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ESPN is doing everything it can to pretend Baker Mayfield may not win the Heisman

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Oklahoma University quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman award. There is no question that he will walk away with the most coveted individual award in college football, but ESPN is doing everything they can to convince us the award is still up in the air. Why? Because they want more than Mayfield’s friends and family to tune in on Saturday.

In this video, former NFL- and college-greats Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson make their “cases” for the other two finalists, Stanford running back Bryce Love and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson who won last year. I get it. Ratings are important, especially since the politically polarizing network has seen dwindling subscriptions lately. Come on, though, guys. This isn’t even a question anymore.

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Don’t watch the trailer for 15:17 to Paris. Just see the movie.

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Dont watch the trailer for 1517 to Paris Just see the movie

You’ll thank me later if you do exactly as I say. On this story, you’ll notice a trailer. I’m obligated to put it up there because most of you won’t heed my warning. You’ll hear that there’s a true story directed by Clint Eastwood starring the actual men who lived through the experiences of that day and you’ll watch the trailer.

I wish I hadn’t.

I wish I would have done what I used to do, which was to not watch trailers of movies I already know I’m going to watch in theaters. Lately, I’ve been writing more entertainment stories so I’m compelled to watch trailers. It’s my burden to bear.

It doesn’t have to be yours. Plan on seeing this movie next February. If you need a refresher on the events from 2015, here’s the synopsis of the movie:

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

There. Now do yourself a favor and skip the trailer. Just watch the movie itself. You’ve been warned.

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Do feminists really want to win awards for anything other than merit?

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Do feminists really want to win awards for anything other than merit

I don’t dive into stories about feminism very often. One story caught my eye and brought out the “fairness” tingling I usually bury in my gizzards. The claim being made by many feminists following the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations is that the absence of a woman for the Best Director category is wrong, not because there were women who were more deserving but because the nomination should be a reflection of the diversity in society.

In other words, they’re saying there should have been a token woman in the mix even if she didn’t deserve it because women need more women to be given things they don’t deserve. Or something like that.

Here’s the story from DailyWire that compiles many of the complaints by feminists:

Feminists Angry Over Golden Globes Snubbing Female Directors

https://www.dailywire.com/news/24608/feminists-angry-over-golden-globes-snubbing-female-paul-bois“Award shows are only relevant insofar as they provide an interesting portrait of the zeitgeist,” writes Zeba Blay at HuffPo. “We can debate all day about which movie is better than which or who deserved what trophy, but as a collective, these nominations and accolades are supposed to say something about the culture as a whole, and that’s perhaps the only thing that makes them worth talking about at all.”

“The main thing the Golden Globes give a nominee is visibility,” tweeted Rebecca Keegan, the Hollywood correspondent for Vanity Fair. “Another reason why it’s depressing they went with an all male director category. Few women directors will achieve power of Spielberg, Nolan, Scott without the opportunity to be seen.”

Actress Amber Tamblyn chastised Spielberg and Nolan on Twitter for failing to campaign on behalf of women directors, which is rather anti-feminist considering that her call is for men to help women up when they should be able to do it themselves.

“The men nominated here should speak to the fact that they don’t share this honor with a single woman in their category,” Tamblyn tweeted. “That something is glaringly missing from this list. Be an ally. This is not acceptable.”

Gerwig aside, the other lady directors that feminists have alleged were snubbed are: Patty Jenkins for “Wonder Woman,” Sofia Coppola for “The Beguiled,” Kathryn Bigelow for “Detroit,” and Dee Rees for “Mudbound.”

My Take

These awards (and any like them) should come down to one thing: merit. I already hate that there’s politics involved in so many of them; it still stings that Zero Dark Thirty was so thoroughly snubbed over politics. I also can’t stand that they use a round-robin system at times. They like to spread the love, so if an amazing performance is put out by someone who has already won and another person in the same category hasn’t gone on stage before, they’re often given the nod. This last complaint is minor, but it’s there.

What’s not minor is the notion that we need to express cultural diversity through awards nominations. If feminists want more women to win awards, help get more women to make movies. Support those movies financially by going to see them. One of the names on the feminists’ list of snubbed directors is Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled. Nobody nominated it because nobody saw it. The period piece had a total domestic gross of just over $10 million and scored a respectable 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. Respectable, but not award-worthy when you consider the lowest score among the movies with directors nominated is an 86% for Steven Speilberg’s The Post.

This is just another way of adding politics to Hollywood. Is it too much to ask that Hollywood simply focused on entertaining us? Leave the social justice, political correctness, and cultural righteousness out of the movie business.

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Send Rodman to North Korea. At this point, it couldn’t hurt.

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Send Rodman to North Korea At this point it couldnt hurt

This isn’t The Onion. I’m not using satire to make a point about the state of foreign relations with North Korea, nor am I taking a jab at NBA legend Dennis Rodman for requesting to mediate between Kim Jong un and Donald Trump. I’m being absolutely serious.

Most in the media are mocking the request. Since September 1, travel to North Korea has been barred following the death of Otto Warmbier, a student who had been imprisoned in North Korea for theft and returned in a state indicative of trauma while incarcerated.

I think it’s a plausible idea. It’s not that I trust Rodman’s negotiating skills, but he and the North Korean dictator have rapport. That’s more than can be said about any other American.

The controversial power forward solidified his stardom by doing two things better than anyone else at the time: defending big men and grabbing rebounds. His flair gave him notoriety, but he delivered when he took to the court. Every other shot we’ve taken at North Korea has missed. Can Rodman make one last rebound off a missed shot?

Right now, relations with North Korea are at their lowest possible point without being in armed conflict. If relations deteriorate further, somebody’s going to attack the other. Nobody wants that. The chances that Rodman could be the catalyst for war are minimal. The potential that he could actually make a difference is better, though still a long shot. At this point, it may be time to put our money on the long shot. Otherwise, we’re an itchy trigger finger away from the potential for millions of deaths.

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Dennis Rodman wants Trump to let him travel to North Korea

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/12/dennis-rodman-north-korea/943443001/Dennis Rodman has urged President Trump to allow him to travel to North Korea as a peace envoy, according to media reports.

The former NBA star’s plea came after the State Department barred American passport holders from travelling there starting Sept. 1, after the death of Otto Warmbie r, a U.S. student who had been imprisoned for theft in the reclusive nation.

Rodman, who wanted to travel to the North’s capital Pyongyang for a sixth time, said during an interview in Beijing with the Guardian that American officials said of his travel plans: “it’s not a good time right now.”

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