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2023.06.06 03:30 TarotLessTraveled The Abandoned Papesse (repost)
Starting from the left: 1st, Nicolas Conver preserved in la Bibliothèque nationale de France; 2nd, Nicolas Conver from Phillipe Camoin’s private collection, printed from the 1760 plates in the late 1800s, so after a century of wear; 3rd, the Conver-Ben-Dov restoration (2010); 4th, the 2019 Anna Maria Morsucci Marseille Tarot La Papesse
is probably the most difficult of all the TdM trumps to talk about, so over the years, people writing commentaries and revamping historic decks have discovered all kinds of creative ways to not talk about the image or subtly (or not so subtly) rework it to bring her into alignment with what they want her to be. Alejandro Jodorowsky, as an example of the not-so-subtle, gives her an egg to hatch and claims this to be the restoration of a detail lost to the inevitable corruptions of time. His student, Yoav Ben-Dov, lands on the more subtle side: although his card appears
to be an exact reproduction of the Nicholas Conver, Ben-Dov makes the slightest alteration at the corners of her mouth, so she appears to be smiling. He also gives her a more human appearance by adding a bit of color to her face – warming her up, so to speak.
Ben-Dov does not explain these modifications in his book The Open Reading
; he does say in his introduction, “The CBD Tarot de Marseille [is] an edition of the cards that I restored from the most influential historical deck originally published by Nicolas Conver in 1760.”
It may seem like a small thing; however, it changes the way we respond to the figure on a subconscious level. Though Conver did not have the technology available in 2010, when the CBD deck was published, he did have the ability to add flesh tones to his decks. While the Popess’s face is white, her hands are flesh-toned; further, the woman in the 17th arcanum, Le Toille
, is flesh-colored, as is le Diable and the world dancer in XXI Le Monde
. In XX Le Jugement
, the figure rising from the dead is bluish, but the man and woman kneeling in prayer by the coffin are flesh-colored, as is one of the dogs in La Lune
and the two children in Le Soleil
. We can only conclude that the choice of a white face was by design and not due to practical considerations, and Conver’s choice was in keeping with the tradition begun by Noblet, Dodal, and Madenié. The only historical TdM type-I or type-II deck I am aware of that shows la Papesse with a flesh-colored face is the 1736 Francois Chosson (though he does not have her smiling).
The CBD Popess is more relatable and approachable than her counterpart in the 2019 Morsucci TdM, also based upon Conver, allowing Ben-Dov to present her as a kind of guardian of secrets, a modernized Sophia. When her face is white, however, she appears drained of warmth, passion, life.
Other figures in the parade of trumps also have white faces, but they do not appear as lifeless as la Papesse
; le Bateleur
, for instance, is engaged in his performance; le Pape
is teaching or giving a sermon; l’Hermite
is seeking truth; the charioteer is preparing for a journey. La Papesse
has an open book on her lap, but she is not absorbed in reading it: the card captures her in a moment of inattention. Some construe this as meditation, and it is possible, though her white face and her lack of expression seem to belie this interpretation.
Everything about her is suggestive of oppression: she is cloistered, presumably alone; her heavy robes hide every trace of her feminine nature (only her face and hands are visible); not a strand of hair escapes her wimple; and a quick Google search for how much her papal tiara weighs yields a result of 18 lbs. Le Pape
, arcanum V, wears the same crown, but in that card, he is acting in his role as Pope; the three-tiered crown is a symbol of his office, so we understand why he has it on. (We can also imagine he removes it the moment he is alone.) Since there does not seem to be a reason for la Papesse
to subject herself to its weight when she is by herself, reading a book; we might reasonable conclude that its presence is symbolic of a ponderous burden.
Ben-Dov writes, “The title band at the top of the card is exceptionally narrow, which makes the tip of the Popess’ tiara extend high when compared to other cards. This may indicate a higher kind of wisdom or intuition from a sublime source.” It is an attractive inference, though I wonder whether he would have thought it had he been forced to wear an 18 lb. weight on his head for a lengthy period of time beforehand.
Ben-Dov makes a connection to Sophia; other commentaries associate La Papesse
to other deities that make even less sense. Alice Ekrek writes in the guide packaged with her 2020 TdM, “The High Priestess is also described as the veiled Isis. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, she is seated between two pillars which represent the great universal principles and mark the entrance to the great temple…” She evokes Isis not because anything in her card stimulated the association but because she has no interest in La Papesse
whatsoever and does not even try to hide the fact and defaults to the Waite-Smith card; she even calls her TdM figure The High Priestess
, and she is not alone in making this connection. Sallie Nichols writes in Jung and Tarot
“Although she is called the Popess, she is not literally the pope’s wife. Since, in sequence, she follows the Magician, who is a priestly wise man, or magus, we may think of her as a High Priestess, which is what she is actually called in some of the modern decks. The Magician represents the primary yang, or masculine creative principle. The Popess can be seen to symbolize the primary yin, or feminine aspect of the godhead. She embodies the qualities of Isis, Ishtar, and Astarte, all goddesses who reigned over the rituals of women’s mysteries. In her spiritualized aspects she appears as the Virgin Mary and as Sophia, Divine Wisdom. Her number two is a number sacred to all female deities.”
It is baffling. Isis is most frequently depicted as a young mother suckling her infant son Horus, but she is in many other images portrayed as a winged goddess. If la Papesse
was ever a mother, that identity has long since been left behind; she does not have wings, nor can we imagine her escaping the bonds of gravity and soaring through the heavens. Ishtar is a spirited goddess, associated with love and war; we see her standing upon a lion in one ancient representation; with her white face and lack of expression, la Papesse appears void of passion. Astarte displays her naked breasts, for she is a goddess of fertility; la Papesse
denies her carnal nature by submerging herself in her papal robes. Isis wall painting in the tomb of Seti Isis left and Nephthys right as kites attending mummy 13th century BCE
There was a time when feminine deities were powerful and vital; they would not recognize the Popess as one of their own. The patriarchal religions have all but eliminated feminine spirit from their orders; what little remains is sexless, joyless, anemic. Ishtar and La Papesse from Marteau deck preserved at Yale (deck Nichols was using) La Papesse
is one of the two saddest cards in the Tarot de Marseille parade of trumps. The other is Le Mat
, the mad man who wanders not because he has a deep desire to see the world, but because the world has moved on without him, and he has no place in it. He is dressed as a court jester, a position that had been all but eliminated during the period when the Tarot de Marseille imagery was being developed. The skills that had served him so well for centuries were no longer desired as Europe moved through the final years of the Renaissance, except in a few courts, primarily in Russia, Spain, and Germany. We see some of the Fool’s sadness in Shakespeare’s King Lear
, and though the play itself supposedly took place sometimes around the 8th century B. C., the end of the tradition was at hand in Shakespeare’s England; it pervaded the collective psyche and Shakespeare’s writing. La Papesse
never had a place. There was a never a time when she would have been accepted in the Catholic Church. There was a popular legend about a Pope Joan – a woman who disguised herself as a man in order to become a priest and then move up through the Church’s hierarchy to occupy the pope’s throne: predictably, it did not end up well for her. I imagine the tale appealed to people’s sense of the absurd, particularly in juxtaposition to such a serious and powerful institution as the Catholic Church The tale is well-known and mentioned in many commentaries, as is the story of the very real Manfreda Visconti, pictured in the second trump of the Visconti-Sforza deck (c. 1492). For a more comprehensive treatment, I recommend Michael S. Howard’s blog:https://tarotchristianbasis.blogspot.com/2016/11/popesshigh-priestess.html
But all this deflects from the card before us represents a poignant melancholy. It is an unpleasant reminder that the realities of life, often, fail to meet our aspirations. This realization leaves us feeling deflated, wondering what meaning is left for us to discover; it is little wonder that we have tried to leave la Papesse behind. Waite and Smith de-aged her, gave her robes of flowing water, replaced her papal tiara with the cow’s horns and sun disk of Hathor, put the crescent moon at her feet, and named her The High Priestess
, making her divorce from the Church final. Crowley once again bares her breasts that she might reclaim her original power; Robin Wood puts her, a young woman with long, flowing black hair, outdoors in a clearing on the night of the full moon with a crystal ball in her hand.
High Priestess from Waite-Smith (left); Allister Crowley's Thoth deck (center); Robin Wood tarot (right)
Perhaps this evolution was inevitable and necessary, yet it is not part of Tarot de Marseille tradition and wanting it to be will not make it so. The Popess illustrates the feeling of being trapped in an inauthentic life which most, if not all, people experience at some point in their lives. It is not pleasant, but it is entirely human.
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2023.06.04 20:23 jimbobbypaul Ranking the Top 131 FBS Programs of the Last 40 Years: 82. Memphis
Main hub thread with the full 131 rankings
What if I told you Memphis made Peyton Manning the QB he is today? In 1996, Memphis hosted junior QB Peyton Manning and #6 Tennessee late in the season. Memphis was just 3-6, while Tennessee was 6-1 and in the hunt for a national title. In true college football chaos fashion, the 26 point underdog Tigers pulled off a 21-17 win, scoring a TD with just 34 seconds to go.
Returner Kevin Cobb took back a controversial 95 kick return for TD in which it looked like his knee was down, but the refs ruled it a TD. The play won an ESPY for college football play of the year, and the win was one of the biggest in school history.
Best Seasons and Highlights
1. 2019: 13. Memphis: 12-2 (29.169) 2. 2014: 25. Memphis: 10-3 (14.915) 3. 2015: 34. Memphis: 9-4 (11.312) 4. 2017: 35. Memphis: 10-3 (11.256) 5. 2003: 32. Memphis: 9-4 (10.813) 6. 1983: 42. Memphis: 6-4-1 (0.514) 7. 2020: 52. Memphis: 8-3 (-1.024) 8. 2016: 53. Memphis: 8-5 (-2.515) 9. 1992: 45. Memphis: 6-5 (-5.086) 10. 2004: 46. Memphis: 8-4 (-5.388) 11. 1993: 45. Memphis: 6-5 (-5.914) 12. 2018: 65. Memphis: 8-6 (-7.446) 13. 2005: 57. Memphis: 7-5 (-7.696) 14. 1988: 55. Memphis: 6-5 (-9.088) 15. 2022: 66. Memphis: 7-6 (-9.635) 16. 1987: 55. Memphis: 5-5-1 (-11.684) 17. 2021: 78. Memphis: 6-6 (-13.121) 18. 1984: 65. Memphis: 5-5-1 (-13.469) 19. 1991: 60. Memphis: 5-6 (-13.473) 20. 1999: 68. Memphis: 5-6 (-14.812) 21. 1994: 63. Memphis: 6-5 (-15.174) 22. 2001: 74. Memphis: 5-6 (-18.471) 23. 1990: 71. Memphis: 4-6-1 (-19.290) 24. 2007: 80. Memphis: 7-6 (-20.859) 25. 1996: 72. Memphis: 4-7 (-21.378) 26. 2008: 85. Memphis: 6-7 (-22.433) 27. 2000: 83. Memphis: 4-7 (-25.765) 28. 1997: 80. Memphis: 4-7 (-27.819) 29. 1985: 80. Memphis: 2-7-2 (-28.717) 30. 2012: 100. Memphis: 4-8 (-36.249) 31. 2013: 99. Memphis: 3-9 (-36.251) 32. 1995: 88. Memphis: 3-8 (-36.550) 33. 2002: 98. Memphis: 3-9 (-40.272) 34. 1998: 104. Memphis: 2-9 (-46.048) 35. 1989: 94. Memphis: 2-9 (-48.897) 36. 2006: 110. Memphis: 2-10 (-49.540) 37. 2009: 112. Memphis: 2-10 (-54.004) 38. 1986: 104. Memphis: 1-10 (-59.789) 39. 2011: 116. Memphis: 2-10 (-60.369) 40. 2010: 120. Memphis: 1-11 (-67.338) Overall Score: 10364 (82nd)
- 213-253-6 record
- 2 conference titles
- 5-8 bowl record
- 4 consensus All-Americans
- 60 NFL players drafted
60 NFL players is a LOT. Especially for a Group of 5 team. Memphis has produced the most NFL draftees of anyone on the list so far with 60, more than the 6 Power 5 teams we’ve seen including Iowa State, Indiana, Kansas, and Rutgers. Primarily they’ve been a RB factory in recent years, producing NFL RBs DeAngelo Williams, Tony Pollard, Antonio Gibson, Darrell Henderson, and Kenneth Gainwell. The first 3 produced 1000+ yard rushing seasons in the NFL, while Gainwell ran for 100 yards in a playoff game last year, and Henderson won a Super Bowl with the Rams recently. They also have a shout to be Special Teams U, producing All-American K Joe Allison, All-American P Tom Hornsey, NFL 2010s All-Decade K Stephen Gostkowski, and current NFL starting kickers Jake Elliott and Riley Patterson.
Top 5 Seasons Worst Season: 2010 (1-11 overall, 0-8 Conference USA)
I can only imagine how helpless Dontari Poe felt. The 6’3 345 lb DT would be drafted with the 11th overall pick just 2 years later, and was a standout talent on an otherwise hapless Memphis team. Memphis ranked bottom 5 in both offense (14.4 PPG) and defense (39.8 PPG) in 2010, losing 8 games by 20+ points. Freshman punter Tom Hornsey probably enjoyed the inept offense, getting to punt 80 times for a 42.7 yard average. Hornsey would go on to be a consensus All-American 3 years later in 2013. They somehow beat Middle Tennessee 24-17, who made a bowl. But a 17-56 loss to 5-7 Houston was bad. Most of the blame fell on the shoulders of first year head coach Larry Porter, who prior to his hiring, had never been a head coach or even coordinator. Porter came from LSU’s RB coach position, and has returned to coaching RBs ever since his firing in 2011. As one cfb
member put it, “Larry Porter almost got our program cancelled.” 5. 2003 (9-4 overall, 5-3 Conference USA)
After beating Tennessee Tech 40-10 in the opener, Memphis made themselves nationally known in week 2, beating Eli Manning and Ole Miss 44-34. Memphis QB Danny Wimprine outdueled Manning, throwing for 355 yards and 3 TD with no picks, also catching a 34 yard pass on a trick play. Future NFL RB Deangelo Williams burst onto the scene, racking up 166 and 3 TD from scrimmage on 32 touches. Ole Miss was a good team that year too, they’d finish 10-3 with a #13 final ranking. Memphis had a hangover after the game though, and won just 1 of their next 4. They grouped together to win 5 straight by an average score of 37-14, before losing to USF 16-21 in the final regular season game. Tied for 3rd place in C-USA, Memphis faced 3 straight Sun Belt champs North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl, shutting down any UNT passing game for a 27-17 win. Junior QB Danny Wimprine threw for 3000+ yards with 22 TD 13 INT, and would finish his career next season as Memphis’ all-time leading passer with 10,215 yards and 81 TD. DeAngelo Williams won C-USA Offensive POTY with just 11 games played, going for 1814 yards from scrimmage. Sophomore K Stephen Gostkowski was 19/29 on FGs. 4. 2017 (10-3 overall, 7-1 American)
By 2017, Memphis was known as one of the more solid Group of 5 programs, having gone 27-12 over the previous 3 years, located in an area with lots of local talent. QB Riley Ferguson and WR Anthony Miller returned for their seniors year after a great 2016 connection, and would level up in 2017. In week 3 they hosted #25 UCLA and Josh Rosen, who had just completed a 34-point comeback against Texas A&M 2 weeks prior. Ferguson was the better QB on the day, throwing for 6 TD in a 48-45 upset win. After a 3-0 start they’d lose 13-40 to a UCF team that would finish the season unbeaten. A few weeks later, a 30-27 win over #25 Navy would give Memphis their second win over a top 25 team in one season, their first time ever doing so. Other wins included 42-38 over Houston after being down 14-31 in the 3rd quarter, 66-45 over 7-6 SMU, and 70-13 over East Carolina. It was #20 UCF (11-0) vs #20 Memphis (10-1) for the AAC title, and UCF, a team of destiny that year, would win 62-55 in OT in one of the games of the year. Memphis played an emotional Iowa State team in the bowl, who was having their best season in decades, and lost by 1 point.
Ferguson threw for 4257 yards 38 TD 9 INT, completing a fantastic 2-season career after transferring from community college. RB Patrick Taylor Jr. got the bulk of carries with 157 for 866 yards and 13 TD, but it was Darrell Henderson who popped off with 1154 rushing yards on 8.9(!!!) yards per carry. Anthony Miller was a consensus All-American with 96 catches for 1462 yards and 18 TD, leading the nation in TD catches. LB Genard Avery had a stellar season on the defensive side with 80 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 13.5 TFL.
This was one of the best offenses in the country, ranking 2nd in PPG with 45.5. 3. 2015 (9-4 overall, 5-3 American)
Justin Fuente was building something special at Memphis. Hired to clean up the mess Larry Porter left, Fuente had Memphis go 10-3 in 2014, his 3rd year, ending on a 7 game win streak. With that momentum, the Tigers started hot in 2015. A 55-23 win over Kansas in week 2 wasn’t even close, outgaining them 651-359. After wins over eventual MAC champion Bowling Green, and eventual bowl teams Cincinnati and USF, Memphis improved to 5-0, set to host #13 Ole Miss. In front of 60,000 fans, Memphis owned the Rebels, scoring 31 straight points in a 37-24 win. Memphis looked like a legit team that could compete with Power 5 schools for the first time ever. 2 wins later, they were up to #13 in the nation with a win streak of 15 games dating back to last season. The wheels would fall off against 6-1 Navy though. A -3 turnover margin was costly, as Navy just chewed clock on drives in a 45-20 win. Navy would go on to finish #18 and Keenan Reynolds was top 5 in Heisman voting. Originally the media darlings as the top ranked G5 team, #21 Memphis now faced unbeaten #24 Houston, who came back from down 34-14 in the 4th quarter to win by 1 point. Memphis slipped again, losing 12-31 to a really underrated Temple team, before taking their frusturations out in a 63-0 win over SMU. The 63-0 win had…the wildest statline I’ve ever seen? Ferguson went 9/14 on passes for 222 yards and 7 TD. Seven touchdowns on nine completions???
The year ended with an uneventful 31-10 loss to Auburn in the bowl. It was kind of a “what if” season for Memphis, losing 4 of their last 5, but still their 3rd best season in the last 40 years. Lynch parlayed a 3776 passing yard 28 TD 4 INT season into a 1st round selection by the Denver Broncos, successfully scamming the Elways. Somewhat deserved though, this team had just 1 other 1st/2nd team all-conference player in OL Taylor Fallin, so Lynch carried most of the load. Fuente left for the head coaching job at Virginia Tech after the season. 2. 2014 (10-3 overall, 7-1 American)
The year before 2015 was slightly better. This team was young and nobody knew who they were yet, as they’d gone just 12-48 over the previous 5 seasons. The media could smell something brewing under Fuente though, as Memphis was picked 7th out of 11 teams in the American, giving them a solid shot at making a bowl. Memphis surprised everyone in week 2, playing #11 UCLA to a 35-42 loss in the Rose Bowl (venue, not game). A 41-14 win over Cincinnati in week 5 signalled that Memphis had truly arrived, the offense clicking on all cylinders with 610 yards and 0 turnovers. After a loss to Houston, Memphis was 3-3 and 1-1 in the American, about to get into the meat of conference play. Easy wins over SMU and Tulsa improved their record to 5-3, and a walkoff FG for a 16-13 win over 5-3 Temple earned them bowl eligibility for the first time in 6 years. At 6-3 and 4-1 in the American, Memphis just needed to win their last 3 games to claim the conference title. A soft remaining schedule consisted of Tulane, USF, and UConn, whose combined record at the end of the year was 9-27. Memphis won all 3 easily, and clinched a share of the American title with Cincinnati and UCF, completing a dream regular season. They had a wild game in the Miami Beach Bowl, beating BYU 55-48, and tempers erupted at the end of the game, leading to one of the best brawls of the decade.
Memphis achieved double digit wins for the first time in school history and finished #25, their first top 25 finish ever. LB Tank Jakes won AAC Defensive POTY with 92 tackles, 6 sacks, and 9.5 TFL. K Jake Elliott was the AAC Special Teams POTY, going 21/32 on FGs, ranking 1st in the AAC in scoring, and hit a 54 yard FG in the bowl. Justin Fuente won AAC Coach of the Year. Memphis football was back! 1. 2019 (12-2 overall, 7-1 American)
This team was LOADED offensively. QB Brady White, the second year starting QB who transferred from Arizona State, could hand the ball off to future NFL RB Kenneth Gainwell, or throw to all-conference WR Damonte Coxie or future NFL players Antonio Gibson and Calvin Austin III. The year started strong with a 15-10 shutdown of Ole Miss, followed up by a 5-0 start. #23 Memphis lost in a 28-30 upset to Temple, but that’d be the Tigers’ last loss all regular season. With College GameDay attending, #24 Memphis beat #15 unbeaten SMU 54-48 in an absolute barnburner, Antonio Gibson going for 97 rushing yards, 130 receiving yards, 159 kick return yards, and 3 total TD. And he touched the ball just 12 times!!! That’s 386 yards on 12 touches! Memphis needed to win their final regular season game against #19 Cincinnati to make the American championship game, and grinded out a 34-24 win. The two would rematch a week later, and Cincinnati would give a better effort, but the Bearcats were too depleted at this point in the season, and Memphis scored a late TD to win 29-24 and claim their 2nd conference title in 5 years. #17 Memphis earned the Group of 5 slot for a New Years 6 bowl and played admirably against #10 Penn State, losing 39-53 in a fun game. The two were polar opposites, Memphis throwing for 479 yards and rushing for 53, while Penn State threw for 133 and rushed for 396.
Brady White finished 2nd Team all-conference, throwing for 4014 yards 33 TD 11 INT. He’d go on to finish his career a year later as Memphis’ all-time leading passer with 10,949 yards and 92 TD. Freshman RB Kenneth Gainwell had an unreal year, rushing for 1459 yards and 13 TD on 6.3 YPC while also catching 51 passes for 610 yards and 3 TD. WR Damonte Coxie was 2nd Team all-conference with 1276 receiving yards. Do-it-all WR Antonio Gibson put on a show all year long with 369 rushing yards and 4 TD on 11.2 YPC, 38 catches for 735 yards and 8 TD, and won AAC Special Teams POTY with 28 yards per kick return and a TD. Even TE Joey Magnifico was all-conference.
2019 Memphis is my 42nd best Group of 5 team since 1983.
What play/playegame do you think of when you think of Memphis? Who was a better coach at Memphis, Justin Fuente or Mike Norvell? Fuente rescued Memphis from the depths they were in and built a solid foundation, while Norvell took it a step further, making a New Years 6 Bowl. How would you rank these QBs in college: Paxton Lynch, Riley Ferguson, and Brady White? How would you rank these RBs in college: DeAngelo Williams, Darrell Henderson, Tony Pollard, Kenneth Gainwell? What’d you think of those Fuente/Norvell teams that were beating top 25 teams on a yearly basis, were you scared of them? And how do you think Memphis should fare when it comes to conference expansion, are they a nice program to add? If you appreciate the effort, please consider subscribing on substack!
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2023.06.04 08:17 justinwrite2 Criticize my first chapter please!
Totally new to this, would love critique on my first chapter. Give it to me real. I want to improve: this may just be a hobby but I love it!
What you see on Page One.
Read Seekers, until daytime fades to candlelight, For magic is found when ink breathes life to parchment, When bookbindings break and cradled words take flight. It’s the safety of cozying up near the warming hearth, And the rising steam from a wellworn mug It’s that smile when you turn the page in delight.
That cool little quote thing before a chapter starts that gives you background.
West of the Citadel Clouds, Bordering Mountain Pines and fickle Seashine Lies the renowned Port Cardica Where sailors sing and blight-born orphans dream.
A Slip Away from Death
Like most boys, Jake chose snoring in the pews over memorizing the Church’s proverbs. A clear mistake, he realized, as the Pastor's warning that “prayer follows danger” proved true. Hanging precipitously from the cliff’s edge, Jake recited every Creed he could remember in a futile attempt to appease any watching Gods.
“Prosper in his light, heathentry outside his sight,” he prayed, feet kicking in a desperate search for better footing.
It was a stowaways’ stanza, a tenet meant to share wisdom in ways the thickest of Port Cardica’s orphan dockboys could understand but, like most doctrine, its religious meaning was lost in translation.
Instead, the impoverished boys interpreted it as a practical warning to keep their heads down. Everyone knew the city’s Nobles revered the Book and claimed their prosperity was proof of Gods’ favor. Of course, beggars knew better: one downward glance at them revealed the decay fueling Cardica’s burgeoning wealth. Still, the poor learned to philosophize quietly. Someone was to blame for the hoveltowns, bird droppings, and penetrating seafood stink, and it better not be you.
For his part, Jake blamed himself. If he’d scaled the cliff wall with just a bit more care and a bit less haste he’d never have slipped. Instead he’d been forced to violently slow his descent, bruising bones and trading skin for friction on the vertical slope. It wasn’t a graceful maneuver by any means, but it beat falling hundreds of feet into the freezing current below. Thankfully, years as a guttersnipe had honed his reflexes – his gangly arms lacked the strength of a Swordsquire or the coordination of a Majpupil, but his daily dance with starvation demanded nimble fingers and quick wit.
That experience wasn’t paying off. As Jake shuffled his feet around to find better purchase, his hands slipped on the accruing condensation from the ongoing manastorm. His grip flagged, then failed, and he had neither the magic nor the strength to escape the weight of gravity.
“It isn't written, it isn’t written” Jake recited frantically as he began to plummet. The other dockboys would laugh at his superstition, but he didn’t care. Many claimed the Creeds were lucky, and Jake desperately needed some luck. Instinctively he spread his arms out as wide as possible, hoping to extend his reach and grip onto something.
By some miracle, It worked. The resounding sound of cloth ripping accompanied Jake as he slammed into the stone cliff, teetering to a stop. He hung like a rag doll, held up only by the hem of his matted, brown tunic; the cheap weavings had snagged and torn on an outcropping of stone.
“Aughhh” he mumbled.
He had survived, but everything hurt. Looking down to inspect the damage, Jake saw that his calloused hands were raw and pebbled, but a quick flex confirmed he hadn’t broken any fingerbones. Breathing a sigh of relief, he gasped at the telltale sting every kicked streetrat knew so well.
“Po-Poet’s hand,” Jake swore.
He grabbed the cliff wall to stabilize himself and, seeing as it had worked so far, continued reciting the few Creeds he could remember. A minute passed before he was able to think clearly, but slowly Jake got his breathing under control and continued his self-assessment.
Overall, he felt like things couldn’t have gone much worse. His cracked ribs hurt and continuing the heist would only exacerbate the damage, leading to scarring or permanent hobbling. Jake had seen many dockbeggars with similar injuries from fights or beatings, unable to walk straight without being plagued by the stitchers cough.
For this reason alone, Jake briefly considered giving up. He quickly dismissed the idea – it might be madness to continue climbing in his condition, but he’d come too far to back out now. He’d planned this heist for months, obsessively pathing his break-in while waiting for a night when security would be light. In retrospect, he’d been a fool; his overly cautious preparations left no possibility for a second attempt before his 15th birthday.
No, despite his injury tonight was still his best hope to successfully steal a Scriptors’ Grimoire before Binding Day. Failure would mean enslavement as a Ruddite or worse, full Automation. He’d just have to trust the windy weather to mute his movements and the harvest moons to light his way.
So, teeth chattering with cold and fear, Jake resumed the ascent. His ribs sang in agony as he put one hand in front of the other, slowly turning small divots into handholds, footholds and leverage. Each bouldering movement made him wince, but over the years he’d honed the art of turning sweat and grit into capillary action. He’d had no other choice; richmen shared a passion for building impenetrable estates, forcing thieves to develop an unshaking hand at scaling them.
Five painstaking minutes of climbing later and Jake regained his original position. Salty sweat matted his brow and stinged his eyes but he persevered. He blinked slowly to clear his vision and shuffled his feet left over right, shivering his way across an inch-wide protrusion. Just a few meters above him stood the lip of the granite outcropping and access to the marble fortress built upon it. Jake tasted copper as he bit the inside of his cheek in anticipation – If the heist went well he’d finally change his destiny and be able to swear upon the Sermon’s Book on his own terms.
But first he had to finish the climb. He knew the manor’s sentries rotated hourly, eyes glued to the sky as they watched for flyingmen and attacks from above. He also knew that all these guards would be literate, but none especially gifted. After all, no one powerful enough to be a Writer would stand watch over another man's fortune. The chartered Maji Wordlings, on the other hand, could easily detect Jake if he hadn’t planned for them in advance. He chose tonight because it was the season’s Lenting, meaning the majority of Maji would be in communion until the sun rose.
“What is written” a gruff voice proclaimed, startling Jake.
It was muffled by the wind, so it took him a moment to realize it was coming from directly above him. Jake craned his neck and peered up; to his horror he could see the silhouette of a guard's shadow on the cliff wall.
Petrified, Jake hugged his body to the cold granite, hoping the darkness of the windy night would hide his form. His entire plan hung on the simple thesis that in a world of magidetectors and magflight, no one would expect an unbound to scale the walls. Great in theory, but what if a guard just happened to look down?
“Is Foretold and Forbidden,” another voice chanted, completing the customary greeting. “All safe on the watch?”
“All is safe and silent, as usual,” the first man grunted.
“Don’t sound so upset,” the second laughed. ”We chose this job because it’s easy, remember? No more treading through the mud, no more war with those blasted barren beasts and their infernal warlocks.”
“That’s true, althou..”
The men’s voices were swept up in the wind as they paced further down the stone perimeter. They hadn’t seen him, but, just to be safe, Jake stayed low until he could no longer hear the stamping of metal-toed boots on stone. Then, fingers white and aching in trepidation, he waited another 30 seconds.
Finishing his count, Jake peaked over the edge. It took all the courage he had earned as a thief and every bit of boldness he had learned as a beggar, but he managed it.
The coast was clear.
Jake carefully pulled himself over the ledge before falling into a crouch. He looked around and exhaled painfully, releasing a breath he had not realized he was holding.
In front of him lay an outdoor walkway culminating in a rippling fountain circumscribed by five basalt pillars of progressively increasing height. Everflowing torches adorned each of the columns and burned despite the rain, casting rings of golden light throughout the open atrium. At the foot of the fountain rose a gold-leafed speaker's lectern, a pure white sculpture of the Sermon Book chiseled open upon it.
Jake stared openmouthed at the power radiating from the fountain before abruptly coming to his senses. Without a doubt this artifact was a Magisma, an extremely expensive construct meant to amplify its controller’s magic. Leaving it outside was a casual display of wealth and power meant to shock and impress, but Jake didn’t have time for that.
Instead Jake blended into the shadows cast by the monument as he sneaked his way across the grounds. After passing the walkway the torchlight dimmed considerably, forcing him to hobble his way in the dark. A bright flash startled him, but the acid smell of tobacco that accompanied it indicated the guards he’d seen earlier were smoking to pass the time. Realizing they were distracted, Jake sped up and almost tripped on the jutting crystals of an emerald rock garden. Embarrassed, he paused to listen for anyone approaching.
Everything was quiet except for the constant pitter, patter and hiss of rain from the manastorm. It seemed his home-invasion had so far gone unnoticed, but the hair on Jake’s neck rose. An unsettling feeling of being watched set in and every few seconds he reflexively looked over his shoulder.
Finally, after what seemed like forever, he made it to the Manor wall. Keeping to the shadows, Jake hid behind the tallest thing he could find; a towering yellow flower with leaves the size of platters that he had never seen before. Staying low, he muddied his knees and toes on the damp ground, but thankfully the foliage protected him from the rain. As his eyes adjusted to less light, Jake noticed all sorts of exotic fruits surrounding him; blood red berries in the shape of teardrops levitated inches off the ground, while turquoise bubbles floated up from vibrant greenery, collapsing quickly into little orange stones that looked remarkably like candy. Jake’s belly growled at the idea of tasting these treats, but he dismissed his urges. Stanzas warned that “those who leave riches unread become starving men” but Jake knew hunger well. He would jeopardize his mission by eating something that might make him sick tonight.
Instead, he focused on gaining entry to the manor. Searching his surroundings, Jake located the iron front doors about 6 meters to his right. They were guarded by life-like statues on either side, one a Korai of the Poet, hand outstretched in greeting, the other a two headed wolf, with both snarling maws crying out to the moons. The door itself was blacked with age and inscribed by a massive oval spellwork that glinted in the light cast by a hanging lantern.
Listening closely, Jake groaned at the buzz of silverscripting coming from the insignia. Every thief knew that spellworks grew more powerful over time, and anything audible would be too powerful for any Unbound to lockpick.
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2023.06.04 03:10 alleybetwixt This Week In KPOP - June 3, 2023
Welcome to This Week In KPOP
, a collection of everything you may have missed during the past week on kpop
May 27, 2023 - June 2, 2023
TOP 10 STORIES Megathread: EXO Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin vs. SM Entertainment Contract Termination Dispute
TOP 10 PERFORMANCES
TOP DISCUSSIONS / FEATURES
|Day ||Artist ||Album Title ||Type ||Music Video ||Streaming |
|27th ||n.SSign ||Monologue ||pre-debut repackage mini album ||Monologue ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Jiselle ||Enemy ||digital single ||Enemy (feat. GEMINI) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Song Sohee ||Infodemics ||digital single ||Infodemics (with Ilwoo Lee (JAMBINAI)) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
|28th ||Eunice (DIA) ||BLUE ROS3 ||debut digital single ||BLUE ROS3 (miracle) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Kim Areum ||Beautiful City ||pre-release single ||Beautiful City ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Ryu Sera (ex-9MUSES) ||Perfect Square ||mini album ||Star Crossed ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||HELLO GLOOM (IMFACT Ungjae) ||Eyes On Me ||single album ||Eyes On Me ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||LEEWOO (ex-MADTOWN Lee Geon) ||Pine Tree ||Room Casting project remake single ||Pine Tree (orig. Kangta) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
|29th ||lunCHbox ||Package 1 : Smile ||full-length album ||Smile (feat. HIROTO (Boys Planet)) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Soohyun (U-KISS) ||Fading Seasons ||digital single ||Fading Seasons (prod. O.WHEN) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||AB6IX ||THE FUTURE IS OURS : LOST ||mini album ||LOSER ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||CIX ||'OK' Episode 2 : I'm OK ||mini album ||Save me, Kill me ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||MeloMance ||A Shining Day ||digital single ||A Shining Day ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Sojung (LADIES' CODE) ||The Day ||remake single ||The Day (orig. JeA (Brown Eyed Girls), Kim Yeonji (SeeYa)) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
|30th ||WOO (ex-LIMITLESS A.M) ||BE:LOVED ||mini album ||Last Greeting ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Yeoro ||Paradise ||digital single ||Paradise (feat. JUNIEL (ex-Poetic Narrator)) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||BOYNEXTDOOR ||WHO! ||debut single album ||But I Like You / One and Only / Serenade ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||DinDin ||Life4Cuts ||digital single ||Life4Cuts (feat. Leellamarz) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||E.SO (ex-Berry Good Seoyul) ||Numb ||digital single ||Numb ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||GB9 ||Just the way you are ||digital single ||Just the way you are (with LYn) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Kid Milli ||BEIGE ||full-length album ||HONDA ! / Still friend ? (feat. pH-1) / BNC (feat. Sik-K, Woo Wonjae) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||WH3N ||The Starting Line ||digital single ||The Starting Line ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Wonstein ||DEMO ||mini album ||Cool (prod. PEEJAY) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||xooos ||Made In Heart ||mini album ||Bad At Us ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Yang Hee Eun, Chen (EXO) ||Bloom ||SM STATION project single ||Bloom ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
|31st ||DIAWINGS ||Finale ||single album ||Finale ||Spotify / Apple Music |
| ||IVE ||WAVE ||Japanese mini album ||WAVE ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||THE BOYZ ||Delicious ||Japanese pre-release single ||Delicious ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||TWICE ||Hare Hare ||Japanese single album ||Hare Hare ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Nerd Connection ||I Robbed a Bank ||digital single ||I Robbed a Bank ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||HORI7ON ||Lovey Dovey ||debut digital single ||Lovey Dovey ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Jon Batiste (feat. JID, NewJeans & Camilo) ||Be Who You Are (Real Magic) ||Coca-Cola collaboration single ||Be Who You Are (Real Magic) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||NINE to SIX (DKZ) ||GOOD TO YOU ||unit debut single album ||Don't Call Me ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Rothy ||Diamond ||single album ||Diamond ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Yoon Jong Shin ||Monthly Project 2023 May ||Monthly Yoon project single ||Hesitate ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
|1st ||ChoCo1&2 ||ChoCo Takes Hollywood (MAX) ||full-length album ||Fruity Loops ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||DUSTIN ||BLACKLIST ||digital single ||BLACKLIST ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Hoody, Hersh, touch ||You Will Never Know ||digital single ||You Will Never Know ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Park Rossi ||Luv Myself ||digital single ||Luv Myself ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Yebit ||23 ||mini album ||100% ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Aaron Kwak ||Time Difference ||solo debut digital single ||Time Difference ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||B.I ||TO DIE FOR ||full-length album ||Die for love (feat. Jessi) / Dare to Love (feat. BIG Naughty) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Hwang Chi Yeul ||GIFT ||mini album ||You Are My Spring ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Lim Kim, TETE ||Romantico ||remake single ||Romantico (orig. TETE) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Zhoumi ||Mañana (Our Drama) ||digital single ||Mañana (Our Drama) (feat. Eunhyuk (Super Junior)) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
|2nd ||@IN_US, RUNNERS, SUGAR POP, Flash ||Fantasy Boys - Semi Final ||MBC 'Fantasy Boys' album ||SPACEMAN (prod. Jeon Soyeon ((G)I-DLE)) / RUN (prod. Kang Seungyoon (WINNER)) / SNACKS (prod. Wooyoung (2PM)) / Hold Tight (prod. Jinyoung (B1A4)) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||J.Fla ||Riding a T-Rex ||digital single ||Riding a T-Rex ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Silly Silky (prev. YESEO) ||Completely Blown Me Away ||digital single ||Completely Blown Me Away ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Stray Kids ||★★★★★ (5-STAR) ||full-length album ||S-Class ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
| ||Woo (Woo Wonjae) ||Ransome ||digital single ||Ransome (feat. BILL STAX) ||Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music |
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2023.06.02 08:40 kdjfskdf Some tips on where to buy. Please comment to add your own tips
Further comparison: https://www.metalmarkup.com
Other places: try to find similar review/comparison sites and investigate. Ships to many countries: https://silvergoldbull.de/gateway
You don't buy "from eBay", find infos about the specific seller. If in doubt: dont buy.
I only buy from real companies but if you want to buy from people: Pmsforsale
(they have the needed procedures), WallstreetsilverDeals
, Antique Shops, flea markets, yard sales
I cut premium in half by going 50% Physical 25% PSLV 25% Kinesis-KAG. Some are recommending https://lode.one/
, Glint, Vaulted, Goldcore (I have not tried)
comex bar slices: https://www.reddit.com/useJakeFromBisonBullion
- and - https://silverbackpreciousmetals.com/
(wholesale) uses design by https://www.reddit.com/useSilverbackStacking/
US: your LocalCoinShop, see North-America above. Mike Maloney: https://goldsilver.com/
and James Anderson https://sdbullion.com/ https://sdbullion.com/buy-silver-at-spot
). Some use walmart.com for "credit card buffaloes", some recommend Scottsdale mint, some https://BullionExchanges.com
(greatlakescoin list high-price, depending on payment/volume it is cheaper), Govmint.com, Moderncoinmart.com, arkansasgoldandsilver.com
(in Estonia but ships to Europe)
, TD Bank, Colonial Acres, https://canadianbullion.ca
, First Majestic
Australia: https://abcbullion.com.au/ https://bullionnow.com.au
(was often recommended), https://perthmint.com
, Jaggards (Sydney), https://goldstackers.com.au
, Swan Bullion, https://www.jaggards.com.au/
, ainslie Bullion, abc Bullion, brisbane goldbuyers, Melbourne goldbuyers
Someone wrote that this link
is great for Muslims. Someone wrote you can get one ASE below spot by subscribing/cancelling Bradford Exchange collection promotion.
With storage option: Mike Maloney's https://goldsilver.com
, Zollfreilager (Switzerland)
, Strategic Wealth Preservation, Miles Franklin, Kinesis. (Zollfreilager and Goldavenue to avoid taxes.)
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2023.06.02 02:26 CoreyNK What's Up At Ninja Kiwi - 2nd June 2023
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Hey everyone! Welcome to this week's blog with the NK team!
What’s been going on this week?
BTD6 Update 37.0 is right around the corner! To get a sneak peek of what is coming, check out the links below!
Check out the preview notes here
Watch this awesome video
to get all the info!
Have a look at this magical paragon here
! Big thanks to u/TimHaywoodProductions
for adding in some epic Tower Keepers music!
Battles 2 Update 1.10.4 is live, bringing some bug fixes and changes!
Read the notes here
! Tread Carefully Race results:
1st: Near - 1 minute 37.86 seconds 2nd: ozen - 1 minute 38.71 seconds 3rd: bruhbruhiscute - 1 minute 38.86 seconds 4th: Vcoach - 1 minute 39.26 seconds 5th: Eins-Bohr - 1 minute 39.40 seconds
This weekend's focus: - BTD6 -
Pile O' Monkey Money and T3 Insta Monkeys on sale. Ongoing "Military Exercise" Odyssey, ending Wednesday. "Central Establishment" Race this weekend. Lych will be appearing on Quarry this weekend, starting Saturday and ending Thursday. Ongoing Contested Territory, ending Tuesday. - Battles 2 -
Ongoing Season 12 ending June 21st. Biker Bones showcase, ending Thursday 8th.
Ongoing No Pain No Gain, ending Saturday. Bananza starting after. - Bloons Pop -
Friday: Yellow Bloon Popper Saturday: Level Smasher Sunday: Black Bloon Popper Party Goal: Lead Bloon Popper Vault of Monkey Money, 3rd Canister and Great Bundle on sale. Ongoing Party Crashers, ending Wednesday Triple Rewards starting Friday, ending Monday. - BTD Battles -
Professor Evil appearing this weekend. With a second tougher one starting Tuesday and ending Thursday. Friday: MOAB - BFB Cards, BFB Boosts Only Saturday: MOAB Cards, MOAB Club - BFB, BFB Cards Sunday: MOAB, MOAB R3 Speed - BFB, BFB Card Club, BFB Boosts Only Monday: MOAB 2x Medallions with Club Access on sale. - BATTD -
Ongoing Martian games: More Ghosts, More Camo, More Zombies. Magic Man, No Powers, More Regrow starting on Sunday. Tuxedo Jake, Hunter Marceline and Character Bundle pack on sale. - SAS4 Mobile -
VS on Friday, APOC on Saturday and LMS with Black Box as rewards on Sunday. Sales on nantos, NV vet pack, Epic pack and 2nd premium gun set: Donderbus, RIA 15SE and Torment - BTD5 -
Ongoing Bloon Hunt, ending Friday. Preferred Monkey rotating every 3 hours, starting after. Heli Pilot Skin on sale.
Questions from the comments: What happened to all the Mini MOABs and other special MOAB-class bloons in BSM2?
Super Monkey appears to have held them off… for now. But yes, we do think about them, too! Where can I buy a cape like Adora's?
Your local Renaissance faire is likely to have some excellent options! Have crosspathing benefits been considered for the Beast Handlers (beyond just having that extra T2 beast)? As it stands, it's the one tower where crosspathing is usually not worth the cost.
The benefit to cross-pathing Beast Handlers is being able to merge those cross-paths into other Handlers to juice them up or to just hang out with more than one Beast at a time! What do the monkeys do with the real-world money spent in-game? Do they convert it or use it on human things?
We suspect it was confusing to them at first, but they seem to have adapted and use it like we might. Mostly they go to the movies or the arcade, maybe some bowling too. And banana cake, sales are through the roof! How do the bloons react when they find out that a new monkey has ascended to paragon status? (how will they react when the wizard paragon comes)
Hopefully, by being terrified of the power that is to be unleashed upon them. But it is a fair question if there is any information that leaks back, if there are no witnesses…bwaahahahaha! Has the engineer monkey or other monkeys ever convinced Etienne to have other weapons on his drones?
Etienne is very protective of his drones, he has crafted them for excellent balance and control. As much as the engineer's ideas sound fun and amazing, he doesn’t want to mess with his perfection! Do the monkeys celebrate birthdays?
You bet they do! Keep an eye on our socials in the coming weeks to see what they are up to! How do the heroes react when they see a spider in the house?
Most of them are pretty calm and let it go about its business. Obyns always wondering if that was Steve or Tom?!?! Bloons Pop told us that Striker Jones likes to bake so I'd like to ask what his favorite pastries to bake are!
Pain au chocolat or a classic apple pie! Are there other monkey clerics out there besides Adora? If so, are they all devoted to the sun god or are there other deities they align with?
We’re pretty sure Ezili is not a sun god acolyte. Is scary-dark-cosmos a deity? How does Gwen feel about hockey?
She hasn’t played it herself but she really enjoys full contact sport! Watch out for her on the roller-derby track. What is the recipe for the post-battle banana cake and who cooks it?
Every monkey has their own tweaks and secrets they like to add! Here is one of our favourties! https://ninja.kiwi/Banana-Bread What happens to the super monkey after he transforms into the tech terror? does he lose his personality or mind?
It does look like a complete transformation after Robo Monkey but we’re not entirely sure. It could still be a suit or fancy adaptive metal, or it could just be a full suit as that would be needed to withstand the power that comes from the Annihilation. Either way we think they retain control of their faculties as they are still able to target effectively and work so well with their Monkey friends. what is blons about? is it simply an obscure map that monkeys made soley for testing or is it something more? https://preview.redd.it/nysvxogx0i3b1.png?width=282&format=png&auto=webp&s=3319ed78128a47c111974b55c917577363068bcc
Have a great weekend and happy gaming! -Ninja Kiwi Team
2023.05.31 06:19 Drakolf Dragon Rising- 7. Dogma:
It was almost instantaneous. In just one week, we had witnessed three successive miracles, one of which we could not deny was otherwise completely unnatural.
The lightning had not struck the exact same place each time, when the rain had petered out, even in my nascent faith I had to check. It was a clear symbol, a dragon's head upon a shield. We carved it out of the ground in a block, and with newly gained reverence, we brought it to the Temple, where we displayed it prominently, a sign of Bahamut's power.
Galax stood before it, head bowed, hands clasped in prayer, and we echoed his movement. "Holy Bahamut, thank you for visiting upon us this miracle, This gift you have given us, indelible proof of your existence, of your glory, shall remain here, for as long as you will. May your guidance grant us peace and prosperity. May your Law bring us safety and guidance. Vinxa
Galax turned to face us and bowed his head. "I welcome you all, faithful new and old, to the Temple. If you are to be Clerics, you have already begun your first step, you know well what is needed." He held his right hand to his side. "Please, stand among us, you have earned your place."
Four Kobolds moved over to his side, as did two Humans.
"We're not capable of being Clerics-" One of them started.
"The Temple welcomes all
." Galax spoke. "If your heart demands it, then you already stand beside us."
They bowed and stood with the others, a smile on their faces.
"There are some among you who have likewise awakened. Approach."
Tallyn walked forward, and immediately knelt.
"Speak." Galax stated.
"I, Tallyn, solemnly vow to devote my life to the Temple. I shall follow our God's teachings from this moment, forever, so long as my soul remains."
Galax nodded. "Rise, Dnilok
Tallyn. Take your rightful place as the first of our Paladins." Tallyn smiled and stood to Galax's left. Nine more Kobolds stepped forward, and two Humans joined them. All spoke the same vow.
It was as the Humans finished, that Galax's eyes widened, and then he smiled. He accepted them, and they stood to his left.
"The rest who remain, you are no less a brother of the Temple. Your faith shall be a soothing balm in these trying times, and though not all believe, and though many do not follow, it is our duty to ensure, when the time is right, that all are given blessings, that all are beloved. Go forth, and honor our God in your every movement."
Stepping out of the Temple, I felt like a changed man. Walking back to the town, I saw the beauty of the world in a different light. Yes, a flower was just as beautiful, but now it felt like maybe it was beautiful for a reason, rather than just because of evolution.
I walked through the town, seeing the happiness of the people, even those who had not witnessed the miracle, I was simply happy they could be happy. The laughter of Human and Kobold children as they ran around without a care in the world reached my ears, and the idea there was a being out there capable and willing to protect them brought tears to my eyes.
"It is a beautiful day." A familiar voice spoke. I saw the man from the other day, still feeding some birds.
"Yes, it is." I said. I walked over to him and sat beside him.
"You have the look of a man who has had his entire world changed." He observed. "Have you accepted the notion of a miracle, or have you found some other explanation?"
"I watched lightning strike the same place over and over again, burning and carving the holy symbol of Bahamut into the earth." I said. "I watched as a sunny day filled with clouds and gave us life-sustaining water." I rubbed my hands together. "I dared a God to prove his existence, and he did."
The man laughed, it was the kind of musical laugh that would make anyone smile. "Is that so?" He asked. "Tell me, did your God require you to pray for this miracle, or would it have happened regardless?"
"Does it matter?" I asked.
"It does." He replied. "If you were required to, why? If you were not, was prayer truly necessary?" He paused, spreading seeds for the birds to eat. "Some people believe for good to come about, they must serve a God- yet even the faithless are capable of righteousness. Even the faithful are capable of great evil. "What, then, would a God have need to wait for a prayer?"
I wasn't entirely certain. "So that I would believe?" I asked.
"Would that not be a dishonest thing to do?" He asked.
"Then, perhaps because he couldn't intervene." I reasoned.
"Was the safe deliverance of this town from pain and strife that first night a random happenstance, perhaps? Was the stability of the mine truly random chance?"
"Then why?" I asked.
"Why indeed?" He asked. "The key to faith is not blind acceptance, but questioning and reasoning. Blind adherence to doctrine is blindness to the will of a God. One must understand why a God acts in the way it does."
There was a brief silence between us, he took this time to feed the birds more seed.
"Is faith not enough?" I asked.
"With the doubt I have instilled, is it?" He asked. "Do you hold love in your heart for your God, not truly knowing?"
"Why?" He asked.
"He didn't wait for us to pray." I said. "He waited for us to have all of our barrels in place, he waited to ensure where he would deliver his message would not harm others. He kept the mines stable not through his own power, but by ensuring everyone who could help was present. He ensured we were safe, that first night."
"Is this what you truly believe?" He asked.
"Yes." I said.
He nodded. "Then that is all you need." He said.
"What?" I asked.
"Truth is important." He said. "Yet not all truths are self-evident. You must be discerning in your faith, you must understand the truth, and adjust your beliefs when a conclusion is inaccurate. Blind faith is willingness to lie to oneself, and others. Blind skepticism is much the same. The path of truth is narrow and may be difficult, but it is never treacherous."
I nodded. "Thank you." I said.
"I have done something worthy of thanks?" He asked.
"Yeah. It takes a special kind of selflessness to ensure someone had the right reason to believe." I replied. "Especially when staying silent would guarantee someone joining your faith."
"You believe I am a follower of Bahamut?" He asked, sounding amused.
"Are you not?" I asked.
He chuckled. "I am a firm believer in the Tenets." He replied. "Without them, I would simply not live."
"Kind of extreme." I pointed out.
"Perhaps." He replied. "With your faith, what shall you do?"
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"Will you leverage your influence to bring the masses into the faith, or will you stand aside to let them choose their own path?" He clarified.
I considered his words, then asked, "What would you do?"
He held his hand out, a bird flew to it, perching on his finger before chirping. "I would act justly, and let my actions speak for me." He answered. "Words are plentiful, and lies so easy to come by. Action is the greatest language of truth. It shows the world who you are, what you believe in, and most importantly-" The bird flew from his hand and perched on a branch above. "-it is far more lasting than any words ever could be."
I nodded. "I'm not entirely certain." I admitted. "I want to share this with everyone, to tell them there is a God who cares about us, who wants us to be safe."
"Presuming perfect success, that you lead these people into faith, what would you have them do?"
"I don't know."
He nodded. "You will find your answer." He said. "If I may, from one man of virtue to another, may I embrace you?"
I nodded. He put his arms around me, holding me close to him. I hugged him back, burying my face in his clothes. He smelled of honey and flowers. When he loosened his grip on me, I didn't want to let go. He gently patted my back and waited for me to loosen my own.
"May I know your name?" I asked.
He nodded. "I have taken on the name of Fizban." He replied. "Just as you have taken on the name of Ruuk. Hold true to the tenets, let your actions and your deeds be your sincerest prayer. Above all else, be kind, and know when you must invoke wrath."
With this said, he gently rest his hand on my head. "May your days be blessed." And then he walked away, flanked by the songbirds that seemed so drawn to him.
The next few days just kind of flew past me. I would work on my spellcraft, either by contributing electricity as needed or fixing things that were brought my way. Tallyn was accepted as the first Paladin of the Council, along with Tarhun, the Human Councilor who had taken on a new name in recognition of his place in the Temple.
"Even if I am incapable of magic, I serve as a Paladin to the Dragon God." He spoke.
With the first few wells dug, and their respective pumps passively drawing up water, we were getting to a point where we could start unclenching our ass cheeks. The Miracles were discussed, with those who were not present expressing skepticism. I admitted that I had been present to witness it, that the proof of the event was preserved in the Temple.
"Bahamut granted us his aid in our time of desperate need." Galax spoke. "I wish to propose that we build shrines throughout the town, in honor of him."
I shook my head. "No." I said. "While your duty is the spiritual well-being of the people, it is not the pursuit of evangelism. Does Bahamut not value action above objects?"
"There is no point in lying to the people, we have proof that power beyond our own has granted us safety and sanctuary. Would you disobey your God for the comfort of others?"
"That depends." I said. "Did Bahamut demand prayer, or would he have granted us rain without it?"
He paused. "I would like to believe he would do so out of the kindness of his heart." He said. "But does it matter? He is a God of Justice, of the equity between the Races. He is kind and merciful, gracious."
"Consider. If the Miracle required our prayers, why? And if it is not, was prayer truly necessary?" I echoed Fizban's words. "Galax, you were the first of our Clerics, the first of his faithful, yet the key to faith is not blind acceptance. It must be met with questioning and reasoning. Blind adherence to his doctrine is blindness to his will- we must instead understand why a God acts in the way they do."
He looked shaken by my question and answer.
"I speak in faith, Bahamut did bless us with rain, but he did not wait for us to pray. He waited until we were ready. Every barrel, every cup, every can- All things that we needed to gather as much water as possible. You gave to us a vision, and I reciprocated in action where I could not in faith. Regardless, he would have called the rain."
"How can you seek to shake my faith, yet still speak as though you believe?" Galax asked.
"Galax, I believe
." I stressed. "If the people wish to have shrines built in the town, they will ask us. We will not enforce dogma on people who do not believe. That
is an injustice."
The room was utterly silent as I finished. Galax stared at me with such a profound expression, that when he nodded, I knew he understood.
"You are right." He said. "Words and laws alone will not grow a faith. Thank you for your wisdom."
"It is the wisdom of Bahamut." I said. "Not mine."
I regarded the others. "This being said, I will stick to what is my
duty, As far as I am concerned, my faith will not dictate my suggestions, all that matters is that we serve our people to the best of our ability. To that end, I would like to make a suggestion."
"What is your suggestion?" Nakk asked.
"We get a bigger table, so our Human compatriots don't have to stand on the other side of the room."
There was some laughter, the mood lightening.
After the meeting, I stood outside, remembering that scent of flowers and honey, and the man who challenged me to believe and to question that belief. I heart footsteps behind me and regarded Galax.
"If the people believed, our very existence would be glory unto Bahamut." He said.
"He will have to settle for what we give him." I said. "We've got more important things than establishing a theocracy."
He was silent for a moment. "Would that truly be so terrible?" He asked.
"Yes." I said. "It's not for us to decide. If Bahamut wishes to claim us, then he will have to make his glory known." I looked at him. "We do what we can, and must, for the sake of the people, not for the sake of our desires."
"I will remember this." He said. "In two days, I will abstain from prayer, and will instead ask the people to put out their barrels. I- I will test our God, to know what his will is."
"And if he demands prayer?" I asked.
"I shall give it." He replied. "And if he does not, I shall give it all the same." He smiled. "If we are to be ruled by faith, it will be manifest. If not, then we shall do our duty." He paused, then added, "In five days, I will perform a ritual with my fellow Clerics. I will not demand you be present, nor will I demand the people to come. All shall be invited."
I was curious as to what this ritual entailed, but he simply bowed to me and walked away.
I awaited the day Galax spoke of, when he gathered the faithful, he spoke: "This is not a prophecy, but a test of faith." He regarded us all. "We who offer our reverence to our God will put forth our barrels. We will not pray for water, we will simply wait and see. This is to answer an important question, one that will shape our understanding of our faith for years to come."
He touched his chest, above his heart. "Should the non-faithful among us ask if the rain is to come, we answer no. There is no prophecy, only a test of faith, to seek an answer. We shall ensure they understand if they wish to do the same, it is their choice, not ours."
We gathered our barrels and set them out, and we waited.
Not a head was bowed in prayer, we simply sat and observed. "This water is not needed." Galax spoke. "Nor do we demand or request it. This is a question asked, for we seek an answer."
We sat in the heat of the day, waiting, watching, and then the clouds gathered above, and the rain fell. Galax stood and faced us. "It is not by prayer that we solely are granted blessings, our God provides because he is just, and he is gracious! We, who have waited in silence, to learn and to understand, have our answer!"
The answer was thus: Blessings were not given to those who ask for it, but to those who are deserving. The rain was not needed, nor did we ask for it. The rain was not the gift we were given, but an answer to a question.
The decree of the Temple was thus: Prayer exists to speak words, but words are meaningless without action. As the day of the ritual neared, the sermons stopped, save for those spoken in the Temple. Our message was our actions.
"Our God commands us to do good, and in his honor, we do good
The ritual was known about, the faithful gathered to observe, and curious onlookers watched as the Clerics and Paladins gathered around Galax's partner on the Council, who was dressed in a simple cloth robe.
"Jacob Morris, First of the Human Faithful. Upon the day I professed my faith in a God few considered real, upon the day I performed divine healings upon the people, you cast aside a past faith you did not truly believe in, a duty upheld only due to your father's will to serve his God, who spoke with the faithful of that God and advocated that we are and always have been family."
Jake, kneeling, looked up at Galax with an expression that could only be described as pure and undying love.
"You lived a life of lies, to grant comfort to those who needed it. You spoke words you did not believe in, to ensure those who did could find comfort. You gave lessons that truly aided them, rather than speak affirmations of blind faith. On that day, you cast aside those lies, to truly aid others, to meet them in faith and fidelity. You swore that day to reject convenient lies in the pursuit of truth and just leadership. Would you say this is true to this day?"
"I do." Jake replied.
"And would you say you have dedicated your life to him? Does your soul yearn to aid him in every pursuit?"
"Yes." Jake replied resolutely.
"Is it your wish to cast aside one last lie, to become a true child of Bahamut?"
"I would cast away the lie of my name, and the lie of my body, if it meant embracing the truth." Jake answered.
"Is it your intention to die?"
"No. I shall be reborn."
Galax nodded. "The dawn is upon us." He spoke solemnly. "You understand what it is that is required of you. We shall be at your side, that you remain uninterrupted, here where only those who seek to watch may pass by." He raised his hands to the sky. "Upon the sun's rising beyond the horizon, your ritual shall begin, and in two days' time, you shall be reborn, for Bahamut wills it."
We waited in anticipation, and the moment the sun began to rise, Jake sat down and began to meditate, the Clerics and the Paladins stood guard around him.
I couldn't stick around to watch the entire ritual, I had duties to attend to. Yet every now and again, I came by to see Jake in the process of making something, something I gradually realized was an egg. It was made of clay mixed with silver dust, yet as he added onto it, the clay changed color, turning from a colorless gray to a beautiful crimson.
It was upon the dawn of the second day that Jakes stripped naked and pressed his hand against the completed egg, before walking through the solid wall and into it.
"And so, a Human sheds their form, to be reborn anew." Galax spoke solemnly. The day passed as quickly as the last, and by now, word had spread as to what was going on. Everyone watched as the egg cracked, breaking apart, as a tall, scaled creature stood before us.
The way he looked at his body, the way he touched his scales, I could see he was overwhelmed with joy. As he stepped away from the crumbling egg, putting on the robe he had doffed the night prior, he knelt once more before Galax.
"Welcome back, child of Bahamut." Galax spoke with kind words. "What is your name?"
"I am Mitne Munthrek. In the eyes of the Platinum Dragon, I am the light of the first, I bear my heritage in my name with pride."
"In honor of our God, I welcome you, Mitne Munthrek, the first of Bahamut's Dragonborn upon this world. Rise, and be proud."
Mitne stood and took a few steps toward us. "All who are gathered, I am honored that you came. To you, you need only call me Mitne, and though I am no longer Human, if you will have me, I will continue to serve as your Councilor to ensure your voices are heard."
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2023.05.26 20:24 jimbobbypaul Ranking the Top 131 FBS Programs of the Last 40 Years: 91. Louisiana
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I love UL Lafayette. They rebranded as just “Louisiana” in 2017, but growing up I knew them as UL Lafayette. I was weirdly obsessed with 2005-08 starting RB Tyrell Fenroy, who I thought looked cool in the Ragin’ Cajuns uniform. Fenroy ran for 1000+ yards in each of his 4 seasons, only the 7th player in NCAA history to do so. Outside of that, Louisiana’s been a fairly solid Group of 5 team, especially in the 2010s, with their top 6 seasons all coming after 2010.
Best Seasons and Highlights
1. 2020: 9. Louisiana: 10-1 (29.225) 2. 2021: 12. Louisiana: 13-1 (28.062) 3. 2019: 26. Louisiana: 11-3 (18.851) 4. 2012: 48. Louisiana: 9-4 (3.915) 5. 2013: 53. Louisiana: 9-4 (1.628) 6. 2011: 45. Louisiana: 9-4 (1.519) 7. 1993: 37. Louisiana: 8-3 (-2.034) 8. 2014: 57. Louisiana: 9-4 (-2.942) 9. 1989: 47. Louisiana: 7-4 (-6.348) 10. 1988: 63. Louisiana: 6-5 (-11.636) 11. 1995: 63. Louisiana: 6-5 (-13.591) 12. 1986: 64. Louisiana: 6-5 (-14.435) 13. 2005: 72. Louisiana: 6-5 (-14.835) 14. 2022: 80. Louisiana: 6-7 (-14.930) 15. 1994: 64. Louisiana: 6-5 (-16.360) 16. 2018: 87. Louisiana: 7-7 (-17.372) 17. 1987: 64. Louisiana: 6-5 (-17.851) 18. 1984: 68. Louisiana: 6-5 (-18.497) 19. 2006: 72. Louisiana: 6-6 (-19.290) 20. 1996: 69. Louisiana: 5-6 (-19.519) 21. 2009: 79. Louisiana: 6-6 (-20.292) 22. 2008: 80. Louisiana: 6-6 (-20.693) 23. 2016: 83. Louisiana: 6-7 (-20.829) 24. 1990: 80. Louisiana: 5-6 (-23.602) 25. 1983: 84. Louisiana: 4-6 (-31.122) 26. 2004: 92. Louisiana: 4-7 (-33.474) 27. 2015: 104. Louisiana: 4-8 (-36.373) 28. 1985: 87. Louisiana: 4-7 (-36.501) 29. 2017: 111. Louisiana: 5-7 (-37.171) 30. 2003: 93. Louisiana: 4-8 (-38.467) 31. 1991: 89. Louisiana: 2-8-1 (-40.047) 32. 2002: 101. Louisiana: 3-9 (-44.093) 33. 2007: 108. Louisiana: 3-9 (-44.428) 34. 2010: 109. Louisiana: 3-9 (-47.670) 35. 2001: 103. Louisiana: 3-8 (-48.348) 36. 1992: 101. Louisiana: 2-9 (-54.925) 37. 1998: 108. Louisiana: 2-9 (-55.934) 38. 1999: 109. Louisiana: 2-9 (-56.273) 39. 2000: 112. Louisiana: 1-10 (-62.113) 40. 1997: 110. Louisiana: 1-10 (-64.028) Overall Score: 7653 (91st)
- 221-247-1 record
- 6 conference titles
- 7-3 bowl record
- 0 consensus All-Americans
- 26 NFL players drafted
Like I alluded to in the intro, Louisiana would be a lot lower without the past decade. They’ve gone 98-57 since 2011, and just 123-190-1 before. 3 conference titles have come in the last decade, 1 in 2005, and 2 Big West titles under coach Nelson Stokley in 1993 and ‘94. Nelson is the dad of Louisiana all-time leading receiver and 15-year NFL veteran WR Brandon Stokley, who won 2 Super Bowls, had a 1000+ yard season with Peyton Manning at QB, and was the recipient of the famous “STOKELY! SIDELINE! TOUCHDOWN! WOW!” call from Gus Johnson on a winning TD in 2009. Stokley’s just one of many notable names to come out of Louisiana since 1983, others including QB Jake Delhomme, CB Charles “Peanut” Tillman, CB Ike Taylor, and RB Elijah Mitchell.
Top 5 Seasons Worst Season: 1997 (1-10 overall, Independent)
Speaking of Nelson Stokley, in addition to winning 2 Big West titles, he had the worst season here. And I tell you what, the bar for failure just seems to keep getting raised for the “worst” teams on this list. UL Lafayette, back then known as Southwestern Louisiana, scored just 16.3 PPG while giving up the nation’s worst 50.3 PPG. It’s somewhat excusable given their first 4 games were against Pitt, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M, but it’s like they didn’t even try, losing 14-59 to Tech and 0-66 to A&M. WR Brandon Stokley did set the Louisiana school record for career receptions in the game against Texas A&M, with 173. The game was personal for A&M—just last year, Louisiana had beaten #25 Texas A&M 29-22 in the second week of the season, sending the Aggies into a tailspin and finishing just 6-6. After Louisiana started 0-5, they got their only win over eventual 2-9 team Arkansas State. They quickly followed it up with a 42-48 OT loss to FCS North Alabama, and lost the rest of their games with the final 3 weeks consisting of 0-56 to Tulane, 7-77 to #16 Washington State and Ryan Leaf, and 24-63 to Louisiana Tech. Nelson Stokley had built up enough good karma to stay for 1998, but was fired after going just 2-9. 5. 2013 (9-4 overall, 5-2 Sun Belt)
Most people think of 9/4 as Bo Pelini day for his time at Nebraska, but Mark Hudspeth and UL Lafayette were right there with him. Hudspeth led the Ragin’ Cajuns to 4 straight 9-4 seasons from 2011-14, so this was the 3rd iteration. A lot of talent returned from the 2012 team that finished 2nd in the Sun Belt, so the media picked Lafayette to win their first conference title since ‘05. After an 0-2 start against Arkansas and Kansas State, they locked in for conference play, winning 8 straight to improve to 8-2 with a 5-0 Sun Belt record. For no reason, they lost their last 2 games against 5-6 ULM and 5-6 South Alabama to fall to 8-4 and 5-2 in the Sun Belt, but thankfully on the final day, Arkansas State gave up a TD to Western Kentucky with 10 seconds left to have them fall to 5-2 just like UL Lafayette, and the two teams shared the Sun Belt title. Louisiana won the New Orleans Bowl for the 3rd straight year, 24-21 over Tulane, and they’d win it again next year for the 4th time. Both UL Lafayette RBs Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire made 1st Team All-Sun Belt with a combined 2219 yards and 25 TD from scrimmage. 4. 2012 (9-4 overall, 6-2 Sun Belt)
According to my algorithm, the 2012 team’s resume was ever so slightly better. A 5-3 UL Lafayette team had mostly beaten the teams they should’ve and lost to the teams they should’ve. They then took a trip down to Gainesville to play #7 Florida, who had one of the top defenses in the country but one of the weaker offenses in the Power 5. As usual, Florida was playing in the sand, down 13-20 with just 2:00 to go. Florida QB Jacoby Brissett fired a 2 yard TD with 1:30 left to tie it, and with just 10 seconds left, Florida blocked a punt and Jelani Jenkins took it back 36 yards for the winning TD. By some Will Muschamp black magic, the Gators had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat no matter how hard they tried to give the game away. Lafayette didn’t let the loss bother them, and finished the regular season on a 3 game win streak. They finished 2nd in the Sun Belt to Arkansas State, who won their 2nd straight title, and would go on to win 3 more over the next 4 years. Louisiana won a 43-34 shootout in the New Orleans Bowl over East Carolina and OC Lincoln Riley.
UL Lafayette kicker Brett Baer finished his career as the NCAA’s all-time leader in FG percentage (minimum 50 attempts) at 90%, going 45/50 over his career and 20/23 in 2012. He’s still #1 to this day. Sophomore QB Terrance Broadway completed 65% of passes for 2847 yards 17 TD 9 INT, and ran for 769 yards and 9 TD on 6.5 YPC, earning 2nd Team All-Sun Belt. Broadway would go on to throw for 7985 yards and rush for 1936 yards in his career, ranking 15th in Sun Belt history in total yards. 3. 2019 (11-3 overall, 7-1 Sun Belt)
Now we’ve entered the Billy Napier zone. His final 3 years at Louisiana, 2019-21, all show up here, just slightly out of order with the last 2. 2019 Louisiana had a DANGEROUS run game combined with super efficient passing from QB Levi Lewis, and a very good defense as well. Just a 28-38 loss to Mississippi State on the opening day was a sign of things to come. Louisiana beat up on their early schedule, including a 77-6 wipeout of Texas Southern, racking up 748 yards of offense. A 7-17 loss to Appalachian State was the projected Sun Belt title game coming into the year, and gave us an early taste of where the two teams stood. The two had a date with destiny, as Louisiana rolled through the rest of their schedule to finish 10-2 and face #21 11-1 App State in the title game. App took an early 21-0 lead and the Cajuns had to play catch up the whole time, scoring late TDs to make it a 38-45 result. App State was just a team of destiny that year, going 13-1 and finishing #19 in the nation. UL Lafayette still finished how they usually do—with a bowl win, this time over MAC champion Miami (OH).
This 2019 edition was (arguably) better than the top 2 seasons on this list. The offense averaged 37.9 PPG (10th in the nation) and gave up just 19.7 PPG (18th in the nation). Like I said, the run game was stacked. The offensive line consisted of OT Max Mitchell (4th round NFL pick), OG Robert Hunt (2nd round), OG O’Cyrus Torrence (2nd round) and OG Kevin Dotson (4th round). Starting RB Elijah Mitchell (6th round) ran for 1147 yards and 16 TD on 5.8 YPC, backup Raymond Calais (7th round) ran for 886 yards and 6 TD on 7.6 YPC, and 3rd string Trey Ragas ran for 820 yards and 11 TD on 7.1 YPC. Overall, Louisiana ranked 6th in the nation in rushing YPG, and 3rd in YPC. Pretty unstoppable. Levi Lewis was a great QB for the team as well, taking care of the ball and throwing 3050 yards 26 TD 4 INT. 2. 2021 (13-1 overall, 8-0 Sun Belt)
It was getting hard for Louisiana to hold onto Napier, and the 2021 season was the final straw. #23 Louisiana at #21 Texas was one of the more underrated non-conference matchups of the season, with the Longhorns taking it 38-18. Afterwards, Louisiana lived up to their preseason ranking and then some, going on a 13 game win streak that overlapped to next year for a total of 15 games. After losing the conference championship game in 2019 and the game being cancelled in 2020, 3rd time was the charm and UL Lafayette was the sole winner of the 2021 Sun Belt title, beating 10-2 Appalachian State 24-16. Louisiana was never in danger of not making the title game, as the 2nd place team in their division, Texas State, went just 3-5 in the Sun Belt. But the road to the title didn’t come without struggles—close wins were 27-24 over FCS Nicholls State, 20-18 over South Alabama, 28-27 over Arkansas State, 21-17 over Georgia State on a late TD, and 21-16 over rival UL Monroe. Still, they won the title, and won the bowl game to boot, 36-21 over Marshall.
QB Levi Lewis finished his career with a 2917 passing yard 20 TD 4 INT season, totalling 10,291 yards from scrimmage for his career and ranking 10th in Sun Belt history. Lewis also had a record of 34-5(!) over his last 3 years as a starter. A whopping 6 players on offense and 8 on defense were 1st-3rd Team All-Sun Belt. Napier won Sun Belt Coach of the Year for a 2nd time. 4 players from the team have been drafted in the last 2 NFL Drafts, including 2nd round pick OL O’Cyrus Torrence, who transferred to Florida in 2022. 1. 2020 (10-1 overall, 7-1 Sun Belt)
And in the 1 spot, we’ve got 2020 Louisiana. The Ragin’ Cajuns made a statement in week 1, beating #23 Iowa State 31-14 thanks to a 95 yard kick return TD and 83 yard punt return TD. Iowa State would go on to win the Fiesta Bowl and finish #9 in the nation, with their only other 2 losses coming to top 10 teams by a combined 4 points. Louisiana gave Iowa State their toughest test all year. After that came wins over (final records) 6-4 Georgia State and 8-5 Georgia Southern. A 27-30 loss on the final play to Coastal Carolina, who finished 11-1, was Louisiana’s only loss all season. A mid-season win over 6-3 UAB and a last week win against 9-3 Appalachian State built a very good resume. Unfortunately, the Sun Belt title game against Coastal Carolina was cancelled, and we were robbed of a potential classic. Even though Coastal had beaten Louisiana earlier in the year, the two shared the Sun Belt title. A 31-24 win over UTSA in the bowl finished off a 10-1 year, and a #15 finish (9th in my rankings).
Louisiana’s numbers weren’t eye popping—just 33.6 PPG to 22.0 PPG allowed. Only 1 player, RB Elijah Mitchell, made 1st Team All-Sun Belt on offense and defense. Most of Louisiana’s success came from key contributors playing as a team, as they dominated the 2nd/3rd all-conference teams with 6 players on offense and 4 on defense. This was the first season Louisiana was ever ranked by the College Football Playoff Committee, and the first time they had beaten Appalachian State (0-8 previously). Chris Smith was an All-American kick returner, averaging 26.8 yards per return with 2 TD.
How would you rank the 3 best teams between 2019, 2020, and 2021? The 2020 team had 3 less wins than ‘21, but was better in my algorithm. Who’s your favorite all-time player from UL Lafayette? And just how good were the Billy Napier years? If you appreciate the effort, please consider subscribing on substack!
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2023.05.21 20:46 jimbobbypaul Ranking the Top 131 FBS Programs of the Last 40 Years: 96. Kansas
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Kansas survived to be 96th, only the 3rd worst Power 5 team. 2007 and 1995 carried them hard—if you remove those 2 years, Kansas would’ve been 110th on this list. Kansas is one of the oldest programs in the country, having fielded their first football team in 1890, and their glory years were 1890-1952, posting 4 unbeaten seasons and a .603 winning percentage. It wasn’t until 2012 when the program’s all-time win percentage fell below .500 for the first time since their inaugural 1890 season, where they went 1-2. Former legendary program members include Fielding Yost, John Outland (Outland Award), and even legendary basketball coach Phog Allen, who served the 1920 season as head coach. Phog went 590-219 as KU’s basketball coach from 1919-1956, and went 5-2-1 as the football coach.
Best Seasons and Highlights
1. 2007: 6. Kansas: 12-1 (38.409) 2. 1995: 13. Kansas: 10-2 (27.017) 3. 2008: 35. Kansas: 8-5 (9.827) 4. 1992: 25. Kansas: 8-4 (7.203) 5. 2005: 40. Kansas: 7-5 (1.869) 6. 1991: 41. Kansas: 6-5 (-1.654) 7. 1994: 48. Kansas: 6-5 (-5.390) 8. 2006: 58. Kansas: 6-6 (-7.162) 9. 2022: 63. Kansas: 6-7 (-9.253) 10. 2004: 62. Kansas: 4-7 (-12.884) 11. 1984: 64. Kansas: 5-6 (-13.426) 12. 1983: 57. Kansas: 4-6-1 (-14.203) 13. 1985: 56. Kansas: 6-6 (-15.490) 14. 2009: 76. Kansas: 5-7 (-15.819) 15. 1993: 64. Kansas: 5-7 (-17.246) 16. 2003: 73. Kansas: 6-7 (-17.260) 17. 1997: 70. Kansas: 5-6 (-19.234) 18. 1996: 73. Kansas: 4-7 (-21.702) 19. 2000: 76. Kansas: 4-7 (-21.848) 20. 1998: 73. Kansas: 4-7 (-23.089) 21. 1990: 82. Kansas: 3-7-1 (-24.946) 22. 1999: 86. Kansas: 5-7 (-27.334) 23. 1989: 81. Kansas: 4-7 (-32.370) 24. 2001: 92. Kansas: 3-8 (-34.979) 25. 2018: 103. Kansas: 3-9 (-36.015) 26. 2019: 112. Kansas: 3-9 (-37.480) 27. 2010: 101. Kansas: 3-9 (-38.913) 28. 2014: 112. Kansas: 3-9 (-40.603) 29. 2013: 103. Kansas: 3-9 (-41.933) 30. 1986: 94. Kansas: 3-8 (-43.888) 31. 2011: 110. Kansas: 2-10 (-44.642) 32. 2021: 120. Kansas: 2-10 (-48.823) 33. 2016: 124. Kansas: 2-10 (-49.208) 34. 1987: 98. Kansas: 1-9-1 (-49.308) 35. 2012: 116. Kansas: 1-11 (-54.548) 36. 2020: 127. Kansas: 0-9 (-55.953) 37. 2002: 111. Kansas: 2-10 (-56.439) 38. 1988: 99. Kansas: 1-10 (-57.745) 39. 2017: 126. Kansas: 1-11 (-61.885) 40. 2015: 127. Kansas: 0-12 (-70.725) Overall Score: 5824 (96th)
- 166-297-3 record
- 0 conference titles
- 5-2 bowl record
- 1 consensus All-American
- 45 NFL players drafted
2010-2021 make up 12 of the 16 worst seasons, to illustrate just how bad Kansas has been recently. They had a 23-118 record over that span, and just a 7-99 record in the Big 12! 2 of those against Texas. Despite being so bad for stretches of time, they had solid runs under Glen Mason (1988-96) and Mark Mangino (2002-09), with each of Kansas’ top 8 seasons falling under one of the two coaches. With 45 players drafted, Kansas has managed to produce about 1 NFL player a year, including 5x Pro Bowler Aqib Talib and 4x Pro Bowler Chris Harris Jr.. Talib is also Kansas’ only Consensus All-American with his 2007 season.
Top 5 Seasons Worst Season: 2015 (0-12 overall, 0-9 Big 12)
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the worst Kansas team of them all? 2015 isn’t just the worst Kansas team—it’s the 25th worst season by anyone in the last 40 years! New coach David Beaty took over the mess Charlie Weis left, but instead of cleaning it up, lit it on fire. A season-opening 38-41 loss to South Dakota State was bad. A 23-55 loss to Memphis next week was arguably worse. A battle against Iowa State came 2 weeks later to essentially determine who’d finish last in the conference, and Kansas lost that 13-38. The lowest might’ve not even come until the next week, when they lost 7-66 to #3 Baylor. Losses the rest of the year included 10-58 to #14 Oklahoma State, 7-62 to #14 Oklahoma, 20-59 to Texas, 0-49 to West Virginia, and 14-45 to West Virginia. Surprisingly they only lost 17-23 to TCU, who finished #7. On the year, Kansas averaged just 15.2 PPG while giving up 46.1 PPG. DB Fish Smithson was really the only quality player on the team, earning 2nd Team All-Big 12 honors with 111 tackles and 2 INTs. Beaty would go just 6-42 in his 4 years as head coach. 5. 2005 (7-5 overall, 3-5 Big 12)
Mark Mangino was feeling the heat, having gone just 12-24 in his first 3 years. 2005 marked a major turning point for Kansas football at the time. A 3-0 start soon turned into 3-4 with 4 straight losses to Big 12 opponents, and the season was slipping. That’s when things changed. A 13-3 over 5-2 Missouri in the Border War improved their record to 4-4. That’s when Kansas scored a HUGE 40-15 win over Nebraska, their first win over the Huskers since 1969, ending a 37 game losing streak in the series, the second-longest streak of consecutive losses to one team in NCAA history. After losing to #2 Texas, Kansas’ final game determined if they would make a bowl or not. A 34 yard FG in OT clinched a 24-21 win over Iowa State to send Kansas to the Forth Worth Bowl, where they dismantled Houston 42-13. RB Jon Cornish led the team in rushing with 780 yards and 9 TD on 5.8 YPC, and would go on to run for 1457 yards in 2006. Cornish, born in Canada, would go on to have a Hall of Fame CFL career and the Jon Cornish Trophy was established in 2018 for the top Canadian player in D1 football. 4. 1992 (8-4 overall, 4-3 Big 8)
Let’s go allll the way back to 1992 when it was just the Big 8 with no Texas teams. Kansas raced out to a 7-1 start and a #13 ranking, with a 4-0 Big 8 record. They looked to challenge #7 Nebraska and #8 Colorado for the title that year. At the time, they’d continue their long losing streak against Nebraska in a 7-49 loss, and then followed up with an 18-25 loss to Colorado. An upset loss to 2-8 rival Missouri the next week just rubbed salt in the wound for what originally appeared to be a promising season. They managed to claim a 23-20 win over #25 BYU in the bowl, however, to finish #25 in my rankings. This team had a great stable of RBs; starter Maurice Douglas going for 1000+ yards from scrimmage and the 2 backups adding 600+ each. QB Chip Hilleary added 537 rushing yards and 6 TD himself to go with his 1583 passing yards 12 TD 11 INT. Overall, the offense ranked 10th in the nation with 31.1 PPG and the defense was solid as well with 21.8 PPG allowed. The defense turned out to be loaded with talent as 2 players went on to win Super Bowls, 2 other players played 9 seasons in the NFL, another played 7, and DT Dana Stubblefield was the 1997 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. 3. 2008 (8-5 overall, 4-4 Big 12)
It was a down year after 2007, but the offense was still very good led by QB Todd Reesing. Reesing, the best QB in school history, completed 67% of throws for 3888 yards 32 TD 13 INT. If not for a Big 12 loaded with QBs (Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Graham Harrell, RGIII, and more), Reesing would’ve been 1st/2nd all-conference in almost any other league. WR Dezmon Briscoe put up 97 catches for 1405 yards and 8 TD. Converted QB → WR Kerry Meier was a great possession receiver, adding 99 catches for 1045 yards and 8 TD. Briscoe would go for 1337 yards the next year and Meier followed up with 102 catches for 985 yards. Meier was a particularly interesting player. Recruited to play QB, he started in 2006, completing 57% for 1193 yards 13 TD 10 INT as a freshman, but after Reesing took over in 2007, Meier was athletic enough to make the switch to wideout. As a 6’2 224 lb possession receiver, he wasn’t exceptionally fast, but had great hands despite playing without gloves, and played well enough to be a 5th round NFL selection in 2010 by the Atlanta Falcons. For the season, Kansas’ most notable win was 40-37 over #12 Missouri on the final week. Reesing threw a 26 yard TD to Meier with 27 seconds to go to get revenge for 2007. Kansas was a solid team in 2008, but ultimately was dominated by the top dogs (Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech). 2. 1995 (10-2 overall, 5-2 Big 8)
The final year in the Big 8, and Glen Mason’s final year before going to Minnesota. What a wild season. Kansas finished #9 in the nation, and 4 teams from the Big 8 (half the conference!) finished in the top 10. After starting 4-0, #24 Kansas headed to #4 Colorado. Kansas pulled off the 40-24 upset thanks to 2 TDs from RB June Henley. After a dominant victory over Iowa State, #7 Kansas headed to Norman to play #15 Oklahoma, winning 38-17 in a statement game. Kansas was for real. That set up #6 Kansas @ #14 Kansas State, the only time in the rivalry’s 100+ year history that both teams were ranked entering the game. Kansas State had their best performance of the season, winning 41-7, and Kansas would fall to #11. After a win over Missouri, #10 Kansas hosted #1 Nebraska, whose 1995 team is regarded as one of the best in NCAA history. The Huskers showed why, winning 41-3 in Kansas’ 2nd blowout loss. The Jayhawks finished with honor, beating Oklahoma State then UCLA 51-30 in the bowl to finish 10-2 and #9 (13th in my rankings). Kansas had 7 NFL players drafted over the next 2 years, so it wasn’t a fluke—this team was talented. 1. 2007 (12-1 overall, 7-1 Big 12)
Is there any other team with a top season as obvious as Kansas’s? The 2007 Jayhawks boat raced their schedule to a 11-0 start and #2 ranking, and finished with a BCS Bowl win over #5 Virginia Tech. They played a weaker schedule than most, but were 2nd in the nation in scoring with 42.8 PPG and 4th in points allowed with 16.4 PPG. Kansas was a legit team who could’ve beaten Ohio State/LSU in the national title game had they made it. Wins included 76-39 over Nebraska, 30-24 over #24 Kansas State, and 24-21 over #5 Virginia Tech. Plus 6 other wins by 30+ points. Kansas’ 11-0 start set up the biggest Border War in history between #2 Kansas and #3 Missouri. Unfortunately Missouri would take it 36-28, taking an early 21-0 lead and fending off Kansas’ comeback attempt.
QB Todd Reesing threw for 3486 yards 33 TD 7 INT, earning 2nd Team All-Big 12. RB Brandon McAnderson joined him with 1125 rushing yards and 16 TD on 5.9 YPC, and same for WR Marcus Henry with 1000+ receiving yards and 10 TD on 18.8 yards per catch. Backup RB Jake Sharp had a fine season with 821 rushing yards and 7 TD himself. TE Derek Fine was a 4th round NFL selection after the season. OL Anthony Collins was 1st Team All-American and a 4th round selection. 5 players on defense had 10+ total TFL. CB Aqib Talib was a Consensus All-American with 5 INT for 195 yards and 2 TD. DT James McClinton was the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year with 2.5 sacks and 8.5 TFL. LB Joe Mortensen was also 1st Team All-Big 12 with 106 tackles, 3 sacks, and 12 TFL. Justin Thornton was a 6’5 228 lb DB who registered 5 INT. Kick returner Marcus Herford was the Big 12 Special Teams POTY, averaging 28.6 yards per kick return and 2 TD. Mark Mangino was the Consensus National Coach of the Year.
2007 Kansas is my 200th best team since 1983.
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2023.05.21 18:27 BombSquad570 Projecting All Depth Charts after the NFL Draft
Player name (2022 PPR FPPG)
Players injury/IR concerns in italics
Notable Trade/cut candidates bold
QB1 - Desmond Ridder (9.7)
QB2 - Taylor Heinicke (13.6)
RB1 - Bijan Robinson (R)
RB2 - Tyler Allgeier (10)
RB3 - Cordarelle Patterson (11.9)
RB4+ - Caleb Huntley, Avery Williams, Carlos Washington (R)
WR1 - Drake London (10.5)
WR2 - Mack Hollins (9.1)
WR3 - Scotty Miller (3.5)
WR4 - KhaDarel Hodge (3.2)
WR5+ - Keilahn Harris (R), Justin Marshall (R), Frank Darby, RaShaun Henry
TE1 - Kyle Pitts (7.6)
TE2 - Jonnu Smith (4.3)
TE3+ - Parker Hesse, John Fitzpatrick, Feleipe Franks
QB1 - Bryce Young (R)
QB2 - Andy Dalton (13.1)
QB3+ - Matt Corral, Jacob Eason
RB1 - Miles Sanders (12.7)
RB2 - Chuba Hubbard (6.3)
RB3 - Raheem Blackshear (3.3)
RB4+ - Camerun Peoples (R), Spencer Brown
WR1 - DJ Chark (8.9)
WR2 - Adam Thielen (10.6)
WR3 - Terrace Marshall (6.4)
WR4 - Jonathan Mingo (R)
WR5 - Laviska Shenault (5.6)
WR6 + - Shi Smith, Daniele Byrd, Preston Williams, Josh Vann (R)
TE1 - Hayden Hurst (7.9)
TE2 - Ian Thomas (2.9)
TE3 - Tommy Tremble (3.5)
New Orleans Saints
QB1 - Derek Carr (15.5)
QB2 - Jameis Winston (16.3)
QB3 - Jake Haener (R)
RB1 - Alvin Kamara (SUS?) (14.1)
RB2 - Jamaal Williams (13.3)
RB3 - Kendre Miller (R)
RB4+ - Eno Benjamin (6.9), SaRoderick Thompson (R), Derrick Gore, Dwayne Washington
WR1 - Chris Olave (13.2)
WR2 - Michael Thomas (17)*
WR3 - Rashid Shaheed (8.4)
WR4 - TreQuan Smith (5.3)
WR5 - AT Perry (R)
WR6+ - Bryan Edwards, James Washington, Keith Kirkwood, Shaq Davis (R), Sy Barnett (R)
TE1 - Juwan Johnson (8.4)
TE2 - Taysom Hill (9.1)
TE3 - Foster Moreau (6.1)
TE4+ - Lucas Krull, Joel Wilson (R), Miller Forrestall
Tampa Bay Bucs
QB1 - Baker Mayfield (10.8)
QB2 - Kyle Trask
QB3 - John Wolford
RB1 - Rachaad White (8.2)
RB2 - Chase Edmonds (5.7)
RB3+ - KeShawn Vaughn, Sean Tucker (R), Ronnie Brown (R), Patrick Laird
WR1 - Mike Evans (15)
WR2 - Chris Godwin (14.9)
WR3 - Russell Gage (9.5)
WR4 - Trey Palmer (R)
WR5+ - Kaylon Geiger, Deven Thompkins, Rakim Jarrett (R), Kade Warner (R), Taye Barber (R)
TE1 - Cade Otton (5.8)
TE2 - Payne Durham (R)
TE3 - Ko Kieft
QB1 - Kyler Murray (18.9)
QB2 - Colt McCoy (9)
QB3 - Clayton Tune (R)
QB4+ - Jeff Driskel, David Blough
RB1 - James Conner (15.4)
RB2 - Keontay Ingram (1.6)
RB3+ - Emari Demarcado (R), TySon Williams, Corey Clement
WR1 - DeAndre Hopkins (16.9)
WR2 - Marquise Brown (13)
WR3 - Rondale Moore - (11)
WR4 - Michael Wilson (R)
WR5 - Greg Dortch (7.1)
WR6+ - Zach Pascal, Auden Tate, Javon Wims
TE1 - Trey McBride (5.1)
TE2 - Zach Ertz (11.6)
TE3+ - Blake Whiteheart (R), Joel Honigford (R), Bernhard Seikovits
QB1 - Matthew Stafford (12.9)
QB2 - Stetson Bennett (R)
QB3 - Brett Rypien
RB1 - Cam Akers (9.4)
RB2 - Zach Evans (R)
RB3 - Kyren Williams (3.8)
RB4 - Tiyon Evans (R), Ronnie Rivers
WR1 - Cooper Kupp (22.4)
WR2 - Van Jefferson (7.9)
WR3 - Ben Skowronek (6)
WR4 - Tutu Atwell (5.3)
WR5 - Puka Nacua (R)
WR6 - Lance McCutcheon, Tyler Hudson (R), Braxton Burmeister (R), Sam James (R)
TE1 - Tyler Higbee (9.5)
TE2 - Hunter Long
TE3+ - Brycen Hopkins, Davis Allen (R)
San Francisco 49ers
QB1 - Brock Purdy (12.3)
QB2 - Trey Lance (4.5)
QB3 - Sam Darnold (14.9)
RB1 - Christian McCaffrey (21)
RB2 - Elijah Mitchell (8.7)
RB3 - Jordan Mason (2.7)
RB4 - Tyrion Davis-Price (2)
WR1 - Deebo Samuel (13)
WR2 - Brandon Aiyuk (13.4)
WR3 - Jauan Jennings (5.2)
WR4 - RayRay McCloud (3.4)
WR5+ - Ronnie Bell (R), Danny Gray, Willie Snead, Chris Conley, Dazz Newsome
TE1 - George Kittle (13.4)
TE2 - Cameron Latu (R)
TE3+ - Braydon Willis (R), Ross Dwelley
QB1 - Geno Smith (18.5)
QB2 - Drew Lock
RB1 - Ken Walker (13.5)
RB2 - Zach Charbonnet (R)
RB3 - DeeJay Dallas (3.1)
RB4 - Kenny McIntosh (R)
WR1 - DK Metcalf - (13.3)
WR2 - Tyler Lockett (14.8)
WR3 - Jaxon Smith-Njigba (R)
WR4 - Dee Eskridge (1.5)
WR5+ - Dareke Young, Cody Thompson, Easop Winston, Matt Landers (R), Jake Bobo (R), CJ Johnson (R), Cade Johnson
TE1 - Colby Parkinson (4.9)
TE2 - Noah Fant (7.2)
TE3 - Will Dissly (5.8)
QB1 - Dak Prescott (17.8)
QB2 - Cooper Rush
RB1 - Tony Pollard (15.6)
RB2 - Malik Davis (5.7)
RB3 - Deuce Vaughn (R)
RB4 - Ronald Jones
WR1 - CeeDee Lamb (17.7)
WR2 - Brandin Cooks (11.2)
WR3 - Michael Gallup (7.5)
WR4 - Jalen Brooks (R)
WR5 - KaVontae Turpin
WR6+ - Jalen Tolbert, Simi Fehoko, Dennis Houston, Antonio Callaway, Dontario Drummond
TE1 - Jake Ferguson - (4.4)
TE2 - Luke Schoonmaker (R)
TE3+ - Peyton Hendershot, Seth Green, Sean McKeon
QB1 - Daniel Jones (18.4)
QB2 - Tyrod Taylor
RB1 - Saquon Barkley (17.8)
RB2 - Eric Gray (R)
RB3 - Matt Breida (3.5)
RB4+ - Jashaun Corbin, Gary Brightwell
WR1 - Darius Slayton (9.9)
WR2 - WanDale Robinson (8.6)
WR3 - Parris Campbell (8.8)
WR4 - Jalin Hyatt (R)
WR5 - Isaiah Hodgins (11.1)
WR6 - Sterling Shepard (11.5)
WR7 - Jamison Crowder (3)
WR8+ - David Sills, Makai Polk, Collin Johnson, Jeff Smith, Kalil Pimpleton
TE1 - Darren Waller (9.4)
TE2 - Dan Bellinger (6.8)
TE3+ - Tommy Sweeney, Lawrence Cager, Chris Myarick
QB1 - Jalen Hurts (25.6)
QB2 - Marcus Mariota (15.8)
QB3 - Tanner McKee (R)
RB1 - D’Andre Swift (13.7)
RB2 - Rashaad Penny (10.4)
RB3 - Kenneth Gainwell (5.2)
RB4+ - Boston Scott, Trey Sermon, Kennedy Brooks
WR1 - AJ Brown (17.6)
WR2 - Devonta Smith (15)
WR3 - Quez Watkins (5)
WR4 - Olamide Zaccheus (6.5)
WR5+ - Britain Covey, Tyrie Cleveland, Devon Allen, Greg Ward
TE1 - Dallas Goedert (11.8)
TE2 - Grant Calcaterra (2.2)
TE3 - Jack Stoll (2.3)
TE4+ - Dalton Keane, Tyree Jackson, Dan Arnold
QB1 - Sam Howell
QB2 - Jacoby Brissett (12.5)
QB3 - Jake Fromm
RB1 - Brian Robinson (9.4)
RB2 - Antonio Gibson (11.1)
RB3 - Chris Rodriguez (R)
RB4+ - Jaret Patterson, Jonathan Williams
WR1 - Terry McLaurin (13.5)
WR2 - Jahan Dotson (10.9)
WR3 - Curtis Samuel (10.4)
WR4 - Dyami Brown (3.6)
WR5+ - Dax Milne, Marcus Kemp, Kyric McGowan, Mitchell Tinsley (R), Brycen Tremayne (R)
TE1 - Logan Thomas (5.9)
TE2 - John Bates (3.1)
TE3+ - Cole Turner, Armani Rodgers, Curtis Hodges
QB1 - Justin Fields (20.5)
QB2 - PJ Walker (7)
QB3+ - Tyson Bagent (R), Nate Peterman
RB1 - Khalil Herbert (6.9)
RB2 - D’Onta Foreman (8.2)
RB3 - Roschon Johnson (R)
RB4+ - Trestan Ebner, Travis Homer
WR1 - DJ Moore (11.7)
WR2 - Darnell Mooney (9.2)
WR3 - Chase Claypool (7)
WR4 - Tyler Scott (R)
WR5 - Dante Pettis (3.8)
WR6+ - Velus Jones, Equimaneous St Brown, Daurice Fountain, Nsimba Webster, Aron Cruikshank (R)
TE1 - Cole Kmet (8.7)
TE2 - Robert Tonyan (6.6)
TE3+ - Chase Allen, Jake Tonges
QB1 - Jared Goff (17.1)
QB2 - Hendon Hooker (R)
QB3 - Nate Sudfeld
RB1 - David Montgomery (11.1)
RB2 - Jahmyr Gibbs (R)
RB3+ - Craig Reynolds, Jermar Jefferson, Greg Bell
WR1 - Amon Ra St Brown (16.7)
WR2 - Jameson Williams (SUS) (2.5)
WR3 - Josh Reynolds (8.7)
WR4 - Marvin Jones (7.3)
WR5 - Kalif Raymond (6.8)
WR6+ - Antoine Green (R), Tom Kennedy, Trinity Benson, Maurice Alexander
TE1 - Sam LaPorta (R)
TE2 - Brock Wright (4.5)
TE3 - Shane Zylstra (4.6)
TE4+ - James Mitchell, Derrick Deese
Green Bay Packers
QB1 - Jordan Love (2.9)
QB2 - Sean Clifford (R)
RB1 - Aaron Jones (14.6)
RB2 - AJ Dillon (9.9)
RB3 - Lew Nichols (R), Patrick Taylor, Tyler Goodson
WR1 - Christian Watson (11.7)
WR2 - Jayden Reed (R)
WR3 - Romeo Doubs (7.8)
WR4 - Samori Toure (4.8)
WR5 - Dontayvion Wicks (R)
WR6+ - Grant DuBose (R), Bo Melton, Jeff Cotton
TE1 - Luke Musgrave (R)
TE2 - Tucker Kraft (R)
TE3+ - Josiah Deguara, Austin Allen, Tyler Davis
QB1 - Kirk Cousins (18)
QB2 - Nick Mullens
QB3 - Jaren Hall (R)
RB1 - Dalvin Cook
RB2 - Alex Mattison (5.2)
RB3 - DeWayne McBride (R)
RB4+ - Ty Chandler, Kene Nwangwu
WR1 - Justin Jefferson (21.7)
WR2 - Jordan Addison (R)
WR3 - KJ Osborn (9.2)
WR4 - Jalen Nailor (4.1)
WR5 - Jalen Reagor (1.6)
WR6+ - Brandon Powell, Thayer Thomas (R), Malik Knowles (R), Cephus Johnson (R), Trishton Jackson
TE1 - TJ Hockenson (12.7)
TE2 - Johnny Mundt (3)
TE3+ - Josh Oliver, Ben Sims (R), Nick Muse, Ben Ellefson
QB1 - Josh Allen (24.2)
QB2 - Kyle Allen (6.6)
QB3 - Matt Barkley
RB1 - James Cook (6.3)
RB2 - Damien Harris (8.3)
RB3 - Latavius Murray (11)
RB4+ - Nyheim Hines (5.1), Jordan Mims (R)
WR1 - Stefon Diggs (18.9)
WR2 - Gabe Davis (11.4)
WR3 - Khalil Shakir (3.4)
WR4 - Trent Sherfield (5.2)
WR5 - Justin Shorter (R)
WR6+ - Deonte Harty, KeeSean Johnson, Dedmon Patmon, Isaiah Coulter, Jalen Wayne (R), Tyrell Shavers (R)
TE1 - Dawson Knox (9)
TE2 - Dalton Kincaid (R)
TE3+ - Quintin Morris, Zach Davidson
QB1 - Tua Tagovailoa (18.4)
QB2 - Mike White (15.1)
QB3 - Skylar Thompson (2.9)
RB1 - Raheem Mostert (10.5)
RB2 - Jeff Wilson (9.9)
RB3 - Devon Achane (R)
RB4+ - Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, Christopher Brooks (R)
WR1 - Tyreek Hill (20.1)
WR2 - Jaylen Waddle (15.2)
WR3 - Chosen Anderson (4.4)
WR4 - Cedrick Wilson (2)
WR5 - Braxton Berrios (3.4)
WR6+ - Erik Ezukanma, River Cracraft, Freddie Swain, Braylon Sanders, Daewood Davis (R)
TE1 - Durham Smythe (3.1)
TE2 - Tyler Kroft
TE3 - Elijah Higgins (R)
TE4+ - Eric Saubert, Tanner Conner, Julian Hill (R)
New England Patriots
QB1 - Mac Jones (12.9)
QB2 - Bailey Zappe (10.7)
QB3+ - Trace McSorley, Malik Cunningham (R)
RB1 - Rhamondre Stevenson (14.7)
RB2 - James Robinson (8.1)
RB3 - Pierre Strong (2.7)
RB4+ - Kevin Harris (2.2), Ty Montgomery, JJ Taylor
WR1 - JuJu Smith-Schuster (11.6)
WR2 - DeVante Parker (7.9)
WR3 - Tyquan Thornton (5.5)
WR4 - Kendrick Bourne (5.5)
WR5 - Kayshon Boutte (R)
WR6+ - DeMario Douglas (R), Tre Nixon
TE1 - Mike Gesicki (5.8)
TE2 - Hunter Henry (6.5)
TE3+ - Johnny Lumpkin (R), Matt Sokol, Scotty Washington
QB1 - Aaron Rodgers (14.8)
QB2 - Zach Wilson (11.8)
QB3+ - Chris Streveler, Tim Boyle
RB1 - Breece Hall (16.4)
RB2 - Michael Carter (7.9)
RB3 - Izzy Abanikanda (R)
RB4+ - Zonovan Knight (8.4), Travis Dye (R)
WR1 - Garrett Wilson (12.7)
WR2 - Allen Lazard (11.7)
WR3 - Corey Davis (7.5)
WR4 - Mecole Hardman (11.7)
WR5 - Randall Cobb (6.3)
WR6+ - Denzel Mims (3.3), Diontae Spencer, Jason Brownlee (R), Xavier Gipson (R), TJ Luther (R)
TE1 - Tyler Conklin (7.7)
TE2 - CJ Uzomah (4)
TE3+ - Jeremy Ruckert, Zack Kuntz (R), Kenny Yeboah
QB1 - Lamar Jackson (20.3)
QB2 - Tyler Huntley (10.6)
QB3+ - Anthony Brown, Nolan Henderson (R)
RB1 - JK Dobbins (10.2)
RB2 - Gus Edwards (6.6)
RB3 - Justice Hill (2.8)
RB4+ - Keaton Mitchell (R), Owen Wright (R)
WR1 - Odell Beckham Jr
WR2 - Rashod Bateman (8.9)
WR3 - Zay Flowers (R)
WR4 - Nelson Agholor (5)
WR5 - Devin Duvernay (8.3)
WR6+ - James Proche, Tylan Wallace, Andy Isabella, Dontay Demus (R), Mike Thomas, Shemar Bridges
TE1 - Mark Andrews (12.7)
TE2 - Isaiah Likely (6.5)
TE3+ - Charlie Kolar, Travis Vokolek (R), Brian Walker (R)
QB1 - Joe Burrow (21.7)
QB2 - Trevor Siemian (5.6)
QB3 - Jake Browning
RB1 - Joe Mixon (16)
RB2 - Chase Brown (R)
RB3 - Trayveon Williams (0.9)
RB4+ - Chris Evans, Calvin Tyler Jr (R), Jacob Saylors (R)
WR1 - JaMarr Chase (18.6)
WR2 - Tee Higgins (14.9)
WR3 - Tyler Boyd (10.3)
WR4 - Charlie Jones (R)
WR5 - Trenton Irwin (7)
WR6+ - Andrei Iosivas (R), Trent Taylor, Malachi Carter (R), Mac Hippenhammer (R), Shedrick Jackson (R)
TE1 - Irv Smith (6.9)
TE2 - Drew Sample (0.9)
TE3+ - Devin Asiasi, Tanner Hudson, Nick Bowers
QB1 - Deshaun Watson (15.1)
QB2 - Dorian Thompson-Robinson (R)
QB3 - Josh Dobbs (11.4)
RB1 - Nick Chubb (16.6)
RB2 - Jerome Ford (0.1)
RB3 - Hassan Hall (R)
RB4+ - Demetric Felton, John Kelly, Nate McCrary
WR1 - Amari Cooper (14.5)
WR2 - Elijah Moore (5.5)
WR3 - Donovan Peoples-Jones (9.8)
WR4 - Cedric Tillman (R)
WR5 - David Bell (3)
WR6+ - Marquise Goodwin (6.9), Jakeem Grant, Anthony Schwartz (2.7), Jaelon Darden, Michael Woods, Isaiah Weston
TE1 - David Njoku (10.1)
TE2 - Harrison Bryant (4.4)
TE3 - Jordan Akins (7.8)
TE4+ - Zaire Mitchell, Thomas Greaney (R)
QB1 - Kenny Pickett (12.2)
QB2 - Mitch Trubisky (11.3)
QB3 - Mason Rudolph
RB1 - Najee Harris (13.1)
RB2 - Jaylen Warren (5.8)
RB3 - Connor Heyward (FB)
WR1 - George Pickens (9.8)
WR2 - Diontae Johnson (10.6)
WR3 - Allen Robinson (8.5)
WR4 - Calvin Austin III
WR5 - Miles Boykin
WR6+ - Anthony Miller, Cody White, Gunner Olszewski, Dez Fitzpatrick, Jordan Byrd (R)
TE1 - Pat Freiermuth (9.9)
TE2 - Darnell Washington (R)
TE3 - Zach Gentry (2.3)
QB1 - CJ Stroud (R)
QB2 - Davis Mills (13.1)
QB3 - Case Keenum
RB1 - Dameon Pierce (12.8)
RB2 - Devin Singletary (10.5)
RB3+ - Mike Boone, Dare Ogunbowale, Gerrid Doaks, Xazavian Valladay (R)
WR1 - Nico Collins (9.7)
WR2 - John Metchie
WR3 - Robert Woods (6.8)
WR4 - Noah Brown (7.2)
WR5 - Xavier Hutchinson (R)
WR6 - Tank Dell (R)
WR7+ - Steven Sims, Amari Rodgers, Jalen Camp, Jared Wayne (R)
TE1 - Dalton Schultz (9.5)
TE2 - Teagan Quitoriano (4.3)
TE3 - Brevin Jordan (3)
TE4+ - Eric Tomlinson, Mason Schreck
QB1 - Gardner Minshew (8)
QB2 - Anthony Richardson (R)
QB3 - Sam Ehlinger (9.7)
RB1 - Jonathan Taylor (12.2)
RB2 - Deon Jackson (7)
RB3 - Evan Hull (R)
RB4+ - Zack Moss (5), Jake Funk, Darius Hagans (R)
WR1 - Michael Pittman Jr (13.5)
WR2 - Alec Pierce (7)
WR3 - Josh Downs (R)
WR4 - Isaiah McKenzie (7.5)
WR5 - Ashton Dulin (4.3)
WR6+ - Mike Strachan, Malik Turner, Juwann Winfree, Zavier Scott (R)
TE1 - Jelani Woods (6.2)
TE2 - Mo Alie-Cox (3.9)
TE3 - Will Mallory (R)
TE4 - Kylen Granson (4.7)
TE5+ - Andrew Ogletree, Pharaoah Brown
QB1 - Trevor Lawrence (17.9)
QB2 - CJ Beathard
RB1 - Travis Etienne (12.1)
RB2 - Tank Bigsby (R)
RB3 - JaMycal Hasty (5)
RB4+ - D’Ernest Johnson, Snoop Conner, Qadree Ollison
WR1 - Christian Kirk (14.2)
WR2 - Calvin Ridley
WR3 - Zay Jones (12.4)
WR4 - Parker Washington (R)
WR5 - Jamal Agnew (4.8)
WR6+ - Seth Williams, Kevin Austin, Tim Jones, Kendric Pryor, Elijah Cooks (R), Jaray Jenkins (R)
TE1 - Evan Engram (10.4)
TE2 - Brenton Strange (R)
TE3+ - Luke Farrell, Leonard Taylor (R)
QB1 - Ryan Tannehill (13.9)
QB2 - Will Levis (R)
QB3 - Malik Willis (3.2)
RB1 - Derrick Henry (18.9)
RB2 - Tyjae Spears (R)
RB3 - Hassan Haskins (1.9)
RB4+ - Julius Chestnut (1.4), Jonathan Ward, Chuck McClelland (R)
WR1 - Treylon Burks (8)
WR2 - Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (5.2)
WR3 - Kyle Philips (3)
WR4 - Chris Moore (7.7)
WR5 - Colton Dowell (R)
WR6+ - Racey McMath, Reggie Roberson, Mason Kinsey, Jacob Copeland (R), Tre’Shaun Harrison (R)
TE1 - Chig Okonkwo (6.1)
TE2 - Josh Whyle (R)
TE3+ - Trevon Wesco, Kevin Rader, Alize Mack, Thomas Odukoya, Justin Rigg
QB1 - Russell Wilson (15.8)
QB2 - Jarrett Stidham (15.2)
QB3 - Ben DiNucci
RB1 - Javonte Williams (10.5)
RB2 - Samaje Perine (8.9)
RB3+ - Tony Jones, Damarea Crockett, Tyler Badie, Jacques Patrick, Jaleel McLaughlin (R)
WR1 - Jerry Jeudy (13.6)
WR2 - Courtland Sutton (10.6)
WR3 - Tim Patrick
WR4 - Marvin Mims Jr (R)
WR5 - KJ Hamler (3.7)
WR6 - Marquez Callaway (3.8)
WR7+ - Montreal Washington, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Jalen Virgil, Kendall Hinton, Taylor Grimes (R)
TE1 - Greg Dulcich (8.6)
TE2 - Adam Trautman (3.4)
TE3 - Albert Okwuegbunam (4.3)
TE4+ - Chris Manhertz, Nate Adkins (R)
QB1 - Patrick Mahomes (25.3)
QB2 - Blaine Gabbert
QB3+ - Shane Buechele, Chris Oladokun
RB1 - Isiah Pacheco (7.9)
RB2 - Jerick McKinnon (11.5)
RB3 - Deneric Prince (R)
RB4+ - Clyde Edwards-Helaire (9.8), LaMical Perine
WR1 - Kadarius Toney (6.4)
WR2 - Marques Valdes-Scantling (7.2)
WR3 - Rashee Rice (R)
WR4 - Skyy Moore (2.7)
WR5 - Justin Watson (3.4)
WR6 - Richie James (8.3)
WR7+ - Justyn Ross, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, John Ross, Cornell Powell, Jerrion Ealy, Nikki Remigio (R)
TE1 - Travis Kelce (18.6)
TE2 - Noah Gray (4.1)
TE3+ - Jody Fortson, Blake Bell, Kendall Blanton
Las Vegas Raiders
QB1 - Jimmy Garoppolo (15.3)
QB2 - Brian Hoyer
QB3 - Aidan O’Connell (R)
RB1 - Josh Jacobs (19.3)
RB2 - Zamir White (0.6)
RB3 - Brandon Bolden (2.4)
RB4+ - Ameer Abdullah, Brittain Brown, Sincere McCormick, Austin Walter
WR1 - Davante Adams (19.7)
WR2 - Jakobi Meyers (12.9)
WR3 - Hunter Renfrow (7.9)
WR4 - DeAndre Carter (6.6)
WR5 - Tre Tucker (R)
WR6+ - Cam Sims, Phillip Dorsett, Keelan Cole, Kristian Wilkerson
TE1 - Michael Mayer (R)
TE2 - Austin Hooper (5.7)
TE3+ - OJ Howard (3.3)
TE4+ - Jesper Horsted, John Shenker (R)
QB1 - Justin Herbert (17.1)
QB2 - Max Duggan (R)
QB3 - Easton Stick
RB1 - Austin Ekeler (21.9)
RB2 - Joshua Kelley (5.4)
RB3 - Isaiah Spiller (1.7)
RB4+ - Larry Rountree, Elijah Dotson (R), Tyler Hoosman (R)
WR1 - Keenan Allen (16.4)
WR2 - Mike Williams (13.6)
WR3 - Quentin Johnston (R)
WR4 - Joshua Palmer (10.6)
WR5 - Jalen Guyton (4.2)
WR6 - Derius Davis (R)
WR7+ - Keelan Doss, John Hightower, Terrell Bynum (R), Pokey Wilson (R)
TE1 - Gerald Everett (9.3)
TE2 - Donald Parham (4.8)
TE3 - Tre McKitty (1.3)
TE4+ - Stone Smartt, Michael Ezeike (R)
Available Free Agents
QB - Tom Brady (16.5), Carson Wentz (15.2), Teddy Bridgewater (8.4), Matt Ryan (14), Nick Foles (2.9), Joe Flacco (10.3), Josh Johnson, Bryce Perkins (3.5), Chase Daniel
RB - Ezekiel Elliott (12.4), Leonard Fournette (14.2), Kareem Hunt (7.5), Darrel Williams (4.2), Rex Burkhead (4.8), Mark Ingram (5), JD McKissic (6.2), Kenyan Drake (8.7), Dontrell Hilliard (6.4), David Johnson (2.3), Marlon Mack (4.8), Gio Bernard (1.2), Justin Jackson (3.4), Royce Freeman (3.8), Malcolm Brown (3.3), Benny Snell (2.1), Darrynton Evans (3.6), Trenton Cannon, Taiwan Jones
WR - Julio Jones (7), Jarvis Landry (6.7), Kenny Golladay (3.4), Sammy Watkins (5.2), TY Hilton (6.4), Byron Pringle (3.6), Demarcus Robinson (6.5), NKeal Harry (4.1), Breshad Perriman (2.9), Rashard Higgins, Marcus Johnson, Jake Kumerow, Andre Roberts, Cody Hollister, Olabisi Johnson, Quintez Cephus, Antoine Wesley
TE - Kyle Rudolph (2.4), Cameron Brate (4.2), Adam Shaheen, Geoff Swaim (2), Marcedes Lewis (4.4), Ryan Griffin, Stephen Anderson, Maxx Williams, Richard Rodgers, Anthony Firkser, MyCole Pruitt, Jesse James, Tommy Sweeney
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2023.05.21 06:22 captaindata1701 "Pope Francis Joins the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative's "It's Up To You" Campaign to Inspire"
It's interesting to see the hundreds of layers of people and corporations bypassing the will of the people.
" "Faith-based leaders and institutions play such a significant role in reminding us of our common humanity," said John Bridgeland, Co-Founder and CEO of the COVID Collaborative. "With these powerful words from Pope Francis and the Cardinals and Archbishops from across the globe, their message will inspire millions to take action to 'love thy neighbor' during this pandemic."
" This project is one of the "It's Up To You" campaign's tentpole collaborations with trusted messengers, delivering fact-based and life-saving information to populations hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccines, helping them to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. Other influencers and trusted messengers that have been involved include: former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and former First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter; musicians Foreigner, Eric Church, Ashley McBryde and Darius Rucker; actors Wanda Sykes, John Leguizamo, Luis Guzman and Loni Love; athletes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jaren Jackson, Jr., Chester Pitts, Sean Johnson, Preston Wilson, Drew McIntyre and RockyNoHands; faith leaders Bishop TD Jakes, Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Rev. Dr. Walter Kim, Fr. Manuel Dorantes, and Rev. Gabriel Salguero; medical experts Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Tom Frieden, Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, PhD, and Dr. Cameron Webb; and more. To date the effort has engaged over
1,124 influencers to develop 1,638 pieces of content, with a cumulative reach of 50 million. "
George Bush I see god in the leader of the largest ped ring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk5PKxglj88 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZRjzeXuzhY
Clinton: 1991, Clinton named "Jesuit: Quigley as an important influence on his aspirations and political philosophy, when Clinton launched his presidential campaign in a speech at Georgetown.
: 96 He said he learned from Quigley that “The future can be better than the past, and that each of us has a personal, moral responsibility to make it so.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carroll_Quigley#Influence_on_Bill_Clinton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQl8EzoGRdA
Obama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUZzq7aiDlc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8gn0sRb6sY
Fauci: Jesuits trained me for event 201 https://www.jesuits.org/stories/dr-anthony-fauci-on-the-amdg-jesuit-podcast-how-his-jesuit-education-helped-prepare-him-for-the-pandemic/
Hilary VP Jesuit trained catholic https://www.ncronline.org/5-faith-facts-about-dem-vp-pick-tim-kaine-jesuit-educated-catholic
Al Smith like all the others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imO82SK4__k
Bishop T.D. Jakes - no understanding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUSabQ7iII0 Fr. Manuel Dorantes https://twitter.com/TweetingPriest
Rev. Gabriel Salguero - no understanding
“In getting yourself vaccinated, you are helping your neighbor,” he preached to about 300 masked and socially distanced worshipers. “God wants you to be whole so you can care for your community. So think of vaccines as part of God’s plan.”
" But clergy members who believe in the importance of vaccines are uniquely positioned to counter those claims. Pope Francis himself declared
shots are “morally acceptable” because of the severity of the pandemic and the remoteness of the connection to the aborted fetus. "
"For Hispanic evangelicals, the pope’s public proclamations around immigration, poverty, hunger, and climate change are appealing, said Salguero at a Tuesday press conferenceassociated with Bread for the World’s anti-hunger efforts." https://sojo.net/about-us/news/evangelicals-help-greet-pope-francis-white-house
“We have our differences, but I think there’s a lot of common cause,” Salguero said. Message Of His Holiness Pope Francis To Prof. Klaus Schwab https://holyseemission.org/contents/press_releases/55e34d372bbb38.44896435.php
Pope Francis more migrants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dyDB6cWA_s&t=6s
Few not listed:
John K. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpvDYoaed_Y https://news.yahoo.com/kerry-wants-pope-attend-climate-002549163.html
Al Gore: Pope Francis a ‘moral force’ for solving climate crisis https://www.vaticannews.va/en/world/news/2018-07/al-gore-pope-francis-climate-crisis.html
Pope will join Anthony Fauci, Chelsea Clinton, Jane Goodall and others in virtual conference https://www.romereports.com/en/2021/04/15/pope-will-join-anthony-fauci-chelsea-clinton-jane-goodall-and-others-in-virtual-conference/
Chelsea Clinton is working to stand up ‘the largest childhood immunization effort ever’ with the Gates Foundation and the WHO https://fortune.com/well/2023/04/25/clinton-who-gates-foundation-child-vaccine-catch-up-plan/
Pope UN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtPu1-CxhHA
Major media partners, including Facebook, Google/YouTube, Telemundo, Universo, Upward Christian Dating from Match Group and WarnerMedia, among others have committed to providing significant donated media time and space to run and amplify the new PSA assets. Per the Ad Council's model, the creative will be distributed in the United States where it will run in donated media. The PSA will also be distributed globally to international media, with a focus on Spanish-speaking countries."
"Leading contributors to date include Amazon, Bank of America, Cisco, CVS Health, Facebook, General Motors, Google/YouTube, The Humana Foundation, NBCUniversal/Comcast, Reckitt, Salesforce, Verizon, Walgreens and Walmart. Significant contributions have also been provided by Adobe, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, BNY Mellon, Business Roundtable, Caterpillar Foundation, Citi, Ford Motor Company, Honeywell, JPMorgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, Mastercard, the New York Life Foundation, Stanley Black & Decker, Synchrony, Target, Unilever, Wells Fargo and ViacomCBS."
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2023.05.18 23:04 hi123156 Defending the Draft: Indianapolis Colts
This team had a season that could be described as a downward slope. Expectations were pretty high coming into the season. The season definitely didn’t go as planned with Reich being fired midseason and a whole bunch of QB issues. The team definitely came into the offseason needing some change and most importantly, a QB.
The team had a ton of changes with coaching after Reich's firing and the new regime change of coaching coming in. The Colts added nine coaches and lost nine (from what I can find).
New coaching staff hires:
Shane Steichen(Head Coach) -He is someone I am sure a majority of y’all are familiar with. He played QB at UNLV in college and got his first coaching job as an assistant there. After a one-year stint as an assistant at Louisville, he became an assistant for the Chargers ( and for one year with the Browns, splitting up his stints with the Chargers). He then grew to become the Chargers QB coach, and later on interim OC and the OC. For the last two years, he has been the Eagles' OC. Steichen seems to be a guy who can help turn around the Colts' offenses Woes.
Brian Mason (Special Teams ) -A two-year player at Denson, before an injury forced him to be an assistant. He coached and was an assistant at many schools: Bluffton, Kent State, Purdue, and Ohio State. He after many years of being an assistant took over as Cincinattis's director of recruiting and then their special teams coordinator. He spent last as Notre Dame's special teams coordinator. He seems to be a young guy with a lot of potential
TJ Ingles (Assistant to the HC)- A coach who is a little more obscure and hard to find information about. He was a graduate assistant for Wisconsin for 4 years, and after that, he interned for 2 years working with equipment for the 49ers. He then became an assistant at North Carolina and after one year became the Director of Football Operations and has since held that post at Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.
Jim Bob Cooter(Offensive coordinator)-First off, an A+ name. A backup QB at Tennessee, he later became an assistant there. He then went to be with the Colts, as an assistant but left after a few years to become an assistant with the Chiefs, then Broncos. He became the Lion's QB and eventually their OC, but his contract was not renewed. He moved on to being the Jets RB coach, and then an Eagles consultant. He spent last season with the Jags. Let's see if part two as a Colt OC can go better than the first try.
Cam Turner(Quarterbacks) -A former QB and WR at the Citadel he moved on to become their WR and ST coach straight out of college. He then got the role of assistant to the HC for the Vikings, but after two years of that, he went to coach for his dad as the QB and WR coach at FIU. He then went back to the NFL becoming the Panthers assistant WR and then QB coach. He then followed Steve Wicks to Arizona to be an assistant. The next year Kingsbury was promoted to assistant QBs coach, then QBs coach, and lastly QBs and pass game coordinator. He comes from a Football family with his dad, Ron Turner, being a formal FIU HC, the nephew of Norv Turner, a legendary OC, and cousin of, Scott Turner, the former Commanders OC.
DeAndre Smith*( Running Backs) - A formal QB at Missouri State, he after collage became the OC at Indiana State. After that gig, he began a long run of being an RB coach, where he has coached RBs at Northern Illinois, Miami(OH), New Mexico,UNLV, Illinois, Syracuse, Purdue, North Carolina,Utah State, Texas Tech, and lastly his first NFL gig with the Giants. He is definitely bringing a ton of experience to the Colts.
Tom Manning(Tight Ends ) -The first coach to have not played in college. His first division one job was as an assistant at Toledo. He later became an offensive line coach at Mount Union and Toledo. He then got the job of OC of Iowa State and then the role of TE coach at the Colts, but only for one year. He then went back to Iowa State. He is now back with the Colts and let's hope his second stint is longer and more fruitful than his first.
Tony Sparano Jr*(Offensive Line)-* Son of Formal NFL head coach, Tony Sparano. He played college football as a DE at Albany. He then after college became an assistant at the Dolphins and Jets. He then became the Bills TE coach, before becoming assistant OL coach for the Jags, panthers, and Giants. Lets hope he can return the OL to their formal greatness.
Chris Watt*( Assistant Offensive Line)-* The only formal NFL player. He played college football as an OG at Notre Dame and was drafted in the third round by the Chargers. He never really made it in the NFL due to injuries, so in 2019, he became an assistant at ND. He then became the OL coach for Tulane and after that, he went back to ND to become the assistant OL coach. He was well known for being loved as a teammate so, he should bring that positive atmosphere to the Colts.
K Matt Gay - The Colts spend decently big to get a reliable and consistent kicker, who has formal pro-bowl honers.
Edge Samson Ebukam-A former 4th round pick out of Eastern Washington,he has 22 career sacks and 224 tackles in the NFL.The colts will look for him to improve their pass-rush defensive line overall.
WR Isiah Mckenzie- Someone who I believe people are underestimating how big his role will be.A former 5th-round pick out of Georgia he has 141 catches and 16 NFL touchdowns, he can also return very well.
QB Garnder Minshew- a 6th-round pick out of Washington state, has played in 32 games and started 24. He has 44 career TDs and 15 ints plus 6,632 yards.he will aim to compete for the starting job.
TE Pharoah Brown
IDL Taven Bryan
The Colt's picks in the draft are as follows(post trades):
Now that we’ve addressed the offseason, the state of the team, and coaching changes, it’s time to look at the picks:
1.4 Quarterback Anthony Richardson*,* Florida
Born in Miami and growing Up in Gainesville he was a 4-star recruit with many offers. He has a fantastic build at 6'4 and 244LB. His college career got off to a fun start with in his Freshman year he only appeared to throw one TD and one INT in his two passing attempts. During his sophomore year, he found more success getting to be the backup to Emory Jones and attempting 64 passes for 6tds and 5ints. His junior yealast year he had a much better season winning the starting job and throwing 17tds though also throwing 9 picks, but he also picked up 9 rushing TDs.Richardson, as most of you know, is beloved for his athleticism. He ran a 4.43s 40, 40.5in vertical, and 10’9ft broad; this helps make him the most athletic QB ever. He will compete for the starting job against Minshew and will project to be a long starter if he pans out.
2.44 Corner Back Julies Brents, Kansas State
As a kid, he was born in raised in the local Indy area. Brents came out of High school as a three-star safety. Brents spent three years at Iowa at first experiencing only playing time in of those years and overall struggling. He then transferred to Kansas State where he saw immediate succession raking up recording 94 tackles and 5ints over two tears plus getting all-big 12 honors last year. The best things about Brent are his elite size and his physicality, now downside does come from his age and how many penalties he gets. He was needed to add to replace Stephen Gilmore after his trade from the team and should walk into a very good case to start.
3.79 WR Josh Downs North Carolina
He grew up in Suwanee Georgia and was a 4-star recruit coming out with a boatload of offers after being declared an all-American. Downs his freshman year only caught 7 passes but he was able to turn that into 3 TDs.His sophomore year was his best year for catches and yards with 1,335 yards and 101 receptions through his senior year he had the most TDs with 11. He was a two time All-Acc.Downs has elite speed, agility, and explosion though isn't the biggest size-wise. He projects to likely be a starter with his only real competition with Isiah Mckenzie. He was much-needed addition after Campbell left and the Strachan experiment failed.
4.106 OT Blake Freeland, BYU
Born in a suburb of Salt Lake City, he was a three-star coming out of high school. He started a significant amount of games in his freshman and sophomore years and grew into a full-time starter in his junior and senior years. He was a third-team all-American last year. He is a fantastic athlete with a massive build who can struggle against elite pass rushers.He will be a more developmental player fighting against Reiman and Fries for a job.
4.110 IDL Adetominwa Adebawora*,* Northwestern
Born in Kansas City he grew up to be a three-star recruit. For the first two years of his career, he started off in a very limited role but broke out in his junior year. He had 74 tackles over his last two years and 9.5 sacks.His size is fantastic and I wanna quote TFG on his athleticism”His athletic testing forces a human being to question if aliens exist; it shouldn't be possible to move like he does at 282 pounds”.He projects to start off as a key rotational player who can grow into a bigger role over time.
4.141 CB Darius Rush, South Carolina
From South Carolina, he attended South Carolina as a 3-star recruit as a WR. In the first two years of his career, he established minor playing success with little playing time due to changing from being a WR to a DB. It was not until his sophomore year that he broke out, as over his last two years he had 64 tackles, 3 interceptions, and a forced fumble. He had success in the senior bowl that helped his stock and his speed and size are elite. He does need to improve his tackling though.He projects to likely be a backup with limited playing time on Special times and occasionally rotational playing time.
5.158 S Daniel Scott, Cal
From Pasadena, as a 3-star recruit, he committed to Cal. For his freshman season, he got very little playing time, but he bounced back in years 2 and 3 getting more playing time though not starting.In the last two years, he has started and achieved 167 tackles plus 6 ints and 1 TD. He is an older player but, will bring a good athletic profile to the team and is a very good tackler.He likely will start on ST as he was the ST player of the year for Cal in the past and he will hopefully develop into a player the team can eventually start.
5.162 TE Will Mallory*,* Miami
As a four-star out of Jacksonville, he had a ton of offers but decided to attend Miami. He started his years off with two less productive years where he didn't get a ton of playing time but still produced some. For the last three years slowly produced more and more, year by year and by the end got 14tds and 1,544 overall.He as a prospect has a great size and is hard to tackle, but needs to improve his blocking and catch rate.He will definitely have to compete for a job with three other very caple TEs on the team all gunning for a spot.
5.176 RB Evan Hull*,* Northwestern
Coming out of Minessota he decided to attend Northwestern as a three-star recruit. Hull for the first two years was a rotational back, but for his junior and senior years, he achieved success as a starter. Hull had 2,417 rushing yards in total and 18 rushings touchdowns, but where he really stood out was in receiving.He had 861 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns as an RB.He has elite speed and explosion and has great receiving ability, he does struggle with blocking and changing direction though.He is in a way a Hines replacement and will likely make the team to be a RB that helps in the passing game also.
6.211 DE Titus Leo*,* Wagner
From Brooklyn, New York he was a nonstarred recruit who committed to FCS Wagner which is his only division one offer. For his freshman year, he barely played but for the next four years, he played a very important role in his team. Over his career, he had 234 tackles, 13 sacks, and six forced fumbles. He was three-time all-NEA, 1 time NEA defensive player of the year, and 1 time FCS all-American. Leo has great athleticism that allows him to hopefully develop into an NFL-level player, he also possesses the versatility to play both edge and linebacker. He will likely be a special teams player who gets limited reps at either edge or linebacker and overtime can develop into at least rotational quality.
7.221 CB Jaylon Jones*,* Texas A&M
From the San Antonio area, he was an All-American and five-star recruit out of high school. Jones started almost all three years in college totaling 98 tackles and 3 interceptions. As is a trend with the Colts Jones is a fantastic athlete who also poses fantastic IQ.His biggest weakness is he is not great at either press or man but can play both semi-comfortably. While it is hard to see him making the roster with 3 other DBs drafted Jones is a great athlete, who was frankly a downright steal at this spot.I see the team trying as hard as they can to find a way for him to make the roster and contribute on ST his first year and eventually develop into a rotational and maybe even a starter.
7.236 OT Jake Witt*,* Northern Michigan
What a fun player. He came out of bumfuck nowhere in Michigan's UP, he played for an 8 man football team as a WR and was a standout at basketball. He originally committed to Michigan Tech for basketball but after one year he decided to change majors and schools. He originally didn't play sports but after one year decided to play sports and again and joined the football team as a TE. In the middle of the season the team during halftime needed more OL due to injuries so he was shoved into the position and was an immediate success. He continued the last year of his season at OL and in the offseason gained weight. Witt is known for his massive size and potential though he is still fairly new to the offensive line. Overall the team's OL depth is murky so he should have a good shot at making the team, but at least he should make the practice squad due to his high potential.
Emil Ekyior Jr, IOL, Alabama
A former HS all-American and All-SEC player from Indiana who is a good athlete with certain technique issues who with OL depth very much needed has a decent shot at the roster.
Donovan Mutin, WR, Houston
A three-star recruit from Texas who was a three-time captain for Houston.A player who, while he isn't the best athlete ever, is a decent player who can push for special teams to play.
Other UDFAs with limited impact projections are Darius Hagans*(Rb),* Liam Anderon(LB), and Caleb Simpson(DT).
I feel like this draft continued our love for High RAS and freaky potential players. The team definitely helped fell in needs that had to be addressed by the team at some point soon. Overall, the team definitely looked toward the future with the draft.I can definitely see the team walking away with multiple good starters from this draft and most hopefully a future franchise QB. Lastly, the Colts arguably had one of the top three best draft of the NFL this season and these in my opinion will be looked back on extremely well.
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2023.05.18 21:53 GeometryDash_Gamer All my TD Fanseason Character Ranking Posts
Link for anyone who wants to try to make their own ranking chart for both of these fan-productions
Drama Total Adventura
(Well that’s a first boot alright)
(The First Character I Ashley Like)
(The Blues of Luxury)
(I’m not a psychic, I just have good intuition)
(Cranky Boomer with a Heart of Gold)
(Little Age, Big Brain, and…Little Heart)
(Sugar and Aleheather Fusion)
(Creative Title Impossible)
(The Queen of Morally Gray)
(The Weird Cute Girl) Season Review
(TDI Eva 2.0)
(Average TikTok Influencer)
(From Humble Beginnings)
(A Pretty Good Nothing Burger)
(A Taste of the Dark Side)
(Dawn and Jude's Love Child)
(From a Good Girl to a Badass)
(Jerk with a Heart of Funny)
(Midlife Identity Crisis) Some Opinion Changes
(A Team Mom Figuratively and Literally)
(The Legendary Love Triangle Trilogy Part I - Unlike the "Not Like Other Girls")
(The Legendary Love Triangle Trilogy Part II - The Supreme Giga-Chad)
(The Legendary Love Triangle Trilogy Finale - A Wholesome Female Twitch Streamer) Season Review
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2023.05.18 17:50 theresilientspirit Release the Chains: TD Jakes' Motivational Speech #motivation #tdjakes
2023.05.17 20:48 jimbobbypaul Ranking the Top 131 FBS Programs of the Last 40 Years: 100. Western Kentucky
Main hub thread with the full 131 rankings
The first year I got into football was 2009, the year Western Kentucky joined the FBS as a full-time member. Back then, time moved slower, and it seemed like Western Kentucky was the worst team to ever play football. After all, they were 4-32 from 2008-10, and I had no other impression of them. WKU surpassed all my expectations from then on, going 94-53 since 2011 and becoming a perennial bowl team.
Best Seasons and Highlights
1. 2015: 14. Western Kentucky: 12-2 (28.669) 2. 2016: 15. Western Kentucky: 11-3 (22.480) 3. 2021: 41. Western Kentucky: 9-5 (5.276) 4. 2019: 42. Western Kentucky: 9-4 (2.155) 5. 2022: 47. Western Kentucky: 9-5 (1.176) 6. 2013: 57. Western Kentucky: 8-4 (-0.248) 7. 2014: 54. Western Kentucky: 8-5 (-0.765) 8. 2011: 61. Western Kentucky: 7-5 (-7.788) 9. 2012: 70. Western Kentucky: 7-6 (-11.281) 10. 2017: 98. Western Kentucky: 6-7 (-25.538) 11. 2020: 104. Western Kentucky: 5-7 (-28.728) 12. 2018: 109. Western Kentucky: 3-9 (-41.390) 13. 2010: 112. Western Kentucky: 2-10 (-51.793) 14. 2008: 112. Western Kentucky: 2-10 (-53.299) 15. 2009: 119. Western Kentucky: 0-12 (-73.239) Overall Score: 3946 (100th)
- 98-85 record
- 2 conference titles
- 6-3 bowl record
- 0 consensus All-Americans
- 13 NFL players drafted
The move from FCS to FBS has been nothing short of a success for WKU. 9 bowl appearances in 14 eligible seasons, along with a 6-3 record in those games. QBs, RBs, and WRs that have been atop the NCAA leaderboards statistically. They’ve even been a bit of a TE factory with NFL veterans Tyler Higbee and Jack Doyle. And they’ve definitely been a QB factory, with Brandon Doughty, Mike White, and Bailey Zappe all getting drafted in the last 7 years.
Top 5 Seasons Worst Season: 2009 (0-12 overall, 0-8 Sun Belt)
They were young—this team wasn’t completely devoid of talent. After a 7-63 opening loss to Tennessee, they were much more competitive by the end, losing 3 straight one-possession games to Sun Belt opponents. The defense was porous (119th in PPG allowed) and the offense wasn’t much better (104th in PPG), but they had a few players that would turn into something. RB Bobby Rainey ran for 939 yards and 6 TD on 6.5 YPC, but would rush for 1649 yards in 2010 and 1695 yards in 2011, winning Sun Belt POTY in 2010. TE Jack Doyle was 2nd on the team in receptions/receiving yards with 37 and 365, and would go on to play in the NFL from 2013-2021, making 2 Pro Bowls. Freshman QB Kawaun Jakes ended up being a 4-year starter and in his career, threw for 7538 yards 51 TD 38 INT and ran for 785 yards 14 TD. 5. 2022 (9-5 overall, 6-2 Conference USA)
2022 WKU had a Bailey Zappe-sized hole to fill at QB, which translated from college football terms, means about as big as you can get. Lucky for them, they got Austin Reed in the transfer portal. At Division II West Florida, Reed had led the Argonauts to the 2019 D2 title, and combined for 78 TD passes to just 20 INT in 2019/2021. He’d transition to the FBS level extremely well, throwing for 4746 yards 40 TD 11 INT in his first year with the Hilltoppers, winning C-USA Newcomer of the Year. WKU played well all year, finishing 3rd in C-USA, but they saved their best for last, going up 41-10 against 10-2 South Alabama in the bowl before winning 44-23. Reed was nearly flawless, throwing for 497 yards 4 TD 1 INT. Reed also looked good against the two P5 teams WKU played (Indiana and Auburn), combining for 618 passing yards 4 TD 3 INT. 4. 2019 (9-4 overall, 6-2 Conference USA)
Whereas 2022 Western Kentucky was all about offensive firepower, 2019 went heavy on the defense, ranking 22nd in the country giving up just 20.1 PPG. It was NOT a good start, losing 28-35 to Central Arkansas, but WKU would rebound to be a respectable 5-4 toward the end of the year. That’s when one of the best revenge stories of the season occurred. QB Ty Storey, who was at Arkansas for 4 years before transferring to Western Kentucky in 2019, returned to Fayetteville to try and exact revenge on coach Chad Morris. The details are murky, but Storey started a few games in 2018 but it appeared that Morris didn’t care for him as a starter all that much. On his return, Storey announced himself as the Chad Morris slayer, accounting for 290 yards of total offense and 3 TD in a 45-19 win. Morris was fired shortly after. As for Storey and WKU, they drove off into the sunset, winning their last 2 regular season games and bowl game to finish 9-4, and #42 in my rankings. DL DeAngelo Malone won C-USA DPOTY with 99 tackles 11 sacks 9.5 TFL. Tyson Helton won C-USA Coach of the Year. 3. 2021 (9-5 overall, 7-1 Conference USA)
What a year for Houston Bapti-I mean, Western Kentucky. QB Bailey Zappe, WR Jerreth Sterns, and offensive coordinator Zach Kittley all had great years for FCS Houston Baptist in 2020, and decided to join Western Kentucky for 2021. Zappe set an NCAA record for TDs in a season, throwing for 5967 yards 62 TD 11 INT!!! Sterns led the nation in all 3 receiving categories with 150 catches for 1902 yards and 17 TD! Kittley won 247Sports’ Offensive Coordinator of the Year, transforming WKU’s offense from 115th in PPG the previous year to 2nd in 2021. The offense was historic, even #2 WR Mitchell Tinsley had 87 catches for 1402 yards and 14 TD. I gotta give some credit to the big boys up front too: Offensive linemen Cole Spencer, Mason Brooks, Quantavious Leslie, and Boe Wilson all made the All-CUSA Team. Zappe won C-USA POTY, and DL DeAngelo Malone won his 2nd C-USA DPOTY award to go with his 2019 one. Malone and Zappe were drafted in the 3rd and 4th rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft after the year. 2. 2016 (11-3 overall, 7-1 Conference USA)
The two seasons left are Jeff Brohm’s final 2 years at WKU: 2015 and 2016. Narrowly finishing as the 2nd best season is 2016, where Western Kentucky finished #15 in my rankings. If there’s one thing Brohm knows, it’s offense. WKU ranked 1st in the nation with 45.5 PPG. This team was LOADED with offensive talent. QB Mike White completed 67% for 4363 yards 37 TD 7 INT. RB Anthony Wales ran for 1621 yards and 27 TD on 6.8 YPC. WR1 Taywan Taylor caught 98 balls for 1730 yards and 17 TD. WR2 Nicholas Morris added 76 catches for 1318 yards and 14 TD. 3 offensive linemen made 1st/2nd Team All-CUSA. Taylor and Norris are #1/#2 in school career receiving yards. Wales is #1 in school career total TD. White is #2 in career passing yards and TD. Lots of legends on this team. They finished top 15 for me because of forgivable losses (#1 Alabama, Vanderbilt in OT, Louisiana Tech which they avenged later), blowout wins (59-24 over 10-3 Old Dominion, 52-3 over FAU, 45-7 over North Texas, 60-6 over Marshall), and beating 4 other bowl teams (Miami (OH), Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Memphis). Western Kentucky won their 2nd straight Conference USA title, and Brohm left for Purdue after the season. 1. 2015 (12-2 overall, 8-0 Conference USA)
Brandon Doughty walked so Mike White and Bailey Zappe could run. QB Doughty arrived in 2011 to a team that was just 4-32 the 3 years prior. Doughty bided his time before getting a starting opportunity in 2013, throwing 14 TD 14 INT, then elevating to another level in 2014 with 49 TD 10 INT, winning C-USA POTY. In 2015, his senior year, he’d take it even further, completing 72% for 5055 yards 48 TD 9 INT on 9.4 YPA, winning his 2nd straight C-USA POTY Award. WKU started the year by outlasting Vanderbilt 14-12, and that would be the worst game they’d play all year offensively. After a 41-38 win over Louisiana Tech in their second game, Western Kentucky destroyed any C-USA opponent that stood in their way for the rest of the season, the smallest margin of victory being just 16 points. The 2 losses were 35-38 to Indiana and 20-48 to #5 LSU. WKU played well in both games, racking up 568 yards of offense against Indiana and 428 against LSU. Southern Miss would put up a good fight in the C-USA Title Game, going up 28-21 in the 3rd, but WKU would score the last 24 to win it 45-28. A 45-35 shootout win in the bowl against Quinton Flowers, Marlon Mack, and South Florida ended the year with a 12-2 record, a Conference USA title, and a #24 AP Ranking. 5 players were drafted into the NFL from this team over the next 2 years, including Doughty and Super Bowl champion TE Tyler Higbee.
We did! We finally made it into the top 100! How would you rank Brandon Doughty, Mike White, and Bailey Zappe both production-wise and talent-wise? What do you think of Western Kentucky? Any good memories? If you appreciate the effort, please consider subscribing on substack!
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2023.05.16 23:16 Tjurimas First 12pgs of my adaptation of Blood Meridian - New Screenwriter - Just for fun
EXT. DESERT - DAY
The sun beats down on a barren terrain -- heatwaves rise from the ground distorting the view -- there is no sign of life.
Leading a company of TEN BEATEN and RAGGED looking MEN are FOUR DELAWARE INDIANS -- they HALT the company and press their ears to the ground.
BEN TOBIN (50s) - a small wiry man, his long face is covered by a dirty salt and pepper beard. His skin is leathery and weathered -- his right hand is missing three fingers.
Ain't nutin fifteen, twenty miles.
DOC IRVING (40s) - a thin man, his hair is black brushing across his brow -- his mustache droops down besides his mouth -- his eyes are an unusual color, neither blue nor green but a pale and cloudy emerald -- his glasses slide off his nose.
Reckon -- we need to stay movin.
In the distance it looks to be a figure -- of a MAN -- seated on a rock. The only sight in this vast wilderness for miles.
Sumthin their ahead --
That a man? -- Where his horse?
The company cautiously moves closer to the seated MAN -- his figure and features are obscured by a large old WOOLEN BENJAMIN -- his back is to the company as they approach.
He must of brought that rock with him here -- ain't no others.
Could be a merestone...
The MAN sits with his legs crossed -- an old canvas kitbag sits to his side -- a GERMAN STEEL RIFLE leans to the other.
Inscribed along the cheekpiece in silver wire in latin: "Et In Arcadia Ego."
BLOOD MERIDIAN - OR THE EVENING REDNESS IN THE WEST
INT. TAVERN -NIGHT - (ST. LOUIS)
A Small Dark Tavern is full men of all races and breeds. Tongues from far off lands can be heard throughout. The air is thick with the stench of sweat, tobacco, and spilled beer.
In the corner sits two MALTESE BOATSWAIN MEN, they are dressed in rags. They whisper -- and point to the bar.
At the bar: THE KID (15) he is not big but he has big wrists, big hands. His shoulders are set close. His face is curiously untouched behind the scars -- the eyes oddly innocent.
One of the Maltese Men rises from his chair and approaches the bar -- he sits next to The Kid -- STARES -- LOOKS --
The Kid turns to the Maltese Man -- looks over to his friend.
Can I help ye?
The Kid spits -- The Maltese Man Smiles -- looks to friend.
Int! Kienet int!
The Kid grabs a BOTTLE, smashes it on the end of the bar -- he sticks the broken end into the Maltese's right CHEEK.
Maltese 1 SCREAMS -- The Kid grabs his head and SLAMS it into the bar -- BLOOD SPLATTERS -- BANG -- a thin STREAM OF BLOOD bursts through The Kid's right shoulder -- he spins around.
The second Maltese Man is standing -- smoking pistol in hand -- The Kid advances -- BANG -- another hit, just below the heart. The second Maltese Man runs out of the tavern.
The Kid leans on the bar -- BLOOD POURING from his mouth --
BLOOD begins to POUR from his shirt -- he falls to the ground -- the OTHERS look away. As The Kid begins to fade away, the TAVERNKEEPER'S WIFE rushes over with a cloth and bucket.
She begins to attend to his wounds -- pours water into his mouth -- pats his head.
INT. TAVERN - LOFT - DAY
The room above the tavern is small. The Kid lays on a cot in the center of the room -- a bucket sits next to him --
The TAVERNKEEPER'S WIFE attends to him daily for two weeks straight. She is a hardlooking woman with a wiry body like a man. She brings his meals -- she carries out his slops --
By the time The Kid is mended he has no money to pay her and sneaks out in the night -- grabbing bread and blankets --
EXT. RIVERBANKS - NIGHT
The Kid has a fire-less camp set up along the Riverbank -- Animal hides and dirty blankets make up his bedding.
He searches for a boat willing to take him away from here -- finally he finds one willing to take him on -- TEXAS bound.
INT. RIVERBOAT - MAIN DECK - DAY/NIGHT
SERIES OF SHOTS
- The passengers are a diffident lot -- men of all races --
- They cage their eyes -- no man speaks to one another --
- The Kid sleeps on the deck -- a pilgrim among others --
- The Kid watches the dim shore rise and fall.
- Gray seabirds gawking -- flights of pelicans above --
EXT. PORT - DAY
The Riverboat docks -- the men disembark -- all studying the low coastline -- The Kid steps off and into the coastline.
SERIES OF SHOTS
- EXT. PORT - NIGHT (The Kid walks down narrow streets)
- EXT. SANDROADS - DAY (The Kid walks alone -- hands in coat)
- EXT. FARM - DAY (FARMER gives The Kid an AGED MULE)
- EXT. FREDONIA - DAY (The Kid rides through town -- A Sign posted says: "Nacogdoches Three Miles" -- LIGHTING-THUNDER--)
SHOTS END as The Kid pulls up to NACOGDOCHES - POP: 739
EXT. NACOGDOCHES - DUSK
Nacogdoches is a modest settlement nestled away in the rugged Texas landscape -- simple wooded structures of rough-hewn timber line the narrow dirt streets -- in begins to RAIN --
The Kid rides his Aged Mule down the dirt street -- he notices a ratty revival style canvas tent at the end of town.
INT. REVIVAL TENT - CONTINUOUS
The Kid ducks into the tent seeking shelter from the rain -- a heady reek of the wet and bathless fills the tent, there is standing room only -- The Kid stands along the back wall --
The only thing that might have distinguished him in that crowd was that he was not armed -- REVEREND GREEN preaches.
REVEREND GREEN (30s) clean-cut -- WHITE Three-piece suit -- GOLD BOLO SLIDE sits secured below his pointy chin --
Neighbors... he couldnt stay out of these here hell, hell, hellholes right here in Nacogdoches! I said to him, said: "You goin to take the son of God in there with yet?" -- And he said: "Oh no. No I aint." And I said: "Dont you know that he said I will foller ye always even unto the end of the road?"
The Kid looks on -- indifference towards the preacher, yet hypnotized by the spectacle --
Well, he said, I aint askin nobody to go nowheres. And I said: "Neighbor, you dont need to ask. He's a goin to be there with ye ever step of the way whether ye ask it or ye dont."
A TEAMSTER (50s) a slightly walleyed man, he wears his moustaches long and a widebrim hat with a low round crown.
I said Neighbor: "you caint get shed of him. Now. Are you going to drag him, him, into that hellhole yonder?
The Teamster walks up next to The Kid -- looks outside.
You ever see such a place for rain?
I just got here.
Well it beats all I ever seen.
An ENORMOUS MAN dressed in an oilcloth slicker enters the tent and removes his hat. He is bald as a stone and he has no trace of beard and he has no brows to his eyes nor lashes to them. He is close to seven feet in height and he stood smoking a cigar even in this nomadic house of God and he seemed to have removed his hat only to chase the rain from it for now he put it on again -- The Reverend halts his sermon.
This man is JUDGE HOLDEN -- there is no sound in the tent -- all eyes are on The Judge. He adjusts the hat and then pushes his way forward as far as the crateboard pulpit where the reverend stood and there he turned to address the reverend's congregation -- His face is serene and strangely childlike --
Ladies and gentlemen I feel it my duty to inform you that the man holding this revival is an imposter. He holds no papers of divinity from any institution recognized or improvised. He is altogether devoid of the least qualifications to the office he has usurped and has only committed to memory a few passages from the good book for the purpose of lending to his fraudulent sermons some faint flavor of piety he despises.
The Judge holds out his small hands --
In truth, the gentleman standing here before you posing as a minister of the Lord is not only totally illiterate but is also wanted by the law in the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
Oh God! Lies! Lies!
The Judge pears into the crowd -- SMILING --
On a variety of charges the most recent of which involved a girl of eleven years. She had come to him in trust and whom he was surprised in the act of violating while actually clothed in the livery of his God.
A MOAN sweeps through the CROWD -- a LADY sinks to her knees.
This is him! This is him! -- The Devil. Here he stands.
"Let's hang the turd!" - can be heard from the rear gallery.
Not three weeks before this he was run out of Fort Smith Arkansas for having congress with a goat. Yes lady, that is what I said. Goat.
"Why my damn eyes if I wont shoot the son of a bitch myself"
A SHOT is FIRED -- everyone scrambles - The Teamster pulls out a knife, cuts a slit in the tent -- they step outside.
EXT. NACOGDOCHES - NIGHT - RAINING
Already gunfire was general within the tent and a dozen exits had been hacked through the canvas walls and people were pouring out -- women screaming -- folk stumbling -- folk trampled underfoot in the mud.
The Kid and The Teamster reached the hotel gallery and wiped the water from their eyes and turned to watch -- As they did so the tent began to sway and buckle and like a huge and wounded medusa it slowly settled to the ground trailing tattered canvas walls and ratty guyropes over the ground.
INT. BAR - CONTINUOUS
The Judge was already at the bar when they entered.
The Kid and The Teamster walk up to the bar -- order whiskeys -- place money on counter -- BARTENDER pushes money back --
These here is on the judge.
They drank -- The Teamster sets his glass down and looks at The Kid or he seemed to, you couldnt be sure of his gaze -- The Kid looked down the bar to where The Judge stood.
The bar was that tall not every man could even get his elbows up on it but it came just to The Judge's waist and he stood with his hands placed flatwise on the wood, leaning slightly, as if about to give another address.
By now MEN were piling through the doorway, bleeding, covered in mud, cursing. They gathered about the judge. A posse was being drawn to pursue the preacher.
Judge, how did you come to have the goods on that no-account?
When was you in Forth Smith?
Where did you know him to know all that stuff on him?
You mean The Reverend Green?
Yessir. I reckon you was in Fort Smith fore ye come out here.
I was never in Fort Smith in my life. Doubt that he was.
The MEN in the bar look from one to another --
Well where was it you run up on him?
I never laid eyes on the man before today. Never even heard of him.
The Judge raises his glass and takes a drink --
The room slowly fills with laughter of all present --
INT. BAR - NIGHT - TWO WEEKS LATER
The room is all but empty -- The Kid sits alone at the bar.
The Kid is down to his last dollars -- he gets up - EXITS.
EXT. NACOGDOCHES - CONTINUOUS
It is raining out -- boards sit on top of the mud outside the bar -- they lead down to the batboard jakes at the bottom.
The kids walks down the boards -- walking up is TOADVINE (40s) his head is strangely narrow, no ears. On his forehead were burned the letters H T and lower and almost between the eyes the letter F -- these markings were splayed and garish.
Toadvine slightly sways as the two meet on the narrow boards -- his wet hat brim falls to his shoulders -- bottle in hand.
You better get out of my way.
The Kid wasn't going to do that and he saw no use in discussing it. He KICKS Toadvine in the jaw -- Toadvine goes down and gets up again -- FURIOUS -- he wanes and faints --
Im goin to kill you.
He swings the bottle, The Kid ducks -- He swing again, The Kid steps back. The Kid arches back, punches Toadvine -- at the same time Toadvine SMASHES the bottle over The Kids head.
The Kid flies off the boards into the mud -- Toadvine lunges towards The Kid with the jagged bottleneck, attempting to stick it in his eye -- The Kid fends him off with his bloody hands, attempting to reach the KNIFE in his BOOT --
Kill your ass.
The two tussle in the mud -- their boots go flying off. The Kid now has his KNIFE, both are up right -- they circle crabwise -- Toadvine leans in, The Kid slices his shirt open.
Toadvine throws down the bottleneck, reaches behind his neck and pulls out an IMMENSE BOWIEKNIFE -- his hat falls off and his black ropy locks swing about -- He has become CRAZED --
Toadvine wades forward -- but SOMEONE else is coming, great sucking sounds in the mud can be heard getting closer -- THE FIGURE is carrying a HUGE SHELLALEGH -- he reaches The Kid first -- SMASH -- The Kid falls face down in the mud --
EXT. NACOGDOCHES - MORNING
The Kid lays face up in the lot -- Toadvine leans over him --
Are you quits?
Quits. Cause if you want some more of me you sure as hell goin to get it.
The Kid looks up yo sky -- a buzzard -- he looks at Toadvine.
Is my neck broke?
Toadvine looks over the lot -- looks at The Kid -- SPITS --
Can you not get up?
I don't know. I aint tried.
I never meant to break your neck.
I meant to kill ye.
They aint no body done it yet.
The Kid claws at the dried mud -- lifts himself up --
They aint nothing wrong with you.
The Kid grabs his boots -- sits on plank -- puts on boots.
Toadvine wipes down his BOWIEKNIFE and puts it away.
Toadvine stands up, dried mud covers his entire body -- The Kid follows Toadvine to the front of a HOTEL -- they ENTER.
INT. HOTEL - BAR - CONTINUOUS
A small HOTEL BAR sits empty -- Toadvine and The Kid enter in their suits of mud -- A BARMAN comes from the back kitchen --
In the bed I reckon.
Toadvine and The Kid head up a flight of WOODEN STAIRS.
The Kid looks back -- Toadvine keeps walking
The Barman runs up to the the duo on the stairs.
THE CLERK stands at the top of the stairs.
He'll shoot you.
Toadvine pushes his way past The Clerk -- The Kid follows --
INT. HOTEL - SECOND FLOOR - CONTINUOUS
A long hall with a windowlight at the end -- There are varnished doors down the walls set so close they might have been closets - Toadvine reaches end of hall -- LISTENS --
Toadvine signals The Kid -- head pressed to door 217 --
You got a match?
The Kid searches his pockets -- a crushed and stained wooden box -- Toadvine grabs the box from him -- SPITS --
Need a little tinder here.
Toadvine crumbles the box and sticks the bits under the door.
Toadvine strikes a match -- sets the pieces ablaze -- he adds more tinder and debris -- SMOKE and FLAMES begin to appear --
Is he in there?
That's what we fixin to see.
The duo sit back on their heels -- blue flame begin to rise over the panels -- Toadvine stands up, looks to The Kid --
Tap on the door now.
Rustling can be heard inside the room -- the flames are growing more intense -- The Kid slams his fists on the door -
Here he comes.
The duo sit ready to pounce -- waiting on Old Sydney --
You hot son of a bitch.
The doorknob can be seen turning -- The Door flies open -- There stands in his underwear OLD SYDNEY (50s) heavyset, long grey hair -- Sydney spots Toadvine, attempts to go back into the flaming room -- Toadvine pulls Sydney into the hall --
Toadvine begins to GAUGE out they right EYEBALL of Sydney -- Sydney HOWLS as BLOOD pours down his face -- Toadvine grabs Sydney's long locks and pulls his head down to the ground.
Kick his mouth in...Kick it.
The Kid walks over -- KICKS Sydney in the face -- BLOOD --
Kick him. Aw. Kick him. Honey.
Toadvine pulls his head back -- The Kid STOMPS down --
Toadvine lifts Sydney's LIMP head -- two SPECTATORS stand at the end of the hall watching -- Toadvine kicks the body --
Toadvine and The Kid run down the stairs -- The Clerk blocks their path -- Toadvine KICKS him in the throat-- The Kid runs past The Clerk -- SOCCER KICKING his skull as he passes.
EXT. NACOGDOCHES - CONTINUOUS
Toadvine and The Kid come bursting out of the Hotel -- covered in mud and blood they dash down the streets like great clay voodoo dolls made animate -- THEY LAUGH MADLY --
Behind them flames are licking at the top corner of the hotel -- clouds of dark smoke rise into the warm Texas morning.
EXT. NACOGDOCHES - MEXICAN FAMILY HOMESTEAD - CONTINUOUS
The Mule is being boarded by a MEXICAN FAMILY on edge of town
Need to get my mule.
An OLD LADY spots The Kid struggling -- she yells to NITO --
Venga. Hay un caballero aquf. Venga.
NITO (60s) older yet strong, comes running from behind the barn -- he runs over to help The Kid -- Nito brings The Kid his wretched saddle and bedroll -- The Kid sets off --
EXT. NACOGDOCHES - CONTINUOUS
The Kid passes back through the town, the hotel is burning, men are standing around watching; some holding empty buckets.
A few sit horseback watching -- The Kid rides past -- The Judge turns; watches. He turns his horse, as if he'd have the animal watch too. When The Kid looked back The Judge SMILED.
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2023.05.16 01:47 itsyoboi325 WHAT IF RAVEN WRESTLED IN THE MODERN ERA?
So this booking is a more simple and fun booking idea that i’ve had lately with watching wrestling bios reliving the war ( check it out ) i’ve gotten some new love for wrestlers and storylines i didn't like at first or didn't get to see/know ( shout out to alex wright ) one of those is a weird viewing of raven. I’ve always had mixed feelings for raven as i know he’s a good wrestling/mind and i really like his character but outside of his time in ecw he’s kinda just bad, whether it be his bad lost in the shuffle booking of wcw during the nwo, his wheel spinning of wwe and his just there in tna/impact so lets have a little fun with this shall we?
RAW, NXT & SMACKDOWN AFTER WRESTLEMANIA 39: raw opens and continues pretty much like it did but a few times the camera would catch a look of a man in the crowd with a leather jacket and long hair covering most of his face, this continues throughout the show until a women’s tag match between liv and raquel vs the team that won the women’s showcase match at mania being rhonda and shaya with liv and raquel putting up a good challenge leading to a real competitive back and forth. Shayna would knock liv off the apron a bit near the end as she uses the barricade to get up she looks right at the unknown man who just stares at her and says something to her causing her to be a bit off which leads shayna to choke her out for the win. After the match raquel helps liv up trying to figure out what happened but liv just looks towards the unknown man who finally stands up and moves his hair from his face revealing himself to be raven, raven looks at liv before just walking off, liv and raquel are interviewed a bit later in the night talking about their loss with raquel being her normal self but tries to talk to liv who seemingly isn't all there and just looks off until raquel is able to bring her back to reality with liv saying it was her fault they lost saying she wasn't paying attention as the interviewer brings up the man in the crowd with liv saying she doesn't know who he is and wont say what he said to her and avoids the question completely. During nxt’s episode raven appears in the crowd sitting to himself watching the show until schism has a match which gets raven to react and pay attention but only to gacy who sends grimes into the steps on the outside but stops on seeing raven who again tells him something leading gacy to get hit with the cave in for the 3, gacy like liv seems out of it and refuses to talk to anybody. On smackdown we again see raven sitting in the crowd not paying attention to the show until miz takes on riddick moss who acts more aggressive then normal just tearing into the miz beating him down finally putting the miz out with a sitout side chokeslam for the 3, after the match moss looks around rolling to the outside and stands in front of raven who just nods whispering something in moss’s ear with moss jumping the barricade and leaves with raven.
BACKLASH 2023: RHONDA ROUSEY & SHAYNA BASZLER VS RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ & LIV MORGAN, WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: rhonda and shayna.
Since winning the women’s tag titles shayna and rhonda have started a path of destruction taking apart anyone that steps to them sorta like the two man power trip with raquel being the only person not afraid to stand up to them but liv on the other hand has been acting strange as during an episode of smackdown liv is seen talking to raven in the back during an interview just in the far background. Raquel tries to get liv’s head in the game but rhonda and shayna almost take turns ripping into liv calling her the sole survivor of a dead trio that she was the least talented calling back to her time in the riott squad calling her a outcaste that only the fans care for because she looks good saying she doesn't belong in the ring with people like them as they try to turn raquel but raquel always shuts them up building raquel as more of a force of nature. During all of the segments and matches around the four raven is seen sitting in the crowd watching with the commentary finding weird and kinda creepy. When the draft begins one name surprises people thats drafted to smackdown being raven who pierce and triple h call a disturbed person but a very talented wrestling bringing up his time in the indies like czw which explains why raven is always allowed at shows. At backlash shayna and rhonda put their tag titles on the line against raquel and liv with the challengers walking out again raven is sitting in the front row watching them but this time he isn't alone and joined by riddick moss and gacy who’s wearing more rough and sorta punk street clothes keeping his hair covering his face ( if people know crowbar from wcw sorta like that and scotty riggs when he was in the flock and gacy is wearing more the same but more how he did during the indies) liv right away seeing raven, gacy and moss acts weird and doesn't pay close attention to the match leading raquel to struggle with a two on one advantage for a way but she’s able to hang in with her size and strength hitting a double chokeslam to the champions and tags in liv who for a moment seems normal going on a hot tag taking both champions down, liv looks for the 201 but stops as she sees raven who stands up watching her as she goes for the 201 but is caught by shayna who slips liv into the clutch with raquel breaking it up as rhonda rushes in and lays in a barrage of strikes until both are taken out of the ring, the ref struggles to keep control as shayna uses it to use one of the women’s titles and hits liv in the back of the head for the 3. Shayna and rhonda walk back up the ramp as raquel tries to help liv up as raven, gacy and moss jump over the barricade, raven steps between the ropes and stares down at liv with raquel shouting at raven who doesn't listen as he crouches down to liv and whispers something. Liv gets up and lowers her head as raven quickly hits raquel with a quick ddt leaving her laying as raven, gacy and moss jumps back over the barricade and leave now joined by liv.
MONEY IN THE BANK 2023: LIV MORGAN VS RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ: liv.
After backlash raquel tries to find liv but she’s nowhere to be found as she goes to triple h and pierce but they say they haven't heard from her worrying raquel, raquel goes out on smackdown and tries to find liv cutting a promo putting the blame towards raven saying he’s gotten in liv’s ear but she’s cut off by the titantron that turns on showing raven, gacy, moss and a more rough and punk liv standing in an abandoned junkyard. Raven for the first time speaks in wwe cutting a promo centered around the feeling in the locker room and among fans stating wwe is infected with a toxic poison that will spread and kill what he loves as he turns the promo towards raquel saying she’s one thing he hates stating raquel was groomed for greatness in wwe but somebody like liv was cast out seen as an outcast by wwe saying wwe is filled with so called friends and allies saying they’re all the same calling out names like cena, rock, austin, roman, becky and charlotte calling them all frauds, hypocrite and liars they are the upper class the steel glass ceiling that nobody is able to shatter and only look at. Raven ends the promo saying he sees the truth of wwe as the toxic cancer that it has become and one by one he and his flock will force everybody to open their eyes to the truth of not just wwe but the world. The following week raven appears in a classroom alongside moss and liv with raven cutting a promo talking about his childhood how he did very well in school and was liked by all the pretty girls but as he got older something changed stating he stared to see that the world is controlled by puppets on strings and the people are all sheep following and listening to anything they’re told to. Raven continues stating your treated different because you think different calling himself and the flock outcast and rejects ending the promo by calling wwe the land of rejects and misfits but states theres always the blessed that rule on top quote the raven. Throughout the weeks to money in the bank raquel would try to find raven and the flock but she would always be caught backstage, during and after matches by the flock with liv being the center using a chair or kendo stick to beat raquel down while raven would cut a near gospel sermon on the state of wwe and their treatment of the fans and the wrestlers that enforce that by casting out so called outcast. At money in the bank raquel is finally able to get her hands on liv alone as she walks out to the flock/raven’s theme end of everything with liv still wearing more of her rough punk clothes but slightly more like wrestling gear with her makeup being more towards a skull. As the bell rings liv lunges at raquel showing a complete new aggression stomping raquel into the corner over and over following it with a off the rope running boot across raquel’s mouth. Liv continues pressing raquel using her more hyper aggressive style as raquel uses more of her power advantage throwing liv around the ring catching her with a big boot into a running leg drop, raquel tries for a deadlift chokeslam but liv slips behind raquel and lands an enziguri to the back of raquel’s head dropping her letting liv follow with a running knee dropping raquel to her back. Liv grabs raquel by the wrist and starts almost washing her boot across raquel’s face a few times until raquel fires up lifting liv up for a spinebuster then tries for the chingona bomb but liv lands a few forearms breaking raquel’s grip letting liv to land a superkick into her new finisher a snap version of the regal cutter for the 3. After the match liv stands over raquel as raven, gacy and moss leave thru the crowd joined by liv.
MONEY IN THE BANK 2023: AUSTIN THEORY VS CAMERON GRIMES VS SANTOS ESCOBAR VS FINN BALOR VS DREW MCINTYRE VS WALTER, MONEY IN THE BANK: walter.
The build to the men’s money in the bank builds around a few storylines with lwo and judgment day continuing along with drew’s return to try and dethrone walter ( i just prefer the name walter over gunther ) as grimes and theory get a showcase during the build. The match goes heavy with walter dominating anybody he’s across from forcing the men to try and take down the ring general with drew hitting a claymore to the outside but as he gets up theory hits him with the u.s title and quickly tries to climb the ladder to make 2 years in a row but raven slips in the ring and pulls theory off the ladder and hits the snap ddt leaving theory laying costing him the match as walter is the last one standing over killing drew, grimes and finn.
SUMMERSLAM 2023: RAVEN VS AUSTIN THEORY, UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP: raven.
Due to raven costing him the briefcase theory goes on a warpath cutting a fiery promo going at raven with raven cutting him off and responding revealing he did what he did because theory is one of the blueprints for the thing he hates the most calling theory a puppet and a blessed person who was given so much, raven continues further putting over himself and the flock as more misfit outcast calling theory a wasted potential because all he is, is a wasted brainwashed servant to the world but raven is here to show the whole world theres another way to act, another way to fight, another way to think. Quote the raven. Theory tries to find the flock but he’s never able to with the flock further messing with theory as moss is the main force attacking theory with raven just watching before hitting his ddt which has been given its name the even flow. This brings out a more aggressive austin theory as he stops the sorta goofy arrogant character he’s been over the few months and becomes more serious but still keeping that level of ego to him as he says raven is right that he was blessed pointing out his time in the indies as a time where everybody praised him calling him a future world champion calling his time in nxt with gargano and the way his taste of greatness and a viewing for people of how damn good he is, theory calls raven a coward hiding behind a bunch of weirdos and calls raven out for summerslam willing to put his title on the line just to get his hands on raven. The following week raven gives his respond in a empty ring calling it full sale saying theory forgot plenty in his little fight speech stating theory was the coward with the money in the bank stating he was given the keys to the kingdom and he couldn't use them and he failed because deep down theory is afraid of the pressure given to him by everyone even his so called friends and family. Raven talks about how he became an outcast in school because he dressed different, because he talked and thought different and suddenly everything he had was gone as people just saw him as a misfit outcast but its fine as in that time being alone raven found who he really is a man that will lead the future down the better path a man who fights against the poison thats infected the sport he loves so much calling back to men like wylon mercy and jake roberts as his heroes ending the promo stating he welcomes theory and everyone to a world soon ran by the so called misfits. Summerslam arrives as raven’s music plays walking out joined by liv, gacy and moss but raven whispers to them as they take seats in the front row as raven sits in the corner cutting a short promo saying everyone is here because they’ve been told to and brainwashed by the big machine because they’ve lost who they really are, raven ends the short promo calling the people cheering for him crazy outcast loners and he loves them for it as everyone else hasn't seen the world for what it is yet. Theory walks out and nearly goes right at raven as the ref stops him all while raven just stares at him waiting. The ref holds the u.s title up as raven finally takes his jacket off with the bell ringing theory goes right for raven who fights back getting into a hockey style brawl trading punches back and forth with theory sending raven off the ropes but gets caught by a leaping clothesline from raven who follows it quickly with a running senton. Raven lays in stomps to the corner shouting at theory he’s here to open his and everybody’s eyes as theory starts fighting back kicking raven back and hits a few clotheslines ending with a roll up into a short powerbomb, theory catches a running raven hitting a stun gun for a 2. Theory starts feeling a little cocky as he lifts raven to the top for the spanish fly but raven hits a few headbutts hitting a swinging neckbreaker from the second rope for a 2. Raven lifts theory up for the even flow but theory slips out rolling raven up who kicks out and straight into theory’s old finisher ataxia with theory quickly covering raven who kicks out pissing theory off as he starts pounding the matt. Theory gets to his feet and mocks raven’s arms out taunt as he lifts him up for the atl but raven slips out headbutting theory grabbing his wrist and pulls him right in for the even flow for the 3. Raven starts getting to his feet as the flock slide in the ring as raven takes the u.s title and puts it over his shoulder with liv handing him a mic letting raven to cut a promo promising he’ll bring the lies and poison to everybody’s face stating he’ll become a u.s champion that nobody will ever forgot calling himself a champion for misfits and outcasts quote the raven.
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2023.05.14 16:45 Notorious-PNG Quantum Modalism??
TD Jakes (heretic) has recently moved to a slightly more orthodox position on the Trinity:
"There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in 3 manifestations: Father, Son and Holy Spirit"
He refuses to call them persons, and instead calls them manifestations (modalistic language (Td is a modalist)), but still says that God eternally exists in all 3 manifestations.
Modalism says that God becomes modes (1 at a time), and quantum mechanics says that 1 thing can be in 2 or more positions at the same time (schrodingers cat), so could this position be called quantum modalism?
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2023.05.11 17:03 wesbren A Public Notice REPORT DETAILS MINISTRY Brother Carlos A. Oliveira
Pastor Voddie Baucham 2023/ Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts/ Pastor Carolyn TrayloBISHOP AMARDEEP MINISTRIES** CHAMATKAR CHURCH TV/ The Youth Pastor's Group/Pastor Mark BakeBishop S.Y. YoungePastor Michelle C. Thomas/Pastor Wayne Levi Price- Web Site https://www.twitch.tv/wayneleviprice/
Stan and Elizabeth Madrak- Web Site: https://demonbuster.com/Pastor
Tom L. Glenn/Ipc Pastors Prayer fellowship/Pastor L. D. Lee (Pastor Lee Sr.) Angelic Simmons-PastoPastor Tanda Joy Canion/Pastor Michael PrayloLuis Alvarez PastoPastor-Kevyn Bryant/Pastor TB Joshua/Pastor Benny Hinn
List of Pastors Name:
Fred Price TD Jakes
Charles Russel Taz
00:38:01 - C. Peter Wagner
00:38:43 - Kenneth Hagin
00:39:17 - Paul Crouch
00:39:52 - Rodney Howard Browne
Imposter-Impersonator bishops and pastors and deacons and priests and fake prophets and evangelists and reverends are being report for fraud and murder and scandal and committing criminal malicious acts and fraudulent against the whole nations and falsely misleading the whole nations with false information based on
prophecies of the bible. People is not aware of this scandal the government of the United Nations and this ministry and deacons and priests and pastor's and fake prophets and bishops and evangelist and reverends have committed against the whole nations are based on prophecies of the bible people are bringing to pass.
Crimes and violence and murder are being committed nations wide because people have no idea the bible is based on prophecies they are bringing to pass here, and they think they can cover up a scandal and are being reported in the open because this is a crime and scandal, cannot be cover up and people will know the truth about
the government and this ministry and deacons and priests and pastor's and fake prophets and bishops and evangelist and reverends. The entire nations are under attack and can be wipe out of existing and are based on prophecies people are bringing to pass here and they have power over the entire nations and can destroy
and blow up the entire nations out of existing because they have the weapons. The gospel is based on prophecies people are bringing to pass here, and people have been misled with false doctrine and do not know what happen here in that time in the bible and have not receive instruction from God from the original gospel and
have been deceive by demons and do not know this was the same mistake their ancestors made in the bible and because of people disobedience people came under terrible curses and people in that time in the bible disobeyed God and forsaken his commandments and God turned them over to their enemies and more people was
coming into generation and married and had children and pass generation curses on to others and no church here in this time were send from God, people were deceived by demons impersonating a priest, misleading the whole nations with false doctrine and this is a war going on and the whole nations is at war and is under
attack and people are the targets because they were not told the truth and people need to understand, no church in this time were send from God, they are all descendants of an evil creature, and his offspring send from the devil to deceive people here in this time and they are not leading people to salvation, they mean
people harm and have put their life and soul in danger. They are all descendants of an evil creature, and his offspring send from the devil to mislead the nations with false doctrine, and made themselves look stupid, and putting themselves in danger thinking they can take a chance and can cover up a scandal and fraud and have put
people life and soul in danger and no one in this time would find out the truth the original gospel is based on ancient history and prophecies people are bringing to pass and this is a war going on and the whole nations is at war and is under attack and people are the targets because they were not told the truth and they mean people harm. For more details, please visit complaint links below..
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2023.05.09 00:27 Dry_Butterscotch5490 False Teachers
I was a long time online member of Church of the Highlands, as well as an attending member of an ARC church in the state I lived. Long story short, a preacher named Stephen Chandler showed up to give a sermon and I couldn’t help but notice his outfit. Strictly designer everything.
I’d encourage you to look up his Instagram. It seems he literally only dresses in Gucci, LV, expensive jewelry, drives a Mercedes G-Wagon etc. Part of me feels conflicted about even mentioning him by name but it’s what led me to question the general state of all of these churches. Sure….. he has a book deal, appears on podcast, etc. which earns him money outside of his church, but all using the notoriety he’s gained as a pastor. As far as I can find, his entire background is in ministry.
Related to his preaching, it basically seems like he’ll use scripture when convenient and then use it to give life advice and motivation that isn’t scripture. In one clip on his Instagram talking about values, he literally said “we are going to be wealthy” as a value for his family.
As someone still searching for my faith, I’m saddened to see how many of my friends and those in pop culture build these folks up to be the representation of christianity. People obviously use Joel Osteen, TD Jakes, etc. as examples of “prosperity gospel” and false teachers, but it feels the problem is becoming endemic and more cleverly veiled. It’s no longer infomercials asking for donations, it’s aesthetic churches and social media reels with messages that sound “good” but pervert the reality of the Gospel. As someone searching for God, I can tell you from experience that these are the people I find when I go looking.
I use him as an example, but this theme seems to run true within the ARC churches which now seem to be everywhere.
1) is this by definition being a false teacher? 2) Should I inform my friends of such people? 2) where can I find biblical teaching that is scripture? If it helps, I’m in Chicago. In person and/or online resources.
Thank you for any guidance.
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2023.05.08 08:48 TheChamberPlaylist Daily Motivation TD Jakes The Surprising Foundation of Our Lives That You Won't Believe
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