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What do you think? I’m working on rewriting my first chapter, before was a bit of an info dump and I know that this is far from perfect, but I’m working on improving. Any advice would be great So let me be perfectly clear that this wasn’t my fault. Ms. Davis never liked me in the first place, but now I'm sure she wanted me dead. “Your dads on his way,” she said bluntly slamming the phone down on her desk. Ms. Davis is a long thin crow-like woman, she has very distinct little beady eyes that stare into your soul and for some reason, she always smells like coleslaw and cat box. The fact that she became a principal is beyond me, I'm pretty sure she does it just to suck the soles out of children. There's a rummer at school that if you misbehave enough she locks you in the janitor's closet over night. That's mostly a made-up story started by the seniors to scare the freshmen, but looking at the vein popping out on her forehead I'm starting to believe it. “Finn Fernsby you’re telling me, that you didn't electrocute Trent is this correct?” she said while using her pen to peer into my backpack like it was some top-secret evidence from a murder sight she shouldn't get her fingerprints on. “Yes Ma’am” I answered not sounding too convincing, even to myself. “Then how do you explain this?” She turned her computer around to show footage of the hallway just outside her office. In the video, even without audio, you can clearly see Trent was tormenting me, but obviously, no one wanted to talk about that. “Awe Is that a girl's necklace” I remember him saying trying to impress his girlfriend of two days. Yes, infarct it was a girl's necklace, it was my mom's. Maybe it was “dumb” to wear, but I didn’t care, it was the only thing I had of her. Talking about her was always a sensitive subject for my dad so I tried not to ask many questions about her. All I knew was that she died when I was two months old, her name was Beatrice, and she liked the ocean. That's why my dad gave her a necklace with a wave pendant on it on their third date. So ever since my dad gave it to me when I was ten I wore it every day, but I always kept it tucked under my shirt except for today where it must have fallen out. “If you like girly stuff so much why don't you wear a dress?” he shouted at me, which made his girlfriend giggle, and obviously that fueled him to push more. Trent is one of the jocks, he's dated almost all the girls in our school, and it's all because of his “piercing blue eyes.” and he seemed to have skipped the awkward acne phase in high school. Despite being a year younger than me he was almost a foot taller at a whopping a six-foot-four. “Hey, Give me your stupid sissy necklace he said grabbing my backpack. By that time I was already mad, I can handle being made fun of for my height, my red hair, or even my freckles but my family especially my mom was not allowed. I could feel it start-up in my veins, it didn't hurt as bad anymore, now it just felt like a bad case of pins and needles. “I said give it” he snarled as he whirled me around to face a crowd of kids that had gathered to see the fight. “Let me go, I’m warning you,” I told him. Ooh, he's warning me he laughed which caused some of the kids to start laughing with him and a few pulled out their phones and started recording, in hindsight that should have stooped me but I was too furious to think of that. What are you going to do? Cry? Then he made his biggest mistake, still holding my backpack he grabbed the necklace and ripped it off my neck. On the computer, you can see a big flash of light came off of me and next thing you know Trent is thrown against the wall, kids scream and run in different directions. Again I know it’s not perfect but I think it’s better then my first few starts.
2020.10.19 15:23 No_Narwhal_1312Head canons about total drama characters 10/11: Bridgette and Trent 2 in 1
Bridgette Bridgette found her love for surfing at a ver young age as her mom and dad were also surfers back in the day and taught her how to surf she her very own surfboard when 8. Many guys considered her the cool chick and she had many boyfriends before the show they all ended up breaking up though for her seeing them more as friends than boyfriends. Bridgette had a little bit of a falling out with Courtney and Gwen but has since reunited with them and she is still and was always close to Leshawna. After the show Bridgette got a record deal for her singing she had album that was successful but she atopped aince it was not her passion Her and Geoff got married and had a lid pretty quickly when they were 20 they got married and at 24 they had a kid. Bridgette is a pro surfer like Geoff but is mostly a stay at home mother with her daughter Sabrina it saddens her sometimes that she can not do her passion but she loves Sabrina and is happy that she has what she has and is thankful for everything she has in life. Trent He has been mostly distanced himself from total drama he has not been able to be super close to most of the cast after action only really talking with the drama bros and Leshawna and Owen. He had dated many girls before and after the show but has stayed single as he has said none of those girls were really deep enough for him so he has remained single. He made a drama bros reunion where they all got together and made one last album together. He still follows Gwen on social media they have not interacted too much but if Rrent ever got to see Gwen again he qould do it in a heartbeat. On a lighter note Trent is now touring the world with singles after singles with tons of fangirls and twitter followers Trent is touring the world with his guitar in hand
2020.10.19 14:25 OatbixFPL Advice for First Year Players
Long read ahead - For 90% of this sub, these will be common knowledge but could even serve as a friendly reminder I've been playing FPL for about 6 years, this is my third year taking it seriously. My best finish was in the top 20K two years ago that I'm hoping to replicate this year. There's always a theme in this sub of knee jerking, hits, rookie mistakes - but I've found it particularly bad this year. The number of members has shot up over the past year so newer players make up the majority of the conversation. I've also noticed more experienced players being less likely than ever to jump in and repeat advice they've probably said to deaf ears 10 times already. So for one time only, if anybody cares to take a look - here's my own FPL Golden Rules that everyone should at least keep in mind when making decisions
Hits don't pay off most of the time. It's a big gamble, and most of the time a completely unnecessary one. Of course there are exceptions and of course calculated risks can pay off. Taking a hit to replace a high value injured player or to target a big hitter that you want to captain is one thing. Taking a hit to replace your 6M midfielder who has a knock, or getting swept up in one GW's top scorer is a completley different thing. When you take a hit, just do some simple math - Just for playing a player gets 2 points, if you take a hit you literally need one of those new players to score just to break even!
Don't make transfers until the day of the GW deadline. This is my biggest pet peave of them all. Of course there are some exceptions, but why would you make early transfers? This seems to be rampent in the Sub this year. By waiting you gain an extra weeks knowledge, get through busy midweek cup matches, and can absorb the press conferences. Why would you not do this!? At the end of a GW, write down that transfer you want to make, take a breath and put that away until the deadline. If you are 100% sure on a player transfer that's part of your plans, and the price is going to change so you can no longer afford them, then that could be the exception - but this is rarely the case. Very often the transfer I want to make changes hugely from the end of one GW to the start of the next. Patience!
Don't chase price changes. It's just such an unnecessary waste of energy/stress. The winner every year rarely has the highest team value, and certainly doesn't chase it. The game is points based. You get points for your players scoring. If you pick good players, you also get the nice bonus of price rises. They often go hand in hand anyway. Making rash decisions worrying about price is almost never worth it. Again, of course there are some exceptions and good to be aware of price changes. I've seen people taking points hits to chase price rises which really hurts my brain. The prices fluctuate so much anyway, those players you're taking hits for will probably drop again in a few weeks/months
Nothing in FPL is a given or predictable. Especially this season. Examples - Villa defence looks great right? Time to double up? - Maybe but just don't count on it or be surprised when it gets flipped around. VVD & Alisson out, Liverpool defence is awful now right? - Maybe but they could easily clean the next 3 games with a more conservative approach. My point is nothing is 100% certain and use your judgement before diving in
Your opinion is the best opinion. It's easy on this sub to get swept up in certain opinions. The sub is great for bouncing ideas, team inspiration and keeping up to date with injuries and other news, but at the end of the day we're all in the same boat. You can get so far following advice, but it's your own opinions that are that real deciding factor. The players who do really well absorb all the facts, but are able to seperate that from their own gut feelings and make decisions for themselves.
Kind of a personal one - but FPL tends to eb and flow. What I mean by that is, if a good player is on a bad run, often good times are coming and vice versa. It mostly applies to the more premium players and of course needs a judgement call but this is often the case. An example is how Werner was "due" a high points game. Again patience is the message
It's definintely worth watching games. You can go far (weirdly) in FPL without watching any actual matches. But if you want that real edge over other players, watching matches is a huge benefit. Scores and points totals really don't tell the whole story. An example here is Barkleys goal yesterday - he bagged the points this week but Grealish is clearly the man for Villa this year if you watch the games. Also Lamptey has had a few poor points return, but he is central to the way Brighton play this year. He really is a poor mans Trent from last year and looks like he'll be racking up assists this season
Double GWs, blank GWs etc. In short, don't worry. You won't miss these trust me, the Sub will be so packed with strategies and opinions you'll be begging to just get them over with. Check out Ben Crellin on Twitter if you really want to get ahead
Please feel free to add any points below. Again this is really FPL common sense but I've noticed a severe lack of it this season! Fair play to you if you read all of my ramblings
2020.10.18 22:53 Serious_ComedianLets play a game: Headcanons about your favorite pairings
Give a few headcanons for your favorite TD pairings, OTP, etc. Types of activities they would do, what their lives are like after the show, how they hooked up, etc. Here are my headcanons about Cody x Eva:
After TDWT ended Cody decided to ask Team E scope a favor to defend him from Sierra. Cody and Eva bonded over their experience helping Gwen in the TDI finale. Cody and Eva stayed in touch after the show and Eva became Cody’s personal trainer to get him off his ass and run more often instead of playing videogames all the time.
They met each other in a machine shop where they both have part time jobs as machinists. Then they started dating each other after work. Eva likes to bench press Cody a lot, sometimes Cody wears heavy backpacks or carry heavy metal parts for this purpose. Cody often drops Eva’s dummbells on his feet tho.
Cody convinced Eva to get into videogames and now she really likes fighting games like Smash and FPS games like TF2 because of their violence and because they help develop her coordination. Eva finds puzzle, RPG, adventure, and metroidvania games boring but watches Cody play them. Sometimes they play with their friends Gwen and Noah and Harold.
Cody and Eva make a great brains-and-brawn duo. They often do construction projects together with Eva building the heavy stuff and Cody working on the more intricate stuff like electronics and pipes. They live in a house together, and it is heavily modified.
Cody convinced Eva to get into scifi TV shows and movies. Their favorites are Battlestar Galactica and Futurama. Cody and Eva also bond over their interests in Sailor Moon and Powerpuff Girls and discover they both have a girly side they suppress in public.
Cody gets sick or injured a lot and Eva is always happy to bridal-carry him around and take care of him in bed. In fact, Eva bridal-carries Cody around even when he’s fine.
Gwen x Zeke:
After the show ended, Cody got over his Gwen obsession and started to feel bad for Zeke. So he convinced his parents who convinced a bunch of powerful people in universities and government to research a cure for Zeke and rescue him. After Zeke was cured, he was very thankful to Cody and Cody introduced him to Gwen. Thus Gwenzekiel began.
Gwen and Zeke slowly bonded over their “loner” status and Gwen helped Zeke overcome his social awkwardness and make some new friends, notably with Cody, Trent, Harold, and Noah. Gwen and Zeke developed feelings for each other and eventually decided to make it official.
Gwen and Zeke got into the same unviersity where Gwen studies art and Zeke studies English. They both become high school teachers.
Dave x Ella:
Ella felt scared for Dave and started to have nightmares of him dying on the island. So she convinced Shawn and Sky and Jasmine to return to the island to rescue Dave. Then Dave and Ella started dating after Ella confessed her feelings for him.
Ella is a pervert who stole a few of Dave’s clothing at first. Luckily Dave didnt mind too much and even decided to give her one of his boxers.
Ella is always the one who initiates making-out sessions. She always pins Dave underneath him when they do.
Ella and Dave became a musical couple and started writing songs together with Ella singing and Dave playing piano.
Ella and Dave play DnD together after she convinced him to join her friend Leonard’s campaign. Dave was weirded out at first but gradually began to appreciate DnD and become friends with Leonard.
Jo x Brick
They wake up early and go for workouts together. They’re both on the crew team and since Brick is in the reserves he still gets to spend time with Jo a lot.
Brick’s parents tease him a lot but they also think it’s cute how he’s dating such a strong confident woman who knows how to lead him around and how he’s submissive as well.
They make out a lot, and Jo always tops Brick. But Brick doesn’t mind, its allows him to let go of his anxiety and feel safer and happier.
Jo and Brick often make comic books together, with Brick using his fashion skills and Jo using her extensive paper-writing skills from being a history major (thats my headcanon for what she’d be interested in). Brick draws the panels and Jo comes up with the story.
Jo and Brick work as part-time park rangers in the summer for Parks Canada. They often go on backpacking trips together with their friends Harold, Bridgette, Shawn, Jasmine, and Sky.
Scott x Courtney:
Neither of their parents approve of them dating. After Courtney goes off to college and Scott begins working as a plumber they start living with each other in an RV that Scott borrowed from one of his friends. They later move into their own apartment.
Scott tries to help Courtney out in her profession by stealing Sam’s gaming device to play Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney and watching courtroom TV dramas. Of course, it doesn’t work but Courtney appreciates the effort.
Just like with Jo x Brick, Courtney tops Scott in their make-out sessions but he doesn’t mind. As a matter of fact he’s glad to be dating Courtney to keep his life on track and steer him away from the hard drugs that his family and friends back at home ended up becoming addicted to.
I’m working on rewriting my first chapter, before was a bit of an info dump and I know that this is far from perfect, but I’m working on improving. Any advice would be great So let me be perfectly clear that this wasn’t my fault. Ms. Davis never liked me in the first place, but now I'm sure she wanted me dead. “Your dads on his way,” she said bluntly slamming the phone down on her desk. Ms. Davis is a long thin crow-like woman, she has very distinct little beady eyes that stare into your soul and for some reason, she always smells like coleslaw and cat box. The fact that she became a principal is beyond me, I'm pretty sure she does it just to suck the soles out of children. There's a rummer at school that if you misbehave enough she locks you in the janitor's closet over night. That's mostly a made-up story started by the seniors to scare the freshmen, but looking at the vein popping out on her forehead I'm starting to believe it. “Finn Fernsby you’re telling me, that you didn't electrocute Trent is this correct?” she said while using her pen to peer into my backpack like it was some top-secret evidence from a murder sight she shouldn't get her fingerprints on. “Yes Ma’am” I answered not sounding too convincing, even to myself. “Then how do you explain this?” She turned her computer around to show footage of the hallway just outside her office. In the video, even without audio, you can clearly see Trent was tormenting me, but obviously, no one wanted to talk about that. “Awe Is that a girl's necklace” I remember him saying trying to impress his girlfriend of two days. Yes, infarct it was a girl's necklace, it was my mom's. Maybe it was “dumb” to wear, but I didn’t care, it was the only thing I had of her. Talking about her was always a sensitive subject for my dad so I tried not to ask many questions about her. All I knew was that she died when I was two months old, her name was Beatrice, and she liked the ocean. That's why my dad gave her a necklace with a wave pendant on it on their third date. So ever since my dad gave it to me when I was ten I wore it every day, but I always kept it tucked under my shirt except for today where it must have fallen out. “If you like girly stuff so much why don't you wear a dress?” he shouted at me, which made his girlfriend giggle, and obviously that fueled him to push more. Trent is one of the jocks, he's dated almost all the girls in our school, and it's all because of his “piercing blue eyes.” and he seemed to have skipped the awkward acne phase in high school. Despite being a year younger than me he was almost a foot taller at a whopping a six-foot-four. “Hey, Give me your stupid sissy necklace he said grabbing my backpack. By that time I was already mad, I can handle being made fun of for my height, my red hair, or even my freckles but my family especially my mom was not allowed. I could feel it start-up in my veins, it didn't hurt as bad anymore, now it just felt like a bad case of pins and needles. “I said give it” he snarled as he whirled me around to face a crowd of kids that had gathered to see the fight. “Let me go, I’m warning you,” I told him. Ooh, he's warning me he laughed which caused some of the kids to start laughing with him and a few pulled out their phones and started recording, in hindsight that should have stooped me but I was too furious to think of that. What are you going to do? Cry? Then he made his biggest mistake, still holding my backpack he grabbed the necklace and ripped it off my neck. On the computer, you can see a big flash of light came off of me and next thing you know Trent is thrown against the wall, kids scream and run in different directions. Again I know it’s not perfect but I think it’s better then my first few starts.
The Pats are 2-2 and in danger of falling below .500 in October or later for the first time since 2002. Their streak of 225 consecutive games in October or later without being below .500 (either before or after the game) is the longest streak in NFL history.
Denver has gone 28 straight games without having 400 yards of offense in a game, their longest drought since a 34-game streak from 1991-93.
Jerry Jeudy has had at least 50 receiving yards in all four games of his career thus far. He'll be trying to join Terry Glenn (1996) and Terry McLaurin (2019) as the only players to do so in five straight games to start their career since the 1970 merger.
Brandon McManus ranks tied for second in NFL history with five games with multiple made field goals from 50+ yards.
Brandon McManus needs four field goals to tie Jim Turner (1971-79) for the second-most made field goals in team history. Needs one field goal from 50+ yards to tie Matt Prater (2007-13) for the second-most made 50+ yard field goals in team history.
The Pats are 2-2 and in danger of falling below .500 in October or later for the first time since 2002. Their streak of 225 consecutive games in October or later without being below .500 (either before or after the game) is the longest streak in NFL history.
Denver has gone 28 straight games without having 400 yards of offense in a game, their longest drought since a 34-game streak from 1991-93.
Jerry Jeudy has had at least 50 receiving yards in all four games of his career thus far. He'll be trying to join Terry Glenn (1996) and Terry McLaurin (2019) as the only players to do so in five straight games to start their career since the 1970 merger.
Brandon McManus ranks tied for second in NFL history with five games with multiple made field goals from 50+ yards.
Brandon McManus needs four field goals to tie Jim Turner (1971-79) for the second-most made field goals in team history. Needs one field goal from 50+ yards to tie Matt Prater (2007-13) for the second-most made 50+ yard field goals in team history.
2020.10.17 23:08 Ok_Shirt_1574Total Drama Controversy Meme
Favorite Character: Zoey- Honestly I can see why people think she’s a screen hog, but Heather and Duncan made Final 4 twice so I can tolerate her being in the Final 3 twice. Despised Character: Sierra- I’ve already ranted about her, so I’ll just say I don’t like her. Favorite Season: TDAS- Yes I like All Stars, World Tour ended on a bad note so this was needed. Despised Season: N/A Most Overrated Character: Courtney- She’s not as innocent as most claim. Most Underrated Character: Gwen and Mal- Get’s too much flack for kissing Duncan, even though she felt bad, and Duncan probably told Gwen he and Courtney broke up before he dated Gwen. Mal has like no fans, and he did great(except for the 2nd to last episode). Favorite Couple: Zoey and Cody- I know it’s odd, but Cody’s shown he has standards, and he hasn’t lied to anybody. Plus Cody could be himself instead of “The Code-mister” because he’s shown not to be a pervert at times. Despised Couple: Cody and Sierra- You saw this coming next. Favorite Villain: Scott- His strategy was great, and unlike Courtney and Trent it wasn’t obvious or out of pettiness, it was a strategy so the Maggots would get overconfident and given how Jo, Anne Maria, and Brick sometimes get overconfident it was smart. Plus in Episode 6 he said he was gonna start picking off the Maggots, he just happened to swap teams that episode, I don’t consider him listening in Dawn’s confessional dumb luck, he made that choice on his own. Alejandro watching the challenge and getting out early felt more like dumb luck, which is why Scott wins. Despised Villain: N/A Favorite Episode: Planes Trains and Hot Air Mobiles- Everybody was likable even Sierra, and if you know me that’s hard to do. Despised Episode: Can’t Help Falling In Louvre- I talked about this in my Top 10 Worst Episodes post, I’d you want to know why check that out.
This is a link to the last stab: https://www.reddit.com/PubTips/comments/j81151/pubq_query_critique_literary_fiction_85k_words_v30/ I guess this will be my last attempt at it for a while. I tried to go in a very different direction with the query and go with Agent specific -> Query -> Synopsis -> Bio format. Obviously to be tweaked if they don't want any synopsis. Thx. AGENT SPECIFIC SECTION Free Falling (85k words/literary fiction) is a coming of age story examining friendship, addiction, loss and love that will appeal to fans of Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero, Michael Houllebecq’s Whatever and Nick McDonell’s Twelve. Watching his friend Rich brutally gouge someone's eye out in a bar fight, 20-year-old college student Dave Nolan wonders how he got here, and how he became this person. There has been a lot of that since Lindsey dumped him. On another morning, filled with regret after a night with Britney, an underage girl, Dave longs for the past, when he felt like he still knew who he was. Dave's descent into alcoholism and drug addiction has knocked his privileged life off course. While he seems to be close to touching bottom, he may have further left to fall. Now the police are looking for information about Britney. An aborted reconciliation with Lindsey has left Dave wondering if he has lost the ability to truly care for anyone, and a car accident threatens to tie it all together and permanently ruin Dave's hopes for a brighter future. Plot Summary: Privileged college student Dave Nolan returns to the fictional college town of Maskirovka after winter break. He goes to see his girlfriend Lindsey, who coldly dumps him. This starts Dave on a downward spiral. While drinking his way through the days, he sleeps with a high school girl named Britney. Dave begins using cocaine heavily, and the lines between Dave’s inner monologue and reality begin to blur. Dave pushes his friends and family away as he becomes alienated from himself. Dave’s childhood best friend, Steve comes to visit. At first Dave is unsure if they even still really know each other. After a quarrel, they have a heartfelt talk, and Dave realizes they are still brothers. Dave drops Steve at the airport, promising to see him soon. The next morning, the police arrive at Dave’s door. Britney has gone missing. The police have circumstantial evidence that Dave spent the night with her. They attempt to lean on him with the threat of a statutory rape charge. Dave panics and considers fleeing. As he is coping with this, Lindsey contacts him and expresses a desire to reconnect. Dave and Lindsey sleep together. When she says, “I love you,” he realizes that he no longer cares. They get into a screaming match before parting for a final time. Unable to deal with the pressure of possible incarceration, the final encounter with Lindsey and the realization that he may no longer be able to care for anyone, Dave gets into his car. Joyriding on country lanes and pretending he is a race-car driver while drunk and high, a deer darts into the road. Dave swerves to avoid it, but clips it and crashes into a fence. When he comes to, he flees the scene. Dave is convinced the cops looking into Britney’s disappearance will find out about the car crash and come after him again. Seeing no reason to continue fighting, Dave decides suicide is the only option. He draws a bath, gets in and takes a knife with him. He lacks the conviction to follow through. Dave hits bottom and calls his family, begging them to get him home and help him. Back in NYC, Dave confesses the entire story to his parents. They inform him that he will have to go to rehab. Dave doesn’t think he has a problem, but when he sees his haggard image in a mirror, he is forced to admit rehab might be a valid option. In rehab, Dave is plagued by insecurity. With the help of his roommate Andy, he shares his story and confronts his issues. Dave realizes he has created these problems for himself. After rehab Dave struggles with the challenges of sober life. His old habits are triggers for substance abuse. He largely avoids his old friends, except for Steve, who he hangs out with regularly. Dave begins working out frequently to fill the hours. On the way home from the gym one day, he runs into an ex-girlfriend. The encounter nearly triggers a relapse. Later, Dave meets Eve, an NYU freshman and they begin a relationship. Dave struggles with the realities of sober dating. Eve is innocent and supportive and they seem to click. At Steve’s urging, Dave brings Eve to a party with the old crowd that gets a bit out of control. Eve seems enraptured by the spectacle. After, Dave and Eve sleep together for the first time. Steve, who has failed out of college, is joining the Marines. Dave and Eve attend his going away party. Steve seems very intoxicated. In the middle of the night, Dave’s phone rings repeatedly. He answers it and Steve’s girlfriend, Madison tells Dave he needs to rush to the hospital. After the party, Madison, Steve and two of their friends went back to after-party. While Madison and Trent were out meeting a drug dealer, Steve suffered a cardiac incident. Instead of calling 911 or helping him, Jacques, worried about getting in trouble, fled the scene. When Madison and Trent returned, they called for an ambulance but it was too late. Dave is barely there mentally at Steve’s funeral and is unable to control himself when he throws dirt on his best friend’s casket as it’s lowered into the ground. Madison doesn’t attend the funeral. She is too hungover from partying the night before. A group of Steve’s friends gather afterwards. Dave sends Eve home and goes to the gathering. Madison shows up and Dave confronts her. She admits she has a problem and asks Dave to take her home and tell her about rehab because she needs help. When they get to her apartment, she attempts to kiss Dave. He rebuffs her advances and leaves. Not wanting to return to Maskirovka, Dave visits friends at Princeton and considers transferring there. On the ride down, Eve seems distant via text. When pushed, she tells Dave that Madison told her that she slept with Dave. Dave denies this, but Eve doesn’t believe him and stops replying. Dave no longer sees any point in trying to fight for sobriety and a brighter future. He relapses and starts drinking with his friends. At a party, Dave makes out with the girl his friend is interested in and is thrown out. He wakes up still drunk in a stairwell and heads to the train station. Once there, he buys beers for the ride back to NYC. He meets a friend from prep school and they continue drinking and doing drugs. That evening, at a club, he sees Jacques, who he blames for Steve’s death and assaults him. Dave has a final mental break and takes off running into the night. The next morning, he wakes up with a crushing hangover and makes his way out onto the street. He hails a cab as he makes plans to start drinking again. He realizes that his hope for the future is gone. He can’t go home, he can’t fix himself and he no longer cares. He is truly lost. AUTHOR BIO + THANK YOU ATTACHMENTS AS REQUESTED
2020.10.17 08:30 oppofloseOfficial Rewatch Discussion Thread: Season 6, Episode 9: Es Good
Schmidt enlists Nick's help to earn his house contractor's respect. Jess and Robby test their ability of being in a casual relationship. Winston and Cece discuss the pros and cons of not being single. Date Aired: December 6, 2016 Directed by: Trent O'Donnell Written by: Rob Rosell Run Time: 21 minutes * * * * * * Episode Trivia:
When Nick realizes the contractor is ripping them off, he's holding a beer in his right hand in one shot, but in the next shot it's gone.
Robby's scar on his upper lip disappears in the final scene with him and Jess on the couch.
2020.10.17 08:29 elleoce"On a la Megan RS au cul !!" [récit ambulancier privé]
La plupart du temps, quand on a affaire aux forces de l'ordre dans notre profession, c'est parce qu'on a besoin d'eux pour un patient récalcitrant ou violent, ou alors qu'ils ont besoin d'une ambulance pour une évacuation médicale. Et l'entente est généralement cordiale. Pourtant cette fois-là, c'est dans un autre contexte que nous les avons rencontrées. Cette petite histoire date d'il y a plusieurs années. Lors d'une garde départementale de nuit, nous sommes appelés en début de soirée pour une suspicion d'A.V.C. au domicile d'un couple de personnes âgées. C'est le mari qui présente tous les symptômes que l'on connaît par cœur : asymétrie faciale, difficulté d'élocution, hémiplégie... L'intervention est rapide, d'autant qu'on est à la limite des délais pour une prise en charge hospitalière optimale ; début des signes il y a trois heures, et il nous faut une grosse demi-heure pour rejoindre les urgences de l'hôpital. D'ordinaire on ne prend pas d'accompagnant avec nous, sauf exception. Et ce jour-là, le S.A.M.U nous autorise à emmener la femme du patient qui tient absolument à rester aux côtés de son époux. Elle monte dans la cellule sanitaire et je reste bien sûr avec eux pendant que mon collègue prend le volant. On a alors à peine passé le péage de l'autoroute que j'aperçois un véhicule tout gyrophare allumé qui s'approche rapidement de nous par l'arrière. Tiens, c'est les gendarmes... On n'a commis absolument aucune infraction : il fait nuit, les routes sont désertes, on a bien notre rampe de gyros allumée mais on n'a même pas eu besoin de mettre le deux tons. Et notre ambulance est une vieille A.S.S.U. de marque Opel qui dépasse difficilement les 120km/h en descente et le vent dans le dos.... Bon... Qu'est ce qu'ils nous veulent ? Je previens le collègue : "On a la Megane RS au cul !!" Sur le coup on se dit qu'ils vont sûrement nous suivre jusqu'aux urgences et nous contrôler ensuite. Ce n'est pas la première fois que ça m'arrive... Et s'ils veulent vraiment nous arrêter, on ralentira et on leur fera comprendre de nous accompagner jusqu'à l'hôpital. Sauf que leur véhicule nous double subitement et se positionne devant nous, le passager sort alors un long bâton orange fluorescent et nous fait signe de sortir à la prochaine aire. Impossible de leur faire entendre quoi que ce soit dans ces conditions, et on a encore vingt minutes de route... On va donc obtempérer. Je ne pense alors qu'à deux choses : l'allongement inévitable de la prise en charge et le respect du secret médical. (Bon, et aussi qu'ils ont rien d'autre à foutre que de nous appréhender comme des délinquants, mais c'est un autre débat...) On s'arrête sur un parking, les cowboys sautent de leur bolide, l'un va direct côté chauffeur contrôler mon collègue et je n'ai pas le temps de réagir que le deuxième (bedonnant et moustachu comme à la télé) ouvre déjà brusquement la porte latérale de la cellule sanitaire en mode "les mains en l'air !!" (j'ai cru un instant qu'il allait nous braquer, mais non...) J'ai mal à mon secret médical. Il se retrouve nez à nez avec l'épouse du patient qui ne comprend absolument pas ce qu'il se passe. Pour elle, on est comme le S.M.U.R. ou les sapeurs pompiers, alors nous voir arrêtés de la sorte la révolte fortement. J'essaie de comprendre la raison de notre "interpellation", sans beaucoup de succès. "Ambulance au comportement suspect", me répond-il simplement. Je ne donne aucune indication sur l'identité ou la pathologie du patient, je précise juste qu'on est en mission pour le S.A.M.U. (à l'époque on avait encore les numéros de dossier après l'intervention, donc je n'ai aucun document officiel à produire, encore moins la fameuse prescription médicale de transport qu'il me réclame.) L'accompagante commence à s'énerver : le gendarme se retrouve affublé de quelques noms d'oiseaux et elle finit par lui crier en larmes : "Mais vous allez tuer mon mari !!!" Avant qu'on se retrouve tous menottés pour outrage et rébellion, je compose le 15 sur mon portable. J'explique la situation à un A.R.M. qui me passe le médecin qui a régulé l'appel. On échange quelques mots ("vous avez commis une infraction ?" "Bah non." "Ok passez moi ce gendarme !") Je lui tends le téléphone, le gendarme essaie de bredouiller quelques explications et me le rend l'air gêné au bout de trente secondes : "C'est bon vous pouvez y aller." L'autre gendarme essaie bien de chercher la petite bête au conducteur, mais pas de bol, il est en règle. Permis, diplôme, carte grise, assurance, contrôle technique... On est nickel ! On se remet en route et on finit notre prise en charge sans souci, avec les remerciements chaleureux du couple. Mais tout ça me laisse un goût amer. J'ai un peu l'impression d'avoir été victime d'un excès de zèle de la part de cette paire de gendarmes. Il est minuit, je décide d'appeler le peloton autoroutier en question sur le chemin du retour. Pas pour faire un scandale, mais pour répondre aux questions que je me pose : "Pourquoi nous arrêter ?" "Ont-ils le droit d'ouvrir notre ambulance de la sorte ?" "N'auraient-ils pas dû nous suivre plutôt que nous alpaguer comme des chauffards ?" "Quid des responsabilités si jamais ça s'était mal passé pour notre patient ?" Je trouve le numéro sur le net et je me lance. On me répond très vite. Pas de bol, je reconnais la voix du gendarme en question... Je demande à parler au responsable de la brigade. C'est lui.... Merde.... J'y vais franco les pieds dans le plat : "J'étais dans l'ambulance que vous avez arrêtée, je voudrais des explications." Les réponses sont claires et sûrement un peu préparées : soit disant que l'ambulance zigzagait dangereusement à son entrée sur l'autoroute (ce que mon collègue réfute et que je n'ai pas remarqué), d'où le contrôle. Et oui, ils ont tous les droits. Ouverture de la cellule etc.... Je n'insiste pas, ça ne sert pas à grand chose. Bonne nuit, monsieur le gendarme, et sans rancune (enfin un peu quand même...).
2020.10.17 04:17 nowlan101The instrumental McCartney makes for Temporary Secretary genuinely reminds me of something off Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine.
I mean of course it’s not as dark, but the twisted, fun house synths, and the fuzzy, almost abrasive guitars genuinely give this song industrial-lite vibes. But still, it’s an incredibly inventive song that does not sound dated, despite being made in the era that many, myself included, think of as some of Paul’s least well aged material. None of the tech sounds too 80’s to me. It sounds fresh! Also, to add to the 9 inch nails comparison, McCartney‘s vocals have that nasal quality Trent is known for. Except his are more cartoonish, like a Weird Al parody. But the melody is amazing!
2020.10.16 18:08 Rsubs33[Game Preview] Week 6 - Philadelphia Eagles(1-3-1) vs Baltimore Ravens (4-1)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-3-1) vs Baltimore Ravens (4-1)
The Eagles dug themselves deeper into a hole and lost their title as Kings of Shit Mountain with their disappointing loss to the Steelers last Sunday. Rookie WR Chase Claypool made the Eagles defense look silly over and over on his way to 4 TDs, including a 35 TD reception with under 3 minutes to go to seal the game. Jim Schwartz thought that he is smarter than everyone else and believed it was a good idea to put his failing LB Nate Gerry on Claypool despite the fact Claypool had already scored 3 TDs on the day and Gerry has given up 23 receptions on 23 targets for 267 yards 4 TDs and a 154.6 passer rating. Schwartz will most definitely trott Gerry out there this week against the Baltimore Ravens who will have reigning MVP QB Lamar Jackson out there who can pick apart defenses with his arm and his legs. Schwartz will have to gameplan better than he has in previous weeks to keep Jackson contained and ensure talented Baltimore TEs Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle have someone covering them who isn’t named Nate Gerry. The Eagles have the talent on the defensive line to keep Jackson in the pocket and force him to beat them with his arm where the Eagles will get a boost in the secondary with the return of Will Parks who will make his first start for the Eagles after signing in the offseason. That said, the talent hasn’t been missing on the defense outside of the LB position, instead the gameplans have been nonexistent from Jim Schwartz who consistently decides his scheme is the most important piece and he can just run it regardless of what the offense runs. If that mindset continues expect another L for the Eagles and another big fantasy day for Lamar Jackson. On the other side of the ball the Eagles actually look like they are beginning to click. The offensive line held the Steelers top rated pass defense in check for the better part of the day and a weapon has emerged from the depths of the practice squad. In the past two games, Carson Wentz has a perfect passing rating when targeting Travis Fulgham who has consistently been able to find openings in the defense and make big catches for the QB. Wentz may get Jackson and Jeffrey back this Sunday as well which would give him some more confidence that guys can get open and make catches, both are currently listed as questionable, so we will see. This game most likely ends up as another L for the Eagles, but if they want any chance to win they are going to need their QB to make some big plays and they are going to need their defense to slow down the Ravens high powered offense. Go Eagles!
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (44th season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
94.1 FM and 610 AM
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Salisbury/Ocean City, MD
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Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo and Bill Kulik will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Atlantic City, NJ
1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Ravens Radio Gerry Sanduskey will return for his 14th season to handle play-by-play duties for the broadcast. Former Ravens Former Ravens players Dennis Pitta and Obafemi "Femi" Ayanbadejo will provide color and analysis during the game.
Sports USA will broadcast the game nationally with Josh Appel handling the play by play and Brandon Noble will provide analysis.
November 16th, 1997 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, MD . Philadelphia Eagles 10 - Baltimore Ravens 10
Ravens lead Eagles (106-82)
Doug Pederson: 0-1 against the Ravens
John Harbaugh: 1-2 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs John Harbaugh: Harbaugh leads 1-0
Carson Wentz: Against Ravens: 0-1
Lamar Jackson: Against Eagles: 0-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz v Lamar Jackson: First Meeting of QBs
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead Ravens: 2-0
Record @ M&T Bank Stadium: Ravens lead Eagles 2-0
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 20 - Steelers No. 6
Last Meeting And Last Meeting at Site
Sunday, December 18th, 2016
Ravens 27 - Eagles 26
Baltimore (8-6) had a 27-17 lead and a first down at the Philadelphia 11 when Joe Flacco threw an interception to give the Eagles (5-9) another chance. Rookie Carson Wentz directed a drive that produced a field goal with 2:22 remaining. The Eagles got the ball back at their 41 with 1:39 to go. A 24-yard completion to tight end Zach Ertz and a pass interference call against rookie Tavon Young set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Wentz that got Philadelphia within a point. First-year coach Doug Pederson dropped his balls on the table and went for the victory, declining the conversion kick for a 2-point try. "I wanted to win the football game," Pederson said. Wentz threw over the middle to tight Jordan Matthews, who couldn't get his hands on a tipped ball and the Ravens won by a single point 27-26.
Eagles - The Eagles took on their cross state rival after coming off their first win of the season the week before and the Eagles feel flat on their face making the trip across the state. Jim Schwartz showed up with zero game plan and had no answer to runs by Chase Claypool, despite the fact the Steelers used similar plays earlier this seasons. Claypool owned the Eagles Sunday scoring 4 TDs including one with under 3 minutes left to put the nail in the coffin when Jim Schwartz put one of the worst coverages LBs in the league Nate Gerry on Claypool 1v1 with no help. The offense played their best game of the year this season with a break out game by Travis Fulgham, but Jim Schwartz and the defense never gave them a shot.
Ravens - The Ravens took on their division rival Bengals in Week 5. The Baltimore Ravens defense arguably put up the best performance by any team in the NFL this season, allowing just a field goal to an overmatched Cincinnati Bengals team in a 27-3 victory Sunday. Baltimore shut down Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati offense, holding the Bengals to just 205 yards on the afternoon while forcing three turnovers and completely dominating the line of scrimmage in the win. The Ravens would have had a shutout if not for a late field goal by the Bengals that was purely done to break the shutout.
Baltimore Head Coach John Harbaugh coached 10 years years for the Eagles as their Special Teams Coordinator and DB coach from 1998-2007.
Baltimore Assistant head coach/pass coordinatowide receivers Dan Culley spent 13 years with the Eagles as their WR coach and Senior Offensive assistant 1999-2012. Culley and Doug Pederson coached together from 2009-2015 as part of Andy Reid’s staff with the Eagles and Chiefs.
Baltimore QB Coach James Urban coached 7 years with the Eagles from 2004-2010 as an assistant to the head coach, offensive assistant/quality control coach and QB coach.
Baltimore LB LJ Fort played part of last season for the Eagles before he was cut, so that Jim Schwartz’s love child Nate Gerry could get more playing time.
Eagles VP of Player Personnel Andy Weidl worked for the Ravens as a scout from 2005-16.
Eagles Player Personnel Executive TJ McCreight worked for the Ravens as a scout from 1997-2004.
Eagles assistant director of player personnel Ian Cunningham worked for the Ravens for 9 years as a scout from 1998-2007.
2020 Pro Bowlers
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter)
QB Lamar Jackson (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter)
K Justin Tucker (Starter)
C Jason Kelce (Starter)
RB Mark Ingram
LS Rick Lovato (Starter)
FB Patrick Ricard (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz
TE Mark Andrews
SS Malcom Jenkings (1st Alt)
LT Ronnie Stanley(Starter)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt
G Marshal Yanda (Starter)
OT Orlando Brown Jr.
OLB Matthew Judon
CB Marlon Humphrey
CB Marcus Peters
FS Earl Thomas
LS Morgan Cox (Starter)
Referee: Shawn Smith
Philadelphia has produced a 2-2-1 record in the all-time series vs. Baltimore, including a 2-0 mark at home. The Ravens are one of nine NFL teams that the Eagles have never lost to at Lincoln Financial Field (since the 2003 season).
Philadelphia ranks 3rd in the NFL with 18.0 sacks, trailing only L.A. Rams (20.0) and Pittsburgh (20.0). Brandon Graham (54.0) – tied for the team lead with 3.0 sacks – is 1.0 sack shy of surpassing Hugh Douglas (54.5, 1998-2002, ‘04) for the 4th-most sacks in Eagles history, behind Reggie White (124.0, 1985-92), Trent Cole (85.5, 2005-14) and Clyde Simmons (76.0, 1986-93).
Miles Sanders has produced the 3rd-most rushing yards (316) in the NFL since his season debut in Week 2, trailing only Dalvin Cook (439) and Todd Gurley (319) in that category.
Travis Fulgham led the Eagles with 10 receptions for 152 yards and 1 TD in Week 5 at Pittsburgh. Fulgham is one of only three NFL players to register 10+ catches for 150+ yards and 1 TD in a game this season (also Davante Adams and George Kittle).
WR Jalen Raegor
LB Patrick Queen
QB Jalen Hurts
RB JK Dobbins
LB Davion Taylor
DT Justin Madubuike
S K’Von Wallace
WR Devin Duvernay
OT Jack Driscoll
LB Malik Harrison
WR John Hightower
OT Trye Phillips
LB Shaun Bradley
OG Ben Bredeson
WR Quez Watkins
DT Broderick Washington
OT Prince Tega Wanogho
WR James Proche
LB/DE Casey Toohill
S Geno Stone
Notable Off-season Additions
S Will Parks
DE Calais Campbell
DT Javon Hargrave
LS Nick Moore
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
DE Derek Wolfe
CB Darius Slay
ILB Jake Ryan
OT Parker Ehinger
TE Jerell Adams
RB Kenjon Barner
Notable Off-season Departures
S Malcom Jenkins
TE Hayen Hurst
CB Ronald Darby
OL James Hurst
RB Jordan Howard
CB Brandon Carr
WR Nelson Agholor
OL B.J. Finney
OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai
WR Seth Roberts
LB Kamu Grugler-Hill
DT Michael Pierce
RB Darren Sproles
DE Chris Wormley
DT Timmy Jernigan
ILB Josh Bynes
LB Nigel Bradham
ILB Patrick Onwuasor
S Earl Thomas
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (15379) needs 294 yards to move up to 4th on the Eagles all-time passing yards list moving ahead of QB Norm Snead.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (907) needs 93 yards for 1000 career rushing yards.
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (6397) needs 68 yards to move up to 3rd on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list all-time passing WR *Mike Quick
Eagles WR Desean Jackson (34) needs 2 TDs to move into a tie for 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying WR Jeremy Maclin
Eagles DE Brandon Graham (54) needs 1 sack to move to 4th on the Eagles all-time sack list passing DE Hugh Douglas
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (49.5) needs 1 sack to move up to 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Greg Brown
Eagles DE Vinny Curry (27.5) needs 2 sacks to move up to 18th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DT Jerome Brown
Eagles TE Zach Ertz needs 112 receiving yards for 6000 career receiving yards.
Ravens RB Mark Ingram (1223) needs 27 yards to move up to 12th on the Ravens all-time rushing lists passing RB Javorius Allen and 112 yards to move up to 11th on the list passing RB Bernard Pierce
Stats to Know
The body types are totally different, but WR Hollywood Brown poses a major deep threat to the Eagles defense, just as WR Chase Claypool did last week No WR in the league has more deep targets (beyond 20 yards) than Brown does, at 15, also catching 4 of 4 catchable deep balls. The next closes for the Eagles is Desean Jackson with 6 targets and 2 catches on 2 catchable deep balls.We don’t know if Desean will be a go for this game, but tell me which Eagle(s) you want defending Brown’s speed on deep balls or on end-arounds. Slay’s out and Mills is not fast. Looking at the QBs slinging these deep balls, Lamar Jackson is 7th in deep ball %, at 16.3% yet 24th in Adjusted Completion % (focusing the stat on QB agency). Wentz is slightly better in that statistic, good for 19th at 40%.
The Ravens have a diverse offensive attack led by the reigning NFL MVP and a creative Offensive Coordinator that is more than capable of shredding the vanilla Eagles defense. Thus far in 2020, Schwartz has shown little in the way of molding his defense to help cater to the personnel he has in place that has also regressed in his tenure. I’ve said repeatedly throughout this season, as well as in the run up to this season, that the Eagles defense took several steps back in personnel and overall talent to where their strengths really can’t hide the deficiencies in the back end. Other than Darius Slay, the only member of the back seven who can cover, the Eagles struggle to match against opposing offenses in man and zone coverage. They have several hybrid players who theoretically are jacks of all trades and masters of none; in a cruel twist of fate, that was entirely predictable, the Eagles defense has players that struggle with any kind of basic trait that helps a modern defense leaving them as effectively jacks of no trade. Lamar Jackson will execute a diverse rushing attack with 3 capable RBs and his own athleticism that presents a unique challenge for every NFL defense to defend. The Ravens also have a quality offensive line to aid him in targeting a very good Tight End in Mark Andrews and other capable receivers. This offense uses motions and other misdirection plays, as well as play action, at near league leading rates. This is a problem for the Eagles defense as not only are they not talented enough to stop it, they struggle in alignment and execute against motion, misdirection, and play action. Their linebackers are unable to process coverage assignments and frequently blow assignments leading to big plays. Their corners, outside of Slay, struggle to cover at all. It’s a bad recipe for an overmatched defense. Schwartz will need to get this group to play at the level they did two weeks ago in San Francisco in an effort to slow down the Ravens offense. This is one of the best teams in the NFL. The Eagles offense can’t be counted on to continue to match its opponents in a shootout given their personnel limitations on that side of the ball. And when they do find success, the defense struggles to play complimentary football - just like last week. This unit needs to show up or this will likely be a blowout.
Eagles Receiving Weapons vs. Ravens Secondary
Even without Earl Thomas, the Ravens still field one of the best secondaries in the NFL and are capable of executing a number of coverage assignments. They possess two outstanding corners, Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, who are able to match up with whatever scrubs the Eagles pull off the street this week. Travis Fulgham is fresh off a career day and looks like the first viable receiver the Eagles have had in some time but you have to figure at some point his sudden meteoric rise will normalize soon. That normalization could likely be this week against a formidable secondary. Regardless of when that comes, Fulgham has acquitted himself nicely in the offense and should be a full time starting forward. Absent the return of Desean Jackson or the season debut of Alshon Jeffery, this is a receiver group that is still mightily undermanned due to injury and a lackluster front office. Philly could stand to see a reemergence of Zach Ertz from the struggle bus and produce more than the very little he’s contributed this season so far. Lastly, the Eagles need Carson Wentz to pick up where he left off after a strong performance against the Steelers. PFF graded Wentz as a top 5 QB last week and it was easily his most complete performance of the season which is a notable brightspot in an otherwise disappointing start to the season. This Ravens defense is no joke and is very opportunistic as they force a lot of turnovers. Wentz’s margin for error is already very small given the situation around him but this game requires him to better manage the game on each play to give the offense a shot.
Eagles Decimated Offensive Line vs Ravens Attacking Defensive Front
The Eagles Offensive Line is a surprisingly decent group despite the ridiculous amount of injuries they continue to take on so far this season. The only projected starter left on the offensive line is center Jason Kelce. Lane Johnson is questionable heading into Sunday’s contest and hasn’t practiced this week. He likely won’t go as he’s been dealing with an ankle injury that’s plagued him since training camp. Even if he does return, Johnson is likely to continue to be plagued with the injury bug as long as he isn’t on injured reserve. Jeff Stoutland deserves all the praise in the world for coaching up the current cast of characters on the OL as they haven’t played as horribly as you might imagine against stiff competition. The Steelers defensive front is one of the best in football and the Eagles OL did more than enough to help put them in a position to win last week. They face another difficult test Sunday as they face a complete Ravens front with a DC in Wink Martindale that loves to blitz more than any DC in the NFL. Matthew Judon, Pernell McPhee, Tyus Bowser, and Calais Campbell are a strong unit; Martindale isn’t afraid to bring anyone on a blitz. This offensive line needs to continue to communicate well to handle the onslaught of pressure they are about to face on Sunday. They don’t have the depth of talent to be expected to win consistently; if they play like they did last week, that could be good enough. It’s a very tall order though.
2020.10.15 18:15 oppofloseOfficial Rewatch Discussion Thread: Season 6, Episode 8: James Wonder
Jess tries to impress the president of the Parents' Council to become the principal of her school. Meanwhile, Winston puts his undercover skills to the test and Nick tries to find the perfect wedding gift for Schmidt and Cece. Date Aired: November 29, 2016 Directed by: Trent O'Donnell Written by: Ethan Sandler & Adrian Wenner Run Time: 21 minutes * * * * * * Episode Trivia:
David Hornsby (Ed) is Zooey Deschanel's brother-in-law.
Some random Preliminary Final notes Well friends, as Richmond & Geelong raise the bat for passing 100 days in the Queensland hub, and Adrian Dodoro goes around with his CRAAAAZY trade strategies, it appears we've reached the Crack of Doom for the 2020 season. PRELIMINARY FINAL WEEKEND. Only 9 days to go.... 9 days to go... 9 days to go... Will Port Adelaide continue the destiny of the Round 1 Leap Year Premiership, can Richmond knee Port's dreams in the head, will the Lions get that home Grand Final, or can Geelong undo 8 years of Preliminary Final memes. I actually don't know, I was just asking rhetorical questions. Also, on the bandwagon front (Brought to you by Zappulon), you'll notice the wheels have fallen off the Collingwood wagon for the 3rd year running, while St Kilda's wooden contraption has ascended to the heavens, and has come back as a ghost with a halo. Port Adelaide vs Richmond - Adelaide Oval, Friday 7:20pm ACDT (7:50 AEDT) Brisbane Lions vs Geelong - The Gabba, Saturday 6:40pm AEST (7:40 AEDT) Some Milestones Chris Scott - 450 games as a player & coach (215 played, 234 coached to date) Trent Cotchin - 250 games Mark O'Connor - 50 games Harry Taylor - 5th player to play at least 30 finals
2020.10.15 06:30 StatSavUsing Data Visualisation and Coding in R as a scouting strategy.
Yesterday on the reddit I posted my first entry in to using data visualisation and coding in R for Football Manager as can be seen here: https://www.reddit.com/footballmanagergames/comments/jaxifq/data_visualisation_and_r_coding_with_football/ Today I'm going to expand upon that post by providing some practical application to using such methodology. The following post is an adaptation of a thread I just uploaded to the official SI forums that I thought would be an appropriate continuation of my post on the subreddit yesterday. So. A case study. I've decided to target a somewhat niche area that I believe is overlooked during squad building, training and tactical brainstorming - the full backs. It is no secret that over the past couple of decades in football there has been a massive emphasis on using full backs as the "extra man", overloading wide areas of the pitch and generally providing genuine creativity to a side. Nobody needs this explaining to them, but this is the basis of the "investigation". For my first piece of "work" on these forums, I've decided to simulate in full match detail every single match in the top 5 European leagues for the 2019/2020 season using a relatively up-to-date transfer database (post-Bale arriving at Spurs anyway!) as a means of having a thorough data set to manipulate. The Process. Once the season was simulated, these are the filters that I selected to find the appropriate database of full backs. It's a simple set of filters really; the player must have played at least 2000 minutes of football in all competitions across 2019/2020, be currently contracted to a side in the top 5 European leagues and be either a natural right back or left back. I opted not to include wing back as I personally only ever play a back 4 myself and I felt as if including wing backs may have 1) included more advanced wide players also natural at wing back which would have skewed the data set and/or 2) meant that the data set was somewhat biased against out-and-out full backs in a creative sense, which is what I intended on looking at. Filtering done, it was time to pick a couple of variables that would be appropriate for assessing the overall build-up play inclusion and creativity of the 218 full backs discovered within the data set. In the end, I opted for "passes completed per 90 minutes" and "key passes per 90 minutes". I believe that these two variables speak for themselves - I wanted to see which full backs completed a lot of passes and also which full backs were creative with their passes. With filtering and variables selected, it was time to create a graph that was 1) visually appealing and 2) actually painted a picture of what was going on. Here's what I came up with. Apologies if this isn't the prettiest - I did warn you I'm a novice! I believe that the graph is quite self-explanatory, but I'll delve a little deeper. The idea of splitting the scatterplot in to quadrants rather than using a line of best fit was to create a simple way of identifying which players were above/below average in certain categories. Towards the bottom left of the graph we have players that completed a low number of both passes and key passes, whilst towards the top right we can see players that completed both a high number of passes and key passes. The other 2 quadrants are labelled directly for ease of understanding. With that out of the way, we can start to highlight some players of high importance within this data set. Gaetano Letizia https://preview.redd.it/lweodsyir6t51.png?width=1760&format=png&auto=webp&s=1a55a974d5eb82cc167b19310587e6f3c1230fa1 I believe this player to be outright the most impressive full back SPECIFICALLY focusing upon these two variables within the data set. Note that I am not suggesting he is the best overall full back whatsoever, but when considering just these two variables - his output is outstanding. He is head and shoulders above the competition in regards to creative passing (well - he is followed closely by Kimmich but I haven't yet checked how many games he played in midfield for Bayern!). Let's take a deeper look. Player Report https://preview.redd.it/kfn8ohrlr6t51.png?width=1173&format=png&auto=webp&s=39809ab4c13787dc501bbfbbb1dbdd033b270506 Whilst I do not need to state that he is nowhere near the levels of players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, I propose the question - does he HAVE to be? Let's bring this post back a little towards training and tactics. What Letizia IS good at is being creative. A vision attribute of 15, crossing of 16, acceleration and pace of 16 and 15 respectively partnered alongside traits often undervalued by the FM player base such as "Gets Forward Whenever Possible", "Tries Long Range Passes" and "Likes To Beat Man Repeatedly" have caused him to produce truly elite creative output (including 7 assists) for a shoestring-budget Benevento side predicted to place 18th in Serie A before ultimately placing 15th. FIFTEENTH and he produced elite creative output "nearly" matched by only Joshua Kimmich of 2nd-placed FC Bayern. I feel like this can teach many lessons about what it's important to look out for in a player. Whilst star ratings and wonderkids can be tempting, you can still get a 29-year-old full back with just 12 passing to be a creative force for your side. Letizia is a player that also enjoys big matches, is fairly consistent and does not really show any signs of injury proneness, mixed with a fairly ambitious personality. Let's take this just one step further before wrapping things up by excluding any full back valued above £4m in the data set. Full backs valued at under £4m A league of his own I'm going to wrap this up here and let the data vis do the talking - but taking the time to create things like this can, in my opinion, provide the player valuable insight in to potential transfer targets. Whilst there is no guarantee the player will succeed for the player - is there EVER a guarantee a player will succeed (other than Rhian Brewster on loan, nothing tops that lets be real!)? The next steps for me are to begin creating data vis that present more of a "full picture" about a player, including a mixture of defensive, attacking and other output. Alongside that, taking the time to investigate the player further such as thoroughly checking their coaching/scouting reports, traits, individual attributes and so on will aid in hopefully getting closer to guaranteeing the success of a player. I'm open to any ideas - but I think I want to focus specifically on creating more "complete" data vis to help analyse players like Letizia that stand out next time, as well as starting to review the player on a match-by-match basis and see what is causing them in-game to post such output. Thanks to anybody that read this far, as mentioned previous I'm a genuine novice at doing this and would appreciate any feedback on the methodology, visualisation, presentation and so on. I'll be posting small updates over at https://twitter.com/StatSav that I've also just started for more bitesize content and to have more streamlined interaction with likeminded stats nerds - once again thanks to anybody that read this far!
One year removed from its Western Conference finals appearance, the team with the league's highest payroll did not advance past the first round. It's easy to assume that the roster has reached its ceiling, but the Trail Blazers can return their core players -- with some minor tweaks -- and compete for a top-four seed in the Western Conference. Here is why: 1.Damian LillardandCJ McCollum Lillard is untouchable -- and not because of the $196 million supermax contract that starts in 2021-22. The five-time All-Star recently turned 30 and is under contract through 2024-25. Lillard told The Undefeated's Marc Spears in December that he wants to be in Portland, much as Dirk Nowitzki stayed in Dallas for his entire career. "He just stayed with it," Lillard said. "I respect what Dirk did. Like, I see that and I'm like, 'It'll be worth it. I know it was worth it for him,' you know what I'm saying? Like, he'll be forever, ever, ever respected in Dallas and in the league. So that's like what I see from myself." "They allow me to be like the best version of myself as a player," Lillard said. "They support me in the stuff that I do off the court. So why am I looking for a different situation?" The Trail Blazers owe $29.3 million to McCollum next season. Via trade, they could choose to break that money up and acquire three role players and perhaps draft picks, but why would they? McCollum, at 28 (almost 29), is in the prime of his career and signed an extension last year that keeps him in Portland through 2023-24. He's averaged 20-plus points per game in five consecutive seasons. 2.Jusuf Nurkic Nurkic has fully recovered from a fractured left tibia that sidelined him for 91 games over the past two seasons. The 25-year-old averaged 17.6 points and 10.2 rebounds in 31.6 minutes in eight seeding games. He is under contract through the 2021-22 season with a team-friendly cap hit of $12.9 and $12.0 million, and the second year has only $4 million guaranteed. His contract ranks near the bottom among starting center salaries in the NBA. 3. The young foundation Instead of building out the bench and finding a starter in free agency, Portland has turned to drafting and developing -- a result of the financial restrictions placed on the roster because of the luxury tax the past two seasons. Former lottery pick Zach Collins went from averaging 15.8 minutes his rookie season to playing 26.4 minutes and starting all 12 games before his season was ended by injury. Gary Trent Jr. went from playing in only 15 games his rookie season to becoming a valuable role player off the bench, averaging 20.4 minutes (up from 7.4), and 8.0 points in 55 games with 41% shooting from 3. Although Anfernee Simons was not part of the rotation in the seeding games, the guard is only 21 years old and appeared in 65 regular-season games (with four starts) this year. The Trail Blazers also have 20-year-old Nassir Little, their 2019 first-round pick. 4. The return ofRodney Hood Hood was shooting 49.3% on 3s when he tore his left Achilles in early December. Eight months after surgery, the small forward is determined to get back on the court. "Once you start to move and run a little bit, the confidence comes back, and then it's just a matter of time before you come back to be yourself. I'm determined to get back to myself and continue to play good basketball," Hood told ESPN's Eric Woodyard in June. Hood has a $6 million player option, which he will likely exercise, and should benefit from the delayed start to next season. 5. The expiring contract ofTrevor Ariza In 32 games with Sacramento, Ariza shot 38.8% from the field and averaged six points per game. He missed seven games because of a groin injury and had four DNPs. Ariza resurrected his season with Portland, averaging 33.4 minutes on 21 starts, 11 points and 49.1% from the field and 40% from 3 before opting out of the restart. Ariza has a $12.8 million contract that becomes guaranteed if he is on the roster past Oct. 18. Kent Bazemore is proof that Portland is not afraid to flip an expiring contract for players with years left on their contract. 6. Their own free agents Nurkic's return raises questions about Whiteside's role. Whiteside put together one of his most efficient seasons as Nurkic missed 61 games, averaging 16.3 points on 61.8% from the field and 14.2 rebounds. Whiteside has Bird rights and Portland can exceed the cap to sign him. His salary for next year projects to be the $9-10 million range. There is no denying that the Carmelo Anthony signing last November benefited both sides. Anthony filled a void left open when Zach Collins was injured. After starting at power forward in the regular season, Anthony switched back to small forward in the restart games, averaging 16.5 points on 46.9% from 3. Lillard commended the forward for hitting two big shots and making a defensive stop in the closing minutes against Houston. "He understands what we need from him in certain situations, depending on how the game is going," Lillard said. "It's obvious to somebody like me that pays attention to everything. I find it real funny and disrespectful how people speak on him. He's a Hall of Famer." Because he was on a one-year contract, Portland can offer Anthony a starting salary of $3.0 million, the $3.6 million biannual exception or use part of their $9.3 million midlevel exception.
When it comes to extending a non-max young player with a year left on his contract, one common approach for teams is to avoid a new contract and preserve cap space for the following season. Often teams let the contract play out and wait for the player to become a restricted free agent. The Trail Blazers' cap ledger in 2021-22 allows them to take a more proactive approach with Collins and Trent this offseason. Portland is right at the salary cap with both players' free-agent holds ($16.2 million for Collins and $2.1 million for Trent), the $74.5 million owed to Lillard and McCollum, Nurkic's $12 million contract ($4 million guaranteed), their 2020 and 2021 first-round picks and the salaries of Simons and Little. Considering that Collins is only 22, averaged 16 minutes his first two seasons and missed all but three regular-season games (not including the eight seeding games in Orlando) this year because of a shoulder injury, the Trail Blazers would be buying future stock with an extension. This would be comparable to the approach San Antonio took with Dejounte Murray. Murray averaged 8.5 minutes his rookie year, 21.5 in his second season and missed all of the 2018-19 season with a knee injury. The Spurs considered the 23-year-old to be their point guard of the future and signed him to a four-year, $64 million extension last October. Not getting drafted in the first round is likely going to benefit Trent financially. He signed a three-year contract and not the standard four-year rookie scale for players selected in the first round, so Trent is now eligible to sign an extension this offseason. In the seeding games and playoffs, Trent averaged 16.9 points, shooting 50.7% from 3. Portland should offer the maximum allowed: four years, $51 million.
Offseason cap breakdown
A luxury tax payer the past two seasons -- with a combined $20 million penalty -- Portland finds itself below the threshold this offseason. If the Trail Blazers remove all their free-agent holds, they are right above the $109.1 million projected salary cap. In terms of the tax, Portland does have financial flexibility with the $12.8 million ($1.8 million guaranteed) contract of Ariza. Waiving the veteran would not give them cap space. If Ariza is not waived and the luxury tax line stays at $132.7 million -- the same as in 2019-20 -- Portland is $22 million below the luxury tax.
The resources available to build the roster
The draft: lottery pick and second-round selection
The young players: Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little and Zach Collins
The expiring contracts of Trevor Ariza and Rodney Hood
The $9.3 million midlevel and $3.6 million biannual exception
$5.6 million to receive and $3.8 million to send out in a trade
Dates to watch
Ariza's $12.8 million contract becomes guaranteed if Portland does not waive him by 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 18. Before the season was suspended in mid-March, Ariza averaged 33.4 minutes, 11 points, 4.7 rebounds on 49.1% from the field and 40% from 3. Portland ranked No. 1 in offensive rating in the 21 games he started.
Mario Hezonja has until Oct. 15 to exercise his $2.0 million player option. The contract is for the minimum salary exception and Hezonja is not likely to see a pay increase if he becomes a free agent.
Rodney Hood likely would have opted out of his $6.0 million contract for 2020-21 had he not ruptured his Achilles. At the time of his injury, Hood was having his most efficient season, averaging career-highs in field goal % (50.6), three-point % (49.3), offensive rating (112.3), true shooting (62.5%) and effective field goal (60.8%). Hood has until Oct. 15 to opt into his contract, a likely scenario considering he is nine months removed from Achilles surgery.
The Trail Blazers have until Oct. 17 to tender Wenyen Gabriel a $1.9 million qualifying offer.
The Damian Lillard super max extension that begins in 2021-22 will likely get adjusted when the future salary numbers are finalized. The $196 million extension is based on a $125 million cap. If there is a decrease in the salary cap, Lillard's per cap hit and total amount will reduce. The final number will not be determined until next June.
Only $1.8 million of Trevor Ariza's $12.0 million salary can be used in a trade.
Rodney Hood and Mario Hezonja cannot be traded until they opt into their contracts.
Portland sent out $1.8 million at the trade deadline and has $3.85 million available to use before Oct. 19.
Along with Trent Jr. and Collins, Nurkic is also extension eligible. Because $4 million of his 2021-22 contract is guaranteed, Portland would need to guarantee the balance of $8 million if they were to extend him. The most Portland can extend him is for an additional three years and $46.5 million.
2020.10.14 16:51 wm_1176Official Rewatch Discussion Thread: Season 6, Episode 7: Last Thanksgiving
Episode Description: Jess and the gang are determined to have the best Thanksgiving ever, but everything falls through when Robby shows up unexpectedly and Schmidt's father arrives with a broken heart. Date Aired: 22 November, 2016 Directed by: Trent O'Donnell Written by: Joni Lefkowitz Run Time: 22 Minutes & 12 Seconds * * * * * * Episode Trivia: Sorry, I got nothing!
2020.10.12 20:42 jonisantuchoOscar Watch - Post Venice/TIFF/NYFF Edition
Several months ago, right after the last Academy Awards, I posted a long, long, long list of possible contenders that had prospects to fight for the next Oscars. It was a time of hope, of looking forward, and of positivity. Then, COVID-19 happened. And now, we find ourselves in a year that may change the movie industry forever, with the lack of safety of theaters in times of a pandemic accelerating the switch of mainstream audiences to streaming and VOD. These are times where some people are beginning to wonder, even after they pushed the eligibility date for two more months, why the Academy doesn’t cancel next year’s Oscars. And in this rocky terrain, we lost many contenders. Fire up the Hunger Games cannons, because these are some casualties of the season (so far). Launched to 2021: Annette, Benedetta, Deep Water, Dune, In the Heights, King Richard, Last Night in Soho, Memoria, Nightmare Alley, Passing, Red, White and Water, Raya and the Last Dragon, The Last Duel, The Power of the Dog, Tick, Tick… Boom!, West Side Story. Unknown status / missing in action: After Yang, Blonde, Breaking News in Yuba County, C’mon C’mon, Next Goal Wins, Stillwater, The French Dispatch, The Humans, The Tragedy of Macbeth, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Those Who Wish Me Dead. But even if this year isn’t as loaded with clear awards candidates, there are plenty of movies that are already drawing buzz for an Oscar season that started brewing a month ago, with the kickoff of the Venice Film Festival, and will go on for six and a half more months, when the Academy Awards take place on April 25, 2021. It’s gonna be a long, weird and rocky season, which is gonna be great to see in terms of the narratives that are coming up. -Ammonite (trailer): When people were betting on the likelier contenders of this year, many people pointed in the direction of Francis Lee’s period drama, with previous Best Actress winner Kate Winslet and constant nominee Saoirse Ronan. Going into the premiere at Toronto, people had their eyes set in this queer romance between a paleontologist and a young wife in the coasts of England during the 19th century. But then, some things happened. First, Winslet started her promotion of the movie by talking about her regret for working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski that sounded unconvincing to the ominous Film Twitter. Then, another queer period drama, Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come, started to take the attention away at Venice. And finally, the movie premiered. The reaction? Cold. Critics came out mixed with the movie, with many of them comparing it negatively to last year’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and saying that it’s too dull and alienating. Does that mean that all is lost? Not exactly. While the movie (which, considering the genre, really needs critics' support to get into the Best Picture category) has been dismissed, the acting by Winslet and Ronan has been received positively. Now that so many other contenders have been dropping out of the year, they might get some room to campaign from a (social) distance. -Another Round (trailer): Speaking of TIFF premieres, a film that had a better time at the Canadian festival was the reunion between director Thomas Vinterberg and star Mads Mikkelsen, who reunited years after making the stirring drama The Hunt (not the one with Betty Gilpin carrying a bad political satire, the one about a Danish teacher wrongly accused of sexual abuse). This time, the material is lighter, being a dramedy about four teachers who decide to test out a theory about how people can live and work a little better if they increase the level of alcohol in their blood. Critics really liked the way the movie dealt with alcoholism, and Toronto audiences made it a runner up for the People’s Choice Award of the festival. In a year without so much exposure from other festivals, this Cannes 2020 selection could make a candidate for the Best International Film category. -Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (trailer): Surprise, new Borat film! While Sacha Baron Cohen made headlines several times this year because of stunts that people assumed were about a second season of Who is America?, the Internet was shocked when, in early September, it was confirmed that it was actually a very niiiiice return from the journalist character that made him famous, shot during quarantine. In a matter of weeks after the reveal, the sequel got sold to Amazon Prime and got a release date for October 23. Why so soon? Well, apparently the movie, which got him in trouble with Rudy Giuliani and other people, is about Borat taking his daughter on a road trip to give her as a bride to VP Mike Pence. Even if this movie doesn’t manage to achieve the feats of the 2006 movie (which got a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, let’s remember), it will help Baron Cohen’s image a lot, because it will come a week after his big Oscar play. -Cherry: While everybody knows them mostly because of their contributions to the MCU, directors Joe and Anthony Russo and actor Tom Holland are trying to branch out together. Now Apple has bought into their efforts, paying more than 40 million dollars to acquire their new crime drama, about the life of former Army medic Nico Walker, who started robbing banks after his days in Iraq left him with PTSD and a pill addiction. Will Holland manage this time to escape from the shadow of “oh, jeez, Mr. Stark” Spider-Man before Chaos Walking or the Uncharted movie come out? That’s a question for another day. -Da 5 Bloods (trailer): Talk about timing. Merely days after the country was mobilized by the police brutality that continues to divide the United States, Spike Lee premiered his new war drama on Netflix. In a vibrant, disjointed but passionate portrait of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam to search for their fallen leader and some treasure, Lee struck gold yet again with his usual fans, even though the moving of the Oscar ceremony threatened to make it harder to remind Academy voters about this movie. However, with an astounding performance from Delroy Lindo (who is confirmed to be campaigned in the Best Actor category) and a supporting turn from Chadwick Boseman which got reframed with the news of his bravery in life and death, this has what it takes to fight for a spot in the Best Picture lineup. -Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (trailer): When it became clear that quarantine wasn’t gonna be a breeze, the first movie in consideration wise enough to move a little further ahead in the calendar was this adaptation of the hit West End production about a gay British teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen and get his family and schoolmates to accept his sexuality. With a release date on February 26, 20th Century Studios (man, it’s weird to not use Fox in that name) hopes to strike gold, with a cast that mixes young unknowns, familiar names (Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and my boy Ralph Ineson) and the previously nominated legend that is Richard E. Grant (who is playing a former drag queen named Loco Chanelle), now taking advantage of the move of other musicals like Annette, In The Heights and West Side Story. I mean, this has at the very least some Golden Globes nods in the bag. -French Exit: Before its premiere as the closing film of the NYFF, many pundits were expecting this surreal comedy to be somewhat of a comeback for past Best Actress nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, who here plays a close to penniless widow who moves to Paris with her son (Lucas Hedges) and cat, who also happens to be her reincarnated husband (Tracy Letts). However, the first reactions for the film adaptation of the Patrick deWitt novel were all over the place, with some people feeling cold by the execution of the weirdness and others being won over. Still, everybody had good things to say about Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance, but after the mixed reception to the rest of Azazel Jacobs’ film she really would need a lot of critics support to get anywhere near the Best Actress category. With a release date on February 12, it seems that Sony Pictures Classics is skipping the critics awards, and the distributor has a couple of big competitors above this one. -Good Joe Bell: Every year, there are movies with big stars that go to festivals full of hope for praises and awards. Some of them work and go on, others don’t and get forgotten about. Mark Wahlberg tried to remind people that he occasionally is a good actor with a true life drama where he plays a father who decides to walk across America to raise awareness about bullying after his son, tormented for being gay, commits suicide. The film by Reinaldo Marcus Green premiered at TIFF, and the reaction was… not great. Some critics defended it, but most saw it as a flawed, baity product starring a man with a history of hate. Still, it got bought by a distributor: Solstice Studios, a new player in the game which just released its first movie, Unhinged (yup, the one about Russell Crowe road raging). While they paid 20 million dollars for Good Joe Bell, it’s clear that this won’t get near the Oscar telecast. -Hillbilly Elegy: While many movies this year have some level of anticipation, Film Twitter is bracing for this movie in the “is this gonna be the next Green Book?” way. Ron Howard’s adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about his low income life in a poor rural community in Ohio has many fearing about the overuse of tropes involving what’s called white trash porn, but rarely, Netflix has kept silent about this release. Even though it has Oscar bridesmaids Glenn Close (7 nominations) and Amy Adams (6 nominations), the streamer has not even released a photo of the movie, which supposedly will come out in November. And if you want another bad omen, take a look at the lower levels of this list by a familiar voice. -I’m Thinking of Ending Things (trailer): Speaking of Netflix, did you know that there is a new Charlie Kaufman there, right now? While his adaptation of the dark novel by Iain Reid, seemingly about a woman (Jessie Buckley) who is taken by her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), got the usual reception of confusion and praise that follows his movies, the release was followed for what befalls most of the Netflix original movies: a couple of days in the Top 10, and then it fell into the void. While Buckley and Plemons deliver great work in this demented, melancholic story, it’s hard to see this movie getting anything else than a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Charlie. And that’s a long shot. -I’m Your Woman: Following the little seen but critically acclaimed Miss Stevens and Fast Color, Julia Hart started 2020 with a Disney+ adaptation of the YA book Stargirl, and now she follows it with a drama for Amazon that will have its world premiere as the opening film of the AFI fest on October 15. In this movie, Rachel Brosnahan hopes to translate her TV success with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to the big screen, playing a woman in the ‘70s that has to go on the run with her kid due to her husband’s crimes. -Judas and the Black Messiah (trailer): Even if this doesn’t end up winning any awards, it has a real shot at being the best trailer of 2020. Formerly titled Jesus Was My Homeboy, this biographical drama by Shaka King tells the tale of two men: Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), an activist and Black Panther leader, and William O’Neal (Stanfield), the FBI agent sent to infiltrate the party and arrest him. While the trailer for this movie promised a release “only in theaters”, we shall see if Warner Bros backs down from that fight. -Let Them All Talk: While we’re on the subject of Warner Bros, we have to mention what’s happening with HBO Max. While the start of the streaming service hasn’t been good (I mean, there are still people confused about that name) and it lead to some people assume will cause many firings, it has begun to make some buzzed titles on TV, like Close Enough, Raised by Wolves and the remains of the DC Universe failed streaming service. Now, to make a mark in the movie business, the streamer has a new Steven Soderbergh movie, a comedy that stars Meryl Streep as a celebrated author that takes her friends (Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges) in a cruise to find fun and come to terms with the past, while he flirts with a literary agent (Gemma Chan). While it doesn’t have a date yet, it’s confirmed to release in 2020, and at least we know that it can’t be worse than The Laundromat. -Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: While the expectations for the next film adaptation of an August Wilson acclaimed play were already high, the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman made this Netflix release one of the most anticipated movies of the season, considering this is his final movie. While past Supporting Actress winner Viola Davis takes the lead playing blues singer Ma Rainey in this tale of a heated recording session with her bandmates, her agent and her producer in 1927, Chadwick Boseman has a turn as the trumpeter Levee that was already being considered for awards, and now has even more people waiting to see. The thing is that one of the biggest competitions for Boseman this year will be Boseman himself, for his already acclaimed supporting turn on Da 5 Bloods, also released by Netflix. While the streamer will have to decide which of Chadwick’s performances will get the bigger campaign, this film by director George C. Wolfe has a cushy date set for December 18, and Viola is gunning hard for this movie to win. -Mank (trailer): As you may have noticed by now, Netflix has a lot of plates spinning around this season, and this is the big one. After befriending the service with House of Cards and Mindhunter, David Fincher is going black and white to tackle a script by his late father Jack, about the making of the classic of classics, Citizen Kane. More specifically, the making of the script, with previous Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing the lead role of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, while accompanied by Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, Charles Dance and Tom Burke. After watching the first trailer of his satire of 1930’s Hollywood (that will release on streaming on December 4), it’s clear that this is gonna be catnip to old Academy voters, and it would be really hard for this to miss the Best Picture line up. Unless it’s a complete cinematic disaster, Mank is bank. -Minari (trailer): While the last edition of Sundance took place in January, quarantine makes you feel like it took place two years ago. This year, the big winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition was a dramedy by Lee Isaac Chung, about a Korean family in the ‘80s who suddenly gets moved by their father (Steven Yeun) to Arkansas, to start a farm. Even though the reviews have been great, distributor A24 hasn’t really had a big, Oscar nominated hit for the last couple of years, and the COVID-19 crisis made them delay all their releases. But when we were ready to write this off, a new trailer for the movie came out, confirming that it’s in the game of this awards season. Maybe the pandemic will be of help to A24, considering that one of the reasons they haven’t had success is that they divided their attention into too many releases, and ended up getting not much. This time, they are betting all on Lee who, even if this doesn’t go anywhere, also has a new gig coming up as the director of the live action remake of Your Name. -News of the World (sneak peek): So much of this year has felt like a game of chicken between a virus and movie studios. While many movies chose to skip this year altogether, Universal remains firm (for now) with its plans to open a wide movie on Christmas Day, with a Western that reunites Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks in an enticing premise. In this drama based on Paulette Jiles’ novel, Hanks plays a traveling newsreader in the aftermath of the American Civil War, who is tasked with reuniting an orphaned girl with her living relatives. While the first sneak peek of the movie looks promising, the future is still in the air. -Nomadland (trailer): While the world burns around Hollywood, Searchlight is betting big on Chloe Zhao’s new film. Using the strategy of taking the spotlight while the rest of the contenders is uncertain about how or when to be released, the indie drama began its journey at Venice, with critics raving about the story of a woman (two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand) who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. At the end of the fest, the movie won the coveted Golden Lion. To put that into perspective, the last three winners of the award were past Best Picture nominees The Shape of Water, Roma and Joker, with The Shape of Water (also distributed by Searchlight) also winning the big prize. After drawing critical acclaim following its virtual showing on TIFF and NYFF, Nomadland seems like the first lock in the Best Picture line up. Still, there are obstacles ahead. Will Zhao break the disappointment of the last few years, when deserving candidates for Best Director got blocked by the likes of Adam McKay and Todd Phillips? And will McDormand manage to get near a third Oscar, following a recent win for Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri? Time will tell. -On the Rocks (trailer): While she hasn’t been near the Oscars for a while, Sofia Coppola is still a name that draws attention. This time, she opened the NYFF with a dramedy about a young mother (Rashida Jones) who reunites with her playboy father (Bill Murray, also reuniting with Sofia after Lost in Translation) on an adventure through New York to find out if her husband (Marlon Wayans) is cheating on her. The consensus seems to be that, while light and not near her best work, it’s still a fun and breezy movie, with a very good turn by Murray. While many would assume that this A24 production will disappear into the abyss when it releases on Apple TV+ on October 23, the dropping out of many candidates gives the movie a chance to, at least, fight for some Golden Globes. -One Night in Miami (sneak peek): Following her recent Oscar and Emmy wins for If Beale Street Could Talk and Watchmen, Regina King is still striking hard, and this time, she’s doing it as a director. For her big screen debut as a filmmaker, she chose to adapt Kemp Powers’ play that dramatizes a real meeting on February 25, 1964, when Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree) followed an iconic win with a hangout session with Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). Opening at Venice, the film received glowing reviews, with many praising King (even though some said that the movie doesn’t fully translate the play to the film medium) and the actors’ performances, especially Ben-Adir and Odom Jr. (who, it should be said, also wrote an original song for the end credits of the movie, which could help his Oscar chances). Amazon Prime is hoping that this is their big contender this year, with plans of a theatrical release on Christmas and a streaming release on January 15. Judging by the praise this got at festival season, it has a chance to go a long way. -Over the Moon (trailer): In a year with not that many contenders for Best Animated Feature, Netflix is betting on a musical adventure directed by the legendary Glen Keane, a classic Disney animator who recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for co-directing Dear Basketball. While our expectations were lowered by the first trailer for the movie, centered around a Chinese girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the Moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Goddess, it’s still safe to assume that it has a shot at being nominated for something. Netflix also hopes that you like its big candidate for Best Original Song, which really, really sounds like a Disney ballad. -Pieces of a Woman: While this year doesn’t have the amount of surprise contenders that a regular Oscar season usually has, we still have some movies that sneaked through festival season. The first one was the new, somber drama by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó, known for the doggy uprising pic White God, and the not-so-well-received sci-fi Jupiter’s Moon. This time, we follow a woman (Vanessa Kirby) whose life is torn apart after a home birth at the hands of a flustered midwife (Molly Parker) ends in tragedy, and then leads to a court battle that also makes her confront her husband (Shia LaBeouf) and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn). While the movie had mixed reactions, Kirby had plenty of raves in her direction, particularly concerning her performance during a 25-minute birth sequence that is said to be brutal. That brutality paid off, though, because Kirby ended up winning Best Actress at Venice, and Netflix bought the movie, which also has Martin Scorsese as an executive producer. If the Academy wants to crown a new face in the scene, Kirby is the one who will be targeted, following her acclaimed turn in The Crown and her supporting roles in blockbusters like Mission Impossible: Fallout and Hobbs & Shaw. -Promising Young Woman (trailer): When theaters started to close because of the pandemic, Universal started the push of their movies going straight to VOD, with titles including Trolls World Tour and Never Rarely Sometimes Always. However, there was a title that was supposed to premiere in April, and then suddenly disappeared from existence. It was the directorial debut of actress Emerald Fennell, who wrote a black comedy with touches of a thriller, centered on a woman in her thirties (Carey Mulligan) whose bright future was derailed by a traumatic event, and who’s now looking for revenge. While the reaction to its premiere at Sundance wasn’t enough to consider a Best Picture run, the twisted performance by Mulligan earned her the best praise since the last time she was nominated for an Oscar, a decade ago for An Education. Now, Focus Features is planning to open the movie at Christmas, and are positioning Carey for a run at Best Actress. -Rebecca (trailer): When the news came out saying that Ben Wheatley would adapt Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller novel for Netflix, many were shocked. Some people considered the chance that this was an awards play by the cult director, who is doing the same work that earned Alfred Hitchcock his only Best Picture win. But seeing the trailer for this new version, with Lily James playing the newly married young woman who finds herself battling the shadow of her husband's (Armie Hammer) dead first wife Rebecca, we have to wonder if there’s a point to the existence of this remake. We will find out if there’s any awards chances for this movie on October 21, when it releases on streaming. Let’s hope that Kristin Scott Thomas has something to play with as Mrs. Danvers. -Respect (trailer): Every year, there’s one or two actors who announce to the world “I want an Oscar” and campaign like their lives depended on it. Last time, it was Taron Egerton (accompanied by Elton John, who actually ended up winning another Oscar). This year, it is the turn of Jennifer Hudson, who is playing Aretha Franklin in a biopic directed by first timer Liesl Tommy, and who’s hoping that this attempt at awards ends up more like Dreamgirls than like Cats. She has been doing announcement trailers (a year in advance), quarantine tributes, award show tributes, and every possible thing to get the industry to notice that she’s playing Aretha. Hey, Rami Malek and Renee Zellweger did it in the last few years, why can’t she. With a release date of January 15, Hudson wants that gold. -Soul (trailer): Disney may be the studio that suffered the biggest hit because of the pandemic. Their parks are a loss, most of their big productions had to stop because of quarantine, and theaters in many parts of the world are closed. After the failure of Tenet for Warner Bros. and the experiment of the mouse house of charging people 30 dollars to see Mulan (which didn’t work at all), many wondered if Disney was gonna delay the new production by Pixar, written and directed by Pete Docter, who brought Oscar gold to his home with Up and Inside Out. The movie, which centers on a teacher (Jamie Foxx) who dreams of becoming a jazz musician and, just as he’s about to get his big break, ends up getting into an accident that separates his soul from his body, had a lot of promise, but the speculation of lost money was also a concern. Finally, Disney decided to release the movie on Christmas, but only on Disney Plus, causing another failure for theaters, but assuring that Disney at least can get more subscribers to its streaming service. And the movie? Well, it just premiered at the London Film Festival, and the critics are saying it’s Pixar at its best, with praises going from the look, to the script by co-director Kemp Powers (who also wrote the play of One Night in Miami, so he has many chances for a nod), to the score by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste. That means that it’s already a top contender to win Best Animated Feature, and this may not be the only category in which the movie is gonna get nominated. -Supernova (trailer): If there’s a theme this year in terms of Oscar contenders, it might be dementia. One of the examples of this is a small road movie directed by Hairy Macqueen, which premiered to good reviews at the San Sebastian festival. This drama centers on a trip taken by Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners for 20 years, who travel across England reuniting with friends and family, because Tusker was diagnosed with early onset dementia. While usually the big awards role is usually the one of the person who suffers the illnesses, some reviewers are calling Firth’s work as the supporting companion some of the best of his career. With Bleecker Street buying the rights for a US release, this is a little film that could still make some moves. -Tenet (trailer): For the first five months of quarantine, the big narrative in the world of film was “Christopher Nolan is gonna save cinemas”. But after postponing the release of the mind bending actioner for months on end, creating big demands and expectations to theater owners, and finally releasing as the sacrificial lamb of Hollywood, Warner Bros ended up seeing the opposite effect. Even though Tom Cruise loved to be back at the movies, critics didn’t share enough excitement to make a spy movie that goes backwards worth the possibility of dying of coronavirus. The audiences didn’t show up as much, and those who did attend, mostly complained about the sound mixing and the plot. After all the sacrifice, it’s highly unlikely that Tenet goes beyond technical awards. Let’s start the “Travis Scott for Best Original Song” campaign now, before it’s too late. -The Boys in the Band (trailer): The Ryan Murphy blank check for Netflix has been interesting to follow. On the one hand, we have his new TV shows, which go from not existing (The Politician), to alternate movie history that doesn’t know how alternate history works (Hollywood), to a challenge of how much TV will you stomach if Sarah Paulson and other middle aged actresses are campy in it (Ratched). And now, we are seeing his producing hand over the movie side, which starts with the new film adaptation of the cult play from 1968, which was already a movie in 1970 and recently jumped to Broadway in 2018. The cast from the recent Broadway production (which includes Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells) stars in Joe Mantello’s movie, telling the story of a group of gay friends in pre-Stonewall New York who reunite for a birthday party and end up revealing a lot of open wounds. While this movie got good reviews from critics, it kinda disappeared without a sound after beginning to stream on Netflix at the end of September. Unless the service wants to campaign for Golden Globes, this film is lost in the algorithm. -The Devil All the Time (trailer): Another September release on Netflix was the new psychological thriller by Antonio Campos (Simon Killer, Christine) who didn’t manage to continue his streak of intense and terrifying character dramas with his messy adaptation of the dark novel by Donald Ray Pollock. Wasting a cast that includes Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Bill Skarsgard, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough, this twisted period piece managed to stay for a while in the Top 10, but the reactions from critics were mixed, and audiences were busy asking what was happening with Pattinson’s Southern accent (which with The King makes two years in a row, baby). The many prognosticators who had hopes for an awards play moved on a while ago. -The Father (trailer): It’s safe to say at this point that Anthony Hopkins is a lock for a Best Actor nomination at the next Oscars. After its premiere in Sundance, every prognosticator pointed in his direction, and for the next few months he swept praise for his harrowing portrayal of an old man grappling with his age as he develops dementia, causing pain to his beleaguered daughter (recent winner Olivia Colman, who also got praised). Sony Pictures Classics will make Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his acclaimed play its big contender of the season, using Hopkins (who this year got a nom for The Two Popes) as a starter to also get Colman, Zeller and the movie nominated. -The Human Voice (trailer): And speaking of Sony Pictures Classics, it’s almost safe to say that they have another Oscar in the bag this year. That’s because they just bought Pedro Almodóvar’s short film, his English-speaking debut that is an adaptation of the play by Jean Cocteau. In his version (that was acclaimed by critics after premiering in Venice), Tilda Swinton plays the woman waiting at the end of a phone, expecting to hear from his ex-lover who abandoned her. Considering how the competition for Best Live Action Short Film has become somewhat lacking in the last few years (I mean, have you seen Skin), this should be an easy award to win, especially considering how beloved Almodóvar is in the Academy, which nominated him this year for the great Pain and Glory. -The Life Ahead: While we’re talking about legends, it’s time to talk about Sophia Loren. 16 years after her last leading role in a movie, the Italian icon returns with a drama that was bought by Netflix, who plans to campaign for her as Best Actress and for the movie in the Best International Film category. Directed by Edoardo Ponti (who is also Sophia’s son), this movie centers on a Holocaust survivor who takes in a 12-year-old boy who recently robbed her, in a contemporary adaptation of Romain Gary’s novel The Life Before Us. Netflix has set a date for November 13 to release this movie, and the campaign seems to be about the narrative of seeing Loren winning another Oscar 60 years after she won her first one for Two Women, by Vittorio De Sica. -The Midnight Sky: Based on the novel Good Morning, Midnight, this collaboration between George Clooney and Netflix is once again making us ask one thing. Are we gonna get the director Clooney of Good Night and Good Luck, or are we gonna get the director Clooney of Leatherheads, The Ides of March, The Monuments Men and Suburbicon? Let’s hope he breaks his streak of blandness with this sci-fi story, which makes us think a little bit of Gravity: A lonely scientist in the Arctic (Clooney) races to stop a group of astronauts led by Felicity Jones from returning to a devastated Earth. With a release set for December, we have to hope that this is more than some Top 10 filler that will evaporate from existence in a week’s time. -The Prom: In probably the biggest blank check of the Ryan Murphy deal with Netflix, this musical he’ll direct is based on the Tony-nominated show about a group of Broadway losers (Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and James “boo” Corden) who try to find a viral story to get back in the spotlight, and end up going to a town in Indiana to help a lesbian high school student who has been banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. While it’s clear that this December 11 release is gonna sweep the Golden Globes, the emptiness of this year compared to others could clear the way for some Oscar nominations, including Meryl and the obligatory original song added to a preexisting musical for easy clout. -The Trial of the Chicago 7 (trailer): When it was announced that Paramount was selling Aaron Sorkin’s new movie to Netflix, some people saw it as a studio dumping a failed awards vehicle to be forgotten. However, the excuse that Sorkin wanted to release this movie before the US presidential elections seems to be true, because critics really enjoyed his old school courtroom drama, centered around the trial on counter cultural activists in the late ‘60s. Everybody praised uniformly the huge cast, that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance, which guarantees a SAG awards nomination (but makes it difficult to decide which actors will actually get nominated for Oscars). With a reaction that brings to mind the days of A Few Good Men and is the best reception he got since his Oscar winning script for The Social Network, the film faces a couple of hurdles. First of all, it got positioned as the frontrunner in the Best Picture race by some people, which instantly puts a target on its back. Then, we have to consider that the movie releases on Netflix this Friday, October 16, which makes it the first big contender this year to face the world, and which in these times of lockdown will probably make the reception to Marriage Story and The Irishman from last year look like a walk in the park. I mean, there are some people who aren’t swayed by Sorkin, and for good reason. -The United States vs. Billie Holiday: While Paramount was quick to hand The Trial of the Chicago 7 to Netflix, there’s another movie that the studio kept to play in the upcoming awards season. This biographical drama follows the life of another famous musician, Billie Holiday (Andra Day), and we see the journey of her career in jazz as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher (Trevante Rhodes), with whom she had a tumultuous affair. While the movie counts with a screenplay credit by Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks, the big question mark is the film’s director, Lee Daniels, who hit it big with Precious and then had results that were disastrous (The Paperboy) or financially successful, but not awards-wise (Lee Daniels’ The Butler). However, Paramount trusts in this movie, and with a release date on February 12, they want to make a splash. -Wolfwalkers (trailer): While the attempts by Apple TV+ to establish themselves as a player in the TV world go from trainwrecks (See) to forgettable (The Morning Show) to eventually great (see Ted Lasso, everybody, this is not a joke), their plans to make a name in the film business have something to do with this year’s Oscars. While Cherry can come or go, they have a solid contender for the Best Feature Documentary with Boys State, but their big dog this year is the new movie by Cartoon Saloon, an Irish studio responsible for the acclaimed The Secret of Kells, The Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner, all of which were nominated for Best Animated Feature. This time, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart direct a story about a young apprentice hunter who journeys with her father to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night. After getting critically acclaimed following its premiere at TIFF, this is a surefire contender for this year’s Best Animated Feature category, and Apple is gonna parade it before its streaming release on December 11. Also, while you watch that, you could watch a couple of episodes of Ted Lasso, too. It’s a really good show, it’s all I’m saying. Anyways, that’s all the news from the last few months of festivals. No matter what happens next, this is gonna be a long, long, long race.
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2020.10.10 20:03 Nileppezdell[WON] The current "lack of relationship" between AEW and New Japan.
A series of things that have taken place over the past two weeks, from Harold Meij being out as the President and CEO of New Japan Pro Wrestling, to a number of mentions of New Japan personnel on the 10/7 Dynamite show, have led to a lot more speculation of what this all means. The relationship, or more accurately, lack of relationship between AEW and New Japan, the second and third largest pro wrestling companies in the world, has always been a subject of speculation.
New Japan were perhaps the first people officially given the heads-up about AEW, about its belief of getting on TNT, and had set up a meeting to work together in January 2019. In fact, when The Young Bucks & Cody & Page made the official announcement of AEW, they did so outside the Tokyo Dome Hotel with the Dome itself in the background. AEW sent Chris Harrington to Japan both to finalize deals for some of the talent, but also for meetings with New Japan to work on an affiliation that in theory would have included each side having access to talent. The hope, and for that matter, the expectation on the AEW side was that AEW talent would continue to work major New Japan shows in 2019. At the time AEW was planning on doing some house shows, maybe like 10-20 per year on weekends, but the theory was the house shows were not to be on weekends of New Japan’s biggest events. The big snag from the New Japan side was the New Japan relationship with ROH, and the sold out Madison Square Garden event that the two companies were partners with.
A lot of bitter feelings came out of that week, when New Japan canceled the AEW talent from wrestling on the New Year’s Dash show, wouldn’t entertain thoughts of a working relationship at that time (although the word was more wait and see than absolute no), and just beat everyone on the way out, with no farewells allowed. There were hurt feelings over it, noting that when A.J. Styles left, they shot a big angle with him to explain it and also gave him a great angle to return if things didn’t work out in WWE, and they continued to book Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows and gave them a big farewell, and also did farewells for Shinsuke Nakamura and later Kushida, even though both were going to WWE, which has been New Japan’s historical enemy as opposed to a group wanting to be its ally.
On the other side, Omega did an interview with Tokyo Sports saying he was leaving the company which New Japan had no awareness of. Unlike with the others, which New Japan felt would not impact business, New Japan was of the belief that Omega and Jericho, who they thought were the two key players, would still be with them. Jericho continued on a reported $100,000 per show deal through last being used on January 5, 2020. There were no plans of future dates given the size of the deal even before the pandemic hit that made dates impossible.
There were legal threats made by New Japan against Omega and AEW over his departure, and Omega switched affiliations to DDT before the pandemic hit. New Japan was also very mad when Best Friends, in particular Trent Baretta, who they saw as a potential star, went to AEW after accepting a verbal deal with New Japan but Baretta had not yet signed it. AEW later signed Lance Archer, another of New Japan’s top foreigners, although we never heard of any heat with New Japan over that.
Jericho pushed hard to get a working relationship going, and was able to get both sides to agree that he would be promoted as AEW champion for his Tokyo Dome match with Hiroshi Tanahashi. It was pushed as a non-title match, but that if Tanahashi was to win, he would get a title match. That was likely to put question into the outcome. But there were no plans for the title match due to the lack of a business relationship, so even though Tanahashi was a top New Japan star, and at the time it was Jericho’s last appearance, because he was AEW world champion, the only finishes could have been a draw, which the show had no time for, or Jericho winning, which is what happened. But due to the past problems, Jericho, and others, were unable to get any kind of a deal put together.
At this point, the situation explained last week, that from an AEW side, Meij not being there is probably a positive for the potential of a deal, is still the situation. There are still people on both sides wanting a deal. And there are obviously reasons that get in the way of it. And with the pandemic, meaning it being difficult to impossible to have foreign talent come in (AEW has been unable to use its own contracted Japanese based talent like Riho, Yuka Sakazaki, Shoko Nakajima, Cima, T-Hawk and Lindaman), it’s not something that would need to be rushed through with any kind of a time element.
Meij is still running New Japan for the next few weeks, largely involved with the COVID issue as well as plans for the hoped for Tokyo Dome show on 1/4. In a normal year, that show would be most important because it would spur on more of a rush when it comes to a deal as New Japan would be interested in AEW stars to make a Dome show more special. But the difficulty of bringing foreigners in at this point may make that a moot point this year.
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