Darnold J Flacco J Morgan
RB Le'Veon Bell F Gore L Perine T Cannon
WR Breshad Perriman J Smith
WR Denzel Mims V Smith
SWR Jamison Crowder B Berrios
TE Chris Herndon R Griffin D Brown
LT Mekhi Becton C Clark
LG Alex Lewis G Van Roten
C Connor McGovern J Harrison
RG Brian Winters
RT George Fant C Edoga
def
EDGE Jordan Jenkins K Phillips
EDGE Tarell Basham J Zuniga
DT Henry Anderson N Shepherd F Fatukasi
DT Quinnen Williams S McLendon
ILB CJ Mosley N Hewitt B Cashman
ILB Avery Williamson P Onwuasor H Langi
CB Pierre Desir B Hall
CB Arthur Maulet Q Wilson
NCB Brian Poole S Carter
SS Jamal Adams A Davis
FS Marcus Maye M Farley
spec
K Sam Ficken
P Braden Mann
LS Thomas Hennessy
 
Roster Bubble (In): RB Trenton Cannon, WR Jeff Smith, ILB Harvey Langi, NCB Shyheim Carter, K Sam Ficken
 
Roster Bubble (Out): WR Josh Doctson, TE Trevon Wesco, LG Josh Andrews, EDGE John Franklin-Myers, CB Blessuan Austin
 

Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

QB - Neutral/Weakness
Jets fans aren't going to love this one, but Sam Darnold is arguably still a bottom-third passer going into 2020. Darnold has been surrounded by a poor supporting cast over the past two years, including a turnstile of receivers with drop issues across Robby Anderson and linemen with pass-pro issues, but he certainly has not dominated like other young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz. The Jets have a good group behind Darnold, though, including Joe Flacco, who supposedly won't be ready for week 1, and James Morgan, a 4th-round rookie out of FIU.
 
Backfield - Strength
Le'Veon Bell, who is making $15.5 MM this season, is an all-around back in terms of running between the tackles, receiving, and pass protecting. The Jets also signed the ageless wonder Frank Gore to take some of the pressure off of Bell. Joe Douglas also drafted La'Mical Perine to contribute in the backfield.
 
Pass Catchers - Neutral/Weakness
In 2020, the Jets are banking on production from unproved pass catchers who have performed well in limited sample sizes. Joe Douglas signed Breshad Perriman, who had a very productive end to his 2019 season, to man one of the outside receiver spots. He also drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor to presumably also start as a rookie. Jamison Crowder broke out last year as an above-average slot receiver, and Chris Herndon missed virtually all of last season but played well in his rookie season as a tight end. The receiver depth lacks standout names, with Vyncint Smith as the presumptive WR4, but the tight end depth is strong, with Ryan Griffin returning on a multi-year extension.
 
Offensive Line - Weakness
The Jets entirely remade their offensive line, and while each position is arguably improved on paper, it is still young and unproven. Most significantly, at LT, Joe Douglas drafted Mekhi Becton at 11, who is already a really good run blocker with the tools to grow in pass pro. Douglas also re-signed Alex Lewis, who is probably serviceable but below average, to start at left guard, but he could face competition from 4th-round rookie Cameron Clark. The Jets signed Connor McGovern to start at C, and while he should solidify the position for at least the next two years, he is not extraordinary. Right guard shapes up to be an open competition between incumbent Brian Winters, who is serviceable when healthy, and new acquisition Greg Van Roten. At RT, the Jets signed George Fant, who played mostly as a swing tackle or sixth offensive lineman for Seattle to compete with Chuma Edoga.
 
Defensive Line - Weakness
This is a tough pill to swallow for Jets fans, but the days of Muhammad Wilkerson, and Leonard Williams are over. At EDGE, the Jets have arguably the worst duo in the NFL with Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham presumably playing as starters, with rookie 3rd-round pick Jabari Zuniga and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips playing rotationally and John Franklin-Myers competing for snaps. Starting on the interior, the Jets have Quinnen Williams, the former third-overall selection who notched 2.5 sacks and 4 TFLs in his rookie season and was arrested in March on a weapons charge, and Henry Anderson, a nimble interior penetrator who had a breakout year in 2018 before regressing to the mean in 2019. Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi should all see plenty of tread on the DL, as well.
 
Linebackers - Strength
The Jets had a nearly-comical number of injuries at off-ball linebacker last season, but on paper, the unit appears very strong. CJ Mosley, 2019 FA acquisition, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a groin injury, but when healthy, he is one of the best linebackers in football. Avery Williamson, who projects to start across Mosley in 2020, is a good run defender but missed the entire 2019 year with a torn ACL. Returning starter Neville Hewitt, cheap FA acquisition Patrick Onwuasor, and promising second-year player Blake Cashman could each play in various base or subpackage roles, in addition to on special teams.
 
Secondary - Neutral
Similar to the defensive line, the Jets secondary is a tale of two halves, in this case safeties and cornerbacks. At safety, the Jets have reigning All Pro Jamal Adams and solid free safety Marcus Maye returning, in addition to the versatile 3rd-round pick Ashtyn Davis out of Cal. Outside cornerback is in flux, as new acquisition Pierre Desir should lock up one spot, while Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson, 5th-round rookie Bryce Hall, and Blessuan Austin could compete for the other starting spot, with last year's breakout player Brian Poole locking up the slot. Nate Hairston and Shyheim Carter could compete for other key depth roles in the secondary.
 
Special Teams - Strength/Neutral
At kicker, the Jets had a rocky performance last year, so they brought in Brett Maher to compete with last year's starter Sam Ficken. At punter, the Jets have rookie Braden Mann, who handles kickoffs and whose 47.1 yards per punt would have ranked 4th in the NFL last year. At longsnapper, Thomas Hennessy is an asset in coverage and will return in 2020. Additionally, WR Vyncint Smith and FS Matthias Farley project to play major roles in kick coverage next season, with other jobs up for grabs.
 

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 at Buffalo: L - Other than the loss of Shaq Lawson and the additions of Stefon Diggs and AJ Epenesa, the Bills mostly had a quiet offseason, though with encouraging performances from young players in Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Tre'Davious White and with the team coming off of a 10-6 campaign, there’s a lot about which to be enthusiastic in Buffalo. The Bills, who went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs, beat the Jets here in their home opener. Record: 0-1
 
Week 2 vs San Francisco: L - The 49ers took a huge leap in 2019, marching through the NFC and into the Super Bowl, and the additions of Trent Williams, Brandon Aiyuk, and Javon Kinlaw should keep them competitive in 2020. If Jamal Adams is on the team, he might be able to get in George Kittle's way, but nevertheless the 49ers should be one of the NFL's most well-rounded football teams, and so it would be difficult to envision the Jets winning in week 2. Record: 0-2
 
Week 3 at Indianapolis: L - The Colts had a big free agency period, signing Philip Rivers and adding DeForest Buckner in a trade while retaining their entire offensive line. While the Jets went 7-9 last season, just like the Colts did, the Colts probably are the favorites to win at home, especially with the advantage that the Indianapolis offensive line should have over the New York pass rush. Record: 0-3
 
Week 4 vs Denver: L - While the Broncos went 7-9 last season, they have championship aspirations in 2020, as they went 4-1 in Drew Lock's starts last year and added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okwuegbunam to a group of weapons already containing Philip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Jeff Heuerman while retaining defensive stars in Von Miller, AJ Johnson, and Justin Simmons. Though it is a home game, the Jets should be seen as heavy underdogs in week 4. Record: 0-4
 
Week 5 vs Arizona: W - The Cardinals look poised to improve in 2020, with the additions of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Phillips, and Isaiah Simmons, but questions remain with the offensive line and defensive line, in addition to with the poor playcalling from Kingsbury and Joseph at times during last season. This could be a key game for Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, and the interior defensive line to feast on a poor Cardinals' interior offensive line and for Gregg Williams to outmatch Kingsbury and Murray at home. Record: 1-4
 
Week 6 at LA Chargers: L - The Chargers revamped their team this offseason, adding Justin Herbert in the draft and surrounding him with Bryan Bulaga, Trai Turner, and Joe Reed on offense and Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris on defense. Though the quarterback situation is in flux in LA, it’s unlikely that the Jets will go on the road to the West Coast and beat an otherwise well-rounded team. Record: 1-5
 
Week 7 vs Buffalo: W - The Jets have beat the Bills at least once in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and so the Jets should have a shot to win one at home. Record: 2-5
 
Week 8 at Kansas City: L - The Chiefs has a pretty quiet offseason aside from locking up Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones on long-term deals, as they added Mike Remmers, Taco Charlton, Willie Gay, and Lucas Niang while losing Stefen Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, Reggie Ragland, and Kendall Fuller. Despite the offseason losses, Reid and Mahomes should easily be able to storm past the Jets at home. Record: 2-6
 
Week 9 vs New England: W - The Patriots took a hit this offseason, obviously headlined by the loss of Tom Brady but also supplemented by key defensive losses in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon in addition to a general lack of attention towards improving a lackluster wide receiver corps. The Jets haven't beat the Patriots since their week 16 overtime thriller in 2015, but a November home game could be a good chance to do it, as the Patriots don't really possess the weapons to exploit issues with the Jets' cornerbacks nor the pass rush to exploit issues with the Jets' offensive line. Record: 3-6
 
Week 10 at Miami: W - The Dolphins had a very poor 2019, finishing 5-11 with the 27th-ranked total offense and the 30th-ranked total defense, and as such they had an incredibly busy offseason, adding Matt Breida, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts, and Byron Jones in free agency and Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Noah Igbinoghene, Robert Hunt, Raekwon Davis, and Solomon Kindley in the draft. However, in Miami before the bye would be a good chance for Adam Gase to get a revenge game win, seeing as the Dolphins still have weaknesses all over their roster including quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Record: 4-6
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
Week 12 vs Miami: L - With all their offseason additions, the Dolphins figure to match up fairly evenly with the Jets in 2020, and so it's likely that the two teams will split the season series. Record: 4-7
 
Week 13 vs Las Vegas: W - The Raiders had a very busy offseason, adding Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Prince Amukamara, and Damarious Randall in free agency and Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, and Amik Robertson in the draft with their only major losses being Darryl Worley and Karl Joseph. At home against a West Coast opponent, the Jets would be wise to take advantage of some of the Raiders’ weaknesses in this game, including inexperience at wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker, and cornerback. Record: 5-7
 
Week 14 at Seattle: L - The Seahawks went 11-5 last season and were one play away from securing the top seed in the NFC, so their offseason was pretty quiet, mostly focusing on the offensive line with the losses of Germain Ifedi, DJ Fluker, and George Fant and the additions of free agents Brandon Shell, BJ Finney, and Cedric Ogbuehi, and draft pick Damien Lewis. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in football today, and in this late-season matchup at Seattle he’ll have the personnel advantage against the Jets offense, which lacks talented weapons and blockers. Record: 5-8
 
Week 15 at LA Rams: L - The Rams regressed to 9-7 last year and then had a difficult offseason, losing Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, with their only major addition being A’Shawn Robinson. The 2020 Rams are not the Super Bowl Rams of the past, but with both McVay and Goff still on board, the Rams have to be favorites to take this late-season home game against the Jets. Record: 5-9
 
Week 16 vs Cleveland: W - The Browns had a busy offseason, hiring head coach Kevin Stefanski, losing Greg Robinson, Joe Schobert, and Damarious Randall, signing Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Andrew Billings, Karl Joseph, and Damarious Randall, and drafting Jedrick Wills, Grant Delpit, and Jacob Phillips. Despite these additions, however, Cleveland still has a new, inexperienced offensive playcaller at head coach and a question mark at quarterback, and Gregg Williams generally handles quarterbacks who struggle with post-snap reads well with disguised coverages and aggressive blitz packages. Record: 6-9
 
Week 17 at New England: L - With the expanded playoffs, the Patriots have an even greater chance to make the postseason this year than they otherwise would, so this late-season match in Foxborough could be a consequential, divisional-revenge game for New England. Record: 6-10
 
Final Record: 6-10
While I firmly believe that the Jets improved significantly this offseason, especially in terms of the offensive line and getting players back from injury, this year’s schedule is substantially more difficult that last year’s, which could result in less games in the wins column for 2020. Last year, the Jets closed out the back-half of their season going 6-2 playing against rookie Daniel Jones, rookie Dwayne Haskins, Carr, Dalton, Fitzpatrick, Lamar Jackson, rookie Devlin Hodges, and Matt Barkley, and this year the Jets have to play both the AFC West and the NFC West, which is a jump in competition level.
 

Training Camp Battles

WR #2: Denzel Mims vs Vyncint Smith
Jets fans would hope that starting receiver isn’t much of a battle, but since rookie wideouts traditionally are been known to take longer learning the playbook, the other receiver spot next to Perriman and Crowder is in flux. Denzel Mims, the rookie receiver from Baylor, is the odds-on favorite to get a starting role and to play as a deep threat and red-zone threat in year one. However, if Mims proves to be too raw off the bat, the Jets could fall back on Vyncint Smith, who had 17 receptions last year and showed his value as a deep threat.
 
Left Guard: Alex Lewis vs Cameron Clark
Following a 2019 season where Alex Lewis spot-started in place of Kelechi Osemele, the Jets rewarded him with a 3 year, $18.6 MM contract, and he goes into 2020 as the favorite to start at left guard once again. With that being said, the possibility exists that rookie tackle Cameron Clark out of Charlotte will kick inside and compete at left guard.
 
Right Guard: Brian Winters vs Greg Van Roten
After a 2019 season in which Brian Winters went down with a shoulder injury in week 10, many expected the Jets to cut him, but he instead will return as the incumbent starter at right guard. However, new free agent acquisition Greg Van Roten could switch to the right side and compete against Winters to start.
 
Right Tackle: George Fant vs Chuma Edoga
After the Jets had a poor performance form their offensive line in 2019, GM Joe Douglas brought in competition at all position, including at right tackle. George Fant, former Seattle swing tackle, is the presumptive favorite to land the starting job, despite his lack of starting experience. Chuma Edoga could compete as well, but his performance in both run blocking and pass pro was so shaky last year that he needed extensive help from tight ends.
 
EDGE #2: Tarell Basham vs Kyle Phillips vs Jabari Zuniga vs John Franklin-Myers
The Jets started Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham at edge rusher last season, so it was somewhat of a shock to see them add absolutely no outside talent until the middle of the third round, and so now Gregg Williams and the defensive staff are forced to make the pitiful decision between starting Basham, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga, or John Franklin-Myers across from Jenkins. Basham, who the Jets claimed off waivers in 2018, is the odds-on favorite to start once again after only notching 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits in 54% of the Jets' defensive snaps. Kyle Phillips, the second-year player from Tennessee who was a five-star high-school recruit, is a thicker lineman best suited to play on run downs who could push for starting snaps as well. Jabari Zuniga, 3rd-round rookie out of Florida, is a third contender for the starting job, but his interior versatility and similarity to Jenkins in terms of his stiffness and poor pad level could suggest the Jets envision him in more of a rotational role. Franklin-Myers, a large and athletic pass rusher who missed last season with an undisclosed injury after the Jets claimed him off waivers from the Rams, could compete for a large snap share with a strong camp.
 
DT #2: Henry Anderson vs Nathan Shepherd
This battle won't get much media coverage, as both Anderson and Shepherd project to get plenty of tread on the New York defensive line, but nevertheless the two will compete in training camp for the upper hand in the snap count. Henry Anderson, incumbent starter and penetrating defensive lineman, saw his production fall off a bit in 2019, in part due to a nagging shoulder injury. Nathan Shepherd saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension sidelined him from weeks two through eight, and with a good camp, he could establish himself as the primary nimble-footed complement to the heftier, run-stopping trio of Williams, McLendon, and Fatukasi.
 
CB #2: Arthur Maulet vs Quincy Wilson vs Bryce Hall vs Blessuan Austin
The outside cornerback spot across from Pierre Desir is probably the most open starting battle on the team. Arthur Maulet, the undersized but physical cornerback out of Memphis, is probably the favorite to start after outplaying Johnson and Roberts last season to win the left cornerback job. Quincy Wilson, the former second-round pick, should be Maulet's primary competition after the Jets traded a draft pick to acquire him from the Colts. Bryce Hall, the rookie 5th-round corner from Virginia, is a darkhorse to start as well if he is healthy to start the season. Blessuan Austin, the former 6th-round pick, might factor into the competition, but he'll have to climb out of Gregg Williams' doghouse after reacting poorly to his week-16 benching last season.
 
Kicker: Sam Ficken vs Brett Maher
Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his kicks last season, will compete with Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his kicks last season, for the starting kicker job, but neither candidate should have to handle kickoffs with rookie punter Braden Mann in the fold.
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Adam Gase, head coach and offensive playcaller for the Jets, runs a zone-blocking, short-passing offense mostly out of 11 personnel while also mixing in some 2-TE sets. In the run game, Gase is willing to run gap concepts based on his offensive line personnel, but he favors his inside zone running playcalls. In the pass game, Gase likes to stack his receivers, throw checkdowns, split his backs out wide, and utilize the sidelines.
 
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Jets, runs a 3-4 hybrid, blitz-heavy defense with an emphasis on zone coverage. In the front seven, Williams has used both 3-4 and 4-3 base packages, though he mostly uses nickel fronts and one-gapping penetration schemes. In the secondary, Williams stresses MOFC shells, press-zone concepts, and disguised coverages and blitzes.
 
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2020.07.24 14:34 mrsimpson928 PAC Post-WWE (Part 1: DUNCE)

The King of the Cruiserweights, Neville, has recently been dominating WWE’s Cruiserweight division. With decisive victories over the likes of Rich Swann, Jack Gallagher, Austin Aries, and Akira Tozawa, it seems that nobody in the Cruiserweight division can dethrone the king. *sigh* Enter Enzo Amore… The former tag team partner of the ever so charismatic Big Cass entered 205 Live following a break-up with Big Cass, during which Cass sustained an injury in his knee. Now in Neville’s domain, Enzo looks to challenge the king for his crown, the Cruiserweight Championship at the 2017 installment of No Mercy.


No Mercy ‘17

Neville dominates Enzo during this match, showing him that he doesn’t have what it takes to tangle with the man that has brought legitimacy to the Cruiserweight division. However, Enzo manages to strike Neville with a low blow while the referee is distracted, rolling him up and winning the championship.

Following a weak match against Ariya Daivari on 205 Live, Neville walks out of the company. While still under contract, we wait, and wait, and wait for the slightest mention of anything related to Neville. Finally, on August 24, it is revealed that Neville’s WWE contract has officially expired, and now he is a free agent. But now the question in the minds of many wrestling fans has shifted to “What is next for the King?”

Finally, the wrestling world is given their answer five days later when a video is posted to Neville’s twitter account that has been inactive since the loss to Enzo. The account, now under the new name of PAC, is wiped clean of all former posts, leaving this video up as the only thing there. The video is shot in black and white, with the brick roads of York as a backdrop. The night sky gives the picture a dark feel, with the bright moonlight and a single street light providing the only sources of light in the video. PAC, in his wrestling gear, stands under the street light looking as muscular and menacing than ever, with his wispy wet hair covering his face. He lets out a sharp exhale before speaking, “I have waited and waited for this day to come. This day marks the start of my redemption. For I am the King no more… My crown was STOLEN FROM ME!!! MY THRONE WAS TAKEN!!! I AM NO KING!!! I AM A BASTARD!!! But now, I am here to get it back. And it all starts… SOON!” The video cuts to black and a date is stamped onto the screen: “1/9/2019”

Two days later, PAC tweets out, “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.” Later on in the day we get the third and final night of Fight Club: PRO’s “Project London,” where we see Jordan Devlin and Shawn Maxer take on Strong Hearts’ CIMA and T-Hawk. These two go for a solid 12 minutes before we see CIMA strike Shawn with a big Meteora to get the win. As CIMA and T-Hawk celebrate their win, the most insane guitar riff starts to play. The UK crowd don’t know what to expect as Strong Hearts await their fate, looking as surprised as the crowd AS PAC STEPS OUT!!! CIMA looks as if he’s seen a ghost, as he stares in the eyes of the man that faced him in his only match for the Open the Dream Gate Championship, Dragon Gate’s top prize all around. PAC stares at CIMA through his wet hair, pulling a microphone out and telling everybody that he wants CIMA at All In tomorrow. CIMA accepts, rounding out All In’s already stacked card with a meeting between two Dragon Gate alumni.


All In

We get the same opening match as we did in real life, with Cross beating MJF and Tessa Blanchard winning a Fatal 4-Way match before the third match of the night, PAC vs. CIMA. CIMA is out first tonight, making his entrance without his Strong Hearts teammates by his side. PAC comes out next to thunderous applause from the Chicago crowd, the fans clearly happy to see him once more after his long absence from the ring. The bell rings and PAC starts this match quick, blasting CIMA into the corner with a huge dropkick. PAC gets back up and starts to stomp CIMA out in the corner, putting boot after boot into his chest. The referee pries PAC off of the former Open the Dream Gate champion, allowing his opponent to get back to his feet. Once he does so, he attempts to lock up with PAC, failing as PAC takes CIMA down to the ground and hits a standing Shooting Star Press. PAC picks CIMA back up and tosses him into the ropes, hitting a huge Single Leg Dropkick to his face. The Bastard doesn’t wait a second before attempting to lock in the Rings of Saturn, now called the Brutalizer, but CIMA rolls out of the ring and regains his breath. PAC goes for a Baseball Slide but CIMA dodges, kicking PAC right in the calf as he comes out of the ring. As he drops to the ground, CIMA picks him up and hurls him into the steel barricade, following it up with a knee to his gut. As CIMA attempts to throw him into the other barricade, PAC turns it around and launches CIMA into the ring post. The referee gets to the count of five and PAC throws CIMA into the ring. PAC leaps onto the apron and hits a Springboard 450° Splash, putting CIMA down for a kickout at 2. He attempts a soccer kick to the back of CIMA, but CIMA powers his way back to his feet, blasting PAC with a series of strikes and chops before throwing him into the corner for a Superdrol. CIMA locks in a Cloverleaf with PAC dead in the center of the ring, but the Bastard uses his strength to pull his arms away from CIMA, hitting a Wheelbarrow Cutter in the process. Once both men get back to their feet, PAC rebounds off the ropes for a huge Frankensteiner, climbing to the top rope and sending the crowd in a frenzy. Are we going to see the move that was once known as the Red Arrow? Is he gonna show the world the Black Arrow? Nope. PAC leaps back down with a huge smile on his face and locks in the Brutalizer on CIMA, instantly submitting his opponent and leaving the hold in for a few extra seconds before releasing it. He stands up and storms off after the most decisive victory he could’ve asked for, leaving his hurt opponent in the ring for the referee to tend to.


Battle of Los Angeles ‘18

Following All In, PAC releases another Twitter promo that is shot in a similar fashion to his first one. In said promo, he declares himself as a participant of PWG’s 2018 Battle of Los Angeles, saying that once he wins the championship he will be one step closer to redeeming himself from his recent past.

PAC is placed in a block with the likes of T-Hawk, Bandido, Joey Janela, and the man he just defeated at All In, CIMA. PAC faces off with Strong Hearts member T-Hawk in his first round match, acting as aggressive as he did in his previous match with CIMA. After 6 minutes in the ring with T-Hawk, PAC manages to lock in the Brutalizer, submitting T-Hawk and advancing to the second round. After the match we see PAC roll out of the ring and grab a chair, placing the Strong Hearts member’s arm in the chair and stomping on it, seemingly injuring him. El Lindaman and CIMA run out after PAC, who subsequently rolls out of the ring and exits through the crowd.

On night two, El Lindaman is booked to face PAC while the first round match-ups continue. PAC makes El Lindaman look like a chump, beating the absolute hell out of him. In four minutes, PAC manages to have the Strong Hearts member crying and tapping out to the Brutalizer seconds after it is applied. Before PAC can assault El Lindaman like he did T-Hawk the night before, CIMA runs out with a chair of his own, sprinting in the ring and chasing PAC away. CIMA has a match later on in the night as well, defeating Puma King to advance to the second round where he faces PAC. Before their match, CIMA cuts a promo that is posted to the PWG Twitter account, calling out PAC and telling him that he’s going to pay for what he’s done, all in his native tongue.

PAC and CIMA start the show with their rematch, going for 14 minutes, making it PAC’s first match upon return to go longer than 10 minutes. During this match we see CIMA attack quickly out the gate, being the main aggressor for the start of this match. As it goes along though, CIMA starts to slip up and lose control against the Bastard, allowing him to get in control for the later stages of this match, eventually submitting CIMA with the Brutalizer to win the match and advance to the semi-finals, where he faces Bandido. Bandido and PAC’s match goes for 19 minutes, with these two using their agility to outmatch each other. In the end, Bandido attempts a Moonsault off of the top rope, but PAC leaps up and hits an Inverted Superplex, locking in the Brutalizer for the win after. PAC has now advanced to the finals, where he will face off against Shingo Takagi and Jeff Cobb. The triple threat runs for 23 minutes, seeing Cobb eliminate Shingo following a Tour of the Islands 16 minutes into the match. Cobb starts to use his size advantage against PAC, using his strength to power out of the Brutalizer once it’s locked in. Cobb then attempts to hit a Tour of the Islands, but PAC lands on his feet and uses the momentum to hit a quick Samoan Drop, leaping to the top rope afterwards to hit a Black Arrow that pops the crowd and puts Jeff Cobb down for the 1, 2, 3, winning the Battle of Los Angeles.

After the match, PAC grabs his trophy in one hand and a microphone in the other, speaking to the California crowd about how great it feels to be on top. He says that they all doubted him after his past losses, but he showed up and shut them up, proving why he is the King and they are the peasants. The cheers start to turn into boos as PAC continues to insult them, finishing off his promo with a bombshell announcement: The Bastard is challenging Tomohiro Ishii for the RevPro British Heavyweight Championship.


Global Wars ‘18

PAC makes his entrance for the match tonight first, with the home crowd surprisingly booing the Bastard. They cheer for the British Heavyweight Champion however, who looks calm while staring in the jagged eyes of the man who looks to take his championship. Our referee raises the championship for the crowd before passing it off, with the bell ringing shortly after. PAC and Ishii lock up in a collar and elbow tie up, with PAC firmly planting his legs into the ground and not allowing Ishii to get any momentum on him. Ishii attempts to step over and get PAC in a Back Clinch position but PAC denies, tripping Ishii and grounding the champion. PAC looks to get Ishii in full guard position but Ishii kicks PAC away, sending the challenger across the ring into the corner. Ishii gets back up and charges at PAC, catching a boot to the face followed by a Middle Rope Hurricanrana into a pin for a kickout at 2.

PAC picks Ishii back up and kicks him in the chest, but the Stone Pitbull eats it, shouting in PAC’s face and blasting him with a big forearm smash. Dazed, PAC attempts to answer back but this is clearly a fight that he doesn’t want to engage in, as Ishii strikes back harder each time that PAC throws a forearm strike. PAC attempts to fake out Ishii with a forearm strike, but the champion doesn’t flinch, instead picking PAC up for a huge Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex. Ishii waits for the challenger to get back up before landing a kick that’s three times as hard as the one that PAC hit, knocking the wind out of the Bastard. Ishii waits for PAC to get back up so that he can kick him again, and again, and again until PAC leaves the ring.

As soon as the challenger leaves the ring, he is accosted by the British crowd who call him a pussy and a wanker for not engaging with Ishii. PAC starts to get into it with a fan, but it all stops when ISHII SENDS PAC FLYING ACROSS THE RINGSIDE AREA WITH A HUGE RUNNING BODY BLOCK! The crowd is on fire as PAC attempts to gather himself, but Ishii doesn’t let up, throwing PAC into the steel barricade and following it up with a clothesline up against the cold, unfriendly steel. Ishii throws the challenger back in the ring, going for a pin that PAC kicks out of. He picks PAC back up and knocks him back down with a Headbutt, attempting another cover but this time only putting PAC down for 1. PAC gets back to his feet but stumbles around for a bit, allowing Ishii to attempt a Delayed Vertical Suplex. PAC’s awareness starts to kick in however, falling down on his feet and NAILING ISHII WITH A NECKBREAKER! With the Stone Pitbull down, PAC pounces, hitting a standing Shooting Star Press that Ishii kicks out of.

PAC sits Ishii up and attempts a Penalty Kick but Ishii catches the leg, tripping PAC. Ishii gets up and hits an Elbow Drop to PAC’s knee, but PAC grabs Ishii and locks in an Arm Triangle in the center of the ring. Ishii picks PAC up and attempts to dump him over the ropes, but PAC holds on, transitioning into an Armbar. As PAC hangs onto his arm, Ishii wails, with the pressure almost being too much for the champion. Ishii musters enough strength to pick him back up and dump PAC on his back, freeing himself of the hold. PAC gets back up but is brought back down with a Lariat from Ishii’s injured arm, taking both of them down. Ishii rolls onto the apron and then the floor, clutching at his arm while PAC gets back to his feet. Seeing that Ishii is on the outside, PAC sprints at the ropes and leaps off, HITTING A SUICIDE SHOOTING STAR PRESS THAT TAKES ISHII OUT!!!

PAC throws Ishii back in the ring, hitting a Springboard Dropkick to the back of the champion’s head. Ishii drops to one knee and PAC leaps off of the opposite rope, getting caught by Ishii into a big Fallaway Slam. PAC rolls onto the apron and gets back up, hitting a Slingshot Cutter that drops Ishii onto his face. PAC hits a standing Double Foot Stomp onto Ishii’s back, leaping off of his back to hit a Springboard Moonsault for a kickout at 2. PAC attempts to lock in the Brutalizer, getting his legs around one arm but Ishii won’t let PAC get his other arm. The Stone Pitbull elbows PAC in the back, but PAC lays some gnarly crucifix elbows in on Ishii, freeing the arm up and allowing PAC to lock in the hold. Ishii has no other choice but to tap out to the Brutalizer, giving PAC the victory and the RevPro British Heavyweight Championship.

PAC celebrates with his title held high over his head, grabbing a microphone and proclaiming that he is the the King of Britain now. He says that his quest for conquest doesn’t stop here though, as he is challenging Cody for his IWGP United States Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 13. And on January 4th, he will officially be crowned the King of the United States and Britain.


Wrestle Kingdom 13

At Power Struggle, Cody puts away Juice Robinson in a rematch of their Fighting Spirit Unleashed bout. After the match, PAC makes an appearance, stepping foot in an NJPW ring for the first time in 6 years. Both men stare each other down, with these two men having similar backgrounds. Both Cody and PAC were underutilized in the WWE, but as they left they found a reinvigoration in their careers, becoming more vicious than they were in their old company. They both raise their respective championships, with Cody looking at the RevPro British Championship while PAC gives Cody a cold stare of death, the same one that he bestowed upon CIMA before their match at All In. PAC says “I am here,” before swiftly rolling out of the ring and dragging his RevPro British Heavyweight Championship up the ramp on his way out.

The two finally meet at Wrestle Kingdom 13, starting their match with a clean collar and elbow tie up. Cody gets a quick edge on PAC in the tie up, locking in a headlock and attempting a Bulldog. PAC slips out, grabbing Cody in a Back Clinch position and lifting him in the air, dropping him on his face and spinning around him to lock in a Front Chancery. PAC starts to lay some elbows on Cody’s head, stopping when Cody’s foot reaches the bottom rope and Marty Asami pulls PAC off, allowing Cody to get back to his feet. Cody does so, and the two engage in a second collar and elbow tie-up. Like the last one, this one is brief as Cody pokes PAC in the eye, blasting him with a Disaster Kick that drops the Bastard on his ass. Cody rebounds off the ropes, hitting a Basement Dropkick and pinning PAC for a kickout at 2. PAC tries to get back up, but Cody hits him with an axe handle strike, irish whipping him into the ropes for an attempted Dropkick. PAC dodges the dropkick and hits a Standing Corkscrew Shooting Star Press, sitting Cody up as he runs and hits him with a Leg Lariat. PAC picks him up and hits a standing Penalty Kick, knocking Cody on his back again. PAC attempts a Springboard Moonsault, but Cody rolls out of the way and sends PAC flat on his stomach. Cody locks in a Figure Four Leglock, putting pressure on PAC’s legs and attempting to ground the British Heavyweight Champion. PAC frees himself but Cody flips him around and locks in an Indian Deathlock, not holding it in for long as PAC reaches the ropes before serious damage is done. PAC gets up on one leg and hits a Jumping Switch Kick that knocks Cody back into the corner. PAC charges at him but Cody raises his feet, stopping PAC. PAC lifts Cody onto the top rope, but Cody kicks him back, getting his footing to prepare to jump on him. Before he can, PAC leaps to the top rope, swiftly executing a Superplex. PAC climbs to the top rope, teasing the Black Arrow, but he gets back down, blue balling the Tokyo Dome crowd. He locks in the Brutalizer, instantly garnering a tap from Cody to cap off this sub-10 minute match.

After the match, PAC takes both of his championships backstage to a press conference room, where he says that this is only the beginning of him in New Japan, as he looks to defend both of his championships as the King of Two Nations. As he walks off from the press conference area, he bumps into Will Ospreay, who recently lost his Junior Heavyweight Championship to Taiji Ishimori. PAC stares Ospreay dead in the eyes, trying to blow through him. Ospreay stops him, pointing at his RevPro British Championship. PAC shoves Ospreay out of the way, walking right by him. The announcement is made a couple days later: PAC vs. Will Ospreay on Night 2 of The New Beginning in Sapporo for the RevPro British Championship.

A couple days after Wrestle Kingdom 13, double champion PAC is announced to have signed with the brand-new company, All Elite Wrestling.


The New Beginning in Sapporo - Night 2

Will Ospreay enters first to the Sapporo crowd, garnering way more cheers than PAC, who enters after the challenger. The match starts with some chain wrestling that doesn’t last very long, with PAC slamming Ospreay into the ground and locking in a Fujiwara Armbar immediately. Ospreay uses his other arm to pull PAC over Ospreay’s back and transition into a pin, with PAC kicking out at 2. The challenger holds up 2 fingers to PAC, letting him know that he could’ve just beaten him there. Ospreay attempts to lock up again but ends up getting kneed in the chest, followed by a European Uppercut that knocks him back towards the ropes. PAC attempts to hit a Lariat but Ospreay ducks, rolling PAC up for a second time schoolboy style. PAC kicks out and gets on both knees to get up, but Ospreay strikes with a big Step-Up Enzuigiri.

The challenger picks PAC up and attempts an Oscutter, but PAC counters it into a Rolling Cutter. PAC then locks in a Front Chancery, squeezing hard to try and exhaust Ospreay, who gets his foot on the ropes to break the hold. PAC picks up Ospreay for a powerbomb, bridging it afterwards for a pin that Ospreay kicks out of at 2. We get some stomps from PAC after, who steps on Ospreay’s neck and shows off to the Sapporo crowd who boo him. PAC lets go of Ospreay’s neck, picking him up for a Short-Arm Lariat followed by a couple of knees to the arm. However, PAC misses the Springboard Moonsault, with Ospreay rolling out of the way. The burst of energy gives Ospreay enough strength to nail a Marufuji Hook Kick that takes the champ down. The challenger rebounds off the ropes and hits a big Running Shooting Star Press, covering PAC who is only down for 1. Ospreay goes onto the apron, hitting a Springboard 450° Splash to PAC’s sternum. The champ rolls out of the ring, but this proves to be a big mistake as Ospreay soars through the skies, hitting a Sasuke Special that takes both men out.

Ospreay gets back to his feet first, throwing PAC into the barricade while the referee counts them out. As PAC leans on the barricade, Ospreay enters the ring, climbing to the top rope and JUMPING OFF FOR A HUGE DROPKICK THROUGH THE BARRICADE!!! The referee starts to count, but both men aren’t getting back up. By the time they reach the count of 15, they’re both up but groggy. 16, Ospreay trips by the apron. 17, PAC reaches the ring post. 18, PAC stumbles over and falls onto the ground. 19, BOTH MEN SHOOT INTO THE RING TO STOP THE COUNT!!! PAC gets on one knee, and Ospreay goes to set up the Hidden Blade. He runs and tries to hit it but PAC turns around, countering with a huge Single Leg Dropkick followed by a Deadlift German Suplex and a bridge. 1, 2, Ospreay is out at 2.

PAC goes to the top rope looking for a high risk maneuver. He attempts a 450° Splash, but Ospreay moves and forces PAC to land face first. As PAC gets back to his feet, OSPREAY HITS THE HIDDEN BLADE!!! 1, 2, KICKOUT AT 2!!! Ospreay, desperate for something to put PAC away with, goes to the apron as the champ gets back to his feet. He leaps… PIP PIP CHEERIO!!! COULD OSPREAY DO IT??? CAN HE PUT AWAY THE CHAMPION??? Ospreay picks up PAC… HE’S LOOKING FOR STORMBREAKER!!! He lifts PAC, PAC GETS OUT!!! PAC looks for a forearm but Ospreay catches him with a right hand. He runs to the opposite rope and springboards off… PAC WITH A CUTTER OUT OF NOWHERE!!! 1... 2… OSPREAY KICKS OUT AT 2!!!

The Sapporo crowd is on fire as this title match is heating up! PAC lifts an exhausted Ospreay up onto his knees, BAM he strikes with the Penalty Kick. He hits the Springboard Moonsault that he couldn’t hit earlier on in the match, lifting Ospreay up by his golden locks up for another kick. BUT OSPREAY CATCHES THE LEG!!! Ospreay stands back up with the champ on one leg. PAC goes for a Lariat but Ospreay ducks it, HE HITS A RAINMAKER!!! AND HE MAINTAINS WRIST CONTROL!!! ANOTHER RAINMAKER!!! OSPREAY STILL HAS THE WRIST!!! He looks for a third Rainmaker, BUT PAC DUCKS IT!!! GERMAN SUPLEX!!! OSPREAY FLIPS OUT OF IT!!! OSPREAY WITH THE ESSEX DESTROYER!!! 1… 2… PAC KICKS OUT AT 2!!! HOW IS HE DOING IT???

Ospreay takes a second to breathe after that encounter, picking PAC back up for Stormbreaker. PAC gets out of it, hitting a Reverse Frankensteiner to ground the Aerial Assassin. He climbs to the top rope, potentially looking for a Black Arrow to put the challenger away with. He soars, BUT OSPREAY MOVES OUT OF THE WAY!!! Now it’s Ospreay going up top… 630° SENTON!!! PAC MOVES OUT OF THE WAY!!! PAC GOES BACK UP TOP!!! CORKSCREW 450° SPLASH!!! OSPREAY MOVES OUT OF THE WAY!!! Ospreay goes back up top, but PAC leaps up and looks for a Superplex. The challenger doesn’t move however, and now these two are dangerously battling on the top rope. PAC finally hits the Superplex BUT OSPREAY REVERSES IT INTO AN AVALANCHE STUNDOG MILLIONAIRE!!! He picks the champ back up… STORMBREAKER!!! THIS COULD BE IT!!! 1… 2… 3!!! WILL OSPREAY IS YOUR NEW CHAMPION!!! He celebrates with his new title in hand, while the King reels after losing one of his crowns…

After the match we see PAC reluctantly being interviewed with only his US Title in his hands, but no British Title. He stands as still as a statue while being questioned, with his sopping wet stringy hair nearly cloaking his face. The interviewer asks PAC how he feels after losing his championship, to which PAC slowly looks up and gives the interviewer an ice cold stare. The stare lasts for 15 seconds, ending when the US Champ turns and leaves.


What does this mean for the former RevPro Champion? Will he look to reclaim the gold that was once his? Or will he focus on being the King of the United States? Find out in Part 2, coming soon...
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2020.07.23 16:58 OverlordLork [Effortpost 5 of 15] Trump's swamp cabinet

Trump consistently nominates the worst possible person for every job. His campaign slogan was "drain the swamp", but instead he's putting lobbyists and business executives in charge of regulating their own industries. His nominees enrich their business buddies and waste taxpayer money for their own pleasure.
I'll break down his cabinet, nomination by nomination. (plus a couple cabinet-level positions such as EPA administrator)

Commerce

Wilbur Ross

Interior

Ryan Zinke
David Bernhardt

CIA

Mike Pompeo
Gina Haspel

State

Rex Tillerson
Mike Pompeo (continued from his tenure as CIA director)

Treasury

Steve Mnuchin

Defense

James Mattis
Patrick Shanahan (Nominated)
Mark Esper

Agriculture

Sonny Perdue

EPA

Scott Pruitt
Andrew Wheeler

Labor

Andrew Puzder (nominated)
Alexander Acosta
Eugene Scalia

Health and Human Services

Tom Price
Alex Azar

Housing and Urban Development

Ben Carson

Transportation

Elaine Chao

Energy

Rick Perry
Dan Brouillette

Education

Betsy DeVos

Homeland Security

John Kelly
Kirstjen Nielsen
Nobody

Attorney General

Jeff Sessions
William Barr

Veterans affairs

David Shulkin
Ronny Jackson (Nominated)
Robert Wilkie
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2020.07.19 17:24 PM-ME-A-PRIME-NUMBER r/NFL Offseason Review — 2020 NY Jets

New York Jets

Division: AFC East
 
1 New England Patriots (12-4)
2 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
3 New York Jets (7-9)
4 Miami Dolphins (5-11)
 

Coaching Changes

The Jets did not make any major coaching changes this offseason, retaining HC Adam Gase, OC Dowell Loggains, and DC Gregg Williams.
 

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Trevor Siemian QB Free Agent
Bilal Powell RB Free Agent
Ty Montgomery RB New Orleans
Robby Anderson WR Carolina
Demaryius Thomas WR Free Agent
Kelvin Beachum LT Free Agent
Brent Qvale LG Houston
Ryan Kalil C Free Agent
Tom Compton RG San Francisco
Brandon Shell RT Seattle
Brandon Copeland EDGE New England
Paul Worrilow ILB Free Agent
Albert McClellan ILB Free Agent
Trumaine Johnson CB Free Agent
Darryl Roberts FS Detroit
Rontez Miles FS Free Agent
Blake Countess DB Free Agent
Lachlan Edwards P Free Agent
 
The Jets reshaped their weapons for Sam Darnold this offseason, losing three veterans and bringing in a number of free agents and draft picks. GM Joe Douglas opted not to re-sign RB Bilal Powell who the Jets drafted in 2011, and he remains a free agent. Most significantly, Douglas allowed his top offensive weapon in WR Robby Anderson to walk to Carolina on a 2 year, $20.0 MM deal, creating a void at outside receiver. The team has also not re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas, who filled in for Quincy Enunwa last season, and he remains a free agent.
 
The biggest change that the Jets made to their personnel this offseason was along the offensive line, and as such there were a number of veteran casualties. LT Kelvin Beachum started for the Jets from 2017 to 2019, but he seems to have regressed, and he remains a free agent. The Jets also let C Ryan Kalil go, who unretired to snap for Sam Darnold last offseason but disappointed and got injured, and he remains a free agent. RG Tom Compton was forced into action last season with the injury to Brian Winters, and he, as is characteristic of his NFL career thus far, struggled massively in run blocking and pass pro, but he projects to compete anyway next year for San Francisco on a 1 year deal. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase never expressed interest in RT Brandon Shell for the long term, benching him for the raw Chuma Edoga early in 2019, so it was not a surprise to see the Jets let Shell go to start for Seattle on a 2 year contract.
 
The Jets mostly kept their defense in tact this offseason, only losing two key pieces. EDGE Brandon Copeland left for New England on a 1 year contract, which is not a surprising location, as Copeland is a great utility player, functioning as a rush linebacker, an off-ball linebacker, and a core special teamer for the Jets in 2019. Similarly, Joe Douglas has not re-signed the versatile FS Rontez Miles, who has played single-high safety, box safety, and a key special teams role during his seven-year Jets tenure, and he remains a free agent.
 
The Jets cut CB Trumaine Johnson, which was virtually a no-brainer after two injury-plagued seasons in which his lack of speed was frequently exposed. The only real decision was whether to cut Johnson immediately, which would have resulted in a $12.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020, or to designate Johnson as a post-June 1 cut, which would have resulted in a $4.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020 and a $8.0 MM dead cap hit in 2021. Joe Douglas opted for the latter, meaning that the Jets saved a total of $11.0 MM by cutting Johnson in 2020. Grade: A
 
The Jets cut FS Darryl Roberts in mid-March. The Jets had high hopes for Roberts following the 2018 season, prompting them to sign him to a three-year contract with an out after one year. Roberts had a rocky first eight games of the season at cornerback before injuring his calf and being benched in favor of Maulet, Austin, and Canady. Roberts remained a special-teams asset and good safety depth in December, but ultimately GM Joe Douglas decided he could cut Roberts, save $6.0 MM, and look elsewhere for a replacement. Grade: B
 
Players Signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Denver 1 year $1.5 MM
David Fales QB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Frank Gore RB Buffalo 1 year $1.1 MM
Breshad Perriman WR Tampa Bay 1 year $6.5 MM
Josh Doctson WR Minnesota 1 year $0.9 MM
Daniel Brown TE NY Jets 1 year $0.8 MM
Alex Lewis LG NY Jets 3 years $18.6 MM
Greg Van Roten LG Carolina 3 years $10.5 MM
Josh Andrews LG Indianapolis 1 year $1.0 MM
Connor McGovern C Denver 3 years $27.0 MM
George Fant RT Seattle 3 years $27.3 MM
Jordan Jenkins EDGE NY Jets 1 year $3.9 MM
Neville Hewitt ILB NY Jets 1 year $2.0 MM
Patrick Onwuasor ILB Baltimore 1 year $2.0 MM
James Burgess ILB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Pierre Desir CB Indianapolis 1 year $4.0 MM
Arthur Maulet CB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Quincy Wilson CB Indianapolis 1 year $1.3 MM
Bennett Jackson FS NY Jets 1 year $0.7 MM
Brian Poole DB NY Jets 1 year $5.0 MM
 
Jets GM Joe Douglas used to work in Baltimore, where he was supposedly very influential in the decision to draft QB Joe Flacco, so this signing is far from surprising. While Joe Flacco may be trending down in his play, $1.5 MM feels like a bargain for the chance at solid veteran insurance for Sam Darnold. However, his neck surgery will supposedly keep him out for the opening of the season. Grade: B
 
After the draft, the Jets signed RB Frank Gore to a 1 year, $1.1 MM deal to ensure that he will play his 16th season in green and white. Gore is a physical back who played under Jets HC Adam Gase in San Francisco in 2008 and in Miami in 2018. Gore can take some of the pressure off of starting RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020 as the Jets move towards a "runningback by committee" system. Grade: B
 
The Jets-Ravens connection proved strong again with the signing of WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman was a first-round pick for the Ravens in 2015 while current Jets' Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander was with Baltimore, and though he never really produced at a high level there, he had a resurgence in 2019 for the Buccaneers. Especially in November and December, where he performed at a 1000-yard rate projected over a whole season, Perriman proved to be a legitimate outside option across from Mike Evans with Chris Godwin in the slot. Perriman is a big, athletic receiver who projects to be well-worth the $6.5 MM deal to start on the outside. Grade: B
 
Yet again, the Jets signed a former Ravens player, re-signing LG Alex Lewis, who played 2016 through 2018 with Baltimore before GM Joe Douglas traded for him in the 2019 offseason. Lewis stepped in for Kelechi Osemele last season and was a serviceable starter. Lewis is good in pass pro, versatile, and a good zone fit as a guard. However, Lewis could touch up on his penalties and overall run blocking for 2020. GM Joe Douglas only gave Lewis a 3 year, $18.6 MM deal which actually has an out after 1 year, which seems like a solid price to get another look at a 28-year-old guard who might be part of the team's future. Grade: B
 
The Jets' biggest free-agent singing in 2020 in terms of guaranteed money was former Broncos' C Connor McGovern at $18.0 MM. McGovern is an athletic lineman with experience at guard and center. He is a powerful center, and that serves him well in the run game. However, McGovern has a weak anchor and inconsistent pad level and leverage in the pass game. For this reason, despite the need at center, Joe Douglas' decision to commit two years to a center who is, perhaps, below average in pass pro is worthy of scrutiny. Grade: C
 
The biggest heavily-scrutinized acquisition that the Jets made in 2020 was probably signing former Seahawks RT George Fant to a 3 year, $27.3 MM contract. Fant functioned primarily as a swing tackle and as a sixth offensive lineman in Seattle, as he could not see the field as a starter over Germain Ifedi. Fant remains a very raw pass protector in terms of his anchor and the fluidity of his kickslide, and his ability in the run is only theoretically a strength in zone blocking. While Fant's contract has an out in 2021, it is a bit strange to see him making a similar salary to Bryan Bulaga and Halapoulvaati Vaitai. Grade: D
 
The Jets were patient in re-signing their own free agents, which probably helped get good value retaining EDGE Jordan Jenkins. Despite notching 15 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Jenkins only got $3.9 MM from the Jets. The sack number is a bit misleading, though, due to a high quantity of "coverage sacks" and a relatively modest pressure rate. However, Jenkins is a fine run defender, and he'll slot in as EDGE #1 again for the bets in 2020. Grade: B
 
The Jets also acquired a former Raven on defense with LB Patrick Onwuasor, and they only paid $2.0 MM to bring him in. Onwuasor is an undersized linebacker but a good linear athlete, and while he struggles reading offensive cues and getting off of blocks to stop the run, he is a really good coverage player with the ability to get home as a pass rusher. Onwuasor has played next to CJ Mosley before, and he could potentially contribute in subpackage and base 4-3 looks, in addition to in a depth capacity and on special teams. Grade: B
 
With the cuts of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, GM Joe Douglas decided to fill a starting cornerback spot with former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a 1 year, prove-it deal. Desir lacks longspeed, but he is a long, physical corner with decent short-area quickness. However, Desir lacks refinement in press and zone. With that said, $4.0 MM is a reasonable price to get a fill-in outside cornerback in 2020. Grade: B
 
This signing probably didnt get much national coverage, but re-signing CB Arthur Maulet could pay huge dividends for the Jets in 2020. In 2019, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts failed to hit expectations, forcing Maulet, Nate Hairston, and rookie Blessuan Austin into the outside cornerback rotation. Maulet is the only one of that group who was not benched for performance reasons. For a mere $0.9 MM, retaining a guy in Maulet who is familiar with the defense who will compete to start in 2020 is seemingly a no-brainer. Grade: A
 
Instead of making another draft choice, the Jets decided to trade pick 211 for former Colts CB Quincy Wilson. Wilson, a former second-round pick, was a raw prospect coming out of Florida, and his penalties and lack of zone instincts followed him to the pros and led to his benching. However, Wilson is a big, long, and athletic corner, and at only 23 years of age, it makes sense that GM Joe Douglas wants to bring him on board to compete in an iffy cornerback room. Grade: C
 
This signing went somewhat under-the-radar, but Jets fans were thrilled when the team retained DB Brian Poole to man the slot on a 1 year, $5.0 MM contract. Poole is a good run defender with an ability to rush the passer, and he had a career year in coverage in 2019. Brian Poole is a good fit for Gregg Williams' defense, so retaining him to start in 2020 for a mere $5.0 MM seems to be a good value. Grade: B
 

Draft

Round Number Pos Player School
1 11 LT Mekhi Becton Louisville
2 59 WR Denzel Mims Baylor
3 68 FS Ashtyn Davis California
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine Florida
4 125 QB James Morgan FIU
4 129 LT Cameron Clark Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann Texas A&M
 
The eleventh pick, Louisville T Mekhi Becton, was my favorite acquisition that the Jets made during the 2020 offseason. While there were other options on the board, namely Tristan Wirfs, Henry Ruggs, and Ceedee Lamb, that the Jets presumably could have considered, Becton was the exact player I thought the Jets should take when he fell to 11. The first thing that stands out about Becton is his massive size, as he's 6'7", 364 lbs, with a monstrous 83-inch wingspan. Becton, however, is much more than a heavy lineman, as he defies the norm with his exceptional 5.1-flat movement skills. Becton is a hulking run blocker who is inexperienced but a fluid mover in pass pro. Becton projects to replace Kelvin Beachum and slide in at left tackle immediately in his rookie season. Grade: A
 
Wanting to add more picks to build the Jets in his image in his first year as GM, Joe Douglas opted to move down from 48 to 59 in the second round. This was a costly move, as it caused the Jets to miss out on AJ Epenesa and Darrell Taylor, but the Jets managed to grab a falling Senior Bowl standout in Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Mims is a height-weight-speed freak with good length, hands, and run-blocking toughness. Mims should slot in as a starting outside receiver across from Breshad Perriman in year one. Grade: B
 
The Jets' first third-round pick of 2020 was a real surprise to many fans, as although the team already had arguably the best safety tandem in football with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets drafted California FS Ashytn Davis with the 68th-overall draft selection. Davis is a freak athlete who played single-high safety, box safety, and even slot cornerback at Cal and would almost definitely have been drafted significantly higher but for teams' inability to medically check his groin post-surgery. It's possible that Gregg Williams will utilize Davis as a big nickel defender this year, but this selection could also give the Jets flexibility if Marcus Maye, who is a free agent in 2021, or Jamal Adams, with whom the Jets are supposedly far apart on a long-term contract, depart. Grade: B
 
Despite having a starting EDGE tandem consisting of Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham and losing Brandon Copeland to New England, the Jets did not add outside talent to the position group before the draft, forcing GM Joe Douglas to pick Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga at 79 overall. Zuniga is a good linear athlete with a decent ability to set the edge and with some interior versatility, and he could maybe project to replace Jordan Jenkins as a starter in 2021. However, Zuniga struggles with stiff hips and slow reaction time at the snap, and plus he missed most of the 2019 season with ankle injuries. The Jets probably hit the right position with Zuniga, who should factor into the pass-rush rotation with Jenkins, Basham, and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips, but it's really hard to justify drafting Zuniga with guys like Jonathan Greenard, Terrell Lewis, and DJ Wonnum still on the board. Grade: C
 
With his first day-3 selection as GM, Joe Douglas chose Florida RB La'Mical Perine. Perine is a physical runner with some receiving versatility out of the backfield. However, Perine doesn't really offer very much in terms of speed or vision, and drafting a RB instead of going offensive line, pass rush, receiver, or cornerback when Le'Veon Bell was already in the fold was a curious move. Grade: D
 
The second of the Jets' fourth-round picks probably stirred up the most intrigue, as most casual fans probably didn't expect the Jets to draft a quarterback. With that said, the Jets have gone a combined 0-6 over the past two seasons in games that Darnold did not start, and at this time David Fales was slated to be the backup quarterback, so drafting FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, which I thought was a value anyway, was a good choice. Morgan is a thick quarterback with a live arm with developmental quarterback potential. Grade: B
 
With their third pick in the fourth round, the Jets chose a player with the potential to start soon on the offensive line in Charlotte T Cameron Clark. Clark is a powerful lineman who started at left tackle in his rSo, rJr, and rSr seasons and has good short-area quickness despite his 5.29 forty. Some have floated Cameron Clark as a potential convert to guard for the Jets due to his sloppy pass-pro footwork. Grade: B
 
The Jets went corner in round 5, taking Virginia CB Bryce Hall at 158 overall. Hall is a long, tall corner who moves well, has zone instincts, and contributes in the run game. However, Hall's struggles in press and off-man coverage schemes probably project him better as a safety in the NFL rather than as a corner, which doesn't seem to be a need with Adams, Maye, and Davis already on the roster, and Hall's ankle injury prevented him from working out at the Combine, leaving teams in a state of uncertainty about his health and his testing numbers. Grade: C
 
With their sixth-round pick, the Jets went special teams with Texas A&M P Braden Mann. Mann has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties. Mann projects to replace Lachlan Edwards, but this may have been a tad high for a punter. Grade: C
 
The Jets had an intriguing undrafted free agent class with a number of guys who warranted day-3 draft consideration, but two guys that I liked pre-draft stood out as being worth mentioning. Georgia WR Lawrence Cager is a physical receiver at the line of scrimmage who will attempt to make the team as a redzone threat. Alabama DB Shyheim Carter played the STAR role in Nick Saban's defense, and he proved his versatility as a college approximation of a subpackage linebacker, a nickel corner, a box safety, and even a high safety, so he'll vie to make the team as a versatile depth defensive back and as a special-teams ace.
 

Other Offseason News

After tensions flared at the trade deadline last season, SS Jamal Adams expressed his frustrations with a lack of a contract extension on social media before supposedly requesting a trade in June. However, according to Connor Hughes at The Athletic, the Jets still hope to sign Adams to a long-term contract. Reportedly, over half of the teams in the NFL have expressed interest in adding the defensive star, but the Dallas Cowboys have gotten the most traction as a potential trade partner, with RT La'El Collins and WR Michael Gallup coming up as potential trade pieces. Jamal Adams is still on his rookie contract for 2020, and the Jets accepted his fifth-year option for 2021.
 
Also, this isn't really news, but former Jets' All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis continued his spat with 49ers' All-Pro CB Richard Sherman, culminating in this unusual Tweet:
3 facts here.
@RSherman_25
•I’m more handsome than him according to women.
•I’m better at corner than him according to everyone.
•Shutdown corners are paid more than Zone 3 corners which I’m currently still am today.
 

Projected Starting Lineup

QB: Sam Darnold
RB: Le’Veon Bell (and Frank Gore)
WR: Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims
SWR: Jamison Crowder
TE: Chris Herndon (and Ryan Griffin)
LT: Mekhi Becton
LG: Alex Lewis
C: Connor McGovern
RG: Brian Winters
RT: George Fant
EDGE: Jordan Jenkins, Tarell Basham
DT: Henry Anderson, Quinnen Williams (and Steve McLendon)
ILB: CJ Mosley, Avery Williamson (and Patrick Onwuasor)
CB: Pierre Desir, Arthur Maulet
NCB: Brian Poole
SS: Jamal Adams
FS: Marcus Maye
K: Sam Ficken
P: Braden Mann
LS: Thomas Hennessy
 

Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

QB - Neutral/Weakness
Jets fans aren't going to love this one, but Sam Darnold is arguably still a bottom-third passer going into 2020. Darnold has been surrounded by a poor supporting cast over the past two years, including a turnstile of receivers across Robby Anderson with drop issues and linemen with pass-pro issues, but he certainly has not dominated like other young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz. The Jets have a good group behind Darnold, though, including Joe Flacco, who said he won't be ready for week 1, and James Morgan, a fourth-round rookie out of FIU.
 
Backfield - Strength
Le'Veon Bell, who is making $15.5 MM this season, is an all-around back in terms of running between the tackles, receiving, and pass protecting. The Jets also signed the ageless wonder Frank Gore to take some of the pressure off of Bell. Joe Douglas also drafted La'Mical Perine to contribute in the backfield.
 
Pass Catchers - Neutral/Weakness
In 2020, the Jets are banking on production from unproved pass catchers who have performed well in limited sample sizes. Joe Douglas signed Breshad Perriman, who had a very productive end to his 2019 season, to man one of the outside receiver spots. He also drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor to presumably also start as a rookie. Jamison Crowder broke out last year as an above-average slot receiver, and Chris Herndon missed virtually all of last season but played well in his rookie season as a tight end. The receiver depth lacks standout names, but the tight end depth is strong, with Ryan Griffin returning on a multi-year extension.
 
Offensive Line - Weakness
The Jets entirely remade their offensive line, and while each position is arguably improved on paper, it is still young and unproven. Most significantly, at LT, Joe Douglas drafted Mekhi Becton at 11, who is already a really good run blocker with the tools to grow in pass pro. Douglas also re-signed Alex Lewis, who is probably serviceable but below average, to start at left guard, but he could force competition from fourth-round rookie Cameron Clark. The Jets signed Connor McGovern to start at C, and while he should solidify the position for at least the last two years, he is not extraordinary. Right guard shapes up to be an open competition between incumbent Brian Winters, who is serviceable when healthy, and new acquisition Greg Van Roten. At RT, the Jets signed George Fant, who played mostly as a swing tackle or sixth offensive lineman for Seattle but certainly has the athletic ability to outperform Chuma Edoga from last year.
 
Defensive Line - Weakness
This might be surprising to the non-Jets fans, but the days of Muhammad Wilkerson, and Leonard Williams are over, and pressure from the defensive line probably won't come easily for Gang Green. At EDGE, the Jets have arguably the worst duo in the NFL with Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham presumably playing as starters, with rookie 3rd-round pick Jabari Zuniga and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips playing rotationally. Starting on the interior, the Jets have Quinnen Williams, the former third-overall selection who notched 2.5 sacks and 4 TFLs in his rookie season and was arrested in March on a weapons charge, and Henry Anderson, a nimble interior penetrator who had a breakout year in 2018 before coming back down to Earth in 2019. Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi should all see plenty of tread on the DL, as well.
 
Linebackers - Strength
The Jets had a nearly-comical number of injuries at off-ball linebacker last season, but on paper, the unit appears very strong. CJ Mosley, 2019 FA acquisition, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a groin injury, but when healthy, he is one of the best linebackers in football. Avery Williamson, who projects to start across Mosley in 2020, is a good run defender but missed the entire 2019 year with a torn ACL. Returning starter Neville Hewitt, cheap FA acquisition Patrick Onwuasor, and promising second-year player Blake Cashman could each play in various base or subpackage roles, in addition to on special teams.
 
Secondary - Neutral
Similar to the defensive line, the Jets secondary is a tale of two halves, in this case safeties and cornerbacks. At safety, the Jets have reigning All Pro Jamal Adams and solid free safety Marcus Maye returning, in addition to the versatile 3rd-round pick Ashtyn Davis out of Cal. Outside cornerback is in flux, as new acquisition Pierre Desir should lock up one spot, while Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson, and Blessuan Austin could compete for the other starting spot, with last year's breakout player Brian Poole locking up the slot. Nate Hairston, Javelin Guidry, Shyheim Carter, and 5th-round rookie Bryce Hall could compete for other key depth roles in the secondary.
 
Special Teams - Strength/Neutral
At kicker, the Jets had a rocky performance last year, so they brought in Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his field goals last season, to compete with Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his field goals last season. At punter, the Jets have rookie P Braden Mann, who handles kickoffs and whose 47.1 yards per punt would have ranked 4th in the NFL last year. At longsnapper, Thomas Hennessy is an asset in coverage and will return in 2020. Additionally, WR Vyncint Smith and FS Matthias Farley project to play major roles in kick coverage next season, with other jobs presumably up for grabs.
 

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 at Buffalo: L - Other than the loss of Shaq Lawson and the additions of Stephon Diggs and AJ Epenesa, the Bills mostly had a quiet offseason, though with encouraging performances from young players in Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Tre'Davious White and coming off of a 10-6 campaign, there’s a lot about which to be enthusiastic in Buffalo. The Bills, who went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs, beat the Jets here in their home opener. Record: 0-1
 
Week 2 vs San Francisco: L - The 49ers took a huge leap in 2019, marching through the NFC and into the Super Bowl, and the additions of Brandon Aiyuk, Javon Kinlaw, and Trent Williams should keep them competitive in 2020. If Jamal Adams is on the team, he might be able to get in George Kittle's way, but nevertheless the 49ers should be one of the NFL's most well-rounded football teams, and it would be difficult to envision the Jets defeating them. Record: 0-2
 
Week 3 at Indianapolis: L - The Colts had a big free agency period, signing Philip Rivers and adding DeForest Buckner in a trade while retaining their entire offensive line. While the Jets went 7-9 last season, just like the Colts did, the Colts probably are the favorites to win at home, especially with the advantage the Indianapolis offensive line should have over the New York pass rush. Record: 0-3
 
Week 4 vs Denver: L - While the Broncos went 7-9 last season, they have championship aspirations in 2020, as they went 4-1 in Drew Lock's starts last year and added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okwuegbunam to a group of weapons already containing Philip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Jeff Heuerman while retaining defensive stars in Von Miller, AJ Johnson, and Justin Simmons. Though it is a home game, it's hard to imagine the Jets defeating the Broncos in 2020. Record: 0-4
 
Week 5 vs Arizona: W - The Cardinals look poised to improve in 2020, with the additions of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Phillips, and Isaiah Simmons, but questions remain with the offensive line and defensive line, in addition to with the poor playcalling from Kingsbury and Joseph at times during last season. This could be a key game for Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, and the interior defensive line to feast on a poor Cardinals' interior offensive line, and for Gregg Williams to outmatch Kingsbury and Murray at home. Record: 1-4
 
Week 6 at LA Chargers: L - The Chargers revamped their team this offseason, adding Justin Herbert in the draft and surrounding him with Bryan Bulaga, Trai Turner, and Joe Reed on offense, and Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris on defense. Though the quarterback situation is in flux in LA, it’s a bit hard to envision the Jets going on the road to the West Coast and beating an otherwise well-rounded team. Record: 1-5
 
Week 7 vs Buffalo: W - The Jets have beat the Bills at least once in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and so the Jets should have a good chance to win one at home. Record: 2-5
 
Week 8 at Kansas City: L - The Chiefs has a pretty quiet offseason aside from locking up Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones on long-term deals, as they added Mike Remmers, Taco Charlton, Willie Gay, and Lucas Niang while losing Stefen Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, Reggie Ragland, and Kendall Fuller. Despite the offseason losses, Reid and Mahomes should easily be able to storm past the Jets at home. Record: 2-6
 
Week 9 vs New England: W - The Patriots took a hit this offseason, obviously headlined by the loss of Tom Brady but also supplemented by key defensive losses in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon in addition to a general lack of attention towards improving a lackluster wide receiver corps. The Jets haven't beat the Patriots since their week 16 overtime thriller in 2015, but a November home game could be a good chance to do it, as the Patriots don't really possess the weapons to exploit issues with the Jets' cornerbacks nor the pass rushers to exploit issues with the Jets' offensive line. Record: 3-6
 
Week 10 at Miami: W - The Dolphins had a very poor 2019, finishing 5-11 with the 27th-ranked total offense and the 30th-ranked total defense, and as such they had an incredibly busy offseason, adding Matt Breida, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts, and Byron Jones in free agency and Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Noah Igbinoghene, Robert Hunt, Raekwon Davis, and Solomon Kindley in the draft. However, in Miami before the bye would be a good chance for Adam Gase to get a revenge game win, seeing as the Dolphins still have weaknesses all over their roster including quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Record: 4-6
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
Week 12 vs Miami: L - With all their offseason additions, the Dolphins figure to match up fairly evenly with the Jets in 2020, and so it's likely that the two teams will split the season series. Record: 4-7
 
Week 13 vs Las Vegas: W - The Raiders had a very busy offseason, adding Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Prince Amukamara, and Damarious Randall in free agency and Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, and Amik Robertson in the draft with their only major losses being Darryl Worley and Karl Joseph. At home against a West Coast opponent, the Jets would be wise to take advantage of some of the Raiders’ weaknesses in this game, including inexperience at wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker, and cornerback. Record: 5-7
 
Week 14 at Seattle: L - The Seahawks went 11-5 last season and were one play away from securing the top seed in the NFC, so their offseason was pretty quiet, mostly focusing on the offensive line with the losses of Germain Ifedi, DJ Fluker, and George Fant and the additions of free agents Brandon Shell, BJ Finney, and Cedric Ogbuehi, and draft pick Damien Lewis. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in football today, and in this late-season matchup at Seattle he’ll have the personnel advantage against the Jets offense, which lacks talented weapons and blockers. Record: 5-8
 
Week 15 at LA Rams: L - The Rams regressed to 9-7 last year and then had a difficult offseason, losing Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, with their only major addition being A’Shawn Robinson. The 2020 Rams are not the Super Bowl Rams of the past, but with both McVay and Goff still on board, the Rams have to be favorites to take this late-season home game against the Jets. Record: 5-9
 
Week 16 vs Cleveland: W - The Browns had a busy offseason, hiring head coach Kevin Stefanski, losing Greg Robinson, Joe Schobert, and Damarious Randall, signing Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Andrew Billings, Karl Joseph, and Damarious Randall, and drafting Jedrick Wills, Grant Delpit, and Jacob Phillips. Despite these additions, however, Cleveland still has a new, inexperienced offensive playcaller at head coach and a question mark at quarterback, and Gregg Williams generally handles quarterbacks who struggle with post-snap reads well with disguised coverages and aggressive blitz packages. Record: 6-9
 
Week 17 at New England: L - With the expanded playoffs, the Patriots have an even greater chance to make the postseason this year than they otherwise would, so this late-season match in Foxborough could be a consequential, divisional-revenge game. Record: 6-10
 
Final Record: 6-10
While I firmly believe that the Jets improved significantly this offseason, especially in terms of the offensive line and getting players back from injury, this year’s schedule is substantially more difficult that last year’s, which could result in less games in the wins column for 2020. Last year, the Jets closed out the back-half of their season going 6-2 playing against rookie Daniel Jones, rookie Dwayne Haskins, Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Lamar Jackson, rookie Devlin Hodges, and Matt Barkley, and this year the Jets have to play both the AFC West and the NFC West, which is a huge jump in their level of competition.
 

Training Camp Battles to Watch

WR #2: Denzel Mims vs Vyncint Smith
Jets fans would hope that starting receiver isn’t much of a battle, but since rookie wideouts traditionally have been known to take longer learning the playbook, the other receiver spot next to Perriman and Crowder is in flux. Denzel Mims, the rookie receiver from Baylor, is the odds-on favorite to get a starting role and to play as a deep threat and red-zone threat in year one. However, if Mims proves too raw off the bat, the Jets could fall back on Vyncint Smith, who had 17 receptions last year and showed his value as a deep threat.
 
Left Guard: Alex Lewis vs Cameron Clark
Following a 2019 season where Alex Lewis spot-started in place of Kelechi Osemele, the Jets rewarded him with a 3 year, $18.6 MM contract, and he goes into 2020 as the favorite to start at left guard once again. With that being said, the possibility exists that rookie tackle Cameron Clark out of Charlotte will kick inside and compete at left guard.
 
Right Guard: Brian Winters vs Greg Van Roten
After a 2019 season in which Brian Winters went down with a shoulder injury in week 10, many expected the Jets to cut him, but he instead will return as the incumbent starter at right guard. However, new free agent acquisition Greg Van Roten could switch to the right side and compete against Winters to start.
 
Right Tackle: George Fant vs Chuma Edoga
After the Jets had a poor performance form their offensive line in 2019, GM Joe Douglas brought in competition at all position, including at right tackle. George Fant, former Seattle swing tackle, is the presumptive favorite to land the starting job, despite his lack of starting experience and struggles with pass-pro footwork. Chuma Edoga could compete as well, but his performance in both run blocking and pass pro was so shaky last year as a rookie that he needed extensive help from tight ends to prevent the right side from entirely becoming a liability.
 
EDGE #2: Tarell Basham vs Kyle Phillips vs Jabari Zuniga vs John Franklin-Myers
The Jets started Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham at edge rusher last season, so it was somewhat of a shock to see them add absolutely no outside talent until the middle of the third round, and so now Gregg Williams and his defensive staff are forced to make the pitiful decision between starting Basham, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga, or John Franklin-Myers across from Jenkins. Basham, who the Jets claimed off of waivers in 2018, is probably the odds-on favorite to start once again after notching 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits in 54% of the Jets' defensive snaps. Kyle Phillips, the second-year player from Tennessee who was a five-star high-school recruit, is a thicker lineman best suited to play on run downs who could push for starting snaps as well. Jabari Zuniga, 3rd-round rookie out of Florida, is a third contender for the starting job, but his interior versatility and similarity to Jenkins in terms of his stiffness and poor pad level could suggest the Jets envision him in more of a rotational role. The wildcard in this battle is John Franklin-Myers, who was claimed by the Jets off of waivers from the Rams at the start of 2019 but who also notched a pair of sacks in his rookie year and is really explosive for his size.
 
DT #2: Henry Anderson vs Nathan Shepherd
This battle won't get much media coverage, as both Anderson and Shepherd project to get plenty of tread on the New York defensive line, but nevertheless the two will compete in training camp for the upper hand in the snap count. Henry Anderson, the penetrating defensive lineman, saw his production fall off a bit in 2019, in part due to a nagging shoulder injury and utilization in different fronts and roles. Nathan Shepherd saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension sidelined him from weeks two through eight, and with a good camp, he could establish himself as the primary nimble-footed complement to the heftier, run-stopping trio of Quinnen Williams, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi.
 
CB #2: Arthur Maulet vs Quincy Wilson vs Bryce Hall vs Blessuan Austin
The outside cornerback spot across from Pierre Desir is probably the most open starting battle on the team. Arthur Maulet, the undersized but physical cornerback out of Memphis, is probably the favorite to start after outplaying Johnson and Roberts last season to win the left cornerback job. Quincy Wilson, the former second-round pick, should be Maulet's primary competition after the Jets traded a draft pick to acquire him from the Colts. Bryce Hall, the rookie fifth-round corner from Virginia, is a darkhorse to start as well if he is healthy to start the season. Blessuan Austin, the former sixth-round pick, might factor into the competition, but he'll have Williams' doghouse after reacting poorly to his week-16 benching.
 
Kicker: Sam Ficken vs Brett Maher
Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his kicks last season, will compete with Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his kicks last season, for the starting kicker job, but neither candidate should have to handle kickoffs with rookie punter Braden Mann in the fold.
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Adam Gase, head coach and offensive playcaller for the Jets, runs a zone blocking, short passing offense mostly out of 11 personnel while also mixing in some 2-TE sets. In the run game, Gase is willing to run gap concepts based on his offensive line personnel, but he certainly favors his inside zone running playcalls. In the pass game, Gase likes to stack his receivers, throw checkdowns, split his backs out wide, and utilize the sidelines.
 
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Jets, runs a 3-4 hybrid, blitz-heavy defense with an emphasis on zone coverage. In the front seven, Williams has used both 3-4 and 4-3 base packages, though he mostly uses nickel fronts and one-gapping penetration schemes. In the secondary, Williams stresses MOFC shells, press-zone concepts, and disguised coverages and blitzes.
 
Huge thanks to u/PlatypusOfDeath for running this series.
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2020.07.16 13:16 chriszouzou Twitter Hackers Seek Bitcoin Donations By Hacking Accounts of Famous Personalities, Businesses and Politicians

In one of the biggest hacks in the history of Twitter, hackers on Wednesday managed to get access to some high-profile Twitter accounts which include some of the famous business personalities, corporate accounts, and accounts of other politicians.
Official accounts of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Warren Buffett were completely compromised. The hackers asked millions of followers to send Bitcoins to a specific Bitcoin wallet address. It was the good old Ponzi scheme of sending back double the amount as part of a community giveaway and contribution.
Not only individual accounts, but corporate accounts of companies like Apple, Uber, Coinbase and other crypto exchanges were also at the receiving end.
Twitter quickly took cognizance of this matter and initiated an investigation. The company said that hackers targeted twitter employees in order to get complete access to the company’s tools and systems.
This turns out to be one of the biggest data breaches and data compromise in the history of tech industry. The official support handle of Twitter reported: “We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools. We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf.”
Speaking about this unfortunate incident, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said: “Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened. We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened”.
Theresa Payton, a former White House chief information officer said that she expects Twitter to provide complete details of the event about why and how these accounts were compromised. She also warned that direct messages from all these accounts would have been stolen and released in the future for malicious use.
Speaking to CNBC, Payton said: “They’re going to need to apologize to the VIPs and to the individuals who were defrauded and fell for the scam. The next thing they’re going to need to do is to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation, and they’re going to need to share what they can about who the attackers were and how they pulled this off.”
Gemini's CEO, Tyler Winklevoss, said that the accounts have also tweeted about a scam partnership with a group dubbed CryptoForHealth. The hacked tweets also encourage other crypto groups that celebrities are donating Bitcoin to the community healthcare partners.
Winklevoss told his followers: "DO NOT CLICK THE LINK! These tweets are SCAMS.”
Most of the social media platforms including Twitter has long-back banned any cryptocurrency promotions from their platforms. Incidents like these continue to bring a bad image to the entire crypto industry.

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2020.07.15 18:04 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jul. 1, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002 5-13-2002 5-20-2002
5-27-2002 6-3-2002 6-10-2002 6-17-2002
6-24-2002
  • Bret Hart was seriously injured in a bicycle accident in Calgary last week. As of press time, Dave has very little info. Hart was thrown off the bike and flipped over the handlebars going at a high speed and landed on his back and hit the back of his head. Over the next couple of days, he's undergone a number of tests due to issues he's had since the accident. Bret was forced to retire 2 years ago after he suffered a serious concussion during the Starrcade 99 match with Goldberg and it's believed the fall may have aggravated the issues he's had since then. Hart is expected to be hospitalized for at least a week and has little movement on the left side of his body and can't see out of his right eye. He's also suffering severe back pain, though x-rays and scans haven't shown any physical damage to his back. That's all Dave knows right now. (Much more on this next week, obviously).
  • After a year of questionable decision-making, Vince McMahon made his most questionable decision yet when he announced the surprise re-hiring of Vince Russo. It's a shocking decision for lots of obvious reasons, not the least of which is most of the wrestlers either outright don't like him or at the very least, don't respect him. And many front office employees feel even more strongly about him. Not even Stephanie McMahon, who is the head of creative, knew Russo was coming back and she was just as blindsided by the news as everyone else. It's believed the deal has been in the works for a few weeks. Russo had owned a CD store in Marietta, GA but he sold the store recently. He also stopped submitting ideas to the Jarretts for TNA a couple of weeks ago. There's also the fact that Russo's lawsuit against Hulk Hogan over the Bash at the Beach 2000 incident is still pending and now they're in the same company again, although Dave suspects the legal issues must be wrapped up for Russo to take the job (Turner was still paying his legal fees so long as he didn't work for any other wrestling company, which is why everyone was denying his involvement with TNA). Another rumor going around is that Russo is planning to write a tell-all book about his time in WWF and when word about that got out, the company rehired him in an effort to squash the book. Dave thinks that might be believable if Russo was just hired and stuck in a closet somewhere. But he was brought back in a key position in the creative department, which means that likely wasn't the reason (or not a big part of it). Most likely, it's exactly what it appears on the surface: Vince McMahon is getting desperate and he's going back to what worked in the past.
  • When word got out about Russo's hiring, needless to say, everyone was shocked and, as you'd expect, it was an overwhelmingly negative reaction. The plan for Russo on day one was for him to be in control of the creative team, answering only to Stephanie McMahon. The next day, those plans changed after McMahon, Russo, Stephanie, and the rest of the writing team had a big meeting. There's been multiple stories about what happened during the meeting. One version of the story is that Russo's ideas were so bad that he pretty much buried himself with everyone immediately. Another version is that Stephanie pretty much buried all his ideas and shut him down. And yet another version is that Russo obviously hadn't kept up with the product and was unfamiliar and out of touch with many of the characters and ongoing storylines, and that soured Vince McMahon on him. Regardless, the result was the same: the very next day, Russo was no longer part of the creative team. Word is he has already been sent home and will be brought back if/when they need ideas, as sort of a consultant on retainer. Officially, his role now is to critique the TV shows and report back to Vince McMahon what he thinks. So he's basically paid to be a critic and tell McMahon how he would do it better. Anyway, that's the story for now. Dave runs down Russo's history in the business, how he came into power in WWF, jumping ship to WCW with no notice, where he proceeded to help kill the company and all the drama that happened there (can't wait for that one Vince Russo superfan that always accuses me of lying about him to chime in on this one).
  • For the record, one of Russo's big ideas for TNA's debut was taking the Shane Twins and dressing them up as giant penises and calling them the Big Johnsons. Thankfully, when the show aired, the announcers downplayed the "penis" aspect of it a lot, leading Russo to tell friends that the idea flopped because the commentators didn't sell it hard enough. Just in case you're wondering what Vince Russo is bringing to the table in 2002.
  • WWE's King of the Ring is in the books. For the first time since Wrestlemania, it was a legit sellout on PPV. And sucks for them because this was a pretty blah show. Undertaker retained the WWE title over Triple H in a bad match that was hampered because Undertaker is banged up in general and Triple H came into the match with an elbow injury. 2 days after the show, he underwent elbow surgery to remove bone chips, one of which was embedded in cartilage and had caused his arm to lock up. He was nowhere near 100% during the match, but if he had been, Dave suspects they probably would have put the belt back on him. But for now, they stuck with Undertaker. They did a post match angle to set up Rock vs. Undertaker vs. Triple H at Vengeance, assuming Triple H is ready by then (he was not).
  • The biggest story of the PPV, in Dave's opinion anyway, is the Kurt Angle/Hulk Hogan match, in which Angle beat Hogan clean as a sheet by submission. Dave gives Hogan credit: he didn't treat this like Kidman. Hogan put Angle over as strong as he possibly could. Dave believes it's the first time in Hogan's entire career that he lost via submission as a babyface. He did have a few submission losses as a heel (once to Inoki in NJPW in 1981 and a handful in WCW during the NWO era) but that's it. If he had any as a babyface, it would have been before 1979, before he was a national name. Whether this ultimately springboards Angle into a certified top guy that fans take seriously remains to be seen, but Hogan did everything he could. Probably didn't help that, as soon as the match was over, Angle put his goofy wig back on, at a moment that should have been used to turn him into a serious threat. But regardless, nobody can fault Hogan here if it doesn't get over.
  • Other notes from the PPV: Jericho vs. RVD in the opening match was easily the best match on the show. Lesnar got loud "Goldberg" chants and Dave thinks he sold way too much for Test, especially since the rumor is Lesnar is being groomed for a Summerslam main event with Rock. Nidia in her hillbilly gimmick with Jamie Noble was great and Dave thinks they might have something with Nidia and this gimmick. Ric Flair vs. Eddie Guerrero was.....not what you'd think. Dave has seen Flair drag talentless hacks to great matches for 20 years but somehow, Flair vs. Guerrero was a drag and should have been better than it was considering the two men involved. Two all-time greats just had a misfire somehow. Molly won the women's title from Trish and Dave thinks this whole storyline where they claim Molly is fat is insulting to probably every single female viewer they have and a lot of the males too. A backstage segment with Rock, Goldust, and Booker T was the most entertaining thing on the show. Lesnar won the King of the Ring tournament by beating RVD in a nothing match. And of course, the main event, which was an overbooked mess with two guys who probably didn't have any business wrestling that night anyway.
WATCH: Goldust/Booker T/Rock backstage segment at WWE King of the Ring 2002
  • NWA-TNA's debut show is in the books! Actually, so is their second show because it was a double-taping. And buckle in because we have a metric fuck-ton of TNA news to cover. Overall, it was a well-received debut. A lot of the young wrestlers were hungry and some of the old guys worked like they had something to prove. Guys like Konnan and Buff Bagwell looked the best they have in years and many of the people who worked the show said this felt like the real deal (many of those same people had worked the recent WWA shows and saw those as paid vacations, nobody took it seriously). Scott Hall, said to be the highest paid wrestler in the company ($3,500 per week) didn't do anything special but he got by far the biggest reaction and, according to all accounts, was sober and professional. There were about 3,000 fans in the building, but only 400-500 were paid. More than 10,000 freebies were given away around Birmingham the week of the show, but the crowd they got was actually a good, active audience, so it worked. Mike Tenay on commentary was great and full of knowledge, though Ed Ferrara playing heel announcer was useless. Don West was enthusiastic as hell, but knew nothing about the product. Regardless, he knows how to work a camera and he took charge of the commentary booth and Dave thinks he did fine in the role and will only get better. Ricky Steamboat was there, giving an emotional interview and putting over the NWA title. Ken Shamrock won the gauntlet battle royal (basically the same thing as a Royal Rumble match) to win the title, beating Malice (former WCW wrestler The Wall) in the final match after they were the last 2 left in the battle royal. There's been talk of doing a Shamrock vs. Don Frye match to try to catch some of that crossover UFC/PRIDE audience, but Dave is doubtful it'll be a draw here like it is in Japan.
  • What else? Country music star Toby Keith did a series of angles with Jeff Jarrett and Keith was by far the biggest star to the live fans. Keith got involved in the battle royal and eliminated Jarrett. NASCAR drivers Hermie Sadler and Sterling Martin got involved in a racial angle with K-Krush (R-Truth) using a bunch of "your kind" and "my kind" talk and Dave thinks that was pretty pathetic. The company was hoping all this celebrity involvement would get them some mainstream publicity but it got practically none. They brought in a bunch of women, most of whom were total unknowns except for ECW's Francine, Electra, and former WCW valet Daffney under the name Shannon, and their battle royal on the second show was said to be awful. The whole event definitely had a southern/regional feel to it. The opening match of Jerry Lynn, AJ Styles, and Low-Ki vs. Jorge Estra, Sonny Siaki, and Jimmy Yang was the show-stealer and was better than most of the matches in WWE this year.
  • Now the bad news: TNA was under the impression they had Dish Network cleared to air their show, but no dice. They don't have Cablevision in the U.S. either. For a company that needs to draw 50,000 buys a week to break even without a corporate sponsor, that's extremely bad news. They're also losing their Canadian PPV after the response to the debut show was said to be lackluster. At press time, InDemand has allegedly told TNA that their debut show did 80,000 buys but preliminary numbers are always drastically higher than the final result, so it'll almost certainly be less than that (for example, InDemand's number for WWA's first PPV was originally 40,000 but later got revised to 15,000). In WWE, they don't take any PPV numbers seriously at first because the thought is any numbers you hear within the first 2 months of the show are always wrong, the final tallies take time to come in. Regardless, even if this show did well, the more important question is how will they be doing in 4-5 weeks when the new has worn off?
  • Despite TNA claiming they aren't even interested in TV and are 100% committed to running exclusively on PPV, that's obviously not true. They have already struck syndication deals in Nashville and Chattanooga and are actively working to get a national television deal. The problem is that, as you can tell by looking at WWE ratings over the last year, the business is in a sharp decline, meaning the TV industry isn't chomping at the bit to give TV deals to some new startup nobody company. But anyone who understands the industry knows they have no chance of surviving on weekly PPV alone so getting on TV sooner than later is going to be essential to TNA's survival. The local syndicated deals they struck will mostly be hype shows with interviews and highlights designed to drive viewers to buy the weekly PPVs. Dave lists, like, 10 different promotions that have folded over the years in part due to the costs of paying for television.
  • Tons of TNA news in this issue which brings us to the debut "Random TNA News & Notes" section! Here we go: Bert Prentice will be working with the company and will no longer be running his own weekly shows in Nashville. There will be a one-night tournament at the next show to crown NWA tag team champions. Fun fact, those belts are currently held by The Shane Twins, who now wrestle in TNA as The Johnsons, doing the aforementioned masked penis gimmick. They'll be in the tournament even though they were already the champs in their previous gimmick. But the titles are being vacated and they will crown new ones.
  • We ain't done with TNA news. The dark match of the show featured a 450 pound dude named Cheex who is basically ripping off Rikishi's gimmick of doing things with his big ol' ass. And in case the ass gimmick and the "Cheex" name wasn't clear enough, he's being managed by a woman named Brown Eye Girl. So....yeah. If this ain't Vince Russo, I'll eat my shoe. Anyway, during the dark match, because Cheex is so big, the ring broke. As the show was going on the air live, the ring crew was frantically struggling to fix the ring, which is why it felt like they were stalling so much for the first 15 minutes. Because they were. The ring breaking also caused them to not be able to do the second dark match they had planned. Both matches were being taped to air on next week's show.
  • Actual notes from TNA's debut show (I'm gonna divide this into multiple paragraphs because there's a lot): it opened with some pyro, which is meant to make them look major league, but everyone else always looks minor league compared to WWE's huge pyro show every week and this was no exception. No graphics or details on any of the wrestlers, which is a mistake considering so many of them are complete unknowns to most fans. Started with a bunch of legends coming out to put over the NWA title, including Ricky Steamboat cutting one of the best promos of the year in any promotion and Dave thinks they need to hire Steamboat and put him in an on-air role as a commissioner or something ASAP. Jeff Jarrett cut a promo saying it was stupid to crown a new champion in a battle royal. Way to bury your own main event 10 minutes into your debut show, especially since most people also agree that it's a pretty dumb way to do it. But they still did. Then Ken Shamrock and Scott Hall came out and they both cut promos and they also shat on the battle royal idea, leading Dave to worry already that this company hasn't learned anything from WCW's mistakes. As mentioned earlier, the opening match easily stole the show. Next up was a little person match, with the jobber actually being referred to as "an enhancement midget." The Shane Twins did the penis gimmick, but as mentioned, it was severely played down from the original idea as conceived by Russo.
  • More notes from the show: They brought out a bunch of women for a big segment and Dave, who spends his entire life watching wrestling, didn't know half of them. And even if he did, it wouldn't matter because there were no graphics to name any of them and even if there had been, the cameras were often showing the wrong woman when a name was announced. Anyway, among them were Francince from ECW (who Dave is worried about because she looked sickly thin), Shannon (formerly Daffney in WCW), Alexis Laree (better known years later as Mickie James), Elektra from ECW, Taylor Vaugn (formerly Barbara Bush in WWF), Erin (who was a finalist on Tough Enough season 1 but got booted from the show before production started because other contestants saw her out on a date with one of the judges and they complained and got her kicked off), and some others. At least one of the no-name chicks was a stripper they hired specifically for this show because they needed one more woman to make 10. Anyway, this all led to the expected brawl with Elektra getting her shirt ripped off to show her bra. It wasn't even that risque. If you're trying to use sex appeal to draw viewers, the worst thing you can do is be less risque than WWE is on free TV when you have the luxury of PPV (give em a few months and we'll get actual nudity on this show). Alicia Webb, formerly known in WWF as Ryan Shamrock (and who is dating Ken Shamrock in real life) was playing a prostitute collecting money from referee Mark Johnson.
  • Even more notes from the show: the NASCAR guys got a bigger pop than any of the wrestlers. K-Krush came out to confront them about not being real athletes and they did the racial angle. Brian Christopher got involved and funny story there, they were debating whether to use the last name Christopher, or his real last name of Lawler. Nobody told the announcers which it was gonna be so Mike Tenay kept using "Christopher" while Ed Ferrara kept using "Lawler." More WCW-level shit. Toby Keith performed. The gauntlet battle royal to crown the new champion featured Buff Bagwell, Prince Justice (later becomes Abyss), Konnan, Rick Steiner, Scott Hall, Jeff Jarrett, etc. Toby Keith ran in and suplexed Jarrett, causing him to get eliminated because why not? Chris Harris, Vampire Warrior, Steve Corino, and more. And when it got down to the last two, it became a regular match and Shamrock beat Malice to win the title with Steamboat as the special referee.
WATCH: NWA-TNA' s debut PPV (Full Show)
  • So that's the notes from the debut show. Are we done with TNA yet? Not by a long shot. They taped a whole second show, remember?! It hasn't aired yet so Dave hasn't seen it so here's the scarce details. The crowd started filing out after the first show ended and kept leaving as the second one was going, to the point that Jeremy Borash and Bert Prentice had to get on the mic and beg everyone to stay and then moved a bunch of people to the hard camera side so there wouldn't be visible empty seats all over the place. Lenny Lane and former WCW star Kwee-Wee were put together as a gay tag team called Rainbow Express, managed by Joel Gertner, and kissed each other instead of tagging each other to swap in and out during the match, which got a lot of heat because Alabama. A 9-woman battle royal (guess they didn't let the hired stripper actually work) to crown Miss TNA resulted in a bunch of women getting stripped half naked. They did a 4-way elimination match to crown the X-Division champion which was won by AJ Syles in what was said to be easily the best match of either show, with even Harley Race going on record later to say it was one of the best matches he'd ever seen. But by then, there were very few fans left in the building. And that is finally it for TNA news for now. Whew.
  • PRIDE's latest show is in the books and once again featured pro wrestlers drawing the crowd. NOAH's Yoshihiro Takayama replaced Mark Coleman in the main event (out due to injury) against Don Frye, leading to last minute interest from wrestling fans that packed the house. Frye defeated Takayama in what many are calling the best fight in the history of PRIDE. Takayama has had 3 fights in PRIDE and has lost all 3 of them, but all 3 of them were also show-stealing outright wars that, despite losing, has grown Takayama into an even bigger star. Afterward, Frye hinted at retiring from MMA and returning to NJPW full time. Dave hasn't seen this fight but it was described to him as "something out of Dragonball Z or a comic book" the way they were just throwing bombs at each other, with the crowd going insane (yeah the opening minute or so if this fight is absolute madness, video below). The show also featured Bob Sapp vs. Kiyoshi Tamura, which was a total mismatch. Tamura is a skilled MMA fighter, but Sapp outweighed him by literally almost 200 pounds and the fight was over in 11 seconds, with Sapp basically murdering him. Dave says it's clear they're trying to turn Sapp into a huge unbeatable monster psychopath and it's working. But Dave thinks it's bullshit to put fighters this mismatched against each other in real shoots. It was funny though because after what happened in Sapp's K-1 fight a few weeks ago, they made some new rules like no knees and no kicking a downed opponent, which is fine. But they also announced other rules for the fight, such as no flying sentons or splashes off the top ropes, which have never been done in an MMA fight and is utterly ridiculous (If Cormier doesn't hit Miocic with a Canadian destroyer at UFC 252 next month, what's even the point?). Another NOAH star, Takashi Suguira, lost a split decision with Daniel Gracie and Suguira had several NOAH wrestlers at ringside cheering him on. And of course, Antonio Inoki came out at intermission and did his catchphrase.
WATCH: Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Don Frye - PRIDE
  • UFC made its TV debut with a half-hour segment on Fox Sports Net's "Best Damn Sports Show Period" which featured a full Robbie Lawler vs. Steve Berger bout, as well as highlights of other fights. "Fear Factor" host Joe Rogan did commentary with Mike Goldberg and Jeff Osbourne. They aired several warnings during the show, but the violence ended up being far less brutal than most average boxing matches. The show drew a strong crowd and there's talk that this may become a regular thing on the network. They also hyped the planned Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock fight for later this year and Dave thinks TNA would be wise to get the NWA title off Shamrock before the fight, because he's going into it as the underdog. Plus, Shamrock would likely not want to risk injury or spend time flying to Nashville every week during the last few weeks of training. Wouldn't be a good look for TNA if Shamrock goes to the octagon with the NWA title belt and gets demolished by Ortiz. Also on the show, Chuck Liddell defeated Vitor Belfort in a war that catapulted Liddell into title contention and he'll likely face the winner of Shamrock/Ortiz sometime down the road.
  • Dave got his hands on a copy of Shaun Assael's new book "Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation" even though it hasn't been released yet. Review time! The original concept for the book was to chronicle the Monday Night Wars, but just as the book was being finished, the whole business changed and since Vince became the lone survivor, the book was changed to focus on him and the WWF primarily. The book is fair and accurate for the most part. Assael didn't run from any of the controversial stories, but he also didn't sensationalize things to make them seem bigger than they were. If you're a long-time Observer reader, you already know all this stuff and could probably point out details or inconsistencies in the story, but to the average fan who hasn't been following all the behind-the-scenes stuff for the last 20 years, it's sure to be an eye-opener. Anyway, Dave recaps the book in detail, mostly just correcting things that the author got wrong but also acknowledging that this is an early review copy and some of these mistakes will be corrected before it's published and released. Otherwise, he just pokes holes in various myths and stories that are covered. The Observer was credited in the book for being one of the author's sources, specifically in regards to Dave's coverage of the steroid trial (yeah, if you haven't read it, go back and check those out. Dave actually attended the trial and his recap of it is one of the most must-read issues of the Observer in its entire history). The book pretty much ends at the death of WCW, though it does note that business has declined significantly since then. Overall, Dave says it's by far the best book on the real modern history of professional wrestling that he's ever read and is a must-read for any wrestling fan. But it's also too short (288 pages) to really get into all the detail needed to tell so many of these stories. But for what it is, best book of its type that Dave's ever read.
AMAZON LINK: "Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation" by Shaun Assael
  • In AAA in Mexico, there's a new guy named Canibal who's gimmick is pulling his opponent's trunks down and biting them on the ass. It's too late. You already read the sentence. You can't un-know that now.
  • AJPW stars Kaz Hayashi and Kendo Kashin were supposed to be working some shows for AAA at the moment. Fun story, when they arrived in Mexico, nobody from AAA was there to meet them at the airport and nobody they called from the AAA office would answer the phone, so they basically found themselves stranded in Mexico with no idea what to do and unable to speak the language. Dave says the exact same thing happened to Great Sasuke several years ago when he went to Mexico. Anyway, last Dave heard, Hayashi and Kashin were trying to get themselves booked on some indie shows in Mexico so they can get some pictures of them working there to take back to the magazines in Japan (which was the whole reason for their trip) so they're just looking to work one or two shows and then go back home. They can't work for CMLL because that promotion has a business relationship with NJPW.
  • Last month, AAA held its 10th annual Triplemania show in Los Angeles. Here's the problem though: it was an utter flop, with embarrassing attendance and almost nobody even realizing it happened. So AAA has decided to just pretend it didn't happen and has now scheduled Triplemania X again, this time in Mexico (maybe WWE should do that next year. Since Wrestlemania was pretty much just in an empty warehouse this year, they shouldn't even acknowledge it. Just redo Wrestlemania 36 again next year and pretend it's the first time).
  • Remember the story a couple months ago about how Invader 1 (the guy who murdered Bruiser Brody) left the WWC promotion? Well, he was scheduled to return this week as a special referee for a Carlos Colon match but it ended up not happening. He said he wanted his return to be a surprise, but the story was already out on the internet that he was coming back. For what it's worth, almost none of the wrestling fans in Puerto Rico have internet (I did the research, only 17.5% of the country had internet access in 2002 and you gotta figure only a fraction of those are wrestling fans, so Dave is likely correct here) so it still would have been a surprise to probably 99% of them. But either way, Invader 1 pulled out of the show over it and still isn't back with the promotion.
  • Spanky (Brian Kendrick) won a tournament at an indie show in California to get a shot for the Zero-1/UPW unified title. That's not the important part. How it happened is the original guy who was scheduled to win ended up pulling out of the show at the last minute because his pregnant wife was overdue so he stayed behind to be with her. So they made a call to Spanky, who was in Cincinnati. He immediately packed up his car and was on the road 30 minutes after receiving the call. And didn't stop. He drove 30 hours straight, some 2,200 miles, and made it to the venue literally an hour or so before showtime and did the match. That's freakin' dedication (I think he's talked about this in a shoot interview before. Said he masturbated to stay awake and started vomiting uncontrollably halfway through the drive or something, but still made it. Madness.)
  • AJPW news: there are no truth to the rumors of a WWE/AJPW relationship, which was mentioned last week. Motoko Baba and Tenryu were at WWE's show in Hawaii to take photos for the Japanese magazines to make people think something is up, but there's nothing there. They were just visiting because Johnny Ace got them backstage. Also, the newspapers in Japan have begun reporting that Keiji Muto will take over as AJPW president when Ms. Baba retires, which confirms what Dave has been saying for months.
  • Kenta Kobashi's first match back for NOAH will be this week at Korakuen Hall. He'll be working undercard tag matches so he won't be doing too much. If you recall, he was out for over a year with knee injuries, had one match in February in which he re-injured himself again and has been out ever since.
  • Speaking of Korakuen Hall, NJPW's latest show there only drew 1,200 fans, which means the building was only half full. Just in case you're wondering how NJPW is doing in 2002. Not great.
  • Don Frye did an interview claiming Antonio Inoki is working to put together a match between himself and Mike Tyson. "Nobody is taking that seriously," Dave says.
  • Speaking of Japanese companies trying to latch on to the WWE train and speaking of lyin' ass Inoki: there have been rumors that Inoki is putting together a relationship with WWE. Not true. Inoki claimed recently that he had met with Vince McMahon about using some of WWE's undercard guys in NJPW and of starting his own promotion in the U.S. Dave says the meeting with Vince never happened and, in fact, the two men haven't gotten along or really even spoken at all in nearly 20 years.
  • More on Jesse Ventura's decision not to run for re-election as Minnesota governor. Part of the reason may be that the polls are showing he would likely lose the race. Of course, that's what the polls said last time and he shocked the world. But after 4 years in office, his popularity isn't near what it was back then, when he was the exciting outsider. Now the voters have seen what he brings to the table and they don't seem to like it too much. Ventura was already planning to make the announcement, but then the story about his son hosting parties at the governor's mansion broke, and Ventura made the announcement 2 days earlier than he'd planned. Using the criticism that his son has gotten in the media as his excuse for not running provided Ventura a good "out" but he was already planning not to run long before that story happened and the press conference had been scheduled nearly 2 weeks earlier, so take it with a grain of salt. Most likely, he saw the writing on the wall and knew he was going to lose if he ran again.
  • Notes from the latest Ring of Honor event: it was said to be an incredible show, with guys like Bryan Danielson, Low-Ki, Christopher Daniels, Spanky, Jerry Lynn, AJ Styles, and more all having amazing matches. There was a moment during the show where Scoot Andrews went to hit Christopher Daniels' valet, Lucious. But then he stopped himself and said he'd never hit a woman, but he knew somebody who would. This was a tease to bring out another female wrestler, but the crowd started chanting for Steve Austin. The show drew 450 fans and sold out the building, which is the largest crowd ROH has drawn so far.
  • Famous St. Louis Cardinal announcer Jack Buck passed away a couple weeks ago and Dave notes that Buck actually had some involvement in wrestling back in the day. He used to do radio broadcasting of Sam Muchnick's shows live for KMOX radio in the 1960s and there's even a picture somewhere out there of Giant Baba picking Buck up and holding him like a baby. (I actually just watched the 30 For 30 documentary on the McGwire/Sosa home run race and they talked about Jack Buck in there. Good times. Anyway, someone find that picture because I'm having no luck).
  • Sting is scheduled to make an appearance, but not wrestle, at an indie show Harley Race is putting together this week in St. Louis. This will be Sting's first wrestling-related appearance since WCW folded.
  • In case you're wondering what XPW and Rob Black are up to these days, allow Dave to fill you in. Black is currently doing an angle where he's pretending he had a stroke and he pisses and shits on himself all over TV. They also did a segment where wrestler GQ Money (now a producer for NXT) broke into Black's home and tried to rape his wife until somebody made the save. The next week, they showed Money supposedly raping a girl in the parking lot and leaving her for dead, and the week after, he got sprayed with raw sewage. Now they're building up to a raw sewage match, based on this rape storyline. XPW, folks.
  • Dave has some more notes on Cody Runnels, the son of Dusty Rhodes who was backstage at WWE's show in Atlanta last week. Cody is a sophomore in high school and placed 6th in the state in amateur wrestling the past year. He also plays football. He was described to Dave as having a similar physical look as Randy Orton, "but with a face like Dusty."
  • WWA's scheduled tour of Europe has been officially canceled. The German and Switzerland shows had abysmal ticket sales and pretty much had to be canceled. The show in Ireland had more than 4,000 tickets sold and would have been a success, but even so, that one show alone wasn't going to make enough money to offset the cost of the whole tour.
  • This is actually hilarious. UFC fighter Vitor Belfort and his training partner were in a taxi before the UFC show when a bunch of cops showed up and surrounded the car. Why, you ask? Well the cab driver overheard Belfort and his partner talking about "shooting at the legs" and she got scared, not knowing what they were talking about, and called the police. Seems like they got it all straightened out though.
  • Rock will be working nearly full-time on TV from now until Summerslam, at which point he's leaving for a few months to go film his next movie. He won't be on every Smackdown, but he'll be on most of them.
  • Nothing new on the Goldberg/WWE negotiations. Vince McMahon told Goldberg's agents that he will clear his schedule any time Goldberg wants to have a meeting, but Goldberg doesn't seem particularly interested. The fact that WWE rehired Russo probably won't help matters because Goldberg is one of the many who doesn't like Russo.
  • Shawn Michaels is booked to be in Kevin Nash's corner on upcoming house shows once Nash is cleared to wrestle again. There's still no plans for Shawn to wrestle, but given how depleted the WWE roster is right now, Dave is sure they'll probably start pushing him to sooner than later (Nash ends up getting injured again almost immediately, so I don't think Shawn ever did these house show appearances).

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2020.07.13 20:21 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters G-I in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters G-I of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
G-I
Gaetani, Gelasio: Count Gelasio Gaetani comes from one of the oldest families in Rome. The Gaetani (also known as Caetani) family has produced 3 popes, including Pope Boniface VIII. Gelasio is a wine specialist and vineyard owner who helps celebrities buy the most unique bottles of wine throughout the world.
Gaetani, Rufreido: Roffredo Gaetani was an Italian count, prince, and duke who died in a car crash in 2005. Roffredo came to the public’s attention when he dated Ivana Trump in the 1990s. Brother of Gelasio.
Gallman, Kuki: Kuki Gallmann is a best-selling author (5 of her books were global best sellers), poet, environmental activist, and conservationist. Owns a 98,000 acre cattle ranch in Kenya with her husband, which she turned into a conservation park.
Ganero, Mario Jr.: Where do we even begin? Mario Garnero is a Brazilian banker and entrepreneur who has been deemed the “father of the ethanol car” and is the chairman of the board and primary shareholder of Brasilinvest Group, a banking firm worth $700 million. Garnero’s connections run extremely deep. He is/has been personal friends with Jacob Rothschild, David Rockefeller, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Helmut Schmidt, and many others. The following website makes some startling connections between Garnero, Epstein, and others (source: https://aeltri.com/2019/02/12/john-of-god-mario-garnero-and-epstein/). Quick summary: Record producer Damon Dash (former co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z) allegedly raped a supermodel who worked for Naomi Campbell at a party thrown by Garnero (source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/poshs-friend-sued-for-rape-6939248.html).
Garnero has been referred to as a “Rothschild pawn” who tried to help Aecio Neves rise to power. Garnero also appointed “George Soros frontman, Arminio Fraga, who worked in Soros’ Quantum Fund, as Minister of the Economy.”
Ganoza, Esteban Juan: A Peruvian businessman who said he met Maxwell in the 1980s when he lived in New York, but denied any ties to pedophilia when his contact information was revealed to be in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Garcia, Ludmila: No info found.
Gardner. Adam: No info found.
Garland, Michael: Likely the Chairman of investment firm C5 Capital, located in London.
Garson, Jeremy: Likely refers to the lawyer who is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills who specializes in large-scale international commercial disputes. Not completely positive, though.
Gaspar, Nacho: Not sure. Could be a number of Ignazio Gaspars, all of whom are businessmen.
Gaul, Harriett: Harriett Jagger is a fashion stylist and former fashion director of Tatler, a fashion magazine owned by Conde Nast (parent company of Vogue, GQ, etc.), which has come up several times during my investigations, and Harpers. She had a daughter with property dealer Simon Gaul, the Godson of Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Geary, Tim: Served in public relations and was Director of Membership at Soho House, a restaurant and private members club. Billionaire Ron Burkle owns 60% of Soho House. Burkle, along with Bill Clinton, Chris Tucker, Kevin Spacey, travelled to Africa for an anti-poverty, anti-AIDs tour on Epstein’s Lolita Express. Nothing fishy there.
Gelardin, Jack: No info found. The address listed is located in Chelsea, London, and sold for over 5 million pounds in 2013.
German-Ribon, Catriona: Catriona Blampied (nee German-Ribon) is the Managing Partner, Founder, and Owner of talent agency Procure Worldwide & Procure Digital since 2016. Worked as Managing Director at Platinum Rye Entertainment, another talent agency, before that.
Gertler, Eric: A venture capitalist who served as Chairman of U.S. News & World Report, a media company most known for publishing news, consumer advice, and rankings ranging from education (top universities, high schools, etc.) to job professions, healthcare, and too many others to mention. In 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Gertler to serve as President and CEO of Empire State Development, New York’s chief economic agency. In Epstein’s ‘Black Book,’ Privista is listed under Gertler’s name. Privista is a company that protects against identity theft. Gertler was President and CEO.
Getty, Mark: Co-founder and Chairman of Getty Images, a photographic conglomerate. If you have ever surfed the Internet, you have seen several pictures/images belonging to Getty Images. From 2008-2016, Getty was the Chairman of the Trustees of the National Gallery in London. Grandson of Jean Paul Getty Sr., founder of Getty Oil Company, and one of the richest men in the world during his time. The Getty Family has a net worth north of $5 billion as of 2015.
Getty, Pia and Chris: Pia Getty is the daughter of billionaire Robert Warren Miller, an American-born British businessman and founder of Duty Free Shops. Pia’s sisters are Princess Alexandra von Furstenberg of designer fame and Maria-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark. Her ex-husband (1992-2005), Christopher, is Mark Getty’s first cousin. Christopher is also the grandson of Jean Paul Getty Sr. When they were married, Pia and Mark would hold A-list parties on the rooftop of their Manhattan townhouse. Their townhouse was located half a mile from Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion. Many people think that the Getty Museum in Los Angeles houses an underground base and city for the elites.
Gibbs, Emma: Former girlfriend of Prince Andrew. Gibbs was introduced to Prince Andrew by her good friend, Ghislaine Maxwell. Gibbs worked as a PR consultant.
Gibson, Caroline: Likely to be the award-winning freelance copywriter and content writer who has worked on a number of high-profile advertisements.
Gilifilan, Andrew: Managing Director of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for Cambridge University Press. Retired in 2012.
Gillford, Lord & Lady: Lord Gillford is Patrick Meade, the 8th Earl of Clanwilliam. He is a businessman who is on the board of Soma Oil & Gas Holdings and Eurasia Drilling Company, where he served as Chairman. Eurasia Drilling Company is owned by Russian billionaire oligarch, Alexander Dzhaparidze and billionaire Alexander Putilov.
Gilmour, Andrew & Emma: Gilmour is a diplomat for the UN who has spoken out strongly against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Gilmour’s father, Sir Ian Gilmour, served as a minister in Margaret Thatcher’s first cabinet. Emma Gilmour (nee Williams) is a physician and author.
Ginsberg, Gary: Former Executive VP of Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, the fourth-largest media group in the world prior to splitting in 2013. Ginsberg was a close confidant of Rupert Murdoch and Peter Chernin while at News Corp. Ginsberg also served in the Clinton Administration at the White House Counsel’s Office and Department of Justice. Ginsberg has brokered meetings between Rupert Murdoch and the Clintons, as well as Obama. Ginsberg is currently on the Board of Directors of New Visions for Public Schools, which designs course curricula for students in NYC. New Visions supports many schools, impacting 230,000 students (source: https://newyorkschooltalk.org/2019/07/at-new-visions-for-public-schools-its-all-about-continuous-school-improvement-hows-that-going/). Their Networks for School Improvement Initiative is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. New Visions also has ties to the Carnegie Foundation, which donates millions of dollars in grants (source: https://www.carnegie.org/grants/grants-database/grantee/new-visions-for-public-schools-inc/#!/grants/grants-database/grant/312395808.0/). Ginsberg is also a friend of and speechwriter for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Gittis, Howard: Gittis (1934-2007) was an attorney and adviser to billionaire businessman Ron Perelman. He worked at MacAndrews & Forbes, an investment firm owned by Perelman. In 1995, Perelman hosted a dinner with Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Epstein, Clinton college friend Arnold Paul Prosperi, Don Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, and Don Fowler, who was the co-chairman of the DNC. More on Perelman later.
Giussani, Luca: President, CEO of Dorial Telecom, Inc., a telecommunications company.
Glanville, Mary: A philanthropy consultant who spent years in TV, Glanville also worked as a PR contact for the Bonita Trust which donated £100,000 to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) back in 2009 to “update its ChildLine technical infrastructure and purchase essential equipment so that more children can get help from its ChildLine service” (source: https://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/07/prweb2625274.htm). Glanville was the author of that PR statement.
Glass, Charlie: Could possibly be Charles Glass, author, publisher, and journalist that specializes in the Middle East, but I cannot confirm.
Glentworth, Edmund & Emily: Edmund Pery is the 7th Earl of Limerick and was formerly known as Viscount Glentworth. He worked in British government until becoming director of Deutsche Bank. Emily is Edmund’s wife.
Goess, Pilar: A countess and Austrian-American model who posed for Playboy. Goess died in 1999 from a brain tumor.
Goldberg, Ellen: President of Santa Fe Institute, an organization in New Mexico that hosts faculty consisting of Nobel Laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and MacArthur fellows. Goldberg is also a research professor in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Goldberg is a member of the Biology Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, and of the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council at the National Institutes of Health. Goldberg has a Ph.D. in genetics from Cornell University Medical College.
Goldsmith, Isabel: An art collector and owner of Hotel Las Alamandas in Mexico. Goldsmith is the daughter of Sir James Goldsmith, a French-British financier, tycoon, and member of the European Parliament.
Golinkin, Sandy: Former Vice President and Publisher of Lucky, a fashion and lifestyle magazine owned by Conde Nast. Has frequently been photographed with celebrities and elite at various parties.
Gomez, Thomas: Thomas Gommes is a former international corporate lawyer.
Gomme, William & Emma: William Gomme is a former director of several furniture manufacturing companies in London. Emma is his wife.
Gordon, Jacobo: Spanish businessman who co-founded several real estate and gaming companies with Alejandro Agag. Agag is a former politician in Spain. He became Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP), a tremendous political faction in Europe. Agag played a huge role in getting former Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi’s party into the EPP. Berlusconi has been charged for underage prostitution in the past. Agag quit politics to pursue financial and sporting interests. He is married to the daughter of Jose Maria Aznar, the former PM of Spain and Ana Botella Serrano, the first female mayor of Madrid. Guests at Agag’s wedding included kings and queens. Berlusconi and Tony Blair served as witnesses.
Gore, Juliet: The only Juliet Gore I found is the co-director of Neuro Orthopaedic Institute out of Australia. Doesn’t feel right.
Gottlieb, Steve: A music executive who discovered Nine Inch Nails, Pitbull, Sevendust, and Ja Rule. He has served on the boards of Napster and Musicmatch. He is currently CEO of Shindig, a Zoom-like platform for people to meet each other online.
Goulandris, Dimitri: Founder of The Cycladic Group, which invests and creates businesses. Spent 8 years at Morgan Stanley in its private equity group. Goulandris is the Executive Director and a Board Member for Knightsbridge Schools, which has 3 schools (KSI Montenegro [a boarding school], KSI Bogota, and KSI Panama), all of which are primary/secondary schools for students aged 2-18.
Grabau, Lorenzo: Spent seventeen years at Goldman Sachs before becoming CEO of Investment AB Kinnevik, a Swedish investment firm. He was fired less than 3 years after taking the position.
Graff, Francois: CEO of family-owned Graff, one of the world’s most notable jewellery houses. The company is worth several billion dollars. Graff has been photographed with the likes of Wilbur Ross. In 2001, there was a party celebrating the opening of a new Graff’s store. Attendees included Ghislaine Maxwell, Ivana Trump, Joan Collins, and Denise Rich (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/05/style/IHT-laurence-graff-and-his-pockets-full-of-diamonds-the-buccaneer-of.html)
Granby, David: David Charles Robert Manners is the 11th Duke of Rutland. He also goes by the Marquess of Granby. Granby is a high-profile supporter of the UK Independence Party and has hosted fundraising events at his ancestral home, Belvoir Castle. Employed Harvey Proctor, the former Conservative Parliament member who had to resign because he had sexual relations with underage male prostitutes, as his personal secretary.
Grange, Jacques: A French interior designer for the rich. Clients include Princess Caroline of Monaco, Francis Ford Coppola, Alain Ducasse, and several billionaires, to name a few.
Grant Jamie: Likely James Grant, owner of No2 Pound Street, an award-winning wine shop that specializes in British Cheese and cured meats. He and his wife previously worked at some leading hotels and restaurants.
Greece Princess Olga: Princess Olga, Duchess of Apulia (nee Princess Olga Isabelle of Greece) married her second cousin, Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Apulia, in 2008. Olga’s father is first cousins with Prince Phillip (Queen Elizabeth’s wife).
Greece, MC & Pavlos: Pavlos is the eldest son of Constantine II, the last King of Greece, before the monarchy was abolished in 1973. Worked in New York as an investment portfolio manager. MC is his wife, Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece. Her father is the billionaire founder of Duty Free Shops. Her sisters, Alexandra and Pia, married into the von Furstenberg and Getty families, respectively. A dinner party was thrown for them at the Standard Hotel in 2009. There were about 12 guests there. One of those exclusive guests was Ghislaine Maxwell (source: https://wwd.com/eye/people/royal-standard-a-fete-for-princess-marie-chantal-and-prince-pavlos-2399957/)
Green, Deborah: No info found.
Green, Jeremy: Likely the former Chief Executive of Quba Property Holdings in South Africa.
Green, Judy: A New York socialite who hobnobbed with an elite crowd. She was considered Andy Warhol’s first muse. He did her photo portrait and she starred in his first movie, The Kiss. She was reportedly close with Frank Sinatra. Edgar M. Bromfman served as Best Man at her wedding to William John Green in 1964. Bromfman is the owner of Seagram, the beverage company. His daughters, Clare and Sara, were members of NXIVM, a cult that recruited women and forced them into sexual slavery.
Gregg Geordie & Katherine: Geordie Grieg is an English journalist and editor of The Daily Mail. Grieg is good friends and has been photographed partying with Ghislaine Maxwell. He is the former editor of Tatler, a Conde Nast-owned British magazine that is targeted towards the upper class and those interested in high society events. Tatler connections come up constantly in the ‘Black Book.’
Grenfell, Natasha: Daughter of Lord St Just, heir to a banking fortune and Wilbury Park mansion. Her mother was actress and one-time Tennessee Williams love interest, Maria Britneva. Natasha is a socialite who has is friends with royalty, actors, and musicians
Griffen, Ted: This is most likely screenwriter, producer, and director Ted Griffin. He has worked on The Wolf of Wall Street, Ocean’s Eleven, and Tower Heist.
Griscom, Nina: A model, socialite, TV personality, and entrepreneur who died earlier this year. Her first husband was a modeling booker for Ford Models, which I wrote about in the D-F section of Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ (link: https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/). She went on to cheat on her next husband with sugar billionaire Pepe Fanjul, who is also mentioned in the D-F link above. Was a close friend of Blaine Trump, ex-wife of Robert Trump, Donald’s younger brother.
Gross, Pamela & Jimmy Finkelstein: James Finkelstein is the owner of The Hill, an American news website often cited here in /conspiracy. He is close with Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani. Pamela Gross is his wife. She worked at CNN until 2017 and is close friends with Melania Trump.
Grossman Lloyd: Loyd Grossman is an British author and broadcaster best known for hosting Masterchef from 1990-2000, before it was reformatted. Also co-created Through the Keyhole, a British game show, with David Frost, who is also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Gubelmann, Marjorie: A socialite who is best known for hosting and performing as a DJ at high society parties. She has deejayed events for Bulgari, Versace, and others. She is currently the in-studio DJ for the Today with Hoda & Jenny show on NBC. Her ex-husband, Reza Raein works in oil. Guests at their wedding included Ivanka Trump, Tamara Mellon, Michael Kors, and Tory Burch.
Guccioni, Tony: Son of Penthouse creator Bob Guccione.
Gudefin, Christian: A financial advisor at Deutsche Bank, which as of Tuesday, July 7th, 2020, agreed to pay $150 million in fines because they ignored suspicious transactions made by Jeffrey Epstein (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/business/jeffrey-epstein-deutsche-bank-settlement.html?referringSource=articleShare). Gudefin is also a financial advisor at Fdx Capital LLC and Managing Partner at Confidas Capital.
Guedroltz, Solina & Nicolas: Solina is a photographer. Her father is a viscount. Nicolas is an antique Russian furniture dealer. He is a Russian prince and is of Belgian nobility through his mother’s side.
Guerini Maraldi, Alessandro: Chairman of Willis Towers Watson, a British insurance company. Guerrini-Maraldi’s name appears in the Panama Papers, which revealed the identities of many rich and powerful people who have avoided paying taxes through offshore accounts.
Guerrand-Hermes, Valesca: Socialite and ex-wife of French fashion house heir, Mathias Guerrand. Guerrand-Hermes is on the Board of Directors of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) (source: https://nyspcc.org/about-the-new-york-society-for-the-prevention-of-cruelty-to-children/people/). NYSPCC is a child protection agency. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at the 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. You can’t make this stuff up.
Guest, Cornelia: Named Debutante of the Decade of the 1980s, Cornelia is a well-known New York socialite who comes from money. Her family made money in iron and steel and have served in British politics. In December 2015, Ghislaine Maxwell attended Cornelia’s holiday party.
Guggenheim, Barbara & Bert Flelds: Guggenheim (not part of the Guggenheim museum family) is a partner at the well-known art advisory firm, Guggenheim, Asher Associates, Inc. They have built collections for Coca Cola and Sony, as well as Tom Cruise and alleged pedophile Steven Spielberg. Epstein victim Maria Farmer once worked for Barbara at her home before meeting Epstein. Farmer got the job through Barbara’s sister, Eileen, who has been accused of being an Epstein enabler. A petition (https://www.change.org/p/david-kratz-eileen-guggenheim-must-be-removed-for-harm-she-caused-to-maria-farmer-by-jeffrey-epstein?recruiter=30424804) to have her removed as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York Academy of Art as a result of Maria Farmer’s allegations has over 10,000 signatures. Farmer says that Eileen Guggenheim forced her to sell a painting replicating Degas’s “The Rape” to Epstein. Two weeks after meeting Epstein and Maxwell, Guggenheim took Farmer and other art students to Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in New Mexico (source: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/epstein-ranch-art-students-1760265). Barbara’s husband, Bert Fields, is an entertainment lawyer who has represented the likes of Steven Spielberg, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, George Lucas, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, etc.
Guiness, Sabrina: Guinness comes from a long line of wealthy bankers. She had a relationship with Prince Charles in 1979. Cousin of Edward Guinness, 4th Earl of Iveagh, heir to the Guinness fortune. Edward Guinness’s wife, Lady Clare Iveagh (nee Hazell) plays a HUGE role in Epstein’s pedophilia ring. More on her later (she is listed under I for Iveagh). Her sister, Anita Guinness, was married to Amschel Rothschild until his suicide in 1996.
Guinness, Mr Hugo: An artist from the same banking family as sister Sabrina (above). Guinness has collaborated with director Wes Anderson on a number of films. Cousin of Edward Guinness, 4th Earl of Iveagh, heir to the Guinness fortune. Edward Guinness’s wife, Lady Clare Iveagh (nee Hazell) plays a HUGE role in Epstein’s pedophilia ring. More on her later (she is listed under I for Iveagh).
Guissaini, Luca: Listed above under Giussani, Luca. CEO of Dorial Telecom.
Gumberg, Ira: Chairman and CEO of JJ Gumberg Co., a high-end real estate development firm based out of Pittsburgh. Gumberg served on the Board of Mellon Financial Corporation from 1989-2007.
Guttfreund, Susan & John: Susan is a former beauty queen and notorious party thrower. Her husband, John, was CEO of Salomon Brothers, the large investment bank. He was dubbed the “King of Wall Street” by Business Week in 1985. He died in 2016.
Hahn, Dr & Mrs: Likely Carl Hahn, former head of Volkswagen.
Hall, Pippa: There are two Pippa Halls that this could possibly be. One is a movie casting director who was in charge of casting children for movies (source: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0356002/). The other Pippa Hall is Director of Innovation and Chief Economist at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). There is not enough info to determine which one is in the ‘Black Book.’
Halpern Jen: A British philanthropist, PR guru, and businesswoman. Her father was knighted by Margaret Thatcher.
Hambro, Clementine: Great-granddaughter of Winston Churchill who also served as a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana when she was just five-years-old. Her father, Richard, was a British heir and investment banker. K
Hamilton, George: Famous actor who took Ghislaine Maxwell to the Epsom Derby (horse race) in 1991. Epstein has a significant amount of phone numbers listed for Hamilton.
Hammond, Dana: Socialite and heiress to the Annenberg Publishing fortune. Hammond is friends with Ghislaine Maxwell. They have been photographed together at various parties.
Handler, Sharon: International attorney who is friends with Camilla Parker-Bowles and Prince Charles. Married to John Langeloth Loeb Jr., former United States Ambassador to Denmark under Reagan.
Hanover, Ernst & chantal: Prince Ernst Hanover is the head of the royal House of Hanover. The House of Hanover has produced six British monarchs, including King George III and Queen Victoria. The current British monarchy, the Windsors, are actually of German and British descent, which is why these family trees intersect. Most notably, the House of Hanover is perhaps the most important of the Black Nobility families. There have been some fantastic threads on Reddit about the Black Nobility.
Hanson, Brook: Adopted son of British industrialist, Lord Hanson, Brook died in 2014 at the age of 50.
Hanson, Lord & Lady: British industrialist who made a fortune in the ‘80s as a Trade and Industry Secretary in close friend Margaret Thatcher’s administration. His wife, Geraldine, was a former model. They are both dead.
Hanson, The Hon Robert: British financier and eldest son of Lord Hanson. Chairman of Hanson Family Holdings, a private investment firm. In the 1980s, Robert worked as a banker at NM Rothschild & Sons before returning to his father’s company. Before getting married, Hanson dated socialite Anouska de Georgiou, who became the first British woman to accuse Jeffrey Epstein of raping her as a teenager (source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/how-british-teen-model-was-lured-jeffrey-epstein-s-web-n1056901). Odd that Robert Hanson, his brother Brook, and his parents would have wanted anything to do with Epstein.
Hapsburg, Marie: Royalty. Her father was Archduke Joseph Arpad of Austria and her mother, Archduchess Maria of Austria, was a Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and a member of the House of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg by birth. The Hapsburg (also called Habsburg) family is one of the most powerful and wealthiest families in Europe. The Hapsburgs are another Black Nobility family of very high prestige. I couldn’t find anything out about her husband, Raymond van der Meide. They have 7 children together.
Harvey Victoria: Ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew, Hervey is an English model and socialite. Although her relationship with Andrew didn’t work out, she remained in his inner circle. In 2000, she attended a dinner with Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Jeffrey Epstein (source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9844083/lady-victoria-hervey-jeffrey-epstein-too-old/). Hervey is also a friend of Ghislaine Maxwell, who introduced her to Epstein and “set her up in one of Epstein’s apartments in New York.” Hervey is the daughter of Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol, businessman and member of the House of Lords.
Harvey-Watt, Isabelle: Director of PR for Giorgio Armani before moving on to Versace and other well-known fashion corporations.
Haslam, Nick: English interior designer and socialite. His mother was the Goddaughter of Queen Victoria. Haslam claims to have had an affair with Lord Snowdon one year before he married Princess Margaret (Queen Elizabeth’s sister), further fueling rumors of Lord Snowdon’s alleged bisexuality.
Hatkoff, Craig & Jane: Hatkoff is a real estate investor, who, along with his ex-wife, Jane Rosenthal, and Robert De Niro, founded the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute. Hatkoff has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.
Hauteville, Marc de: Manages Soc Civile du Frayssinet, a real estate company based out of France. There is very little information other than this. Both of his parents appear to be members of noble families - the Hautevilles and the Cazenoves - who have historical ties to the Du Ponts.
Hay, Henry & Patricia: Henry Hay is CEO and co-founder of Centaur Properties, a large real estate firm based out of New York. Centaur’s holdings are concentrated in the most expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Hayworth Reggie: Heyworth runs the 160 acre Cotswold Wildlife Park, which attracts more than 400,000 people a year. He lives in the middle of the park at the Bradwell Grove estate. .
Hazell-Iveagh, Clare: This amazing thread made by clemanueverers contains all the info you need: https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hkk5g0/one_of_epstein_madam_ghislaine_maxwells/. Quick summary: Hazell-Iveagh helped Maxwell and Epstein procure children using her position as President of West Suffolk National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Click on the link. Clemanueverers did a wonderful job.
Hearn, Barry & Susan: Barry is a hugely popular English sports promoter, as is his son, Eddie, who represents some of the biggest boxers in the world. Former boxer and popular Youtuber Tyan Booth was supposedly banned immediately after posting a video connecting Epstein to Hearn. I have tried to find the video or at least a summary of what he said, but have been unsuccessful. If anyone has any info on this, please post below.
Hefner III, Bob: Founder and CEO of GHK Companies, which specializes in oil and natural gas. Founded the Robert and MeiLi Hefner Foundation which sponsors educational trips to China for outstanding high school students. His grandfather, Robert Hefner Sr., served as Mayor of Oklahoma City, was a Supreme Court Justice of Oklahoma, was a member of the executive council of the Boy Scouts of America, and was a thirty-second degree Freemason. Although I try not to engage in speculation, this article makes a connection between Jeffrey Epstein, Bob Hefner III, and a winning Powerball lottery ticket that was purchased in Oklahoma in 2008 (source: https://www.thelostogle.com/2019/08/14/no-jeffrey-epstein-did-not-win-25-million-from-an-oklahoma-lottery-ticket-or-did-he/#comments). It’s too long to summarize. Read it and check it out.
Heiden, Lisa: Worked in Manhattan and London as an executive for ABC. Close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. According to the fantastic research done by this person (https://twitter.com/Agent99Mom/status/1280580456400982016), two of Lisa Heiden’s properties are listed as an address for Ellmax, a company set up by Ghislaine.
Heineken, Mr. Fredie: A Dutch businessman for the Heineken brewing company. Was chairman and CEO from 1971-1989.
Helen and Tim Shifter: Helen is a former Vogue Magazine staffer. Tim is former CEO of LeSportsac and serves as Senior Advisor at Blackstone Group, a private equity firm. The Schifters are personal friends of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Helvin, Marie: Former fashion model and former girlfriend of Imran Khan, the current Prime Minister of Pakistan. According to her memoir, she knows pretty much any popular celebrity from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Herbert, Jason: Likely a financial adviser based in London.
Hermes, Olga & Olaf: Olaf is a handbag heir. Olga is his ex-wife.
Herrero, Juan & Helen: Juan is like the managing director of an investment bank in Spain.
Hersov, Robert & Kim: Robert is a South African entrepreneur and mining heir who has worked for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and News Corp. (owned by Murdoch).. Ex-wife Kim is a London-based fashion editor and designer.
Heseltine, Mr & Mrs: Baron Michael Heseltine is a British businessman and politician who served in various roles in government for British PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Heseltine was a friend of Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine’s father. Heseltine invested in Conservative Parliament member Harvey Proctor’s business after Proctor was forced to resign after it was revealed he had sexual relationships with and took nude pictures of male prostitutes aged 17-21 at his home (source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/members-interests-top-tories-lose-on-proctors-shop-the-retailer-1445666.html). At the time, it was illegal to have same-sex relations with prostiutes under the age of 21.
Heseltine, Mr & Mrs: Same as above.
Heseltine, Ms. Annabel: Journalist, columnist, and TV and radio broadcaster. At the age of 22, she became the Assistant-editor for Hong Kong Tatler (there’s that publication again). Daughter of Baron Michael Heseltine.
Heseltine, Rupert: Businessman and heir to Haymarket Media Group. Son of Baron Michael Heseltine.
Hicks, India: A fashion model in the ‘80s and ‘90s, India Hicks is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Descendant of the Mountbatten family, a British dynasty (although much of their background is German). Granddaughter of the much-decorated war hero, Lord Mountbatten (Prince Charles’s mentor), who, according to FBI files, was “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys” (source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9745399/lord-mountbatten-fbi-dossier-prince-charles/). Prince Charles is her second cousin and Godfather.
Hill, Anthony: Son of Robin Hall, 8th Marquess of Downshire and Juliet Weld-Forester, daughter of 7th Baron Forester. Couldn’t find any more info.
Himmelstein, Howard: Co-owner of clothing brand Camp Beverly Hill and a producescreenwriter.
Hirsch, Jeff: Owner of Foto Care, a shop that sells professional camera equipment. Claims he is only in the ‘Black Book’ because he sold an expensive camera to Ghislaine many years ago and had to go to her house to show her how to use it (source: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article234312632.html). This, however, doesn’t explain why there are two numbers listed under Hirsch’s name that are attributed to Scott Geffert, the General Manager for Advanced Imaging at the MET museum. This could all be innocent or these two could have assisted in Epstein’s hidden camera setup and helped Epstein get high quality pictures of his victims. We can’t be sure.
Hissom, Robert & Andrea: Robert is the founder of Aspen Capital Partners, a large property management firm. He is a friend of Prince Charles. His ex-wife, Andrea, famously got remarried to Steve Wynn, billionaire Las Vegas hotel tycoon. Prince Harry was a guest of Wynn’s at his Encore resort. Andrea and Wynn are close friends of Donald and Melania Trump (source: https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20120901/281904475353844).
Hoffman, Dustin: Famous Hollywood actor. Hoffman has been accused of sexual assault on multiple occasions, including exposing himself to a minor (source: https://variety.com/2017/biz/news/dustin-hoffman-2-1202641525/)
Hoffman, Hetty: Married to Robin Dundas, Earl of Ronaldshay. Lady Ronaldshay is a patron and ambassador for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, a UK-based charity that provides care for terminally ill babies and children up to five years old. A good friend of Ben Holland-Martin (listed just below).
Hoffman, Jessica: Sister of Hetty Hoffman (above), Jessica is an artist and former model who married investment banker Leopoldo Zambeletti. She is a good friend of India Hicks (mentioned above), the granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten (Prince Charles’s mentor), who, according to FBI files, was “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys.”
Holland-Martin, Ben: Works for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). His mother, Rosamund, was chairman of the NSPCC for 20 years while Princess Margaret was President and was involved with the NSPCC for more than 50 years (source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/?clipping_id=36141343&fcfToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJmcmVlLXZpZXctaWQiOjI1OTU4NDE2NSwiaWF0IjoxNTk0MzMwNTQ0LCJleHAiOjE1OTQ0MTY5NDR9.j1V2e0Mr3tJmPzusRYNneLVhUskWiIAvNIjdIpvuzj4). Both Ben and his mother are/were friends of Princess Margaret. Rosamund Holland-Martin (nee Hornby) was related to Charles Hornby, a British socialite and close friend of Prince Charles, who was sentenced to 2 ½ years for luring young runaway boys into prostitution, indecent assault, importuning, and living off the earnings of prostitution (source: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0FQ0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=YbkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4638,2085303). Ben is also good friends with Hetty Hoffman (mentioned above), who is an ambassador for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.
Hollond Mr & Mrs James: James is a partner at EFP Capital, an investment and advisory firm. James’s mother married Baron Robert Rothschild after her and James’s father divorced. His now ex-wife, Beatrice, is on many investing firm boards, but most notably, she is a trustee on the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, a charity that specializes in helping disadvantaged children (source: https://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/beatrice-hollond). If anyone has more info on these two, please post. Epstein has 10 pieces of contact information under their name.
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