Talk about cute AF.
The NFL is getting something right for a change?! Word is the league’s competition committee is serious about changing its confusing and controversial catch rule. Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew discuss that, as well as some other potential rule changes that they don’t all support (not everybody gives AF about player safety, apparently). Then, following LeBron’s comments that the NCAA is “corrupt” and young players need a viable alternative to college and overseas leagues, the team talks about how realistic it is for the G League to become a farm system. In discussing his experience at the University of Arizona, Gil learns that he may have violated a whole gang of rules, before explaining why he hates Duke and Coach K with a passion. Next, the guys look ahead to the weekend’s big Celtics-Rockets primetime matchup in “In Play” and wonder if Boston’s stout D can stop Houston’s roll, and Gil explains his problem with Kyrie Irving. Finally, in the wake of the California State Athletic Commission punishing former UFC champ Jon Jones for his second positive steroid test, OOB checks his excuses and tries to decide if he’s the most disappointing athlete to squander their talent.
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Seeing as how the Russian government isn’t exactly known for being permissive or liberal, it comes as particularly shocking that The Moscow Times is reporting that football fans will be allowed to bring marijuana and cocaine to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as long as they fill out all the necessary paperwork. In case you didn’t know, Russia is set to host the World Cup this year from June 14 to July 15. As a California native, the weed thing doesn’t really faze me, but cocaine!? Aren’t soccer fans rowdy enough? Also, it’s cocaine. Oh, and heroin apparently is cool, too if you have a doctor's note.
According to regulations set forth by the the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union, travelers can bring the aforementioned drugs into the country on the condition that they bring documentation written in the Russian language that the narcotics are for medicinal use. I’m not sure in which country one can get a doctor’s note for blow, and I’m pretty well-traveled. Fans can also bring a certified copy of the “recipe,” notes one Russian news source, Izvestia. They’ll also have to fill out a customs declaration. (Thank God for Google Translate, am I right?) The Russian 2018 World Cup Organizing Committee says on-duty law enforcement at the stadiums will be responsible for checking the legitimacy of the prescriptions. Mind you, smoking of all kinds is still not permitted at any stadium.
For obvious reasons, this news is fishy AF. I can’t help but wonder if it has anything to do with the fact on Feb. 23, Russian authorities squashed an alleged plot in Argentina to flood the country with $61 million worth of cocaine for the internationally anticipated soccer event. Hmmm…
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The whole thing was a decidedly apolitical affair given our country’s current political climate. Justin Timberlake kept things strictly pop, and other than Dodge exploiting Martin Luther King, Jr. to sell cars (SMH), there was shockingly little cause for controversy or a Presidential Twitter tirade.
However, on Monday morning, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins—who did raise a fist during the National Anthem—told CNN he’ll be skipping the Eagles' traditional White House visit. Technically, Donald Trump hasn't extended an invitation to the Eagles yet, but he congratulated the team in a tweet on Sunday night.
Despite it, Jenkins has voluntarily removed his name from the invite list. “Nah I personally do not anticipate attending,” he said.
Jenkins isn’t the only Eagles player who won’t be flying to the White House, either, as several others have already hinted they’ll be passing on the upcoming visit for the plain and simple fact that Trump is the person occupying it.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who also raised a fist on Sunday, voiced his disapproval of the President condemning players for taking a knee as a demonstration of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Last Wednesday, Smith said, “You see Donald Trump tweet something. We have those conversations in the locker room, just like everyone else does in the workplace. We’re very informed about what goes on, and we’re trying to continue to educate ourselves.”
Hear that, 45? That’s what real men discuss in the locker room—not assaulting women. “We're not protesting the anthem,” Smith continued. “It's a protest during the anthem. I understand why people are mad or may be offended when someone takes a knee. My father, when he dies, is going to be buried with an American flag draped around his casket, being that he served in the Army.” Preach.
Chris Long (pictured above) has also gone on the record and said he's not in favor of the Eagles visiting Trump following their Super Bowl win. During a recent Pardon My Take podcast appearance, he questioned why he would ever entertain the idea in the first place. “No, I'm not going to the White House,” he said. “Are you kidding me?”
It's also unlikely running back LeGarrette Blount will be with the Eagles when they go to the White House. While he hasn't said anything officially since the team's Super Bowl win, he skipped the Patriots' White House visit last year when they won the Super Bowl. “I just don't feel welcome into that house,” he said at the time. “I'm just gonna leave it at that.”
Trump hasn't responded to the news of these players passing on the opportunity to visit the White House just yet. But he will presumably drop some petty AF tweet about how Super Bowl ratings have slipped to an eight-year low when he does, which, while true, doesn't have anything to do with the epidemic of police violence and racism in this country. For some of us, lives matter more than money, and that seems to be why so many pro athletes are saying, “Thanks, but no thanks,” to the President's invitations these days.
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Time’s list is inspiring AF.
If you scroll through John Mayer's Twitter account, it quickly becomes readily apparent that he's a hell of a dude. And a dude of all dudes: a witty dude, a smart dude, an introspective dude. With his 40th birthday on the horizon (Oct. 16), Mayer has decided to add “balling ass chain owner dude” to that list.
I’m 39.965 years old. This is what we call a cliffhanger, ladies and gentlemen.
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 7, 2017
To honor his 40th rotation around the sun, as a real player should, Mayer reached out to your favorite rapper's favorite jewelry maker, Ben Baller. Baller, who provided Complex with exclusive photos, said he couldn't be more proud of how the final creation came out. “This is my top three best piece of work of my career,” Baller said via email.
The piece Baller is so proud of is a glorious, diamond-encrusted rendering of The Dude himself, The Big Lebowski, portrayed by Jeff Bridges in 1998. On the back of the piece is The Dude's legendary quote, “Yah, well, that's just like, your opinion, man.” In other words, this chain could not be more perfect for a cool ass, chill ass dude like John Mayer.
Baller also dropped off some details about the piece. “Everything was made in 18K white gold,” Baller said. “So, over 1/2 a kilo of 18K gold total.” Additionally, the chain features 41 diamond carats, which all have VVS clarity—a description you may have heard in a rap song or two. Overall, there are almost 4,000 diamonds total in the piece and chain.
Do you feel broke AF now, or is it just me?
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If you're somebody who enjoys living, you may have been disappointed by some news making the rounds on Thursday that seemed to imply a supervolcano sitting beneath Yellowstone National Park could erupt sometime soon, taking out all life on Earth when it does.
This slightly concerning news came about after researchers from Arizona State analyzed some materials they found in fossilized ash from the volcano's previous eruption, and saw changes in composition and temperature that built up in just a few decades. As the New York Times put it:
The early evidence, presented at a recent volcanology conference, shows that Yellowstone’s most recent supereruption was sparked when new magma moved into the system only decades before the eruption. Previous estimates assumed that the geological process that led to the event took millenniums to occur.
Furthermore, as National Geographic points out, the last of three major eruptions over the course of 2 million years occurred roughly 630,000 years ago and, when it did, it created a 40 mile wide crater (the Yellowstone caldera) that makes up most of the park. The supervolcano at Yellowstone is capable of unleashing an eruption about 2,500 times as powerful as Mt. St. Helens' 1980 eruption, which killed 57 people. That would mean a burst that could cover most of the U.S. in ash and potentially plunge the planet into volcanic winter. Additionally, the previous eruption (meaning before the one that happened 630,000 years ago) happened in a similar timeframe, as it shot its wad about 1.3 million years ago.
So give or take 40,000 years.
This got people buzzing that an extinction level event could be impending because science is frequently boring since it's not sensationalistic (that NYT article, which was very informative and well written, put my ass to sleep). However, as noted by Esquire, a massive volcanic discharge is not impending. In fact, the story is relevant because scientists are now realizing how quickly factors for a supereruption can come together.
“It’s shocking how little time is required to take a volcanic system from being quiet and sitting there to the edge of an eruption,” said Hannah Shamloo, an ASU grad student who spent weeks at the Yellowstone site. Previously, as the excerpt above mentions, scientists thought supereruptions would exhibit signs over the course of thousands of years. Now they believe it could happen in a human lifetime. The next eruption is probably coming soon relative to the pace that Earth's geology works at, but that is slow AF in terms of human lifespan. Don't panic over hyperbole.
Additionally, Michael Poland, the scientist who runs Yellowstone's Volcano Observatory said “We haven't seen anything that would lead us to believe that the sort of magmatic event described by the researchers is happening.” Sounds like your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandkids' problem.
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