You're never going to believe this, but TMZ posted a click baity quote in hopes of firing people up (no pun intended).
There are studies on the horrors of social media, and unachievable perfectionism is one of the most significant issues; how IG influencers will make their life seem much better than it really is, like unobtainably better, to the point where it makes people depressed. It can really fuck with young, impressionable minds and all those buzzwords. I think that jumping down people's throats for a verbal misstep is just as problematic. We've all said stupid (or worse) shit that we regret. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!
Of course, a terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people is nowhere near the tragedy of Derrick Rose tearing his ACL in garbage time of a playoff game.
That was a joke. I think most people agree that 9/11 is the worst thing to happen since World War II, but there's no denying that it's become so much more than an attack on the United States over the years.
It's the Kennedy Assassination, Pearl Harbor, etc., of multiple generations' lives and a textbook example of an event where people can recall exactly where they were when it happened....and would you look at that? That's what Joakim Noah said about the MVP tearing his ACL and all but ending their championship hopes.
"When I found out Derrick tore his ACL, I remember the smells, who I was with, everything," Noah says. "I had the same feeling of when I saw the plane hit the tower [on Sept. 11, 2001]. People will be like, 'He's crazy for saying that.' No. I'm telling you how I felt."
And honestly even that isn't the direct quote. Here's a clip of the interview.
Okay, so he said he felt like how he did when he saw the tower get hit, probably not the smartest thing to say even 20 years later. I'll give you that, but I don't think this is that crazy of a take. Both were devastating and completely unnecessary. Thibodeau should've taken his franchise player out during garbage time, and 9/11 was an all-time dick move by Al Qaeda. So fucked. I think we can all agree there was no need for that.
Were there better analogies for this situation? Of course. I'm sure even Derrick Rose would be like, "bruhh, chill." But people have been making comparisons to 9/11 since like May of 2002. I know he wasn't exactly joking, but if we can't joke about this terrible, catastrophic tragedy, then the terrorists fucking win.
Joakim Noah has been saying crazy shit for years. He's what you like to call "a different dude."
I mean, the interviewer asked him about his memories about the injury, and Noah said it was one of those moments where you remember everything, the smells, who you were with, etc. For anybody like 26 and above, you likely remember exactly where you were when you found out too (I had just gotten off the school bus and my mom said that something horrible happened today and I asked if the President got killed). Plus, it's subjective; he's talking about how he felt in that situation. You can't really debate how someone feels about something. You can disagree, but at the end of the day, he didn't commit a crime and this comment doesn't fucking matter or change the world in the slightest. Is it a little out of touch? Sure. But there is a valid point of reference in this comparison.
Believe it or not, it is possible to have multiple emotions about a topic. I cried my eyes out listening to final phone calls like two weeks ago, but I can laugh my ass off at a good ole fucked up joke too. Like I said a couple of paragraphs ago, if you can't joke about tragedies while also being disgusted by the act, you're letting the terrorists win, and these people definitely aren't letting those scumbags win.
At least he didn't compare it to his best friend moving. What kind of douche would do that?
My evolution towards hashtag good guy-dom didn't happen overnight; I used to be a piece of shit. If this story had come out in 2016-18, there's a great chance my blog would be full of anger and vitriol. With 30 around the corner and legitimate issues that truly matter, like avoiding fascism and saving the planet from catching on fire, I'm not wasting my energy getting all worked up over this blatant "don't forget about us" story.
PETA has been causing headaches long before I was born and will long after my heart explodes. They've been trying to cancel everything that doesn't give animals constitutional rights since 1980. They're trying to hijack the World Series for some clicks and donations, and I refuse to fall into their trap. These are the same people who want us to stop using phrases like "kill two birds with one stone" because it encourages violence against animals as if there's a bunch of bird murderers with bags of rocks littering the globe inspired by idioms.
I still don't fuck with what a lot of political correctness represents (fake outrage with no actual change), but I have become much more understanding and progressive with my thoughts about language. Some changes are 10,000% for the better. There was a time in my life where I called everything I didn't like "gay" and threw around f@gs like I was Phillip Morris; now I'll call out my friends when they use that slur. I still think there needs to be a single-tense version of they/them, but I 100% support people's right to identify how they feel inside, so I don't sweat the perceived poor/awkward grammar (plus, have you read my blog? I can't talk shit).
So I get why PETA would want to "strike out the word bullpen" I just think this suggestion is ridiculous, especially when their rationale might not be 100% accurate. I'm not saying their reasoning is entirely invalid, but when the official historian of Major League Baseball is dropping knowledge bombs about the origin of the term, you better duck and cover (or should I not use the word "duck?").
Plus, aren't animals not treated ethically in barns? This feels like a six in one hand, a half dozen in the other situation.
I think that's the problem with a lot of these rebrands, the new versions fucking suck. Like if you want to get rid of the term "Indians" for a baseball team, whatever, I'm not wasting my time fighting that. But you have to admit Guardians is a terrible team name replacement (I stand with the roller derby team. I hope they win, and the baseball team switches to Spiders as they should've in the first place).
Sorry, but I'll never give a fuck about how bulls are treated in a million years. Can't do it *Mike Singletary voice*. The bullpen is here to stay, but I will totes start using this term as well.
This is fucking hilarious.
ICYMI: #DozVsTheDozen XIII is now up on Youtube. My connection was in shambles the entire night, so I apologize again for the choppiness, but it sorta just is what it is. I basically predicted the final question of the night. It's worth the watch just to see wtf I'm talking/writing about (no bias).
Tonight is match #148 of The Dozen, and regardless of what the rankings might suggest, it's a matchup of two of the best teams in the league, #4 Experts vs. #11 Misfits.
Instead of setting a line, tonight I'm giving a total. At the DOL Sportsbook the O/U for total points is set at 22.5. I don't see many wrong answers between these two heavyweights.
The Experts have been much more in the mix this season as this will be their 10th match of S2, compared to just the 4th for last season's runner-up. If you're into sabermetrics, you could argue that Misfits are better than Experts with more PPG, steals, and overall correct answer %, but sample size certainly matters. Tonight won't settle that debate for good, but it'll 100% affect the rankings. A Misfits victory should bump them into at least the Top 8 (s/o Myspace; thank you for making the Arctic Monkeys famous).
The match should be fantastic, but you're all here for #DVTD. Can your boi Ole Dozo get back into the win column after a rope (get it, cause it's thicker than a string?) of 1 point losses? The only way to find out is to tune in!
Where can you tune in?
INSTAGRAM/DOZONLIFE at APPROXIMATELY 7:05 PM. The best way to never miss out on the best-worst game show that nobody knows exists is by simply throwing the boi a follow @dozonlife!
Can't wait to see you there!
Song: No Light, No Light (2011)
Artist: Florence + the Machine
My queen Florence Welch and her + machine released their sophomore album Ceremonials 10 years ago today. Obviously, I had to pay homage on its birthday.
While at the same time respecting Halloweek songs of the day. Luckily, I found a way to tie it all together. Whether its trick or treating, haunted houses, or costume parties, countless Halloween activities require "no light, no light."
I'm still a little upset that FATM didn't play "No Light, No Light" at either of their 1.5 concerts I've attended. Honestly, it's more like 1.3. I passed out at a 2019 show from exhaustion/binge drinking, but my 103-year-old grandmother had just died in my defense. The funeral was the following day at 9:00 am (which is super rude), so the extra sleep might've been a blessing in disguise. R.I.P.
ICYMI: here's tonight's match! It's getting late; what better program to pass out to than a little #DVTD?
S/o to everybody who tuned in live and mucked it up in the comment section.
The Most Obvious Statistic of All Time Claims That "Cannabis Vaping Amongst Teens Has More Than Doubled 2013"
Teen vaping of marijuana doubled between 2013 and 2020, indicating that young people may be swapping out joints, pipes or bongs for vape pens, according to a new study.
Researchers also found that adolescents who say they vaped cannabis within the last 30 days increased 7-fold — from 1.6% to 8.4% — during the same period.
The report was published in JAMA Pediatrics on Monday by researchers who analyzed 17 studies involving nearly 200,000 adolescents in the U.S. and Canada. Overall, they say, the cumulative data points to what may be a shift in preference from dried herb to cannabis oil products, which is how marijuana is ingested via vaping.
This may be due to the more intense high that can be achieved by cannabis oils, which contain higher levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and the misconception that vaping devices are safer than smoking.
However, researchers stressed that vaping marijuana poses serious health dangers for teens.
"Regular use of high THC products could increase the risk of dependence, other substance use and many other health, social and behavioral problems later in life," study author Carmen Lim, a doctoral candidate in health and behavioral sciences at the University of Queensland in Australia, told NPR.
The Monitoring the Future survey — a large U.S. survey on drug and alcohol use related attitudes in adolescents — is one of the 17 studies included in the new meta-analysis. Although it showed that marijuana use has remained relatively stable among 12th graders in the last few years, hovering around the 35% mark, the growing popularity of electronic pot vaping devices is alarming, Lim said.
Before I dive into this topic, I want to get in front of some writer biases. I am a habitual cannabis user; I'm gonna rip some bowl packs as soon as I finish this blog (I never, well, almost never, smoke until after I finish my blogs for the day #HireDozo) to wind down and unplug my racing brain (can you blame me with stories like, these?) before I go to bed.
I'm not going to pretend that I have any medical or scientific expertise after two minutes of research (I'm not a Repub.....). I'll leave that to the professionals, but I understand why kids (probz) shouldn't consume cannabis. Your brain isn't fully developed until you're like 25, which explains why I used to be such a piece of shit. FTR, I started smoking weed at 15 when I was a freshman in high school, which may or may not explain a lot.
Let me ask you, the loyal DOL reader, a question?
Would you be surprised to learn that people watched more TV in the 1960s than they did in the 1920s, before TVs were invented?
How about that there were more car accidents in 1930 than in 1830?
What if I told you more teens played video games in the 1980s than they did in the 1970s when the platform was in its infancy?
Hopefully, you're catching my drift, but here are two more examples for good measure.
Did people read more books before or after Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1439?
Were there more pictures taken in the second half of the 1900s when disposable cameras were readily available or in the second half of the 1800s when the exposure time was two days?
I just don't understand how you can write a story about an increase in cannabis vaping in teens without addressing how that method of consumption wasn't easy to access for adult users at that time. Vaping weed was barely a thing in 2013.
I don't want to act like it didn't exist before then because it did; according to a quick google search, pot pens were invented in 2004. But it wasn't until like 2016 when pens/vapes were mainstream. Since I'm always a little late to the trend, in 2018, I had a pot pen named Penny Hardaway that I miss dearly.
I grew up in a town where I'd guess over 60% of my high school classmates burned. Despite that, my earliest memory of being exposed to a pot pen was around 2013-14, when I was originally scheduled to graduate college. I went to a Bruins-Canadiens playoff game in 2014, and one of my friends who is the biggest weed guy I know, who may or may not have snuck in a pot pen to the TD Garden that we may or may not have taken a few rips off of, but even that was rare if you could confirm it.
To me, this just feels like a way to drum up hysteria about a problem that definitely exists but shouldn't be surprising (or at the very least written that way). If I were a parent of teens, I'd be much more worried about them juuling or smoking acoustic cigs than vaping a little reefer to get through existence, but again, I'm biased. God forbid people have an honest conversation about cannabis with their teens. The biggest concern should be with carts cut with Vitamin E, which fucks people's insides up, but you nor I should get worked up by this obvious statistic.
Guess what? More people are addicted to their cell phones now than 30 years ago when only Wall Streeters and celebrities could afford them!
A Hiker Who Was Presumed Missing Didn't Pick Up Rescue Calls Because They Didn't Recognize The Number
A hiker in Colorado, who was lost for 24 hours, ignored rescuers' phone calls because "they didn’t recognize the number," authorities said last week.
The hiker was reported overdue at about 8 p.m. on Oct. 18, according to a statement from Lake County Search and Rescue. The person who called said the hiker started at Mount Elbert from the South Trailhead at 9 a.m. and had not returned.
Lake County Search and Rescue searched multiple areas for the hiker, but could not find the person. "Multiple attempts to contact the subject via their cell phone were unsuccessful," the statement said.
The hiker returned home on Oct. 19, more than 24 hours after beginning their hike. The person was not identified.
"The subject stated they’d lost the trail around nightfall and spent the night searching for the trail, and once on the trail, bounced around onto different trails trying to locate the proper trailhead, finally reaching their car the next morning," said the Lake County statement. "They had no idea that SAR was out looking for them."
"One notable take-away is that the subject ignored repeated phone calls from us because they didn’t recognize the number," the statement continued. "If you’re overdue according to your itinerary, and you start getting repeated calls from an unknown number, please answer the phone; it may be a SAR team trying to confirm you’re safe!"
The statement on Facebook garnered more than a hundred comments, many critical of the hiker.
But Lake County Search and Rescue came to the hikers defense.
"Please remember that what seems like common sense in hindsight is not obvious to a subject in the moment when they are lost and panicking," it said in a comment. "In Colorado, most folks who spend time outdoors have a good understanding of the SAR infrastructure that is there to help them, but this is not the case nationwide. Please keep your comments respectful."
In the wake of the Gabby Petito murder, there's an elevated awareness of the dangers of being outdoorsy.
I've gone "hiking" a couple of times, but I feel like walking through the woods to illegally smoke marijuana with my friends isn't exactly in the same ballpark as taking on a mountain. I'm not gonna attempt to get into the dos and don'ts of hiker etiquette because that's not why I created this publication six calendar years ago, although even I know that you're supposed to check in with people to let them know you're still alive. That's why Eddie Vedder wrote the song.
What I do have is plenty of experience with phone calls. I used to answer calls nonstop when I was slinging pizzas during college (and also two years after I graduated). Growing up, both of my divorced parents had landlines in their homes, and one of them even let me answer the phone since they weren't whipped. For the last 15 years, I've had a cell phone, and I have to say, I see where this hiker is coming from.
There isn't much specific detail regarding the "lost" hiker, but I'm going to take a stab and guess this person is somewhere between 22-39 years old because if you're any older, you remember life pre-caller ID and aren't afraid to pick up the phone. The same cannot be said for my anxiety-ridden Millenial brothers, sisters, and theys.
There's plenty of reasons to blame for my generation being too anxious and nervous to pick up unknown calls. What good has ever come from an unknown phone number by someone not expecting to get selected in the NFL/NBA Draft? The whole "don't pick up calls from numbers you don't know" thing that got drilled into my head at an early age comes to mind. Times have changed, and cold-calling is now considered rude. You should at least send a text first. As I've gotten older and learned about telemarketers, time shares and scams trying to offer me an extended warranty on my 15-year-old car, I've become even more apprehensive about picking up unknown numbers. We all know the deal by this point; if you don't know the number, let it go to voicemail, and if it's essential information, the person will leave a message after the beep explaining why they contacted you.
According to Facebook, the search and rescue team did attempt to leave a voicemail which completely kills my "how was this person supposed to know something is wrong?" angle.
But at the same time, what does it mean to attempt a voicemail? You either do or don't. Actually that's not true because there's plenty of people who haven't set their VM up or have a full inbox. That's how you write yourself through a take!
There's no harm in being extra cautious and giving a friendly reminder to check-in for the sanctity of people who care about you, but IMO this article is getting a little too much attention.
Is this actual news, or are you just trying to get clicks from those who wanna hate on people who don't give unknown numbers the time of day like we're the weird ones?
I get that the Post covered it, but does NBC or Fox News need to weigh in on this? Aren't they (the latter) too busy spreading propaganda to grandparents and the uneducated to cover a human interest story?
To me, this seems like a simple mistake that does not need coverage from the entire country. Plus, if someone is hiking in Colorado, there's like a 63% chance they're on some sort of psychedelic. Maybe this person was simply trying to vibe? In short, pick up the phone if you're in a situation where people might be worried that you're no longer alive. Problem solved.
America's Favorite Neglected Game Show About a Game Show Returns Tonight At 7:05 for #DozVsTheDozen XIII
In the wake of some controversial rulings regarding proper pronunciation in the last few matches of The Dozen, the commish has made a decision.
As someone who competes Solo Dozo through an iPhone 11, clearly, this does not pertain to me, but as a lover of trivia and The Dozen, it seemed like a relevant introduction for all the fans reading this. Hopefully, this clarifies any confusion and gives people who may or may not have difficulty with basic pronunciation (definitely not me!) a better shot. Now they can have a teammate say the answer and confirm it as the final answer person. Last week Billy Football said Liam Neeson which, was the correct answer, but Chaps said Liam Neilson (like the TV people) and Jeff D. Lowe had no choice but to award zero points and have mercy on their souls. My heart breaks for Chaps and Kate, but for Billy, all you'll get is a too bad, so sad from Ole Dozie!!
Regarding tonight's match, Match #147 is a battle of undefeateds. #3 Frank and the Frankettes (3-0) vs. #8 Out of Office (2-0).
Ya boi is currently on a string of 1-point heartbreaking Ls, which shouldn't come as a surprise given the state of my gambling record and life in general. This match will be no easy task as we've got one of the best teams in the league and Chris Castellani duking it out. I'd set the opening line at Frank & the Frankettes at -5. I think I'm gonna need to score at least 12 to have a chance. I'll see ya at 7:05 pm (EST)!
THE ONLY PLACE TO WATCH #DozVsTheDozen LIVE is @ INSTAGRAM/DOZONLIFE.
Four past episodes are currently available on Youtube; eventually, they'll all be up (or at least the ones that are still saved in my IG archive).
R.I.P. Natasha Richardson
Song: Psycho Killer (1977)
Artist: Talking Heads
Album: Talking Heads: 77
Way, way back on September 16th, I referenced "Psycho Killer" as a song I was surprised didn't make the Clear Channel Memo given its context, but in October, it gets its own shine because,,,,, Halloween.
Was there ever any doubt? Half the reason I chose this was to have another excuse to post one of my all time favorite IASIP clips.
There's no way of sugarcoating the fact that despite an incredibly profitable 2020 for #TML (+47U), this year has been a struggle.
Through seven weeks, my beloved #TooManyLegs Teaser of the Week is 0-7, -7U. Before last week, every teaser went either 6-2 or 5-3, but yesterday featured the nightmare scenario of a 7-1 teaser.
Not only did #TML go 7-1 (which is good for a solid $0.00 payout), but the only leg that didn't hit, Packers-WFT O 41.5, went under by 8 points in a game that saw a solid 13-19 points left on the field.
Blocked field goals happen. They're semi-rare, but they happen.
However, you usually don't see two blocked field goals in one game (forget on back-to-back series).
You did yesterday.
In fact, since 2016, there have been 90 blocked field goals in the regular season; yesterday's Packers-WFT game was just the fourth game during that timeframe to have multiple blocked field goals.
The others were:
10/15/17- Giants @ Broncos
12/1/19- Colts @ Titans (The ghost of Vinatieri had two kicks blocked; 46 and 53 yarders, respectively)
1/3/21-Broncos @ Raiders (McManus had a 63 and 70 yarder blocked, which shouldn't even fucking count towards this wildly rare stat)
These weren't some 70 yard, low trajectory kicks; these were 42 and 34 yarders, respectively. High schoolers can make these kicks, but whatever, it happens, and there was still a ton of time left. It's not as rare as someone, let's say, diving like they have no legs for the goal line on a (potential) walk-in touchdown which also happened yesterday.
For the sake of narrative this happened before that disgusting display of scrambling. After the blocked field goal, the Football Team passed up a field goal and failed on 4th down in the 2nd quarter.
For those of you keeping score at home, we're now up to a potential 16 points left on the field.
Down 21-7 with 5:57 left in the 3rd quarter, the Football Team failed on 4th & 2 on the Packers 3 yard line.
To cap it off, Heincke threw a redzone INT to officially kill #TML.
I wouldn't blame you for jumping off the bandwagon at this point, but I'm not ready to retire #TML just yet. There's still 11 more weeks of football and a win next week puts us in plus money for the year. At least nobody was riding my Patriot props.
Almost unfathomably, this isn't the first time I bet a Jonnu Smith reception prop where he had two catches the opening drive and none for the rest of the game. At least the first time he didn't get fucking hurt.