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I don’t know what it’s like to be gay nor have I ever tried to kill myself. My stance on human beings is that they should not kill themselves. Most especially if there is a chance they can live a life not filled with suffering.

Ryan O’Callaghan was a millionaire/professional, world-class athlete who started for two NFL teams. He was not afraid of the crushing workload that accompanies being an NFL starter. The thought of openly discussing his sexual orientation with friends or family, however, was too daunting.

After his Football career, O’Callaghan said he was planning to end his life because he could no longer use football to hide his sexual orientation from others.

O’Callaghan eventually met with a specialist who encouraged him to come out to his friends and family.  O’Callaghan has been away from football for many years and has created a life not shaped by hiding his feelings or lifestyle. “I love life now” He said after having told his friends and family about his struggle.

I don’t really know how to help people struggling with suicidal thoughts. The reality of O’Callaghan being as hard working, intelligent and successful as he was, and still had fears he felt he could not navigate is telling of the seriousness of societal rejection from close friends and family. I definitely haven’t been the most accepting of people in my life who’ve chosen not to continue the same course that I have. I think I still don’t entirely understand what it is like to be on the other side of that fence. Listening to Ryan talk about his experience, and others share about their challenges, have helped me to understand a little better the gravity and darkness others may feel.

2017 NFL Mock Draft (First 12)

Posted: February 22, 2017 in Football, New entries, NFL
  1. Cleveland BrownsMyles Garrett – DE, Texas A&M – Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller says Myles Garrett is far and away the number one guy in the draft. The Browns need all the help they can get. 
  2. San Francisco 49ersJonathan Allen – DE, Alabama – GM John Lynch is in charge of drafting for the Niners. If this pick isn’t traded, the 49ers can create the Jets west on the defensive line with Allen. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan both went to school out west, and I think they would prefer one of the Pac-12 passers for 2018 (i.e. UCLA’s Josh Rosen or UW’s Jake Browning) over QB’s Trubisky, Kizer, or Watson.
  3. Chicago Bears Deshaun Watson – QB, Clemson – I don’t see how the Bears don’t draft a passer here. The Bears are actively shopping Cutler. Barring a pickup of Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins, or Tony Romo (I think are unlikely) they need someone to lead the team. Watson came up huge against college football’s top competition and has the potential to start week one.
  4. Jacksonville JaguarsLeonard Fournette – RB, LSU – Bortles took a step backwards last season. If Jacksonville can create a strong ground presence to gel with their defense Bortles won’t feel the need to force so many passes. Fournette is a devastating runner that can move Jacksonville up in the AFC South.
  5. Tennessee Titans Marshon Lattimore – CB, Ohio State – Tennessee struggled against the pass while simultaneously ranking 6th in the league in total sacks created. Lattimore’s a top cover guy who can be that nickel man they need. Lattimore is young but highly productive at Ohio State.
  6. New York Jets Marlon Humphrey – CB, Alabama – The Jets have no QB, but went to the playoffs with Mark Sanchez under center. The loss of Revis will hurt, and HC Todd Bowles will want a strong defense for his brand of football. Like Lattimore, Humphrey is young but showed up big against division one’s toughest competition. 
  7. Los Angeles Chargers  – Garett Bolles – OT, Utah – The Chargers are struggling at offensive tackle. King Dunlap isn’t performing at the same level he was since 2014, and Joe Barksdale has been a weak link on that line. Bolles is a fast riser at a program the Chargers have liked in the past. He can compete for right tackle and eventually take over for Dunlap in the coming seasons. Bolles, in his first and only year in FBS football was an all Pac-12 first teamer at left tackle.
  8. Carolina Panthers Ryan Ramczyk – OT, Wisconsin – The Panthers can only ignore their needs at tackle for so long. Michael Oher’s been passable at best and right tackle Mike Remmers is a patchwork option. Ramczyk has played top college talent and gives the Panthers the best shot at stabilizing on offense.
  9. Cincinnati Bengals Corey Davis – WR, Western Michigan – The Bengals have other needs but had serious trouble closing in the red zone in 2016. If they believe they can solve their offensive woes from 2016 with the guys on their roster right now, I could see Cincinnati looking closely at Solomon Thomas, DE at Stanford.
  10. Buffalo Bills Mike Williams – WR, Clemson – Unless the Bills fall in love with Jabrill Peppers or one of the remaining safeties, Williams looks to be a steal here at number ten. The Bills have a need at wide receiver and apparently liked Clemson WR Sammy Watkins to give up two first round picks for him. Dalvin Cook would also be a value pick at number ten.
  11. New Orleans Saints Sidney Jones – CB, Washington – The Saints have multiple holes on defense. They may hesitate to pull the trigger on another young pass rusher with Hau’oli Kikaha and Sheldon Rankins still waiting to make an impact. They have a definite need at starting corner and Sidney Jones has elite instincts. If Jones can put on some weight he can give the Saints a fighting chance against the NFC South’s giant wide receivers (Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Mike Evans, Julio Jones all 6’3” or taller)
  12. Cleveland Browns Reuben Foster – ILB, Alabama, – The Browns can go several directions here. They could look at Center with Ethan Pocic, Running Back with Dalvin Cook, Safety with Adams/Hooker whoever is available. Foster should help the Browns play the run better, allowing 143 yards a game on the ground last season. Foster was part of an Alabama defense that allowed 35 yards and 2.1 yards per carry from the super-productive Leonard Fournette.

I’ve had a lot of job interviews after (and during) college. I’ve learned a thing or two and decided to share what’s worked for me with the rest of the world. Here is my seven step guide to guaranteed success at getting the job.

1. Arrive 15 minutes early with resume in-hand. Arrive too early and you look desperate. Arrive late or just before it starts and you give off an unprofessional vibe.

2. Maintain eye contact and firm handshake. First impression is key. Subtle details will go a long way in your interviewer’s decision to hire you. They will be confident in you if you are confident in you.

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The ancient Greeks understood the importance of eye contact and a firm handshake

3. Assume proper posture, be succinct. Keep your back straight and avoid words such as: “Uhh, and stuff, that kind of thing, etc.” Everything you say needs to exactly represent how you will be an asset to the company. Extra words that show a lack of confidence or preparation will encourage your interviewer to give another candidate the nod.

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4. Let them know you’re educated. Quote the great thinkers of the world. Nietzsche once said: “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”  They will be impressed by your superior intellect and want you working with them.

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Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche 

5. Jump on the desk, pound your chest like a gorilla while howling. Gorillas pound their chest to let all the other gorillas in the jungle know how big and strong they are. It scares off the competition. You’re in the jungle too. The CONCRETE jungle. You’re not going to lose your job to Becky.

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6. Demonstrate your passion through interpretive dance.  Insist on a 40 minute window with the interviewer to perform a solo dance routine to express how passionate you are about customer service, cleaning supplies, or solar panels (or whatever your company does). Interpretive dance shows true dedication.

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7. After the interview, strip naked and run through the building shouting lines from ‘Mary Had a little Lamb.’ This will show how comfortable you are. Companies need to know you will get along with their team. Sometimes that means making yourself vulnerable and expressing your love of poetry.

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After you get the job be sure to thank your recruiter and all of the people involved in your hiring process. A little gratitude can go a long way.

 

(All images courtesy of wikipedia.org)

If the businessmen drink my blood

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Like the kids in art school said they would
Then I guess I’ll just begin again
You say, “Can we still be friends?”

If I was scared, I would
And if I was bored, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I’m not

All the kids have always known
That the emperor wears no clothes

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But they bow down to him anyway
It’s better than being alone

If I was scared, I would
And if I was pure, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I’m not

Now you’re knocking at my door
Saying, “Please come out with us tonight”
But I would rather be alone
Than pretend I feel alright

If the businessmen drink my blood

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Like the kids in art school said they would
Then I guess I’ll just begin again
You say, “Can we still be friends?”

If I was scared, I would
And if I was pure, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I’m not
Now I’m ready to start

If I was scared, I would
And if I was pure, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I’m not
Now I’m ready to start
Now I’m ready to start

I would rather be wrong
Than live in the shadows of your sun

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My mind is open wide and now I’m ready to start
Now I’m ready to start
My mind is open wide and now I’m ready to start
You’re not sure you open the door and step out into the dark
Now I’m ready

(All images courtesy of wikipedia.org)

“Off the field issues”

Posted: May 23, 2016 in New entries, NFL

This is by no means a comprehensive list of every awful thing a college or professional football player has done recently or ever. I also realize this entry can seem didactic, presenting a challenge without presenting a solution to it. I don’t know what solution may be necessary to fix human inhumanity. I love football and find myself fascinated by the athletic feats and tactical genius required to succeed in the sport at every level. I am also a human being who is troubled to think that my favorite players may commit wretched atrocities and get away with doing so because law enforcement, coaching staff and other community members overlook the violence, rape, and murder that players are occasionally willing to engage in.

Jameis Winston – Jan 26th, 2016 Florida State University settled with former student Erica Kinsman for $950,000 on a rape accusation involving the school’s former Heisman trophy winning Quarterback Jameis Winston. That’s an awful lot of money for a rape that “didn’t” happen. When Kinsman initially went to file charges against Winston, the officer involved reportedly told her: “This is a huge football town. You really should think long and hard if you want to press charges.” (Washington Post, article by Marissa Payne.) You can find a documentary on netflix titled: “Hunting Ground” that discusses Kinsman’s fight for justice, and the trial many other rape survivors deal with on college campuses. Kinsman didn’t wait 6 months to file charges. She literally spoke to police less than 24 hours after the incident took place. Winston’s DNA is sitting in a rape kit filed by Kinsman. Winston was never convicted or arrested for his actions. He is now the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being the first overall selection in the NFL draft in 2015.

Shawn Oakman – April 3rd, 2016 Former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman was charged with sexual assault and arrested. Oakman admitted to sexual intercourse but claims it was consensual. His trial is still in process. Oakman was a defensive end for Baylor university who was expected to be drafted in the 2016 NFL draft prior to his arrest.

Tyreek Hill – December 11th, 2014, Tyreek Hill “was booked on probable cause for domestic abuse by strangulation, a felony, for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.” Hill proceeded to plead guilty in court the following August, approximately 9 months later, to “punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend and received three years of probation.”

Tyreek Hill was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Hill is currently serving three years probation and at the time of the arraignment was tasked with completing a “52-week batterer intervention course.”

Greg Hardy – May 13, 2014 Nicole Holder was assaulted by NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy. Deadspin released photos of Greg Hardy’s girlfriend after Hardy assaulted her. Photos can be found at nydailynews.com here. The original article on Deadspin is linked here. This is a conversation (via Deadspin) between Detective Faye Strother and Nicole Holder, Hardy’s girlfriend, after the assault took place.1507659556021475215Hardy signed with the Dallas Cowboys for the 2015 season. He is currently a free agent. Hardy was never charged formally, deadspin reports he and Nicole Holder settled out of court.

Dorial Green-Beckham – In 2014, April 6th, 2:36 am, a Sunday morning, a 6 foot 6 inch Dorial Green-Beckham forced his way into his girlfriend’s apartment and pushed “another female resident who was on the stairs ‘with two hands making her fall down at least 4 stairs.'” After which Green-Beckham’s girlfriend said (in a text message to the woman pushed down the stairs) he “drug me out by my neck and hurt me too.” Green-Beckham’s girlfriend stated she been talked to by the coaching staff at Missouri who urged her not to press charges as doing so would hurt Green-Beckham’s chances at being drafted.

Green-Beckham become a second round pick for the Tennessee Titans in the May 2015 draft. No charges were ever brought against him.

 

 

Ray Rice February 15th, 2014 Ray Rice and now wife Janay Palmer were arrested on ‘simple assault charges.‘ Video footage was released of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer out cold in an elevator. You can youtube ‘ray rice violence’ if you want to see the video. It is the first to show up. Rice was released by the Ravens since the video was released, months after the incident took place. Rice has not been on an NFL roster since.

Rice had been known, in part, for his charitable events working with local youth, prior to the incident.

Richie Incognito – Feb 15, 2014 Ted Wells released a report stating that Incognito, along with teammates John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, subjected teammate Jonathan Martin to “a pattern of harassment.” Incognito spent a year out of football and is currently a starter for the Buffalo Bills. Jonathan Martin played another season for the San Francisco 49ers and then retired from football.

Aaron Hernandez – June of 2013 Former Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez shot and killed Odin Lloyd. Lloyd purportedly had knowledge of two other murders in which Hernandez had been a suspect. The former patriots tight end is now serving a life sentence without parole at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center according to his Wikipedia page.

Ray Lewis – January 31st, 2000 Ray Lewis, Reginald Oakley, and Joseph Sweeting were ” indicted on murder and aggravated-assault charges after Richard Loller and Jacinth Baker had been stabbed to death. The fight took place a few miles away from the nightclub Lewis and his friends had been partying at that night. The white suit Lewis had worn that night has “never been found.” The prosecuting D.A. claimed that Lewis threw his suit away in a nearby dumpster. A knife found at the murder scene had no fingerprints. Lewis later admitted his two friends (Oaklay and Sweeting) had purchased knives the week before the SuperBowl. The blood of Jacinth Baker was found in Ray Lewis’s limousine. 

Lewis ended up bargaining for a deal where he received 12 months’ probation for obstruction of justice in exchange for a testimony against Oakley and Sweeting. Oakley and Sweeting were acquitted in June of that year for the crime. “No other suspects have ever been arrested for the incident.”

All information, data, quotes, etc are from wikipedia.com unless otherwise specified. Nothing is my original content or information.

 

The year is 1928.

  • Charles Lindbergh was presented with the Medal of Honor for his first transatlantic flight.
  • Joseph Stalin announces the first ‘five-year plan’ resulting in the average non-farm  wage (for soviets) dropping by about half.
  • Fats Domino, Ariel Sharon, Jim Lovell, Ennio Morricone, Bo Diddley, Adam West, Eddie Fisher and several other celebrities were born.)
  • British inventor John Logie Baird demonstrates the world’s first colour television transmission.(All copied and pasted directly from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1928)

Who is the best team in American Professional Football in 1928? Why the Providence Steam Roller of course, finishing with an 8-1-2 record, only losing to the Frankford Yellow Jackets.

Established by writers for the Providence Journal, the Steam Roller were an independent team until the ’30s when they became part of the National Football league.

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Although the logo may look like the prince of darkness, the Steam Roller mascot was a husky.

 

The Steam Roller finished the season 8-1-2, whose first three games came against the New York Yankees, the Frankford Yellow Jackets, and the Dayton Triangles.

After 1928, the Steam Roller was never the same. Key players departed for pursuits in wrestling, insurance, and coaching football.

Wikipedia claims the lack of interest coupled with the debilitating effects of the great depression caused the owners of the team to turn it over to the NFL.

The Providence Huskies,  a ‘successor’ to the Steam Roller (after it’s demise) went undefeated in 1933 and is the only pro football team to ever not allow a single point scored by an opponent during an entire season.

The 1928 Steam Roller perfectly embodied what makes New England special. Enduring challenging circumstances (the great depression), winning (they finished the season as the top team in the country), and beating the Yankees (the Steam Roller played the New York Yankees twice in ’28 and won both times).

Your music video for this post is Pearl Jam’s Sirens . The music video is just them performing the song. Which is one of the reasons I respect Pearl Jam so much. They don’t do pretentious horse-shiz, they just play rock music.

The Cardinals have an explosive offense mostly known for their passing offense: QB Carson Palmer, WR’s Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and small-school burner John Brown.  What football fans outside of Arizona are beginning to see is their rushing attack come to life. The Cardinals were the 8th-ranked running attack in 2015 with new free agent hires OG Mike Iupati, LT Jared Veldheer, and RB Chris Johnson chipping in. All those guys are still there, and so is OG Evan Mathis, the former Bronco and Eagle who ranked as the third ranked guard in football last year, as well as the number one run-blocking guard (according to profootballfocus.com.)

The Cardinals bevy of running backs (David Johnson, Andre Ellington, Chris Johnson) will give Arizona plenty of opportunity to run all over defenses. January’s contests between Arizona and Seattle and Arizona and Carolina might look very different had Arians’ offense been able to get more of a push at the line of scrimmage. The addition of the best run-blocking guard in football should change that. In their playoff game against eventual NFC champs Carolina, the Cardinals top-10 rushing attack was limited to 60 yards rushing, forcing Carson Palmer to turn to the passing game and eventually throw four interceptions.

Arizona faces Carolina again this coming October 30th, where the Panthers will no longer have literally the easiest schedule in football and l̶o̶u̶d̶m̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ talented cornerback Josh Norman to help them build momentum.

The Cardinals were a very strong roster before this offseason. They should compete again among the NFC heavyweights, among which I expect Green Bay and New York will resurface.

The addition of Mathis also means drafting David Johnson in fantasy is now a viable option. He was a viable option in fantasy last year as well, when he collected over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 12 total touchdowns (8 rushing, 4 receiving).

The music video for the day is Andra Day’s Rise Up. It may not make you feel manly, but the video was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the man behind Sixth Sense and the confusing but hilarious(ly bad) The Happening.