Bold, Off-the-Cuff Early 2017 Season Predictions

Bold, Off-the-Cuff Early 2017 Season Predictions
M.D. Wright

It is August 1, which means training camps are now in full swing and we have the first preseason game (Hall of Fame Game; Thursday, August 3, 2017 — Arizona vs. Dallas) on the horizon. I normally don’t even begin talking about football seriously until Week 2 or 3 of the preseason, and don’t roll out predictions until after the preseason schedule is completed and the attrition that often leads to season-ending injuries has run its course just before Week 1 of the regular season.

I’m going to throw a bone to you people who rush spring and summer by, and don’t watch NHL playoffs, don’t like or watch baseball and spend every day from the conclusion of the previous season’s Super Bowl rushing Week 1 of the next season to arrive. Consider it a one-time, make-good offer. I’m going back to my old ways next year.

As for now, we will do division by division predictions, statistical leader predictions and AFC/NFC Championship predictions, as well.

AFC East
New England                    12-4
Miami                                 10-6
Buffalo                                  9-7
NY Jets                                2-14

AFC North
Pittsburgh                          12-4
Cleveland                             9-7
Cincinnati                            9-7
Baltimore                             8-8

AFC South
Tennessee                          10-6
Jacksonville                       10-6
Houston                               9-7
Indianapolis                       8-8

AFC West
Oakland                             12-4
Kansas City                       11-5
Denver                                9-7
LA Chargers                      6-10

NFC East
NY Giants                           12-4
Washington                       10-6
Philadelphia                       9-7
Dallas                                   8-8

NFC North
Minnesota                           11-5
Green Bay                           10-6
Detroit                                 10-6
Chicago                                5-11

NFC South
Tampa Bay                          11-5
Atlanta                                 10-6
Carolina                                8-8
New Orleans                        8-8

NFC West
Seattle                                 13-3
Arizona                                9-7
LA Rams                              7-9
San Francisco                    3-13

AFC Championship: Oakland vs. Pittsburgh.
NFC Championship: Seattle vs. New York Giants

Touchdown Passes: Aaron Rodgers
Passing Yardage: Jameis Winston
Rushing Yardage: Le’Veon Bell
Rushing Touchdowns: Dalvin Cook
Receptions: Mike Evans
Receiving Yardage: Odell Beckham
Receiving Touchdowns: Odell Beckham
Sacks: Jadeveon Clowney
Interceptions: Marcus Peters
Tackles: Bobby Wagner

Total Offense: Pittsburgh
Total Defense: NY Giants
Rushing Offense: Oakland
Rushing Defense: NY Giants
Passing Offense: Pittsburgh
Passing Defense: 
Sacks: Kansas City


On the Collusion of NFL teams against Colin Kaepernick

On the Collusion of NFL teams against Colin Kaepernick
M.D. Wright

You overly dense people grind my gears.

Incapable of nuance.



Can’t ever stay on topic.

Always looking to deviate from the main subject when it is “too uncomfortable” for you to want to discuss.

This Colin Kaepernick situation annoys me to no end. Fans will defend their team employing guys who have literally killed another human being, severely beaten women, and committed other violent crime, but will attempt to lump Kaepernick’s RIGHT to protest and object to social injustice (while being labeled “Anti-American — when the very thing he’s PROTESTING AND OBJECTING TO is Anti-American in and of itself!) as “bad, distracting behavior.”

You’ll support a rapist, a murderer, a serial abuser, but as soon as someone comes through to speak on something that upsets the status quo, you’re up in arms about it?

And then to support the clear, league-wide collusion taking place?

One-third of these teams’ STARTING quarterbacks aren’t better than Kaepernick. Never mind none of the backups, outside of maybe one or two even being half as good or equally as good. That man carried the least-talented team in the NFL for most of the season. No defense, busted up running backs and a bunch of #3 WRs and still put up better numbers, by measure, than guys like Goff, RG3, the $72 Million dollar (!!!) man, Kessler, arguably Bortles, and WHOEVER suited up for the Jets last year.

Cowards who try to put words in the mouths of the military, who have collectively and repeatedly stated that they stand by Kaepernick’s right to protest and kneel (though he said he would not do either going forward, as he has clearly made his point) are of the same cloth as the aforementioned. “He’s offending the troops!” They say. The troops, “I may not necessarily agree with some of his methods, but he has the right, and I support it” (general response).

These people want him to be “Anti-American” so badly, but the bottom line, the antics of these savage, rogue police officers and others who perpetuate and mete out incongruent “enforcement” are the ones who are, at the core, ANTI-AMERICAN by violating the rights of citizens and crossing over from enforcement to judiciary on the spot.

If you can take down everyone else — including those who have rifles and other weapons aimed at you during a standoff, WITHOUT killing THEM — you can surely take down someone unarmed (and we do not mean the phantom cell phone or the wallet you instructed them to reach for, and claiming “I feared for my life”) Black person without incident.

But people don’t even want to admit that these types of disparate scenarios are problematic, so what are we even doing?

Fan response here locally in Maryland to the Ravens (a team that has employed a man who was an accessory to murder, a violent domestic abuser, and a man who has killed a pedestrian with his car) is laughable at best. Even Joe Flacco spoke glowingly about Kaepernick, and these smegma-brained, crab-cake guzzling bozos blew right through Flacco’s endorsement, just to fulminate and perorate all this DRECK I’ve heard from them locally over the past few days.

All over the mere MENTION of CONSIDERING Kaepernick as a backup.

I’d say the same for Michael Vick and the Virginia Tech honors that are upcoming, but he brought that on himself and I don’t support him until he stops licking boots.

On #BlackWomensEqualPay

On #BlackWomensEqualPay
M.D. Wright

I’m not big on feminism, because much of what we see today has broken away from logical rhetoric and gone to the extreme. The absurd.

But I have always been about equality. And I don’t mean pithy nonsense where double standards are frowned upon except when beneficial to a certain group.

The #BlackWomenEqualPay thing is one of those things. It is a nuanced and multi-layered issue that cannot be addressed in superficial, black and white terms. If your IQ is lower than your heartbeats per minute, you should not wade into the discussion at all, as there are a multitude of social, economic, cultural and institutional factors that have to be addressed in order to bring this to fruition (not that this deters the many morons on Twitter and other outlets).

The disparities in pay between men and women in general have been an issue for as long as all of us who live and breathe today have been alive. There’s no denying that. It is a problem that should have never been.

We can’t go back and undo the past where women were barred from the general workplace, and then only (begrudgingly) allowed in due to the expansion of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity.

Side Note: I have always said, if you must enact legislation to get an employer to act a certain way that they would erstwhile NOT, you are almost going to see just as much inequality in its enactment, and still put those who you supposedly seek to “aid” at a competitive disadvantage. And we still see this today in 2017.

White women, on the whole, have experienced some gains in the workplace, and increases in pay. It’s still not even 80 cents on the dollar for their (White, and sometimes Asian) male counterparts, but it is a long way from what it was in 1970.

Black women, the group with the greatest increases of the college-educated and gainfully employed, don’t even earn the 80 cents on the dollar of White (and again, sometimes Asian) male counterparts. For years, Black men (in the same occupations) made more than Black women. Black men — those who haven’t been systematically barred from anything non entry-level — still earn more for the same jobs that Black women do. This is an obvious problem. The rectification isn’t so simple, because it involves a group surrendering or forfeiting the gobs of income they receive (often on the backs of those who do real work for substandard pay) in order to make the pay floor equal.

Moreover, since the immediately aforementioned ain’t happening anytime soon, another dynamic has emerged: Black men — particularly those who possess a wealth of professional experience and academic superiority — are viewed as “threatening” and are constantly phased out of the marketplace. Masters, Doctorates, top certifications, you name it. Outside of government agencies, you are seeing fewer Black men in roles that aren’t fully subordinate in every facet. Instead of paying Black women more, Black men just get relegated to substandard occupations — often far below what is commensurate with both their previous occupations, and what their professional and academic portfolio would dictate — or not be hired at all.

Those who earn more than their counterparts who only earn 80 cents (or less) on the dollar for the same work are least affected, but in exchange for Black men being marginalized, more Black women have been hired in more prominent roles in the past 15 years. It is congruent, because more Black women have completed Bachelors and Masters degrees in that timeframe than at any other time prior.

What this produces is another spur dynamic that creates tension among Black men (who still support equal pay for Black women) and some Black women (not all) who use the aforementioned dynamic to assert certain attitudes (we’re not delving into this too deeply here, because this is an entirely different subject altogether) when they are in positions where they serve as gatekeepers of sorts when Black men are seeking to reenter the workplace. Excluding the incarcerated, no-good types with no education or ambition and solely focusing on the group of Black men who have been sacrificed so that Black women could be fairly treated in the workplace (instead of others giving up their already undeserved and exorbitant compensation to make equal pay for White women, Black women AND Black men), you now have a dynamic where there are people who are sidelined, who can do most people’s jobs in their sleep under the influence of quaaludes, while those who have the jobs either door mediocre work in them, take them for granted, complain incessantly about the job (while doing nothing to deserve promotion), get compensated out of balance compared to those who do the job at a superior rate — aided by a sure belief that they must work 10 times as hard to get just as far (i.e. Black women, and the few Black men that are “tolerated” and not relegated to the sidelines) — and it just begets a vicious cycle.

Another Side Note:
Black women need to realize that with all the feminist propaganda you see and hear, your concerns are not included. They may be incidentally addressed, but if you think for one minute that the unique concerns of Black women are addressed in mainstream feminism, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s more likely to be one of them Metro-North trains that derails once every six months and not the promised oasis that you’ve been sold on for so long.

Don’t really want to hear about people’s outlier and small-frame anecdotal situations which MIGHT be contrary to this, these are merely generalities; meaning they are more often true than not.

Thank you.

On the Yanks Acquiring Sonny Gray…

On the Yanks Acquiring Sonny Gray…
M.D. Wright

Didn’t want to have to give up Mateo, but we have a glut in the outfield for YEARS to come (and Yanks fans are STILL — albeit delusional — clamoring for Trout AND Harper; FWIW, I think the latter will be here this time next year or next winter, Trout? Probably never), but they only gave up Fowler and Kaprielian to get Sonny Gray. Not too bad, honestly.

A year ago, I wouldn’t have done this, but getting Clint and the emergence of Judge and Hicks has made losing Mateo an easier pill to swallow.

You can’t count on guys who have yet to play in the majors to come back from two respectively MAJOR injuries. If Fowler and Kaprielian were healthy, no way Cashman does this.

Issa Rae, In All Her Splendor, Got Me Thinking…

Issa Rae, In All Her Splendor, Got Me Thinking…
M.D. Wright
Issa Rae is GORGEOUS.
Her interview on the Breakfast Club this morning got me to thinking, though. She’s one of those rare frankly honest women who doesn’t sugarcoat her past and present actions, or attempt to justify them with some garbage that insults everyone’s intelligence. I respect that. But while she didn’t express the following (my thoughts, the following) about herself, it sparked a thought about what I have observed from so many women nowadays.
So many “talk” about wanting to get married. Yet, their actions don’t align with such. The so-called “hoe phase” (many people have one, that phase lasts longer for some than others, always by choice, I might add), is one thing, but if you spend 12-15 years after high school living like that, while telling the world that you want to get married, what are you doing?
Sure, there are men who don’t care about your past (yours truly, one of them — as long as it IS your PAST, and not your PRESENT, lest we have zero FUTURE), and there are men who either don’t want kids at all, or already have them and want no more, but if you get with a man who wants kids, and you didn’t stop “hoeing” around until you were 34, 35, what are you doing?
I couldn’t care less how someone lives their life. If it doesn’t directly affect me and I’m not being violated in the process, I got no hell to send you to, and have nothing to gain by harshly judging you. However, if your actions are disparate with your stated objectives, you are going to get looked at side-eyed more so for that, than the mere fact that you are in a “hoe phase.” You don’t have that much more time to bear children once you hit your mid-30s. Who is that fair to?
And the others nowadays, who also profess a desire to marry, effectively selling (expletive) to the highest bidder. They say that, but will ignore the type of men who actually will provide that for them. They go and force something to work with someone who they perceive to be “stable” and have everything in order (before they, the woman, even come into the picture… which is objectionable to the nth degree, but I digress), and don’t dare call them out on this. Worst yet, all the stringent “standards” go out the window when they meet a man who is “ready-made” versus the ridiculous standards that they set (and don’t even meet THEMSELVES) for guys who aren’t “there” yet.
The issue with this is such:
You who think this way are averse to going through anything. You made bad decisions with men before, and now shut down anyone who remotely reminds you of those bad decisions. That’s not how life goes. First off, money comes and goes. Fortunes turn. Seasons change. Trials and tribulations are inevitable. When you go exclusively for guys who you PERCEIVE to be “ready-made” and “got it all together,” what is your course of action if (and often when) trials befall him — and by extension, YOU — are you just going to up and leave and hitch your wagon to the next gravy train of ready-madeness or are you going to realize that you’ve been going about it the wrong way all along?
But what do I know, it’s not like i don’t understand human psychology and sociology on an expert level or anything.