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Fate Of The Furious Review

In the latest installment in the series, Fate Of The Furious bridges the old classic themes of Fast And Furious with new things to please first-time viewers of the series. How was it overall?

The movie overall is good, very good. It has a common feel factor which makes you feel involved and inline with the story. The main plot will leave tons of sobs and heartfelt people throughout the theater, but it lacks a real hurdle. When the first bad aspect of the plot happens, the climax and resolution come through with no bumps in the road. This is good if you want everything good only to happen to the main protagonist(s), but bad if you like lots of drama.
The biggest problem of the movie is realism. There is a scene, in particular, that is so unrealistic it makes Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare looks like tomorrow’s happening. How does a figure so important experience such trauma with no immediate law enforcement arrival? Not even ONE cop. That’s impossible.
Other than the latter, the movie is great. The story is great especially if you have seen the whole series even with there being no difficulty in the resolution. This is a short review, but that is because the movie really did nothing wrong, but also nothing groundbreaking. It was fantastic all in all.
Rating: 8.5/10
Rent, Buy It, or see in theaters?: It is worth a theater admission ticket.

Film Room: Brad Kaaya

From being a projected first round pick to now a possible day three to a undrafted guy, Brad Kaaya has surged down many people’s boards. Let’s take a look at some of his film to see what he does right and wrong.

Near The Sidelines

Despite the first clip being an interception, Brad Kaaya’s only positive aspect of his throwing game is probably the rate on which he completes sideline throws. In the games I saw and analyzed, more often than not he put the ball on sideline routes where only his receiver could get it. The above clip shows Kaaya trying to do a little too much to open the game. The wide receiver gets a good break out of his route, but he and Kaaya seem to be on a different page. Brad anticipates a short route, the wideout runs a deeper one. Easy jump and read for the defensive back.

This next clip is one of the times Kaaya hits the route with good confidence and skill. Freshman Ahmon Richards runs a precise route, creates great space, and it is a rather simple throw, but Kaaya hits it with ease, something he doesn’t do often.

Another fantastic sideline throw. It appears to be an out-route and Kaaya puts it only where Dayall Harris can get it. Another thing to note is that Kaaya does suffer from a lot of drops, so there are also many instances where makes a quality throw, but the ball is dropped. This, however, was a good throw and catch from both parties.

Now let’s look at the clip below. Kaaya puts just enough spin on the ball and puts it in the bread basket of Stacy Coley. Really quick, though, can we take a look at the move? Whew. I have no idea what Kaaya’s baseball history is, but he definitely has good spin or curve on out-routes. Like stated before, this is the only pass he is consistently accurate at.

His Touch Is Actually Nonexistent 

I actually have not seen another “draft prospect” QB with less touch than Kaaya. He consistently sails so many balls on open routes, it is kinda painful to watch. This is a great route and great job of getting open by Coley and Kaaya just sails the throw. More than enough real estate for Kaaya to make this throw, but he just doesn’t.  The “touch” throws get worse from here.

Another instance, this time an even easier throw, or what should be one. An end zone is ten yards long and the target was open about 2-3 yards before that. So that is 10-13 yards of real estate to drop the ball in his WIDE OPEN hands, and he sails it out the end zone. That is really, really bad.

 

I don’t even really have an explanation for this. Ahmon Richards is probably a 4.5 40 guy, maybe faster and is wide open against a very solid UNC defense, but Kaaya just sails it.  There’s more than enough room for Kaaya to hit Richards in stride and more than enough space to beam it to his back shoulder. Whatever one works best, but his mechanics forced the ball to go high per-usual.

Very, Very Quick Feet

The second quality aspect of his game is his that he has really quick feet. Kaaya has numerous instances where despite his horrible feel for the pocket, he uses his feet to evade pressure and makes a decent throw. This partly has something to do with the fact that Kaaya can actually run the ball as a quarterback despite not doing it often. Regardless, though, Kaaya is not easy to bring down in the pocket because how quick he moves, even if it negatively affects his throws. It’s a very rare sighting to see Brad plant his feet in one spot, which can be good or bad.

What is this?

I am not even going in to detail with these clips, you guys can do that. I have no idea what these are. 

Some Life In His Throwing Game

Even after all the above naysaying, Brad Kaaya isn’t all lost — well maybe he isn’t. He shows some signs of solid life in some throws over the middle where his arm comes to life and he is able to spin it. The throw above is an example where he trusts Njoku to take the big hit and hang on, which he does, so he spins it to a nice spot and it is an easy grab for David. Below is another quality over the middle throw. It is a little bit low, but still where the receiver can grab it and with enough speed the corner cannot jump it. Good job, Brad.

Summary

Brad Kaaya is pretty bad if we are being blunt. He does some things right and he has good traits, but after starting for three years in a power five conference, if you didn’t have any, you wouldn’t be a draft prospect. Like I said, his mobile feet and position on sideline throws are pretty solid, other than that it really is downhill. I honestly couldn’t take Brad in the first two days of the draft with any confidence he was going to make the roster. Then again, Hackenberg went in round two.

The Penny Plan

When the Penny first came about, its original value was still 1 cent and they still had the authentic bronze tone. The reason for the above-stated tone was because, well they were made of copper. When the latter metals became too expensive, the US switched over to 95% Zinc and 5% copper.

The reason I bring this to you today is because of the foregone conclusion I have made that pennies need to be abolished. A century or more ago, people would melt the pennies to sell the materials profit, because they cost more to make than their value. Even to this date, (February 22nd, 2017) pennies are still worth more to make than their street value in which they are used to buy goods and services.

According to a 2015 article by the “Coin News” the US printed just over 13.2 billion pennies in 2014. For the sake of over and under’s, let us put the approximate pennies made per year over the last decade at 10 billion. According to the Wall Street Journal in an article written by Jefferey Sparshot in December of 2016, it costs 1.5 cents to make a penny. That is an obvious uptake from how much they are worth.

Using our previous number of 10 billion, the United States spends about fifteen billion dollars on pennies per fiscal year, more than the actual value of the pennies they print. All of that money wasted.

Money was invited to make buying things easier, well they actually make things harder. Think about how many pennies you use and lose per day, the amount of excess time you waste counting them at registers and such. About 50 years ago you could actually purchase things with pennies, but thanks to good ol’ inflation, that is no longer such a thing. Vending machines do not take pennies, laundry machines do not, toll booths do not and neither do parking meters. So with the latter said, what are they useful for? Mathematically, it actually equates to you spending more money via time counting pennies than their value.

The next thing you might say is, what happens in exchanges that involve indivisible amounts. The solution is simple, round to the nearest 5 cents. If an item cost $19.97, round to $20.00. If an item costs $19.94, round to $19.90. Sometimes you may be on the short end of the stick, sometimes you might get lucky. It will even out eventually, but if you are really that fussed about the couple cents, having the extra money from abolishing the penny will allow the cutting of income taxes by about 0.03 %, so that is where you can recoup. Prices will not rise nor will charitable donations drop.

The United States has also gone through this before when they abolished the half cent. Everything turned out just fine, and when the half-cent was abolished, it actually had more buying power inflation adjusted than the modern dime.

Interview w/ The Ringer’s Shea Serrano

*Originally Posted October 2016*

So let me explain first how this happened. I was looking for a way to really get my site that you are reading this on poppin’. I had some good ideas and some good article ideas but none of them stuck out like an interview. I didn’t wanna go small, I could have gotten a top recruit or CFB player like I usually do, but I wanted someone big time. So I said why not hit up fellow Hispanic writer Shea Serrano to produce something dope(mostly on his end, I’m whack).

Well, he responded, I went to get a new pair of pants, shot him a few questions, he put some dope words down to respond to them and now we are here. So below are some questions answered by New York Times Best Selling author, Shea Serrano. We did this for G-Baby.

Nick Gonzalez: How do you like working at The Ringer so far, and what is your favorite part?

Shea Serrano: I like it a great deal. The people who work there are all very talented, so it’s very intimidating to me to know that I have to try to keep up with all of them. That’s probably my favorite part, though: silently competing against all of the other people there because I want to be better than them. I want to be the top person. I want it to be unquestioned. I have no idea how to actually make that happen, I just know that I want it to happen. I mean, how do you beat Molly McHugh or Chris Ryan? How do you beat Jonathan Tjarks or Lindsay Zoladz? How the fuck do you beat Sean Fennessey?

My other favorite part of working there is that it’s great to work at a place where you can just blindly trust the leadership because you know that the main goal they have is to just make some cool shit. I like that a lot. It’s very comforting. For example, there’s this whole process your articles have to go through before they get published where they pass through the hands of a couple different editors. Were it a group of different people, I’d probably be real nervous about that. I’d be scared that the story I turned in was not going to be the story that got published. But all The Ringer editors are, like, on the same brain wavelength or whatever. It’s super smooth and easy and it’s just, like, you get the edited version of your story and it’s better than when you turned it in. It’s cleaner. It’s clearer. But it still sounds exactly like you wanted it to.

Nick Gonzalez: What would you say to young aspiring writers trying to make a name for themselves?

Shea Serrano: I would say a bunch of things, chief among them being: do dope, original shit. Don’t do all the same shit everyone else is doing. You’ll never make your way out of the muck if you’re doing what other people are doing. Think on it like this: Let’s say that a big thing happens during a football game, right? It’s a thing that needs to be written about and is going to be written about. And so you end up taking the same angle to write about it that Robert Mays takes or Danny B. Kelly takes. There’s no chance I’m going to read your thing when I can read theirs. You’re never going to win that competition, not even if you happened to be some undiscovered talent who was a better writer than those two guys. You can’t compete against those known commodities and expect to win more times than you lose. The only way you can get your name into the mix is if you’re forcing people to have to read your stuff, and the only way you can do that if is if you’re writing about the stuff in a new, exciting way. If you’re the only person on the internet who took ANGLE X to write about a story, then if someone wants to read ANGLE X about that story then they have to read you. So just try to do that as often as you can.

Nick Gonzalez: Who is your favorite rapper of all time?

Shea Serrano: Rap is too fluid of a thing to assign an all-time favorite. It depends on the mood I’m in. Currently, my favorite rapper is Kendrick Lamar, but that’s because I’m listening to him while I answer these questions. 45 minutes ago it was YG. Two hours ago it was Selena, who absolutely rapped on “Techno Cumbia.”

Nick Gonzalez: Who is your favorite NBA player of all time?

Shea Serrano: That’s a much easier question. Give me Tim Duncan.

Nick Gonzalez: Lastly, Favorite type of Spanish food?

Shea Serrano: I’ma go with a bean and cheese taco. If I was only allowed to eat one food for the rest of my life, it’d be that, so I guess that makes it my favorite.

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Debunking Myths, Is Tom Brady A System Quarterback?

*Originally Posted October 2016*

Tom Brady former Michigan Wolverine and late 6th round pick has had a lustrous career. From 4 super bowl wins to two NFL MVPs, there is no doubt he is one of the greats. Although he is widely considered the best QB ever, a lot of that has come into question lately with the recent performances of his backups. With all the dominance the Patriots have displayed without Brady, without Gronk, the current question is that what if Tom Brady is a system QB? Well let’s get into tackling this hot take, but not hurting Tony Romo’s back in the process.

Bill Belichick Without Tom Brady In New England

The sorcerous head coach Bill Belichick would take over for the New England Patriots in 2000. In his first season, Bill would underperform to his standards going 5–11, but for good reason. It was his first season and his system was yet to be installed, nor were his methods of dominance. His QB during this season during this year was Drew Bledsoe and his stats were as follows: 58.8% Completion % 3291 Yards 17 TDs 13 INTs and a 77.3 rating, below average stats but a decent year under a new system for a QB that was always nothing more than average.

Tom would take over for Bledsoe in the following season after an injury, and it would be lights out. The Pats would win 3 SuperBowls until Tom went down again. The year is 2008 and incomes 7th round pick, former USC backup Matt Cassel. After tearing his Achilles in the first game of the season, Cassel would step in for Brady and dominate.

In 16 games played and 15 started, Cassel would go 11–5 with the following stat line of 63.4 Comp. % 3693 Yards 89.4 Passer Rating 230.8 YPG 21 TDs 11 INTs. This time above average stats for a QB in his FIRST YEAR starting and another former late round draft pick. After this Cassel would go on to receive a $10M annual salary from the Kansas City Chiefs, at the time making him one of the highest-paid QBs in the NFL. Matt has been cut numerous times since then, and traded and has accumulated 25 wins 39 losses with a 76.9 Passer Rating since leaving NE.

Incomes 2016, where Tom Brady is suspended for four games, and the Patriots 2–2 and 1–3 to start the season bets are the new things in Vegas. The Jimmy Garoppolo fans have also come out of the clearing and proclaimed he will be greatness, which he was. In 2 games played for the Patriots before getting injured Jimmy would put up a line of 71.19 Comp. % 496 Yards 119 Passer Rating 4 TDs, that’s some of the best numbers I’ve ever seen in that type of span. Quite frankly, I don’t think Tom Brady has ever done something similar in a similar span.

Well the Jimmy G sensation is over because it’s on to the next one. Garoppolo would be sidelined for 4–6 weeks in week two against the Dolphins with an AC joint injury. Incomes 3rd round pick, former Florida and NC State QB Jacoby Brissett. Brissett. Jacoby wouldn’t let the Pats nation down either putting up another very good line for a first career start against another very good team. Brissett’s line this past Thursday vs the Texans was as follows: 60.71 Comp. % 195 Yards 81.7 Passer Rating + 60 Rushing Yards and 1 TD, very good stats for a mobile QB even in this first game starting as a rookie.

On top of all this, the average margin of victory without Brady since he took over as the starter? +15.9 in 2008 and +12 in 2016 without him, an average of a little over two touchdowns. Some teams don’t even have a two touchdown margin with their starting QB. Let’s also keep in mind the Patriots let the foot off the gas this season against the Dolphins and beat my NFC SB pick, the Arizona Cardinals week one.

So yeah, the Patriots are 14–5 without Tom Brady playing majority the game and are still pretty damn good.

The System itself, does it affect QB Play?

Since the hiring of Bill Belichick as head coach in 2000, the Patriots have run a modified version of the Erhardt-Perkins system. Ron Erhardt and Ray Perkins were both assistant coaches for New England during in the 1970s. Since Foxborough isn’t the warmest destination, they needed a way to move the ball down the field that wasn’t just running, which was very predictable back then.

The answer was a system designed score fast, take the lead and keep it. This is something the Patriots execute VERY well to this day. Four-times Super Bowl Champions, the New York Giants would adopt this system as well. It enjoyed decent success in its beginnings as most teams weren’t an able to move the ball as fast, so running out the clock was useless.

The NFL would transform into more of a pass-oriented league so the system was modified. Bunch and five wide sets became much more common and the run became useful to set up the pass but also be apart of the passing game.

For this to work to its fullest, the Patriots need/would need a few things. Quick wideouts to get open and that can catch in traffic, hence Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Deion Branch and more. They would need a duo of backs, one to pound it and one to come out the backfield and a QB who was accurate, not a gunslinger but accurate.

If you have been following football for the last five years, you would know Bill Belichick has executed every single one of these things to its fullest, even without Brady as seen above. So, back to the original question, does it affect QB play?

Yes and no. Obviously, a non-NFL QB couldn’t do well in it, but the evidence is there that multiple NFL QBs have succeeded in it and have been nothing before or after doing so. See Chart Below.

So as you can tell, the system is really contoured to making the job easier for QBs and now when you add an elite coach like Belichick, the numbers tend to surge, i.e. Brady and Cassel. Garropolo and Brissett have also contributed to this but in a way to small of a sample size. The Patriots are also notoriously known for getting players out in space getting them the ball rather than launching it deep, something to attribute to QBs passing success with very good completion %. The lack of TDs is also explained by being a predominant run team in the red zone.

So is Tom Brady really a system QB?

There is a very fine line between a system QB and a very good QB. Tom Brady does not embody a system QB. He is without a drop of doubt a top 3 quarterback, but whether you view him higher is your prerogative.

Tom Brady has all time numbers across the board in every stat and in every season, Belichick might put him in spectacular positions to make those throws, but he still has to have mechanics. Is Bill a major factor in Brady’s success? Without a doubt, but that doesn’t make him any less of a player. Maybe Peyton Manning got the short end of the stick coaching wise compared to Brady, but he had the upper hand talent-wise. Joe Montanna had Bill Wash as the signal caller and Jerry Rice to throw too, but no one knocks him? Now I’m not saying Tom Brady is the definitive GOAT QB after giving you 1000 words how he could be the product of the system. My point is that Tom Brady has had help along the way and Belichick is phenomenal, but Brady is still one of the greatest to touch a football.