At long last, head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn were fired this week. Lions fans rejoiced as the failed "Patriot Way" was finally put to rest. Hopes of a new regime now resides in the minds of Lions fans everyone. As a former Lions fan, I have one question for the current group.
What makes you think things are going to change? Honestly, Jim Caldwell was the best head coach your team had in a while. Yes, he was awful at press conferences. But Caldwell got your team to the playoffs, albeit a wild card exit. The Ford family decided that the playoffs weren't good enough and gambled on a defensive coordinator. In an age where offensive coordinators are getting hired to put out the best offenses (see the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams), the Ford family decided that a defensive coordinator whose defenses were awful in New England (you all know it was Brady and Belichick who won games for New England) was the best candidate to lead the Lions.
Tony Dungy, who grew up in MICHIGAN, wanted to coach the Lions. Unfortunately, the dimwitted Ford family turned him down. How could you turn down a Super Bowl-winning coach who's built ironclad defenses in Tampa Bay and had unfounded success with Peyton Manning? Only the Fords could commit this atrocity and Detroit will suffer as long as the Fords hold the reins.
The Lions will get a new general manager and head coach and STILL fall short in the NFL. While teams like Arizona, Kansas City, and Cleveland are building teams to be juggernauts, the Fords are stuck in neutral. This is especially true since the Lions have had only one playoff win since 1957. The Fords are proof that not all families should own a sports team, especially one that gets their asses kicked by Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
Your owners have lost $9 billion in the past DECADE in business affairs (while Elon Musk's net worth has skyrocketed), which proves my belief that my birth state doesn't know a damn thing about running a business. As opposed to economical meccas such as Texas and California, the Fords are proof of fossilized practices from Michigan and its largest metropolitan area. How long will Lions fans be subjected to such ineptitude before they stop showing up for games? How long will the Lions hold onto this belief that they're the Chicago Cubs of the NFL? Make a change, Lions fans. Stop buying the merchandise, stop going to the games, stop watching the games on television, and stop drinking the Kool-Aid. Hit the Fords in their pocketbooks and they will likely sell the team if they are losing money.
It was a historic, record-breaking week for college football! Norms were shattered and new heights were reached! Who reached these new heights and who stayed grounded?
Other Losers: Peyton Ramsey, Derek Mason, LSU
Basketball season is underway (the NCAA variety, that is) and the Bracketologies are already out and about! There are your usual suspects such as Duke, Kentucky, and Kansas, who are locks to make the tournament barring a collapse. But what about the other schools that should be in the mix?
Thanksgiving is today and there are plenty of things to be thankful for! It's a time to give thanks, to eat plenty of food, watch football and take plenty of naps. Here is a list of what I'm thankful for.
A big Monday night game and a Super Bowl contender sliding? Sounds like some big stories in the NFL this week! Here are some takeaways from Week 11 of the NFL regular season.
This blog post stings a bit. I lived in Michigan for most of my life, where I had to be subjected to the Lions for a good chunk of my life. When I gave up on the Lions, I turned to another team, one that had a broader history than Detroit's: the San Francisco 49ers. With legends such as Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, how could I lose with San Francisco?
Turns out, it was probably one of the most regrettable decisions of my life. First, CEO Jed York doesn't know how to beat the Dallas Cowboys. I mean, c'mon, EVERYONE has beaten the Cowboys since the year 2000. The LIONS have done it five times! In fact, the JETS have won three straight, all while Woody Johnson is still undermining a woman's role in the workplace and scaring away star safeties. The JETS have more wins against the Cowboys than the 49ers have in that timeframe. It wouldn't surprise me if the Cowboys beat San Francisco again in December. Dallas hasn't won a Super Bowl since 1996, yet you still can't beat them, Jed? You're a schmuck.
The 49ers also haven't had an effective quarterback since the days of Jeff Garcia. Jimmy Garappolo has been on the injured reserve for his entire life. In fact, San Francisco has been subjected to mediocre quarterback play for quite some time. Colin Kaepernick faded out passing-wise before going to a more meaningful purpose and San Francisco had to rely on "world-beating" talents such as Shaun Hill, J.T. O'Sullivan, and Tim Rattay. Alex Smith, the king of the hard spike, didn't pan out, either. This team hasn't had much luck at the quarterback position since the 1990s.
The NFC West has gotten much better this season. Arizona, Los Angeles, and Seattle are all racing for the division crown. The one outlier in that race is, of course, San Francisco. Granted, injuries have devastated the team. But 49er fans deserve better than the Howard Lincoln of the NFL. Also, I'm still salty about last season's Super Bowl.
The season is winding down, with some Big Ten names emerging on top. Who has a lot to be thankful for in the "B1G" football world and who's gobbled up?
Other Losers: Wisconsin, Washington in the fourth quarter, Penn State
Ever since I moved to Las Vegas, I have done a ton of traveling. I have traveled to states such as Utah, Arizona, and California. However, I am not done traveling. There are many other places that I would love to visit in the future. Here are some places I'd like to visit for next year.
With Major League Baseball possibly heading towards a lockout due to lingering talks on a new CBA, there's a possibility there won't be a baseball season. MLB can't afford to have another shortened baseball season with attendance dipping, so it needs a new CBA in place as soon as possible. They're not the only league that's headed towards a lockout, though.
With the coronavirus spreading, Gary Bettman is trying to renegotiate the current CBA to ensure a deferred payment from the players. This has angered the players and they have a good reason; contract renegotiation is forbidden under the current NHL CBA, which implies that Bettman is using dirty tactics. If the players respond by protesting this renegotiation, it could mean a lockout.
The NHL is a growing league, with expansion into Seattle on the horizon. The NHL can't afford another lockout (there was one in 2005-2006) since it will hurt television ratings, attendance, and more. Gary Bettman must stand back and not get too greedy. Otherwise, the league will be hurt beyond repair.
You might know Game Freak for their work with the Pokemon franchise. But did you know that they also collaborated with SEGA and put out Tembo the Badass Elephant for Steam? In fact, Game Freak developed Tembo while SEGA published the game.
Initially released on July 21, 2015, Tembo the Badass Elephant was released for Microsoft Windows, XBox One, and the PlayStation 4. It takes you on a journey as Tembo (a play on Sylvester Stallone's character, Rambo) as you try and stop an evil syndicate known as "Phantom" from invading Shell City. Throughout the game, you have to take out a certain number of Phantom members to advance. You also save citizens along the way, which counts towards your total.
For me, Tembo was an innovative game to play. Most games surprisingly don't place a heavy emphasis on defeating enemies. However, Tembo makes it imperative that you take out as many enemies as possible. The platforming is also unique, requiring you to backtrack to beat your high score and advance.
While this sounds nice, it can be a pain in the ass to advance. I fell one Phantom enemy short of making it to the second Phantom Dome, which says to how absurd the unlock goals are in this game. You have to be at least 85% efficient in clearing Phantom enemies and saving civilians, which can be a pain. This is especially true since Tembo just respawns enemies and doesn't indicate which enemies you've beaten and a random Phantom guy will fall out of a machine after it's been destroyed.
Everything else in Tembo is nice. Everything controls well and the levels are well-designed. I would've preferred to see less of the Phantom Dome, but Tembo still has creative level design. Placing an emphasis on access certain parts of the level through using water or destroying objects is a good touch.
Overall, Tembo is a nice game to play for a bit. The main thing I would caution you about is trying to defeat as many Phantom enemies as you can. If you don't get fatigued from this aspect of the game, then you will love Tembo the Badass Elephant.
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