Song: Hopeless Wanderer
Artist: Mumford and Sons
I normally get all caught up in the Olympics. Every two years (winter and summer) I can pretend to care about sports that don't matter in the name of Patriotism. U.S.A baby! Much like how I'll care about U.S. Soccer during the World Cup. Sadly soccer now doesn't exist to me until 2022 (at the earliest).
This year I just really haven't caught that Olympic Fever. Perhaps I need more cowbell? I just don't seem to care about these Winter Olympics. As you get older real life starts to take center stage over pretending you care about the skeleton. Plus the time differences fuck me up and America not exactly killing it hasn't helped either. Just being honest.
Here's what I do know about the 2018 Winter Olympic Games:
-Some news station accidentally said they were at a P.F. Changs instead of wherever they are in South Korea.
-There's some brother-sister duo in figure skating a la Amy Poehler and Will Arnett in Blades of Glory which is v weird.
-I know that everybody was hyping up some 17 year old girl for tweeting before her Gold Medal Run in I think snowboarding like she just cured Cancer.
-American fell in love with that sassy gay figure skater for being gay despite sucking at figure skating. (Seriously we're turning 10th place finishers into heroes?)
-No NHL guys are in the hockey part which made it far less enjoyable for an already casual hockey fan aka I haven't watched any of it.
What I have realized from casually turning on NBCSN throughout the games is that the terms "won the bronze" or "won the silver" are tossed around like hot cakes and I for one don't understand. Now I'm not trying to take away anything from Olympic athletes. Obviously coming in 2nd or 3rd in your niche sport that 218 people compete in worldwide is a big deal, but come on. 2nd or 3rd isn't winning. This isn't the rafters at Lucas Oil Stadium. We're talking about the Olympics!
In all seriousness, it is a great honor to get a silver and bronze medal, they matter. I'm not like saying you're a disgrace to your country for not winning the gold. This isn't Russia or North Korea. You're obviously a much better athlete than I am. If you train all your life to compete in the Olympics you deserve some sort of recognition for being one of the best which is why silver and bronze are awarded. Every medal counts towards the medal count. But it's just not "winning". That's all I'm saying.
Like you either win the Grammy or don't. We don't give out smaller less valuable Grammys for the runners up. Winning is the Gold medal. Everything else is essentially a glorified participation trophy.
Now I don't know what to do here because I can't put my finger on the term we should use, but it doesn't seem right to me to say "you won the bronze". Maybe you earned a medal? Which seems fair. Because you totally did earn it, just didn't win it. You came in 3rd and got awarded for it which is cool and all but that isn't winning. Sure this is semantics, and sure it doesn't really matter much like the random Olympic sports that we'll forget even exist in a matter of days, but dammit this is the internet and I think saying you won when you didn't is stupid! End of rant.
In January, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control issued new rules declaring that intoxicating drinks cannot be infused with marijuana. Of course, that isn’t going to stop many people from simultaneously consuming weed and booze, especially as more states like California roll back cannabis prohibition.
These people might be interested to hear about a string of recent studies suggesting that cannabis can actually have protective benefits for the liver. Still, they should resist the urge to start slamming shots after taking a dab, or vice versa.
The largest study of the bunch found that drinkers who smoke weed had significantly lower odds of developing liver diseases including hepatitis, cirrhosis, steatosis, and even hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer. Researchers at the National Institute of Scientific Research at the University of Quebec looked at the discharge records of nearly 320,000 patients who had a past or current history of abusive alcohol use.
“We found that if people are using cannabis in the dependent manner, they actually are much more protected from alcoholic liver disease,” Terence Bukong, a hepatologist and the study’s lead investigator, tells Tonic.
Alcohol abusers who didn’t use weed had about a 90 percent chance of developing liver disease, whereas light cannabis-using heavy drinkers had about an 8 percent chance. For dependent cannabis users who drink a lot, there was only a 1.36 percent chance. In other words, this study suggests that heavy pot use could mean a better defense against alcohol-related disease compared to light or no marijuana use.
This was a population-based correlation study, so it’s too early to draw strict conclusions. However, it’s consistent with another paper published in October, which looked at more than 8,200 patient records and found that the “lowest prevalence of [non-alcoholic fatty liver disease] was noted in current heavy users of marijuana.” (Some of the participants in this study did drink, but the data was adjusted to account for that.) They also found that cannabis users had worse diets than non-smokers—they consumed more calories, soda, and alcohol—yet they were less likely to be obese.
The researchers, led by a team at the Stanford University School of Medicine, hypothesize this might be related to the link between marijuana use and lower fasting-insulin levels, which could also protect the liver from non-alcoholic liver disease. Liver disease is frequently associated with insulin resistance and is caused when the liver accumulates too much fat, thus impairing glucose metabolism. So, cannabis may protect the liver even from dietary risks.
Chalk up another win for the good guys! Weed stops liver disease.
I'm no scientist or math guy but those numbers are pretty clear. They're so vastly different that they're basically facts.
If you don't smoke the herb you're going to get liver disease (90% chance).
if you kinda smoke weed you're straight (only 8% chance).
If you really smoke weed then you're totally in the clear (less than 2% chance).
This is great news because now you can be an alcoholic and stoner and have a legitimate excuse as to why!
Yet another study showing the positive effects of weed. There's so many benefits that people who are anti-weed just don't want to accept. If you're against marijuana as a medicine you really should see the episode of Weediquette on it's effects on autistic children.
But idiots like Jeff Sessions still think it's as bad as heroine. Ridiculous!
As a retired weed guy stats like this just warm my heart. I haven't smoked since August and right about then my life turned to utter shit, which I don't think is a coincidence. Had I been smoking at night after teaching, and been able to relax after the most stressful days I've ever had I probably don't quit, but that's not for today. I just hope that someday this country will smarten up and legalize it. I don't think people should be showing up to work high just like they shouldn't be showing up to work drunk, but what difference does it make if I smoke a few bowls at home after work to relax instead of having a few beers? If anything weed is healthier on the count of zero calories (munchy stats not included).
Sadly, I'm currently out of the game as I look for jobs and have to deal with companies being racist towards Rastas. Very sad indeed. Weed isn't a big deal anymore, luckily more and more states are starting to realize that. Sure test away for serious drugs but if you're okay with employees drinking in their free time but are against weed you are an idiot. Drinking is much more harmful for the human body, but now it appears that the thing people are so prejudice against (marijuana) can actually make drinking less harmful! That's more ironic than 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife. Which I think we can all agree is the laziest example in Alanis Morissette's 1996 hit single Ironic. Has anybody outside of a spoon factory every been around 10,000 spoons? I think not! Just do the right thing America and legalize it.
Congrats on reading...You earned this.
I love Silicon Valley, it's one of my few non-streaming conventional weekly television shows I watch. It's probably my favorite show, although I just started watching the Good Place and really enjoy that. But for 26 minutes a week every Sunday night I can pretend I'm smart and know the ins and outs of the tech world. To me that is quite soothing. As you know everybody loves to pretend that they're smarter than they actually are and are not wasting their life away so I'm not alone here.
I'll be quite honest, I am v worried about the future of Silicon Valley as a program. I know the actual Silicon Valley will be fine as technology continues to take over all of mankind. By that I mean I'm only thinking about the possibility of the show ending right now and it will be out of my brain 2 seconds after I finish this blog. I love the show, but I'm not nearly as emotionally invested in at as a I was The Office or Parks and Rec back in the day. Idk the ins and outs of why T.J. Miller left but to me it is a mistake. How many shows have lost stars and gotten better? You can answer that question and email me the reply because I'm quite curious. The Office was never the same without Steve Carrell. Sure the 9th season was refreshing but I did not enjoy the Robert California year. Erlich Bachman is no Michael Scott but was probably the 2nd or 3rd most important character in the show imo. I just don't see how the show can go on much longer without him.
There were a few laughs in the trailer for sure. The jawn line by Jared was the highlight for me. Andy Daily as the doctor is one of my favorite minor roles in TV history, he's so funny. But tbh this seems like the beginning of the end for SV. Idk how much longer the show can go on with Richard and the boys coming up with a great idea, then having some sort of hiccup with their Hooli/Gavin Belson? Maybe this new internet will be their final battle. It's okay because it's just a tv show and we all have far bigger worries in life and five seasons is a pretty solid run for this show, but they need to switch things up. iI feels like the same season over and over again with minor changes. As I say that, maybe the loss of Erlich can be a good thing and change the show's composition. Wow I just did a total 180 in a mere paragraph and a half which is no small feat. Either way I'm excited to see what is in store for SV on March 25th.
Song: I Was a Fool
Artist: Sunflower Bean
Album: Twentytwo in Blue
Yesterday after months of speculation the Boston Red Sox finally signed free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez. Even though at times I was apprehensive to this signing due to Martinez' lack of durability, below average defense and consistency throughout his career I am glad the Red Sox signed him. The contract was not nearly as bad as I was expecting. 5 years 110 million with opt-outs after the 2nd and 3rd season. The move makes the Red Sox a lot better (on paper).
Martinez hit a whopping (not to be confused with the whooping cough) 45 outside the park home runs last season in only 119 games played. That is some serious pop, friendo. He had a 4 home run game in early September. Dude can rake.
The Red Sox sure could use the added power in their line-up as they struggled to hit baseballs over the fence last season. I said a Fun Fact about the Red Sox lack of power in a tweet to express my excitement over the signing.
It was clearly a joke, that's why I spelled Arizona wrong. Classic I'm joking tell to not capitalize proper nouns and include one too many I's. Totally not because I can't spell and rarely proofread.Although given the lack of production from the Red Sox I could see how for perhaps a millisecond you could think I was serious. Alas, I was not. Anybody with a brain would quickly realize that it's quite unlikely for one man in only half a season to hit 14 more home runs than all Red Sox infielders did combined in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. We're talking the Red Sox 1st basemen, 2nd basemen, 3rd basemen, and Shortstop over a four year period. 16 individual seasons. I felt it was important to list out the years instead of simply putting 2014-2017 to make it seem more real to show how stupid the people challenging this fun fact were.
Luckily some bright strangers were quick to jump down my internet throat and let me know that I had fudged the numbers. Thank Goodness, there's kids online reading this stuff.
I almost blew my cover and told him was a joke, but I decided to have a little fun with it and brought it upon myself to mess with this guy who gets off on correcting fake stats that strangers make up on line. I had to let Jamie know where I was getting my numbers. Baseball-reference.com is one of my favorite websites to look at baseball statistics. I made a mistake and called it pro baseball reference. Silly me. No wonder why he was so confused. ??
Sadly, Jamie didn't trust me and felt it was necessary to flex his internet muscles by reciting stats he had memorized (good job!) I also was taught that 51 was greater than 45 which I cannot thank Mr. Worthington enough for bringing to my attention. Over all these years I had never realized that.
I did what was only right. I flexed my internet muscles by reciting two thirds of Daniel Nava's slash line from 2013. Something I've got burned into my brain like my birthday or cell phone number. John Farrell nearly cost the Red Sox a World Series by benching Nava for Jonny Gomes who hit like a buck fifty in October. Never forget that Daniel Nava hit .303 in 2013.
Apparently those mind popping stats that were good enough for 8th and 5th in the American League in 2013 meant nothing to Jamie. To not even say wow is insulting.
At this point I had had enough and felt it was time to put Old Yeller to bed.
Credit to Jamie for not once realizing I was not serious during this ordeal.
Then there was Landy.
My favorite part about Landy (sweet name) is that he 100% looked up Pedroia's stats and did some quick math the refute my fun fact. I bet Pedey himself doesn't even know that stat off the top of his bald head.
You never know what you'll come accross on twitter dot com. After the news of Pablo Picasso's death re-broke yesterday I felt it was important to end the day with one more #funfact. RIP Pablo Picasso 1881-2001.
The NCAA Is Vacating Every Louisville Basketball Win from 2011-2015 Including Their 2013 National Championship
The University of Louisville will lose its 2013 national championship banner.
The NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee announced on Tuesday that it upheld the Committee on Infractions' ruling that Louisville must vacate 123 wins, including the 2013 title and the 2012 Final Four appearance, as punishment in the school's escort case.
It is the first time in modern Division I men's basketball history that a championship was vacated.
The decision, released via the NCAA's website, was the last step in an infractions process that lasted more than two years after Katina Powell's bombshell book prompted an NCAA investigation in October 2015.
Louisville self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2016 ACC and NCAA tournaments, and later added self-imposed recruiting sanctions after confirming Powell's allegations that former Cards basketball staffer Andre McGee paid women thousands of dollars and gave them game tickets in exchange for them dancing for and having sex with players and recruits.
I hate the NCAA, dude. Vacating wins is so stupid to me. You can't change the past but man the NCAA sure is gonna try. Reggie Bush won the '05 Heisman. The Fab 5 made two Final Fours. Every team cheats, if you really wanted to you could probably find a way to vacate every football and basketball championship since they were wearing leather helmets and using peach baskets for the hoop.
Like unless you're a Kentucky or Michigan fan you're gonna always think The Louisville Cardinals won the 2013 National Championship. This changes nothing to me. Yeah so they might have been using prostitutes to get recruits, who cares? Is that really so wrong? It's the worlds oldest profession. They were learning history. The University of North Carolina had athletes who straight up couldn't read in fake classes, but they haven't had any banners taken down. Like most things the NCAA does, this is hypocritical. If Louisville committed any crimes it's emotional neglect by allowing student athletes to play in these fugly ass sleeved uniforms throughout the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
To me that's what I'll remember about the 2013 Cardinals. Those uniforms and Kevin Ware's leg exploding. I originally included his injury in the blog, but the thumb nail was his exposed bone. Absolutely vile. I nearly threw up, and I'm a tough man, I can't imagine how it would've impacted you so I used my better judgment and left it out. Instead I'll include him with the championship net around his neck after his team won the 2013 NCAA title. Wow I am so kind. What a man.
What happens next? Do the Louisville players have to give up their rings? I don't get it. You can take down a banner from a school but if I was on that team and someone from the NCAA came knocking on my door requesting I hand over the National Championship ring that I earned on the court I think I'd pull a Mac from it's always Sunny and just eat it so they couldn't take it from me. Then you get a nice shiny poop and can learn a little about what some people did in the Holocaust to protect family heirlooms. Win-win for everybody.
Let's not forget what Rick Pitino did to celebrate his National Championship (other than last 3 seconds in restaurant booths with escorts).
You can't take that away!
Hero Teacher At Stoneman Douglass Once Told His Fiancée How To Remember Him Should He Die In A School Shooting
The Long Island native who died saving students in Florida last week gave his fiancée specific instructions about his funeral — should he ever die in a school shooting, the weeping woman said Sunday.
Hero teacher Scott Beigel once told fiancée Gwen as they watched coverage of a school shooting on TV, “Promise me if this ever happens to me, you will tell them the truth — tell them what a jerk I am, don’t talk about the hero stuff,” the grieving woman said through tears during Beigel’s funeral at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Fla.
“OK, Scott, I did what you asked,’’ the tearful woman continued. “Now I can tell the truth. You are an amazingly special person. You are my first love and my soulmate.’’
Beigel, a 35-year-old geography teacher who was born in Dix Hills, Long Island, had unlocked his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to let in some students during Wednesday’s deadly mayhem — then got nailed by a bullet while trying to lock the door again to keep out alleged killer Nikolas Cruz.
His maternal uncle, Mark, responded to reports that the FBI had received tips about Cruz that it failed to follow up on, calling out the “epic failure of law enforcement agencies — especially at the top — that are responsible for the loss of these 17 lives.’’
Beigel grew up in Dix Hills before attending the University of Miami, according to his obituary in the Florida Sun-Sentinel. He also coached the Stoneman Douglas cross-country team and was a counselor at Starlight Summer Camp in Pennsylvania.
He was inspired to become a teacher after he started attending the camp at age 7, the paper reported.
Almost a week has passed since the Stoneman Douglas shooting and I wanna say I still can't believe it, but that would be a lie. I can believe it happened. It sadly isn't shocking anymore. Gun violence in the country is something all too familiar, and sadly something that you expect to see happening with how little regulation our country has with guns. People in politics need to realize that this is both a mental health issue AND a gun issue. Not one or the other. Maybe it's time to do something??? If I hear another Republican say something along the lines of "these people would still cause harm without guns" I'm gonna lose it. How can someone seriously think the same amount of carnage could happen with a knife and AR-15?
I saw this story and it really stood out to me as someone with a teaching background. One of the victims, a 35 year old geography teacher named Scott Beigel in a way predicted his own death. He told his fiancée that should he die in a school shooting that he doesn't want to be remembered as a hero, instead talk about the jerk he was. Ironically, he did die a hero by saving students lives. I can't imagine how he must've felt in the moments leading up to his death. Every teacher's biggest fear come to life, and here all he's doing is trying to keep people alive, and he's dead because some monster had an AR-15.
How fucked up is that he said "if I die in a shooting?" during coverage a previous school shooting and that actually happened? That thought should never have to cross a teachers mind. Teaching shouldn't be like being a cop or fucking soldier. You shouldn't have to worry about the possibility of dying on the job. You're in a SCHOOL. It's supposed to be one of the safest places on earth, an environment to learn, not be a fucking shooting range.
Unfortunately it's something you have to worry about now. I think about it. I want to give teaching another shot, but then I think to myself about the possibility of being a school shooting and it scares the shit out of me. We can't just assume it's going to happen in a "bad-area" because it usually doesn't. No place is immune. Historically it seems to be in the more affluent "it could never happen here" places, yet it does. I just don't understand how we just keep letting this happen. You'd think after Columbine that we'd be like oh shit 13 kids just died because a couple of psychos had assess to killing machines we should probably change. Instead hundreds of students have died while we just twiddle our thumbs and let it keep happening.
The very handsome, Uncle Chaps made a great point about hypocrisy of all of this.
Stupid people trying to go viral over eating Tide Pods caused change, but another school shooting and nothing happens. Oh.
If there can be one positive from this school shooting it's that the survivors are fighting back and want changes made. Who knows if they'll succeed or not but at least they're trying to do something to stop it from happening again, unlike the FBI and United States government. R.I.P. Scott Beigel and all the other victims of this heinous crime, hopefully this time can be the one to finally spark some change.
PHOENIX -- Christian Yelich leaves Miami with no hard feelings and one big regret.
Yelich, whose five-year tenure with the Marlins ended last month when he was traded to the Brewers, said his biggest disappointment is that Miami failed to make the playoffs or post a .500 record during his time with the franchise. He cites the September 2016 death of pitcher Jose Fernandez in a boating accident as the unfortunate turning point for the franchise.
"From talking to the guys there -- the guys who got traded and some of the guys who are still there -- the consensus from our clubhouse is that everything changed after the tragedy with Jose," Yelich told ESPN. "I think everybody figured our window to win was with him. You have a bona fide ace, a No. 1 starter, and you kind of have something there with that. It's nobody's fault what happened. It's a tragedy in every sense of the word. Nobody could have seen that coming.
"We went through that rebuild, and we were so close. We had all the pieces. If a few things break differently, you never know how things turn out. I think a lot of the guys feel that way. We were really close and had a chance to do something special with that group. We just weren't able to get it done. And when you don't get it done in this business, teams have to move on. That's what happened with us."
The Marlins went on a selling binge this offseason in conjunction with Jeffrey Loria's decision to sell the franchise. The new Derek Jeter-Bruce Sherman ownership group, intent on dumping salary in an effort to reduce the payroll from $115 million to $90 million, traded away Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Yelich in the span of two months during the offseason.
Yelich, 26, committed to the Marlins organization long-term in March 2015 when he agreed to a seven-year, $49.5 million contract extension, four months after Stanton signed a record-setting $325 million deal with the team. Yelich won a Gold Glove Award in 2014 and a Silver Slugger Award two years later, and logged an .800 OPS in five seasons as a Marlin.
Yelich's frustration with Miami's roster teardown became evident in mid-January when his agent, Joe Longo, described his relationship with the Marlins as "irretrievably broken." A week later, the Marlins traded him to Milwaukee for outfielder Lewis Brinson and three minor leaguers.
Jeter, the longtime face of the Yankees and a future Hall of Famer, has come under criticism for numerous decisions since taking over in Miami. But Yelich said he bears no ill will toward Jeter or the Marlins over the way his situation was handled.
"I think it's something that probably had to happen," Yelich said. "The name of the game is to win, and we just didn't get it done as a group there. Derek was my favorite player growing up. I had a lot of respect for him, and I still have a lot of respect for him.
"I don't know how long it's going to take, but I think people need to let things play out down there and give it a chance. People are going to say, 'How come you didn't give it a chance?' That stuff takes time, and I didn't know if it was going to get done in the amount of time I had left there. But I think it's going to get better there. The fan base has been through a lot the past few years, but I truly believe this ownership group will do things different."
When Jose Fernandez died it totally shocked the baseball world. I remember waking up that Sunday and seeing the push notification on my phone. I couldn't believe my eyes. I thought it was a mistake, there was no way Jose Fernandez could've died so suddenly. Sadly, that was reality and at just 24 years old Jose Fernandez was dead.
Obviously a human life is more important than baseball, but what Yelich said is 100% right. I'm glad he said something,because even though it's a touchy subject it doesn't change the fact that it's true. In the time that's passed since Jose's death I think we can all admit that when Jose died so did the Marlins chances of competing in the National League. He was a young, cost controlled stud pitcher on a team with a legit offense. He was a legit ace in the making. Someone who could win multiple games in a playoff series. Who knows what could've happened this past season had Jose been there? The 2017 Marlins had the offense to contend. They were 5th in the NL in runs scored, 2nd in batting average, 7th in OPS. With a core of Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna the Marlins could swing it with anybody. (all have since been traded)
What the team didn't have is pitching.
As a team the Marlins had the 3rd worst ERA in the National League, and they were tied for last in quality starts.
With an offense like Miami's if you add a full season of Jose Fernandez in his age 25 season I think you could make a serious argument that this team at the very least contends for a wild-card spot. With a below average pitching staff this offense carried the Marlins to 77 wins. You add Jose and you're looking closer to 87-90 wins IMO. Maybe if they are in the race all season more people show up to the ballpark and at the very least they keep the core together another season? It's sad to think what could've been for this team.
Instead the new Marlins ownership decided to blow the whole thing up in efforts to cut costs. Jeter has stripped this team of its entire identity. Every player with even an ounce of recognition around the league is gone. Plus he fired Billy the Marlin. Where does it end with this guy? Now the Marlins don't even resemble a major league team. I could be wrong but if the Marlins win 88 games in 2017 and go to the playoffs I find it hard to believe that Jeter would blow up this team. That didn't happen and instead he traded away all their assets, and didn't really get too much in return. That's the biggest takeaway from this, if you're gonna blow it up at least get some elite prospect. Jeter basically traded Stanton, the MVP of the National League to the Yankees for a bag of balls. Interesting how the YANKEES got Stanton for fucking Starlin Castro and eating his contract. You couldn't even get Clint Frazier? The Yankees don't even have a spot for him.
People joke about the Marlins and how they have no following, but how can you blame the people of Miami? Why would you support a team who seemingly blows up their team every 5 or so years? It's sad because the Marlins weren't that far away from competing, instead of trading away all their offense firepower, maybe if they went out and spent some money on their pitching staff they'd start winning games and maybe they could sell more than 3,500 tickets per game.
It's sad to say, but the death of Jose Fernandez was the beginning of the end for the Marlins. What's even worse is that you could make the argument that the Kansas City Royals suffered the same fate with the death of their young ace Yordano Ventura. Two teams futures forever changed by the mistakes of two young men. Shows how quickly it all can end, and that no matter your status you are not immune to tragedy. Ventura died in a car accident in January of 2017. His death, much like Fernandez' with the Marlins changed the fate of the Royals. The Royals who hovered around .500 in 2017 were in the hunt in the 2nd half. If Ventura doesn't die it's probably the Royals instead of the Twins in the 2nd Wild Card spot. Now the Royals, just like the Marlins are stripping it down and starting over as they've lost Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer this off season, and likely will see Mike Moustakas sign elsewhere as well. Baseball was forever changed by their deaths and it's just really sad to see the domino effect from Jose's death on the entire Marlins franchise.