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The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Black Red consists as one of four variations of the silhouette’s 2017 lineup.
Kanye West premiered this version during his fashion presentation of YEEZY Season 4 at NYFW in September, while recent sightings and current images of the silhouette have it now portrayed with a heel tab — a design element that was first prominent on the original Yeezy Boost 350 which first debuted in 2015.
Furthermore, this 2017 pair still inherits that distinctive stripe detail across its side panels, although camouflaged due to its blacked-out primeknit construction, alongside the signature “SPLY-350″ branding which is rendered bright red.
Infant sizes are suggested to release well, and quantities to be extremely limited.

Latest News:

Update: (11/13/2020) First look at the 2020 adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Black Red is unveiled.Update: (9/10/2020) Kanye West reveals the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Black Red will restock in December via Twitter.Update: (1/30/2017) adidas unveils official imagery, plus confirms adult and infant sizing retailing for $220 and $140 respectively.Update: (1/20/2017) Reputable source @theyeezymafia reveals the official release date — February 11.********


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Author’s Take:

Renz Ofiaza, News: You can never go wrong with this color combination. Even though the silhouette is synonymous with hype, I’m a fan of the aesthetic in general. The return of the heel tab doesn’t bother me either. I’m looking forward to trying to get a pair in its original retail price.
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2020.10.17 02:14 TheCastJacker My Cast for a Reboot for the Fantastic 4 in the MCU

My Cast for a Reboot for the Fantastic 4 in the MCU
Poster Made by artist Owen Oakley
Directors:Iain Morris and Damon Beesley
Writers: Iain Morris, Damon Beesley, Taika Waititi, David Baddiel and Arthur Mathews

Music: Joby Talbot, Neil Hannon/ Divine Comedy Matt Berry and S Club 7- Even though Joby Talbot would do the main score, the Main Fantastic Four theme would be written by Joby Talbot, Neil Hannon and Matt Berry. As you can see as well as an actor, Matt Berry is also a very good musician, Matt Berry will also do a cover of the theme tune of the 1990s Fantastic Four Cartoon theme.Neil Hannon/ Divine Comedy would also make some songe for the movie, However, The Lead Single will be Family By S Club 7.
Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic : Matt Smith (Doctor Who) - As I want the MCU Fantastic Four to have a Doctor Who vibe, I originally wanted David Tennant as Mr Fantastic, But as Tennant is Kilgrave, I decided to cast Matt Smith.
Sue Storm/ Invisible Woman: Lily James (Downton Abbey, Mamma Mia) - As Matt Smith and Lily James are boy friend and girlfriend I think that it would be a good idea to cast a real life couple as Reed Richards and Sue Storm.
Ben Grimm/The Thing: Robert Kazinsky (EastEnders) - Even though Robert Kazinsky played a small role in Captain Marvel, it is possible to get him as Ben Grimm/ The Thing, They castedGemma Chan as Doctor Minn erva from Captain Marvel and Cersi in Eternals. Due to Ben Grimm/ The Thing being Jewish and Robert Kazinsky being Jewish. I think he would very good as the Thing. Robert Kazinsky also played CGI characters before.
Johnny Storm/ Human Torch: Joe Thomas (Inbetweeners) - The main Reason I picked him is because he is Hannah Tointon's boyfriend and I want Hannah Tointon as Crystal in the Inhumans reboot. In the Comics Crystal fell in love with Johnny Storm.

Bentley Wittman/ Wizard: Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords)
Medusalith Amaquelin/ Medusa: Kara Tointon (EastEnders, The Halcyon)- One of my top Celebrity Crushes, The reason I picked her as Medusa is because she has a Younger sister called Hannah Tointon Just like Medusa who’s Younger sister is Crystal. Kara Tointon and Hannah Tointon both played Mr Selfridge’s Daughters in the Biopic Mr Selfridge. I think it would be perfect sense to cast siblings as siblings.The second reason I casted her as Medusa is because I want Kara to wear a Red Wig.

Bram Velsing/ Dreadknight: Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)
Peter Petruski/ Trapster: Marek Larwood

Harvey Elde Mole Man: Reece Shearsmith (League of Gentlemen)
Philip Masters/ The Puppet Master: Geoffrey McGivern
Nathaniel Richards: Matthew Holness (Garth Marenghis Darkplace)
Nicholas Sweeney/ Henry McCoy/ Beast: Matt Berry (IT Crowd, Toast of London)- This Character will first appear in an end credit scene of Thor Love and Thunder, where he presents a documentary about New Asgard, However, we will not learn is true identity until the first MCU Fantastic Four movie. I think Matt Berry would be brilliant and funny as the MCU Beast, due to his opera like voice and his portrayal of Steven Toast In Toast of London. Matt Berry also has some resemblance to Beast. His Beast form will be achieved through Motion Capture (Similar to professor Hulk).
Allison Blaire/ Dazzler: Rachel Stevens (S Club 7)- Another of my celebrity crushes, I would think she would be a good Dazzler. My version of Dazzler is Jewish, a Cousin of Ben Grimm/ The Thing and dated Tony Stark before he became Iron Man. Dazzler and The Thing share a Grandfather who fought against Oswald Mosleys Blackshirts in the Battle of Cable street She is also very politically active standing up against Anti Antisemitism and other forms of Racism. She also supports peace between Israel and Palestine.
Alicia Masters: Hannah Spearitt (S Club 7)
Wyatt Wingfoot: Hammed Animashaun
Lavinia Forbes:Tracy-Ann Obermann (EastEnders)
Petunia Grimm: Maureen Lipmann
Willie Lumpkin: Steve Pemberton (League of Gentlemen)
Frankie Raye: Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks)

Kwaku Adjobah: Trevor Laird- An Original Character that I have made, He will be very similar to his other character in Toast of London Nick Swivney, But without the Homophobia. He will also play a huge part in the MCU Deadpool Series.
Rabbi Saul: David Schneider- Another Original Character that I made to be Ben Grimms Rabbi
Mayor Edwin Gladstone: David Mitchell (Peep Show)- Another Original Character
Hasina Chowdhury: Nadiya Hussain- She is another original character that I had made for Nadiya Hussain, As the East End of London has a lot of Bangladeshi’s, I think There should be a character of Bangladeshi origins.

Shuri: Letitia Wright- Appears r as Hologram at the End of movie.
Phineas Mason/ Tinkerer: Michael Chernus- Helps out the Frightful Four.
Graham Lineham and Taika Waititi both play Security Guards in the Scene when the Frightful Four rob Secret Base.
Graham Norton plays himself when he interviews The Fantastic Four after their Defeat of Mole Man.
Alan Sugar and Jimmy Carr all appear as Cameos in the Party Scene.
???? as Security Guard In Baxter Building- If you have seen the Comedy Series Fonejacker, you will know who he is.

Paul Putner as Taxi Driver
Blackagar Boltagon/ Black Bolt (End Credits Cameo): Jon Hamm
**Crystalia Amaquelin/ Crystal (End Credits Cameo): Hannah Tointon-**The Reason I Picked Hannah Tointon as Crystal is because she is the younger Sister of Kara Tointon who I want to Play Medusa.
Karnak Mander-Azur(End Credits Cameo): Kayvan Novak
Gorgon Petragon/ Thor Erikson: Marius Jensen
Triton Mander-Azur (End Credits Cameo):Shazad Latif
Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan /Ms Marvel (End Credits)
Simon Callow as Charles Xavier / Professor X
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2020.10.17 01:45 TheCastJacker My Cast for the MCU Fantastic Four Movie

My Cast for the MCU Fantastic Four Movie
Poster made by artist Owen Oakley
Directors:Iain Morris and Damon Beesley
Writers: Iain Morris, Damon Beesley, Taika Waititi, David Baddiel and Arthur Mathews

Music: Joby Talbot, Neil Hannon/ Divine Comedy Matt Berry and S Club 7- Even though Joby Talbot would do the main score, the Main Fantastic Four theme would be written by Joby Talbot, Neil Hannon and Matt Berry. As you can see as well as an actor, Matt Berry is also a very good musician, Matt Berry will also do a cover of the theme tune of the 1990s Fantastic Four Cartoon theme.Neil Hannon/ Divine Comedy would also make some songe for the movie, However, The Lead Single will be Family By S Club 7.

Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic : Matt Smith (Doctor Who) - As I want the MCU Fantastic Four to have a Doctor Who vibe, I originally wanted David Tennant as Mr Fantastic, But as Tennant is Kilgrave, I decided to cast Matt Smith.
Sue Storm/ Invisible Woman: Lily James (Downton Abbey, Mamma Mia) - As Matt Smith and Lily James are boy friend and girlfriend I think that it would be a good idea to cast a real life couple as Reed Richards and Sue Storm.
Ben Grimm/The Thing: Robert Kazinsky (EastEnders) - Even though Robert Kazinsky played a small role in Captain Marvel, it is possible to get him as Ben Grimm/ The Thing, They castedGemma Chan as Doctor Minn erva from Captain Marvel and Cersi in Eternals. Due to Ben Grimm/ The Thing being Jewish and Robert Kazinsky being Jewish. I think he would very good as the Thing. Robert Kazinsky also played CGI characters before.
Johnny Storm/ Human Torch: Joe Thomas (Inbetweeners) - The main Reason I picked him is because he is Hannah Tointon's boyfriend and I want Hannah Tointon as Crystal in the Inhumans reboot. In the Comics Crystal fell in love with Johnny Storm.
Bentley Wittman/ Wizard: Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords)
Medusalith Amaquelin/ Medusa: Kara Tointon (EastEnders, The Halcyon)- One of my top Celebrity Crushes, The reason I picked her as Medusa is because she has a Younger sister called Hannah Tointon Just like Medusa who’s Younger sister is Crystal. Kara Tointon and Hannah Tointon both played Mr Selfridge’s Daughters in the Biopic Mr Selfridge. I think it would be perfect sense to cast siblings as siblings.The second reason I casted her as Medusa is because I want Kara to wear a Red Wig.

Bram Velsing/ Dreadknight: Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)
Peter Petruski/ Trapster: Marek Larwood
Harvey Elde Mole Man: Reece Shearsmith (League of Gentlemen)
Philip Masters/ The Puppet Master: Geoffrey McGivern
Nathaniel Richards: Matthew Holness (Garth Marenghis Darkplace)
Nicholas Sweeney/ Henry McCoy/ Beast: Matt Berry (IT Crowd, Toast of London)- This Character will first appear in an end credit scene of Thor Love and Thunder, where he presents a documentary about New Asgard, However, we will not learn is true identity until the first MCU Fantastic Four movie. I think Matt Berry would be brilliant and funny as the MCU Beast, due to his opera like voice and his portrayal of Steven Toast In Toast of London. Matt Berry also has some resemblance to Beast. His Beast form will be achieved through Motion Capture (Similar to professor Hulk).
Allison Blaire/ Dazzler: Rachel Stevens (S Club 7)- Another of my celebrity crushes, I would think she would be a good Dazzler. My version of Dazzler is Jewish, a Cousin of Ben Grimm/ The Thing and dated Tony Stark before he became Iron Man. Dazzler and The Thing share a Grandfather who fought against Oswald Mosleys Blackshirts in the Battle of Cable street She is also very politically active standing up against Anti Antisemitism and other forms of Racism. She also supports peace between Israel and Palestine.
Alicia Masters: Hannah Spearitt (S Club 7)
Wyatt Wingfoot: Hammed Animashaun
Lavinia Forbes:Tracy-Ann Obermann (EastEnders)
Petunia Grimm: Maureen Lipmann
Willie Lumpkin: Steve Pemberton (League of Gentlemen)
Frankie Raye: Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks)

Kwaku Adjobah: Trevor Laird- An Original Character that I have made, He will be very similar to his other character in Toast of London Nick Swivney, But without the Homophobia. He will also play a huge part in the MCU Deadpool Series.
Rabbi Saul: David Schneider- Another Original Character that I made to be Ben Grimms Rabbi
Mayor Edwin Gladstone: David Mitchell (Peep Show)- Another Original Character
Hasina Chowdhury: Nadiya Hussain- She is another original character that I had made for Nadiya Hussain, As the East End of London has a lot of Bangladeshi’s, I think There should be a character of Bangladeshi origins.

Shuri: Letitia Wright- Appears r as Hologram at the End of movie.
Phineas Mason/ Tinkerer: Michael Chernus- Helps out the Frightful Four.
Graham Lineham and Taika Waititi both play Security Guards in the Scene when the Frightful Four rob Secret Base.
Graham Norton plays himself when he interviews The Fantastic Four after their Defeat of Mole Man.
Alan Sugar and Jimmy Carr all appear as Cameos in the Party Scene.
???? as Security Guard In Baxter Building- If you have seen the Comedy Series Fonejacker, you will know who he is.

Paul Putner as Taxi Driver
Blackagar Boltagon/ Black Bolt (End Credits Cameo): Jon Hamm
**Crystalia Amaquelin/ Crystal (End Credits Cameo): Hannah Tointon-**The Reason I Picked Hannah Tointon as Crystal is because she is the younger Sister of Kara Tointon who I want to Play Medusa.
Karnak Mander-Azur(End Credits Cameo): Kayvan Novak
Gorgon Petragon/ Thor Erikson: Marius Jensen
Triton Mander-Azur (End Credits Cameo):Shazad Latif
Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan /Ms Marvel (End Credits)
Simon Callow as Charles Xavier / Professor X
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2020.10.16 06:50 leviathan235 Yukino and 8man Part 2 - their relationship

This one is for all the Yukinofags lol. Allow me to explain why Yukino and 8man are so infatuated with each other. Unlike with any other pairing in the story, if you were to ask Yukino and 8man why they love each other so much, they’d probably each write you multiple volumes. For 8man that’d probably fill several bookshelves. What if you asked Yui why she likes 8man? Who knows? He’s her hero, I suppose? She doesn’t get half the things he says. I've linked prior posts at the end.

How does 8man perceive Yukino?

The first thing 8man notices about her is obviously her physical appearance, which he was immediately captivated by. While for the other girls, he’s only remarked on their conventional sex appeal from breasts to panties, for Yukino, he frequently eulogizes every part of her body, from her calves to her fingers to her hair. It’s pretty obvious that she’s the one that he’s most physically attracted to, but considering Yukino is canonically the most beautiful girl in the school, that’s hardly surprising.
First impression
Although his initial impression of Yukino was quite negative (her beauty notwithstanding), he immediately recognized the fact that she’s different from everyone else that he’s encountered thus far – she doesn’t mince her words. Whereas while the other students, especially those from 8man’s middle school, also disliked him, they would hide that disdain behind a veil of shallow amity. At the very least, he respected Yukino for her candor and sincerity; she would never feed him sweet lies out of expediency or aversion to conflict. For that reason alone, he wanted to become her friend. Sincere animosity is infinitely preferable to insincere cordiality (*ahem* Japanese social norms *ahem*).
Exemption from "pathological" cynicism
Interestingly enough, 8man exempted Yukino so hard, he actually treated her to the reverse of “pathological” cynicism, which would be false idolatry. He held her up to be the pinnacle of the loner ideal, something he has not achieved himself. He obviously notices her excellence and virtue in everything she does, and he admires her for it – how could he not? She could do things much better than any normie with their superficial friends. If she is so great, then that validates his own loner pride! For him, she became the living proof that being a loner is NOT a detriment! That was precisely why he could not let Yukino so easily yield to peer pressure to accept help and “work together” when she was being overwhelmed during the cultural festival planning committee.
Of course, this whole illusion was dispelled when 8man found out that Yukino had withheld the fact that she knew him from the car accident. He felt betrayed, but ultimately, he was disappointed in himself – he sworn that he would always activate his defense mechanism (“pathological” cynicism) against everyone, and the fact that he exempted her and was disappointed in her (and by extension, himself for exempting her) was a failure on his part. He knows that he’s being a hypocrite for holding her to such an impossibly high standard when he himself is a prolific liar!
How 8man sees Yukino's imperfections
Over time, his feelings for her would only strengthen, even as he learned more about Yukino, that her “unshakable” resolve has always been an aspirational façade. Yukino is human, after all, with her fair share of flaws, weaknesses, and insecurities. What made her truly unique in his eyes is that she always strives for excellence in the proper and righteous manner – again, she’s the Harvey Dent to his Dark Knight. While 8man had to resort to underhanded tactics and deceit, Yukino always took the high road, even if it came at a cost. She represented all that is good in the world, since she was one of the few people in his life that possessed the universal virtues, i.e. diligence, honesty, sincerity, resolve, perseverance, temperance, benevolence, magnanimousness, righteousness, selflessness, wittiness, etc. In fact, I’d wager that her flaws only made her seem more human and attainable for 8man. Perhaps she couldn’t always live up to her high-minded ideals, but the fact that she always strives so earnestly towards them is more than enough to move his heart.
The lengths this mad lad would go...
8man has pretty much always been in love with Yukino, and his actions show it. If he’s not off doing something stupid to protect/reinforce his loner pride, he’s out there moving mountains to save/help Yukino. I’ll save the co/dependency discussion for another post.
Yukino's request
When it was Yukino’s turn to make her own request to the service club at the end of S2/start of S3, 8man strongly supports her resolve to finally assert her own dream of succeeding her father, or at least make an honest, transparent attempt instead of secretly brooding her own indecisiveness when it comes to her own destiny. However, when she decided that she wants to do shut down the service club and also plan the first prom without his prom, his conviction wavered. He was torn between his love for her and doing the right thing – he was insecure about his and her ability to stay together after the prom, so, in a momentary lapse of reason, he tried to convince himself with mental gymnastics to help her by going against her. In the end, nobody was fooled – not him, not Yukino, not Haruno. At that point, he was willing to let her go, if she thinks that it was for the best – it was her decision, after all, and he’s already sworn to respect her agency, as much as it rent his heart asunder. You know what they say about loving someone is to be willing to let them go?
We all know how the final two episodes went. 8man realizes that Yukino’s decision wasn’t genuine. He respects her decision, but that doesn’t mean he has to agree – this is where he pulls the second prom to decisively refuting codependency (will be discussed in a future post) and also leave himself no excuses other than to finally reveal to her his true feelings for her. Something supposedly so intense that the word “love” cannot hope to begin to capture it, or so he says lol. Considering how far this guy is willing to go, I wouldn’t bet against it.

How does Yukino perceive 8man?

We’ll never know how Yukino sees 8man physically, but at least we know that she didn’t deny his claim that he has a nice face, lol. That’s all I can say on that matter. You can also argue that she is, in fact, attracted to his weird eyes, considering her strong affinity for another “character” with weird eyes…
First impression
Initially, I’d say her impression of him is indeed quite negative. His philosophy directly clashes against her ideals of virtue and excellence. Whereas Yukino strives for excellence in all things, 8man immediately denies that his perceived weaknesses are weaknesses at all (see: loner pride). In complete contrast to the girls who hide their own incompetence by bullying Yukino in the past due to their jealousy of her excellence, 8man recognizes his own weaknesses, even if he does so by reframing them as strengths. There’s something admirable about his stubbornness, even if it is a bit misplaced. “I don’t particularly hate that part of you that affirms weakness like that.” He responds, “Yeah, I don’t hate it either. In fact, I just love that part of myself.”
Funny enough, a bit early for her character development, the first time Yukino relied on someone in the story was during the tennis match. As I’ve discussed in the post on Yukino, she doesn’t fully start relying on those close to her until during the cultural festival. Although during the tennis match she had no other choice than to rely on him (since she ran out of stamina), it seems implausible to me that she would feed him a bold faced lie just to get him motivated, “this man here will finish the match, so please lose gracefully.” She at the very least respected his competence – when he wills something, he usually makes it happen, for better or worse.
First spark of rapport
The first time when Yukino started to warm up to 8man was the pivotal moment during the “date” to buy Yui a present. No, I’m not referring to when he complimented her wearing the apron. When they encountered Haruno, due to his powerful “pathological” cynicism, 8man was able to immediately realize that she was wearing a façade and wasn’t taken in by her superficial charms, whereas a lesser man would have been. This fact made a huge positive impression on Yukino – here was a guy who shared her desire to be true to oneself and despised superficiality as much as she does. Not only that, he is the first guy to implicitly PREFER her over her sister and recognize her value!
Developing romantic feelings
In the early parts of the story, Yukino tries to keep 8man and Yui at a distance due to her loner ideal. Over time, she starts warming up to them and realizes that they can be relied on for aid and vice versa. When she had that initial falling out with 8man over her lie by omission about how she said she didn’t “know” him when they first met, she thought her relationship with him once again reset to mere acquaintances. However, she was once again pleasantly surprised when he stood up for her during the cultural festival. His comment simultaneously humiliated Sagami and “convinced” the other committee members to return to work by sacrificing his own image, but in exchange, he lightened Yukino’s burden. I believe this was the moment when her feelings for him were kindled. Here was a guy who, despite having had a falling out with her, came right back to support her in her time of need, even at the expense of himself.
Returning the favor
After the cultural festival, 8man was plagued by malicious gossiping following his nuclear strike on Sagami’s ego on the roof of the school. This greatly troubled Yukino for obvious reasons (cut from the anime). Thus, she resolved to nominate Sagami once more to lead the athletics festival to help her regain her confidence and thereby stopping the gossiping. She goes pretty far in this endeavor, even willing to backstop Sagami if she ends up dropping from her duties again, all for 8man’s sake in my opinion.
Putting his best interest first
Tobe’s confession request was when she truly started grasping how self-destructive 8man’s self-sacrificial tendencies were. Since she was already in love with him, she naturally could not bear to see him hurting himself, despite his claims to the contrary. She is also willing to risk him hating her when she emphatically repudiated his methods (whereas Yui was not able to do the same and instead enables his shitty behavior) – in other words, she was willing to put his best interest above her love for him, which is inherently a selfish longing. That’s pretty damn genuine, if I do say so myself.
When 8man tried to pull the same self-sacrificing shit during the Iroha election arc, Yukino again clashed with him in his best interest. Later on, she decided to run for student council president herself, and one major reason is obviously so that she can save him from himself.
The genuine
Then comes the genuine speech that moved Yukino to tears. This here is the guy whom she released from his “responsibility,” coming back to her all the same, asking for an even deeper relationship. In her eyes, he has reaffirmed the intensity of their shared belief of the genuine and that it is something worth struggling, fighting, and reaching for.
Yukino has always been considerate of Yui’s feelings for 8man as well, which only compounds on her hesitation to reveal her own feelings, since she’s never fallen in love with anyone else before. That’s why she struggled to hand 8man her Valentine’s Day chocolates.
At this point, Yukino is already head over heels for 8man, and she also respects his abilities greatly. She fully recognizes that there are times when his methods are more effective than hers. She hasn’t yet grasped that their combined efforts seem to render trivial even the most seemingly insurmountable problems (like the Christmas event and the second prom). However, she has internalized the belief that he is codependent on her and she is dependent on him, which is why she tries to host the first prom without his help. Again, she puts his perceived self-interest above her own selfish feelings (when I write “selfish,” I don’t mean to imply it is necessarily a bad thing). To break him from his supposedly pathological desire to “save” her all the time, she pushed him away with immense pain in her heart.
I suspect that she has always been aware that he has at least some feelings for her, for how else would she explain why he go so far for her, even beyond what Yui, her supposed best friend, would do? Either way, she attributes that to codependency and thus not genuine and by extension, must be destroyed. Nevertheless, we don't know for sure because we don’t have the same transparency into her mind as we do 8man.
Then comes the third time that 8man pulls her right back to him after they have a “falling out;” she just can’t get rid of this guy! This time, with no other pretext or ulterior motive for him associating with her, she has no choice but to believe that his love is genuine. See my explanation here. And once Yukino successfully pulls off the second prom to the surprise of her mother, she has finally achieved her objectives. “It was fine if you did things yourself, but that’s because you had to. By living your life without being a bother to anyone, for the very first time, you’d be able to ask for things from people. Once you’re able to live by yourself, for the very first time, you’d be able to walk alongside someone.”
Here’s part 1, Yukino’s development, analysis of final episode, the genuine, and analysis of 8man.
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2020.10.12 21:33 Thechampainoffears My cabinet full of smells....

Me: I never knew that there existed a "fragrance community." Now that I found it, it's interesting to me. I've always enjoyed "smelling good" and in champagned fueled poking around reddit, I found this sub. So, I thought you guys might be interested in my thoughts on some of the fragrances I've accumulated over the years, essentially immune from an internet community that I really didn't know existed. A little bit about me, if you're interested. I'm 44, male and am "in finance." I am at a point in my life where I am divorced, financially independent, and dating women across an age range from 24-50. I mention this only because it seems like a lot of the fragrance discipline seems to be oriented around what the opposite sex seems to find attractive. Sure, all that is fun but mainly, I enjoy the ideas of scent memories and the stories that are in the smells I wear. Probably unnecessarily romantic but in the long run, we're all dead so..who cares? May as well have a blast while we're here..
Anyway, here is a quick look at my "scent wardrobe," I think you guys call it? And my thoughts about some of them.
Adidas: Sport Fever I bought this probably 15 years ago at a drug store because once upon a time, I enjoyed a Hugo Boss fragrance which came in a round ball and smelled like oranges and coriander. This had orange on the label and seemed "sporty." It smells approximately like Creed Aventus (more on that later) because it has a lot of fruit and mint business going on. It doesn't smell anything at all like the Hugo Boss that inspired its purchase. It's just ok. It smells like a drugstore cologne that cost $5. It's not terrible but don't buy it. There's nothing exciting going on, here. If you want to toss this on after a shave, no problem but don't expect to smell amazing. Also, though, you won't smell bad. Next.
Aqua Velva: Musk This stuff.... It's another $6 drug store smell but it smells like getting deals done in New York City in 1986. It's too strong and it smells artificial but it somehow smells like business. I feel like this is what men think men should smell like to get the secretaries excited in the movie "Big." There is a woman out there who will follow you anywhere because you wore this but you better want her because all the others will think that you smell like Harvey Keitel in "Bad Lieutenant" but maybe you A, don't care and B, want to smell exactly like that. You should own this.
Aqua Velva: Aqua Velva Ice Blue This will make you smell like you just got back from a submarine assignment in WW2. It's great to throw on liberally after a shave. Least of all because it burns like a mother fucker and will mix with your coffee and morning cigarette to wake you up. I used to wear this all the time because my cheating ex wife liked it. Probably because it reminded her of her grandfather. Even at the time, I thought, "This appeals to women who have daddy issues." It probably still does but for probably obvious reasons, I don't wear it anymore.
Ariana Grande: Cloud I bought this because a really cute sales 20 something year old sales girl at Ulta told me that it smelled exactly like a much more expensive perfume while I was there buying nail polish with my kid. To be honest, I didn't give a crap what it smelled like. I was hitting on the 20 something year old Ulta girl. It smells like dessert. I'll wear it sometimes but not when I expect to be taken seriously. This is actually a fun fragrance and not offensive. If I'm "jeans and a sweater" and picking apples or something, I'll wear this. It's like an actually reasonably well made version of what I think I remember the freshman girls in college wearing (which was probably Charlie or Teen Spirit deodorant or something.) I should probably throw this out or give it to my kid. The 20 something and I went out a few times for drinks but I think she needs surgery to remove her cell phone from her hand and an intervention on her social media addiction.
Bath and Body Works: Bourbon I go to Bath and Body works because they sell Proraso shave cream, which you can really only get in Italy, under the name of "Bigelow." They also have fragrances which I will occasionally sniff when I go in to buy shave cream. This one was one of those. I have a thing for stuff that smells ambery and churchy and this one gets there. This has that "new perfume" smell. I don't know, is that "ambroxyn?" who knows. But once it mellows down, it's really rich and smooth. Very woody and masculine. It's probably a little "young" for me but it's pretty generic and just smells like "fall." That said, I haven't worn it this fall, yet. It's strongish and I've had people either tell me that it smells "nice" or not comment on it at all which is potentially a worse indictment since they definitely smell it.
Bath and Body Works: Dark Amber This shit smells delicious. It smells like powder and amber. Period. I like the smell of amber way more than powder but this is really nice and cold weather feeling. I think that this is might be a shittily created scent because Bath and Body works, right? But it consistently gets me told that I smell good. This seems inoffensive, generally pleasing and I like the way that it smells, even though it isn't really that complex. You can buy this pretty worry free. Could also easily be worn by a woman.
Bigelow: Lemon 1999 This is, to my mind, just great. It smells like lemons and salt water and once you spray it on your skin, it almost disappears unless someone is right on top of you. There's very little complexity here but the lemon smell is so pure and clean. I cook a lot so I really appreciate pure smells like garlic, lemon and strawberries. This doesn't smell "like" lemon. It smells lemon. It smells like you just walked by a lemon tree in Sicily. I don't wear this because I want to smell good to anyone but me. It stays tight and really close to you. You're not going to leave a lemon cloud behind yourself. This one, impossibly, came also from Bath and Body Works. If it were $200 at Bloomingdales, I would have bought it. I think it cost me $30. This is great. Next time you're in Bath and Body Works getting cookie scented hand sanitizer, buy this.
Burberry: London This smells like the drawing room at Christmas from the Nutcracker. It's fucking brilliant. I'll wear this in the middle of the summer when I want to smell like Santa Claus is coming. It hits all the spots. It's clean but heavy. It just smells like home and comfort. If you want to feel at peace while things are seemingly out of control, wear this. I don't remember why or when I bought this but it smells like comfort. Buy this.
Burberry: Touch People have commented that this smells great on me. I think it smells like shit. It smells like a baby powder bomb. I really only wear it very occasionally because it apparently smells much better on my skin than I think it does. Don't buy this. I don't trust people who say that this smells good. Too heavy, too sneezy and too much powder. No go.
Burberry: Brit for Him This is ok but only smells "sophisticated" if you don't know what Guerlain fragrances smell like. I honestly think that there are $5 CVS fragrances that smell better than this. It's really thick and has a fake rosy smell to it. I smells like they tried hard to make it smell good but focused mostly on making it smell "strong." I don't love this one but will very occasionally wear it to convince myself to not wear it next time.
Burberry: Brit Rhythm This smells better than the Brit. But is also probably too "young" for me. It's got a nice vegetal flavor going on and smells like it wants to smell like basil and patchouli but it also smells very grating and aggressive (while still not offensive.) I could wear this but I'd vaguely smell like everyone else in my firm. Pass on this one. It's ok but not great. It's pretty generic and smells at the same time like everything else but just enough different from everything else that it's not quite the same.
Cartier: Pasha de Cartier Now, we're starting to get into serious business. This smells like money and also, vaguely, my pediatrician in 1979. Pasha just smells aggressive. I'm pretty sure it will fill a room with a strong but tolerable smell. It smells uniquely like Pasha de Cartier. You know it immediately, when you smell it. It smells like you paid an interior designer to tell you to have no furniture except for Relling chairs in your office. It smells like you own a 911 turbo which you've never taken above 80 mph. It smells like you could fuck the wife of the guy you're talking to but you'd probably chicken out if it came down to it. I love Pasha de Cartier.
Cartier: Declaration This shit stinks. I love it but it stinks. When you put it on, you think, "Do I smell like cumin seed? Will people think I stink?" The answer is "Yes." I wish I were brave enough to wear this more often. It is an absolutely fascinating smell. But the only one who will find it "fascinating" is you. Do NOT wear this in public. But DO buy it. I dare you.
Creed: Aventus I paid way too much for this because I was in Bloomingdales and was looking to spend "stupid money" for no reason whatsoever and the shopper girl told me that this was the next hot thing. It seems like this is highly regarded in the fragrance reddits but I don't think that it's worth the price. It's funny because somehow, in the store, it seemed a little steep but not wholly unreasonable. So I bought it. But I have worn this very infrequently. I can't put my finger on it but it's simultaneously strong but weak. Sweet but not. Cloying yet subtle. I originally thought that it smelled good but I don't anymore. When I put this on, it somehow convinces me that it smells great and will smell even better but it never makes good on that promise. It's weird. I don't hate it but it aggravates me that I paid so much for it, to smell essentially like fruit cocktail. It's just ok. I feel like maybe Guerlain and Penhaligons have spoiled me and I would have enjoyed this more if it had been way less money.
Davidoff: Cool Water Coral Reef This one, I like. It seems like "dirty" Cool Water to me. I like cool water just fine but this is a little bit more (or less.) There's nothing ground breaking, here. It smells like the sea, sans fish and stink. When I'm on a boat, I will wear this. I don't know how to be more plain. It seems like there's a minty bit in there that pushes it a little beyond the saltiness of Cool Water. I think Cool Water is really a classic and this is a good if slight improvement on it. You can't go wrong with this one but it's also not going to knock anyone's socks off.
Dior: Sauvage This is garbage. Plain and simple. I bought this because I was talking to another guy in my office about fragrance and he told me all about how Sauvage was that best thing that had been released in the past hundred years. So, I went to see my guy at Bloomingdales and got a bottle. This shit stinks. It smells like Axe body wash. There's something in it that makes me think of the "too much cologne" guy. I don't even care about the stuff that's under that. The primary smell is the "too much cologne guy." I was honestly shocked. I didn't figure that Dior would release something so brutal and blunt. Maybe this is just too "young" for me but I think that it's unnecessarily heavy and falsely deep. Not impressed. I like Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Sun for women WAY better. More on that later. Regardless, Sauvage is a no go. Do not buy this.
Dolce and Gabbana: Light Blue Sun This is a women's fragrance. I don't care. It smells amazing. It's not unisex. If you're a man and you wear this, you're going to smell like a chick. But a really sophisticated chick with her shit entirely together. This smells like the beach and salt water and the sun and coppertone. It smells like a day that you wished you'd known was going to be as perfect as it turned out to be so that you could have paid attention better. This smells like a sexy librarian with a trust fund who you think, "She has no idea how hot she is." You're wrong. She knows exactly how hot she is and she wrecks men like you. I love this and wear it regularly during the summer. When told that this smells good, I always think, "Of course you think it smells good. I smell like the woman with the story you'd like to be yours."
Dunhill: Edition Do you want to smell like Magnum PI? For an hour? Buy Edition. Edition is magical. For a very short time. If you want to smell like James Bond, killing people after you just met a smoking hot spy at some roulette table, you need Edition. I don't know what this smells like. But it doesn't last long. It just smells like British. I don't know what more to say about that. It smells like green plants and assertiveness and a Jaguar XK150. You'll think you smell good and you'll be right but nobody else will be able to smell you after you leave the house. Edition smells absolutely amazing but you better do whatever you're up to quickly because it will leave you just as quickly as you put it on. This is like a less aggressive de Pasha. Buy it and then, be annoyed that it lasts for shit. Come to think of it, James Bond movies are only 2 hours long so maybe it lasts exactly as long as it needs to.
Dunhill: Fresh Do NOT buy this. Because it smells amazing and like very few other fragrances and it is my secret. This is very near all the other "sea" fragrances but goes further, somehow. This smells like the movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the best way possible. This smells like Nice in August. The sea is there, the flowers are there, the food is there. This smells like that linen shirt that you almost don't put on because you think, "This makes me look like P. Diddy...I probably shouldn't wear this." But, yes, you should and who cares? Dunhill Fresh is so slick and subtle but also different. Nobody will tell you that you smell great because you just will and it smells like you're expecting to smell great and it's not a big deal. I've worn this on the Mediterranean and it was exactly perfect. It doesn't need to be warm and sunny to wear this. But it will definitely remind you of the days of summer.
Guerlain: Habit Rouge I bought this because my grandfather always had it. This smells like your grandmother's ass and lipstick when you first spray it on. But....wait. It turns into something amazing. I don't know how but it does. Habit Rouge starts out smelling like fake roses and playdoh. And then, it somehow morphs into something that can't be described. It smells like meritocracy and maturity and magic and the drawer of a dresser that has smelled exactly the same in one of the houses on Bellevue Avenue in Newport for 100 years. Be clear. You will not like or "get" Habit Rouge the first time you wear it. You will think that it smells like an old lady. You will think that it's a lot of things but none of them, "male." Stop. Let it sink in. Let it sit. Habit Rouge is so good it should be illegal. You need to have balls the size of Godzilla to wear Habit Rouge. Or, wear Habit Rouge and you will end up with Godzilla sized balls. I don't want to be crass but, there are two fragrances (both Guerlain) that have elicited the statement, "You smell fucking amazing" in bed. The first is Habit Rouge. Once you get Habit Rouge on your skin it's nearly impossible to understand why other fragrances exist at all. Habit Rouge mixed with light body odor and the smell of having been outdoors is so good it should be a federal offense.
Guerlain: Heritage This is what Chanel Egoiste would smell like if they took the "bug spray" smell out. Again, almost impossible to describe. It's got that "Dead Poets Society" smell but deeper and more serious. It's got a warmer, velvety feel to it. There's a leather background to it and something that just makes you want to keep smelling it. How Guerlains are around $100 a bottle, I have no idea whatsoever. Heritage isn't my "signature" scent but it could be. It could be anyone's. I'm probably wrong but if you're a young guy who has been told to get Sauvage...ignore that and get Heritage. They don't smell the same but trust me that you'll realize that this was a great idea much later.
Guerlain: L'Instant I'm going to keep this short and tell you two things, here. 1. L'Instant smells like chocolate covered orange peel, incense, vanilla and the heavy red velvet curtains in a French whore house and will change but lasts almost 24 hours. 2. L'Instant WILL get you laid. Guaranteed. By women or men who know exactly what they're doing and are unnaturally talented at fucking. I'm sorry to be coarse but some things need to be stated exactly as they are. L'Instant goes great with my Ferragamo loafers. L'Instant smells like you've never made a bad decision because even your bad decisions turn out brilliantly. L'Instant smells like the integrity of Abraham Lincoln crossed with the filth of a really artfully shot porn film. If all Guerlain made was this, they could consider themselves "done." This stuff is in an entirely other league. This is the other Guerlain that has elicited the contextual comment referenced in the Habit Rouge summary. The things that you will do and the situations that you will find yourself in while wearing L'Instant will ruin your life and you'll love every minute. Please, don't buy this. I'm warning you. You'll accidentally buy a boat. You'll have a soundtrack that only you can hear. You'll feel bad for Chris Isaak and Helena Christensen that they were so prudish and awkward in that Wicked Game video in comparison to you.
Guerlain: Vetiver I read somewhere that JFK used to wear this. I can see that. If you want to smell like Don Draper, wear this. It's pretty straight forward and smells like Vetiver. How do I know that? Because I have Royall Vetiver and the smell is almost identical. You can tell that this is well made and classic but it might not be the smell for you. I think that maybe, once upon a time, vetiver was a man's smell. But I think that enough time has passed that nobody remembers when men smelled like this. You'll have to decide how you play that. If you want to know what vetiver smells like, get this. If you want to smell like vetiver, get this. I haven't given this one a fair shot but I want to. It's very even toned and reasonable. It smells like it could be worn by someone dangerous but probably wouldn't be.
Lacoste: Pour Homme This is a great middle of the road smell. This is suit but with no tie. It's citrusy but also smells a little like burning leaves. I had a friend in high school who wore United Colors of Benneton and this reminds me of that. I don't think that they smell the same but I get the same, fun, innocent feeling from those days when I smell this. I think this would smell great on a man or a woman. I wear this now and then when I think, "Oh, I like that one. I haven't worn it in a while. I think I'll wear it today. This smells like a really solid concierge at the Hilton. He'll get you whatever you want and make you feel like a million bucks. No reason not to have this one.
Lacoste: Essential I like this Lacoste, too. It's very simple and very fresh. It smells like a fancy tennis game in 1983. Another high school memory, here. When I was in high school, I spent my summers working at the pool restaurant at the country club. This smells like that. It smells like sporty money but nothing too obnoxious or simplistic. It's exactly what it needs to be. This is a good fragrance for a steak dinner at one of those places where everything is a la carte. If you're wearing a polo shirt with an alligator on it, you should wear this because you'll smell exactly right and it's what everyone is imagining you probably smell like, anyway. Give the people what they want. I don't remember where or when I bought this but I feel like it's probably too cheap to not get. Again, if you're a young guy and someone told you to buy Dior Sauvage buy this instead. I say that because demographic-wise, this skews towards the younger women I've dated. 25 year old women with their first "real job in the city" seem to like this scent.
Lalique: Encre Noir I bought this at Neiman Marcus. I think that I'd be blown away by this if I hadn't smelled anything from Guerlain. This is heavy and smells like Dracula in a mossy forest. This might be one of my favorites if I could stop wearing L'Instant. This is very dark and thick. It's almost choking and intoxicating. It smells like new money. It smells like someone who knows that class and manners are important and is trying their best to be appropriate but didn't stop to consider whether smelling like forest Dracula is necessarily appropriate in all instances. This smells great and is very forgiving despite its heft. I wouldn't let my daughter date a guy who smelled like this but I would appreciate the hell out of his effort. On the right woman, this would smell incredible and dangerous. Buy it but don't wear it all the time.
Lalique: Encre Noir Extreme I also bought this at Neiman Marcus at the same time as the other one. Everything I said about the first one stands but this one somehow has a more citrusy furniture addition and the smell of incense inside a confessional. It's hard to decide which of these is better because they're simultaneously very close but also very different. Another solid one. I'm not as convinced that this one would be good "on the right woman" it might be good on the "wrong woman." If you smell her, let me know. I bought this once and would again.
Lalique: Bentley Intense Ok, in defense of "Sauvage guy" in my office, he also recommended this and he was right. I wasn't keen on the idea of a car fragrance. It seemed tacky to me. Is that the second place prize? "I can't afford a Bentley but I smell like their perfume?" But I must admit that this stuff smells great. Super easy to wear with a suit and tie or open collar and jeans. It's very rummy and a little bit leathery and has a smell of iced tea. Maybe it doesn't and I just get confused because it's the color of iced tea. This could almost be a Guerlain scent if Guerlain didn't insist on making everything smell like it came out of a steam powered time machine. It's modern enough to be modern but classic enough to be classic. This smells like a solid upstanding family man who was a little wild in his younger days but has toned it down and has settled into his adult life but still probably shouldn't be allowed to go to a bachelor party.
Michael Kors: Extreme Sky I feel like I shouldn't like this but I do. To me, Michael Kors is synonymous with people buying a Michael Kors bag when they really want a Vuitton but don't have the coin and convince themselves that Michael Kors is just as good. But this stuff smells like lightning and rain. I don't know another way to describe it. It's fresh and windy and feels like what the Sharper Image should smell like back when Sharper Image was cool and not just more expensive Spencers Gifts. (Are these references contemporary? Do those places still exist?) This smells like chrome and glass and track lighting. This smells like the guy at the BMW dealer who's the best salesman there and is somehow making 6 figures selling cars and has no idea that he could triple his income doing exactly what he's doing but selling something other than cars. I don't wear this often but I will miss it when it's gone because by that time, you won't be able to get it anymore. I probably shouldn't like this one but I do.
Penhaligons: Bayolea Do you want to spend an insane amount of money to smell like a barber shop in 1952? Then, this is for you. This stuff smells like a pirate ship if pirates weren't filthy and showered. This is like the best Bay Rhum that you will ever inhale. It smells like someone else's signature smell that they found ages ago for next to no money in some little shop in the Virgin Islands but which you will never be able to get. It smells like it should be cheap but the quality is just beyond next level. This is classic. They say that vetiver is the classic male scent but I think, really, it's this one. This smells like the guy with the 150' sail boat who used to sail his own boat but then hired a captain to sail it for him but then decided that he was going to go back to sailing his own boat again.
Penhaligons: Endymion This stuff is unbelievable. It reminds me of a very British Guerlain. This is up there with L'Instant and is somehow similar but with the addition of espresso. Very sophisticated. You might want to take up pipe smoking if you want to wear this. Or, at least, increase the number of leather bound first editions that you own. This is what Winston Churchill would smell like if he looked like George Clooney. I don't think that a younger guy could wear this. It doesn't smell like an old man but just like you need to mature into your first Kiton shirt, you need to be ready to step into this one. This smells like an F-50 CEO who somehow never has to do any work. No problem whatsoever with a woman wearing this one. I have one in particular who always uses a bit when she leaves.
Penhaligons: Juniper Sling. Gin martini. That's it. This smells like a gin martini without the alcoholic stink. People will ask you if they're correct that you smell like a martini. They will be. This one is fun to wear and I feel like it's a companion to Bayolea. To be fair to this one it only really smells like a martini for the first hour and then it turns into something that smells like the flowery freshness of a garden on a not too humid day. This reminds me of the 100 year old tile bathroom on the first floor of the NYAC. It smelled that way 100 years ago and will still smell the same 100 years from now, long after you're dead. This just smells like class in a bottle. If you actually want to embrace smelling like Gordon Gekko with absolutely no apologies, you should buy this. I don't think women like the way this smells. I don't think that the men wearing it particularly care.
Pinaud: Clubman Classic Vanilla This is in a plastic bottle and costs $6 at your local Walgreens. Penhaligons could easily take this and just dump it into fancier glass bottles and sell it for $150. I think that they've been making this the same way for decades and it is such a sleeper that I almost hesitate to mention it. This has so much going on and is spicy without being too spicy, only faintly vanilla-y and is an all around great scent. I'll go through phases where this is my go-to for a month at a time. This smells the way Mrs. Robinson from the Graduate wanted her men to smell. Benjamin didn't smell that way because I'm sure he wore Old Spice but she let it slide. You're a fool if you don't buy this the next time you have to refill your tooth paste supply.
Royall: Vetiver I find this one interchangeable (more or less) with Guerlain Vetiver. It's a little bit citrusy and very thickly vetiver. I read somewhere that the origin of vetiver was from the fact that they used vetiver oil to ship very expensive men's clothing and keep bugs away from it but that the Vetiver smell never really went away. That seems to make sense to me on this one. This is exactly what I imagine a very nice suit would smell like if it were shipped to me in 1870. It smells classic and grassy and seems like it wants to be cloying but never really gets there. I think that for a while Royall stuff was cheap and then expensive and then cheap again. I bought all my Royalls ages ago at Brooks Bros so I'm sure I paid way, way too much for them. But whatever they cost, it's worth it just for the cool bottles with the crown caps.
Royall: Spyce This Smells like super fantastic Old Spice. It smells like a super deep version of your grandfather after he just got back from playing golf in a nice cashmere v neck sweater. If you want to smell like old spice but better, this is a very refined way to go. It really does smell like allspice, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom but it never ventures into cookie territory. It's very warm and fairly heavy. I think that Royall, being Bermuda based, thinks that it has mostly warm-weather type scents. I'd be careful with this in warm weather. It's not unwearable in the warm but I'd go light on it.
Royall: Muske Musky and powdery. This is like a warm manly blanket. If you want to smell like you're very clearly in charge and nobody needs to worry anymore because you've shown up...this is the one. Mrs Robinson wanted her men to smell like Clubman Classic Vanilla but when they smelled like Royall Muske, she was immediately made weak in the knees. This is another one that could almost be in the Guerlain / Penhaligons mix but isn't subtle enough. And it's not apologetic about it's unsubtlety. It's very refined but still rough around the edges. This is what Ernest Hemmingway should have smelled like if he had gotten his shit together, grown up and conquered his alcoholism. Easy buy.
Viktor and Rolf: Spicebomb Fresh I bought this accidentally because I thought that it was Spicebomb. This is nice and easy to wear. It's got a little bit of smokiness, somehow and a lot of citrus. I don't detect much spice there but who knows. I've been told more than once that this smells good on me. It's easy when I'm not in the mood to think too hard about what I want to wear or be bothered to "pick one." Middle of the road, probably could be worn pretty easily by women.
So there you go. Going back and reading this, I'm realizing that I likely have Peter Pan syndrome but also want to smell like something from 200 years ago. But the stories are fun. I look forward to continuing to read all about everyone else's excitement about fragrances. It's a real kick.
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2020.10.04 20:58 likeeyedid When the lights on the street start to flicker at night, it’s a warning to stay inside

I grew up in the heart of Harvey Lane. In the big house with the perfectly painted window frames and the grass in front that is always cut in the most symmetrical manner. The people that live in our town are the most helpful you could ever imagine. If a brick of your house is hanging only slightly lose, they will come by and help to fix it right away. If your dog runs away the entire neighborhood will be on the lookout. If you’re down with a cold your neighbor is quick to ring on your doorbell with a steaming pot of chicken soup. It’s a community filled with kindness and heartred.
That’s what my mother always says. It’s her version of hatred because the latter does clearly not exist anywhere near Harville.
Despite the apparent perfection I don’t enjoy living here at all. I hate the appearance when deep inside I know that not everyone can be this happy and friendly all the time. I clearly know that I’m not. I haven’t been ever since my father left my mother and me just the day before my fourteenth birthday. Without saying goodbye or giving a reason. The last thing I heard of him was the big fight he had with mum. I don’t know what they talked about, just that the smashing of the door would be the last I’d hear of my dad. I imagined my mother would be sad but she smiled nonetheless and told me how it is his own fault to voluntarily leave the most wonderful place on earth.
It didn’t take her long to find a replacement and get married again. Doug is even more enthusiastic than her and it makes the bile in my stomach move up every time I talk to him. Two years had passed already but I still couldn’t warm up to Doug being around. Not because he treated me badly in any way. He was always grinning and making dumb jokes. He'd cook dinner and help with my homework. On the outside, he was acting great but every time he was around my gut would scream that something was awfully off about him.
Admittedly I enjoyed my time in Harvey Lane when I was a child. Mum and dad would take me to the playground and I would play until my eyes could hardly stay open anymore and my feet were sore. That’s where I met my best friend, Elias, too. He has those types of eyebrows that always made him look a little mad and I think as he grew up we both started to take on the anger we were missing here. Back then though we’d happily play all day while my parents sat on the grass with the other families to have picnics and talk about the wonderful life of Harville. If you looked at the people here you might understand why they enjoy being here so much. There are no problems in our small town. We don’t have poverty, violence, or anger. Everything is regulated so you never have to worry even if you’re alone. Maybe the reason we never leave is that everyone that lives here is afraid of the reality of the world out there.
Of course, that’s only what it looks like on the outside. They don’t speak about the disappearing children in public after all. At first, I was too young to understand. Every year or so there would be whispers about another girl or boy being lost without a trace. I would hear dad speak to mum about the dangers of Harvey Lane and feel the anxiety build up.
“These things happen everywhere, Marcus. You are simply more aware of it due to the contrast. It’s easy to be upset by something when all you know is peace and harmony,” my mother said in a melodic voice.
“It’s easy to be upset when our child could be next,” my father responded in a stern tone.
That’s about the time mum noticed that I was eavesdropping. Her smile disappeared from her face for a split of a second. It was the last time they discussed the matter of the children at home. I, on the other hand, had lots of questions but at night when I was in bed dad came up to me to assure that I would never be in trouble.
“As long as you’re back inside before the street lights turn on, you will always be safe in here with your mother and I. Alright buddy?”
He patted my head and moments later I forgot all about the only dark side of Harville
That was a long time ago. I was far beyond the age of being home by dark and I knew for a fact that my dad would not be there when I got back.
Honestly, I had been trying to spend as much time away from home as I could.
I wasn’t exactly afraid that whoever or whatever was making children disappear would take me next. I was almost an adult by now. Besides, Elias always said that those kids weren’t taken. They ran away because they couldn’t bear this utopia that was more shine than substance. He wasn’t wrong. If it wasn’t for my only friend who was the only cynical person I knew here, I would have been long gone as well. But with him, I somehow had gotten used to the simple life we lived here. I didn’t know anything beyond it after all.
Things were going pretty alright considering everything. The last disappearance had been months ago and was not framed as one.
Dylan Dullens. The 13-year-old boy of one of the most well-known families around. The Dullens were always around when anything in town took place. Mrs. Dullens always organizes the annual Christmas festivities. She gets the big tree for the town center, takes care of decorations, and leads the carol singers through the streets. Mr. Dullens is the head of the homeowners association. He’s the one you need to talk to if you want the slightest change in town. And he’ll always forbid it with the most friendly smile. They have four other children which are all extremely popular and pretentious. When Dylan suddenly stopped coming to school everyone was told that he was sent to a prestigious boarding school across the ocean.
We knew it was a lie but nobody said a word. I think most parents were just glad their children were still around.
After Dylan, we hit a quiet phase concerning children but an exciting season for Harville. There were even more festivities, the few streets with broken pavement were repaired. The town looked better than ever before and its residents were so cheerful that it could hurt your eyes and ears. I gave up trying to talk to mum and Doug about any of the issues. They always had different reasoning and would simply try to convince me to join a club, a neighborhood party, or the scouts I had stopped joining any events in town a while ago and had tried to distance myself from my stepfather and mother as much as I could.
Ignorance can be bliss until the problem comes close enough for you to worry.
It started with a flicker of a street light. The way they do when the light is close to dying down. The bulb is tattered but not yet broken. A first warning sign that it needs change.
As I continued walking down the empty street to my home I passed the lamp with a flicker and looked up. Little insects were being attracted by the slowly vanishing light before it suddenly turned dark. It didn't feel too strange except the same thing happened a few feet further on the second street light of Harvey Lane. I took a quick turn around and the first light was shining bright.
I kept walking and the flickering followed me. Every lamp I passed until I finally started running. Right towards the pastel green door of my childhood home. I smashed the door shut, locked it three times, and carefully moved towards the window, my breath slow and my heart going fast.
All the lights were off.
I sighed and told myself that it must be a power outage. Those happen quite frequently here but when I walked my fingers to the light switch next to the door our home wasn't dark anymore.
“What are you doing here?”
My heart stopped a beat when I heard the deep voice behind me speak.
“Doug, what the fuck?” I shrieked.
“Julian, my boy, you know we don’t swear in this house,” he said, his mouth formed into a half-smile.
“Why were you standing in the dark?” I asked, my voice still slightly shaky.
“You shouldn’t be here, Julian. You know that right?” he said while moving a step closer.
His face and voice both sounded friendly but he was acting even stranger than normal.
“Not now and not then.”
“Uhm, where’s mum?” I nervously asked.
“Tonight’s the town meeting. Things aren’t going too well lately. Haven’t you noticed more people being sick? And the fields are too dry this year. It’s, apologize my directness, sub-optimal.”
He was right, I had to bring soup to three different neighbors in the last couple of days despite people hardly ever getting sick in Harville.
“Why didn’t you go with her? You never miss a meeting.”
“I had another obligation.”
Doug stared at me the entire time he was speaking. I could swear he didn’t even blink once. I felt incredibly uneasy being home alone with him but to my luck the doorbell saved me. It was Elias who came over to watch a movie together after he got stood up for a date. I’d never been happier to see him.
When we turned around Doug wasn’t around anymore.
We heard the news in the morning. Jeanie, the girl that lived three doors was gone. This time no bullshit explanation would be spreading through the town. This time we knew exactly that something terrible had happened. We knew because of the big bloodstain right in front of her house. There was an investigation that of course led to nowhere. People were mourning but they were doing it in the Harville way. Her parents didn’t show a single tear and nobody wore black. And everything in town went nice and swell. Even more than usual. There was no need for bringing soup. The streets were clean, the grass was green and the weather warm. Life moved on quite quickly. Everyone seemed to forget but Elias and I didn’t. All this time we thought we were safe now that we were older but Jeanie was already seventeen.
And I felt even more messed up knowing that I had been out there, right on this exact street the same night it happened. Was it somehow connected to the street lights?
The following week, Elias and I decided to do something we had never done before. We went to a town meeting. It started at 8 pm. I knew both mum and Doug would be there and after last week I had been avoiding them as much as possible. Especially when I saw the big bright smile on mum’s face when she prepared scrambled eggs while nonchalantly speaking about the girl that we lived next to disappearing. I could bet I saw her eye twitch a little when she spoke about how hard it will be to clean off the blood but that was all. We cycled down to the town hall but made sure to leave our bikes a street further to make sure nobody would see us. Nobody under the age of eighteen is allowed at the meetings. When we were sure that everybody was inside, we quietly made our way to the front hall.
It was empty. They were all in the big meeting room.
“Maybe this was a bad idea,” I whispered.
Elias quietly walked up towards the door which was opened just a crack. He waved me over and I reluctantly moved closer.
“They are all clapping,” Elias whispered as we hunched down next to the door.
“A big Harville congratulations to the Murries!”
The clapping became louder and cheering followed.
The Murries were the parents of Jeanie.
“We are all so happy to have you as a part of our community! We know best how wonderful the honor of sacrifice is,” Mr. Dullens spoke. “All our families have given and we all receive. Just the way it should be.”
My heart was racing and I wanted, no I needed, to hear about what kind of satanic ideas they were preaching but after the bit of cheering, they went on with the regular program as if nothing had happened.
“Sacrifice? What the actual fuck?” Elias almost shouted after we made our way back outside.
I stayed quiet for a while. I had known for a long time that something was off about the picture-perfect appearance of Harville. Just not how bad it was. The parents here give up their own children to have, what? A nice neighborhood? My entire body was shaking.
“That night,” I mumbled, “I think I was supposed to disappear.”
I thought about the street lights. If I hadn’t been freaked out by them so much, I wouldn’t have run home. It was almost like something was trying to warn me. Or someone.
“And maybe, my dad didn’t leave voluntarily either.”

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2020.10.01 15:44 leviathan235 Concerning Yukino and her development

With the analysis of 8man out of the way as well as the definition of the genuine, it's time to discuss the heroine of the story. Even though we don’t get to hear much of her thoughts (her interludes are very rare), given the fact that she’s by far the biggest motivatodrive for the male protagonist, I’d argue she’s just as important. It’s much harder to be certain about any of the conclusions I draw, so take things with a grain of salt. This attempt at analyzing her as a character is further complicated by the fact that not only is Yukino bad at communicating, the readeviewer’s perception of this girl is filtered through 8man’s own biases and assumptions (since he’s the narrator), which we know are unreliable (see the discussion on “pathological cynicism” in the 8man analysis). Her words and actions are the only things we can take for granted. The scope of this piece will be dissecting Yukino as a character – I’ll compare/contrast her with 8man another time.


Whereas 8man is the nihilist, Yukino is the idealist. Yukino’s façade colors our first impression of her as a character; that facade is the perfect loner paragon and is aspirational in nature. She was never that strong, confident, 100% honest girl that 8man initially assumed she was. The bullying she received at the hands of her classmates was out of jealousy of her virtues, and she copes with this by striving to be virtuous in solitude. Her icy demeanor and mannerisms serve as a deterrent to people wishing to get close to her, while simultaneously belie a warm and gentle soul. At heart, Yukino is a girl trying to find direction in her life and prove herself through her own way while living in the shadow of her “perfect” sister.

What was Yukino’s past like?

“The nail that sticks up will be hammered down” – that is a Japanese proverb starkly contrasting with the western version, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” In Japanese society, you often find that outliers, either to the positive or to the negative, are ostracized for being different – Yukino is bullied for her canonical beauty, talents, and intelligence, mostly out of envy. One incident of particular travesty occurred due to a half-assed attempt by Hayama to help her during one of these episodes of bullying, but only to exacerbate the situation. Consequently, Yukino could not forgive him until V11. With no social/emotional support from friends, family, or Hayama the family friend, Yukino resolved to become self-sufficient.
Moreover, her family life wasn’t all peachy either – her mother is an autocrat, and her sister constantly bullies her, likely venting her frustration of having every aspect of her life meticulously planned (my speculation), since Haruno is being groomed for succeeding Yukidad. With Haruno shining so brightly in school and society in general, it is little wonder that Yukino would develop an inferiority complex in her shadow. Everyone loves Haruno and sees Yukino as the quiet, unsociable, charmless little sister in comparison.
As a result, Yukino chased after Haruno her entire life, hoping to be as great and beloved as her. But there was just one problem – Haruno’s way is one of superficiality and betrayal of oneself (same as Hayato). To reach Haruno’s level would mean compromising her own identity and putting on a mask; in fact, Haruno’s mask is essentially welded to her face at this point, never even having the opportunity to be removed (she can’t get drunk, after all). What does Yukino do? She tries to go her own way, to attain success and prove herself by being true to herself and her ideals. She had wished that she can be fine with being superficial like Haruno, but her conscience refuses (see her and 8man’s discussion after the “please save me someday” scene at Destinyworld) – she just despises superficiality/deceit so much. This segues into the loner ideal, which is Yukino’s way.

What is the loner ideal?

Summarized in a phrase, Yukino’s loner ideal is virtue in solitude. It is also an aspirational façade, since she doesn’t quite live up to her ideals just yet (and neither does her self-image). There are many people under the mistaken belief that Yukino lost her edge and became weak over the course of the story – this is patently false; she’s always been insecure (in certain aspects) and directionless, but hid it well under said façade during the first third of the story. This is why she has said “I just always acted like I could do it… that I understood it all.” Haruno also hinted at this the first time 8man met her during that “date” with Yukino, “Yukino-chan is a sensitive girl…so you’d better watch out for her, Hikigaya-kun.” She wasn’t joking, as much as it seemed to the viewer at the time. Yukino’s dad in the anthology also remarks that “Yukino often pushes herself out of her comfort zone before realizing she has bitten off more than she could chew.”

What do I mean by virtue in solitude?

It means having firm, uncompromising principles. It means being fully self-reliant (similar to 8man’s loner pride). This is Yukino’s way – she approaches all situations with honesty, sincerity, benevolence, and resolve, as well as the diligence to back it up. Her belief is that these virtues, along with good faith and integrity, will bring out the best in people. Consider the way she tackled the various requests in the early parts of the story, and also notice how she’s despotic in her methods:
Unfortunately, Yukino’s honest and sincere approach doesn’t work very well against deceitful, malicious, and/or bad faith actors. For instance, there was no way that Yukino was going to convince Sagami by sound arguments to work hard as the cultural festival planning committee chairwoman – that moron only wanted the position to lord over others, in particular Yukino. 8man had to step in and shame her in a way that only Yukino, Haruno, and Sagami could understand, since dealing with those types is his specialty. After all, his “pathological” cynicism works best when it correctly assumes ill-intent.
Ultimately, Yukino’s loner ideal is her way of being true to herself. She doesn’t quite live up to it, but she’s certainly the closest to it out of any character in the story, no contest. Her goal is to prove that her loner ideal is just as valid as Haruno’s superficial way, that you don’t have to sacrifice honesty, sincerity and your identity as the price of success.

Arcs of Yukino’s character development:

Similar to 8man, Yukino has 2 facets of her character that needed to be resolved before we can get the desired “genuine” ending. They are below in order of resolution:
The former stems from her loner ideal, while the latter comes from her inferiority complex, in my opinion.

Inability to rely and trust:

As mentioned before, Yukino’s loner ideal stipulates that she must do things her way and without help from others. During the course of the story, she becomes more and more willing to rely on her friends as they get closer and she opens up. Initially, in her mind (and in 8man’s mind), getting help from others is tantamount to giving up on her principles and admitting her own weakness. In addition, she might have saw that as “Haruno’s way,” and if she’s striving to prove that her way is just as valid, she should not be resorting to what Haruno would do (this is speculation, since we don’t have concrete proof). For these reasons, Yukino was particularly loath to ask for help during the cultural festival when she was getting crushed by the workload and also why 8man leapt to her defense when Meguri and Hayama suggested Yukino just “rely on others.” 8man refused to let her abandon her loner ideal, for at that point, they share in the belief of absolute self-reliance.
When Yukino then asked 8man if her way is wrong and what’s the best way to resolve the planning committee’s problem (when he was at her apartment), he said that her way is wrong, i.e. the earnest, straightforward way. That method will not work against bad faith actors like Sagami. 8man got pretty vindictive after this, so by making that slogan suggestion, he simultaneously shamed Sagami in a way that’s only apparent to her, Yukino, and Haruno, while also providing aid to Yukino. In other words, when he talked about how much he hates having the work dumped on him, he made himself look like a total lazy douche who doesn’t want to work (despite that being completely untrue) so as to make the people shirking their duties realize their own shame and go back to work (they don’t wanna be seen as a lazy punk like Hikitani-kun, after all).
After this point, Yukino eases out of her old authoritarian ways and gives much more consideration to the opinions and feelings of her friends. Note that she never really becomes “dependent” on her friends, unlike what she believes during the first prom (I will explore co/dependency in future post) – at no point did she take advantage of the goodwill of her friends to laze around or shirk her own responsibilities. And at no point did she become weaker or less competent as a result of her asking for help from her friends.
Another major point of character development was when Yukino finally talked to 8man about her insecurities after the “save me someday” scene. The old Yukino would never show her vulnerabilities just like that – she clearly trusts 8man tremendously. She has still yet to reveal the full extent of her family problems nor her innermost desires, however. It’s a big step forward, but not quite far enough.
At a certain point, Yukino starts mistakenly suspecting that she has become dependent on her friends and that swung too far to the opposite extreme when she decided that it was OK to rely on them. Haruno also reinforced that narrative, suggesting that she’s relying too much on Yui and 8man. To compound her emotional distress, her mother was once again encroaching on her life with her dictatorial ways – Yukino started to realize just how little control she has over her own life. That’s an excellent segue into the next arc of her character development.

Lack of self-determination:

By “lack of self-determination, I mean that Yukino doesn’t have a strong sense of the self or agency; as Haruno put it, “does Yukino-chan even have a self?” When 8man mentions that Yukino cannot act without a reason, he’s specifically referring to exogenous reasons, i.e. “this is for the club,” “this is for the good of the school,” “this is to help ___ in his/her request,” and so on, never “because I want to.” I don’t really want to make too many assumptions as to what caused this since there’s not much textual evidence, but it’s likely attributable to her insecurities and inferiority complex. 8man was very similar in the sense that he also threw around pretexts to hide his real feelings.
As I mentioned before, Yukino finally resolved to confront this problem after noticing how little agency she has over her life in light of Haruno pushing the dependency idea on her and her mother’s meddling. She makes the first big step towards resolution by telling Yui and 8man about her family problems and her desire to succeed her father during the first episode of S3. Yukino reveals that she’s never even had a serious, earnest discussion of her desire with either her sister (whose position she wants) or her parents (who has the final say). She requested that her friends watch over her to the end as she confronts her family about her desire and also prove herself in the process.
Consequently, when Yukino heard about Iroha wanting to hold the prom, she became intrigued. When Iroha SPECIFICALLY said that she’s doing it purely out of her own self-interest, Yukino surprisingly accepted the request. Is it really surprising though? Yukino was inspired by Iroha’s self-determination, and resolved to do likewise – using Iroha’s selfish request to fulfill her own selfish wish, to prove herself to her mother and to convince herself that she’s not dependent by doing it without Yui or 8man’s help. This all hinges on her success, of course, since failing would prove nothing to her mother and possibly reinforce her belief that she is dependent.
She was never dependent in the first place – just take that statement for granted for now. I will prove it in another post. There’s nothing wrong with Yukino wanting to become independent – it’s an admirable sentiment, which 8man agrees with. It’s just that her method of proving it is…specious, though 8man couldn’t refute her. At least for once, she expresses her true desire honestly and forthrightly – she’s not helping Iroha under any pretenses. Unfortunately, 8man decided to rob her of her agency during that first prom by helping her against her wishes.
I’ll save the discussion of everything (mostly the co/dependency theme) between here and the ending for future posts. It’s clear that she already has the intent to chart her own destiny, since that’s already been proven by her: 1) telling her friends, 2) telling Haruno, 3) telling her mother, and 4) working on the first prom alone (though had aid forced on her). All that’s left is to prove that conviction to her mother by putting it to the test. Words of intent must be followed by action. That’s where the second prom comes in:
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2020.09.22 22:25 ritmica The Unfortunate Story of Western United (Season 7, Part 2): Catching headlines

The Unfortunate Story of Western United (Season 7, Part 2): Catching headlines
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Welcome to the second episode of the seventh season of this Western United in England series! Today we will cover the Premier League season up until the end of 2025.

First half of the season

Our August concluded with a fairly convincing win against Connolly's former Brighton, which helped us regain momentum going into September. And indeed, we went on a tear. It began by defeating Bournemouth 1-0, and then the following weekend demolishing Liverpool 4-1. We went on to win comfortably against Burton in the Carabao Cup, and concluded the month by winning 5-2 against rivals Watford.
Cook's breakthrough goal against Bournemouth
Another 5-2 win followed against Fulham to start off October. International friendlies then took place (to prepare for the World Cup this coming summer), where we would defeat the Netherlands and draw against Slovenia. Around this time, Horvat also accepted a contract extension with Australia to guarantee being their manager for what may perhaps be his most significant moment to date. League play soon continued, where we would continue our tear against Stoke City by embarrassing them 4-0. Defeating West Ham 2-1 the following weekend kept us in the driver's seat; however, we would lose to them just three days later to get eliminated from the Carabao Cup.
McCalmont, Cook, Pattison and Connolly celebrating victory against Stoke
Cook scoring the winner vs West Ham
After such a dominant month, the FA had nearly no choice but to choose a Western United forward for player of the month.
As it happened, Oliver Mottley-Henry won PL player of the month for October! This is the first time a Western United player has won such an award.
After our Carabao Cup loss, some momentum was brought back when we defeated Newcastle 2-0 to begin November. A 3-1 loss to Haaland's Arsenal followed, though, ending our over-two-month long winning streak in the league. Another international break then commenced, where Horvat would be utterly dismayed by the sheer ineptitude of his side, as Australia lost to (also Haaland's) Norway 5-0, and then Iceland 3-1. Horvat looked to gain retribution in the league, but returned to a 0-0 showing against bottom-table Sheffield. A pivotal 3-1 win against Spurs capped off the month though, which provided some hope for the rest of the calendar year.
Our December started off strong, with wins against Aston Villa and Leicester. However, we quickly fell behind by losing to Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford, Everton 3-1 at Wyndham, and Norwich 1-0 away. These games (especially the last one) were acute blows to our confidence as we transitioned into the last two games of 2025. Our next one--Liverpool--stood as a key game to determine whether or not we really mean serious business this season in terms of contending for Europe. This game proved to be a worthwhile endeavor for both teams, with Liverpool taking the lead early. However, a pivotal goal from Mottley-Henry late in the game tied it, and later in stoppage time, the ball was at his feet.
At the last possible moment, Harvey Thomas takes us home with the three points, yet again against Liverpool! Surely they are quite irritated by us by now.
Klopp in shambles
Sharing points against Bournemouth was our final act of 2025, which unfortunately left us in a very interesting position heading into the rest of our most imperative season yet.

Notable players so far

To no one's surprise, Connolly has re-acclimated himself very well to the Western United system. He currently ties for the lead in Premier League goals with 17, and ties for second place in assists with 10. And once again, Mottley-Henry has been integral to our success, and currently boasts 6 goals and 8 assists. Most likely to everyone's surprise, though, our other starting forward Sam Cook has scored more goals (7) than Mottley-Henry in the league so far; he also has 4 assists to his name. Horvat certainly knew what he was getting into by essentially doubling up our attacking prowess at the end of last season, and it has undoubtedly paid off.
As for our midfielders, Pattison, McCalmont, and Collins have all been quite solid. Our two natural CAMs--Alexander and Cox--have also shown great promise, indicating they should definitely be included in the squad more often in the future. Our defenders are also arguably having their best collective season yet, with McGinley, Morris, Hume, and Galloway (in his final year with us) all stepping up with success to assist Roberts in front of goal.

Transfer news

Initially, Horvat's plans for who to sign on a pre-contract were dependent on Galloway's eventual departure (i.e. a new right back was in order). However, the board all season has been insistent on Horvat signing a crucial forward. This sparks bewilderment, considering Connolly's recent arrival and our overall strongest point in the team being the front line. Alas, to keep the board content, Horvat searched for a forward. Not wanting to clutter the roster too much, he also decided against signing a new right back entirely, instead proposing a future formation change in a highly unorthodox move.
Horvat searched for a forward who could play on the wing and cover all areas of it, who looked for something greater in his career, and who brought a necessary perspective to the team. Surprisingly, the choice was easy.
Welcome, Pedro Alende Lopez!
Pedro Alende Lopez
After feeling distraught fighting for scraps at Huddersfield, Pedro has officially made history as Western United's first signing from a country other than the UK, Australia, or New Zealand. However, as he is being signed from a team within the UK (and considering the team's eagerness to compete on the continental stage), the board was not at all displeased, and neither were any other parties involved.
Starting next season, Horvat plans to implement Pedro into the squad at right midfielder as so:
This is a modified 3-4-2-1, which can also be interpreted as a 4-4-2. Tradition indicates Western United should not waver from the 4-3-3, but necessity dictates change, Horvat argues. He believes this formation to be optimal in gleaning the best traits out of each individual player who has proven to most contribute to the team's overall success. Only time will tell how valuable this change will be for the club in the future.
In addition to signing Pedro, Horvat also looks to load off some older players who have nonetheless greatly contributed to the club over the years. Ferrier, Galloway, Melling, and Kitto will all say goodbye after this season, but not without respectable ceremony. Also, Okenabirhie has been transfer listed, as he never really got going for us in the top flight.

Youth academy progress

One player has been called up to the senior team.
Elliot Griffiths
Elliot Griffiths is currently very underwhelming, but hopefully various loan spells will help him grow as a decent defender.


That concludes this episode of this Western United in England series! The next episode will go over the rest of our third Premier League season as we seriously contend for European football.
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2020.09.18 13:14 House_of_Suns /r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 20: RADIOHEAD

Ah, change. Don't we all love it? Don't we all hate it? Remember moving out of your parents house and into some dingy college dorm for the first time? Getting married and having children? How about being forced by a global pandemic to live inside for literal months?
Yep. Change can be good, like the kind you find in your couch cushions. But change can also be very, very bad, like the kind of change that Weezer went through, going from indie rock darlings to a meme-driven cover band. Side note: get your fucking shit together, Rivers Cuomo. Either way, change is often divisive - and this concept is core to understanding today’s band of the week.
There is constant pressure for an artist to evolve and change their sound, to develop and create something new. Any real songwriter knows that they can’t just slap a different label on the same can and sell it back to their audience without losing the respect of their peers...unless you happen to be AC/DC, who somehow made the same album 15 times with two different singers. The pop industry’s oversaturated mess of recycled garbage is never going to be admired by critics, even though pre-programmed FM radio and tweens seem to love it.
Our very own Queens of prehistory are the perfect example of how an artist can experiment and advance their sound from record to record. Every album builds on the last one and takes their sound in a new direction. This can be both amazing AND divisive, depending on your point of view.
Today, we will look at a band that did even more. These guys went through one of the most daring style changes in music history, and came out the other side completely unscathed. They’re a shining example of how to evolve, and how to not only change your sound, but to change the very concept of rock music.
You guessed it, today’s artist is none other than RADIOHEAD
About Them
You know how music makes you happy?
This is not that kind of music.
If you are looking for a pick-me-up, for that Walkin’ On Sunshine vibe to make you bop down the sidewalk, then you need to run far, far away from this band. It is not that their music is Soundgarden-dark or Alice In Chains-dark. It is not NIN-angry or RATM-angry. Radiohead sounds like someone compressed a rainy day, mixed in two gallons of melancholy, got a distillation of being dumped by your girlfriend, and then made you watch your puppy get run over...twice. It is sorrow and regret and woe and dejection all brewed in a cauldron of gloom.
And it punches you right in the fucking feels, every time.
The band is made up of brothers Jonny Greenwood (who rivals Keaunu Reeves with his ability to somehow not age) on guitar and keys, Colin Greenwood on bass, Philip Selway on drums, Ed O’Brien on guitar and backing vocals, and the king of falsetto himself, Thom Yorke, on vocals, keys, and guitar. The five guys from the County of Oxfordshire in England all met in school. In the classic story of teenage rebellion, they got together and formed a band that no one had ever heard of called On A Friday. The band played together all through their teenage years and into university. As they cut their teeth on the local club and tavern circuit, the band got tighter and tighter. This was noted by Chris Hufford and Bryce Edge, who saw them play and were so impressed with their raw talent that they helped them record a demo tape and became the band’s managers - a position they still hold today. The demo was shopped to a number of record labels. The net result was that On A Friday was signed to a six-album deal with EMI.
Clearly, we all know and own On A Friday albums today, don’t we? Nope. At the request of their label, they changed their name to the moniker we all know now. The name was inspired by a Talking Heads tune. Clearly, David Byrne must have had a stash of band names hidden somewhere in his comically oversized suit.
The newly-minted Radiohead caught their ticket to fame with the song Creep. You have to remember that when the world were listening to Soundgarden and Kyuss and Stone Temple Pilots and Nirvana crank out amazing grungy, sludgy riffs and tunes, Radiohead rode a wave of self-loathing and awkwardness to international fame. The brilliance of Creep lies in the fact that its lyrics and its music are in direct contrast to each other. When you listen to Thom Yorke lament the fact that he is not worthy of wooing the girl he is chasing, you become sad. But the soaring major chords of the guitar pivot from one to another and create a cognitive dissonance. The music makes you feel the emotional joy of the man who fixates on his crush while the lyrics simultaneously show the soul destroying experience of his unrequited longing.
As it turns out, lots and lots of people have felt this kind of doubt and anguish. Creep was a bonafide hit and is still the band’s most successful single. It made their debut album, Pablo Honey, a world wide best seller. The band’s first international tour as an opening act for Belly and PJ Harvey saw them play the song every night to crowds who knew and sang every word.
The net result? They grew to absolutely hate the song, to the point where they abjectly refused to play it live for years at a time. The irony is, of course, that the incredible success of that one tune gave them immense freedom to experiment with their sound.
Their second album, The Bends, was no happier than the first. The tune My Iron Lung has the lyrics This is our new song, just like the last one, a total waste of time, which was a commentary on the fan’s reaction to Creep. But in a twist of fate, reviews of My Iron Lung said that it was just like Creep. It was enough to, I don’t know, maybe make your eyelid droop or something.
The Bends was released in 1995 and went platinum. Critics initially did not know what to do with it, as it was a genuine album rather than a few singles surrounded by filler. But classic Radiohead tunes High and Dry, Black Star, Just and Fake Plastic Trees can all be found here. The Chicago Tribune gave it one star out of four, and said that the lyrics were self-absorbed and the music was pretentious. Undeterred, Radiohead toured as an opener for Alanis Morrisette and R.E.M. The influence of this dark and moody album cannot be overstated. Acts like Muse, Coldplay, James Blunt and Garbage all cite it as a direct influence on them. Many Radiohead fans place it second only to OK Computer in the band’s canon.
So did Radiohead’s third album build on that kind of success?
Fuck no.
They had an amazing, world-topping single in Creep and then released an album devoid of singles.
They had a fantastic guitar-driven moody thematic album, and then completely abandoned that sound.
OK Computer is the ultimate anti-consumerist album, and it cemented Radiohead as the kings of progressive rock. One needs only listen to Stephen Hawking spittin’ fire on the tune Fitter Happier to know that this was unlike anything ever released, not just by the band, but by any band. Side note: This Hawking guy gets around, doesn’t he? Collaborating with Mastodon and Radiohead? I’d say with those unique vocal stylings, he has a bright future as a musician.
Everyone loved OK Computer...even The Chicago Tribune. It was immediately hailed by critics as the most important album since Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Dark Side of the Moon. It routinely makes lists of the greatest albums in rock and roll. Listening to it is an emotional roller coaster even now, more than two decades later. It foreshadows the information age and subsequent alienation that we all live in today.
Exit Music (For a Film) was originally written for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Romeo+Juliet, but the movie producers selected Talk Show Host from The Bends instead. Let Down is an absolutely haunting fan favorite that is still part of live sets from the band today. Karma Police, No Surprises, and Lucky were all released as singles from the album, and probably have helped to sell as much kleenex as they did vinyl. But the standout track on their third release was the multi-movement composition Paranoid Android. Named after Marvin the Paranoid Android from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this song in four sections regularly appears on lists of the greatest rock songs of all time. The weird animated video cemented the song as an anti-capitalist anthem. It is a truly epic tune that drew immediate comparisons to Bohemian Rhapsody and A Day in the Life. Paranoid Android was over six minutes long and has soaring guitars and choral chanting mixed in with what sounds like an entire effects rack slowly dying by strangulation. It was the most ambitious track on an incredibly ambitious album, and critics loved every single note.
So of course, that meant that Radiohead had to abandon this sound for something entirely different.
The success of OK Computer and the tour that followed led to burnout for the band and writer’s block for Thom Yorke. When it came time to record Kid A, the band did not just take a left turn, they spun completely through a multi-dimensional roundabout. Thom Yorke set about writing the lyrics by cutting up and rearranging common sayings and phrases mixed with violent imagery and turning them into a kind of lyrical collage. In a band with four members who play some kind of guitar, they wrote songs with zero guitar lines. Thom Yorke has said that he approached his vocals on this album not as a singer with lyrics, but to use the voice more as an instrument on its own.
Since OK Computer was such a massive hit, anticipation for Kid A was high. Radiohead refused to do any promotion of the album. Nevertheless, the record company released the artwork and some ‘blips’ from the songs. The band played some tracks on tour and an underground internet market for bootlegs emerged. Three weeks before the release date the entire album was leaked on Napster.
When it was officially released in 2000, critics did not know what to make of it. Radiohead released no singles from the album. Some called Kid A commercial suicide. Others said it was confusing and aimless and self-indulgent, and the only challenging thing about the album was the very real challenge to your attention span. But history has vindicated this soaring, orchestral jazz-inspired album. Tracks like Everything in its Right Place and How to Disappear Completely and Idioteque are fan favorites. And I don’t care who you are, The National Anthem is a complete banger.
So the pattern was established: Each album was a complete pivot, and challenged their listeners to adapt to the new sound. Right?
Wrong again, motherfucker.
Amnesiac, released in 2001, picked up right where Kid A left off. This was completely intentional, since the writing sessions for Kid A had yielded too much material for one album. At one point, a massive double album - Kid Amnesiac? - had been contemplated, but the band decided to split the two. Sometimes derided as the B-Sides from Kid A, Amnesiac saw the band dive straight into ProTools and AutoTune and backmasking every single effect ever. This is blended with influences from Jazz and, presumably, whatever was on BBC World Service that day. They did release a couple of singles, notably Pyramid Song and Knives Out. QotSA fans will love a B-Side off of this album called The Amazing Sounds of Orgy which bears a striking resemblance to music from our paleolithic monarchs.
I’m not sure if you remember or not, but 2001 was a bonkers year. Kid A and Amnesiac were albums that were embracing the shift to the information age and incorporated electronica into music. But in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the US and the subsequent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, the entire global mood lurched from one of hope for the future to fear for our safety. Radiohead’s angriest album, Hail to the Thief, released in 2003, and captures that sense of urgency and distress. The core of the album was recorded in two short weeks in Los Angeles, with the band workshopping and completing almost one song per day. Given the complex reengineering that they had previously done on the last three albums, this was a significant shift in process. 2 + 2 = 5 was finished in just two hours.
The lyrics on the album were a grab-bag of quotes from Dante and nursery rhymes and science fiction and reflections on the election of George Bush Jr and the subsequent war on terror. Every song has an alternate title (because, well, Radiohead) and thus an alternate meaning. Ultimately, it is an album that cuts through the fog of war and is a massive critique of what the band perceived as the naked opportunism of turning real tragedy into profit (hence the album title). A little over two months before it was due to release, the album was AGAIN leaked online. This completely pissed off the band , as it was an unpolished version. The actual release was in June of 2003. And of course, Hail to the Thief soared to number one, on the strength of songs like There There and Backdrifts and Scatterbrain and the incredibly angry I Will. Critics fell in love with Radiohead all over again.
Hail to the Thief completed Radiohead’s six-album contract with EMI. This made them the world’s most popular unsigned band. But at this point, they had become too big for any one label, though many came knocking. They went on a hiatus to catch their breath and reflect on where they had come from.
Recording sessions for In Rainbows began in 2005 but stalled. The band tried again in 2006 and stalled again. The band took to the road and played the new songs live to work out the kinks. This seemed to work, because the third time the band went into the studio things started to click. In Rainbows has a post-anger clarity to it. Tunes like Jigsaw Falling into Place and Nude and House of Cards show the band had moved past their past, and were once again pioneers in the new frontier.
But what truly set the album apart from literally anything else in 2007 was the way it was released. Remember how Hail to the Thief and Amnesiac were leaked online? Well, Radiohead did what only a wildly popular unsigned band could do: they released In Rainbows online for free. They just asked people to pay whatever they wanted. This was a tectonic shift in the music industry which had seen profits spiraling downwards with the rise of single song purchases through digital platforms. Free music? For anyone? Once again, Radiohead completely challenged the existing model - just in a brand new way.
Oh, and I cannot stress this enough: Get yourself a set of good headphones and spend 43 minutes just listening to In Rainbows without distraction. It is a god damn amazing album with absolutely fantastic production. It is easily their most accessible album since The Bends.
Fans of Radiohead would have to wait another four years before their eighth album, The King of Limbs, was dropped. Named after a tree in Wiltshire, England, the album again is a shift in sound for the band (I know, I know, this is a complete shock for you). Released as a digital download, management stated that this was the most profitable album for the band out of all of them since there was no record label to feed. The songs are laced with looping and sampling and electronica. Heavy rhythms dominate and are interspersed with wind sounds and bird song. Basically, if you released this album on bandcamp, no one would pay any attention...but Radiohead released it, and it was an instant hit. The video for Lotus Flower spawned Thom Yorke dancing memes, which makes complete sense if you have seen it. It must be experienced to be understood.
Radiohead’s ninth and most recent release is 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool. Eschewing birdsong this time, this album leans heavily into choir and orchestral and strings and chamber music to craft its sound. It is a broad commentary on climate change and groupthink. Burn the Witch, with its claymation video, is a visual treatise on the dangers of the mob and getting caught up in the moment. True Love Waits was a song that the band had been working on since 1995 and shows them at their disconsolate best.
And yes, A Moon Shaped Pool again hit number one on the charts.
At this point I am certain that Radiohead could piece together the sounds of dumping cutlery on the floor, whalesong and goose honks together with the back-masked theme from The Legend of Zelda to write a song about losing your umbrella on a rainy day...and have a number one hit. And if they do just that, I expect royalties.
What is certain is that fans are eagerly anticipating where Radiohead will go next. They are ready to embrace whatever change Thom Yorke and the boys throw their way, and don’t spend their time bitching about how the latest album from the band just isn’t as good as the rest of their discography.
There is a lesson to be learned there somewhere.
Links to QOTSA
Our prehistoric monarchs and Radiohead both have some things in common. The theme of change is absolutely one of them. Each album is an evolution (or revolution ) from what has gone before, and some of the fanbase can find this challenging.
Interestingly, both bands recorded songs called Burn the Witch, and both are indictments of groupthink. Josh’s version states, There they are, the mob it cries for blood, to twist the tale, into firewood.. Thom Yorke sings, Red crosses on wooden doors, and if you float you burn, loose talk around tables, abandon all reason. Written at different times by different artists, both explore the same theme with different sounds.
Josh has not been shy about how much he loves Radiohead. He has stated, “Not everyone is Radiohead. You’re talking about one of the finest working bands in the world…In Rainbows? I think it’s fucking just comes out of a jam and keeps moving, and little things get stacked on top of what we hear before something else gets taken away, you know? It’s very cool. We were in New York when we heard the first single, and we were like shit, they’re haulin’ ass, that’s awesome.”
Both Homme and Thom Yorke have worked (albeit at different times) on the trip hop / alt rock band UNKLE. Yorke appeared on their second album, Psyence Fiction, lending his vocals to the song Rabbit in Your Headlights. Meanwhile, Homme played on their third album, War Stories. In particular, Josh sang on the song Restless, which is a certified banger.
Their Music
Creep -- over 421 MILLION views, incredibly popular, and hated by the band and hard core fans.
High and Dry -- Of course it ends in the rain.
Just -- Just an amazing video that tells an amazing story. Does anyone else still wonder what he said? In my opinion, I think he must have disclosed the reason why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch. This knowledge is too much for mortal men.
Karma Police -- Let’s take a drive, there’s no way that could end poorly.
Paranoid Android -- I hope this makes you want to buy a purple toque, and not a g-string pouch for your family jewels.
Let Down -- Live in 2016
Everything in Its Right Place/Idioteque -- Live in 2016
The National Anthem -- A fanmade video with a cool visualizer.
Pyramid Song -- If you told me Boneface had a hand in this video I would believe you.
Knives Out -- This acid trip will give you nightmares about the game of Operation.
The Amazing Sounds of Orgy -- This sounds like it is right off of Lullabies to Paralyze.
2 + 2 = 5 -- Disclaimer: there is no actual math involved.
I Will -- Live in Paris
Jigsaw Falling Into Place -- All helmet cams, all the time (all the time)
House of Cards -- Apparently this video was shot with one of those pin things that you press against your face.
Lotus Flower -- So. Many. Memes.
Burn the Witch -- A low flying panic attack.
Show Them Some Love
Previous Posts
Alice in Chains
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Rage Against the Machine
Run the Jewels
Royal Blood
Arctic Monkeys
Ty Segall
Eagles of Death Metal
Them Crooked Vultures
Led Zeppelin
Greta Van Fleet
Ten Commandos
Screaming Trees
Sound City Players
Iggy Pop
The Strokes
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2020.09.14 10:07 pizzatarian Xbox Series X S Info and FAQ

For the 9th generation of consoles, Microsoft will be releasing two: the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Xbox Series X:
According to Phil Spencer, "Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, allowing you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you."
Reveal trailer and official store page.
Xbox Series S:
The Series S is, "an all-digital next-gen console designed to deliver everything that is core to next-generation gaming – faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds – in our smallest Xbox ever."
Reveal trailer and official store page.
Here is a comparison chart that shows the similarities and differences in specs between these two consoles
Release Date:
Both consoles will launch on November 10th, 2020.
The Series X is $499US, while the Series S is $299US.
Here is a chart that shows the price for these consoles in a couple different regions.
Next week, beginning September 22, you’ll be able to pre-order both Xbox Series X, our most powerful console ever made, and Xbox Series S, our smallest console ever delivering next-generation performance at a more affordable price.
– United States (8AM PT): Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Newegg, and other participating retailers
– Canada (8AM PT): Microsoft Store, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, EB Games, The Source, and other participating retailers
– UK (8AM BST): Microsoft Store, GAME, Amazon, Dixons, Currys PC World, Argos, John Lewis, Smyths Toys, VERY, AO, Tesco, Simply Game, Shopto and other participating retailers
– Australia (8AM AEST): Microsoft Store, JB Hifi, EB Games, Telstra, Harvey Norman, and other participating retailers
– New Zealand (8AM NZST): Microsoft Store, JB HiFi, EB Games, Spark, and other participating retailers
Across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, you can pre-order online starting at 9AM CEST at Microsoft Store, Amazon, MediaMarkt, GameStop, FNAC, Elkjøp/Elgiganten, and other participating retailers. Retailers and availability may differ by country.
For in-store pre-order availability please check with your preferred retailer.
Pre-order is also available via the Xbox All Access program.
Xbox All Access:
For those that may not already know, this is program that lets you make monthly payments over a 2 year period for the console instead of having to buy it outright.
With All Access, the Series X is $34.99US/month, while the Series S is $24.99US/month. Keep in mind this also includes 2 years of Game Pass Ultimate.
For now, the Xbox All Access program will be available through select retailers in 12 countries, and will expand into other countries and retailers in 2021.
Subscriptions / Services:
Xbox Live Gold - this membership is required to access online multiplayer and parties, and it also includes Deals with Gold, Games with Gold, and Free Play Days. This is $60US for a year, but can sometimes be found on sale for around $40 from third party retailers; for example, CD Keys.
Just an FYI, as long as one account has an Xbox Live Gold membership and sets their account as the 'home' on their console, then they will be able to share their Xbox Live, purchased games, and downloaded games from Game Pass with all other accounts on that console. It's important to note the account can change their home console 5 times a year.
Game Pass is a subscription service, similar to Netflix but for games, that gives access to 100+ games including Microsoft's first-party games on their respective launch dates for $9.99US/month.
Game Pass Ultimate, which is a similar service, but it not only combines Xbox Live with Game Pass, but also includes Game Pass for PC, EA Play, xCloud, and exclusive perks in select games for $14.99US/month.
I'll start this section by first providing what I think is some important information. When it comes to Microsoft's first-party games and continuing support for the Xbox One, Matt Booty (Head of Microsoft Studios) said: "As our content comes out over the next year, two years, all of our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of devices."
According to Aaron Greenberg (GM, Xbox Games Marketing) though, "Future 1P titles are developed for Xbox Series X first. Not saying those games won’t ship on Xbox One, only that we are leading with Series X & each studio will decide what's best for their game/community when they launch."
With that all in mind, I'll list known games that will be available on the new consoles and PC, but I'll also point out that some could also appear on the Xbox One family of devices. Just like the Console Launch Exclusives could eventually go to the the PS4 / 5.
First Party:
Avovwed - A first-person role-playing game set in the Pillars of Eternity universe from Obsidian Entertainment.
Everwild - This is a new IP from Rare, which is "inspired by the beauty of the natural world around us."
Fable - A reboot of the fantasy franchise, and it is being developed by the second studio at Playground Games.
Forza Motorsport - The next entry in the Forza Motorsport series from Turn 10 Studios, which will introduce ray tracing alongside 4K, 60fps.
Halo: Infinte - A "spiritual reboot" of the franchise that was set to launch along the new consoles; however, it has now been delayed into 2021.
Hellblade II - The follow up to the acclaimed action-adventure game from Ninja Theory.
Project: Mara - Also from Ninja Theory. This will be a "real-world and grounded representation of mental terror."
State of Decay 3 - A sequel in the open-world zombie series from Undead Labs.
Third Party:
As Dusk Falls - Created by new studio INTERIONIGHT in partnership with Microsoft Game Studios, this is a "multi-generational story set in the American Southwest about resilience, sacrifice and how the mistakes of the older generation transmit to the younger".
Flight Simulator 2020 - From Asobo Studio, this is the latest iteration in the franchise. It's already been released on PC, and will eventually be coming to console. No official release date yet though.
Gears: Tactics - A strategy game developed by Splash Damage and The Coalition. This launched a couple months ago on PC, but will be available on console November 10th, 2020.
Possible timed exclusives:
Call of the Sea
Second Extinction
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
The Ascent
The Gunk
The Medium
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
Montage of console launch exclusive [email protected] games.
Are the Xbox Series X S consoles backwards compatible with previous generations?
Like the Xbox One, these consoles will be BC to a certain extent. Phil Spencer stated, "It’s our intent for all Xbox One games that do not require Kinect to play on Xbox Series X at the launch of the console."
They will also be BC with the 360 and OG Xbox games that have already been BC. Here is that list.
Will the BC team add more 360 and OG Xbox games to the program?
They haven't officially said if / when they will be adding more games. All that's known at the moment is they shifted their focus to ensuring compatibility with the new consoles.
How do I play BC games?
Digital titles that you own and part of the BC catalog should automatically show up in the "Game Library" on the console. For disc-based games, just insert the disc and the console will begin downloading the game to your hard drive.
Will I keep my progress in BC games?
As long as your save has been uploaded to the cloud, then you should have no issue continuing from where you left off.
Will BC games be improved on the new consoles?
"The compatibility team has invented brand new techniques that enable even more titles to run at higher resolutions and image quality while still respecting the artistic intent and vision of the original creators. We are also creating whole new classes of innovations including the ability to double the frame rate of a select set of titles from 30 fps to 60 fps or 60 fps to 120 fps."
They also mention an HDR reconstruction technique that can automatically add HDR support to games, even 360 and OG Xbox games.
Note - Certain games will be optimized for these consoles, but that's up to the developers.
Is there a list of optimized games?
There is one a the bottom of this page. It also shows which games will use the Smart Delivery feature.
What is Smart Deliver?
A feature that allows you to purchase the Xbox One version of a supported title, and also get the Xbox Series X S version at no additional cost when it becomes available.
Will I be able to keep my profile / achievements?
Yes. Just sign in with your email and password and it should all sync up.
Can I use my Xbox One controllers on the Series X S consoles?
Yes, Xbox One controllers will work on the new consoles, and the new controllers will also work on an Xbox One console.
How about accessories?
Any officially licensed Xbox One accessory that connects to your console wired or wirelessly via USB will work on Xbox Series X. Additionally, any headsets that connects via your Xbox Wireless Controller’s 3.5mm port will also be supported.
What about the Kinect?
“There’s no way for Kinect to work,” confirms Spencer in an interview with The Verge. The rear of the Xbox Series X, just like the Xbox One X, does not include a dedicated Kinect port, and Microsoft won’t be supporting the USB Kinect Adapter it discontinued back in 2018 after killing off the Kinect in 2017.
Why is there no optical audio port?
Phil Spencer basically said it will not be included due to factors like space, cost, and usage.
Can I use my external HDD on these consoles?
You can use it to play OG Xbox, 360, and Xbox One games. You can also use it to store games optimized for these next-gen consoles. However, to play optimized games, you will need to either install them on the internal SSD or an expansion SSD.
How much is one of the expansion SSDs?
An official price has not been announced yet. Although, a rumor is suggesting $200+.
What is the Xbox Velocity Architecture?
It consists of four major components: the custom NVME SSD, hardware accelerated decompression blocks, a brand new DirectStorage API layer and Sampler Feedback Streaming (SFS).
What is Quick Resume?
This is a console feature that lets you basically switch between 4 games with virtually no loading.
How does loading times compare with current gen?
Here's a quick demo from State of Decay 2.
Do I need an Xbox Live Gold membership to watch apps like Netflix?
No, Microsoft removed that requirement years ago.
If I missed anything or mixed something up, then just let me know and I'll try to correct it asap.
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2020.08.25 01:42 rotocatgo Hot, low-ownership hitters to target for the week ahead

Here’s a quick roundup of low-ownership (25% or less) hitters who have been swinging a hot stick over the last calendar week (dating back to Monday, Aug. 17), along with their Yahoo ownership percentage and other positional eligibility in parentheses.
These aren’t long-term recommendations, just a PSA for redraft deep-leaguers who are needing a short-term boost at a certain position and may require an out-of-the-box solution.
C: Chance Sisco, Orioles (6%) – Hit two homers last week and so far has an average exit velocity that would be tops on his club if he had enough at-bats to qualify. (He’s nearly there.) Pedro Severino left Sunday’s game early (right hip), so Sisco might be in line for more playing time.
1B: Eric Thames, Nationals (OF, 6%) – After a brutal start, is 6-for-18 with a homer in his last five games. Doesn’t start against lefties, but he’ll see three Phillies’ righthanders this week before facing a hemorrhaging rotation at Fenway.
2B: Jonathan Schoop, Tigers (17%) – Three multi-hit games against divisional foes last week with a couple of dingers, including this destruction of a lollipop curveball from Adam Plutko. Facing stingy staffs in Comerica this week, but there are other 2B options here if that gives you pause.
3B: Brad Miller, Cardinals (2B/OF, 13%) – Streaky hitter off to a nice start since returning from the IL. Only starts against righties, and he’ll see gas-can Matt Harvey on Tuesday before facing an all-righthanded, albeit tough, Indians’ rotation.
SS: Luis Garcia, Nationals (2B, 5%) – Playing second base but qualifies at short in Yahoo. Had two 3-hit games and the first homer of his career (which was the first-ever homer hit by a player born in the 2000s). The 20-year-old has an appetizing slate ahead with the Phillies and Red Sox.
OF: Austin Riley, Braves (3B, 14%) – Feasted on Phillies pitchers over the weekend and gets them again this week. He’s a windmill, but the ball goes far when he connects.
OF: Kevin Pillar, Red Sox (16%) – One of Boston’s lone offensive bright spots who’s suddenly walking more in his eighth season. He plays every day and leads off versus lefties, chipping in occasional power and speed.
OF: Brandon Belt, Giants (1B, 4%) – Went 9-for-19 (.474) last week with a homer. Sits versus lefthanders but really stings righties.
Honorable Mentions:
Jose Trevino, Rangers (C, 3%) – Had multiple hits in each of his last four starts with his first homer of the year, a pull-side liner off a misplaced Dinelson Lamet heater. Doesn’t crack the starting lineup above on account of Robinson Chirinos’ expected activation from the IL.
Matt Beaty, Dodgers (1B/3B/OF, 1%) – Been getting more opportunities with Edwin Rios on the IL, but still not playing every day and is likelier to sit versus lefties. Has a short stroke that produces a high rate of contact, and he’s grown more aggressive swinging at the first pitch while chasing less.
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2020.08.23 15:00 Complex_Avocado_6479 Come on, we all know who killed Jeffrey Epstein - The main players behind the worldwide child trafficking scandal are none other than the secret services - CIA, MI6, Mossad. Here is a collection of evidence.

Original post by the u/TheGrainLantern.
Following the Epstein "suicide", it's more clear than ever that there is an organization which uses children in pedophilic sex parties, in order to blackmail and control powerful people. These children are frequently murdered by these sick individuals. Some can also be traumatized for the purpose of creating dissociative personalities so they can be mind-controlled. For a full breakdown of the worldwide scandals, see this list and this documentary - both of which are non-exhaustive and already out of date, such is the scale of this operation.
Common traits of these scandals are:
Now ask yourself, what is the one type of organization which can accomplish all of these things? There is only one.
The secret services.
The only organization which would have the authority and the means to accomplish all these feats, to assert such a degree of control over all the outcomes, is military intelligence. Other entities may be involved - billionaires for example - but money can only accomplish so much. Yes you can purchase a newspaper and have journalists write something, but you can't just pay someone to murder someone in a prison and make it look like suicide. Prison security need to be moved, clearance needs to be given. People need to be so scared that they keep their mouth shut. The only way you do this is by having significant amounts of money and resources at your disposal, but also authority over them.
Here is a collection of evidence supporting this assertion:
  1. Epstein flew a helicopter which shared tail numbers with a covert US military helicopter used by DynCorp. Dyncorp has a history of child trafficking scandals in many countries and is owned by Steve Feinberg (US intelligence board). Epstein's pilot is rumored to be in US intelligence and a Mossad agent, Junkerman, has flown on his jet. Summary. Epstein's close associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, is the child of media baron Robert Maxwell, who had links to British, Israeli, and Russian secret service. Epstein got off very lightly in 2008 for sexually abusing underage girls. The current labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, gave him a very lenient deal. Who can pull the strings to make this happen? Either Acosta is a part of the conspiracy, or another entity was forcing his hand - the only entity that is capable of doing so is military intelligence. AG William Barr worked in Epstein's legal team. Barr's father, Donald Barr, was in the OSS, which was the precursor to the CIA. Donald Barr gave Epstein his first job as a math teacher in an elite, politically connected school, even though Epstein did not have any qualifications or even a college degree. And assuming that Epstein didn't commit suicide, whoever had him killed was able to make a murder look like suicide, inside a prison, while the target was under suicide watch. Guards were apparently told to leave the area due to maintenance, and CCTV camera footage was either prevented or confiscated Source. Only military intelligence operatives have the resources to pull this off. Epstein's murder, whether real or faked, was the CIA disposing of a loose asset.
  2. It is a documented historical fact that the CIA engaged in child trafficking, including child sexual abuse, to blackmail useful officials, in the MK Ultra project. Source 1 Source 2. Note that only a small portion of the documents for this project ever came to light - the majority were destroyed.
  3. The Franklin Scandal. The ring leader of the pedophile blackmail ring, Larry King, had ties to US Intelligence. Source, page 34 In a subsequent scandal involving a "call-boy ring" in Washington D.C., an associate of King's, Craig Spence, committed suicide in a hotel. The mysterious Spence was "a CIA asset" and had bugged his home so he could blackmail powerful people. Source, page 279
  4. Paul Bonacci, who was awarded $1m by a judge for the sexual abuse done to him by Larry King, was also involved in a MK-Ultra follow-up mind control operation called Monarch (also confirmed by other survivors). He directly named Colonel Michael Aquino as one of the leads in the project. Aquino worked for navy intelligence. Around this time, allegations of child sex abuse were being leveled at army bases all over the United States. Source. So it seems, at least in the 70s and 80s, there was a dedicated program by the US military for child trafficking, sexual abuse, and mind control.
  5. The Belgium Scandal. A key witness, Regina Louf, alleged that convicted child rapist and murderer Marc Dutroux kidnapped children, including her, for businessman Michel Nihoul. Louf alleged that Nihoul had hidden cameras and that she had to make sure her rapists were in the camera's field of view. Louf's allegations were independently corroborated by many other witnesses, many of whom could give intimate case details such as room layouts. Nihoul was found not guilty, after judges overruled the jury's guilty verdict. Louf was also discredited by the Belgian government's own TV station, which labelled her a deranged liar. The case was the subject of a massive public outcry after police made a huge number of serious mistakes, such as even neglecting to search a basement after children's voices could be heard - this mistake led to the children starving to death in their basement cell. Many witnesses related to the case died in mysterious circumstances, such as committing suicide despite having no personal problems, or having car accidents.Source 1 Source 2 Again, which organization has the ability to influence national media, influence senior judges, influence police, and kill people to make it look like suicide or an accident? The security services.
  6. The Hampstead cover-up, in which two children related that their father forced them to engage in satanic ritual abuse at their school and at a church, as well as pedophilic parties with their father's friends, including cutting off babies' heads. Babies were supplied to the cult by social services. An experienced police detective is on record saying he believed the children and their mother. The authorities quickly closed ranks on the situation, with a judge removing the children from their mother, which goes against lawful procedure. Medical examinations by experienced professionals proved that the children had been sexually abused (vaginal and anal examinations). Crucial evidence was withheld from hearings. Child protection authorities and the Home Office was silent and inactive. To cover up information related to the case, all major media outlets were served with a defense advisory (DA) notice - a DA notice is an official request to news editors not to publish or broadcast items on specified subjects which would compromise military or intelligence operations. Source.
  7. In 1987 a satanic cult in Washington D.C., the Finders, was investigated after children were seen being apparently trafficked by two well-dressed men. At the properties of the Finders, investigators discovered evidence of satanic ritual abuse, blackmail, sophisticated communication technology, and explosives. The CIA took over the investigation and declared it an "internal matter". No further investigation was permitted. Source
  8. Ronald Bernard confesses in an emotional interview about having to sacrifice children to prove yourself as a psychopath in the financial elite. He also says that "secret services are actually criminal organizations ... they will stop at nothing. They have their flows of money from trading drugs, weapons, people. All that money has to come from somewhere, everything has to be financed." Source
  9. The Jersey scandal (full breakdown here). A policeman, Lenny Harper, investigating a children's care home (which Jimmy Savile frequently visited), claims he recovered forensic evidence that children were killed and incinerated in the basement. In March 2008, BBC television personality Jimmy Savile started legal proceedings against The Sun newspaper which had, wrongly he claimed, linked him in several articles to the child abuse scandal at Haut de la Garenne. Savile initially denied visiting Haut de la Garenne, but later admitted that he had done so, following the publication of a photograph showing him at the home surrounded by children. The States of Jersey Police said that in 2008 an allegation of an indecent assault by Savile at the home in the 1970s had been investigated, but there had been insufficient evidence to proceed. The forensic evidence found on the site was repeatedly compromised when it was sent to the UK for analysis. Lenny Harper received many death threats and was attacked by Jersey's local media, and some national media outlets. A journalist who later tried to investigate was arrested, held for 12 hours at Heathrow airport, and banned from the island. Vice article The list of suspects in the case include British government officials. According to Harper, Chief Minister for Jersey Frank Walker (OBE) warned Harper that his investigation could "bring the government down". In September 2008, the investigation team was changed. David Warcup, the leader of the new team, said there was "no evidence" that children were killed at Haut and that Harper's information he gave to the press were not accurate. Warcup said that the bones were animal bones and that the 60 milk teeth had come out naturally. Telegraph article 2 The new team also claimed that a child's skull was actually a piece of coconut (citing no scientific analysis), going against statements made by two anthropologists that it was a skull fragment as it contained collagen, and moreover that it was "fleshed and fresh" when it had been burned. Source Warcup said that the bones which were found could have been hundreds of years old, however an expert told Harper that they could only be a few decades old. Source 2 MP John Hemming said that he had no doubt that there were efforts to cover up the murder evidence. BBC article
  10. A man called Carl Beech claimed that in the 70s and 80s he and a number of other boys were raped by powerful people in London. He made claims specifically against twelve people, including the former Members of Parliament Harvey Proctor (who had already been convicted of gross indecency for having sex with teenage boys) and Greville Janner, the former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, the former Prime Minister Edward Heath, the former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Bramall, the former Director of the Secret Intelligence Service Maurice Oldfield, and the former Director-General of MI5 Michael Hanley. Beech claimed that he was abused at a number of places including Dolphin Square, the Carlton Club, and various other places in the Home Counties. Beech also falsely claimed that the group murdered three children: two for sexual pleasure, and a third to intimidate the others. Proctor's solicitors told him that Beech had alleged that he had seen Proctor repeatedly stab a 12-year-old boy before strangling him to death, and that he himself had been raped by Proctor. The officer leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, said in December 2014 that experienced officers had concluded that the allegations were "credible and true". McDonald was later criticised for the statement, and it was retracted. The investigating team was changed, no further evidence was found, and Beech was sentenced to 19 years in prison. Source
  11. Natacha Jaitt, a playboy model, alleged that she had evidence of a VIP child abuse ring, involving journalists and politicians in Argentina. She tweeted that "Notice: I will not commit suicide. I won’t be bought off or drown in a bath tub, nor will I shoot myself in the head. So, if that happens: I wasn’t me. Save this tweet." She was later found dead of an apparent drug overdose - her lawyer and brother suspect foul play. Source
  12. Former police officer Mark Minnie wrote an explosive book detailing a pedophile ring in South African government. Minnie, 58, was found with a bullet to his head, but many people are refusing to believe the police version - that he took his own life at the farm of a friend near the coastal city of Port Elizabeth. "The fact that the suicide note was found doesn't necessarily mean he wrote it willingly. I mean he could've written it under duress. The fact that he shot himself with someone else's pistol already raises questions," investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw told South Africa's radio 702. Source
  13. Imane Fadil was a Moroccan ex-model who became a celebrity after becoming a key witness in the 2013 “Rubygate” trials which accused the media mogul and ex-Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi of “child prostitution”. Fadil was also looking to be a witness in a related investigation (dubbed “Ruby ter”) that is still ongoing. In 2018, Fadil claimed in an interview that Berlusconi’s infamous “parties” lead to dark, satanic rituals. She was also in the process of writing a tell-all book about Rubygate and the dark secrets of Berlusconi. The name of the projected book was quite evocative: I Met the Devil. However, in the past weeks, things dramatic turn. Imane Fadil died in a hospital room in Milan on March 1st after a month of agony. Media sources reported her death only 15 days after the fact, mostly because authorities announced the opening of a homicide investigation. Indeed, the cause of Fadil’s death is currently believed to be “murder by radioactive poisoning”. Source
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2020.08.20 17:47 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters ‘W-Z’ in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters ‘W-Z’ under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letter M on July 20, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters N-Q on July 27, 2020. You can check that out here ( There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I posted letter R on July 29, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letter S on August 7, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters T-V on August 13, 2020. You can check that out here (
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here:
Wachtmeister, Eric: Swedish Internet entrepreneur. He was the founder of the now defunct social media website, A Small World. The Weinstein Company, Robert Pittman, and Alexander von Furstenberg were all heavy investors and are all listed in Epstein’s black book (check out previous threads for further information). Early in his career, Wachtmeister was an investment banker who worked for Rothschild & Co. and Lehman Brothers. His father was Count Wilhelm Wachtmeister, a Swedish diplomat, ambassador to the United States, and close friend of George H.W. Bush.
Wagner, David: Not enough info.
Wainwright, Rupert: British movie director and producer.
Waksal, Sam: Pharmaceutical entrepreneur and CEO. Despite the nerdy sounding job description, Waksal hobnobs with celebrities. He dated Martha Stewart’s daughter, is a friend of Ronald Perelman’s ex-wife, and counts Mick Jagger among his friends ( In 2002 and 2003, Waksal pleaded guilty to securities fraud, bank fraud, obstruction of justice, perjury, conspiracy, and wire fraud. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2003. He was released in 2009.
Wallace, Mike: Television journalist best known for his role as lead correspondent on the news program 60 Minutes. Longtime 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, was forced to step down from his position after Ronan Farrow’s article in The New Yorker that mentioned Fager’s sexual misconduct ( towards Sarah Johansen, an intern at the time (now a producer) who said that the atmosphere of 60 Minutes was like that of a “boy’s club.” Epstein hosted a reception for Wallace at his NYC mansion back in 1997 ( Wallace can be seen in this photo (date uncertain, but must have been 1991 or earlier) with Robert Maxwell (Ghislaine’s father) and Donald Trump (
Walters, Barbara: Famous television personality/broadcast journalist known for 20/20, The View, and berating Corey Feldman for trying to “damage an entire industry” when he came out against pedophilia in Hollywood ( Walters goes way back with Ghislaine and her family, as she swam around the same social circles as Ghislaine’s father, Robert Maxwell ( Here is a picture from Steve Forbes’s 70th birthday party ( that shows Barbara walking just behind Robert Maxwell. Barbara is pictured here ( with Ghislaine and some others (7th picture down). We can only wish her the most agonizing of deaths.
Ward, Kevin: A 34-year veteran of the NYPD who was eventually promoted to Borough Commander. Currently the Vice President of Security and Operations for Bryant Park Corporation. Received a Master’s Degree from Harvard, which is extremely rare for a law enforcement official. It’s odd that Epstein would have three different telephone numbers for such a decorated member of law enforcement. Interesting.
Warner, Ozzie: No info found.
Warnford-Davis, Ms Mandy: The former sister-in-law of Ghislaine’s brother, Kevin. Kevin and his wife, Pandora, divorced after more than 20 years of marriage. Mandy is Pandora’s sister. She works as a lawyer in London.
Wasserman, Casey & Laura: Casey is an entertainment and sports agent executive. Grandson of Hollywood mogul and mafia-linked Lee Wasserman. Laura Zifren is Casey’s wife. She is a movie music supervisor. Casey and Laura both appear on Epstein’s “Lolita Express” flight log ( during the infamous Africa trip which featured the likes of Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, and Chris Tucker. Casey donates a lot of time and money to the Clinton Foundation and considers Bill Clinton to be a close friend and his philanthropic “mentor” ( The Wassermans have donated between $10 and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation ( The Wassermans have set up a charity called The Wasserman Foundation through which they donate money to a number of different causes, including several children’s groups (
Wassong, David: Managing Director for Soros (yes, that Soros) Fund Management who has worked for Soros for over 20 years ( Here’s a lovely picture ( of Wassong with Ghislaine Maxwell from 2011. There’s nothing weird about it except for Ghislaine’s eye-catching earrings, which bare a striking resemblance to pedophile symbolism ( David’s father, Dan, was a chronic sexual harasser of his secretaries ( Perhaps sexual deviancy runs in the family.
Wastnage, Lucy: Wife of David Tang. Already listed earlier under ‘Tang, Mr David and Lucy Wastnag.’ Copy and pasted from my ‘T-V’ thread… David was a Hong Kong businessman who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion chain and several restaurants that attract the elite. Tang was a philanthropist who was involved in several charities, including Youth Outreach (YO), a charitable organization started in Hong Kong by Reverend Peter Newberry. This charity’s goal was to help at-risk youths ( Tang was considered one of the most well-connected people in London. He and his wife, Lucy, counted Prince Andrew, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife), Kevin Spacey, the Duke of Marlborough, and Mick Jagger among their friends ( Tang vehemently defended Prince Andrew in 2011 when his relationship with Epstein was made public ( Two years later, Ghislaine celebrated her 51st birthday at China Tang, David’s restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel. Despite the backlash Prince Andrew received for counting Epstein among his friends, he attended Ghislaine’s birthday, along with former Labour minister Shaun Woodward and wife Camilla, the Earl and Countess of Derby, Dorrit Moussaieff, the diamond heiress/wife of the president of Iceland, Tamara Beckwith, and John Eliasch, multi-millionaire boss of sports firm Head. Every single one of those people appear in Epstein’s contacts. Epstein had 16 phone numbers, two email addresses, and three street addresses listed under David and Lucy’s names. David Tang died in 2017.
Waterman, Felicity: Model and actress who was a client of Elite Modeling Agency, along with Epstein/Maxwell pals Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum and many other famous models.
Watson, Victoria: Secretary at De Cadenet Motor Racing Limited (, a company owned by former race car driver Alain de Cadenet, who was listed earlier in Epstein’s black book.
Webb, Veronica: Supermodel. Former Victoria’s Secret (Les Wexner) model.
Weidenfeld, Lord: Founder of Weidenfeld and Nicolson publishing company. Weidenfeld (1919-2016) was a tremendous supporter of Israel and Oxford University. Weidenfeld was close friends with the Rothschilds. For more info on Weidenfeld’s deep-rooted connection with the Rothschilds and Israel, check out this wonderful Youtube video ( It’s very well-researched and connects all the dots. Other high-ranking friends of Weidenfeld included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. Secretary of State (and should-be war criminal) Henry Kissinger.
Weinberg, Jason: Top Hollywood talent manager who represents some of the biggest names in movies and television. Weinberg held his 50th birthday at a restaurant in Easthampton, NY ( Attendees included Harvey Weinstein and actress Uma Thurman, the ex-fiance of ARK Academy founder and possible pedophile and child trafficker, Arpad Busson. Weinberg has been pictured with Peggy Siegal, the publicist who helped Epstein get into elite parties after he was convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution. They likely know each other because they were both trained by legendary Hollywood publicist Bobby Zarem.
Weinstein, Bob: Bob is Harvey Weinstein’s brother and a top movie producer and Hollywood executive. Bob has denied any knowledge of his brother’s seemingly endless sexual harassment charges and has publicly rebuked Harvey. Bob has been accused of harassment by Amanda Segel, a female showrunner (
Weintraub, Harriet: Founder of public relations firm HWPR ( Was once in business with Epstein enabler Peggy Siegal (
Westheimer, Ruth Dr: Better known as Dr. Ruth, the popular sex therapist and TV personality.
Weymouth, Mrs Lally: Senior associate editor of The Washington Post. Eldest child of Katherine Graham, the publisher who ran her family’s newspaper, The Washington Post, from 1963-1991. Lally is best known for throwing huge bipartisan parties at her house in the Hamptons. This article ( does a great job of detailing who goes to these parties (ex: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner partying with George Soros, Soros partying with David Koch, etc) and the fact that behind closed doors, the same people who publicly insult each other from both sides of the aisle, are actually friends and just laughing at us for believing their theatrics. AGAIN, THE WHOLE IDEA OF PARTISANSHIP IS COMPLETE BULLSHIT. STOP ALIGNING WITH ONE SIDE. IT’S US VS. THEM. THAT’S IT.
White, Somers: Former model and advertising executive. Married to Jonathan Farkas, heir to the Alexander’s department stores fortune. Named to the Commission on Presidential Scholars by Donald Trump in 2019. Pictured here ( with Ghislaine Maxwell.
White, Victoria: Former wife of Lord Gordon White, Texas businessman Tom O’Gara, and famed Hollywood producer Robert Evans.
White, Michael: Likely the theatemovie producer or the British journalist who was the associate editor of The Guardian until 2016 and a regular commentator on BBC. Could be either one.
White O’Gara, Victoria: See Victoria White above.
Whitworth, Alan & Wendy: Wendy Whitworth is a managing editor with ties to Ghislaine and her family. She was managing editor of Remembering for the Future: The Holocaust in An Age of Genocide, an assortment of Holocaust-centered articles, which was released in 2001. Ghislaine Maxwell’s mother, Elisabeth, was the editor-in-chief of the publication. Ghislaine and her sisters, Isabel and Christine, are listed as financial sponsors and committee coordinator ( The honorary president of the publication is Elie Wiesel, the famous authoHolocaust survivor who also appears in Epstein’s book and was also accused of sexual harassment. I believe her husband Alan is an economic adviser, but I’m not entirely sure.
Wiatt, Jim: Former CEO at William Morris, a major talent agency.
Wienberg, Anouska & Mark: Anouska is a hotelier and interior designer. Her husband, Mark, is a financier who co-founded J. Rothschild Assurance, which later became St. James’s Place Wealth Management, along with Jacob Rothschild ( Mark was the honorary treasurer of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and still had a role as one of the Vice Presidents as of 2012 (, making this the 12 billionth connection between known pedophile and child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and the NSPCC.
Wiesel Dr Eli and Marion: Wiesel was a famous author, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, but he also supposedly sexually harassed a teenager at a charity event ( Wiesel had longstanding ties to the Maxwell family due to their mutual interest in writing about the Holocaust (, ( Marion is also a Holocaust survivor and was Elie’s wife.
Wigram Lionel and Lydia: Lionel is a producer who has worked on the Harry Potter films and several Guy Ritchie movies. Lydie is his wife.
Wigram, Lionel: See above.
Williams Alexandra & Nick: Alexandra is the daughter of Michael Heseltine, who was previously listed in Epstein’s ‘black book.’ Michael Heseltine is a British businessman and politician who served in various roles in government for British PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Heseltine was a friend of Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine’s father. Heseltine invested in Conservative Parliament member Harvey Proctor’s business after Proctor was forced to resign after it was revealed he had sexual relationships with and took nude pictures of male prostitutes aged 17-21 at his home (source: At the time, it was illegal to have same-sex relations with prostiutes under the age of 21. Her siblings, Annabel and Rupert, were listed in Epstein’s book as well. Check out the G-I thread for more info on them. Nick is her husband and the owner of Holloway’s auctioneers.
Williams-Ellis, David & Serena: David is a world-renowned British sculptor. His ex-wife, Serena, is an interior designer.
Willis, Rebecca: Not sure. Could be a climate change/environmental researcher in the UK.
Wilmot-Sitwell, Alex & Fi: Alex is a banker who was CEO of UBS Investment Bank and headed Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s businesses across Europe until 2018. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, incidentally, was the “largest corporate sponsor” for the super shady ARK Academy ( under Wilmot-Sitwell. ARK Academy, founded by Arpad Busson (listed in Epstein’s book - read more on him here:, could very well be a system of schools used for child abuse and child trafficking. Caroline Fiona Marr is Alex’s ex-wife.
Wilson, Carter: Barely any info found. Her name is Carter Wilson Hailey. This was her mother ( Despite the family names/history, I couldn’t find anything on who Carter Wilson actually is.
Windisch Grazot, Manfred: The Windisch-Graetz family comes from a high nobility bloodline. Manfred, considered a prince, takes care of the management and finances of Elitaliana, the oldest Italian helicopter company ( Member of the Order of Malta (
Windsor-Taylor, Tim & Helen: Helen is a member of the Royal Family. Her father is Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, who is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Helen is a patron of CLIC Sargent, a children’s cancer charity ( Her husband, Tim, is an art dealer.
Winn, Steve: Wynn is a billionaire Las Vegas hotel tycoon. Prince Harry was a guest of Wynn’s at his Encore resort. Served as the finance chair of the Republican National Committee from 2017-2018, but had to resign from that post and his position as CEO of Wynn Resorts due to dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct ( by his employees. Wynn and his wife (listed earlier in Epstein’s black book under ‘Hissom, Andrea’) are close friends of Donald and Melania Trump (source:
Winston, Elizabeth: Not sure. Best guess is a Texas-based conservationist.
Wipple, George: Entertainment and society television journalist.
Wolper, Carol: Author and screenwriter who has also written for Vogue magazine, where Epstein has countless connections.
Wong, Andy: Hong Kong financier and socialite. Hosted a Chinese New Year party in 2002 attended by Prince Andrew ( where the theme was ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ ( Here’s are some pictures from that party ( ; ; Here is a link with more pictures ( from the party. Many Epstein contacts appear in these photos and also regularly attend the Wongs’ annual Chinese New Year parties. Buzz Aldrin (suspected upper echelon freemason) attended the party as well.
Wong, Theodore: Hedge fund manager. Founder of Constellar Capital LLC. Former managing director at Credit Suisse, a Swedish-based investment bank where Epstein had several contacts. Member of the Sunflower Children's Foundation and St. Jude’s Hospital (, two charities dedicated to sickly children.
Woodall, Trinny: Former drug addict socialite and friend of the wealthy and elite ( who is now a British TV presenter and owner of makeup brand TRINNY LONDON.
Woods Emily & Carrie: Cary Woods is a movie producer. His ex-wife, Emily, is the chairman of J. Crew.
Woodward, Alexa: California-based attorney.
Woodward, Shaun & Camilla: Former British Member of Parliament (MP) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Shaun is a good friend of Esther Rantzen, an English journalist and television presenter who founded ChildLine, a charity promoting child protection. Incidentally, Rantzen ignored allegations against Jimmy Savile, the notorious pedophile, celebrity, and Royal Family confidant. Rantzen also had an affair with Nicolas Fairbairn, the Scottish politician who was posthumously accused of chronic child abuse and has been linked to Elm Guest House, where politicans (allegedly) had sex with drugged up children ( Camilla is Woodward’s ex-wife of 28 years and daughter of former Conservative MP and supermarket heir Tim Sainsbury. Since their divorce, Shaun has entered a relationship with Luke Redgrave, a Hollywood camera operator.
Worcester, Marq & Marc of: Henry Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort and his ex-wife, Tracy. Henry is an English peer and landowner. Tracy is a former actress.
Wyatt, Jim: See Jim Wiatt (above).
Wyatt, Steve & Cate: Steve is an oil heir and the former lover of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife). Ferguson has always seen Steve as her true love and even went away on vacation with him while she was still with Prince Andrew ( Cate is Steve’s ex-wife.
(No ‘X’ last names)
Yamani, Mai: Anthropologist, scholar, and author who has been a consultant of international banks such as Goldman Sachs, oil companies like Shell and BP, and foreign governments.
Yariv, Zghoul: Israeli venture capitalist.
Yates, Andrew (piggy): Features editor at the Daily Mail. Went to school with Ghislaine Maxwell, but said that he hadn’t seen her in over a decade when he found out his name was in Epstein’s contacts.
Young Toby: A British social commentator and former director of the New Schools Network, a charity which helps set up free schools in England. He is also an associate editor at Quillette, an online science magazine. In 2011, Young wrote an article defending Prince Andrew and others who are friends with the likes of Epstein, saying that they are not responsible for their friends actions ( He was suspended from Groucho, a private members club in London, when he admitted to selling and using cocaine there ( This flickr page reveals the connection between Toby Young’s New Schools Network and possible pedophile/child trafficker Arpad Busson’s ARK Academy schools ([email protected]/49407330397).
Younger, Tracy & Lee, Greg: No info found.
Yugoslavia Dimitri: Prince Dimitri is a gemologist and member of the Royal House of Yugoslavia. Pictured here ( with Ghislaine Maxwell and Prince Andrew’s cousin, Christina Oxenberg. Brother of Michael and Serge (below).
Yugoslavia, Prince Michel of: An investment executive and former real estate broker. He is also a member of the Knights of Malta. Brother of Dimitri (above) and Serge (below)
Yugoslavia, Serge de: Prince Serge of Yugoslavia. Recently became a father at the age of 54 ( Brother of Dimitri and Michael (above).
Zacks Gordon: American businessman who was a financial and Middle Eastern policy adviser to George H.W. Bush during his presidency.
Zales, Alexi: No info found.
Zangrillo Paige & Bob: Robert Zangrillo is a venture capitalist and real estate developer. He has come under fire for a college admissions scandal in which he paid $250,000 so that his daughter could get into USC. Routinely throws parties that attract the likes of the Kardashians, Snoop Dogg, the Hadid family, and other celebrities/wealthy people (
Zawauri, Waleed: Zawawi is on the board of HSBC Bank of Oman. Listed in the Paradise Papers ( - not to be confused with the Panama Papers - as someone with offshore accounts.
Zecher Bibi and Adrian: Adrian is a hotelier who founded Aman Resorts. Bebe is his wife.
Zeff Mark: Interior designer who helped renovate Epstein’s New York mansion.
Zelier, John: Founding and Managing Member of Hudson Housing Capital, a housing tax credit syndicator. Former Managing Director of Lehman Brothers.
Zevi, Dino & Rosi: Dino is an art dealer.
Zilkha, Bettina: Arts, entertainment, and fashion journalist for Forbes magazine. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell here ( and here ( and here ( well, you get the point. She is a fixture in New York’s high society social scene as she is also an heiress to her father’s financing fortune.
Zipp, Brian: Investment banker. Zipp is a former Senior Economist with the U.S. Treasury Department. Later became a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers.
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2020.08.14 04:47 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters ‘T-V’ in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters ‘T-V’ under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letter M on July 20, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters N-Q on July 27, 2020. You can check that out here ( There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I posted letter R on July 29, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letter S on August 7, 2020. You can check that out here (
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here:
Taaffee, Paul: Former Chairman and CEO of public relations firm Hill and Knowlton.
Tabet, Karim & Cristina: Karim is a founding partner of TAP advisory group. A former Vice Chairman at UBS Investment Bank and Joint Global Head at UBS Telecommunications. The subtitle under the Tabets reads ‘65th Street Neighbors.’ Ghislaine Maxwell lived in a townhouse at 116 East 65th Street.
Taki: Likely British journalist and Polanski apologist Taki Theodoracopulos. Taki wrote this interesting piece ( in 2009 in which he throws Epstein under the bus while defending Polanski. Decades ago, Taki threw a party at The Savoy to celebrate the end of communism. Attendees included Ghislaine Maxwell and Imran Khan (
Talbot Williams, Simon: Businessman involved in real estate. Owns Talbot & Scott ltd, an investment and development agency.
Tang, Mr David & Lucy Wastnag: David was a Hong Kong businessman who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion chain and several restaurants that attract the elite. Tang was a philanthropist who was involved in several charities, including Youth Outreach (YO), a charitable organization started in Hong Kong by Reverend Peter Newberry. This charity’s goal was to help at-risk youths ( Tang was considered one of the most well-connected people in London. He and his wife, Lucy, counted Prince Andrew, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife), Kevin Spacey, the Duke of Marlborough, and Mick Jagger among their friends ( Tang vehemently defended Prince Andrew in 2011 when his relationship with Epstein was made public ( Two years later, Ghislaine celebrated her 51st birthday at China Tang, David’s restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel. Despite the backlash Prince Andrew received for counting Epstein among his friends, he attended Ghislaine’s birthday, along with former Labour minister Shaun Woodward and wife Camilla, the Earl and Countess of Derby, Dorrit Moussaieff, the diamond heiress/wife of the president of Iceland, Tamara Beckwith, and John Eliasch, multi-millionaire boss of sports firm Head. Every single one of those people appear in Epstein’s contacts. Epstein had 16 phone numbers, two email addresses, and three street addresses listed under David and Lucy’s name. Tang died in 2017.
Tate, Rupert: Two options. Either the former hedge fund manager at Merrill Lynch or the CEO of Bear Grylls Ventures.
Taubman, Alfred: Billionaire real estate developer and former owner of Sotheby’s, where Les Wexner was once a board member. Many parties and book premieres attended by the elites have been hosted by Sotheby’s over the years. Taubman spent nearly one year in jail for price fixing in collusion with Christie’s auction house ( Taubman died in 2015.
Taubman, Bobby: Alfred’s son who took over the family business.
Tavoulareas, Mr Billy & Nicket: William Tavoulareas Jr. is an heir to his father, William Tavoulareas, a Greek petroleum businessman and former President and Chief Executive of Mobil Oil during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Sr. was a close friend of George H.W. Bush and Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou and was also a member of the Knights of Malta. William Jr. has not been so lucky. He has psychological problems and despite the fact that he has millions in a trust fund, he lives out of his car and has been involved in several dustups with the law in Palm Beach ( Annick Finlan is Jr.’s ex-wife.
Tavoulareas, Peter: Billy’s Tavoulareas brother and son of William Tavoulareas Sr. Heir to father’s petroleum fortune.
Tayler, Emmy: Former personal assistant of Ghislaine Maxwell. Reportedly taught girls how to massage Epstein. Her name appears twice on Epstein’s Lolita Express flight logs ( Recently fled the UK, but is presumably wanted for questioning (
Taylor, Felicia: Retired anchor for CNN’s World Business Today. Stepsister of Victoria (nee Schott) de Rothschild, Sir Evelyn Rothschild’s second wife. Felicia knew Epstein socially and once had tea at his mansion ( Pictured here ( with Ghislaine Maxwell at a Tommy Hilfiger hosted event in 2009. She is also the daughter of classic Hollywood actor Rod Taylor.
Taylor, Pamela: Make-up artist with a bunch of A-list clients.
Taylor, Sebastian: Not enough info. Likely refers to the personal friend of Nathaniel Rothschild (, but I can’t be sure. There are two other decent possibilities.
Taymor, Julie & Eliot: Julie is one of the most well-known theatre directors in the world. Responsible for the Broadway hit, Lion King. Elliot is Julie’s long-time partner. He is a film and theatre composer.
Tennenbaum, Harry: No info found.
Teodorani-Fabbri, Eduardo: A boss at Fiat motor company. Comes from the tremendously wealthy Agnelli family, who are the largest shareholders of The Economist (the Rothschilds also own a large portion). Eduardo used to date Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (listed earlier in Epstein’s contacts), the now deceased goddaughter of Prince Charles. Their first date was at an ARK charity dinner ( ARK is a children’s charity that has spawned many schools for grades K-12. It was started by Arpad Busson (also listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s book), the former fiancee of Uma Thurman. Busson is likely steeped in child trafficking. I wrote a thread about him and ARK charity last year (
Theilmann, Baroness Francesca: Publisher and art collector.
Theodoli, Catherine: Katrin is the CEO of Magnum Marine Corporation, a performance and luxury yacht manufacturer.
Tholstrup, Mogens: Former owner of Daphne’s, Pasha, and The Collection, three of London’s trendiest restaurants. Sold the restaurants for pounds 5.5m in 1998. Dated a series of high society girls, including Lady Victoria Hervey (former girlfriend and staunch defender of Prince Andrew) and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.
Tholstrup, Paola: A former model and the ex-wife of restaurateur Mogens Tholstrup (above). Pictured here ( at a Chinese New Year celebration with Ghislaine Maxwell and Harry Nutall in 2007.
Thompson, Barnaby: British film director, producer, and movie executive. Thompson ran Ealing Studios for 14 years. Barnaby has been photographed with a who’s who of Hollywood stars, royalty, and many people listed in Epstein’s contacts. He has attended parties hosted by Harvey Weinstein and Charles Finch, an interesting figure mentioned earlier (check my D-F thread) in Epstein’s black book (
Tisch, David: Businessman who comes from a ridiculously rich family. His grandfather, Laurence Tisch, was the co-owner of Loews Corporation. His cousin, Steve, co-owns the New York Giants and has produced many big budget Hollywood movies. David made some good money in Silicon Valley startup companies.
Tisch, Merryl & Jimmy: Merryl is the former Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents and wife of James (Jimmy) Tisch. A huge proponent of high-stakes testing for adolescents. Her husband, James, is the heir to Loews Corporation. He currently serves as CEO.
Tish, Anne & Andrew: Andrew is co-chair of Loews Corporation with his brother, James (mentioned above). Ann Rubenstein-Tisch is Andrew’s current wife. She is a former reporter for NBC. In 1996, Ann and Andrew partnered with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) to open The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) of East Harlem, the first all-girls public school to open in the United States in 30 years ( If you click on that link, you’ll immediately notice pictures of students with Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton. The TYWLS has expanded and now comprises five schools (2800 students) and 16 sister schools (7000 students).
Titopupolo, Sonia: No info found.
Todhunter, Emily Olypitus: High-end British interior designer.
Toledo Ignacio, Alvarez de: Likely a real estate developer. Not 100% certain.
Tollman, Bea: Beatrice is a travel and hospitality businesswoman. Founder and President of the ritzy Red Carnation Hotel chain. Also has a large part in family-owned The Travel Corporation, which helps people organize/plan their trips.
Tollman, Brett: Son of Beatrice Tollman (above). Travel and hotel executive also involved in the family business. CEO of The Travel Corporation and founder of The Treadright Foundation, a non-profit charity.
Tollman, Mr & Mrs: This likely refers to Beatrice (above) and her husband, Stanley. Since I wrote about Beatrice earlier, I’ll focus on Stanley here, who is much more interesting. Stanley is a super shady businessman who is best known for being friends with Ken Bates (Chairman of Chelsea FC) and serving on the Board of the Chelsea FC soccer club, where he and Bates were partners with Marwan Ashraf, a senior Mossad agent. Tollman fled the US for the UK in the early 200s when he was convicted on 33 counts of embezzlement, fraud, and tax evasion (
Tollman, Syrie & Gavin: Gavin is CEO of Trafalgar tours and Chairman of The Travel Corporation. Nephew of Stanley Tollman (above) and cousin of Brett Tollman (above). Gavin is married to his first cousin, Toni. There is a fascinating blog post ( about the Tollmans and Hundleys, who defrauded the government out of millions. Be sure to read the comments. Pretty much everyone who responded used to work for the company and knows the Tollmans to some extent and the inner workings behind their thievery.
Tollman, Wyne: Wynn is Beatrice and Stanley’s son, but is not involved with the company. I could not find any other information on him.
Toub, Veronica (Busson): Fashion designer and socialite who was engaged to possible child trafficker and pedophile Arpad Busson ( in the 1980s.
Treacy, Phillip: Award-winning hat designer who has worked with the British Royalty (designed a hat for Princess Beatrice, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge), Oprah, Naomi Campbell, Daphne Guinness, Lady Gaga, and Madonna. Has also designed hats for the Harry Potter movies. Thirty-six of his hats were worn at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Twenty were worn at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Trump Blaine & Robert: Robert is the younger brother of Donald Trump. Manager of Trump Corporation and President of Trump Management On August 3, 2020, Robert wrote “Jeffrey Epstein is still alive” on his Twitter feed ( Blaine is Robert’s ex-wife of over 25 years. They divorced in 2007 when it was revealed that Robert had a mistress for whom he purchased a $4 million house in Garden City, NY. Blaine’s father was an executive at IBM.
Trump, Ivana: Donald Trump’s ex-wife (1977-1992) and mother of Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. After their divorce, Ivana accused her ex-husband, Donald, of rape. Trump’s lawyers claim that she did not want her words “to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.” One of the conditions of her divorce settlement was that she wouldn’t talk about their marriage without Donald’s approval. In this (timestamped) video interview (, Maria Farmer, the sister of Epstein victim Annie Farmer and former employee of Epstein and Ghislaine who went to the FBI with Epstein allegations in 1996, says that Ivana was possibly involved in procuring children, although she couldn’t confirm.
Trump, Ivanka: Donald Trump’s daughter. Serves as Advisor to the President. Donates to Jewish charities and is a supporter of Israel, much like her father.
Trump, Robert & Blaine: See ‘Trump Blaine & Robert’ above.
Tucker, Chris: Famous actocomedian of Rush Hour and Friday fame. Tucker was on the infamous Africa flight with Epstein, Bill Clinton, and Kevin Spacey.
Turlington, Christy: Incredibly popular supermodel from the ‘80s and ‘90s who has worked for too many big name fashion designers and magazines to name. Jean-Luc Brunel, the (alleged) pedophile and child trafficker who sent three 12-year-old girls to Epstein for his birthday discovered Turlington and helped launch her career ( Friends with fellow supermodel and all-around scumbag, Naomi Campbell, who is likely knee deep in Epstein’s child trafficking and pedophile ring.
Turnbull, Governor Charles: Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands from 1999-2007. Epstein’s Little Saint James island is located in the Virgin Islands.
Turner, Jenny: There is an excellent Reddit thread ( from u/rsarector that provides evidence that Jenny Turner is a pseudonym for Ghislaine Maxwell. Make sure to check out the posts further down the thread by aimhighairforce and DSyntax for more information.
Turner, Miles Creswell: Investment banker who used to work for Deutsche Bank and HSBC. Interestingly enough, a man (Leo Iravanian) was arrested for harassment because Cresswell-Turner testified that traffic lights were not dangerous after Iravanian’s wife was killed by an Express coach. Iravanian continuously called Cresswell-Turner’s Marylebone office accusing Cresswell-Turner of being a paedophile (
Tyssen, (Chessy) Francesca: Art collector and estranged wife of Austrian politician Karl von Habsburg. The Habsburg family is one of the most powerful and wealthiest families in Europe. The Habsburgs are a Black Nobility family of very high prestige.
Urbiola, Jorge: Likely refers to the diplomat and author who serves as Deputy Chief of the Mission of the Kingdom of Spain in Ukraine.
Vahabzadeh, Iraj and Linda: Iraj was the eldest son of Dr. Mostafa Vahabzadeh, founder and owner of Kayhan Publishing Group in Iran. Lynda was his ex-wife. Iraj passed away in 2016.
Van Hauen Sophie: No info found, although the address (62 Frith St) is that of Circa, a gay bar in London.
Van, William Straubenzee: British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament who died in 1999. After his death, it was discovered that van Straubenzee was named in documents pertaining to British politician child abuse ( Van Straubenzee was also a longtime friend of Princess Diana ( and the uncle of Thomas van Straubenzee (lifelong friend of Prince William) and Charlie van Straubenzee (Prince Harry’s best friend).
Varsavsky, Martin: Argentine entrepreneur who has founded many companies, including Medicorp Sciences (biotechnology) and several telecommunications outfits.
Velasquez, Patricia: Venezuelan model/actress who appeared in print ads for Victoria Secret. Photographed here ( with Ghislaine Maxwell and Carole Radziwill, who is also listed in Epstein’s contacts (check the ‘R’ thread) and is/was a good friend of Maxwell.
Verdin, Julia: British film producer, casting director, and actress. Has been a friend of Ghislaine’s for decades, as evidenced by the photo of the pair, which was taken in 1986 ( Verdin owned a house on the Sunset Strip in the early 1990s. She lived there with Birgit Cunningham and actress Elizabeth Hurley, who seems to be embroiled in Epstein and Maxwell’s world. The house was known as “party central” and was frequented by the likes of Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson (
Verdin-Mulot, Annie & JP: Annie is a marketing director who has worked with Mulberry, Harrods, and Disneyland. She is the sister of Julia (above). Jean-Paul Mulot is a French journalist and former Deputy Editorial Director of Le Figaro, a daily newspaper in France. He is a permanent representative to the UK in the Hauts-de-France region. When confronted with his Epstein connections, Jean-Paul said that he only met him once 15 years ago and that his wife went to Oxford with Ghislaine Maxwell ( Close with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who served from 2007-2012.
Veronis, Jane: Jewelry designer. Her father is the co-founder of Veronis Suhler Stevenson investment bank.
Villani, Carmine S: President of Milestone Capital, an investment firm. Also President of Europower Renewable Energy Ltd.
Villeneuve, Jacques: Formula 1 race car driver. Epstein has many F1 contacts.
Vittadini, Emanuele A: No info found, but one of the emails listed traces back to arc-intl, which is a world-renowned glassware company.
Vittorelli, Dott. Marco: Chairman of Openjobmetis, an Italian job recruitment service. Also serves on the Board of Directors of Pallacanestro Varese, an Italian basketball club.
Vittoz, Martine: No info found.
Vittoz, Patrick: Director of Exploit Information Technologies, which specializes in website promotion, search engine submission, and hosting. Patrick has been an architectural consultant at his family’s business for 41 years.
Vittoz, Vonnic: No info found.
Vivian Smith, Charles: Investment banker. Currently the 5th Baron Bicester.
Von Habsburg, Francesca: Listed earlier in this thread under Tyssen, (Chessy) Francesca.
Von Hase, Bettina: Independent consultant and writer on art and culture. Daughter of a former German ambassador to the UK. Bettina’s ex-husband of 30 years, John Varley, is a trustee of The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.
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2020.08.04 08:54 epi_counts 2020 women's transfer thread

We need a women's transfer thread as well! I'm trying to keep it similar to the men's one, so rumours are included, and confirmed transfers are in bold.
I've included the Women's WorldTeams, teams that have announced they want to apply for WorldTeam status next year, and the teams I included in last year's thread so they were easy to copy/paste. I'll update with more teams as they make announcements.
And here is a list of riders out of a contract for next year. It is PCS, who are not the most up to date on the women's side usually. Cycling Fever have a great overview of transfers, rumours and contract extensions.
New UCI teams:
Teams folding:

Women's WorldTeams

Ale BTC Ljubljana
Rider 2021 Team
Urška Žigart Mitchelton-Scott
Eri Yonamine Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Marlen Reusser TTs Equipe Paule Ka
Laura Tomasi sprinter Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
Alessia Patuelli ?? junior turning pro this year
Sophie Wright MTB / XCO Equipe Paule Ka
Rider 2020 Team
Elena Cecchini SD Worx
Christa Riffel Hitec Products
Tanya Erath Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
Rider 2020 Team
Zwift Academy 2020 winner ???
Chloe Dygert Sho-Air Twenty20
CCC Liv New name for 2021: Liv Racing
Rider 2021 Team
Marianne Vos Team Jumbo-Visma
Inge van der Heijden Team 777 (Alpecin-Fenix's new women's CX & road team)
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio SD Worx
Riejanne Markus Team Jumbo-Visma
Marta Lach WNT-Ceratizit
Agnieszka Skalniak ??
Aurela Nerlo ??
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Lotte Kopecky Sprinter Lotto-Soudal
Alison Jackson sprinter Sunweb
FDJ Nouvelle - Aquitaine Futuroscope
Rider 2021 Team
Shara Marche (née Gillow) retirement
All other riders on the roster (12) already had a 2021 contract, or extended.
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Marta Cavalli Sprinter Valcar
Rider 2021 Team
Annemiek van Vleuten Movistar
Gracie Elvin Retirement
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Ane Santesteban Hilly races WNT-Ceratizit
Arianne Fidanza Cold, wet Flemish roads Lotto Soudal
Teniel Campbell sprints + being the female Tim Declercq Valcar
Urška Žigart TTs and being from the no. 1 cycling country in the world Ale BTC Ljubljana
Movistar Team complete
Rider 2021 Team
Eider Merino ???
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Emma Norsgaard Sprinter Equipe Paule Ka
Annemiek van Vleuten Winning Mitchelton-Scott
Sara Martín Martín 21-year old talent so nice they named her twice Sopela
Leah Thomas TTs / solo breakaways Equipe Paule Ka
Team Sunweb
Rider 2021 Team
Anna Henderson Team Jumbo-Visma
Pernille Mathiesen Team Jumbo-Visma
Alison Jackson Liv Racing
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Megan Jastrab Sprinter Junior (stagiaire at Rally)
Trek-Segafredo Team complete
Rider 2021 Team
Abi van Twisk Maternity leave
Lotta Henttala WNT-Ceratizit
Anna Plichta Lotto Soudal
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Shirin van Anrooij CX and ITT Telenet Baloise Lions (joins Trek as stagiaire in 2020)
Chloe Hosking Sprinter Rally Cycling
Amalie Dideriksen Sprinter Boels-Dolmans

UCI Women's Teams

Boels-Dolmans New sponsor for 2021: will become Team SD Worx, aims to apply for WorldTour license. Team complete
Rider 2021 Team
Anna van der Breggen DS after 2021 season
Chantal van den Broek-Blaak DS after 2022 spring season
Amalie Dideriksen Trek-Segafredo
Katie Hall retirement
Jip van den Bos Team Jumbo-Visma
Skylar Schneider L39ION of LA
Eva Buurman Team Tibco - Silicon Valley Bank
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio Climbing CCC-Liv
Demi Vollering Hills Parkhotel Valkenburg
Elena Cecchini Sprinter Canyon-SRAM
Roxane Fournier Sprint train for D'Hoore Chevalmeire
Nikola Nosková climbing talent Equipe Paule Ka
Anna Shackley Signing 4 year contracts at 19 / climbing Team Breeze
Niamh Fisher-Black climber Equipe Paule Ka
Equipe Paule Ka Team folding
Rider 2021 Team
Emma Norsgaard Movistar (and first ever brother-sister duo on the WT)
Nikola Nosková SD Worx
Leah Thomas Movistar
Mikayla Harvey ??
Elisa Chabbey ??
Lizzy Banks WNT-Ceratizit
Niamh Fisher-Black SD Worx
Clara Koppenburg ??
Marlen Reusser Ale BTC Ljubljana
Maria Sperotto ??
Katrin Stirnemann retires (both from road and XCO)
Sophie Wright Ale BTC Ljubljana
Team Jumbo-Visma New women's team
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Julie van de Velde TTs Lotto Soudal
Marianne Vos everything but TTs CCC-Liv
Jip van den Bos Boels-Dolmans
Riejanne Markus CCC-Liv
Anouska Koster Parkhotel Valkenburg
Nancy van der Burg Parkhotel Valkenburg
Romy Kasper Parkhotel Valkenburg
Aafke Soet domestique Ceterazit-WNT Pro Cycling
Teuntje Beekhuis Lotto Soudal Ladies
Pernille Mathiesen Tem Sunweb
Karlijn Swinkels Parkhotel Valkenburg
Anna Henderson ski memes Team Sunweb
Team Drops Aiming to find new sponsor and apply for WorldTeam licence.
No one - everyone gets a new contract
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Alice Towers junior
Maike van der Duin sprinter Biehler Krush Pro Cycling
Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team complete
Rider 2021 Team
Ane Santesteban Mitchelton-Scott
Aafke Soet Team Jumbo-Visma
Claudia Koster Hitec Products
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Lizzy Banks Giro Rosa breakaways / Cycling podcast commentary Equipe Paule Ka
Marta Lach domestique / talent CCC-Liv
Lotta Henttala sprinter Trek-Segafredo
Parkhotel Valkenburg Team complete
Rider 2021 Team
Demi Vollering SD Worx
Sophie de Boer ???
Belle de Gast ???
Romy Kasper Team Jumbo-Visma
Anouska Koster Team Jumbo-Visma
Fleur Nagengast retirement
Hanna Nilsson Lotto Soudal Ladies
Karlijn Swinkels Team Jumbo-Visma
Nancy van den Burg Team Jumbo-Visma
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Kirstie van Haaften track rider Ciclotel
Lieke Nooijen 3rd at the junior worlds in Yorkshire club team (Schijndel)
Femke Gerritse multiple national junior champion on the road, CX and BMX club team (Schijndel)
Pien Limpens club team (Schijndel)
Mischa Bredewold recovery after getting hit by truck club team
Julia van Bokhoven ?? club team
Lotto Soudal Ladies Team facing budget cuts, most of the staff have to leave
Rider 2021 Team
Julie van de Velde Team Jumbo-Visma
Lotte Kopecky CCC-Liv
Annelies Dom Retires
Arianne Fidanza Mitchelton-Scott
Teuntje Beekhuis Team Jumbo-Visma
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Anna Plichta TTs Trek-Segafredo
Hanna Nilsson Parkhotel Valkenburg
Silke Smulders
Elise van der Sande club team (Keukens Redant)
Valcar - Travel & Service
Rider 2021 Team
Marta Cavalli FDJ Nouvelle Aquitane Futuroscope
Teniel Campbell Mitchelton-Scott
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Margaux Vigie Casa Dorada Escapee Casa Dorada (mid-season transfer, with Valcar from 9/7/2020)
Team Tibco-SVB Team complete - also focussing on esports and gravel for 2021
Rider 2021 Team
Kendall Ryan L39ION of LA
Nicolle Bruderer ??
Erica Clevenger DNA Pro Cycling
Jenelle Crooks ??
Sharlotte Lucas ??
Shannon Malseed retirement
Rider Speciality 2020 Team
Eva Buurman Boels-Dolmans
Eri Yonamine domestique Ale BTC Ljubljana
Tanja Erath esports / Zwift champion Canyon-SRAM
Clara Honsinger CX CX team
Maddy Ward CX and gravel Amy D Foundation club team
Emma Langley triathlete Team Illuminate
New teams / teams with significant signings:
Rider 2020 Team 2021 Team
Mylene de Zoete Jan van Arckel (club team) NXTG Racing
Amelia Sharpe British Cycling Academy NXTG Racing
Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado Alpecin-Fenix Ciclismo Mundial (proper name tbc)
Sanne Cant - Ciclismo Mundial
Annemarie Worst - Ciclismo Mundial
Ann Helen Olsen - Team Hitec Products
Anne Dorthe Ysland - Team Hitec Products
Martine Gjøs - Team Hitec Products
Lucy van der Haar (née Garner) Team Hitec Products Retirement
Vita Heine Team Hitec Products Massi-Tactic
Stagiaires (they're getting a great deal this season!):
Rider 2020 Team Country
Shirin van Anrooij Trek-Segafredo Netherlands
Jade Teolis Astana France
Clara Lundmark Biehler Krush Sweden
Maeva Squiban Charente-Maritime France
Alice Towers Eneicat - RBH Glocal UK
Mylene de Zoete NXTG Racing Netherlands
Megan Jastrab Rally Cycling USA
Miriam Gutierrez Gomez Rio Meira - Cantabria Deporte Spain
Ines Cantera Carrasco Sopela Spain
Idoia Eraso Lasa Sopela Spain
Phasiree Jaroensapyanon Thailand Women's Cycling Team Thailand
Daniela Campos Bizkaia Durango Portugal
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2020.07.30 14:26 petethepool Long Form: A first team squad breakdown for this season and next (20 min read)

First team squad breakdown for this season and next
As we’re entering into the dreaded transfer-rumour overdrive period now, in the thankfully shorter than usual break between seasons, I was able to procrastinate from actual work long enough to put together a reasonably in-depth breakdown of the title-winning squad, as registered at the start of the 19/20 season, and reflect on where that leaves the team going into next season, both with regards to transfers and home-grown quotas, and also returning loan players. This will be long, but hopefully many of us will have a clearer appreciation for where the club currently is, and the context around any transfer decisions that may or may not be made as a result. The one area this post will not focus on is finances, as I have no idea what the club’s specific financial situation is, other than to say its obviously not removed from the wider financial context of the world at present.

Home-grown and international player aquistion
Home-grown quotas in short mean 8 players out of the 25-man registered PL squad must have played at least 3 years of football in England or Wales after they turned 16 and before the age of 21. It doesn’t have much to do with nationality – it is just about gaining that experience in the English football system during these years. So, for example, if Liverpool loaned Harvey Elliot out to a German club until he was 22, he wouldn’t be considered home-grown when he returned as he would not have met the criteria for 3 full years of football in England during these formative years. That isn’t going to occur, of course, but it’s just to give an example of how the rule works. Eric Dier at Tottenham, despite playing for England, spent these formative years playing and training in Portugal, so isn’t technically home-grown, despite his nationality.
All players under the age of 21 can be home-grown, but don’t as far as I know count towards the 8 home-grown players required in the quota, as these players are considered youth players. A club can register all the youth players they want for the league without concern. Trent, last season, was still a youth player, so wasn’t registered in the 25-man squad as either a senior player or a home-grown player at the start of the season. Same with Jones, Elliot and Williams. Unlike the latter youth players however, Trent is now 21 and will be a registered senior home-grown player from next season.
There is some suggestion that the home-grown rule could be extended up to 12 players in each PL squad, but that hasn’t been fully decided yet. As with most things post-Brexit and mid-covid, the rules tend to come from a bunch of old, over-indulged white men pulling things out of their arse at the last minute with no real concern for the consequences, and so it could be some time before we see a genuine structure in place, or response to EU player concerns, set in stone.
The only reason to bring up the prospect of rule changes is that clubs are aware already that it is a case of when not if the current rules change, and with the home-grown rule inevitably being a significant point of focus, this could well increase the premium that already exists when purchasing English players, and so it wouldn’t be surprising if throughout the league this summer we see a renewed focus on top clubs hoovering up the best English or otherwise young home-grown talent, or as City have done well in recent years, picking up a few older English squad players happy to sit on the bench and collect a high wage to pad out the squad on account of little more than their home-grown status.
That being said, for this season coming, in essence, Liverpool will have 17 squad spaces that can be filled by ‘senior’ players from all nationalities, and 8 ‘seniors’ that are required to be home-grown.
One final note is that young players from countries outside the EU are unlikely to be given work permits going forward, so it’s not quite as simple as bringing in a bunch of young international talents now and nurturing them for 3+ years to make them home grown. As the rules state: “The system has recently been tightened and now only non-EEA players who are internationally established at the highest level, and whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level, are allowed to play in the UK. One of the reasons for the rule change was that only 58% of football players who were given work visas played any top-flight football in their second season.”
In other words, young players outside the EU, and indeed any international player Liverpool want to sign will likely have to be established already in the senior squad of their nation before they can sign for a club in the PL. Or at least, before they can expect a work permit to play. And, depending on how the rules change as England leaves the EU, this summer or next could be the last that English clubs are able to pick up teenage talent from within the EU too, without fresh restrictions, so again, as the focus may be presently on acquiring home-grown players in anticipation of rules changing, English clubs might well focus on the purchasing of youth players from the EU too, so that they can potentially meet home-grown status in a few years (Sepp VdB an example of this last year).
Some of this is of course speculation, but its worth highlighting that its not just covid-19 financial forecasts that are disturbing the transfer considerations at Liverpool at present; there are a number of uncertainties they will have to navigate, and until there is greater clarity in all areas, it would be naïve to expect a big influx of senior non-home-grown players one way or another. Not least of all, as we will see, due to the size of the squad Liverpool currently have.
Rather, the focus in the next year or two is likely to be on moving on a number of Liverpool's current international squad members that don’t contribute a lot of minutes; solidifying some solid home-grown prospects; if possible identifying a few 17-18 year old talents that they can train up to future home-grown status, alongside the judicious purchase of 2-3 ready-made international players that can keep the crazy high standards at the club up until, hopefully, all these uncertainties clear, and the club can better scout to meet the requirements of the clarified post-Brexit, post-covid football landscape.

Anyway, on to the squad:
So the PL squad as registered for the start of the 19/20 season is below, featuring 23 registered players, ignoring youth players, such as Trent. Stars ‘*’ are next to the players registered as home grown. If I am right, Christie-Davies went out on loan in January, and Trent was then old enough to be registered as home-grown and as a senior player.
Alisson Clyne* Chirivella Firmino
Lonergan* Gomez* Christie-Davies* (went on loan in Jan) Mane
Adrian Van Dijk Henderson * Origi
Lovren Fabinho Salah
Matip Keita Shaqiri
Robertson Lallana* (Minamino latterly)
Home grown only
Lonergan* Clyne* Christie-Davies*
Gomez* Henderson*
Non-home grown
Alisson Van Dijk Chirivella Firmino
Adrian Lovren Fabinho Mane
Matip Keita Origi
Robertson Wijnaldum Salah
(Minamino latterly)
Going into next season, removing those that have left, and those who have been promoted for certain (Trent, basically), the senior squad presently looks like this:
Alisson Trent* Christie-Davies* Firmino
Lonergan* Gomez* Henderson* Mane
Adrian Van Dijk Milner* Origi
Matip Oxlade-Chamberlain* Salah
Robertson Fabinho Shaqiri
Keita Minamino
So, before loan players return, Liverpool have 14 out of 17 international players in the squad, and 7 out of 8 required home-grown players, including Christie-Davies. However, I would be surprised if Christie-Davies was a player happy to be included in the squad next season, as he is not going to get any minutes, and is more likely to be sent back out on loan, or moved on. So, lets say for now they have 6 certain home-grown players. One other swap out that is likely is either Kelleher for Lonergan, which would be one home-grown player for another, or to move Adrian on and promote Kelleher to back-up for Alisson – which would be a risk, but would at least add another home-grown player to the squad.
That means with the current squad at present, Liverpool could sign a maximum of 3 non home-grown players going into next season without having to sell anyone, however, as stated, with the chance that the home-grown quota could increase, it might be a bit of a gamble to bet on these 17 international spaces sticking around. And, as we’ll see below, the returning loanees complicate the issue somewhat.
There is the issue (and potential upsides) of Liverpool’s loan players returning and fitting into the squad.
As far as I can uncover, Liverpool sent 11 players out on loan at the start of last season. Of those likely to return and feature in pre-season, we have:
Marko Grujić (M) – will never be home-grown, however the most senior player in this list, he will want one last pre-season with the club to be given a chance at showing he can make the cut. Of all the non-essential squad players Liverpool are likely to get a good return on investment for though, he is the one – so if they do sell him, it could be a suggestion they’ll look to bring in another midfielder, or at least look to raise funds for transfers in other areas. If they decide to give him a season in the first team, this will likely be instead of bringing in another midfielder.
Ben Woodburn (AM) – still only 20, so wouldn’t even qualify as a home-grown senior squad player yet. Another year out on loan is likely to do him the world of good.
Liam Millar (FW) – Would qualify as home grown, but as with Christie-Davies, is unlikely to want to play 4-5th choice backup to the ever-present front line at Liverpool.
Harry Wilson (FW) – home-grown, can play in a number of positions and if Shaqiri were to move on, would fill his squad space while adding another home-grown player to the mix. Like Grujić though, has quite a decent resale value at present, so is more likely to be moved on to free up funds and a squad place for elsewhere. However, again, due to several uncertainties in the market, it might not be the worst move to keep him and give him cup games and the odd sub appearance to see what he can do, if he were happy to play that role, of course.
Nathaniel Phillips (CB) – Like with Wilson, he could come in as a home-grown player and take Lovren’s minutes, but somewhat like Kelleher, this is quite a gamble for someone without a great deal of experience playing at Liverpool’s level. If Van Dijk were to get injured, that would leave Gomez, Matip and Phillips as the only three CB’s in the squad, which seems a little light for a club in at least three competitions next season. Again though, could be a good stop-gap until the uncertainties around the market clear.
Ovie Ejaria (AM) – Unlikely to stick around, likely to be sold, would at least be home-grown. Another loan, or final sale, is likely to be his outcome.
Rhian Brewster (FW) – has had an excellent half-season for Swansea, but at 20, would still not qualify as senior home-grown, and as he would likely be 3rd choice to lead the line behind Firmino and Minamino, another loan out, ideally to a PL team, or back to Swansea, would be best for him for this year, and very much the likely move.
As a result of these, and other, loanees returning, it would be hugely surprising to see incomings in any senior positions without sales first, partly due to covid and partly due to squad size. The good news in that regard is that Liverpool have at least 10 loan and current squad players they could sell that would free up wages and funds for a few high-quality signings in their place.
To analyse by position and what is likely to happen:
GK: Alisson is obviously no. 1. If Lonergan is happy to technically remain registered as a 3rd choice keeper, despite his age, this would be one way to keep the home-grown player numbers up. If Adrian remains at the club, this is fine, and indeed selling him and replacing him as the only back-up with someone like Kelleher is a gamble I don’t expect Liverpool to make, but they might well do.
Otherwise, moving Adrian into Lonergan’s position as the experienced back-up and integrating Kelleher, and giving them both a few games throughout the season, would allow for home-grown numbers to remain the same without putting too much pressure of Kelleher if Alisson was to get injured again.
Karius is an interesting one, as he playing a couple of seasons in Man City’s academy, but as far as Wikipedia suggests, because he was loaned out to Mainz for a few years, he didn’t spend enough time in England to qualify as home-grown, otherwise there would be at least one good reason to keep him as the main back-up next year. As it is, the expectation is for him to be sold.
DEF: In an ideal world, defence is where Liverpool would look to buy one or two young, preferentially home-grown players that could fit into the wider squad, whether a back-up LB or back-up CB. However, due to prices of English players at present, its unclear if Liverpool will go after the biggest prospects, or look to integrate one or two more solid back-ups from, say, a relegated side. Liverpool have certainly had no issue in finding value in these areas in the past, and more so now, as any player that steps in in this regard would be doing so as an understudy, there would be less risk ultimately if the signing doesn’t work out in the longer run.
Milner can play LB back-up, but it would make more sense to bring in a back-up dedicated LB now, so he can be eased in, while Milner is still at the club to provide extra support, than to rely on a new signing too heavily all at once. All things considered, I would expect at least one home-grown senior or potential home-grown senior to be signed at LB, and one more CB, home-grown or not, but certainly senior, to be added this summer. However, as mentioned, Phillips could take one of those slots if he performs well in the coming pre-season.
MID: The area of greatest contention at present due to a certain player click-hungry journalists have whipped Liverpool fans into a frenzy over, midfield does nevertheless remain one of the most stacked positions in the squad. With Henderson, Keita, Fabinho, Ox and Milner the senior players seemingly guaranteed to be rotated throughout the coming season, and Jones ready to step up into Lallana’s shoes, it does leave Gini’s future as the decision which any number of other midfield decisions will be based on.
Liverpool have good precedence of waiting until they’ve concluded their business before letting their players leave (so as to avoid seeming ‘desperate’), so if as mentioned Grujić is sold, another midfielder might well be brought in before Gini’s future is announced.
Nevertheless, due to Jones looking really like he’s ready, as Klopp said, to step up, and Keita’s finally getting into his groove, I’d be surprised to see more than one player signed in this area of the pitch this summer, without Gini also moving on.
Jones’s age stops him from being a senior home-grown player this year, but he’ll be a home-grown staple for years to come.
FW: There has been no suggestion of the 3 stars leaving, so we can rule that out for now. Liverpool’s substitute forward line is an area that has some value, in terms of player sales, and is the area most likely to be utilised in this regard to free up wages and squad spaces for new signings. Shaqiri is likely to move on, and certainly Origi might decide now is the time for him to become a first-team regular elsewhere, and his value for Liverpool is not likely to increase much more going forward, unless he signs a new contract at a later date.
If those two players were to leave, two home-grown players that might be happy to play rotation roles would be Brewster and Wilson, however with Brewster, it could well hamper his development, as with Minamino, Klopp seems to have his preferred back-up false 9 in place.
Wilson, if both Origi and Shaq were sold, would likely get promise of enough minutes to tempt him, and again could be a good stop gap for this coming season. If he is sold, though, as well as Shaq, that would suggest that Liverpool have another option lined up – or that Elliot is likely to feature much more next season. Certainly, at present, there are no home-grown attackers in the squad, and while Brewster could well step in a year or two from now, there is not much space for any other attacking signings in the current squad without moving someone else on, be it returning loanees or current rotation players.
Loans included
So, presently, here is the potential senior squad for pre-season as it stands, with the players mentioned on loan returned also, the 'youth' players expected to be meaningfully involved, and below that, with potential sales / transfers in, how it could shape up by the start of next season.
Alisson Trent* Christie-Davies* Firmino
Lonergan* Gomez* Henderson* Mane
Adrian Van Dijk Milner* Origi
Kelleher* Matip Oxlade-Chamberlain* Salah
Karius Robertson Fabinho Shaqiri
Phillips* Keita Minamino
Wijnaldum Wilson*
Grujić Millar*
Ejaria* Brewster (youth)
Williams (youth) Jones (youth) Elliot (youth)
That leaves Liverpool with at least 16 senior internationals, 12 home grown players, and four youth players, at least 3 of which are likely to feature heavily in the squad next season. So, right out of the bat, 3 players would need to be removed from the list to fit the senior 25-man limit. Karius, Millar, Christie-Davies and Ejaria are the four that stand out as obvious to remove, but as you can see, already that places strain on the squad size, as removing those 4 still leaves the squad at 24 players, without a great deal of space for further signings, and as we can expect Williams, Jones and Elliot to be further integrated next season, in real terms, that is less squad space for new signings again.
But, as stated, quite a few of those home-grown are likely to be loaned out for minutes, or sold-on to free up funds for other squad members. Same with a few of the current non-home-grown players like Karius and Shaqiri. One clear area that needs back-up is in defence, but otherwise that squad as is could be expected to be deep enough to challenge in all competitions next season.
Going by what we’ve learned so far about Liverpool’s intentions, I would expect the senior squad registered for next season to look closer to this however:
Alisson Trent* Henderson* Firmino
Adrian Gomez* Milner* Mane
Kelleher* Van Dijk Oxlade-Chamberlain* Origi or replacement
Matip Fabinho Salah
Robertson Keita Minamino
Senior CB or Phillips* Grujić, Wijnaldum or new midfielder Wilson*
Williams (youth) Jones (youth) Elliot (youth)
Now, that is only 22 senior players, 8 of which at a maximum would be home-grown, so obviously firstly, that is a smaller squad, and secondly, its light on home-grown players going forward.
Milner is likely at his last year as a player, and if so, Jones can take his place next year as a home-grown senior, however Liverpool may, as mentioned, prioritise either signing a number of decent home-grown prospects going forward, or look to ensure promotion from within, for the next few years, so they don’t struggle to meet these quotas each registration period in the new post-Brexit era.
Regardless, that squad still allows space for several non-home-grown internationals to be transferred in, but it does show how many players Liverpool currently own that would have to be moved on first, to allow for a comfortable fit; to avoid disrupting the squad or having a bunch of disgruntled players on the fringes not getting minutes. Jones as mentioned will also play in midfield, Williams is likely to deputise for Trent, and Elliot will get more opportunities at LW and RW too, so that is technically 3 more first team players to bring that listed squad up to 25 players in actual size.
In Conclusion (TL:DR):
Liverpool are likely to prioritise senior home-grown players, or young talents who can train at the club or go out on loan in England, with the capacity to become senior home-grown, in the coming few transfer windows, to ensure they don’t struggle to meet the current or changing post-Brexit home-grown quotas, whatever they will be. The likelihood is that English player prices will only increase going forward, so it may make more sense to do this now than wait until the need is more pronounced in 2-3 years.
That being said, there around 4-5 youth players who are expected to step up and remain in the squad going forward (Sepp VdB, Williams, Jones, Elliot and Brewster) who, alongside Trent and Ox, could be staple home-grown squad players for years, easing the pressure in that regard somewhat.
More pressingly, Liverpool’s current squad size with all loan players returning is somewhat over-stuffed, with more than 28 players vying for a 25-man squad before new signings are made. 16 out of the maximum 17 senior international (non-home-grown) squad positions are already taken up.
Despite this, the club is still light in defence. So they would likely need to sell at least 5-6 senior international players – either those returning from loan or those that didn’t get a lot of minutes last season, or both – before they could aim to invest too heavily this window in anyone, home-grown or non-home-grown internationals alike.
Otherwise, a short-term fix for several of these issues would be to integrate a number of returning loan players into the wider squad, such as Kelleher, Phillips and Wilson, until the post-covid, post-Brexit muddy waters clear.
At least two defensive signings, or internal promotions, would be expected, but anything beyond that would likely, as mentioned, require quite a few senior squad sales, or other players to be sent out on loan, to maintain reasonable squad balance and satisfaction.
Players like Grujić, Wilson, Phillips, Karius, Shaqiri, Ejaria, Millar, and potentially Origi (only mentioning those near the first team squad as is) might all have to move on this summer before replacements can be brought in. And as other clubs will try to low-ball every offer in this direction, it could be a frustrating summer for not just us fans, but the clubs seeking to raise funds, and the players seeking playing time too.
Thanks for reading!
And that is that! I hope this has given anyone who got the whole way though the post a clearer sense of where Liverpool are, the considerations they will be taking into place, and, importantly, a better sense of expectation for the coming season in terms of likely transfers.
My only advice for the next few weeks would be to not get too carried away with rumours, as in all likelihood its bored people trolling for clicks, and nothing more substantial than that.
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2020.07.30 00:21 HonestMission An LGBTQ culture and media starter pack (not a question; LONG list of recommendations)

Hi! I've recently noticed that there has been several posts from gaybros who seem to feel really disconnected from and disengaged with the LGBTQ community. That's understandable, especially when these uncertain times mean that most people aren't in a good frame of mind or at their best.
Seeing that we're all socially distancing, and perhaps still under some form of lockdown, I thought that it would be a good idea to post a (warning: LONG) reading/watching/listening list, given that some of us have plenty of spare time on our hands. I hope that you enjoy discovering something new!
I love many items, and care a lot less for others, but I've tried to approach this objectively. Some music suggestions, btw, aren't by LGBTQ artists, but all of them have appealed varyingly to our community. I've also omitted the really obvious stuff, such as Brokeback Mountain, Madonna and Will & Grace etc.
Feel free to contribute and add your own favourites! A special thanks goes to my good friend, u/Manor4548, for getting the ball rolling with his excellent suggestions. Also, if our excellent mods feel that this post in inappropriate, I'm more than happy to remove it. Please take care and stay safe!
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin (1956) - intelligent and thoughtful novel from a black gay writer, whose seminal work is currently more important than ever
Quatrefoil: A Modern Novel by James BarJames Fugaté (1950) - ground-breaking romance novel about two men who ultimately reach of point of self-confidence and acceptance
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (2006) - lesbian-themed graphic memoir
Senses series by Andrew Grey (2012-2016) - frothy and sentimental yet endearing and engaging romance novels about disabled gay men
Outskirts: Living Life On The Edge by John Grindrod (2017) - part history of the green belt and part memoir of growing up in the British countryside as a gay youngster
Maurice by EM Forster (1971) - posthumously published novel, from the author of Howard's End, which was originally written between 1913 and 1914
The Swimming Pool Library (1988), The Spell (1998) and The Line Of Beauty (2004) by Alan Hollingworth - accomplished and boundary-pushing novelist who explores British gay socio-culture
Tigers & Devils series by Sean Kennedy (2009-2019) - idealistic yet thoroughly likeable romance novels about a charmingly misanthropic movie festival director and a kind yet closeted Australian footballer
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926) - accidentally queer novel that concerns toxic masculinity; this Literary Hub article provides an excellent introduction to the unintentional queerness of Hemingway's work
Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques (2015) - a British memoir about gender transition, with some thoughtful reflections on trans politics
Insignificant Others by Stephen McCauley (2010) - fun and smart "slice of life" novel about a 50-something gay man
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (2019) - playful teen romcom about a bisexual First Son who develops feelings for an English prince
The Last Romeo by Justin Myers (2018) - 30-something Bridget Jones-esque comedy of errors romance about a gay British web journalist who starts a dating blog
The Charioteer by Mary Renault (1953) - cerebral, moving and ultimately positive historical novel, set in a military hospital during World War II, which has prominent themes of repression and self-discovery
A Natural by Ross Raisin (2017) - subtle British novel about a closeted and introverted soccer player
Coming Out To Play by Robbie Rogers with Eric Marcus (2014) - if you love soccer and prefer non-fiction, however, then you might like this memoir from the first openly gay MLS player
Naked by David Sedaris (1997) - a collection of 40-something autobiographical essays from a gay humourist
Real Life by Brandon Taylor (2020) - gay-themed campus novel where a black doctoral student comes of age in a midwestern town
Out Of The Woods by Luke Turner (2019) - frank, intimate and sexually explicit British memoir that deals with bisexuality, religion, sexual abuse, outdoor sex, internalised homophobia and binary labels
Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (2013-2020) - hilarious webcomic about an adorkable gay figure skater, who loves baking and joins his college's ice hockey team-cum-fraternity
Upside Down by NR Walker (2019) - Australian comedy romance involving two homoromantic asexuals
The Less Than Epic Adventures Of TJ & Amal by EK Weaver (2009-2014) - webcomic where a gay slacker comes out and goes on a road trip
Movies & TV
Banana Fish (2018) - anime TV series, based on a magna from the '80s, with a gay male co-protagonist
Beautiful Thing (1996) - idealistic yet 100% charming and pandemic-friendly coming out teen romance, which oozes summery cinematography in one of London's brutalist council estates; Jonathan Harvey later wrote the BBC sitcoms Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999-2001) and Beautiful People (2008-2009)
BPM (2017) - charismatic and moving French drama about HIV-AIDS activism in the early '90s
Bob & Rose (2001) - acclaimed yet short-lived British comedy-drama series, from the creator of Queer As Folk, about an openly gay male school teacher who starts a relationship with a woman
Boy Meets Girl (2015-2016) - realistic enough yet very slight BBC sitcom about a 26-year-old man who falls in love with a 40-year-old trans woman
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000) - likeable, peppy, relatable, upbeat and generally unproblematic "slice of life" movie, about a gay friendship group, from the director of the problematic and overrated Love, Simon; co-stars John Mahoney, Dean Cain and a young Zach Braff
Dead Poets Society (1989) and School Ties (1992) - deeply homoerotic prep school movies
Edge Of Seventeen (1998) - arguably the most realistic coming out movie ever made, although the emphasis is firmly on the "coming of age" side of things
End Of The Century (2019) - 30-something Argentine holiday romance, which is heavily inspired by Before Sunrise and set in Barcelona
Happy Endings (2011-2013) - underrated 20-something American sitcom, with a loveable co-protagonist that's undoubtedly a beacub
Gaycation (2016-2017) - global travel documentary series, co-presented by Ellen Page, which has an LGBTQ slant
Grandma's House (2010-2012) - naturalistic BBC sitcom about a gay son and his Jewish family
Jeffrey (1995) - subversive AIDS-themed romantic comedy which, despite an outstanding supporting performance from Patrick Stewart that really should have garnered an Oscar nomination, is flawed and an acquired taste
Latter Days (2003) and The Falls (2012) - ultra low-budget romantic dramas about gay Mormons, but ultimately more pandemic-friendly than the conversion therapy drama Boy Erased (2018)
Longtime Companion (1989) and The Normal Heart (2014) - emotional and touching dramas about the HIV-AIDS crisis in NYC; Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons' performances in the latter merit special praise
Love Is Strange (2014) - 60-something romantic drama about discrimination and family, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina
Love, Valour, Compassion (1997) - melodramatic comedy-drama about a 40-something gay friendship group, although this one is a bitchier and snarkier watch than The Broken Hearts Club; features a star turn from Jason Alexander as a dying HIV-AIDS patient
Maurice (1987) - excellent period drama adaptation of EM Forster's novel; co-stars a young Hugh Grant
A Moment In The Reeds (2017) - romantic drama where a Finnish man bonds with a Syrian asylum seeker at a lakehouse
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) - pioneering British comedy-drama that critiques racism and Thatcherism, among other things, with a prominent gay subplot; co-stars a young Daniel Day-Lewis
My Own Private Idaho (1991) - surreal road trip drama, partially based on Shakespeare's Henry IV and Henry V, about street hustlers; directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix
Mysterious Skin (2004) - dark, difficult and uncompromising independent drama about the effect of historic sexual abuse on a gay teenage hustler; stars a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt
1985 (2018) - excellent monochrome drama about a closeted and dying man with HIV-AIDS, who is trying to come out to his conservative and suburban family at Christmas
Ocean Waves (1993) - underrated and accidentally queer TV movie from Studio Ghibli; if you don't mind spoilers, then this YouTube video comprehensively explains why Ocean Waves is accidentally queer
Open To Question: Justin Fashanu (1992) - Justin Fashanu, the first openly gay professional soccer player and first black player to command a £1m transfer fee, is interviewed on a Q&A programme for young people; it has been archived online by the BBC as an important historical document
Outland (2012) and Please Like Me (2013-2016) - two Australian comedy series; the former is about five members of an LGBTQ sci-fi club and the latter is about a newly out millennial slacker (which co-stars Pippa from Home & Away!)
Pain & Glory (2019) - Pedro Almodóvar's most recent and arguably most accomplished movie
Paris Is Burning (1990) - important long-form BIPOC/BAME documentary about NYC ballroom culture
Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994) - inspired road trip comedy about three Australian drag queens
Queer Britain (2017) - excellent BBC youth documentary series about LGBTQ issues in Britain, with episodes dedicated to religion, body image, homelessness, racism, porn, and queer identity
Self-Portrait in 23 Rounds: A Chapter In David Wojnarowicz's Life, 1989-1991 (2018) and Keith Haring: Street Art Boy (2020) - long-form documentaries about two iconic gay artists, who died from HIV
Shelter (2007) - cute yet slight low-budget drama about gay self-discovery in the American suburbs
Sum Of Us (1994) - thoroughly affable Australian comedy-drama about a gay son and his accepting father; co-stars a young and pre-fame Russell Crowe
Tales Of The City series (1993, 1998, 2001, 2019) - TV adaptation of seminal gay novel and its sequels
A Taste of Honey (1961) - monochrome kitchen sink dramedy, with a gay male supporting character, which is set in Manchester
Tofu (2015) - short-form web documentary series, from the creator of Queer As Folk, which explores modern attitudes towards sex, with a heavy emphasis on the LGBTQ side of it
Trick (1999) - please take this idealistic overnight romance with a pinch of salt - even if it realistically tackles internalised homophobia in a way that Love, Simon never managed to do - but this superb dramedy is still one of the best and most pandemic-friendly gay movies
The Outs (2012-2013, 2016) - largely realistic and utterly charming web drama about gay adulting in NYC, with a peerless soundtrack; I low-key stan the loveable Jack and Scruffy
Verbotene Liebe (2007-2013) - surprisingly good supercouple plot from a German soap opera, involving a bisexual amateur boxer turned horse trainer, Christian, and his boyfriend/husband, Oliver
The Way He Looks (2014) - cute Brazilian teen romance about blindness and self-discovery
The Wedding Banquet (1993) - Oscar-nominated romantic comedy from China, directed by Ang Lee
Weekend (2011) - minimalist and naturalistic weekend romance, set in the outskirts of Nottingham
Wild Reeds (1994) - Cannes-nominated sexual awakening teen drama, set in early '60s France
Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos (1992) - a very strong introduction to eccentric yet loveable piano-led college pop-rock
Northern Star by Melanie C (1999) - British equivalent of Madonna's seminal Ray Of Light (1998)
Blue Bell Knoll (1988) and Heaven Or Las Vegas (1990) by Cocteau Twins - pioneering ambient dream-pop, which are perhaps the ideal albums for jerk-off sessions and physical intimacy
Doppelgänger by Curve (1992) - a gothic, melodramatic and moody fusion of shoegaze and industrial electronica; fans of Garbage will LOVE this album
No Angel by Dido (1999) - another album that's ideal for masturbation and sex
Disgraceful by Dubstar (1995) - slightly out of time, albeit still excellent, synth-pop from the mid '90s
Chorus by Erasure (1991) - analogue-based synth-pop; will interest those into video game soundtracks, given that it practically sounds like music from Amiga titles at various points
Amplified Heart by Everything But The Girl (1994) - eloquent fusion of acoustic folk-pop and electronica; Tracey Thorn's Record (2018) further consolidated her appeal to the LGBTQ community
Sue (1989) and Ray (1991) by Frazier Chorus - arty and gentle woodwind-based synth-pop that also has the bitchiest and most subversive lyrics imaginable
Chemistry by Girls Aloud (2005) and Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen (2015) - bubblegum pop artists that throw curveballs by unexpectedly moving into indie-baiting dance-pop territory
Black Cherry by Goldfrapp (2003), State Of Mind by Holly Valance (2003), Come & Get It by Rachel Stevens (2005) and Trip The Light Fantastic by Sophie Ellis-Bextor (2007) - highly regarded electropop albums from the mid-2000s
Françoise Hardy Sings In English by Françoise Hardy (1966), Infamous Angel by Iris DeMent (1992), Whatever by Aimee Mann (1993) and Out Of Range by Ani DiFranco (1994) - refined and superior singer-songwriter material
Paradise AKA Big Fun by Inner City (1989), Adeva by Adeva (1989), And Still I Rise by Alison Limerick (1992) and Everybody's Free by Rozalla (1992) - underrated diva house albums from the late '80s and early '90s
Bonito Generation by Kero Kero Bonito (2016) - day-glo dance-pop that's heavily influenced by The B-52s, J-pop, video game soundtracks, dancehall culture and mid-'90s Eurodance
The Death Of Cool by Kitchens Of Distinction (1992), Copper Blue by Sugar (1992), The Sound Of McAlmont & Butler by McAlmont & Butler (1995), D-D-Don't Stop The Beat by Junior Senior (2002), The Smell Of Our Own by The Hidden Cameras (2003), i by The Magnetic Fields (2004) and Silent Alarm by Bloc Party (2005) - indie bands that are fronted/co-fronted by openly gay men
Thinking It Over by Liberty X (2002) - surprisingly good R&B-led pop from talent show runner-ups
Crooked Mile by Microdisney (1987) - includes Rack, one of the most articulate songs ever written about AIDS; the same applies to It Couldn't Happen Here from Actually by Pet Shop Boys (1987)
Light Years by Kylie Minogue (2000) - perhaps the most cohesive introduction to the Australian queen
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine (1991) - Mysterious Skin undoubtedly proves that shoegaze has LGBTQ appeal, although this is challenging stuff and not for the faint-hearted
Passive Soul by Orlando (1997) - fragile and wallflowery pop that puts a heavy slant on the eclectic
Behaviour by Pet Shop Boys (1990), Echoes by Will Young (2011) and Choreography by Bright Light Bright Light (2016) - gay introspection from 30-something Brits
Very by Pet Shop Boys (1993) and The Tension & The Spark by Darren Hayes (2004) - 30-something coming out albums
Different Class by Pulp (1995) and Coming Up by Suede (1996) - camp and glamorous yet laddy and seedy Britpop, which is largely preoccupied with drugs and sex
A Secret Wish by Propaganda (1985) - gothic and literate synth-pop from Düsseldorf
Body Talk by Robyn (2010) - boundary-pushing dance-pop from the Swedish queen
Original Soundtrack by S-Express (1989) - one of the first UK house music albums to have originated from LGBTQ nightclubs
Foxbase Alpha (1991), So Tough (1993) and Tales From Turnpike House (2005) by Saint Etienne - summery indie-dance cultural love letters to London; Pedro Almodóvar is a big fan of them
Hormonally Yours by Shakespeares Sister (1992) - gothic, melodramatic, sassy and vampy glam pop-rock
We Are Shampoo by Shampoo (1994) and On The Loose by Deuce (1995) - unashamedly trashy bubblegum pop; the latter band was created by former Pet Shop Boys manager Tom Watkins
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret by Soft Cell (1981) and Youthquake by Dead Or Alive (1985) - camp and melodramatic synth-pop from northern England
Illinois (2005) and Carrie & Lowell (2015) by Sufjan Stevens - if you've seen the movie Call Me By Your Name (2017), then you'll know who this guy is
La Varieté by Weekend (1982), Life by The Cardigans (1995), The Sound Of Music by Pizzicato Five (1995) and Good Humor by Saint Etienne (1998) - fey, kitschy and peppy lounge indie-pop
Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood (2019), Saint Cloud by Waxahatchee (2020) and Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers (2020) - minimalist indie for hipsters
Sam Cushing - likeably grounded and motivated guy who plays the piano and loves his workouts
Riyadh Khalaf - the Iranian-Irish vlogger presenter of Queer Britain
Husband & Husband - nerdy married couple who write comic books and fantasy novels
LanceTheDriver - adorable mature student who loves cars and constantly strives to do good
Eric Mason - endearing and insightful lyrical breakdowns of songs by pop divas
Jacob Michael - cerebral and eloquent musings on the state of modern gay life
PK Creedon - good natured sporty couple who authentically fuse their femininity and masculinity
PJ & Thomas - lovely suburban couple who work in real estate and have adopted a trio of toddlers
Michael Rizzi and Dominick Whelton - sweet city boys who love their fashion and pop culture
Noah Roth and Christian Cook - wholesome college-aged couple who love painting and the outdoors
Stepsof2Foreigners - articulate and refined American-Brazilian couple who are into their travel
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2020.07.22 23:05 HeltonsGoatee Game Chat 7/22 Rockies (9-7) @ Rangers (12-9) 6:05 PM

Rockies (9-7) @ Rangers (12-9)

First Pitch: 6:05 PM at Globe Life Field
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Line Score - Game Over

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
COL 0 0 2 0 1 4 0 0 0 7 10 1
TEX 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 0

Box Score

LF Choo 1 0 0 0 0 1 .130 CF Dahl 3 0 0 0 1 0 .184
LF Solak 2 0 0 0 1 1 .200 CF Daza 1 0 0 0 0 0 .387
DH Calhoun, W 4 0 0 0 0 3 .130 SS Story 4 1 2 0 1 2 .290
CF Santana, D 2 0 1 0 0 0 .226 SS Rodgers 0 0 0 0 0 0 .429
CF Heineman 2 1 1 0 0 0 .343 RF Blackmon 3 0 0 0 1 0 .156
RF Gallo 2 1 0 0 1 1 .194 C Díaz, E 1 0 0 0 0 0 .409
RF Taveras 1 0 0 0 0 1 .304 3B Arenado 3 0 1 2 0 1 .250
2B Odor 1 0 0 0 0 0 .314 2B Trejo 0 0 0 0 0 0 .353
2B Ibáñez 3 0 0 0 0 0 .231 1B Murphy, D 4 0 0 0 0 0 .258
1B Frazier, T 2 1 1 3 0 0 .276 3B Stamets 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
1B Refsnyder 1 0 1 0 0 0 .346 2B McMahon 3 1 1 1 0 1 .273
SS Andrus 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 RF Tapia 1 0 0 0 0 0 .343
SS Rivera, Y 2 0 0 0 0 0 .423 DH Kemp, M 3 1 1 0 0 1 .152
3B Kiner-Falefa 2 0 0 0 0 0 .341 DH Hilliard 1 0 0 0 0 0 .184
3B Jung 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250 2B Owings 3 2 3 0 0 0 .414
EH Guzmán 2 0 0 0 1 1 .194 LF Hampson 0 0 0 0 1 0 .219
C Mathis 3 0 1 0 0 1 .267 C Butera 3 2 2 4 0 0 .375
1B Fuentes 1 0 0 0 0 0 .290
Lyles 4.2 5 3 3 3 3 89-53 9.00 Senzatela 5.0 2 3 3 1 3 80-51 3.60
Law, D 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 2-2 2.70 Collins, T 0.2 1 0 0 1 1 20-10 4.50
Allard 1.0 5 4 4 0 0 25-15 7.71 Díaz, Ja 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 2-2 2.08
Farrell 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 16-9 0.00 Castellani 1.2 1 0 0 1 3 32-20 4.26
Vólquez 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 12-7 6.35 Davis, W 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 4-3 0.00
Leclerc 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 11-8 0.00 Harvey, J 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 12-10 5.40

Scoring Plays

Inning Event Score
T3 Drew Butera doubles (2) on a sharp line drive to left fielder Nick Solak. Chris Owings scores. 0-1
T3 Nolan Arenado out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Nick Solak. Drew Butera scores. 0-2
T5 Nolan Arenado doubles (2) on a sharp line drive to center fielder Danny Santana. Trevor Story scores. 0-3
B5 Todd Frazier homers (2) on a fly ball to right field. Scott Heineman scores. Joey Gallo scores. 3-3
T6 Ryan McMahon homers (4) on a fly ball to center field. 3-4
T6 Drew Butera homers (3) on a line drive to left field. Matt Kemp scores. Chris Owings scores. 3-7


Description Length HD
Drew Butera laces an RBI double down the line 0:26 HD
Nolan Arenado lines a sacrifice fly to leftield 0:20 HD
Nolan Arenado clubs an RBI double to left-center 0:19 HD
Todd Frazier lifts a three-run homer to right field 0:33 HD
Drew Butera lines a three-run homer to left field 0:37 HD
Ryan McMahon crushes a solo homer to center field 0:26 HD
Nolan Arenado makes backhanded stop, strong throw 0:24 HD


Winning Pitcher Losing Pitcher Save
Senzatela (1-0, 3.60) Allard (1-1, 7.71)
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2020.07.22 10:59 jcrass87 QAnon/Pizzagate fantasy

I’ve bitten my tongue on this for as long as I could stomach. I’ve reserved comment when I felt convicted to speak up. I’ve distanced myself from taking political stances on social media for the benefit of my relationships with friends/family, and mostly for my own mental health and general well-being. I can’t continue to sit by in complicit silence on this whole subculture of people who still hold fast to this QAnon nonsense, which has been proven as a hoax by multiple reputable sources (virtually any recognizable publication that has deigned itself to comment on it has discredited it as a hoax/fake news/false conspiracy, with the exclusion of some independent bloggers/vloggers).
It’s difficult for me to wrap my head around the number of people who actually believe that Trump is on some holy crusade to take down these Hollywood/political/elitist pedo rings. Not saying I don’t believe that these human trafficking/pedo sex rings exist. It’s blatantly obvious at this point that they are in fact real, with what has come to light about Epstein and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his “suicide,” not to mention all the high-profile people he was in bed with (ha, get it?), as well as the NXIVM (the Kieth Raniere-headed sex cult that owned 11 daycares in the Hollywood area), other powerful people in Hollywood being exposed as predatory sex criminals of varying degrees and ilks (Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, et al); it’s basically become common knowledge for anyone paying any modicum of attention that these sinister, clandestine operations do in fact exist. That is no longer up for debate.
It is also obvious that the requisite power and influence such a group would by necessity have to wield to operate unhindered and undetected in perpetuity until very recently is utterly mind-blowing, and the possible implications about such an organization are frightening and uncomfortable for a nobody like me to consider, to say the least. Just yesterday Trump said he’s not aware of the developing situation with Ghilaine Maxwell, (I find that hard to believe), but that he “wishes her well.” I mean, seriously, who says that about a known sexual predatohuman trafficker? I wish her well? My guess is that she likely has some dirt on him too, just a thought.
As a card-carrying member of the official conspiracy club, I also am fully aware of a possible scenario that these aforementioned reputable publications dismissing QAnon/Pizzagate as a hoax could potentially have been bought off by unfathomably wealthy and powerful people to deflate and discredit the movement, however, I am certain that that is not the case. It’s easy to see, through a simple character study, and a brief examination of past behavior as an indicator of future patterns of behavior, that all of it is simply untrue at a base, fundamental level: this anointing of Trump as some white knight/messianic savior figure, this notion that he has been chosen, anointed and sent to us in our time of need by Almighty God himself to set it all right is misguided, at best. He’s not the Second Coming, he’s not going to blow the lid off this whole thing, he’s not purging corrupt currency in the name of wealth redistribution to help the little guy get a leg up. The only wealth redistribution he is interested in is that which goes directly to his and his corporate/Wall Street buddies’ bank accounts. Mark my words: the $2 trillion-plus stimulus bill will go down as the single largest heist to date in any honest history book, making already rich families richer, further ensuring their continued wealth, power and influence for generations.
The nearly-extinct middle class and growing lower class families will likewise bear the brunt of that cost for generations through increased taxes on our hard-earned wages, while corporations and billionaires will continue to enjoy increased tax cuts and bailouts. The costs of living and inflation of the price of goods will continue to rise at rates which grossly exceed the growth of federal/state minimum wages.
These QAnon conspiracy believers need to just go away. Miss me with that WWG1WGA bullshit, seriously. Speaking as someone who has ventured far down the depths of the rabbit hole and indulged myself on various unlikely conspiracies through the years, if for no other reason than the fun of it, this one takes the cake, surely. Talk about desperation, feverishly grasping at straws for a lifeline; anything to avoid confronting the possibility that you may have just been wrong about Trump.
He didn’t come to dredge the swamp; he came to play golf and make himself and others far wealthier than he could ever hope to be, even wealthier. Taking the time between rounds of golf to the embolden the bigots, racists, and homophobes to come out of hiding. He has singlehandedly done more to breathe life anew into racism, discrimination, and hate than anyone in recent memory. Breeding as much contempt and hatred as possible at every turn; playing on our fears of anything “other” to pit us against each other, keep us divided.
A true leader should unite his people. He/She should bravely forge a new path ahead, lighting the way ahead in the name of progress, in the honorable pursuits of peace, happiness, and a better way of living in general for all constituents, not just an elite few. Trump is an elitist. He is doing nothing to help anyone on the general principal of, “if a person needs help and you are in a position to do so, you should help them.” Our system of government is being exploited and run almost exclusively by people who operate on a quid pro quo basis. It is being run exclusively by people so out of touch with the plight of the common man/woman, they have no respect or the even the faintest concept what it’s like to scrape by on the bare minimum and live from check to check. In many cases they come from a long lineage of power and old money, from great grandparents who’ve never known what it is to struggle.
That’s not to vilify everyone who has money. There are some, like Elon Musk, Paul Allen, Bill Gates (no, he is not an adrenochrome-sucking demon whose endgame is to commit mass genocide through vaccinations) who give back to causes they deem worthwhile, which is admirable; but I do think money can become a dangerous, corrupting influence for some. There is something to be said about people who are so consumed with their pursuit of power that they hoard money from ill-gotten gains while so many are suffering and living in squalor. There is something to be said about people so obsessed with money, power, and political connections that they continue to let corporations off the hook for not only taxes, but also for their continuing gross violations of clean aiclean water acts year after year. The EPA spent $92M on office furniture alone in the last decade. You can find similar stories of lavish overspending with nearly every large, federally-funded agency out there. Our tax dollars are being stolen and mismanaged almost everywhere you look, and this should sicken and outrage every citizen, but it seems that more and more people are outcast and ostracized for criticizing our government.
I thought that was supposed to be one of the single greatest things about this country: we possess the freedom to speak our minds, especially when it comes to scrutinizing those who are supposed to represent our best interests. It was not, I believe, the intent of our founding fathers for the government to degrade to the point of corruption that it has, with today’s politicians given absolute free reign, not beholden or accountable to anyone, but here we are, nonetheless. Trump is no different. He will not be motivated to help anyone out of the “goodness of his heart,” rather, he will help only those he perceives as having something worthwhile to offer him in return. A favor for a favor. If you think otherwise, you really ought to have your head examined. It’s head scratching that this thing has gained so much traction, when the premise of the whole QAnon/Pizzagate fantasy is as unlikely and outlandish as the flat earther phenomenon.
All you really need to do is take one look at how Trump has chosen to treat the children who have been displaced and marginalized by another crisis, the immigration crisis, and what he has deemed “acceptable living conditions” for them. This man is, in my mind more so than any other person or agency, solely responsible for the horrendously inhumane conditions in ICE detention centers where children have been, and continue to be subjected to the exact same atrocities as those who have survived human trafficking report. Should not matter or factor in, at all, where you stand on immigration policies; the bottom line is that these are innocent children, who had no part in their parents’ decision to come here illegally, save for the possibility that their parents presumably just wanted to give them a better life, the American dream, if you will. Yet they are made to suffer anyway, now effectively amounting to nothing more than collateral damage in this ongoing pissing contest between GOP and the DNC. It’s not a party line issue, it’s a basic human rights issue. And Trump, as the one man who could conceivably step in and intervene through use of executive orders or the like, has failed and turned his back on those poor children. Kids are literally neglected to the point of dying in ICE custody and nobody bats an eye. He doesn’t give a damn about saving anyone’s kids; I mean, seriously, come on... that is an absolute fantasy out of a children’s book.
If you can’t judge this man’s character as sorely lacking based on his innumerable verbal attacks on groups of struggling people who are already marginalized and oppressed, as well as his knee-jerk reaction to incite hatred, tension and unrest at every opportunity, then there is really no changing your mind. He condones violent resolutions to conflicts with any dissenters. He’s shown his true colors again and again, and he has shown himself to be a truly despicable “human being” (taking some real liberties referring to him as such), devoid of literally any redeemable qualities. In short, he’s nothing more than a ghastly grotesque. He’s a puke. A slime. A walking colostomy bag... anyway, let’s just put all that aside for a moment: this fantastical belief that he’s going to blow it all apart and save the day, end human trafficking once and for all, would be comical if it wasn’t so sad.
Kids are dying in those detention centers and no one cares. But hey, you QAnoners and Pizzagaters are probably right: he definitely cares about the kids caught in the crossfire of human trafficking (at least the white ones, maybe?) Hahaha. Cognitive dissonance at its finest. All this man gives a damn about is lining his and his buddies’ pockets with taxpayer dollars and furthering the wealth disparity between the .1% and the 99.9%. Plain and simple. Oh, and by the by, FUCK DONALD J. TRUMP. QAnon Conspiracy Theory Creeps into Mainstream Politics
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2020.07.16 18:26 stannsmash Offseason Review Series: Day 2 - The Washington Football Team

Washington is dead, long live Washington!

Division: NFC East

2019 Record: 3-13, 4th in NFC East

Coaching Changes

As the marketing says, this is a new RivERA. Almost the entire coaching staff has been replaced, except for the running back and special teams coaches, so let's all give a hand to Randy Jordan and Nate Kaczor for being survivors of the Rivera purge. Here are the highlights:

Head Coach: Ron Rivera replaces interim Bill Callahan

After an 0-5 start last season, and multiple season of mediocrity, Dan Snyder finally decided to pull the plug on Jay Gruden. Interim coach Bill Callahan did a...job. The question quickly turned to who would be the newest coach of the Washington Football Franchise. Would it be current OC and potential wünderkid Kevin O'Connell? Would they somehow steal away Mike Tomlin (remember this theory?) No. Enter in: Riverboat Ron.
Ironically, the only way that Washington was able to hire him was by defeating him: in week 13 of the 2019 season, Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice stomped through Rivera's defense to the tune of 248 yards on the ground. That was enough to seal his fate with owner David Tepper, who was vocal through the season about the panthers status of mediocrity.
While one can reflect on Rivera's tenure as mediocrity, I'd argue it is anything but. As 2-time Head Coach of the Year, Rivera lead the Panthers to 3 1st place finishes in the NFC South, including a historic 15-1 2015 season where the Panthers made it to the Super Bowl behind MVP Cam Newton. Rivera is the winningest coach in Panthers history, with an overall record of 76-63-1. However, he was not Tepper's choice, and for that as a fan I owe Tepper one.
While I would not fault Jay Gruden for all of the Redskins issues the past 5 1/2 years, he seemed destined to stay at most mediocre, never even reaching the highs Rivera has seen. Key Gruden personnel such as Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed, Chris Thompson, Josh Norman, Josh Doctson, and more are long gone. Rivera has a brand new cast to work with, and I am excited to see it.
Rivera is a proven head coach with a long and public track record. He is known for being a big believer in a strong player-oriented team culture, and god knows this team needs some major culture help, especially in the front office. Looking at you, Mr. Snyder. GRADE: A

Offensive Coordinator: Scott Turner replaces Kevin O'Connell

Losing Kevin O'Connell to the Rams is disappointing, no way around it in my mind. Could the Rams get bitten in the rear and throw a green coordinator into the wind? Maybe. But out of all personnel we didn't keep, this one stung the most.
However, one must not dwell on the past too much. Enter in Scott Turner, son of Norv Turner. Turner comes over from Carolina where he was first the QB coach under his father, and then suddenly replaced his father once Rivera was fired. Some highlights of Turner include:
  • Being the Brown's receiver coach during Josh Gordon's monstrous 2013 season
  • Vikings QB coach during Teddy Bridgewater's best years
Yeah that's about it. He is young and hungry, and honestly, I am pretty happy with this choice as well. I have faith in him to develop Haskins, who is the future of the franchise as of now. Hopefully he does not fall out of favor as his father did with our favorite owner. GRADE: B+

Defensive Coordinator: Jack Del Rio replaces Greg Manusky

The Redskins defense in my opinion has been underwhelming in recent times, and in large part I blame Greg Manusky for this result. The Redskins defense last year ranked 27th overall, which any Washington fan will tell you is at best a slight shame and at worst a goddamn tragedy. Sure, our secondary was nowhere to be seen. Sure, we we're extremely injured a lot of the time.
But here's the worst part: our front 7 is actually really good. I mean come on: Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat, and more should amount to one of the most potent QB rushing attacks of the year. However, the stats show that this is just not true. PFF listed us outside the top ten and in a more general sense the defense overall just seems too ooze mediocrity.
Enter in Jack Del Rio. This man has over 30 years of NFL experience, having multiple positions as both Head Coach and Defensive Coordinators in the past. While his head coaching career has not always been consistent, his defensive strengths are quite apparent. While Wade Phillips was responsible for the Super Bowl winning Broncos of 2015, we cannot forget that Del Rio groomed that defense for years prior, bringing them to the big game as well the year before. His earlier success in Baltimore and Carolina must also be mentioned, but my main point is this: Jack Del Rio is tiers above Manusky.
Del Rio and Rivera are on the same page, and switching to a 4-3 base defense with Del Rio should pay dividends to our defense, particularly our front seven. Look for a strong pass rush with Del Rio under control. GRADE: A

Quarterbacks Coach: Ken Zampese replaces Tim Rattay

Zampese formerly worked for the Greatest Show on Turf helping Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, and Torry Holt achieve offensive supremacy over the league. He worked for 12 years in Cincinnati, developing both Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton. In addition, he helped to develop Baker his rookie year under literal the dumpster fire of a head coaching regime Hue Jackson had in 2018. After seeing many of Haskins sexy throws to McLaurin, Gandy-Golden and Co. on Instagram, I feel some safety in the QB department for once. GRADE: A-

Head Athletic Trainer: Ryan Vermillion replaces Larry Hess

If there's one thing that reminds me of a Washington Football season, its injuries. While Washington was not the only injured team, it definitely felt like one of the worst last year. At the end of the day, the blame falls on random injury luck, proper practice, and the athletic training staff. Larry Hess had been employed by Washington for 17 years, so this move may be seen as a long time coming, especially concerning some of the particularly bad injuries of recent years.
Vermillion has rep with Rivera, as he is the former head trainer for the Panthers. While the Panthers have had some injury troubles of there own as of recently, I am still hopeful that Vermillion and his staff can help the situation over here. GRADE: B

Free Agency

Players lost/cut
Player Position New team
Chris Thompson RB Jaguars
Colt McCoy QB Giants
Case Keenum QB Browns
Ereck Flowers OG Dolphins
Josh Norman CB Bills
Trent Williams OT 49ers
Montae Nicholson CB UFA
Jordan Reed TE UFA
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB UFA
Wendell Smallwood RB UFA
Tony Bergstrom OL UFA
Donald Penn OT UFA
Vernon Davis TE Retired
Key Losses:
  • Ereck Flowers: Flowers had been written off as a bust. His tenure in New York and Jacksonville were both at best mediocre, and at worst disgusting. He gave up tons of pressures, and questions about his devotion to the team were at play. However, Washington was able to reignite Flowers by transitioning him from a tackle to a guard. In this new role, he only allowed two sacks while starting all 16 games. In the end, he was able to get the best pay-day back home in Miami, and for that I cannot hold any ill-will.
  • Josh Norman: 5 years. $51.1 million guaranteed. $75 million total. Honestly, I believed in Josh Norman when we first signed him. Coming off an All-Pro year on a stacked 2015 Panthers roster, Norman was proud to declare himself the best corner in the whole league. If you'd ask Norman today, he may still very well agree with that assessment. However, both the film and numbers point to Norman as a one year wonder. He was never able to replicate his 2015 success here, and was barely able to follow receivers like Revis or play the zone like Sherman. I would consider this the worst Redskins free agent signing of the Jay Gruden regime, hands down bar none. At least Matt Jones gave us some 100 yard games. His best games for us were against Cody Kessler and Matt Barkley. I am glad this is over with.
  • Trent Williams: Oh Trent-y boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling. I am truly sad to see Mr. Williams suit up for another organization this fall, assuming there will be a football season. Trent has been one of, if not the best offensive lineman in the entire NFL since being drafted 4th overall in 2010. Even as poor football and asinine front office moves surrounded him, Trent remained grounded and supportive of Mr. Snyder's hope to win football games. However, this relationship quickly turned for the worse. I could write this whole page about the Trent Williams saga, so instead I shall link this.
Goodbye Silverback.
  • Jordan Reed: If you thought the Trent Williams saga hurt me, oh boy you are not ready for this. Jordan Reed was probably my favorite Washington player up until last season. I was at his first big game in 2013, and boy was it a sight to see. A 3rd round TE from Florida, Reed was a bright spot on a more distant 3-13 Washington Squad still hoping for RG3's knees to spring back to life. When Reed was on fire, he was on. In his heyday of 2015 and 2016, Reed was a top tier Pro-Bowl talent TE possessing the quickness of a WR with the strength and build of a TE. However, we all know how this story ends. In 2013, he only played 9 games due to concussions. In 2014, he hurt his hamstring twice throughout the season yet still played in 11 games. As stated earlier, 15' and 16' were the golden years, but his hamstring came back to derail almost his entire 2017 season. By last year, he had over 9 known concussions, and one can only assume his hamstring is not in good shape. This is a classic example of injuries destroying a once promising career. If you are ever in need of watching some electrifying tight end plays, check this out, I promise you will not regret it. Thank you Jordan!
Players signed
Player Position Old team Length Salary
Wes Schweitzer OG Falcons 3 years $13.5 mil, $4 mil guaranteed
Kendall Fuller CB Chiefs 4 years $40 mil, $23.5 mil guaranteed
Logan Thomas TE Lions 2 years $6.145 mil, $2.25 mil guaranteed
Sean Davis S Steelers 1 year $4 mil, $2 mil guaranteed
Kyle Allen QB Panthers 1 year $675k
Thomas Davis LB Chargers 1 year $3.5 mil, $1.75 mil guaranteed
J.D. McKissic RB Seahawks 2 year $3.27 mil, $1 mil guaranteed
Peyton Barber RB Buccaneers 2 year $3 mil, $600k guaranteed
Cornelius Lucas OT Bears 2 year $3.8 mil, $1 mil guaranteed
Richard Rogers TE Eagles 1 year $1 mil
Cody Latimer WR Giants 1 year $1 mil, $137.5k guaranteed
Kevin Pierre-Louis LB Bears 1 year $3 mil, $1.5 mil guaranteed
Jeremy Vujnovich OG Cardinals 1 year $825k
Ronald Darby CB Eagles 1 year $3 mil, $1 mil guaranteed
Mike Liedtke OG Buccaneers 1 year $750k
Key Additions:
  • Kendall Fuller: We are proud to welcome our 2016 3rd rounder and new Super Bowl Champion back to DC. Fuller has proven himself as a formidable slot cornerback, and should be a day 1 starter immediately. In fact, I could see us playing him on the outside if need be, as our secondary will become stretched dry rather quickly. If we can trade for Malik Jefferson, we could finally have all pieces of the Alex Smith trade back on the roster, including Alex Smith himself (hang in there buddy :( ).
  • Thomas Davis: A 3x Pro Bowler and bonafide former team leader of the Carolina Panthers, Thomas Davis is a welcome addition to our locker room. While at age 37 he may not start or play the most downs, his presence and familiarity with Rivera lends kindly to helping younger defensive players adjust and learn the new system.
  • Ronald Darby: Darby has never played a full 16 game season, and the past two seasons in particular seem to be injury ridden. However, our secondary is in need of a #2 to step up behind Fuller and if Moreau cannot make a leap then Darby better be a frog. This one year, prove-it deal will show whether or not Darby is ready to play with the big boys now.
Players resigned
Player Position Length Salary
Jon Bostic LB 2 year $5.1 mil, $2.25 mil guaranteed
Caleb Brantley DT 1 year $750k
Nate Orchard LB/DE 1 year $1 mil, $137.5k guaranteed
Aaron Colvin CB 1 year $1 mil, $137.5k guaranteed
Brandon Scherff OG 1 year $15.03 mil guaranteed (franchise tag)
Important Resigns:
  • Jon Bostic: The former 2nd rounder has bounced around the league since 2013, but with Reuben Foster tearing his ACL in training camp last year, Bostic was thrust into the starting LB slot. While far from perfect, Bostic played surprisingly well last year, recording 105 tackles, a sack, and a pick. It is unclear whether Bostic's ceiling is much higher then this going into year 8 of his career. The signing of Thomas Davis and an even better D-Line could help Bostic shine more as there is less pressure on him. Overall, a good team friendly extension on a starte1st off the bench quality player.
  • Brandon Scherff: Except for some penalty troubles, Scherff has been the most consistent offensive lineman this team has had in the past five years who is not upset at our current front office. While I am unsure if he was worthy of the Pro Bowl this past year, he is a stud OG and I am glad we have kept him his whole rookie deal. Hopefully a long-term can be worked out soon (though the deadline may have just past for franchise tagees), but keeping him on the franchise tag is far down the list of personnel issues.


Round Number Player Position School
1 2 Chase Young DE Ohio State
3 66 Antonio Gibson WRB Memphis
4 108 Saahdiq Charles OT LSU
4 142 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR Liberty
5 156 Keith Ismael C San Diego State
5 162 Khaleke Hudson LB Michigan
7 216 Kamren Curl S Arkansas
7 229 James Smith-Williams DE N.C. State
UDFA N/A Thaddeus Moss TE LSU
UDFA N/A Steven Montez QB Colorado
UDFA N/A Isaiah Wright WR Temple
UDFA N/A Johnathon Johnson WR Missouri
Grades and Thoughts:
  • Chase Young: How much more can be said about this guy? Young was known for months to be the consensus number one talent of the draft, and that has not changed in the past months. He is a forced to be reckoned with, and putting him alongside our other D-Lineman is a scary sight. The often made comparison is that of the Bosa brothers, who both came into the league and wrecked havoc upon entry. I see Young doing the same thing, having a minimum 10+ sack season. Fear the predator y'all. GRADE: A+
  • Antonio Gibson: Almost every analysis I have read about Gibson describes him in one of two ways: 1) A swiss-army knife 2) A football player. While I can't disagree with either, these both seem to be big buzzwords that cable football analysis loves to float around to tons and tons of players. No matter how you describe him, Gibson's highlight real speaks for itself. Most project him into a RB role in our system, and with Chris Thompson setting sail with Jay Gruden Gibson can not pick up the slack here. If he can provide support to Peterson and Guice, great! If he could improve our dismal receiving unit, even better! I like this pick, but can also see it failing if Rivera and Turner cannot utilize him correctly. GRADE: B+
  • Saahdiq Charles: Using a picks here on the O-Line was a smart move, as our bench before the draft was extremely thin. Charles has been a part of one of the best O-line's in the nation at LSU, helping Clyde Edwards-Helaire run over the entire goddamn SEC. While there was a distraction of off-field issues, i.e. his six game suspension in his junior year. My understanding is that this stemmed from maturity issues and possible failed drug tests. Without these concerns, Charles would not have fallen to this round. Even with the character issue, his on the field product is fantastic, and if there was any coach to help Charles stay the right path it would be Ron Rivera. GRADE: B
  • Antonio Gandy-Golden: My information on Gandy-Golden and Liberty football in general is extremely limited, but the little I have seen is fantastic. At 6'4, 223 lbs Gandy-Golden is prototypical size and his highlights at Liberty reflect that. He is able to utilize is wingspan to have a large catch radius and contend for aired out balls. In addition, while his 4.6 40 yard dash may be slightly underwhelming, his speed on tape is evident and can work. As the receiver competition is wide open, Gandy-Golden can easily become the number two receiver on this squad if he puts in the work. And according to social media, it appears he is trying. GRADE: A
  • Keith Ismael: Another offensive linemen, but I struggle to see Ismael in any role besides backup this year. Ismael was solid player for his three year college career, and learning behind our O-line can do him well to bring him up to NFL speed. I can see him sitting behind Rouiller most of the year, but there's always the potential for something more if he is a diamond in the rough. However, I would have liked for a TE selection here. GRADE: B
  • Kamren Curl: Curl seemed to be an intrenched starter for Arkansas, but it is hard to see what is exactly unique with his skill set. At 6'1, 206 lbs he has the body of a safety or even cornerback, which tracks as he played both positions in school. The most known information about him is that he was suspended for flirting with a cheerleader his sophomore season, but if that is his biggest character concern then I don't really care. In addition, he later cleared the confusion, noting that the cheerleader just wanted a photo with him. GRADE: C
  • James Smith-Williams: A depth signing for our defensive front, which is all good in my book. However, this deep dive into the man shows that Smith-Williams has the potential to be more then a name in DC. His injury history is very troubling, but if he can put that Big Bang Theory Sheldon brain of his to our team then I am all for it. 7th rounders are the time for risks, and Smith-Williams case is a unique one where the injuries are not as much a concern for me. GRADE: C+
If the only player we keep out of this draft in the next 5 years is Chase Young, it will still have been a success. However, I have a feeling that other players will make an impact here, particularly with Gibson or Gandy-Golden breaking out in a rushing or receiving competition. For Kyle Smith and Rivera's first draft, it could have gone a lot worse. The amount of BS spewed about us drafting Tua or trading down was EVERYWHERE online before the draft, so I am jus glad we didn't mess it up as bad as we could have. Overall, I'd rate this draft a B+, with the rating going higher if any of these other players break out as well.

Name Controversy

Look, both you and I know that this subject has been beaten to death, especially on this subreddit. So let us just establish the facts:
  • There has been ample push to change the name since the 1990s.
  • Dan Snyder said in 2013 that he would never change the name. "It's that simple. NEVER — you can use caps."
  • This month, Fedex, along with other major sponsors such as Nike and PepsiCo called on Snyder to change their name or face financial doom.
  • July 13, 2020 Snyder issues a press release stating the name and logo are both officially retired.
There are many more specifics and points of contention on this issue, and I think this WaPo graphic does a good job illustrating other key times that the name has been discussed or been a point of contention.
My thought? About damn time. Look, I understand that the name is offensive and have been all for changing it, but more importantly I just want us to focus on what ideally should be more pressing for this writeup: the players and the game. The politics of the name has been a distraction and disgrace to the proud men who have worn this city on their back for decades. Do not get me wrong: the actual name itself holds little meaning to me personally. However, I am younger than many fans of the team and understand the attachment some have had for their entire lives. Yet, I do not think we need to forget about Theismann, Baugh, Jurgensen, Doug Williams, Rypien, Riggins, the Hogs, and more just by retiring the name. I say, let this begin a new era in Washington football history where we can be remembered for playing a game we enjoy and love, not hurting others if we do not need to.
My personal preference for a new name as of now is Red Wolves. Maintaining the colors and HttR (Howl to the Red Wolves!) sounds nice, and the animal is theoretically indigenous to DC and the southeast US even as we may not see it commonly. If trademarks issues can settle, I believe we will hear the new name before the next season.

Sexual Harassment/Misconduct Issues

After finishing the Washington Post article today, I was left with a feeling of disgust and sadness, but not shock. Football has always been known as a "boy's club," and seeing women in positions of power in any NFL organization is not common. This is the reason why. While I do not know the situation of every front office, I would not be shocked if this is more common then one would suspect.
Now, do not get me wrong: this is disgusting and Snyder should be ashamed of himself. Letting this persist for over 20 years and clearly not giving any shits is despicable. I do not want to defend these actions in any manner. These men have done disgusting things, and the fact that Snyder has let them slide and persist for all this time is plain gross. This is a question about human decency and respect: do you respect your fellow person enough that you control what you say around them? That you think before you act? Clearly the Washington Football team has not cared about its female employees nearly enough. This is hurtful for everyone, male, female, non-binary, whatever. Please, just consider your fellow person when you are living your life. This is not hard.

Projected Lineup and Position Groups

QB1: Dwayne Haskins
QB2: Kyle Allen
This should be Dwayne Haskins year to fully realize himself as a starting quarterback in the NFL. While I love watching his sexy instagram workouts, I can only get so worked up before needing to see the real deal. Since being thrown into the fray last year, we saw Dwayne progress in his decision making, but keep improvements in accuracy, particularly throwing mechanics, should be a focus this year. Even with a...subpar supporting cast (more on that later), this should be Simba's year to break out, or at least show that he is worthy of his first round draft selection.
I don't expect Allen or even Alex Smith (if he has recovered enough, which I am doubtful of) to give Haskins a run for his money. While Rivera has never stated he is sold on Haskins, do not think any other QB will start this season (barring injury.) Washington is committed, at least for this year, to Dwayne Haskins.
RB1: Adrian Peterson/Derrius Guice
RB3: Antonio Gibson
It is really a toss-up here whether or not AD or Guice starts, but if history is cyclical then Peterson will get the nod soon enough. I really want Guice to do well, and when he has not been injured he has done fairly well. However, I have little hope that his knees keep holding up, especially considering how much we may need to rely on our run game this year.
Peterson is old, but has shown to be consistent enough when we have a semblance of an offensive line. Our run game is decent, definitely not the worst in the league, but could be close to it. I imagine Gibson may fulfill the role of a receiver back, catching out of the backfield or taking hand-offs. He is bigger than Chris Thompson, but elusive enough that I could see some similarity in usage, especially as a rookie.
TE1: Jeremy Sprinkle
TE2: Richard Rogers, Logan Thomas
TE3: Thaddeus Moss
Sprinkle gets the nod here as the number one due to his experience in DC, but as the new regime is in town this is really anyone's game. Stat-wise Rogers and Thomas are relatively consistent, and while Moss has the obvious name recognition he is not even a lock to make the current roster. Sprinkle has always been subpar as a pass catcher, decent as blocker and not much else. Hopefully someone here breaks out or a trade swings through, otherwise this is one of our worst position groups on the roster.
WR1: Terry McLaurin
WR2: Steven Sims Jr.
WR3: Antonio Gandy-Golden/Cody Latimer
WR4: Trey Quinn
"McLaurin and then everybody else" is the best way to sum up our receiving unit. Scary Terry is once again our biggest threat and should have just as good if not a better year than 2019 as Haskins' accuracy issues (hopefully) clear up. I Like Sims Jr. as a returner, but his results as a receiver have been inconsistent. Perhaps he could be used similarly to Antonio Gibson, as I see him getting end around hand offs having big success. Gandy-Golden looks promising, but small school talent can be hard to adapt to the NFL. Latimer is a solid depth signing, and I am very unsure if Trey Quinn is worth his roster spot. While I mentioned the Tight End group being poor, this group is equal in that regard. Hopefully our run game can carry once again.
LT: Geron Christian Sr.
LG: Wes Schweitzer
C: Chase Roullier
RG: Brandon Scherff
RT: Morgan Moses
Scherff is a bright spot on this mediocre group, but he has had some penalty troubles and the contract situation for him is still unclear as for the future. Geron Christian should hopefully start and have improved since last year, and Schweitzer seems to be a decent signing. I like Rouiller under center for now. Saahdiq Charles and Keith Ismael could both become starters, but I have a feeling Rivera will not want to throw them into the fire early on. Overall I'd categorize this group as "eh?" and hope that our RBs can find enough holes. Haskins has also been improving his mobile game so escapability could be a needed factor with this line.
4-3 Defense:
LDE1: Chase Young
LDT: Matt Ioannidis
RDT: Daron Payne
RDE: Montez Sweat
This is by far the best position group on the entire roster. Calling these four the only starters is somewhat a misnomer, as Rivera and Del Rio will be frequently subbing in and out many linemen. Kerrigan and Jon Allen should still have large roles, but these are my choices based on durability and past success. Chase Young should be a stud, and I have heard him having between 10-15 sacks this year. Ioannidis has been a 5th round gem for us, leading the team in sacks last year. Payne and Sweat are both young and have shown some success, and I am hopeful they can both remain at worst starter level linemen. If our line is not getting after QBs like crazy this year, some big questions will need to be raised.
WLB: Cole Holcomb, Josh Harvey-Clemons
MLB: Jon Bostic, Thomas Davis
SLB: Ryan Anderson
While not as impressive as the linemen, our LB core is still a solid group. Thomas Davis brings in some leadership to an otherwise young group. Ryan Anderson will finally be playing in his natural position as a 4-3 LB. Both Bostic and Holcomb were impressive last year, though I am hoping their coverage (particularly Holcomb's) could improve. Harvey-Clemons is good for our depth, and solid rotation player. Overall not a flashy group, but should get the job done with the pressure all being up front.
CB1: Kendall Fuller
CB2: Ronald Darby, Greg Stroman
CB3: Fabian Moreau, Jimmy Moreland
FS: Sean Davis
SS: Landon Collins
The only unquestionable starters here are Fuller and Collins, and even Collins has been looking down as of recent. My dark-horse candidate is Jimmy Moreland, who impressed in last years preseason before being hidden or unnoticeable during the regular season. Moreau is decent, and Sean Davis is as good as Montae Nicholson ever was (especially considering his legal issues.) The loss of Quinton Dunbar is not sad whatsoever, and while his play was above-average, his robbery skills are very poor. This is the biggest whole in the defense by far, and my guess is that our team will ride or die by this secondary. If the front 7 is doing what it can to apply pressure, there will be some slack here. However, do not be surprised if next years writeup has many different players here.
Special Teams:
K: Dustin Hopkins
P: Tress Way
KR: Steven Sims Jr.
PR: Steven Sims Jr.
I want Tress Way to have my children so that they will be blessed with his punting genes. After a couple years of flying under the radar, Way was finally recognized in 2019 with a Pro Bowl and Second-team All-Pro nod. I am upset that Brett Kern got the nod over him for First-team, but the recognition is still appreciated. Hopkins is decent, though he does have a tendency to miss some close kicks (cough vs. Bengals in London cough), but he has provided stability to kicking for years now. Sims emerged last year as our return man, and with him bringing us our first return touchdown since 2015, I'll let him stay. Perhaps Gibson will try returning as well, who knows.

Schedule Prediction

Home against the Eagles: Loss
3 out of the past 4 years Washington has lost its openers, with two of those loses being against the Eagles themselves. Be ready for growing pains with a new name, coaching staff, and supporting cast. This season is not gonna get any easier.
Away against the Cardinals: Loss
This game could be a close one, but the Cardinals seem to be on the up with Kyler and Kingsbury. There air raid will be too much for the DC secondary, especially playing in Arizona.
Away against the Browns: Win
It's the Browns for god sake. Josh Norman had a game winning pick a couple years back for us against them. Sure, their QB was Cody Kessler, but different year same stories. No more Freddie Kitchens, still the same Browns.
Home against the Ravens: Loss
It's the Ravens. Enough said.
Home against the Rams: Loss
McVay and Co. should have our number here. Even without Gurley the Rams passing attack should be enough to take us down. The real downfall of our team is the secondary, that should be a pattern to notice. I'd like to believe in a Haskins comeback win here, but who knows.
Away against the Giants: Loss
Going into the Meadowlands, I expect a game similar to the late OT thriller of last season, with the Daniel Jones reigning supreme again. Saquon will distract our defense enough that number one receiver... Sterling Shepard will bust us up. Clap man Garett gets us again.
Home against the Cowboys: Win
Come on now, it's the Cowboys. Dak is overpaid, blah blah blah. Coming back home and wanting to prove ourselves after a crippling loss last week, I think Simba can pull off a nice home win here.
Home against the Giants: Win
Revenge game of the 2019 QBs, and this time Haskins will stay on top. Expect a nice performance from McLaurin, and Chase Young destroying Mr. Jones.
Away against the Lions: Win
I'm praying that Chase Young is able to get after Stafford enough that he does not pull a come back against us here, but I expect this game to be close as well. Perhaps Okudah has a pick six, why not.
Home against the Bengals: Win
Haskins vs. Burrow. Burrow vs. Young. A bonafide 2019 tank-bowl matchup. I feel we have the upper hand here, but really this game should be a shit show. Should be juicy though.
Away against the Cowboys: Loss
Playing in Jerry World is ass, though I'll never forget Colt McCoy leading us to victory on Monday night. No way in hell we go 2-0 against the Cowboys, so mark this down as a loss.
Away against the Steelers: Loss
Big Ben is back and can run around in the pocket, meaning even with ample pressure his offense will do better than ours.
Away against the 49ers: Loss
It's the Niners, and they mean business. Last year's game was a 9-0 snoozefest for some reason, so I'm guessing this one will be 30-27 shootout. Should be fun to see a potential Trent Williams vs. Chase Young matchup.
Home against the Seahawks: Loss
Russell Wilson.
Home against the Panthers: Win
Rivera fights his old team and...wins?? Yep, even with Teddy B I feel our defense will keep us afloat. Shaq Thompson is scary, but I am not particularly afraid of Donte Jackson and Eli Apple... Haskins will now probably throw three picks.
Away against the Eagles: Win
Ending the season on a positive note, what?? Yes, this one may be a stretch. However, if the Eagles are in the number one spot, my guess is that they would rest their starters against ours. Then again, I have no clue who will win the East so your guess is as best as mine. At any rate, I am ready to 100 percent lockdown Wentz this game, maybe.
Final record: 7-9, miss the playoffs, 3rd in NFC East
In my book, this would be an OK first year for Rivera. Coming in with so many green players and an entirely new system can lend itself to mediocrity, but building off of this year is crucial in my book to finally escaping out of the limbo which Washington has played in since Snyder bought the team in 1999.
Draft wise, this should set us up for a pick between...12-15? A solid early/mid-first, probably drafting a receiver, tight end, or secondary player depending on who pans out this year.

Training Camp Battles to watch

  • Wide Receivers:
Like previously mentioned, it is unclear who will be receivers 2 and 3 behind McLaurin. Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims Jr. emerged as early contenders, but as noted earlier Harmon tore his ACL. Latimer was ok last year on the Giants, but can he beat out Gandy-Golden or Sims Jr. at the top of the chart. I believe players such as Trey Quinn, Cam Sims, Johnathon Johnson and Isaiah Wright are all fighting for a roster space, so seeing them as starters is extremely unlikely. Predicted Winners: Antonio Gandy-Golden and Steven Sims Jr.
  • Tight Ends:
This whole roster spot is a toss up. I truly am hoping that Sprinkle gets a kick in the rear to elevate or somebody else steps up, as he was far from a special talent last year. His name makes sense, as he was only able to Sprinkle in a few catches from Haskins and Keenum throughout 2019. Both Richard Rogers and Logan Thomas aren't impressive, so the hope for fans is that Thad Moss or an unknown player such as Marcus Baugh is able to claim the spot. No matter who wins here, the position will be weak. Predicted Winner: Jeremy Sprinkle
  • Cornerback:
The battle here lies between all players not named Fuller or Darby. Known Redskins names such as Fabian Moreau, Greg Stroman, Jimmy Moreland, and Danny Johnson are all fighting to be the number 3 corner or remain on the roster in a bench role. I feel at most one of these players will be cut, but overall secondary job security should remain steady for 95 percent of Washington players. Predicted Winner: Fabian Moreau

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

One of the points I've read stressed about Scott Turner is his ability to fit the offense for the QB. As this will be his first full time OC job, it is unclear exactly what schemes he plans to run, but I assume it will be up to date with the fast and mobile trends of stat and data driven offenses today. Perhaps we shall see some similarities to his father, who utilized both Air Coryell and spread techniques in Carolina.
Defense: Base 4-3, 4-3 Under
As mentioned before, Del Rio and Rivera are shifting our defense from a 3-4 of the past to a 4-3. This should help our rush game significantly, with players such as Ryan Anderson and Chase Young being able to fit in the scheme quite naturally, For more in depth coverage, be sure to read this Hog's Haven post which will explain it more in depth.  
Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down below. Agree, disagree? This was my first year writing, so I hope it was bearable to read!
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