My Sunday morning … wasted efforts and ramblings

Martin Sheen flipped

A reader suggested that I take a look at Charlie Sheen as being a Matt Damon Batch member, and I didn’t have to look long. There are certain characteristics that immediately jump out at me, among them the part on the left side of the head, the square jaw, and what has to be considered ruggedly handsome features of leading man quality.

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A revealing article from a sports journalist

I am a sort-of baseball fan, one who used to be a real fan. The team I chose to brand on was the Cincinnati Reds. They are falling off the map. If the Major Leagues were formed today, that  city would have, at best, a AAA franchise.

The Atlanta Braves inspired a bumper sticker years ago that said “Bring professional baseball to Atlanta.” Cincinnati now inspires such a sentiment.  Its teams have been moribund, dreadful, boring, its managers uninspired and behind the times. The reason, I am told, or at least assume, is that this is a small market team doing all it can afford to do.

So this article by Steve Mancuso opened my eyes. Starting with the assumption that the Reds have to trade some viable young prospects in lieu of paying outright for proven talent, Mancuso took me on a ride.

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About the missing post … also a football discussion thread

Note to readers: After receiving the video from Kevin* today of Barbara Walters’ first appearance on the Today Show in the 1960s, I slowly came to realize I had much of that scam wrong. While Pamela Courson did indeed become Walters, in my view, what I thought were surviving photos of the original Walters were in fact, again, Courson.

*To be clear, though Kevin supplied the video, he does not see what I see in it, and is not on board with my conclusions.

Pam as BarbaraWalters 1989 CSo I have more work to do – it appears at this writing that the entire Internet has been scrubbed of photos of the original Walters, but that is the work that now lies ahead of me – to see if any survived. Just as an example, the photo to the left here, which I took to be the original Walters, is actually Pam Courson in a 60s wig and done in black and white. It was said to have been shot in 1960, but more like 1976. She will end up looking like the Walters we all know, shown on the right.

Original BabaAnd, from Kevin’s video on the right here is the original Barbara Walters. Those with trained eyes should easily see that she looks nothing like the woman pictured above, and my work ahead will be to see if she looks anything at all like the Walters we came to know in the 80s and 90s. I doubt it. This is the woman who disappeared from view in 1976.

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Waiver wire antics?

I don’t know if it is deliberate but Bill Belichick’s demeanor and dress remind me of the Emperor from Star Wars. It could be he is aware of this and likes such a negative image. It could be that the league promotes this image. Having an “Evil Empire” team is good for business. Baseball has done it with the Yankees for decades. It drives up ratings and attendance, as people want to see insult inflicted on teams that consistently win while theirs loses.

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Football logic

Baseball used to be considered that “national pastime,” but has been supplanted by football in the last few decades. Football easily lends itself to gambling. There are far fewer games and the results of those games, if deemed important, are easily controlled by referees and a few players and coaches under control of the league. Under orders, they can create illogical wins and losses.

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A highly unlikely outcome

[Update: The video cannot be viewed here, but do go to the YouTube link and watch it. Quite a few people are sure Parks stepped out of bounds. Watch what happens at 1:33 in the replay.]

[Update: I searched to find out how many cameras are used to cover a football game, and the answer varies depending on the game. 13 appears to be the norm for a regional game. Sidelines shots are of high importance, especially if a play is challenged. So they probably had better footage of this play and did not show it, instead relying on a shot from the end zone behind the play, sixty yards away. Indeed, at 1:02 or so they switch to an end zone camera on that sideline that probably had Parks all the way down the sideline.]


All I can  figure is that Brandin Cooks was not supposed to to catch that touchdown pass from Drew Brees in the closing minutes of yesterday’s Denver-New Orleans matchup. For Denver then to pull it out required shenanigans.  Watch the video above as the snapper #47 (ah geez, really?), Justin Drescher, allows himself to be gently pushed down to allow Justin Simmons to block the extra point, thereby allowing Will Parks to run it back for a two point score.

I don’t quite buy that all NFL outcomes are fixed, as games are controlled chaos and anything can happen. Those key to determining the outcome are referees, who can call a penalty on any play, and perhaps just a few players on each team who can fall down on demand, as did Drescher, or fumble and then stand and watch, as did Cam Newton in the last Super Bowl. This much I know: Teams know how to block the other team on PATs. They practice this stuff.

Just remember, the NFL is one organization and teams abide by the script. There is nothing illegal about fixing games, as it is purely entertainment. Only advertising and gambling keep the game alive. Yesterday both were served.

Are American sports all rigged?

The death of Mohammad Ali is a milestone, a remarkable man, but I will never forget his fight with Sonny Liston where he won by means of a phantom punch.  The fight was rigged. I don’t know if Ali was in on it. He did not necessarily have to be.

I clipped this comment from Quora and reprint it – it is from Anonymous, and it echoes my suspicions after the last two Superbowls, two years ago with Seattle giving it to New England at the end, and this year with Cam Newton fumbling and just watching Denver recover. Fix is on!!!

ALL professional sports championships are rigged. And not just rigged by referees (as the controlled opposition wants you to think) but rigged from the top to bottom with the assistance of select players and coaches on each team.

Every Super Bowl you have ever watched has been rigged. Most playoff games and regular season games too. Some superstars are manufactured (such as Cam Newton) and some are repressed if they don’t play along.

Most veteran QBs are in on the fixes, ALL head coaches, most coordinators, and certain players in certain positions (CB, OL, RB, WR, etc.). It’s important to know that not all the players or coaches are in on it, although some may suspect but are not willing to risk their career or earnings over it. Most of the players and lower level coaches are dupes IMO.

This also includes owners and GMs. Some owners are actually a front for corporations, agencies, or secret billionaires who really own the team (Terry Pegula comes to mind). To them it is just an investment. They don’t care if their team wins or loses, as long as the fans show up.

Super Bowl champions have more to do with narratives and giving favors to certain owners than with the play on the field. It’s a racket that has cost working class fans billions of dollars over the decades. It has also cost most players their brains and bodies, despite the outcomes being pre-determined. It also explains how Vegas is always so close to the real spread. Vegas never loses, because they know who’s going to win.

For those looking to do more research and go further down the rabbit hole, try to find out why nearly all of the expansion owners of the 1960’s came out of the Navy. That’s right, the NFL is a military creation. The Navy is the home of intelligence. Football is subconscious military promotion, originating from elite schools such as Harvard and Yale.

NBA fixes every game. The NHL is better IMO but fixes a few regular season games to ensure favored or big market teams advance and fixes all the playoff games that need fixing.

In case you’re wondering, Spygate , Bountygate, and Deflategate never happened. All done for marketing, awareness, and controlled opposition purposes. Done with full consent of all parties. Why would people risk their reputations? Well, you need to start asking who these people really are and if the biographies we are told are actually true.

For those open-minded willing to go down this path, prepare for depression, then enlightenment. The entire world you have been told by newspapers, TV, and media is not what you think it is. In fact, Quora is not what you think it is. And some of the posters who you trust are not who you think they are (including some who answered this question).