2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: First Round Prospectus


2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: First Round Prospectus
M.D. Wright
4.10.18

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It is that time of year again; the most dramatic and thrilling playoffs in all of sports: the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Some leagues have great finals series, and even some penultimate series leading to their championship series, but their earlier series are dull, boring and often predictable in practice and in outcome. Such is not the case with the NHL, and we are here for it.

Even these “mismatches” in the #1 vs. #8 seeds are exciting and could go either way. When was the last time that occurred in the NBA?

*- REMINDER: THE #1 SEED IN EACH CONFERENCE PLAYS THE SECOND WILD CARD, WHILE THE #2 OVERALL SEED IN EACH CONFERENCE PLAYS THE FIRST WILD CARD. THE SECOND PLACE FINISHER IN EACH DIVISION PLAYS WITH HOME ICE ADVANTAGE WITH THE THIRD PLACE FINISHER IN EACH DIVISION.

    • Each Series is a Best of 7.

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS
First Round
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (SECOND WILD CARD) VS. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (#1, EASTERN)
Game 1: 4/12, 7:00 PM EDT

This series could go either way for a multitude of reasons; not the least being the health of all-world sniper, Steven Stamkos. Tampa played relatively well without Stamkos, but they are the cream of the crop when he is active and healthy. As of now, it appears that he will be ready to go for Game 1 on Thursday.  They will need him to beat New Jersey. The Devils have not made the playoffs since 2012, when they made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final before getting outclassed by the champion Los Angeles Kings.

What the Devils lack in playoff experience (and very few players from other teams possess any at all), they make up with speed, grit and tenaciousness. Given that Tampa has had issues getting untracked early in games, it would behoove them to break that trend, or they could be in for more than they bargained for with the Devils.

Tampa has more elite forwards (Nikita Kucherov and Stamkos), electric young talent who produce (Brayden Point, Yanni Gourde, JT Miller) and overall depth, better defencemen (Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman, Mikhail Sergachev), and better goaltender (Andrei Vasilevskiy). However, New Jersey does have all-world Taylor Hall, and his band of young, impressionable forward mates, as well.

Tampa SHOULD win this series, but it won’t be easy. Hockey is too slippery of a sport to get too in depth with analysis. Who wants it more? Tampa has been on the cusp for three out of the past four years. Their window isn’t closing, but simply having great talent isn’t enough to rely upon year in and year out.

Ask the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers in 2018, for starters.

CALL: LIGHTNING IN 6.
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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (#3 ATLANTIC) VS. BOSTON BRUINS (#2 ATLANTIC)
Game 1: 4/12, 7:00 PM EDT

Toronto will forever be reminded about their epic choke job versus Boston in 2013, where Toronto all but had Game 7 of their First Round series won, before giving up two late goals in regulation and then the overtime winner to Mr. Selke, Patrice Bergeron.

Boston is even better in 2018 than they were in 2013. Toronto has their hands full.

Then again, because — once again, this is hockey — so does Boston with Toronto.

Much like New Jersey, what the Leafs don’t have in playoff experience, they more than make up for it with speed. And skill. And lots of it, up front. The difference with the Leafs vs. Devils is the Leafs were here last year, and were within a couple of shifts of winning a series as a collective. They were better for it.

Freddie Andersen is better than Tuukka Rask, let’s get that out of the way off rip.

Boston’s defence has more playoff-tested players, and Toronto’s defence can be an eyesore at times, but the Leafs top two lines are going to give the B’s fits, even with Bergeron’s Selke ways, Brad Marchand’s pesky ways, and David Backes’ testy ways.

Boston went out to get Rick Nash as scoring depth and traffic cone Nick Holden to “shore up” (wink) their blue line, from the New York Rangers. It remains to be seen if Boston truly has enough to consistently handle the Leafs, as they roll four lines and all can skate.

Gimme the Leafs here.

CALL: LEAFS IN 6.
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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (FIRST WILD CARD) VS. WASHINGTON CAPITALS (#1 METROPOLITAN, #2 EASTERN)
Game 1: 4/12, 7:00 PM EDT

Another year, another division title for the Caps. Another year of questioning do they have enough to get past the second round.

Short answer: with the way Braden Holtby has played for long stretches this season? They’d be lucky to even GET TO the second round. And because the Caps still don’t have the consistent scoring from their bottom six and now have issues on their blue line that they didn’t have the past three years, Holtby has to be even better. Though it is believed that Holtby will get the start in goal, Philipp Grubauer will be ready and waiting in the wings if Holtby returns to his mid-to-late season subpar play.

Alexander Ovechkin can only do so much as a winger. Nicklas Backstrom normally plays well in first round series, and then progressively disappears thereafter. The same has been the case with Evgeny Kuznetsov, though Gene was better in 2017 than in the previous three playoffs. It’s going to come down to guys like Lars Eller, Brett Connolly and the important board work of Devante Smith-Pelly and Jay Beagle, however.

Columbus plays a hard-charging, heavy game. They don’t possess any bona fide superstars up front, though Seth Jones and Zach Werenski on the blue line provide some playmaking and scoring touch. The Jackets play as a team. Consistently. They will test the Caps’ mettle.

Because depth scoring is so important, and Columbus doesn’t have any one overwhelming scoring threat, special teams will play a role.

And a team with Ovechkin firing one timers (and other varied shots) from the left faceoff circle will always get the nod.

Holtby is going to have a couple of games where he gives up 4 and gets yanked in one or both after doing his customary pulling off of his mask, having a squirt of his sports drink and staring up at the Jumbotron, but the Caps will likely win this because they have Ovechkin and the Jackets do not.

CALL: CAPS IN 7.
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (#3 METROPOLITAN) VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (#2 METROPOLITAN).
Game 1: 4/11, 7:00 PM EDT

The Flyers better figure out what they did wrong against Pittsburgh all year, or else they are going home.

Quickly.

The Pens scored 5 or more goals in every matchup this year, and given the Flyers’ style of play, there is nothing to suggest that Pittsburgh won’t be able to do much of the same in this series.

Matt Murray isn’t as good as he is made out to be, but Brian Elliott is about as hit or miss as Aaron Judge at the plate for the Yankees. He’s (Elliott) feast or famine between the pipes. He can be lockdown, impenetrable at times, or a sieve at others. Sometimes in back to back to back games to each extreme. You literally do not know what you are going to get from one game to the next.

But the Pens have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and the Flyers are prone to long scoring droughts, taking bad penalties, and the Pens have the best power play in the NHL.

Don’t think it will be easy, but…

CALL: PENS IN 7.
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WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS
First Round
COLORADO AVALANCHE (SECOND WILD CARD) VS. NASHVILLE PREDATORS (#1 WESTERN)
Game 1: 4/12, 9:30 PM EDT

The Preds spent all season refining their game, adding pieces, motivated by falling short in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Pens (and the r… no, let’s keep this objective and professional). That they were the best team in the NHL in both record and overall play is not surprising. However, they developed some bad habits late in the season which must be cleaned up as the playoffs begin. Nashville became a penalty-taking machine and were prone to long stints of unproductive play in their offensive zone.

They may be able to work out those kinks in this series, because despite the eye-popping play of Should-Be Hart Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon, the Avs are largely viewed as a “one line” team. They will have prove that they aren’t if they are going to beat the Preds and potential Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne.

CALL: PREDS IN 5.
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LOS ANGELES KINGS (FIRST WILD CARD) VS. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS (#1 PACIFIC, #2 WESTERN)
Game 1: 4/11, 10:00 PM EDT

We’ve heard all the platitudes and record-shattering talk about Vegas and their historic inaugural NHL season. We’re going to talk about playoff hockey in this space.

Vegas, like Nashville, developed some bad habits late in the regular season. And this was before they pulled their regulars in the final game or so. They also began taking more penalties, had mind-boggling scoring droughts, and mediocre play by Marc-Andre Fleury.

The unique thing about Vegas is that they don’t have any talent  that stands out head and shoulders above the rest like some teams do. The Knights are comprised of effectively four second-line units. It works for them. One thing that lacks in their game is board play. Consistent board play, that is. They will hit at times, they do finish their checks, and they forecheck like the dickens, but Vegas feels an awful lot like the 2014 New York Rangers, which ran into this (largely the same) Kings team that year for the Stanley Cup Final.

There just feels like something is missing from Vegas’ game.

The Kings aren’t all that good, though, and the way they played in the final month and change doesn’t portend well, even if they are one of the most playoff veteran-laced teams in the league.

CALL: VEGAS IN 7.
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MINNESOTA WILD (#3 CENTRAL) VS. WINNIPEG JETS (#2 CENTRAL)
Game 1: 4/11, 7:00 PM EDT

The Jets’ years of stockpiling high-end #1 picks has finally paid off, with the emergence of Mark Scheifele and the Finnish Alex Ovechkin, Patrik Laine. The Jets have tons of offensive depth up and down all four lines, and everyone on that team seems to be 6’3″ or taller and 210 lbs and heavier. Including the goalie, who is a viable Vezina Trophy candidate, Connor Hellebuyck.

Minnesota has their hands full. Eric Staal has enjoyed a resurgent season, scoring 42 goals, and others have contributed here and there, which is what a team built like the Wild’s needs, but they lost their best defenceman, Ryan Suter to a season-ending injury late in the year, and their chances of winning this series — already-slim with Suter healthy — went down along with him.

CALL: JETS IN 4.
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SAN JOSE SHARKS (#3 PACIFIC) VS. ANAHEIM DUCKS (#2 PACIFIC)
Game 1: 4/12, 10:30 PM EDT

San Jose likely does not make the playoffs without acquiring veteran winger Evander Kane from Buffalo. Kane has been good for an extra goal per game for the team since coming over, and in the games he was out of the lineup, his presence was sorely missed. On a line with captain Joe Pavelski, the Sharks looked like one of the best units out there for the final six weeks of the season. On a power play unit that also includes stalwart defenceman Brent Burns, they really look like a viable threat in the West. Martin Jones’ play in goal will need to be as it was in 2016 during the playoffs.

Anaheim is hitting their stride, and should get Cam Fowler back sometime after the first couple of games of this series. As it is, the Ducks have a good enough defence to stifle the Sharks. Hampus Lindholm and Brandon Montour — especially Montour — are offensive weapons. The question that has nagged the Ducks for the past few years is will they a) get enough secondary scoring and b) can John Gibson — who is all-world — stay healthy and not psych himself out of games like he did last playoffs?

Anaheim is the better team, but with Kane in the lineup for the Sharks, this is going to be a nasty, uber-physical series. One worth watching. Especially with the likes of equally-nasty Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler on the other side.

CALL: DUCKS IN 7.


 

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Passing Nugget of Wisdom


Passing Nugget of Wisdom
M.D. Wright 
4.9.2018

How does any halfway decent woman make it to 40, claim she wants marriage and never ONCE get married before that point?

I used to actually listen to those sob stories, then I began to observe, and observe some more.

You got to go out of your WAY to avoid men who are worthwhile marriage partners to make it to 40 and not be married.

Either that (and/or) you were a bona fide slide all that time. It’s just ludicrous to believe that you are gonna waste your youthful years, your prime child-bearing years, your best-looking years, on no-good losers and then wake up when those losers are now passing YOU over for younger versions of you, and wake up one day thinking “Oh, now I’m ready to get married” and think someone’s either a) going to magically pop up just because you want it to happen or b) just going to be content and not have their OWN standards, for which you no longer meet.

It don’t work that way.

You had your chance with sometimes the exact same dudes, how is that fair to come back when you’re past your prime and he’s just supposed to be “lucky to have you”?

BullSHIT. And that “If you can’t accept me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best” works both ways, as well.

For a purpose-driven, vision-focused man who knows what his goals are early on, you not only have your own vision and purpose, but you (if you are the right one) serve as a boost for him to reach higher heights than he ever could on his own. And vice versa him for you. Otherwise, the guy ends up sometimes taking twice as long — if not longer — to reach where he would have years ago, while you are out here partying and whoring away your prime physical years.

You don’t get to show up with this newfound desire to finally marry, with MAYBE two fertile eggs left, after he has toiled and put in all the work to build his legacy, and THEN think you’re just gonna come alongside him like that person who runs up next to the gold medalist 100M sprinter and cut in without having put in the same work to build that legacy.

This is another reason I don’t trust the motives of a lot of women, and refuse to listen to these pity parties that women my (current) age love to tell. Unless you have been chained to a raddyator, in a convent, or a psychotic recluse throughout all of your 20s and 30s, or flat out abominable looking (and I’ve seen such manage to be married, so that don’t fly either), it’s just not believable. You’ve willfully passed on several by this point.

And the very thing that many of you worry about (being left alone, lonely and having no one to share your time with when you’re older or take care of you) will happen to you ANYWAY.

Old too soon, wise too late? Or just old too soon and never wise, as is increasingly the case?

What is Marriage All About? Some Know, Many Don’t and Pay the Price Later


What is Marriage All About? Some Know, Many Don’t and Pay the Price Later
M.D. Wright
3.11.2018

You hear a lot of discussion about divorce rates from the 1990s and early 2000s, and the predictable response: people viewing marriage as “just a piece of paper” or “a dying ‘institution’.” There are a lot of reasons for this, few to none are logical or legitimate. Why, you ask?

People are inherently selfish. It is our innate nature as human beings. Altruism and selflessness are LEAR-NED behaviors. Even people who are universally viewed as “goodly” have to work at being altruistic and unselfish; just less than narcissists and extremely self-focused people.

Therein lies the rub: selfishness is the death knell to every relationship. Yes, selfishness manifests in many forms — greed, lust/cheating, ignoring the partner in the marriage, etc. — but those byproducts are just that. Byproducts. At their core, each “symptom” (if you will) lies selfishness.

For those who view marriage as an “institution” (one that is found in several different faiths, but for the purposes of the writer here, we will focus on the Christian faith — not “religion”, but FAITH), the institution itself is of God. God loved(es) his church; that is the Body of Jesus Christ, that is those who are called by the name of Christ: Christians. Symbolically, marriage between God and His church is manifested in human form as the relationship between a man and a woman. God is covering, shelter, guidance, nurturing, leadership, and is submitted to (in a duality with both He and His church responsible for important actions which enhance the relationship) by the Church. The Church trust God’s guidance and leadership and therefore has no problem “submitting” to God… except the innate, selfish desires that it has to stray away from what appears to be “restrictive” and “boring” boundaries that are actually set in place to protect and provide liberty; not to restrict and bind, giving the feeling of rigidity, as some love to mistakenly assert. God is love. Without knowing God through Christ, you don’t truly understand or know what love is. It is otherwise the accumulation of feelings and conditional; (no matter the protestations that suggest otherwise; allow something destructive to occur and see how the conditions arise).

However, because we are flawed, imperfect and bound to commit sin, the expectation that men are to be perfect and be the embodiment of a perfect God 24/7 is erroneous. The same goes for the church (or the bride; women). You cannot, as a man, expect a woman to submit to wayward or non-existent leadership. Most wise women have no problem doing so, if a man presents himself as one to partner with in order to achieve building a legacy that supersedes what either one could have accomplished while alone.

Without knowing God, and therefore love, what is your marriage really based upon? Sexual arousal? The other’s money, fame, status, public perception? Looks? Each of these things eventually and always erodes, the others are fleeting — sometimes overnight — yet people base a lifelong partnership that they make vows to uphold based entirely on these factors that have virtually no chance to last a lifetime without at least a major interruption at some point.

Side Note: How do people brush off cheating in such cavalier fashion? The emotional and psychological bruises are one thing, but should you contract HSV or HPV or even worse, HIV because your partner cheated, will you be just as dismissive of those who have a major problem with people who cheat? 

Far too often, people have designs on co-dependence and not pulling their own weight in a marriage. Marriage isn’t a contract. Marriage is a partnership. Marriage is a partnership involving two people who understand their respective individual purposes in this life, and a plan to execute the vision they possess in order to fulfill that lifelong purpose. The work comes in when you have two people who may have seemingly disparate purposes, but while working in a fluid partnership — not where one is a doormat and the other is dominant, where one loses their identity in the other, where one is simply not equally yoked with the other and believes entirely different things at their core than their partner — in meshing those respective purposes into building a legacy.

Of course, not understanding these things results in what we have seen for so long: “See someone I find attractive, go get with them, have great sex, have babies, get in lifelong debt while mortgaging a house, fight over money, eventually stray emotionally, one or both cheat, get separated, get divorced, project all the internal bitterness on whoever I attract later, swear that THEY are the ones in the wrong for expecting from me what I never expected from my former spouse, and then… say ‘marriage is just a piece of paper’ and ‘a dying institution.'”

It happens all the time.

Some people learned this early enough in life to not broach the confines of marriage without being alongside someone who also demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of the same.

Invariably, without this understanding, one of the very things listed two paragraphs up will doom your marriage — or your “situationship” that you are comfortable with because you’ve already sworn off marriage altogether — before it even gets started.

Some learned early in life. Some eventually learn. Some never do. Believe what you want, but these are the realities of the human condition in conjunction with spiritual truisms, regardless of beliefs.

 

Nugget Time: The Perils of Always Being in a Relationship and Unwilling to Ever Be Alone


Nugget Time: The Perils of Always Being in a Relationship and Unwilling to Ever Be Alone
M.D. Wright
1.30.2018

It never ceases to amaze how the two base genders fail to develop common ground in the areas of communication, understanding of one another and working in lockstep to achieve the same end. Both ultimately desire the same things, but go about realizing those ends in completely different fashions; whether it be logic-based, emotion-based, circumstance-based or otherwise. The ends do not always justify the means, nor are the means always mutually exclusive with the ends. Further, and worse yet, sometimes the very things that both desire are approached with counterproductive and counterintuitive measures.

What do you mean, you ask?

Men.
There are two types of men in the sense of self-actualization, self-evaluation and being completely transparent with one’s self and others: a) the one who doesn’t care how people perceive them with regards to expressing themselves, their desires, their emotions, their weaknesses and vulnerabilities, as well as the areas where they are strong, and b) those who prefer to operate from behind a façade of machismo, ego and feigned confidence; thereby masking their true motives and sentiments about women and what they desire from a woman.

Men all desire the same things from women. Some fail to truly understand how those desires work in tandem with how they comport themselves. What does this mean? Men desire to be wanted, needed, to lead, to provide literal and figurative covering for a woman, sexual attraction and fulfillment, unconditional support and loyalty, among other things. Some men know this and go full speed ahead pursuing after a woman who provides such. As difficult as it may be to find a woman who is equally yoked with him in this regard, he does not budge from his vision and will continue working to fulfill his overall life’s purpose until he meets her. This does not mean that he never partakes in the waters of sexual fulfillment and temporary dating relationships in the interim, but he ultimately knows what he wants and what a woman looks like who embodies those traits.

Most men can enter relationships whenever they desire, but the function isn’t the same for women. Think about it, and think honestly about it. It is true.

Much is made by both genders about how the other seemingly does not know what he/she wants. Some know, others think they know, but fail to recognize what that person looks like when they actually encounter the person who embodies those characteristics. This is where discernment comes in. Everyone possesses a measure of discernment. Some chose to sharpen their discernment by utilizing it on a regular basis, some rarely, if ever use discernment, while others still resort to relying on lazy stereotypes, hiding behind generalizations and defeatist mentalities in order to shield themselves from what they believe will be inevitable disappointment, heartache and betrayal.

Some men have been deceived into believing that they are supposed to be domineering over a woman, such that she aborts her own individual life’s purpose to assume that of the man she is with at that point in time. This is faulty thinking, and something that both men and women are guilty of doing. So often we see women lose their entire identities in the process, while men who think this way become drunken with the desire to control, manipulate and domineer the woman he is with. This, along with the inherent selfishness that many people fail to ever grow out of, are the crux of the main issues which destroy relationships, or doom them before they even begin.

Other men possess a fear of commitment, as do women, and prefer to get by on a string of superficial, pointless “situationships” that yield little to nothing positive in the end. Falsely profound and “fake woke” people will lead you to believe that everything is a “learning experience” when some situations should be avoided and some of the pain that is the resultant effect of haphazard, unaccountable and practically reckless living without a compass or a plan can be avoided by learning from the mistakes of others. Not everything “happens for a reason.” To suggest such is to suggest that there is no such thing as free will. And, unless you are imprisoned, you exert free will in every single thing you do with each passing heartbeat throughout every day. Regardless of what your faith belief (notice the term “religion” isn’t used here, for the “spiritual, not religious” types) may entail, this is a universal truth: we possess free will. In all areas. What you decide to do — or someone steps in and does without your consent, resulting in potentially years of pain and headache — is what happens for a reason, not some predetermined outcome that is set in stone regardless of whims, desires and the exertion of free will.

To suggest otherwise is the acme of folly.

Some men think that adding notches to his belt whenever he can is the apogee of masculinity. Others assert that monogamy is impossible and attach others’ faith beliefs because they cannot wrap their minds around the depths of both the human psyche and the long-term ramifications of short-term decision-making and fulfillment of lust-based desires. To put it another way, what you do today… whether it be five wives, or one wife with 10 “side chicks” will often yield ramifications that you could not foresee years prior. Most people think in the moment and don’t realize the decisions they make today can have years-long, if not lifetime effects. And not positive, either.

Men ultimately know what they want, some are not honest with themselves about how they seek to realize those outcomes in relation to a woman. Don’t ever let a man (or woman) tell you that men don’t know what they want. They do. Whether they deem it worthwhile to pursue after that woman (or, if they are turtles, beta males and overall weaklings who live in a constant state of fear and passivity) is another story. Men are intentional. When even the weakest willed man wants something, his focus becomes laser-like and he will stop at nothing to achieve and fulfill that desire. That is universal. This is ultimately why women appear foolish in allowing a man to string them along for years without a firm commitment.

There is no “it’s complicated.” He is either truly all-in with you, or he does not view you as nothing but an electric blanket for his bed, while he searches for greener pastures to pursue before leaving you high and dry altogether in the end. If a man wants a woman, he will stop at nothing in his pursuit of her, unless she completely and utterly shuts him down.

Men who are always in and out of poisonous relationships should be the ones who are red flags to women, not men who are judicious enough to not constantly enter relationships just for the sake of it. So often you hear women toss out flawed philosophy about what is a “red flag” with men: Over 30 and no kids, no relationship longer than “x” number of years, no serious relationship in “x” number of years, etc. How does that work, given the aforementioned? That’s women applying women’s thinking to men’s actions. It does not work. Men choose when they want to be in relationships. Those who want the right woman are not going to be in and out of relationships every few months. It is virtually impossible to properly discern who is a worthwhile woman within one’s sphere by doing so. And then there is the emotional bond. Some people actually think that getting with someone who they knew was with someone else when they got with them is going to end well. Once in a while, it may. But how you got them is oftentimes how you lose them.

Segue.

Women.
Women are driven primarily by their emotions. That is not to suggest that women are incapable of and never utilize logic. Those who suggest this are foolish, as well. However, the emotional inclinations in conjunction with the natural desire for relationship (that is friendships, romantic relationships, and any other type of relationship) causes a conflict when — as we have seen in recent years — women attempt to play ‘catch up’ with how men have mostly always mistreated women in the areas of cheating, lying, deceiving and constantly with an eye on greener pastures.

We know how the latter manifests in women versus how it was previously illustrated in its manifestation among men: selling (expletive) to the highest bidder. Whether or not it is literally titled as such is irrelevant. The actions are akin with selling “it” to the highest bidder.

This is not all women, of course. 

Others waste spend their prime years running behind the absolute dregs of the human male species, then subsequently become jaded, tossed to and fro by every wild wind of doctrine in order to make recompense, and then fail to realize the man who is good for them when he actually does come around. The amount of times this happens is galling, for those who observe the actions and decisions of others. We live in and we learn, yes. But after a while, one must step back and assess matters and years of flawed decision-making and realize that she is the common denominator in all of the dead-end relationships she’s ever been in.

Attempting to live second childhoods befalls many men and women. Maybe you didn’t get to play Fast Car like Tracy Chapman in high school or college, or you were locked down at a young age, and want to act like a 16 year old in middle age. To each his/her own, but what is the end game?

If you are always in a relationship, how do you expect an intentional man to “find” and pursue you? If we have established that how you get them (in this case, one man luring you away from another) is how you lose them, why is there an expectation on the part of so many women that men are going to just bypass the fact that you are in a relationship — that you know is dead end, as the man you’re with has shown you his true colors, resulting in the same ending that each of your other relationships faced — and try to make something that will last and be fruitful, if he knows you’re involved with someone else? There is no “Old Maid” if you are fulfilling your individual purpose. Be alone for a while. You won’t combust if you aren’t in a relationship for 362 out of 365 days every year.

Could it be that the reason that so many of you BELIEVE there are few to no good men is because you’re always in a relationship, and good men — no matter if they are alpha males, or beta, or omega or anything in between — if they want something more than coitus from you, are not going to give you the time of day? Change your ways and get different results.

Expecting a man who has already shown you that he is poison to you at the end of the day, hoping that he will magically change is akin to cheating to win in Monopoly, taking that “money” to an actual bank and expecting the teller to give you real United States Dollars (or whatever form of money you wish). As stupid as it sounds to take fake money and expect real money in exchange, this is truly what trying to force a doomed-from-the-start “relationship” to work, when it isn’t destined to work (and you know it, deep down).

Worse yet — you become content with him, because you either feel like you will wade off into a state of invisibility in the eyes of men, or don’t think there is anyone worthwhile out there otherwise, or, even still, you fail to realize that what is best for you may not come packaged the way you fantasize and idealize. Men who actually find the apple of their eyes will tell you that while they do adore the woman they’re with, and find her attractive, that in some cases, she did not come packaged the way that he dreamed about or fixated upon a particular aesthetic and would have erstwhile missed out on her if she didn’t look a certain way. Some women have learned this. Silly women get hung up on superficial things and ignore death knells and wonder why they continue to get the same results. Silly women also refuse to ever be alone for any period of time, never examine themselves for where they can change and grow, and blame every man she deals with — and seemingly every man she has never met — for her own flawed decision-making and failure to assess what she needs to change in order to achieved her supposed desired ends.

If the common denominator in all the broken relationships is you — and worse still, you don’t REALIZE it’s you — it may be a good time to be alone for a while.

You might (pleasantly) surprise yourself when you realize how your perspective on things changes while not being tied up in the worst of your emotions with the worst of men for all but five days out of the calendar year throughout your entire adult life.

Nuggets of Wisdom


Nuggets of Wisdom
M.D. Wright
10.12.2017
The quotes are excerpted from “RIB: The Truth — The Story — The Reality of Women”
Gonna help some of you out who perpetuate vicious cycles of dead end thinking and actions, then I’m going to enjoy some football.
“The disagreement between what is expected and what actually happens between both types of Imposters and Phonies is only discovered through the perversion found in their thinking. Their thinking determines how they process who they are and what they expect from men. Identifying each individual inconsistency seems next to impossible, but the identity in found in the first three letters of their secular thinking, ‘Sec.’ The college whore and the Temple Prostitute like to operate “Secretly.” They conceal their whoredom from others or only allow a select few to know the truth behind, “Whore Number One.” The connection is not difficult to make. Silly women often alienate themselves with a distinct group of Imposters and Phonies within society by virtue of certain refinements or distinctions of beliefs and practices, a Sect.
The thing about this kind of educational and spiritual condemnation is it appears to be beyond ordinary understanding or without explanation by the women secretly operating in it. This is a powerful irony normally found in a dramatic effect between retardation and sanity. The irony enables right-minded people to see and understand the inconsistency between beliefs and practices while accepting them both. Think of it in light of the Church. The church knows homosexuality goes against the Word of God, yet many Pastors condone homosexuality by marrying people of the same sex. The ironic thing about this is they do it using the Word of God to sanction or ordain the very thing that is an abomination to God. They fail to see the irreverence found in the manner in which they practice their faith.
The same lack of vision enables man to operate in irreverence, and it keeps the Temple Prostitute and the College Whore connected to Imposter, Phony, and Viper. Silly women are unaware of the inconsistency found between their spiritual and educational teachings when demonstrating feigned ignorance during the act of fornication. Most men can sense a Temple Prostitute and a College Whore a smile away because they too have become “Silly.” Most men realize each kind of Imposter and each kind of Phony contains disparate, inconsistent, or discordant parts and qualities that are not consistent with those of right-minded thinking.
College Whores and Temple Prostitutes conduct themselves in a state of falsity when it comes to experiencing true love and desires that are dominated by sexual love and sexual desire. The abnormal and persistent sexual excitement exposes them to superficial realities that work against the sum of all things that are real, absolute and unchangeable in their world. Look at how revealing educated and so-called saved women dress. Yet many of them walk around exhibiting strong animosity towards men who see them and treat them in the manner they project themselves to be, “Whores.” They do this without realizing how the impurity in their own heart has attracted this kind of man in the first place.
Eventually, the heart of a College Whore and Temple Prostitute becomes hardened and it ceases to be friendly, generous or warm-hearted in nature. The disposition exhibits an inability to empathize or understand their own contribution to the feelings they have toward men. Therefore, they begin to make statements like, “Men aren’t shit” or “All men think the only thing a woman is good for is sex.” The biggest question surrounding “Men aren’t shit” is what makes a man who is not worth shit approach a woman who thinks she is worth more? Could it be that a man who is not worth shit is attracted to a woman who is not worth shit herself? A man who is not worth shit cannot usually approach a woman of substance. Most women of substance normally would not make utterance of a statement that demonstrates subnormal intellectual development.
A woman of substance will not possess an inability to guard against common secular dangers that allows men who are not worth shit to approach her in the first place. A woman of substance would be capable of connecting the dots between her thinking and the tragic outcomes it produces in her life and her relationships. “All men think the only thing a woman is good for is sex.” What else is a man going to think when women use sex to willfully transition from a high level of moral excellence to a lower level of immorality or intellectual character for money, fame and fortune? Remember, whether a Silly Woman is in college or in church, she still aliens herself with a distinct group of Imposters and Phonies within society by virtue of certain refinements, garments or distinctions in beliefs and practices. What does this mean? Look at whom a college or church woman resembles. Look at whom her thinking resembles, and then look at whom her actions resemble and then see what kind of men she attracts. Through this resemblance, Silly Women and both types of Imposters and Phonies remain connected o the same kind of men that remain connected to the same kind of tragic outcomes. This is deep-rooted mental illness. It does not allow Silly Women to see what is evident and what is evident to the average mind of a man. The power to go beyond superficiality is lost at this point. A Silly Woman sees a “Good Look” and forgets about moral excellence or intellectual character that is needed to fashion a good man. They even forget about money. Millions of women are with good-looking men who exhibit low expectations out of life and high expectations out of women they undoubtedly live with. Yet millions of women are okay with a man with low expectations, and millions of Silly Women live with financially secure men who are not worth a “Dime.” Tragically, Silly Women remain in both types of relationships when they are often victims of infidelity or mental and physical abuse by the men they dearly honor. It is not hard to figure out why they are silly. “
This book is longer than a Shakespeare novel. Highly recommended read.
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Don’t want to be held accountable for thoughts of actions, don’t want to have to ever answer to anyone when they get checked. Will find a way to justify any and everything they do, but someone else is always the villain. Avoid these people. They will always do you in. Learn to discern and stop making bad decisions, then you wouldn’t have to be on social media posting memes because you’re bitter. And make better choices in men and women. Learn to be alone for more than two days. You can’t find the right woman while screwing everything that moves, and the right man can’t find you when you’re holed up with someone different every few weeks.
You can’t fool those with sharp discernment, anyway. You can think you are fooling them, but they’re just waiting for you to come to grips about who you truly are and acknowledge it. Women know this about men (yet still get with these Imposters) and men can know a woman is unsavory and still break his neck to get at her.
Flaunting around your “education” and material things, as if that is synonymous with your identity is pure folly. Taking advantage of weak-willed women, as if to cast a spell on them makes you a Viper. Man or woman. This post isn’t gender-specific. It applies to ALL human beings. Govern yourselves accordingly.
FOOTBALL TIME.