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2016 NFL Super Contest Picks, Week 4

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Last week is here. I'm 8-7 overall.

TB +3 Denv
Mia +7.5 Cin
Cle +7.5 Wash
Tenn +5 Hou
NYG +4.5 Min



Let's Pick Some College Football Games, Oct 1 2016

Last week is here.  I'm 17-15 overall.

WVA -3.5 KSt
Pitt -15.5 Marsh
Navy +7.5 AForce
GTech +7.5 Mia
Clem +1.5 Louis
Mich St -6.5 Ind
Ore -1.5 Wash St
UConn +27.5 Hou
BC -18 Buff
Rut +38 OhSt
Virg +3.5 Duke
UCF +3 ECU
Col St -6.5 Wyo




Top 10 Television Shows July-September 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Here's April-June

9 months and now 30 television shows down - here are the ten best for the past 3 months of 2016.

1. Fleabag (BBC/Amazon)
2. Mr. Robot (USA)
3. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
4. Lady Dynamite (Netflix)
5. Atlanta (FX)
6. The Night Of (HBO)
7. Documentary Now (IFC)
8. Casual (Hulu)
9. The British Bake Off (BBC/PBS)
10. Real Housewives of New York (Bravo)


The two best shows of the third quarter of 2016 both feature main characters talking directly to the audience; Fleabag is a near perfect six episodes and most of the other shows on the list would have benefited from being a similar length. I don't know if there's a season two planned, but there doesn't need to be - it felt exactly the right shape for that story.  Mr. Robot, the way top end shows tend to do, gave some ground in its somewhat uneven second season - but the high points were as compelling as television gets.

Orange is the New Black is another example of starting off like a lightning bolt and then subsequent seasons settling into some version of competency - this was its best season since its first.  Had Lady Dynamite stopped about halfway in, it would top this list, it stumbled a little near the finish. Atlanta, at the time of this writing, hasn't even reached the six episode mark; a note here as to the rules of this endeavor - Atlanta won't be listed in the top ten for the 4th quarter of the year, but those episodes will "count" when the year end list is considered.

If Night Of boiled down its entire season to the best 6 episodes, it would place higher on the list; Documentary Now has only aired two episodes (similar to High Maintenance, which now becomes a carryover candidate for the 4th quarter's list, along with You're the Worst, Better Things, and Halt and Catch Fire) but they were just too tremendous not to acknowledge.  In a smaller way, Casual suffered from the second season settling - the Bake Off is the best non-Survivor competition show on television, and this season of RHONY was one of the very best in franchise history.

We'll do this again at year's end, 10 shows for the final quarter of the year and then a year end top 20.


September, 2016 Athlete of the Month

Monday, September 26, 2016

August was here.


Lamar Jackson. 

Runners-up: Gary Sanchez, Brian Dozier, Angelique Kerber

3/4 of the year down.  Here's where things stand in the race for 2016 Athlete of the Year.

January-Von Miller
February-Lionel Messi
March - Buddy Hield
April-Breanna Stewart
May - Klay Thompson
June - LeBron James
July-Serena Williams
August-Michael Phelps
September - Lamar Jackson

Tendown, September 25 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

242 is here. This is Tendown 243


Sanders, recall, was the unelectable one.

1. Trump. 

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3. Kapernick saying smart stuff this week:


 There’s a lot of racism disguised as patriotism in this country and people don’t like to address that and they don’t like to address what the root of this protest is. You have players across this country, not only in the NFL but soccer and NBA and high school players, they don’t like to address this issue that people of color are oppressed and treated unjustly. I don’t know why that is or what they’re scared of, but it needs to be addressed.

















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 This year’s Republican platform is dismissive of the federal minimum wage, declaring (in a stance similar to the one Trump appears to have evolved toward) that decisions about base hourly wages “should be handled at the state and local level.” It endorses the anti-union “right-to-work” laws enacted by Republican governors such as Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, and calls for taking the anti-union crusade national with a proposal “for a national law” along “right-to-work” lines. The 2016 GOP platform also attacks the use of the Fair Labor Standard Act to protect workers; rips the use of Project Labor Agreements to raise wages and improve working conditions; and proposes to gut the 85-year-old Davis-Bacon Act, which guarantees “prevailing wage” pay for workers on federal projects.

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10. My Review of Pitch, Fox's new show about the first woman to play in MLB:

She threw six innings. They never showed her at the plate. Not a second of the first episode discussed her batting. Why did they put her in the NL where that's a thing that happens?  And slow down with the Jackie Robinson talk; African-American players were good enough to play they weren't being allowed to play, that's not, to this date, been the case with women.  Historic, yes, ending a discrimination, no.

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That's all for this time.  I'll be back next time....if there is a next time...

Your pal,

Jim

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