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2020.08.01 12:10 jagsfanski Offseason Review Series: Jacksonville Jaguars
Before anything, I just want to preface by saying that I am filling in some huge shoes by following the legendary u/JaguarGator9
. I am NOT a typical writer nor do I have any experience in analysis, I just wanted to take a stab at analyzing and writing about my favorite team that has been terrorizing my happiness for 15+ years. So, apologies in advance if there are some incorrect points made.
Also gotta give a shoutout to u/PlatypusOfDeath
for continuing to run this series and for the formatting help! Also a thanks to u/flounder19
for directing me towards the thread where half of the info comes from and my bro u/MikeFanto4
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2019 Record: 6-10 (4th in Division)
Fires: Tom Coughlin – VP of Football Operations/Dictator: This will be discussed in the news section. Please hold.
Jon DeFilippo – Offensive Coordinator: It never really occurred to me until recently (give me a break Jags fans), that the firing of Flip was most likely directly related to Foles (even more so once he got hired by Chicago as QB coach). Once Foles was gone, Flip wanted out and they ultimately “mutually agreed to part ways”. While according to fans it would’ve been nice to see the other coordinator go, it shows that the front office “admitted” their mistake and decided to move on from the experiment.
Scott Milanovich – QB Coach: Milanovich took a job as the HC of the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL. Before his 3-year stint in Jacksonville, he was the HC of the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL where he won the Grey Cup in 2012 and was also named Coach of the Year.
Hires: Jay Gruden – Offensive Coordinator – The once HC of the Washington Football Team, Gruden comes into the organization bringing experience in molding younger quarterbacks. A big help is the fact that GM Dave Caldwell brought in a few players familiar with his scheme to assist in adjusting the other players to the playbook. Of all the OC candidates, Gruden is best fit for Minshew’s playstyle due to his West Coast Offense.
Ben McAdoo – Quarterbacks Coach: Brought in to replace Milanovich, McAdoo also brings HC experience to the team. Even though his time in the Giants organization is best left to be forgotten, his experience as an OC and QB coach makes him a prime candidate. He spent two seasons in Green Bay working with Aaron Rodgers and also helped the Giants to the 6th best scoring offense in the NFL in 2015.
Denard Robinson – Offensive Quality Control Coach: Not really a huge hire, but a nice reunion. Former QB turned RB, Denard “Shoelace” Robinson, continues his time in Duval as an assistant. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 draft as an “Offensive Weapon” but played primarily at RB during his time as a player.
|Player ||Position ||New Team ||Compensation |
|Nick Foles ||QB ||Bears ||Compensatory 4th round draft pick |
|Calais Campbell ||DE ||Ravens ||5th round pick |
|A.J. Bouye ||CB ||Broncos ||4th round pick |
|Marcell Dareus ||DT ||Free Agent || |
|Marqise Lee ||WR ||Patriots ||1 yr / $1,047,500 |
|Jake Ryan ||ILB ||Free Agent || |
|Cedric Ogbuehi ||RT ||Seahawks ||1 yr / $2,300,000 |
Key Losses: Nick Foles: After signing him to a MASSIVE 4-year contract worth $88 million, with $51 million guaranteed, the Jaguars thought they had their man in Super Bowl MVP Big Dick Nick. However, that did not live long since Foles broke his left clavicle during a 35-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark. Once he was replaced by Bomb-Chuckin’ and Mom-Fuckin’ Gardner Minshew II, he was basically left as an afterthought in the Jaguars fanbase…..until the bye week. He was named the starter for the rest of the season and was severely disappointing in his limited time as it, thus resulting in him being benched after 3 games. In his time as a starter, he completed 77 passes for a completion percentage of 65.8%, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, with a passer rating of 84.6. He was largely disappointing in his time here but left the door open for Minshew Mania. Foles was traded to the Bears for a 2020 Compensatory 4th round pick AND took parts of his massive contract and helped us start the return from cap hell. D+ for his play, B for the trade return.
Calais Campbell: I’m like, really upset about this one. I remember exactly where I was when I found out that this glorious human was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a 5th round pick. Chump change for the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year award recipient. After being signed to a 4-year deal worth $60 million with $30 million guaranteed in 2017, the man proceeded to become the Mayor of the Defensive Line Formerly Known as Sacksonville. Amassing 31.5 sacks, 77 QB hits and 44 TFL in his 3 years on the team; not only was he a force on the field, he was very much involved in the Phoenix and Jacksonville communities. In 2019, Campbell won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award – given to the NFL player that best demonstrates outstanding community service and excellence on the field. His charity, CRC Foundation, has been helping young people with critical life skills since 2009. Adding to that, he has also hosted many holiday shopping sprees, the JaxPAL Youth Football and STEM Camp and has spent countless hours speaking encouragement to children in area schools. The fact that the Jaguars let him go for a 2020 5th round pick says a lot about what the teams feels about their cap situation. A for play, D- for trade return.
A.J. Bouye: Bouye was signed in 2017 as a free agent from Houston. His final season on the Texans is what attracted the Jaguars the most, landing him a 5-year contract worth $67.5 million with $26 million guaranteed. In his time with the team, he accrued 8 interceptions, 34 passes defended, and allowed just a 64.4 completion percentage when thrown to since 2018. 2017 was by far his best season opposite Jalen Ramsey in which they formed one of the most feared duos that year. He saw significant drop off in the 2 years to follow, leading to the team wanting to move in a different direction. He was traded to the Denver Broncos for a 2020 4th round pick and saving over $11 million from his remaining contract. B for play, C+ for trade return.
Marcell Dareus: Dareus was traded from the Bills to the Jaguars mid-season 2017 for a 2018 6th round pick to help solidify the lone run-defense weakness in what was a near impeccable defense. Although his stats don’t show it, (2.5 sacks, 45 combined tackles, 4 TFL and 5 QB hits) when healthy, he was a stud in the run game. The Jaguars ultimately decided not to pick up his 2020-year option and he remains a free agent. A team struggling in the run game could pick him up for cheap and I’m not 100% sure why he hasn’t been signed by a team yet. Dave Caldwell has said he is open to bringing him back on a separate deal, but hasn't acted on it yet. C
|Player ||Position ||Old Team ||Length ||Salary |
|Tyler Eifert ||TE ||Bengals ||2 years ||$9,500,000 |
|Joe Schobert ||ILB ||Browns ||5 years ||$53,750,000 |
|Chris Thompson ||RB ||The Washington Football Team ||1 year ||$1,400,000 |
|Al Woods ||DT ||Seahawks ||1 year ||$2,500,000 |
|Rashaan Melvin ||CB ||Lions ||1 year ||$1,750,000 |
|Mike Glennon ||QB ||Raiders ||1 year ||$1,187,500 |
|Rodney Gunter ||DE ||Cardinals ||3 years ||$18,000,000 |
|Aaron Lynch ||OLB ||Bears ||1 year ||$1,100,000 |
|Cassius Marsh ||DE ||Cardinals ||1 year ||$1,047,500 |
|Lerentee McCray ||OLB ||Jaguars ||1 year ||$1,047,500 |
|Tyler Shatley ||C ||Jaguars ||1 year ||$1,512,500 |
|Keelan Cole ||WR ||Jaguars ||1 year ||$3,259,000 |
|Brian Price ||DT ||Jaguars ||2 year ||$1,815,000 |
|Yannick Ngakoue ||DE ||Jaguars ||1 year TAG ||$17,788,000 |
Tyler Eifert: Going into the offseason, the biggest hole in an already lackluster offense was the Tight End position. The Jaguars drafted Josh Oliver in the 3rd round of the 2019 draft to help with that, but he went down with a hamstring injury in the preseason and a back injury during the regular season which limited him to 3 games. James O’Shaughnessy was one of Minshew’s favorite targets but went down with an ACL injury early on as well. Tyler Eifert comes in already familiar with Jay Gruden’s offense. The Jaguars are taking a risk in signing Eifert if they expect him to play even close to his 2015 production (52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns). However, if he stays healthy and can play even half as good, that’s a massive upgrade over what our Tight End group has produced over the past 5+ years. A 2-year contract worth $9.5 million filled with incentives should give Eifert the motivation to stay healthy and contribute immediately. But if he doesn’t produce as expected, the team should be able to release him with little cap hit. C+
Joe Schobert: Schobert from the Cleveland Browns could be considered the teams’ “marquee” free agent, signing a 5-year, $53.75 million contract with $21.5 million guaranteed. He comes into a linebacker corps that hasn’t had a true MLB since Posluszny retired. This addition allows Myles Jack to move to weak side and gives the opportunity for competition at strong side. Schobert gives the Jaguars a leadership type figure in an already incredibly young defense. Since Telvin Smith retired and decided to be stupid (more on that later on) and Poz choosing to hang up the cleats as well, there hasn’t been someone that could command the defense; Jack tried previously but had probably his worst year to date. Schobert solidifying the middle also gives Jack the opportunity to use his athleticism on the outside. Schobert is top 10 in pass coverage, but still needs to improve in the run game (which is something the team has struggled in for years). I feel like this is a boom-or-bust signing, but am cautiously optimistic. B+
Chris Thompson: Leonard Fournette is still this team’s workhorse back. Rumors started spreading that he would be traded prior to the draft, which ultimately fell flat. Just because the Jags are going to rely on Fournette even more, doesn’t mean that Minshew doesn’t need as many weapons as possible. This is another signing that works well with Gruden’s offense since he had played for him in Washington. This also gives Minshew another weapon out of the backfield. On the other hand, this is another signing that is based solely on whether he can stay healthy or not. A one year, prove-it deal worth $1.4 million is smart on the teams end because when healthy, Thompson can still have the capability to make plays. B
Rodney Gunter: A Calais Campbell clone? Probably not, but a man can dream right? The DE from Arizona signed a 3-year deal worth $18 million to pretty much help rotate through his old position, though. He hasn’t really shown much as a pass rusher (11 sacks in 5 years) but will probably be a rotational piece mostly used in run downs. C
Rashaan Melvin: With the departure of Bouye, the team looked thin at the position prior to the draft. The Jags also hit a homerun with their previous CB signing from Detroit, DJ Hayden. Melvin comes in on another one-year deal to compete with last years UDFA surprise, Tre Herndon for the CB2 spot opposite CJ Henderson. In his 4 years with Detroit, Oakland and Indianapolis, he posted 4 INT and 41 Passes Defended and 2 FF. This puts some competition in camp (if there is one) with experience vs. potential. B-
Al Woods: Caldwell goes in again on defense and signs the large run-stuffer from Seattle on a 1-year, $2.5 million deal. The loss of Marcel Dareus put a large hole in the already weak run defense and Woods helps plug it back in with a decent resume stuffing the middle. This gives the Jags a nice rotation between him, Abry Jones and Davon Hamilton. B EDIT: As of posting this, Al Woods has opted out of the 2020 season.
Draft After trading away Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell, AJ Bouye and Nick Foles, the Jaguars ended up with a total of 12 draft picks (most in franchise history).
|Round ||Number ||Player ||Position ||School |
|1 ||9 (9) ||CJ Henderson ||CB ||Florida |
|1 ||20 (20) from Rams ||K’Lavon Chaisson ||DE/LB ||LSU |
|2 ||10 (42) ||Laviska Shenault Jr. ||WR ||Colorado |
|3 ||9 (73) ||DaVon Hamilton ||DT ||Ohio State |
|4 ||10 (116) ||Ben Bartch ||OL ||St. Johns (Minn.) |
|4 ||31 (137) from Broncos ||Josiah Scott ||CB ||Michigan State |
|4 ||34 (140) from Bears ||Shaquille Quarterman ||LB ||Miami |
|5 ||12 (157) from Ravens ||Daniel Thomas ||S ||Auburn |
|5 ||20 (165) from Rams (Fowler trade) ||Collin Johnson ||WR ||Texas |
|6 ||10 (189) ||Jake Luton ||QB ||Oregon State |
|6 ||27 (206) ||Tyler Davis ||TE ||Georgia Tech |
|7 ||9 (223) ||Chris Claybrooks ||CB/Return Specialist ||Memphis |
Analysis C.J. Henderson: There was a lot of speculation as to who Caldwell was going to draft with the first of 2 first round picks. Was it going to be an OL? WR? QB?(for some reason). Dave ultimately went with the heir to the Ramsey throne. Gone are the days of back injuries and in are the days of another Florida school product. This man is 6-foot 204lb and is extremely good in coverage, which is something that the team needs in replacement of Ramsey. One glaring weakness in his game is his tackling, which seems like there is some hesitation and looks to often miss open field tackles. He immediately fills the CB1 role that was previously held by surprise UDFA Tre Herndon. B
K’Lavon Chaisson: Alright, I’ll address the elephant on the team now. Yannick Ngakoue is not playing another down for the Jacksonville Jaguars. I was a believer that they could strike a long-term deal and keep the talented pass rusher but NOOOOO, he just had to beef with the owner’s son and ruin any chance, but I digress. The first of the Rams 1st round picks from the Jalen Ramsey trade yields the replacement for the other man who really wants out. The LSU product brings an incredible motor and raw talent. He has all the physical tools you could need in a DE/LB at 6’3” and 254lbs but has a high ceiling if he works on his technique. A line edged by Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson sounds relentless to me. A-
Laviska Shenault Jr.: There was plenty of WR talent deep in this draft class and I feel like the Jags found a secret weapon in the Colorado prospect. Despite dealing with numerous injuries and not the best quarterback play, he was still able to produce over 2000 scrimmage yards through his SO and JR seasons. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be able to line up all over the field. Gruden will be able to set him up at WR, RB and even Wildcat QB if he’s feeling frisky. At 6-2 220LB, Minshew has versatile target that has the chance to produce really well if he can stay healthy. B+
DaVon Hamilton: The 6-4, 320lb DT was a wall in the center of the Buckeye line. He amassed 6 sacks, 28 tackles (9.5 for a loss) with 1 forced fumble in his redshirt senior season. Hamilton was drafted to help shore up the middle once held up by Dareus, but also now partially manned by Al Woods. His specialty is in the run game, which is something the Jags desperately need. B
Ben Bartch: The Smoothie King comes to Duval. Everyone knows the story of Bartch’s insane smoothie recipe that helped him gain 86lbs. Coming out of DIII St. John’s in Minnesota, he dominated competition enough to earn him a spot at the Senior Bowl. Even though he doesn’t have much experience against NFL caliber competition, Bartch has the tools necessary to grow in the league and become a serviceable backup or eventually challenge current starting RG, AJ Cann. B-
Josiah Scott: On the smaller end of the spectrum (5’9”, 185lbs), Scott has had to overcome his size with speed and knowledge. He’s too small to be anything more than a slot corner; but he can be great depth behind DJ Hayden and helpful in the run game. The Jags lost a lot in the CB department, so I understand the depth pick. C+
Shaquille Quarterman: Quarterman was a 4-year starter and a captain while at Miami. Caldwell really wanted to shore up the run defense this offense and this pick doesn’t stray away from that narrative. He may not be the best in the pass game since he has limited speed, but on running downs he could be very helpful and a leader in the locker room. B
Daniel Thomas: I’m actually a fan of this pick solely for depth purposes. The best backup safety on the team is Andrew Wingard, so any help at the position is good. In his time at Auburn, he notched 5 interceptions, 199 total tackles and forced 3 fumbles. B
Collin Johnson: I feel like Johnson will be an asset in the red zone. His large stature at 6’6”, 220lbs+ will be great for jump-balls. The Jags receiving corp. has almost every kind of receiver you would need except for a big bodied guy to get up after 50/50 balls. While I’m not happy it took Dave this long to get more help for Minshew besides Shenault, this isn’t the worst consolation prize. C+
Jake Luton: Caldwell has had a history of selecting a QB in the 6th round. So, I’m not surprised by this pick. But the question is: will he be another Minshew, or a Tanner Lee? The Oregon State Beaver threw for 42 touchdowns to 11 interception in 3 years there. My money is on him being a camp body or not making the roster at all. D
Tyler Davis: Davis started his career at UConn as a Quarterback but switched to WR as a sophomore and ended up a TE before transferring to Georgia Tech as a TE. His receiving stats leave a lot to be desired but has some strength in run-blocking. In an already crowded position group, he’ll have to really show off to make the final roster. D+
Chris Claybrooks: Caldwell and Marrone both agreed that Claybrooks was drafted for returning purposes. Supposedly running a 4.25s 40 in a video sent to every NFL team, he has the speed to make a difference on special teams. In his time returning kicks at Memphis, he returned 11 for 338 yards for an average of 30.7 – a much higher average than the 24.2 yds/rt the Jaguars did in 2019. B+
UDFA Luq Barcoo, CB, San Diego State; Doug Costin, DT, Miami (OH); Nathan Cottrell, RB, Georgia Tech; Ben Ellefson, TE, North Dakota State; Nate Evans, LB, Central Florida; Tavien Feaster, RB, South Carolina; Josh Hammond, WR, Florida; Amari Henderson, CB, Wake Forest; Ross Matiscik, LS, Baylor; Steven Nielson, OL, Ohio; J.R. Reed, S, Georgia; James Robinson, RB, Illinois State; Marvelle Ross, WR, Notre Dame College; Connor Slomka, FB, Army; Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms, OL, Missouri; Kobe Williams, CB, Arizona State; Brandon Wright, K, Georgia State.
Other Offseason News that Affected the Team
Oh my word…..there was so much that happened. I wish I had enough time to go into full detail on everything, but new job has my time extremely limited. I’ll unfortunately have to stick with short synopses on these.
Tom Coughlin Fired
The Tom Coughlin era 2.0 is finally over. The Jaguars have had enough of his dictatorship and days after the NFLPA sent a warning letter to players to stay away, they relieved him of his duties. A few of the grievances included:
But wait! There’s more! Not only did he have a number of grievances filed against him, he:
- Fining Dante Fowler Jr. $700k for not rehabbing in Jacksonville
- Nearly forcing Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith to participate in voluntary workouts
- Fining Fournette for sitting while inactive during the 2018 finale
- Gave Blake Bortles a deal averaging $18m a year, only to be released
- Signed Nick Foles to a deal worth $88m, and wouldn’t let it go when it was proven he wasn’t the guy
- Other general day-to-day nuances that make him an overall unlikable person
Now that he’s gone, the clocks have gone back to normal time and hopefully the morale of the team improves greatly. This is also a final chance for Doug Marrone and Dave Caldwell to show that a major factor in the teams lack of recent success can be directly attributed to the Tom Coughlin culture.
Telvin Smith arrested
Oooooh boy……what to say about this one. Former 5th round pick out of Florida State turned top MLB in the NFL arrested and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor. He retired in 2019 stating that he needed to focus on his family and health. Smith first met the girl in the summer of 2019, recently after she turned 17; and in their 2-month time together, they had sex multiple times in Smith’s car and home. Adding onto that, Smith offered the underage girl $200 to keep quiet, $100 of which she ultimately took. He was released on $50,003 bond. DON’T.FUCK.KIDS.OR.TEENS.PEOPLE.
I don’t really know where to start this since so much has happened. Yannick Ngakoue is trying to pull a Jalen Ramsey and tweet himself out of Duval County. Ngakoue has been (and still is) very open about his displeasure towards the organization. Since late 2019, he has tweeted numerous times about wanting to be traded, even calling out Tony Khan (son of owner Shahid Khan) on the site. The team franchise tagged him and tried shopping around. Their asking price was a MINIMUM of a first round pick, but the Twitter tirade ruined basically any chance of that return. There was an offer that included a Pro Bowl player recently, which was declined since the player “didn’t fit their system”. People are split between whether he plays if he doesn’t get traded or sitting out the season, which I guess we’ll see once (if) the season commences.
No 5th year option for Fournette
Just like Ngakoue, the former 4th overall picks’ relationship with the front office has not been the most ideal. He was one of the many players that filed a grievance against the team for the fine for sitting on the bench in 2018 while inactive, which he got back. The Jaguars decided not to pick up his 5th year option, which would’ve netted Fournette $8.43 million. This means that, unless an extension is made, he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021. The team will most likely not extend him beyond this season since they were even trying to get rid of him this offseason. They had discussions with teams about moving him, but no deal was done. Caldwell ultimately decided that Fournette will stick around and be the RB1 for the 2020 season but has not made any mention of beyond that. This is a contract year for him, and he wants to prove that he was worth the 4th overall selection.
As most of you may know, the Jacksonville Jaguars have another name: The London Jaguars
But in all seriousness, it’s been seeming to the general public that the team will move to London; especially after this year when Khan moved a second home game to Wembley Stadium. The reasoning behind the move is to increase local revenue. The front office believed that the reasoning behind the low revenue was the local market, not the product on the field. No one, not a single fan took this piece of news positively. It seemed like it was doomed from the start, something that could only be slowed down by say a…..pandemic? (un)Luckily so, one such pandemic happened. Creating an international travel restriction and preventing any NFL teams from playing in London. When the season does start, the home games, which would’ve been vs. the Lions and Browns in non-consecutive weeks, will actually be played at home. In other COVID news, former Jaguar great Tony Boselli contracted the Coronavirus and was admitted to the ICU for five days. Things got so bad that he was hooked up to two IVs and needed oxygen to help his breathing. Luckily, he was able to recover mostly and was released on March 30.
Projected Starting Lineup with Camp Battles Positions won in a camp battle italicized
QB- Gardner Minshew: This is Gardner Minshew’s team in 2020. After a promising rookie season, added weapons and a more workable scheme, Minshew should solidify himself as the quarterback of the future - given he slows down on the turnovers.
RB- Leonard Fournette: In a contract year after his 5th year option was declined, he will be running with a chip on his shoulder. The team looks to run him as much as possible before he leaves.
TE- Tyler Eifert, James O’Shaughnessy: Free agent signing Eifert will fill the starting role as long as he is healthy. I think O’Shaughnessy beats out Josh Oliver for the TE2 spot due to last years chemistry with Minshew.
WR- D.J. Chark Jr., Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, Laviska Shenault Jr.: This group is easily the strength of this offense. Chark looks to build on a really nice 2019 season, Westbrook and Conley weren’t bad as WR2 and 3, but they weren’t spectacular either. I added Shenault as well because he will be put in at a bunch of different positions.
LT- Cam Robinson: Robinson battled through an ACL injury in 2018 which basically sent his development back over a year. He’s been inconsistent in his time playing, playing well during some games but slacking big time in others.
LG- Andrew Norwell: The coaching staff is still sticking by the second highest paid guard in the NFL, even though he hasn’t been playing like it at all. He missed time in 2018 with a foot injury and has been battling through that since. But ultimately needs to play even remotely like the former 1st team all-pro in order to provide some return on his contract. He has been arguably the worst lineman on an already weak line.
C- Brandon Linder: One of the more underrated lineman in the league. Linder has been a consistent leader on the offense since being drafted in the 3rd round in 2014.
RG- A.J. Cann: Cann is just one of those guys where you kinda forget about him until he has a terrible game and then you remember that he’s actually not good. I’m considering this one a battle because I feel like rookie Bartch can snag a start or two during the season.
RT- Jawaan Taylor: After dropping to the Jags in the second round of last years’ draft, Taylor has lived up to expectations. While having the typical rookie growing pains, he was extremely solid playing against pro-level talent.
DL- Josh Allen, Abry Jones, Taven Bryan/Rodney Gunter, K’Lavon Chaisson: A group that is primed to surprise people. The Good Josh Allen is already a forced to be reckoned with, Abry Jones is a solid piece with some rotational help, Taven Bryan is only getting better at the run while Gunter will help with the pass rush. Finally, 1st round pick K’Lavon Chaisson comes in with an incredible motor to help with the loss of Ngakoue.
LB- Myles Jack, Joe Schobert, Quincy Williams: Myles Jack is on his 3rd position, so hopefully this will unlock his full athletic potential. Schobert will command the defense up the middle and drop into coverage. Quincy did not play well last year as a rookie. I hope he is able to progress this season or we might be in trouble there.
CB- C.J. Henderson, Rashaan Melvin, D.J. Hayden: 9th overall pick Henderson gets the start at the CB1 position. Melvin and Tre Herndon are going to be battling for the CB2 spot, but I give the nod to Melvin solely because he has more experience. D.J. Hayden is another underrated player in the NFL and is quietly one of the top Nickel corners.
S- Ronnie Harrison, Jarrod Wilson: Ronnie Harrison has been really coming into his own over the past season and will only get better. Jarrod Wilson played fairly well in 2019 and was exercised his option during the offseason.
K- Josh Lambo: Lambo is one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL today. Hitting over 94% of his kicks since coming to Jacksonville (while also leading the NFL in 2019 with 97.1% FG made).
P- Logan Cooke: Cooke is top 10 in yards/punt and has no need to worry about losing his job.
KR- Chris Claybrooks: The 7th rounder from Memphis was drafted specifically to return kicks, hopefully he brings the spark that the team desperately needs on ST.
PR- Dede Westbrook: Westbrook was 14th in the NFL in punt returns, he hasn’t been great in the field, but he also hasn’t been terrible.
Schedule Predictions Week 1: IND (L) – Philip Rivers has had our number over the years (7-2, 24 touchdowns to 5 interceptions); and a team that’s a QB shy from competing now has the Jaguars literal kryptonite. I have my faith in the young defense, but Rivers will probably have a field day. 0-1
Week 2: @TEN (W) – Huh, no annual TNF Titans-Jaguars trash bowl? 2020 is really a weird year and I don’t like it. Here’s hoping that at least one trend sort of-continues: a split in games. The Jags revamped run defense slows down Derrick Henry for a game and CJ Henderson gets his first career pick off of Tannehill. Minshew is going to be the deciding factor in this game. 1-1
Week 3: MIA (W) – If it’s Fitzpatrick, it’s a loss. But I believe Tua takes the job early in the season(maybe?) and has his typical rookie growing pains. One of which is losing to a bad team that you shouldn’t lose to. 2-1
Week 4: @CIN (W) – Just like Tua, Burrow is set to have his growing pains. But this isn’t one of those games. The first overall pick goes into a shootout with The Man, The Myth, The Legend but comes up short due to a questionable play call in the final seconds. 3-1
Week 5: @HOU (L) – Even though Houston no longer has DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson is still able to work through the Jags D to come up with the win. 3-2
Week 6: DET (L) – Matthew Stafford has a really good week and Jeff Okudah outmatches his top 10 counterpart in another close game that comes down to game management experience. 3-3
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: @LAC (W) – Even though Jacksonville isn’t typically good on the west coast, they’re facing a team manned either by Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert. If they’re facing the latter (I’m sticking with a first round rookie start), then they’ll pull off a win they shouldn’t have. 4-3
Week 9: HOU (L) - Just like week 5, Watson goes off again while Brandon Cooks has 150+ yards receiving. Minshew attempts a 4th quarter comeback and brings it close, but ultimately falls short. 4-4
Week 10: @GB (L) - Aaron Rodgers is obviously unhappy with the drafting of Jordan Love and is on a mission to prove that he’s still got it in the league. Even though the rest of the roster is lacking pieces, you can never count out Rodgers. Especially when it’s against lower competition. 4-5
Week 11: PIT (L) – I feel like this could be the start (or continuation) of a decent non-divisional/former divisional rivalry. Big Ben is back and has a good back in James Conner. Besides JuJu Smith-Schuster and Eric Ebron, there isn’t anyone that inflicts fear in secondaries. This game could go either way, but I’m giving the nod to Pittsburgh in a close match. Their defense has enough to slow down our offense, but our defense lacks the “star-power” against their offense to really make up for it. 4-6
Week 12: @CLE (L) – Chubb is good, Beckham is good, Landry is good, Hooper is good. Unfortunately I don’t see us being close in this one. 4-7
Week 13: @MIN (L) – Minnesota, at this point, is looking towards the postseason and will not hold back. Thielen and Cook will carry their offense to 3 touchdowns while the Jags offense falls flat this week. 4-8
Week 14: TEN (L) – The split game. Again….WHY NO TNF?! The Jaguars come into the game tired and eliminated, while the Tacks come into the contest nearing a berth and are hungry for a win. Derrick Henry is Derrick Henry and just runs train. 4-9
Week 15: @BAL (L) - I may be biased but I’m not delusional. 4-10
Week 16: CHI (W) – I’m basing this off my prediction that Foles will outplay Trubisky and stays healthy. Foles plays better than Trubisky, but that’s not saying much. Henderson is able to keep Allen Robinson at bay; and while Khalil Mack will be effective, his impact will be kept to a best-case scenario. 5-10
Week 17: IND (W) – Indianapolis already clinched a playoff spot and is resting their starters for their inevitable 1st round elimination. So, the Jags will win in semi-convincing fashion against a team starting backups. 6-10
Final Record: 6-10. I genuinely believe this team has improved overall despite the major losses throughout the defense. There are going to be a lot of close games, especially if more players opt-out of the season. I feel like many of these games could steer in either direction. Besides Baltimore, Minnesota, Houston and Green Bay, of course. The ceiling of this team could push .500, but the floor could really bottom out at 1 or 2 wins. This team is extremely young and still needs to mesh. Depending on next years draft picks (looking at you, Rams. Please suck, thanks), this team is poised for a huge jump in the near future. This isn’t a full rebuild, it’s a partial one. I do not see this team making the postseason this year, but they could definitely play party-pooper to a couple of teams.
Schemes Jay Gruden – Gruden utilizes a West Coast Offensive scheme. This scheme was created by Bill Walsh in the 60’s when he worked for the Cincinnati Bengals as the QB coach. This offense relies heavily on shorter throws spread out throughout the field, eventually opening the top up for the occasional long ball. The use of a mobile QB and a variety of receivers can really help spread out the defense as well and easier for him to make throws.
Todd Wash – Although there have been rumors of a scheme change, and the signing of certain players seem to suggest the same, Todd Wash is still sticking a base 4-3 defense. One of the more common schemes, it involves four down linemen consisting of a nose tackle, a defensive tackle and two ends. Behind the linemen are 3 linebackers: The Mike, Will and Sam linebackers. The Mike, or middle, will line up behind the nose tackle and covers the A gap. The Will, or weak, lines up on the side not containing the TE and covers the B gap on that side. The Sam, or strong, lines up on the side of the Tight End and will contain the C gap on that side. The secondary will always have two CB’s, a SS and FS; the CB’s will cover the receivers, the FS will line up deep on the side of the weakside linebacker and the SS will do the same on the opposite side.
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2020.07.13 17:42 AwesomeMathUse Easing Population Growth to Weigh on Housing
Source: TD Rishi Sondhi, Economist Dated July 8th, 2020
- The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown sand in the gears of Canadian population growth, with the national population count expanding at the slowest pace since 2015 in the first quarter and immigration collapsing in April. Moving forward, we envision Canadian population growth remaining well below rates achieved in recent years through 2021.
- As immigrants and non-permanent residents mostly rent when they first arrive in Canada, the rental market is likely to feel a large and immediate impact from a population slowdown. This comes at a time when markets are already reeling, as pandemic-related job losses have disproprotionately hit younger workers.
- The ownership housing market will also feel the impact, as fewer newcomers purchase properties and there is less demand for investor-owned rental units. In fact, slower population growth explains about one-third of our downgraded view for Canadian sales growth through 2021, compared to our expectations in April.
- Some offset will come from strong past population growth, as immigrant homeownership rates rise with a lag.
Chart 1 - Pandemic Blows a Hole in Immigration
- Population growth forms the fundamental basis for housing demand. From 2016-2019, Canada saw a tremendous expansion of its population base as federal immigration targets were raised, and a myriad of factors drove an historic intake of foreign students (see report). This underpinned home sales, drove robust demand for rental housing, and supported the fastest pace of homebuilding since the Global Financial Crisis.
- More recently, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown sand in the gears of Canadian population growth. The national population count expanded by only 75k in the first quarter of the year – the weakest such gain since 2015. Higher frequency data points to a further significant slowing in the second quarter, as the number of immigrants arriving to Canada dropped by 80% year-on-year in April (Chart 1). While some of this setback is likely temporary in nature, we see the mix of ongoing travel fears, a pandemic-related slowdown in processing times for immigration applications, government travel restriction measures, and an only gradually healing global economy holding population growth well below its pre-virus rate of around 1.5% annually over the next few years.
- This more moderate pace of population growth will weigh on housing market activity across the country. In fact, weaker population growth is a major factor underpinning our downgraded forecasts for home sales, prices and starts across the country through 2021. However, simply stating that slower population growth will be a drag on housing over the next few years risks oversimplifying what is a complex phenomenon. The major sources of Canada’s population growth – immigration and inflows of non-permanent residents – leave their own unique imprint on housing markets. This note delves into these nuances, which will influence housing demand and supply moving forward.
Rental Market To Feel A Large And Immediate Impact From The Population Slowdown
Chart 2 - Pandemic-Related Job Losses Concentrated in Younger Workers, Damaging Rental Demand
- The population slowdown will exacerbate the hit to rental demand coming from the record job losses observed during the pandemic. These losses likely delivered a disproportionate blow to rental demand, given their concentration in industries with relatively low homeownership rates. In addition, a large share of younger workers has lost their jobs since the onset of COVID-19, and the tendency to rent is generally highest in younger age cohorts (Chart 2).
- At the same time, rental supply has been increasing, both for purpose-built and investor-owned units (Chart 3). This is due to robust construction in recent years, the (probable) conversion of Airbnb units into long-term rental housing amid bans and weakness in tourism, and rising condo prices and rents during the past few years. The supply of condos for rent, in particular, has seen a rapid increase. The Toronto Real Estate Board reported a 30% year-on-year rise in these listings in the first quarter, continuing a trend in place since 2018. Moreover, industry data suggests that condo rental supply in the GTA was around 70% higher year-on-year in early June1.
- With demand depressed and supply elevated, rents have fallen in markets such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. According to the Toronto Real Estate Board, average rents for a two-bedroom condo in Toronto were flat compared to year-ago levels in the first quarter. Other data points to rent declines in April and May, both in the purpose-built market and for condos. In addition, the rent index in the Canadian CPI dropped 1.2% from February through May – compared to the modest gains that generally take place (Chart 4).
- The good news is that job markets appear to have started a recovery from their April lows. However, it will likely take quite a bit of time – at least until sometime in 2022 – for employment to grind back to its pre-virus levels. In addition, both immigrants and non-permanent residents generally rent upon arrival, choosing both purpose-built and investor-owned units. Much slower inflows of these newcomers will further weigh on rental demand moving forward, downwardly pressuring rents for purpose-built units.
Chart 3 - GTA Condo Rental Supply Soaring Heading Into the Pandemic
Chart 4 - Weaker Demand, Rising Supply Pushing Rents Lower
- Meanwhile, investors whose units are slated to complete over the next few years will have a much tougher time finding tenants, partly on account of significantly slower population growth. At the same time, falling rents will raise the carrying costs of these properties, financially pressuring owners and likely causing some to sell. As the population slowdown lingers, demand for investor-owned rental units should drop, causing reduced sales. In these ways, weakness in the rental market will spill over into ownership housing.
- Notably, condo prices have risen at a faster rate than their single-detached counterparts in recent years (Chart 5). In Toronto and Vancouver, for example, benchmark single-family prices increased by 37% and 14%, respectively, from the end of 2015 through May. Over the same time, condo prices in these regions surged by 76% and 49%. This suggests that condos could be more vulnerable to a price correction as demand falls in the wake of softer population flows.
Reduced Immigration To Have Lasting Impacts On Ownership Housing
Chart 5 - Rapid Rise in Condo Prices Increases Their Vulnerability to Correction
- The slowdown in immigration will also have lasting impacts on the market for ownership housing. Although most immigrants rent initially, we still anticipate some impact on ownership housing demand through 2021. A 2019 study by Statistics Canada2 found that homeownership rates for recent immigrants (i.e. those that landed in the prior 5 years), have risen substantially over time (Chart 6). It also found that homeownership rates of more established immigrants rise to roughly match those of the Canadian-born population. This analysis points to a relatively modest initial hit to ownership demand from softer immigration flows, with the impact building over time as homeownership rates rise.
- Immigrants also tend to own more expensive properties than the non-immigrant population. Data from Statistics Canada indicates that in 2018, average assessed values for properties owned by recent immigrants were much higher than the non-immigrant population in Nova Scotia, B.C. and Ontario (Chart 7). And, this gap was even higher for immigrants living in Canada for a longer period, meaning that it was not simply a function of the rapid rise in home prices observed in some markets in recent years. This data suggests that (all else equal) weaker immigration flows would weigh disproportionately on average prices, which are influenced by more expensive properties. However, any impact would be modest initially before rising over time as homeownership rates increased.
Chart 6 - Recent Immigrant Homeownership Rates on the Rise, but Lag the Overall Canadian Rate
Chart 7 - Immigrants Tend to Own More Expensive Properties
- It’s worth noting that there could be some offsets to this dynamic, with some research3 suggesting the impact of immigration on home prices could be watered down by the out-migration of Canadian born residents from neighbourhoods where immigrants tend to settle.
Regional Impacts Will Vary
Chart 8 - Most Immigrants Settle in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary
- The impact of reduced immigration flows would vary across the country. Most immigrants tend to settle in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary with these CMA’s accounting for over 60% of inflows last year (Chart 8). These regions also saw the largest slowdown in immigration over March/April, with levels down 60% year-on-year, compared to a decline closer to 50% in other jurisdictions. Moving forward, the largest blow to housing demand from an immigration slowdown would likely be imparted on these four CMAs, given their popularity as “landing pad” destinations. However, the impact on ownership housing demand would probably be smaller in Montreal relative to these other jurisdictions because homeownership rates, in general, are lower there. In contrast, the unemployment rate in Calgary will likely remain relatively elevated through next year. This should yield comparatively slower population growth and a larger hit to Calgary’s housing markets.
- Even outside of these regions, lower immigration would leave its mark on ownership housing. Population growth has stepped up considerably across the Atlantic Region (except for economically-challenged Newfoundland and Labrador) since 2016, driven by immigration. What’s more, these provinces seemed to improve their retention of these newcomers.
Chart 9 - Robust Immigration Boosts Housing Demand in Atlantic Canada
- Home sales also grew robustly across most of the Atlantic Region during this time (Chart 9). Of course, it would be tough to chalk up all these gains to immigrant buying. More likely, the boost to regional economies, household incomes and job markets from the population surge gave significant support to housing demand. And, a slowdown in the immigrant intake would likely do the opposite.
- Some survey evidence also points to immigrant homeownership rates being higher in the Atlantic Region compared to other jurisdictions in Canada. In addition, econometric analysis suggests that home sales in Atlantic Canada generally respond as aggressively to population changes as the larger provinces, and more so in some cases. And, recent immigrants make up a larger share of total immigrant owners in Nova Scotia, according to Statistics Canada.
Non-Permanent Residents To Impact Resale Market Through Multiple Channels
Chart 10 - Non-permanent Residents Make Up Small Share of Ownership Housing Demand
- Non-permanent residents, by-and-large, do not purchase homes. CMHC data notes less than 5% of mortgages issued by chartered banks in major urban markets across Canada were to non-permanent residents (Chart 10). What’s more, non-permanent residents only formed 0.3% of owner households across Canada in 2016.
- So, the direct hit to ownership housing from weaker non-permanent resident inflows should be quite muted. However, as noted above, rental demand will suffer a hit through this channel. This will feed back to investor-owners, weighing on housing demand, sales, and prices.
Past Population Growth Matters Too
- As immigrant homeownership rates rise with a lag, demand for ownership housing will be supported by past population gains moving forward, partly offsetting the drag from weaker future inflows. As noted, population growth has been robust since 2016. And, some of the 1.1 million net immigrants who’ve arrived in Canada since then will make up part of the pent-up demand expected to power solid sales growth in the second half. This will, of course, depend on how many of these people were able to keep their jobs during the pandemic, as well as the speed at which they are re-hired. On the former, immigrants employed in full-time positions have seen larger job declines than those born in Canada during the outbreak (Chart 11), which will dull some of the pent-up demand coming from this cohort.
- Also, of note, only 12k people emigrated out of Canada in the first quarter, marking the lowest such level since 2010. The extent to which the pandemic slows emigration should provide some modest offset weaker population inflows, as those who would otherwise be leaving the country stay in their current homes.
Chart 11 - Recent Immigrant Employment Hit Harder During Pandemic
Chart 12 - Slower Population Growth Partly Drives Forecast Downgrade
- The pandemic-induced slowdown in population growth is expected to linger through at least 2021. Lesser inflows of immigrants and non-permanent residents will impact rental and ownership housing markets alike. The impact on the former will be more immediate while building over time in the case of the latter.
- Weaker population growth will play a major role in slowing growth in home sales and prices through next year. Indeed, this dynamic explains about one-third of our downgraded view for Canadian sales growth through 2021, compared to what we thought in April (Chart 12). Meanwhile, other factors, most prominently elevated unemployment, account for the other two-thirds of the downgrade. These headwinds will offset various positives for the outlook, including the presence of significant pent-up demand, supportive demographics and low interest rates, resulting in modest price growth in the second half of 2020 and a mild decline next year.
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2020.07.06 17:54 sonofabutch The All-I Team!
Recently I put together an All-Q Team
-- the 25 best of the 51 players in MLB history who have last names starting with Q. (And that followed my post as to which last name has the most players
(M, 2,040) and which has the least (X, 0). Q has the second-fewest, with 51.)
The Q team's performance would be... shall we say... Q
uestionable. Basically it's starting pitchers Jack Quinn and Jose Quintana, relievers Dan Quisenberry and Paul Quantrill, and one hitter -- slugger Carlos Quentin. Everyone else had career bWAR in the single digits, or negative.
The letter with the next fewest players is I, with 59. I thought it would be I
nteresting to look at the All-I Team. Would it be as I
nadequate as the All-Q team, or would a pool of just eight more names be a big I
Of the 59 players, six are still active, according to baseball-reference.com; five played in MLB in 2019. (The active player who didn't appear in MLB last year was pitcher Gregory Infante, who had been signed by the Orioles but released before the season started; earlier this year they again invited him to spring training, but he's not on the 60-man roster.)
One odd thing I noticed is a fair number of these I-guys would become minor league managers, just as it seemed a disproportionate number of Q'ers died relatively young. I guess baseball teams think if your last name starts with I, you must be I
ntelligent enough to be a manager! Batters
: The I's have much more I
mpressive hitters than the Q's. The leading hitter on the Q-team is OF Carlos Quentin, with 10.5 bWAR; he'd rank 11th
on the I-team! The Q-team's starting nine had just 27.1 career bWAR; the I-team's lineup has 152.3!
C Chris Iannetta
- 15.0 bWAR, .230/.345/.406 (98 OPS+), 3,563 AB (2006-2019). "Sponge" consistently posts an OBP a hundred points higher than his batting average -- even in 2010, when he hit .197 but still got on base nearly 32% of the time. Casual fans look at a walk as something negative the pitcher did, not something positive the batter did -- a mistake by the pitcher rather than an accomplishment by the batter. But it's absolutely a skill and Iannetta proves it every year. Pitchers don't want
to walk a guy with a career .230 BA, yet he gets walks.
1B Frank Isbell
- 14.6 bWAR, .250/.289/.326 (89 OPS+), 4,219 AB (1898-1909). Nicknames in the Deadball Era were notoriously cruel. Hazen Cuyler was a stutterer who had trouble with his own last name; he's immortalized as Kiki Cuyler, mocking the way he pronounced it. William Hoy, who was deaf, was known as "Dummy." Charles Briody's round face and growing waistline earned him the nickname "Fatty." As for Frank, who was sensitive about losing his hair early in his 20s, his teammates dubbed him "The Bald Eagle." Frank's career slash-line of .250/.289/.326 isn't impressive, but he did have a tremendous year for the 1905 Chicago White Sox (.296/.335/.440, a 149 OPS+). Isbell played most of his games at first base, but he played all over the field -- literally, as he's one of the few men in MLB history to have multiple games at every position. He even pitched in 17 games, posting a 3.46 ERA in 88.1 innings!
2B Omar Infante
- 16.9 bWAR, .271/.308/.387 (87 OPS+), 5,271 AB (2002-2016). Omar is the first of many players born in Venezuela; are last names starting with I more common there? Infante was primarily a utility man for the first half of his career, playing second, third, short, and all three outfield positions; it wasn't until 2010, at the age of 28, the Braves gave him 500+ plate appearances for just the second time in his career. He responded with his best season, hitting .321/.359/.416 and making his one and only All-Star appearance. He would spend the rest of his career as a starting second baseman. A tragic note: Omar's older brother, Asdrubal Infante
, was a promising pitching prospect with the Tigers -- he posted a 1.09 ERA with 51 K in 33 IP in rookie ball in 1999 -- but was murdered that same year in a robbery in Venezuela. He was just 17 years old.
3B Brandon Inge
- 19.2 bWAR, .233/.301/.384 (82 OPS+), 5,014 AB (2001-2013). Inge was a shortstop and pitcher at Virginia Commonwealth University, but the Tigers drafted him in the 2nd round in 1998 with the intention of converting him to a catcher. After three seasons in the bigs, he was moved to third base, where both his offense and his defense greatly improved. (Inge would hit .199/.260/.330 in 1,271 PA as a catcher, and .243/.315/.402 in 4,102 PA as a third baseman!) In 2008, Inge went on the disabled list when he strained a muscle trying to position a pillow under the head of his sleeping son.
SS Arthur Irwin
- 15.2 bWAR, .241/.299/.305 (81 OPS+), 3,871 AB (1880-1894). The Q-Team had a lot of Quinns -- 13 of the 51 Q's in MLB history, or 25%, have the last name Quinn. For the I's, it's Irwin. Eight of the 59 I's are Irwins, or 13.5%. The first in both alphabetical order and by most bWAR is Arthur Irwin, a 19th century infielder who was later a manager, umpire, scout, and part-owner of a minor league team. At the age of 63, Irwin -- who during his playing days was known by the nicknames Doc, Foxy, and Sandy -- took ill and was hospitalized. His son came to visit him... and was surprised to discover another son visiting him as well. It turned out Irwin had married two women and had two families, one in New York and another in Boston. Soon after, Irwin boarded a ship and was never seen again. It was ruled a suicide, but who knows... maybe he settled down with a third family!
LF Raúl Ibañez
- 20.9 bWAR, .272/.335/.465 (111 OPS+), 7,471 AB (1996-2014). Ibañez, the son of Cuban refugees, hit .272/.347/.572 and set career highs in OPS and HR (34) in his lone All-Star season... at the age of 37! Over his 19-year career, Ibañez had an OPS+ over 100 twelve times. His career bWAR was dinged by his defense -- 28.7 oWAR, but -17.3 dWAR. CF Ender Inciarte
- 18.9 bWAR, .286/.338/.398 (95 OPS+), 2,922 AB (2014-2019). A 2017 All-Star and three-time Gold Glove award winner, Inciarte was signed out of Venezuela as a 18-year-old amateur by the Diamondbacks in 2008, but he would spend the next six years in the minors; the Phillies claimed him via the Rule V draft prior to the 2013 season, but had to return him after just one game (in which he didn't play) when they claimed Ezequiel Carrera off waivers. The D'Backs finally gave Inciarte a chance in 2014, and he would hit .292 for them over the next two seasons. Arizona then traded him to the Braves (with former #1 overall pick Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair) for Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier, one of the moves that doomed Arizona GM Dave Stewart.
RF Monte Irvin
- 21.3 bWAR, .293/.383/.475 (125 OPS+), 2,499 AB (1949-1956). "Mr. Murder" was a Negro Leagues star whose career was cut short by segregation and military service. Most believed he was the best player in the Negro Leagues, but it was Jackie Robinson, not Irvin, who first crossed the color line. Irvin was 30 years old when he finally got the chance, two years after Jackie, to play in the bigs. His best year was 1951, when he hit .312/.415/.514 with 24 HR and 121 RBI, finishing third in the MVP race. "As great as he was in 1951," said Roy Campanella, who won the MVP that year, "he was twice that good 10 years earlier." Irvin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.
DH Pete Incaviglia
- 10.3 bWAR, .246/.310/.448 (104 OPS+), 4,233 AB (1986-1998). "Inky" was one of the best college players of his generation, setting an NCAA record with 100 home runs in 213 games at Oklahoma State. He told teams interested in drafting him that he wouldn't sign unless they allowed him to skip the minors; the Expos took him 8th overall but immediately traded him to the Rangers. (MLB later adopted a rule prohibiting trades of newly drafted players, informally dubbed "The Pete Incaviglia Rule.") Incaviglia would then hit 30 home runs as a 22-year-old rookie... which would turn out to be his single-season career high. A low-average, high-strikeout player, Incaviglia played for six teams in 12 seasons -- not counting the Expos or the Diamondbacks, who signed him to a minor league deal in his final season -- plus one season in Japan. He would later be a hitting coach and manager in the minors. Bench
: There were an extraordinary amount of I
nfielders whose last names start with I; some good ones couldn't make the cut. The five guys on the bench total 45.3 bWAR... Q's bench was -1.5.
UT Maicer Izturis
- 11.3 bWAR, .269/.331/.372 (90 OPS+), 3,013 AB (2004-2014). "Mighty Mouse" nearly evenly split his career between third base (2,552 innings) and second base (2,456 innings), but he also played nearly 1,700 innings at shorstop. Though his career OPS+ was below average, he did have some good offensive years -- .293/.365/.412 in 2006 and .300/.359/.434 in 2009. A series of injuries ended the Venezuelan's career after the 2014 season.
SS José Iglesias
- 11.1 bWAR, .273/.315/.371 (84 OPS+), 2,706 AB (2011-2019). The 18-year-old Iglesias defected from Cuba during the 2008 World Junior Championship and signed with the Red Sox, immediately becoming one of the team's top prospects. He bounced up and down between Boston and the minors in 2011 and 2012, but in 2013 he won the starting job and after a tremendous start (.330/.376/.409 in 63 games) was included in a three-team deal for Jake Peavy. He would spend five seasons with the Tigers, hitting .268/.312/.364; last year he signed with the Reds and hit .288/.318/.407. Now 30, this off-season he signed a one-year deal with the Orioles.
3B Charlie Irwin
- 9.2 bWAR, .268/.331/.345 (82 OPS+), 3,685 AB (1893-1902). Primarily known for his glove -- he ranked 1st or 2nd in 3B fielding percentage in five of his 10 seasons -- Irwin hit a respectable .273/.346/.317 (105 OPS+) with the Brooklyn Superbas in 1902, his final season in the bigs, then would go on to play several more seasons in the Pacific Coast League, and like so many others on this team would later be a manager.
1B/3B/OF Mike Ivie
- 7.3 bWAR, .269/.324/.421 (110 OPS+), 2,694 AB (1971-1983). The first overall pick of the 1970 draft by the San Diego Padres, Ivie made his debut as a September call-up at the tender age of 18, going 8-for-17 with 3 RBIs in six games as a catcher. He'd return to the bigs in 1974, now a first baseman; they'd later try him at third and in the outfield, too. (His best position was probably DH.) A right-handed hitter good at mashing lefties (.693 OPS vsR, .846 OPS vsL), Ivie would top 400 ABs just three times in 11 seasons. He retired at the age of 30.
2B Tadahito Iguchi
- 6.4 bWAR, .268/.338/.401 (93 OPS+), 1,841 AB (2005-2008). A star player in Japan, Iguchi came to MLB as a 30-year-old in 2005, signing with the White Sox. He would hit .278/.342/.438 and finish fourth in the ROY voting, and became the first Japanese-born position player to win a World Series. He returned to Japan in 2009 and would finally retire in 2017 at the age of 42. Iguchi has four rings -- one with the White Sox and three from Japan -- and since 2018 has been manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines. Starting Pitchers
: So it's going to be great hitting vs great pitching. The I-team has the bats, but the Q-team has the arms: The I's best pitcher would be #3 on the Q's, and after that... it's not pretty. The I-team has just 21.4 bWAR from its rotation, compared to 77.9 for the Q-team.
SP Hisashi Iwakuma
- 16.9 bWAR, 63-39, 3.42 ERA, 1.143 WHIP, 883.2 IP (2012-2017). One advantage the I-team has over the Q-team is Japanese players, who represent three-fifths of the starting rotation. The ace is Kuma, who went 107-69 with a 3.25 ERA in Japan and then came to the United States where he had six pretty good seasons, all with the Mariners and all after his 30th birthday. His best year was 2013, when he was an All-Star and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting, going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.006 WHIP.
SP Hideki Irabu
- 3.4 bWAR, 34-35, 5.15 ERA, 1.405 WHIP, 514.0 IP (1997-2002). Irabu was a star in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines who wanted to pitch in MLB... specifically with the Yankees. Under an existing arrangement with the Padres, Chiba sold Irabu's rights to San Diego in 1997 and then traded him to New York for Ruben Rivera, Rafael Medina, and $3 million in cash. The first season of Irabu's four-year, $12.8 million deal was a disaster (5-4, 7.09 ERA, 1.669 WHIP), but he wasn't bad in 1998-1999 (24-16, 4.44 ERA, 1.315 WHIP). But Boss Steinbrenner didn't like him and he was traded to the Expos, where he went a disappointing 2-7 with a 6.69 ERA in two seasons. In 2002 he was used as a reliever with the Rangers, going 3-8 with 16 saves. He would then return to Japan, pitching two seasons before retiring in 2005. He briefly came out of retirement in 2009 to pitch in independent leagues in both the United States and Japan. In 2011, Irabu apparently hanged himself in his California home. He was just 42.
SP Mike Ignasiak
- 0.9 BWAR, 10-4, 4.80 EARA, 1.504 WHIP, 137.0 IP (1991-1995). A teammate of Barry Larkin, Jim Abbott, and Scott Kamieniecki at the University of Michigan, Ignasiak went 47-25 with a 3.23 ERA in eight minor league seasons -- including a 55.2 scoreless inning streak between 1993 and 1994 -- then went 10-4 with a 4.80 ERA over four seasons with the Brewers. In 1996, he signed with the Red Sox but suffered a back injury that ended his career. He took up golf in his mid-30s and became one of the top amateur players in the country.
SP Bert Inks
- 0.5 bWAR, 27-46, 5.52 ERA, 1.733 WHIP in 603.2 IP (1891-1896). A 6'3" lefty, Inks and his brother Will both played for Notre Dame. Will and a third brother, Fred, also played a little pro ball but only Bert made it to the bigs. He pitched for six teams in just five seasons, most of them bad.
SP Kazuhisa Ishii
- -0.3 bWAR, 39-34, 4.44 ERA, 1.528 WHIP, 564.0 IP (2002-2005). Walks were Kaz's downfall, with 5.6 BB/9 over his four-year MLB career. After leaving the bigs, the lefty returned to Japan where he'd pitch until the age of 40 for a total of 18 seasons. In Japan, Ishii went 143-103 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.307 WHIP (and 3.9 BB/9, 8.8 K/9). Relief Pitchers
: Once again, the Q-team comes out on top. Team Q had 54.4 bWAR from its relievers; the I-team, less than half that at 25.3 (and most of that coming from their closer).
RP Jason Isringhausen
- 13.0 bWAR, 51-55, 300 SV, 3.64 ERA, 1.328 WHIP, 1007.2 IP (1995-2012). One of the first players I think of when it comes to I-names, Izzy finished fourth in the NL ROY voting after an impressive debut season (9-2, 2.81 ERA, 1.280 WHIP) with the New York Mets at the age of 22. But injuries, ineffectiveness, and a bout with tuberculosis caused his Mets career to fizzle, and in 1999 he was traded to the Oakland A's where he would become a top closer. He was named to two All-Star teams and recorded 11 post-season saves.
RP Raisel Iglesias
- 8.3 bWAR, 14-29, 98 SV, 3.17 ERA, 1.135 WHIP, 388.2 IP (2015-2019). Raisel Iglesias apparently isn't related to Jose Iglesias, but were born in, and fled from, Cuba. Raisel signed with the Reds, who converted him to a starter (he had been a reliever with the Cuban national team), but after going 4-8 with a 3.88 ERA in 21 starts, they switched him back to a reliever. In 231 relief appearances, he's posted a 2.85 ERA with 98 saves; overall, he's struck out 448 batters in 388.2 IP.
RP Jeff Innis
- 4.6 bWAR, 10-20, 5 SV, 3.05 ERA, 1.272 WHIP, 360.0 IP (1987-1993). Jeff pitched all seven seasons of his MLB career with the New York Mets. A side-arming sinkerballer, "the I-Man" was known for his impressions of players and staff, including GM Frank Cashen. Maybe that's why the Mets declined to offer Innis a contract after the 1993 season. He signed with the Twins, and that spring training had the distinction of giving up the first professional base hit to a 31-year-old rookie named Michael Jordan. Jeff would stick around in the minors for a few more seasons, even working on a knuckleball, but never made it back to the bigs.
RP Gregory Infante
- 1.0 bWAR, 3-2, 0 SV, 3.56 ERA, 1.332 WHIP, 68.1 IP (2010-2018). Infante was a baby -- ha, ha -- when he came up the first time in 2010, as a 22-year-old reliever with the White Sox. He pitched in five games without allowing a run and struck out five batters, though he did give up two hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. He would then spend the next eight seasons bouncing between organizations in the minors before finally returning to the bigs in 2017 with... the White Sox. So in nine years, he's pitched in 67 games, all with Chicago. Infante, now 30, signed with the Orioles last year but was released before the season started; the Venezuelan spent this off-season pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League.
RP Cole Irvin
- -0.2 bWAR, 2-1, 1 SV, 5.83 ERA, 1.392 WHIP, 41.2 IP (2019). A 5th round pick by the Phillies in the 2016 draft, Swirvin Irvin went 6-1 with a 3.94 ERA in 16 starts and one relief appearance in Triple-A, then was promoted to the bigs where he had three starts and 13 relief appearances. The lefty was named the 2018 International League Pitcher of the Year after going 14-4 with a 2.57 ERA for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
RP Ryota Igarashi
- -1.4 bWAR, 5-2, 0 SV, 6.41 ERA, 1.808 WHIP, 73.0 IP (2010-2012). Once renowned as one of the hardest throwers in Japan -- he struck out 97 batters in 78 innings in 2002 -- the New York Mets signed the 31-year-old reliever in 2010 but he struggled, giving up 24 runs, 29 hits, and 18 walks in 30.1 IP (but he did strike out 25 batters). The following year he gave up 20 runs on 43 hits and 28 walks in 38.2 IP (with 42 Ks), and the Mets released him. He signed with the Pirates, but was traded to the Blue Jays; they released him after two disastrous outings and the Yankees signed him, and they gave up on him after two more ugly appearances. Igarashi returned to Japan, where he's still pitching at age 41! The I's who were... Ignored:
Here are the remaining 34 players whose last name starts with I. Some were fairly Impressive, others were Inferior.
Reliever Edgar Ibarra
pitched in two games with the Angels in 2015, giving up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three in four innings. The lefty has spent the last few seasons pitching winter ball in his native Venezuela. Ham Iburg
's real name was Herman; I don't know why they called him Ham. A San Francisco native who started and ended his career in the Pacific Coast League, Iburg had just one season in the bigs, going 11-18 with the 1902 Philadelphia Phillies; he was under contract to return in 1903, but he went back to California instead. The Pacific Coast League of that era offered better weather, easier travel, and sometimes better salaries than MLB, and many players like Iburg simply preferred playing on the west coast than in the Show. Kei Igawa
was a fading Japanese ace -- he even was briefly sent to the minors in 2005, and had become unpopular with fans -- but the Yankees needed an answer to the Red Sox signing Daisuke Matsuzaka two weeks earlier. After going 2-1 (with a 7.63 ERA) in his first six games, Igawa was sent to the minors; he'd return in June, get sent down again, and then be back in September. He'd end the year 2-3 with a 6.25 ERA. He would get bombed in two more appearances the following year, giving up six runs on 13 hits in just 4 innings, and would never resurface in MLB, despite posting adequate numbers in Triple-A (33-22, 3.81 ERA, 1.297 WHIP). After his release in 2011, Igawa returned to Japan, where he would pitch several more seasons with the Orix Buffaloes. Gary Ignasiak
is the big brother -- by 18 years! -- of pitcher Mike Ignasiak. Gary got into three games with the Tigers in 1973, striking out 4 batters in 4.2 innings but also giving up five hits and three walks. They sent him back to the minors but he never mastered his control, walking 647 batters in 825.0 minor league innings, and was out of pro baseball by the age of 25.
Reliever Blaise Ilsley
made 10 appearances with the Cubs in 1994, giving up 13 runs on 25 hits and nine walks in 15.0 innings. Not surprisingly, the Cubs didn't bring him back. But he did have a long minor league career, and was later a pitching coach in the minors and a bullpen coach with the St. Louis Cardinals. Doc Imlay
had nine appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1913, giving up 13 runs on 19 hits and seven walks in 13.2 innings. Imlay would then have a more successful career as a dentist in New Jersey.
Infielder Alexis Infante
went 5-for-27 with the Blue Jays between 1987 and 1989, and 1-for-28 with the Braves in 1990. He would later be a manager in the Dominican Republic. The three Infantes in MLB history -- Alexis, Gregory, and Omar -- do not appear to be closely related, though all are from Venezuela. Bob Ingersoll
was a 31-year-old reliever who made four appearances with the Reds in 1914, giving up two runs on five hits and five walks in six innings.
A utilityman with the 1911 Boston Rustlers -- they wouldn't become the Braves until the following year -- Scotty Ingerton
would get 521 AB while playing six different positions, hitting .250/.304/.340. After baseball, the former Rustler would become a deputy in Ohio.
A century later, another utilityman named Joe Inglett
would play six positions (and pitch an inning!) across six seasons with the Indians, Blue Jays, Brewers, and Astros. Inglett would hit a respectable .283/.342/.392 in 808 career AB, but didn't get to the majors until he was 28 years old and never really got a chance; his best season was 2008, when he would hit .297/.355/.407 in 344 AB. Charlie Ingraham
caught one game for the Baltimore Orioles in 1883, going 1-for-4.
Utilityman Garey Ingram
got into 82 games for the Dodgers between 1994 and 1997, going 37-for-142 (.261 BA). He played second, third, and outfield. He'd later be a coach in the minor leagues. Mel Ingram
-- apparently no relation to Garey -- had a "Moonlight Graham" MLB career, playing in MLB but never getting a plate appearance. He appeared in three games, all as a pinch runner, and scored a run for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1929.
The third man with this last name, Ricardo Ingram
, played in 12 games with the Tigers in 1994 and four with the Twins in 1995, going a combined total of 6-for-31 (.194). He would later be a minor league coach and manager, but tragically developed brain cancer and died in 2015 at the age of 48.
Brothers Dane Iorg
and Garth Iorg
played in the 1970s and 80s. Dane was a 1st round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1971, but he didn't make it to the Show until 1977; then, after just 12 games, was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bake McBride. A left-handed hitter, Dane was platooned throughout his career, hitting .284/.326/.387 in 1,502 AB vsR but just .200/.220/.276 in 145 AB vsL. Given his lack of power (14 career HR), speed (5 career SB), and defense (-3.1 career dWAR), it's surprising he had a 10-year MLB career. But he did win World Series rings with the '82 Cardinals and '85 Royals, going 12-for-23 (.522) with five doubles and a triple when it mattered most! Big brother Garth was originally drafted by the Yankees, but the Blue Jays took him in the 1976 expansion draft and he'd play his entire career as a utilityman for Toronto. After his MLB career ended, he would play in the short-lived Senior Professional Baseball Association, then would be a coach with the Brewers as well as a minor league manager. His sons Isaac, Eli, and Cale all played in the minors but never made the Show. Happy Iott
played in three games with the 1903 Cleveland Naps, going 2-for-10. A Maine native, the outfielder would later play in minor league and semipro teams in his home state.
Apparently no relation, Hooks Iott
pitched in two games as a 21-year-old rookie with the St. Louis Browns in 1941, then in 24 games with the Browns and Giants in 1947... something must have happened in the middle... oh right, World War II. The lefty served in the U.S. Army Air Force during the war. He went 3-9 with a 7.05 ERA in 81.2 IP in his bifurcated MLB career, then would pitch into the late 1950s in the minors, including going 24-9 with a 1.83 ERA in 260.0 IP with the St. Petersburg Saints of the Florida International League in 1952.
Switch-hitting infielder Hal Irelan
played just one season in the bigs, hitting .236 in 67 games with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1914. He would have a much longer career in the minors, still playing for Decatur in the, appropriately enough, Three-I League in 1926. He'd later be a minor league manager.
Another switch-hitting infielder came along in the early 1980s, Tim Ireland
. He would go 1-for-7 in 11 games with the Royals scattered between 1981 and 1982. After a long career in the minors, Ireland would spend two seasons with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, hitting .275 with 18 HR in 585 AB. Like many others on this list, he would later be a manager in the minors.
Venezuelan Hernan Iribarren
hit .185 in 27 AB for the Brewers between 2008 and 2009; he returned to the majors in 2016 at the age of 32 and hit .311 in 45 AB for the Reds. A utilityman, Iribarren saw time first, second, third, and all three outfield positions.
A highly prized prospect at Ferrum Junior College, Daryl Irvine
was selected in three different drafts -- in the 3rd round, in the 2nd round, and finally in the 1st round -- before signing with the Red Sox in 1985. He posted a 3.34 ERA in nine minor league seasons, but never mastered his control, with 291 walks in 711.2 minor league innings. In the bigs, he posted a 5.68 ERA and an unsightly 4.7 BB/9 (with just 3.8 K/9). Bill Irwin
somehow acquired the nickname Phil. He pitched in two games for the Cincinnati Red Stockings late in the 1886 season, giving up 19 runs (11 earned) on 18 hits and eight walks. Each was a complete game loss!
Third baseman Ed Irwin
played in one game with the Detroit Tigers in 1912, going 2-for-3 -- and both hits were triples! How he came to play in one and only game is a tale in and of itself. Ty Cobb had been suspended indefinitely for one of his more infamous incidents -- he'd jumped into the stands to beat up a man who had no hands -- and Tiger players refused to take the field until he was reinstated, or at least given a punishment with an end date. Rather than forfeit the game, the Tigers recruited some local college and semipro players, including Irwin. They were crushed 24-2 by the A's. League President Ban Johnson then told the Tigers that he'd kick all of them out of baseball if they refused to play again, and the strike ended. Cobb was reinstated on May 26. As for Irwin, he was killed in a bar brawl four years later. It's believed he still has the record for "most triples by a player without another base hit."
The brother of Arthur Irwin, infielder John Irwin
hit .246 in 1,269 career at-bats. It's said he owed at least some of those at-bats to the fact that big brother Arthur was his manager with the 1889 Washington Nationals and 1891 Boston Reds. Phil Irwin
had two starts in the bigs, one with the Pirates in 2013 and another with the Rangers in 2014; he gave up eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits and six walks in 8.2 innings. In 2015, he pitched in the Korean League, going 1-7 with a 8.68 ERA.
Shortstop Tommy Irwin
got into three games with the Cleveland Indians late in the 1938 season; he went 1-for-9. Later in life he'd be a scout for Cleveland.
The last of the Irwins is Walt Irwin
, who got into four games as a pinch runner and pinch hitter for the 1921 St. Louis Cardinals; he struck out in his only at-bat. Orlando Isales
started his pro career at the tender age of 15. By the time he reached the bigs in 1980, he was a veteran... at the age of 20. He played in three games for the Phillies in 1980; he went 2-for-5 with a triple, a walk, and three RBIs (.400/.500/.800!). But he never got another chance; he was in Triple-A for a few more years, then left for the Mexican League. Travis Ishikawa
is best remembered for his walk-off home run off Michael Wacha in the 2014 NLCS to send the Giants to the World Series for the third time in five seasons. "Smoky" only topped 200 AB once in his career, and accumulated just 1.1 career bWAR, but Giant fans won't ever forget him. He would later be a hitting coach for the Giants in the Arizona Fall League. Akinori Iwamura
was a top performer for the Yakult Swallows, topping .300 BA/30 HR in three straight seasons prior to signing with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2007. He hit a respectable .281/.354/.393 with the Rays over his first three MLB seasons, but cratered in 2010, hitting .182 with the Pirates and then .129 with the A's. After his release, the infielder would return to play in Japan for four more seasons.
Cuban-born catcher Hank Izquierdo
went 7-for-26 in his only MLB season of 1967, playing for the Minnesota Twins. A lifer in the minor leagues, he didn't get the Call until he was 36 years old; his pro career started as a 20-year-old with Galveston in the Gulf Coast League in 1951, and ended with Veracruz in the Mexican League in 1974. He had 1,870 games in professional baseball, but only 16 in the bigs. He was later a minor league coach, a Mexican League manager, and a scout with the Minnesota Twins.
Another Cuban-born player, Hansel Izquierdo
, defected when he was a teenager on the Cuban national junior team. He pitched in 20 games for the Florida Marlins in 2002, giving up 17 runs (15 earned) on 33 hits and 21 walks in 29.2 innings. He never resurfaced in the bigs, but he would pitch for 11 years in the minors, including stints with the White Sox, Expos, Yankees, and Pirates. Cesar Izturis
, Maicer's half-brother, played 13 years and accumulated 4,350 AB despite a career 64 OPS+, a testament to his glove. Over his career, the Venezuelan was 64 runs better than the average shortstop. Although his only All-Star selection came in 2005, his best year was the year before that, when he hit .288/.330/.381 in 670 AB, set career highs in nearly everything, and won a Gold Glove. His son, Cesar Izturis Jr.
, is a 20-year-old prospect in the Seattle Mariners system.
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2020.07.06 02:50 Flat-Double TINA
I’m turning bullish, which is (ironically) a bearish market signal.
During 2018 and 2019, it was a fairly common sentiment among asset managers and market participants that we were in the end stages of the credit cycle. Debt had ballooned tremendously, speculative behaviour was picking up, and the bull market marked a 10-year anniversary. Warning signs were also beginning to emanate from the equity market (February and Q4 2018 equity market declines) and bond market (inversion of the yield curve).
The sell-off in March 2020 thus left many folks feeling that, although the cause (COVID-19) was a surprise, the market itself was following the natural order of things. I would argue that the speed of the decline spoke to the ‘late cycle’ sentiment – once the music stopped, people knew to get the hell out.
The phenomenal recovery since then has left many investors confused, and generated no shortage of market narratives about why the rebound was justified, or why this is just a bear market rally. I was firmly in the latter camp, and sat in the corner with my dollar bills waiting for the bargains to appear.
I am no longer convinced those bargains will appear. Moreover, I don’t think optimizing for expected return, or for a risk-adjusted return measure such as the Sharpe ratio, is the correct parameter for the current market.
In my view, the correct optimization parameter is to preserve purchasing power indefinitely. With governments across the globe engaged in financial repression, with an indefinite end date, I am more worried about falling behind than moving ahead.
To preserve purchasing power, you need a long-life asset with intrinsic value, which is limited in supply.
That means cash is out, unfortunately. ‘Money printer go brrr’ etc. Savings accounts pay negative real rates, as do many government bonds. Corporate bonds pay marginally more, but the economic future of many business is foggy. That leaves real assets and equities.
I like real estate as an asset class, but home prices in my city (Toronto) are terrifyingly high. That leaves equities as the best of a set of bad investment options.
Equities could still fall 30% or more. And I would not be surprised if they do, given the unprecedented slow-down of economic activity and explosion of debt. But I recognize that the most politically palatable way to pay off this debt is through the stealth tax of financial repression, where risk-free rates are held below inflation until the debt shrinks to a manageable level.
Thanks to the devilish force of compounding in reverse, inflation of 7.5% per year would wipe out the equivalent of 30% in purchasing power in just 5 years, if I continued to hold cash. Waiting just isn’t an option any longer.
Dear Mr. Powell, I capitulate. This will end badly, but while the music is still playing, There Is No Alternative.
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Tame Impala performing in 2014
Tame Impala performing in 2014
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Psychedelic poppsychedelic rockneo-psychedelia
Years active 2007–present
PondGumMelody's Echo ChamberTheophilus London
Members Kevin Parker
Tame Impala is a psychedelic music project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker. In the recording studio, Parker writes, records, performs, and produces all of the project's music. As a touring act, Tame Impala consists of Parker (guitar, vocals), Dominic Simper (guitar, synthesiser), Jay Watson (synthesiser, vocals, guitar), Cam Avery (bass guitar, vocals), and Julien Barbagallo (drums, vocals). The group has a close affiliation with fellow Australian psychedelic rock band Pond, sharing members and collaborators, including Nick Allbrook, formerly a live member of Tame Impala. Originally signed to Modular Recordings, Tame Impala is now signed to Interscope Records in the US, and Fiction Records in the UK.
Parker originally conceived the project in Perth in 2007. After a series of singles and EPs, Tame Impala's debut studio album, Innerspeaker, was released in 2010; it was certified gold in Australia and well received by critics. Parker's 2012 follow-up, Lonerism, was also acclaimed, reaching platinum status in Australia and receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Tame Impala's third album, Currents, was released in July 2015, and like its predecessor, it won ARIA Awards for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year. Parker won the APRA Award for Song of the Year 2016 for Currents' first track, "Let It Happen". The fourth and most recent studio album, The Slow Rush, was released 14 February 2020.
1.1 2007–2008: Early career
1.2 2008–2009: Tame Impala EP
1.3 2009–2010: "Sundown Syndrome"
1.4 2010: Innerspeaker
1.5 2011–2014: Lonerism
1.6 2015–2017: Currents
1.7 2018: Other projects
1.8 2019–present: The Slow Rush
2 Musical style
3.2.1 Former live members
3.3 Live band timeline
5 Awards and nominations
7 External links
2007–2008: Early career
The origins of the act can be found in the Perth music scene. Parker played in a number of bands, one being the Dee Dee Dums, a rock duo that consisted of Parker (guitar) and Luke Epstein (drums). Tame Impala emerged in 2007 as a Kevin Parker home-recording project in this period and he posted a number of tracks on Myspace. This brought interest from a number of labels and eventually, he signed a worldwide deal with the independent Modular Recordings in July 2008. To transfer these recordings to a live-stage, Parker enlisted the help of Dominic Simper (bass) and Jay Watson (drums) and began playing at some local gigs.
2008–2009: Tame Impala EP
Tame Impala performing at the 2009 V Festival in Perth, Western Australia
The signing was soon followed by the release of their self-titled EP in September 2008. It reached the number 1 position on the Australian Independent Record Labels (AIR) Chart and number 10 on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart, with three songs, "Desire Be, Desire Go", "Half Full Glass of Wine" and "Skeleton Tiger" receiving national radio airplay on the Triple J radio station.
Tours in 2008 included supports for You Am I, The Black Keys, Yeasayer and MGMT, as well as performances at Southbound Festival, Meredith Music Festival and Falls Festival, and national headline tours in support of their EP. Tours in 2009 included a sold-out six-date "Skeleton Tiger" national headline tour and a five-date UK tour (including Nevereverland UK), as well as performances at V Festival and Groovin The Moo, and a stadium tour with The Living End and Gyroscope.
Tame Impala appeared on Triple J's Hottest 100 list in 2008—their first appearance on the list—with "Half Full Glass of Wine" at number 75. The song is also on the Hottest 100 compilation album.
2009–2010: "Sundown Syndrome"
Parker in April 2009 during a performance at Somerville Auditorium
Tame Impala's first single, "Sundown Syndrome", was recorded at Toerag Studios in London, UK, with recording engineer Liam Watson, while the band was in the UK in March 2009. "Sundown Syndrome" was premiered by Richard Kingsmill on his "2009" show on Triple J on Sunday 10 May 2009. The song was released in July 2009 on vinyl, and digitally with a cover of "Remember Me" by DJ Blue Boy.
The band then headlined the inaugural "Rottofest" in August 2009, an annual comedy, film and music festival held on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia. Following Rottofest, they embarked on a national tour through September and October 2009 in support of the single. "Remember Me" appeared at number 78 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2009.
"Sundown Syndrome" was included on the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated film The Kids Are All Right. "Half Full Glass of Wine" was used in HBO's popular television series Entourage as the closing song for an episode.
Tame Impala appeared at the Australian/New Zealand Big Day Out festival in early 2010, performing alongside bands such as Muse, The Mars Volta, Kasabian and Rise Against.
Main article: Innerspeaker
Tame Impala performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in June 2010
Tame Impala's debut album Innerspeaker was released on 21 May 2010. In the UK the official release date was 28 June, but iTunes accidentally made it available for purchase on 12 May. The album was released in the United States on 8 June to general and critical acclaim. Pitchfork named it Best New Music.
In an interview with Triple J talking about the album's nomination for the J Award, Parker stated that they had secretly been recording a new album. "Jay and I have been recording pretty compulsively and album number two is nearing potential completion already and I'm so excited about it that I'm having trouble keeping myself from telling you all about it". This came only months after Innerspeaker was released.
The group toured in mid-2010, commencing the Innerspeaker album tour on 13 May 2010 as the opening act for MGMT's 2010 American tour. The band returned to Australia to play at Splendour in the Grass festival, which was followed by a European Tour in July (including an appearance at the Reading Festival) and a national Australian tour in October. In November they returned to the UK and Europe for a fifteen date tour, including their largest London headline show to date which was attended by Noel Gallagher, Tom Meighan, Sergio Pizzorno, Noel Fielding, Alexa Chung and Alison Mosshart, the band then went on to the United States and Canada for twenty headline dates including sold-out shows in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. They also received four 2010 ARIA Music Awards nominations which include, "Album of the Year" and "Best Rock Album" for Innerspeaker, "Best Group" and also "Breakthrough Artist".
On 29 November 2010, Innerspeaker won Australian youth-oriented radio network Triple J's highest honour, winning the J Award for Album of the Year.
Main article: Lonerism
Parker performing with Tame Impala in March 2011
Tame Impala's second album, Lonerism was released in 2012 and was produced by Dave Fridmann. Parker said that Lonerism "represents a departure from his previous work by incorporating an expanded sonic palette, more emotional song writing, and a more pronounced narrative perspective". It was created in a similar set up as Innerspeaker, whereby Parker wrote and recorded the majority of the album by himself at his girlfriend, Jivani Duke's, home in Perth, Australia. Parts of the recording also occurred in Parker's home studio in France.
While in France, Parker produced and played on the self-titled dream pop album by Melody's Echo Chamber, the project of French singer Melody Prochet. As a result, one of the tracks on Lonerism is titled "Endors Toi", which roughly translates from French to English as "fall asleep". The album cover is a photo taken by Parker of the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, France, with additional editing by Leif Podhajsky, a graphic designer who created the album art for Innerspeaker. The image ties into the themes of isolation of Lonerism, with a metal gate separating the viewer from the people in the Gardens.
The band released the song "Apocalypse Dreams" for free download on 7 July 2012. The first single "Elephant" was released in July 2012. The album was released on 5 October in Australia, 8 October in the United Kingdom and 9 October in the United States. StillinRock described it as the best album of the year. The album features the songs "Apocalypse Dreams" and "Elephant", which are some of the first songs that Parker has co-written with Watson. "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" was released as the second single.
Tame Impala in October 2012
In November 2012, Lonerism won the 2012 J Award for Australian Album of the Year. It was the second time Tame Impala had won the award, after also winning it for their debut album Innerspeaker in 2010. They are the first band to win the J Award more than once. In January 2013, Lonerism was selected by Rolling Stone for the 2012 Album of the Year award after the band also won the award in 2011 for Innerspeaker. It was also announced as album of the year by UK magazine NME. Additionally, Lonerism was voted number one overall in Rolling Stone, Triple J, NME, Filter, Urban Outfitters, FasterLouder and Obscure Sound's 2012 Album of the Year polls. Lonerism became the first Australian album to win NME's album of the year. "Elephant" and "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" appeared at number 7 and 9 respectively in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2012.
The band began an international tour in 2012 through 2013, supported by The Growl. During this tour, they played major festivals, such as Coachella, Sasquatch Festival, and appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. For this tour Watson switched from drums to keyboards and Parker recruited Julien Barbagallo on drums.
In September 2012, Tame Impala's first U.S. feature appeared on the cover of the publication The FADER, in its 82nd issue.
On 18 May 2013, it was announced via Facebook that Allbrook would leave the band to focus on other musical endeavours, and that Cam Avery of Pond and The Growl would take his place. Allbrook played his final gig with the band on their last Australian tour date of 2013 at Perth's Belvoir Amphitheatre, the same venue that Allbrook played his first gig with the band at in 2008. As a farewell gesture, the band played a cover of Outkast's "Prototype".
Lonerism received a 2014 Grammy Award nomination in December 2013 in the Best Alternative Music Album category.
Main article: Currents
Cam Avery and Kevin Parker, performing with Tame Impala in June 2014
It is believed that Parker started recording the follow-up album to Lonerism at the beginning of 2014, due to various Instagram posts that showed recording taking place at Wave House in Western Australia, where the debut album Innerspeaker was recorded. Prior to this, Parker had been touring with Tame Impala and working on other musical projects, including his disco-funk band, AAA Aardvark Getdown Services. Parker said in May 2013:
Right now, doing another album doesn't excite me. There's something narrow-minded about thinking an album is the only way you can put out music, especially in the world we’re in at the moment. Anything is possible. There's so many people doing interesting things with the internet and technology, there could be so many ways of making music and listening to it. It's 2013 and you can make music anywhere ... There are so many possibilities, my brain is overloading on them all. I just need to wait, think about things a bit more. Then I’ll know what to do next.
In May 2014, Parker spoke of his growing inclination toward the recording of another album in a triple J radio interview, explaining that: "I'm getting more and more sucked into the world of making an album. It's weird how it happens naturally, it's almost feels like a seasonal thing. I've started to think about tracklistings and all the things that come with an album." Describing the sound of the new album, Parker said "I'm gonna try to make it a bit more minimal this time; only use what's needed ... instead of a supreme pizza, where you just throw everything on". Watson added: "[It’s] probably gonna be less rock again and more electronic again, even more than the last one". Parker later stated that the inspiration behind the new polished sound of Tame Impala's third album came from listening to a Fleetwood Mac song. He said that the pureness and cleanness of Fleetwood Mac's song prompted him to attempt to create a more streamlined musical style within Currents.
Tame Impala performing at Lollapalooza in September 2015
On 6 January 2015, Spinning Top Music announced that a new Tame Impala album will be released in 2015. During the same month, it was announced that the band would perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in May 2015.
On 11 March 2015, a new song entitled "Let It Happen" was released as a free download.
On 5 April 2015, Tame Impala announced and released the album cover for Currents in a Facebook post. A few hours later the band released the first official single from the upcoming album on Facebook called "'Cause I'm a Man". Later that month, on 22 April 2015, Tame Impala officially released "Let it Happen" as the second single from the album. One week later, on 29 April 2015, Kevin Parker held an AMA on reddit, where he provoked fans to ask him to release a new song, then responding with "Disciples", which became the first promotion single for the upcoming album Currents. On 7 May 2015, the band announced that the album would be released in 17 July 2015 and released the third official single, "Eventually".
During the same 30 April 2015 reddit AMA, Parker said, "Up until recently, from all of Tame Impala's record sales outside of Australia I had received.... zero dollars. Someone high up spent the money before it got to me. I may never get that money."
Tame Impala performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in August 2016
In October 2017, a Collector's Edition of Currents was announced. Released on 17 November, it included three B-sides and two remixes.
2018: Other projects
By the end of 2017, Tame Impala announced that they agreed to play the 2018 Mad Cool musical concert in Spain, which would be the first live music show the band agreed to play in 2018. Tame Impala also played a headline set at London's Citadel Festival in July 2018.
In July 2018, during an interview with Beats 1 anchor host Matt Wilkinson, Parker confirmed for the first time that he had begun working on a new Tame Impala album, adding that he was "ready to play some other songs live" and expressing an interest to headline a stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2019. He also stated that he would be "very disappointed" if the new record by Tame Impala wasn't released by summer 2019.
On 1 July 2018, Tame Impala teamed up with artist ZHU to create the single "My Life".
In October 2018, Parker played bass for rapper Travis Scott for a performance of "Skeletons/Astrothunder" on Saturday Night Live, with singer-songwriter John Mayer also part of the backing band.
On 10 October, the band was scheduled to headline the first night of the annual Desert Daze festival in its new location in Moreno Beach, but had to cut their set short after three songs due to inclement weather.
On 14 October, female R&B singer SZA released the single "Together" on YouTube, which is billed as "SZA featuring Tame Impala." Later that month, on 31 October, rapper Theophilus London released a new single in collaboration with Tame Impala under the moniker of Theo Impala.
2019–present: The Slow Rush
Main article: The Slow Rush
Tame Impala performing at Primavera Sound 2019
On 2 January 2019, Tame Impala was announced as a headliner for the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. They also headlined the 2020 Primavera Sound festival, making them only the second Australian act to do so. Around the same time, Parker announced that he expected to release a new album during that summer. The 2020 album is named The Slow Rush and features 12 tracks recorded in Los Angeles and in Parker's hometown of Fremantle, Australia.
On 21 March, Tame Impala released the single "Patience", and has teased new music on Instagram for the forthcoming album. They were the musical guest for Saturday Night Live on 30 March, with host Sandra Oh. On the show, the band performed "Patience" and a new song, "Borderline", which was released 12 April. On 25 October, Tame Impala revealed the title of their fourth studio album, The Slow Rush. Three days later on 28 October, they released the song "It Might Be Time". On 3 December, Tame Impala released the single "Posthumous Forgiveness". The album was released on 14 February 2020.
Josh Terry of Vice named Tame Impala his "Artist of the Decade" for the 2010s, writing, "No artist captured how genres cross-pollinated throughout the 2010s better than Tame Impala". He added: "In the age of streaming and the big-box festival bubble, Parker's discography seems factory-made for both a crowd of thousands and a chill night alone with a vibe-heavy playlist" and that "his music embodies the technology-driven sense of loneliness of this decade better than any of his peers".
"The Less I Know the Better" was voted number one in Triple J's Hottest 100 of the Decade on 14 March 2020. This was the highest ranking for Tame Impala in a Hottest 100 Countdown and the first the project had attained number one in any Hottest 100 (the same song had previously placed fourth in the 2015 Hottest 100).
On 20 March 2020, Parker appeared on The Weeknd's album After Hours, producing and providing background vocals on a track called "Repeat After Me (Interlude)".
Parker's decision to make the music for Tame Impala in the studio by himself is a result of Parker liking "the kind of music that is the result of one person constructing an awesome symphony of sound. You can layer your own voice 700 times for half a second if you want, and I just love that kind of music". However, Parker has to translate his music to a live setting with the band, and the band doesn't play the songs until they have been recorded. "The only jamming that's done as a band is done a long time after the song is recorded for the sake of the live environment. It's good for us, because we can take a song that's been recorded and do what we want to it: slow it down, speed it up, make it 10 seconds or 10 minutes long. It gives us a lot of freedom."
Some favoured and often-used effects by Parker include phasing, delay, reverb and fuzz. Experimentation with different effects pedals such as Roland RE-20 Space Echo, has led to Parker creating new and unique sounds. "If you make an effort to not put the pedals in the order you're meant to, then you'll end up with something new sounding. We don't have any things that we got from another planet or anything, it's the same things everyone else has used." "People have a distortion pedal and then a reverb pedal. A reverb is meant to make it sound like it's in a cathedral or something. If you put it the other way around, it won't sound like a guitar being played in a church, it'll sound like a church being stuffed inside a shoebox and then exploded. You can do different things just by treating things differently."
Parker's process for making music is "I’ll have a sudden, spontaneous vision of a song, have all the parts mapped out in mind, and do my best to record it as quick as I can. I’ll find my eight-track and do a quick demo of just the riff, or a verse or a chorus. The song will go for like 30 seconds. I’ll have a whole bunch of them [demos] and then I’ll just choose which ones to make into full songs". Parker has a strong sense of melody in his music, having composed "excessively melodic music from about the age of 12 to 15". For Parker, the music comes before the lyrics, "I usually write the lyrics after the melody and its timing have been decided. But the words have to be meaningful. I try to synchronise certain words with the best parts of the melody, but it can be really difficult and does my head in. I like to keep the meaning pretty open and ambiguous so that it's not just me that gets something out of the lyrics. I usually write lyrics from a persona rather than tell a specific story." Parker also said "Usually I am sufficiently motivated to think of new songs everyday, but I usually forget them. I seem to get an emotional kick out of sensing feelings of general desperation or hopelessness, whether it's me or someone near me or someone in a movie or anything. It's really difficult to sit down and force yourself to write a song, and that forced nature usually comes out in the song so I just have to wait until they come to me."
Tame Impala's music and live visuals are heavily influenced by psychedelic music.
Parker's music is heavily influenced by late 1960s and early 1970s psychedelic rock, which is achieved through various production methods. Parker said that he has a "fetish for extremely sugary pop music" from artists like Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue. Parker also loves "fucked-up explosive cosmic music" in the vein of The Flaming Lips, with whom Parker collaborated on the track "Children of the Moon" in 2012, for the release The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends.
Combining these two things, My Bloody Valentine have influenced Parker's music with their contrasting combination of loud guitars and ethereal melodies. Parker has "always been in love with the wall of sound as employed by My Bloody Valentine" and he tries to capture that "melancholy dreamy feel". Parker tries to incorporate this balance into his own music. "If I was singing, I wouldn't be able to match the tone of the instruments, which is really crunchy. The instruments are quite sonically brutal, but the voice is really soft, and I think that kind of resonates with people. It's kind of like My Bloody Valentine, where it's really brutal sounding, but kind of beautiful at the same time". Tame Impala live drummer Jay Watson has described Parker's music as containing "shoegazey guitar sound, but not played in a shoegazey manner".
Electronic music is another influence. Parker has used rock instrumentation in an electronic manner, saying "The way we do music, it's organic, but it's meant to be quite repetitive and hypnotic, almost in a kind of electronic nature. Using our playing as though it was a living sample". A heavy feature on Innerspeaker is a pitch-shifted guitar tone that many mistook for a synth. Parker mentioned this by saying "I had a few obsessions when recording Innerspeaker. One was to make the guitars sound like synths and drums sound like drum samples and pretty much anything except guitars and drums. I'm obsessed with confusing people as to the origin of a sound."
Parker was inspired to take up various creative endeavours at a young age, "I used to draw a lot when I was very young, and I used to get the most immense feeling of satisfaction from finishing a picture and looking back at it, even though I wasn't actually that good. When I started playing music I got the same feeling from making a song, even if it was just a few noises or drum patterns put together. It was all about the buzz from making something from nothing. Music always affected me greatly as a listener anyway, usually from listening to music in my dad's car or listening to him play guitar."
Lo-fi music is also a favourite of Parker's, and he incorporated it heavily in the early days of Tame Impala, heard prominently on the Tame Impala EP. With the release of Innerspeaker, Parker went for a different approach to a lo-fi sound, aiming more for a more cosmic and sonic wall of sound, helped by mixer Dave Fridmann. Parker explained "It sounds more cohesive, like an organism. It has a different emotion to it, it brings out a different feeling when it's absolutely blaring at you. I love that sound."
Parker has also stated that Supertramp, one of his favourite bands, are a major influence on the musical style of Tame Impala. Despite their difference in sound, he feels he is always somewhat "channeling Supertramp". He has said that listening to the Bee Gees on mushrooms inspired him to change the sound of the music he was making on Currents.
Kevin Parker – all vocals and instruments, production (2007–present)
Kevin Parker – vocals, guitar (2007–present)
Jay Watson – drums (2007–2012); synthesiser, guitar, backing vocals (2012–present)
Dominic Simper – bass guitar (2007–2013); guitar, synthesiser, keyboards (2009–present)
Julien Barbagallo – drums, backing vocals (2012–present)
Cam Avery – bass guitar, backing vocals (2013–present), synthesizer (2019–present)
Former live members
Nick Allbrook – guitar, synthesiser, bass guitar (2009–2013)
Loren Humphrey – drums (2019)
Live band timeline
Main article: Tame Impala discography
The Slow Rush (2020)
Awards and nominations
The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), "honouring composers and songwriters". Tame Impala have won one award from three nominations.
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Kevin Parker Nominated 
2013 APRA Song of the Year "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" Won 
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 Best Group Tame Impala Nominated 
Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Album of the Year Innerspeaker Nominated
Best Rock Album Nominated
Best Cover Art Nominated
2013 Best Group Tame Impala Won 
Best Australian Live Act Nominated
Album of the Year Lonerism Won
Best Rock Album Won
Best Cover Art Nominated
Engineer of the Year Kevin Parker Nominated
Producer of the Year Nominated
2014 Best Australian Live Act Tame Impala Nominated 
2015 Album of the Year Currents Won 
Best Rock Album Won
Best Pop Release "Let It Happen" Nominated
Best Group Tame Impala Won
Engineer of the Year Kevin Parker Won
Producer of the Year Won
2016 Best Australian Live Act Tame Impala Nominated
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Best International Group Tame Impala Won
EG Music Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 Best Song "Elephant" Won 
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Best Alternative Music Album Lonerism Nominated
2016 Currents Nominated
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 Australian Album of the Year Innerspeaker Won 
2012 Lonerism Won 
2015 Currents Nominated 
MTV Europe Music Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Best Alternative Act Tame Impala Nominated
Best Video "The Less I Know the Better" Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Best Direction "The Less I Know the Better" Nominated
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Best International Band Tame Impala Nominated
Best Album Currents Nominated
Best Music Video "The Less I Know the Better" Nominated
Rolling Stone Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Album of the Year Innerspeaker Won 
2012 Lonerism Won 
Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 Most Popular Act Tame Impala Nominated 
Most Popular Live Act Nominated
Favourite Newcomer Won
Most Promising New Act Won
Best Rock Act Nominated
Most Popular Single/EP Tame Impala EP Won
Most Popular Music Video "Half Full Glass of Wine" Nominated
Best Male Vocalist Kevin Parker Nominated
Best Bassist Dominic Simper Nominated
Best Drummer Jay Watson Nominated
2010 Best Rock Act Tame Impala Nominated 
2011 Most Popular Act Won 
Most Popular Live Act Won
Best Rock Act Won
Most Popular Album Innerspeaker Nominated
Best Guitarist Kevin Parker Won
2013 Group of the Year Tame Impala Won 
Single of the Year "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" Won
Album of the Year Lonerism Won
Music Video of the Year "Elephant" Won
2015 Best Rock Act Tame Impala Nominated 
Most Popular Act Won
Most Popular Live Act Won
Best Album Currents Won
Best Single "Let It Happen" Nominated
Most Popular Music Video Won
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2020.06.22 15:27 AwesomeMathUse Digital Immunity
Source: BMO Sal Guatieri, Director and Senior Economist Dated June 19th, 2020
Chart 1 - Digital Power
- With Canada’s economy and workers crushed by COVID-19 and low energy prices, there has never been a better time for the high-tech sector to carry the torch. Though still relatively small, the sector is growing rapidly and can only benefit from an acceleration in online shopping and remote working, activities that rely on efficient, high-speed digital technology. While industries such as leisure, hospitality and travel will struggle well after the peak of the pandemic has passed, the high-tech sector appears set to thrive, partly immunizing the economy.
- Few sectors have grown faster than Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). Led by a number of high-flying homegrown companies (most notably Shopify) and a rapid expansion of U.S. technology giants north of the border, it has consistently outperformed the national economy in recent years (Chart 1). From 2014 to 2019, ICT expanded 4.3% per year, more than double aggregate growth (2.0%) and almost twice as fast as all services-producing industries (2.2%). Even as the economy decelerated in 2018 and 2019, the sector strengthened to a near 5% pace. And, while real GDP contracted 8.2% annualized in the first quarter of this year, the ICT sector slipped just 0.4%.
- ICT accounted for 4.8% of Canada's GDP in 2019, up from 4.2% in 2007. That’s more than twice the size of the hard-hit accommodation and food services sector. Though smaller than the energy sector (9.2%), the latter share has made no headway since 2007.
Chart 2 - Strength By Design
- About 90% of Canadian ICT firms produce software and computer services and another 3.4% provide communications services, while wholesalers and manufacturers round out the rest. The sector is comprised of over 41,000 companies (in 2018) that employ 652,000 workers (3.5% of total) who earn an average salary 49% above the national norm . With average growth of 5.8% between 2014 and 2019, computer systems design (and related services) leads the sector (Chart 2). This industry, which includes software programmers, has been one of the fastest growing in the past six years. Only a few much smaller industries, such as airlines and film, have expanded faster.
- It’s not hard to understand why ICT has flourished even as the rest of the economy faded in recent years—it thrives on innovation. Digital devices are not only much sought after by nearly everyone but often trigger ideas that lead to new goods and services. Innovation also attracts investors in search of big profits. Unlike the energy sector, digital firms are less challenged to reduce an often-smaller carbon footprint. Moreover, businesses are compelled to invest in digital technologies such as AI and robotics to remain competitive.
Chart 3 - Computing Jobs
- ICT has been a stable source of jobs for Canadians. Employment in computer systems design and related services expanded 7.5% on average between 2014 and 2019 (Chart 3). The quarter million workers in this industry accounted for 1.5% of all industry jobs in 2019. While other industries shed 5.4% of their staff in March 2020, computer-systems design lost a lesser 1.9%.
- Most Canadian ICT companies are small. About 85% have fewer than 10 workers (in 2018), though 102 employ over 500 people . Many are subsidiaries of multinational firms based in the U.S. Foreign firms are attracted to Canada’s welcoming immigration policies, stable political system, well-educated population and relatively low industry wages. A streamlined visa system—Global Skills Strategy—has cut application times to as little as two weeks for some high-tech positions. By contrast, increased restrictions have impeded U.S. companies from filling a surplus of high-tech jobs. The average salary of a high-tech worker was US$74,000 in Toronto in 2019, compared with $133,000 in New York and $145,000 in San Francisco .
- Many large U.S. technology firms have expanded in Canada, including Google, Microsoft, Intel, Twitter, Uber, Facebook and Amazon. The latter is building an office tower in Vancouver that will house 3,000 more workers. Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo have vibrant technology clusters. Toronto is ranked third in North America for high-tech talent, after San Francisco and Seattle, while Vancouver and Montreal filled the number 12 and 13 spots . From 2013 to 2018, Toronto was the second fastest creator of high-tech jobs (80,100), behind only San Francisco (88,500), and it ranked first in percentage terms (+54%).
- Though growing fast, Canada’s ICT sector lags behind many advanced countries. Ireland, South Korea, and Japan have ICT shares in excess of 7% of GDP (at least based on 2012 data), while the U.S. and the U.K. are above 6% . This may, in part, explain the nation’s lagging productivity, as ICT tends to generate big gains in output per worker.
- The Bottom Line: One of the fastest growing sectors of the Canadian economy is about to get a booster shot, as more shopping and work moves online. Though currently too small to meaningfully drive the economy, the ITC sector is a beacon of light in a very cloudy economic outlook.
 Statistics Canada. Ibid. [^]
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2020.05.06 15:14 Mel0n_Collie [OC] What if every world cup team had the same population? - Group H
Well here it is, the final group. It’s been a wild ride and my office chair's ass groove has developed its own ass groove, but if FIFA and/or The UN sees this and decides to reconstruct the fabric of political geography to emulate my idea, then it just might have been a worthwhile use of my time.
If you’ve just stumbled upon this then you have two options, either you call the day a write off and go back to read the first seven posts or you can close your browser and do literally anything else. Just incase anyone chooses option A, here are the groups in full… Group A
, Group B
, Group C
, Group D
, Group E
, Group F
, Group G
Gentlemen, it’s been an honour writing with you, this final quartet strings together a titanic amount of talent.
The Final Countdown is fronted by Europe, I experience REM trying to find 22 Chinese Bro’s, and we take a visit to Drake’s home country Canada, for those of you not wanting to think about Drake today, I’m afraid if you’re reading this it’s too late. CEUSAC
Canada, The Carribean, 24 most Easternly US states, Greenland
Population (millions): 242.42
Not to be confused with namesake John, this map to the stars is acronymically composed of ‘Canada, East US and Carribean’.
Five years ago it would be no exaggeration to say that this squad could have been an all-American draft, but a recent glut of Canadian and Jamaican talent makes this Atlantic amalgam a multi-national roster sweeter than maple syrup.
The Canucks have an underwhelming soccer CV, the ice-hockey adoring nation has the joint worst record of any team to qualify for a world cup, losing all three games without scoring a goal in 1986. Notable Canadians of the past include goalkeeper Craig Forrest who made over 250 appearances for Ipswich and won tournament MVP in Canada’s second and most recent Gold Cup triumph. Utility midfielder Paul Stalteri spent thirteen years playing between Germany and England’s top flights, while Les Rouges top scorer and 2011 MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario is the greatest player to never leave the continent.
Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago have all matched Canada’s solitary appearance, while the former are present throughout this squad, the other nation’s have failed to produce this generations Dwight Yorke.
Now-commentator Robbie Earle has just one less Premier League appearance than Eden Hazard and the midfielder scored Jamaica’s first World Cup goal. Earle was born in Newcastle, England, but some notable Islanders having traded allegiances the other way, the past and present pair of John Barnes and Raheem Sterling were both born in capital Kingston, and have gone on to be among the best wide players of their respective generation. A bitter loss to the Reggae Boys, Sterling may get some extreme boo’s if he starts against this team, provoking the irate of the Carribean. (come on it’s the last post)
Arguably the greatest player to represent an island nation is bulky Bermudan Shaun ‘feed the goat’ Goater; talented out-and-out forward scored over 220 times in English football, and an impressive goal every 85 minutes for his country.
The best former American from the strongest region of the three joined City two days after Goater left, Claudio Reyna has a century of caps spanning over a decade, even earning a spot in the all-star team of Japan/Korea 2002. The footballing genetics are strong in the Reyna family, the man from New Jersey sure to have produced a future USMNT star. Giovanni Reyna doesn’t make this squad on the count of a stacked midfield, but considering the 17 year old is already capable of goals like this it’s only a matter of time before he’s the first name on the team sheet.
Tempted to include his name in the title to break the subs upvote record, Christian Pulisic is a $73 million man receiving the attacking midfield tutorship of Frank Lampard at Chelsea. With 31 caps and 17 goals for his country at just 21, the man from Hershey has mounds of talent that might see him finish his career as the male Megan Rapinoe.
|Goalkeepers || || || ||Birthplace ||FM20 ||Value ||Age |
|Milan Borjan ||CAN ||Red Star ||GK ||Knin, Croatia ||63 ||€1.00 ||32 |
|Zach Steffen ||USA ||F. Dusseldorf ||GK ||Coatesville, PA ||68 ||€17.50 ||25 |
|Defenders || || || || || || || |
|Walker Zimmerman ||USA ||LAFC ||CB ||Lawrenceville, GA ||61 ||€3.10 ||27 |
|Matt Hedges ||USA ||FC Dallas ||CB ||Rochester, NY ||61 ||€3.60 ||30 |
|Wes Morgan ||JAM ||Leicester ||CB ||Nottingham ||66 ||€1.50 ||36 |
|Alphonso Davies ||CAN ||Bayern Munich ||LWB ||Ghana ||68 ||€7.30 ||19 |
|Adrian Mariappa ||JAM ||Watford ||CB ||London ||64 ||€5.00 ||33 |
|Kemar Lawrence ||JAM ||Red Bull NY ||LB ||Kingston ||61 ||€3.10 ||27 |
|Ike Opara ||USA ||Minnesota Utd ||CB ||Durham, NC ||62 ||€3.30 ||31 |
|Timmy Chandler ||USA ||Frankfurt ||RB ||Frankfurt ||64 ||€3.30 ||30 |
|Midfielders || || || || || || || |
|Daniel Johnson ||JAM ||Preston NE ||CAM ||Kingston ||62 ||€8.20 ||27 |
|Jonathan David ||CAN ||Gent ||CAM ||Brooklyn, NY ||65 ||€9.50 ||20 |
|Atiba Hutchinson ||CAN ||Besiktas ||CDM ||Ontario ||65 ||€0.70 ||36 |
|Cristian Pulisic ||USA ||Chelsea ||LW ||Hershey, PA ||75 ||€43.30 ||21 |
|Tyler Adams ||USA ||RB Leipzig ||CDM ||Wappinger, NY ||65 ||€4.80 ||21 |
|Leon Bailey ||JAM ||Bayer Leverkusen ||LW ||Kingston ||76 ||€38.20 ||22 |
|Osvaldo Alonso ||CUB ||Minnesota Utd ||CDM ||San Cristobal ||63 ||€1.20 ||34 |
|Romaine Sawyers ||STK ||West Brom ||CM ||Birmingham ||65 ||€12.50 ||28 |
|Forwards || || || || || || || |
|Mariano Diaz ||DOM ||Real Madrid ||ST ||Catelonia ||74 ||€29.80 ||26 |
|Jozy Altidore ||USA ||Toronto ||ST ||Livingston, NJ ||66 ||€5.40 ||30 |
|Lucas Cavallini ||CAN ||Vancouver ||ST ||Toronto ||65 ||€3.20 ||27 |
|Kemar Roofe ||JAM ||Anderlecht ||ST ||Walsall ||65 ||€8.80 ||27 |
| || || || ||Average/Totals ||66 ||€214.30 ||25.82 |
I’m hesitant to call Pulisic the star of the show, as the winger turned wingback Alphonso Davies looks almost certain to become a world-class player at Bayern Munich. Born in a Ghanian refugee camp to Liberian parents, the prodigy is a proud Canadian national who announced himself by scoring a 93rd minute winner against Sporting Kansas City aged just 15. He went on to score three times for his adoptive country in the 2017 Gold Cup the following year, sharing a continental golden boot award before being legally old enough to donate blood. In recent memory Davies displayed a man of the match performance knocking Pulisic’ Chelsea out of the Champions League.
Ronaldo’s brief successor to the number 7 shirt at Real Madrid, Mariano leads the line, despite just 1 cap for the Dominican Republic, I’m going out on a limb to predict he’ll bother turning up for this team
At one point believed to be the third in a trilogy of Anglo-Jamaican heists, Leon Bailey is a technically supreme winger with pace to match, now 22 he’s comparatively one of the older attacking role models in the tournament's youngest team. The average age is even more impressive when looking at aging leaders Atiba Hutchinson and Wes Morgan who collectively have a glistening trophy cabinet.
I think group winners will be a bridge too far but could this show what could be the beginning of a much more competitive CONCACAF in years to come. If my predictions are correct, the round of 16 will be a reenactment of the civil war.
11 Indian states (Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal P, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura, Bihar)
Population (millions): 178.20
Never having to research this nation's footballing downfalls again will be an Indian tonic, in what is actually the best team on paper from the second most populated country, they might just manage to concede fewer than thirty in this strong group.
I don’t have anything of value to say about this part of the world, so I’m going to try a social experiment and see if anyone gets this far without skipping to the next team, so here is the first few paragraphs of the WIkipedia entry for former Chelsea and Newcastle defender Celestine Babayaro...
Babayaro spent the majority of his career playing in the Premier League, mainly for Chelsea from 1997 to 2005, and then later for Newcastle United, from 2005 to 2008. He had a brief stint at MLS club LA Galaxy, but never officially played for the club, and was a free agent, before retiring in 2010. He represented the Nigerian national football team from 1995 to 2004, and was part of two Olympic squads, two World Cup squads and three African Cup of Nations squads.
Born in Kaduna, he began his playing career at Nigerian side Plateau United, before moving to Belgian club Anderlecht in 1994, and eventually would make a name for himself, quickly gaining first-choice status although still a teenager. Babayaro set records as the youngest player to make an appearance and to receive a red card in the UEFA Champions League. He was sent off in a match against Steaua Bucuresti in a 1–1 draw, aged 16 years and 86 days.
Now that you know the history, let’s see the team.
Udanta Singh is the key player in this squad, the right winger doesn’t have the greatest goal record for India but the Bengaluru stalwart was key to an historic 2015-16 season that saw the South Indian club win the I-League while reaching the final of the AFC Cup (Asian Europa league), doing all this at age just 18 saw him voted young player of the year in his homeland.
|Goalkeepers || || || ||Birthplace ||Football manager ||Value ||Age |
|Dheeraj Singh ||IND ||ATK ||GK ||Manipur ||24 ||€0.02 ||19 |
|Lalthuammawia Ralte ||IND ||FC Goa ||GK ||Mizoram ||20 ||€0.01 ||27 |
|Defenders || || || || || || || |
|Salam Ranjan Singh ||IND ||ATK ||CB ||Manipur ||28 ||€0.02 ||24 |
|Raju Galkwad ||IND ||Kerala Blasters ||CB ||Maharashtra ||21 ||€0.01 ||29 |
|Jerry Lalrinzuala ||IND ||Chennaiyin ||LB ||Mizoram ||27 ||€0.02 ||21 |
|Dhanachandra Singh ||IND ||Mohun Bagan ||LB ||Manipur ||22 ||€0.02 ||33 |
|Abhishek Ambekar ||IND ||East Bengal ||LB ||Maharashtra ||20 ||€0.01 ||28 |
|Chhuantea ||IND ||Odisha ||LWB ||Mizoram ||20 ||€0.01 ||31 |
|Robet Lalthlamuana ||IND ||Northeast United ||LWB ||Mizoram ||20 ||€0.01 ||31 |
|Rahul Bheke ||IND ||Bengaluru ||RB ||Maharashtra ||33 ||€0.03 ||29 |
|Midfielders || || || || || || || |
|Udanta Singh ||IND ||Bengaluru ||CM ||Manipur ||37 ||€0.04 ||23 |
|Lallianzuala Chhangte ||IND ||Chennaiyin ||CAM ||Mizoram ||35 ||€0.04 ||22 |
|Halicharan Narzary ||IND ||Hyderabad ||CM ||Assam ||30 ||€0.02 ||25 |
|Jackichand Singh ||IND ||Jamshedpur ||CM ||Manipur ||30 ||€0.02 ||28 |
|Vinit Rai ||IND ||Odisha ||CDM ||Assam ||29 ||€0.02 ||22 |
|Amarjit Singh ||IND ||Jamshedpur ||CDM ||Manipur ||29 ||€0.02 ||19 |
|Lalrindika Ralte ||IND ||East Bengal ||CM ||Mizoram ||29 ||€0.02 ||27 |
|Eugeneson Lyngdoh ||IND ||Bengaluru ||CM ||Meghalaya ||28 ||€0.02 ||33 |
|Forwards || || || || || || || |
|Semboi ||IND ||Bengaluru ||ST ||Manipur ||20 ||€0.01 ||27 |
|Jeje ||IND ||Chennaiyin ||ST ||Mizoram ||38 ||€0.03 ||29 |
|Samuel Lalmuanpula ||IND ||Mizoram ||CAM ||Mizoram ||22 ||€0.02 ||21 |
|Komal Thatal ||IND ||Sikkim ||CAM ||Sikkim ||22 ||€0.02 ||18 |
| || || || ||Average/Totals ||27 ||€0.44 ||25.73 |
At 21 years old, Jerry Lalrinzuala was enjoying his fourth season as a regular for Chennaiyin and played every game in a victorious ISL season two years ago, the Mizoram man is one of India’s brightest shining players in a generation.
I honestly can’t wait to see what the damage is to these teams once the tournament is simmed, I think the golden boot will be decided on which world-class striker shows the least mercy, and between his exploits against Panama and swearing on his daughter's life begging for a goal that his hair scored, Harry Kane might be the man to do it.
North & Central Europe
United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany
Population (millions): 243.13
Here it is the one you’ve all been waiting for, it’s the last megateam of the tournament and the region that contains Angela Merkal, the Chef from the muppets, and little old me.
The region combines for two world wars and five world cups (doo dah), and is dominated by two of the games fiercest rivals.
Die Mannschaft has seven major honours and football’s most ruthlessly efficient and consistent force, before the disaster of 2018, Germany’s worst finish this century was a bronze medal. Depressingly I had the best summer of my life cheering on an England team that finished fourth overall. With the group stage exit behind them and the Three Lion’s looking to build from their deepest run since 1990, these two nations are producing top players at a frightening rate and will no doubt renew the duel at some point this decade. With 18 of 22 players, the Anglo-Germanic mixture will face an existential crisis if they end up facing a penalty shootout.
The Nordic nations struggle to make an impact in the side, while Sweden and Finland have produced legends in the past like Sami Hyypia, Jari Litmanen, and striking duo Larrsson and Zlatan, Norway are patiently waiting for their newly foraged mix of raw ingredients to rise into a Golden generation. It will be a shock if Erling Braut Haaland and Martin Odegaard don’t become elite in their own rights, while the defensive minded likes of Sander Berge and Kristoffer Ajer may be a few rungs down but are physically capable of going to the top of the game.
Two times World cup runners up and 1976 Euro winners Czechoslovakia join forces once more but fail to grab a speaking role in this all-star cast.
Iceland are the darlings of population stats, whilst they don’t feature in this lineup they’ll be in the crowds showing off their famous synchronized noise making trick.
A ridiculous strike-force that begs the question of two up top, Kane and Lewandowski’s play styles may be too similar to gel but leaving one on the bench seems ungrateful. Timo Werner is the more natural second striker while Bale perhaps only makes the side on reputation.
|Goalkeepers || || || ||Birthplace ||FM20 ||Value ||Age |
|Marc Andre Ter Stegen ||GER ||Barcelona ||GK ||Mochengladbach ||85 ||€57.10 ||27 |
|Manuel Neuer ||GER ||Bayern ||GK ||Gelsenkirchen ||88 ||€51.20 ||34 |
|Defenders || || || || || || || |
|Joshua Kimmich ||GER ||Bayern ||RWB ||Rotweil ||80 ||€53.90 ||25 |
|Mats Hummels ||GER ||Dortmund ||CB ||Bergisch Gladbach ||83 ||€62.50 ||30 |
|Andrew Robertson ||SCO ||Liverpool ||LWB ||Glasgow ||79 ||€54.40 ||26 |
|Trent Alexander-Arnold ||ENG ||Liverpool ||RWB ||Liverpool ||80 ||€61.10 ||22 |
|Niklas Sule ||GER ||Bayern ||CB ||Frankfurt ||78 ||€60.10 ||25 |
|Harry Maguire ||ENG ||Man United ||CB ||Sheffield ||75 ||€39.00 ||27 |
|Jerome Boateng ||GER ||Bayern ||CB ||West Berlin ||78 ||€41.20 ||32 |
|Milan Skriniar ||SVK ||Inter Milan ||CB ||Zlar nad Hronom ||82 ||€60.20 ||25 |
|Midfielders || || || || || || || |
|Raheem Sterling ||ENG ||Man City ||RW ||Kingston, Jamaica ||87 ||€86.60 ||26 |
|Toni Kroos ||GER ||Real Madrid ||CM ||Greifswald ||81 ||€72.30 ||30 |
|Cristian Eriksen ||DEN ||Inter Milan ||CAM ||Middelfart ||79 ||€60.90 ||28 |
|Marco Reus ||GER ||Dortmund ||CAM ||Dortmund ||84 ||€71.00 ||30 |
|Leroy Sane ||GER ||Man City ||LW ||Essen ||84 ||€77.30 ||24 |
|Jadon Sancho ||ENG ||Dortmund ||RM ||Camberwell ||78 ||€50.80 ||20 |
|Thomas Muller ||GER ||Bayern ||CAM ||Wuilheim ||80 ||€66.70 ||31 |
|Leon Goretzka ||GER ||Bayern ||CM ||Bochum ||75 ||€33.40 ||25 |
|Forwards || || || || || || || |
|Robert Lewandowski ||POL ||Bayern ||ST ||Warsaw ||88 ||€93.60 ||32 |
|Harry Kane ||ENG ||Tottenham ||ST ||London ||89 ||€90.10 ||26 |
|Timo Werner ||GER ||RB Leibzig ||ST ||Stuttgart ||78 ||€54.00 ||24 |
|Gareth Bale ||WAL ||Real Madrid ||RF ||Cardiff ||87 ||€87.80 ||31 |
| || || || ||Average/Totals ||82 ||€1,385.20 ||27.27 |
Ever forward-thinking, Germany predicted the grouping in 2017 and chose to develop the world's greatest post-2000 player to date, despite normally batting for the other team. Jadon Sancho hasn’t quite made the mark in an adolescent international career but has his entire 20's ahead of him, the Englishman with all the speed and flare of an Aston Martin, he is positionally and tactically convertible, his meaning his potential has no ceiling. Sancho will most likely contend with Sterling for a spot in the lineup, with an industrious German midfield dominating. Joshua Kimmich holding the obvious way to go.
Liverpool’s wing back pair continue to compete for assists, while solo Slovakian Milan Skriniar should play alongside one of three German centre-halfs. Take your pick from the keepers.
Another contender for the title, not quite as perfect as their western counterparts, but if any team can top them, it might be the region on top of them.
3 Chinese provinces (Henan, Hubei, Shandong)
Population (millions): 242.05
As I near the end, my last supper is a stale Chinese.
Three gargantuan provinces combine to complete the world’s most populous nation. These play home to four teams in the country's top flight, Qingdao Huanghai, Shandong Luneng, Henan Jianye and Wuhan Zall, with Marouane Fellaini the most recognisable name playing in the region, and probably the tallest human around.
China’s greatest goalscorer Hao Haidong was born in Shandong, with Yang Xu approaching his mid-thirties thirteen behind, Hao’s 41 goals for the team in red doesn’t look likely to be beaten anytime soon.
The Wuhan clan of Hao Junmin and Zhang Xizhe share 110 national appearances between them and steer a midfield that although the best of the Chinese teams, will struggle to dictate the play in a strong group.
|Goalkeepers || || || ||Birthplace ||FM20 ||Value ||Age |
|Guo Quanbo ||CHN ||Beijing Guoan ||GK ||Hubei ||37 ||€1.00 ||22 |
|Zeng Cheng ||CHN ||Shanghau Shenhua ||GK ||Hubei ||49 ||€2.90 ||33 |
|Defenders || || || || || || || |
|Yu Hai ||CHN ||Shanghai SIPG ||LWB ||Henan ||52 ||€2.50 ||33 |
|Yu Dabao ||CHN ||Beijing Guoan ||CB ||Shandong ||51 ||€3.30 ||32 |
|Zhang Linpeng ||CHN ||Guangzhou E ||CB ||Shandong ||51 ||€3.70 ||31 |
|Jiang Zhipeng ||CHN ||Heibe China Fortune ||LB ||Shandong ||51 ||€3.60 ||31 |
|He Guan ||CHN ||Shanghai SIPG ||CB ||Shandong ||50 ||€3.00 ||27 |
|Mei Fang ||CHN ||Guangzhou E ||CB ||Hubei ||47 ||€3.10 ||31 |
|Zheng Zheng ||CHN ||Shandong Luneng ||LB ||Shandong ||47 ||€3.00 ||31 |
|Li Lei ||CHN ||Beijing Guoan ||LB ||Shandong ||46 ||€3.60 ||27 |
|Midfielders || || || || || || || |
|Hao Junmin ||CHN ||Shandong Luneng ||CM ||Hubei ||54 ||€2.70 ||33 |
|Zhang Xizhe ||CHN ||Beijing Guoan ||CAM ||Hubei ||50 ||€4.50 ||29 |
|John Hou Saeter ||CHN ||Beijing Guoan ||CDM ||Trondheim, Norway ||46 ||€4.40 ||22 |
|Li Hang ||CHN ||Wuhan Zall ||CM ||Hubei ||46 ||€2.50 ||31 |
|Zheng Kaimu ||CHN ||Jiangsu Suning ||CDM ||Hubei ||46 ||€2.40 ||28 |
|Zheng Long ||CHN ||Dalian Yifang ||LM ||Shandong ||45 ||€0.38 ||32 |
|Wang Yongpo ||CHN ||Shenzhen ||RM ||Shandong ||46 ||€2.00 ||33 |
|Pedro Delgado ||CHN ||Aves ||CAM ||Portimao, Portugal ||53 ||€4.80 ||23 |
|Forwards || || || || || || || |
|Gao Lin ||CHN ||Shenzhen ||CF ||Henan ||53 ||€1.50 ||34 |
|Xiao Zhi ||CHN ||Guangzhou R&F ||ST ||Henan ||46 ||€0.00 ||34 |
|Shan Huanhuan ||CHN ||Dalian Yifang ||ST ||Henan ||44 ||€0.36 ||21 |
|Gao Xiang ||CHN ||Qingdao ||RF ||Shandong ||43 ||€2.10 ||31 |
| || || || ||Average/Totals ||48 ||€57.34 ||30 |
This aging squad is waiting for a new wave of talent, one of only a few teams to exceed an average age of 30.
Third place a near certainty in this group, but they’ll be looking forward to knocking a few past East India.
So there we go, my work is done, I’m working on collaborating with someone to sim the tournament and will have that ready for you ASAP.
I’ll do some spring cleaning on some mistakes in past posts and try to put some of your lineups in there, until then, thanks so much for reading the series, I’m going to go back to playing miniclip pool infront of the Netflix ‘are you still watching’ screen. Cheers!
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2020.04.13 01:48 JF_112 [THREAD] All my Leafs video clips since the start of the quarantine
I can’t believe this series is now done after dedicating the last four months or so to posting one highlight a day on this page. Thank you everyone who sent in submissions throughout and checked out the posts! Whether this is your first time here or have seen them all, this wouldn’t have been possible without your support. Although it started around the time of some tough circumstances, I hope this put a smile on your face as you waited patiently for hockey to come back! The series began on March 15th, 2020 and ended on August 1st, 2020. EDIT: This series is set to conclude on August 1st, the day before the Leafs return to the ice! So if you haven’t already, please send me your suggestions for what you would like me to share!!
A lot of you have enjoyed the series of videos I have been posting each day for the last few weeks and I am very appreciative of that. As the series progresses, it will inevitably be harder to keep track of everything I've posted.
This is why I have made the post you're looking at to collect all of the previous entries and put them in one place! Each day, I will update the post with the latest clip in the series so that you are up to date on what has been shared already.
In terms of submissions, you're more than welcome to post them here. You can also message me them (a few of have already along with some kind messages :D)
I hope this makes it easier for everyone to keep track and kill some time looking at some of the best clips featuring the Leafs! This will likely be pinned to the top of the sub so you can easily access it each day.
Matthews GWG in last game before pause Leafs Blackwaks wild ending (2018) Hagman's nifty shootout goal Green 2OT goal vs Flyers Kaberle OT goal vs. Flyers Matthews' second career hat trick Franson hip-checks Crosby by accident Berezin OT winner vs. Penguins Belak fights Janssen Campbell goalline save vs. Sharks Kessel's first even-strength goal vs. Bruins Marner scores 7 seconds into afternoon game JVR scores 4 seconds into the period Barrie's first goal as a Leaf Sundin's late goal vs. Senators (2004 playoffs) Martin hits Petry, then two fights break out vs. Canadiens Marner's nifty SO goal Gartner sets Fastest Skater record at 1996 All-Star Game Clark scores in his first game back as a Leaf Grabovski's other spin-o-rama SO goal Moore's first NHL goal Nylander scores OT winner on a penalty shot Gartner OT winner vs Sharks Reimer stops four quality shots vs. Canucks Hagman's dangle goal vs. Panthers Blake's spin-o-rama SO goal Grabovski's crazy scoring attempt Lupul scores and breaks the net camera Matthews OT winner vs. Canadiens Marner's penalty shot playoff goal Kadri's GW SO goal on Brodeur Tavares revealed as 25th Leafs captain Matthews reveals a Marleau All-Star jersey Muzzin's hit on Krug Bozak's SH playoff goal vs. Bruins Raymond's spin-o-rama shootout goal JVR deflects the puck to himself before scoring Scrivens glove stop on Steen Connolly scores OT winner on Ward Cross OT winner vs. Senators Nylander's between-the-legs goal Marleau's first goal as a Leaf Kadri slick move to set up Franson goal MacArthur GWG vs. Bruins Steckel SH breakaway goal vs. Capitals Ennis nifty goal vs. Blue Jackets Rielly bank pass to set up Gardiner goal Leafs beat the Hurricanes 8-1 Soshnikov's first NHL goal Kessel scores from behind the goal line Kapanen's first NHL goal Bozak's SO winner in 2014 Winter Classic Marner's first NHL goal Matthews OT winner vs. Blackhawks Potvin glove save during 1994 playoffs Marner between-the-legs goal vs. Sharks Marincin highlight-reel goal vs. Canucks Kessel blows past two Devils defenders for a goal Berezin nifty goal vs. Canadiens Dermott and Holl's first NHL goals Bernier glove save on Hornqvist Tavares' first goal vs. Islanders Crabb SH goal vs. Sabres Grabner's butt-goal Johnsson's hat trick vs. Flyers Leafs five-goal comeback late in third vs. Rangers Phaneuf hit on Anisimov Bozak 5-on-3 SH goal vs. Devils Frattin beats the buzzer for OT goal Schenn coast-to-coast goal vs. Bruins Bozak's first NHL goal Kessel rocket goal vs Panthers Gardiner solo effort vs. Lightning Matthews deke goal vs. Sabres Grabovski spin-o-rama SO goal vs. Blues Paul Ranger's shootout attempt Clark knocks off Joseph's mask
|"One old Leafs highlight a day" |
(Mods deleted this one) Joseph accidentally trips referee Grabovski splits the D for GWG Quinn hit on Bobby Orr Hyman breakaway playoff goal vs. Bruins Sundin's 1000th career point Kulemin demolishes Kaleta Leafs beat Thrashers 9-3 Lombardi scores in his first game in nearly a year Valk OT winner vs Penguins Hainsey SH goal vs. Canucks Reimer pad stop vs. Devils Komarov SH blast vs. Avalanche Rielly end-to-end goal vs. Oilers Leafs score three goals in 23 seconds (1979 playoffs) Domi shootout goal in the preseason Clark hat trick goal vs Kings Nylander tying goal vs Capitals Marner slows down Ovechkin in OT Reimer save on Bergeron Tucker takes on Senators bench Marner blocks two Pastrnak shots Domi fights a Flyers fan Matthews "good goal" celebration JVR skilled goal vs. Bruins Matthews behind-the-net pass sets up Komarov goal McDonald goal vs Islanders Tavares salutes Leafs fans prior to a game Nieuwendyk beats Lalime twice from a similar spot Sundin's return to Toronto Matthews scores off crazy bounce vs. Capitals Gardiner playoff goal from 2013 Leafs honour Burke's son with a blowout win Lupul end-to-end goal vs. Hurricanes Roberts triple OT goal vs. Senators Andersen's goal-line save vs. Capitals Clark fights McSorley Gilmour's wraparound 2OT goal vs. Blues Thomas OT goal vs Senators from 2000 Sundin OT goal vs. Senators from 2001 Mikheyev's goal breaks the net cam Kaberle goes 4/4 in Accuracy Shooting Thomas and Sundin late goals vs. Flyers Kapanen SH goal vs Bruins Tucker hit on Sami Kapanen Sundin late goal vs. Hurricanes Potvin vs. Hextall goalie fight Kadri hits and Matthews goal sequence Brent's monster PK shift Gustavsson two-on-none save vs. Red Wings Bozak's OT winner in Game 3 vs. Capitals Kadri outmuscles McDavid for OT goal Borschevsky's Game 7 OT winner vs Red Wings Sittler's 10-point game vs. Bruins Sundin's 500th career goal Leafs 2017 playoff clincher vs. Penguins Matthews' NHL debut Andersen stick save vs. Bruins Kapanen's goal in 2OT vs. Capitals Muzzin sequence vs. Ducks Leafs vs. Sabres brawl from 2013 Matthews Centennial Classic OT Winner Leafs score 3 goals in less than a minute vs. Hurricanes Matthews' OT winner vs. Sabres
Marner gets stick from Bobby Hasting before setting up a Tavares goal Marner and Martin smelling salts Marner dekes out Reimer for a goal Nylander pass to Matthews Phaneuf hit on Da Costa Moore hit on Chara Marner getting puck stuck in his skates Matthews tossing stick to Rielly Matthews dangles at 2016 WCOH Andersen hitting Connolly Brown fight vs. Newbury Matthews, Marner, Nylander, and Hyman at Christmas market Moore breakaway without a stick
|"Thinking about..." series |
Komarov and Williams' hilarious faceoff battle Grabovski OT winner vs. Canadiens Clark walking around Toronto Domi fights two players simultaneously Gretzky and Sundin McDonalds commercial Sundin Nike commercial Orr and McLaren fight the Canadiens from 2013 Gartner loses stick and fan hands it back Barabanov slick shootout goal Hyman's OT shift but with Mario music Matthews goal vs. Bruins but with a twist Kapanen skating fast but with Super Mario 64 music Gardiner making Bozak chuckle
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2020.03.11 04:09 Ms_K45H13_01 Am I (32f) wasting my time with this guy (46m)?
So we met May 2018 through a paid speed dating event for women 30-40 and men 35-45. He was my only match, but I thought we really hit it off. We went on a few casual "coffee dates" and really connected, and got more serious. After about a month he started bringing up issues with my age, stating that the age difference made him uncomfortable but then that he had already fallen for me before learning my exact age. Things were going well (at least so I thought), but then out of nowhere he ghosted me around September 2018.
I eventually got over the ghosting after sending him several angry texts and not getting any response. Then in February 2019 out of the blue he sent me an "apology text" which admittedly I did not respond the best to, but again no response back from him.
Then in August he sends me a picture of himself at a concert, with a caption thanking me for introducing him to that particular DJ, I basically just responded saying "you're welcome", and again nothing back from him.
So then in September I sent him a message just letting him know that my bed had broken (he had helped me fix my bed the year prior), it was just an interesting story that I thought I'd want to know if the roles were reversed. He responded and we started exchanging messages primarily around the adventures of me trying to deal with/fix my bed.
Then in in November he asks if I'd be available to meet him for coffee /lunch, I responded pointing out that the day he was suggesting was my birthday. To which he responded that he knew. I accepted the invite as I had no other plans. I have to say that I had a good time, we literally sat in the restaurant talking through their lunch service and until they were setting up for dinner. We continued have weekly "dates" after that.
Then in December I basically called him up and asked him what we were doing? As I honestly did not understand what had changed, the age difference was still the same (which I assumed was the original issue behind his ghosting). He basically gave me a bunch of BS and said he didn't know either but was interested in where it could go, but didn't want to put an official label until he knew for sure. I admittedly accepted his BS at the time partly because it had only been about a month at that time, but now we are in March 2020 and things are no clearer.
We both work downtown Toronto, although I live on the west end of the city (on TTC) and he lives in Ajax (drives but takes the GO into work), we also work opposite schedules (him typical 9-5pm and I do 2-10pm including alternate weekends) so we really only see each other on the weekends. He has consistently come over every Friday night, if it's my weekend off then he'll stay the whole weekend and leave on Sunday, the weekends that I work he'll drop me off at the subway Saturday then go about the rest of his weekend. During the week he calls me every night (when he's able to stay awake past 11pm - the time I get home). So his actions seem to be very boyfriend like, but he refuses to acknowledge me as being his girlfriend. I have also never met anyone in his life (friend or family), nor have I been to his place.
Am I crazy for questioning whether this is a healthy relationship? Am I wasting my time?
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2020.02.02 07:52 iAmUbik I went through the footage provided by u/atadams and tried to determine what the result would be if all cheating-assisted plays were taken away from the Astros during the 2017 regular season
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I wanted to see what would happen if we took away all of the positive gained plays that were assisted by the cheating tactic we all now colloquially refer to as “banging.” I watched through all the footage that consisted of banging as well as a net-positive outcome for the Astros and tallied what all should be taken away. This INCLUDES fastballs that did not receive a “bang” during an at-bat that had bangs for the off-speed pitches. There were also a few plays I subtracted from where a batter takes advantage of an early fast ball after an at-bat that contained bangs. This included taking away plays such as where base runners who did NOT receive banging help, but were driven in to score by a batter who was helped, as well as the opposite situation where a batter who was not helped may have driven in those on base who cheated to get there – those runs and RBI’s would be taken away.
A few disclaimers:
These statistics, findings, and opinions – are based on the effect of banging on trash cans
. I did not take into account whistling, buzzing, and whatnot – as there is no data on that. This analysis was done on the notion of analyzing at-bat performance against trash can banging, or whatever they were beating on.
I did not track stolen bases. It was enough to watch/listen/verify all the at-bats, so I did not bother to track stolen base metrics.
I did not watch through the at-bats that had bangs and resulted in an out with nobody on base, as there is no point. I did watch through at-bats that resulted in an out, but had base runners move and took that into consideration when removing stats.
There were a FEW (less than ten) cases where the batter received help on an AB, but the help did not matter as the pitcher was way off the mound on fastballs and it led to a walk. These plays I did not deduct. Once again, there were very few of these compared to the balls-on-base that WERE taken away during this analysis.
There was only one case where the batter received help and got a hit – but I let it stand. This was an at-bat between Evan Gattis and Ervin Santana on July 15th, in which I thought Santana threw cake right over the plate (he was 100 pitches deep) that just about any major league batter would have hit.
There was one case I found where a bang that was not recorded, which clearly was a bang, resulted in a home run. This went to George Springer and I took it away from him. I’m sure there were more bangs that could not get picked up by the mics, so you can assume some form of variance.
Keep in mind, the dataset provided by u/atadams
is still missing 20 additional games that are not factored into these numbers.
Findings on the banging scheme while going through the film:
Through early May, the sign stealing system was in its infancy. Often it seemed like the relay (should read “banging”) team had the wrong sign, and really may have negatively affected the batter.
By mid-to-late July, the relay team had it down and the banging was in full-force. There were plenty of at-bats that were perfectly assisted by the relay team down to the 1 bang, 2 bang and their respective pitch. These were the games that documented upwards of 40+ bangs in a game. They truly are hard to watch.
The banging became more and more audible as the season went on. By early August it was like they weren’t even trying to hide it anymore. As an Astros fan, it even got me a little sick at times of how blatant they were cheating and how casual they were about it.
The banging did not always correlate to off-speed. The relay team, at times, would bang for a fastball as opposed to the off-speed pitch, depending who was at-bat. An example of this was Josh Reddick who is known to prefer off-speed pitches.
All of the top 20 batters for the Astros during the 2017 season, minus Tony Kemp, benefited from the sign-stealing system.
Jose Altuve participated in the banging scheme, early into the season, but was rarely helped after the All-Star break. It seems clear that at some point, Altuve preferred to not receive help via banging – the reason of which is unclear. Some may say he shifted to some other form of cheating, and others will proclaim his innocence. I’m staying out of this one.
If there was another player who seemed to disfavor the banging scheme, it was Josh Reddick. Although Reddick did receive his share of help at the plate - during the same stretch Altuve stopped receiving help, Reddick also trended in the same bang-free direction. Reddick’s help did ramp up again closer to season’s end as he went through a batting slump.
I also really just wanted to plug-in, that for as many bangs that Brian McCann got, he did not see that great of a return for it.
Here are the charts in which I tallied the “new” (taken away) stats, compared it to the old (official) stats, and showed the change in difference to each stat. Personally, I want to refrain from making personal judgement and sharing my opinion and let you draw your own conclusions based on the numbers. These original stats came from baseball-rerference.com, and all the advanced stats are locked into the correct formulas. For the conditional filters, I made red the higher number to represent who was the worse offender per stat.
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Note: this list features what I saw as the “main” line-up for the Houston Astros. I removed individuals who cheated but had low at-bats, as it skewed the colored formatting too drastically with the smaller sample size of at-bats.
Further on, past the individual statistics – there were certainly games that the outcome of which was affected by cheating. Here are the games that based on the runs that would be taken away, would change the outcome of the game to an outright loss for the Astros.
May 2nd vs. Texas Rangers
May 10th vs. Atlanta Braves
July 1st vs. New York Yankees
July 17th vs. Minnesota Twins
July 31st vs. Tampa Bay Rays
August 4th vs. Toronto Blue Jays
August 6th vs. Toronto Blue Jays
September 3rd vs. New York Mets
September 20th vs. Chicago White Sox
This would be a total of 9 wins taken away from the Astros, bringing them down to a total of 92. But how much would this affect them? Even with these 9 wins wiped out, it would take at least 12 more losses from the 20 games of footage we are missing of, for the Los Angeles Angels to catch the Astros for the division title. So, who ultimately lost out here? The Boston Red Sox
. If the Astros fell to 92 wins, this would have reseeded them in the #3 spot in the 2017 playoffs and given the home field advantage of the ALDS to the Red Sox. Now, would this have affected the outcome of the ALDS? Hard to call. The Astros had great outings by Verlander and Kuechel in the ALDS, and proved they could win at Fenway by closing the series out in Game 4 while facing Chris Sale.
If the Astros got out of an ALDS series that saw the Boston Red Sox with home field advantage, the rest of the 2017 postseason could theoretically continue as it was written. The Astros would still have had home field advantage against the Yankees in the ALCS, and the Dodgers would still have home field in the World Series. My question is, if the Boston Red Sox still split the first two games at home, could they have mustered a win in Houston knowing they could have had returned to Fenway for a do-or-die Game 5 – and even then, would they be able to win that game?
A distant second-place prize for the next-most team to get screwed over in the win-loss column, goes to the Toronto Blue Jays – who could claim two losses from the Astros banging scandal. Marcus Stroman already tweeted his frustration upon recollection of the game and the breaking of the news, and after watching the game – he had a damn good reason to.
Let’s cover the individual pitchers who got screwed over from this. There are a few categories I break this into:
First, let’s look at the “you cost me my job” pitchers:
- Cesar Valdez – A’s and Blue Jays
Cesar Valdez had the unfortunate fate of facing the Astros twice in their dome, with two different teams. First with the A's on April 28th, and then with the Blue Jays on August 4th. Both times, he was shelled by the Astros and didn't last more than four innings. His start on August 4th, 2017 was his last appearance in the majors. Valdez has since seen success in the Mexican League, where he spent his time after his first tenure in the MLB in 2010.
- A.J. Griffin – Rangers
The Astros cheated during their first game against Griffin on May 4th. While there is no current footage of his other appearance at Minute Maid Park on September 26th, Griffin was pulled out after only getting through 0.1 inning, surrendering 5 hits and 5 runs in what would also be his last appearance in the majors. Again there is no footage, but the implications are pretty heavy. Griffin would go on to sign a minor league deal with the Mets in 2018, but was waived after two awful Triple-A starts and hasn’t pitched since.
- Mike Bolsinger – Blue Jays
Perhaps ironically, Bolsinger came in for relief on behalf of Cesar Valdez, and left with a similar outcome. This became Bolsinger’s last game in the majors. He was demoted to Triple-A for the rest of 2017, and in the following off-season he went to play in Japan where he still is today.
- Josh Smith – A’s
A distant fourth, Smith got sent to the minors after his rough outing on June 28th in a relief appearance. He did return to the A’s active roster a month later.
Second, I had to make a category for one pitcher who I really think got screwed:
- Patrick Corbin – Diamondbacks
If not for the banging, I believe Patrick Corbin may have recorded his first and only career no-hitter on his start in Minute Maid on August 17th. All the hits he gave up in the game included assists from banging, with the exception of one hit from Jake Marisnick – but that hit came from an early fastball that Marisnick very well may have known was coming, given that he was getting help earlier in the game.
Last, pitchers who were affected and suffered various outcomes such as taking a loss, blown save, or uncharacteristically giving up a ton of hits/bases – and the date of that appearance.
- Jaime Garcia – Braves – May 10th
- Aroldis Chapman – Yankees – July 1st
- Dellin Betances – Yankees – July 1st
- Kyle Gibson – Twins – July 16th
- James Paxton – Mariners – July 19th and September 15th
- Alex Cobb – Rays – July 31st
- Marcus Stroman – Blue Jays – August 6th
- Roberto Osuna – Blue Jays – August 6th
- Chris Flexen – Mets – September 3rd
And of course, there is Aaron Judge
. The argument still looms for Aaron Judge’s MVP case, and while to Altuve’s credit of cheating the least (relatively), the RBIs that would be taken away from his cheating teammates might be enough to cover that gap voters may have had. Voters may still point to the gap in batting average, but the drop in Altuve’s OPS from .957 to .938 might be something that would be considered as well.
On the topic of the All-Star game and if this would have affected All-Star appearances, I don’t think so. Like I said earlier, the cheating really ramped up in mid-to-late July – after the All-Star break. If anything, perhaps Springer and Correa would not be All-Star Starters, but I couldn’t see them missing the All-Star roster even with the stats pulled pre-All-Star game.
To wrap up, once again - I only did this analysis to cover the effects of the sign-stealing scandal in the regular season and seeing what would happen if these stats were taken away retroactively to the teams and the individuals. I do not want to cover if the Astros would have beaten the Yankees or Dodgers in the 2017 playoffs because that is a completely different story. The next question I could anticipate coming, is if I could provide the log of every play/AB I tallied. I might make that available, but by August – I stopped making written notes on each cheating instance and just made tallies, because there really was no explanation needed.
Hope this doesn’t get removed by mods. Thanks and all feedback appreciated.
EDIT: Thank you for all the awards, karma, and kind words!
2020.01.31 18:03 renuka-sharma About dotmobile - Intrigued to know about us, and what we are upto behind the social media screens? Below is some information on us, that could help! :)
1. About - Who are we and what are we building? dotmobile
is a Canadian startup with plans to launch a digital-only wireless service provider in 2020 - no call centres, no stores, just a native iOS/Android app that gives users full control of their wireless plan. We aim to offer our members connectivity to existing national and international LTE networks as an independent full MVNO
(Mobile Virtual Network Operator). Wireless service will be managed
entirely through a native application for iOS and Android.
We aren’t selling anything at this point, but we are having conversations with Canadians about what needs fixing.
Our company is located
in Toronto, Canada. 2. History:
The company behind dotmobile
, Data On Tap Inc. was founded by Algis Akstinas and Alex Bauman - two Canadian co-founders who previously worked at WIND Mobile (now Freedom Mobile
On February 7th
, 2019, Data On Tap Inc. launched the dotmobile brand and service concept website, inviting Canadians to provide feedback during the development and launch process through its “Build It!” page.
In September 2019, Data on Tap Inc (the company behind dotmobile) successfully registered as Proposed Full MVNO and is currently listed on the CRTC’s BITS (Basic International Telecommunication Services) license list. It also obtained a mobile network code
(MCC: 302 MNC: 100) in September 2019
, to be able to provide wireless services in Canada. According to CRTC rules, as a Proposed Full MVNO, dotmobile has until August 15th, 2020 to fulfill the requirements of a Full MVNO. 3
. Founders and Team:
The founders of dotmobile are Alex Bauman and Algis Akstinas.
Algis Akstinas (Founder and Chief Executive Officer) is Canadian-Lithuanian marketing, business development and telecommunications professional with experience in starting and transforming mobile service providers. Alex Bauman (Founder and Chief Experience Officer) is Canadian telecommunication professional with experience building knowledge management tools, sales portals, self-care systems, marketing automation frameworks, and many other digital transformation projects. 4
. Innovation Partners:
To this date, dotmobile has announced
several innovation partners.
5. Services and Launch Dates:
- Apptium Technologies supplies a service delivery platform and microservices, headquartered in Herndon, USA with offices in Toronto, Canada; New Jersey, USA; Philadelphia, USA; and Chennai, India.
- iTo (Informacinių Technologijų Organizacija) provides front-end development services and is headquartered in Kaunas, Lithuania.
- TelcoQ provides technology support for dotmobile’s connectivity intelligence features and is headquartered in Manchester, England.
Our services are broadly classified into a) wireless service and b) eCommerce marketplace.
Our wireless services and offerings are announced on our build it
! page, however, none of them are available to the public as of now. Details such as pricing have not yet been released, but dotmobile has announced that it will sell data by-the-gigabyte with rollover and unlimited talk and text for a month or annual fee.
Ours will be a digital-only service. We are building an app - for both android and iOS. Our full service will be launching in late 2020, but our Alpha launch is coming up, February 2020.
In Alpha, we will be launching our marketplace, which will provide a user space to buy and sell phone accessories. The marketplace will provide curated suggestions applicable to your phone model. Become a founding member
to get early access to the app. 6
We are investing in designing the privacy principles as a feature/service, not as an afterthought. To start we are minimizing the required information to join. Minimal information you will need to use the service is the only email. We will have a 'LEAVE' button in the application with 90-day max personal information retention (first in Canada?). Read our blog, here
. More details - we believe in transparency :) a. Why an independent MVNO in Canada?
In Canada, tiny telecoms like us don’t really exist - essentially we just have “The Big Three” (Rogers, Bell, TELUS) who share towers and copy-cat price plans. Then there’s a bunch of smaller wireless providers that
are owned by The Big Three, plus some smaller regional carriers like Freedom Mobile (now owned by Shaw).
This is one of the main reasons that Canadians pay some of the highest prices for wireless in the world
. We believe that if more tiny telecoms like us enter the market, there will be more real competition driving better pricing differentiation and service innovation. (A recent Financial Post op-ed on the topic
To make this possible, we need to change how telecom works (in Canada) - today, the regulations favour The Big Three but there’s a CRTC hearing
in February 2020 about improving the industry for consumers
The entire proceeding focuses on ways to achieve the new government directive for the CRTC to “promote competition, affordability, consumer interests and innovation”
. The directive was proposed in February 2019 and signed on June 18, 2019. In the notice of consultation, it is stated: “the Commission’s preliminary view that it would be appropriate to mandate that the national wireless carriers provide wholesale MVNO access as an outcome of this proceeding” b
. How is dotmobile going to work? Are we going to use the Bell/RogeTelus towers?
To elaborate on this, let’s first understand the difference between an MNO and an MVNO. A company that builds and operates a wireless network is called an MNO, or M
An MVNO is a M
perator. They are considered virtual because they use all or part of an existing wireless network but appear to be their own network.
In our case, we'll use the Radio Access Network (the towers) of a company like Bell, Rogers or Telus, but the core network behind the towers will be our own, it's the part that powers the actual service (vs wireless signal).
As for signal strength, we think there should be more tools for consumers to hold their wireless providers accountable. We're building a connectivity monitoring and intelligence tool to measure and report on what's working and what's not.
As for rates, we can't really talk about the price because there is a lot of regulatory uncertainty about wholesale rates. It's kind of like what just happened with internet providers.
We have published how the services will work, minus the price, because for us it's mostly about solving problems with how
you pay for service. Prices can change and go lower, but there are still fundamental problems with today's paradigms for a lot of people. c
. Will dotmobile’s service be available everywhere in Canada?
We plan to offer dotmobile’s services nationwide. We will be rolling out our services regionally to ensure we don’t bite off more than what we can chew. d
. How will overages work? Will you allow us to go over for free, at a reduced speed, charge us or don’t let us?
We actually won't have any overage fees. We plan on using our own brand of rollover data called Data on Tap. Instead of paying for a data limit (like most current Canadian plans) you buy the data itself. This means if you buy 1GBs of data (for example) then you own that 1GB of data. You can use that 1GB whenever you want until it runs out. Whether it takes you an evening to use it all up or 3 months, you won’t have to pay until you need more data. No overage fees, no reduced speed. e. How can you (the reader) help? Check out the official CRTC hearing info
- you can get involved directly or support a group already involved. It could be us, open media, local mp.
You can also become a founding member
on dotmobile’s website, and help us give feedback on our product. f. I want to work for dotmobile, what opportunities are available?
Currently, we are not hiring. We will be hiring in the latter half of the year, 2020. Follow us on Linkedin
, we post all our job openings there. You can also email us at - [email protected] g. To know more, you could;
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2020.01.25 17:43 THEOILLUMINATI Edmonton Oilers History Project: 2015-2016
This is the write up for the 2015-2016 season. The first time we've ever seen generational, super promise, Connor McDavid make his debut in the NHL.
Being NarcoticTurkey, I have been selected to create the post for this specific season so BEAR with me if it's not up to par with the other ones. This is mostly going to be MCDAVID themed as the entire season was centered around and will be remembered as his rookie year.
Let's start off with the off season hype.
This off season was like no others. We have had the first overall pick before but nothing was quite like what was anticipated going into this season with the selection of Connor McDavid. Let's start off with my perspective of the event. Now, I had been an Oilers fan all my life but had never followed it religiously as I have been now because I was younger, had different things to do, and the Oilers just flat out sucked year after year so I sort of just gave up. The first year that I had even started caring about the draft was in 2014 when the extremely hyped Aaron Ekblad was available and that's just the type of player that Edmonton needed at the time (a star defenceman), I was quite disappointed when I was told we had a great chance at winning the lottery but it ended up being some random German guy (Draisaitl) who I had never even heard of. Now onto this big lottery of 2015. I knew Connor McDavid was something special but didn't really care too much because I assumed he was going to be on a different team and this was my graduation year after all so I had much more important things to worry about. Anyways, my and some friends were hanging out, drinking at a buddy's house when we remembered that the NHL lottery is on right away and starting soon so we flick that on and take a seat, team after team get called blah blah blah we don't really care... then it gets down to the final 5 where it ended up going Carolina at 5, Toronto 4, and then Edmonton was next and the card was... DIFFERENT AND GOLD, we were like "What?!?!?!?!", "Did they win?!!", and then Bill Daley says: "we have a winner!" and we started to freak out like how did we win again, another ruined first overall, etc, etc..
But little did I even realize how incredibly good this player truly was.
Here is the Draft Lottery: https://youtu.be/mZqSx21WLkM
Here is the draft selecting McDavid first overall: https://youtu.be/XiRoXzhQz5Q
Now lets get onto the season!
Oilers Opening video for 2015-16 season: https://youtu.be/DAXZ7OuMklM October
October 13th, 2015, Oilers vs Stars. Connor McDavid scores one of the least typical goals that we are most normally used to seeing with his speed and nice plays. He tips in a shot from the point off Sekera for his first ever goal!
McDavid's first NHL goal: https://youtu.be/W2O-TtG-jpI
The Oilers saw a record of 4-8 in the month of October. Not great for the generational talent's first month in the NHL. Digging themselves a hole right from the get-go.
McDavid's point totals for this month were 5G-7A-12Pts in 12 games played. Not bad for a rookie. November
McDavid in the month of November posted... well.. 0G-0A-0Pts because he got injured in the first game of November vs the Philadelphia Flyers on November 3rd, 2015.
McDavid slide directly into the boards (with the help of Brandon Manning) shoulder first breaking his collarbone. The injury would keep him out all the way until February 2nd.
If anyone of you would like to relive the injury (Ew), here is the link for that: https://youtu.be/kXGHW9OcNoA
To end the month of November the Oilers held a record of 8-15-2 going 4-7-2 in that stretch. December
Ah, the dark, McDavid-less month of December. Merry Christmas, fuckers.
The Oilers ended up going 7-6-1 in this month which is actually quite the improvement without their star player! Maybe the injury lit a fire under their butts for the time being.
But, after starting the month on 6 game win streak, they followed it up with a terrible stretch losing the last 7/8 games. Ending December with an abysmal record of 15-21-3.
McDavid decided to slump AGAIN posting up 0G-0A-0 pts in 0 games in the month of December. Tsk..tsk... January
Another disappointing month for Oilers fans in the cold, miserable month of January not being able to watch the Oilers succeed, especially without the young McDavid.
Oilers went 4-5-2 in this month of January.
At the end of the month, their record was 19-26-5
What is wrong with this McDavid guy? I thought he was supposed to be all that... he posted an abysmal 0G-0A-0 pts again... February
OH MY, CONNOR MCDAVID! WELCOME BACK! On February 2nd, 2016, The Oilers were at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets for his first game back since the grueling injury. McDavid ended up having a hell of a night (as he usually does), posting 1G and 2A. But that's not all, folks. He ended up scoring the best goal of his career to date, and you all know what I'm talking about. Here it is again because I know you want to watch it again (I sure do): https://youtu.be/-9ru_R7Qjjo
Another interesting thing happened in February 2016. I was lucky enough to go to my first Oilers game that featured Connor McDavid and it happened to be the best game he ever played in his rookie year. The game was February 11th at Rexall place playing against his boyhood team the Toronto Maple Leafs. McDavid was absolutely outstanding this game posting 2G-3A for the first 5 point game of his career feeding Eberle with an assist for his 5th point giving Jordan Eberle the first hat-trick of his career. Highlights for this game here: https://youtu.be/On3uKrSCEXc
The Oilers as a team would go 4-8-2 in the month of February, putting themselves even further out of the playoff hunt now sitting at 23-34-7
McDavid would tally 14GP 5G-12A-17Pts in his first month back from injury**.** March
On March 1st, 2016, the Oilers played a game in Buffalo. This game held significance because it was the first time that Connor McDavid would face off against his media portrayed "rival", Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres who was drafted 2nd overall behind McDavid. The people of Buffalo go to witness who they were so close to having if they were to win the lottery (finishing last place the season prior). The game was Connor score 2 goals, one being the overtime winner in which Eichel had a great opportunity to score but was then followed up immediately after with Connor torching down the ice and putting the game away just like that. Relive that moment here: https://youtu.be/rYxwzbMKtRY
Oilers would see a record of 7-8 in March which was better than most months but still not close to good enough.
They would then end the month of March with a total record of 30-42-7
McDavid points for the month of March were 15GP 5G-11A-16Pts April
On April 6th, 2016, the Edmonton Oilers would play their final game at the historic Rexall place against the Vancouver Canucks. They Oilers absolutely demolished them in this game, beating them 6-2. The game was called by the legendary Bob Cole and when Connor McDavid scored his first of 2 goals that night Bob was quoted saying: "Connor McDavid! Remember that name." This is of significance because Bob Cole has been around hockey for an extremely long time, calling games for the very best players to ever play including but not limited to: Gretzky, Lemieux, Ovechkin, Crosby, and finally his last all time great Connor McDavid. Connor would finish that final game with 1G-2A.
They would only play 3 games in April losing their last game in Vancouver in a shootout ending the month with a record of 1-1-1
They would end the season with the pathetic record of 31-43-8
McDavid points in April 3GP 1G-2A-3Pts End of the season
After finishing the year 31-43-8, the Oilers failed to make the post-season for the TENTH time in a row capping off the decade of darkness with an exciting, yet extremely depressing and traumatizing year. They finished last in the Pacific and 29th overall in the entire league only 1 point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs who ended up winning the draft lottery and drafting Auston Matthews. Yes, we were this close AGAIN.
While McDavid's rookie campaign was impressive, finishing with 45GP 16G-32A-48Pts. The whole rookie year will be overshadowed by the fact that he missed almost half the season and missed out on winning the Calder trophy for rookie of the year to Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks.
All in all, the 2015-16 season was just another typical disappointment for Oilers fans.
For anyone who wants to relive some of the early days of McMagic, here are his top plays from his rookie year: https://youtu.be/dyBsGYaQGhs Mod Note
We reached out to narcoticturkey
to do McDavid's first year in the NHL as he's kinda our McDavid ambassador both here and in /hockey
. Thanks bud for doing this! Unfortunately, the 2016-2017 season will be delayed as well and we hope to have that out as soon as possible. We will keep you updated on this. Don't worry though as we have a fun event planned for you armchair GMs
to go along with your shitposting. Finally still looking for some people to do the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 if anyone is interested in doing those. If no one claims them we will probably still post them so we can have some community discussion about them. Stats
|Players ||GP ||Goals ||Assists ||Points |
|Taylor Hall ||82 ||26 ||39 ||65 |
|Leon Draisaitl ||72 ||19 ||32 ||51 |
|Connor McDavid ||45 ||16 ||32 ||48 |
|Jordan Eberle ||69 ||25 ||22 ||47 |
|Benoit Pouliot ||55 ||14 ||22 ||36 |
|Player ||Position ||Round ||Overall |
|Connor McDavid ||C ||1 ||1 |
|Caleb Jones ||D ||4 (from Montreal) ||56 |
|Ethan Bear ||D ||5 ||124 |
|John Marino ||D ||6 ||154 |
|Miroslav Svoboda ||G ||7 (from Anaheim) ||208 |
|Ziyat Paigin ||D ||7 (from New York) ||209 |
Standings (Pacific Division)
|Date ||Team ||Oilers Acquire ||Oilers Move |
|June 26, 2015 ||New York Islanders ||Griffin Reinhart ||2015 1st round pick (#16 Matthew Barzal), 2015 2nd round draft pick (#33 Mitchell Stephens) |
|June 27th, 2015 ||New York Rangers ||Cameron Talbot, 2015 7th round pick (#209 Ziyat Paigin) ||2015 2nd round pick (#57 Jonas Siegenthaler), 3rd round pick (#79 Sergey Zborovskiy), 7th round pick (#184 Adam Huska) |
|June 27th, 2015 ||Toronto Maple Leafs ||Martin Marincin ||Brad Ross, 2015 4th round pick (#107 Christian Wolanin) |
|June 27th, 2015 ||Ottawa Senators ||Eric Gryba ||Travis Ewanyk, 2015 4th round pick (#107 Christian Wolanin) |
|June 27th, 2015 ||Tampa Bay Lightning ||2016 7th round pick (#206 Otto Somppi) ||2015 7th round pick (#208 Miroslav Svoboda) |
|June 30th, 2015 ||Arizona Coyotes ||Lauri Korpikoski ||Boyd Gordon |
|July 6th, 2015 ||Chicago Blackhawks ||Anders Nilsson ||Liam Coughlin |
|December 28th, 2015 ||Montreal Canadiens ||Zack Kassian ||Ben Scrivens |
|February 28th, 2016 ||Vancouver Canucks ||2017 5th round pick (#126 Michael Karow) ||Philip Larsen |
|February 27th, 2016 ||St. Louis Blues ||Niklas Lundstrom, 2016 5th round pick (#149 Graham McPhee) ||Anders Nilsson |
|February 27th 2016 ||Pittsburgh Penguins ||Justin Schultz ||2016 3rd round pick (#91 Filip Berglund) |
|February 27th, 2016 ||Florida Panthers ||Teddy Purcell ||2016 3rd round pick (#84 Matthew Cairns) |
|February 29th, 2016 ||Anaheim Ducks ||Patrick Maroon ||Martin Gernat, 2016 4th round pick (#93 Jack Kopacka) |
|Team ||Wins ||Losses ||Overtime Losses ||Points |
|Anaheim ||46 ||25 ||11 ||103 |
|Los Angeles ||48 ||28 ||6 ||102 |
|San Jose ||46 ||30 ||6 ||98 |
|Arizona ||35 ||39 ||8 ||78 |
|Calgary ||35 ||40 ||7 ||77 |
|Vancouver ||31 ||38 ||13 ||75 |
|Edmonton ||31 ||43 ||8 ||70 |
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2020.01.13 21:00 DangerDylan [Monday, 13. January]
Scientists paint Australia fires as red alert on climate change "We totally expected that as the climate warmed, fires in Australia would get worse. But the scale of this disaster is something I couldn’t have imagined, and it’s the same for a lot of people in Australia.” Comments Link Trump authorized Soleimani's killing 7 months ago, with conditions The timing raises new questions about the Trump administration's stated justification for taking out the top Iranian general. Comments Link Australian Prime Minister Morrison has suffered a massive hit to his personal approval rating and been overtaken as preferred prime minister by Anthony Albanese in the first published opinion poll of 2020 Comments Link Thousands of Iranian protesters hit streets condemning leaders over downed plane
Student who feared for life in speeding Uber furious company first offered her $5 voucher
Australia is dropping thousands of veggies from helicopters for hungry animals escaping bushfires
Scientists find a molecular switch (and an FDA approved drug) that could reverse myelin sheath damage that occurs in neurogenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and in spinal cord injury - blocking the PAR 1 receptor improves nerve healing in mouse models
Engineering team invents novel Direct Thermal Charging Cell for Converting low-grade waste heat to usable electricity. This technology taps into the massive potential of recycling low-grade heat as an energy source that can be used all over the world and help reduce overall industrial emissions
This repeating signal originated from a galaxy 500 million light-years from Earth. It is only the fifth time that scientists have been able to trace an FRB back to its galaxy of origin.
Walmart wants to build 20,000-square-foot automated warehouses with fleets of robot grocery pickers.
City of Las Vegas said it successfully avoided devastating cyber-attack
Mazda purposely limited its new EV 'to feel more like a gas car.'
Australia Is Fucked & You Can Be Too With This $69 Bushfire Donation Dildo
McDonald's responds to 20-year-old burger, says it's 'by no means the same as the day it was purchased'
Gordon Ramsay: My son has already started swearing
[Serious] Reddit, what are some free (or cheap) official degrees, certifications, or titles one could gain online?
What is rare, but not valuable?
You are now naked. How much trouble are you in?
The migration is over
Causality Tracking in Extended Events
Which clients work well with MSSQL?
Powershell Data Files - Which do you use?
Azure RDP Script
Multiple ways of doing things? Advice on best practises.
l designed standoffs for my laptop so l can draw on my lap while sitting
I designed my son’s high school ID case. Printed on Flashforge Finder and changed filament mid-print.
Tap handle of water container broke the day after finishing my Prusa assembly. Timing couldn't be better.
[OC] Plot of the age of the oldest known living person over time, blue shaded areas are male, pink are female
[OC] I tracked my life for (almost) a year
[OC] I tracked all the sexual intercourse with my girlfriend in 2019
TIL during 2005 in Glendale, CA a suicidal man parked his car in front of a commuter train. The train derailed and collided with two additional trains resulting in over a 100 casualties. The man survived and was sentenced to life without parole.
TIL Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto, has finally visited it, as his ashes are aboard the New Horizons spacecraft that completed a Pluto flyby in 2015.
TIL that since roosters crow at an average of 130 decibels, their external auditory canals close off completely when they fully open their beak. This prevents them from damaging their own hearing when they crow.
Is reading considered a hobby?
Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories.
How Horror Helps With Processing Grief and Trauma
My great-grandma and her little brother, 1910. I like how happy they look!
My grandmother and father 50 years ago
Henry Behrens, the smallest man in the world, dances with his cat, 1956
Heavy rains in Israel created these painful pictures
Mitsubishi Zero, Palau, eastern Caroline Islands
cruising the swiss alps with this historical pilatus p3 wingman
My attempt at a LEGO Saturn V display
I had a baby for someone else
In 1964 a group of high school kids skipped class to see the Beatles. While driving, Ringo pulled beside them and snapped their picture. When they told their friends no one believed them. 50 years later Ringo publishes a book of photographs. They were in it. They reposed the shot as they look today.
Kyle Lowry Kissing His Son In The Crowd Mid Game
Getting the shot
Spitfire, the Michael Jordan of dock diving dogs
Big sister to the rescue
Kitty practice lion dance for the Chinese New Year
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2019.12.01 05:31 THRILLHOIAF [COMETS HARVEST] Utica Comets (12-7-1-0) vs. Toronto Marlies (14-2-2-1)
Good Afternoon Canuck Nation, it's time for another weekend double-header on the road. Today (and tomorrow) the Comets faceoff against North Division-leading, Toronto Marlies.
The Marlies haven't missed a beat since losing Sheldon Keefe to call-up. Since November 20th, the Marlies have rattled off four-straight wins, on top of the existing three-game win streak they had while Keefe was behind the bench. *busts out calculator* that's SEVEN wins straight!
This weekend marks the Marlies first of four triple-header weekends that they'll have to endure this season. By comparison, the Comets have just one triple-header on the docket this season. Last year, the Comets had five triple-header weekends.
I semi got my wish last Wednesday when I'd hoped the Marlies would come into this Saturday's matchup, tired from their road game against Rochester. While the Marlies won, it was still an overtime game that didn't end until 9:36 pm last night. Maybe they hit a lil' traffic on the way home, ensuring a late return home before today's afternoon action!
What I'm getting at is the Comets will need every advantage they can get to come away from this weekend with any points whatsoever. This past Wednesday's game against the Syracuse Crunch was easily the Comet's best-composed effort to-date. The D-corps were playing responsibly, the forward groups were aggressive on pucks in the neutral zone, and they didn't allow their opponents 50+ odd-man-rushes against during the game.
Comets will need to repeat Wednesday's effort and will need Mikey DP to stay on top of his game.
All that preamble out of the way lets take a look at the starting lineup and see what if any changes got made to Wednesday's winning combination. THE STARTING LINEUP
|LW ||C ||RW |
|Baertschi (#47) ||Malone (#17) ||Boucher (#24) |
|Roussel (#62) ||Camper (#19) ||Lind (#13) |
|Gadjovich (#21) ||Perron (#27) ||Bailey (#95) |
|Bancks (#34) ||Jasek (#9) ||Stevenson (#26) |
|LD ||RD |
|Sautner (#6) ||Chatfield (#5) |
|Brisebois (#55) ||Rafferty (#25) |
|Blujus (#8) ||Eliot (#52) |
It looks like the only change to Saturday's lineup is the substitution of Lukas Jasek back into the lineup after missing Wednesday's action due to injury. Tanner Sorenson was good, but in previous instances, Bancks and Jasek have been a formidable offense-denial line; tonight could be a good defensive effort from the Comets bottom-six.
Also surprising is Michael Di Pietro getting the first start on the weekend. Thought maybe Cull would put his star goaltender in the closer position, as he's shined for this team in those weekend closing efforts.
In three games as the closer for weekend double-headers this season, Di Pietro is undefeated with one win, one OT win, and one SO win. During those three closing games, MDP has an incredible 107 saves on 112 shots against, good for a 0.955 save %, and a 1.60 goals-against-average. Fingers crossed, he has a solid showing against a tough Marlies lineup while they're marginally fresher. RE: INJURY REPORT
|Injury Report ||-- ||-- |
|Olli Juolevi (not the knee) ||Vincent Arseneau ||Wacey Hamilton |
|Healthy Scratches ||-- ||-- ||-- ||-- |
|Richard Bachman ||Stefan LeBlanc ||Josh Teves ||Justin Taylor ||Tanner Sorenson |
1st period Comets in Blue
- Commentary not working for the away broadcast, so, unfortunately, have to listen to the Marlies take on things
- Seamus Malone (#17) clears the zone for the Comets, and Sven Baertschi (#47) chases the dump-in, looks to let up on his check along the boards or outright elects to not go for it
- Comets third-line out but spending most of their time chasing the puck as they struggle to control the puck along the end boards. Marlies quickly clear and race the other way for a weak shot on MDP
- Antoine Roussel (#62) throws the puck onto a Marlies stick, but Jalen Chatfield (#5) recovers on the play with a nice toe-drag to lead the Comets break-out
- Pretty sure audio is like 4-5 seconds delayed. Might be a radio-delay being played alongside a real-time video feed so sorry if the timing feels off. It's not my streamables, it's the AHL!
- From the Marlies blue line, Kole Lind (#13) whips a beauty rink wide pass to Brogan Rafferty (#25) who toe-drags around a defender for a backhander off the stick of Joseph Woll
- The Marlies pressuring in the Comets end, as Seamus Malone (#17) spins in the bottom of the left circle to clear, but whiffs on it. Marlies forward, Nic Baptiste, picks up the puck and has a glorious chance in the high-slot, but he completely whiffs on his shot
- at this point, I realized the audio was so unusable that I fudged around with the AHL site only to realize that the AHL had the audio feeds flipped. Utica's broadcasts were on the home feed and Marlies on the away. Switched it up, so we get some competent and usable play-by-play from the man in charge, Joe Roberts!
- Off a defensive zone draw, Jonah Gadjovich (#21) hustles to catch a cleared puck in the neutral zone and backhands a perfect tape-to-tape pass to a streaming Francis Perron (#27). Perron, in behind the defense, misses wide of the goal with his shot.
- Seriously Canucks Nation, I think people are sleeping on the improvement and strides that Gadj has taken with his game
- After that blitzing play, the Marlies clear but Gadjovich (#21) charges in to forecheck on a loose puck on the end boards, and attempts a centering backhand pass, but the puck is picked off by a Marlies player
- MDP makes a one-timer stop on Rich Clune, who I didn't realize was still playing hockey
- oh no, the audio flips back to the Marlies audio feed,
- Ashton Sutner (#6) takes an elbow to the face and spends the rest of his shift adjusting his helmet and touching his face.
- poor guy, dude has clearly got nerves when it comes to taking any bumps around his face
- Marlies try to wring a pass around the end-boards to clear, but it goes off a broken stick. The puck redirects towards Kole Lind (#13), who kicks it out to Antoine Roussel (#62), Roussel zips a quick centering pass to Carter Camper (#19), but several Marlies around Camper prevent him from getting a shot off
- Lind and Roussel with some great forechecking to start this period
- Tracking this game is going to be a nightmare. At 11:24 on the Away broadcast, the video casually jumps ahead two minutes and begins with the Marlies audio feed again. So I move over to the Marlies home feed for the same timestamp, and it appears that events happening at 11:24 on the Away broadcast were happening around 11:10 on the home broadcast. Truly a clusterfuck
- Then another ten-second jump on the Marlies home feed… Getting quite tilted at how unwatchable this VOD has been to start
- Seamus Malone (#17) with a rink-wide feed to Reid Boucher (#24), but it's just out of his reach. Boucher getting pinned against the end-boards still manages a centering pass that goes through the legs of a Marlies defender, and out to Malone, who rips a shot off the pads of Woll
- Roussel (#62) leads a zone-entry, then drops off for Jalen Chatfield (#5). Chatfield hands off to Carter Camper (#19), who's one-timer blast rips wide of the goal
- GOAL – TORONTO – 1-0 Marlies: Because of course, a former Comet would be the one to open the games scoring! Play happens immediately after the Camper miss, wide of the goal. Play gets driven to the other end by Egor Korshkov, who goes rink-wide for a bank-pass off the half-wall to Pontus Aberg. The angle is perfect as Aberg whips a pass to the crease where Tanner MacMaster is there for a tip-in over the pads of Michael Di Pietro.
- MacMaster, if you recall, was traded by the Comets to the Marlies last season for defender, Stefan LeBlanc, after the Comets were in desperate need for defensemen. LeBlanc has one goal in two appearances this season, while MacMaster has six goals and seven assists in 18 games with the Marlies this season.
- After one goal and eight assists through the first 18 games of last season, MacMaster had a three-game injury stint before struggling to earn ice-time. Over his final 27 games with the Comets, MacMaster saw himself benched through 15 and starting the other 12 on the Comets fourth line. So, yes, he needed a change of scenery, but certainly would rather have a guy like him producing in the bottom of the lineup, than a guy riding the bench
- MDP makes a huge split save on Kenny Agostino after he races past Lukas Jasek (#9) for a tap-in attempt in the crease
- Marlies looking for an exact repeat of the games opening-goal, but MDP was wise to it with that crucial stop. Great work from the rookie to keep the Marlies lead to one
- Comets first-line getting hemmed in their zone. Eventually, Guillaume Brisebois (#55) flips a puck to center that's gloved down at the Comets blue line by Timothy Liljegren. Seamus Malone (#17) tries to steal, but accidentally chips the puck into the body of Darren Archibald, who muscles past Baertschi and Brisebois for a scoring chance. Brisebois takes a hooking penalty on the play
- 1st PK Group: Jasek, Bancks, Chatfield, Sautner
- Carter Bancks (#34), playing with a full jaw protector, clears a loose puck from the crease of Di Pietro, then falls to the ice while protecting the puck along the boards. Fantastic grit/60 from Bancks
- 2nd group out after the stoppage in play: Sautner, Blujus, Bailey, Boucher
- Reid Boucher (#24) with a fantastic play on the PK, as he slaps a shot on Woll from the Marlies blueline, then chases after Woll's rebound for a second attempt only to get chopped to the ice. Ref's don't blow the whistle on the play, but the speedy Justin Bailey (#95) races back to prevent the Marlies from getting a clean zone-entry after the trip
- Lukas Jasek (#9) on the penalty-kill picks off a Tanner MacMaster pass off some aggressive forechecking. Jasek drives towards the net, but he loses control of the puck as he turns for a better shot-angle
- MDP makes a clean glove stop on Tanner MacMaster while down on the ice, and a scrum ensues afterward. Egor Korshkov the only one to take a penalty after the scrum after he starts throwing fists on the Comets after taking a shove
- closer angle showing the heated play from Korshkov
- Comets and Marlies get seven seconds of 4-on-4 before a 1:56 powerplay opportunity
- Lind, Bailey, Boucher, Rafferty out to start in the offensive draw – Brise rushes to the bench after leaving, and Baertschi jumps onto the ice
- GOAL – UTICA – 1-1 Tie: Comets with a beauty powerplay tally, seconds after Baertschi steps on the ice. Play begins with Reid Boucher (#24) leading a zone-entry, where two Marlies penalty-killers pinch on him. Boucher whips a pass over to the left-wing for Kole Lind (#13) as Darren Archibald runs into him. Lind spots Sven Baertschi(#47) in way behind the defense and provides the TAC to Bae's TOE as he wrists one over the glove side of Woll, knotting things at one apiece.
- Kole Lind (#13) with a sneaky feed to Carter Camper (#19) on the doorstep from the high-slot
- Reid Boucher (#24) with a filthy rink-wide saucer pass to Seamus Malone (#17) who drives on Woll for a shot. Sven Baertschi (#47) literally dives on the rebound, but Woll stands tall (I'm sorry)
- Former Comets wreaking havoc on the Comets so far, as Tanner MacMaster receives a pass in the high-slot for a scoring chance only to see a backchecking Sven Baertschi (#47) give him a slash for his troubles.
- Comets back to the PK
- GOAL – TORONTO – 2-1 Marlies: Comets lead evaporates quickly as the Marlies powerplay gets to work quickly. Kenny Agostino left to do whatever he wants in the crease of MDP, as Jalen Chatfield (#5) gets caught watching the Marlies cycling. Jeremy Bracco sees Chatfield doing nothing to get Agostino out of the crease, and sets him up for the easy tap-in goal. Hopefully, the coaching staff address this lack of physicality from one of their (usually) most physical defenders
- Tim Liljegren casually going end-to-end for the Marlies, clowning Jalen Chatfield (#5) in the process, who looks like a deer in the headlights on the rush
The score at the end of the 1st period: 2-1 Marlies
Not the worst period I've seen from the Comets, they certainly had their chances throughout the first, but let the Marlies set up passing plays way too often in their end. Marlies outshot the Comets thirteen to eight over the opening twenty. Boucher, Lind, Roussel, and Camper are looking dynamic whenever they're on the ice. I think Boucher might be one of the few Comets players who nearly manages a positive CORSI while on the penalty kill.
- Tripping penalty assessed to Kenny Agostino and MDP rushes to the bench for the extra-attacker
- mostly wanted that streamable to show MDP racing to the bench, and the audio of the refs shouting at them to wait until they say they can get the extra guy out
- 1st peeper Unit: Lind, Boucher, Baertschi, Rafferty, Bailey
- 1st unit loses the zone early and are forced to reset in the neutral zone.
- Just realized audio feeds switched again. Back to the other one, that's hopefully, in-sync
- Boucher (#24) rips another rink-wide saucer pass, this time to Kole Lind (#13), who's in behind the Marlies defense. Unfortunately, Lind sails his breakaway shot wide of the goal
- 2nd Unit comes out after the Marlies clear. Camper, Perron, Roussel, Gadjovich, Eliot, out for the final minute of the powerplay
- 2nd unit gets nothing, and the game returns to 5-on-5
- Seamus Malone (#17) picks off an errant Marlies pass in the Comets zone and races end-to-end with Reid Boucher (#24) who closes the sequence with a cheeky bank-shot-attempt on Woll from behind the goal-line
- Comets facing pressure from the Marlies in their end, and Guillaume Brisebois (#55) goofs, with a giveaway right onto the stick of Hudson Elynuik. Fortunately, Francis Perron (#27) is there during the scramble and manages to take down Elenyuik without taking a penalty as Elnyuik tries for a point-blank chance
- Marlies pressure continues, as MDP comes up with two huge saves on Kristians Rubins and Mac Hollowell on back-to-back shot-attempts
- Kole Lind (#13) picks off an errant pass in the Comets end and rips a rink-wide feed to Sven Baertschi (#47) for a breakaway try. Marlies tendy, Joseph Woll, just gets a piece of the glove on Bae's shot
- Marlies return with a rink-wide breakaway feed of their own, as Darren Archibald has his shot get deflected up into the netting by MDP
- Solid shift from Mitch Eliot (#52) as he shows how to battle at the front of the net to prevent easy tap-in goals. Eliot drops to a knee to block a shooting lane, then quickly spins to deflect a centering pass up and towards the half-wall. Eliot engaging the entire play with Tyler Gaudet, before clearing with a saucer pass to Reid Boucher (#24) on the Marlies blue line
- Fourth-line is forechecking aggressively, as Dyson Stevenson (#26) forces the Marlies into giving up the puck along the end boards, allowing Lukas Jasek (#9) to steal for a centering feed to Carter Bancks (#34). Pass, unfortunately, goes into the skates of Bancks
- Jonah Gadjovich (#21) breaks up a pass in the Comets zone and attempts to spring Justin Bailey (#95) ahead for a breakaway, but Bailey gets interfered with as he tries to get around a Marlies defender. Referee's don't see it, however, and play resumes
- Off of an offensive zone draw, Kole Lind (#13) picks up the loose puck and wheels around the right circle for a centering feed to Antoine Roussel (#62). Roussel attempts a tap-in from the crease but misses, and if you listen closely you can hear his displeasure come through the broadcast, haha
- Kole Lind (#13) steals another puck, this time at the Marlies blue line and attempts to set-up Carter Camper (#19) for a breakaway drive, but Camper doesn't expect the pass and sadly misses a golden opportunity. Fortunately, on the play, Camper gets knocked to the ice by Scott Pooley, putting the Comets on their third powerplay of the night
- 1st Unit: Baertschi, Perron, Bailey, Boucher, Rafferty
- GOAL – UTICA – 2-2 Tie: The Comets powerplay goes 2/3 on the night after a beautiful pass from Sven Baertschi. Baertschi (#47) displaying perfect vision as he finds the perfect opening to wire a tape-to-tape pass to Bailey (#95) on Woll's doorstep. Bailey gets his fifth goal of the year with the easy tap-in goal.
- Reid Boucher (#24) attempts to clear the zone but pushes the puck onto the stick of Kenny Agostino, who hands the puck off to Adam Brooks. Brooks shot gets blocked and deflected out to Mac Hollowell, who fires one into the chest of Di Pietro. The chaos doesn't stop as Sven Baertschi (#47) picks up a loose puck along the left wall and spins for a rink-wide feed to Boucher, who's in all alone on a breakaway. Boucher's shot goes off the right pad of Woll
- Baertschi (#47) and Boucher (#24) combine for the TIC-TAC, but Boucher's pass to a speeding Malone (#17) cannot complete the TOE, as the pass from Boucher redirects off the inside of Malones stick and wide of the goal
- Antoine Roussel takes a tripping penalty and he gives the ref and earful on his way to the box. Cannot wait for this guy to rejoin the Canucks
- Big shift for the Comets first PK group with the Marlies pinning the Comets into their zone for over a minute straight trying as the Comets penalty-killers struggle to catch the Marlies cycling
- Bizarre play as the Comets finally get a touch on the puck off a deflected shot on goal. Dylan Blujus (#8) attempts to beat out Korshkov to the puck along the endboards while freeing his tied-up stick. Korshkov releases his stick, and Blujus one-hands the stick into the jaw of Darren Archibald. Archibald goes down in a heap on the play, and for whatever effing reason, the refs don't blow a whistle
- Archie heads down the tunnel holding his mouth, possibly lost a few chiclets on the play
- After the puck gets knocked out of play. The Refs then decide to confer in the neutral zone over the high-sticking play.
- Wow, never seen that before, Blujus gets called from the bench and sent to the penalty box after almost the entire Roussel penalty is killed off
- Comets to a two-second 5-on-3 before Roussel leaves the box for a four-minute 5-on-4
- MDP shoulders a missed shot above the protective netting, and the Comets penalty-killers get a change
- Lukas Jasek (#9) paces a pass ahead for Reid Boucher (#24), but it's just out of his reach. Boucher regains possession along the right wall and plays a cheeky rink-wide pass game with Brogan Rafferty (#25) to chew time off the clock
- Also, I think this might be one of the few instances where Brogan Rafferty has been out on the penalty-kill this season.
- Lukas Jasek (#9) misses a huge open-ice-hit opportunity on Tanner MacMaster, but instead plays the puck like a nerd
- A close call for the Comets in the final minute of the double-minor penalty-kill. Brogan Rafferty (#25) leaves his check, Egor Korshkov, in Di Pietro's crease in favor of blocking a Scott Pooley one-timer. Unfortunately, he misses the block, and MDP redirects the shot out to Guillaume Brisebois (#55). Brisebois' weak clearing attempt goes right onto the stick of Nic Baptiste, who passes through the open seam to Korshkov on the doorstep for the tap-in goal. Not sure if Rafferty forgot about Korshkov, or though Brisebois clear, but that lethargy on getting back to his post could've cost the Comets huge
- Marlies get another tap-in chance to close out their powerplay, but Justin Bailey clears just as the Marlies powerplay ends. Great kill for the Comets
- Comets pressure late as some well-rested players close out the final few minutes attempting to cycle in the Marlies zone, led by Carter Camper and Kole Lind
The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 2-2 Tie
A gutsy effort in the second period from the boys in blue, as they close out the second period having killed off six straight minutes of shorthanded time. Amazingly, despite the extended powerplay time for the Marlies, the Comets held them to just five shots total, according to the AHL game-center. That shot-total might change when I do my tracking comb-through later. Nonetheless, impressive period from the Comets penalty-killers on that one, even if there were a couple, "yikes moments" sprinkled throughout the PK. Before that, Kole Lind and his linemates were looking sharp in creating offense. Defense is regressing to those earlier tendencies that were giving their opponents multiple shorthanded opportunities. Fortunately, the Marlies passing has not
been sharp tonight.
- MDP with an early sprawling save on Jeremy Bracco
- LOL, I somehow just realized the AHLtv is playing the game with their scoreboard laid overtop of the Marlies broadcast scoreboard
- Mitch Eliot (#52) sends a cross-ice feed to Reid Boucher (#24) who enters the Marlies zone for a ripper of a shot that grazed Woll's dome
- Justin Bailey (#95) sends a rink-wide feed to Jonah Gadjovich (#21), who quickly turns along the left wall for a centering pass to Francis Perron (#27). The pass deflects off a defenders stick as they skate towards the net, eventually Perron fishes out the puck to settle it in the crease of Woll's net. Gadjovich crashes for a rebound attempt, but can't get it past Woll. Bailey follows up on Gadj's rebound for a chance of his own, but sends it wide of the goal
- Seamus Malone (#17) capitalizes on a brutal Marlies break-out pass, and hands off to Reid Boucher (#24) for a stepping shot towards the net. Boucher's miss rolls around the boards to Jalen Chatfield (#5), who throws a one-timer into the chest of Woll
- Seamus Malone and Sven Baertschi with a solid forecheck that strips the Marlies of possession, but they can't get a shot attempt out of it
- GOAL – UTICA – 3-2 Comets: Wow, Kole Lind (#13) with a rocket of a shot to gain the Comets their first lead of the game. Play begins as Dyson Stevenson (#26) dumps the puck into the Marlies end-boards. The Comets can't catch it, but the aggressive forecheck of Carter Camper (#19) and Antoine Roussel (#62) causes a turnover onto Campers stick. Camper passes off to the trailing Lind, who notches his fourth goal of the year with a rifling one-timer from the high-slot.
- Roussel gets an assist credit, but I'm about 99% sure he didn't touch the puck. It should likely read, Stevenson, Camper, Lind. But whatever
- Jonah Gadjovich (#21) picks off another weak Marlies pass in the offensive zone, allowing Justin Bailey (#95) to wheel towards the goal line. Bailey centers a pass into heavy traffic, where Gadjovich manages to get off a shot that goes just wide of the goal.
- Solid hustle from Jalen Chatfield (#5) to beat Egor Korshkov on the icing
- Sven Baertschi (#47) off an offensive zone draw playing chess with the puck while everyone else playing checkers
- Sven Baertschi (#47) capitalizes on another weak Marlies break-out pass, and gets a cheeky pass to Reid Boucher (#24), who walks in for a blast on Woll
- Comets getting numerous offensive-zone draws through the opening five minutes of play – Great pressure
- Comets fourth-line pressuring as Lukas Jasek (#9) gains the zone, then wrings the puck along the end boards to Carter Bancks (#34). Bancks sauces a centering pass to Dyson Stevenson (#26), but Kristians Rubins gets to the puck before Stevenson can get a shot off
- Carter Bancks still forechecking, gets his stick stuck in the skates of Hudson Elyniuk, putting the Comets back onto the penalty kill
- my favorite camera angle in hockey. The one where you cant see what's going on
- MDP coming up huge on the PK for Utica with a point-blank stop on an Adam Brooks backhander
- alternate angle showing a better look at the second stop as Brooks followed up for a second try from on the goal line
- GOAL – TORONTO – 3-3 Tie: Ten minutes left, and it's back to being anybody's game. Liljegren starts it off with an absolute bomb of a one-timer from the point. MDP makes the initial stop with the pads, but his rebound goes right out to Darren Archibald, who taps-in the rebound as MDP had been playing a bit far out of his crease on the initial stop
- Reid Boucher (#24) with a quick blast off the faceoff draw after playing the puck through the skates of his former teammate, MacMaster
- Boucher sets up Baertschi with a pass in the left circle, but a defender blocks Baer's shot
- Comets second line loses possession, forcing them to backcheck hard. Antoine Roussel (#62) gives Kole Lind (#13) the butt-push, which results in Lind getting to the end boards for a clearing pass to Roussel. The pass to Roussel bounces off his skate to Scott Pooley, who bombs a shot wide of the goal. Roussel breaks out of the zone for the Comets and passes over to Mitch Eliot (#52) for the dump-in. Bit hectic, but they got the job done
- Carter Bancks (#34) with a solid shift to disrupt the Marlies break-out attempt
- Comets controlling well this period
- Seamus Malone (#17) with some excellent puck protection as he wheels around the Marlies boards before centering a pass to Reid Boucher (#24) in the crease of Woll's net, unfortunately, Boucher puts his shot wide of the goal
- Dyson Stevenson (#26) with a takeaway on the Marlies blue line leads to a prolonged period of possession in the Marlies zone for the Comets. Once again, the Comets fourth-line of Bancks, Jasek, and Stevenson cause this Marlies roster problems
- GOAL – UTICA – 4-3 Comets: Reid Boucher doing 'Reid Boucher things' as Guillaume Brisebois (#55) sends a rink-wide pass to Bouch as he's entering the Marlies zone. Bouch skates over the right circle and wrists a laser over the left shoulder of Woll. Comets regain the lead with under 4.5 minutes to play
- Jonah Gadjovich (#21) attempts to angle a puck over to Justin Bailey (#95), but there isn't enough steam on it. Fortunately, Bailey capitalizes on a Marlies turnover to race end-to-end for a scoring chance on Woll
- Kole Lind (#13) with some slick moves to control the puck after an offensive-zone draw
- Lind (#13) with a great effort to get around a defensemen for a two-on-one opportunity with Roussel (#62). Lind attempts a cross-ice feed, but a backchecking defender disrupts the pass
- after a great shift, Lind closes it out by almost getting demolished off a suicide pass from Ashton Sautner
- Marlies pull Woll with 1.5 remaining
- Jasek, Stevenson and Bancks out in the waning minute and a half to tie up the Marlies in their end along the boards
- Comets ice the puck, and interestingly enough, Cull throws out Jasek, Boucher, and Baertschi as his final trio. Jasek is the only guy he trusts to take the defensive zone faceoff, I guess?
- Late chances from the Marlies as time winds down in the game
Gutsy effort by the Comets to come back from two one-goal deficits, and to tie it up late with an even-strength goal. Great effort from the team in the third period as they dominated the Marlies with possession. Shots in the final frame favored the Comets eight to six.
Final Score: 4-3 Utica Comets
|Period ||Team ||Goalscorer ||Primary assist ||helper ||type |
|1st ||TOR ||Tanner MacMaster ||Pontus Aberg ||Egor Korshkov ||5v5 |
|1st ||UTI ||Sven Baertschi ||Kole Lind ||Reid Boucher ||PPG |
|1st ||TOR ||Kenny Agostino ||Jeremy Bracco ||Rasmus Sandin ||PPG |
|2nd ||UTI ||Justin Bailey ||Sven Baertschi ||Brogan Rafferty ||PPG |
|3rd ||UTI ||Kole Lind ||Carter Camper ||Antoine Roussel ||5v5 |
|3rd ||TOR ||Darren Archibald ||Tim Liljegren ||Nicholas Baptiste ||PPG |
|3rd ||UTI ||Reid Boucher ||Guillaume Brisebois ||Brogan Rafferty ||5v5 |
- Kole Lind had an incredible game, one goal and one assist with two shots on net. Doesn't account for his compete level throughout the game as he was constantly creating chances for his line in the offensive zone. It's pretty crazy to say it, but, on a line with an 8-year veteran in Carter Camper, and a literal NHL'er in Antoine Roussel, that Lind was far-and-away the most dangerous of the three. The Lindenaiisance has come upon us. Really liking his progression this season, isn't the passenger he was last season, he's a fantastic drive of offense and has an underrated defensive game to boot.
- Roussel, we hardly knew ye. Even though it was just a conditioning stint, I really enjoyed seeing him play with Lind. Their chemistry gave me hope for the future that Lind might one day get a chance to reunite with him. Even if it's only for a preseason game, or in a mean-nothing game to close out a lost season (not that that will happen, given the Canucks impending seven straight cup wins). I think Lind could model his game off of Roussel's, a bit of a shit-disturber who can agitate, make plays, and score. Size and strength might hold him back, but the Canucks have his rights until the end of the next season when he becomes an RFA.
- MDP had himself an "okay" game, he needs to stop sprawling to his belly on every big save, because if he doesn't control that rebound well-enough, then he is susceptible to secondary scoring chances. Being a smaller guy, he has to play off his post, further than most goalies, so his defenders have to do better at muscling out forward playing net-front — nothing he could do on that Agostino goal. Archibald's goal came off his need to play out to limit space for one-timer blasts. But again, rebound control has to be better to avoid chances like Archie got to tie things up.
- Reid Boucher was Reid Boucher. Guy has got an NHL shot that only works at the AHL level…not much more I can elaborate on him
- Baertschi wasn't looking too hot through the opening ten minutes of the game, but he started to come alive as the game chugged along. After that powerplay tally, a switch went off for him, and suddenly it was like he was playing for his NHL career. Impressive puck-control display in the following two periods when the game wasn't on penalty-killing time for the Comets
- Defense regressed to their tactics of playing way too deep in the offensive zone. I was hoping after Wednesday's efforts that those tendencies were shored up or drilled into their heads effectively for the remainder of the season. Fortunately for the Comets D-corps tonight, the Marlies puck-control game was a complete trainwreck. The Marlies sheer number of errant passes and giveaways is what allowed the Comets to pressure in the offensive zone as much as they did. If the Marlies shore up on their control game, then that overly-aggressive play from the d-corps will get them killed by this very impressive Marlies forward group.
- Jonah Gadjovich continues to impress this season, despite not getting too much ample ice-time tonight against the Marlies. Gadj is making his shifts count, and that's all anybody could ask from him. His skating looks sharp, he was physical, he didn't even slow down, plus his playmaking ability didn't look out of place alongside Perron and Bailey. I'd argue that he was controlled play better with Bailey than Perron did. Perron was rather quiet in tonight's action, whereas Gadjovich was always doing the little things to make himself noticeable.
- Outside of that powerplay goal from Agostino, Jalen Chatfield was pretty decent. He made fewer mistakes than several of the other Comets blue liners. If only he had a decent shot, then his speed would be much more threatening.
- Lukas Jasek was alright in his return, but he was being carried pretty hard by Dyson Stevenson and Carter Bancks. The kids positioning and play with the puck is alright when he has the puck on his stick. But Jasek continues to look like he's chasing play when he doesn't inherently have the puck on his stick. It's bizarre because last season, he was one of the Comets better defensive forwards despite not having the speed. Since his move to center, Jasek looks to have the speed but is playing worse defensively. I think this move to center has tanked his confidence. Jasek genuinely looks scared to create offense in the offensive zone. As much as I enjoy seeing a young forward who will peel back for a defensive effort, I can't accept it if that's at the expense of producing negative shot-attempts every game. I wish the Comets and Canucks staff were able to fix the mess they've made and could get this kid back to his more comfortable position.
- Overall, a solid performance from the Comets in a road game against a very hot team. The Comets end the Marlies win-streak at seven and quietly find themselves on a three-game win streak. Tonight's win puts their points-percentage at 0.643, giving them the edge over the Belleville Senators and the Laval Rocket, who both tie the Comets with 27 points in the division. Comets hopefully return Sunday for another decent effort to try and widen that gap a bit further.
Comets Three Stars
The Comets Trajectory?
- Reid Boucher
- Kole Lind
- Sven Baertschi
The Comets are back in action tomorrow when they engage in the rematch. Hopefully, the Comets win, but more importantly, hopefully, I get the recap out in a much timelier fashion! As always, if you want to read up on this Comets Harvest or the 2018-19 Farmies editions, you can find them all at my Comets Harvest Blog here
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2019.11.21 15:44 PeprSpry 2 PC's. How to maximize two setups with current parts. Enjoy the challenge :)
Here's the deal, I need to build 2 PCs. A main PC (for me), and a PC for my wife (plays casually). I could totally give her my current PC, as this would help keep the price down (big plus) but I feel I should make small tweaks (RAM primarily), and any changes per your recommendation. She plays the same games I play, but isn't picky about anything, and just plays casually (performance isn't a huge deal, and this current PC performs fine even with the 6870 for most/all games, while running low detail). I have 2 GPU's, as listed below, one is quite dated but still performs, and the other I bought new November 2018. I hope that these would help keep the cost down.
MOBO: Asus P9x79
CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz - Socket 2011LGA.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8gb (I gave 1 of the 3 sticks away, 5 years ago, it was 12gb in total previously). I think they're 1600MHz. On CPUz the dram freq is 686mhz.
GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 6gb. I also have a Sapphire Radeon 6870 GPU that still works (this is the gpu I was referencing above). Was my GPU for 5 years. In this same setup, it performs fine
SSD: Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB SATA III SSD. I also have some crappy HD in it just for random storage. I would like to have at least 500gb for my main ssd/m.2
Case: Antec 900
PSW: I think it's an 800W OCZ power supply. Non modular
I tend to run everything low res in order to get good frames, but it struggles hard with PoE, and the memory maxes out when I'm running a game & a lot of tabs/videos. Frames is everything to me, and I plan to pickup a 144hz monitor - used to have one, they're the best!
For the main PC, if within budget, I would like to have at least a semi modular psu, and a decent case, so I can keep everything clean and nicely presentable. I'm not huge on aesthetics (if there's a choice, white) but I do care about a clean space.
I wouldn't be opposed to OC'ing at some point, whether it's right out of the gate, or down the road in order to keep up. Part of me is leaning toward AMD b/c of the cost/speed, but I'm certainly not tied! My main game is Path of Exile, along with Apex, Overwatch, Dota 2, CSGO. I've been a windows person my whole life, but I am considering Linux for this build. I've never run Linux, nor am I stuck with the idea of running Linux, especially if per your recommendations it's not a good idea b/c of specific hardware.
Location: Toronto, Canada
Budget: $1200 CAD. I could find a copy of windows online, I'm sure. She would need a keyboard/mouse, but I'm sure I could find something cheap that would work.
Use: Gaming, streaming
tldr: I need 2 PC's one really good, the other just fine - reuse any parts to keep the price down.
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2019.11.02 12:47 Logiman43 I would have never guessed that Ethan would talk about my left nut.
I’m the guy that made fun of the #teamtree proof
. Timestamp of the podcast
. Emotions got the better of me and when I heard Ethan quoting me, I was taken a bit aback that I wrote something so… bad… As a big h3 fan I need to clarify some stuff. And I'm ashamed that I wrote such a hateful comment
EDIT march 2020. After posting here, I took this post and made it in a comment format. It was the most awarded comment of december 2019 100+ awards
And it is also on medium
It is easier to share
I know it may be a bit boring but please bear with me 5 minutes. You wait 5 minutes for the coffee to be done. 5 minutes is eating a nice salad. It took me hours and hours to write the below. So go, make your coffee, take your salad and please read the following. And please read it with an open mind.
I’ll try to sum up why planting trees is a marketing stunt and we are past the saving point. Everything in here is backed by sources and not some “doomsday” fantasy stuff. Here
you have an image of the likelihood of SHTF events of happening. So we are not talking about some alien stuff, war or EMP, but global warming.
I’m the same age as Ethan and I’m a Ph.D. in int.relations with a specialization in climate conflicts(I have other masters too). If you look at my top comments on reddit most of them are well researched. Bear in mind, English is not my mother tongue. 10 years ago I was the guy chained up to a tree, 5 years ago I was the guy blocking the street trying to get your attention to stop eating meat. I was arrested, ridiculed and "roughed up". Now I’m just resigned and I’ll try to present you with some graphs and news and then sum it up at the end.
Most people don’t want to read white papers because they are too boring. On the other hand, journal articles are backed by private corporation’s money and they try to minimize global warming. nconvenientnews
created a great post
about the latter, on how the billionaires are discrediting the climate activists. Good GQ article on how the billionaires caused the climate change
and in here
you have 20 firms behind 1/3 of CO2
For all you white paper junkies, here
you’ll find 30,000 scientific papers about how F*cked we are.
For all audio lovers here you have a 30 minutes talk about why everything must collapse. "There's no infinite growth"
Let’s get to it.
5 years ago there was a tv show called The Newsroom. It was mostly a serious tv show with some comedic tones about the world of media. There is a famous 5 minutes clip
about climate collapse. It was "comedic" back then however now it is the reality.
Why tree-loss prevention is more important than planting them.
On this chart
you have all the CO2 levels, CH4 levels, N20 levels, Temp and sea level. There’s too much CO2 in the atmosphere that planting trees can no longer save us
. However Scientists estimate that we need to plant 1 trillion trees to mitigate the GW. WITHOUT LOSING ONE SINGLE TREE because a burning tree is releasing all the CO2 back
. The amazon is losing 3 football field’s PER MINUTE thanks to fire
. If you prefer an interactive map
. At the moment we are losing 13-15 million hectares per year in South America and Africa and south East Asia because it is converted from a forest to agriculture land. Source
So, if we assume that 1M trees’ planted is one step that you make, then 20 meters is 20M trees right? 1 trillion trees are like 2.5x from where you're standing to the International Space station. Not to mention all the pollution by delivering the seeds (or small trees from tree farms), all the logistics in preparing the ground for planting and all the promotion waste etc.
“I do think eliminating deforestation is more important than planting new forest,” says Stanford University professor Rob Jackson, who chairs the Earth System Science Department and Global Carbon Project and is an author of a forthcoming study on the ability of forests to store carbon as more CO2 enters the atmosphere. But “it’s not an either-or, of course,” he says. “We can do both. ”When trees are cut down, he says, it can release years of a forests’ stored carbon back into the atmosphereSource
. and Leaving trees alone might be better than planting new ones
20M trees is a feel-good thing but by the end, it is a marketing stunt. Everybody now talks about Youtube, Elon and MrBeast. Just look how the views number exploded since Mr.Beast announced this movement. From 5M a day to 20M a day
. Additionally, GOOGL had an earning call on the 28th of October, 4 days after the teamtree was announced. Sure the movement had no impact on the earnings but some greenwashing won't hurt the marketing.
And Mr. Beast is not really known to care for the environment. He often litter thousands of ballons
I bet his channel generated multiple times more Co2 than the 20m will ever "capture". An example - I Put 100 Million Orbeez In My Friend's Backyard
. Not to mention everything was imported from China on a cargo ship
. I bet he recycled all of it /s. Or How he drove 1000 times through the same drive tru with his massive Ford truck
. And his world's largest cereal bowl? I bet some starving kids will feel good about his #teamtree now
. And can you even recycle a pool of slim?
. Yes, he definitely created way more CO2 by doing his stunts.
So yes, he is greenwashing himself using your money.
The below is based on this collection of sources
and the doc here According to a 2018 report
the have the current global temperature is above 1C the pre-industrial mean. What will happen with every 0.5? The climate action tracker shows we will reach a 3.5C with the current policies by 2050
. Climate stripes- look at the jump in 1995 Graph showing the Carbon emissions per continents. Look at the explosion in Asia
1.5 degree of warming:
This used to be the point at which scientists thought we were OK. In 2018 the IPCC wanted to stop global warming at this temperature predicting we will hit it with a 10% chance by 2023. At this temperature, heatwaves across the globe will happen every single year, and these 'new' heatwaves will be as hot as the Sahara Desert. There will be massive crop destruction, 70% of coral in the ocean will be bleached, and drought will affect 360M people. source
. Guess what according to the month-old IPCC 2019 report we are at 1.5C already
. The number of loss events (Tsunamis, storms, flood, wildfire) between 1980-2015 has QUADRUPLED
Historically, every climate summit
missed their target of limiting GHG emissions by a lot. Another angle
Biomass and 6th extinction
Earth appears to be undergoing a process of "biological annihilation." Up to half of the total number of animal individuals that once shared the Earth with humans are already gone. A 2017 study looked at animal populations across the planet by examining 27,600 vertebrate species — about half of the overall total that we know exist. They found that more than 30% of them are in decline. Some species are facing total collapse, while local populations of others are going extinct in specific areas. Moreover humans wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970 Source
Insects are dying off at record rates. Roughly 40% of the world's insect species are in decline, according to one study. Insects aren't the only creatures taking a hit. In the past 50 years, more than 500 amphibian species have declined worldwide — and 90 have gone extinct — due to a deadly fungal disease that corrodes frog flesh. Source
And Plants are going extinct up to 350 times faster than the historical norm
On the other side, Look at the explosion
of domesticated animals between 1950 and 2000. Cattle is one of the causes of global warming. Ie. The Amazon is being cut down not for lumber but to make room for cattle Source
Our hope in her is all the Beyondmeat, Impossible burger which are not using animal protein and are way better for the environment.
Population The steep steep curve of population
. If our numbers grow by 228,000 on an average day, then in one week, we will have added about 1,589,000 extra persons to world population. And five days after that we will add another million and then another and another, and we are on track to continue this way repeatedly into the foreseeable future. Never before in human history have we asked our governments, infrastructure, social institutions, earth's environment, and the social fabric of our civilizations to respond to and accommodate such mammoth increase numbers in such compressed periods of time. Source
. To prepare for it Humanity must produce more food in the next four decades than we have in the last 8,000 years
But we are wasting so much food and losing so much water in irrigation that taking all this into account Society will collapse by 2040 due to catastrophic food shortages. The results show that based on plausible climate trends, and a total failure to change course, the global food supply system would face catastrophic losses, and an unprecedented epidemic of food riots. Source
2.0 degree of warming:
Permafrost and Methane
At this level we expect 6.6 million square kilometers of permafrost to thaw. And create a feedback loop of releasing a lot of methane which means that melting ice caps and permafrost becomes a self-accelerating extinction. Already boiling with Methane
But that is also terrifying because we know that there are pathogens frozen in that permafrost - pathogens like anthrax. Zombie antrax
As the rest of the Earth warms, animals will be forced to migrate en masse. This means animals carrying tropical diseases (such as malaria. To give you an idea of why this should really scare you is because diseases like camel flu have a mortality rate of 36%. And the world’s hospitals are not ready for the health challenges of climate change Nearly unbeatable and difficult to identify fungus has adapted to global warming and can now survive the warm body temperature of humans. With a 50% mortality rate in 90 days, meet Candida auris, the first pathogenic fungus caused by human-induced global warming
Report from the WHO "World at risk"here
. They listed dozens of illnesses which the experts suggested had the potential to trigger an outbreak which could spiral out of control, among them plague, Ebola, Zika virus and Dengue. A flu-like deadly pandemic could sweep the world in hours and kill millions because NO country is fully prepared, report claims. A century ago the Spanish flu pandemic infected a third of the world's population and killed 50million people.source
We are running out of topsoil Source
, by 2055 we will have none of it video
. That's the warning of "Surviving the 21st Century" author Julian Cribb to an international soil science conference in Queenstown, New Zealand on Dec 15, 2016. "10 kilos of topsoil, 800 litres of water, 1.3 litres of diesel, 0.3g of pesticide and 3.5 kilos of carbon dioxide – that's what it takes to deliver one meal, for just one person," Cribb says.
. And it takes 2000 years to form 5cm of topsoil
If ecosystems start to break down, that means bees will eventually die. Which means that we will stop having pollination. Which means plants will die. Which means our crops will die. If you don't think this will affect you...just you wait until food becomes the rarest commodity on Earth. If you think you have seen human barbarity, just wait until those same humans are starving and desperate for food. This won't mean millions starving. It will mean billions starving. Including you.
Scarcity of freshwater India has 5 years to solve the water crisis
, South Africa has the worst drought in 1000 years
, Zambia has 2M of brink of starvation thanks to regional drought
. According to the UN report
in 10 years, 4 billion people will be short of fresh water, 2 billion will be severely short of fresh water.
The Blue Ocean event
A Blue Ocean Event means that huge amounts of sunlight won't get reflected back into space anymore, as they previously were. Instead, the heat will have to be absorbed by the Arctic. As long as the Arctic Ocean has sea ice, most sunlight gets reflected back into space and the 'Center-of-Coldness' remains near the North Pole. A Blue Ocean Event will not only mean that additional heat will have to be absorbed in the Arctic, but also that wind patterns will change radically and even more dramatically than they are already changing now, which will also make that other tipping points will be reached earlier. This is why a Blue Ocean Event is an important tipping point and it will likely be reached abruptly and disruptively by 2022.source
The arctic ice volume over the years
in one chart. It is a Death spiral. Oh, and rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously hought
The ice sheet feedback loop
And when it comes to rising ocean levels its becoming increasingly difficult to predict because not only are we heating the air, heat is getting trapped in the oceans too which means that ice sheets in the Arctic circle and Greenland are melting from above and
below - meaning they're melting much MUCH faster than we estimated even in our most extreme estimates. Vice news video about it
. This will mean that Florida and New York could be completely underwater. If you're worried about refugees from Central and Latin America or Africa, you'll want to start thinking about the tens of millions of people that will be fleeing inland as climate refugees to escape the inundation of their homes. Warming oceans doesn't just mean rising ocean levels either - it means more ocean water gets evaporated, which means larger, faster and deadlier hurricanes and torrential disastrous downpours.
Extreme heatwaves that kill even healthy people within hours will strike parts of the Indian subcontinent unless global carbon emissions are cut sharply and soon, according to new research. Even outside of these hotspots, three-quarters of the 1.7bn population – particularly those farming in the Ganges and Indus valleys – will be exposed to a level of humid heat classed as posing “extreme danger” towards the end of the century. The new analysis assesses the impact of climate change on the deadly combination of heat and humidity, measured as the “wet bulb” temperature (WBT). Once this reaches 35C, the human body cannot cool itself by sweating and even fit people sitting in the shade will die within six hours. There are already part of thw world above 32-33
oceans are absorbing a large portion of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere—in fact, oceans are the largest single carbon sink in the world, dwarfing the absorbing abilities of the Amazon rainforest. But the more CO2 the oceans absorb, the more acidic they become on a relative scale, because some of the carbon reacts within the water to form carbonic acid. If acidification decreases marine emissions of sulfur, it could cause an increase in the amount of solar energy reaching the Earth’s surface, speeding up warming—which is exactly what the Nature Climate Change study predicts. Researchers estimate that the pH of the ocean will drop by 0.4 pH units by the end of this century if carbon emissions are not stopped, or by 0.15 units if global temperature rise is limited to 2C. source
And plankton and all fishes are plunging. There is a mass extinction in the oceans right now
Migrations Tens, hundreds of millions of climate refugees. MIT source
. By 2050 there will be 1.5B migrants. Yes, it’s in 30 years
. And it will increase the potential for conflicts and violence
. A study by the Pentagon confirms in 100% there will wars caused by migrants
. Just an example of top of my head. India could block the river Indus and kill hundred of millions of Pakistani source
. Both countries have WMD.
There will be a rise of fascism and concentration camps on the borders. Trump already tried this with the camps south and China is doing terrible things to Uighurs my comment about the crimes against the Uighurs
. We will see a rise of this over the next 30 years. In dresden, Germany this week they declared a state of emergency over the rise of Nazism
And yes, U.S. Military Could Collapse Within 20 Years Due to Climate Change
Feedback loops and tipping points. 1 hour presentation about the feedback loops
We have at most 30 years if we stop completely CO2 emissions. Every powerplants needs to stop today. Today. Not tomorrow, not by 2025, not by 2030. I know it is impossible that’s why we have at most 30 years. But the sooner we accept it the sooner we may make peace with it. By continuing on this path, we are creating more feedback loops that are out of our control and forest fires, migrations, wars may happen sooner than expected.
The rich know that it is too late and they will be the only one to survive the global warming article
. They are building bunkers and buying NZ passports to fly there when SHTF happens
and that’s why they are getting richer and richer exponentially
. For example Canada, Norway and Brasil will flood the world with oil just to profit at the maximum Article from NYT from today "Flood of Oil Is Coming, Complicating Efforts to Fight Global Warming"
. And if anything happens they will just buy Visas and passports for 1M+ and bug out
while migrants are put into concentration camps.
there is also a very extensive campain against the extinction rebellion movement
and Greta. You may disagree with their tactics but at least by disrupting everything they make enough noise around them that the normal Joe starts reading about global warming.
Why going green is not the solution.
Costs of going green are insane and the global economy is unable to bear the brunt of this mass switch. Going 100% green energy is not possible with the current consumption. Earth lacks enough metals
to produce solar panels, batteries and ways to distribute energy around the globe. Building one wind turbine requires 900 tons of steel, 2,500 tons of concrete and 45 tons of plastic. Solar power requires even more cement, steel and glass—not to mention other metals. Global silver and indium mining will jump 250% and 1,200% respectively over the next couple of decades to provide the materials necessary to build the number of solar panels, the International Energy Agency forecasts. World demand for rare-earth elements—which aren’t rare but are rarely mined in America—will rise 300% to 1,000% by 2050 to meet the Paris green goals. If electric vehicles replace conventional cars, demand for cobalt and lithium, will rise more than 20-fold. That doesn’t count batteries to back up wind and solar grids. Source A periodic table of elements that we are running out of
And China controls 90% of all rare minerals source
A single electric-car battery weighs about 1,000 pounds. Fabricating one requires digging up, moving and processing more than 500,000 pounds of raw materials somewhere on the planet. The alternative? Use gasoline and extract one-tenth as much total tonnage to deliver the same number of vehicle-miles over the battery’s seven-year life. The new green deal is not enough
. The Developing World Is Increasing Emissions At Such A Rate That Any Emission Reduction By The Developed World Will Be Offset. Even if we imagined that the political will could be found in both the United States and the European Union to spend trillions on a Green New Deal, and we made the somewhat generous assumption that these plans would be successful in achieving net zero emissions by 2030, it would really have no meaningful impact on global carbon emissions. The rapidly industrializing developing world is increasing emissions at such a rate that even if the US and the EU achieved zero emissions by 2030, it would be entirely offset.
Same with a meat tax. We can impose a tax on meat in the developed countries but China, India or South america are eating more and more meat by the day. According to Asia Research and Engagement's report "charting Asia's protein journey", meat and seafood consumption in Asia will rise 33# by 2030 and 78% from 2017 to 2050
An international team of researchers has looked at the material demands and pollution that would result from a push to get the globe to 40 percent renewables by the middle of the century. The analysis finds that despite the increased materials and energy demands, a push like this would result in a dramatic reduction in pollution. And for the most part, the material demands could be met, with the possible exception of copper. 40% Green Energy requires 200% more copper
100% green energy requires 500% more copper. We move some 3 billion tons of earth per year to get 15 millions tons of copper. We cannot recycle it into existence. Substituting aluminum for copper takes 5X the energy and is less safe. And there is no substitutes for the metals
Financial Black Swan event The Next Recession Will Destroy Millennials
Millennials are already in debt and without savings. After the next downturn, they’ll be in even bigger trouble. How CEOs got so rich – buybacks
. Student debt is massive
. Minimum wage didn’t move for the last 40 years
. The productivity-pay gap. The gap between productivity and a typical worker’s compensation has increased dramatically since 1979
If you want to read about wealth inequalities please see here
Why nobody talks about collapse?
Why does nobody talk about collapse? Because a world without hope is a burning world. Imagine 7B people realizing they don’t have 50-70 years of life but 20 or 30. It’s pure chaos. Additionally, the wealthy of this world are trying promoting such work ethics that you don't have the time to read, watch or study the above. This endless cycle of working-buying stuff-sleeping is damaging our society. We are becoming more and more ostracized from each other by using technology like FB, instagram, twitter or Tinder. Moreover, some countries or politicians are trying to destabilize the world as we know, to create confusion and conflicts between us. Divide and conquer. Why do you think Russia stands behind Brexit
, the Blacklivesmatter movement
and the rise of fascism in Europe
? Russia influenced the American elections by creating hundreds of facebook groups
to vote for Trump. Russia paid facebook to run "patriotic maga" ads
. If you want to read more about Russia's violations of law here is my 1.6k upvoted comment
If you want to read my comment about the destructive power of Automation please see here Good article on how the future will be seized by corporations. From private taxation to schools, corporate cops and judges. It’s beginning in Toronto
Why do you think there are so many protests going around? Chile, South Africa, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Ethiopia, Haiti, Syria, Iraq, Algeria. Here are all the major protests happening around the globe right now
. Why so many people are protesting The 20 worst Global Warming consequences
What we need is mass civil protests and not another Youtube marketing move with #teamtree
Papa bless & I love the podcast.
Edit: Some additional facts on why last 30 years were so important
and why it is getting worse:
- We have increased fossil fuel use more this century than in the last two decades of the 20th century. More than half of all fossil fuel emissions released over the previous 25 years are more than was released in all of recorded history before 1990.
- Even though we have had over 21 international conferences on fossil fuel reduction, and we had international treaties since at least 1993 pledging we would reduce global warming, we still are about 67% higher in carbon emissions than the early 1990s. (Atmospheric carbon emissions is probably the best way to measure future global warming.)
- In 2018 carbon emissions increased another dramatic 2.7% and they are projected to rise once again in 2019.
Edit2: Someone asked me what’s the most crazy SHTF thing that may happen but is backed by science? My personal favorite a Carrington-level solar storm. “A Carrington-level, extreme geomagnetic storm is almost inevitable in the future. The total U.S. population at risk of extended power outage from a Carrington-level storm is between20-40 million, with durations of 16 days to 1-2 years “ Source
. According to unpublished FEMA documents obtained by Government Attic, a FOIA database and non-profit organization, the Department of Homeland Security agency once mapped out a disaster plan for the occurrence of another geomagnetic "superstorm," noting that the rare—yet "high-consequence"—scenario has "the potential for catastrophic impact on our nation and FEMA's ability to respond." Source
Edit3: What can you do to prepare for collapse?
- buy land, build a community around it and enjoy life. (nearly impossible as you need a lot of money)
- become a prepper, learn skills, stockpile food and water.
EDIT4: thank you for the plat, gold and special (?) award! For any future donator, instead of gilding please donate to Cool Earth link
. They try to save the rainforest, David Attenborough supports them and they are the most cost-effective charity to date which works on mitigating climate change through direct action. Thank you! (And my response to the anonymous note with the plat award - I'm a member ;) )
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