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This Day In FF History: 7 years ago today, Our Lord And Savior Proclaimed Himself

2020.11.24 22:05 oliver_babish This Day In FF History: 7 years ago today, Our Lord And Savior Proclaimed Himself

Date: November 24, 2013.
Place: The Land
And as Known Mediocrity Brandon Hoyer yielded the starter's reins to Known Mediocrity Brandon Weeden, who in turn yielded the starter's reins to Known Mediocrity Jason Campbell, until Campbell suffered head trauma and Weeden came back, still mediocre for the 4-6 Browns, one thing became clear:
This team needed a miracle maker.
And it had one, named Joshua Caleb Gordon.
For it was on this date in 2013 that Flash Gordon did something which only happens a handful of times every season: he crossed the 200-yard barrier in receiving yards, 14 catches on 17 receptions -- most of them in garbage time in a loss to the Steelers, to be sure, but as someone who once had the Blake Bortles-Allen Hurns combo bring me a title, I can assure you: garbage time points count as much as everything else.
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail PIT CLE
1 9:14 3 5 CLE 40 Jason Campbell pass complete short right to Josh Gordon for 24 yards (tackle by Cortez Allen) 3 0
1 4:26 1 10 CLE 19 Jason Campbell pass complete short left to Josh Gordon for 2 yards (tackle by Jarvis Jones) 3 3
2 4:33 1 10 CLE 13 Jason Campbell pass complete short right to Josh Gordon for 10 yards (tackle by Jason Worilds) 3 3
2 3:37 2 6 CLE 27 Jason Campbell pass incomplete short right intended for Josh Gordon 3 3
2 2:28 1 10 CLE 20 Jason Campbell pass complete short right to Josh Gordon for 16 yards (tackle by Ike Taylor) 10 3
2 2:02 1 10 CLE 36 Jason Campbell pass incomplete deep right intended for Josh Gordon 10 3
2 1:56 2 10 CLE 36 Jason Campbell pass complete short left to Josh Gordon for 10 yards (tackle by Ike Taylor) 10 3
3 9:34 1 10 CLE 45 Jason Campbell pass complete short left to Josh Gordon for 9 yards (tackle by Vince Williams) 13 3
3 5:23 1 10 CLE 48 Brandon Weeden pass complete short left to Josh Gordon for 8 yards (tackle by Ike Taylor) 20 3
4 6:54 1 10 CLE 1 Brandon Weeden pass complete deep right to Josh Gordon for 47 yards 20 3
4 4:22 1 10 CLE 22 Brandon Weeden pass complete short left to Josh Gordon for 42 yards (tackle by Ryan Clark) 27 3
4 4:07 2 10 PIT 36 Brandon Weeden pass complete short right to Josh Gordon for 19 yards (tackle by Ike Taylor) 27 3
4 4:00 1 10 PIT 17 Brandon Weeden pass complete short right to Josh Gordon for 16 yards (tackle by Ryan Clark and Ike Taylor) 27 3
4 3:17 2 1 PIT 1 Brandon Weeden pass complete short left to Josh Gordon for 1 yard touchdown 27 9
4 2:46 2 10 CLE 3 Brandon Weeden pass incomplete deep left intended for Josh Gordon 27 11
4 2:41 3 10 CLE 3 Brandon Weeden pass complete deep right to Josh Gordon for 20 yards 27 11
4 2:27 3 10 CLE 23 Brandon Weeden pass complete short left to Josh Gordon for 13 yards (tackle by Will Allen) 27 11
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It was the next week that he did the unthinkable, something which has never been accomplished before or since: he did it again, this time against Jacksonville.
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail JAX CLE
1 11:58 1 10 JAX 47 Brandon Weeden pass complete deep right to Josh Gordon for 42 yards (tackle by Dwayne Gratz) 0 0
1 7:04 1 10 CLE 20 Brandon Weeden pass complete short right to Josh Gordon for 23 yards (tackle by Jonathan Cyprien) 7 7
1 5:35 3 7 CLE 46 Brandon Weeden pass incomplete deep right intended for Josh Gordon 7 7
2 15:00 2 5 CLE 28 Brandon Weeden pass incomplete deep middle intended for Josh Gordon 7 7
2 14:57 3 5 CLE 28 Brandon Weeden pass complete deep left to Josh Gordon for 21 yards (tackle by Jonathan Cyprien and Paul Posluszny) 7 7
2 14:16 1 10 CLE 49 Brandon Weeden pass complete short right to Josh Gordon for 4 yards (tackle by Dwayne Gratz) 7 7
2 12:09 3 10 JAX 21 Brandon Weeden pass complete deep right to Josh Gordon for 21 yards touchdown 7 13
2 0:30 2 5 CLE 25 Brandon Weeden pass complete short left to Josh Gordon for 14 yards (tackle by Mike Harris) 17 14
3 13:20 2 10 CLE 35 Brandon Weeden pass complete deep middle to Josh Gordon for 24 yards (tackle by Jonathan Cyprien) 20 14
3 12:15 2 9 JAX 40 Brandon Weeden pass incomplete deep middle intended for Josh Gordon (defended by Alan Ball) 20 14
3 12:02 1 10 JAX 35 Brandon Weeden pass incomplete deep left intended for Josh Gordon. Penalty on Winston Guy: Personal Foul 15 yards (no play) 20 14
3 0:50 2 11 CLE 19 Brandon Weeden pass complete short right to Josh Gordon for 10 yards (tackle by Dwayne Gratz) 20 21
4 14:23 2 10 CLE 31 Brandon Weeden pass complete short right to Josh Gordon for 7 yards (tackle by Russell Allen) 20 21
4 4:09 1 10 CLE 5 Brandon Weeden pass complete deep right to Josh Gordon for 95 yards touchdown 25 27
4 0:36 2 10 CLE 20 Brandon Weeden pass incomplete deep left intended for Josh Gordon 32 28
4 0:03 1 15 CLE 48 Brandon Weeden pass incomplete deep right intended for Josh Gordon (defended by Chris Prosinski) 32 28
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No other player in NFL history has had consecutive games with 200+ receiving yards. Not before, not since, not ever. Only Flash.
And he wasn't done yet. Here's how his Pro Bowl season ended:
Rece Rece Rece Rece
Week Tgt Rec Yds TD
8 10 5 132 1
9 7 3 44 0
11 15 5 125 1
12 17 14 237 1
13 15 10 261 2
14 10 7 151 1
15 10 3 67 1
16 16 6 97 0
17 10 7 82 0
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 11/24/2020.
As we remember this week all that we're thankful for, remember that in the fall of 2013, we had Josh Gordon. (Well, one in every 8, 10, 12, or 14 of us.)
More from the series
9/10: JIMMY (9-10-2000)
9/13: Barry Sanders and Terrell Davis welcome you to Peak Bellcow
10/24: Exactly what can you do on just 7 catches?
11/15: the night Michael Vick broke FFL
11/16: The Jonas Gray Game
11/19: "November 19, 2006 -- when LDT, Chad Johnson, and Lee Evans all went a little nuts."
11/20: Larry Johnson's record-setting end-of-season dominance begins.
11/21: Edge's biggest game in his record-setting rookie year.
11/30: Bo Jackson, Monday Night Magic.
12/1: Eric Decker reminds us there is no FF God.
12/4: Let's visit FF in the Stone Ages (ESPN, 1997).
12/7: Portis + Garcia (2003) = Derrick Henry (2018)
12/11: Le'veon Bell carries, carries, carries owners to a playoff win (2016)
12/15: Behold, the Jamaalocaust!
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2020.11.24 19:21 ChaoticDominance 29 [M4F] Michigan - Looking for a partner that makes things

I'm going to ramble a lot in this.
A couple who makes together sticks together . . . like rubber cement. Like two riveted rings of linked together chainmail, I think a good relationship only becomes strong when two people with similar shape and mindset become one.
OK that's enough for the weird maker metaphors. Hi, I'm Josh. I'm a 29 year old straight Male from Lansing, MI and will be staying in this area for as long as I can think. I do not drive cause money is a thing but I tend to buy tools or materials instead of eating out or saving for some reason. Although saving for a new apartment come March has put everything on hold. Eating out, tools and stuff, games....needless to say I have been being responsible and it feels too strange.
Anywho, 29 years old from Lansing, MI. Moving come March but will be staying in the city. I'm looking for a female partner to form a long lasting relationship with who is a crafter and builder. Whatever form of DIY and arts that you do, it's important that you do it to me. Crafts and Arts help stimulate the mind and I find I need that in my life. So the biggest requirements are you're local and that you are a maker and crafter. More to come later.
I am interested in other stuff though. Anime and Manga are important to me and give me inspiration. I love it and it's what made me who I am today when I didn't have many role models. I also really enjoy the outdoors. Hiking, winter camping, and cycling are to name a few of my favorite activities outside but they are many. And I am a bit of a nerd. Harry Potter, Star Wars, Sherlock, PC games, D&D, LARP, and much more. I'm pretty much a bundle of interests.
Last thing about me is that I'm not a perfect guy. I've got plenty of flaws and disabilities which effect my life greatly. I will be faithful to you always and will accept a lot of your flaws without question, I just request you do the same.
About you: I hate this part. Me being picky about some things. But I'm looking for a makecrafteartist who's local to Lansing, MI and the surrounding area. I ask that you're a open minded and accepting person. I ask that you're between the ages of 20 and 32. And although it may alienate a few people here, I'd like to date someone of average body weight. Some men like women who are overweight, but I am not one of them. If this makes you feel alienated and hurt, I am very sorry for doing so.
Here are a few photos of me in which you will see I'm a massive fuck off dork. I hope to hear from you in the future. Have a good day!
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2020.11.23 14:31 ChaoticDominance 29 [M4F] Michigan - Looking for a partner that makes things

I'm going to ramble a lot in this.
A couple who makes together sticks together . . . like rubber cement. Like two riveted rings of linked together chainmail, I think a good relationship only becomes strong when two people with similar shape and mindset become one.
OK that's enough for the weird maker metaphors. Hi, I'm Josh. I'm a 29 year old straight Male from Lansing, MI and will be staying in this area for as long as I can think. I do not drive cause money is a thing but I tend to buy tools or materials instead of eating out or saving for some reason. Although saving for a new apartment come March has put everything on hold. Eating out, tools and stuff, games....needless to say I have been being responsible and it feels too strange.
Anywho, 29 years old from Lansing, MI. Moving come March but will be staying in the city. I'm looking for a female partner to form a long lasting relationship with who is a crafter and builder. Whatever form of DIY and arts that you do, it's important that you do it to me. Crafts and Arts help stimulate the mind and I find I need that in my life. So the biggest requirements are you're local and that you are a maker and crafter. More to come later.
I am interested in other stuff though. Anime and Manga are important to me and give me inspiration. I love it and it's what made me who I am today when I didn't have many role models. I also really enjoy the outdoors. Hiking, winter camping, and cycling are to name a few of my favorite activities outside but they are many. And I am a bit of a nerd. Harry Potter, Star Wars, Sherlock, PC games, D&D, LARP, and much more. I'm pretty much a bundle of interests.
Last thing about me is that I'm not a perfect guy. I've got plenty of flaws and disabilities which effect my life greatly. I will be faithful to you always and will accept a lot of your flaws without question, I just request you do the same.
About you: I hate this part. Me being picky about some things. But I'm looking for a makecrafteartist who's local to Lansing, MI and the surrounding area. I ask that you're a open minded and accepting person. I ask that you're between the ages of 20 and 32. And although it may alienate a few people here, I'd like to date someone of average body weight. Some men like women who are overweight, but I am not one of them. If this makes you feel alienated and hurt, I am very sorry for doing so.
Here are a few photos of me in which you will see I'm a massive fuck off dork. I hope to hear from you in the future. Have a good day!
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2020.11.20 23:10 creepermarcer [Serious] 2020 NBA Free Agent Tracker

Template courtesy of duneboggler, the Reddit NBA Table GOAT.28
Most data is from either /NBA or https://www.spotrac.com.

Other Important Threads

  1. 2020-21 NBA Free Agents and Team Roster Tracker by MrMittenz
  2. NBA Salary Cap FAQ

Key Upcoming Dates

November 18 2020 NBA Draft
November 20 Start of moratorium (6 PM ET)
November 22 Start of free agency (signings can officially take place)
December 11 NBA Preseason Begins

Signings

Day Player New Team Yrs ($M) Source Old Team Pos Age Type 2019-20 Salary
3 Juancho Hernangomez MIN 3 21 Charania MIN MIN PF 25 RFA $3,321,030
3 E'Twaun Moore PHX 1 2.4 Stein NOP SG 31 UFA $8,664,928
3 Willy Hernangomez NOP 1 ?? Charania CHA C 26 UFA $1,571,939
3 Sterling Brown HOU ?? ?? Haynes MIL SG 25 UFA $1,517,363
3 Bismack Biyombo CHA ?? ?? Haynes CHA C 28 UFA $15,937,500
3 Willie Cauley-Stein DAL 2 8.2 Charania DAL C 27 UFA $2,177,483
3 Jontay Porter MEM 3 6 Woj MEM PF 21 RFA $1,122,888
3 Damian Jones PHX 2 ?? Woj ATL C 25 UFA $2,160,991
3 Bogdan Bogdanovic ATL 4 72 Stein SAC SG 28 RFA $8,529,386
3 Kent Bazemore GSW 1 2.3 Charania, Slater SAC SG 31 UFA $9,907,001
3 Torrey Craig MIL ?? ?? Woj DEN SF 29 UFA $1,875,000
3 Harry Giles POR 1 ?? Woj SAC PF 22 UFA $2,417,625
3 Bryn Forbes MIL 2 ?? Woj SAS SG 27 UFA $2,695,313
3 JaKarr Sampson **IND 1 ?? Charania IND SG 27 UFA $1,737,145
2 Serge Ibaka LAC 2 19 Charania, Woj TOR PF 31 UFA $23,271,605
2 Jevon Carter PHX 3 11.5 Woj PHX PG 25 RFA $1,416,852
2 Garrison Mathews WAS 1 ?? Haynes WAS SG 24 RFA $1,549,812
2 Jeff Teague BOS 1 ?? Himmelsbach ATL PG 32 UFA $17,812,500
2 Nerlens Noel NYK 1 5 Woj, Woj OKC C 26 UFA $1,901,807
2 Brad Wanamaker GSW 1 2.25 Woj BOS PG 31 UFA $1,355,341
2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope LAL 3 40 Charania LAL SG 27 UFA $7,583,702
2 Tristan Thompson BOS 2 19 Haynes CLE C 29 UFA $17,380,434
2 Amida Brimah IND ?? ?? Haynes IND C 26 UFA $898,310
2 Cam Reynolds SAS 1 ?? MacMahon MIL SG 25 UFA $108,953
2 Carmelo Anthony POR 1 ?? Charania, Charania POR SF 36 UFA $2,159,029
2 Paul Millsap DEN 1 10 Charania DEN PF 35 UFA $28,453,125
2 Rajon Rondo ATL 2 15 Charania LAL PG 34 UFA $2,564,753
2 Gary Clark ORL 2 4.1 Woj ORL SF 26 RFA $555,409
2 Jeff Green BKN 1 ?? Charania, Scotto HOU SF 34 UFA $695,526
2 Jae Crowder PHX 3 30 Charania, Reynolds MIA SF 30 UFA $4,724,644
2 John Konchar MEM 4 9 Charania MEM SG 24 RFA $1,549,812?
2 Avery Bradley MIA 2 11.6 Charania LAL SG 29 UFA $4,469,063
2 Gordon Hayward CHA 4 120 Woj BOS SF 30 UFA $30,656,897
2 Fred VanVleet TOR 4 85 Charania TOR PG 26 UFA $8,762,018
2 D.J. Augustin MIL 3 21 Charania ORL PG 33 UFA $6,796,875
2 Bobby Portis MIL 2 ?? Charania, Charania NYK PF 25 UFA $14,062,500
2 De'Anthony Melton MEM 4 35 Charania MEM PG 22 RFA $1,922,426
2 Kris Dunn ATL 2 10 Woj CHI PG 26 UFA $5,013,757
2 Moe Harkless MIA 1 3.6 Woj LAC 27 SF UFA $6,656,510
2 Michael Carter-Williams ORL 2 ?? Charania, Robbins ORL PG 29 UFA $1,901,807
2 Denzel Valentine CHI 1 4.7 Charania CHI SG 27 RFA $3,166,471
1 JaMychal Green DEN 2 15 Charania LAC PF 30 UFA $5,005,350
1 Pat Connaughton MIL 3 16 Woj, Woj MIL SG 27 UFA $1,723,050
1 Jakob Poeltl SAS 3 27 Charania SAS PF 25 RFA $3,754,886
1 Raul Neto WAS 1 ?? A11, Charania PHI PG 28 UFA $1,737,145
1 Justin Holiday IND 3 18.1 Charania IND SG 31 UFA $4,469,063
1 James Ennis ORL 1 ?? Charania ORL SF 30 UFA $1,138,230
1 Marcus Morris LAC 4 64 Woj, Woj LAC PF 31 UFA $9,067,797
1 Robin Lopez WAS 1 8? Smith, Smith MIL C 32 UFA $4,469,063
1 Derrick Jones Jr. POR 2 19 Charania MIA SF 23 UFA $1,542,522
1 Christian Wood HOU 3 41 Woj DET PF 25 UFA $1,542,522
1 Garrett Temple CHI 1 5 Woj BKN SG 34 UFA $4,469,063
1 Joe Harris BKN 4 75 Woj BKN SG 29 UFA $7,666,667
1 Jerami Grant DET 3 60 Charania DEN SF 26 UFA $8,762,018
1 Alec Burks NYK 1 6 Woj PHI SG 29 UFA $2,320,044
1 Davis Bertans WAS 5 80 Woj WAS PF 28 UFA $7,000,000
1 Montrezl Harrell LAL 2 19 Woj, Windhorst LAC C 26 UFA $5,625,000
1 Trey Burke DAL 3 10? Stein PHI PG 28 UFA $2,028,594
1 Anthony Gill WAS 2 ?? Woj NA PF 28 Overseas NA
1 Malik Beasley MIN 4 60 Charania MIN SG 23 RFA $2,731,714
1 Rodney Hood POR 2 21 Woj POR SG 28 UFA $5,360,625
1 Dwight Howard PHI 1 2.6 Charania, Marks LAL C 34 UFA $2,404,456
1 Danilo Gallinari ATL 3 61.5 Woj OKC SF 32 UFA $21,202,087
1 Josh Jackson DET ?? ?? Woj MEM SF 23 UFA $6,618,263
1 Derrick Favors UTA 3 27 Charania, Jones NOP PF 29 UFA $16,546,875
1 Jordan Clarkson UTA 4 52 Woj UTA PG 28 UFA $13,437,500
1 Udonis Haslem MIA ?? ?? Reynolds MIA PF 40 UFA $2,564,753
1 Patrick Patterson LAC 1 ?? Woj LAC PF 31 UFA $2,185,868
1 Jahlil Okafor DET 2 4 Woj, Smith, Scotto NOP C 24 UFA $1,702,486
1 Mason Plumlee DET 3 25 Woj DEN C 30 UFA $14,041,096
1 Dwayne Bacon ORL 2 ?? Goodwill CHA SF 25 UFA $1,618,520
1 Drew Eubanks SAS 3 5.29 Woj, Scotto SAS C 23 RFA $1,635,652
1 Wesley Matthews LAL 1 3.6 Charania, Charania MIL SG 34 UFA $2,404,456
1 Meyers Leonard MIA 2 20? Reynolds, Woj MIA C 28 UFA $11,286,517
1 Facundo Campazzo DEN 2 ?? HoopsHype NA G 29 Overseas NA
1 Goran Dragic MIA 2 37.4 Reynolds, Charania MIA PG 34 UFA $18,016,781
-1 Bogdan Bogdanovic MIL 420 1000 Woj SAC SG 28 RFA $9,000,000

Trade Tracker

PM-ME-YOUR-FoUrSKIN has a trade tracker over here: https://old.reddit.com/nba/comments/jvefp7/20202021_nba_trade_tracke.

2020 Restricted Free Agent Status

Team Player Pos. Age 2019-2020 AAV Tendered? Status Source
SAC Bogdan Bogdanovic SG 28 $9,000,000 YES Ham
NOP Brandon Ingram SF 23 $5,955,921 YES Smith
SAS Jakob Poeltl C 24 $3,057,952
PHX Dario Saric PF 26 $2,687,417
DET Thon Maker PF 23 $3,569,643 NO Woj
CHI Denzel Valentine SG 26 $2,484,192 YES Mayberry
CHI Kris Dunn PG 26 $5,348,007 NO Johnson
MIN Juan Hernangomez PF 25 $2,387,918
DEN Torrey Craig SF 29 $2,000,000 YES Smith
MIN Malik Beasley SG 23 $1,958,379 YES Scotto
TOR Nando De Colo PG 33 $1,431,500
TOR Dewan Hernandez C 23 $1,399,637
CLE Dean Wade PF 23 $1,225,201
MEM De'Anthony Melton PG 22 $1,182,926
PHX Jevon Carter PG 25 $1,127,658
TOR Chris Boucher PF 27 $1,022,825 YES Scotto
UTA Juwan Morgan PF 23 $746,054
UTA Rayjon Tucker SF 23 $578,573
ORL Gary Clark SF 25 $555,409
MEM Jontay Porter PF 20 $197,933
DET Justin Patton C 23 $183,115
TOR Paul Watson G 25 $5,075
NYK Isaiah Hicks PF 26 0
LAL Kostas Antetokounmpo PF 22 0
MEM Yuta Watanabe F 25 0
SAS Drew Eubanks C 23 0
POR Jaylen Hoard F 21 0
ATL Charlie Brown Jr. F 22 0
CHI Adam Mokoka SG 22 0
BOS Tacko Fall C 24 0 YES Bontemps
DET Louis King SF 21 0
WAS Garrison Mathews SG 23 0 YES Katz
MEM John Konchar G 24 0
SAS Quinndary Weatherspoon SG 24 0
BOS Tremont Waters PG 22 0 YES Bontemps
UTA Jarrell Brantley F 0
UTA Justin Wright-Foreman PG 22 0
NYK Jared Harper PG 23 0
MIL Cam Reynolds F 25 0
NOP Joshia Gray G 27 0
MIN Jordan McLaughlin PG 24 0
MIL Frank Mason III PG 26 0 YES Haynes
TOR Oshae Brissett PF 22 0
DAL Antonius Cleveland SG 26 0
LAC Johnathan Motley PF 25 0
NOP Zylan Cheatham SF 24 0
DAL Josh Reaves SG 23 0
MIN Kelan Martin SF 25 0
CHA Kobi Simmons PG 23 0
POR Moses Brown C 20 0
MEM Shaq Buchanan G 23 0
HOU Michael Frazier SG 26 0
ORL DaQuan Jeffries SF 23 0
CHI Max Strus G 24 0
ORL B.J. Johnson SF 24 0
OKC Kevin Hervey SF 24 0
HOU William Howard SF 26 0
BKN Chris Chiozza PG 24 0
MIA Gabe Vincent G 24 0
PHX Tariq Owens PF 25 0
MIA Kyle Alexander F 23 0
CLE Matt Mooney G 25 0
CHA Ray Spalding PF 23 0
BKN Jeremiah Martin G 0

2020 PlayeTeam/Early Termination Option Status

Team Player Pos Age Type Option Salary Status Source
CHA Nicolas Batum SF 31.0 Player $27,130,000 IN Charania
LAL Avery Bradley SG 29.0 Player $5,000,000 OUT Charania
LAL Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG 27.0 Player $8,500,000 OUT Charania
DAL Willie Cauley-Stein C 27.0 Player $2,290,000 OUT Scotto
UTA Mike Conley PG 33.0 Player $34,500,000 IN Haynes
LAL Anthony Davis PF 27.0 Player $28,700,000 OUT Haynes
SAS DeMar DeRozan SG 31.0 Player $27,700,000 IN Haynes
CLE Andre Drummond C 27.0 Player $28,700,000 IN Stein
ORL James Ennis III PF 30.0 Player $2,100,000 OUT Charania
ORL Evan Fournier SG 28.0 Player $17,000,000 IN Charania
DEN Jerami Grant PF 26.0 Player $9,300,000 OUT Haynes
LAC JaMychal Green PF 30.0 Player $5,000,000 OUT Charania
DAL Tim Hardaway Jr. SG 28.0 Player $17,000,000 IN MacMahon
BOS Gordon Hayward SF 30.0 Player $34,000,000 OUT Charania
POR Mario Hezonja SF 25.0 Player $1,980,000 IN Scotto
POR Rodney Hood SF 28.0 Player $6,000,000 OUT Woj
MIN James Johnson PF 33.0 Player $16,000,000 IN Charania
TOR Stanley Johnson SF 24.0 Player $3,800,000 IN Lewenberg
BOS Enes Kanter C 28.0 Player $5,000,000 IN Charania
MIL Robin Lopez C 32.0 Player $5,000,000 OUT Woj
MIL Wesley Matthews SG 34.0 Player $2,700,000 OUT Charania
LAL Javale McGee C 32.0 Player $2,700,000 IN Charania
OKC Mike Muscala PF 29.0 Player $2,200,000 IN Woj
MIA Kelly Olynyk C 29.0 Player $13,600,000 IN Woj
SAC Jabari Parker PF 25.0 Player $6,500,000 IN Charania
CHI Otto Porter Jr. SF 27.0 Player $28,400,000 IN Haynes
HOU Austin Rivers SG 28.0 Player $2,369,663 OUT Spears
LAL Rajon Rondo PG 34.0 Player $2,619,605 OUT Turner
DET Tony Snell SG 29.0 Player $12,200,000 IN Edwards
BOS Semi Ojeleye SF 25.0 Team $1,752,950 IN Bontemps
HOU David Nwaba SF 27.0 Team $1,862,250 IN Charania
NYK Bobby Portis PF 25.0 Team $14,062,500 OUT Charania
PHX Frank Kaminsky PF 27.0 Team $5,005,350 OUT Woj
BKN Garrett Temple SG 34.0 Team $5,005,350 OUT Haynes
DET Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG 23.0 Team $1,663,861 IN Smith
PHX Cheick Diallo PF 24.0 Team $1,824,003 OUT Scotto
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2020.11.20 13:03 House_of_Suns /r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 29: PIXIES

When we try to describe a taste, it is usually done by referencing other tastes or smells. Like, this Scotch tastes like a mixture of caramel overlaid with lilac and just a hint of rocket fuel and dirty socks. When we try to describe something we touched, we reference similar feelings. This would be like describing the feeling of touching a down blanket as being as soft as 10-ply. We do much the same thing when we describe a band or a genre of music. “This singer,” we say, “sounds like Debbie Harry and Tom Waits had an illicit affair, and the bastard child of that union was raised in an orphanage run by a strung-out Demi Lovato.”
Not for nothing, but I’m pretty sure that the singer in that description would be Taylor Momsen.
...but I digress.
The founding member of this week’s band once advertised for musicians who liked the music of Hüsker Dü and Peter, Paul, and Mary. In fact, the band is a study in contrasts - in style, in volume, in lyrical subject material, and from album to album. They are a band that never hit it big, but who influenced lots and lots of artists who did.
That's right. As requested, this week's featured artist is Pixies.
About Them
Wait, don’t you mean THE Pixies?
Nope. It’s Pixies. Just Pixies. That’s their name. Just like the name of the nation is Canada, not The Canada. Just one name, like Madonna and Xzibit and Sting and Prince and Eminem and Lorde. Like, if you put the word ‘the’ before any of those artists (The Eminem ?), it dramatically changes the meaning, so they are definitively known just by the one word.
Yeah, I wish it felt less awkward, but it is what it is.
So you know how you sometimes say that the time has come? As in, the time has come for a female, asian, black Vice-President? Well, that time for Pixies was really in the mid-1990s when Grunge and Alternative Rock ruled the airwaves.
That’s why it is such a bummer that they broke up in 1993.
Formed in Boston in 1986, Pixies were an incredibly influential and innovative band who truly paved the way for acts like Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer and Radiohead. They were an evocative and eclectic mix of rock and folk and punk and laid-back surf sounds, with multiple vocalists and musical genres. Their lyrics ran the gamut from reincarnation to extraterrestrials to pop culture to mutilation. The band was founded by Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV. Recognizing that his name sounds like a Disney villain, he changed it to the uplifting and somewhat culturally insensitive Black Francis. Seriously, I’m not certain you could do something like that today.
Black Francis grew up as the son of bar owners in California and was influenced by his parents’ love of Folk music and Christian Rock. He was not exposed to Punk or Rock until his teens, which may explain on some level why the band’s music can veer so wildly from one style to another. After spending some time in Puerto Rico, he met co-founder Joey Santiago at the University of Massachusetts in the early 1980s.
Santiago was born in the Philippines in 1965. His family moved to America to escape Ferdinand Marcos in 1972. Santiago was obsessed with Iggy Pop and The Velvet Underground as a teenager and learned to play guitar. One evening at Uni he heard loud guitar cranking out down the hall and rushed to join in. It was Black Francis. The two bonded and became friends and roommates. They went to concerts - notably, Black Flag - and were inspired. Black Francis was a singer and guitarist and set about turning his life experiences into songs.
By 1986, the duo had a decision to make: drop out of school and go to New Zealand to see Halley’s Comet, or form a band. They chose to found Pixies. They put the aforementioned advertisement out in the paper to get a bass player and met Kim Deal, the band’s female co-singer. Kim Deal and her identical twin sister Kelley Deal grew up listening to Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. Kim became a prolific songwriter as a kid and learned the guitar. Sister Kelley played the bass and drums. Kim borrowed Kelley’s bass for the audition and nailed it.
Pixies offered Kelley Deal the drumming gig but she declined, not feeling like she was ready. Don’t feel too bad for her though - she moved to California to pursue a career in computer programming. No shit, true story. When that didn’t pan out, she picked up the guitar and joined the band The Breeders. So that turned out alright for her.
Pixies hired David Lovering to sit behind the kit because he was at Kim’s wedding reception. Kim’s husband recommended him. Lovering is (if you can believe it) an accomplished magician who has actually performed under the name The Scientific Phenomenalist.
Geez, man, save some ladies for the rest of us.
The dude was working at Radio Shack (fuck, he had all the dating advantages) and graduated with a degree in electronic engineering and had a job to build lasers. He drummed on the side for fun with a few bar bands. Goddam chick magnet. Lovering was also able to secure his parents’ garage as a rehearsal space. Honestly, is everything this man ever did an absolute amazing move of male seduction? Side note: this fucker was such a goddam stud that after Pixies broke up, he TURNED DOWN an opportunity to drum for the Foo Fighters.
Not.
Fucking.
Kidding.
Some guys have all the luck.
With the lineup set, the band started to get gigs in small bars in Boston. At one of these, they were discovered by record producer Gary Smith. Smith - who would later work with Billy Bragg and 10,000 Maniacs - knew talent when he saw it, and got the band into the studio to do some recording.
This series of recordings came to be known as The Purple Tape, because of the color of the background. The work was done over a period of three days and produced 17 tracks. SEVENTEEN. That is an enormous outpouring in a 72-hour period. Pixies’ new manager and local promoter Ken Goes took those recordings and shopped them to a number of record labels. One label, 4AD, took an interest and signed the band. Eight of the tracks from the Smith recordings were made into an EP called Come on Pilgrim, their first official release. Two of the tracks on the EP were sung in Spanish and two were about incest. Yep, you read that right.
Pixies followed up their 1987 EP debut by spending ten days in the studio recording their first full length album, Surfer Rosa. Two tracks on the album - Gigantic and Where Is My Mind? - were released as singles in 1988. The mix of hard distorted rock and bizarre lyrics with peaceful pop melodies made it unlike anything else in music at the time. Their fresh sound (and perhaps the racy cover) brought the band legit airplay on college radio in the US.
Over in Europe, though, the album rocketed up the Indie charts. Just like health care and no need for gun ownership, Pixies were much more popular in Europe than in their own country. Pixies toured heavily in support of the album, and found a growing number of fans of their unique sound. Surfer Rosa also had an impact on a number of artists, most notably Kurt Cobain. Cobain would state that the album Nevermind was directly inspired by it. Well, I guess both albums did have nudity on the cover, so there is that. Cobain went so far as to hire the producer of Surfer Rosa, Steve Albini, to work on In Utero.
The album Doolittle was released in 1989 and picked up right where Surfer Rosa left off. This is because Francis was writing songs for the album while the band was touring. Doolittle got the band signed to the major label Elektra. It spawned the singles Debaser, Here Comes Your Man, and Monkey Gone to Heaven. Songs on it covered disparate subjects like gouging out eyes and murdesucide as well as environmentalism and biblical stories. This album is like taking one song off of each King Gizzard album and trying to mash them together. It is like David Lynch doing meth and then magic mushrooms and then coke, one after another.
It was wildly popular in the underground scene and hit #8 on the British charts. Here Comes Your Man even charted in the US. It actually sold decently and was a moderate success overall. But what is really most notable about the album is not so much a single song, as their use of dynamics. Pixies pioneered the sudden swings of loud to quiet in songs, and made it their thing.
Unfortunately, the pressure of recording the album and the constant touring were leading to cracks in the band. Deal and Francis began to bicker and spat almost constantly. This escalated to the point where Francis hurled a guitar at Deal during a concert, and Deal refused to perform. The source of the conflict was songwriting: Francis wanted creative control and so did Deal. The tension grew so high that the band took a break. Francis did a solo tour in that time and Deal went off to found the band The Breeders - the same one sister Kelley would join.
Since Deal found a creative outlet elsewhere, she came to accept that Pixies really had only one singer: Francis. After a hiatus of over a year, the band came back together to record the album Bossanova. With a sound more like Surf Rock and songs about space aliens, it was another departure from the norm. It was also the first Pixies record to not have any songs by Deal.
That just made it more popular in Europe. No kidding, it went to number 3 on the UK Charts. Two singles from the album - Velouria and Dig for Fire - got ample airplay. They once again began to tour, and once again hit the grind of the road.
The band entered the studio one last time in 1991 to record Trompe le Monde. The most notable thing about this record - apart from it being their last studio album - was how little it featured Kim Deal. One reviewer said it was “...essentially Black Francis’ solo debut.” Bossanova had no songs written by her, but still had her as a vocalist. This record pushed her into the harmony role. Trompe le Monde had four singles: Planet of Sound, Alec Eiffel, Letter to Memphis, and Head On (apply directly to the forehead). The record got them great gigs, including opening for U2 on the Zoo TV tour.
Abruptly in 1993, Pixies came to an end. Black Francis simply announced on BBC - without even telling the other members of the band - that they were over. The constant touring, the bickering, the strain of recording and the changing dynamic as Deal was slowly squeezed out of the band had given rise to conflict that overshadowed any growing success they had achieved.
From 1993 to 2003, the band members fell into solo projects (or magic performances) and it seemed like things were pretty bleak for fans. Unless you liked pulling rabbits out of hats, I mean. Then you were golden.
But in 2003, they decided to cash in on that sweet nostalgia give it another go. They got together and released a series of short EPs to justify touring and hit the circuit again. Fans didn’t care. They just wanted to see them play. They did gimmicks like play the album Doolittle track-for-track on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. They had fun, they made cash, and fans got to see them. All was right in the world.
But the tensions slowly rose over time and by 2013, the band announced that Deal was no longer a member. The slow breakup that had begun with Bossanova was finally formalized. She was replaced by Kim Shattuck from Pandoras, who was in turn replaced by Paz Lenchantin of A Perfect Circle. Lenchantin was made a permanent member of the band in 2016.
The lineup with Lenchantin has done more than tour: they no-shit released new music in 2016. The album Head Carrier was no mere collection of EP tracks; it was a legit new record. And they followed this up last year. The album Beneath the Eyrie dropped in September of 2019 and once again moved the band in new directions.
The influence of Pixies cannot be understated. Kurt Cobain loved them. U2 still love them. Radiohead swear by them. The late great David Bowie was a huge Pixies fan and when touring with his side project Tin Machine in 1991, Bowie and the boys covered Debaser. He also covered the song Cactus on his 2002 album Heathen.
Even if you don’t care for them without Kim Deal (when is Nick coming back?), you gotta love that they are still making music.
Links to QOTSA
Pixies’ current bassist Paz Lenchantin was in the band A Perfect Circle with resident QotSA vampire and guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen. Lenchantin is also credited as playing the strings on Mosquito Song.
Josh did a radio show a number of years ago discussing the history of the band.
Dave Grohl thought so much of Dave Lovering’s magic act (these are the Daves I know, I know...these are the Daves I know) that he offered him a chance to drum for the Foo Fighters.
Their Music
Velouria - probably the laziest video ever made
Cactus
Gigantic - Live in 1988
Gouge Away - live on BBC in 2019
Monkey Gone to Heaven
Wave of Mutilation - UK Surf and Original
Debaser
Where Is My Mind - Oh look! I have eyes on a locomotive.
Hey - Seriously Lumineers, Pixies did it first and weirder.
Here Comes Your Man - Clearly they didn't have the room for lip syncing in their 50$ video budget.
Show Them Some Love
/thepixies
Yeah, I know I made a big deal about it not being THE Pixies, but it turns out that /pixies was already taken and is a private subreddit...which leads me to believe that this is some kind of short hair fetish club.
Really, your guess is as good as mine.
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2020.11.18 00:44 Relation-Fearless Teams that should've won the World Series, but didn't.

Hi guys, today I’d like to talk about teams that many think should have won the World Series, but didn’t.
Granted, there are a lot that probably should have, but I have a few that stand out among the rest. If you think that there are teams that I missed, please tell me in the comments. And this list isn't in any order, so you can say who you think was the best to not win it all in a Worst to Best type list in the comments. Anyway, onto the list:
  1. 2012 Tigers - Don’t let the 88-74 record fool you. This team had Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, a still good Prince Fielder, Delmon Young, a still good Alex Avila, a stacked pitching core led by Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Doug Fister, and then some. They defeated the #2 seed A’s, then swept the #1 seed Yankees, only to get swept by the Giants in the World Series. They should have won that one, it’s as if they handed the title to the Giants that year.
  2. 2001 Mariners - 116 wins. Lost in 5 to the Yankees in the ALCS. Haven't been back to the postseason since, and only team to never make the World Series. Need I say more?
  3. 1985 Cardinals - If not for that shit call in Game 6 that won the Royals their first title, the Cardinals probably would have pulled this one off despite their .120 batting average in the series.
  4. 1982 Brewers - Best record in the majors with 95 wins, came back from a 0-2 series hole against the Angels in the ALCS, but blew a 3-1 lead late in Game 7 to the Cardinals due to a poor pitching change. The Brewers have not made it back since.
  5. 2011 Brewers - Ah yes, another great Brewers team. 96 wins, Prince Fielder, Ryan Brawn, #2 seed in the NL, lost to those fucking Cardinals again, this time in the NLCS. I really wanted them to win that series. Was hoping for a Tigers-Brewers World Series that year, but the Rangers and Cards fucked that one up.
  6. 2001 Yankees - Coming off a 3-peat, the Yankees were looking to win their 4th straight title against the D-Backs, a team in their 4th year of existence. And they nearly did. But Mariano Rivera of all people blew a save in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 7, which gave the D-Backs their first and only title in their first and only appearance in the Fall Classic.
  7. 1997 Indians - Game 7 went to extra innings thanks to Jose Mesa who blew a save, but what really handed the Marlins their first title was an error by 1B Tony Fernandez which got the winning run on base, and he deserves FAR more blame than Mesa for the Indians losing this series.
  8. 1986 Red Sox - Though the curse is over, many Red Sox fans wish to forget this blunder. Like the 2011 Rangers, the '86 Red Sox were one strike away from winning it all twice in Game 6, yet the Mets, who "weren't the Knicks", came back to tie the game, and with Bill Buckner's error, the Mets forced Game 7, which they also came from behind to win their second and most recent title. Still pretty admirable that the Red Sox took a 108-win Mets team (hard to believe the Mets did that before, eh?) to 7 games.
  9. 2020 Atlanta Braves - Winning their 3rd straight division title and completely shutting out the Reds along with ending the legendary meme of the Marlins never losing a playoff series, Atlanta would face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. The Braves took a 2-0 series lead but gave up 11 runs in the top of the first in game 3 and lost by a score of 15-3. However, they would rebound in game 4 and took a 3-1 series lead and were looking to send the Dodgers home. In the third inning of game 5, Marcell Ozuna cost the Braves of a run and a 3-0 lead due to an embarrassing baserunning error, and the Dodgers would scores 7 unanswered runs to win the game 7-3 and won game 6 by a score of 3-1 to force a game 7. The Braves once again took an early 2-0 lead before the Dodgers tied it but they took the lead again only to follow it up with even more embarrassing baserunning. Late home runs by Kike Hernandez and Cody Bellinger would give the Dodgers the lead and the series for good and Atlanta suffered yet another epic choke (and this was on the same day the Falcons won their first game of the season). But you want to know what the best part was? Before 2020, the all time record for teams who took a 2-0 lead in the League Championship Series was 28-3 (which is major history in Atlanta). If only Mookie Betts didn't make those incredible plays to take that home run away.
  10. 2011 Texas Rangers - Of all the 6 teams in the MLB that have never won a World Series, the Rangers have been the closest and have the most heartbreaking losses of all. Starting in 2011, they would return to the World Series for the 2nd straight year after losing in 5 games to San Francisco in the previous year, this time facing the St. Louis Cardinals, who were one of the teams involved in the crazy last day of the 2011 regular season, rallying from being 10.5 games out of a Wild Card spot to winning the National League Pennant while beating the Phillies and Brewers prior. The two teams split the first 2 games in St. Louis before heading to Arlington for game 3, when Albert Pujols hit 3 home runs during a 16-7 rout in favor of the Cardinals. The Rangers would win the next 2 games and would be one win away from giving Arlington their first World Series title (and a second parade for Dallas as the Mavericks of the NBA won their first NBA championship, and Arlington is close to Dallas, so it counts). Heading back to Busch Stadium, the Rangers would hold a 7-5 lead in the 9th inning with David Freese at the plate down to his last strike. On the next pitch, Freese hit it deep to right and over Nelson Cruz and just like that, the game was tied on a 2-RBI Triple by Freese that Cruz easily could've caught. It wasn't done there, the Rangers would regain the lead in the 10th on a Josh Hamilton 2 run homer, and once again, the Cardinals were down to their final strike with Lance Berkman at the plate, and just like Freese, he tied the game. In the 11th, David Freese, the man who tied the game in the 9th, hit the game winning home run to force a game 7. A world series that easily could've been won by the Rangers, taken away twice. The Cardinals would win game 7 by a score on 6-2 and ripped the out the hearts of every Rangers fan after a choke possibly bigger than 28-3.
  11. 2015 Texas Rangers - We're not done with the Rangers yet however, as 2015 had a choke that was as big as 2011. The team would win the AL West a year after finishing with the worst record in the American League. In the ALDS, they took a 2-0 series lead and were looking to sweep the heavily favored Toronto Blue Jays back in Arlington. However, the Blue Jays would dominate the next 2 games and forced a winner take all game 5 in Toronto. In the do or die game 5, the Rangers took a 2-0 lead early before Toronto tied it in the next 3 innings. Then, in the 7th inning, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin hit the bat of Shin-Soo Choo and Rougned Odor came in to score the go ahead run and give Texas a 3-2 lead. But in the bottom of the 7th, three consecutive errors combined with Odor failing to catch Josh Donaldson's popup bloop tied the game at 3, and then lead to Jose Bautista's epic bat flip to give Toronto the lead for good and would win the game 6-3 along with the series. Had the Rangers not committed those 3 errors, they would've won the game and advanced to the ALCS. It should be noted that both Texas teams that year choked in the ALDS, the other being the Houston Astros against the Kansas City Royals, who were also a World Series favorite. In game 4 of that series, the Wild Card Astros had a 6-2 lead heading into the 8th inning and were 6 outs away from upsetting the top seeded Royals, but 5 straight singles combined with an error by Carlos Correa tied the game and the Royals would win the game by a score of 9-6 and then win the series in game 5 back in Kansas City.
  12. 2012 Washington Nationals - Even though they won in 2019, Nats fans would still wish that they could forget this collapse. They were the best team in baseball that year and had made their first playoff appearance in D.C and the franchises first since 1981 when they were the Expos. They were facing the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS and after taking the opening game, the Nats were mascaraed in the next 2 games before Jayson Werth forced a game 5 with a walk off home run in game 4. In game 5, Washington walked all over Adam Wainwright and they had a 6-0 lead after just three innings, but the Cardinals would cut that lead to 7-5 heading into the 9th. In the final inning, Carlos Beltrán hit a leadoff double and advanced to third on a groundout before the next batter struck out to put Washington within one win of advancing to the NLCS before both Yadier Molina and World Series hero David Freese walked to load the bases and on the first pitch to Daniel Descalso, the Cardinals tied the game at 7 before Pete Kozma gave St. Louis the lead for good at 9-7. This was the start of the Washington Nationals game 5 chokes in the NLDS before finally winning it all in 2019.
  13. 2019 Los Angeles Dodgers - Even though they won the next year, this was still a painful moment for Dodger fans. After winning 106 games and another NL West crown, the Dodgers were heavily favored to make the World Series for the 3rd straight year after losing the previous 2 times, and against the Washington Nationals in the NLDS, this would be a total cakewalk as the Nats still haven't won a playoff series in their existence. After splitting the first 4 games, the series would shift back to LA for a winner take all game 5. It looked like the Dodgers were sure to win as they had scored 3 runs in the first 2 innings off of 2 home runs and Walker Buehler being unhittable and only allowing one run. But everything changed in the top of the 8th inning. With Clayton Kershaw on the mound and the Dodgers being 6 outs away from advancing to their 4th straight NLCS and hosting the St. Louis Cardinals, everything fell apart. On back to back pitches, Kershaw allowed home runs to both Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto and just like that, the game was tied at three. In the bottom of the 9th, it seemed as if Will Smith had walked it off and the Dodgers would win the game, but he fell just short of it and the game went into extra innings. The Nationals loaded the bases with nobody out against Joe Kelly and former Dodger Howie Kendrick hit a grand slam that gave Washington a 7-3 lead, and in the blink of an eye, Dodger Stadium cleared up. The Dodgers went down in order in the bottom frame despite challenging if the final out was caught or not, and the 106 win heavy favorite Dodgers were sent home against a team that no one thought had a chance at winning the series, once again losing on their home field while having to watch the eventual World Series champion celebrate for the 4th straight year.
  14. 2017 Cleveland Indians - After blowing a 3-1 lead in the World Series to the Cubs the previous year, the Indians swore that they would return, and they had promise. At one point in the season, the Indians had won 22 straight games and won the AL Central again with 102 wins and were awarded with the top seed in the American League. Facing the Wild Card New York Yankees, the Indians were considered to be heavy favorites to return to the World Series, and it seemed like that after taking the first 2 games at home and looked to sweep the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium. However, they lost both games in New York and their chance at winning the series in game 3 was taken away by Aaron Judge as he robbed Francisco Lindor of a 2 run home run that would've won the game for the Indians. In game 5, the Yankees would once again dominate the Indians as they won the game by a score of 5-2 and sent Cleveland home after what was a year full of promise. We were so close to laughing at the Yankees failure, but Cleveland choked and failed to give us joy, but thankfully Houston would beat the pinstripes in the ALCS, so at least we were able to say "Da Jankees Lose".
  15. 2019 Houston Astros: The Astros posted their 3rd straight 100 win season and won their 3rd straight division title along with the best record in baseball and just like the Dodgers, were the heavy favorites to make and win the World Series. In the playoffs, the Wild Card Rays gave the Astros a harder time than most thought they would but prevailed in 5 games before taking down the Yankees again on Jose Altuve's walk off home run in game 6 to assure that no World Series during the 2010s would feature the Yankees. In the World Series, the Astros were the overwhelming favorites over a Cinderella Story in the Washington Nationals, who, until this year, had never appeared in a World Series and had never won a single playoff series in their existence. But as they've done all year long, the Nationals "stayed in the fight" and took the first 2 games in Houston and the team that no one thought had even a miniscule chance at winning the World Series went to D.C with a 2-0 lead over the Houston Astros juggernaut. But in the first World Series played in the nation's capital since 1933, Houston would win all three games at Nationals Park and headed back to Houston with a 3-2 series lead over the Nats and were looking to win their second World Series in three years. Back at Minute Maid Park for game 6, the Astros had taken a 2-1 lead that lasted until the 5th inning, with home runs by Adam Eaton and Juan Soto putting the Nats up for good as they went on to win 7-2 to force a game 7. In the final game of the series, Houston took an early 2-0 lead with Zack Greinke dominating the Nationals, but after giving up a home run to Anthony Rendon and a walk to Juan Soto, Greinke was pulled and was replaced by Will Harris, who immediately gave up a 2 run home run to Howie Kendrick to give the Nats a 3-2 lead. Washington would win the game 6-2 and win their first ever World Series dating back to when they were born as the Montreal Expos.
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2020.11.16 01:28 Lollifroll Talk of Tinseltown - Nov. 15, 2020 (Weekly Newsletter)

✨Talk of Tinseltown✨

By Lollifroll (November 15, 2020)
Good Afternoon! WarnerMedia has had a busy week, so I’ll be covering their big stories in three different sections. Please check out an updated film studio release schedule directly below.

UPDATED Film Studio - Release Schedule

💰EARNINGS WEEK💰

Disney (Walt Disney Co.)
  • Studio Revenue: 1.6B (down 52% YOY)
  • Studio Operating Income: 419M (down 61% YOY)
  • DTC/International Revenue: 4.85B (up 41% YOY)
  • DTC/International Operating Income: -580M (down 23% YOY)
DISNEY+ SUB UPDATES: 73.7M subscribers (up 28% from previous quarter)

WARNERMEDIA PART I - FANTASTIC BEASTS 3 AND THE EXIT OF JOHNNY DEPP

The Big Picture: Johnny Depp has stepped down from the role of Grindelwald at the request of WB Film Chief Toby Emmerich in the wake of a failed libel lawsuit against UK tabloid The Sun.
Deep Dive: Principal photography began on September 20th and reached 47 days when Depp stepped down. According to THR’s Tatiana Siegel, Depp completed only one scene, but will be paid his total fee as a result of his pay-or-play contract. Both THR and Variety’s Adam Vary agree that the loss of Depp’s court case (Depp v News Group Newspapers Ltd) triggered Emmerich to fire Depp, but Vary specifies that the zero tolerance culture shift led by WarnerMedia bosses Jason Kilar and Ann Sarnoff forced Emmerich’s hand.
WB has wasted no time in keeping the trains running, pushing Fantastic Beasts 3 to July 15 2022 and closing a deal with Mads Mikkelsen to take over as Grindelwald.
However, they have remained silent on a video of Ezra Miller choking a woman in Iceland and writeproducer J.K. Rowling’s transphobic Twitter comments.

WARNERMEDIA PART II - WONDER WOMAN 1984 RELEASE DEBATE

The Big Picture: With only 39 days (as of today) left until Wonder Woman 1984’s current release date, WarnerMedia’s senior leadership is faced with coming up with a new distribution strategy amid a volatile pandemic situation.
Deep Dive: Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw reported that Warner leadership (CEO/Jason Kilar, Studios & Networks ChaiAnn Sarnoff, and Film ChaiToby Emmerich) are faced with three distinct choices:
  • OPTION A - STAY IN 2020, NORMAL THEATRICAL RELEASE
  • OPTION B - MOVE TO 2021, NORMAL THEATRICAL RELEASE
  • OPTION C - STAY IN 2020, TWO WEEKS IN THEATERS, THEN HBOMAX
Each presents unique pros and cons for WarnerMedia. Option A is the most dangerous -- major theatrical markets in Europe and the U.S. are in lockdown, while theater chain Regal has shuttered all locations as of Thursday. Option B is the safest -- all of WB’s studio peers have moved their slates to 2021, but there is no guarantee theaters will be open in summer 2021. Option C is both bold and risky -- a theatrical release will be failure, but it can appease theater chains and a HBOMAX release could boost subscribers, but risks wasting one of WB’s few tent poles on a service that lacks a major slate and is not available on key streaming platforms (Amazon Fire & Roku).
Deadline’s Anthony D'Alessandro noted that the debate is motivated by AT&T leadership (read: John Stankey) pushing WarnerMedia leadership for an SVOD release.
A decision is expected sometime this week.

WARNERMEDIA PART III - WARNER BROS. MARKETING MASSACRE

The Big Picture: Three senior execs in WB Marketing have been pushed out, as WarnerMedia has conducted a new round of layoffs.
Deep Dive: The victims….
Variety’s Brent Lang claims Rich’s amicable exit is spin on a soured relationship between her and WB Film Chair Toby Emmierch. Rich got a lot of credit for Joker’s 93M opening, including the Variety Marketing Visionary Award, but key issues have plagued her tenure she took over for mentor Sue Kroll in January 2018.
WB has failed to open a film >100M since 2017’s It and 8 out of 18 wide releases in 2019 opened <10M. In 2020, The Way Back opened <10M and DC tentpole Birds of Prey opened <35M.
Rumors in the industry have pinned a target on Toby Emmerich’s back, but since renewing his contract in October 2019, he has survived numerous layoffs and gained significant authority - becoming the sole boss of moviemaking in WarnerMedia.
Possible candidates for Rich’s replacement could be WB SVP, Multicultural Marketing Terra Potts or ex-Universal Marketing Boss Josh Goldstine.
Richards and Gallagher were let go under the cover of layoffs.

☕Coffee's for Closers 🤝

  • UNI - Peter Cramer scores four deals: an acting deal with Chris Pratt & Wu Jing to star in a remake of Saigon Bodyguards; ,a directing deal with Lesli Linka Glatter for an adaptation of Ashley’s War; a producing deal with Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions to reboot The Scorpion King; and a new SVP, Production Development in Ryan Jones. (Deadline/Deadline/Deadline/Deadline)
  • PAR - Emma Watts signs Jeff Nichols to write/direct an Untitled A Quiet Place Spinoff. (Deadline)
  • WB/NL - Richard Brener seals Bishal Dutta to direct and Joshua Rollins to write an Untitled Original Horror film. (Deadline)
  • DIS - Sean Bailey locks in Jon Chu to direct a live-action remake of Lilo and Stitch. (THR)
  • MGM - Pam Abdy nabs film rights to Ta-Nehisi Coates 'The Water Dancer with Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Kamilah Forbes as producers. (THR)
What's next?: WB’s decision on Wonder Woman 1984!
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2020.11.15 22:04 CoronavirusAU_MOD South Australia case updates - 16th November

South Australia case updates - 16th November

New cases reported in the last 24 hours

  • 13 cases are linked to the Parafield cluster, cluster total is now at 17.
    • 2 of the 17 cases are hospitalised as a precaution due to their age. All cases are stable.
    • Suspected source: Medi-hotel; 2 security guards and 1 back of house
  • 5 cases were detected in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

Other information:
  • All international flights suspended - arrivals
  • No positive cases among residents in Aged Care
  • Schools continue as usual
  • South Australia are in the very early days of a second wave
  • 💰️ Financial Support: For those who do not have access to paid leave or income support, $300 is available to support South Australians who've been asked to self-isolate because of a public health direction/mandatory COVID-19 testing.

Changes of midnight tonight: Advice vs. Directions - in place for approximately 2 weeks
  • Advice:
  1. Work from home where possible
  2. Vulnerable people to stay at home and to avoid visitors
  3. Avoid unnecessary travel
  4. Wear a mask where you cannot socially distance (e.g., public transport)
  • Directions:
  1. Gyms, recreation centres, play cafes and trampoline centres CLOSED
  2. Community sport and training (indoooutdoor; contact/no contact) TEMPORARILY CANCELLED; Outdoor fitness activities can continue
  3. Funerals: Max number of people 50; 1 person per 4 square metres
  4. Churches: Max number of people 100; 1 person per 4 square metres
  5. Weddings: All guests must be registered with CDCB, no other changes
  6. Private gatherings: Max number of people 50; person per 4 square metres; no standing consumption
  7. Pubs, clubs & restaurants: Total patrons = 50; Max booking per group 10; no standing consumption
  8. Masks mandatory for service providers (e.g.,hairdressers / barbers), optional for customers
  9. Aged care masks are mandatory where physical distancing cant be maintained; 2 visitors per day for aged care
  10. Entertainment venues (e.g., theatres or cinemas); 1 person per 4 square metres
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Other helpful information and links:

Cases to date

Last 24 hours TOTAL
Confirmed cases +18 544
Active +15 34
Recovered +3 506
Deaths +0 4
Community transmission +0 9
Test results received +1,873 590,881
Hospital +1 2
ICU +0 0
Ventilated +0 0

Active cases breakdown

Last 24 hours TOTAL
ACTIVE TOTAL +15 34
Overseas acquired +0 16
Close contact +17 17
Locally acquired (contact unknown) +0 0
Interstate acquired +1 1
Under investigation (in quarantine) -3 0

Active outbreaks

Last updated: Monday, 16 November 2020 at 5:23:10 am AEDT
Outbreak Last 24 hours TOTAL cases Reported by SA Health
Parafield cluster +13 17 Nov: 16, 15.

⚠️Contact tracing information ⚠️

Immediately self-quarantine

Location Date Time
Emergency Department at Lyell McEwin Hospital Friday 13 November -Saturday 14 November 5:30pm - 4:00am

Monitor for Symptoms

Location Date Time
Hollywood Plaza Surgery Friday 3 November 7.15 am - 7.20 am
Friday 13 November 7.15 am - 7.20 am
Saturday 14 November 10.00 am - 11.00 am
Elizabeth Shopping Centre Sunday 8 November 11.00am - 12:30pm
Harris Scarf, Elizabeth Shopping Centre Sunday 8 November 11.00am - 12.30pm
Parafield Plaza Supermarket Thursday 12 November 10.30am - 11.30am
Mint Leaf Lounge, 6/121-131 Mawson Lakes Boulevard, Mawson Lakes Thursday 12 November 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Coles South; Ingle Farm Shopping Centre Thursday 12 November 11.00am - 11.30am
On The Run Pooraka, 126 Bridge Rd Pooraka Thursday 12 November 11.45am 12.00pm
Mantra on Frome Thursday 12 November 7.30am - 4.00pm
Friday 13 November 7.40am - 3.45pm
Fruit Barn Fruit Shop, Salisbury Fruit Barn Friday 13 November 10.00am - 10.15pm
Ekam Indian Groceries, Enfield Plaza Friday 13 November 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Hungry Jacks, 321 Commercial Rd Port Adelaide Friday 13 November 7.30pm - 12.00am
Saturday 14 November 12.00am - 2.30am
Woodville Pizza Bar, 1/58 Woodvill Rd, Woodvill South Friday 13 November 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Saturday 14 November 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Woolworths, Hollywood Plaza Friday 13 November 10.00am - 12:00pm
Saturday 14 November 10.00am - 11.00am
Metro Convenience Pty Ltd, Shop 3/24 Waymouth St, Adelaide Saturday 14 November 6.00pm - 6.15pm
Star Discount Chemist, Hollywood Plaza Saturday 14 November 10.00 am - 11.00 am
The Aquadome, 1 Crockerton Rd Elizabeth Saturday 14 November 11.00am - 1.30pm

🚌 Public Transport - monitor for symptoms

Public Transport Date Time
Bus (GA1/GA2/GA3) from bus stop near train station Saturday 7 November 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Tuesday 10 November 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Salisbury Bus Interchange Saturday 7 November 6.30pm
Monday 9 November 11.30am - 12.00pm
Bus 502 from Internode Adelaide; bus stop on Grenfell Street Monday 9 November 10.30am - 11.30am
Thursday 12 November 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Friday 13 November 4.15pm - 5:30pm
Bus 411 from Salisbury Bus Interchange Monday 9 November 11.30am - 11.45am
Bus 500 from Salisbury Bus Interchange Monday 9 November 6.30am - 7.40am
Tuesday 10 November 6.30am - 7.40am
Wednesday 11 November 6.30am - 7.40am
Thursday 12 November 6.30am - 7.40am
Friday 13 November 6.30am - 7.40am

Affected educational institutions in the last 14 days

Name Suburb LGA Notes Reported
Mawson Lakes School and Preschool Mawson Lakes City of Salisbury Closed as a precaution. Nov: 15
Thomas More College Salisbury Downs City of Salisbury Confirmed case of COVID-19; School closed 16/11 Nov: 16
Holy Family Catholic School Parafield Gardens City of Salisbury Nov: 16

Aged care outbreaks

Facility name LGA Suburb Total cases Total staff Total residents Total other Deaths Reported
AngicareSA City of Charles Sturt Brompton 2 2 0 0 0 Nov: 16

Interstate borders

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Based on the latest health advice, changes to WA’s controlled interstate border with South Australia will come into effect immediately:
  • Anyone arriving from South Australia at Perth Airport will now be tested for COVID-19 on arrival (or within 24 hours of arrival at another COVID clinic) and given a Direction to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise
  • These arrivals will also be required to be tested for COVID-19 on Day 11
  • Anyone arriving via road from South Australia will be given a Direction to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise and required to take a COVID-19 test on Day 2 and on Day 11
  • Anyone who arrived from SA earlier today (15 November 2020) and yesterday (14 November 2020), via road or air, will be contacted by WA officials and will be required to be tested for COVID-19 in the next 48 hours and self-quarantine.
TASMANIA: PRESS RELEASE 10:07 AM
  • If you are now in Tasmania and have been in South Australia at any time since Monday 9 November 2020, you should immediately self-isolate in your residence or accommodation.
  • Anyone arriving from South Australia from today (Monday 16 November) will at this stage be required to enter quarantine.
  • Further information is expected from South Australia Health and national discussions later today, and a further announcement will be made later today.
QUEENSLAND
  • The Premier has announced Queensland borders will close to Adelaide from 11.59pm tonight following the latest COVID-19 outbreak. They are asking anyone in Queensland who’s been to Adelaide in the past seven days to immediately get tested and self-quarantine, even if they don't have symptoms.
NORTHERN TERRITORY
  • NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced South Australia a COVID-19 hotpsot. People arriving from South Australia this morning will be directed into supervised quarantining or given the option of returning to South Australia. People arriving today or tomorrow will not need to pay the $2500 quarantine fee.
NEW SOUTH WALES
  • Gladys Berejiklian has announced NSW borders will remain open to South Australians. People who have attended venues that have been identified by SA Health, or identified by SA health as either close or casual contacts will be advised to either self isolate or monitor for symptoms.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
  • Caution on travel to and from South Australia With 17 new community cases having been detected in Adelaide in recent days, we're asking ACT residents to reconsider non-essential travel to SA while @SAHealth continues its investigations.
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2020.11.15 11:47 mjstudios97 The Summer of 2009 (analyzed)

The Summer of 2009 (analyzed)
Hi guys. I felt that I wanted to distract you all with a nostalgia post for the Summer 2009. This might be a post suited for other generation subreddits, or even decadeology but I thought I'd just share them here. There may be some inaccuracies or things I might have accidentally left out, so feel free to share anything you feel that's worth sharing and I may just add it on here! I thought this would be a good distraction post for generationology but also be able to provide a tidbit. Feel free to discuss about your life and what was going on in the summer of 2009, no matter what year you're born.
The passing of Michael Jackson is one of the biggest news stories in the summer of 2009. Old hits like \"Thriller\" or \"Beat It\" came back as hits during this summer.
Members of the Jackson family, along with Michael Jackson's kids commemorate Michael Jackson's life. About 17,500 guests attend. The funeral is broadcasted worldwide, with billions of people tuning in, making it potentially the most watched televised funeral.

Summer 2009:

Events that happened but are not limited to: The Great Recession ends in June 2009, with job losses continuing through December, at a smaller magnitude. Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, 228 lives are lost. (Jun 1) The H1N1 swine flu is declared to be a global pandemic by the WHO. (Jun 11) Mass protests erupt across Iran over a disputed presidential election. (Jun 13) The LA Lakers win 4-1 against the Orlando Magic, and Kobe Bryant is awarded the MVP final (Jun 14). NASA launches the Lunar Reconnaissance Probes/LCROSS Probes, the first lunar mission in 11 years (Jun 18) Michael Jackson, King of Pop and Farah Fawcett, actress and model passes away (Jun 25). Yemenia Flight 126 crashes off coast of Comoros with 153 on board, 1 survived, 14 yr old girl. (Jun 30) Sarah Palin, announces her resignation as 9th governor of Alaska for Jul 26 (Jul 3), 31 million American view Michael Jackson's funeral which is broadcasted live, potentially reaching 2.5 billion in viewership worldwide (Jul 7). Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crashes in Iran, 168 lives are lost (Jul 15). 2 bombs go off separately in Jakarta, Indonesia at the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels (Jul 17) The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting 6 minutes and 38 seconds occurs over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean (Jul 22). Bolivia, becomes the first country where the indigenous people is declared the right to govern themselves. (Aug 3) Typhoon Morakot hits Taiwan (Aug 7). Teen Choice Awards 2009 are hosted by the Jonas Brothers. (Aug 9) Michael Jackson's passing ruled a homicide by drug overdose. (Aug 28)
Films that came out this summer include but are not limited to: Up (May 31), The Hangover (Jun 5), Imagine That (Jun 6), The Taking of Pelham 123 (Jun 12), The Proposal (Jun 19), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Jun 24), The Hurt Locker (Jun 26), Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Jul 1), Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (Jul 15), The Ugly Truth (Jul 16), Homecoming (Jul 17), G-Force (Jul 24), Orphan (Jul 24), The Ugly Truth (Jul 24), Aliens in the Attic (Jul 31), Funny People (Aug 2), 500 Days of Summer (Aug 7), G.I Joe Rise of Cobra (Aug 7), District 9 (Aug 14), Ponyo (Aug 14), World's Greatest Dad (Aug 21), Inglorious Basterds (Aug 21), Final Destination (Aug 28)
Games that came out this summer include but are not limited to: inFamous (May 26), Sims 3 (Jun 2), Red Faction: Guerilla (Jun 2), Prototype (Jun 9), Guitar Hero Smash Hits (Jun 16), FarmVille (Jun 19), Anno 1404 (Jun 23), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Jun 23), Overlord II (Jun 23), Fight Night Round 4 (Jun 25), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Jun 30), Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (Jun 30) Reign of Swords: Episode 2 (Jul 2), Battlefield 1943 (Jul 8), Wii Resort (Jul 26) Madden NFL 10 (Aug 14), Wolfenstein (Aug 18), Shadow Complex (Aug 19), Batman: Arkham Asylum (Aug 25)
TV shows that started airing this summer include but are not limited to: Jon & Kate Plus 8 on TLC (May 25), The Little Couple on TLC (May 26), Wipeout on ABC (May 27), Tosh.0 on Comedy Central (Jun 4), 16 & Pregnant on MTV (Jun 11), Zeke and Luther on Disney XD (Jun 15), I Survived a Japanese Game Show (Jun 17) Destroy Build Destroy and BrainRu$h on Cartoon Network (Jun 20), Make It or Break It on ABC (Jun 22), America's got Talent Season 4 (Jun 23), Pawn Stars on History (Jul 19), Dating in the Dark on ABC (Jul 20), Shark Tank on ABC (Aug 9), Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami on E! (Aug 16).
Kid/Teen Shows that were popular but are not limited to:
PBS Kids Go!: Dragon Tales, Arthur, Sesame Street, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, Raggs, Miffy & Friends, Cyberchase, It's a Big Big World, Between the Lions, Barney & Friends, Super Why!, Curious George, Dragon Tales, Zula Patrol, Thomas & Friends, Maya & Miguel, Bob the Builder, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford's Puppy Days, Caillou, Sid the Science Kid.
Playhouse Disney: Little Einsteins, Imagination Movers, Charlie and Lola, Handy Manny, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Special Agent Oso, Jungle Junction, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Disney: Jonas, Phineas & Ferb, Princess Protection Program, Wizards of Waverly Place, Cory in the House, Sonny With a Chance, The Suite Life on Deck, Life with Derek, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana, Pass the Plate, Zeke and Luther
Nickelodeon: Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Max & Ruby, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, The Fairly Odd Parents, Rugrats: All Grown Up, Drake & Josh, iCarly, Ned's Declassified, The Penguins of Madagascar, The Backyardigans, Ni Hao Kai-Lan, Jimmy Neutron, The Mighty B!
Cartoon Network: Ben 10: Alien Force, Transformers: Animated, Johnny Test, Chowder, Total Drama Island, 6Teen, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl - Galactic Battles, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D'S, Ed Edd n Eddy, Tom and Jerry, The League of Super Evil, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, The Mr. Men Show
Popular Cell Phones this summer include but are not limited to: Nokia 6300, Nokia E71, Apple iPhone 3G, LG EnV Touch, Palm Pre, HTC Touch Diamond 2, HTC Touch Pro 2, BlackBerry Tour 9630,
Songs that were a hit this summer include but are not limited to: "Boom Boom Pow", "I Gotta Feeling", by Black Eyed Peas, "Run This Town" by Jay Z ft. Rihanna and Kanye West, "Poker Face" "Love Game" by Lady Gaga, "Waking Up In Vegas" by Katy Perry, "Right Round" by Flo Rida ft. Ke$ha, "Fire Burning" by Sean Kingston, "I know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" by Pitbull, "Replay" by Iyaz, "Don't Trust me" by 3OH!3, "Good Girls Go Bad" by Cobra Starship ft. Leighton Meester, "You Belong with Me" by Taylor Swift, "Party in the USA", "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus, "Celebration" by Madonna, "New Divide" by Linkin Park, "If Today was your Last Day" by Nickelback, "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon, and "Billie Jean" "Thriller" "Beat it" "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson.
Also, these kids were about to start the 2009/10 school year in these following grades/years:
Gr. 12 (c/o 2010) b. 1991-92 Gr. 11 (c/o 2011) b. 1992-93 Gr. 10 (c/o 2012) b. 1993-94 Gr. 9 (c/o 2013) b. 1994-95
Gr. 8 (c/o 2014) b. 1995-96 Gr. 7 (c/o 2015) b. 1996-97 Gr. 6 (c/o 2016) b. 1997-98
Gr. 5 (c/o 2017) b. 1998-99 Gr. 4 (c/o 2018) b. 1999-00 Gr. 3 (c/o 2019) b. 2000-01 Gr. 2 (c/o 2020) b. 2001-02 Gr. 1 (c/o 2021) b. 2002-03
Kindergarten (c/o 2022) b. 2003-04 Pre-K / Preschool 4's (c/o 2023) b. 2004-05 Preschool 3's (c/o 2024) b. 2005-06
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2020.11.13 22:03 Drexlore Week 11 Match-up Preview Thread: Houston Cougars vs. USF Bulls

Houston vs. USF
When: Saturday, November, 14, 03:30 PM Eastern
Where: TDECU Stadium - Houston, TX
Watch: ESPN2
Odds: Houston by 14.0 pts.
Total Points: 58.0
All-Time Series : Houston vs. USF
Houston and USF have met 6 times since 11/03/2001.
These teams last met 748 days (~2 years) ago on 10/27/2018.
Series Wins: Houston 4-0-2 USF
Longest streak of continuous meetings: 2 (2017-2018).
Houston has won the last 4 meetings (2013-2018) in this series.
Last 6 Meetings
Winner Date Location Houston USF Notes
Houston 2018-10-27 Houston, TX 57 36
Houston 2017-10-28 Tampa, FL 28 24
Houston 2014-11-01 Tampa, FL 27 3
Houston 2013-10-31 Houston, TX 35 23
USF 2002-11-23 Houston, TX 14 32
USF 2001-11-03 Tampa, FL 6 45
Series Comparison Data via Winsipedia
Through Week 10
Week Houston 2-3(2-2) Result USF 1-6(0-5) Result
1 BYE N/A BYE N/A
2 BYE N/A The Citadel 0-4(0-0) W 27-6
3 BYE N/A Notre Dame#2 7-0(0-0) L 0-52
4 BYE N/A BYE N/A
5 BYE N/A Cincinnati#5 6-0(4-0) L 7-28
6 Tulane 4-4(2-4) W 49-31 ECU 1-5(1-4) L 24-44
7 BYU#6 8-0(0-0) L 26-43 Temple 1-4(1-4) L 37-39
8 Navy 3-4(3-2) W 37-21 Tulsa 3-1(3-0) L 13-42
9 UCF 4-2(3-2) L 21-44 BYE N/A
10 Cincinnati#5 6-0(4-0) L 10-38 Memphis 4-2(3-2) L 33-34
All rankings reflect the current /cfb poll
Houston Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-11-13 14:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
Khiyon Wafer WR Out For Season – Shoulder Thu, Nov 12 Wafer suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.
Terrance Edgeston LB Out Indefinitely – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Edgeston has been sidelined due to an unspecified injury, and it is unknown when he will next suit up.
Donavan Mutin LB Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Mutin has sat out the last two games with an undetermined ailment. It has yet to be established if he will suit up for Saturday’s battle with USF.
Marquez Stevenson WR Ques Sat – Ankle Sat, Nov 7 Stevenson sat out the previous game due to an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will face USF on Saturday.
Payton Turner DL Ques Sat – Knee Sat, Nov 7 Turner sat out the previous game with injuries to his knee and hand. It is unknown if he will be in Saturday’s lineup versus USF.
Terrell Brown RB Out For Season – Knee Tue, Nov 3 Brown suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Tre Von Bradley WR Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Braldey sat out the last game due to an undefined injury, and it is unknown if he will play against USF on Saturday.
Patrick Paul OL Out For Season – Leg Sat, Nov 7 Paul is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a leg injury.
Sedrick Williams DL Out For Season – Personal Tue, Aug 25 Williams has informed the program that he has decided to sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal reason.
Ta Zhawn Henry RB Out For Season – Eligibility Tue, Aug 25 Henry has been ruled out for the entire 2020 campaign as per NCAA eligibility rules.
Deontay Anderson S Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Anderson left the last game with an unspecified injury, and it is uncertain if he will dress for Saturday’s clash with USF.
Injury data lifted from: boydsbets.com
USF Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-11-13 14:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
Jacob Mathis TE Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Mathis has an undefined ailment and has not played in the previous two games. It is unclear if he will be made available Saturday versus Houston.
Randall Copeland LB Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Copeland sat out the previous three games due to an undefined ailment, and it has yet to be established if he will partake against Houston on Saturday.
Katravis Marsh QB Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Marsh has sat out the last four games with an injury to an unlisted region, and his availability for Saturday’s tilt versus Houston is unknown.
Johnny Ford RB Out Sat – Illness Thu, Nov 12 Ford is sidelined due to COVID-19 contact tracing, and he will not face Houston on Saturday.
Jabreel Stephens DE Out Indefinitely – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Stephens has been sidelined with an unidentified injury, and it has yet to be determined when he will return to the lineup.
Cody Gentry DB Out Indefinitely – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Gentry has been sidelined due to an unknown ailment, and it is unknown when he will play again.
Tyrone Barber DT Out Indefinitely – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Barber has been sidelined due to an unlisted ailment, and it remains to be seen when he will be activated.
Darrian Felix RB Ques Sat – Hamstring Sat, Nov 7 Felix has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, and it is undetermined if he will be available Saturday against Houston.
Mac Harris S Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Harris was unavailable for the previous game for unlisted reasons, and it is unknown if he will dress for Saturday’s game against Houston.
Ben Knox CB Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Knox missed the last game due to an unlisted issue, and it remains to be seen if he will suit up for Saturday’s game against Houston.
Eddie Mcdoom WR Out For Season – Personal Mon, Sep 28 McDoon is expected to miss the entire 2020 season as he has let the team know that he has ruled himself out due to COVID-19 reasons.
Tj Robinson DB Out For Season – Eligibility Tue, Sep 22 Robinson has been ruled out for the entire 2020 season due to NCAA eligibility regulations.
Thomas Nance TE Out For Season – Personal Mon, Aug 31 Nance has informed the program that he has ruled himself out of the 2020 season due to a personal decision.
Josh Berry RB Out For Season – Personal Mon, Aug 31 Berry has announced that after making his mind up, he will not take part in the 2020 season.
Eugene Bowman DB Out For Season – Personal Mon, Aug 31 Bowman has decided to not participate in the 2020 season due to a personal reason.
John Waller DT Out For Season – Personal Tue, Aug 25 Waller will sit out the duration of the 2020 season after informing the team of his personal decision.
Cade Fortin QB Ques Sat – Arm Sat, Nov 7 Fortin missed the last game with an arm injury, leaving his status for Saturday’s contest versus Houston up in the air.
Jernard Phillips WR Out For Season – Personal Tue, Aug 25 Phillips has opted-out of the entire 2020 season due to a personal reason.
Injury data lifted from: boydsbets.com
What are your "Keys to the Game"?
Who do you think wins?
Do you think the favorite will cover the spread?
Which player(s) are you most interested to watch?
Let's talk football!
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2020.11.12 17:44 GMFPs_sweat_towel Week 11 Match-up Preview Thread: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. TCU Horned Frogs

West Virginia vs. TCU
When: Saturday, November, 14, 12:00 PM Eastern
Where: Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium - Morgantown, WV
Watch: Fox
Odds: West Virginia by 3.0 pts.
Total Points: 45.5
All-Time Series : West Virginia vs. TCU
West Virginia and TCU have met 9 times since 12/31/1984.
These teams last met 349 days ago on 11/29/2019.
Series Wins: West Virginia 5-0-4 TCU
Longest streak of continuous meetings: 8 (2012-2019).
West Virginia has won the last 2 meetings (2018-2019) in this series.
Last 6 Meetings
Winner Date Location West Virginia TCU Notes
West Virginia 2019-11-29 Fort Worth, TX 20 17
West Virginia 2018-11-10 Morgantown, WV 47 10
TCU 2017-10-07 Fort Worth, TX 24 31
West Virginia 2016-10-22 Morgantown, WV 34 10
TCU 2015-10-29 Fort Worth, TX 10 40
TCU 2014-11-01 Morgantown, WV 30 31
Series Comparison Data via Winsipedia
Through Week 10
Week West Virginia 4-3(3-3) Result TCU 3-3(3-3) Result
1 BYE N/A BYE N/A
2 Eastern Kentucky 2-5(0-0) W 56-10 BYE N/A
3 BYE N/A BYE N/A
4 Oklahoma State#12 5-1(4-1) L 13-27 Iowa State#18 5-2(5-1) L 34-37
5 Baylor 1-4(1-4) W 27-21 Texas#24 5-2(4-2) W 33-31
6 BYE N/A Kansas State 4-3(4-2) L 14-21
7 Kansas 0-7(0-6) W 38-17 BYE N/A
8 Texas Tech 2-5(1-5) L 27-34 Oklahoma#19 5-2(4-2) L 14-33
9 Kansas State 4-3(4-2) W 37-10 Baylor 1-4(1-4) W 33-23
10 Texas#24 5-2(4-2) L 13-17 Texas Tech 2-5(1-5) W 34-18
All rankings reflect the current /cfb poll
West Virginia Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-11-11 20:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
Leddie Brown RB Ques Sat – Undisclosed Wed, Nov 11 Brown is tending to an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will play Saturday against TCU.
Josh Chandler Semedo LB Ques Sat – Knee Sat, Nov 7 Chandler-Semedo departed the previous game with a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up versus TCU on Saturday.
Vandarius Cowan LB Out Indefinitely – Knee Sat, Nov 7 Cowan has been sidelined due to a left knee injury, and it is unclear when he will return.
Kerry Martin Jr. S Out For Season – Personal Wed, Aug 26 Martin Jr. has informed the program that he will not take part in the 2020 season due to a personal reason.
Scottie Young S Out For Season – Eligibility Wed, Aug 26 Young has been deemed ineligible for the entire 2020 season due to NCAA rules.
Evan Staley K Out For Season – Knee Sun, Nov 1 Staley will miss the remainder of the 2020 season with a knee injury.
Injury data lifted from: boydsbets.com
TCU Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-11-11 20:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
Jd Spielman WR Out For Season – Undisclosed Wed, Nov 11 Spielman sustained an unspecified season-ending injury.
Marcel Brooks LB Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Brooks has sat out the previous four games with an unspecified injury. It is unclear if he will face West Virginia on Saturday.
Daimarqua Foster RB Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Foster was held out of the previous contest with an undefined injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against West Virginia on Saturday.
Kee Yon Stewart CB Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sat, Nov 7 Stewart. missed the last game for unlisted reasons, and his status for Saturday’s battle with West Virginia is in question.
Corey Bethley DT Out For Season – Undisclosed Sun, Nov 1 Bethley is sidelined with an undefined injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2020 season.
Tony Wallace CB Out For Season – Personal Wed, Oct 28 Wallace has decided to opt-out for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Artayvious Lynn TE Out For Season – Undisclosed Wed, Oct 28 Lynn suffered a season-ending unspecified injury.
Wes Harris G Out For Season – Undisclosed Mon, Oct 26 Harris is sidelined with an unspecified ailment and is not expected to return this season.
Noah Daniels CB Out For Season – Leg Mon, Oct 26 Daniels is expected to miss the remainder of the 2020 season with a right leg injury.
Injury data lifted from: boydsbets.com
What are your "Keys to the Game"?
Who do you think wins?
Do you think the favorite will cover the spread?
Which player(s) are you most interested to watch?
Let's talk football!
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2020.11.09 21:38 the_dunadan Let's Talk About: LSWHO

When: 11/14/2020
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
Coach: Ed Orgeron
Mascot: Mike the Tiger
2019: 15-0, SEC Champions, CFP Champions

Offense

Scoring Offense: 35.8 pts/gm (34th)
Total Offense: 458 yds/gm (25th)
Passing: 338.4 yds/gm (12th)
Rushing: 119.6 rush yds/gm (100th)
Misc. stats: 33.3% 3rd down conv. (97th), 71.43% 4th down conv. (32nd), 24.4 1st downs/gm (30th), RZ %’s – TD 25% (64th), score 87.5% (52nd), 13 sacks allowed (77th), 21 TFL allowed (47th), 50th+ in plays of 10+, 20+, and 30+ yards from scrimmage
Returning starters: 2 (plus 1 opting out of 2020 season)
The LSU offense was undoubtedly the biggest story of the 2019 season. Known for traditional ground-and-pound offenses under Les Miles, LSU ran a spread offenses with a blend of RPO and West Coast tactics. The change came with new passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Brady. Brady brought a new playbook and philosophy with the goal of getting players the ball in space. This was extremely effective, with QB Joe Burrow and WR Ja’Marr Chase setting multiple records for their respective positions.
With 2020 comes lots of replacing and rebuilding for LSU’s offense. Every draft-eligible member of the 2019 offense is now in the NFL, which simultaneously explains last year’s success and bodes poorly for 2020’s prospects. The key returners for offensive production are WR Terrace Marshall and RT Austin Deculus. LSU must replace offensive guru Joe Brady (Carolina Panthers OC), QB Joe Burrow (NFL), WR Justin Jefferson (NFL), WR Ja’Marr Chase (Opt-Out), RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (NFL), TE Thaddeus Moss (NFL), C Lloyd Cushenberry (NFL), OG Damien Lewis (NFL), LT Saahdiq Charles (NFL), WTE Stephen Sullivan (NFL), OG Adrian Magee (NFL), WR Derrick Dillon (NFL), and backup OT Badara Traore (NFL). In total, LSU returns a starting lineman and wide receiver on offense, while losing #1 and #2 WRs, #1 RB, #1 TE, and 4 offensive line starters (plus the main backup). Here is their projected depth chart at this point.

2020 Depth Chart

* returning 2019 starters in bold
· QB – RS JR Myles Brennan (injured), FR TJ Finley/FR Max Johnson
· RB – SO John Emery Jr, RS SO Chris Curry, SO Tyrion Davis-Price
· WR – SR Racey McMath, SO Trey Palmer
· WR – JR Terrace Marshall Jr, FR Koy Moore, RS SO Jaray Jenkins
· WR – FR Kayshon Boutte, SR Jontre Kirklin
· TE – FR Arik Gilbert, SR Tory Carter, FR Kole Taylor, RS SO Nick Storz
· LT – RS SO Cameron Wire, FR Xavier Hill
· LG – JR Ed Ingram, FR Marlon Martinez, RS FR Thomas Perry
· C – GR Liam Shanahan, RS FR Charles Turner
· RG – JR Chasen Hines, RS FR Anthony Bradford, RS FR Kardell Thomas
· RT – SR Austin Deculus, RS SO Cameron Wire, FR Marcus Dumervil
· Opt Out – JR WR Ja’Marr Chase
· Suspended – starting RS SO Dare Rosenthal

Passing

338.4 yds/gm (12th), 14 TD (24th), 62% completion rate (55th), 8.5 yds/att (28th)
The focus of the Tiger’s 2019 offense was their Heisman-winning QB, Joe Burrow. In his LSU-debut, Burrow completed 57.8% of his passes for 2,894 yards, 16 TD, 5 Int, and a 133.21 passer efficiency rating. With the arrival of Joe Brady, Burrow completed 76.3% of his passes for 5,671 yards, 60 TD, 6 Int, and a 201.96 passer rating (just behind Tua’s 206.93). Perhaps the single-most improved season in history, Burrow was deadly accurate through the air, and he made good decisions to minimize turnovers and get the ball to open receivers in space. We must understand Burrow’s role and impact on LSU’s success in order to know what to expect with the inauguration of their 2020 starter, Myles Brennan.
Brennan is a RS Junior and is the only quarterback on LSU’s roster with collegiate game experience. As a backup in 2019, he was 24/40 (60%) for 353 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int, and a 137.38 passer rating. Keep in mind that Burrow played far into the end of the game, even in upsets. Brennan didn’t attempt any passes unless LSU was up by 15+, and didn’t throw any passes in the first half of any games. On third downs, Brennan completed 50% of his passes and compiled a 111.60 passer rating. It is safe to say that Brennan has not seen any meaningful snaps in college, as he only attempted 15 passes against SEC opponents, completing 33% for one TD and INT each - for a 108.08 passer rating. Brennan is untested and inexperienced, and he hasn’t shown any signs that inspire confidence in his ability. Will he be the next Joe Burrow? No. But, is he capable of winning the SEC? Also no.
Brennan has been serviceable for the Tigers this year, completing only 60.3% of his passes, although he has 11 TD to 3 Int. He averaged 370.7 passing y/g in his 3 starts this year, but he has missed LSU’s last two games due to a lower body injury (some speculate the injury is related to how much LSU fans jerked him off in the offseason). On Wednesday, Nov 4, Orgeron said Brennan is “very doubtful” to be healthy to play in the Alabama game. Most experts agree this is a great business decision for Myles.
TJ Finley started LSU’s game against South Carolina and led them to a big win. Finley went 17/21 for 265 yards, 2 TD and 1 Int. Finley’s best attribute however is his size. TJ stands 6’6” tall and weighs in at 242 lbs. He looks every inch and pound as big when watching him on the field.
After LSU’s biggest win of the season against 2-4 South Carolina, Finley got the start against Auburn in their last game. He went 15/24 for 174 yards and 1 TD and a QBR of 34.0 before being replaced by FR Max Johnson. It seems that Max Johnson’s most impressive quality is his top-notch name, which is admittedly elite. His quarterback play, however, leaves a lot to be desired. He went 13/24 for 143 yards, 0 TDs, and 2 Ints, resulting in a QBR of 20.2. TJ Finley is most likely going to start against Alabama, but one thing is for sure: If the Tigers need elite QB play to challenge Alabama, they should keep looking.

Rushing

119.6 rush yds/gm (100th), 5 TD (76th), 3.5 yds/car (93rd)
By simply looking at LSU’s total rushing defense last year, you might think their main rusher was not very good. However, Edwards-Helaire averaged an impressive 6.58 y/car and 94.27 y/g. He also played a role in the receiving game with 30.2 rec y/g. So, what’s on the horizon for LSU’s 2020 rushing campaign?
LSU had four players with rushing yards outside of EH, Burrow and Brennan, and WR Ja’Marr Chase: Soph. Tyrion Davis-Prince (295 yds), Soph. Chris Curry (189 yds), Soph. John Emery Jr. (188 yds), and Lanard Fournette (36 yds). Fournette left the team after four games in 2019.
The projected starter is Tyrion Davis-Price (DP) as he was the main backup in 2019. He is a tough runner that can be difficult to bring down, and his weaknesses are his blocking and pass-catching. He only had 8 carries in the postseason, so his experience is still a bit limited.
Chris Curry’s accomplishment is that he was the leading rusher against Oklahoma in the playoffs, rushing for 90 yards on 16 carries. On the season, Curry averaged 5.03 y/c with a long of 20 yards including 3 carries in the red zone for 10 yards (3.33 y/c). Within the program, Curry shares Marshawn Lynch’s nickname “Beast Mode” because of Curry’s strength and ability to run through tackles.
John Emery Jr. is a former 5-star recruit and the most highly touted back coming into Baton Rouge. Although he is probably the fastest and most agile back on the current roster, he struggled in pass protection and dropped several passes last year. He was also legally blind in one eye and had LASIK eye surgery this offseason. Time will tell if this has truly improved his vision.
Emery and Davis-Price have led the rushing charge for the Tigers, totaling 246 and 245 yds respectively. Neither has looked particularly impressive, especially in the absence of Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Receiving

338.4 yds/gm (12th), 14 TD (24th), 62% completion rate (55th), 8.5 yds/att (28th)
One of LSU’s two offensive position groups with a returning starter is wide receiver. Ja’Marr Chase was the Tigers’ leading receiver in 2019, and he was expected to be the team’s best offensive (and possibly overall) player in 2020. Chase caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 TDs while averaging 21.19 y/cat and 127.1 y/g which was good for 2nd nationally. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Chase has opted out of the 2020 season and will declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, ending his time with LSU.
Marshall was third on the team with 671 receiving yards on 46 catches, behind only Chase and Justin Jefferson in receiving yards. He had 13 TD and averaged 55.9 y/g. Lots of LSU fans believe Marshall would have been just as good as Chase if he had stayed healthy. He missed games against Utah St, Florida, and Miss St with a foot fracture.
After Marshall, LSU only had one other player with more than 100 receiving yards on the season in Racey McMath. McMath is listed as a senior, though he has not started to date. He saw significant playing time last year having the sixth-most catches on the team. He only had two catches in his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Marshall has emerged as the clear #1 target this season, capturing a third of the team’s receiving yards. He has caught 9 TDs so far, which is good for 2nd in the country currently (Smitty has 8, and Waddle had 4, so expect Smitty to surpass him Saturday). Marshall also is averaging 108 receiving y/g, which is 22nd in the country (behind both Smitty and Waddle).
LSU’s #2 target is their TE, Arik Gilbert, who only has 259 yards and 2 TDs on the season. He and the rest of the receivers haven’t done enough to merit reporting.

Offensive Line

2.6 sacks allowed/gm (82nd), 7 TFL allowed/gm (33rd)
Besides QB, this is where the biggest drop-off for LSU is expected. LSU returns 2019 SR RT Austin Deculus, but must replace LT Saahdiq Charles, OG Damien Lewis, OG Adrian Magee, C Lloyd Cushenberry, and the main OL replacement Badara Traore.
Starting at LT is RS SO Cameron Wire. He is replacing Dare Rosenthall who has been suspended indefinitely from the team. Wire only played 35 snaps in 2019, so he has a lot to learn still.
JR Ed Ingram is listed as the starting LG. Ingram started 12 games at RG as a true freshman, then served a year-long suspension following his arrest for two counts of sexual assault charges and being indicted by a Texas grand jury. DeSoto Police Department would not disclose the victim’s age, but confirmed they were a minor. The case was dropped, and details are limited because the attorney general placed the case under official seal. During the suspension and court proceedings, Orgeron said “I think that maybe, maybe, if things go right, we may get him at some part of the season. I don’t know exactly when, but hopefully we get him at some part of the season…”
Starting Center is Liam Shanahan, a Harvard transfer. His backup is RS FR Charles Turner.
The starting RG is JR Chasen Hines. Hines played snaps in 10 games last year without any starts.
RT will be the only known commodity with returning SR Austin Deculus. RS FR Thomas Perry is his backup. All told, the OL starters and backups include 1 SR, 2 JR, 2 SO, and 8 FR.

Defense

Scoring Defense: 33.6 pts/g (84th)
Total Defense: 478.6 yds/g (111th)
Passing Defense: 335.2 yds/g (119th)
Rushing Defense: 143.4 yds/g (52nd)
Misc. stats: +4 turnover margin (15th), 2.8 sacks/gm (34th), 7 TFL/gm (33rd), 5 INTs (49th), 6 fum recov (10th), 6 fum forced (24th), 46.97% opp 3rd down conv. (100th), 40% opp 4th down conv. (20th), 21.2 opp 1st downs/gm (57th), opp RZ %’s – TD 57.89% (42nd), score 73.68% (22nd)
Returning starters: 4 (plus 1 opting out of 2020 season)
LSU’s 2019 defense was… not what it has been in years past. 59th is the lowest LSU’s pass defense has been ranked since 2015. They also lost several key starters from last year, most notably S Grant Delpit, OLB K’Lavon Chaisson, ILB Patrick Queen, and ILB Jacob Phillips. Projected starters DT Tyler Shelvin, and DB Kary Vincent Jr (less likely to start) have opted out of the 2020 season to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. That leaves the Tiger’s defense with 4 returning starters: DL Glen Logan, LB Damone Clark, CB Derek Stingley Jr., and S JaCoby Stevens. Let’s look at the roster and specific position groups.
LSU has certainly missed Dave Aranda this year. Bo Pelini has not proved up to the challenge of stopping the modern passing offenses they have faced. Bo Nix, who is completing 57.6% of his passes and has thrown 16 TDs and 6 INTs completed 75% of his passes against LSU for 3 TDs and 0 INTs. In their debut, they gave up 600+ passing yards to a QB who has now been benched in favor of a freshman. LSU fans must continually tell themselves that 2019 was worth it while plugging their ears and looking the other way in 2020.

2020 Projected Depth Chart

· RDE – FR BJ Ojulari, RS SR Andre Anthony, FR Phillip Webb, RS FR Desmond Little
· LDE – JTR Ali Gaye, RS STR Travez Moore, RS SO Jarell Cherry
· DT – RS FR Joseph Evans, SR Neil Farrell Jr., FR Jacobian Guillory
· DT – RS SR Glen Logan, RS JTR Soni Fonua, SR Neil Farrell Jr., FR Jaquelin Roy
· OLB – JR Micah Baskerville, RS SR Ray Thornton, FR Antoine Sampah
· OLB –GR Jabril Cox, SO Devonta Lee, RS JR Jared Small
· MLB –JR Damone Clark, FR Josh White
· CB – SO Derek Stingley Jr, SO Jay Ward, GR Darren Evans, FR Dwight McGlothern
· CB – SO Cordale Flott, FR Eli Ricks, RS FR Raydarious Jones
· FS –SR JaCoby Stevens, RS SR Cameron Lewis
· SS – RS JR Todd Harris Jr, SO Maurice Hampton Jr, FR Jordan Toles
· Opt Out – SR FS Kary Vincent Jr., RS JR NT Tyler Shelvin (13), RS SO DL Nelson Jenkins III

Defensive Line

2.8 sacks/gm (34th), 7 TFL/gm (33rd)
With Bo Pelini replacing Dave Aranda as Defensive Coordinator, LSU uses a 4-3 scheme as opposed to 3-4 which was preferred by Aranda. Despite the losses of Rashard Lawrence and Breiden Fehoko, the defensive line looked to have good depth going into 2020 before Tyler Shelvin opted out of the 2020 season. Additionally, TK McLendon, who was named as the left end starter during spring camp, entered the transfer portal in August. Another blow came when Justin Thomas, the named starting right end, was announced to have left the team unexpectedly in August. Thomas was a strong contender to start at defensive end, where he started one game last year, played in five, and had a recurring role in LSU’s 3rd-down pass rush package. Shelvin was a returning starter.
That leaves former linebacker Andre Anthony as the only end with any starts. The freshman Ojulari has carved out for himself a starting role on the end ahead of Anthony. The middle of the line will feature returning starter Glen Logan. Logan is one of the leaders of the DL as the only DT with any starts.

Linebackers

46.97% opp 3rd down conv. (100th), 40% opp 4th down conv. (20th)
The linebackers are one of the most inexperienced group on LSU’s 2020 defense. After losing both OLBs and one of their two MLBs from their 4-backer scheme, only MLB Damone Clark returns to the middle of the field. Clark took over Michael Divinity’s role on the outside and provided a lot of support in that part of the field, although he was overshadowed by departures Patrick Queen, Jacob Phillips, and K’Lavon Chaisson.
Ray Thornton Jr. saw limited playing time at OLB behind Clark, Marcel Brooks, and Michael Divinity, recording only 9 total tackles on the season. He has been a regular backup on the outside.
Micah Baskerville has limited playing time, and his time in the program has earned him the start over Thornton.
Jabril Cox brings a lot of playing time and experience from NDSU, and he also played for Pelini at Youngtown State. With his playing time and experience in a winning program like NDSU, he has earned the starting job opposite Baskerville.

Secondary

5 INTs (49th), 14 PBUs (69th), 19 passes defended (68th), 54 opp passes 10+ yds (74th), 30 opp passes 20+ yds (117th), 17 opp passes 30+ yds (118th), opp passes of 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+, 80+, and 90+ (110th or worse for all), LSU is one of only 5 teams to give up a 90+ yd pass
The secondary looked to be LSU’s strongest unit on defense this year. They returned CB Derek Stingley and S JaCoby Stevens who were both regular starters last year. Todd Harris has become the starter at SS and moved Stevens to FS. Outside of Stingley, CB Cordale Flott is the only other CB with meaningful playing time. Many expected Kary Vincent to play at corner and/or safety before he opted out of the 2020 season. With Vincent’s decision to withdraw, LSU has very little depth at safety or corner.
The rushing defense has actually been average for the Tigers this year, but the passing defense has been downright abysmal. Ranking at the bottom of the NCAA in most passing defensive categories, they should not prove to be much of a challenge for Mac Jones and the Bama 10.

Special Teams

2020 Projected Depth Chart

· P – RS SR Zach Von Rosenberg (39), JR Avery Atkins
· PK – SO Cade York (15)
· KO – JR Avery Atkins
· LS – RS FR Quentin Skinner
· PKR – SO Derek Stingley Jr., SO Trey Palmer
* for kicking and punting starts, I used 1) LSU’s official game starts or 2) number of games the team played that season if the player was the primary starter for the role

Punting

Fortunately for LSU, one of the players they have utilized the most in 2020 returns plenty of experience. Punter Zach Von Rosenberg has been the primary punter since 2017. He is averaging 47.05 yards per punt in 2020.

Kicking

The Tigers also return their placekicker, Cade York. York is 8/10 on FGs and 21/21 on XPs this year. Avery Atkins returns as the kickoff specialist. Atkins has 33 KOs with 28 touchbacks (84.85%).

Returning

Stingley has been the primary punt/kick returner. He has only had to return 3 punts this year, averaging 30.67 (48 yds came on one return). Trey Palmer has returned 6 kickoffs averaging 36.5 yds/return, including a 93 yd TD return.

Coaching

Head Coach: Ed Orgeron

Orgeron’s early coaching days included coaching the defensive line for Miami beginning in 1988. He began coaching the 1992 season in which his Canes were trounced by Alabama in the national title game, but his tenure was cut short when he was arrested following a bar fight in Baton Rouge, LA, during which Orgeron admits he was intoxicated.
“Coach O” is in his fourth full year as the head coach at LSU (he was the interim coach for most of the 2016 season). As head coach, his records beginning in 2016 are 6-2, 9-4, 10-3, 15-0. He has improved each year (until 2020). Arguably his most effective coaching decision has been hiring “Passing Game Coordinators.” He hired Joe Brady for the role in 2019, and Brady hand-crafted their offensive scheme which was extremely effective.
Coach O gained national recognition in 2019 after his team beat Alabama (his first time since coming to LSU, the first LSU win vs the Tide since the 2011 season) and he made the comments “We’re going to beat [Alabama’s] ass in recruiting. We’re going to beat their ass every time they see us. You understand me? Roll Tide what? Fuck you!” The coach then promptly finished multiple spots behind Alabama in the 2020 recruiting class, and currently trails Alabama for the 2021 recruiting class by a wide margin. His head coaching record against Alabama is 1-7, and he is 1-5 coaching against Nick Saban.
Orgeron currently has the Tigers at 2-3 for the year. After 2019, some speculated Orgeron may be on the same coaching tier as Saban with the great team they fielded. 2020 has shown that Orgeron hasn’t figured out how to deal with losing talent to the NFL, including players and coaches (something Saban encounters on an annual basis).

Offensive Coordinator: Steve Ensminger

Ensminger became the offensive coordinator in 2016 under Orgeron. His style includes a hurry-up no-huddle tempo (HUNH) and using the run-pass option (RPO). He has said that no matter what formation they line up in, he wants them to be able to throw the quick pass. We saw this implemented last year with Joe Brady coordinating the passing game. Look for a similar style and scheme in 2020. The challenge will be coming up with new routes and plays to get receivers open the way that Joe Brady managed to do.

Defensive Coordinator: Bo Pelini

Former Nebraska head coach and former LSU defensive coordinator was rehired for the DC position for the 2020 season. Pelini utilizes the 4-3 defensive scheme which includes 4 down linemen and 3 linebackers. The benefit of a 4-3 defense is that you can typically get a better push against the offensive line, resulting in better run-blocking or more pass-rush. However, since each down lineman is responsible for a single line gap, it is more vulnerable to the play-action (PA) pass. Another concern for the Tigers is that with so many departures on the defensive line, they will have a lot of inexperience having to make decisions. It also forces the defense to use a defensive end instead of a linebacker for extra pass-support.

Passing Game Coordinator: Scott Linehan

Scott Linehan will replace the biggest void on the LSU coaching staff, Joe Brady. Linehan is the product of John L. Smith, who was the last college coach he worked under. He last coached for the Dallas Cowboys, leading their passing game and serving as offensive coordinator.
We won’t know what similarities or differences Linehan’s offense will share with Brady’s, but a major difference will be the personnel available. LSU loses Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase at receiver, QB Joe Burrow, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and 4/5 offensive linemen. I would expect the Tigers’ 2020 offense to look similar to 2018.

Matchups

Alabama

Alabama leads the all-time series with LSU 53-26-5, boasting a 66.1% win percentage. The largest victory belongs to Alabama, 47-3 in 1922. The longest streak also belongs to the Tide, with 11 consecutive wins from 1971-1981. Alabama recently won 8 consecutive games against LSU despite LSU being ranked in each loss, including being ranked in the top-10 five times and in the top-5 four times. LSU was shut out in three of the eight games (37.5%) including the January 9, 2012 matchup in the national championship game held in New Orleans, LA, a short 90-minute drive from Baton Rouge.
LSU’s win over Alabama last season marked the fourth victory for the Tigers over Alabama since Nick Saban came to Tuscaloosa. The Tide have enjoyed ten wins over the last fourteen seasons. The four Alabama losses had a total point difference of 18, including three of them being five points or fewer. In the same time span, Alabama has outscored LSU by 135 in the remaining games, resulting in a 117-point advantage for Alabama since 2007.
Since Nick Saban’s arrival in 2007, the early-November matchups between the Tigers and the Tide have often been competitive and tension-filled. Of the 14 Saban vs. LSU games, half have been decided by 7 points or fewer. Another 4 games were decided by 14 pts or fewer, leaving only 3 of the 14 games being won (all by Alabama) by more than two scores. The 4 LSU wins in this time span were all by 7 points or fewer. The teams have gone to overtime thrice, and surprisingly the visiting team has won all three times (Alabama 2, LSU 1). On a related note, Alabama has been dominant in the supposedly-daunting “Death Valley” holding an all-time 28-9-2 record in Baton Rouge, as well as winning 5 of the last 6 games there, including the last 4.
Although Alabama and LSU have not been rivals historically, the series has been split since 2000, with Alabama holding a close 11-10 series lead. Also, since Bear Bryant retired, Alabama has controlled the series 22-15-1. Despite the recent competitiveness of the “rivalry,” a 2009 poll of SEC fans revealed that Alabama fans mostly did not consider LSU to be a rival, while over 60% of LSU fans singled out Alabama as their most bitter rival. This no doubt stems from the fact that Nick Saban previously coached at LSU from 2000-2004. Saban compiled a 48-16 record at LSU while winning LSU’s second ever national championship, and their first in 45 years. Saban left LSU to try his hand at head coaching in the NFL. He found success hard to come by, and decided to return to coaching college. LSU did not want Saban back, instead preferring to keep then-coach Les Miles, so Saban took the best job on the table- Alabama. For some reason, LSU took this as a personal insult of the highest order and have hated Saban and Alabama ever since. The Tigers have only managed to beat Saban’s Alabama in Baton Rouge once.

Ole Miss

Ole Miss is undoubtedly LSU’s longest-standing and most significant rival. The Tigers lead the Landsharks all-time 63-40-4, but recent history is even more lopsided as Ole Miss has only managed to beat LSU five times since 2000.
In the “Magnolia Bowl,” LSU and Ole Miss have produced some exciting rivalry games. Probably the most famous was 1959’s “Cannon’s Halloween Run” in which #1 LSU’s Billy Cannon had an 89-yard punt return TD late in the game, breaking 7 tackles en route to what would be the game winning score. On Ole Miss’s ensuing drive, they made it all the way to LSU’s 1 yard line, but were stopped as time expired. The teams would have a rematch in the Sugar Bowl (effectively the national championship that year) and Ole Miss routed the Tigers 21-0. This would not be the last time LSU would lose a national championship 21-0 in the Sugar Bowl in a rematch to a team they narrowly beat in the regular season.

Arkansas

Arkansas has been a traditional rival for LSU. The two first played in 1901 in Baton Rouge, with LSU winning 15-0. They played until 1936, but the series stopped until 1991 when Arkansas joined the SEC and defeated LSU in Fayetteville 30-6. Overall, LSU holds a 41-22-2 lead in the series.
The LSU-Arkansas winner takes home “The Golden Boot” trophy, or just “The Boot.” This is because the trophy, which outlines the states of Louisiana and Arkansas, forms what looks like a boot. The 175 lb, 4” tall trophy is made of 24-karat gold.

Tulane

LSU’s oldest rival is found in New Orleans, LA. The Tulane Green Wave first played LSU in 1892. LSU and Tulane were each members of the SIAA from 1899, the Southern Conference from 1922 to 1932, and charter members of the SEC from 1932 to 1966. The matchup is known as the “Battle for the Rag,” with LSU referring to it as the Tiger Rag, and Tulane calling it the Victory Flag. The flag shows each school’s logos divided diagonally with the Seal of Louisiana in the center.
While the series was somewhat competitive to begin with LSU leading 23-18-5, the Tigers have gone 45-4-2 since, including winning the last 18 matchups. LSU leads the all-time series 69-23-7. The teams met on the field once from 1997 to 2005, but they renewed the series in 2006. After their 2009 matchup, LSU offered Tulane to either play the remaining games in Baton Rouge or end the series early for a small payout. Tulane took the buyout deal and the teams have not met since.

Mascot

Perhaps one of the most famous college mascots is LSU’s Mike the Tiger. Traditionally, Mike is a Bengal tiger, although the last three iterations have been mixed-breeds. Mike VII is a Bengal-Serbian mix. LSU adopted the tiger as mascot referencing the Louisiana-native troops in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in the civil war, as they were known as “the Tigers.” LSU’s may be the only SEC mascot to pay homage to confederate nostalgia since Ole Miss rebranded themselves as the Admiral Ackbars Landsharks.
Each Mike has generally been in good hands in Baton Rouge, as LSU’s vet school is exceptional. A new, 15,000 square foot habitat was created for Mike in 2005 for $3 million. . He can be seen eating, sleeping, roaming, or playing on any given day in his home on campus.
According to legend, LSU will score a touchdown for every one of Mike’s roars on game day. Mike VI and Mike VII have come under scrutiny for not roaring enough on Alabama game days.

Lagniappe

Misc. program stats

· 812-415-47 (.656) all-time record (13th)
· 812 all-time wins (12th)
· 4 national championships (16th)
· 16 conference championships (31st)
· 52 bowl game appearances (8th)
· 28-23-1 (.548) bowl record (27th)
· 39 consensus all-Americans (14th)
· 2 Heisman winners (11th)
· 352 NFL Draft picks (10th)
· 635 weeks in AP poll (10th)
· Conference foes Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee hold series leads over LSU
· LSU’s last two head coaches each left the program with one national championship
· Current head coach Ed Orgeron has one national championship
· LSU has not scored against Alabama in Death Valley since 2014
· In LSU’s last five games in Louisiana against Alabama, they have scored a total of 30 points (includes 3 shutouts)

Jerseys

The current style of jerseys were introduced by head coach Paul Dietzel in 1957. While it is customary for the home football team to wear their primary color and the visitor to wear white, LSU also prefers to wear white jerseys for both home and away games. From 1983 to 1994, the NCAA mandated visiting teams to wear white. From 1994-1999, LSU often wore gold in lieu of purple due to then-head coach Gerry DiNardo’s understandable dislike of the color purple. In 1995, the NCAA changed the rule to allow the home team to wear white with visitor’s prior approval. In 1997, the SEC ruled that the home team can wear their color of choice without consent of SEC visiting teams. While LSU wears white to home games, they occasionally wear purple or gold similarly to how other teams have a white-out or black-out game.
Nick Saban and Matt Mauck led the Tigers to a national title in 2003 with Mauck wearing No. 18. The No. 18 jersey “became synonymous with success on and off the field as well as having a selfless attitude.” Each season, a player is chosen by the coaching staff to wear the No. 18 jersey.

Other traditions

Tiger stadium has two defining characteristics on the field that contrast from most other colleges. First, the field displays all 5-yard line numbers on the field instead of just the 10-yard line numbers. Only the 10-yard lines have directional arrows, however. Second, Tiger stadium features “H”-style goal posts instead of the more popular “Y” style. This is allegedly to double players’ chances of injury due to impact with the posts.
About an hour before kickoff, the players, coaches, band, and cheerleaders march down a hill to the North of the Stadium. Ironically, this is called Victory Hill despite the tradition preceding many, many losses.
Night games in Tiger Stadium have become iconic in Baton Rouge. Statistically, LSU has performed better at home during night games. According to LSU’s 2016 Media Guide, LSU was 320-105-13 (.745) in night games through the 2015 season. Unfortunately for the Tigers, LSU is 0-4 in night games in Tiger Stadium against Saban’s Crimson Tide.
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2020.11.02 20:54 themodestyfiles Happy Modesty Files Monday! This week we interviewed Lydia, who raised her six siblings and was heavily influenced by Josh Harris and I Kissed Dating Goodbye. [MOD VERIFIED]

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2020.11.01 09:17 BruteSentiment It's been 1 year since Apple TV+ began, and I have watched every one of their shows (except the kids stuff)! Here's my ranking...[No Spoilers]

In one year, Apple TV+ has released a pretty solid slate of original material. Not including children-oriented content, Apple TV+ has released 20 series, 3 miniseries, 9 movies, and 2 talk shows. From the start, Apple has said that the goal of the content is on quality, not quantity. But…has it lived up to that?
34 - Greatness Code - Documentary
Summary: Each episode features a different athlete talking about a key moment in their careers. The show features athletes from many different sports, including basketball’s LeBron James, soccer’s Alex Morgan (sorry…footballer Alex Morgan), snowboarder Shaun White, sprinter Usain Bolt, swimmer Katie Ledecky, surfer Kelly Slater, and (American) footballer Tom Brady (who is a co-producer).
My Take: This is the easy winner for the worst thing on Apple TV+. The only good thing about this “show” is that the episodes are usually no more than 10 minutes long. The monologues by the athletes are…fine. There’s nothing you haven’t really heard before here. The problem is that the special effects take away from actually seeing the athlete in action. Almost every bit of action has some animation or filter or something over it, so we almost never actually see the events being discussed. It’s pretty ridiculous. After watching this, I genuinely wondered if this series was intended to be part of Apple TV+’s children’s offerings, because that is the only level where it could at all seem “great”.
33 - Oprah Talks Covid-19 - News (Miniseries)
Summary: Not long after the COVID-19 pandemic started major lockdowns across the United States, Oprah quickly began to do online interviews with people who she hoped would bring perspective and uplifting messages, from celebrities to pastors to nurses to people who had experienced isolation in prison and the holocaust. This series ran for nearly a month from mid-March to mid-April in 2020.
My Take: One of Oprah’s three series, this one is the lowest ranked just because much of the information within it is out of date, and is aimed at people at a certain time, which was months ago. But in a way, it’s a bit of a time capsule of the early parts of the pandemic in the public eye, which is interesting. It’s almost as interesting to see the production value (or lack there of), as the majority of the episodes are screen recordings of online interviews. It’s perhaps only worth watching now for being a curiosity, but Apple and Oprah did good getting something up in a timely fashion.
32 - Amazing Stories - Adventure
Summary: An anthology series executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the show brings back the “Amazing Stories” brand with five independent stories about incredible adventures that play with sci-fi and fantasy about regular people put in amazing situations.
My Take: Amazing Stories was to be one of Apple TV’s tentpoles for the summer. Unfortunately, the series landed flat, and is by far the biggest disappointment. It’s yet another TV series that original co-Producer Bryan Fuller left. The show was originally to have ten episodes, it ended up with just five. The stories were not very groundbreaking, though they were beautifully shot. It might be worth checking out for Robert Forster’s last project before he died (Dynoman and the Volt), and for the touching “The Heat” about high school runners from Oakland.
31 - Home - Documentary
Summary: As you might imagine, this documentary series is not just about the architecture of a house, but about the people behind building and designing them. Each episode features a different house and story, with houses chosen from around the world, from urban environments like Chicago and Hong Kong to remote locations in Maine and Bali.
My Take: Although cable and streaming is littered with television programs about houses and architecture, this show passes on the drama, which helps Home become a documentary, and not a reality show. The cinematography is predictably beautiful, but the pacing is slow, and it’s very hard to really get into. It doesn’t help that a couple of the home builders behind the stories are honestly not very likable. The final episode of the first season is really good, but ultimately, this show is a bit of a snooze beyond the real enthusiasts.
30 - Dads - Documentary (Movie)
Summary: Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, this movie looks at fathers across the many levels of fatherhood, anchored by Howard’s own relationship with her father, actodirector Ron Howard, and her grandfather Archie, as well as Bryce’s non-celebrity brother who is an expecting father. The movie shifts to stories about fathers from around the world, and back to the Howards, to celebrate the ever-shifting role of fatherhood in modern society.
My Take: This documentary is a sweet, if simple, tribute to modern fatherhood. There’s nothing special here, it does exactly what you would expect it to. It has cameo interviews from comedian fathers, interspersed with random recordings of fathers from home movies and social media, and stories of fathers in different situations. There’s nothing bad about it, but it’s pretty dry overall. It’s not a waste, but it’ll probably end up being the thing you see in the list and say “Oh, I’ll watch that another time…”, which might as well be next Father’s Day with your dad.
29 - Dear… - Documentary
Summary: A documentary series that details the history and life of various individual celebrities, and uses letters written by people they have affected to frame those celebrities’ impact on people and society.
My Take: Apple has used the advertising method of using letters written to Apple or Tim Cook about how things have changed their lives (particularly the Apple Watch), and in that context this series feels like, well, advertising. Not to take anything away from the celebrities involved, but the marketing push feels very heavy here. And, of course, one of the celebrities featured is Oprah, who is a big presence in ATV+. It also gets absurd with one episode around Big Bird (in character); of course, the Muppets have a spin-off in the kids section of ATV+ called Helpsters. It’s best with the smaller names, where even I learned a little bit. It’s a decent feel-good if that’s what you’re looking for.
28 - Long Way Up - Documentary (Miniseries)
Summary: The third docu-series by Ewan McGregor and his best friend Charley Boorman as they take a long road trip by motorcycle. This trip, they are traveling from the southern tip of South America up to Los Angeles, and are doing it (almost) entirely on electric vehicles. The series highlights both the places they visit along the way, and the travails (and successes) of using these new, custom-made electric motorcycles. (The other two series Long Way Round and Long Way Down have also been added to ATV+, though they are not ‘Apple Originals’.)
My Take: I’ve got to be honest, it’s hard to get into watching others take a road trip. It’s nice enough. The footage is beautiful, as they use everything from GoPro helmet cams to drones to capture the scenery. But the major source of tension here is Range Anxiety, and the biggest drama is in whether or not they can do it all on electric bikes. Still, it’s interesting to see parts of South America many aren’t familiar with, including deserts and the vast Patagonia. And Ewan does seem like someone that would be a great bloke to be mates with. Some people will really enjoy this, I’m just not one of them.
27 - The Elephant Queen - Documentary (Movie)
Summary: Narrated by the soft-spoken Chiwetel Ejiofor, an elephant herd must navigate the climate of the savannah to survive. Led by the matriarch, they must migrate before the dry season hits to stay around water, and then return to their normal grazing land. Along the way, we meet the many other creatures of the savannah and face the changing climates and droughts that get in the way of these pachyderms.
My Take: A documentary much in the style of the old Disney documentaries, the Elephant Queen does a lot of anthropomorphizing its subjects, who range from elephants to dung beetles, and follows them through a difficult season. It is borderline kids-oriented, but adults might enjoy this as well. It’s not afraid to delve into some sad situations, and there is an overriding theme of what happens in droughts that can not be ignored. A sweet film, perhaps a bit saccharine.
26 - Hala - Drama (Movie)
Summary: Hala is a Pakistani-American teenage girl and her trying to balance her family and cultural pressures with being a teen in America. She longs to be out of the pressures of her family’s culture as she interacts with friends and teachers outside of the home. When she does try to act out, she begins to discover more about her family, both discovering secrets and sides she never knew about, as she discovers more about herself.
My Take: Apple TV+’s first fictional feature film release, this coming of age film is never really surprising, but it is a well made film that hits all the right nuances in trying to share Hala’s experience. It’s not a perfect film, as there are some shifts in tone and character that are rather sudden and jarring for the viewer, though all things considered, that’s probably what writedirector Minhal Baig was trying for. The emotions shift quickly and non-family characters disappear quickly, as it’s clear that this is Hala’s story, and not anyone else’s. It’s a solid watch.
25 - Trying - Comedy
Summary: A British couple, Nikki and Jason, have decided to adopt when they have trouble conceiving. They struggle with the truly difficult process of adopting, as well as insecurities about whether or not the two (who could be called slackers) are truly ready to be, or even worthy of being, parents.
My Take: This is a British comedy co-produced by BBC that is about an intensely serious subject. If you know British humor, you know that it will be very intentionally awkward, and this series can definitely hit that mark. While the show is certainly has about its two main characters (Rafe Spall and Esther Smith as the couple), it has a surprisingly large cast of supporting characters, but with only one star most Americans would know (Imelda Staunton as the most unintimidating social worker ever). It’s an interesting concept, and it finds some sweet moments, but not as many funny ones. It’s not bad, but is just okay.
24 - Oprah’s Book Club - Talk Show
Summary: This was the first Oprah show to appear on Apple TV+, serving as a cross-section of Apple services (which advertises Books and Podcasts), and the only one that got to meet the pre-pandemic style of Oprah’s shows. The idea was that Oprah would interview authors and let an audience ask questions. But the series also shows the effects of the pandemic. Once the pandemic hits, the audience is gone, and it becomes direct virtual interviews for a couple of episodes before Apple and Oprah find a way to have a virtual audience.
My Take: I admit, I didn’t read any of the books selected for this list. I still got something out of these shows, but more of an analysis of Oprah than the books. It did show off one of her worst traits, which is how she answers for an interviewee when they were slow to find a point, and she talked over a lot of people. But you could also see her energy change when she had a live audience versus online interviews, and even different with a virtual audience. You could also see her energy change about what books she is passionate about versus those less so. So this wasn’t a waste, but I wasn’t enthusiastic.
23 - Truth Be Told - Drama
Summary: Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) is a true crime podcaster after a successful career as an investigative reporter, but she comes to dwell on the first case that made her famous, where a teenager was put away for murdering his neighbor. Now an adult (played by Aaron Paul), Poppy begins talking with him to see if she made a mistake. Meanwhile, the victim’s family is forced to revisit the crime, including twin daughters (both played by Lizzy Caplan), and Poppy’s family confronts her for supporting Cave, who has joined a white supremacist gang in prison.
My Take: This show has an incredible cast, with Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, and Ron Cephas Jones in big supporting roles. Race is an unavoidable part of this story, but so is culture, as Poppy is split between her family’s blue-collar roots in Oakland, and the Silicon Valley lifestyle she now lives with her husband across the bay. The Bay Area setting of this series is a big part of the symbolism. The problem is that the mystery viewers came for was never really important. This would’ve been a good third season of a show, once a status quo for these characters had been found, rather than a confusing first season with lots of subplots.
22 - Central Park - Animation
Summary: Animated by the people behind Bob’s Burgers and created in part by Josh Gad, Central Park is an animated musical. The show revolves around the family of the manager of Central Park (Leslie Odom Jr.), and the villainous hotel owner (Stanley Tucci) who wants to undermine the park to buy it and develop it. Gad plays the busker at the park who serves as the audience’s narrator, and it plays like musical theater, with songs written by a range of artists, including Fiona Apple, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, Aimee Mann, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, and Meghan Trainor, among many others.
My Take: The show is silly, but not always in a funny way. The music is reminiscent of the irreverent nature of Avenue Q, and has some star power behind it, though a lot of the music is just meh. I’m not surprised my favorite song, “Spoiler Alert”, was cowritten by Alan Menken of 90’s Disney musical fame. The story, however, very often deviates from the main thrust of the plot and doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere at times, as it’s more bothered with the humor in ridiculous situations, like the park manager’s son being obsessed with the villain’s dog Champagne. Ultimately, though, the show is just meh. The humor is fine, the story is barely relevant, and the majority of the music will not be found on many people’s playlists going forward, although of course you can find it all on Apple Music.
This show has been one of Apple TV’s only controversies, however. The cast is made from many of Gad’s friends. That led to some controversy, as Gad chose stars before choosing parts. Kristen Bell was put into the role of a bi-racial character, and the two villainous women in the series were played by men (Stanley Tucci and Daveed Diggs, though it’s hard to fault either performance). The controversy was first brought up over the winter. After the summer’s social upheaval, Bell stepped down from the role and her former character will be played in season 2 by Emmy Raver-Lampman. Bell will return as a new character in season 2.
21 - On The Rocks - Comedy (Movie)
Summary: Laura (Rashida Jones) is worried that her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) may have gotten bored in their marriage and having an affair with a coworker. Laura’s father (Bill Murrary), a charming and unabashed ladies man, tries to help her figure out her suspicions as they follow Dean around.
My Take: Well, Apple TV+ paid for a Sofia Coppola film, and boy, did they get one. What this means is that this is a movie where the plot is less important than the conversation, and in particular, this might as well be a 2-person play between Jones and Murray. Murray is charming as basically a more chauvinistic version of himself, and Jones deadpan is the perfect counter. Ultimately the conversations are predictable, and the very obvious plot takes away any suspense. This lets the movie’s most emotionally revelatory scene go almost completely under the radar. Ultimately, it and any lessons from this film get lost in conversation. Luckily, though, Murray and Jones are enough to carry the film and stop it from becoming just plain lost.
20 - See - Drama
Summary: In the future, the world was hit with a virus that made all humans blind, and predictably led to a societal downfall. The remains of civilization live either in a world wildness has mostly reclaimed, or the ruins of what once was. The story centers on a family where two children have been born with sight, and their adoptive father (Jason Momoa) and their mother (Hera Hilmar), with friends, try to find others with sight, while being chased by a religious monarch and her soldiers, trying to rid the world of the sin of sight.
My Take: One of Apple TV+’s first showcase shows, with a bankable action star in Jason Momoa and a huge budget, See ended up as one of the platform’s disappointments. The show suffers because it’s trying to world build throughout its first season, but is constantly changing the status quo of the world through its first season. Time flies for the characters, as the kids born in the first episode are teens in 3 episodes. Supporting characters are set up and then lost in the shuffle. The show does a fantastic job putting together a realistic world of how the sightless would build a civilization, but it’s not enough to make up for a plot that barely sets a status quo before blowing it up for a new quo.
19 - Bruce Springsteen’s Letter To You - Documentary (Movie)
Summary: A documentary recorded while Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band recorded their first studio album since 2012, Letter To You was inspired as Springsteen lost a former bandmate from The Castiles, his band in the 1960’s. The documentary goes between the band playing the songs, and talking about themselves and their history.
My Take: This is a solid musical documentary, but there’s nothing groundbreaking here. It was filmed in 2019, when Springsteen was 70, and there’s no avoiding that this is and old white rocker feeling nostalgic and sharing wisdom and concerns of a life having survived rock and roll. Filmed in black and white, the documentary is comfortable and the music is nice, but it kind of fades into the background even while people are talking. Bruce and 80’s rock fans will love this. Others might turn it on and forget it’s playing.
18 - Little America - Comedy
Summary: A serial about the immigrant experience, Little America tells different stories about the immigrant life in America, from different time periods and different original countries. Whether it be a child prodigy who is left behind when his parents are deported, an African immigrant interested in becoming a cowboy, or a silent retreat where language is not a barrier, this serial tries to tell stories from every background
My Take: With Executive Producers Kumail Nanjiani and Emiliy V. Gordon as the true star power, this anthology series looks at eight different stories about immigrants living in America, all inspired by real life stories. Quality varies per episode, and sometimes it gets a little predictable and repetitive. Still, it has enough high points to work overall. My personal favorites were “The Manager” and “The Grand Prize Expo Winner”, the latter doing an amazing job of humanizing an often-mocked stereotype in media.
17 - The Oprah Conversation - Talk Show
Summary: Oprah’s intended talk show to bring in celebrities and experts and talk to them, but because of the pandemic, it is without a live audience. However, Oprah brings guests in remotely with huge and small screens that feels futuristic, not limiting in the way many pandemic shows have been. Oprah and the guest are in separate spaces but both are professionally filmed, and the limited audience members are present like portraits on the wall in a gallery.
My Take: Of the three Oprah shows, this feels most like “Oprah”. Due to the timing of the show after social upheaval, many episodes take on the subject of race and race relations. But others are oddly promotional, like Mariah Carey (who coincidentally has a holiday special coming with Apple TV) and Matthew McConaughey (and his new book). The episodes about race are particularly worth watching (as a white man, who is often uncomfortable talking about race). This is definitely peak Oprah.
16 - Little Voice - Drama
Summary: Sara Bareilles, Jordy Nelson, and. J.J. Abrams are the powerhouses behind this series, a sweet but not exactly groundbreaking story about a singer-songwriter trying to make it in New York. Bess (Brittany O’Grady) is a songwriter with anxiety about performing, despite a father in the business. As Bess tries to overcome her anxiety, she has to deal with her autistic brother (Kevin Valdez, an actor who is actually on the spectrum), her roommate/best friend, a coworker at the bar who wants to be her manager, a new musician partner, a potential love interest or two, and her alcoholic father and absent mother. That’s all.
My Take: It works on the back of star Brittany O’Grady, and a compelling cast of people around her life, especially Valdez’s performance, which is one of the most realistic portrayals of autism you’ll find. Bareilles wrote the music, which is beautiful as usual. Where the show falters is that it seems like it’s trying to do every single possible story at once, and every episode feels manic. It almost seems to exhaust every possible plot point and stumbling block in one season. But O’Grady and the music help you keep watching.
15 - The Banker - Drama (Movie)
Summary: Inspired by a true story, this movie follows Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie), an African-American prodigy, as he makes himself a success in Los Angeles real estate in the 1950’s and 60’s, and tries to move into banking in his home state of Texas. He and his wife (Nia Long) partners with businessman Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) and white front-man Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult) to try and succeed in two racist industries.
My Take: One of Apple TV’s first movies, The Banker has big name stars in Avengers stars Mackie and Jackson and a big-time story. The movie is fast paced and at times feels like skimming a book. It doesn’t skimp on laughs in the first half (with Jackson providing his own laugh track), but it does get much more serious in the second half as it and the characters directly address the racism around them. This is the first Apple TV+ movie that feels distinctly “Hollywood”, both in style in structure. That helps raise ATV+’s profile, but it puts limits this film as well. It’s a good story and worth watching, but is not ground-breaking, and clearly is not an in-depth or entirely accurate look at the story.
It was also a source of a major controversy, as the movie’s release was delayed by allegations of childhood sexual abuse were levied against Bernard Garrett Jr., the son of the main character and a producer on the film, by his half sisters and their mother.
14 - Tehran - Thriller
Summary: An “Apple Original” in title only, this show was made in Israel for their public channel Kan 11, and Apple purchased the international rights. It follows Tamar Rabinyan (Niv Sultan), a young Jewish spy who was born in Iran, as she is inserted into Tehran to try and neutralize Iran’s air defenses so Israel can bomb their nuclear plant. The plot is foiled in the first episode, and Tamar is sent on the run in an enemy city, pursued by the head investigator of the Revolutionary Guard Faraz Kamali (Shaun Toub).
My Take: In many ways, this is a fairly standard spy thriller. There’s a mission, it goes wrong, and everyone is sent scrambling. Tehran gets points, from this American viewer, for exploring the largely unexplored environment of urban Iran (albeit filmed in Athens). The characters switch between Hebrew, Farsi, and English very quickly, which is challenging to hearead. But ultimately, this is a personal spy story of pawns in a bigger war, as the scope grows with each episode. There’s plenty of grey in every side of this conflict. Even with the scope, Tehran gets bogged down and the middle episodes feel filled with filler. Ultimately, it’s solid, and does feel different than most spy shows. And though we get a satisfying resolution, the door is left open for season 2, which is as yet officially unannounced (but reported that they are signed on for two more seasons).
13 - Boys State - Documentary (Movie)
Summary: Every year, young men are brought together in the Texas State Capitol for what is basically a political science camp, where they are broken into their own political parties, and must come up with a platform and compete in an election for roles inspired by state government. During it, these 16-18-year old boys must work together while competing against each other, and learning what politics are.
My Take: A documentary about young men’s mock political competition in Texas, you’ve probably just envisioned something about what this looks like, and no doubt, you’ll probably see exactly that in this documentary. But this Sundance Documentary-winning film doesn’t quite go the way you think, but also close enough that it might not matter. These teens have more nuance than I would’ve expected, and I wish adults had in politics. But it has too much nuance to be received well, I think. Still, if you want a reason to watch this, I’d put money that at least one of the featured boys in this becomes a politician of note in the near future. Also, I am interested in seeing a documentary about the same event for girls, Girls State.
12 - Tiny World - Documentary
Summary: Narrated by Ant-Man’s Paul Rudd, Tiny World takes a look at the world of small animals living in diverse natural habitats around the world. Ranging from the African savannah to the Australian outback to the north American backyard, the show features animals from monkeys that can fit in the palm of your hand, down to the ants that are ever-present.
My Take: Nature documentaries are everywhere, but the cinematography on this is mind-blowing to the point you truly wonder how some of this was shot. Clearly, a large amount of it was manipulated, with rare parts where the CGI shows through, but it doesn’t take away from just how beautiful the shots are. With Rudd’s occasionally wry narration, it makes this a nature documentary that competes with the best stuff on Netflix. The nature never gets too gory, but it does deal with the life and death (sometimes brutal) of tiny nature. And it’s even a great follow-up to the movie “The Elephant Queen” because the first episode features what could be the same dung beetle that featured in that movie! (The movie and this series were not done by the same company, though, so it might just be a look-alike dung beetle they hired.)
11 - Beastie Boys Story - Documentary
Summary: A telling of the Beastie Boys career, by the surviving members Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz themselves. Directed by Spike Jonze, this documentary is shot as the two tell their story to a live audience in a theater, alternating between them on stage laughing and joking around, and video sequences they narrate about their career, and their friends, especially the late Adam “MCA” Yauch.
My Take: This is such an unusual format for a documentary, and it works so well. It allows for some of the goofing off that one might expect from the stars, but it’s still coherent and interesting, especially for me as a casual fan of the band growing up. On a service with a lot of traditionally-made documentaries, this stands out because of both its style and its quality, and if you like pop music at all, you should enjoy this.
10 - For All Mankind - Drama
Summary: An alternate history series based off a simple question: What if the Soviet Union beat America to the moon? From Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore, the answer is that the Americans, more competitive than ever, try to push for more ambitious goals than just landing on the moon and leaving.
My Take: One of the first Apple TV shows, it is a sometimes nerdy but very interesting look at the space race. It balances fictional characters with real life figures (sometimes making interesting decisions when changing their fate), and really tries to focus on the science side of science fiction. The show jumps across years of development, so it’s not as tedious and slow as it could be. It hasn’t captured fans’ imaginations as much as it obviously has its creators’ imaginations, but it’s a quality drama that could get better in future seasons, although it is clearly now swerving to the fiction side of science fiction.
9 - Home Before Dark - Drama
Summary: Hilde Lisko (Brooklynn Prince) is a 9-year old daughter of a journalist who wants to do what he does. When her family moves from New York to her father’s small hometown in Washington, she stumbles onto a mysterious death and does what any reporter would do: writes about it in her blog. But as the mystery expands to her father’s past, she challenges an entire city’s reluctance to face up to a tragedy from decades ago, in the name of journalism.
My Take: A dark horse series that did not get much press, Home Before Dark seems like a show for kids, but is a show is made for adults, with a mystery of twists and turns more like Gone Girl than any children’s show. Prince is the star of this show and keeps viewers attached, even as the mystery’s twists get harder to follow. The show is vaguely inspired by a real life young journalist, but realistically is not at all the same story. It doesn’t matter, as this is as much about family and youthful stubbornness as anything else.
8 - Dickinson - Comedy
Summary: A historical comedy-drama about the life of poet Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld), this show follows her as a modern-thinking woman in a restrictive 19th century setting, growing up as a teenager. It shows both what’s going on around her, and into her imaginative flights of fancy as she deals with romantic trysts, less-than-friendly friends, and restrictive parents (notably Jane Krakowski as her mother Emily).
My Take: One of the first series from Apple TV+, Dickinson is an ambitious series, but shifts between being a period piece with setting-appropriate acting, and characters acting like modern people but set in the past. As great as parts are, it does struggle with focus and tone, particularly John Mulaney’s guest role as Henry David Thoreau, which feels better suited for a Will Ferrell absurdist comedy than what this show is trying to be. Steinfeld shines in the lead role, but Ella Hunt as Dickinson’s best friend Sue and Jane Krakowski as her mother both are fantastic. The relationship between Dickinson and her best friend Sue, and hints about Dickinson’s deteriorating mental health, are both handled very well. This is a show that has a chance to really find its footing in future seasons.
7 - Greyhound - Action (Movie)
Summary: Captain Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) has been given command of a destroyer, and a convoy of supply ships to cross the U-Boat infested Atlantic early in World War II. Without air cover, he spends days awake, attempting to outmaneuver an enemy he can not see, or even count. As ships in his convoy are attacked one by one, he must save as many as he can before getting back under the protective air cover from Great Britain.
My Take: A movie that really was meant for the big screen, Greyhound is not interested in your character development or subplots or mandatory romances (mostly). After an initial scene introducing Krause in the lone bit of character development, this movie is about the tense travel of the Atlantic with submarines hunting you. It never shows the human villains, only the occasional peak at the metal beasts when they surface. It also doesn’t jump between ships on this convoy. Strictly a single viewpoint, which makes for a fascinatingly and a little fatiguingly tense film that is shorter than it feels (only 91 minutes!) because of the thrills. This movie is a fantastically different take on the war films we know, and especially for those with military experience, a strong film.
6 - Servant - Drama
Summary: Without significant spoilers, the show focuses on a couple who recently suffered the loss of a child, and have undertaken a real doll therapy, where they take care of a doll to help the psychological effects of losing a child, and go so far as to bring in a mysterious young girl to be the doll’s nanny. Over the span of the series, secrets about the nanny, and the troubles of the couple themselves, slowly leak out.
My Take: M. Night Shymalan’s first television show is a return to the Shymalan of his early years. With the space of a series instead of a movie, Shymalan has the room to explore each character: the almost-grieving mother (Lauren Ambrose), the disaffected and disbelieving husband (Toby Kebbell), the mysterious nanny (Nell Tiger Free), and the doubtful brother of the wife (Rupert Grint, Ron from Harry Potter), who acts as an outside world anchor. By the end, it feels a bit as if the original mystery has become a subplot, but it’s left on a cliffhanger the will leap the plot forward. And throughout the series, Shymalan allows food to be a visual cue and cinematographic toy, setting the mood. This ranks as one of Shymalan’s better stories from his long career.
5 - Visible: Out on Television - Documentary (Miniseries)
Episodes: 5; Stauts: Completed
Summary: A documentary series about how all facets of LGBTQ people have been represented on television, from the 1950’s through today. As a series, the documentary takes time with many the facets of every letter in LGBTQ, and all the letters hidden within it, talking about struggles of people of color. With interviews and clips, it takes it’s time with different eras and weaves it all together. And it’s all done with an undertone of how storytelling works, and the tool that television is, both for misinformation but also for connection.
My Take: Making this a series really allows the time to give this topic the time to really explore it. It’s an engaging documentary, especially for anyone who’s spent any time watching television. There’s nuggets of memory for all of us, where we can connect to the shows we used to watch, both their flaws and triumphs. Certain critics might point to this as Apple trying to force representation down our throats, but this documentary is excellent at telling a compelling story with both history and context.
4 - The Morning Show - Drama
Summary: Apple TV+’s centerpiece, with superstar stars Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carrell, and yet a scene-stealing supporting cast of Gugu Mbahta-Raw, Billy Crudup (who won an Emmy for his role), Mark Duplass, and Jack Davenport (who is never not good), the show is about a, believe it or not, morning show whose male lead is fired in a sexual misconduct scandal and the after-effects. Witherspoon’s character is unexpectedly brought in to replace him, as power battles go on behind the scenes with everyone from the network head down to the assistant producers, as the secrets spill out about the truth.
My Take: What could be a preachy show about the MeToo movement never gets that way, and attempts a nuanced discussion about the less clear-cut issues. It’s not done perfectly, as some conflicts from the episodic storyline seem to disappear in the next episode, and Mitch is frustratingly (and probably intentionally) likable even as he is hate-able, with Carell showing his range. One flaw of this show is that the extremely likable supporting cast pulls attention away from Aniston and Witherspoon, the former being appropriately lauded with praise but not getting enough to win awards, and the latter getting a little stuck in her character spot. The season finale flurry hits hard, even if it doesn’t feel completely earned, but this show has definitely become the first bankable piece ATV+ has.
3 - Defending Jacob - Drama (Miniseries)
Summary: A boy is murdered, and after an investigation, suspicion falls on one of his classmates, Jacob, who is the son of Andy Barber, one of the assistant district attorneys (Chris Evans). Andy and his wife Laurie (Michelle Dockery) must do their best to defend their son, investigating other leads, but also facing the possibility that their son is guilty, and hiding family secrets.
My Take: Starring Captain America’s Chris Evans, Defending Jacob became the summer hit for Apple TV+, drawing viewers in. The tension between Andy and his wife Laurie, and their slightly creepy son Jacob (Jaeden Martell) as the teen is accused of murder, is filled with tension and, unlike many of the series on Apple TV, comes to a full conclusion in one season. Fans of mysteries like Gone Girl will appreciate this series. Although it can feel slightly stretched, this series hits hard and makes the most of its star power.
2 - Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet - Comedy
Summary: Mythic Quest is an online game akin to World of Warcraft, and it’s launching a new expansion to keep its fans engaged. The studio is led by a charmingly sycophantic designer Ian (pronounced EYE-an, played by Rob Mcelhenney), and lead engineer Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao). With a staff of obsessive assistants, disinterested programmers, earnest game testers, snippy game streamers, and an elderly lead writer lost in technology, the show hops along the daily struggles of keeping a game going and its fans happy.
My Take: An absolute home run of a show, as one would expect from the team behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Mythic Quest is absurdist comedy at its best, with McElhenney and a breakout performance from Nicdao. However, it’s also an ensemble cast with no weak spots, and a wonderfully obvious premise that is contemporary. It is at its best in two standalone episodes. The first comes out of nowhere, not featuring the main cast but instead acts as a “How the Game Industry Got Here” prequel in heartbreakingly personal fashion. The second is a special Quarantine episode that was perhaps the best quarantine-focused special episode done anywhere.
1 - Ted Lasso - Comedy
Summary: An American Football coach is inexplicably hired as a Soccer…er, real Football coach in the Premiere League in London. The titular Lasso is genuine and earnest, openly saying he doesn’t think winning has to do with the score, and he faces a soccer world where the opposite is true. He faces disbelieving players, abusive fans, unsure team staff, and a devious owner, but he barely blinks in the face of it all, and tries to keep his team from relegation…once he learns what that means.
My Take: An absolute surprise of a show, based on NBC Sports comedy promos, that has no right to be so great. Ted Lasso is on its face a fish-out-of-water sports show about an American football coach going to Europe to coach football/soccer. But it’s really a movie about a polite man in an impolite world, and bending rather than breaking, and sticking to your principles. It’s not laugh out loud funny, but it is surprisingly emotional. It’s also a show that champions maturity in a way that hits harder in a 2020 world, and so it’s also very well-timed. The only problem with Ted Lasso the show is that even though it gives Apple TV+ a recognizable character to market, it’s not a must-subscribe show. But it’s unquestionably one of Apple TV+’s best.
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2020.11.01 09:17 BruteSentiment It's been 1 year since Apple TV+ began, and I have watched every one of their shows (except the kids stuff)! Here's my ranking... [No Spoilers]

In one year, Apple TV+ has released a pretty solid slate of original material. Not including children-oriented content, Apple TV+ has released 20 series, 3 miniseries, 9 movies, and 2 talk shows. From the start, Apple has said that the goal of the content is on quality, not quantity. But…has it lived up to that?
34 - Greatness Code - Documentary
Summary: Each episode features a different athlete talking about a key moment in their careers. The show features athletes from many different sports, including basketball’s LeBron James, soccer’s Alex Morgan (sorry…footballer Alex Morgan), snowboarder Shaun White, sprinter Usain Bolt, swimmer Katie Ledecky, surfer Kelly Slater, and (American) footballer Tom Brady (who is a co-producer).
My Take: This is the easy winner for the worst thing on Apple TV+. The only good thing about this “show” is that the episodes are usually no more than 10 minutes long. The monologues by the athletes are…fine. There’s nothing you haven’t really heard before here. The problem is that the special effects take away from actually seeing the athlete in action. Almost every bit of action has some animation or filter or something over it, so we almost never actually see the events being discussed. It’s pretty ridiculous. After watching this, I genuinely wondered if this series was intended to be part of Apple TV+’s children’s offerings, because that is the only level where it could at all seem “great”.
33 - Oprah Talks Covid-19 - News (Miniseries)
Summary: Not long after the COVID-19 pandemic started major lockdowns across the United States, Oprah quickly began to do online interviews with people who she hoped would bring perspective and uplifting messages, from celebrities to pastors to nurses to people who had experienced isolation in prison and the holocaust. This series ran for nearly a month from mid-March to mid-April in 2020.
My Take: One of Oprah’s three series, this one is the lowest ranked just because much of the information within it is out of date, and is aimed at people at a certain time, which was months ago. But in a way, it’s a bit of a time capsule of the early parts of the pandemic in the public eye, which is interesting. It’s almost as interesting to see the production value (or lack there of), as the majority of the episodes are screen recordings of online interviews. It’s perhaps only worth watching now for being a curiosity, but Apple and Oprah did good getting something up in a timely fashion.
32 - Amazing Stories - Adventure
Summary: An anthology series executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the show brings back the “Amazing Stories” brand with five independent stories about incredible adventures that play with sci-fi and fantasy about regular people put in amazing situations.
My Take: Amazing Stories was to be one of Apple TV’s tentpoles for the summer. Unfortunately, the series landed flat, and is by far the biggest disappointment. It’s yet another TV series that original co-Producer Bryan Fuller left. The show was originally to have ten episodes, it ended up with just five. The stories were not very groundbreaking, though they were beautifully shot. It might be worth checking out for Robert Forster’s last project before he died (Dynoman and the Volt), and for the touching “The Heat” about high school runners from Oakland.
31 - Home - Documentary
Summary: As you might imagine, this documentary series is not just about the architecture of a house, but about the people behind building and designing them. Each episode features a different house and story, with houses chosen from around the world, from urban environments like Chicago and Hong Kong to remote locations in Maine and Bali.
My Take: Although cable and streaming is littered with television programs about houses and architecture, this show passes on the drama, which helps Home become a documentary, and not a reality show. The cinematography is predictably beautiful, but the pacing is slow, and it’s very hard to really get into. It doesn’t help that a couple of the home builders behind the stories are honestly not very likable. The final episode of the first season is really good, but ultimately, this show is a bit of a snooze beyond the real enthusiasts.
30 - Dads - Documentary (Movie)
Summary: Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, this movie looks at fathers across the many levels of fatherhood, anchored by Howard’s own relationship with her father, actodirector Ron Howard, and her grandfather Archie, as well as Bryce’s non-celebrity brother who is an expecting father. The movie shifts to stories about fathers from around the world, and back to the Howards, to celebrate the ever-shifting role of fatherhood in modern society.
My Take: This documentary is a sweet, if simple, tribute to modern fatherhood. There’s nothing special here, it does exactly what you would expect it to. It has cameo interviews from comedian fathers, interspersed with random recordings of fathers from home movies and social media, and stories of fathers in different situations. There’s nothing bad about it, but it’s pretty dry overall. It’s not a waste, but it’ll probably end up being the thing you see in the list and say “Oh, I’ll watch that another time…”, which might as well be next Father’s Day with your dad.
29 - Dear… - Documentary
Summary: A documentary series that details the history and life of various individual celebrities, and uses letters written by people they have affected to frame those celebrities’ impact on people and society.
My Take: Apple has used the advertising method of using letters written to Apple or Tim Cook about how things have changed their lives (particularly the Apple Watch), and in that context this series feels like, well, advertising. Not to take anything away from the celebrities involved, but the marketing push feels very heavy here. And, of course, one of the celebrities featured is Oprah, who is a big presence in ATV+. It also gets absurd with one episode around Big Bird (in character); of course, the Muppets have a spin-off in the kids section of ATV+ called Helpsters. It’s best with the smaller names, where even I learned a little bit. It’s a decent feel-good if that’s what you’re looking for.
28 - Long Way Up - Documentary (Miniseries)
Summary: The third docu-series by Ewan McGregor and his best friend Charley Boorman as they take a long road trip by motorcycle. This trip, they are traveling from the southern tip of South America up to Los Angeles, and are doing it (almost) entirely on electric vehicles. The series highlights both the places they visit along the way, and the travails (and successes) of using these new, custom-made electric motorcycles. (The other two series Long Way Round and Long Way Down have also been added to ATV+, though they are not ‘Apple Originals’.)
My Take: I’ve got to be honest, it’s hard to get into watching others take a road trip. It’s nice enough. The footage is beautiful, as they use everything from GoPro helmet cams to drones to capture the scenery. But the major source of tension here is Range Anxiety, and the biggest drama is in whether or not they can do it all on electric bikes. Still, it’s interesting to see parts of South America many aren’t familiar with, including deserts and the vast Patagonia. And Ewan does seem like someone that would be a great bloke to be mates with. Some people will really enjoy this, I’m just not one of them.
27 - The Elephant Queen - Documentary (Movie)
Summary: Narrated by the soft-spoken Chiwetel Ejiofor, an elephant herd must navigate the climate of the savannah to survive. Led by the matriarch, they must migrate before the dry season hits to stay around water, and then return to their normal grazing land. Along the way, we meet the many other creatures of the savannah and face the changing climates and droughts that get in the way of these pachyderms.
My Take: A documentary much in the style of the old Disney documentaries, the Elephant Queen does a lot of anthropomorphizing its subjects, who range from elephants to dung beetles, and follows them through a difficult season. It is borderline kids-oriented, but adults might enjoy this as well. It’s not afraid to delve into some sad situations, and there is an overriding theme of what happens in droughts that can not be ignored. A sweet film, perhaps a bit saccharine.
26 - Hala - Drama (Movie)
Summary: Hala is a Pakistani-American teenage girl and her trying to balance her family and cultural pressures with being a teen in America. She longs to be out of the pressures of her family’s culture as she interacts with friends and teachers outside of the home. When she does try to act out, she begins to discover more about her family, both discovering secrets and sides she never knew about, as she discovers more about herself.
My Take: Apple TV+’s first fictional feature film release, this coming of age film is never really surprising, but it is a well made film that hits all the right nuances in trying to share Hala’s experience. It’s not a perfect film, as there are some shifts in tone and character that are rather sudden and jarring for the viewer, though all things considered, that’s probably what writedirector Minhal Baig was trying for. The emotions shift quickly and non-family characters disappear quickly, as it’s clear that this is Hala’s story, and not anyone else’s. It’s a solid watch.
25 - Trying - Comedy
Summary: A British couple, Nikki and Jason, have decided to adopt when they have trouble conceiving. They struggle with the truly difficult process of adopting, as well as insecurities about whether or not the two (who could be called slackers) are truly ready to be, or even worthy of being, parents.
My Take: This is a British comedy co-produced by BBC that is about an intensely serious subject. If you know British humor, you know that it will be very intentionally awkward, and this series can definitely hit that mark. While the show is certainly has about its two main characters (Rafe Spall and Esther Smith as the couple), it has a surprisingly large cast of supporting characters, but with only one star most Americans would know (Imelda Staunton as the most unintimidating social worker ever). It’s an interesting concept, and it finds some sweet moments, but not as many funny ones. It’s not bad, but is just okay.
24 - Oprah’s Book Club - Talk Show
Summary: This was the first Oprah show to appear on Apple TV+, serving as a cross-section of Apple services (which advertises Books and Podcasts), and the only one that got to meet the pre-pandemic style of Oprah’s shows. The idea was that Oprah would interview authors and let an audience ask questions. But the series also shows the effects of the pandemic. Once the pandemic hits, the audience is gone, and it becomes direct virtual interviews for a couple of episodes before Apple and Oprah find a way to have a virtual audience.
My Take: I admit, I didn’t read any of the books selected for this list. I still got something out of these shows, but more of an analysis of Oprah than the books. It did show off one of her worst traits, which is how she answers for an interviewee when they were slow to find a point, and she talked over a lot of people. But you could also see her energy change when she had a live audience versus online interviews, and even different with a virtual audience. You could also see her energy change about what books she is passionate about versus those less so. So this wasn’t a waste, but I wasn’t enthusiastic.
23 - Truth Be Told - Drama
Summary: Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) is a true crime podcaster after a successful career as an investigative reporter, but she comes to dwell on the first case that made her famous, where a teenager was put away for murdering his neighbor. Now an adult (played by Aaron Paul), Poppy begins talking with him to see if she made a mistake. Meanwhile, the victim’s family is forced to revisit the crime, including twin daughters (both played by Lizzy Caplan), and Poppy’s family confronts her for supporting Cave, who has joined a white supremacist gang in prison.
My Take: This show has an incredible cast, with Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, and Ron Cephas Jones in big supporting roles. Race is an unavoidable part of this story, but so is culture, as Poppy is split between her family’s blue-collar roots in Oakland, and the Silicon Valley lifestyle she now lives with her husband across the bay. The Bay Area setting of this series is a big part of the symbolism. The problem is that the mystery viewers came for was never really important. This would’ve been a good third season of a show, once a status quo for these characters had been found, rather than a confusing first season with lots of subplots.
22 - Central Park - Animation
Summary: Animated by the people behind Bob’s Burgers and created in part by Josh Gad, Central Park is an animated musical. The show revolves around the family of the manager of Central Park (Leslie Odom Jr.), and the villainous hotel owner (Stanley Tucci) who wants to undermine the park to buy it and develop it. Gad plays the busker at the park who serves as the audience’s narrator, and it plays like musical theater, with songs written by a range of artists, including Fiona Apple, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, Aimee Mann, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, and Meghan Trainor, among many others.
My Take: The show is silly, but not always in a funny way. The music is reminiscent of the irreverent nature of Avenue Q, and has some star power behind it, though a lot of the music is just meh. I’m not surprised my favorite song, “Spoiler Alert”, was cowritten by Alan Menken of 90’s Disney musical fame. The story, however, very often deviates from the main thrust of the plot and doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere at times, as it’s more bothered with the humor in ridiculous situations, like the park manager’s son being obsessed with the villain’s dog Champagne. Ultimately, though, the show is just meh. The humor is fine, the story is barely relevant, and the majority of the music will not be found on many people’s playlists going forward, although of course you can find it all on Apple Music.
This show has been one of Apple TV’s only controversies, however. The cast is made from many of Gad’s friends. That led to some controversy, as Gad chose stars before choosing parts. Kristen Bell was put into the role of a bi-racial character, and the two villainous women in the series were played by men (Stanley Tucci and Daveed Diggs, though it’s hard to fault either performance). The controversy was first brought up over the winter. After the summer’s social upheaval, Bell stepped down from the role and her former character will be played in season 2 by Emmy Raver-Lampman. Bell will return as a new character in season 2.
21 - On The Rocks - Comedy (Movie)
Summary: Laura (Rashida Jones) is worried that her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) may have gotten bored in their marriage and having an affair with a coworker. Laura’s father (Bill Murrary), a charming and unabashed ladies man, tries to help her figure out her suspicions as they follow Dean around.
My Take: Well, Apple TV+ paid for a Sofia Coppola film, and boy, did they get one. What this means is that this is a movie where the plot is less important than the conversation, and in particular, this might as well be a 2-person play between Jones and Murray. Murray is charming as basically a more chauvinistic version of himself, and Jones deadpan is the perfect counter. Ultimately the conversations are predictable, and the very obvious plot takes away any suspense. This lets the movie’s most emotionally revelatory scene go almost completely under the radar. Ultimately, it and any lessons from this film get lost in conversation. Luckily, though, Murray and Jones are enough to carry the film and stop it from becoming just plain lost.
20 - See - Drama
Summary: In the future, the world was hit with a virus that made all humans blind, and predictably led to a societal downfall. The remains of civilization live either in a world wildness has mostly reclaimed, or the ruins of what once was. The story centers on a family where two children have been born with sight, and their adoptive father (Jason Momoa) and their mother (Hera Hilmar), with friends, try to find others with sight, while being chased by a religious monarch and her soldiers, trying to rid the world of the sin of sight.
My Take: One of Apple TV+’s first showcase shows, with a bankable action star in Jason Momoa and a huge budget, See ended up as one of the platform’s disappointments. The show suffers because it’s trying to world build throughout its first season, but is constantly changing the status quo of the world through its first season. Time flies for the characters, as the kids born in the first episode are teens in 3 episodes. Supporting characters are set up and then lost in the shuffle. The show does a fantastic job putting together a realistic world of how the sightless would build a civilization, but it’s not enough to make up for a plot that barely sets a status quo before blowing it up for a new quo.
19 - Bruce Springsteen’s Letter To You - Documentary (Movie)
Summary: A documentary recorded while Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band recorded their first studio album since 2012, Letter To You was inspired as Springsteen lost a former bandmate from The Castiles, his band in the 1960’s. The documentary goes between the band playing the songs, and talking about themselves and their history.
My Take: This is a solid musical documentary, but there’s nothing groundbreaking here. It was filmed in 2019, when Springsteen was 70, and there’s no avoiding that this is and old white rocker feeling nostalgic and sharing wisdom and concerns of a life having survived rock and roll. Filmed in black and white, the documentary is comfortable and the music is nice, but it kind of fades into the background even while people are talking. Bruce and 80’s rock fans will love this. Others might turn it on and forget it’s playing.
18 - Little America - Comedy
Summary: A serial about the immigrant experience, Little America tells different stories about the immigrant life in America, from different time periods and different original countries. Whether it be a child prodigy who is left behind when his parents are deported, an African immigrant interested in becoming a cowboy, or a silent retreat where language is not a barrier, this serial tries to tell stories from every background
My Take: With Executive Producers Kumail Nanjiani and Emiliy V. Gordon as the true star power, this anthology series looks at eight different stories about immigrants living in America, all inspired by real life stories. Quality varies per episode, and sometimes it gets a little predictable and repetitive. Still, it has enough high points to work overall. My personal favorites were “The Manager” and “The Grand Prize Expo Winner”, the latter doing an amazing job of humanizing an often-mocked stereotype in media.
17 - The Oprah Conversation - Talk Show
Summary: Oprah’s intended talk show to bring in celebrities and experts and talk to them, but because of the pandemic, it is without a live audience. However, Oprah brings guests in remotely with huge and small screens that feels futuristic, not limiting in the way many pandemic shows have been. Oprah and the guest are in separate spaces but both are professionally filmed, and the limited audience members are present like portraits on the wall in a gallery.
My Take: Of the three Oprah shows, this feels most like “Oprah”. Due to the timing of the show after social upheaval, many episodes take on the subject of race and race relations. But others are oddly promotional, like Mariah Carey (who coincidentally has a holiday special coming with Apple TV) and Matthew McConaughey (and his new book). The episodes about race are particularly worth watching (as a white man, who is often uncomfortable talking about race). This is definitely peak Oprah.
16 - Little Voice - Drama
Summary: Sara Bareilles, Jordy Nelson, and. J.J. Abrams are the powerhouses behind this series, a sweet but not exactly groundbreaking story about a singer-songwriter trying to make it in New York. Bess (Brittany O’Grady) is a songwriter with anxiety about performing, despite a father in the business. As Bess tries to overcome her anxiety, she has to deal with her autistic brother (Kevin Valdez, an actor who is actually on the spectrum), her roommate/best friend, a coworker at the bar who wants to be her manager, a new musician partner, a potential love interest or two, and her alcoholic father and absent mother. That’s all.
My Take: It works on the back of star Brittany O’Grady, and a compelling cast of people around her life, especially Valdez’s performance, which is one of the most realistic portrayals of autism you’ll find. Bareilles wrote the music, which is beautiful as usual. Where the show falters is that it seems like it’s trying to do every single possible story at once, and every episode feels manic. It almost seems to exhaust every possible plot point and stumbling block in one season. But O’Grady and the music help you keep watching.
15 - The Banker - Drama (Movie)
Summary: Inspired by a true story, this movie follows Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie), an African-American prodigy, as he makes himself a success in Los Angeles real estate in the 1950’s and 60’s, and tries to move into banking in his home state of Texas. He and his wife (Nia Long) partners with businessman Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) and white front-man Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult) to try and succeed in two racist industries.
My Take: One of Apple TV’s first movies, The Banker has big name stars in Avengers stars Mackie and Jackson and a big-time story. The movie is fast paced and at times feels like skimming a book. It doesn’t skimp on laughs in the first half (with Jackson providing his own laugh track), but it does get much more serious in the second half as it and the characters directly address the racism around them. This is the first Apple TV+ movie that feels distinctly “Hollywood”, both in style in structure. That helps raise ATV+’s profile, but it puts limits this film as well. It’s a good story and worth watching, but is not ground-breaking, and clearly is not an in-depth or entirely accurate look at the story.
It was also a source of a major controversy, as the movie’s release was delayed by allegations of childhood sexual abuse were levied against Bernard Garrett Jr., the son of the main character and a producer on the film, by his half sisters and their mother.
14 - Tehran - Thriller
Summary: An “Apple Original” in title only, this show was made in Israel for their public channel Kan 11, and Apple purchased the international rights. It follows Tamar Rabinyan (Niv Sultan), a young Jewish spy who was born in Iran, as she is inserted into Tehran to try and neutralize Iran’s air defenses so Israel can bomb their nuclear plant. The plot is foiled in the first episode, and Tamar is sent on the run in an enemy city, pursued by the head investigator of the Revolutionary Guard Faraz Kamali (Shaun Toub).
My Take: In many ways, this is a fairly standard spy thriller. There’s a mission, it goes wrong, and everyone is sent scrambling. Tehran gets points, from this American viewer, for exploring the largely unexplored environment of urban Iran (albeit filmed in Athens). The characters switch between Hebrew, Farsi, and English very quickly, which is challenging to hearead. But ultimately, this is a personal spy story of pawns in a bigger war, as the scope grows with each episode. There’s plenty of grey in every side of this conflict. Even with the scope, Tehran gets bogged down and the middle episodes feel filled with filler. Ultimately, it’s solid, and does feel different than most spy shows. And though we get a satisfying resolution, the door is left open for season 2, which is as yet officially unannounced (but reported that they are signed on for two more seasons).
13 - Boys State - Documentary (Movie)
Summary: Every year, young men are brought together in the Texas State Capitol for what is basically a political science camp, where they are broken into their own political parties, and must come up with a platform and compete in an election for roles inspired by state government. During it, these 16-18-year old boys must work together while competing against each other, and learning what politics are.
My Take: A documentary about young men’s mock political competition in Texas, you’ve probably just envisioned something about what this looks like, and no doubt, you’ll probably see exactly that in this documentary. But this Sundance Documentary-winning film doesn’t quite go the way you think, but also close enough that it might not matter. These teens have more nuance than I would’ve expected, and I wish adults had in politics. But it has too much nuance to be received well, I think. Still, if you want a reason to watch this, I’d put money that at least one of the featured boys in this becomes a politician of note in the near future. Also, I am interested in seeing a documentary about the same event for girls, Girls State.
12 - Tiny World - Documentary
Summary: Narrated by Ant-Man’s Paul Rudd, Tiny World takes a look at the world of small animals living in diverse natural habitats around the world. Ranging from the African savannah to the Australian outback to the north American backyard, the show features animals from monkeys that can fit in the palm of your hand, down to the ants that are ever-present.
My Take: Nature documentaries are everywhere, but the cinematography on this is mind-blowing to the point you truly wonder how some of this was shot. Clearly, a large amount of it was manipulated, with rare parts where the CGI shows through, but it doesn’t take away from just how beautiful the shots are. With Rudd’s occasionally wry narration, it makes this a nature documentary that competes with the best stuff on Netflix. The nature never gets too gory, but it does deal with the life and death (sometimes brutal) of tiny nature. And it’s even a great follow-up to the movie “The Elephant Queen” because the first episode features what could be the same dung beetle that featured in that movie! (The movie and this series were not done by the same company, though, so it might just be a look-alike dung beetle they hired.)
11 - Beastie Boys Story - Documentary
Summary: A telling of the Beastie Boys career, by the surviving members Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz themselves. Directed by Spike Jonze, this documentary is shot as the two tell their story to a live audience in a theater, alternating between them on stage laughing and joking around, and video sequences they narrate about their career, and their friends, especially the late Adam “MCA” Yauch.
My Take: This is such an unusual format for a documentary, and it works so well. It allows for some of the goofing off that one might expect from the stars, but it’s still coherent and interesting, especially for me as a casual fan of the band growing up. On a service with a lot of traditionally-made documentaries, this stands out because of both its style and its quality, and if you like pop music at all, you should enjoy this.
10 - For All Mankind - Drama
Summary: An alternate history series based off a simple question: What if the Soviet Union beat America to the moon? From Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore, the answer is that the Americans, more competitive than ever, try to push for more ambitious goals than just landing on the moon and leaving.
My Take: One of the first Apple TV shows, it is a sometimes nerdy but very interesting look at the space race. It balances fictional characters with real life figures (sometimes making interesting decisions when changing their fate), and really tries to focus on the science side of science fiction. The show jumps across years of development, so it’s not as tedious and slow as it could be. It hasn’t captured fans’ imaginations as much as it obviously has its creators’ imaginations, but it’s a quality drama that could get better in future seasons, although it is clearly now swerving to the fiction side of science fiction.
9 - Home Before Dark - Drama
Summary: Hilde Lisko (Brooklynn Prince) is a 9-year old daughter of a journalist who wants to do what he does. When her family moves from New York to her father’s small hometown in Washington, she stumbles onto a mysterious death and does what any reporter would do: writes about it in her blog. But as the mystery expands to her father’s past, she challenges an entire city’s reluctance to face up to a tragedy from decades ago, in the name of journalism.
My Take: A dark horse series that did not get much press, Home Before Dark seems like a show for kids, but is a show is made for adults, with a mystery of twists and turns more like Gone Girl than any children’s show. Prince is the star of this show and keeps viewers attached, even as the mystery’s twists get harder to follow. The show is vaguely inspired by a real life young journalist, but realistically is not at all the same story. It doesn’t matter, as this is as much about family and youthful stubbornness as anything else.
8 - Dickinson - Comedy
Summary: A historical comedy-drama about the life of poet Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld), this show follows her as a modern-thinking woman in a restrictive 19th century setting, growing up as a teenager. It shows both what’s going on around her, and into her imaginative flights of fancy as she deals with romantic trysts, less-than-friendly friends, and restrictive parents (notably Jane Krakowski as her mother Emily).
My Take: One of the first series from Apple TV+, Dickinson is an ambitious series, but shifts between being a period piece with setting-appropriate acting, and characters acting like modern people but set in the past. As great as parts are, it does struggle with focus and tone, particularly John Mulaney’s guest role as Henry David Thoreau, which feels better suited for a Will Ferrell absurdist comedy than what this show is trying to be. Steinfeld shines in the lead role, but Ella Hunt as Dickinson’s best friend Sue and Jane Krakowski as her mother both are fantastic. The relationship between Dickinson and her best friend Sue, and hints about Dickinson’s deteriorating mental health, are both handled very well. This is a show that has a chance to really find its footing in future seasons.
7 - Greyhound - Action (Movie)
Summary: Captain Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) has been given command of a destroyer, and a convoy of supply ships to cross the U-Boat infested Atlantic early in World War II. Without air cover, he spends days awake, attempting to outmaneuver an enemy he can not see, or even count. As ships in his convoy are attacked one by one, he must save as many as he can before getting back under the protective air cover from Great Britain.
My Take: A movie that really was meant for the big screen, Greyhound is not interested in your character development or subplots or mandatory romances (mostly). After an initial scene introducing Krause in the lone bit of character development, this movie is about the tense travel of the Atlantic with submarines hunting you. It never shows the human villains, only the occasional peak at the metal beasts when they surface. It also doesn’t jump between ships on this convoy. Strictly a single viewpoint, which makes for a fascinatingly and a little fatiguingly tense film that is shorter than it feels (only 91 minutes!) because of the thrills. This movie is a fantastically different take on the war films we know, and especially for those with military experience, a strong film.
6 - Servant - Drama
Summary: Without significant spoilers, the show focuses on a couple who recently suffered the loss of a child, and have undertaken a real doll therapy, where they take care of a doll to help the psychological effects of losing a child, and go so far as to bring in a mysterious young girl to be the doll’s nanny. Over the span of the series, secrets about the nanny, and the troubles of the couple themselves, slowly leak out.
My Take: M. Night Shymalan’s first television show is a return to the Shymalan of his early years. With the space of a series instead of a movie, Shymalan has the room to explore each character: the almost-grieving mother (Lauren Ambrose), the disaffected and disbelieving husband (Toby Kebbell), the mysterious nanny (Nell Tiger Free), and the doubtful brother of the wife (Rupert Grint, Ron from Harry Potter), who acts as an outside world anchor. By the end, it feels a bit as if the original mystery has become a subplot, but it’s left on a cliffhanger the will leap the plot forward. And throughout the series, Shymalan allows food to be a visual cue and cinematographic toy, setting the mood. This ranks as one of Shymalan’s better stories from his long career.
5 - Visible: Out on Television - Documentary (Miniseries)
Episodes: 5; Stauts: Completed
Summary: A documentary series about how all facets of LGBTQ people have been represented on television, from the 1950’s through today. As a series, the documentary takes time with many the facets of every letter in LGBTQ, and all the letters hidden within it, talking about struggles of people of color. With interviews and clips, it takes it’s time with different eras and weaves it all together. And it’s all done with an undertone of how storytelling works, and the tool that television is, both for misinformation but also for connection.
My Take: Making this a series really allows the time to give this topic the time to really explore it. It’s an engaging documentary, especially for anyone who’s spent any time watching television. There’s nuggets of memory for all of us, where we can connect to the shows we used to watch, both their flaws and triumphs. Certain critics might point to this as Apple trying to force representation down our throats, but this documentary is excellent at telling a compelling story with both history and context.
4 - The Morning Show - Drama
Summary: Apple TV+’s centerpiece, with superstar stars Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carrell, and yet a scene-stealing supporting cast of Gugu Mbahta-Raw, Billy Crudup (who won an Emmy for his role), Mark Duplass, and Jack Davenport (who is never not good), the show is about a, believe it or not, morning show whose male lead is fired in a sexual misconduct scandal and the after-effects. Witherspoon’s character is unexpectedly brought in to replace him, as power battles go on behind the scenes with everyone from the network head down to the assistant producers, as the secrets spill out about the truth.
My Take: What could be a preachy show about the MeToo movement never gets that way, and attempts a nuanced discussion about the less clear-cut issues. It’s not done perfectly, as some conflicts from the episodic storyline seem to disappear in the next episode, and Mitch is frustratingly (and probably intentionally) likable even as he is hate-able, with Carell showing his range. One flaw of this show is that the extremely likable supporting cast pulls attention away from Aniston and Witherspoon, the former being appropriately lauded with praise but not getting enough to win awards, and the latter getting a little stuck in her character spot. The season finale flurry hits hard, even if it doesn’t feel completely earned, but this show has definitely become the first bankable piece ATV+ has.
3 - Defending Jacob - Drama (Miniseries)
Summary: A boy is murdered, and after an investigation, suspicion falls on one of his classmates, Jacob, who is the son of Andy Barber, one of the assistant district attorneys (Chris Evans). Andy and his wife Laurie (Michelle Dockery) must do their best to defend their son, investigating other leads, but also facing the possibility that their son is guilty, and hiding family secrets.
My Take: Starring Captain America’s Chris Evans, Defending Jacob became the summer hit for Apple TV+, drawing viewers in. The tension between Andy and his wife Laurie, and their slightly creepy son Jacob (Jaeden Martell) as the teen is accused of murder, is filled with tension and, unlike many of the series on Apple TV, comes to a full conclusion in one season. Fans of mysteries like Gone Girl will appreciate this series. Although it can feel slightly stretched, this series hits hard and makes the most of its star power.
2 - Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet - Comedy
Summary: Mythic Quest is an online game akin to World of Warcraft, and it’s launching a new expansion to keep its fans engaged. The studio is led by a charmingly sycophantic designer Ian (pronounced EYE-an, played by Rob Mcelhenney), and lead engineer Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao). With a staff of obsessive assistants, disinterested programmers, earnest game testers, snippy game streamers, and an elderly lead writer lost in technology, the show hops along the daily struggles of keeping a game going and its fans happy.
My Take: An absolute home run of a show, as one would expect from the team behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Mythic Quest is absurdist comedy at its best, with McElhenney and a breakout performance from Nicdao. However, it’s also an ensemble cast with no weak spots, and a wonderfully obvious premise that is contemporary. It is at its best in two standalone episodes. The first comes out of nowhere, not featuring the main cast but instead acts as a “How the Game Industry Got Here” prequel in heartbreakingly personal fashion. The second is a special Quarantine episode that was perhaps the best quarantine-focused special episode done anywhere.
1 - Ted Lasso - Comedy
Summary: An American Football coach is inexplicably hired as a Soccer…er, real Football coach in the Premiere League in London. The titular Lasso is genuine and earnest, openly saying he doesn’t think winning has to do with the score, and he faces a soccer world where the opposite is true. He faces disbelieving players, abusive fans, unsure team staff, and a devious owner, but he barely blinks in the face of it all, and tries to keep his team from relegation…once he learns what that means.
My Take: An absolute surprise of a show, based on NBC Sports comedy promos, that has no right to be so great. Ted Lasso is on its face a fish-out-of-water sports show about an American football coach going to Europe to coach football/soccer. But it’s really a movie about a polite man in an impolite world, and bending rather than breaking, and sticking to your principles. It’s not laugh out loud funny, but it is surprisingly emotional. It’s also a show that champions maturity in a way that hits harder in a 2020 world, and so it’s also very well-timed. The only problem with Ted Lasso the show is that even though it gives Apple TV+ a recognizable character to market, it’s not a must-subscribe show. But it’s unquestionably one of Apple TV+’s best.
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2020.10.31 21:12 KingTyson27 [S] King's Survivor Mamanuca Islands: Blood Vs Water

With this being the last King's Survivor season before Winners at War, I decided to up the ante a little bit- instead of 16, or 18, or even 20 players, there will be 24 players competing for a chance to win, and instead of a final three, we will be switching back to a final two format. There will also be non-elimination episodes for the first time, and there will be only one elimination in the finale. Also, there will be a juror removal twist, at the final four, someone will win a reward to vote out a juror who they believe won't give them the win no matter what.
Lairo (Returnee) Tribe:
Ayana "Aya" Juma, Millennials Vs Gen X & Game Changers, 6th & 18th, Gav's Half-sister, u/somewell
Brett Herman, David Vs Goliath, 7th, Jordan's Fiancé, u/Twig7665
Diana Jameson, Worlds Apart, 5th, Lacey's Best Friend
Herman "Dove" Malone, Heroes Vs Healers Vs Hustlers, 12th, Fitz's Brother, u/zohnster
Josh Calloway, Philippines, 8th, Ken's Brother, u/SilverOwl24
Kelsey Harris, Cagayan & Heroes Vs Villains, 11th & 17th, Kendall's Sister, u/asiansurvivorfan
Lana Alexandrov, Samoa & Second Chance, 3rd & 3rd, Artem's Brother, u/Pray_The_Gay_To_Come
Natalia "Talia" Grey-Nolans, Greece, All Stars, & Heroes Vs Villains, 4th, 5th & 19th, Isaak's Wife, u/swoldow
Pearl Atkins, Heroes Vs Healers Vs Hustlers, Winner, Tommy's Wife, u/TDSwaggyBoy
Wilma Zhu, Millennials Vs Gen X, 3rd, Macy's Stepmother, u/Thisaccountishaunted
Xangetti DeFranco, Nicaragua & Game Changers, 1st & 3rd, Josie's Father, u/swoldow
Zen Atame, David Vs Goliath, 2nd, Oki's Cousin, u/asiansurvivorfan
Vokai (Loved Ones) Tribe:
Artem Alexandrov, 24, Student, Lana's Brother, u/Pray_The_Gay_To_Come
Artem’s birth was tough on his family. Since the beginning it’s been an uphill climb for him since he blames himself for his mother’s death while delivering him to the world. Emotionally and physically abused by his alcoholic father from an early age made him grow a huge amount of trust issues, and to become extremely unloyal. His older sister Lana provided for him through jobs that he doesn’t even know because she’s not comfortable with that part of her past. He’s grown, and cut connection with his father who is now a recovering addict, but he himself hasn’t been fully healed from his childhood trauma caused by his childhood.
Fitzherbert "Fitz" Malone, 33, Police Officer, Dove's Brother, u/zohnster
Unlike his brother, Fitz likes adrenaline rush. He's a cop who loves to run after bad guys and arrest them all. A martial arts fighter, besides being very athletic, he is a born strategist. He works in intelligence activities and has been awarded as one of the best military men in the state of California. He lives in Malibu with his wife and three male children, all eager to pursue his father's career.
Gavreel "Gav" Alacorn, 31, Actor, Aya's Half-Brother, u/somewell
Gavreel is Aya's brother from a secret relationship their father had. They never knew each other until high school, and their mothers discovered the story. It was very traumatizing but with this story, they became really close siblings. Gav is today an actor who made many tv propaganda and now he's working as a theater director for kids, a project he always dreamed of having.
Isaak Nolans, 36, Senior Fashion Representative, Talia's Husband, u/swoldow
Isaak and Talia knew eachother since they were in high school together, and were inseverable as friends. Similarly to Talia, his parents constantly pressured him into perusing mathematics, while he had dreams of being a fashion designer since he was a kid. The two of them would spend time discussing their aspirations with eachother at lunch, and they both immediately knew they had to help eachother to the best of their ability. Isaak was the person Talia needed in her life to lean on, as she came out as Bisexual her junior year of high school, and was ridiculed by everyone, and shunned by her parents. Isaak didn't care though, and he stood by her side during her ridicule. He knew that if Talia wanted to pursue her dreams, she had to come out of her shell more, so one day, while he was at Talia's house, sent some of her music to colleges on her behalf, and is the reason why she got an EDM scholarship in an LA music school. Both lovers moved to LA together to go to college, and start their eventual fields, and after Talia's low placement on Heroes vs Villains, she assumed her career would be done, so the two of them tied the knot and have been inseverable since. Isaak now is the senior representative at a huge LA fashion company, while Talia works in a studio making music, and the two of them couldn't be happier together. They hope they can make the end as a couple, as no matter who wins, they both win.
Jordan Hernandez, 27, Unemployed, Brett's Fiancé, u/Twig7665
Jordan was brought up in a strict, Hispanic-American household, where she was constantly abused by her family. She ran away when she was around 13, and settled in Los Angeles, where she lived on the streets for over a decade, until she was found by her now fiancé, Brett, the year before. Brett had just finished playing Survivor, and the two were able to connect, despite Brett being a rich poker player and Jordan being a poor, abused woman who hadn't had sufficient housing for her whole life. Not long after they met, they started to date, and last month, Brett had proposed to Jordan. Now wanting adventure, the two decided to play Survivor again, and hopefully win it this time.
Josie Lopez-DeFranco, 25, Bartender, Xangetti's Daughter, u/swoldow
When you first hear of Josie's background, one would think she would be a well off, beautiful woman on the path to further success, however she had to deal with a crumbling family from a very early age. Xangetti, and his wife, Julieta had Josie, as well as her twin sister, Rosie when they were fairly young, and Xangetti provided for his daughters like it meant the world to him. However, he still kept the secret that his real estate business was made of of being a scammer and a fraud, and one day, Josie, at the age of nine walked home from school to see her dad's penthouse empty, rummaged through, and a distraught Julieta in tears. Then, she found out that her father has been convicted as a loan shark, and spent the rest of her upbringing being raised solely by her mother. However, Julieta grew old, bitter, and didn't trust anyone, keeping her kids locked away from the outside world so they don't end up like her husband, while also feeding them lies about him. Josie grew angry and rebellious as a result, and constantly begged her mother to see Xangetti after she learned he finished his prison sentence, however, she was kept in the dark about what she was doing.... until she got a job bartending and saw her dad on Survivor. Since then, she has been making great strides to try and meet up with her dad in person, despite her mother's watchful eye. Communicating via phone, Josie planned to meet her father in Fiji as soon as he told her there was a blood vs water season, and despite her being partially scared that she hasn't seen his face in almost 16 years, she does know that everyone deserves a second chance, and she is going to spend this time with her father to it's fullest.
Ken Calloway, 22, Engineering Student, Josh's Brother, u/SilverOwl24
Ken always saw himself in his older brother Josh's shadow. At the same time though, he looks up to his brother too. With Josh being a police officer, Ken wanted to be a strong person too. Currently, Ken is enrolled in his last year for his engineering degree in college and is ready to accomplish things. However, he wants to start his accomplishments by teaming up with his brother in Survivor. However, if he has to vote off his brother in order to get far, he'll do it.
Kendall Harris, 24, Tattoo Artist, Kelsey's Sister, u/asiansurvivorfan
Kendall has always seen her older sister as her biggest inspiration in life. Like Kelsey, she was also heavily pressured by her parents into becoming successful especially after seeing Kelsey as a “disappointment”. They are very close and plan to dominate the game together.
Lacey Dhillon, 30, Unemployed, Diana's Best Friend
Macy Alpert, 28, Cruise Ship Singer, Wilma's Stepdaughter, u/Thisaccountishaunted
While being 13 and having a 29-year-old stepmother made her unconventional family stand out to her peers in as a teen, it didn't seem so cool after a few years when Wilma stopped being the "cool stepmom" in her thirties. Wilma became a librarian and was much more mature while Macy liked to be super outgoing and didn't care who saw. Wilma was not usually around for Macy, and they had little in common but the one thing they had in common was their love for mind games. Wilma always let Macy get away with whatever she wanted when she was a teen and Macy loved watching Wilma on Survivor: Millennials vs Gen x and liked that Wilma was smarter and most trustworthy on the show. While Macy is glad for Wilma's common sense and happy that Wilma grew out of her "younger wife" phase, she secretly believes she can do better at the game than Wilma and expresses a more social but more conning outlook in the game. Macy sees herself as an anti-hero in the game and like Wilma, she is great at making people like her and see past her flaws, but unlike Wilma she will be nasty and ruthless as a juror...or as a player trying to win that Final Immunity Challenge.
Oki Sukiyaki, 28, Zen's Cousin, u/asiansurvivorfan
Oki a lot more sociable than Zen despite not being as intelligent. They share an odd yet close relationship as they were raised together. Due to Zen’s awkwardness, he struggled to make friends so Oki was always his best friend. Oki came to enjoy this experience with his cousin after seeing him play last season.
Tommy Atkins, 46, Jazz Teacher, Pearl's Husband, u/TDSwaggyBoy
Tommy grew up in a small house in the suburbs, growing very closely with his family. He never had a very flashy life - he was a decent student who enjoyed music, and decided to pursue it as his career. Teach jazz. He moved away from his home and into the big city, where he solidified himself as a good, solid teacher and started getting the attention of students.
He met his wife, Pearl, at a local cafe shop. Their personalities really contrasted, but what they say is true - Opposites do attract. The two of them got married, and currently have a happy family of four together.
After Pearl won SURVIVOR and was offered to come back to another season, she knew it had to be with her husband. The two of them can take on everything, so bring it on! They got this! Second win for the Atkins!
Note: I need to clear things up before we begin. Since I felt guilty about simulating the season before the spots filled up, because u/swoldow submitted the pair of Inez and Yessenia, Inez will most likely be on Last Chance, and Yessenia will have a reserved spot for the last newbie season, The Final Reckoning. Also, the reason why u/swoldow and u/asiansurvivorfan submitted multiple pairs is because I gave them permission to do so on u/dramaking_22's Discord server, since I was having trouble getting the spots filled up.
Link to Season
Episode 1: The 12 pairs of loved ones are shipped into Fiji, and spend the first night there together without any other pairs. They then are split into the two tribes- the Lairo tribe, consisting of returnees, and the Vokai tribe- consisting of their loved ones. They are then given a task- collect as much stuff off the boat they gathered on, and be the first one to grab the rice on shore. The Lairo tribe is the tribe who wins the reward, and they are thrilled at the prospect of having an early lead. Brett and Xan bond early, and the two of them pull in Kelsey and Josh to form a four person alliance. Kelsey forms a bond with Wilma, leading to a strong five. Zen impresses his tribe, somehow, but Diana starts to see him as a threat, but most of the other tribe members don't want her to float her way to fifth place again, so the other tribe members, namely Xan and Brett, begin to conspire against her. The Vokai tribe wins the second reward challenge of the episode, and they begin to act cocky. Isaak and Macy form a bond, and they form an alliance with Artem, Fitz, Jordan, Kendall, and Lacey, leaving Gav, Josie, Ken, Oki, and Tommy on the outs. The outsiders don't have to worry about getting voted out, since the Vokai tribe wins immunity. Diana gets mad at her tribe for losing, and it really rubs the majority of the tribe the wrong way, and Xan is able to convince the whole tribe to vote against Diana as payback. Diana is blindsided 11-1, breaking the record for most votes received at a single tribal council.
Episode 2: The Lairo tribe is feeling a lot more unified after Diana's unanimous blindside, but know that they still have cracks in the alliance. The first person to snap was Kelsey, and she goes off on Dove, who really hasn't done anything. This outburst causes Xan to leave the alliance, seeing Kelsey live up to her reputation as a loose cannon, and Brett becomes the new head of the alliance. Josh bonds with Aya, and Aya believes Dove cannot be trusted. The Vokai tribe win their third challenge in a row, a reward challenge, and their ego inflates even more. There, Jordan works on bonding with Fitz and Macy, and then all of a sudden Lacey has an outburst and leaves her alliance. The tribe then turns on her, but Vokai wins immunity, saving her from being the second boot. Talia feels sympathy for Zen and decides to vote Wilma with him, but is unable to flip anyone else over. Brett, wanting to enact revenge on Zen for voting him out in David Vs Goliath, Brett decides to target him, and works on convincing Xan to rejoin his side, and it works. Brett then talks to Pearl, Dove, Lana, and Wilma about voting out Zen, giving him the majority. Zen gets the boot in a 8-2-1 vote.
Episode 3: Now down to ten members, the Lairo tribe is feeling the pressure of having to win to stay in the game against the new players. Xan is able to find the first idol of the season, and keeps it a secret from his tribe. This causes people to start to distrust him, including his close ally Brett. The alliance of Brett, Josh, and Kelsey disbands, but a new alliance forms with those three plus Aya, Wilma, and Xan, and Talia is pulled in too after Kelsey bonds with her. At Vokai, Gav finds the hidden immunity idol on that beach, and is elated because of it. Jordan continues bonding with people by talking to Artem, and Isaak impresses his team with his survival knowledge. Lairo wins both reward and immunity, sending Vokai to their first tribal council. Josie, Lacey, and Oki, a strong three, plan on targeting Tommy due to not getting along with him, but the majority six, plus Ken and Gav, choose to target Lacey for being weak in challenges. They win out, and Lacey is the third boot in an 8-3-1 vote.
Episode 4: Josie becomes worried about her place in the tribe, so she makes a deal with Isaak to not vote each other out until merge, and he actually agrees to it, leaves his alliance, and forms a new eight person alliance with Fitz, Gav, Jordan, Josie, Ken, Macy, and Tommy, leaving Artem, Kendall, and Oki on the outs, so Oki tries to talk to Ken to convince him to call off the plan to vote him and his allies out, but Ken rats him out, causing the other members of the tribe to see him as untrustworthy. Jordan shows her tribe that she can be trustworthy, and it leads to her gaining control of the majority alliance. At Lairo, Brett disbands the seven person alliance and forms a new inner circle with Aya and Josh. Josh tries bonding with Pearl to try and get her on his side, which fails. They instead recruit Xan and Dove to try and vote out Wilma, who wasn't pulling her weight in challenges. This is proven when she almost makes them lose the reward challenge, but thankfully for her, they still win the reward challenge, but they lose the immunity challenge, which they really needed. The women, minus Aya, decide to stick together and vote out Dove for being the least social man on the tribe. Tribal council comes, and the factions, split down the middle, cause a deadlock. Brett, Xan and Aya silently agree to change their votes to Dove, while Josh sticks with the Wilma vote. In the end, Dove becomes the fourth person voted out in a 7-1 vote.
Episode 5: After a crazy tribal council, Brett and Josh are able to make it up to Talia and Kelsey, and they decide to be pro-Lairo moving forward. Lana's work ethic starts to impress her tribe, and she works on bonding with most of them, knowing that her poor social game cost her the game twice in the past. At Vokai, Oki tries talking with Fitz, as seeing talking with Ken didn't work, but this also fails. Artem talks to Isaak, and the two of them find out they have a lot in common, so Isaak decides to bring Artem into the alliance. Tommy leaves Isaak's alliance, and Gav and Ken follow suit, forming a new three man alliance that sees Kendall as the biggest threat, given her sister's reputation in the series. Lairo wins immunity for the second time, and since Oki kept running his mouth with no strategy whatsoever, the tribe decides that he's the bigger threat than the three man alliance, which start working with him, with Gav saying that he'll play his idol for Oki if he is the one to go. At tribal council, Oki blatantly states the alliances, causing him to be in an even deeper hole. This causes Gav to go back on his deal with Oki, and Oki gets voted out 7-4 over Kendall.
Episode 6: The tribes pack up their belongings, anticipating a tribe swap. The host states that this is not the case, and that they'll be competing in a reward challenge. The Lairo tribe wins the reward, and Kelsey tries to work on not being considered a loose cannon anymore by bonding with Brett and Aya, and Brett ditches his alliance all of a sudden. Kendall and Jordan bond over the latter saving the former, and Ken impresses his tribe by working on the shelter while they were out doing tasks. The Lairo tribe wins immunity again, and they are thrilled. Gav flips on his alliance with Ken and Tommy, believing Tommy could not be trusted. Tommy talks to Josie and Isaak about how his back is up against a wall, and he needs them to help him vote out Kendall, which they agree to. Tribal council occurs, and Tommy is voted out 6-4, but not before warning the tribe about Kendall and Jordan's influence.
Episode 7: Isaak and Josie bond due to being on the bottom of the numbers, and Ken once again impresses his tribe, but at this point, they see it as being a suck up. At Lairo, Lana continues her mission to become the most likable person on the tribe, by helping out with the shelter and bonding with Josh. This doesn't stop her from growing a dislike for Talia, as she sees the new trio of Talia, Brett, and Pearl as way too dangerous. The three decide to vote for Kelsey if they were to go to tribal council, knowing that she has a tendency to stir the pot. The Vokai tribe wins the immunity challenge, ending their losing streak, and sending the Lairo tribe to tribal council. Josh, wanting to vote out Talia with Lana, talks to his closest ally, Aya, and spreads the word. Xan, Wilma, and Kelsey join their side, and as a strong six, they vote out Talia in a 6-3 vote, shocking Brett and Pearl.
Episode 8: After Talia's blindside, Brett tries to patch things up with Josh and Aya, and it works. At the Vokai camp, Artem tries bonding with Gav, and Isaak helps with things around camp yet again, getting respect from most of the tribe. Vokai wins both the reward and immunity challenges, sending Lairo to a special tribal council. Speculating as to what it is, Aya tries to control the reigns to vote out Lana due to her controlling the last vote. Lana and Pearl, despite being on different sides of the vote last round, both decide to join forces to vote out the wildcard of the tribe, Kelsey. At tribal council, Lana gets the boot in a 6-2 vote, but then the twist comes. The host then asks the tribe to vote out a second tribe member, and it then causes a live tribal council. Brett, thinking that Wilma needs to go, votes for her. Aya, Josh, and Kelsey vote Xan, due to his dominant gameplay in both of his previous seasons, and Xan, Wilma, and Pearl vote Kelsey. Xan, unsure of his place in the tribe, plays his idol, and sends Kelsey home in a 3-1-0 vote.
Episode 9: Thinking that Kelsey and Lana were gone for good, the remaining Lairos rest. At Vokai, the tribe members are told to go to Exile Island, where they find out Lana and Kelsey hadn't been voted out, they had been voted into their tribe, and they had to pick two to send to Lairo. They choose Fitz and Josie, believing them to be the most trustworthy of the tribe. At the new Vokai tribe, Kelsey is welcomed, but Lana receives a lukewarm reception. Lana tries bonding with Kendall, but it doesn't stop her from wanting her out for being a three time player. Ken leaves the seven player alliance he was in, and he bonds with Artem. Artem tries to talk to Isaak and Gav to try and get them to help him vote out Ken instead, seeing him as weak and controlling behind the scenes. They agree to it, and they prepare to lose the immunity challenge. At Lairo, the six people still there are shocked to see Fitz and Josie join their ranks, and the knowledge that Lana and Kelsey were still in the game, albeit on the other tribe. Aya impresses the newcomers with her survival knowledge, and Brett and Pearl strengthen their alliance. The Lairo tribe wins the first immunity challenge as a new tribe, and Kelsey flips from her side to join Jordan, Ken, Kendall, and Macy's side to vote out Lana. At tribal council, Lana is blindsided in a 5-4 vote.
Episode 10: After losing the first immunity challenge as a new tribe, the Vokai tribe bounces back and wins the reward challenge. Jordan and Macy have a bonding session over this, and Kelsey and Ken form an alliance. Ken grows disdain for Isaak, thinking he's full of himself, and the feeling wasn't mutual until Isaak found out what Ken had been doing behind his back through Gav. This causes Isaak to become hellbent on taking out Ken. Jordan also finds out that Isaak was getting targeted by Ken, so she flips as well. With Jordan came Kendall and Macy, and soon they had a strong six willing to vote out Ken. At Lairo, Brett finds the idol, and bonds with Xan, while also showing him the idol. Josie gets into a large fight with Wilma, causing the two to no longer trust one another at all. Lairo wins immunity, and Ken becomes a dead man walking. He has no idea what is coming his way, and he is voted out 6-2.
Episode 11: Josie decides to leave her alliance that Isaak set up a while back, and Josh talks to the two Vokai members on his tribe, intending on convincing them to join his side, which works. At Vokai, nothing of interest happens, although Gav has his idol. At the immunity challenge, the host reveals that there is going to be a twist, whoever wins the challenge will go to tribal council, but whoever gets votes will actually receive something worthwhile. The Lairo tribe wins that challenge, and they get sent to tribal council. Xan, due to his popularity within the tribe, gets voted to win the advantage in a 6-2 vote, and he gets sent to a reward where he finds the super idol, an idol that can be used as both an idol and an idol nullifier.
Episode 12: Returning to camp, Xan shows his idol to Brett, his closest ally, and the two rejoice, knowing that they have two idols now. When both tribes show up for the reward challenge, a tribe swap occurs. The new Lairo tribe consists of Brett, Fitz, Gav, Josie, Kelsey, Kendall, Macy, and Wilma, while on the new Vokai tribe is Artem, Aya, Isaak, Jordan, Josh, Pearl, and Xan. The Lairo tribe wins reward, and the two tribes go back to camp. Immediately Jordan and Xan grow a mutual dislike for one another, and soon she talks to most of the tribe and gets them on board to blindside Xan at tribal council. Even Aya and Josh, who were originally on Xan's tribe, join her cause. At Lairo, Josie and Wilma are able to put aside their differences and form an alliance with Gav, Kelsey, and Kendall. Fitz leaves his alliance with Artem, Jordan, Kendall, and Macy, leaving just four in that alliance, but he does not have to worry about being voted out, as the Lairo tribe wins immunity. Jordan checks back in with the other tribe members about voting out Xan, and the five of them all vote for Xan. Xan, obviously not wanting to go home, plays the idol half of the super idol, and Jordan is sent packing in a 2-0 vote.
Episode 13: After tribal council, Aya and Artem bond, but the two of them realize what a threat the other is, so they try to scramble for votes to take each other out. At Lairo, Gav impresses his tribe, and he also bonds with Wilma, although Wilma, still not trusting Josie, decides to leave her alliance.The Lairo tribe wins the immunity challenge, sending the defeated Vokai tribe to tribal council. Artem talks to Isaak and Josh, trying to get them to vote out Aya. Isaak agrees to the plan, but Josh sees Artem as too big of a threat to be kept in the game much longer. He and Aya both plan to vote out Artem at tribal council. Unfortunately for them, Xan and Pearl decide to side with the newbies, and at tribal council, Aya is voted out 4-2.
Episode 14: Josh, scrambling, tries to do damage control with Xan, and it works. Isaak once again impresses his tribe with his surprising knowledge of survival, given that he's a fashion representative. Artem leaves the alliance that he had with Isaak and Pearl, and it causes him to be labelled as a snake. At Lairo, Josie and Macy bond a little bit, and then the immunity challenge occurs. The Vokai wins an immunity for once, and the Lairo tribe, unprepared, is caught completely off guard. Kelsey starts to target Macy, Kendall targets Wilma, Wilma goes after Josie, and Macy sees Brett as a threat. They are relieved to find out at tribal council that no one will be voted out, instead someone will get the chance to mutiny. Kendall seizes the opportunity and volunteers, wanting to be seen as more trustworthy. Kendall joins the shocked Vokai tribe, increasing their number to six.
Episode 15: Everyone welcomes Kendall back to Vokai, and she works hard to get the other tribe members to respect her, which works. At Lairo, Fitz and Wilma bond over finding something in common, and Josie tries to bond with Kelsey and Wilma, which works. Gav decides to leave his alliance, wanting to play an independent game. The Lairo tribe wins immunity again, and at camp, Isaak and Artem get into an argument about the latter's shakiness as an ally, and Kendall, the newcomer, talks to Artem and tells him about how Xan has been controlling from behind the scenes since the beginning of the game according to Kelsey, and how he needs to go as soon as possible. It is not enough, as Isaak, Josh, Pearl, and Xan were a solid four who were planning on voting with each other. Artem becomes the final person voted out before the merge in a 4-2 vote.
Episode 16: The tribes merge into the blue Lumuwaku tribe after 35 days of being in two tribes. To put that into perspective, the previous longest season of King's Survivor (in episodes) was Vietnam, and at this point, we were at the final five. The top 12 consists of Brett, Fitz, Gav, Isaak, Josh, Josie, Kelsey, Kendall, Macy, Pearl, Wilma, and Xan. They then compete in a reward challenge, which Pearl wins. She is given the option to give up the reward to give everyone letters from home, which she doesn't do, which angers a few people, namely Isaak, who angrily leaves the alliance with him and Pearl. A new alliance, consisting of Josh, Josie, Wilma, and Xan forms as well. Kelsey impresses the rest of her tribe by working hard on the shelter. She also bonds with Josie over them both being bartenders. Pearl proves herself to be a comp beast, and wins the immunity challenge. Macy and Kendall, seeing Brett as a snake, decide to vote him out, while a group of Wilma, Xan, Brett, and Josh vote for Kendall. The rest, deciding how the votes will go, decide that Wilma was the biggest threat left, so they vote her out in a 6-4-2 vote, making her the first juror.
Episode 17: After Wilma's blindside, Brett tries to track down who voted for him, and he finds out that it was Kendall and Macy, and he tries to patch things up with Kendall, which works. When he tries to do the same with Macy, Macy tries to throw Kendall under the bus, saying that it was all her idea. That made Brett not trust her, so he talks to Fitz and Pearl, and asks them to help him vote out Macy. He tires to recruit more people for his cause, but it fails. Gav, Isaak, and Macy, realizing that they could have the majority if they were to get all the Vokais together, but no one wants to follow them. When Fitz hears about the plan to get all the original Vokais together and vote out the Lairos, starting with Kelsey, he disagrees, and leaves their alliance instead. Fitz wins the immunity challenge, preventing him from being voted out until the top ten. The two pairs of loved ones left, Josie and Xan and Kelsey and Kendall, realize that Isaak is the biggest physical, social, and strategic threat not on their side, so they talk to Josh and flip him over. At tribal council, Isaak becomes the second member of the jury in a 5-3-3 vote, utterly blindsiding him.
Episode 18: Because they were on different sides of the vote, Brett doesn't know who to trust from his alliance with Fitz and Kelsey, so he disbands it. He tries bonding with Kendall to gain an ally, which is somewhat successful. Macy, knowing that she's going to be voted out sooner or later, looks for and finds an idol. Gav and Josie start to get really close, and Brett sees this, and starts to realize that he needs to split up that two as soon as possible. Kendall and Pearl bond a little bit, but enough to make Pearl think that she was on her side. After Kendall wins immunity, her, Josh, Josie, and Kelsey plan on voting out Pearl, given that she's a previous winner, and Josie wasn't ready to vote out her father yet. They also try and recruit Brett to vote out Pearl, but since Brett was close with Pearl, he chooses not to follow suit. Gav, Macy, and Xan form a final three deal and decide that it's in their best interest to vote out Kelsey due to her being a wildcard. At tribal council, Brett makes his loyalty clear and plays his idol for Pearl, causing a 3-3 tie between Josie and Kelsey. On the revote, Josh votes for Kelsey and Kendall votes for Josie, causing a rock draw between Brett, Fitz, Gav, Josh, Macy, and Xan. Fitz is the unlucky one, and he becomes the third juror without ever having his name written down.
Episode 19:Kendall and Macy bond, despite being on differing sides of the votes at the previous tribal council. Macy then goes on to win the immunity challenge, saving herself from placing ninth. Brett and Pearl decide to target Josie again, even though they know it won't work. Gav and Xan, wanting to pull off a big move, try to get the tribe to cause an uprising against Kelsey, who was one of the frontrunners to win the season at this point. It fails, and instead Josh, Josie, Kelsey, Kendall, and Macy work together to get the votes to blindside Pearl, since she was a previous winner. When tribal council occurs, Pearl is voted out 5-2-2 and becomes the fourth jury member.
Episode 20: The final eight compete in the first reward challenge since the merge one, which Gav, Kelsey, Macy, and Xan win. Xan grows a dislike for Kelsey on that reward, seeing her as too strategic, and Xan likes to be in control. Macy wins immunity again, giving her a spot in the final seven. Gav and Xan have a falling out, causing Gav to publicly call him out for what he's done, and why he needs to go. Kelsey and Xan put aside their differences one vote to vote for Gav with Brett and Josh, while Josie, still thinking that Kelsey was the target, votes her with Gav. Kendall and Macy try to vote Xan out, and at tribal council, Gav plays his idol, but then Xan plays the idol nullifier, causing Gav's idol to not negate votes. Gav is heartbroken as he is voted out, becoming the fifth member of the jury.
Episode 21: After Gav's blindside, Brett believes that Macy is the biggest threat left in the game, due to her winning two immunity challenges in a row. Xan talks to Josie and Josh, telling them that they need to get out Kelsey, and Josie, who was really close to Kelsey, decides to go against her father. Brett wins the immunity challenge, and Josie, Kelsey, Kendall, and Macy form a strong final four deal, but with Kelsey as the lowest in the pecking order. At tribal council, Josie becomes the first person to vote against their loved one in the season, and Xan is blindsided and sent to the jury in a 4-2-1 vote.
Episode 22: Brett tries to make a pitch to Josh, saying how they were the only two men left in the game, and that the men have been picked off one by one, and how Josie is the puppet master. Josh then tells Kendall and Josie this information, and they begin to see Brett for what he truly is: someone who cannot be trusted no matter what. Kelsey and Macy get into a fight that causes them to want to vote for each other at tribal council. Josh wins immunity, and Brett's fate is set in stone. He becomes the seventh member of the jury in a 3-1-1-1 vote.
Episode 23: With Josh as the last male standing, he becomes worried that he needs to win his way to the end through immunity challenges. He and Josie start talking about blindsiding Macy, who was the strongest still in the game physically. He also talks to the Harris sisters, but they see him as too much of a threat to bring any further, so they put aside their differences with Macy to vote Josh out. Kelsey wins her first immunity challenge in three seasons, guaranteeing herself a spot in the final four. At tribal council, Macy, knowing that it's now or never to play her idol, plays it and sends Josh to the jury in a 3-0 vote, leaving the first all-female final four in King's Survivor history.
Episode 24: Josie, thinking she's next, accepts her fate and does not try to campaign to save herself. At what the final four think is an immunity challenge, it is revealed to be a reward challenge and that whoever wins gets to remove a juror. Kelsey wins this reward, and she spends the afternoon thinking over who she should remove from the jury. She considers removing Wilma or Xan, given that their loved ones are still in the game, but ultimately decides that Gav would not give her the money no matter what, due to his bitterness, so she removes him from the jury.
Episode 25: The final four compete in the last immunity challenge of the season, or so they think. Kelsey wins the immunity challenge, giving herself a spot in the final three. Macy and Josie both target each other, leaving Kelsey and Kendall to be the swing votes. They ultimately decide to side with Josie, and Macy is voted out 3-1 and becomes the eighth member of the jury.
Finale: After 54 days, the final three believe that later that day, one of them will win the game at FTC. Much to their surprise, when the host calls them in, he tells them that they will compete in one last immunity challenge, since they will be bringing back the final two. Josie drops out first, and she then thinks that whoever wins will bring the other to the final two, and then after over five hours of brutal waves crashing on them, Kelsey drops out, and Kendall wins the final immunity challenge. Looking over her two options, she decrees that taking Kelsey would be seen as playing passively, so she decides to blindside her own sister to take Josie, who she believed the jury would not respect. Kelsey becomes the ninth and final member of the jury, and the final two consists of Josie and Kendall. The next day, they plead their case to the jury. Kendall believes she should win because she took out the biggest threat to win, Kelsey, right before the end, and that she played a dominant strategic game, but due to the fact that she made many enemies on the jury, she doesn't earn their respect. At first, the jury believes Josie played a weak game, but she said she made bonds with everyone on the jury, was an underdog, and never played emotionally, she played tactically. She said her betrayal of her father was her shining moment, and that she played the best out of everyone that season. When the reunion occurs, the votes tie 4-4 between Kendall and Josie, leaving Kelsey to be the deciding vote. Being bitter towards her sister for not taking her, she votes for Josie to win, causing Josie to be the second DeFranco to win in a 5-4 vote. Gav is given the fan favorite for playing a hyperactive strategic game and for getting removed from the jury, which the audience sympathized with him for.
Winner: Josie Lopez-DeFranco, u/swoldow
Fan Favorite: Gavreel "Gav" Alacorn, u/somewell
Next season will be the long-awaited Winners at War, where 24 past winners will face off to see if they can win for a second, or even a third time.
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2020.10.31 20:25 Leather_Term Billionaire investor Leon Black denies he was blackmailed by Jeffrey Epstein

dailymail.co.uk 31 October 2020
Billionaire investor Leon Black denies he was blackmailed by Jeffrey Epstein after ‘he paid up to $75million to the disgraced financier for professional services’
  • Financier veteran Leon Black denied that he was blackmailed for millions of dollars by Jeffrey Epstein
  • Black called the allegations 'categorically untrue' and admitted his relationship with Epstein was a 'terrible mistake'
  • The Apollo Global Management Inc. CEO has come under fire after it was reported he transferred up to $75million to Epstein for 'professional services'
  • He made the payments after the late financier had been convicted of child sex offenses in 2008
  • The company's stock share has declined and one of the biggest US public pension funds has already frozen new investments with Apollo
  • Black addressed the allegations during a call with concerned investors
Billionaire investor Leon Black denied allegations that Jeffrey Epstein blackmailed him for millions of dollars over the last decade, saying such claims were 'categorically untrue.'
The Apollo Global Management, Inc. CEO both acknowledged and defended himself against the accusations on Thursday, when he gave his most comprehensive account to date of his ties with Epstein during the company's third-quarter earnings call.
The company's stock plummeted $500million this month after it was revealed that Black reportedly transferred between $50 million and $75 million to Epstein for 'professional services.'
Several investors in Apollo's funds expressed concerns as much of the payments to Epstein came after his 2008 conviction for procuring an underage girl for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute.
One of the biggest US public pension funds froze new investments in the firm in light of the revelation, and stock shares have yet to make a significant rebound.
'Let me be clear, there has never been an allegation by anyone that I engaged in any wrongdoing, because I did not,' said Black.
'Any suggestion of blackmail, or any other connection to Epstein’s reprehensible conduct, is categorically untrue.'
Financial documents showed Wall Street executive Black gave $10 million to one of Epstein's foundations alone, the New York Times reported.
Black said he first met Epstein two decades ago, when the latter was advising prominent clients, including several heads of state, Nobel laureates, and even a U.S. treasury secretary.
The 69-year-old private equity veteran said he was not aware of Epstein's criminal conduct until media reports surfaced in late 2006 of U.S. and Florida investigations into Epstein.
Black said that in 2012, three years after Epstein got out of jail following his prostitution conviction, he retained Epstein for 'personal estate planning, tax structuring and philanthropic advice' because of 'misplaced comfort' in the 'distinguished reputations' of the individuals in high society that Epstein continued to associate with.
'This was a terrible mistake. Had I known any of the facts about Epstein's sickening and repulsive conduct, which I learned in late 2018, more than a year after I stopped working with them I never would have had anything to do with him,' Black said.
Epstein was awaiting trial at the Metropolitan Correctional Center jail in New York City when he committed suicide by hanging inside his jail cell in August 2019.
He was held on sex trafficking charges of minors in Florida and New York from 2002 to 2005. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and maintained his innocence until the end.
His alleged 'madam,' Ghislaine Maxwell, is currently detained in a Brooklyn prison cell awaiting trial for six federal crimes, including enticement of minors and sex trafficking.
Recently, Maxwell's family launched a campaign to get her out of jail, claiming she's lost considerable weight and her human rights were violated.
The figures Black reportedly transferred help shed some light on how Epstein died with a net worth estimated at $634million despite his imprisonment. But it is not clear exactly what role Epstein played to receive such large sums of money; he had no formal legal or tax training.
In January, U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George sued the estate, seeking claims on behalf of victims he raped and trafficked on a private Caribbean island.
Black has said he intends to cooperate with the U.S. Virgin Islands inquiry and any other investigation.
Apollo said that Epstein never did any work for the New York-based firm and announced last week that three board directors tasked with probing Black's ties to Epstein had retained law firm Dechert LLP to launch a full review.
Apollo Chief Financial Officer Martin Kelly said on Thursday the review would include going though emails and interviewing people.
He said he hoped it would be concluded by the end of the year.
As news of Black's financial transactions with Epstein emerged, Apollo took an immediate hit, forcing the CEO to send a letter to investors in which he confirmed paying Epstein 'millions of dollars annually for his work'.
In article images show letter to Apollo investors Black is understood to have sent addressing his relationship with Epstein
He also confirmed a family picnic in 2012 with the disgraced financier on his private island residence in the U.S. Virgin Islands, dubbed Pedophile Island.
As concerns over the pair's involvement grew, Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System halted investments with the $414 billion private equity group.
Black and two other Apollo co-founders, Joshua Harris and Marc Rowan, control 52.9 percent of the private equity firm through six intermediate holding companies, according to regulatory filings.
Apollo co-founder and Senior Managing Director Josh Harris, seen as Black's likely successor were he to step down, said the firm expected fundraising would slow down in the near term, as some investors waited for the review's findings.
Kelly added that only 3 percent of the investor money Apollo manages could be withdrawn in the next two years, and that the firm's big insurance investment portfolio buttressed its income from a slowdown in fundraising.
Apollo Global Management Inc.'s stock shares were down 17 per cent at $36.86 for the month of October after the market closed Friday afternoon.
Over a five-day period, the company was down 10.43 per cent as shares continued to tilt downwards.
In article images of stock shares for Apollo Global Management Inc
Distributable earnings (DE) - the cash available for paying dividends to shareholders - fell to $205.1 million from $222.5 million a year earlier, as a big rise in profit in Apollo's credit businesses was not enough to offset a steep drop in its private equity and real estate divisions.
That translated to DE per share of 47 cents, under-performing Wall Street analysts' average forecast of 49 cents, according to data from Refinitiv.
Apollo said the value of its credit funds appreciated 3.7 percent in aggregate in the third quarter, with its private equity portfolio rising 8 percent. Its real estate, principal finance and infrastructure funds climbed 3.4 percent in aggregate.
Apollo said total assets under management rose to $433.1 billion as of the end of September, up from $414 billion three months earlier.
It ended the quarter with $45.8 billion in unspent capital and said it would pay a quarterly dividend of 51 cents a share.
Epstein and Black are said to have known each other since at least 1996 and they are reported to have regularly met up for lunches and dinners.
Under a 2008 non-prosecution agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor and another similar prostitution charge.
That allowed him to avoid federal prosecution and a possible life sentence, instead serving 13 months in a work-release program. He was required to make payments to victims and register as a sex offender.
In 2018, Black and Epstein are said to have cut ties over 'a fee dispute'.
In 2019, following Epstein's arrest for sex trafficking, Black, who is the chairman of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), said he had a 'limited relationship' with the disgraced financier.
Epstein was known for hobnobbing with the rich, famous and influential, including presidents and a prince.
He owned a private island in the Caribbean, homes in Paris and New York City, a New Mexico ranch, and a fleet of high-price cars. His friends had once included Britain’s Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump.
In article "Leon Black's Monday letter to Apollo investors in full" text.
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2020.10.30 13:40 UberHansen Game Matchups Preview #8: Bills vs. Patriots

Before every Bills’ game I spend some time, probably too much time, digging into how the Bills roster stacks up against their opponent’s. While doing this I specifically look at 5 matchups; Bills’ Pass Offense vs. Opponent’s Pass Defense, Bills’ Rush Offense vs. Opponent’s Rush Defense, Bills’ Pass Defense vs. Opponent’s Pass Offense, Bills’ Rush Defense vs. Opponent’s Rush Offense, Bills’ Special Teams vs. Opponent’s Special Teams. After doing all of this I try to come up with reasons “Why We Will Lose” and “Why We Will Win” ultimately leading to a prediction. Below I present 2020’s 8th iteration of this analysis for the Bills upcoming home game against the Patriots. Included is a scale to rank the advantage in each matchup from 👏👏👏👏👏 (Massive Advantage) to 👏 (Minimal Advantage).
Bills’ Passing Offense vs. Patriots’ Passing Defense
It isn’t hyperbole to say that Sunday’s game against the Patriots is the single most significant of Josh Allen’s career. Of course you could argue other games like the “Leap Heard Round the World”, or Turkey Day 2019, or the “Renegade” Game, or even the “Common Sense” Bowl were integral to the story of JA’s career but something just hits different about Sunday. Sunday presents an opportunity for Josh Allen that a Bills’ QB has not seen this millennium, an opportunity to bury the Patriots. Win this game and the excitement in Western New York may reach levels not seen since the early 90s. Lose this game and the resounding sentiment will be “Same Old Bills”. The fate of this team seemingly rests on a 24 year old QB’s shoulder, so to him, and the rest of the Bills’ roster, are you the “Same Old Bills”?
But passing the ball won’t be easy Sunday. The Patriots are just a year removed from being the #1 DVOA Pass Defense in the NFL and while they come into Sunday ranked 23rd the talent still exists. 2019 DPOY, Stephon Gilmore, headlines this unit and, assuming he plays, will likely be glued to Stefon Diggs for the entirety of Sunday. Outside of Gilmore the now 33 year-old McCourty twins will parole the secondary where they have built solid careers off of their coverage abilities combining for 46 interceptions, 193 passes defended, and even 5 touchdowns. The secondary is rounded out by Jonathan Jones and J.C. Jackson who since 2018 have a combined 312 targets against and are only giving up a 56.1 Cmp%. J.C. Jackson sneakily may be the best DB on the roster right now but regardless talent is strewn about this secondary.
And to counter that talent the Bills NEED John Brown. Since his injury the Bills have not been the same on offense, most notably their inability to hit the deep pass. Brown and Diggs feed off each other with each possessing the moniker of “Deep Threat”. This results in teams being forced to play 2-deep safeties instead of moving one forward and having the other shade to Diggs’ side. Forcing teams into these formations provides the Bills more cushion underneath and with the way that Cole Beasley is playing right now teams will have to pick their poison when it comes to stopping the Bills. If healthy the receiving corps feeds off of each other unlike any unit in the NFL, and if that is the case Sunday it could be a big game for this air attack.
EDGE: Bills 👏 👏
Bills’ Rushing Offense vs. Patriots’ Rushing Defense
This game will be won or lost in the trenches. For the Bills part they are getting a massive boost on Sunday with the return of Jon Feliciano who outside of Mitch Morse is arguably the most important player on the Bills’ OL. Feliciano seems to be the key to unlocking the Bills run game, which has struggled in 2020, as a player who excels in run blocking by mauling defenders in his gaps. If he is as advertised expect a heavy dose of runs to the A and B gap on the right side of the line with both Devin Singletary and Zack Moss getting carries this week. The Bills can seize an opportunity here against a Patriots team which currently ranks 27th in rushing yards against per game.
This Patriots front seven is not as talented as years past, but there are still some good players in this group. Starting LB Ja’Whaun Bentley is a career backup thrust into a starting role by star LB Dont’a Hightower opting out due to COVID. Bentley excels against the run, but struggles against the pass, as a wide bodied upfield LB. Outside of Bentley there is no other LBs of note so the focus shifts to the DL. Here the Patriots have journeymen defenders like DE John Simon and DT Lawrence Guy who have built careers as run first defenders capable of challenging RBs in the backfield. The only other player of note is Chase Winovich who hasn’t lived up to the hype that most Patriots fans’ placed on him after he was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2019 draft, but the Michigan standout (43 TFL in 41 Games) does possess all of the physical skills to put out a dominant performance.
The Bills have a chance to make some noise on the ground here especially if they are able to move the ball at all through the air. This game screams Zack Moss as a downhill runner seems more likely to do damage against a secondary which is often in nickel or dime formations. Look for the Bills to pull Mitch Morse often, to the right, in an attempt to get an RB to the edge with an OL in front. And while it isn’t technically a pass the Isaiah McKenzie push pass this week looks to be a massive weapon against an LB group that lacks speed and a defensive line which struggles setting the edge.
EDGE: Patriots 👏
Bills’ Passing Defense vs. Patriots’ Passing Offense
It is looking like the Bills could be without key players in the secondary with Levi Wallace (CB), Josh Norman (CB), and Micah Hyde (S) all nursing injuries. Missing all of these players are hits to a defense which has struggled through 2020 but the loss of Hyde could leave a massive void in the Bills secondary. Last week I broke down a play where the Bills’ Palms Zone scheme collapsed and the loss of Hyde makes this significantly more likely to happen on a consistent basis. Hyde is the figurative straw that stirs the drink and while his stats may seem bare this year he is one of the few players that consistently does his 1/11th. It will be interesting to see how the Bills play without their Center Fielder Sunday and is something Bills’ fans should be wary of if they see the Patriots attempt a deep pass.
But in all honesty who would the Patriots attempt said deep pass to? The Patriots top-2 receivers, Edelman and Harry, are unlikely to suit up Sunday meaning the Patriots are left with a top-3 (Based on targets) of Damiere Byrd (WR), Ryan Izzo (TE), and Jakobi Meyers (WR). Byrd has spent the majority of his career on practice Squads or the IR but could compete for fastest player in the NFL as he ran a 4.28, on grass, at his Pro Day in 2015. Ryan Izzo isn’t much more than a 6th lineman at this early stage in his career as he only has 21 targets for 13 catches in 12 games played up until now. And second year WR Jakobi Meyers flashed a bit in 2019 with 6 games of 35+ yards receiving, in a reserve role, but is more well known for breaking Torry Holt’s NC State single season reception record than anything he has done in the NFL. Fact: This is the worst group of receivers the Bills have faced in 2020.
If the Bills struggle to cover this group, even with the injuries their secondary is dealing with, then nothing can be assumed or expected of them moving forward. What Bills’ fans should expect is that the Bills defense leaves Sunday with more interception than they came in with, assuming the Patriots throw the ball once. So far the Patriots’ 3 QBs have combined for 11 Interceptions, better known as more interceptions than Josh Allen has in his last 21 games. Frankly, Newton looks completely lost throwing the ball. When his receivers are able to get separation, though rare, he is often completely missing in wildly different locations. His deep ball looks weak, his accuracy has been poor, his reads have been off, and he is turning the ball over at an alarming clip. The Bills have a massive advantage here and should be expected to dominate this matchup.
EDGE: Bills 👏 👏 👏
Bills’ Rushing Defense vs. Patriots’ Rushing Offense
This is where the Bills win or lose this game. The defensive headlines against the Jets hyped up a team which gave up only 220 yards with 4 of those coming in the second half. Those are great statistics to get excited about but what stood out to me most is Frank Gore’s YPC of 5.5 with runs of; 8, 11, 7, 2, 7, 0, 2, 9, 13, -1, 2. A 37 year old Frank Gore rushing behind a weak OL was consistently producing chunk yardage against this Bills’ team. That’s not good. The problem still seems to be across the board with the DL often getting blown back and the LBs failing to come forward and make plays. But Bills’ fans rejoice, it is looking more and more likely Matt Milano should be full-tilt Sunday, which is a huge boost for this team.
Do any of these names scream STUD to you? Rex Burkhead, Damien Harris, J.J. Taylor, James White. The answer is no. But still, these RBs respectively are putting up Y/C of 3.9, 5.4, 4.4, 4.3, all of which are solid numbers that make up a rushing attack which is putting up 155.0 yards per game, ranked 4th in the NFL. Each of them is under 6’0” and under 220lbs but outside of Burkhead, who is built to run downhill, the other 3 have the ability to take one to the house with sub 4.62 speed. But the highlight of the rushing attack isn’t the RBs, it’s Cam Newton. On the ground Newton may not be his 2015 MVP-self but he is still a threat and used as one. Outside of last week’s game against SF he has 9+ carries in every game and to date has 244 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs, and is averaging 4.9 Y/C. The Patriots like to get Newton to the edge and this week a heavy dose of that should be expected via Power-Read Options.
So this is it, can the Bills stop the run? I will intently be watching Ed Oliver this week who may still feel slighted by Cam Newton’s comments to him at training camp in 2019. Oliver needs to push the pocket this week and allow the LBs and DEs to focus contain. He will need to do this against solid 5th year starter David Andrews, who could be exposed this week with both flanking guards, Shaq Mason (RG) & Joe Thuney (LG), dealing with injuries. If neither of them, or only one of them play Ed Oliver has the ability to wreck this game. If both of them do play they produce one of the best interior OLs in the entire NFL, which would be bad news for a Bills’ team that has been continually gashed up the middle in 2020.
EDGE: Patriots 👏 👏 👏 👏
Bills’ Special Teams vs. Patriots’ Special Teams
Another game, another set of flashes by the Bills’ return man Andre Roberts. Against the Jets he averaged 40.0 Y/KR and 7.7 Y/PR. Roberts continues to be a game changing weapon that has the ability to flip the field, which will come in use Sunday. Bojo didn’t have a punt but at least this week did a much better job than Dan Marino of holding on kicks. Then there is Bass. Six FGs is an incredible game for a kicker but it’s the 45 and 37 yard miss that still have me concerned. As of now I need to cover my eyes every time he kicks, here is to hoping that changes. One unsung note about Bass, his kickoffs seems to be by design high arching kicks short of the endzone. This is a big reason why the Bills rank 11th in the league for opponents starting field position.
Gunner Olszewski is the main return man for the Patriots but has just 1 PR and 9 KRs on the season. In his two year career he is averaging a solid 9.1 Y/PR and 25.8 Y/KR. At Punter is Jake Bailey who is having a stellar season with in incredible -1.1 difference between Punt Avg. and Net Punt Avg. while dropping 11 of his 15 punts inside the 20 and 0 TBs. At kicker is Nick Folk who is 9 of 11 on FGs with misses from 45 and 51 as well as an XP miss.
EDGE: Bills 👏
Why We Will Lose
The weather report for Sunday plays right into the Patriots hand. Rain and winds of 25-50 MPH will make throwing the ball extremely difficult, which incredibly is the strength of the Bills and weakness of the Patriots. On offense this means that a Patriots’ team that is averaging 31 rushing attempts per game is likely to surpass their season high of 42 (Week 1) on Sunday. Historically the Patriots have beaten up the Bills via running back by committee and this week presents the same challenge. Add in a running QB and the Bills will have their hands full with one of the better rushing attacks they have played in years.
On defense the Patriots’ strength, their secondary, combats the Bills’ strength, their passing game. Of course this assumes the Bills are able to affectively throw the ball in the on-field weather conditions Sunday. If they can’t throw the ball the Bills will be forced to run it which has been a mixed bag for Buffalo this season. Make no mistake, Bill Belichick is well aware of Josh Allen’s fumble issues and has surely coached up his team to attack a wet ball all game in an effort to force multiple turnovers. If this happens, the Bills could fall behind early and struggle to find their way back into this game.
Why We Will Win
When is the last time the Bills clearly had more talent on their roster than the Patriots? Across the board the Bills seem to be better with their biggest advantage at QB. One of the main reasons Josh Allen was drafted was for games like this where his arm strength is able to combat the conditions unlike anyone else in the NFL. Even if he struggles through the air expect JA to use his legs more this week than he has the majority of the season as there should be a slew of running lanes available to him all game. JA, Singletary, and Moss should be able to pick up yards on the ground, and if they can the Bills offense should roll.
On defense the Bills must do the opposite of what they did against the Chiefs, bail out on the run by neglecting the pass. If the Bills can force Newton to beat them through the air this is a winnable game for Buffalo. This means the Bills are likely to be in their base defense with Edmunds, Milano, and Klein together on the field more often this week than at any point this season. You couple that with an injured interior OL and Buffalo has a chance to dominate the run and do something similar to what SF did to NE last week.
Prediction: Bills 21 – Patriots 17
I’ve never flip-flopped so much on a pick. Coming into writing this post I was 90% sure I would pick the Patriots to win this game. They matchup so well with Buffalo and have the innate ability to attack the Bills weaknesses while defending their strengths. Still, something feels different and I have an odd amount of confidence in Josh Allen this week. In games past against the Patriots he has been a wide eyed young QB trying to prove himself against his idol. This week I expect him to take what is given to him, playing a solid game, and lead the Bills to a massive victory against the Patriots. Folks, this isn’t your “Same Old Bills”.
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2020.10.28 22:30 The97Revolution Week 9 Match-up Preview Thread: FAU Owls vs. UTSA Roadrunners

FAU vs. UTSA
When: Saturday, October, 31, 12:00 PM Eastern
Where: FAU Stadium - Boca Raton, FL
Watch: Stadium (via the following regional networks):
AT&T Las Vegas
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Odds: FAU by 5.0 pts.
Total Points: 47.5
All-Time Series : FAU vs. UTSA
FAU and UTSA have met 2 times since 09/27/2014.
These teams last met 340 days ago on 11/23/2019.
Series Wins: FAU 2-0-0 UTSA
Longest streak of continuous meetings: 1 (2019-2019).
FAU has won the last 2 meetings (2014-2019) in this series.
Last 2 Meetings
Winner Date Location FAU UTSA Notes
FAU 2019-11-23 San Antonio, TX 40 26
FAU 2014-09-27 Boca Raton, FL 41 37
Series Comparison Data via Winsipedia
Through Week 8
Week FAU 1-1(1-1) Result UTSA 4-3(2-1) Result
1 BYE N/A BYE N/A
2 BYE N/A Texas State 1-6(1-2) W 51-48
3 BYE N/A Stephen F. Austin 3-3(1-0) W 24-10
4 BYE N/A Middle Tennessee 2-5(2-3) W 37-35
5 Charlotte 2-2(2-1) W 21-17 UAB 4-2(2-0) L 13-21
6 BYE N/A BYU#8 6-0(0-0) L 20-27
7 BYE N/A Army 6-1(0-0) L 16-28
8 Marshall#17 5-0(3-0) L 9-20 Louisiana Tech 3-3(2-2) W 27-26
All rankings reflect the current /cfb poll
FAU Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-10-16 20:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
B.J. Emmons RB Ques Oct 24 – Stinger Fri, Oct 9 Emmons has a stinger, and it is unclear if he will play Oct. 24 versus Marshall.
James Charles RB Ques Oct 24 – Undisclosed Fri, Oct 9 Charles is battling an undefined injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against Marshall on Oct. 24.
Eyin Cole WR Out For Season – Personal Wed, Sep 16 Cole has informed the program that he will sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal decision.
Cordell Littlejohn WR Out For Season – Personal Sat, Sep 5 Littlejohn has opted-out of the 2020 season due to a personal decision.
La Darius Henry CB Out For Season – Personal Sun, Sep 6 Henry has announced that he will sit out the entire 2020 season due to concerns about COVID-19.
Quran Hafiz S Out For Season – Personal Tue, Aug 25 Hafiz has decided to opt-out for the entire 2020 season due to a personal reason.
John Mitchell WR Out For Season – Knee Tue, Sep 8 Mitchell will miss the entire 2020 season with a knee injury.
Injury data lifted from: boydsbets.com
UTSA Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-10-16 20:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
Jaylon Haynes DL Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sun, Oct 11 Haynes missed the last game due to an unspecified injury, and it is uncertain if he will play against Army on Saturday.
Kevin Nelson DL Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sun, Oct 11 Nelson left the last game with an unlisted injury, and his status for Saturday’s clash against Army is up in the air.
Josh Adkins QB Out Indefinitely – Collarbone Mon, Oct 5 Adkins will miss an undetermined length of time due to a fractured collarbone.
Brenden Brady RB Out Indefinitely – Knee Tue, Sep 22 Brady is sidelined with a knee injury, and he is without a definitive timetable for recovery.
Frank Harris QB Ques Sat – Lower Body Sun, Oct 11 Harris left the last game with a lower-body injury, and it is unclear if he will be available for Saturday’s contest against Army.
Injury data lifted from: boydsbets.com
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