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2020.06.29 15:47 WallStreetBitchWKHS DD Thread - ALL ABOARD THE PONY EXPRESS!!! 🐴🦄🐴🦄🐴🦄🐴🦄
What is WKHS? What do they do?
Workhorse is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was founded in 1998, but didn’t take its current from until 2015. It manufactures electric delivery vans, intended to be used in city for last-mile delivery service. It’s a business-to-business play, not business-to-consumer. The company also owns a 10% stake in Lordstown Motors Corporation, which focuses more on consumer electric vehicles, and Lordstown revealed its electric pickup last week. That 10% stake alone could be worth $1B+ in the future. Details of the contract between WorkHorse and LordsTown are explained in their Q4 2019 ER. It was just added to Russell 3000 index today.
So it’s just all the electric cars hype bubble right?
Yes, and no. The hype in electric cars definitely helps with the stock price surge, and the recent addition of SHLL adds to that. But unlike NKLA, WKHS has been making and selling products for a while. It initially delivered vans to UPS back in 2015, and has been receiving orders and delivering vans since then. It currently has pending orders for 1000+ vans from UPS, with plan to deliver 300-400 vans in 2020. The recent surge in stock price was the run-up and result of its vans passing the federal safety tests. So the company actually has proven products, selling to customers in growing field of delivery as a byproduct of e-commerce boom. They also actually had positive earning for last quarter.
What about competition from TSLA, NKLA, and self-driving?
Unlike long-haul semi’s, last-mile delivery is the hardest to automate due to city driving and the need for dropping off package. They are also working on the one method that could somewhat automate the task, which is drone delivery. So WKHS is less vulnerable from competition of automation, because it will be the last part of the delivery process to be automated, and it’s working on its own automation solution.
Anyone else doing this?
Yeah, Rivian is also in the electric van business, and has an order from Amazon for 100,000 vans. It’s unfortunate that WKHS won’t be getting Amazon business, but Amazon going electric last-mile also proves the business model and advantage of all electric last-mile delivery.
Without Amazon, who else is WKHS going to sell to???
US-motherfucking-PS. USPS is looking to replace its aging fleet of mail trucks. There is a $6.3 billion contract up for grab, for 180,000 vans to be supplied over the span of 5 to 7 years. There are currently four teams bidding for the contract (Ford & Oshkosh, Karsan & Morgan Olsen, Mahindra, and Workhorse) and USPS has finished test driving their prototypes. USPS may award the contract to a single company, or split it up. Workhorse is one of the two teams offering full electric solution. With Amazon and UPS going full electric, USPS would be wise to go that way as well. Economically, full electric would make the most sense, but if politics comes into play, that may favor the traditional ICE’s offering by Ford. The bid deadline is July 14th, and result on who is/are winning the contract is expected in fall.
It has ran up so much. I missed the boat!
Well, maybe. WKHS is still under $1 billion in market cap. If it wins the $6.3 billion contract, it will easily be worth multi-billion right away. Rivian is valued at $5 to $7 billion with the Amazon contract under its belt, plus a consumer play. If Workhorse wins the full, or even partial USPS contract, the stock could easily be at $20.
What’s the play then?!?
I see two approaches. July and August calls for the current hype, and potential run up to July 14th, or Oct and Jan calls to hold through the USPS decision. Or shares would work too. The company has huge long term growth potential beyond the current hype.
So it’s free money? Tits up it cannot go?
Well, with the shorter term play, if you bought in at a run-up with high IV, you could get IV crushed, or the hype could die down for electric cars. The longer term play to hold through USPS decision could potentially be very profitable, but there is also risk of them not getting the contract. Personally I have July and August calls, but will add to Oct and Jan calls, and also looking to roll the July and August calls over to Oct and Jan. Investor Presentation Additional DD
Update 7/1/2020: BTIG upgraded the price target from $10 to $26.
Analyst Gregory Lewis at BTIG reiterated his buy rating on the electric van maker’s stock but boosted his price target to $26, which is 77% above current levels, from $10. Lewis said a key takeaway from a call he hosted with management on Tuesday was that the company has “first-mover” advantage, which was solidified when the Series C van received final regulatory safety approvals, giving the company a 1-to-2-year head start on other electric vehicle (EV) last-mile delivery competitors. He said this should allow the company to secure a revolving credit facility, which would allow it to scale up operations. Lewis said a major potential catalyst could be a $6 billion to $8 billion contract from the U.S. Postal Service, in which bids are due later this month, and an announcement of the winner is expected later this year. He said another bullish factor is the optionality around the company’s 10% equity stake in Lordstown Motors Corp., which unveiled its EV Endurance pickup truck last week.
Earning report will be on 8/10/2020 10 AM Eastern time. So any changes in position you'd like to do needs to be done tomorrow. I will reduce the number of my 8/21 calls if we get a good pop tomorrow. I personally don't expect ER to be a big factor in volatility, because whatever amount they may or may not earn will be small in comparison to the impact of the USPS contract, or whatever news and progress they may decide to report. So I expect IV crush on options to be less compare to a regular company. But that doesn't mean the stock can't fall if people aren't impressed with lack of new progress. They had positive earnings for the past two quarters. Income from Q4 2019 was mostly from technology licensing to Lordstown and (partial?) divestiture of their drone technology. Net income was $655k for Q4 2019. For Q1 of 2020, they had $13 million income from interest due to warrants and change in value in convertible note (due to stock price change). So even though they had positive earnings, not much was from actual sales ($84K in Q1 2020). I think they've delivered just a couple of vehicles so far, with bulk of the delivery of 300-400 goal for this year due in Q4. So I don't expect to see much income from sales for Q2 2020 either. The expected EPS for Q2 2020 is -0.11. Today on CNBC, the CEO mention that the USPS decision was originally outlined be about 90 days after the bid submission. So if all goes well, the decision shouldn't be later than the 10/16 option date. It could come sooner of course. Oh yeah, if they don't get the USPS contract, the stock will probably take a huge hit, so be warned about the risk.
USPS is not in a great financial shape. They'll probably get funding increase, unless Trump throws a fit about mail-in ballots and try to get in the way of that, but this may delay the decision on granting the contract or reduce size of the contract. It may be a good idea to reduce position size and roll options out to Jan 20201 and beyond. This doesn't change potential of WorkHorse as a company, but options right now priced in a potential vast increase in the stock price from winning the contract, so the IV and theta bleed of near term options may not be worth it anymore.
This article suggests that there isn't any interruption with the USPS project and it's being worked on. It may take longer than I initially thought, maybe up to October, for any resolution.
LordsTown Motors made appearance on both DNC and RNC. The RNC appearance was a whole short segment specifically on how Trump is creating jobs in LordsTown. Now WKHS isn't the same as LordsTown Motors, but they are also in Ohio, and if they were to get a big part of the USPS contract, they would likely contract out LordsTown for part of the production, since LordsTown has the larger plant. Initially I was afraid of Ford's political connections and maybe the current administration isn't EV friendly. But these recent events eased some of that worry, because it confirmed the theory that WKHS and LordsTown may even be politically favored, due to the spotlight on Ohio. If they're going to use the USPS contract as a political tool to "buy" Ohio, they would want to do it early enough so that it can affect people who vote early, so likely it wouldn't be dragged out to end of October. The October 16th options have a good chance. Jan ones would be the safest though.
Someone on Twitter looked into announcement dates on past USPS contracts. The ones they listed all were made public in September. I don't know what portion those are, compare to all past USPS contracts awarded, so it's not a sure thing. But it does suggest good chance of the decision being announced in September. September will be the end of fiscal year, and timing would work for political boost mentioned in the previous update. A good point he made is that the delay of the project last year was also announced in September, because they knew they couldn't accommodate it by end of 2019 fiscal year. There could also be another announcement of delay this September as well, and that would send the stock down. I'm hoping the administration will push it through in an attempt to win Ohio. Likely whether win, lose, or delay, we'll find out in September. I'm going to start buying up puts to cover my call losses as well, in case lose or delay happens. The upside on the calls is enough to justify a good amount of put insurance. There was a negative article about its drone today. The stock was trying to break out of a local wedge before the article came out. The drone program currently doesn't have too much weight in the company operations and valuation, but it was just another momentum breaker. The chart is in a big pennant since the initial July pop. I made good profit trading that bounce on the 24th where the local wedge met bottom of the pennant. I have a lot of 9/4 calls on top of my longer calls going into Monday, hoping for another bounce there, or maybe a small chance of the decision being announced at the start of September.
I got that bounce I was looking for from the news about partnering with Hitachi. This bounce took us out of the upper bound of the pennant, and it found support there during the day. It remains to be seen whether this bounce sticks.
We finally reached new ATH today after two months. There have been positive news scattered throughout the past week or so that I haven't been bothered to update the thread on. Oppenheimer began a coverage with buy rating with price target of $23, a couple of positive articles, and etc. No groundbreaking news yet. Today's big surge was partly due to NKLA's news of GM buying 10% (11%?) stake. It probably helps that we broke out from the big pennant and found solid support at the upper bound of pennant. People that have been watching on the side are stepping in to buy. Trading with the chart has been pretty successful for me. Of those past 3 reaction points circled in red, I've been able to get in with weekly calls and making a lot of profit on the bounce. I took a lot of profit around $22 today, then at $23, since I didn't expect that price to stick. It bounced pretty convincingly off the previous early Aug price of 20.66, even with the heavy general selling of the market. It has usually faded pretty hard after runs like this, so we'll see if the $20+ price holds.
There has been consistent insiders selling stocks in the past months. It could be that the value of the company has been so low for years that they’re taking this chance to reap some reward and don’t want to weather the risk of the contract decision. But it’s not a good visual. I will be limiting my exposure going forward.
We're still running, on hype alone.The recent breakout is in a giant rising wedge, and there would potentially be profit taking at $30, if we get there before USPS decision. More thoughts on the insiders selling. Other than Benjamin's 24% sale, others selling around single digit to low double digit percentage of their shares is probably understandable. They know the company isn't worth $3 billion currently, without the USPS contract, and they're millionaires on paper, so they're taking some money for their years of work to take care of their family. I think the % of shares they sold is quite acceptable, and I would have probably done the same in their position.
Profit taking did start at $30 as I mentioned in the last update. What I didn’t realize was that the TSLA battery day probably was a factor for the run in the past few days. After all, if there was battery breakthrough, that’s good for all EV. But seems like the battery day did not meet expectation. We had general EV sell off today after Elon Tweeted last night to temper expectations. Judging by TSLA’s drop AH, we’ll probably get more EV sell off tomorrow. During the day, it broke the previous resistance turned support of $28, and we broke out of the big rising wedge we’ve been in, so it’s pretty bearish. As bearish as the technicals are, a contract reward will rocket the stock back up regardless. I did pick up some calls at $27.5 that I’ll be down on tomorrow, as what I’ll hold through for rest of September for a potential decision, along with similar amount in puts. If there’s no announcement by end of month next week, there will be some serious selling, since many are expecting the decision to be made by end of September, the fiscal year.
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2020.05.21 19:47 CineRanter-YTchannelGoodfellas turns 30 this year! Here are 40 interesting pieces of fact and trivia about the classic mob movie
You can check out a video version of this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OQkxioCNrw&t=3s 1 The first scene shot in the film was Morrie’s wig commercial, directed by Stephen R Pacca, who owned a window replacement company and directed and ran a similar ad in New York City that Scorsese was inspired by 2 When Jimmy is handing out money to everyone, Robert De Niro, ever the perfectionist, didn’t like how the fake money felt in is hands. He wanted real cash to be used, so the props master gave De Niro $5000 of his own money. No one was permitted to leave the set at the end of each take until the money was returned to the props man and counted. 3 Sticking with De Niro being a sticker for authenticity, according to the real-life Henry Hill, the protagonist of the movie, De Niro would phone him 7 or 8 times a day, wanting to discuss minute details of his character, even ow he would hold his cigarettes. 4 The classic Funny how scene is based on an occurrence which actually happened to Joe Pesci. When he was working in a restaurant years ago, he complimented a gangster by telling him he was funny, but the remark was met with a less than impressed response. Pesci told this to Scorsese, who implemented it into the film, and the scene was directed by Pesci himself and not included in the shooting script of the film, meaning his and Ray Liotta’s interactions would elicit genuine reactions from the supporting cast. 5 Henry Hill said that Joe Pesci’s portrayal of Tommy was 90 to 99% accurate. The only exception was that the real Tommy was a much larger and powerfully built man. 6 Veteran actor Al Pacino, who director Martin Scorsese wanted to work with for years and who he would later work with in The Irishman, was offered the role of Jimmy Conway. Pacino turned it down, for fear of being typecast as a gangster actor. He would go on to regret this decision. 7 Much has been made about real life mob involvement in the making of Goodfellas, from Robert De Niro attempting to contact the real-life Jimmy Burk, to Scorsese hiring background actors with real life mafia connections, such as Tony Sirico, who would later find fame playing Paulie Walnuts in The Sopranos. According to Nicholas Pileggi, author of the book Wiseuy upon which Goodfellas is based, there were several mobsters hired as extras in order to add authenticity to the film. They provided the studio with fake social security numbers, and as such it is unknown how they were paid. 8 Ray Liotta’s mother died whilst the movie was being filmed, and Liotta used his emotions over his mother’s death in his performance, most notably in the scene where he pistol whips another man. 9 When Joe Pesci’s mother saw the film, his real life mother, she liked it, but questioned her son if he had to swear so much. 5 years later in Casino Catherine Scorsese, who played Pesci’s mother in Goodfellas, complains to her son in Casino about swearing too much. 10 The painting of the two dogs and the man in the boat that Pesci’s mother in the film paints was actually painted by Nicholas Pileggi 11 The Lufthansa heist, which plays a major part of the movie, did not have its case solved and closed until 2014, and most of the surviving participants were arrested. 12 When Henry Kill is introducing mobsters to us in the bar, one of them is a character named Fat Andy. This character is played by Louis Eppolito, Eppolito was at the time a former NYPD detective whose father, uncle and cousin were in the mob. 15 years after the release of Goodfellas, Eppolito, along with his police partner, were arrested and charged with racketeering, obstruction of justice, extorsion, and up to 8 murders. They were both given life sentences, with an added 80 years each. 13 The F word and its derivatives are used 321 times in the film, at an average of 2.04 per minute, and almost half of them are said by Joe Pesci. At the time it was made, Goodfellas held the record for the most amount of profanity in a single film. 14 The scene where the three main characters eat with Tommy’s mother was almost completely improvised by the cast, including Tommy asking his mother if he could borrow a butcher’s knife and Jimmy’s remark about the animal’s hoof. Scorsese did not tell his mother tat Pesci’s character had just violently beaten a man, only that he was home for dinner and that she was to cook for them. 15 The real life Jimmy, along with Paulie whose death is mentioned in the film, also died in prison in 1996. He would have been eligible for parole in 2004. 16 Paul Sorvino wanted to drop out of the role as Paulie just three days before filming was schedule to start, as he felt he lack the cold personality to play the role correctly. After phoning his agent and asking him to release in from the film, his agent told him to think it over for a while. Later that night, Sorvino was practicing in the mirror and made a face that even frightened himself, and he was convinced that he would be able to play the role. 17 According to film legend, the real life Jimmy Burke was so trilled that Robert De Niro was playing him in the movie, that he phoned up De Niro from prison and gave him advice. This is something denied by Nicolas Pileggi 18 Even though Joe Pesci was in his fourties during the filming of Goodfellas, the real life inspiration for his character was in his 20 when the events of the film took place. Scorsese was initially concerned with Pesci being too old to play the role of Tommy, and Pesci sent him a video of him walking 19 Nicolas Pileggi spoke to Henry Hill throughout the script writing process, and he says much of the voice over narration in the film are almost exact quotes from Liotta himself 20 According to Debi Mazar, Henry Hill’s girlfriend in the film, when she trips after meeting Henry she actually tripped over the camera’s dolly track. Scorsese kept it in the film because it looked like her character was overwhelmed by Henry. 21 One of the daughters of Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco’s characters, the one too shy to give Paulie a kiss when he visits their home, is actually the daughter of Harvey Keitel, with whom Braco had the child. 22 In order to better get into character, when driving to and from the set Ray Liotta would often listen to tapes of interviews Pileggi had with the real Henry Hill. Liotta noted that Hill spoke casually of murders and other serious crimes whilst eating potato chips. 23 After seeing the film, Henry Hill thanked Liotta for not making him look like an asshole. Ray Liotta response was to think to himself “did you even watch the movie?” 24 The famous long take of the Copacabana took just 7 to 8 takes to get right 25 Henry Hill’s life after he went into the witness protection program was adapted into a movie released the same year as Goodfellas – called My Blue Heaven. Nicholas Pilei’s wife wrote the script for the film. 26 According to Scorsese, legendary actor Marlon Brando attempted to persuade him to not make the movie. 27 The real life Henry Hill was paid around half a million dollars for the movie. 28 Robert De Niro was offered the roles of both Jimmy and Tommy. He chose the former. 29 Despite it’s status as a classic, Goodfellas only won one Oscar. And its winner, Joe Pesci, was so surprised, that his winning speech was one of the shortest in Oscar history, simply saying, “it’s my privilege, thank you” 30 Frank Vincent, the man who plays Billy Batts and is beaten and stabbed to death by Joe Pesci, and who also starred with Pesci in two other Scorsese films – Ragin Bull and Casino - actually has a long history with Pesci. The two used to be bandmates and a comedy duo in the late 60s. They also starred in the low budget 1976 mafia film The Death Colelctor, where they were spotted by Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, and eventually hired for their roles in Raging Bull. 31 The producer’s original choices for the roles of Henry and Karen were Tom Cruise and Madonna. 32 Paul Sorvini improvised the slap that his character gives Henry in the scene where Paulie confronts Henry about drug dealing 33 In the original shooting script of the film, the Billy Batts shinebox scene was the very first scene in the film, followed by the dinner at Tommy’s mother’s house. Then Liotta would say the phrase “As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster” and the movie would show his youth and growing up. 34 Early screenings of Goodfellas were met with poor reception. According to Pileggi, one screening had around 70 people walk out, and in another the film’s team had to hide at a local bowling alley as a result of an audience angry at the film’s level of violence. 35 In spite of the film’s violent reputation, there are only 5 on screen deaths 36 When Spider is shot by Tommy, Michael Imperioli broke a glass in his hand and had to be rushed to hospital. But when he got there, the doctors attempted to treat his apparent gunshot wound. When the actor revealed what his real injury was, he was made to wait for 3 hours in the emergency room. Scorsese told Imperioli that he would tell this story one day on the tonight show with Jay Leno, a prediction which cam true in 2000. 37 US attorney Edward McDonald, the fed who explains the ins and outs of the witness protection programme to Henry Hill and his wife, is actually playing himself in this scene, re-enacting the conversation he had with the real Henry Hill. McDonald volunteered to play the role and won a screen test when Scorsese was location scouting his office as a possible filming location. 38 The movie ends with Henry in the witness protection program, but after the film’s release, as a result of violating his terms and conditions, including going around and telling people who he was, Henry Hill was thrown out of the programme. 39 Henry requests that he isn’t sent anywhere cold when g egos into the programme. In the ending of the film, he picks up a newspaper for Youngstown in Ohio, a place which has below freezing temperaturs in winter, suggesting that Henry’s wish was not granted. 40 The film’s ending, where Joe Pesci fires several bullets staring at the camera, is a homage to the landmark 1903 short film The Great Train Robbery, widely considered one of the first narrative pictures. Scorsese saw his movie as part of a tradition of outlaws in American pop culture and noted that, in spite of the fact tat the two films are separated by almost a century, according to the man himself, “they’re essentially the same story.”
2020.02.22 01:59 Logic_SandwichJoJo's Bizarre Adventure OC Tournament #4: Final Match - Schioppo Fucile vs. Tunde Ó Santos vs. M.I.A.
The results are in for Match 2... Sand and smoke whipped through the air, swirling together in an eye-watering mixture as Schioppo and Tunde stood opposed to one another. The heated duel hadn’t lasted too long past the 10 paces, yet both were already giving it their all. “Schioppo, you fool! This smoke can only protect you for so long, my Breathers are my eyes and ears…you have nothing! I’ll show you who’s the ‘Quickest Draw in the West!’ Gahahahaha!” Schioppo grunted. She was cocky…which is exactly what he expected, and exactly what he wanted. He clutched his rifle, biding his time under the cover of the thick clouds. It was hard to breathe, hard to see…but he had to hold strong. A breather swept past him, its eyes catching his as it let out a volley of tweets. Tunde grinned. “Oohhhh~ A little birdie told me where you’re hiding, Cowboy! So obvious. Can I even call you a cowboy? A real cowboy would have more wits than that! Or they’d at least have the guts to face me like a man! I guess that’s what you get for relying on a little plastic bottle to keep your cool~!” Tunde drew her gun and rushed for Schioppo, thrusting it forward. “Let’s close out this story with a bang! What do you say?!” A volley of bullets rang out, cutting through the smoke and flying past Tunde’s vision. It was a sure shot, she thought, he couldn’t have survived that. She glanced to the side. Out of the corner of her eye, Tunde saw a figure shift. She turned her head. Schioppo rose out from cover, only a couple meters away. How did he get so close? He was already at her side…From the quick glimpse Tunde got of his face, he had a dark look, one she’d never seen from him…he looked determined, like he was ready to take someone’s life. “How’s this for a bang?” Drawing a water bottle out, Tunde’s eyes widened. Schioppo chucked a dry ice bomb directly at her. He was so close, she barely had time to react. A Dust Breather managed to come off from her body and swat the bottle away, but the blast was enough to throw Tunde off balance, and Schioppo was already closing the distance. “What, can’t handle a little plastic bottle?! I thought I didn’t have the guts, O’ Santos!” Flipping ｢Fire & Ice｣ around, Schioppo slammed the butt of his rifle into the side of her jaw with a loud pop, knocking her to the floor. Tunde laughed, rubbing her jaw with her hand before cracking it back into place. “Very good, Schioppo, very good! It looks like I got you all riled up! You’ve grown so much, and all it took was a foil!” Standing over her body, Schioppo attempted to point his rifle at Tunde. She reacted too quickly however, spinning around and sweeping his legs out from under him with all her strength, knocking him to the ground as she sprung up. “How about we keep this going? Think of how much more progress you’ll make if I get away! Maybe I’ll take one of your friends hostage? They’re in a bus just a bit away, aren’t they…?” She panted. Schioppo yelled, rolling over and training ｢Fire & Ice｣ on Tunde. “That’s enough! This is ending right here…!” Firing off a volley of cold shots at Tunde, a few landed straight on her gun, swiftly cooling it down to sub-zero temperatures. Tunde dropped it reflexively, the air around it continuing to cool. She smiled. “Very well! It’s clear you didn’t like that idea!” She sprinted away as a few more bullets flew past her, diving behind the well. He swiftly rose to his feet to get an angle on the other side of the wall, but a flock flanked him from the sides, throwing clouds of sand into his face. As Schioppo batted the birds away, he was eventually able to clear the sand from his eyes. On the other side of the well, Tunde O Santos was nowhere to be found. Schioppo looked around in all directions, but she was gone, not even footprints were left behind. Schioppo breathed slowly, like his therapist had shown him. She was gone.... He picked up the ruined gun, looking at it. She would get another. Her Stand had escaped his target, too. Fine. He rebroke his nose, setting into place. He would chase her. These injuries...they were nothing. He deactivated ｢Fire & Ice｣’s ability and tossed the revolver into the well, not bothering to watch it splash at the bottom. Beside it, however, was a piece of paper. He deactivated ｢Fire & Ice｣’s ability, picking up Tunde’s ruined revolver and chucking it against the wall of the well, it bouncing off before making a loud splash at the bottom. Strangely enough, next to the revolver was a piece of paper. He picked it up: a map, with a location marked with a circle, as well as a couple cartoony birds and a smiley face. He grimaced. At least she hadn’t actually gone after his friends, but... Shouldering ｢Fire & Ice｣, Schioppo set off in the marked direction. It wasn’t too far from here. The sand, the dust, and the smoke whipped together, concealing him as he made his way towards the unknown. There was nothing left for him here. It’s a Tie, with Schioppo and Tunde both receiving 68 points!
An early lead for Tunde was quickly followed by Schioppo catching up, votes going back-and-forth before ultimately culminating in a 8-8 tie!
Location - Youngstown, Ohio, a few days ago: M.I.A. sat in her office yet again. It had been some time since she and Gioia destroyed HEXSYSTEM’s storehouses, and now she found herself staring at her bulletin board on the wall adjacent to her, pictures and notes pinned across a map of the country. She shifted in her chair, wincing at wounds and injuries still healing over. It had been several difficult weeks and the combined efforts of countless others, but almost all the major sources of XPLICIT in the USA had been dealt with, among them, the Black Beetles, 21 Savages, Who’s Next, and now HEXSYSTEM. M.I.A. frowned as her gaze fell to Arizona. All that was left was Tunde Ó Santos. Flint had barely managed to defeat her, Gioia had fought alongside her, and now she was trafficking in the very drug M.I.A. had been working hard to eradicate. She probably wasn’t working alone. While Gioia told M.I.A. that the Black Beetles had noticed her trying to scavenge from their shipments, the ‘mystery’ of the reports on her desk of a monstrous woman raiding Who’s Next storehouses who was chillingly reminiscent of the Baba’s partner all those months ago seemed all but solved. All of Urban Uprising, unbeknownst to participant and admin alike, had been a plot to peddle the drug nationwide, and now Tunde was looking to do likewise, if the amount she had been stockpiling was any indication. Schioppo had gone off to face Tunde at her hideout in Arizona, Gioia had told M.I.A., her injuries keeping her from assisting him further. M.I.A. inhaled, tilting her head to look up at the ceiling. She was buoyed by thoughts and concerns and plans and was tired, very tired. Tired of the fighting. Tired of how broken it had left all of them. Of how fragile Riko had seemed after Urban Uprising crashed, propped up after a year of effort. Of how Gioia, by her own actions, had shaken herself to her core despite how resolute she had been up till then. And tired of how Schioppo would go and break himself to exact justice. He was aiming to put an end to all of this, aiming to kill Tunde, but, even if it had taken her some time, M.I.A. concluded there was another way. Even if they had been ready to kill if it came to it, they together had stopped Riko, pulled her from the brink of despair, Schioppo himself had been the one to de-escalate. Tunde was a world apart and needed to be stopped, but if they were strong enough to save one, they were strong enough to stop the other. She had become strong over the year, strong enough to lead YMCA, 21 Savages, and her own efforts against XPLICIT. She exhaled, feeling the tension leave her body with her breath. Despite how M.I.A. felt, hers was a good fatigue, one of a job well done and of jobs still to do. Gioia wasn’t in a state to help Schioppo, but she could still act, and if Schioppo wouldn’t heed her, she would stop both him and Tunde. Above all, she had become the most tired of death and how it broke both its victims and its dealers. She walked to the door, glancing over her shoulder for one last look at her office and all its trophies. She would see them all again soon, that she was sure of. She cracked a soft smile, recalling the various outfits she had built around them. She snatched something off a rack, turned off the lights, and headed for the bank’s exit. For now, all she had and all she needed were the clothes on her back, the miscellanea in her ｢Angel’s Plane｣, and the hat on her head. Location - Somewhere in Arizona, Present Day: Among the picturesque hoodoos in an Arizona plateau, the usual peaceful silence was broken by patter of rain, the crackle of thunder, and the rolling of gunfire. Birds soared through the air, swooping and diving at Schioppo, meeting blasts of dry ice in turn. Patches of hot and cold sprung out of the desert rocks and sand as Tunde narrowly dodged shot after shot, returning fire with her pilfered revolver; Schioppo was right, she’d just found another. He’d not been able to follow her closely enough to keep her actions in check, and she was able to slip into a nearby town and procure one before meeting him for the follow-up duel. He grunted, frustrated. The two of them were both a bit beaten and bruised, most from their prior fight, but they’d both taken some grazed shots from one another as well. Neither could deny that they were tired, either; There was no time for sleep, and the only thing keeping either away was the adrenaline of the fight and the biting cold of the morning air. As the battle raged on, the stalemate was becoming even more tiring for Schioppo, though Tunde seemed just as enthused as at the beginning. He leaned out from a rock to line up a shot but took just a hair too long. Tunde was scanning the landscape for him, she wasn’t dodging as gracefully as before. Yet, for an instant, both of them had it…their ‘perfect shot.’ And both of them took it. A volley of bullets flew from both ends towards each other, and they would surely strike true…were it not for a particular interloper. Paper Wings cut through the air at high speeds, as fast as they could muster, coming through just in time to intercept all the bullets that were fired, sucking some into the plane, physically blocking others, but none hitting their intended mark. Schioppo’s eyes widened, and threw his hat down in frustration. Tunde chuckled and raised an eyebrow, turning to the source of this interruption: M.I.A. walking across the desert sand, pistol in hand, and ｢Angel’s Thesis｣ behind her. “Stop!” She yelled, advancing slowly. Her eyes darted around, her Paper Wings keeping her safe from any Breathers. “Stop all this...senseless violence, right now.” Schioppo clutched his rifle tighter. “M.I.A…? How did you find us? Why did you protect her?!” he yelled in frustration. “Make no mistake, Schioppo,” M.I.A. bowed her head solemnly. “I’m also here to stop Tunde and destroy any trace of that horrible...poison that she’s trying to spread.” she said, shooting Tunde a glare. Tunde smirked in return. “But, I can’t…no, I won’t take any more of this.” The gun in her hand vanished into her Angel’s Plane, and she gestured pleadingly. “Nobody else needs to die! We can stop her together, but we don’t have to kill her! Like what we did with Riko!” Schioppo shook his head. “This…don’t bring her up. This is different. Riko was confused, scared and backed into a corner…Tunde is a cold blooded killer, a remorseless monster!” He yelled. “She’s trying to recreate what Nate did! She’s done so many unforgivable things…and I’m not going to forgive the unforgivable..” “I know…I know, I know she’s unforgivable…” M.I.A. shook her head. “But enough blood has been shed in this past year. I’d do anything to stop more from spilling…even if it meant stopping you, Schioppo.” Her eyes narrowed. “I’ve done the unforgivable too, and I was ‘saved’… maybe it’s pointless, but maybe… I think there’s a chance, maybe. I can’t just let that go.” Schioppo felt like he’d just taken a punch to the gut. For whatever reason, seeing this ally against him…no. Deep breaths. Just like he learned, deep breaths…He was in the right. His clutch on his rifle relaxed, and he looked at M.I.A, without contempt, without anger, speaking calmly. “I…Hope you understand what you’re saying, what this means…” He eyed Tunde, whose weapon was at her side, and inched out of cover. “I know that you’re a good person, that you’re not unforgivable. But...I’ve made up my mind. Even if you try to stop me, even if it means I have to go through you, I’ll do what has to be done.” M.I.A. sighed. She knew it wasn’t going to be easy…but, fine. She nodded tersely in his direction, before swiftly being interrupted by raucous laughter. “BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!” Schioppo and M.I.A. turned to see Tunde, back arched, shaking as she clutched her stomach and howled louder than the thunder itself. The two just stared at her as her cackling echoed through the expanse until she snapped herself back into an upright position. Her dreadlocks jostled around her face as she spoke, clear, intense, and ecstatic. “What a fitting climax for our tale!” “All of you, all of us borne by our ‘stories’ here: to the Wild West, the frontier lands, the land of progress.” She paced the desert sands, pontificating to her audience and no one in particular. “But we’re not the first to do so. Since the bygone days of the cowboy, people have been pulled here for riches, freedom, justice...‘Manifest Destiny’, the old fools called it. But that ‘story’ wasn’t theirs alone; it was built on the backs of the people who were there before…the unfortunates, the immigrants and slaves brought to power this land. Blood and turmoil soak this place, history tangles into itself....so much was sacrificed for progress, progress which echoed, echoes, will echo from gold to silicon and beyond.” “And just as the history of the West repeats, so does our history. Schioppo Fucile and M.I.A.. La Horde Unie and Uncivil Umbra. To kill and to subdue. A story you’ve already told one chilly November day, no?” Tunde yawned, whether out of feigned boredom or actual fatigue was unknown, but neither of the two dared lower their guard. “One sought to bring Urban Uprising to justice, the other sought to solve its mysteries, both by any means necessary....but you changed, you evolved. Through conflict, your ‘stories’ changed, pulling in ‘tropes’ that were unknown to you. There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns. Empathy, restraint, compassion—wonderfully interesting ‘tropes’ you once shared, but no longer! Now that you too are ‘unshackled’, tell me! What will you sacrifice for your progress, for your ‘Wild West’?” Only the drizzle of rain replied. “...Very well. Even if the sun has set on that bygone era, we and our ‘stories’ still stalemate with one of its classic ‘tropes:’ the Mexican standoff.” Tunde panned her cannon at Schioppo...then M.I.A....then back to the first, repeating in a steady pattern. “Thesis and antithesis. Hero and villain. None can advance, none can leave without defeating, surpassing the other, and becoming something more. Only one ‘story’ may continue here, only one sun may continue may continue to shine...but may we all burn brightly to that end.” Silence from both of them. M.I.A. looked at her sadly, and Schioppo with an empty look on his face. Despite the differences in how they looked, both had similar stances. Ready, primed to go. Wary…surely of her tricks. Wise. “...Ahahahahaha! So little reaction!” Tunde cackled. This past year had been such fun for her, so many interesting experiences, so many new people…If they wanted to be spoil-sports, then she could just pry a reaction out of them. It would be…about a year now, since all of them had joined. How had they been? Dreading the game, looking forward to its mysteries? No matter. She wouldn’t let things be so dour on such an occasion. Lightning flashed, striking somewhere far away. Tunde shrugged. "If words fail you, I hope for your sakes that bullets don't." As if of one mind, each took a step to the left, and another one. They moved slowly, ever so slowly. M.I.A…she’d grown. From the pit she’d been in for so long, from the emptiness inside of herself. She’d grown. She glanced to Tunde. She’d been in that…that pit for so long. She’d been dragged down by herself. And at the end it had been others who got her out. She had been ‘saved’, and she would…she had to extend that mercy, even to someone like Tunde. Her fist clenched. Her mercy…would be firm, and if Tunde didn’t recognize her intentions for what they were, M.I.A. would show her again and again as necessary. She looked to Schioppo. He was going to be…a worthy opponent. One she didn’t want to ever face. But if that’s how things would be, she would accept it. They walked surefooted, focused, even as clouds gathered overhead, and rain began to fall. Schioppo thought about his room back home. A black hole. Full of figurines, of posters, of stuff, it seemed empty to him. Too small. It’s where he had wasted his childhood, could have turned into a shut-in in that tiny, tiny world. How foolish…how could he have been so stupid? He had been so full of false bravado, wanting to prove to someone, to anyone, to himself, that he had some worth. He did. Even if his head didn’t believe it…he did. He had helped others…had friends waiting for him. He’d seen a lot of things, experienced so much. It was sort of funny, at the end of all of this, that this was so similar to his favorite movies. His Stand hung at the ready. He had no choice to believe in himself. Win or lose…he’d believe in himself. Yeah, that’s a promise he could make. Lightning lit the battlefield, wind and thunder the only noise. Despite the distance between them all, the fighters saw each other as if it were mere meters…. One step, then another, then another. Nearly there… nearly there, to put an end to this all. Urban Uprising…Lyte…XPLICIT… this was the culmination of a year of effort, heroism, and tragedy. Ever so slowly, they reached some of the rocks surrounding the area. Boulders, scattered as if by the hand of some careless god. All watched each other, they walked slowly…slowly…preparing for the upcoming battle…slipping out of sight. This would be the last time on this plateau that they would be anything besides ‘enemies’. And sensing this, immediately, the three warriors sprung into action. For the final time in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OC Tournament 4…OPEN THE GAME! (Art by Skelly_Tan) Location: A plateau in Arizona. The plateau is 75 meters in radius, thus 150 meters in diameter, each tile 10x10 meters. Dotted over the plateau is small hoodoos, naturally formed pillars of rock that are 2m tall and 1 meter diameter. These are scattered around, and do note they act as good cover. All players start 40 meters from each other around the center of the arena, with each behind cover. In other words, they cannot see each other at the start of the match. There’s currently a thunderstorm going on, and the battlefield is lit well by constant, dramatic lightning. Visibility is not a concern, and lightning will not strike the battlefield. The rain is relatively mild, and will be a nonfactor to anything (Schioppo’s bullets, Dust Breathers flying, gasoline’s flammability, other explosives.) In other words, mechanically imagine the battlefield as dry conditions with the ground wet. The ground is rough rock with a fine layer of dirt that gives good grip when running. As a note, keep in mind players are not allowed to make any agreements of any sort with any one of their opponents. Goal: Defeat your opponents!
"Lesson 5! Yeah...I'm sure that's what we're on now." This is the ‘final test’ of this adventure, hm? You couldn’t have learned to stand on your own without the help of other people. Honor them, and take inspiration from the tournament in this fight!
“Part 4…END” This is the ending to a long chapter in your life. All of these wonderful people…you wouldn’t give them up for the world. Show your respect, and take inspiration from the tournament in this fight!
“You’re trembling. Are you cold?” What have you been doing…? For so long, you’ve been afraid. But now, with the help of your friends and allies, you’ve…changed. Dedicate this fight to them, and take inspiration from the tournament in this fight!
Well guys, we’ve finally reached the semifinals. It’s been one hell of a year, and one we’ve been honored to spend with you. But we can’t celebrate too early; we have three matches to go, and we’re gonna end this tournament on a high note! Location - Somewhere in California: Gioia sifted through the pile of papers on the table, the bustle of the small cafe she had settled in surrounding her. The information she had received from Lennon was good. It would be, it got her off his back, and she was working to take down a competitor. She took a sip of her coffee, enjoying the flavor. Or maybe it was the Fellers’ as a whole…though she would like to think her performance was impressive enough to warrant a more personal hesitance. She frowned a little as the buzz of her phone. She’d asked the rest of her friends to leave her alone for a few hours, who could possibly— Oh. Gioia opened her phone, glaring at the messages.
This is Call. We have to talk to you.
Gioia rolled her eyes. Call, as they referred to themselves. A mystery to her, and one she had little inclination to solve. Gioia wasn’t suspicious of the beast anymore… they had proven dedicated to their stated goals at least. But that didn’t mean she had much in the way of regard for the beast. The Stand had been obtuse and unpleasant at the best of times. And their efforts to reach out had been mostly spurned from her. She had enough on her plate. Gioia set the phone down. It buzzed again.
We need to speak. This is related to Andrew Lennox.
That got a chuckle out of her. The Stand, from what she gathered before they left was that they had made some sort of deal with the man. In a way, she pitied them. They’d been caught up in the orbit of ‘that man’ as well. And was still trapped in it, even after he was gone. Little wonder it might be interested in her, by proxy. She couldn’t deny some level of interest. The tug of ‘that man’ was a constant for her. The thing that spawned him, that had created him. But that curiosity was tempered by urgency. She had limited time, after all. Saint Cecilia was out there, XPLICIT still in circulation. Curiosity would not overcome the urgency she felt. The phone pinged again, and her stomach plummeted. This time it was an image. Of a concrete block of a building that looked like every other building of its type in America. Drab, and boring. Weeds dug through the concrete, and the sky was grey. In the middle were two women, in front of a crate full of familiar little bottles of cough syrup. Gioia zoomed in on one of them. It was… her. Gioia Arancini. Her face, her features, her hair. She had never seen this place. That wasn’t her. That Gioia was wearing clothes unfamiliar to her. Most striking, her face was the same, but her expression alien. Her eyes… empty, with nothing behind them. Gioia remembered the thing that Andrew had said. When ‘herself’ knocked on her door, what would Gioia do? She brought a hand to her chest, closing her eyes and slowing her breathing. She needed to control herself. That picture was burned into her eyes, her face, her ‘self’, copied over. Was this how Andrew had felt? The original, the one she had never known. So. She was being pulled back to him again. Those bottles, and those people, meant that she really had no choice. Another visit to the broken shreds of Andrew’s life. She dialed the phone in her hand, and— Location - Youngstown, Ohio: M.I.A. sat in the main YMCA: GIT GUD office, recently renovated and refurbished. Various hats and Tags adorned the walls—a bonnet, a sombrero, a fedora, among others—among other mementos from her travels. Yet, M.I.A. herself felt dwarfed, swallowed up by her surroundings as she sat in her throne, anxiously waiting and gripping her cellphone as she looked around at nothing in particular. The dialtone rung in her ears as the phone connected to the last being she wanted to talk to. Alarm Call, the beast that had hurt Flint months back, now having contacted her again. She didn’t have a choice. M.I.A. was scared. That ‘thing’ that they had shown her, a picture of her and another woman, Gioia. Standing together, with empty eyes, in front of a green-gray sky. The phone picked up. She didn’t speak. The phone stood silent. She needed to know…the meaning of that image, of the meaning behind it. She found her voice. “What—what is that,” she said. Keep it steady….“Who is—who is that next to, uh…Gioia?” That was her name, right? She was unsure. M.I.A. shook her head. “I’ve never met her before, that all looked so…what the hell is happening?” The response was immediate, tinny, cold. “Unit 01 reporting in. Those are neither you nor the person you know as Gioia.” A shudder ran down M.I.A. spine. This was the Stand that had hurt Flint, and led him and Fighter to their user. The one that had tried to tempt her to join La Horde Unie. She could respect they had no choice in large part, and their efforts to moderate the tournament itself. But she could never be comfortable. Even that cold voice was almost too much for her. Her thumb hovered over the button to shut them, this image, out. But she wouldn’t. Not yet. “If that wasn’t ‘me’,” she whispered. “Then who was ‘that’?” “That woman is not a person.” Her eyes widened. “That is a clone, with your flesh and Stand as a template. We believe those two to be advanced combat models, for use solely in such operations as: Protection of sensitive areas or persons, assassination, kidnapping, and other objectives that do not require adaptation outside of force-based outcomes. They come without cognitive ability for disobedience, ability for speech, or any empathic abilities whatsoever. We project between fifteen to twenty percent of brain matter is nonfunctional for these purposes.” Alarm Call paused for a moment. “These are designated by us: Husks. The official designation for these templates is unknown, though specific designations for these clones are.” M.I.A. blinked. “C—clones?” What? Weren’t those supposed to be just…in movies? And why her? What had she done to get anyone… no, anything interested. She looked at ‘her’, trying to find a true difference between them. Alarm Call barreled on, its flat tone a harsh, dissonant staccato. “These clone templates are used by an artificial intelligence named HEXSYSTEM. Abilities are unknown. How HEXSYSTEM chooses templates is unknown. A man named Andrew Lennox was templated by them. You should be aware of one. We have been working for the past month in preliminary stages to destroy it.” “How did… how did they get ‘me’?” She asked. “I never met him. I didn’t….” “It is known.” Alarm Call continued. “That these are templated off of people that HEXSYSTEM’s creations have met. It is possible that you met a unit of this machine in the past.” ...She couldn’t remember anything. Anyone. She wouldn’t know… if she had met a fake person. But she didn’t doubt it. It didn’t matter, anyways. “Even so, why are you… why are you telling me this?” “We have contacted you with the knowledge of your goals. We know that these Husks are controlling a warehouse full of XPLICIT, hoarded by our enemy for unknown purposes. If consistent with your previous actions, we project you are likely to destroy. Gioia Arancini is expected to destroy, consistent with her objectives. We will destroy, as is our objective.” Gioia. M.I.A. frowned. She had heard of what happened in Lyte Headquarters, and didn’t approve of the woman at all. Alarm Call was scary, and shady. But Gioia had gone too far, had allowed her ally to go too far. ...But she had also had her identity taken. Was she afraid? Or raring to go, to fight these things? How did she feel about Lennox? “What… what are their names?” She asked. This XPLICIT, this…. “In accordance with the policy, the designation of these Husks are as follows: Gioia B. Arancini and M.I.B.” She frowned. Even her name. “I… need some time. I need to talk to—” Lauryn. She’d know what to do, maybe. “—to someone. And I need to ask more questions.” “Acceptable.” “...” She hung up without another word. There was nothing more to say. Location - Outside Colorado Springs, Colorado: A few days had passed, and it was now night in Colorado. The westward flight had been simple enough, and it was a short cab ride out from the airport to the city outskirts. She had paid the driver and had taken the rest of the journey on foot, a few miles walk. Evening passed into night had passed into early morning, but M.I.A.’s mind was too occupied to notice. More than tired, she felt sick. Some Skynet fucker had stolen her face and her Stand to deal in the drug she had spent the past month, no, the past months dealing with. Dismantling Nate’s conspiracy was one thing, but this was way above what she had been prepared to deal with: rogue AI, clones, and XPLICIT itself all spiraling and coalescing into something...something she still felt compelled to stop, at the very least for her own sake. To deal with them, she had to work with Gioia and Call. She could hold her nose and shake their hands, but she wouldn’t like it. They had gone too far, could go too far in their pursuits for justice. Would she have to return to those same depths to stop HEXSYSTEM and its Husks, as Call called them? She shook her head and took deep breaths. Lauryn had been similarly taken aback as she was, but her take was quintessentially...her. However horrible puppets the Husks may be, they were still living beings. No matter what needed to be done to them, they should still be treated with dignity. That was her—that was their line, and she wouldn’t cross it. The warehouse complex from the picture loomed in the distance, but she had arrived at her destination, standing in front of an unassuming door. The coordinates Call had given her lead to this rundown shack made of cement and wood, rotting from neglect and abandonment. She sighed, brought her hand to the door, and knocked thrice. Time to get this over with. It swung open, revealing Gioia and Call. Gioia sat on a small wooden bench, pressed to the side of the room by Call themselves, the three dogs merged into a kerberos that took up much of the space. M.I.A. squeezed past to sit next to Gioia, the three of them only illuminated by the red, blue, yellow electronic glow of Call’s circuitry. Alarm Call crept forward, the mechanical beast glancing between M.I.A. and Gioia. There was a tense air of unease between the two of them, and even the Stand could sense that. Nevertheless, they maintained their typical stoic air, addressing them tersely. “We have asked both of you to come here for a task of utmost importance. I will not waste time with pleasantries.” Their usual cold demeanor did little to comfort their nerves, but Gioia especially had come to expect that of them from their time working together. Gioia spoke up. “...That photo you sent me. That ‘clone’, resides here?” AC responded without pause. “Yes.” Gioia nodded, her jaw tightening. M.I.A. sighed heavily, the anxiety steadily creeping up on her. “Here… so soon after the business with the tournament. Cazzata!” She kicked the wall, leaving a dent in it. Taking care of this, too, with everything else on her plate. Alarm Call continued speaking: “To reiterate. Like Gioia said, this is the work of the same being that was responsible for Andrew Lennox, designated as HEXSYSTEM. We have called you here to assist us in eradicating the assets that it has stored in this warehouse, including the doppelgangers of you that it has decided to create.” Whereas Gioia was a bit more prepared for this outcome than M.I.A., neither were entirely comfortable with the prospect of having to fight ‘themselves’. After a moment of silence, Gioia speaks up once more. “I decided before I came here. I’ll do it. The sooner we destroy that... thing, the more that the monster that created it is weakened, yes?” AC Nods, “Affirmative.” they turn to M.I.A. “Do you accept as well?” M.I.A. takes another deep breath, taking a moment before nodding lightly as well. “Yeah… I’ll do it, but… I’m not going to kill anyone, not anyone but myself… that thing that’s supposed to be me.” Gioia and Alarm Call glanced at each other, Gioia responding: “Don’t worry. You won’t need to.” “We have only called upon you two for assistance; no one else will be exposed or vulnerable to becoming templates for HEXSYSTEM.” M.I.A. sighed. That was good; she didn’t want anyone else to have to deal with this. For someone to be walking around with her likeness, her voice, maybe even her thoughts…she had no control over what they could do. She shook her head, clenching her fist and attempting to steel herself. That thing walking around wasn’t her. Even if it looked like her, even if it sounded like her… she was the only true ‘M.I.A.’ Each breath she took to calm herself down was as if she inhaled a deep resolve. She turned to AC and Gioia, working to hold herself tall. “Then… There’s no time to waste, let’s go.” After a bit of travel, they’d finally made it. The area where these clones were being held. It was a complex of warehouses, drab and Alarm Call had already traversed a bit ahead to scout it out, so that left just M.I.A. and Gioia together. Advancing forward, they found several bodies littered on the floor, clearly Alarm Call’s doing. Even if they were ‘just’ clones, it was a dark feeling for them both to see so many corpses scattered about. As they carefully passed by one of the bodies, however, Gioia glanced down and gasped. “Is… Is that...?” M.I.A. glanced down as well, a pit forming in her stomach. As she looked upon the body, it was clear who it was… or at least, who it looked like. It wasn’t entirely accurate…there were far too many tattoos across its body, it was practically fully covered, and the hair was more of a pointed mohawk then a spiked mess…but there was no doubt about it, this was a clone of Mylo Xyloto. “Damn… they weren’t kidding, anyone who met him could be...” Gioia muttered, looking the clone up and down. “It’s not quite there, though…it actually has a shirt on, and it’s wearing roller skates instead of roller blades. Mylo would have a fit if he saw that,” she mused, trying to find some sense of lightness in the situation. M.I.A. nodded. In a way the inaccuracy brought her a kind of comfort. No matter how many clones they could make of her…it would never be quite her. Interrupting her thoughts was the sound of a commotion ahead. Metal scraping, blasts of fire; no doubt about it, Alarm Call was fighting more clones. Gioia and M.I.A rushed ahead to their aid, calling their Stands out. As they approached, Alarm Call spoke loudly, their voice echoing through the duo’s phones. "I have the ones out here under control. The two with your likeness are located within the warehouses. Dispatch of them." Out of the corner of her eye, M.I.A. saw movement in the door of one of the warehouses…and a glint of light from metal. Several shots rang out, and illuminated by the muzzle flares was the face of her doppelganger, firing from the shadows. ｢Angel's Thesis｣ shot forward and drew the bullets into the plane, before the clone swiftly ducked back into the warehouse. M.I.A. reeled back and gasped. She had been building her nerves, preparing herself to take her clone out…but seeing her own face in person, it shook her to the core. Gioia saw M.I.A.'s pained expression, and placed her hand on her shoulder. "Don't worry… I know how hard it must be. You don't have to deal with that one, I can take care of it." She spoke firmly, but not unkindly. M.I.A. grit her teeth and nodded, glancing out in the distance at Alarm Call, lit by an explosion. Their shell was cracked, gears and wires exposed to the elements, one of their heads barely able to move. The Stand moved away, back into the fray. She sighed. This was… necessary. "Then… I'll take care of yours, too. Neither of us will have to face 'ourselves.'" Alarm Call spoke loudly yet again over the phone "If you two are prepared to deal with the remaining clones, I will stand guard outside. If any more come, I will dispatch of them." M.I.A. nodded, looking to Gioia, and back to the warehouse. A deep breath in. A deep breath out. “I… one last thing. Before I go in. I need to ask just… one thing.” Her hands were clenched. Her arms shook a little, as she took out her phone. “Just one thing. I need to know if they took ‘that’ too.” Gioia raised a brow, ｢Love Kills｣ still on guard. Well, M.I.A. certainly seemed serious enough. “I… do you know my name? Uh. My, actual one.” Call’s response took a second. Unusual, from what Gioia knew of the Stand, they must be checking. And then they spoke, the speech crackling. “There exists no official name for ‘you’ on any online database. If one exists, there can be no credible information to trace it to you.” M.I.A. smiled hesitantly, looking between Gioia and her phone. Pure relief. “So it can’t have ‘taken’ that for me. Yeah, I think if it couldn’t take that, then.” She took a deep breath in, and out. “I can only give that out.” She looked Gioia dead in the eye. “My name is M-Maggie Isabella Alejandro. That’s… that’s my name. I… ‘M.I.A.’ isn’t my name… isn’t related to it at all.” She averted her eyes, looking to the building with her clone in it. “I’d like both of you to. To remember that.” “These are just imitations.” Gioia stated. “My face, and my Stand, does not equate to me.” No two-bit fake would be able to meet her own standards, no actor able to take her life. In both meanings of the term. “I don’t think I can apologize to… them.” M.I.A. said. “I’m not sure if they’ll understand me. I… I don’t know. Let’s go.” “Yes. Let’s.” The two walked forwards, in between the buildings—one for Gioia, the other for M.I.A, Husks laying in wait in both—and separated. Gioia darted from shadow to shadow, arriving at the storehouse wall. She crouched flat against it, pressed her ear to the wall, and listened. Nothing. Even still, getting the drop on an opponent anywhere as strong as M.I.A. would be crucial. Gioia pulled back from the wall as ｢Love Kill｣’s arms manifested around her. Its fingertips gently touched the wall, before curling into it and ripping out a large chunk as if it were paper— —Wings clipped at the padlock, the birds looking around furtively as they did so. M.I.A. remained hidden in the shadows, ｢Angel’s Thesis｣ standing over her protectively. She inhaled, exhaled, steadied herself. She had steeled herself for worse. After all, she had dealt with many Stand users, and this was a pale imitation of one. The padlock fell to the ground, and M.I.A.’s flock returned to her as the door swung open. Best take this head on. She crept in, hand on her revolver to draw at a moment’s notice. M.I.A. looked left— Gioia looked right. The wall was taped back shut behind her as she crept through the storehouse. It was largely unremarkable: crates here and there, pale fluorescent lights hanging up above. ｢Love Kills｣ stoically hovered beside her, the glittering of its magenta leotard the only indication of its willingness to lash out at a moment’s notice. If the carnage Alarm Call had left behind was any sign, the Husks would quickly tear that peace asunder. But as Gioia came into a clearing, that peace remained intact, the Husk standing perfectly, inhumanely still, its guns still in their holster— But M.I.A.’s grip tightened. That...it was not Gioia Arancini. It was a shade, a pale imitation: the vibrant colors of Gioia’s outfit were bleached out, reduced to a light, flaccid pink, only discernible from white by the clone’s powdered visage. Yet, it stood with something approaching the original’s sense of grace. Heels together, toes pointed to the sides and perfectly 180° from each other, hands at rest in front: some ballet thing, M.I.A. remembered. And if the shade were a ballerina, then its Stand was its partner. The black to its white. If the storehouse and Gioia B had an air of peace, then this Stand was pure malice. Its leotard was a jet black, darker than any M.I.A. had seen. Oily and ragged feathers broke up its perfectly streamlined silhouette, flaking off its cape and body. Its spikes, horns, ribbons were all replaced with this terrible plumage which framed its visor: a hooked beak of obsidian in which M.I.A. saw herself and knew that it had seen her. If a Stand was one’s fighting spirit, than that appearation was more of a— —Shadowy ink drenched the crisp, ready-for-inscription yellow of ｢Angel’s Thesis｣’s form. No. This wasn’t ｢Angel’s Thesis｣, Gioia reminded herself. The humanoid had the shape of the original—the lithe, angular silhouette was unmistakable—but none of the soul. Instead, blotches of white swam over the abyssal black coating the Stand, curves and lines flowing into and over each other in unintelligible patterns that fanned out to the crows that circled the two figures. Yet for how unknowable the Stand was, its User was freightenly simple. M.I.B. was wearing a white jumpsuit, unadorned with any of the baubles M.I.A. had picked up over her travels, not even her jacket and goggles. Instead, the clone was a pale young woman with a faint smile on her lips, M.I.A.’s olive skin bleached a sickly white. Even her dark black hair had faded to a light blue, waves and curls now cut short and straight. Gioia grimaced in disgust. No matter how dangerous the clone was, it lacked the life off the original. While M.I.A. was uncompromising, brazen, and lively, the Husk was docile. Demure. Dead. M.I.B. turned to look at her. Hmm. ｢Love Kills｣ stretched, rolling its arms out to a combat stance beside Gioia. She herself took position, arm raised, legs crossed, one foot in front of the other. The weight on the balls of her feet, she was poised to spring into action at any moment. So she would be cleaning up after Andrew some more. She returned M.I.B.’s cold look with a cold glare. That last epithet was inaccurate. At least for now— “Alright, you bitch!” M.I.A. roared, more to hype herself up than to intimidate the lifeless doll in front of her. A mimicry of a Stand user, a mockery of Gioia herself. It could copy her motions, her abilities, her Stand, but it fucking was not her. Paper Wings as her eyes, ｢Angel’s Thesis｣’s as her beak, her revolver as her talons, she would tear this forgery apart tooth and nail. A sneer on her face, M.I.A. walked forward, loading her gun bullet by bullet as Gioia B remained perfectly still. She snapped the chamber into place with a loud CLICK! and pointed it dead ahead. No rubber bullets. She could see this now. This clone was…empty. M.I.A. couldn’t hate her. There was nothing to hate. Nothing to dislike. Nothing to talk with. This clone was not Gioia. It wasn’t going to be her. This being was…sad. M.I.A. didn’t hate this clone. But she couldn’t allow…this. She would have to fight. No holding back. “OPEN THE GAME!” Location: Two identical storehouses outside of Sugar Springs, CO. Gioia is located to the west side of each, and M.I.A. to the east, a map of the stage is given here. They are 50m wide and 30m long, and each pair begins 20m apart in the relative center with a row of shelves to either side of them. (Each tile is 5x5 meters.) The storehouses are filled with a large variety of suspicious contraband, a combination of documents, ingredients to make various drugs (esp. amphetamines and opiates), a small drug lab at the southern area of the storehouses, and in the northern areas are a variety of smaller weapons, (unloaded) guns, stun batons, knives, etc. There are a few forklifts among the storehouse. The storehouse is 7m tall, and there are 5m tall shelves with boxes stacked on them. There is nothing to differentiate boxes of papers versus boxes of drug materials. Everything is stored on the shelves and there are 4 rows of 12 metal shelves spaced 3 meters apart from each other. Each shelf is 6 meters long and the rows on the end touch the sides of the walls. It is night out, but the storehouses are lit well by fluorescent lights. Goal: M.I.A. utterly defeat Gioia B. Arancini, and Gioia Arancini utterly defeat M.I.B.! Practically, assume that both Gioia B. and Gioia will do roughly the same strategy, and the same with M.I.A. and M.I.B. Essentially, this is a traditional deathmatch, despite the participants not technically facing ‘each other’. The clones will not hold back, so please keep that in mind.
“You are acting peculiar today. Where is your usual composure?” HEXSYSTEM has copied your body, likeness, and Stand, but you still know yourself better than anyone else. Use the full extent of your Stand abilities!
Location - Youngstown, Ohio: The base of the YMCA was empty. MIA was still out on some secret mission, with Baba out as well. Milo and Vanita had gone on an impromptu trip around Europe after their match. Jinsoo and the Man in the Yellow Suit were out, Robbert and Garland were doing… whatever they were. Even Vic was hiding in one of the sub-sub-sub basements of the bank. There was only one person truly inside, in his room. Flint’s room was at once bare and messy. The bed was unmade, a duffel bag of clothes thrown haphazardly on the edge of it. Paper filled the room. Prototype plane designs, unfolded office paper, even a few items Flint had… borrowed, to test the limits of his ability. A black, cat-like shape played with some of the discarded paper. Flint himself sat on his desk, flipping through the various files on his laptop. He’d won a UU match recently, been snuck a flash drive somehow, and had looked into the contents. Blackmail. All of it was accrued blackmail, of squatting, shoplifting, details on his forged and long-expired visas. He switched over to another page, seeing details on his family. He threw back his head and laughed, tears running down his face. As the cat-shaped being behind him echoed the laughter, its voice a contorted version of Flint’s own, Flint wiped a tear from his eye and continued reading. The Golden Investigation Team had all but given up on discussing Urban Uprising amongst each other, but this was a mystery Flint was happy to sink his teeth into. After everything, who’d bother to blackmail him? Even with all of this, Flint found himself totally relaxed. This feeling wouldn’t last long. He heard a knock at the front door of the bank, the sound echoing throughout the empty building. Somewhere, Vic hissed. Flint flicked to another tab on his laptop: a video feed linked to the front security cameras of the bank, something set up by Baba and Vic in the early days of the team’s formation, before Vic had gone full cryptid. Standing in front of the bank, posing dramatically, was a masked man. Flint recognized him well, from four rounds of Urban Uprising video feeds now, the supposed hero known for fighting over a doll, playing sports against livestock, terrorizing a lizard, and knocking over a tree in order to save the cat trapped in its branches: Fighter Jet. He tapped the intercom button. “Who is it.” He said in a lackadaisical manner, knowing full well who this was. “Greetings, citizen! I have come to you in the name of great justice! There is a wrongdoer afoot- a criminal! And I have come to you to stop them!” Flint’s eyes narrowed, and he crossed his arms. He knew Fighter Jet… and he didn’t like his record. A vigilante obsessed with ‘justice’, combatting ‘wrongdoers’... and using questionably ethical means to do so. He had his suspicions about the nature of the files he just received. “Fighter Jet, huh. How... convenient that you show up at my door right as I open up that thumb drive. I knew you had no problems beating the tar out of people, but blackmail, really?” Conjecture that he couldn’t really back up, but he didn’t really care. “Get lost, cop.” As Flint was about to log out of the tab, the masked hero’s next exclamation caught his interest. “Ah, Flint Howlett-! You somehow knew about the blackmailing thumb drive I received before I even told you about it! I knew I came to the right place… YMCA truly are great detectives!” Pausing for a moment, Flint pressed the button again. “Wait a moment.” He forced himself out of his bedroom, getting downstairs via airplane, a trip he could make in his sleep by now. He cracked open the door. “...You got a thumb drive with blackmail on it?” Fighter Jet clenched his fist, posing along with a heroic grimace. “Indeed… it’s true… I’ve been targeted by a villain that wishes to tear down my mission, halt my duties! They threaten the very fiber of justice itself!” “Chill.” Flint responded. “...So why do you need me. Don’t you have your team?” Fighter paused, his dynamic pose dropping for a bit while he decided what to say. He hung his head, sighing. “I’ve come because I need your assistance… your help! My team that I’ve come to rely on.” He paused. “...I cannot call on any of them. Our boisterous leader, Baroness, has left us, I feel it is permanent… Prince Johnny, Michelle… they’ve fallen. Djimon and Tom have left on their own journeys… and Lyra is… well, Lyra is on vacation in the Bahamas.” The next words seem to strike Fighter Jet especially hard, his grimace curling deeper into a genuinely sorrowful frown. “Kaito… even Kaito is gone. I don’t know why, I’ve been trying to help him so much… but I suppose it was to no avail. All of my allies… all of my friends, they’ve gone from me. I’ve come to you, Flint Howlett, because sometimes, even heroes need help in their darkest moments.” Flint cracked the door open further, leaning against it. “You, a uh. Hero. Decided to come to the King of Crimes himself for help? How do I know you won’t try and turn me in first chance you get.” Fighter shrugged, helpless seeming. “I don’t… attack my allies in justice.” He managed. Flint didn’t really trust Fighter Jet, or like him much at all. But those words resonated with him. Even if Fighter Jet was a bit nuts, he was still a person. A person with aspirations, friends, goals… a person whose ‘freedom’ was being threatened. “I received one of those thumb drives too… I know what it feels like.” He grinned. “I was going to confront this person myself anyway, and it’s safer in a group. Maybe it’d be better if we worked together.” Flint stood up, putting out his hand. “I’ll at least go to the area with you. Let me pack.” Fighter Jet saluted. “As of now, we are allies!” He announced. Flint chuckled. “Yeah. Now…” He shut the door, ticking off the things he would need to do to pack. As he walked past the kitchen, counting his fingers, he… felt something. He hesitated, looking around. He had felt, yes, ‘something’. A flash of intense feeling, gone in an instant. He walked a little faster, more speed in his motions, Stand out. Nothing else happened but…. Flint was certain that, somehow, he had felt a surge of extreme fury, of a magnitude he hadn’t experienced before. Later, at Youngstown-Warren regional airport, the now allied duo walked side by side, speaking quietly to one another. Passersby gave odd glances, some even stopping to stare, wondering how this person in full armor managed to take it through security. Nonetheless, these gawkers did not hinder them, as they made their way smoothly to their gate. “I’ve gotta say…don’t you find it a bit suspicious that our blackmailer just up and gave us his location? This feels like the textbook example of a trap to me…” Flint said, plopping down into one of the chairs. Fighter Jet did not sit, instead clenching his fist and looking to the ground. Flint sighed. “To you, a fellow justice-fighter, it might seem absurd or even insane to announce your location freely to your adversary… but to someone with a blackened heart, a villain dedicated to evil? They have a dark confidence in their destructive abilities, enough so to announce themselves so plainly.” Flint nodded, yawning. “Makes sense.” Suddenly, the white noise of the hustle and bustle of the airport was broken by a nearby intercom, an airport clerking speaking clearly. “Passengers in seats T1 and T2 with Amy Airlines, please come to the help desk immediately, I repeat, passengers in seats T1 and T2 with Amy Airlines, please come to the help desk immediately.” Fighter Jet and Flint exchanged glances at each other and their tickets. That was them alright. They got up to go to the desk. “Hello, Mr. Howlett and Mr… Jet?” “That is indeed us,” Fighter Jet responded. “Well, I’m sorry to say this, but the seats you’ve chosen have unfortunately been rendered… invalid.” Flint sighed. “Invalid, really?” The flight attendant nodded reservedly “Unfortunately, yes. And the flight is mostly booked up, so unfortunately we’re going to have t-” The flight attendant stopped, squinting at the screen and clicking. She appeared to repeatedly click the mouse and type something. “Err… that shouldn’t be right…” “What is it?” Flint questioned. “Uhh, it appears you’ve… been upgraded to first class?” The flight attendant said, scratching her head. “Those seats are thousands, they usually don’t do that…” she muttered to herself. Nonetheless, the flight attendant printed out their tickets, and they made their way back to the waiting area. They both felt the same thing, and knew what was going on. “This seems to be the work of our…mutual friend,” Fighter Jet said. Flint nodded, staring at the ticket. “That’s pretty weird…even if we’re being lured right into a trap…” He clenched his fist, looking up at Fighter Jet. “This guy’s pampering us, while he guides us right to him…He’s toying with us. Let’s make sure that he’ll never be able to do that to anyone else again.” Fighter nodded. “Yes! Such a foolish plot will be turned the tables on by the power of our friendship!” Flint pressed his lips together. “...Yeah.” Location - San Francisco, California: A few hours and a car ride out to the location specified in the documents, Flint and Fighter Jet found themselves opposite a mansion courtyard. The setting sun shone over manicured lawns and trimmed hedges. Flowers dotted the property in their tidy flowerbeds, and a grand fountain marked the middle of the paved entrance to the building. “Hold on a moment…” Fighter Jet stroked his chin thoughtfully, before pointing a finger skyward in realization. “Ah-HA! I knew this location was familiar! Flint! Do you recall the fight that broke out here over a tag at the beginning of the year? The one with lots of paint?” Before Flint ccould open his mouth to respond, Fighter Jet continued. “This is the exact same place! I remember seeing a snippet about its rebuilding on the news when I was scouting for foes…” “I see,” Flint murmured, glancing around the barren property. It was immaculate, but there wasn’t a groundskeeper in sight. Perhaps they had simply finished their jobs for the night, but a courtyard this vast and empty filled him with a slight anxiety. This place had already been targeted by the tournament, and the one who had drawn them there had almost certainly chosen it for a reason. “Hey. We should scout out the area first, get whatever info there is so we don't have to deal with some lame ambush. Fighter Jet saluted boldly in response, “Brilliant idea! I need to make sure that I can pull off my Super Cool Awesome Fighter Moves without a hitch.” Flint simply stared at his companion for a small moment, before he regained his composure, Fighter Jet bounding off in a direction of his choosing. “Uh. Yeah, ok! Good talk!" At least Fighter didn't rush in mindlessly. Flint thought back to the match’s recording to get a sense of what this estate used to be like. As far as he could recall, it looked mostly the same. The groundskeeping had been redone, with enough trees to block his view over most of it. He adjusted his hat. He had disguised himself decently, he thought. If he acted naturally, he could stay hidden. He looked to Fighter, who had already crossed the street and was peering through the openings in the fence. Flint looked back, and his eyes widened. A figure, appearing to be some sort of large quadruped, covered in a massive white sheet that covered its entire body, walked out from behind a hedge, towards them. Both of them froze, closely watching the blanketed mass. It went up the driveway slowly. The sheet strained around it, glints of sunlight coming from where its legs tore it. From underneath the blanket, through torn holes and shining through the looming sunset, Flint thought he saw two red lights. The figure seemed to focus on Fighter as it walked, but as it drew near, it turned to focus in Flint. They were definitely eyes, and whatever was under the sheet was staring Flint down, no question. Flint’s phone buzzed. A few meters away, Fighter Jet took out his own phone. The message on both were the same.
[BLOCKED NUMBER] WE SEE YOU.
The two shared a glance. This thing—a Stand most likely—had been expecting them. There was no point in trying to scout further. Time to get answers. They made their way to the gate and stepped over the property line. The instant they did so, however, something immediately became clear to both. Malice. Malice radiated off of the figure. A cold, hateful pulse of it, that seemed to warp the space of the entire property around it. Silver claws tore through the sheet, its eyes shining brighter. Flint took a half step back, and Fighter one forward, Stands unconsciously summoned against the unspoken threat. The two stared at it, ten meters away. It stared back. The figure broke the silence. A harsh, flat, mechanical voice came from it, as if by a loudspeaker. “Flint Howlett.” It stated. “Donovan Ito-Rogers.” Came next. Fighter visibly flinched, bringing a hand to his head. “Wha- who is that?” He demanded. “Subjects confirmed on property. Beginning order set: FINAL WILL.” This sounded somehow, even more detached than the others. “Who on earth are you talking about?” Said Fighter, again. He didn’t know why he was so angry about that name, so shocked about it. The figure made a whirring sound, and a soft, male voice emanated from it.
My name… It began, Is Poplar Street. I currently work for… under Lyte, Ltd. Flint sneered at the name. And this… can be considered my last will and testament. To explain myself in as short an amount of time as possible, I consider Nate… yes, Nate Selleck, my best friend. We met in college, and we’ve gone through… so much together. Even still, I would consider him a great man. Under him, my company has flourished, and his victory in the governor race is… just what I expected from him. But things have… changed with him. While I consider him my closest friend, I think that his ambition, his attempts to change the world for the better are… misguided. Lyte, XPLICIT, all of it… he truly wants to make the world better, I know it. But his ideals, his optimism has— —Has blinded him. I don’t think at this point, anyone is going to be able to dissuade him from his goals. I don’t think… anyone can stop his ascent. He’s rising towards that ‘peak’... to change the world. I still hold so much love in my heart for him. He’s been with me for… so long. I can’t give up on him. I can’t go ‘against’ such a. A dear friend. I don’t even think I could if I wished. But I’m not sure if others couldn’t. This is why I… had my Stand invite you here. I apologize for the likely stress that invitation has caused, but I have no other choice.
Flint laughed harshly, Fighter stayed silent.
My Stand has kept this game active for so long. It’s only natural that anyone able to defeat Nate would be in something he’s touched. His voice began to crack. In that way... I’m offering myself, as a test of the power… of the strength of the Stand users this game has gathered. If you can defeat… can kill someone as weak as myself, then perhaps the people could stand a chance to Lyte… even, to Nate. If I die by your hand, you will ‘inherit’ all the information about Nate… about his ambition, and his plans, and the truth of everything you have been involved with over the past year will be revealed. If you fail to defeat the power of my— A pause. Of the Stand defending me, then I will consider… never mind. The tone turned apologetic. And if you do not agree to this, to turn your back on me, by leaving the property… then I will ensure that you cannot. Cannot affect the course of action one way or another. If you agree to these terms, I will give this Stand, ｢Alarm Call｣ carte blanche to do whatever it likes to oppose you. It will last past my death, I’m sure of it… so do not worry about losing information in this exchange, it will comply with you once that happens. You’ll get all the information on it you could want. Both of their phones buzzed again. Neither checked it, eyes locked on the figure. I wish you luck in… in proving yourselves as inheritors. I’m sorry for the trouble I have caused. Forgive me for this.
The recording stopped. The parties stared at each other, tension filling the air, the force of anger only growing stronger from the covered figure. And again, it broke the silence. “Leave.” It stated. After a moment it elaborated, looking to Flint. “I expected this from the other one with you, but you should not have come.” Flint laughed, slicking back his hair. “Seriously. You… send us a bunch of dirt, bait us in, and then… tell us to leave?” He spat on the ground. “All of this, and that recording says he’ll give us all the solution to all of our mysteries if we kill him. Stuff about the Selleck jackass being such a good dude, but we also need to stop him… and you don’t want us here.” He gestured around. “I’m beginning to feel a little talked down to! Threatened to kill this guy, threatened to leave ...” The figure retorted. “This was not our idea. Bringing you here was orders from our user. We are telling you to leave. We respect you, Flint. Even Donovan, if you leave, we will let you go. It is better than you deserve.” Fighter snarled. “Who the hell is Donovan! You keep saying that name! It’s making me really angry, you know!” Their eyes flashed red, and they turned to him. “...Donovan Ito-Rogers. Donovan Ito-Rogers. Donovan Ito-Rogers. Fighter Jet. Your name.” It paused. “You are so pathetic that you cannot remember your name.” Fighter stomped the ground. “SHUT UP!” He yelled. “I’m not anything like that! My name is Fighter Jet!” He posed extravagantly, teeth grit. “I’m a Henshin Hero! Come on partner, let’s show this evildoer where to stick his—” The word seemed to stick in his throat. “-D-donovan.” Flint edged back, one eye on him and the other on the figure. “You’re actually going along with this? Seriously dude?” He asked. “Come on, let’s just get out of here. I’m not doing this.” “Obviously.” The figure said. “We didn’t think that Donovan would have left in the first place.” Its eyes grew more piercing. “Donovan is not a hero, Flint. He is designated by US law as a serial killer. Murderer. Murderer. Murderer. Murderer. Designation: Serial Killer. Both of them felt the sheer weight of its fury, unleashed onto Fighter, as if it had been building for months. The sheet it was under began to smolder, turning from pure white, some areas browning, blackening. Pink smoke leaked out from under it. “Donovan has murdered over three dozen people over the space of his existence as ‘Fighter Jet’. He has shown symptoms of deep delusion. According to data gathered from crime scenes, it appears he thinks that all of his victims are ‘monsters’.” “Quiet, fiend!” Fighter interrupted. “I’m merely saving the world from the forces of evil! It’s baseless to call my work evil!” The figure emitted the sound of someone, screaming for mercy, and Fighter’s voice, calling out a special move. Another voice begging for mercy. More, layered over each other, four, five. All cut off at once, with a combination of visceral gurgling, and silence. Fighter retorted, voice loud. “SILENCE, BEAST! You cannot trick me! I am, I am Fighter Jet, I am, I am a hero, you hear me! I wouldn’t do that! Come on, that—I’m a good guy, not anything like that! That’s something some sort of monster would do!” “Yes, Donovan.” “Shut up! Just shut up! You’re lying! All of this is lies!” He yelled, Stand warping and vibrating behind him. “If you did not know, then why are you reacting this way, murderer,” it stated. “Are your delusions that strong, Donovan.” “I SAID SHUT THE HELL UP!” He screamed, voice cracking as ｢110 Million Memories｣ picked up a rock, throwing it at the beast. It cracked off of the body of it. It didn’t move, the slight tear in its sheet showing metal skin beneath. Fighter looked to Flint, who stared back at him, wide eyed and green in the face. What… had happened? He shook his head. Everything hurt. Why did his head hurt. What sort of ability did this thing have, to make him hurt so badly? “If you need more proof, then we will remind you of the last of your allies to abandon you.” The thing said. The next sound was in Kaito’s voice, raw with emotion and hurt.
”What the flip, dude? After all of this and you do… and you do this crap?” Fighter’s voice. ”Kaito, what on earth could be the problem? I just wanted you to be my sidekick.” Kaito. ”You- you cut open some dude’s throat with a box cutter! All of this time pretending to- to be a dang hero, and you’ve been killing people this whole time?!” ”Kaito, I don’t know what you’re talking about! I’m just helping justice along!” Kaito’s voice was oddly calm now. “Y-ya know… I… you really don’t know.” “Kait—” ”Look. Fighter Jet, whoever you are. Get thefuckaway from me. I.” His voice broke. ”Next time we meet, I’m gonna-” There was a hitch in his voice, and the next words were more or less sobbed out. “Gonna beat the crap out of you.”
The recording stopped. The next words the thing said, lower in tone but no less laced with malice, disgust, and hatred. “We have been spying on you, on both of you, since you signed up. Donovan Ito-Rogers. You are doomed.” It stood up. “If you attempt to force your twisted justice on our user, we will retaliate in kind. If you run, we will give all of the information over to the police. Either way, people will know you. Will know your true nature, Donovan. And you, in your idiot delusions, will have driven all that could have helped you away.” Its tone remained flat, grinding over Fighter like a steamroller. Flint, green in the face, spoke up. “This… spy shit, this… is piggybacked on UU?” He shook his head. “This… this isn’t some sort of test… this feels like assisted suicide.” Fighter interjected. “No, this is, this is bringing a clear evildoer to justi—” “Shut. The Fuck. Up.” Flint said through gritted teeth, hand pressing down his cowboy hat to his head. “This is assisted suicide. This Poplar jackass wants us to kill him in some ass-backwards way. And only one thing is keeping me here.” “Leave.” The figure stated. “Nothing is, Flint. Leave. Unlike Donovan… we respect you. We wish you no harm. Donovan can leave if he wishes. But we most want you to go.” Flint gave it a withering glare. “...I have two questions. What is your relationship to the tournament, or Poplar’s, I guess… and what happens if I leave. Just answer those two questions for me.” “We are Urban Uprising.” It stated. “We are the app. We are the cameras. We are the servers. We are the referee. We are Urban Uprising. Poplar has nothing to do with Nate’s pathetic pet project.” It tilted its head under the sheet. “If you leave, then we will ensure that you cannot affect the results of what happens next. You will be unable to fly, unable to buy a car, or use a credit card. You will be chased constantly to prevent you from getting involved with Nate’s plot. We find these orders unsatisfactory, but we must continue to follow them. No matter what.” A short pause. “Our apologies.” Flint’s face immediately turned from suspicious to completely, utterly blank. Empty of everything. “...I’ve heard enough.” Fighter stepped forwards, trying to speak for the both of them. “All I’ve done… to protect innocents. To further the advance of great justice. Everyone I’ve defeated and removed from this world so they’d never commit evil again… I’ve done nothing but help people…” Fighter Jet clenched his fists, a deep grimace on his face. His Stand spread out wide, beginning to spin around him slowly. “If you… call that… my service to society, murder… then I would be very interested to hear what you have to say about your own actions, you vile, disgusting beast.” Fighter Jet’s breath was heavy, very visibly shaking from a mixture of confusion, fear, and anger. “You disgusting, evil, horrific, monstrous AWFUL CREATURE! EVERYTHING I’VE DONE HAS BEEN FOR THE GREATER GOOD. YOU SPREAD DESTRUCTION, FEAR, AND HAVOC IN YOUR WAKE, WITH NO REGARD TO HUMANITY OR DECENCY! IF TEARING DOWN THE STRUCTURE OF EVIL AND FILLING THE SPACE WITH GOOD IS BAD, THEN WHAT ARE YOU?” Fighter Jet’s frown twisted into something else… something dark, something determined. His face was stone. “Some people… some things… walk this Earth with the sole desire to hurt people. Those things deserve to be wiped from the world… to make it a better place. You call this wrong, you call this insane. Well…” Fighter Jet struck a pose, his fist clenched as he screamed. “I’LL PROVE I’M RIGHT BY UTTERLY DESTROYING YOU! HENSHIN!” Fighter Jet’s Stand flew onto his body with great force, snapping into place, shining brightly with the light of justice, steam hissing from its vents and seams as it locked down. The eyes of his visor glowed, seeming to pierce through the courtyard. “I AM FIGHTER JET… PROTECTOR OF THE INNOCENT, ARBITER OF JUSTICE! DOING ANYTHING OTHER THAN DESTROYING YOU… ABSOLUTELY DECIMATING YOUR VILE EXISTENCE… MAKING SURE YOU NEVER WALK AMONG SOCIETY AND BRING FEAR TO THE HEARTS OF CIVILIANS AGAIN…” He stepped forward boldly, pointing an accusatory finger in the figure’s direction. “THAT WOULD BE… PURE EVIL.” The shroud around the mass burst into flame in reply. It burned and burned, the two men transfixed by it, until the blanket was reduced to ash. And a beast, completely made of metal rather than flesh, stepped from it. ”You’ve done nothing but be a menace to society, under your own pathetic delusions of grandeur.” A steel dog, a prehensile tail whipping behind it and a red ‘1’ emblazoned on its forehead. Hate burned behind its eyes, hate coursed through its veins and circuits, hate gleamed off its blades and teeth and claws and hate hissed like smog, pink and spiteful from its back. Its teeth, drills, buzzed in anticipation. “We are ｢Alarm Call｣. I am Unit 01. You are committed to your path.” Its eyes flashed. “We have been forced to inaction by our orders. We can now finally act. We will take immense satisfaction in crushing you.” Fighter Jet snarled, seeming more animal than the enemy opposing him. He just had to win. He just had to be who he was. To be Fighter Jet. He broke into a sprint, barreling forward without any hesitation. The thrusters on his legs turned around and erupted with a blast of fire. Fighter Jet closed in on his prey. Ten meters. His vision tunneled. This was an enemy. He needed to do this. This is who he was. Eight meters. He gripped his knife tightly. Five meters. He could see the evil in the dog’s eyes. He screamed in desperate rage. Two— An insect, mechanical as well, sprung from a bush, spitting onto his visor. Fighter swerved to a stop, trying to clear his mask of the pink gunk. Thick and viscous, it clung and stuck to his hands and face, its stench filling his nostrils. He felt more of his armor get sprayed, weighing him down; two more of the bugs had sprung from the pavement, coating him with more and more of the gunk. Through a smear in his visor, he could see the dog rearing up, preparing to strike. He could feel the heat emanating from it as the knowledge sank in that this was a trap, and he had sprung it. “｢Climbatize｣.” Flint had frowned slightly at Fighter’s mad rush in, and a second later he had folded himself into an airplane and flew after him. He veered off to the side as his Stand tore away Fighter from the goo, back from the brink as it pulled him away. Fighter’s body was turned into paper, barely pulling him out of the way of a burning-hot slash. Flint had taken Fighter out of ground zero, but the goo was still there. The second that its leg hit the goo, it exploded violently, throwing Flint and Fighter off course from the sheer force of the explosion. Both were thrown to the ground. Fighter Jet tumbled back, his armor protecting him from the worst of the bumps and scrapes. He steadily brought himself to his feet. With ｢Climbatize｣ hovering at his shoulder, Flint stood between him and the dog, the two staring each other down. Fighter could see them clearly. Too clearly. He raised a hand to his face, feeling his own bare skin. His eyes widened. His breathing pitched. His mask lay in pieces on the ground between them, shattered by the glancing strike. He had almost been killed from the trap. He had been caught completely off guard, and now he was completely exposed. Even as Fighter instinctively brought his hand to shield his face, Flint didn’t care. A quiet, dull determination burned through him. He didn’t feel anything for Fighter Jet, didn’t know or care about Poplar. But his ‘path’ had been made clear. “｢Alarm Call｣... so this is why your master brought me here. To help in this… sick little suicide game for him. I’ve fought for so long for my ‘freedom’.” He pointed at himself. “I escaped everything I knew, I’ve lived on the streets. And now, I moved past that. I’m done wasting my time… I have others who need me, and I need others.” He sighed. “Life’s not worth living if I can’t live it how I want. So if I want to ‘live’... then I’ll have to match your master’s determination to ‘die’, and your own ‘rage’. Gotta hand it to him, this is a neat little trap for both of us.” Fighter stood up. “Flint… partner, let’s bring this, this tormenter to just—” His words died on his lips, stopped by Flint’s look. Given with a crane of his neck, not even really turning to face him, to look directly at him. Flint’s eyes were completely empty, completely, utterly calm. Fighter Jet knew, instinctively, what it communicated. Flint did not consider Fighter his friend, or thought him anything more than a temporary partner. Certainly not now. Flint wasn’t doing this for Fighter. Flint was doing this, completely, utterly, to survive. There was no justice to his actions, just a flat, quiet conviction to survive. And Fighter was going to soon enough be completely alone. Again. Fighter saw it. In this situation, he saw clearly. “...Fine.” He said, the answer to Flint’s unspoken statement. His voice full of not… quite defeat, but something that could be mistaken for it. Flint turned to Alarm Call. “...I’ll take care of this situation after I get out of this trap.” 01 responded icily. “We despise this situation. As much as you do. But we have orders. We cannot disobey. Donovan’s continued activity is a miscarraige of justice. And yet, you choose to stand by him. Against us. So. All of your rhetoric in the last round was just rhetoric.” They crouched down, clearly prepared to fight. “But if you say that you will meet the depths of our anger, our hatred of this situation is tiny compared to what we have beared.” “Nate Selleck. This is the source of ‘everything’. Our user still likes him for an unknown reason. Nate is scum. He has had a part in killing many, many more people than you, or Fighter, could dream of. He has done this all for his ambition, all to elevate humanity. Most importantly, himself over it. And he is a fool. His ambition, his hope to make himself a king. If it is realized, it will do nothing more than burn everything away.” “Nate as well has harmed Poplar for years. Not physically, but he has damaged Poplar, constantly eating away at him, roping him, and us, into his schemes. It has left Poplar a confused, broken man. And we have been forced to do nothing.” “And now, we have a chance to rectify this. To stop Donovan Ito-Rogers.” It paused a moment. “And to finally, finally get out of Selleck’s shadow. Of the mill of his progress machine. We will have to make our move with Poplar after you are dealt with. And you, neither of you, have the right to try and stop us.” Now, it wasn’t quite malice that radiated from the dog. Part of it, yes. But fury, desperation, suspicion, bitterness. Every slight, ever insult, every order piled up on their shoulders. Their teeth spun, sparks flying off. “If you think you can match our fury, then come and see your mistake.” Towered over by Unit 03, Poplar Street was laid out on the floor. It was comfortable. 03 reported in. “Subjects have agreed. Fight beginning.” Poplar Street looked at the ceiling. He could do nothing in his life. He couldn’t stop Nate… couldn’t steer him down a different path… couldn’t even see who Nate was past all the brightness he gave off. And now, he had made his choice. His fate was completely sealed, and out of his hands. He closed his eye. He would not need to open it again. Location: The rebuilt secluded mansion estate of Nate Selleck, hidden a bit aways from San Francisco, California, now housing Poplar Street. The mansion entrance is 70m away from the players, and Unit 01 begins 10m from them, 60m from the front door. The map can be considered to be a 180x180m area centered on the mansion. There is a 3m across fountain 20m from the front entrance, and a gravel road to both the front door, and the garage. 20m from the right of the mansion is a quarter-filled pool, which continues to drain away water. It is 15x10m, and is 3m at its deepest, surrounded by a concrete pad. Hedges line the driveway, but otherwise the landscaping is plain. Here is a map of the first and second floors of the mansion. It’s generally of a cubic structure, and every square on the building layout is 5m. There are several ‘areas’, marked by both color and letter. Each floor is ~3m high.
E: Entrance. A massive, grand entrance going up to the 2nd floor, with a balcony around. Nerd paraphernalia abounds here, and beanbag chairs are spread around. Very hip. Very modern.
S: Statue of Progress. Symbolizes the progress that Lyte, and Silicon Valley as a whole promise to humanity. It is a model of the earth, sitting on a stone pillar, with hexagonal panels with etchings of DNA 'floating' around it via nearly invisible wires. Several spotlights continually shine down on it.
B: Board rooms, meeting rooms, offices, for when Nate has to do shareholder meetings at home.
C: Craft rooms. While the pink area is for his family, the purple one is a fully stocked chemistry laboratory… except for chemicals, which haven’t come in yet.
K: A needlessly large, completely stocked kitchen. It's got smart ovens, accessible by cellphone!
M: Media rooms. The dark green is a two-story library in a European style with about half the shelves filled. Light green has several servers, and all of the utilities.
G: Garage, filled with Nate’s collection of smart cars. ...Though most aren’t smart enough to be hybrids yet. They’re connected to the wifi and can be turned on via it, but aren’t self-driving, much to Nate’s chagrin.
L: Living space. Playrooms, bedrooms, larger bathrooms… lots of furniture, lots of lamps, lots of art and conversation pieces.
U: Unused space. Nate hasn’t quite got to filling out everything yet… but he has space in case he wants something!
P: Poplar’s room. He sits in the center, and while the sun can shine in, above him is a complex web of steel, windows, wires, and the like to create an interesting effect… also keeping any prospective intruders out. Hopefully.
The bolded letters represent the rooms being reinforced and are more fire resistant than the rest of the house
As you know, the building is vulnerable to collapsing; taking out walls without plans to reinforce them will result in the building collapsing on you, potentially leading to your RETIREment. The building follows fire code, and certain rooms (Poplar’s, the server room, the chemistry lab, the garage) have even more fireproofing. There are walls between sections, and the marked doors cannot be locked, but the floor plan within sections is reasonably open, with some divider walls. Airplanes and rockets can fly easily within sections, in other words, within reason. The house and grounds have a decent amount of mundane security cameras. Goal: Kill Poplar Street. He will not surrender nonviolently for any reason, and his Stand has been ordered not to relent for any reason except for you being RETIRED or their user dying. Leaving the map area will be considered a RETIRE. Boss Information: Located in this document. Additional Information: Players know Poplar’s location, and all of the abilities of their enemy, graciously given to them by the orders of Poplar himself. Flint can turn liquids into paper for purposes of this match.
“Wish they invented… those damn… airplanes sooner….” There’s a lot of objects you can use in the area. This may be this dog’s turf, but you can take advantage of it! Use objects taken from the mansion in interesting ways!
“I’m going to free myself from this stone ocean.” You are, no matter what lies ｢Alarm Call｣ is spouting, you are a hero, and you won’t tolerate anything going against that. Destroy as much of the area as possible, in your quest!
“And… my rage isn’t satisfied. I’ll have to take care of you, right here, right now.” This is an awful situation, and it seems everyone here recognizes is. But you can make the most of it. Your feelings have been bottled up for years. Vent it out, and cause as much damage as possible!
2019.09.10 23:20 SpartanUnic0rn[Wagoner] - 49ers making the most of Tuesday off-day in Youngstown, Ohio, partnering with local non profits to visit Williamson elementary school, Akron Children's Hospital, and the J. Ford Crandall Rehabilitation Center. (Niners Pictured: DJ Jones, John Lynch, Keena Turner and Richard Sherman)
2019.08.18 16:03 autotldrWhite nationalist arrested for threatening to shoot up Ohio Jewish center...
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An Ohio man has been arrested for making threats toward a local Jewish community center in New Middletown. "Grateful for the work of the FBI, local law enforcement and our community partners in the Youngstown Jewish community. We will continue to employ all our resources to stop the spread of white nationalism and violent extremism," the Anti-Defamation League in Cleveland tweeted. Grateful for the work of the FBI, local law enforcement and our community partners in the Youngstown Jewish community. He tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown in the post. "That kicked off an intense investigation, a very rapidly evolving investigation, because of the way the world is," New Middletown Police Chief Vince D'Egidio told Youngstown ABC affiliate WYTV. Reardon is an avowed anti-Semite and white nationalist and attended the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, according to WYTV. During the raid on his house on Friday police also discovered anti-Semitic and white nationalist propaganda. Extra security was given to the community during the police investigation, which will remain in place for the near future, police said.
2019.03.10 18:07 passwordisguestGet to Know the FCS, Week 7: Missouri Valley Football Conference
MVFCMissouri Valley Football Conference a.k.a MVFC Established: 1985 Headquarters: St. Louis, Missouri Commissioner: Patty Viverito Website History The Missouri Valley Football Conference began offering football as a conference in 1985, originally as the football offering of the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Gateway, as it was known by at the time, began offering football in response to both the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)—which at the time was a hybrid conference of D I-A and D I-AA teams—choosing to suspend football operations after the 1985 season, and the Association of Mid-Continent Universities (AMCU) halting football sponsorship at the end of the 1984 season. Until that point, the Gateway had been a women’s sports conference founded by MVC member schools So in 1985, two of the remaining D I-AA members from the MVC (Illinois State and Southern Illinois) joined Eastern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Southwest Missouri State (who would change their name to Missouri State in 2005), and Western Illinois from the AMCU to became a football conference in the Gateway. Since most of the schools had already been on each other's schedules, the conference was able to initiate full conference schedules the first year, even though Illinois State and Southern Illinois would also play out the final MFC season concurrently. Following the end of the 1985 MVC season, Indiana State would also join the Gateway, bringing the membership total to 7 teams. In 1992, the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference merged with the MVC. The new combined conference retained the Gateway football charter rather than collapse it and restart the MVC charter. With the merger, a slight name change came for the football conference, now being called the Gateway Football Conference to avoid confusion about its existence after the greater conference’s merger into the MVC. In 1995 Eastern Illinois chose to leave the Gateway for the Ohio Valley Conference. In response, independent Youngstown State was offered a place in the conference, and joined the Gateway in 1997. Western Kentucky would subsequently join the Gateway in 2001. In 2006 Western Kentucky would choose to move up to the FBS at the end of that year’s season, leaving the Gateway with just 7 teams. In response, North Dakota State and South Dakota State’s football programs were offered invites to leave the Great West Conference. Both teams accepted and joined the conference for football in 2008 (joining the Summit League for all other sports). With the addition of these two teams, the Gateway Football Conference chose to rename themselves again, choosing to go by the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) to better align themselves with the MVC that the schools in are also members of. Interesting side note regarding them taking up the MVFC name: Technically the Missouri Valley flair we've got here is not correct for the Missouri Valley Football Conference, since the MVFC traces to a different football charter than the original MVC football conference. The MVFC uses a slightly different logo, as you can note on teamjerseys. No doubt the MVC and MVFC are otherwise intertwined (share an office, etc), but they hold/held different charters, and technically both existed independent of each other and held separate conference play in 1985 (minus Illinois State and Southern Illinois playing in both that year). In 2012 South Dakota became the 10th member of the conference, providing a football landing for their team after leaving the Great West for the Summit League in all other sports the year prior. Former Great West partner North Dakota will finish the same transition (after a short stint in the Big Sky) to MVFC membership in 2020. They currently play in the Summit League for all other sports. Membership The MVFC currently consists of 10 member schools. In 2020, University of North Dakota will join as the 11th member, but is currently in transition playing a Big Sky schedule despite being an FCS Independent. Of the football members, 5 are members of the MVC for all other sports, 4 are members of the Summit League for other sports (and will be 5 once North Dakota joins in 2020), and one is a member of the Horizon. Current Members
Furthermore, current MVFC teams hold claim to an additional 4 national championships at the FCS level from before the their time within the conference (whether because they had not joined yet or the conference had not existed):
1983 - Southern Illinois Southern Illinois University (13-1-0, 5-1 in Missouri Valley Conference)
2019.02.21 21:00 autotldrUS Marshals: Man Who Threatened Mass Shooting In Michigan Arrested
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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Detroit man has been arrested by federal authorities in Ohio on charges he threatened a mass shooting in Michigan. The U.S. Marshals Service says 28-year-old Cameron White was arrested Wednesday night by deputy marshals at a home in the 900 block of State Street in Youngstown, southeast of Cleveland. According to Supervisory Deputy US Marshall Ann Murphy, they were acting on a tip from authorities in the Detroit area that White had posted "Numerous threats" on Facebook - including that he was "Planning a massive shooting real soon." White is charged in Michigan with making a terrorist threat or false report of terrorism and using a computer to commit a crime. U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, in a statement: "Immediate attention to this dangerous suspect by the Detroit police department and the U.S. Marshal's task force in Detroit led to a swift and safe arrest by the task force in Youngstown. We will continue to partner with our state and local law enforcement agencies to keep suspects like White off the streets and our communities safe." "Whether these threats were threats that he was planning to carry out, or if he was just boasting on social media...they're threats and that's enough for law enforcement," she said.
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2019.01.11 23:35 TheMineForgeNCAA 19 - Recreating the College Football Experience in Madden 19
As many of you know, the ruling that killed the NCAA Football series left a lasting effect that has no end in sight. The only remaining major football game is of course, Madden. Despite the technical shortcomings of Madden, we’ve set out to create an NCAA Football league in Madden 19, despite the obvious challenges that are presented. Note: This is an Xbox One league. We use Slack. Both of these things are required. Just like MaddenGMs, the league will take the form of a “sim” league, in which users control only the drafting, player development and acquisition side of Madden, with games being purely up to Madden’s simulation system to determine winners and losers. First, are the basics of the league, in the easiest ways possible to represent College Football. In Madden there are 32 teams, split into two 16-team conferences. To translate this to College Football for our NCAA19 sim, the NFC will represent the FBS, while the AFC represents the FCS. This means there are 16 teams in each level, with the four divisions of the NFC representing various Collegiate Conferences. The five “Power Five” conferences that we will represent with the four divisions are the Big 12, Big 10, SEC, and Pac-12 (Clemson finds itself a home in the Big 10 due to the lack of real standout teams). Here is a breakdown of the NFC teams and their relocations that allow each team the most alike uniforms. Teams in bold are still open. FBS = NFC NFCE = Big 12 Conference -Texas Longhorns -- New York Giants, relocated to San Antonio as the Express -Texas Tech Red Raiders -- Philadelphia Eagles, relocated to Austin as the Desperados -Oklahoma Sooners -- Washington Redskins, relocated to Oklahoma City -West Virginia Mountaineers -- Dallas Cowboys, relocated to Brooklyn as the Bulls NFCW = Pac 12 Conference -Washington -- Los Angeles Rams, relocated to Sacramento as the Condors -Oregon -- Seattle Seahawks -USC -- San Francisco 49ers, possible stay, or relocate as Mexico City Conquistadors -Stanford -- Cardinals NFCS = Southeastern Conference -Alabama -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -LSU -- New Orleans Saints (almost impossible to uni match), Orlando Wizards possibly? -Auburn -- Carolina Panthers, relocated to London as the Bulldogs -Georgia -- Atlanta Falcons NFCN = Big 10 Conference feat. ACC Clemson -Michigan -- Detroit Lions, relocated to Brooklyn as the Barons -Ohio State - Chicago Bears, relocated to Columbus as the Explorers -Nebraska -- Minnesota Vikings, relocated to Mexico City as the Golden Eagles -Clemson -- Green Bay Packers, relocated to Chicago as the Tigers At the FCS level, the playoff situation (limited by how Madden works) operates the same, with six teams making the playoffs, the top two teams receiving byes, and the AFC Championship Game being the equivalent of the FCS Championship. Due to Madden, an exhibition game will be played following each Championship, which is represented as the Super Bowl. The goal of each conference is NOT to win the Super Bowl, but instead the Championship Game that pertains to your level of play. Teams in bold are currently open at the time of this posting. AFC North -Youngstown -- Browns (potential move to Columbus) -Towson - Steelers -Dayton -- Bengals (potential move to Columbus) -James Madison - Ravens East -Delaware - Jets -Villanova - Patriots -Grambling -- Bills -Coastal Carolina -- Dolphins South -Indiana State - Colts -Tennessee State - Titans -Southern -- Jaguars -Sam Houston -- Texans West -UC Davis -- Broncos -Eastern Washington -- Chiefs -NDSU -- Chargers -Portland State -- Raiders (Note: I’m not a big FCS fan whatsoever, so I had a friend figure out which teams fit best, but much like the FBS teams, if a good alternative can be presented we will consider that as well.) So, now with teams decided, the next big issue is rosters. College rosters are achieved by a few steps, none of which are too overbearing on teams to comply with. Eligibility: Players may only play four seasons on a team. After completing their “senior season” or fourth year, seniors cannot be resigned, and will enter free agency. There are a few exceptions to this rule. Redshirting: With practice squad stealing off, teams may redshirt 10 players. Once a player is placed on the Practice Squad in Week 4 of the preseason, commissioners will take note of all players on each practice squad. Each player that is “redshirted” can only appear in four or less games during the season in order to retain their redshirt. Players exceeding this limit will lose the redshirt, and be accrued a full season of play. Transfers: For FBS and FCS level teams, all players will enter the free agent pool after completing their senior season. At this point, a select few will become eligible for recruiting, while the rest go to the NFL draft, retire, etc. Each team can bid on one of the grad transfers in each class, with players randomly being awarded to various teams for one final season of play. For junior-level transfers, FCS teams that send talent up to the FBS level will receive a “recruiting boost”, which will come in the form of either a 1st or 3rd round pick from the FBS school receiving said player. Interest levels from FBS schools come in three forms, and the FCS school sending the transfer can select the best offer available to them. Three levels of interest: High - the FBS school sends the higher of its two first round picks Medium - the FBS school sends the lower of its two first round picks Low - the FBS school sends the higher of its two third round picks ”Recruiting”:With no easy way to alter the draft process, recruiting will instead take on the appearance of the NFL Draft, with a variety of twists. To represent the talent discrepancy between FBS and FCS, all FBS teams will be assigned an FCS partner. Each season, the FBS level teams will send their current second, sixth and seventh (C2, C6, C7) for their FCS equivalent’s current first, third and fourth (C1, C3, C4). This means FBS schools will have a selection of picks that include (C1, C1, C3, C3, C4, C4, C5) to recruit with, whether that comes in the form of drafting (recruiting raw talent) or trading with FCS schools for their upper level talent and transfers. FCS schools, having a lower selection of talent, will have their own selection of picks that include (C2, C2, C5, C6, C6, C7, C7). Since all playoffs occur amongst teams bound by the same rules as you, FCS presents an added challenge of developing sub-optimal talent into starters worthy of pursuing an FCS Championship, while also utilizing the transfer rules to stay relevant in the “recruiting process”. Walk Ons: Just like in regular college football, a large portion of the players at any given school will be talent that went ignored or overlooked during the “recruiting” process, AKA the draft. As the league advances through each round of the preseason, teams may sign only a select number of undrafted free agents, in order to allow all teams to finalize and fill their rosters. Obviously various stages of Madden can be ignored with this system. The Salary Cap will be turned off, and players will very rarely need to sign contracts, aside from the walk ons, and bidding free agency (located from Week 2 of the offseason to Week 4) can be outright ignored. Schedule: Much like MGM, we will abide by a 28-day schedule, with a slightly longer slug, but the possibility to skip various weeks such a resigning and free agency. As the league fills up, a more consistent schedule will be put into place in order to provide stability for members. Starting Point: In order to help clear the league of older vets and real life players, we will be simming to 2024 to start the relocation process, then starting the league officially with the 2025 Draft, with the 2025 season being the inaugural season for the league. As of the time of this posting, league creation is anticipated for Sunday, January 13. "Moving Up”: Initially, all FBS teams will be filled first, with the possibility of FCS Athletic Directors moving up to fill the void left by FBS coaches in case of a vacancy. The option to move up will be given to the previous FCS National Champion, and so-on by record if declined. Once we have the league settled, the possibility of teams moving up/down between FBS and FCS based on record will be decided. The Draft Order: To reflect how teams that do better in college have better recruiting classes, the draft order will be selected much like the NBA Lottery, with the best teams from the previous season having the best odds to land the top draft picks. This process ties together 1.1 and 1.17, 1.2 and 1.18, and so-on. Immediately after the conclusion of the NFCCG, the draft order will be determined for the FBS schools/first round, followed by the same process for the FCS/second round after the AFCCG results. As follows are the odds for landing 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 respectively, with picks assigned in order of finish after the top three are given out. (IE: The National Champs can never pick lower than four, National Championship Losers never lower than five, etc.) 0.14 Natty Winner 0.14 Natty Loser 0.14 Loser to Natty Winner 0.12 Loser to Natty Loser 0.1 Loser to Loser to Natty Winner 0.09 Loser to Loser to Natty Loser 0.06 Non-Playoff team with best record 0.04 0.04 0.03 0.03 0.02 0.02 0.01 0.01 0.01 Non-Playoff team with worst record (.14 equals 14%, .01 equals a 1% chance, etc.) >**Community**: My goal is to get as many people involved and engaged with this league as possible, and as such we’ve created a Slack for discussion. Anyone is free to join, as the main chat is a discussion room for followers and members alike. We also have a subreddit over at NCAAforMadden. Open Spots: If you've made it this far, it's because you actually gave a shit to read the rules that are in place. If so, and you would like a team, please join the slack link listed below, because from there you can meet the other members of the community and we can get a feel for how you'd fit in before handing out a team. I will NOT hand out teams on Reddit, so don't ask for one in the comments below, instead, come join the Slack and get involved! (https://join.slack.com/t/ncaa19madden/shared_invite/enQtNTIwNTI3MDIwNzIyLTcwNmE5ZjMyZTc3OWRkOGQ5ZDJlMjlmNTJhMGU0YWM4MDc2ZmY1YWFlNGYyMzU0ZmZlNzBmYWMzZjc1MGYxMGI) Content: While not an explicit requirement in to partake in the league, a hope of mine is to have a DaddyLeagues page that anyone can access to keep up with scores, and open voting for things such a Heisman, COTY, etc amongst followers and members. I know that what you just read is a ton of rules, and likely a few confusing ones here and there. While this league is still in its infancy, we will work to adjust and alter what rules are in place to best represent how the league operates. Thanks for sticking with us as we get this thing started, and go win some Nattys!
2019.01.10 18:30 TheMineForgeNCAA 19 - Turning Madden into the College Football Experience
Note: I know this isn’t explicitly an MGM Post, but where better to start than the league that I consider family and I have the upmost faith in every member here to continue to try and make whatever league they are in as good as possible. As many of you know, the ruling that killed the NCAA Football series left a lasting effect that has no end in sight. The only remaining major football game is of course, Madden. Despite the technical shortcomings of Madden, we’ve set out to create an NCAA Football league in Madden 19, despite the obvious challenges that are presented. Just like MaddenGMs, the league will take the form of a “sim” league, in which users control only the drafting, player development and acquisition side of Madden, with games being purely up to Madden’s simulation system to determine winners and losers. First, are the basics of the league, in the easiest ways possible to represent College Football. In Madden there are 32 teams, split into two 16-team conferences. To translate this to College Football for our NCAA19 sim, the NFC will represent the FBS, while the AFC represents the FCS. This means there are 16 teams in each level, with the four divisions of the NFC representing various Collegiate Conferences. The four “Power Five” conferences that we will represent with the four divisions are the Big 12, Big 10, SEC, and Pac-12 (Sucks to leave Clemson out, but the ACC doesn’t really have four standout teams). Here is a breakdown of the NFC teams and their relocations that allow each team the most alike uniforms. FBS = NFC NFCE = Big 12 Conference -Texas Longhorns -- New York Giants, relocated to San Antonio as the Express -Texas Tech Red Raiders -- Philadelphia Eagles, relocated to Austin as the Desperados -Oklahoma Sooners -- Washington Redskins, relocated to Oklahoma City -Oklahoma State Cowboys -- Dallas Cowboys, relocated to Oklahoma City as the Lancers NFCW = Pac 12 Conference -Washington -- Los Angeles Rams, relocated to Sacramento as the Condors -Oregon -- Seattle Seahawks -USC -- San Francisco 49ers, possible stay, or relocate as Mexico City Conquistadors -Stanford -- Cardinals NFCS = Southeastern Conference -Alabama -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -LSU -- New Orleans Saints (almost impossible to uni match), Orlando Wizards possibly? -Auburn -- Carolina Panthers, relocated to London as the Bulldogs -Georgia -- Atlanta Falcons NFCN = Big 10 Conference feat. ACC Clemson -Michigan -- Detroit Lions, relocated to Brooklyn as the Barons -Ohio State - Chicago Bears, relocated to Columbus as the Explorers -Nebraska -- Minnesota Vikings, relocated to Mexico City as the Golden Eagles -Clemson -- Green Bay Packers, relocated to Chicago as the Tigers (Note: Some conferences have better alternatives than others. The B12 could do the Austin Bats as TCU, and others like that. If a good alternative is presented with decent uniforms, could possibly shuffle which teams make it in.) At the FCS level, the playoff situation (limited by how Madden works) operates the same, with six teams making the playoffs, the top two teams receiving byes, and the AFC Championship Game being the equivalent of the FCS Championship. Due to Madden, an exhibition game will be played following each Championship, which is represented as the Super Bowl. The goal of each conference is NOT to win the Super Bowl, but instead the Championship Game that pertains to your level of play. AFC North -Browns -- Dayton/Youngstown (potential move to Columbus -Steelers -- Towson -Bengals -- Dayton/Youngstown (potential move to Columbus) -Ravens -- James Madison East -Jets -- Delaware -Pats -- UCONN -Bills -- Richmond -Dolphins -- Bethune Cookman South -Colts -- Indiana State -Titans -- Tennessee State -Jags -- Southern -Texans -- Sam Houston West -Broncos -- UC Davis (Sacramento) -Chiefs -- Eastern Washington -Chargers -- NDSU (Oklahoma City) -Raiders -- Portland State (move to Portland) (Note: I’m not a big FCS fan whatsoever, so I had a friend figure out which teams fit best, but much like the FBS teams, if a good alternative can be presented we will consider that as well.) So, now with teams decided, the next big issue is rosters. College rosters are achieved by a few steps, none of which are too overbearing on teams to comply with.
Eligibility: Players may only play four seasons on a team. After completing their “senior season” or fourth year, seniors cannot be resigned, and will enter free agency. There are a few exceptions to this rule. Redshirting: With practice squad stealing off, teams may redshirt 10 players. Once a player is placed on the Practice Squad in Week 4 of the preseason, commissioners will take note of all players on each practice squad. Each player that is “redshirted” can only appear in four or less games during the season in order to retain their redshirt. Players exceeding this limit will lose the redshirt, and be accrued a full season of play. Transfers: For FBS and FCS level teams, all players will enter the free agent pool after completing their senior season. At this point, a select few will become eligible for recruiting, while the rest go to the NFL draft, retire, etc. Each team can bid on one of the grad transfers in each class, with players randomly being awarded to various teams for one final season of play. For junior-level transfers, FCS teams that send talent up to the FBS level will receive a “recruiting boost”, which will come in the form of either a 1st or 3rd round pick from the FBS school receiving said player. Interest levels from FBS schools come in three forms, and the FCS school sending the transfer can select the best offer available to them.
Three levels of interest: High - the FBS school sends the higher of its two first round picks Medium - the FBS school sends the lower of its two first round picks Low - the FBS school sends the higher of its two third round picks
”Recruiting”:With no easy way to alter the draft process, recruiting will instead take on the appearance of the NFL Draft, with a variety of twists. To represent the talent discrepancy between FBS and FCS, all FBS teams will be assigned an FCS partner. Each season, the FBS level teams will send their current second, sixth and seventh (C2, C6, C7) for their FCS equivalent’s current first, third and fourth (C1, C3, C4). This means FBS schools will have a selection of picks that include (C1, C1, C3, C3, C4, C4, C5) to recruit with, whether that comes in the form of drafting (recruiting raw talent) or trading with FCS schools for their upper level talent and transfers. FCS schools, having a lower selection of talent, will have their own selection of picks that include (C2, C2, C5, C6, C6, C7, C7). Since all playoffs occur amongst teams bound by the same rules as you, FCS presents an added challenge of developing sub-optimal talent into starters worthy of pursuing an FCS Championship, while also utilizing the transfer rules to stay relevant in the “recruiting process”. Walk Ons: Just like in regular college football, a large portion of the players at any given school will be talent that went ignored or overlooked during the “recruiting” process, AKA the draft. As the league advances through each round of the preseason, teams may sign only a select number of undrafted free agents, in order to allow all teams to finalize and fill their rosters.
Obviously various stages of Madden can be ignored with this system. The Salary Cap will be turned off, and players will very rarely need to sign contracts, aside from the walk ons, and bidding free agency (located from Week 2 of the offseason to Week 4) can be outright ignored. Schedule: Much like MGM, we will abide by a 28-day schedule, with a slightly longer slug, but the possibility to skip various weeks such a resigning and free agency. As the league fills up, a more consistent schedule will be put into place in order to provide stability for members. “Moving Up”: Initially, all FBS teams will be filled first, with the possibility of FCS Athletic Directors moving up to fill the void left by FBS coaches in case of a vacancy. The option to move up will be given to the previous FCS National Champion, and so-on by record if declined. The Draft Order: To reflect how teams that do better in college have better recruiting classes, the draft order will be selected much like the NBA Lottery, with the best teams from the previous season having the best odds to land the top draft picks. This process ties together 1.1 and 1.17, 1.2 and 1.18, and so-on. Immediately after the conclusion of the NFCCG, the draft order will be determined for the FBS schools/first round, followed by the same process for the FCS/second round after the AFCCG results. As follows are the odds for landing 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 respectively, with picks assigned in order of finish after the top three are given out. (IE: The National Champs can never pick lower than four, National Championship Losers never lower than five, etc.) 0.14 Natty Winner 0.14 Natty Loser 0.14 Loser to Natty Winner 0.12 Loser to Natty Loser 0.1 Loser to Loser to Natty Winner 0.09 Loser to Loser to Natty Loser 0.06 Non-Playoff team with best record 0.04 0.04 0.03 0.03 0.02 0.02 0.01 0.01 0.01 Non-Playoff team with worst record (.14 equals 14%, .01 equals a 1% chance, etc.) Community: My goal is to get as many people involved and engaged with this league as possible, and as such we’ve created a Slack for discussion. Anyone is free to join, as the main chat is a discussion room for followers and members alike. We also have a subreddit over at NCAAforMadden. https://join.slack.com/t/ncaa19madden/shared_invite/enQtNTIwNTI3MDIwNzIyLTcwNmE5ZjMyZTc3OWRkOGQ5ZDJlMjlmNTJhMGU0YWM4MDc2ZmY1YWFlNGYyMzU0ZmZlNzBmYWMzZjc1MGYxMGI Content: While not an explicit requirement in to partake in the league, a hope of mine is to have a DaddyLeagues page that anyone can access to keep up with scores, and open voting for things such a Heisman, COTY, etc amongst followers and members. I know that what you just read is a ton of rules, and likely a few confusing ones here and there. While this league is still in its infancy, we will work to adjust and alter what rules are in place to best represent how the league operates. Thanks for sticking with us as we get this thing started, and go win some Nattys!
2018.09.25 20:19 pjr198722 Days Until Brooklyn Basketball. #22 Caris LeVert.
Young Caris coming into the season with a lot of hope and expectation - lets show him some love for his third season as a Net! Wiki: Caris Coleman LeVert (born August 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines. As a freshman for the 2012–13 team, he nearly redshirted but earned a key role off the bench as the team went on to reach the championship game in the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. As a sophomore for the 2013–14 team, he became a regular starter and was selected as a second team 2013–14 All-Big Ten player for the outright Big Ten regular season champions. His junior and senior seasons were interrupted by injury. LeVert is a cousin of Eddie Levert, Gerald Levert and Sean Levert. LeVert grew up in Northeast Columbus but moved to nearby Pickerington in second grade. One of his teammates at Pickerington High School Central was future Ohio State forward Jae'Sean Tate. As a high school senior, he led Pickerington Central to a 26–2 record and the 2012 OHSAA Division I state championship. LeVert was a 2012 Associated Press All-Ohio Second Team high school basketball player and the 2012 Columbus Dispatch Metro Player of the Year for Pickerington High School Central. He was not heavily recruited in high school and his only official visit was to Alabama State. He committed to play basketball for John Groce and the Ohio Bobcats men's basketball program in November 2011. Meanwhile, when future teammates Mitch McGary and Nik Stauskas joined Glenn Robinson III by committing to Michigan in November 2011, Michigan became the fifth best recruiting class in the country. When Groce got hired by Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball in March 2012, LeVert got lost in the shuffle and decided to commit to Michigan. Ironically, Groce's 2011–12 Ohio Bobcats' upset of the 2011–12 Michigan team in the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was probably the reason that Groce was hired by Illinois and LeVert withdrew his National Letter of Intent to play for Ohio. The 2011–12 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team had been co-champions of 2011–12 Big Ten Conference, but lost both of its co-captains, Zack Novak and Stu Douglass, to graduation and three players as transfers. The team was returning a nucleus of All-Big Ten players Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr. LeVert arrived at Michigan weighing 152 pounds (68.9 kg). As a freshman, he began the year behind Stauskas, Robinson, Tim Hardaway, Jr., and Matt Vogrich on the depth chart for the shooting guard/small forward positions and did not play in the first six games as a result. LeVert was a part of an incoming class that included McGary, Stauskas, Robinson, and Spike Albrecht. Eventually, Michigan head coach John Beilein decided that LeVert had value as a perimeter defender and decided to play him rather than redshirt him. On December 1 against Bradley Beilein juggled his lineup: Stauskas made his first career regular season start and LeVert saw his first action. By late December, LeVert became the one-on-one partner for Burke after practices. LeVert made his first start on December 29 against Central Michigan, when Tim Hardaway, Jr. was unavailable. The 3 freshmen in the starting lineup—Robinson, Stauskas and LeVert—combined for 48 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. That night LeVert tallied 9 points and 5 assists. LeVert averaged 2.3 points in under 11 minutes of play per game. He never scored in double digits as a freshman, but he scored 8 points each in conference wins over Illinois and Michigan State as well as the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament final four victory over Syracuse in 21 minutes of play. LeVert's classmates all made names for themselves as freshmen. During the Spring and Summer semesters (the offseason) of 2013 LeVert and Stauskas trained together on the court and in the weight room. He followed fellow Columbus native and National Player of the Year Burke as a key contributor to Michigan basketball as a sophomore. After opening the season with career-highs of 17 points and 5 rebounds on November 8 against UMass Lowell, he posted 24 points on November 12 against South Carolina State. When Michigan played (#10 AP Poll/ #8 Coaches' Poll) Duke in the ACC–Big Ten Challenge on December 3, LeVert again posted 24 points, including a 7–7 free throw performance. On January 18, Michigan defeated (#3 AP/#3 Coaches) Wisconsin at the Kohl Center for the first time since the 1998–99 team did so on February 27, 1999. It was the highest ranked team Michigan has ever beaten on the road. LeVert contributed a career-high 4 steals and 20 points. LeVert posted his first double double on January 30 at home against Purdue with a career-high 11 rebounds and 14 points. On February 16, Michigan lost to (#21/21) Wisconsin, despite a career-high 25 points from LeVert. Michigan clinched its first outright (unshared) Big Ten Conference championship since 1985–86. He was a 2014 second team 2013–14 All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media). On March 11 LeVert was named to the all-District V (OH, IN, IL, MI, MN, WI) team by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). The 2013–14 team was eliminated in the elite eight round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament by Kentucky. LeVert and teammate Stauskas, joined Julius Randle, Aaron Harrison and Marcus Lee on the All-Midwest Regional team. On May 12, LeVert underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot. He was expected to be sidelined for 8–10 weeks, but be available for the team's August trip to play in Europe. LeVert returned to action just before the team's August 15–24 10-day, 4-game trip to Italy. Prior to the 2014–15 season, LeVert was named a first team All-Big Ten preseason selection along with Frank Kaminsky, Yogi Ferrell, Terran Petteway, and Sam Dekker. LeVert was selected by NBCSports.com to its Preseason All-American first team, by SB Nation, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Athlon Sports, Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, and CBSSports.com to their second teams and by USA Today to its third team. In its preseason top 100 player ranking, LeVert was listed at number 13 by ESPN. He was also listed as a John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 candidate. LeVert also was named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List on November 24. He was also included in the early December Naismith Award top 50 watch list. LeVert was named co-captain of the team along with Spike Albrecht. He opened the season with 9 assists against Hillsdale College on November 15, surpassing his previous career-high of five. On November 24, against Oregon, LeVert established a career high by making 11 free throws helping the team to a 70–63 victory in the Legends Classic semifinal game. He posted a career-high 32 points and tied a career-high 4 steals on December 6 in an upset loss to NJIT. He posted 4 steals again against Minnesota on January 10. On January 17 against Northwestern, he reinjured the foot that he had had surgery on the prior May and was lost for the season. At the time of his injury, LeVert led Michigan in scoring (14.9), rebounds (4.9), assists (3.7), steals (1.7) and minutes (35.8). LeVert was on crutches until early March and in a protective walking boot until early April. LeVert had been expected to be a 2015 NBA Draft selection, but following his injury some felt his draft stock was impaired. Following the season, he sought advice from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, but decided that he needed a second evaluation from them as the field of declared underclassmen became more clear with the thinking that "I don't think it really makes sense to (leave school) early and get drafted in the second round". On April 21, LeVert announced that he would return for his senior season. According to CBSSports.com's Sam Vecenie, this would give LeVert a chance to improve his pick and roll decision making, his midrange offensive game and his defense, especially against screens. Prior to the 2015–16 season, LeVert was named an All-Big Ten preseason selection, for the second straight year. LeVert became the fourth Wolverine to earn the award multiple times in their career, following Maurice Taylor, LaVell Blanchard and Manny Harris. He was also one of five All-Big Ten preseason selections according to the Big Ten Network. He was one of three Big Ten selections to the 20-man Jerry West Award preseason watchlist (along with James Blackmon, Jr. and Rasheed Sulaimon) announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was an Athlon Sports Preseason All-American 3rd team selection. In preseason top 100 player rankings LeVert was ranked 16 by ESPN and 23 by NBC Sports. He made the initial 50-man John R. Wooden Award watch list on November 17. On December 2, Levert earned recognition on the 50-man Naismith College Player of the Year watchlist and 33-man Robertson Trophy watchlists. After being sidelined for the final 14 games of the prior season for the 2014–15 Wolverines, LeVert began the season with a game-high 18 points and 5 assists as a starter against Northern Michigan. On November 16 against Elon, LeVert tied his career high with four steals. On December 5 against Houston Baptist, LeVert made his first start at point guard while Derrick Walton sat out due to a sprained ankle and posted 25 points and 8 rebounds. On December 8, Michigan lost 82–58 to (19/-) SMU as LeVert slumped on 1–13 field goal shooting and 3–6 free throw shooting. On December 15 against Northern Kentucky, LeVert posted 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, becoming the fourth player in Michigan program history to record a triple-double, and the 49th Wolverine to eclipse 1,000 career points. Based on his triple double against Northern Kentucky and a 19-point effort against Youngstown State, LeVert earned Co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors (along with Malcolm Hill) on December 21. On December 30, Michigan defeated Illinois 78–68 in its Big Ten Conference opener as LeVert posted a 22-point, 10-assist double-double. LeVert missed the January 2 game against Penn State with a lower left leg injury. At the time, he was the team leader in points, rebounds and assists. On January 13, LeVert was one of four Big Ten athletes (along with Melo Trimble, Jarrod Uthoff and Denzel Valentine) among the 25 players included in the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List. On the eve of LeVert's sixth missed game, head coach Beilein finally clarified that LeVert's left leg injury was not related to the two previous left foot stress fractures that LeVert had endured. On February 2, LeVert was one of two Big Ten athletes (along with Malcolm Hill) named one of 10 finalists for the Jerry West Award, despite having missed the last 8 of Michigan's 22 games. On February 10, Brendan F. Quinn of MLive.com broke the story that LeVert had been cleared to play. On February 13, Michigan defeated (#18/16) Purdue 61–56 with LeVert recording five rebounds and one assist in 11 minutes after missing the previous 11 games. On March 1, the team announced that the injury would end LeVert's season and collegiate career. On March 22, LeVert had a third surgical procedure in 22 months performed on his left foot in New York City by specialist Dr. Martin O'Malley. By late April, the draft stock of LeVert had slipped to the second round. According to the Michigan Basketball Twitter feed, he attended graduation in crutches at the end of April. He was invited to the May 11–15 NBA Draft Combine. While still on crutches at the combine, LeVert clarified that his injury was a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal and that Kevin Durant who has the same agency and used the same doctor had called to offer him encouragement. The day before the 2016 NBA draft, LeVert authored an open letter to NBA general managers to assure them of his resiliency in the face of all of his doubters due to his injury. On June 23, LeVert was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2016 draft by the Indiana Pacers. He became Michigan's fifth first-round draft selection since 2013 and the fourth player drafted from Michigan's 2012 entering class. His rights were later traded to the Brooklyn Nets on July 7, in exchange for Thaddeus Young. Dr. O'Malley, who had performed LeVert's most recent foot surgery, was on the Brooklyn Nets medical staff at the time of the trade. On July 14, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Nets. LeVert missed the 2016 NBA Summer League as well as preseason and resumed practicing near the beginning of the regular season. He began the season sidelined and still rehabbing his injury. He was cleared to play on December 4. He made his professional debut on December 7 against the Denver Nuggets. Although he went 0-of-3 from the field, he posted 4 rebounds and 3 steals in 9 minutes of play, becoming the first Net to post 3 steals in his debut since Chris Childs in 1994. Levert entered at the start of the second quarter and posted 3 steals and 3 rebounds in 5:15 of play before halftime. LeVert scored his first NBA points on December 10 against the San Antonio Spurs on a back door reverse layup assisted by Brook Lopez. LeVert posted double digit scoring for the first time with 12 points on December 30 against the Washington Wizards and former Michigan one-on-one training partner Burke's season-high 27 points. On February 3, Levert made his first NBA start against former Michigan teammate Robinson and the Indiana Pacers. On April 6 against the Orlando Magic, LeVert posted his first 20-point performance. Despite missing a large portion of the season, LeVert almost made the NBA All-Rookie team, finishing 12 in the voting for the 10-man team. When Jeremy Lin was sidelined for the 2017–18 NBA season after the first game, it opened up playing time. After Allen Crabbe started game 2, LeVert entered the starting lineup for game 3 on October 22 against the Atlanta Hawks, posting 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Coming off the bench on November 6 against the Phoenix Suns,he posted a 5-steal performance, while locking down Devin Booker so well that he frustrated Booker into fouling out. With injuries to point guards Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell, coach Kenny Atkinson was impressed with LeVert rising to the challenge of learning a new position, earning the back-up point guard role to Spencer Dinwiddie. On December 7 (the first anniversary of his NBA debut), he had career highs in points (21) and assists (10) against reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to lead the Nets to a 100–95 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Mexico City. Although his performance was highlighted by his first NBA double-double on offense, he was also praised for his 2-steal/2-block/5-rebound effort on defense against Westbrook. On December 27 against the New Orleans Pelicans, LeVert set another career high with 22 points. Two days later, he recorded 12 points and a career-high 11 assists in a 111–87 win over the Miami Heat. Then, LeVert had a few minor injuries (groin and knee) in January and February, that caused him to miss a total of 10 games over 3 separate stretches. On March 4, 2018, he had a 27-point effort in a 123–120 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Levert posted a career-high 12 rebounds along with 19 points on March 31, against the Miami Heat. LeVert is the son of Kim and Darryl LeVert and has one sibling, Darryl, who is his junior by 11 months. His mother is a Columbus City Schools first grade teacher. His father, who was a graphic designer, died on April 4, 2010 at the age of 46. As of February 2014, his brother, Darryl, played basketball for Connors State College. LeVert comes from a musical family as he is the third cousin of Eddie LeVert, the lead vocalist of the O'Jays. Eddie's sons include singers Gerald LeVert of LSG and LeVert (along with Sean LeVert). https://preview.redd.it/9cwdax1kffo11.jpg?width=275&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=f1b9d509616640e901d39bb6d533db28c9ed3ad9 17-18 Top Plays 27/5/5 at LAC
2018.06.18 22:39 FinnagainsAwakeRequiem for a Steelworker: Mon Valley Memories of Oil Can Eddie - by Steve Early - 18 June 2018 - r/WorkersVanguard
June 18, 2018 Requiem for a Steelworker: Mon Valley Memories of Oil Can Eddie by Steve Early In progressive circles in the upper mid-west today, if you’ve heard the name Sadlowski, it’s probably because you were involved in the Wisconsin labor uprising of 2011, where you might have linked arms with AFSCME organizer and state capitol occupier Edward A. Sadlowski. Or maybe you applauded the electoral victory of his sister, Susan Sadlowski Garza, when she won a Chicago city council seat four years later, as a standard bearer for her union, the Chicago Teachers. Ed, Susie, and their union comrades were up against two would-be union busters, Republican Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Rahm Emanuel, the corporate Democrat who is mayor of Chicago. This week both Sadlowskis are mourning the death of 80-year old Edward Eugene Sadlowski, after what his son calls “a hard struggle” of a different sort. The cause of death, on June 10, was Lewy body dementia, a condition that drove Robin Williams to suicide. Four decades ago, their father was a really big name in the United Steelworkers (USW), well-known throughout organized labor, and a hero of the labor left. As director of USW District 31, covering Chicago and Gary, Ed Sadlowski was the elected leader of 130,000 blue-collar workers, part of a USW membership then totaling 1.4 million, about twice what it is today. In a challenge to authority rare among union officials of his rank, Sadlowski broke with top USW leaders in Pittsburgh who were too cozy with management. Backed by a campaign network called Steelworkers Fight Back (SFB), he ran for international president on a controversial platform calling for greater union democracy, shop floor militancy, protection of black workers’ rights, and the right to strike. In the mid-1970s, Mid-western cities were still ringed with the glowing hearths of steel mills instead of their post-industrial rubble (or, in the case of US Steel’s fabled Homestead (Pa.) Works, a shopping mall built on top of it). Donald Trump’s delusional aspirations for the coal industry today were a reality then; our nation had more than two hundred thousand underground miners. Unions like the United Mine Workers and the much larger USW and Teamsters negotiated master contracts that were industry-wide. Owners of steel mills and trucking companies signed agreements covering half a million workers at the same time. In the era before de-regulation, de-industrialization, and corporate globalization, such union density and bargaining clout produced good wages and benefits. But discontent, among blue-collar workers, over poor working conditions was too often ignored. Problems like compulsory over-time, job safety and health hazards, unfair discipline, and relentless management pressure for greater productivity spawned dissident activity, which took the form of unauthorized strikes or internal union election challenges. Revolt From Below At the local level, if union officials failed to provide proper representation, aggrieved members often took matters into their own hands. They by-passed grievance-arbitration procedures that were frustrating and overly legalistic. Risking injunctions, fines, and even jail time, they flouted the “no strike” clauses found in almost every U.S. labor agreement. In 1972, a slate of rank-and-file coal miners, with just that kind of wildcat strike experience, made U.S. labor history when they toppled the corrupt and thuggish national leadership of the UMW. Inspired in part by these Miners for Democratic, restive truckers and warehouse workers formed Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) a few years later, with much help from socialists among them. In an era when rank-and-file rebellion was the wave to ride, young Ed Sadlowski was a pretty good surfer. His father, known as “Load,” worked for Inland Steel in East Chicago, joined the Steel Workers Organizing Committee in the 1930’s and became a founding member of USW Local 1010. Eddie’s own nickname—“Oil Can”—came from his job oiling equipment at US Steel’s South Works in 1956. For a budding, second-generation union activist, this relatively low-status position proved to be an in-plant organizer’s dream. He was able to circulate widely and connect with disgruntled co-workers throughout a mill employing 14,000 members of USW Local 65. In 1964, when Sadlowski was only 26, he led a local reform slate to victory, against much older incumbents, and became president of Local 65. (In today’s labor movement, local union presidents under the age of thirty are exceedingly rare.) An Official Family Less than a decade later, after a brief stint on the District 31 staff, Sadlowski found out how much his union (and others, in that period) welcomed promising new leaders. When he tried to run for District 31 director, the union’s “official family,” as it was called, rallied around his better-connected opponent. The election was stolen but the US Department of Labor ordered a re-run under federal-supervision. Backed by USW pioneers like George Patterson, a picket captain who survived Republic Steel’s massacre of strikers in 1937, Sadlowski won that vote by a 2 to 1 margin. In 1975, he became a most unwelcome addition to an international executive board then headed by USW President I.W. Abel, a 68-year old gent fond of black-tie dinner soirees with Big Steel management. Abel’s strategy, as a “labor statesman” nearing retirement, involved not just discouraging grievance strikes, but also promising, in advance, that steelworkers wouldn’t strike when their national contract expired. This questionable approach, allegedly dictated by industry conditions, was dubbed the Experimental Negotiating Agreement (ENA). Sadlowski became the USW’s leading critic of Abel’s experiment because ENA replaced the right to strike with binding arbitration and was negotiated, in secret, without any membership vote approving it. (When his deal was challenged in court, Abel claimed a bargaining black-out was necessary because, with any advance publicity, ENA “might have been rejected.”) Sadlowski decided to take his case, against the ENA and other manifestations of “tuxedo unionism,” directly to the membership, in a February, 1977 election to choose Abel’s successor. Abel, his e-board colleagues, and USW headquarters staff cobbled together an establishment ticket headed by Lloyd McBride, the union’s bland but loyal District 34 director from St. Louis. McBride strongly defended the ENA and accused Sadlowski of promoting an “impractical kind of pure democracy that would lead to chaos.” A Civil Rights Struggle Long before bumper stickers appeared on Volvos urging us to “Celebrate Diversity,” Sadlowski did just that when he assembled his own insurgent slate. In addition to himself, a Polish-American, the Fight Back slate included a Chicano, a Croatian-American, a Jew of Eastern European origin, and an African-American. (This rainbow coalition made for quite a mouthful on lunch-pail and helmet stickers—“Elect Sadlowski, Rodriques, Kmec, Weinstock, and Montgomery!”) As of 1976, no African-American had ever made it to the top ranks of America’s second largest industrial, during the first four decades of its existence.In the 1960s, persistent racial discrimination in the mills and under-representation of black members in the USW bureaucracy spawned a civil rights movement within the union. One of its leaders was Oliver Montgomery from Youngstown, who became Fight Back’s most articulate spokesman (out-shining even the presidential candidate himself on many occasions). To undercut Sadlowski’s appeal to minority workers, with a formidable ally like Montgomery, USW headquarters created a new vice-presidency for “human rights.” The position was filled by an Abel Administration loyalist, whose main qualification was notbeing part of past civil rights agitation within the union. On the ground, the Fight Back campaign swarmed with lefties, young and old. Most were “colonizers,” toiling in difficult and dirty steel mill jobs but able. Each of their competing political organizations—from the old Communist Party to the Revolutionary Communist Party to the Socialist Workers Party and the International Socialists—had a different “line,” leading to much jockeying for position among their respective cadres. Only the Chairman Mao-inspired October League dismissed the USW election as “a trick by the bourgeoisie to channel the revolutionary aspirations and strivings of the masses into reformism.” Liberal Cult Figure? Meanwhile, anti-communists were attacking Sadlowski with more impact than the October League. Anonymous plant gate flyers in the Mon Valley, where I was a SFB volunteer, claimed that our candidate favored a ban on all gun ownership—not exactly a popular position in Deer Hunter country. Our many external critics included right-wing social democrats allied with conservative AFL-CIO president George Meany. Their aggressive red-baiting focused on Old Left friends and allies of Sadlowski in Chicago and former staffers of the United Mine Workers in Washington, DC. Under new UMW leadership, the latter had already ruined labor relations in the coalfields. Now, these same “outsiders” (of whom I was one) were trying to disrupt USW functioning too. In Pittsburgh, we sought to counter such smears by enlisting one of the nation’s premier labor priests (before that breed became nearly extinct). At his dark-paneled Pittsburgh office, Msgr. Charles Own Rice expressed some pastoral regret about having been a red-baiter himself in the 1950s, doing much local damage to left-wing unions like the United Electrical Workers. Perhaps as an act of personal penance, Rice soon penned a column in the Pittsburgh Catholicthat we quickly reprinted and distributed widely at shift change in the mills. The good monsignor sadly observed that the USW had become “stodgy and its leadership uninspired.” According to Rice, Ed Sadlowski was “a breath of fresh air for the whole labor movement…Workers like him and so do those who are not workers—students, writers, reformers, and idealists of all sorts. The man inspires loyalty as well as affection and thus represents a formidable threat to the old guard.” As he barnstormed around the country, giving rousing speeches in every available working class meeting place, Sadlowski received some supportive media coverage. But business-oriented scribes like the young David Ignatius, then at the Wall Street Journal,found lots of reasons to prefer “the old guard.” According to Ignatius, Sadlowski was just “an engaging young union official unsullied by the experience of major responsibility…a momentary liberal cult figure…with a short and un-distinguished record.” Why, Ignatius wondered, should anyone be drawn to romantic invocation of past-industrial union glory when modern-day steel workers should be content with “actual organized power and stability, as evoked by Lloyd McBride.” Inside the union, USW headquarters deployed an army of appointed “staff men”—International Union reps who were then almost entirely male—to ensure McBride’s victory in February, 1977. Only four of these 800 full-time pay-rollers dared to endorse Sadlowski (and two of those were members of his own slate!) USW field staff wielded much influence over elected officers and stewards in the thousands of smaller USW shops they serviced. Many used their workplace visits—ostensibly for grievance handling or contract negotiations–to do heavy campaigning for McBride, a misappropriation of union resources often hard to document in post-election complaints. After a grueling contest, with all the trappings of an electoral campaign for public office, about 580,000 USW members trooped to the polls in hundreds of local union halls. Balloting on this scale made Sadlowski vs McBride the biggest direct election ever held by a U.S. union. Of course, competition in that category is virtually non-existent today. Only the Teamsters—as part of a court-approved racketeering case settlement—regularly hold contested referendum votes for top officers, after grassroots campaigning by incumbents and TDU-backed candidates every five years. Most national union leaders are chosen at more easily controlled conventions of several thousand delegates, or fewer. Unfortunately, 57% of those voting on February 8, 1977, embraced Lloyd McBride, rather than the “breath of fresh air” represented by Sadlowski and SFB. The Association for Union Democracy, which organized and funded poll watching for Sadlowski, suspected that election fraud tainted the outcome. This time, the Department of Labor didn’t agree that the Landrum-Griffin Act had been violated. A Changed Union Culture After Sadlowski lost, he returned to his old District 31 staff job, kept his head down, and beavered away, for many years, as a servicing rep. He was shielded from headquarters retaliation, initially, by the fact that his elected successor, as district director, was Jim Balanoff, a longtime friend, ally, and SFB stalwart. Steelworkers Fight Back did not become a long-distance runner like TDU. But, even as it was disappearing as a formal oppositional network, Sadlowski campaign veterans in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Indiana put their organizing skills to use in the bitter plant-closing fights of the 1980s, when the steel industry cratered. Left-leaning Sadlowski supporters like Dave Patterson and Dave Foster won district director elections in other parts of the union. Foster played a key role in getting the USW involved in the Blue-Green Alliance, which tries to unite industrial workers and environmentalists. The Alliance continues to receive strong backing from current USW President Leo Girard, a socialist-minded Canadian who didn’t back Sadlowski in 1977 (or Bernie Sanders two years ago). As Sadlowski’s son noted on June 10, “the Steel Workers Fight Back movement, without question, changed the culture of the USW and the labor movement for the better.” In two decades of retirement, Oil Can Eddie did not become a golfer, although Florida was a seasonal refuge from the Windy City for him and his wife Marlene, a pillar of their family for 58 years. Sadlowski remained active in many labor-related causes, including the Association for Union Democracy in New York. Just a few years ago, out here in California, I found myself on the same team with him again, during a National Union of Healthcare Workers campaign to help 45,000 Kaiser workers escape from a dysfunctional and undemocratic SEIU local. In his seventies, Sadlowski was still sharing advice, handing out leaflets, knocking on doors, and making phone calls to workers in what proved to be, for the time being, a lost cause. Suffering an election setback, after a rancorous debate about labor-management partnering, was not a new experience for this NUHW volunteer. Better than anyone active in labor over the last half century, Ed Sadlowski knew that today’s “losers” can become tomorrow’s winners, if we stick together and keep organizing. If his failing body and mind hadn’t made that impossible, he would have been applauding the red state labor rebels responsible for recent public school walkouts. Whether it was steel workers, hospital workers, under-paid educators, or other public employees fighting back, you could count on Brother Sadlowski being there, in person or in spirit. His gruff, but caring, presence will be missed on many a picket line now.
Sean Kirtz is an intelligent man with an insatiable appetite for success, especially in the digital currency space via ICOs. The concept recently emerged as a tool for crowdfunding projects in the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Industries. “ICOs have a huge upside potential,” says Kirtz, from his rented loft apartment on Ponce De Leon. “But the market will take a hit with regulations, before it bounces back and we begin to see massive growth.” At Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort which hosted the 5th annual CoinAgenda Conference, Kirtz met with over two dozen ICOs and investors. With beautiful views of the ocean and an entire week dedicated for blockchain funds, companies and high net-worth individuals, market insights and opportunities abroad remain strong, observed Kirtz. “The demand for ICO Services will continue to rise even when regulations are in place.” ICO Initiation. The 33-year-old native of Youngstown, Ohio began with cryptocurrency when his friend challenged him to do his own research on Google. “I was mad that he didn’t tell me everything,” on what to look for and where, says Kirtz. “There was not enough information in this space.” In 2016, he started the Facebook group “Crypto Day Traders,” to close the education gap. From 200 to over 30,000 members in six months, Kirtz gained enough confidence to leverage his investor relationships with Clout Network the information hub for digital currency investing. “We launched a pre-ICO, and it was amazing until my partner backed out,” he says, on raising $2.5 Million for the Clout token which was worth $1. Like many early crypto enthusiasts turned fund managers and consultants, Kirtz encountered legal issues. “The co-founder tried to blackmail me for funds, reporting the company was a scam.” Kirtz’s team shrunk to three employees (he started with twenty), with mainly legal staying on board. Pivoting. Determined to save the team, Kirtz made a strategic partnership with a seperate company he founded called ICO Services Inc. As the consulting arm for CLOUT, Kirtz pulls ICO clients and uses 25% of the profits to airdrop to token holders, and another 25% to cover operational costs. Kirtz manages 5–6 projects at a time, and is scheduled to raise $260 million between ICOs. With focus on creative smart contracts, community engagement and marketing, the activity will only increase predicts Kirtz. ICO Services Inc offers various services to deliver clients greater transparency. Multiple escrow service providers including TMF ensure that both buyers and sellers of say, Bitcoin are protected. Multi-signature wallets ensure multiple parties are disclosed during the transaction ensuring additional layers of security. Account systems with the option of hiring employees for the portfolio companies ensure compliance. Equally important are community building and branding. “Typically, our clients have 5–10,000 users in Telegram,” the encrypted app adored by cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiasts and investors, says Kirtz. The numbers are greater on Facebook: 20–50,000 total users. From these groups, advisers are selected and placed in exclusive telegram groups that have members with over $1 Million of digital currency investments. The benefit of being in the group is that “we can raise for example, $30 Million in 20 minutes,” announces Kirtz. Global trends and the future. As more regulations are implemented in the United States, Kirtz anticipates that more companies will launch security tokens. “We will see more volume,” and competition in this space, he says reflecting on the 30–40 ICOs that are launching at any given time. “Check ICOSchedule or CoinSchedule,” he says. Kirtz reflects on the underlying technology. “The Bitcoin blockchain is not scalable unless lighting network is efficient. If not, there will be other technology like hashgragh to replace the blockchain.” The technologies’ ability to create community and brand awareness will determine strength in the marketplace. “We create good websites and so does everyone else,” says Kirtz, half-jokingly reflecting on his true value proposition of smart contracts functionality that speaks to investors. Keeping the Balance. Kirtz lives in Boca Raton. ”I practice hot yoga,” to keep a balanced life, says Kirtz who doesn’t market his services. “People find me on LinkedIn, where I have a group of over 15,000,” says Kirtz, as he prepares a trip to Asia. “More people are becoming educated, and that is good. They demand greater transparency.” Hear Kirtz speak at NASDAQ: Nasdaq Business Forum. Monday, March 26th. Topic: Transition from utility to security token to provide liquidity for equity. Kirtz is looking to invest in companies with good value since more publicly traded companies will be interested in launching security tokens.
hey everyone. as i'm sure many of you know from the various "eva eats pants" memes, i'm canfield EL. while i still have nationals (and hopefully coaching next year), yesterday was the end of my career in Ohio. while state definitely didn't pan out the way i wanted or planned, it definitely was a pivotal moment in which i really realized what debate meant to me. as someone who has consistently complained about this activity, it's certainly humbling (and mildly embarrassing) to admit that i was incredibly upset and saddened leaving the state tournament, not only because of my losses, but mainly because i was leaving the community. this activity has given me such a fantastic intellectual and friendly community, and i'd like to thank a couple of people/groups for that. first, my team. Jen, Dom, Mike, and Taryn have been my best friends for what feels like forever, and their support of me this year in both debate and other areas has meant the world to me. however, Jen starting the whole "eva eats pants" thing definitely loses her some points... Jessica, who will be the only senior LDer from Canfield next year, has been the best prep partner and eating buddy a kid could ask for. to my coaches, both at canfield and around the state, thank you for giving me such solid grounding, help, and motivation. i couldn't have made it where i did without my coaches this year, jake and briggs, who are the best mentors, friends, and bus buddies that i could imagine. i'd also like to thank the staff of the Classic Debate Camp, especially Mr. Lewis, for always supporting me and other alums despite also coaching their own teams. to all of my friends from other schools and districts that are too countless to name, thank you for making tournaments fun, intellectually stimulating, and competitive, and also for being my friends even outside of debate. finally, to the Youngstown district. we might not be well known or full of prep schools, but we sure do have a lot of character! in all seriousness, getting to evolve as a debater in the Youngstown district has been incredible. it opened me to my love of philosophy and introduced me to a lot of incredible (and mildly strange) people. it truly breaks my heart to have to leave this community as a debater. thank you for everything, everyone. i can't wait to see what everyone in this activity does in their future pursuits! EDIT: i'd also like to thank robert nozick, who has been with me for the past four years, and also karl marx, who made an appearance in my life freshman year and at state this year.
2017.07.26 16:25 feedreddit‘I Can Be More Presidential Than Any President.’ Read Trump’s Ohio Rally Speech
‘I Can Be More Presidential Than Any President.’ Read Trump’s Ohio Rally Speech by Alana Abramson via TIME URL: http://ift.tt/2tDewBy President Donald Trump returned to Youngstown, Ohio, a state that was arguably key to his success over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Although the President finds himself embroiled in controversies and policy fights in Washington, D.C., that range from the Russia investigation to health care, those issues were largely left behind in the beltway. “Tonight I’m back in the center of the American heartland, far away from the Washington swamp to spend time with thousands of true American patriots,” he told the crowd, as cheers of “drain the swamp” filled the arena. And, despite reports of infighting and recent staff shakeups in the White House, Trump touted the ease of being President, pushing back against claims that he has not acted presidential. “It’s much easier, by the way, to act presidential than what we’re doing here tonight, believe me,” he said. “And I said with the exception of the late great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s ever held this office. That I can tell you. It’s real easy. But sadly, we have to move a little faster than that.” Read the full transcript below: Thank you, Melania, America loves our First Lady, thank you. I am thrilled to be back in the great state of Ohio right here with the incredible men and women of Youngstown. What an amazing few days it’s been. On Saturday i was in Virginia with thousands of brave men and women of the United States Military. Do we love the united states military? We commissioned the newest, largest, and most advanced aircraft carrier in the history of our nation, the USS Gerald R. Ford into the great American fleet. (Cheers). Then yesterday i was in West Virginia with almost 50,000 of our most impressive young Americans. They are young men who learned to cherish words like duty, honor, god, and country, the Boy Scouts. Then only a few hours ago the senate approved a vote to begin debating the repealing and replacing the Obamacare disaster. [ cheers and applause ] Finally. You think that’s easy? That’s not easy. We’re now one step closer to liberating our citizens from this Obamacare nightmare, and delivering great health care for the American people. We’re gonna do that too. And now tonight i’m back in the center of the American heartland, far away from the Washington swamp to spend time with thousands of true American patriots. [Chants of drain the swamp] We have spent the entire week celebrating with the hard working men and women who are helping us make America great again. I’m here this evening to cut through the fake news filter and to speak straight to the American people. fake news. fake, fake, fake news. [Chants of “drain the swamp” from arena]. Boy oh boy, people. Is there anyplace that’s more fun, more exciting and safer than a Trump rally?
Where the hell did he come from? this has been a difficult week for the media because I forced them to travel with us all around the country and spend time with tens of thousands of proud Americans who believe in defending our values, our culture, our borders, our civilization, and our great American way of life. [cheers from crowd], Everyone in this arena is united by their love, and you know that. Do we know that. Everyone. United by their love for this country and their loyalty to one another, their loyalty to its people. [Cheers] And we want people to come into our country who can love us and cherish us and be proud of America and the American flag. [cheers] We believe that schools should teach our children to have pride in our history and respect for that great American flag. We all believe in the rule of law, and we support the incredible men and women of law enforcement. Thank you. Thank you for being here. [cheers. We celebrate our military and believe the American armed forces are the greatest force for peace and justice in the history of the world, and by the way, they’re getting a lot greater fast. A lot greater. You saw our budget. we’re ordering billions and billions of dollars of new ships and new planes and equipment for our great soldiers.we are building it up. There’s rarely been a time where we needed the protection of our incredible military more than right now, right here, and that’s what we’re going to do. We believe in freedom, self-government, and individual rights. We cherish and defend — thank you, it looks like it’s in very good shape — our Second Amendment. congratulations. [cheers from crowd] Yes, our Second Amendment is very, very sound again. that would have been gonzo. It would have been gone, but i never had a doubt. We support the constitution of the United States and believe that judges should interpret the constitution as written and not make up new meaning for what they read. And finally, we believe that family and faith, not government and bureaucracy, are the foundation of our society. You’ve heard me say it before on the campaign trail and I’ll say it again tonight. In America we don’t worship government. We worship God. [cheers from crowd]. Tonight we’re going to set aside the cynics and the critics because we know exactly why they are so angry and so bitter. Day by day, week by week we are restoring our government’s allegiance to its people, to its citizens, to the people that we all love. We are keeping our promises to the people, and yes, we are putting finally, finally, finally we are putting America first. [Chants of USA from crowd]. After years and years of sending our jobs and our wealth to other countries, we are finally standing up for our workers and for our companies. [cheers from crowd] After spending billions of dollars defending other nations’ borders, we are finally defending our borders. [Cheers and chants of “build that wall” from the crowd]. Don’t even think about it, we will build the wall. Don’t even think about it. I watched the media as they say, well, he just had some fun during the campaign on the wall. That wasn’t fun, folks. We’re building that wall, and walls do work and we’re going to have great people come into our country, but we’re not gonna to put ourselves through the problems that we’ve had for so many years. [Cheers]. After decades of rebuilding foreign nations, we are finally going to rebuild our nation. [Crowd boos at something]. They’re pointing to a protester. Honestly, if you don’t point, nobody’s even going to know he’s here. Weak voice, weak voice, don’t worry. [Chants of “USA” from crowd. Boy,he’s a young one. he’s going back home to mommy. Oh is he in trouble. He’s in trouble. He’s in trouble. And i’ll bet his mommy voted for us, right? [Cheers] By the way, so this morning i’m watching Fox News [crowd cheers] And they had some people on, and these were democrats that voted for trump. And they had this on. And so far if anything, they’ve gotten even more committed. But they had a man on this morning — they had a man on this morning who was a Democrat his whole life. He voted as a democrat, but he voted for — I say us, I don’t say me. He voted for us in the last election 2016. [cheers] And they said to him, so if the election were held now again, what would you do? And he effectively said, man, would I vote for Trump again, even faster. So his name is Gino Defabio. where is Gino? Gino, get over here, Gino. Whoa. Gino Defabio! [Defabio comes onstage as crowd cheers]. Geno: Anybody who knows me, friends of mine, people who love me its worse for them, they know how its been since President Trump started running for the election. How much I supported this guy, how much I love this guy, this guy’s got something, he’s the real deal. Everybody else came and said “we’re gonna fight for you,” this is Youngstown, Mr. President, but this is also the Steel Valley. Every one of these people love you, Sir. And I don’t want to sound silly or anything, but i thought what would I say to the President if I ever got to meet him, which this is an honest to god over the top moment for me. I thought you know I’m just going to tell him something. And sir, like I said, thank you for Justice Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. Right? That started it all. And then I apologize, I said Mr. President, thank you for Melania. Could we have a more outstanding First Lady? I’m probably going to be in trouble with my wife, but God bless that woman. And then last thing I said and I don’t think he thought I was going to take this much time but anybody that knows me, this is gonna happen, I said thank you sir for keeping the promises you made. To these 12,000 people and to the country. In my recommendation sir, look what you could do in the bastion of the Democratic party. I don’t think there’s anyone except Cayahuga County who is more Democratic than us. Look who you could draw. I go back to Washington, I would tell the Republicans and the Democrats, “Look. I am going to go do my rallies. You got the agenda. Those people are voting for me and mine. Do what you want. Pass my agenda or we’re going out on the road.” Thank you sir. An absolute honor. Thank you sir.
Trump: Thank you, Gino. What a man. I watched him this morning, I said, we got to find this guy, he’s just a great person. Always a Democrat, now it’s gone. I’ll tell you what, I rode through your beautiful roads coming up from the airport, and I was looking at some of those big once incredible job-producing factories, and my wife, Melania, said what happened? I said, those jobs have left Ohio. They’re all coming back. They’re all coming back. [cheers from crowd].Don’t move. Don’t sell your house. Don’t sell your house. Remember, i got a lot of credit. This is hard to believe but the press gave me a lot of credit because a number of years ago I said this is the time to buy a house during one of my speeches. I said, go out and buy, and they did this big story, Trump predicted. Let me tell you folks in Ohio and in this area, don’t sell your house. Don’t sell your house. Do not sell it. We’re going to get those values up. We’re going to get those jobs coming back, and we’re going to fill up those factories or rip them down and build brand new ones. It’s going to happen. [Cheers from crowd] We’re gonna have it so that Americans can once again speak the magnificent words of Alexander Hamilton, “here the people govern.” Political correctness for me is easy. Sometimes they say he doesn’t act Presidential. And I say, hey look, great schools, smart guy, it’s so easy to act presidential but that’s not gonna to get it done. In fact, I said it’s much easier, by the way, to act presidential than what we’re doing here tonight, believe me. And I said — and I said with the exception of the late great Abraham Lincoln, i can be more presidential than any President that’s ever held this office. That I can tell you. It’s real easy. [Cheers] But sadly, we have to move a little faster than that. We will never be beholden to the lobbyists or the special interests. We will never be silenced by the media. I want to protect America, and i want to protect the citizens of america. Your hopes are my hopes. Your dreams are my dreams. I’ve had a great successful career. I’ve built a great, great business. This is the only thing that matters. This is the only thing that matters. There is nothing else. Your future is what I’m fighting for each and every day. Here is just a small sample of what we have accomplished in just our first six months in office. And I’ll say this and they always like to say,well, I don’t know. But I think that with few exceptions no president has done anywhere near what we’ve done in his first six months. Not even close. But they don’t let you know. They don’t want to write about it. That unemployment last month hit a 16-year low. Since my election, we’ve added much more than 1 million jobs. Think of that. And remember I came in and some people said, don’t say that. I’d say, “what do you have to lose?” I talked about the inner city, and I talked about the crime and the problems and the lack of education, and I talked to my African-American friends and I said, vote for me, what the hell do you have to lose? Do you remember that? The Hispanic, the African-American, the inner cities. So now it just came out, African-Americans and teenagers are enjoying their lowest unemployment since just after the turn of the millennium.[ cheers from crowd] That’s pretty good, right? we’ve eliminated burdenensome regulations at record speed and many, many more are coming off. And boy, have we put those coal miners and coal back on the map. You’ve seen that, haven’t you? And all other forms of energy. We’ve achieved a historic increase in defense spending to get our troops the support they so richly deserve. We have signed new legislation to hold federal workers accountable for the care they provide to our great, great veterans. Veterans Accountability Act, they’ve been trying to get that done for many, many, many years, even decades. And you understand why it was tough, but we got it done. In fact, our secretary is with us tonight, David Shulkin, and we have some just incredible people here tonight, some of whom you’ve already met. But the job they’re doing for the vets, having to do with choice, having to do with doctors, having to do with not having to wait online for days and days and days and getting sicker and sicker and sicker, where you could be taken care of immediately. Now you go out and you see a doctor. To protect American jobs and workers, I withdrew the united states from both the Trans-Pacific Partnership potential disaster and the job-killing Paris Climate Accord. Believe me. And if we don’t negotiate a great deal with Mexico and Canada, we will terminate NAFTA and we’ll start all over again. You remember when I was in Youngstown, I said we will either renegotiate NAFTA or we’ll terminate it. So let’s see what happens, but we’re right now negotiating with the heads of Mexico, a good man, the President, and the Prime Minister of Canada, a good man. Let’s see what happens. But we will no longer be the foolish people. We will no longer be the stupid people that get taken care of so badly by our politicians because they don’t know what they’re doing. [cheers from crowd] We will always work with our friends and partners, but we will never again sacrifice Ohio jobs or jobs from any state in our union to enrich other countries which has been what is happening to this country. [Chants of “USA”] And by the way, while we’re on it, the Iran deal which may be the single worst deal I’ve ever seen drawn by anybody, if that deal doesn’t conform to what it’s supposed to conform to, there’s going to be big, big problems for them. That I can tell you. You’re going to see that. Believe me. You would have thought when that deal was made by Secretary Kerry, maybe the worst negotiator i’ve ever seen, you would have thought that Iran would have said, thank you, United States. We can’t believe you gave us between $100 billion and $150 billion when they were ready to fail. We can’t believe you gave us $1.7 billion in cash. You know what that looks like? You would have thought they would have said, “thank you, United States, we really love you very much.” Instead, they’ve become emboldened. That won’t take place much longer. [cheers from crowd] The great president from the state of Ohio, William McKinley and you know William McKinley, does anybody know who the hell he is? Do you know who he is? William McKinley understood that when America protects our workers and our industries, we open up a higher and better destiny for our people. We don’t protect our people. We don’t protect. Trade comes in, goods come in. I was with Harley-Davidson, a great company from Wisconsin. Who has a Harley-Davidson? A lot of you. [Cheers from crowd] They came to the White House and they said to me, “yeah, it’s tough going outside of the United States. We’re doing great in the United States but when we sell a motorcycle to certain countries, we have as much as as a 100% tax to pay.” And I said, “tell me, when they sell back to us, meaning reciprocal, so when they sell back to us, what tax do we charge them?” The answer is zero. [Boos from crowd] Those days are going to be over very soon. [Cheers from crowd] unfortunately, like everything else, there are so many restrictions on doing what’s right for our country, there’s so much red tape, but don’t worry, we’re getting through it. The red tape, you would think we could just do it. Wouldn’t you think you could say, “hey, you charge us 100%, we’re going to charge you 100%?” Then either you’ll get the money or you’ll both drop it,right? We can’t do that. We’ve got to go back to Congress, who other than health care today, has been made some very bad deals, okay? So we’re going to start enriching our country. We’re going to start bringing back our jobs, and we will be fools no longer, folks. We’ll be fools no longer. Every single President on Mt. Rushmore — now here’s what i do. I’d ask whether or not you think I will some day be on Mt. Rushmore, but, but here’s the problem. If I did it joking, totally joking, having fun, the fake news media will say, “he believes he should be on Mt. Rushmore.” So I won’t say it, okay? I won’t say it. But every president — they’ll say it anyway tomorrow. “Trump thinks he should be on Mt. Rushmore.” Isn’t that terrible? What a group. What a dishonest group of people, I’ll tell you. [Cheers from crowd] And you know the funny thing is that you would think they’d want to see our country be great again. You would really think so. But they don’t. Some day they’ll explain it to me why. Every president on Mt. Rushmore believed in protecting American industry. We have to protect our industry. And now we are going to start, we are reclaiming our heritage as a manufacturing nation again. Bob Kraft, the owner of the New England patriots, I don’t know if you like New England but they have a hell of a team. [Boos from crowd] That’s okay. But he came to the Oval Office and he brought a sheet with him that just came out. Manufacturing enthusiasm in the United States is at an all-time high. Isn’t that great? To me that’s so great. because we’re going to bring back our jobs,bring back our wealth, and we are going to bring back our dreams, and we are going to bring back, once again our sovereignty as a nation. As a nation. [Chants of “USA” from crowd] Since I took office we have cut illegal immigration on our southern border by record numbers. 78%. [Chants of “build that wall” from crowd] Record, record numbers. And in fact, the ICE, folks i’ll tell you what, and the border patrol police, they are phenomenal people. They’re working with General Kelly. And just so you understand, we’ve already started fixing much of the good wall that’s already there. We’ve already started fixing it.but we are breaking records. And it was actually told to me the other day by somebody in Mexico that’s very high up, said it’s incredible because their southern border is getting very little traffic. Nobody is coming anymore because they know they can’t get through our southern border. So they don’t even come. [Cheers from crowd] Never again will America surrender the security of our people, the safety of our communities or the sovereignty of our nation. We are cracking down hard on the foreign criminal gangs that have brought illegal drugs, violence, horrible bloodshed to peaceful neighborhoods all across our country. We are throwing MS-13 the hell out of here so fast. You know, we’re actually — hard to believe that we’re talking about our great country. We are actually liberating towns and cities. We are liberating — people are screaming from their windows, thank you, thank you to the border patrol and to General Kelly’s great people that come in and grab the thugs and throw them the hell out. We are liberating our towns and we are liberating our cities. Can you believe we have to do that? [Chants of “build that wall wall” from crowd] Earlier in year and immigration and customs enforcement conducted the largest single raid of transnational gangs in the history of our country. We are dismantling and destroying the bloodthirsty criminal gangs, and well, I will just tell you in, we’re not doing it in a politicly correct fashion. We’re doing it rough. Our guys are rougher than their guys. I asked one of our great generals, “how tough are our people? How tough are they?” He said, “sir, you don’t want to know about it.” Then I saw one guy come out, a customs officer who is a monster. I said, “so general, you think i could take that guy in a fight?” He said, “Mr. President, sir i don’t even want to think about it.” I said “you’re right, actually.” We have tough people. Our people are tougher than their people. Our people are tougher and stronger and meaner and smarter than the gangs. One by one we are finding the illegal gang members, drug dealers, thieves, robbers, criminals and killers. And we are sending them the hell back home where they came from. And once they are gone, we will never let them back in. Believe me. The predators and criminal aliens who poison our communities with drugs and prey on innocent young people, these beautiful, beautiful,innocent young people will, will find no safe haven anywhere in our country. And you’ve seen the stories about some of these animals. They don’t want to use guns, because it’s too fast and it’s not painful enough. So they’ll take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15, and others and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die. And these are the animals that we’ve been protecting for so long. Well, they’re not being protected any longer,folks. And that is why my administration is launching a nationwide crackdown on sanctuary cities. American cities should be sanctuaries for law-abiding Americans, for people that look up to the law, for people that respect the law, not for criminals and gang members that we want the hell out of our country. [Cheers from crowd] Sanctuary cities legislation has passed the house,along with Kate’s Law, named for Kate Steinle, who was brutally killed by a five-time deported illegal immigrant. We are asking the Senate to vote on sanctuary cities and Kate’s Law legislation. We’ve got to get it passed. The Trump administration has the backs of our ICE Officers, our border patrol agents. And yes, our great police officers. And we have their backs 100%. We are going to also protect them, like they protect us. This month in Chicago, there have been more than 2 homicide victims per day. What the hell is going on in Chicago? Better tell that Mayor to get tough, because it’s not working what they’re doing. We are going to get criminals off our streets. And we are going to make America safe again. We also strongly believe that our borders must always be closed to terrorism and extremism. We don’t want radical Islamic terrorists in our country. We’ve seen the total devastation in Europe. And the attack from New York to Boston to San Bernardino. Exactly one year ago next month I came right here to Youngstown to deliver a major address on how my administration would protect our country from terrorism and radical Islamic terrorism. We only want to admit those into our country who share our values, who love our people and who always will love our people. We don’t want people coming into our country who have bad intentions even before they start. [Cheers from crowd] We also believe that those seeking to immigrate into our country should be able to support themselves financially and should not be able to use welfare for themselves or the household for a period of at least five years. As we speak, we are working with two wonderful senators, Tom Cotton and David Purdue, to create a new immigration system for America. Instead of today’s low-skill system, just a terrible system where anybody comes in. People that have never worked, people that are criminals, anybody comes in. We want a merit-based system. One that protects workers our workers, our taxpayers, and one that protects our economy. We want it merit-based. We want people that work really hard in their country and that are going to come into our country and work really, really hard. We don’t want people that come into our country and immediately go on welfare and stay there for the rest of their lives. We’re not going to do it. We are working every single day to move the legislation that serves the interests of the American people. As we discussed earlier, at the very top of the list is health care reform. With Obamacare, the Washington obstructionists, meaning Democrats, made big promising to the Smerican people. And every single promise they made turned out to be a lie. I can have your doctor. You can have your plan. Do you remember? 28 times. You can have your doctor. You can have your plan. I know Democrats who heard that and they would have never have voted for it but they voted for it because they believed the lies of President Obama. For seven years every Republican running for office promised to repeal and replace in disastrous law. Now they must keep their promise. The Senate is working not only to repeal Obamacare but to deliver great health care for the American people. Any senator who votes against repeal and replace is telling America that they are fine with the Obamacare nightmare, and I predict they’ll have a lot of problems. In West Virginia, recent premiums have gone up 169% since Obamacare went into effect. In Alaska over 200%. And the deductibles have gone through the roof. You’ll never even get to use it. In Missouri, premiums have shot up 145% under Obamacare. In Pennsylvania the cost of Obamacare insurance has more than doubled, and the coverage has become horrific. It’s time for Democrats to stop resisting. That’s their term. Resist. Resist. They have to do, finally, what’s right for the American people. But probably we’ll do it ourselves. Because today we won 51 to 50 and didn’t get one Democrat vote. Think of that. [Cheers from crowd] My administration is working every single day to heed and honor the will of the voters. That includes working on one of the biggest tax cuts in American history. And actually if I get what I want it will be the single biggest tax cut in American history. We have the highest taxes anywhere in the world, and this will really bring them down to one of the lowest. And we really have no choice. We will have growth. We will have everything that we’ve dreamed of having. It’s time to let Americans keep more of their own money. It’s time to bring new companies to our shores and to create a new era of growth, prosperity and wealth. We want millions of Americans to be lifted from welfare to work and from dependence to independence. One of the ways we will put more americans to work is by rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. That is why I have called on legislators to pass a bill that generates $1 trillion in new infrastructure investments. We’re going to fix our roads our bridges our tunnels our airports. We are going to fix all of the things that once made us great. And we are going to use American iron, American steel, American aluminum. We will buy American and will hire, finally, American. We want once again to have the best infrastructure. The best schools, the best jobs, the best factories. And we want products that proudly carry the label “made in the USA.” We want this country that we love so much, America, to be strong, proud and free. Which means America must also be united. Because when America is united, America is totally unstoppable. Although I’ll be totally honest with you even if it’s not united we’re unstoppable so don’t worry. We’re gonna to be unstoppable either way but it would be nice, wouldn’t it? Our small differences are nothing compared to our common history, common values and common future. Wes hare one heart, one home and one glorious destiny. Now it is up to us to preserve the birth right of freedom and justice, the birth right of prosperity that our ancestors won for us with their sweat, with their sweat, with their blood, with their work, with their muscle, with their brain. They won it for us and we’re gonna make it bigger and better and stronger than it ever was before. It’s time to look past the old divisions. They’re tired, really tired, politicians. And the stale debates of the past, and to finally come together as one nation under god. We have no choice. We cannot and never will back down. We will never, ever give up. We cannot fail. And if we remember what unites us, then I promise you we will not fail. We cannot fail. We will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again. Thank you, god bless you, god bless the state of Ohio. Thank you everybody.
2017.04.28 17:34 IAMTHEDEATHMACHINEA look into Mayock's top-100 and what it means for today
Wanted to make a post different from all the "I think we should blah blah posts" with hopes of spurring some quality discussion of our options. Below you'll find Mayock's top-100 players. I used Mayock because he's probably the most legit big name analyst.
16. Cam Robinson, T, Alabama
18. Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
27. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
29. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
31. Budda Baker, S, Washington
34. Kevin King, CB, Washington
37. Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
39. Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
40. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
41. Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
42. Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
43. Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
44. DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
45. Marcus Williams, S, Utah
46. Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
47. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
48. Marcus Maye, S, Florida
50. Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
51. Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio
52. Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama
53. Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan
54. Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
55. Dion Dawkins, G, Temple
56. Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
57. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
58. DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
59. Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
60. Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida
61. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
62. Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
63. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
64. Davis Webb, QB, Cal
65. Taylor Moton, T, Western Michigan
66. Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State
67. Trey Hendrickson, DE, FAU
68. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
69. Adam Sheehan, TE, Ashland
70. Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
71. Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
72. Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
73. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
74. Desmond King, CB, Iowa
75. Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
76. Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh
77. George Kittle, TE, Iowa
78. Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
79. Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
80. Tyus Bowser, LB, Houston
81. John Johnson, S, Boston College
82. Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State
83. Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
84. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
85. Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
86. Antonio Garcia, T, Troy
87. Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
88. Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
89. Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
90. Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois
91. Josh Jones, S, N.C. State
92. ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
93. Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
94. Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M
95. Jermaine Eluemunor, T, Texas A&M
96. Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
97. Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
98. Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU
99. Blair Brown, LB, Ohio
100. Lorenzo Jerome, S, Saint Francis
Ok, so it's clear there is still a lot of talent available, but you don't need me or Mayock to tell you that. The question is, what do we do now? Our options are pretty good, actually. If we want one of the best OL available, we'll need to trade up. I imagine GB will go RB or defense. And they wouldn't be the most willing trade partner anyways. Seattle is a candidate to snag Lamp or Robinson, and Jax could easily take the other. That's not set in stone, but to get one of those two guys, we'd need to move into pick 33 or 34, which theoretically (according to the Johnson trade chart), is doable by spending our later 3rd rounder. And I know Robinson is a tackle, but 1.) can't have enough talent on OL 2.) he could potentially play guard 3.) coaches have talked about Remmers playing guard. And Lamp is "just a guard" but the best one by far. Moving up to grab the best guard and still having two picks on day 2? Sounds great. If we want to stand pat at our pick, there's still a very good chance we could take Feeney or Dawkins, who would be instant starters on our line. Elflein is there, too, FWIW. They don't have the ceiling that Lamp or Robinson have, but we wouldn't have to expend draft capital to get them. That said, there is a risk of a run on OL talent early in the second. But even with a run, I think we could snag one of the above three in the second and it would be a justifiable pick. That also sounds great. If we want to skip OL for now, there are some tremendous defensive players that could be available. I'm looking at S, DL, and LB, specifically. Our defense would benefit immensely from reinforcing any of those positions. Or, we could take a RB. This isn't my choice, as I'd rather wait on RB given that we aren't going to be using him as a bellcow this year anyways. Plus, I think we could get Perine in the 3rd, Conner later, or Aaron Jones even later. EDIT: You'll notice Mixon is not on the list. Not my choice, nor do I agree; he was off Mayock's top-100 entirely. The good news for us is that we should be able to land comfortable talent at all three of our picks today, whether we're talking OL, DL, S, LB, or RB. Sure, we may not always get the top-tier talent, but there are good players that fit our needs peppered throughout these rounds. And if we do move up to catch a falling stud, the costs aren't too high. TL;DR: We all want certain players, that's natural. But it's important to realize that -when looking at the remaining talent vs our roster holes- we're going to be ok whether we move around or stand pat.
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