This may be a post that steers away from sports. However, I need a bit of a break from talking about sports and talk about stuff that helps me when I'm in a bit of a dark place. I have a list of comedians that I personally love. Now keep in mind that your favorite comedian may not be on the list. That's okay! Your favorite comedian(s) differ from mine. Anyways, here is a list of my favorite comedians.
We're heading into the last month of the regular season. Who will make that last push?
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones brought up an idea that has floated around for some time: an 18-game NFL regular season. Two preseason games would be cut and replaced with two regular season games. A bright idea by the NFL's most iconic owner, right?
After all, it would generate more revenue for the NFL, especially the owners. More people would come to the games that actually mattered. You would get more people attending NFL games, spending more on concessions and apparel. There's a bit more incentive for teams to contend for the postseason. Nothing can go wrong, right?
While all this sounds good, there are a few caveats to extending the NFL regular season. One issue involves the boogeyman known as CTE, which doesn't appear to be going away any time soon. The NFL hasn't proposed any way to making the game safer while keeping the fun of the game. No advanced helmet technology, idiotic rule changes. Player safety would be further compromised with the NFL's stars. Roger Goodell and crew haven't thought of a way to change the game for the better despite sitting on more than a billion dollar enterprise.
Another issue that resides with an 18-game season is the extra two games themselves. The current NFL scheduling format is perfect, consisting of the following for the average NFL team:
If the NFL is to expand the regular season by two games, it has to solve many problems it has at the moment. That starts with the issue of CTE and player safety, getting the solution to the issue correct without detracting the factor of excitement from the game. Otherwise, it's just two extra chances at risking a regular NFL player's health.
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Seriously. Have you ever felt like you had no hope with a big life event coming up? This is currently the state that I'm in right now. This is my current mood right now.
I have an interview in Las Vegas for a recruiter position for a healthcare company next week. Part of me embraces the challenge of going about my business on my terms. Part of me is worried about what might happen. What if I don't get any of these jobs? What if I don't have the help needed to move? I've already had one of my parents tell me they aren't willing to help, which sucks. However, it is what it is and it hasn't deterred me. I want out of Michigan. I want to experience life somewhere else. Sure, there are four big lakes to explore. Michigan is also a great environment for owning a pet. There are plenty of nonprofits that take care of sheltered animals to go around. There's also a sports fan base that's passionate in Michigan, especially in Metro Detroit. However, I can't see myself having a life in Michigan. I hate winter, I hate the Michigan roads, and I don't like the notion of raising a family there. Granted, the family motif has a place in American lore (especially in Midwestern culture). However, I don't like the idea of being tied down to a child or two.
Now for those of you who manage to have a lifestyle where you're able to raise children, I salute you. You will be a better parent than I ever will. Honestly, I keep having horrid visions of me raising a family. I don't think I can ever aspire to this fairy tale marriage involving children and passing down a 'legacy' and my wisdom down to the next generation. If I get a job somewhere in Metro Detroit, I feel like I will be heading down that path of finding a woman, marrying her, heading to some Oakland/Macomb County suburb, and starting up a family. I don't want that. I hope to travel and explore the world one day. I want to learn about different cultures of the world. That's what I hope to achieve in life.
To my family and friends that are disheartened by my lack of desire to have my own family, I apologize. However, this is a part of why I can't stand Midwestern culture. It's too steeped in finding the "one", settling down, and starting a family. Yes, having a family or a unit to rely on is critical. However, the predictability of settling down scares me to death. I also would like to prove to myself that I can do this on my own. Nothing big ever came from 'playing it safe'.
Welcome to another edition of "Blending Buddy", where I showcase what I put in my blender every day! This edition is called the "Peach Queen".
Can the Red Sox hit the 116-win mark? Can the A's sustain their blazing play? Find out next week!
Football's back and, thank goodness, it's back. Between the seven-month hiatus and other sports, it can be a long, grueling wait for the average fan. Since football is pretty much back, who can steal the NFL MVP award by the end of the season?
The Boston Red Sox are having a historic season. They currently baseball's best record, sit at least 50 games over .500, and have three AL MVP candidates: Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and... Chris Sale. Betts's having an outstanding season, leading the majors in batting average (.350), while Martinez leads the league in homers (37) and RBIs (104). However, Sale is having an outstanding season in his own right.
Sale has the American League's best ERA for a starting pitcher (1.97) and has a ERA of 0.20 over his last seven starts. Sale's WHIP is 0.85 and opponents are batting .175 against him. Sale's projected to have 293 strikeouts, which is impressive considering he's been injured for a portion of the season. Sale's K/9 (13.50) leads the majors and his FIP is the lowest in MLB (1.95). Sale has been an imposing force on the mound, with his pitches having so much movement to them that he's been practically untouchable. As a result, the stats show how dominant he's been.
Mookie Betts's WAR (8.1) is the best in the majors, but Sale's (6.0) is up there. Still, Sale may not get as much consideration for the AL MVP race considering that he's a pitcher; the last AL MVP to be a starting pitcher was Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers in 2011. Still, Sale's dominance on the mound cannot be overlooked, especially with what he's done in his past seven starts. After all, people don't expect a starting pitcher to strike out at least ten batters every start they have. Sale may be the exception to that rule along with being the exception to the pitcher-as-the-MVP rule.
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Can anybody stop the Red Sox?
Punch-Out! for the NES is a fan favorite among sports gaming fans, especially of the Nintendo variety. The difficulty and the characters made for a memorable game, as did the prospect of an underdog boxer taking down big, burly boxers.
How did the sequel Super Punch-Out! do compared to its predecessor? Well, it wasn't as synonymous with being a Nintendo classic as its ancestor was. Many critics view the game as bland, with most of the characters lacking any personality (and speaking English on top of that). Only a few characters were retained from the NES version and the new characters were either from the arcade versions or were new altogether. Still, the new characters had little to set themselves apart from the other boxers. I mean, who's heard of a ballet dancer or an opera singer as a boxer? It also sounds like every boxer has the same rock-and-roll theme, only with different plays.
There are some redeeming qualities to the game. For starters, the new Time Attack mode in Super Punch-Out! gives speed runners incentive to practice their tactics. It also serves as a practice mode for players who want to sharpen their skills. A new element was also added in the form of the "super uppercut". Unlike the "star punch" in the NES game, you can use the "super uppercut" as much as you like as long as you don't get hit.
Overall, the game is a good game. However, it could've had a few improvements to it. If you're looking for a game to give a try, look at Super Punch-Out!
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