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Subreddit Stats: SquaredCircle top posts from 2014-10-21 to 2020-09-06 00:51 PDT

2020.09.07 01:34 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: SquaredCircle top posts from 2014-10-21 to 2020-09-06 00:51 PDT

Period: 2146.89 days
Submissions Comments
Total 999 362138
Rate (per day) 0.47 168.62
Unique Redditors 590 59964
Combined Score 5998786 12616244

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 382962 points, 67 submissions: Strike_Gently
    1. Kofi on being called the first African American champion: “I think it’s silly that people try to not count The Rock in that category. Regardless of what you look like, you are what you are. He’s black. Whether he’s half black, he’s black.” (12403 points, 1443 comments)
    2. Orton: “It took me a little time, but what I had to do was realize, Kaepernick, he wasn't shiting on the flag. He wasn't disrespecting the people that have given their lives for our freedom. He was taking a stand against police brutality.” (11866 points, 1027 comments)
    3. Kevin Owens with a video on his thoughts on COVID-19: “If you’re belittling people for wearing a mask, you’re making fun of people who are trying to do what’s best for their community.” (11740 points, 464 comments)
    4. Big Show won't wake up after a match, so the referees try to put themselves over (9919 points, 222 comments)
    5. Chuck Taylor uses a live grenade on Ciampa and feels the effect (9044 points, 581 comments)
    6. Sammy Guevara: “I’ve made stupid, inappropriate and extremely offensive comments in my past. In my idiotic mind, I thought I was being funny in using words and terms that represent nothing but horror and pain. I am truly sorry for my hurtful words and actions, and I will never forgive myself.” (8521 points, 1484 comments)
    7. HBK gets hugged by a fan in the crowd mid-match, Michaels hugs back (8107 points, 380 comments)
    8. Bray Wyatt has his own special face mask for when he goes out in public (7611 points, 321 comments)
    9. John Cena drops his title and gets the smooth assist from John Cone (7517 points, 255 comments)
    10. Jericho on a possible HOF induction: "If I continue to work for the Khan family for the rest of my life, I'll never go into the WWE Hall of Fame. I'm a hall of famer in the minds of the people who want me to be in the hall of fame. I'm a hall of famer in my mind. That's all that matters." (7263 points, 888 comments)
  2. 217417 points, 38 submissions: FuzzyWuzzyMooMoo
    1. [Royal Rumble Spoilers] Entrant #21 in the Men's Royal Rumble (13156 points, 1607 comments)
    2. [WWE Backstage Spoilers] It finally happened... (12553 points, 3172 comments)
    3. Road Dogg's reaction to seemingly hitting someone with one of the DX glow sticks at the Hall of Fame ceremony (8041 points, 344 comments)
    4. Roman Reigns: "Thank you to everyone who’s reached out...I can’t put into words what it means to me. Your energy and positivity motivate me to get better quickly to get back in the ring, but for now I’m going to spend time with my family and focus on health. Thank you - Joe/Roman" (7981 points, 432 comments)
    5. [Raw Spoilers] Damn Kurt... (7167 points, 828 comments)
    6. What is known so far about the travel issues that have left many of the WWE Talent stuck in Saudi Arabia (6830 points, 2748 comments)
    7. [AEW Double or Nothing Spoiler] Surprise appearance after the Main Event (6248 points, 1341 comments)
    8. (Raw Spoilers) Ladies and gentlemen, Braun Strowman... (6209 points, 879 comments)
    9. Roman Reigns gets distracted after seeing Dana Brooke rub oil on Sonya Deville (5997 points, 439 comments)
    10. Becky Lynch to Nia Jax: "You gave me your best sucker punch, but I got back up to destroy your whole roster. They won’t let me fight, but I’ll get back up from that too. It’s what I do. So enjoy your one free shot, because as bad as my memory is now, I haven’t forgotten you, bitch." (5958 points, 844 comments)
  3. 83439 points, 15 submissions: GetDown90
    1. Kevin Nash: "The company is called World Wrestling Entertainment. I was entertained. @StephMcMahon said we're bringing this to you to take you away from where we are. I was immersed and not watching the news. Thank you @WWE for going beyond what every other product has. Delivered!" (7785 points, 560 comments)
    2. Jake Roberts: "AEW was the first wrestling promotion that ever had a birthday party for me. That was pretty cool. They had cake and everything for everybody; it was really nice. The people at AEW are like that – Tony Khan is a wonderful man and a brilliant man." (7715 points, 488 comments)
    3. Vickie Guerrero: "I met Eddie on a blind date. I didn't get home until 4 A.M because we danced till 3 A.M. I said, 'Dad, punish me how you want. I just met the greatest guy. I don't care what my punishment is.' And we started dating ever since and it was history after that." (6360 points, 263 comments)
    4. Kane: "Bryan and I are on such opposite ends of the political spectrum. But we respect each other as human beings and value each other's opinions, so we had conversations and learned from each other. I learned a lot from Bryan, even if we didn't always agree." (6128 points, 1379 comments)
    5. Maria Kanellis: "WWE doesnt want to build new stars, they want to spike the ratings for a couple weeks to keep the investors/networks happy. What WWE doesn’t seem to get, is ratings improve when people care about the story/stars. Invest in talent, spend the time building stars, stop the laziness." (6079 points, 846 comments)
    6. Bret Hart: "Goldberg to me was one of the most unprofessional wrestlers there ever was in the business. For Bill Goldberg to be in the Hall of Fame... he hurt everybody he worked with." (6006 points, 1022 comments)
    7. Batista on his Favorite WWE Match: "It was with Rey Mysterio at a house show in Mexico. We went and gave them a pay-per-view match. We went back and got a standing ovation. Rey kicked out of my finish, we gave them every bell and whistle we could think of. That's what I wanted my career to be." (5606 points, 237 comments)
    8. Ric Flair on the Boneyard Match: "I texted Taker, 'You did it again.' That and the Fun House, it was incredible. If I'm dying as an adult who's been watching this forever, can you imagine what a 12-year-old is thinking? They gotta be going, 'Wow! Daddy this is the coolest thing!'" (5388 points, 438 comments)
    9. Luke Gallows: "When I got there (WWE) in 2016, I was pleasantly surprised because the locker room of old had changed. The old guard was gone. It wasn't everybody walking around on eggshells. I give big credit to Roman Reigns for that." (5335 points, 561 comments)
    10. Steve Austin: "I've had zero alcohol for right at 14 days now. I'm also doing my DDP Yoga shit. Hell, I'm going to jump up here and do the splits like a goddang cheerleader in a minute! I'm flexible as a motherfucker." lol (4928 points, 575 comments)
  4. 77859 points, 15 submissions: Naweezy
    1. “Motherfucker”. Stone Cold steals the Rock’s moment. (7065 points, 425 comments)
    2. Two legends with their signature rises (6617 points, 288 comments)
    3. The Rock attempts the Rock Bottom on Eddie Guerrero (6313 points, 411 comments)
    4. Wrestling 101: Don’t drop a beer Stone Cold throws you (6227 points, 206 comments)
    5. That time CM Punk and Daniel Bryan copied a spot from the Sonnen and Silvia fight on the Raw after the event (5820 points, 322 comments)
    6. Remember paper always beats the rock (5249 points, 221 comments)
    7. Scott Hall and Zack Ryder holding each other’s Intercontinental Championships 20 years apart (5098 points, 262 comments)
    8. Swig of beer for the working man (5042 points, 257 comments)
    9. Beeper. Fanny Pack. All Denim clothing. Stone Cold and The Rock. This is as 90’s as it gets (4648 points, 220 comments)
    10. HBK fools Melina who thinks he’s John Morrison (4601 points, 179 comments)
  5. 61927 points, 11 submissions: sylvester_terkay
    1. A Series of Wrestlers popping out of nowhere (8098 points, 288 comments)
    2. What reminds me of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn lately (6535 points, 234 comments)
    3. Sami Zayn popping outta nowhere (6213 points, 198 comments)
    4. Big E meets Little E (6047 points, 245 comments)
    5. Orange Cassidy joining what he thought was a slumber party (5879 points, 206 comments)
    6. Ric Flair makes a young Hurricane fan cry (5712 points, 386 comments)
    7. Roman gets his payback (5305 points, 153 comments)
    8. It took almost 2 years for Randy to get his revenge on AJ (4993 points, 233 comments)
    9. Billie Kay breaks Peyton Royce & Cathy Kelley (4517 points, 320 comments)
    10. [Raw Spoilers] Kurt Angle having some flashbacks (4334 points, 204 comments)
  6. 61503 points, 7 submissions: RealWWE
    1. Daniel Bryan medically cleared to return to in-ring action (26808 points, 6506 comments)
    2. Rey Mysterio’s reaction to seeing AJ Styles backstage at Royal Rumble (8587 points, 493 comments)
    3. [Rumble Spoilers] This Is Brock Lesnar, Hear Him Scream - The Remix (6395 points, 180 comments)
    4. The champ Becky Lynch has a special surprise for SquaredCircle ... (5661 points, 561 comments)
    5. Hello SC from Stamford! R-Truth and Carmella are enjoying their all-expenses paid vacation to WWE HQ (5397 points, 356 comments)
    6. Not-so-official artwork for NXT TakeOver in the year 2050 (4463 points, 203 comments)
    7. I am WWE SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch and the Superstar everyone wants to see at Evolution, the first-ever all-women's pay-per-view. Ask the champ anything! (And boo the woo!) (4192 points, 1738 comments)
  7. 54103 points, 10 submissions: hall198
    1. Deadspin: WWE Allows Alleged Child Sex Predator to Waltz Back Into the Ring Like Nothing Happened (8645 points, 1551 comments)
    2. Ric Flair's ringtone is set to 'Ric Flair Drip' and Charlotte is shocked by this discovery. (7829 points, 548 comments)
    3. Renee Young announces she has COVID-19 (5137 points, 983 comments)
    4. (SD Spoilers) This fan went all out for Holloween (5112 points, 153 comments)
    5. TMZ: The Columbus police department launch an investigation into Marty Jannetty's facebook comments from earlier today "We are going to look into this. The first step will be seeing if we have any missing persons or unidentified remains cases that match the limited information in the post." (4992 points, 776 comments)
    6. Tommy Dreamer: "Yesterday. AEW packed, ROH sold out, WWE tokyo packed, they ran Jackson as well. NXT Venice (packed), I did an indy (with) over 700 people. I keep reading all these other indies ran last night, So many people were entertained by professional wrestling. YESTERDAY WAS A GOOD DAY" (4575 points, 237 comments)
    7. The IIconics are amazing, pass it on. (4565 points, 433 comments)
    8. The PPV poster for Hell in a Cell (4523 points, 426 comments)
    9. (NXT Spoilers) YEET. (4420 points, 383 comments)
    10. Ric Flair: "It's Official, Charlotte Is No Longer Ric Flair's Daughter. I Am Charlotte Flair's Dad! All The Accolades That Have Come My Way Over Time Are Diminished By Her Accomplishments Now! I Am So Proud Of You Charlotte." (4305 points, 503 comments)
  8. 52599 points, 8 submissions: Bigbenn0
    1. I present to you the first and only time John Cena did a suicide dive. (8006 points, 382 comments)
    2. On this day 2 years ago, the greatest moment in WWE history happened. (7898 points, 364 comments)
    3. To be honest, this alone should get R-Truth inducted into the Hall of Fame (7364 points, 381 comments)
    4. A reminder that Ricochet isn’t human. (6457 points, 517 comments)
    5. The Usos forfeiting the Gauntlet Match out of respect for Kofi and The New Day was perfection and one of the best part of Kofimania. WWE gets a lot of criticism for their storylines and bookings and whatnot but Kofimania shows that they can be great when they want to. (6380 points, 358 comments)
    6. I often forget how crazy Bobby Lashley was back in the day. (6138 points, 387 comments)
    7. In Honor of Money in the Bank this Sunday, here’s what I think is the greatest non-Wrestlemania entrance in WWE History. I also don’t think there’ll come another time where a superstar elicit this big of a ovation off their entrance alone. (5455 points, 849 comments)
    8. John Cena and Sting congratulating a 7-Year old Girl on beating cancer after Raw went off air. (4901 points, 273 comments)
  9. 49307 points, 10 submissions: woo_hah
    1. John Cena: “I can say with the utmost sincerity that I believe Brock Lesnar is best in-ring performer that I've seen. His performance at the Rumble was a clinic on how to establish yourself, how to establish those around you, establish the championship, establish the importance of one event.” (5922 points, 853 comments)
    2. WWE confirms move to Amway Center (calling it WWE ThunderDome). There will be drone cameras and 1,000 virtual fans, with crowd audio mixed in. Kevin Dunn says pryo, smoke and projections will allow for “a big, beautiful entrance, better than WrestleMania.” (5685 points, 1123 comments)
    3. Big E on Xavier Woods: “If Woods doesn’t come up to me in 2014 and say, ‘Hey, I have an idea for a group. You want to join me?’ If that doesn’t happen, who knows if I’m even still employed here. He changed our lives. And the fact that he got the trombone over in wrestling? That’s incredible.” (5625 points, 294 comments)
    4. Drew McIntyre: “I don’t know why, but Kurt Angle chose to work with me for one of his final matches in TNA. He made me look like a million bucks. Then, a few years later in WWE, he made me look like an absolute killer. I can never thank Kurt enough for what he has done and continues to do for me.” (5314 points, 120 comments)
    5. Terry Funk on AEW: “Vince and WWE, they’re not fresh. Yes, Vince does big business. They have the best talent in the world, but they have no fresh ideas. They should be selling out every arena. Vince thinks he’s fresh, he thinks he’s the best. That’s when you get knocked on your ass.” (5128 points, 613 comments)
    6. Jake Hager: "When I look now at guys like Cesaro, guys like Bobby Lashley, they’re just lost. When I look at them, that whole cloud of doom comes right back over me. [WWE] knows exactly what they’re doing and I hate to say it, but it’s on purpose. They want you lost in there so they can control you" (4660 points, 1256 comments)
    7. Chris Jericho: “One of my mission statements in AEW is to build new talent. People complain, ‘We don’t have any idea who this people are!’ It’s only been nine weeks, and we’re focusing on one person every couple of weeks. Building new stars will make this promotion successful.” (4578 points, 491 comments)
    8. Otis on winning MITB: “I found out and was like, ‘What?’ When the briefcase got into my hands, that’s when it felt real. I remember watching the first ‘Money in the Bank’ match at WrestleMania, and it blows my mind that I woke up right next to it this morning.” (4214 points, 475 comments)
    9. Mandy Rose pitched the Otis storyline directly to Vince McMahon. It was inspired by their real-life friendship. (4093 points, 347 comments)
    10. Renee Young on WWE's reaction to her positive COVID test: "Did I feel a little slighted? I didn't really feel like anyone was all that concerned that I got sick. That bothered me for sure." (4088 points, 521 comments)
  10. 49071 points, 3 submissions: LazyCanasian
    1. Earthquake (my dad) playing Tetris while my brother and sister look on. (18154 points, 541 comments)
    2. In memory of my dad today, here he is on his birthday excited for some hot disco hits! (17092 points, 429 comments)
    3. In honor of Father’s Day, here’s Earthquake and me around 1996-1997. Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads that are still with us and those that aren’t. Much love! (13825 points, 363 comments)
  11. 47977 points, 1 submission: Macaveli54
    1. Nearly 50 hours of work, here’s my drawing of The Rock (47977 points, 1413 comments)
  12. 40346 points, 7 submissions: KhabibTime
    1. Ric Flair: I Ain't Dead Yet Mother Fuckers! WOOOOO! (11185 points, 581 comments)
    2. Big E: Sometimes you forget the dude you’ve goofed off with for the last 4+ years is a legend. Putting in an actual hour against (and DEFEATING) world champs & future HOFers was awe inspiring & humbling. Last night was one we will never forget. (5573 points, 562 comments)
    3. James Ellsworth: When I wrestled Braun Strowman the match didn't last 2 minutes, and with that neither was my WWE career suppose to. Thanks to fans all over the world, in those nearly 2 minutes I lasted a year and a half a WWE, I'll never forget what wrestling fans did for me (5366 points, 175 comments)
    4. Jon Moxley: “Pressure is having a 2-page script written by a 74-year old mad man that makes no sense, that’s gonna make you look stupid on TV” (5000 points, 737 comments)
    5. Big E: Kofi has the most days as a tag team champion in the history of WWE. Never failed a drug test. Never had a brush with the law. Always a professional to the highest degree. Give this man his flowers while he can still smell them. (4858 points, 385 comments)
    6. [WWE After The Bell] Randy Orton Confirms AJ Styles is a Flat Earther (4264 points, 1336 comments)
    7. Kayla Braxton: @WWE I’ll forego my paycheck to never see Lana and Lashley together on television again (4100 points, 448 comments)
  13. 37282 points, 7 submissions: WorkFriendlyAcct
    1. Fan misreads request for assistance. (9173 points, 306 comments)
    2. Triple H marks out for Randy Orton (5212 points, 201 comments)
    3. Picture perfect hurricanranna off the top rope to the outside. (5023 points, 182 comments)
    4. The most dramatic running clothesline in the history of professional wrestling. (4703 points, 344 comments)
    5. Daniel and Brie share a moment (4629 points, 556 comments)
    6. 30 Years of the Royal Rumble (4346 points, 638 comments)
    7. Mayoral Candidate Abuses Cheerleaders (4196 points, 128 comments)
  14. 35508 points, 1 submission: MustacheDiaries
    1. 1992 and 2020 have identical calendars so I'm using the 1992 WWF Calendar this year. (35508 points, 640 comments)
  15. 34503 points, 6 submissions: thebobbyshaw33
    1. Sign catches Rock’s attention and he’s gotta set the record straight (9731 points, 389 comments)
    2. (HIAC SPOILERS) Xpac is all of us (5967 points, 837 comments)
    3. This has to be one of the greatest photos ever captured in wrestling. (5939 points, 242 comments)
    4. Kane comes out to Slow Chemical for his victory speech. (4505 points, 559 comments)
    5. The accuracy of this tweet is amazing and even Dolph found it hilarious “undertaker 2000 & undertaker 1999” (4189 points, 185 comments)
    6. [HOF Spoilers] crowd favorite (4172 points, 270 comments)
  16. 33054 points, 3 submissions: suzukigun4life
    1. WWE has confirmed WrestleMania will not be taking place in Tampa Bay. It will instead air live on PPV/WWE Network and emanate from the WWE Performance Center. (22353 points, 4591 comments)
    2. [GRR SPOILERS] Greatest moment in Royal Rumble history? (6164 points, 498 comments)
    3. [RAW Spoilers] Superstar's update (4537 points, 821 comments)
  17. 32590 points, 5 submissions: Knoxlag
    1. "Rusev literally gave $25,000 of his own money to pay WWE production workers cause they weren’t getting paid." (9391 points, 1076 comments)
    2. 2 Generations apart (7862 points, 328 comments)
    3. Dave Meltzer: "What horrible news, Rocky Johnson passed away, Dwayne's father. Our best to Dwayne, Ricky, Ata and the entire family." (7091 points, 323 comments)
    4. Cody with some legendary company on the Jericho Cruise (4170 points, 262 comments)
    5. Photo of the new AEW faction (4076 points, 636 comments)
  18. 31221 points, 5 submissions: mcm123456
    1. That time Triple H KILLED Shawn Michaels. I'm glad he retired this dangerous move. (8396 points, 650 comments)
    2. 27 years ago to this day, WWF Champion Hulk Hogan faced IWGP Champion The Great Muta (7093 points, 837 comments)
    3. Triple H disguised as Goldust shooting Kane with a Flamethrower. You can't make this shit up... (6706 points, 412 comments)
    4. Eddie Guerrero realising he's in trouble a little too late. (4610 points, 312 comments)
    5. Booker T, Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho stealing each other's Finishers. (4416 points, 300 comments)
  19. 26914 points, 5 submissions: will_upvote_beer
    1. Kurt Angle: “Wrestlemania is around the corner. My very last match. I know its not the old Kurt Angle everyone has wanted, but im proud knowing its the new Kurt Angle thats been clean for almost 6 years. Thank you to all those who have been supporting me through the good and bad. I love you all.” (8364 points, 508 comments)
    2. Batista turned down WWE Hall Of Fame invitation because his in-ring career is not over: "I would love to go back. I've been very vocal about that" (5233 points, 626 comments)
    3. Rusev is selling more shirts than The Shield and everyone else in WWE (4829 points, 606 comments)
    4. Jim Ross signs with All Elite Wrestling for most lucrative deal in commentary history (4310 points, 772 comments)
    5. Meltzer reporting that Fox wants Smackdown to be less comedy and more sports (4178 points, 966 comments)
  20. 26079 points, 4 submissions: KneeHighMischief
    1. CM Punk with a fantastic display of sportsmanship after Chris Hamrick suffers a gruesome knee injury (9746 points, 416 comments)
    2. Sami Zayn finds out that Ska isn't cool anymore (6840 points, 601 comments)
    3. A dazed Michael McGillicutty (Curtis Axel) thinks he got the better of Sheamus 1/19/13 (5337 points, 236 comments)
    4. Alberto El Patron has no concept of physics (4156 points, 335 comments)
  21. 25796 points, 3 submissions: Bradleyharheez
    1. TRAGIC UPDATE: LA County lifeguards confirm body found in Venice Beach is former WWE star Shad Gaspard, via @tina_patel. (15688 points, 1545 comments)
    2. R-truth crashes drake Mavericks wedding to become 24/7 champion again! (5218 points, 762 comments)
    3. Tommy dreamer posted this photo of him and Howard finkel and his sign in the background just makes me shed a tear (4890 points, 203 comments)
  22. 24259 points, 4 submissions: AJ-Naka-Zayn-Owens
    1. Eddie Guerrero wins the 100M race (8565 points, 286 comments)
    2. Kurt Angle reverses everything The Undertaker does into an Ankle Lock (5774 points, 438 comments)
    3. Eddie Guerrero’s last cheeky smile before he would sadly pass away (5559 points, 282 comments)
    4. Great sequence from Adam Cole at NXT Takeover NOLA (4361 points, 315 comments)
  23. 24199 points, 1 submission: serenawilliams
    1. kn0thing said you all wanted to see the belt. Banana for scale. (24199 points, 990 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. RealWWE (53075 points, 111 comments)
  2. Chris_Jericho (43104 points, 90 comments)
  3. Anderrrrr (37165 points, 389 comments)
  4. Strike_Gently (33900 points, 105 comments)
  5. BigHoss94 (32688 points, 95 comments)
  6. The_Haskins (27995 points, 289 comments)
  7. PiplupTCG (27562 points, 151 comments)
  8. Hummer77x (26243 points, 237 comments)
  9. TheTallOne93 (25896 points, 250 comments)
  10. RoscoeSantangelo (25427 points, 109 comments)
  11. TheDangiestSlad (23258 points, 138 comments)
  12. Lessiarty (23215 points, 84 comments)
  13. dpw2017 (22463 points, 101 comments)
  14. Singer211 (20367 points, 216 comments)
  15. SiphenPrax (19786 points, 105 comments)
  16. GetDown90 (19709 points, 207 comments)
  17. ackinsocraycray (19493 points, 201 comments)
  18. LukkasG (18450 points, 35 comments)
  19. NextChamp (17817 points, 217 comments)
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  23. BlackfishShane (16591 points, 86 comments)
  24. GTSBurner (16470 points, 392 comments)
  25. SuperBatSpider (15904 points, 108 comments)
  26. CoreyGravy (15747 points, 157 comments)
  27. Konfliction (14761 points, 126 comments)
  28. Mysteriagant (14679 points, 267 comments)
  29. insomniainc (14592 points, 155 comments)
  30. suzukigun4life (14490 points, 56 comments)
  31. almostbad (14361 points, 87 comments)
  32. Mr-GameAndWrestling (14156 points, 296 comments)
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  34. SnuggleMonster15 (13731 points, 96 comments)
  35. Houseside (13665 points, 402 comments)
  36. AKittyCat (13580 points, 154 comments)
  37. idlepyramid (12719 points, 70 comments)
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  39. Michelanvalo (12128 points, 387 comments)
  40. AmishAvenger (11993 points, 102 comments)
  41. rbarton812 (11984 points, 182 comments)
  42. AJ-Naka-Zayn-Owens (11868 points, 67 comments)
  43. TheBrianJ (11829 points, 48 comments)
  44. mcm123456 (11820 points, 176 comments)
  45. SnortWhoresFuckCoke (11803 points, 316 comments)
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  48. ottershavemorefun (11536 points, 58 comments)
  49. Vagabond21 (11329 points, 122 comments)
  50. Mhc2617 (11270 points, 126 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. Nearly 50 hours of work, here’s my drawing of The Rock by Macaveli54 (47977 points, 1413 comments)
  2. 1992 and 2020 have identical calendars so I'm using the 1992 WWF Calendar this year. by MustacheDiaries (35508 points, 640 comments)
  3. Daniel Bryan medically cleared to return to in-ring action by RealWWE (26808 points, 6506 comments)
  4. kn0thing said you all wanted to see the belt. Banana for scale. by serenawilliams (24199 points, 990 comments)
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2020.04.05 03:39 seeker994 Life after growing up a Southern Baptist

Hi, all. This is my first post here but I've been a lurker for a long time and finally decided to join. I want to talk about my experience with Christianity.
I started attending church the same year I was born in 1994 in a small town in North Carolina. My mother was a single mother and her family at the time encouraged her to take me. Whenever I was younger I used to love music, sign language and going to class on Sunday mornings. I became baptized at five years old, and even though I didn't know what it meant at the time I remember I loved the attention. As I continued growing up I started questioning the bible which would upset my mother. I would also always call out the racist remarks certain family members would make. Around 2005, I started using the internet to play games and eventually discovered chat rooms. I continued to do this until I became a teenager, and in 2008 I discovered gay porn on the internet and knew I was Gay. This was like stepping into another world for me. I was so sheltered, and aside from watching shows like Desperate Housewives, and occasionally Family Guy whenever I was alone, I had no idea what it meant to be gay. I remember being so afraid of anyone finding out. I remember my mom would get upset anytime something about being homosexual was on the television. I also remember a lady at my church who traveled to New York and came back appalled that certain churches accepted the LGBTQ community. I grew depressed and started cutting and would chat with older men online that helped me understand myself. The internet was my escape from the world and from church. I suppose my behavior started to change because people started asking me if I was gay which I would always deny. Then it happened. In March of 2008, I cut so bad I had to go to the hospital and was kept for seven days in a place for suicidal teenagers. My mother called me every day, worried about me and letting me know she loved me. On my last night there it happened. My mother called asking me what was wrong and why I did this and I told her I was bisexual. I'm not sure why I told her this. I suppose at the time I thought it would make it easier for her to accept. It didn't. While I was away one of my mother's friends managed to get into my laptop and found my second Myspace no one else knew about. My second Sunday back at church I was mortified that a black and white printed version of my MySpace was being passed around after church, showing everyone I was bisexual. My mother had already told the pastor and so many people were crying, telling me God loved me and that I needed to repent. I was mortified. I started seeing a Christian therapist who said: "How can you be gay if you're a virgin?" One time at a session with my mother, he had the nerve to say I was doing all this for attention. Needless to say, I stopped going. My pastor and his wife decided to take the entire youth group to a Hell House shortly after this. If you don't know what they are it's a type of play with scenes held in different rooms that normally show a regular teenager doing something normal and then going to hell. Whenever we went, a girl had sex and got pregnant and then had an abortion. The next day she was killed and there was a scene of her being judged, then an angel came out holding her baby and telling her she wasn't allowed in Heaven. She was then carried away screaming by demons into hell begging for her child. It was in that moment I realized something about Christianity was not right. There were children there. Young children. Anyway. A couple of months passed and my Church went to a summer camp. I ended up going because my mother and I were arguing every day about my sexuality and I had lost my computer and cell phone privileges. While I was there the pastor's wife told the main speaker of the camp that I was gay and he called me out in front of the entire audience. I then started crying and told them I didn't want to be Gay anymore and I wanted God to heal me. I was fourteen at the time, and I wanted everything to go back to normal. I wanted people to treat me as they always had. I didn't want to be a pariah. Needless to say, telling everyone "God Healed Me" worked. I stood on the stage of my church after getting back home from camp and told them how God took my homosexual urges away and I remember feeling so happy whenever everyone clapped and cheered. I kept this act up for about a year and even worked at the Christian camp during the summer of 2009. My church was happy, my mother was happy and I got my cellphone and the internet back, but I was miserable. December of 2009 my biological father came back into my mother's life fifteen years after their divorce and they got back together. I went from being an only child with a single parent to both parents and two half brothers and two half-sisters living in my house. To this day I cannot believe this happened. My father is a horrible, horrible man. He twists the Bible to manipulate his actions and deeds, and I watched my mother go from this strong independent woman to someone who quit her job and started doing everything my father said. My church was outraged after all the bad things my mother had accused my father of over the years, and eventually, my mother stopped going to church. I felt so alone and so suicidal, that I told one of my best friends that I worked with at the Christian camp that I was still Gay. Two weeks later the pastor's wife who was the co-owner of the camp took me to dinner with her and her daughter and explained that my friend showed her the text messages and then she said something I will never forget. "We've prayed about it and Jesus doesn't want you here this summer." My heart broke. I still loved God, and I loved working at the camp. I believed in the bible, but I knew I was Gay and knew I couldn't deny that. I stopped going to church after this. I met new friends in High School and started spending as little time as I could at home. My mom logged into my computer one day and I had left a chat open and she saw that I was still Gay. My whole family dynamic changed and it never went back to being the same. I felt alone, lost, and abandoned by almost everyone. My grandparents had died, and my aunts and uncles wouldn't let my cousins be around me. I started taking depression medicine and waited until I could leave. My father, who is very racist, would also quote the bible at me while continuing to be an awful person. One day a kid screamed the word "FA*" while I was getting off the bus and my father and I got into a physical altercation because of it. He told me that If I was going to be Gay I had had to be man enough to be called what I am. I punched him in the face. Eventually, I met a girl who became my best friend and who encouraged me to be myself. I would go to her house every weekend and stay until I came home on the bus after school on Monday. I kept this up until graduation and I eventually moved to Charlotte, NC with her and her boyfriend in 2013. I still identified as a Christian and would become uncomfortable when someone would say they didn't believe in God. However, over the next six months I realized I was changing. I was comfortable with myself. I came out to everyone and started living for myself. Then in 2015, my life once again changed forever. I was introduced to LSD. I was never the same after my third trip. **One doesn't need psychedelics to achieve this, but never in my life had I ever experienced something like this.** My past didn't matter, it was over and no matter how much I wanted to, I couldn't change it. I realized that every human in the world is connected by love and what it means for each individual to be human. I realized that religion itself could be both good and bad, and that selfish people are willing to manipulate those who follow them. I also realized that everything, good and bad brought me to where I was at the time. My ideas of God had changed. I changed. It was as if I woke up from a horrible nightmare, and honestly, I believe I was brainwashed.
To finish it all up, I do believe in a higher power, but nothing we as humans could comprehend with our minds. I like to think of God as energy. As the physical matter that makes up the reality surrounding us. I like to think that we ourselves are some small part of God. Both darkness and light exist within humans. We choose what we say and do and how we make others feel. I didn't speak with my mom from 2013-2016, and finally one day in 2017 my mother and I met and she apologized to me. We both cried, and it took the next three years for us to develop a relationship again. She's now my top supporter, and despite all the horrible things that happened I forgive her. I understand that she was afraid for my soul and that she grew up in a time where being gay was represented in a negative light. I love my mother very much, and although she and my father are still together, we always hangout just the two of us.
Thanks to anyone who reads this all the way through. I know all Christians aren't the same, and I do respect and forgive those who persecuted me. I'm currently in college to become a Mental Health Therapist, and I want to help anyone, especially young people to realize that it's ok to be themselves. It took me a long time to make peace with myself and learn what it meant for me to be Human. Love to all. <3
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2020.03.17 16:29 Rcfan0902 Introducing the special Micro edition of the CFB Battle Royale! (Quarantine Edition)

Ladies, Gentlemen, everyone stuck in their houses for the next two weeks, welcome to the special micro CFB Battle Royale! The event where you can watch your favorite teams duke it out for a shot at virtual domination!
 

The rules are simple:

  1. All 130 FBS schools will be participating
  2. All schools will be controlled by an A.I. There will be no human influence in the outcome of a match
  3. Domination victory only
  4. Each Conference will play one full game until there is a single conference champion left standing. Conferences will be done in alphabetical order.
  5. After all conferences have a single champion, a final championship game will be played to determine a national champion
 
Extra Tidbits
 

And now, the teams!

All of the teams will essentially be their official CFB Battle Royale counterparts for the new season. Think of this as a fun little preview for the real one in June.
 

AAC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Cincinnati Luke Fickell Nippert Stadium The Bearcat Crosley Tower
ECU Mike Houston Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium PeeDee Pirate Queen Annes Revenge Research Lab
Houston Dana Holgorsen TDECU Stadium Shasta Sasha
Memphis Ryan Silverfield Liberty Bowl Stadium Pouncer Tom the Tiger
Navy Ken Niumatalolo Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Bill the Goat Admiral Michael M. Gilday
SMU Sonny Dykes Gerald J. Ford Stadium Peruna Dallas Hall
Temple Rod Carey Lincoln Financial Field Hooter T. Owl Stella
Tulane Willie Fritz Yulman Stadium Riptide Angry Wave
Tulsa Philip Montgomery H.A. Chapman Stadium Captain Cane Goldie
UCF Josh Heupel Spectrum Stadium Knightro The Citronaut
USF Jeff Scott Raymond James Stadium Rocky Pirate Ship
 

ACC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Boston College Jeff Hafley Alumni Stadium Baldwin The Jesuits
Clemson Dabo Swinney Clemson Memorial Stadium 8-Ball the Tiger Country Gentleman
Duke David Cutcliffe Wallace Wade Stadium Blue Devil Cameron Indoor Stadium
Florida State Mike Norvell Doak S. Campbell Stadium Osceola Renegade
Georgia Tech Geoff Collins Bobby Dodd Stadium Buzz Ramblin Wreck
Louisville Scott Satterfield Cardinal Stadium Louie Johnny Unitas
Miami Manny Diaz Hard Rock Stadium Sebastian Miami Maniac
NC State Dave Doeren Carter-Finley Stadium Mr. and Mrs. Wuff Tuffy
North Carolina Mack Brown. Kenan Memorial Stadium Ramses Old Well
Pittsburgh Pat Narduzzi Heinz Field Roc Cathedral of Learning
Syracuse Dino Babers Carrier Dome Otto the Orange The 44
Virginia Bronco Mendenhall Scott Stadium Cav Man Thomas Jefferson
Virginia Tech Justin Fuente Lane Stadium Gobbler Hokie Stone
Wake Forest Dave Clawson BB&T Stadium Demon Deacon Wait Chapel
 

B1G

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Illinois Lovie Smith Memorial Stadium Galloping Ghost Alma Otter
Indiana Tom Allen The Rock Mark Cuban Lil' 500
Iowa Kirk Ferentz Kinnick Stadium Herky Vodka Samm
Maryland Mike Locksley Maryland Stadium Testudo Scott Van Pelt
Michigan Jim Harbaugh The Big House Biff Michigan Man
Michigan State Mel Tucker Spartan Stadium Sparty Beaumont Tower
Minnesota P.J. Fleck TCF Bank Stadium Goldy Paul Bunyan
Nebraska Scott Frost Nebraska Memorial Stadium Herbie Husker Blackshirts
Northwestern Pat Fitzgerald Ryan Field Willie the Wildcat The Rock
Ohio State Ryan Day The Horseshoe Brutus Silver Bullets
Penn State James Franklin Beaver Stadium Nittany Lion Ole Coaly
Purdue Jeff Brohm. Ross-Ade Stadium Purdue Pete Boilermaker Special VII
Rutgers Greg Schiano SHI Stadium Scarlet Knight Chanticleer
Wisconsin Paul Chryst Camp Randall Stadium Bucky Badger Dairy Farm
 

Big XII

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Baylor Dave Aranda McLane Stadium Bruiser Dr. Pepper Hour Club
Iowa State Matt Campbell Jack Trice Stadium Cy VEISHEA Village
Kansas Les Miles David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium Big Jay Baby Jay
Kansas State Chris Klieman Bill Snyder Family Stadium Willie the Wildcat EcoKat
Oklahoma Lincoln Riley Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Sooner Schooner Jim Ross
Oklahoma State Mike Gundy Boone Pickens Stadium Pistol Pete Bullet
TCU Gary Patterson Amon G. Carter Stadium Super Frog Clark Brothers
Texas Tom Herman Texas Memorial Stadium Bevo Matthew McConaughey
Texas Tech Matt Wells Jones AT&T Stadium The Masked Rider Matadors
West Virginia Neal Brown Milan Puskar Stadium The Mountaineer Flaming Couches
 

C-USA

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Charlotte Will Healy Jerry Richardson Stadium Norm The Niner Normbulance
FAU Willie Taggart FAU Stadium Owlsly Taylor Victory Bell
FIU Butch Davis Ricardo Silva Stadium Roary Wall of Wind
Louisiana Tech Skip Holtz Joe Aillet Stadium Champ Tech XII
Marshall Doc Holliday Joan C. Edwards Stadium Marco Memorial Fountain
Middle Tennessee State Rick Stockstill Johnny Floyd Stadium Lightning Blue Raiders
North Texas Seth Littrell Apogee Stadium Scrappy Mean Green Machine
Old Dominion Ricky Rahne S.B. Ballard Stadium Big Blue Howitzer Cannon
Rice Mike Bloomgren Rice Stadium Sammy the Owl MOB
Southern Miss Jay Hopson M.M. Roberts Stadium Seymour d'Campus All American Rose Garden
UAB Bill Clark Legion Field Blaze The Vulcan
UTEP Dana Dimel Sun Bowl Stadium Paydirt Pete Miners
UTSA Jeff Traylor Alamodome Rowdy Sombrilla Fountain
Western Kentucky Tyson Helton L.T. Smith Stadium Big Red The Hill
 

Independents

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Army Jeff Monken Michie Stadium Army Mules General Mark A. Milley
BYU Kalani Sitake LaVell Edwards Stadium Cosmo Latter-Day Saints
Connecticut Randy Edsall Pratt and Whitney Stadium Jonathan Husky Big Red
Liberty Hugh Freeze Arthur L. Williams Stadium Sparky Jerry Falwell
Massachusetts Walt Bell Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium Sam W.E.B. Du Bois Library
New Mexico State Doug Martin Aggie Memorial Stadium Pistol Pete "A" Mountain
Notre Dame Brian Kelly Notre Dame Stadium Leprechaun Four Horsemen
 

MAC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Akron Tom Arth InfoCision Stadium Zippy AK Rowdies
Ball State Mike Neu Scheumann Stadium Charlie Cardinal Frog Baby Statue
Bowling Green Scot Loeffler Doyt L. Perry Stadium Freddie and Frieda Sic Sic
Buffalo Lance Leipold UB Stadium Victor E. Bull True Blue
Central Michigan Jim McElwain Kelly Shorts Stadium Fighting Chips Chippewa Marching Band
Eastern Michigan Chris Creighton Rynearson Stadium Swoop Emu Army
Kent State Sean Lewis Dix Stadium Flash Ray's Place
Miami OH Chuck Martin Fred C. Yager Stadium Swoop Mac and Joes
NIU Thomas Hancock Huskie Stadium Victor E. Husky William the Goose
Ohio Frank Solich Peden Stadium Rufus Marching 110
Toledo Jason Candle Glass Bowl Rocky The Rocket
Western Michigan Tim Lester Waldo Stadium Buster Bronco Bell's Brewery
 

MWC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Air Force Troy Calhoun Falcon Stadium The Bird Gen. David L. Goldfein
Boise State Bryan Harsin Albertsons Stadium Buster Bronco Cowboy Kohl
Colorado State Steve Addazio Canvas Stadium Cam the Ram Old Main Bell Tower
Fresno State Kalen DeBoer Bulldog Stadium Timeout Red Wave
Hawai'i Todd Graham Aloha Stadium Vili Rainbow Warrior
Nevada Jay Norvell Mackay Stadium Alphie Lieutenant Dangle
New Mexico Danny Gonzales Dreamstyle Stadium Lobo Fiesta Balloons
San Diego State Brady Hoke SDCCU Stadium Montezuma Aztec Warrior
San Jose State Brent Brennan CEFCU Stadium Sammy the Spartan Spartan Squad
UNLV Marcus Arroyo Sam Boyd Stadium Hey Reb Fremont Cannon
Utah State Gary Anderson Maverik Stadium Big Blue Night Runner
Wyoming Craig Bohl War Memorial Stadium Cowboy Joe Steamboat
 

PAC-12

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Arizona Kevin Sumlin Arizona Stadium Wilbur Wildcat Mirror Lab
Arizona State Herm Edwards Sun Devil Stadium Sparky Bees of Innovation
California Justin Wilcox. California Memorial Stadium Oski Golf Cart
Colorado Karl Dorrell Folsom Field Ralphie Chip
Oregon Mario Cristobal Autzen Stadium The Duck Robo Duck
Oregon State Jonathan Smith Reser Stadium Benny Beaver V Oceanus
Stanford David Shaw Stanford Stadium Stanford Tree Stanford Band
UCLA Chip Kelly Rose Bowl Stadium Joe Bruin Josephine Bruin
USC Clay Helton Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Traveler Tommy Trojan
Utah Kyle Wittingham Rice-Eccles Stadium Swoop Ute Thunder
Washington Jimmy Lake Husky Stadium Dubs Boys in the Boat
Washington State Nick Rolovich Martin Stadium Butch T. Cougar Popcorn Guy
 

SEC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Alabama Nick Saban Bryant-Denny Stadium Big Al Denny Chimes
Arkansas Sam Pittman Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Tusk Track Team
Auburn Gus Malzahn Jordan-Hare Stadium Aubie War Eagle
Florida Dan Mullen Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Albert and Alberta Mr Two Bits
Georgia Kirby Smart Sanford Stadium Uga H8 Ball
Kentucky Mark Stoops Kroger Field Scratch Bourbon Distillery
LSU Ed Orgeron Death Valley Mike the Tiger Raising Cane's
Mississippi State Mike Leach Davis Wade Stadium Bully MAFES Sales Store
Missouri Eli Drinkwitz Memorial Stadium Truman The Columns
Ole Miss Lane Kiffin Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Tony Landshark Colonel Reb
South Carolina Will Muschamp Williams-Brice Stadium Cocky Cockaboose
Tennessee Jeremy Pruitt Neyland Stadium Smokey The Volunteer
Texas A&M Jimbo Fisher Kyle Field Reveille 12th Man
Vanderbilt Derek Mason Vanderbilt Stadium Mr. C Cornelius Vanderbilt
 

Sun Belt

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Appalachian State Shawn Clark Kidd Brewer Stadium Yosef The Big House
Arkansas State Blake Anderson Centennial Bank Stadium Howl Clyde Statue
Coastal Carolina Jamey Chadwell Brooks Stadium Chauncey The Athenaeum
Georgia Southern Chad Lunsford Allen E. Paulson Stadium Freedom Beautiful Eagle Creek
Georgia State Shawn Elliott Georgia State Stadium Pounce Aderhold Cat
Louisiana Lafayette Billy Napier Cajun Field Cayenne Krewe of Roux
Louisiana Monroe Matt Viator Malone Stadium Ace Bayou DeSiard
South Alabama Steve Campbell Hancock Whitney Stadium Southpaw Mischka
Texas State Jake Spavital Bobcat Stadium Boko Bubble Guy
Troy Chip Lindsey Vetrans Memorial Stadium T-Roy Terracotta Warrior
 
I have a Google spreadsheet with all of the information here (minus the icons) plus a little bit more. You can find the spreadsheet here

When does this start?

The tournament is going to start THIS SUNDAY at 1:00 PM EST! The entire competition will be streamed live on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/greggles90. Since this is just a micro Battle Royale, no screenshots will be taken and no recap will be posted. However, I do plan on recording the entire stream and posting the videos to YouTube!
 

In closing

First, I'd like to thank the Redditor that reached out to me about doing this. I don't know if they would like me to name drop them or not, so for now they will stay anonymous. I know that it's hard being cooped up in the house for so long with everything going on, so I'd like to do my part in giving you all an option for entertainment. I hope to see you all there, and am looking forward to seeing who will win!
 

Let's Get Ready To Rumble!

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2020.02.22 15:28 Baskin5000 Album of the Year #23: Dreamville - Revenge Of The Dreamers III

DREAMVILLE - REVENGE OF THE DREAMERS III
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Background by Baskin5000
To preface, the background will be more focused on the label, and less about J. Cole.
Back in 2007, Fayetteville, North Carolina rapper J Cole and his manager Ibrahim Hamad decided to start a record label known as Dreamville Records. The first artist signed to the label was rapper Omen, from Chicago, who had met Cole after sharing music with each other via online forums. Both artists would go on to release mixtapes through the label for the first few years, notable ones including Friday Night Lights, and Afraid of Heights.
In early 2014, Cole announced while performing at Madison Square Garden, that Dreamville now has a distribution deal with Interscope Records, and handed out flyers to attendees announcing that a mixtape called Revenge of the Dreamers has been released. That same day rapper Bas from Queens was signed to Dreamville and featured on the mixtape with Cole and Omen.
In June of 2014, Cozz from Los Angeles was signed. In December of 2015, R&B singer Ari Lennox from D.C. was signed, rapper Lute from Charlotte was signed, and Revenge of the Dreamers II was released, featuring all the current label artists, and a few outside features.
In 2017, Dreamville signed East Atlanta (not Santa) rapper JID, and Atlanta duo EarthGang, comprising of Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot. JID and EarthGang would grow to be Dreamville’s biggest artists, sin J. Cole.
THE RECORDING
On January 6 of 2019, Dreamville announced Revenge of the Dreamers III, but this wasn’t announcing the release date. This was announcing the beginning of what would be a 10 day recording session in Atlanta, extending invites to over 100 artists and producers to come and work on the album with them.
Singles including Middle Child and Down Bad were released, while Popup shops, brunches, private concerts, and even comics took were used to help promote the album.
On July 2 of 2019, REVENGE, the documentary was released on YouTube, documenting the 10 day process, and featuring snippets from many of the songs featured on the album. 3 days later, Revenge of the Dreamers III was released.
Review by Baskin5000
I will first be doing a track by track analysis, with an overall review and summary at the end.
Under The Sun (J. Cole and Lute feat. DaBaby)
The album opens up with a needle drop and a soul sample of “I’ll Be Waiting For You” by The Argo Singers. The sample then tapestops leading into a chopped up instrumental of the song and some booming 808s, with J. Cole mumbling,
“I done seen it all, oh my god”
before entering his verse with much more confidence.
“Nothing new under the sun, nobody fucking with son”
Thematically, the song is your typical braggadocio rap, but the confidence of Cole and the upcoming artists over the smooth soul sample gives the song much more prominence.
Coles verse leads directly into the hook, which to many listeners shock is a surprise feature from Kendrick Lamar. He says two simple lines that follow the braggadocios theme, and then it’s on to the next verse.
“I woke up for some money
Ayy, lil’ bitch, Too many opps in here tell me who you with.”
Lute from Dreamville raps the next verse, coming in with even more energy than Cole. He also raps about shooters, girls, and the now iconic line:
“Wish a nigga would like Liam Neeson”
Kendrick’s two-line hook is displayed again, and rapper DaBaby takes the last verse, and is the first of many non-Dreamville artists to officially feature on the album. Bragging ‘bout bagging girls back in college, guns, and even a reference to his self-defense shooting at a Walmart, he ends his verse shouting out his hometown Charlotte, which may be why Cole chose DaBaby for the opening track, as they share the same home state.
The theme of under the sun can mean everything the rappers have experienced in their lives. The “sun” motif is also played with multiple meanings, as Cole and Lute refer to themselves as sons, while Cole himself has a son, and talks of Sunday dinners.
Fun fact: The last time Kendrick and Cole’s voices were both on a song was on “American Dream” by Jeezy in 2017 but part of separate acts, and before that was “Forbidden Fruit” by Cole in 2013. Under the sun may be a great tease for fans of the duo, but to those thinking this might mean the long awaited collab album is coming, don’t get your hopes up.
The hungry lyrics, laid over the smoothness of the sample elevate the song to a memorable album opener.
Down Bad (Bas, EarthGang, J. Cole, JID feat. Young Nudy)
Down Bad was one of the lead singles of ROTD3, and is a posse cut of Dreamville rappers, and features East-Atlanta trapper Young Nudy. Nudy, JID, and EarthGang are all from Atlanta which may be why Nudy made the final cut of the song.
Nevertheless, Nudy breaks the song, as the opening sample gets filtered and reversed, bringing special attention to his verse. He delivers his signature flow, laid back yet still filled with energy, but his verse is cut off to tap in fellow East Atlanta rapper JID. One of Dreamville’s standout artists known for his fast doublet tip-tap cadence, he doesn’t cease to impress with strong lyrics and clever wordplay.
JID’s verse leads into the hook, mentioning how he had a hard knock life, but had to harden up if he wants to be the best at the rap game. The Dreamville torch then gets passed to Bas, whose verse compares Dreamville to track and field athlete Marion Jones, who cheated in the Olympics to gain an upper hand. He uses this comparison to say how it’s unfair how Dreamville is racing past the competition, while everyone else is slow like a heroin high.
Another hook and it leads to the head of Dreamville, J. Cole. Following the theme of being down bad, he raps about humble beginnings, and how hard work and pressure got him to where he is now, all while having kept a consistent yet complex rhyme scheme in the first half of his verse.
EarthGang member Johnny Venus delivers the final verse. Doctur Dot isn’t on the song, and there will be many times on the album that will credit EarthGang but only include one of the members. Even though he doesn’t talk about being down bad, he makes up for it in his energy and flow. Shout-out Even Stevens.
Overall, the song is a great banger and a good choice as one of the promotional singles. The instrumental is a fusion of rock and trap, with a heavy electric guitar and hard hitting trap drums. It also feels nostalgic giving early 2000’s (Toxic is the first song coming to mind) vibes with the high pitched instrument ringing throughout the track. Every artist gives an amazing performance with high energy.
LamboTruck (Cozz feat. REASON and Childish Major)
The anthem of the underappreciated. This song trades verses between Cozz of camp Dreamville, and REASON of Top Dawg Entertainment. The hook on this song is done by Childish Major, a renowned artist known for producing the tracks U.O.E.N.O (remixed by TDE) and 4 Your Eyez Only by Cole of Dreamville, which is fitting given the topic of discussion. Being the underdogs of their respective labels, the artists have an issue with being overshadowed by the more popular members, who have more favor for releases, features, pay, marketing, etc. etc.
Cozz begins talking about his lack of pay from the label, and how his “dreams” at Dreamville aren’t able to be fleshed out due to lack of funds and attention. Cozz wonders if REASON is having more luck at TDE, since everyone there has gotten special attention to their album releases, from Schoolboy’s recent album to Isaiah Rashad (Ironic). He’s hungry to be making more music, but it’s not in his favor. He’s been so frustrated he’s even considering popping a glock. This could either mean suicide, or more likely used to threaten the label to give him more attention. He brushes it off because that would be stupid to do, but still thinks he might blow a fuse if something doesn’t change soon.
REASON sings a different tune, talking about his lavish life as a rapper, getting money, getting girls and keeping up his image as a hardened West Coast rapper-wait, that’s a lie. He reveals to Cozz that he’s actually been broke for quite some time, the bills keep stacking up, and he can’t handle lying about his situation. Being surrounded by much more rich and famous artists at the Dreamville recording sessions got to him, and seeing J. Cole pull up to the studio in a Lamborghini truck was the straw that broke the camel’s back. REASON wants him and Cozz to rob Cole.
The third verse is a back and forth between REASON and Cozz, with Cozz pleading not to mug Cole, as he’s like a brother to him, and crossing your own brother is taboo. REASON isn’t listening since he isn’t that close to Cole, so it’s not much of a loss if Cole dies in the process. The argument reaches a climax when REASON makes an offer: He goes and robs Cole, while Cozz robs Top Dawg, the head of REASON’s label. Cozz agrees.
The outro by REASON summarizes the song, nice guys finish last, and if you want to get what you deserve, you have to take it for yourself.
This song is one of my personal favorites on the album, since the topic is one rarely heard in rap. Usually artists rep their collective as their family, and upon getting signed, the artist will always be taken care of. In hip hop it’s common to talk about how you used to be broke, but working hard has got you in a much better financial situation. It’s refreshing but also sad hearing how in the case of Cozz and REASON, they’re still broke even after getting signed to some of the most desired and prestigious rap collectives.
The back and forth arguing at the end of the song feels much more intense as their voices are panned to the left and right and the beat breaks, making the listener feel dead center of the altercation.
Swivel (EarthGang)
I’ll be keeping this track short since hammer_it_out is doing an AOTY review for Mirrorland and will most likely have a better analysis for this track (I will link once his review is out)
The track focuses on caution and paranoia (Always keep your head on a swivel) and the gangs talk about the dangers of living in Atlanta. Dot salutes a fallen friend Alan, whose cause of death remains ambiguous but can be inferred through the lyric,
“RIP my nigga Alan, damn, I wish you would’ve stayed at home”.
Venus’ verse tells a small story of his youth, not involved much in gang violence which he was thankful for, but still had a rough upbringing as both his parents were overworked for little pay. Things changed for the worse though when Ronald Reagan introduced the War on Drugs, which I’ll try to keep short. Instead of helping communities stay safe from the addictive nature of drugs (which he may or may not have deliberately introduced into lower income communities), the administration used the War as an excuse to target and jail minorities.
Now Venus is ironically surrounded by police brutality and death in what was once a safe neighborhood, and thinks solemnly that being dead would weigh less on him than needing to mourn for everyone else that has lost their lives.
After 3 faster and more aggressive tracks, Swivel serves as a nice break to ground the listener, and help lead into the next track with a similar vibe. The beat teeters between smooth/calm, and eerie/unnerving, helping instill the feelings of paranoia that the song is focused on.
Oh Wow…Swerve (J.Cole feat. Zoink Gang, KEY!, and Maxo Kream)
Zoink Gang is the newly formed collective of JID, Smino, Buddy, and Guapdad4000, having been created during the Dreamville recording sessions. Buddy even announced the group has enough songs for a tape. Although this is the only track on the album officially featuring Zoink Gang, many tracks on the album will feature 2 or more members of the group.
Oh Wow…Swerve is the combination of two tracks.
Oh Wow opens with a dreamy, slow instrumental as Zoink Gang can be heard conversing in the background, and then coming together to chant the hook. Layered vocals of the members sing in the background leading into Coles verse, an introspective verse about how people are truly happy is when they enter the afterlife. Some purposefully corny bars about Radioactive (he’s becoming self aware), and the verse ends with an alarm clock, telling the listener to stay woke even though it may feel better to be asleep. Zoink gang chants the hook again, and Oh Wow ends.
Swerve begins with an incredibly catchy hook from Atlanta’s KEY! talking about his car, the theme of Swerve. A slow but bouncy trap beat from Bizniss Boy is the instrumental for the song.
A car skrts in the background and the song shifts focus to H-town Maxo Kream, a standout verse showcasing his clever comparisons of pop culture to gang life. Some of my favorite lines of the album are from his verse. The following verse is by JID, but is cut off short, the listener only hearing about 4 or so lines. This could be payback for cutting off Nudy’s verse early back in Down Bad.
Oh Wow…Swerve is a nice double track, and although there is no real connection between the two parts of the song, it was probably combined as a way to transition back to banger territory from the solemnness of Oh Wow and Swivel. Swerve also doesn’t feature any Dreamville members bar the 4 bars from JID, so this could’ve been an excuse to get the track onto the album since Oh Wow does contain Dreamville members.
Don’t Hit Me Right Now (Bas, Cozz, Ari Lennox, feat. Yung Baby Tate, Guapdad4000 and Buddy)
Don’t Hit Me Right Now is a track packed full of different artists. The artists are tired of girls hitting up their phone, and are busy with other things, which is the theme of the song. The beat is bouncy and is fleshed out by Ari Lenox’s singing as she provides background vocals for the track.
Oakland’s Guapdad4000 sings an incredibly catchy hook (it won’t be his last on the tape) and the remaining artists deliver quick 8 bars. Bas takes the first verse, and his last line actually begins the first bar of Atlanta’s Yung Baby Tate’s verse. With less rapping and more singing, her verse is also outstandingly catchy.
The hook is displayed again and Compton’s Buddy begins the following verse. Buddy arguably benefitted the most from the recording sessions in this album, being lucky enough to voice in 6 separate tracks on the album (a whopping 9 if we include the director’s cut), the most from any non-dreamville artist. He even beats some of Dreamville’s own artists in volume. Cozz finishes the last verse and the hook plays again, ending the song.
Overall, Don’t Hit Me Right Now is a nice party track, and is a fun song to listen to.
Well Fargo Interlude (JID, EarthGang featuring Guapdad4000 and Buddy)
However, the debatably most fun track on the album is an interlude. It begins with a skit from the credited artists imitating posh British accents, while preparing to rob a bank with bazookas, flamethrowers, machine guns, and muffins. The hook is the 4 artists chanting about how they’re about to rob the Wells Fargo. The beat is loud and rambunctious, and features some unique instruments imitating party horns to make the track extra playful. While the vocals and beat are in sync, the composition of either the hook or the beat (can’t tell which) is done so in a way to make it song sound off kilter, almost like the artists are coming in early/late and need to catch up to the beat. This is done on purpose as Johnny Venus is heard saying at the end:
“It’s just how you count it, it just depends on how you count it”
The verses are super quick, switching from one artist to the next before you even have time to realize they started rapping. The quickest song on the album, Wells Fargo makes a case of being one of the most HYPE songs of 2019. The energy in it is insane. Examples include the chanting of the chorus, the group finishing every bar for Johhny Venus, and Buddy cutting into the hook screaming:
“YOU GETTING THIS? YOU RECORDING THIS? ARE YOU GETTING THIS!? AAAAAAAAA”
If you haven’t watched the REVENGE documentary on youtube, I’d recommend scrubbing through until you find the clip of them recording this song. Seeing all these different people from across the country, having probably not even met each other prior to the recording sessions, have so much fun making a track captures the essence of what ROTD3 is about, getting people together to make great music.
Sleep Deprived (Lute, Omen, feat. Mez and DaVionne)
This track is another focused on overcoming hardships to reach success, so much so that the artists are sleep deprived from overworking. They also reminisce about past dreams and conquered goals.
Raleigh’s Mez and DaVionne (hometown not specified) are featured on this track. The beat is filled with natural drums that surround the room, with a crash symbol that slides between the left and right connecting the kick and snare. A funky bass riff plays in the background, and dreamy piano keys capture the reminiscing topics of discussion.
Lute begins talking about how thankful he is to be in his position to a girl he just met. To put it simply, even though saying Rap saved him is cliché, it’s true. He can live comfortably now, and watches as those who didn’t ride for him now want to be on his side. Lute manages to always bring hunger and energy in his verses, and the same goes for this one.
Mez picks up the next verse, talking about his dreams, and mentions that he used to want to sign to Cole in the early days of Dreamville. He reflects on the hard times and trauma he had to go through, and now it keeps him up at night, yet tells someone (his fans or his girl) not to stay up late worrying about him.
DaVionne delivers an amazing Chorus, catchy but meaningful, and Omen, one of the OG members of Dreamville, gives his first verse of the record. He talks about a failed relationship and trying to rid himself of her, yet still finds himself staying up late thinking about her.
Every artist on this track shined, and played the different aspects of why someone could be sleep deprived. Lute is sleep deprived from stress. Mez doesn’t want his fans or his girl losing sleep over him. DaVionne is carving her own path in life while haters are losing sleep from trying to figure her out, and Omen is up late thinking about a lost love.
Despite the topic of discussion, the vibe of the song is a mix between bounce and relaxation, and serves as another great bridge on the album as it delves into deeper, more meaningful cuts.
Fun Fact: Mez actually did have a back and forth with Cole on MySpace back when J. Cole went by “The Therapist”. This was probably around the same time Omen was chatting with Cole and would eventually go on to create Dreamville.
Self Love (Ari Lennox, Bas, feat. Baby Rose)
This song is for the self-conscious. The soulful Ari Lennox and Atlanta’s Baby Rose sing about struggling to fit in, and how it’s unhealthy to invest too much of yourself into someone else, when instead you should be loving yourself.
The chorus is short but impactful, “Self-love is the best love”. Ari Lennox croons her verse and her turn at the chorus, filling the air with vibrancy and emotion. Baby Rose sings the following verse and chorus with much more soul. You can feel the pain in her voice, and her performance is remarkable.
Both singers mention a failed relationship amidst their self-conscious thoughts, and Bas comes in to play the other side of relationship, saying how he led his girl astray and feels shame for making her feel the way she feels. He realizes this relationship isn’t healthy and a break is needed, because “Self-love is the best love”.
Another personal favorite of mine, it’s good to know you’re not alone when you feel down and out of place. Baby Rose killed her feature, and has an outstanding voice.
Ladies, Ladies, Ladies (JID feat. T.I.)
Based on “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Jay-Z, JID talks about his experience in past relationships with a little help from T.I. The beat uses a chopped up/reversed vocal sample and is slow and dreamy.
JID reminisces, from girls who tried to rob him, girls far more wealthy than him, girls’ brothers trying to shoot him, andeven girls who tried to say the N-word around him even though they aren’t black.
Some clever word play is used in his verse, such as:
“She be panty-less (penniless), so no panty lines…she fucked me, tryna pluck a couple bucks like a banjo…”
JID is almost always rapping with a faster flow, so it was a nice change of pace to see him rap so smoothly over a slower track.
ATL’s T.I. is the guest of the track, talking about his past relationship with a girl named Loraine, and how karma from “loving” a woman too hard is bound to come back to you, so you can get that same lovin’.
I feel like it has to be mentioned given the recent T.I. controversy, but it is pretty hypocritical about rapping about past relationships, and how fucking a girl really well will come back to you as good karma, while at the same time giving your daughter regular hymen checks to make sure she isn’t having sex. Nevertheless, T.I’s verse fit the song well, and did well as a guest feature.
Costa Rica (Bas, JID feat. Mez, Buddy, Jace, Reese LAFLARE, Ski Mask the Slump God, Smokepurpp, and Guapdad4000)
Another posse cut on the album but one highlighting the features much more than the Dreamville artists. CuBeatz makes the melody on this beat, with their signature of complex, catchy instruments. Pyrex Whippa known for his bouncy drums doesn’t disappoint, adding the percussion on this cut.
This posse cut is aimed for flexing, each artist giving their own unique sauce for their verses. Reese from Atlanta begins with a standard trap verse, talking of fendi pants, slatt, and plenty of girls. The verse gets passed to Bas, who uses a clever simile telling his jeweler to make a piece out of his heart since it’s so icy cold.
Guapdad4000 shows his amazing hook skills once over, yelling how he’s got plenty of fans and plenty of bands in the popular tourist country of Costa Rica.
Jace’s verse is filled with pop culture references, from Norman Bates to Rihanna, and Raleigh NC’s Mez delivers a fast rhyme scheme in the latter half of his verse. Guapdad sings the hook again and the drums cut out for South Florida’s Smokepurpp, who’s funny lines paired with a laid-back tone make them even more humorous, examples include:
“Forty-five on me, shit hot like a pocket (doo-doo)”
“Got your baby mama doing drugs in the moshpit”
JID is back to his fast cadence, bouncing off the walls from topic to topic, and ending his verse somewhat humorous saying that at the airport before flying to Costa Rica, a girl mistook him for Swae Lee.
After the third hook, Buddy is back on the album track, also with a humorous verse, and even comparing himself to Ernest Hemingway because he’s been writing so much, which is why he’s on so many songs.
Ski Mask, also from South Florida, holds the final verse. A long awaited one at that after a snippet surfaced of him in the studio during the Dreamville recordings, with almost a dozen artists all chanting his bars and going absolutely crazy. He also uses his signature style of fast flows and humorous references. I might be biased being from South FL but it’s nice seeing so many rappers fuck with him, and even having him and Purpp be invited amongst the other artists during the ‘Ville sessions.
1993 (J.Cole, JID, Cozz, EARTHGANG feat. Buddy and Smino)
“Every album gotta have a weed song.” `-Danny Brown.
Much like many rap albums, a dedicated song to the wonderful flower that is bud is needed, but this one has more of a twist. The artists are having a smoke sesh trying to relax after a day of recording during the Dreamville sessions. If you’ve ever seshed with friends, you know that there’s always going to be the one friend who’s high enough to think he can freestyle some bars and impress the group. Usually while attempting to freestyle, the blunt stays burning in their hand, and it’ll be ages before it finally gets passed.
Take that scenario, but everyone in the group is a famous rapper. Buddy is not having it, and tries to stop everyone attempting to spit so that they can just chill and enjoy the sesh. Every rapper talks about their experiences with the drug, only to be abruptly cut off by Buddy who just wants the damn blunt to be passed. The highlight of the song is the skit at the end, just hearing all the rappers just laughing while Buddy is trying to quiet the room down, and points out:
“This nigga J. Cole, he done grew some dreads, he think he smoke now”
It’s definitely one of the funniest lines on the album and it’s not even part of the song, it’s a skit.
I really enjoyed this song because like Wells Fargo, it’s not meant to be taken too seriously, but as a song/skit combo it does well enough to be funny without crossing the line of corny.
Rembrandt…Run It Back (J. Cole, JID feat. Vince Staples)
Rembrandt…Run It Back is another 2 part song, and Rembrandt opens up with a vocal pitched JID giving warning to anyone who might try to mess with him or Dreamville.
JID and Cole both have verses on Rembrandt, talking about how their group is better than others in the game. A boastful song, both verses also feature 2 word couplets, using a limited vocabulary to help paint the picture (like artist Rembrandt van Rijn) showing their superiority.
The hook is displayed again with gunshots ending Rembrandt, as Run It Back starts to play. Long Beach CA’s own Vince Staple’s voice can be heard trying to get someone’s attention. He’s confused and wonders if this is the Dreamville recording session he’s been hearing about.
He then begins his albeit short verse with energy, boasting of his guns, clothing, cars, and fearlessness in the face of violence. He ends the verse warning someone not to get killed by the police, before his verse is cut off by fully automatic gun.
Both 2-part songs on this album seem to have the second song only populated by non-Dreamville artists. As I mentioned earlier this is probably why they’re attached to the first song which does feature Dreamville, as a way to still have it listed on the album.
Sunset (J. Cole feat. Young Nudy)
Pyrex provides another bouncy trap beat, this time with help from ChaseTheMoney. Originally called God Flinch, this track was rumored to include a Drake feature due to a photo online of Drakes name attached to a first draft of credits for the song, and a photo of him riding in J. Cole’s RR around L.A. J Cole mentions riding the Rolls Royce in L.A, and includes the bar, “2-6 god” which could also be interpreted as “To 6-god”, but to many fans dismay, the track does not include Drake.
J. Cole’s hook plays a cliché on the “Roses are red…” poem, saying roses are red while his diamonds are blue. His pockets are green from being filled with money all the time. He mentions how he wants to get a house in LA, and later explains why in his verse due to how he almost got killed in his hometown being mis-recognized in a drive-by.
Young Nudy is back again (with a full verse this time) and uses his laid back flow to contrast his trap/drill filled lyrics. Thematically, the song isn’t very significant, however it’s still catchy to listen to if you need a banger.
Got Me (Ari Lennox, Omen feat. Ty Dolla $ign and Dreezy)
Ari Lennox and L.A’s Ty $ tag team in this R&B deep cut, singing of their loyalty to their lover, as long as their lover is just as loyal. Much like every album needing a weed song, if there’s an R&B track and Ty $ is featured it’s bound to be a vibe. Ari sings the following verse after Ty, talking about how just much more special she is as a lover than the other fish in the sea. Omen and Chicago’s Dreezy finish the cut with rap verses, but still fit the theme of the song as they discuss how grateful they are for their partner, and their partner for them.
Like I said, the song is a vibe, plain and simple. The beat is very trapsoul, and allows the singers to shine. The rappers’ verses give support in order to make a catchy, quality, R&B track on this album. After what was about 5 trap-inspired songs previously, this is a nice change of pace yet again, showcasing the album’s diversity.
Middle Child (J. Cole)
A solo track by J. Cole, Middle Child was released under his name in January of 2019. Originally believed to be a single for what would be his next album, it was actually the first of many singles to be released promoting Revenge of the Dreamers III. A full brass section opens the song, serving as the basis of the song’s instrumental. Cole opens with a refrain, talking about his enemies and how he’s coming to get them.
His first verse discusses how he isn’t into hard drugs, but may babysit some drinks and smoke ‘sum. He talks of wanting to support his friends and peers who aren’t in as lucky a position as Cole. A common theme of his is again expressed of him giving thanks to the rap idols of the past for giving him a source of inspiration.
His refrain repeats and transitions into the hook, a chant of boasting, and telling other rappers that no amount of money or street cred will make you real.
The second verse fits more into the theme of Middle Child. Cole feels like the middle child, bridging the gap of the older, more lyrical generation of rappers, and the new wave of trap-heavy beats carrying the songs of rappers with more minimalistic lyrics. He mentions talking with 21 Savage and Kodak Black, using them as a means to spark a discussion about how too many minorities are jailed. The lack of proper guidance due to generational trauma is leading to mass incarceration and infighting, which Cole hopes to fix. The chorus plays again, a quick outro and the song ends.
Overall the song accomplishes its purpose. Just like merging the two wings of rap, it’s conscious and delivers its message prominently, while still being modern/poppy enough to be played at functions. Even though Cole says he doesn’t drink much, he talks about needing a very strong drink, “something he can feel” in the chorus. This could either mean hard liquor or lean. It’s argued whether he’s talking in first person perspective, or in the perspective of a typical new age rapper, but it’s still cleverly used as a way to keep the hook catchy. It’s modern enough to have playability at parties, (similar to Swimming Pools, albeit not as powerful imo) which is very smart from a marketing standpoint, making it a hit.
Fun Fact: J. Cole is not actually a middle child.
PTSD (Omen feat. Mereba, Deante’ Hitchcock, and St. Beauty)
The penultimate track, PTSD is one of the most slept on songs of the album due to the lack of star-studded guests.
What sound to be chopped vocals and a melancholic piano open up the song, with natural/rhythmic drums keeping the time. The theme of the song is just like the title-PTSD. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder usually develops in people who have witnessed a traumatic event, with its effects being triggered reactions within those affected regarding the event. The artists on this track talk about traumatic events in their lives and how it has affected them.
Mereba from Alabama begins by speaking to an unnamed figure. This figure is no longer with her, with clues hinting to death by being shot. Now Mereba reflects and understands that this is the reason why she has trouble sleeping at night, and needs to sleep with a gun in order to feel safe.
Deante’ has the next verse, very deeply and emotionally talking about his regrets through life. He’s carrying the thoughts of those close to him on his shoulders, not because they died, but because they failed to live out their dreams and are doing so vicariously in him. His fortune and fame is causing him guilt and shame.
Omen has the closing verse of the song, and his trauma revolves around his sister. On a Tuesday he saw her walking with her kids, which normally is no issue, only it was at midnight. It finally dawned on Omen that rumors he’s heard of his sister being homeless are true, and that she was living on the streets. He was so in shock that he left her on the street before they could talk. The trauma is that he hadn’t seen her for years prior to that encounter, and hasn’t seen her since. Omen prays that he can get closure and the chance to talk to her before one of them dies.
St. Beauty sings a refrain, and Buddy closes out the song with a more uplifting outro, chanting with many of those in the studio with him about how this (being the song or the album) is for the homies…and the hoes.
Sacrifices (J. Cole, EARTHGANG feat. Smino and Saba)
An album later and here we are. Is it really a closing track if it doesn’t have Smino and Saba? No need to worry about that here, as Chi-towns Saba and St. Louis’ Smino both have verses on this song.
A guitar can be heard picking in the background, and a fast drum break leads into the beat of the song. Johnny Venus is the only EARTHGANG member on the song, but his two verses make up for Dot’s absence. His signature voice croons as he talks about a near death experience. The hook is short but meaningful.
“I make sacrifices, bloody sacrifices. Cutthroat... rabbit’s toe... I suppose... maybe that’s what life is”
His second verse gets more enthusiastic. Olu’s voice pans between the left and right ear as he yells two words at a time, only to slow back down again for his hook. St. Louis’ own Smino raps the next verse, a smooth feature showcasing his unique style of wordplay and flow. Smino always shines on closing tracks, and this is another example for that. The same goes for Saba, who goes next. His rhyme scheme is consistent, and near the end of his verse it really shows off.
J. Cole has the last verse, and it’s honestly one of the best verses I’ve heard from him, period. He wrote more meaningful lyrics about how he loves his wife in a single verse than Chance did on an entire album. He also mentions cleverly how he went from Huey Freeman to Ed Wuncler from the Boondocks to describe how he went from being as conscious as he was pre-fame, to now a rich, disconnected man. It’s one of his most memorable verses, and the singing at the end really sells it. The way the beat rides at the end serves as a great album closer.
OVERALL
Revenge of the Dreamers III accomplished what a lot of other collaborative/label albums fail to achieve, being a critically good album. It has structure, flow, and consistency throughout. Much like critically good solo albums, there are high points and low points, a diverse mix of bangers and deep cuts, and track placement is perfect. The album is divided into small sections that help separate the tracks by feel, but short enough so the vibe doesn’t get stale.
One of the main reasons this album is as good as it is, is because of the features. ROTD3 broke new ground, and inviting so many artists to help work on the album sparked waves of creativity that we will continue to see. Many songs from the Dreamville sessions may not see the light of day, but non-Dreamville artists will eventually have a track or two that was recorded at the time. The relationships formed such as ZoinkGang, Cozz and REASON, etc may also not have happened, and we may get more collaborative music in the future from them.
The last time an event on this scale occurred was probably during the recording of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. While Kanye helped craft his album with the help of his legendary connections like Jay-Z, Rza, etc. Cole went a different route, and focused on the new school. He even minimized having more noticeable features, having only 2: Kendrick as an uncredited feature and a single verse from T.I.
Doing so gave the new school a chance to show their hunger, and maybe even served as a competition; since so many artists were at the studio, only the best of the best could get featured on the album. Standout performances from people like REASON, Buddy, and Guapdad4000 may introduce them to new audiences, who may never have given them a chance beforehand.
Even though this is a feature stacked album, it’s a Dreamville tape at heart. Dreamville didn’t disappoint. Every member came through, and reminded listeners why it was called Revenge of the Dreamers in the first place. Dreamville has done a lot better than other labels at showcasing their in-house talent, and gives each artist multiple spots on the album to exemplify their prowess (I’m looking at you, TDE and Cactus Jack). It was also a nice change of pace for J. Cole, his verses were much less serious than his solo work, and you can tell he really had fun when making the album.
I really hope this album inspires more rap collectives/labels to make their own collab tapes. I also hope this makes it more acceptable for said collab tapes to accept help from outside artists. Revenge of the Dreamers 3 is a standout album in 2019, and definitely earned its Grammy nomination.
FAVORITE LYRICS by baskin5000
“Potato over my gun”
“Pistol grips get to squeezing, wish a nigga would like Liam Neeson”
Lute – Under the Sun
“Let a nigga cover Fader ‘fore I have to fade a nigga at the Fader Fort”
JID – Down Bad
“Maxo talk a lot of shit but is he really ‘bout that life?
Is a pig’s pussy pork and can a caterpillar fly?
Go Go Gadget, toting ratchets, beam attachment on the side”
Maxo Kream – Oh Wow…Swerve
“Had so many adventure times, we used to run from the jakes
To make it for Southside, we do whatever it takes
It was apartheid when my barber parted my fade
‘Cause now I’m pulled left and right by Keshia and Adrinae”
Mez – Sleep Deprived
“I got the Mike Jack’ nose, just before the vitiligo,
Norman Bates with the eights, I’ma go psycho,
Laundromat with a temper, this a vicious cycle,
Feel like Rihanna, bitches go wherever I go”
“Niggas got me tight like Arthur’s fist and shit”
“I started sucking on her titty, put my thumb in her ass
She had a little one, it really wasn’t nothing to grab, I did it anyway.”
“I’m feelin’ like Goku, bitch, I need your energy, uh, um, okay, huh. Going on a date with an AK”
Jace, Mez, Buddy, and Ski Mask the Slump God – Costa Rica
“I push pack like USPS, you is a bitch”
Smino – 1993
“See a nigga in all red from the North with the pole, it ain’t Santa Claus
Brought my gifts to Atlanta, I’m Atlanta Claus
I can smell you pussy with the panties off”
“It’s astigmatism, you got poor sight, let the bitches forget it, I do it Alzheim”
“I’m a real soulful nigga, collard greens inside your speakers”
Smino – Sacrifices
TALKING POINTS by baskin5000
• Would you like to see another collaborative album made similar to the Dreamville recording sessions? Will there be more events like this in the future?
• How does Revenge of the Dreamers III rank compared to other label albums? (ex. Beast Coast, JackBoys, TDE/Black Panther soundtrack)
• Who was your favorite Dreamville artist on the album? Your favorite non-Ville Artist?
• Has this album introduced you to any new artists? Will you be exploring more of the artists featured on this album?
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2020.02.11 18:04 Rcfan0902 Introducing the 2nd annual /r/CFB Civilization Battle Royale!

Ladies, Gentlemen, fans of college football everywhere, welcome back to the second annual /CFB Civilization Battle Royale! The event where you can watch your favorite teams duke it out for a shot at virtual domination! For those of you who missed last year's Battle Royale, here are all of the previous rounds for you to catch up on and enjoy:
 
Week Conference Week Conference
Week 1 AAC Week 7 MAC
Week 2 ACC Week 8 Mountain West
Week 3 Big 10 Week 9 PAC-12
Week 4 Big XII Week 10 SEC
Week 5 C-USA Week 11 Sun Belt
Week 6 Independents Week 12 Finale
 

The rules are simple:

  1. All 130 FBS schools will be participating
  2. All schools will be controlled by an A.I. There will be no human influence in the outcome of a match
  3. Domination victory only
  4. FCS teams will act as City States (Conference tie-ins to be announced later)
  5. Each Conference will play one full game until there is a single conference champion left standing. Conferences will be done in alphabetical order.
  6. After all conferences have a single champion, a final championship game will be played to determine a national champion
 
Extra Tidbits
 

And now, the teams!

All of the teams' information is relatively unchanged from last year. The new coaches have been changed out, but I might have missed a few so please let me know if you see something wrong. All of the unique units and buildings are still the same, but if you can think of something that's a better fit for your school please feel free to let me know!
 

AAC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Cincinnati Luke Fickell Nippert Stadium The Bearcat Crosley Tower
ECU Mike Houston Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium PeeDee Pirate Queen Annes Revenge Research Lab
Houston Dana Holgorsen TDECU Stadium Shasta Sasha
Memphis Ryan Silverfield Liberty Bowl Stadium Pouncer Tom the Tiger
Navy Ken Niumatalolo Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Bill the Goat Admiral Michael M. Gilday
SMU Sonny Dykes Gerald J. Ford Stadium Peruna Dallas Hall
Temple Rod Carey Lincoln Financial Field Hooter T. Owl Stella
Tulane Willie Fritz Yulman Stadium Riptide Angry Wave
Tulsa Philip Montgomery H.A. Chapman Stadium Captain Cane Goldie
UCF Josh Heupel Spectrum Stadium Knightro The Citronaut
USF Jeff Scott Raymond James Stadium Rocky Pirate Ship
 

ACC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Boston College Jeff Hafley Alumni Stadium Baldwin The Jesuits
Clemson Dabo Swinney Clemson Memorial Stadium 8-Ball the Tiger Country Gentleman
Duke David Cutcliffe Wallace Wade Stadium Blue Devil Cameron Indoor Stadium
Florida State Mike Norvell Doak S. Campbell Stadium Osceola Renegade
Georgia Tech Geoff Collins Bobby Dodd Stadium Buzz Ramblin Wreck
Louisville Scott Satterfield Cardinal Stadium Louie Johnny Unitas
Miami Manny Diaz Hard Rock Stadium Sebastian Miami Maniac
NC State Dave Doeren Carter-Finley Stadium Mr. and Mrs. Wuff Tuffy
North Carolina Mack Brown. Kenan Memorial Stadium Ramses Old Well
Pittsburgh Pat Narduzzi Heinz Field Roc Cathedral of Learning
Syracuse Dino Babers Carrier Dome Otto the Orange The 44
Virginia Bronco Mendenhall Scott Stadium Cav Man Thomas Jefferson
Virginia Tech Justin Fuente Lane Stadium Gobbler Hokie Stone
Wake Forest Dave Clawson BB&T Stadium Demon Deacon Wait Chapel
 

B1G

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Illinois Lovie Smith Memorial Stadium Galloping Ghost Alma Otter
Indiana Tom Allen The Rock Mark Cuban Lil' 500
Iowa Kirk Ferentz Kinnick Stadium Herky Vodka Samm
Maryland Mike Locksley Maryland Stadium Testudo Scott Van Pelt
Michigan Jim Harbaugh The Big House Biff Michigan Man
Michigan State Mel Tucker Spartan Stadium Sparty Beaumont Tower
Minnesota P.J. Fleck TCF Bank Stadium Goldy Paul Bunyan
Nebraska Scott Frost Nebraska Memorial Stadium Herbie Husker Blackshirts
Northwestern Pat Fitzgerald Ryan Field Willie the Wildcat The Rock
Ohio State Ryan Day The Horseshoe Brutus Silver Bullets
Penn State James Franklin Beaver Stadium Nittany Lion Ole Coaly
Purdue Jeff Brohm. Ross-Ade Stadium Purdue Pete Boilermaker Special VII
Rutgers Greg Schiano HighPoint.com Stadium Scarlet Knight Chanticleer
Wisconsin Paul Chryst Camp Randall Stadium Bucky Badger Dairy Farm
 

Big XII

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Baylor Dave Aranda McLane Stadium Bruiser Dr. Pepper Hour Club
Iowa State Matt Campbell Jack Trice Stadium Cy VEISHEA Village
Kansas Les Miles David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium Big Jay Baby Jay
Kansas State Chris Klieman Bill Snyder Family Stadium Willie the Wildcat EcoKat
Oklahoma Lincoln Riley Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Sooner Schooner Jim Ross
Oklahoma State Mike Gundy Boone Pickens Stadium Pistol Pete Bullet
TCU Gary Patterson Amon G. Carter Stadium Super Frog Clark Brothers
Texas Tom Herman Texas Memorial Stadium Bevo Matthew McConaughey
Texas Tech Matt Wells Jones AT&T Stadium The Masked Rider Matadors
West Virginia Neal Brown Milan Puskar Stadium The Mountaineer Flaming Couches
 

C-USA

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Charlotte Will Healy Jerry Richardson Stadium Norm The Niner Normbulance
FAU Willie Taggart FAU Stadium Owlsly Taylor Victory Bell
FIU Butch Davis Ricardo Silva Stadium Roary Wall of Wind
Louisiana Tech Skip Holtz Joe Aillet Stadium Champ Tech XII
Marshall Doc Holliday Joan C. Edwards Stadium Marco Memorial Fountain
Middle Tennessee State Rick Stockstill Johnny Floyd Stadium Lightning Blue Raiders
North Texas Seth Littrell Apogee Stadium Scrappy Mean Green Machine
Old Dominion Ricky Rahne S.B. Ballard Stadium Big Blue Howitzer Cannon
Rice Mike Bloomgren Rice Stadium Sammy the Owl MOB
Southern Miss Jay Hopson M.M. Roberts Stadium Seymour d'Campus All American Rose Garden
UAB Bill Clark Legion Field Blaze The Vulcan
UTEP Dana Dimel Sun Bowl Stadium Paydirt Pete Miners
UTSA Jeff Traylor Alamodome Rowdy Sombrilla Fountain
Western Kentucky Tyson Helton L.T. Smith Stadium Big Red The Hill
 

Independents

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Army Jeff Monken Michie Stadium Army Mules General Mark A. Milley
BYU Kalani Sitake LaVell Edwards Stadium Cosmo Latter-Day Saints
Connecticut Randy Edsall Pratt and Whitney Stadium Jonathan Husky Big Red
Liberty Hugh Freeze Arthur L. Williams Stadium Sparky Jerry Falwell
Massachusetts Walt Bell Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium Sam W.E.B. Du Bois Library
New Mexico State Doug Martin Aggie Memorial Stadium Pistol Pete "A" Mountain
Notre Dame Brian Kelly Notre Dame Stadium Leprechaun Four Horsemen
 

MAC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Akron Tom Arth InfoCision Stadium Zippy AK Rowdies
Ball State Mike Neu Scheumann Stadium Charlie Cardinal Frog Baby Statue
Bowling Green Scot Loeffler Doyt L. Perry Stadium Freddie and Frieda Sic Sic
Buffalo Lance Leipold UB Stadium Victor E. Bull True Blue
Central Michigan Jim McElwain Kelly Shorts Stadium Fighting Chips Chippewa Marching Band
Eastern Michigan Chris Creighton Rynearson Stadium Swoop Emu Army
Kent State Sean Lewis Dix Stadium Flash Ray's Place
Miami OH Chuck Martin Fred C. Yager Stadium Swoop Mac and Joes
NIU Thomas Hancock Huskie Stadium Victor E. Husky William the Goose
Ohio Frank Solich Peden Stadium Rufus Marching 110
Toledo Jason Candle Glass Bowl Rocky The Rocket
Western Michigan Tim Lester Waldo Stadium Buster Bronco Bell's Brewery
 

MWC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Air Force Troy Calhoun Falcon Stadium The Bird Gen. David L. Goldfein
Boise State Bryan Harsin Albertsons Stadium Buster Bronco Cowboy Kohl
Colorado State Steve Addazio Canvas Stadium Cam the Ram Old Main Bell Tower
Fresno State Kalen DeBoer Bulldog Stadium Timeout Red Wave
Hawai'i Todd Graham Aloha Stadium Vili Rainbow Warrior
Nevada Jay Norvell Mackay Stadium Alphie Lieutenant Dangle
New Mexico Danny Gonzales Dreamstyle Stadium Lobo Fiesta Balloons
San Diego State Brady Hoke SDCCU Stadium Montezuma Aztec Warrior
San Jose State Brent Brennan CEFCU Stadium Sammy the Spartan Spartan Squad
UNLV Marcus Arroyo Sam Boyd Stadium Hey Reb Fremont Cannon
Utah State Gary Anderson Maverik Stadium Big Blue Night Runner
Wyoming Craig Bohl War Memorial Stadium Cowboy Joe Steamboat
 

PAC-12

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Arizona Kevin Sumlin Arizona Stadium Wilbur Wildcat Mirror Lab
Arizona State Herm Edwards Sun Devil Stadium Sparky Bees of Innovation
California Justin Wilcox. California Memorial Stadium Oski Golf Cart
Colorado Karl Dorrell Folsom Field Ralphie Chip
Oregon Mario Cristobal Autzen Stadium The Duck Robo Duck
Oregon State Jonathan Smith Reser Stadium Benny Beaver V Oceanus
Stanford David Shaw Stanford Stadium Stanford Tree Stanford Band
UCLA Chip Kelly Rose Bowl Stadium Joe Bruin Josephine Bruin
USC Clay Helton Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Traveler Tommy Trojan
Utah Kyle Wittingham Rice-Eccles Stadium Swoop Ute Thunder
Washington Jimmy Lake Husky Stadium Dubs Boys in the Boat
Washington State Nick Rolovich Martin Stadium Butch T. Cougar Popcorn Guy
 

SEC

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Alabama Nick Saban Bryant-Denny Stadium Big Al Denny Chimes
Arkansas Sam Pittman Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Tusk Track Team
Auburn Gus Malzahn Jordan-Hare Stadium Aubie War Eagle
Florida Dan Mullen Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Albert and Alberta Mr Two Bits
Georgia Kirby Smart Sanford Stadium Uga H8 Ball
Kentucky Mark Stoops Kroger Field Scratch Bourbon Distillery
LSU Ed Orgeron Death Valley Mike the Tiger Raising Cane's
Mississippi State Mike Leach Davis Wade Stadium Bully MAFES Sales Store
Missouri Eli Drinkwitz Memorial Stadium Truman The Columns
Ole Miss Lane Kiffin Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Tony Landshark Colonel Reb
South Carolina Will Muschamp Williams-Brice Stadium Cocky Cockaboose
Tennessee Jeremy Pruitt Neyland Stadium Smokey The Volunteer
Texas A&M Jimbo Fisher Kyle Field Reveille 12th Man
Vanderbilt Derek Mason Vanderbilt Stadium Mr. C Cornelius Vanderbilt
 

Sun Belt

School Leader Capital Unique Unit 1 Unique Unit 2
Appalachian State Shawn Clark Kidd Brewer Stadium Yosef The Big House
Arkansas State Blake Anderson Centennial Bank Stadium Howl Clyde Statue
Coastal Carolina Jamey Chadwell Brooks Stadium Chauncey The Athenaeum
Georgia Southern Chad Lunsford Allen E. Paulson Stadium Freedom Beautiful Eagle Creek
Georgia State Shawn Elliott Georgia State Stadium Pounce Aderhold Cat
Louisiana Lafayette Billy Napier Cajun Field Cayenne Krewe of Roux
Louisiana Monroe Matt Viator Malone Stadium Ace Bayou DeSiard
South Alabama Steve Campbell Hancock Whitney Stadium Southpaw Mischka
Texas State Jake Spavital Bobcat Stadium Boko Bubble Guy
Troy Chip Lindsey Vetrans Memorial Stadium T-Roy Terracotta Warrior
 
I have a Google spreadsheet with all of the information here (minus the icons) plus a little bit more. You can find the spreadsheet here

When does this start?

The tournament is going to start June 2nd! Each round will be streamed live on Twitch every Tuesday around 8PM EST until a champion is declared (or until it gets too late and the round will be paused until the next day). Screenshots will be taken throughout the round and compiled into a photo album that I will narrate and post on here the following Saturday. This start date will take this event all the way up until the week before the 2020 college football season!
 

Where the hell are the mods!?

After the last Battle Royale, a lot of people were asking me about releasing these team mods for everyone to play with. I just want to let you all know that I still plan on releasing them! I've had a very busy fall/winter and haven't had as much time as I thought to finalize all of the mods for release, but I am working through all of them slowly but surely to get them out to everybody. Who knew that 130 different mods would be so difficult? I'm not going to set any hard dates for release, but I am going to work as hard as I can to get all of the mods finalized and released leading up to the event. I'll probably release them one conference at a time as I get them finalized, and I'll be sure to make a post on here announcing when each one is released. I'm sorry it's taken so long, but they are coming out soon!
 

In closing

I had so much fun doing this last year with all of you and I can't wait to do it all again. I want this event to be something that everyone can enjoy and be a part of together, so all input and feedback is appreciated. I had said at the end of the event last year that I was going to do a post-game analysis for the event, but I never actually got around to making that post. So if you have anything that you can remember from the last event that you thought worked or didn't work, or if you just want to talk about your favorite moments, please feel free to let me know. I'll be back in a few weeks with updates, but until then...
 

Let's Get Ready To Rumble!

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2020.01.31 07:34 Altheora Cat Law: Neighbor's Cat Stalking Bird Feeders Daily

tl;dr: Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC, USA. Neighbor's cat, Eugene, has been stalking my birdfeeders nonstop for a year. I've run him off as many as six times a day. I love cats and will not hurt him. Neighbor won't help. No leash laws. What can I legally do? What will get me in legal trouble?
Starting about a year ago, a scruffy black cat started showing up at my house every day and would stay for hours and hours at a time, stalking my birdfeeder. He was very friendly and loving, but unfortunately an excellent and dedicated hunter of my wild birds. After a couple months of this, I bought and applied a birdsbesafe collar to him, along with a note attached saying who I was and why I'd applied the collar. The collar was gone when he returned the next day--I didn't know if he'd removed it or a person had. He was at my house so often, I assumed he'd been dumped there.
I gave it a few more weeks, then posted on NextDoor asking if anyone knew this cat's owner. No response. A month or so later, a friend offered to take him. She picked him up and took him straight to the vet. They checked for a microchip, and she immediately returned him to his owner, who lives right down the street from me (we agreed to this--if he had a chip, he'd go straight home, which he did). The owner wrote me a letter telling me that his cat, Eugene, has no reason to kill birds (it must a different black cat, pictures of his doppelganger included) and sternly told me to never steal his cat again. I wrote back, apologizing profusely for the horribly embarrassing incident and promising never to steal his cat again--I have indoor cats of my own and love them--but also pointing out that cats kill literally billions of birds every year.
The owner kept Eugene indoors a few weeks, then added a collar and released him. Eugene has been back at my house every day, stalking and killing my birds constantly. We've been chasing him off with a squirt gun for probably 7 months now. I've spent nearly $90 on deterrents to try to keep him away. I stopped feeding the birds for a few months, but Eugene returned when the birds did. I'm getting to my wit's end, so I wrote the owner a letter, letting him know what I'd done so far and that the problem was continuing--and that it was Eugene, not some other black cat (I included pictures). I also included my next options: spend a couple hundred more dollars on more deterrents or take Eugene to Animal Control any time he comes on my property. Removing the bird feeders would be a last resort.
Dear x
I am writing to express a high level of concern over Eugene’s activity level in my yard. Unfortunately, I cannot blame his doppelganger on his activity: Eugene wears his blue collar proudly. Eugene stalks my birdfeeders like no other cat I have ever seen in over 20 years of living here. No other cat comes onto my property the way he does—I actually can’t recall the last time I saw ANY other cat do anything more than pass through my yard. Eugene stalks and kills birds regularly, and I have chased him off as many as six times in a single day—twice this morning, with a picture for each time. He killed a bird just yesterday.
I have made efforts to dissuade him from coming onto my property. Every time we see him, we spray him with a squirt gun, as you suggested. Unfortunately, I work and cannot man the squirt gun 24 hours a day. At one point, I stopped feeding the birds for a few months to try to break Eugene of the habit. Eugene returned as soon as the birds did. I have installed “Scat Mats” around my birdbath to prevent him from sitting directly under it. I have also purchased an extension to make one of my bird feeders taller, to make it more difficult for him to jump up and catch birds mid-air. And, of course, originally I purchased the birdsbesafe collar, which you removed within a day.
Here is an itemized list of the money I have spent trying to keep Eugene from killing my birds.
Birdsbesafe collar: $13.58 Set of 10 15”x15” Scat Mats: $28.98 Pole Extension and Double Feeder Hanger : $23.64 + $10.74 Squirt gun: I don’t have the actual receipt—around $10. Total: $86.94
…And Eugene is still coming multiple times a day and killing birds.
I’m writing to inform you that I am considering my next options. As you know, I love cats and all animals—harming any cat is not something I am physically capable of doing. The options I’m looking at include the following three things.
The first option is to purchase additional, more expensive items. This would include additional Scat Mats to flush out my garden (another two sets of 10 would likely be ideal, so almost another $60), and the Humane Society suggested a motion-activated water sprayer ($41 plus drain on my water bill, and it might hit the birds as well, making the point moot). If taking this option, I would also buy two additional tall poles to replace the two non-extendable feeder poles that I currently have (poles+extensions=$84.99+$9.99 PER POLE at Wild Birds Unlimited). So my first option costs, approximately, an additional $291 plus a higher water bill.
The second option I’m considering would come at no charge to me. I do not want to do this, because you are a disabled veteran and it would be a major inconvenience to you. This option is for me to simply catch or trap Eugene each time he comes into my yard and send him to Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control. They would read the microchip or collar, call you, and inform you of his whereabouts. You would then have to pay a small fee when you pick up your cat.
The third option will be a last resort, after the first two options fail. That option is for me to stop feeding the birds. We have had a massive amount of construction in our area lately, which has caused a large loss of habitat. Species of birds that never came to my house before are suddenly taking up residence here, because they have nowhere else to find food. However, currently, my house is a death trap because of Eugene. He kills so many of the wild birds in my yard, and he is here constantly. As it is, I cannot sentence this many birds to death. I have the only heated birdbath around, so many birds (and Eugene this morning) come when it’s below freezing for easy access to water. They would also be denied that, to save their lives.
I am writing to express my concern of the situation, and I implore you to turn Eugene into an indoor cat. If this is not possible, I will be forced to choose between spending several hundred more dollars or becoming a neighbor that you hate—which I don’t want to do. I’m caught between a rock and a hard place, and I ask your understanding. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Owner wrote back. (This is exact, grammar and all.)
Dear a Thank you for your letter of the 21st. Unfortunately, YOU are the problem. You need to discuss your CAT problem with GOD; as he is the one who made them.
>! Eugene is the product of 10,000 years of evolution and as you have seen, is a predator who stalks, hunt & kills whatever PREY is most available. !<
>! Since you have hung multiple bird feeders around your property; your yard attracts our little feathered friends in abundance; making them easy prey for Eugene.!<
>! He is only doing what comes natural and since Charlotte has no lease law on either cats or birds; then you will have to live with the consequences of having turned your property into an aviary Carrowinds; much to Eugene's delight.!<
Suck it up Mrs. A; Eugene and your birds are following nature's call; one is prey and the other is predator.
>! As for your other options; I would suggest your removing some of your bird feeders to lessen the flocks of birds. Eugene stays close to your house as your next door neighbor has a lady cat which has caught Eugene's favor. My son has seen them together on several occasions and I feel his is sharing her food as well; keeping close to your property. Your birds are just icing on the cake for obvious reasons. I have also seen Eugene kill other vermin such as field mice and moles & voles. Hey he's a cat and programmed by nature to hunt, stalk, & kill.!<
>! Lastly, since he is not covered by a leash law, if you trap, remove, or abscond with Eugene who is my property; you may find CMPD knocking on your door with a warrant for his unlawful removal (they call it stealing) !<
>! Again you and your multiple bird feeders are the problem. If you don't have a plethora of birds being drawn in for your amusement; then maybe Eugene would be less interested and leave them alone. !<
>! Now I know you will say it's your right to have as many bird feeders in your yard as you like; which I agree with; bit like it or not Eugene has the same right to go where he may please and until a law is adopted; you and the birds will have to live with that fact.!<
>! Like birds, cats are feeders of opportunity The birds know the danger and it's really your fault for attracting them all to their potential deaths. Ask GOD about it; He will tell you; 'that's the facts mam'. Eugene is just doing what I've told him to do. !<
Sincerely,

Help.
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2020.01.07 21:15 CindyMorrisonwatts1 [DISCUSSION] Challenging Witchcraft in School Libraries

[DISCUSSION] Challenging Witchcraft in School Libraries
Challenging Witchcraft in School Libraries
Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
by Michelle Rosen
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Island Tree Public Schools Board of Education v. Pico: In 1975 ten books were removed from the shelves of the junior- and senior-high school libraries in the Island Trees Union Free School District No. 26 in Long Island, NY. Parents objected to the books due to their foul language, sexual content, and supposedly anti-Christian themes. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where nine years later the court issued a decision in favor of returning the books to the shelves.
Union High School Board: In 1980 Librarian Elizabeth Phillips and several students filed a complaint after a Vermont School Board removed two books from the library, froze new library acquisitions, and began screening all major acquisitions.
A U.S. District Court judge sided with the school board, saying these actions did not violate the constitutional rights of librarians or students. The court, which was later backed by a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, said the school board had final authority.
Mozert v. Hawkins County Board of Education: In 1981 a group of Tennessee parents sued the school board over required reading that included The Wizard of Oz, Goldilocks, Cinderella and The Diary of Anne Frank. Parents said they wanted their children to have the right to “opt out” of the assignments because the books taught values other than those of the Bible. The school board, however, felt that opting out would hurt the students in their abilities to learn other parts of the curriculum. After several court decisions, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the board of education in 1987.
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The year before the Pico decision was issued (1982), the American Library Association, along with other organizations, began an annual campaign to call public attention to the issue of banned books. Every September Banned Books Week “celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.”
Since 1990, ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom has kept statistics on banned books and provides an annual list of the ten most challenged books each year. Statistics are broken down by type and initiator as well.
While Banned Books Week has certainly called attention to the issue, it has not stopped challenges from arising.
Between 1990 and 2000 more than 6,000 challenges were reported to ALA. What’s even more interesting is that officials estimate that for every challenge reported, another four to five go unreported. Of these 6,000, more than 800 dealt with the occult or witchcraft, making it the fourth most common challenge.
And the book at the very top of the list -- the most challenged book during the 1990s -- was the “Scary Stories” series by Alvin Schwartz.
Some library scholars, including Henry Reichman, author of “Censorship and Selection: Issues and Answers for Schools,” believe that witchcraft is the most hotly contested censorship issue today.
And it will remain so, he says, because complaints about secular humanism, as well as “New Age” or eastern religious practices, have been lumped into the occult category.
Although objections to “secular humanism” and “New Age” religion may still be heard, the frequency of the complaints about witchcraft suggests that this rubric offers would-be censors a more powerful mobilizing rationale for attacking the broad array of concerns that have been subsumed under the humanist and New Age labels.
After all, the charge that secular humanists and “New Agers” are perverting children’s minds is consistent with the long-standing tradition of “witch hunting” that is one of the more unattractive features of our political culture.

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In North Carolina, several school librarians who were interviewed reported no serious challenges to works on the occult in their libraries.
Some had, however, admitted to having conversations with teachers and principals about witchcraft-related books. Others said they were slow to purchase certain books that sparked controversy in other school districts.
“When the Harry Potter books first came out, I didn’t buy them because I’m in a very ultra-conservative community and the books were being challenged elsewhere,” said Vanessa Olson, media specialist at Lindley Park Elementary School in Asheboro. “My principal and superintendent read the first book before we bought it so they could be prepared if a challenge arose.”
Another librarian said her experiences in the public and private sectors differed. “I’ve not really had much experience at my current school,
Spring/Summer 2005 North Carolina Libraries a private K4-12th grade institution,” said Diane Averett, a librarian at Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson. “Back when I worked in a public elementary school I had to be careful not to have any witch stories for several students.”
Media specialist Judy Compton of Green Year-Round Elementary in Raleigh tries to avoid the issue of censorship by putting more of the onus on parents. “If a child or parents bring up a concern about a book verbally to me, I talk to them about how we have certain materials that appeal to the whole school population and that they should convey their concerns about particular types of books to their child,” Compton said. “I tell the children that they should not check out books that their parents don’t approve of.”
None of the librarians interviewed said that they purposefully stay away from witchcraft books when purchasing items for their collections.
But a couple did remark that financial restraints and other restrictions might indeed affect their ability to purchase such materials.
“Certainly there will be less money as Bush makes it clear that he will not fund ‘bleeding heart’ education priorities, which is where he
places libraries,” said Karen Perry, media coordinator for Davidson County Schools. “But of much more concern are the federal restrictions that are placed on schools in order to receive federal funds. More restrictions on how funds can be spent will cut the heart out of every urban system in the nation.
In North Carolina we are talking about Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Guilford, Wake, Winston-Salem/Forsyth, and Cumberland for sure.”
In discussing the issue of witchcraft and the occult in children’s literature, two works stand out as causing the largest outcry among parents and communities.
The first is a Canadian reading series called “Impressions.” This elementary school series comprises poetry, novels, biographies, short stories, folklore, fantasy, and other genres of literature. Featured authors include Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Seuss, Rudyard Kipling, and Maurice Sendak.
The series was used in more than 1,500 schools in 34 states, but soon came under attack in 45 jurisdictions including some in California, Alaska, Illinois, Maryland, and South Dakota. In 1992, two fundamentalist Christians from California sued to have the series removed from schools.
Their suit, which was backed by the American Family Association, at first charged that the series was morbid, disrespectful toward parents, and littered with references to witches and ghosts.
Later, however, the complaint was changed to reflect allegations of witchcraft and neopaganism. Other cases were filed elsewhere in the U.S., but none won its day in court. Judges eventually ruled that the materials should not be excluded from classrooms.
The other set of books that has produced a firestorm of controversy is, of course, the aforementioned Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

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Potter topped ALA’s list of challenged books for four straight years, until being knocked to second place in 2003. 18 And it has drawn the ire of conservative Christian groups around the country for allegedly seducing children into the world of the occult.
Of special interest to these groups is their belief that the books are connected to Wiccan groups. (WICCA is a goddess-based religion, which focuses on “Mother Earth” and the power of women.
Members are called witches and some hold beliefs of reincarnation, etc.) Leading the charge against the Harry Potter books has been television evangelist Pat Robertson, who recently invited a self-proclaimed expert on the occult to discuss the issue on his show, “700 Club.”
Caryl Matrisciana, author of the video Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged, told Robertson that Rowling based the books on Celtic, Druidic, Satanic, and Pagan religions and purposefully wove those themes into her book. Matrisciana said:
The harm is first of all that witchcraft is being normalized to our children. For the first time in the history of the world, witchcraft is being given to children in a children’s format, and children are seeing other children practicing it and say it’s all right.”
Robertson followed with his own comments. Now, ladies and gentleman, we have been talking about God lifting his anointing and his mantle from the United States of America.
And if you read in Deuteronomy or Leviticus, actually, the eighteenth chapter, there’s certain things that he says that is going to cause the Lord, or the land, to vomit you out. At the head of the list is witchcraft....Now we’re welcoming this and teaching our children.
And what we’re doing is asking for the wrath of God to come on this country....And if there’s ever a time when we need God’s blessing it’s now. We don’t need to be bringing in heathen, pagan practices to the United States of America.
Another conservative leader put it rather bluntly. “Is Harry Potter a Harmless Fantasy or a Wicca Training Program?” asked Traditional
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Values Coalition leader the Rev. Louis P. Sheldon. TV preacher D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries also highlighted that connection when he interviewed another self-proclaimed occult expert, Richard Abanes, who asserted that the membership in the Wiccan groups of England was exploding due to the popularity of Harry Potter books.
Plenty of organizations are lining up right behind these leaders in efforts to keep witchcraft off the shelves. Some of these include Focus on the Family of Colorado Springs, CO; the Liberty Counsel of Orlando, FL; the American Family Association of Tupelo, MS; Citizens for Excellence in Education, a division of the National Association of Christian Educators of Costa Mesa, CA; the Family Research Council of Washington, D.C.; and the Christian Educators Association, of Pasadena, CA.

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Interestingly enough one of the main groups in the U.S. that protests books, Parents Against Bad Books in Schools, or PABBIS, does not speak out against Harry Potter. Although the Virginia-based
group does receive complaints via telephone and email about Rowling’s work, they do not include excerpts from it on their Web site, as they do with others they deem a bad influence on children.
Of course, some people would dismiss outright any comments made by conservative televangelists or leaders of the aforementioned groups.
But one must recognize that a large portion of mainstream America agrees to some extent with those cited above, even though they may not
go quite as far in their comments. To put this issue in perspective, a medical school librarian wrote a column on the issue in the May 2000 Horn Book magazine trying to explain the religious concerns in children’s literature.
In her work, Vanderbilt Medical School librarian Kimbra Wilder Gish, talks about the dilemma she faces as a conservative Christian and librarian. “This is a passionate issue,” she writes. “Few things stir the heart like one’s true faith or one’s love for sharing books with children.”
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Gish explains that it is easy to dismiss the witchcraft and sorcery in Harry Potter, if you don’t believe that witches and demons are real. But conservative Christians do believe they are real, she says, so they perceive a clear and present danger to young minds.
She highlights biblical passages in detail in an effort to show the basis for conservative beliefs. One such passage is described below:Most criticism for the occult in fiction have their basis in Deuteronomy 18:9-12. `When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an overseer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer’.... Numerous other scriptures also forbid the practice of witchcraft or consultation with mediums or diviners (Leviticus 19:31, 20:6,27; Isaiah 8:19, 19:3; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8), and several specifically mention wizards (in addition to many of the above, 2 Kings 21:6, 23:24; 2 Chronicles 33:6)
Gish goes on to talk about the negative portrayal of Muggles, the nonmagical people in Harry Potter stories, while wizards are portrayed in a most positive light. Also troublesome, she notes, are the instances of demonic possession in the books.
As a librarian, however, she realizes that these books can bring a totally different kind of “magic” to children’s lives -- the magic of reading a great story. And they can also bring the opportunity for discussion, she says, between parents and children and even the community.
“If a child has a strong interest in these books, parents can use them as a learning experience -- adding to the joy of reading for pleasure, an understanding of how to be a thoughtful reader, recognizing what good things one might take from these books as well as the things best left behind.”
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Gish’s comments make it easier for others to understand just how complex the issue of witchcraft in children’s literature can be. Her article is insightful and her words seek not to enrage but rather to explain the conservative Christian viewpoint.
One might say she even adds a bit of credibility to this cause simply because she does not invoke name-calling and the like. She also acknowledges that the Harry Potter series has been good for children’s literature, and agrees with many librarians that the works inspire children to read.
“Hear hear!,” say those librarians, who remark that Harry Potter has put books in the hands of children who otherwise would not be reading anything at all.
Many believe that the books actually promote morality -- a charge conservative Christians would find shocking. “This is the kind of magic we need more of in the world,” said Judith Krug of ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. “These books explore the classic
theme of good vs. evil, not Satanism.” 25 New York Times writer Richard Bernstein also argues that youngsters can identify with the fact that 19 — Spring/Summer 2005 North Carolina Libraries Harry faces and overcomes many obstacles in his life.
Media specialist Vicki Bollinger of Westchase Elementary in St. Petersburg, Florida, said she also believes the Harry Potter books bring families together -- something the Christian Conservatives also strive to do. “I’ve had first-graders come in and check it out,” she said. “One thing it’s done is promote family reading together. These little kids are all excited because their bigger brothers and sisters have read it.”
Finally, Rowling herself called the assertions that she wrote the books to lure young readers to the dark side “absurd.” In fact in one interview she was quoted as saying, “I have met thousands of children now, and not even one time has a child come up to me and said, ‘Ms. Rowling, I’m so glad I’ve read these books because now I want to be a witch.’”
Despite Rowling’s defense, however, the challenges to Harry Potter go on. By the end of 2001 complaints about Harry Potter had been voiced in 27 states. Also telling is that fact that even though the books didn’t hit U.S. shelves until 1998, they still took ALA’s seventh spot in the 100-most censored books of 1990-2000.
You don’t need to look far to find the many lawsuits -- or at least challenges -- that have been made against Harry Potter in the past few years. Some have been extremely hostile, even forcing the resignations of public officials, as in a case in Zeeland, MI. A school board president resigned after repeatedly sparring with a middle school teacher who protested a board decision to ban the Potter books.
The decision was eventually overturned, but the president later tried to have the teacher removed from a position in which she mentored students. When the board refused his request, he resigned.
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The most pivotal ruling concerning Harry Potter books occurred in 2003, when a U.S. District Court ordered the Cedarville (Arkansas) School District to return four Harry Potter books to the shelves for general circulation.
In a 3-2 decision, the school board voted to require students to receive parental permission before checking out the books. But the parents of a fourth-grade student filed suit saying that the ruling would stigmatize their daughter if she continued to read the books. First Amendment groups and author Judy Blume, who has herself been the object of censorship challenges, filed briefs in support of the plaintiffs.
It would be an oversight not to mention the role the Internet plays in our discussion of the occult in school libraries.
Although this resource hasn’t been around as long, it certainly has the potential to produce as many calls, if not more, for the censoring of materials. School Library Journal reported in 1998 that Wisconsin high school student Burklin Nielsen was told to log off a computer in her school library after she was caught researching sites about Wicca. After subsequent attempts, she was told that she could only look at Christian-based sites.
The superintendent denied these charges, but a school board member later confirmed that a recently-adopted Internet policy had been formulated with the Nielsen case in mind.
That official added that the Web sites were considered inappropriate because they were “into stuff beyond magic and witchery,” and not what most would consider to be religion. 33 Also interesting is the fact that many Internet filtering programs for schools do block materials that fall under the heading “Cults/Occult.”
This presents quite a dilemma for any student who might claim Wicca, or some other alternative religion, as his spiritual base. Remember, that up until fairly recently, some Christians classified Mormonism as a cult.
An example of this Internet blocking occurred when this writer tried to contact various NC school librarians for comment. The first email sent contained the world “witchcraft” in the subject line.
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Soon after the messages sailed into cyberspace, more than half were returned with notations indicating they had been blocked due to “suspicious language.” When they were re-sent taking the word “witchcraft” out of the subject line, the messages went through without a hitch!
So what of the future? Will calls for the removal of school library materials on the occult and witchcraft continue to rise, or will our society become more accepting of these resources?
It’s an interesting question to ponder, especially since the U.S. re-elected a conservative president whose “family values” and “protecting America” campaign won him that second term in office. Consider columnist Maureen Dowd’s recent article entitled, “Slapping the Other Cheek.”
You’d think the one good thing about merging church and state would be that politics would be suffused with glistening Christian sentiments like “love thy neighbor,” “turn the other cheek,” “good will toward men,” “blessed be the peacemakers” and “judge not lest you be judged.”
Yet somehow I’m not getting a peace, charity, tolerance and forgiveness vibe from the conservatives and evangelicals North Carolina Libraries Spring/Summer 2005 — 20 who claim to have their prodigal son back in office. I’m getting more the feel of a vengeful mob - revved up by rectitude - running around with torches and hatchets after heathens and pagans and infidels.
Legal scholars, including the aforementioned Reichman, believe the future for censorship is murky and unclear. “On the issue of school library and curricular censorship, there is no single definitive judicial opinion, and many critical issues remain unresolved.” 36 And groups, including The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, also warn against the increasing calls for censorship.
The following excerpt from CSPA’s report, “The Future of Scholastic Journalism: Secondary Education’s Critical Future.,” lists as one of the trends in education: Strong attacks on the efficacy and validity of public education, along with the increased threats and incidents of censorship and prior review.
Let’s be up front - there is a very organized effort going on which is determined to abolish public education, or at least toimpoverish the system, much to the detriment of many of our most needy students. Since our students are on the “front line” of thisbattle, we must be ever vigilant to protect their efforts and rights.
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In 2004 another national group formed to fight the occult. Called the National Concerned Citizens for Youth, this group plans a campaign against “the presence of ‘satanic’ and occult-related books in school libraries and bookstores.” throughout the country.
North Carolina school librarians also believe the challenges will continue. “I predict the challenges will increase and that we’ll eventually see this issue hit the Supreme Court,” said Vanessa Olson, media specialist at Asheboro’s Lindley Park Elementary. “Movies and TV shows about witchcraft are on the increase, and I think that having it in the Hollywood limelight will make it a target for those who object.”
Fortunately there are resources available for librarians who need guidance on how to handle these challenges.
Of course the degree to which these resources are used will depend on the future of challenges to materials on witchcraft and the occult in our schools. Based on the above statements by conservative leaders as well as those issued by legal scholars, free-press advocates, and school librarians, it is safe to assume that many in our nation will continue to challenge these materials for years to come.
Suffice it to say, as long as society continues to view these resources as the train barreling toward youngsters who step in its way, the status quo will continue. And those who view that train differently - as a vehicle able to transport youngsters to higher planes of knowledge - will have to continue their fight against the banishment of these materials from school libraries.
Article by Michelle Rosen
#witchcraftinschools #witchcraftpublicschools #educationandwitchcraft #baningwitchcraft
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2019.12.11 11:16 Negative_Creep672 Being a homeless teen in NC

I was born in march, 1999 And grew up in Erwin, NC. Growing up my childhood was rough. I suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of my mom and a long line of boyfriends and stepdads. At the age of 16 i was given up to group homes, which i preferred, but still wasn't any easier. I lived with the resentment of being abandoned by everyone i ever knew, only to be shipped around the state to different homes. I went from Raleigh to Charlotte, then mooresville, then Conover. I Got into fights, resulting once in a broken hand and 16 staples across the back of my head to close a deep gash. I began experimenting with drugs.
By age 17 i was a pill head, drinking cough syrup by the bottle on a daily basis. This is when i met a girl (C) and fell in love. I Still don't know why i felt so strongly about her. Maybe i just needed somebody. She took care of me when i was too high to stand up off the couch. I took care of her when her boyfriend was abusive. One thing Led to another and we began sleeping together. She left him for me and we vowed to stick together through thick and thin.
When she got kicked out of the group home, i left to be with her. This was half a month before i turned 18. We had nowhere to go, and nobody but a friend who lived in his car. We moved into his car with him, and went off to Huntersville. During this time we partied, smoked lots of weed And drank. I dropped acid for the first time while getting my first tattoo, a free tattoo at a party. I also had my first of many busking experiences.
This didn't last long, tensions were rising as far as what the most responsible way to handle the money i got from playing guitar was. He kicked us out of the car, so we were on our own. We walked a couple miles up the road to an area with a few stores and restaurants. We didn't know where we were going, and it was getting dark. We stopped at a McDonald's to rest and use their wifi. We only had a few dollars and needed to buy something in order to stay. C really wanted a shamrock shake, And after what happened we decided to splurge for it. What good was $2 anyways? The worker must have noticed we were carrying all our belongings, so when i went to hand her the money she insisted that i had already paid for it. We were so grateful.
We needed to keep moving and find a place to stay. it was cold, being early March. We crossed the street and noticed a lowes home improvement store with display sheds out front. So we snuck into one and laid down, no pillows and just one small blanket. We cried for so long before finally falling asleep. We kept going back, doing this night after night. Eventually we were numb to the circumstances. We took the last of our money to the grocery store and bought a bucket of fried chicken, as it seemed like the most bang for our buck, as far as premade food went. We went out to the parking lot, laid the chicken out on the grocery bag, and counted it. Thighs and breasts were 2 portions each, legs and wings were 1. We carried that bucket around for days, each of us only allowed to eat 1 portion a day.
One day we ventured out a couple miles to a creek to have fun and just try to relax a bit. We had to carry all our belongings with us everywhere. It was sunny, very good weather. But that changed unexpectedly, as the sky got dark and it started hailing and raining on us. We had to walk back a couple miles in the pouring rain to get to the only safe place we had. By this point it was freezing and every bit of clothing we owned was soaked, along with our blanket. It was too cold to use any of the wet stuff, so in the middle of winter we had to get naked and huddle up, trying to sleep outside. We were sure we wouldn't wake up, and we were shaking so hard. The next day we went to a store that had hand dryers in the bathroom to dry out our blanket and clothing. C did this while i watched our stuff. After a bit,i saw these two ladies walking out making fun of the homeless girl in the bathroom. I was so furious, but didn't want to get kicked out so i bit my tongue. We were trying so hard to survive, basically just a couple of kids. How could they be so cruel?
One day we were using chik fil a's wifi. We had just spent the last of our money on a small fry so we could have somewhere to go for the day. We had no clue what we would do from then on. So we are sitting there, and a man walks by me, bends down, then holds up a $5 bill, And says "excuse me sir,i think you dropped this". I was very confused, and he said "i saw this fall out of your pocket, here you go" And turned and left before i could say anything. A few minutes later a woman gave us a $20 bill And asked if she could pray with us. She hugged us close, although we had to have stank bad. She prayed, and C and i could only cry as this generous stranger's small act gave us so much more hope than she could ever imagine.
Eventually i got my last paycheck from the job i lost when i became homeless, (therefore unable to get to and from work,wash my uniform, shower, etc. All the requirements of keeping a job,basically) And we were both 18 at this point. We used this to get a room for a night and then travel to boone, where we heard they had an excellent shelter and free buses. Boone was everything we expected and more. The night we arrived, the buses were already done for the day. Our greyhound dropped us off at the mall, and we went to a loading dock and slept under a parked freight truck. The next day we went to the shelter, and found out they couldn't take us because they were full and gave priority to those from the immediate area. So we ate meals there at the soup kitchen and continued sleeping under that truck, which still hasn't moved to this day.
An old friend of ours, who initially recommended boone, had a job opportunity for us at the Tyson chicken plant in wilkesboro. We went back down the mountain with him. The 3 of us slept in the woods, under a tarp lean-to, on top of pallets padded with cardboard. We ended up not getting the job, so he ditched us. C and i laid in the woods from Saturday night until Thursday without a single bite to eat or a drop to drink. We thought we would die in those woods. Finally we decided to drag ourselves into town. There was a dollar store, and we were gonna try to steal food. We couldn't do it. It just didn't feel right. On the way back we stopped at a gas station so i could use the bathroom. It was filthy. So on the way out i asked to speak to the manager. I explained that we hadn't eaten in almost a week, and that i didn't want a hand out. I asked if i could clean his bathrooms for a meal, and he agreed. We each got a sandwich and a drink, and it is the best thing I've ever eaten before. We went another 2 days without food before we were able to find a way back to boone.
We survived in boone,eating at the soup kitchen, sleeping behind the mall, and spending our days exploring new parts of town. One day a childhood friend of c's wanted to hang out, so she took us to Morganton. Although we didn't know, c had a warrant. When she got kicked out of the group home, i had snuck her back in to eat and shower, and they had found out, resulting in the warrant. Our friend ran a red light, we got pulled, and they ran our ids. C got arrested and we were devastated. Our friends mom took me in while C was gone, so we wouldn't be separated. She owned a baby consignment store, and i worked to pay her back. When C got out she offered to keep us in exchange for us working, and we spent almost half a year there. Tensions rose once again, and we moved in with another friend on the other side of town. I was working as a chicken butcher for case farms, so we split rent with this friend and her boyfriend. This lasted 2 months, before we got into a fight and she pulled a knife on me. C and i packed up and went to be homeless downtown. We spent maybe a month there. We found a place in the woods we called the oasis. It was a creek with a 3 foot waterfall above a 5 foot pool with a Sandy bottom, and a cave dug into the hill we stayed in. We lived in the cave, and bathed in the pool. It was so serene and beautiful. We ate at the local Christian ministries soup kitchen.
But we had to move back to boone, where we were sure opportunity waited for us. After getting back to boone, we found new sleeping spots. The mall, the dumpster in front of hungry howies by walmart, the rock quarry, the parking garage elevator by the library. It all depended on what part of town we were in when the buses stopped for the night. Not long into this, we found out C was pregnant. We were scared but hopeful.
We tried our luck in Shelby, to no avail. Went back to boone. Then moved back to Conover where it all began, to stay with friends just up the road from that group home. I was working at waffle house for crumbs, barely able to afford our share of rent. I got a job at target distribution center in Newton, loading trailers 12 hours a night. We moved in with c's grandmother, which was only allowed because we were so close to the baby's due date and were clearly working to turn our life around. After a couple months, we got our own home and our son was born. And that's how i got to where i am today.
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2019.11.29 20:21 KaraMeah In a car accident-what should I do?

Charlotte, NC
I was involved in an auto accident 3wks ago. I was going straight & an older lady turned (when I had the right a way) directly in front of me & I was unable to stop. Her older model vehicle was totalled. My newer model SUV had cosmetic front end damage initially, but I just found out that it also has pretty severe electrical issues now & it's not driveable. I was working with the lady's insurance company & they have since denied the claim. (I have a witness & there are several cameras at this big intersection as well.) I have a $1000 deductible thru my insurance with no rental car coverage. Should I:
1) file a claim with the state insurance commissioner as I wasn't at fault for the accident & her insurance refuses to pay
2) file with my insurance, pay the $1000 & hope that they go after her insurance company
3) Seek an attorney (I spoke to one who wasn't much help since I wasn't injured)
Any suggestions? I don't have any family & I'm a single woman, so I'm stuck trying to figure out what my best course of action would be here. I REALLY appreciate any suggestions! Thank you!
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2019.11.25 02:20 nails119 12(b)(666)

“Dead men tell no tales,” I silently repeated to myself. I had been grilled for hours, playing stupid only got me so far, which is to say it got me absolutely nowhere. But these pigs were getting tired, which meant they were getting sloppy.
“Alright, McRae, we’re locking you in for the night. Maybe some sleep will help clarify your memory.” Their sweating, bloated faces all curled into grimaces of laughter, I imagined the slightly pained look was from that acidic sewer sludge they called coffee burning holes through their intestines.
They grabbed me, yanked me to my feet, and pulled me into cell block C. C for c-ya. C for cyanide, only they didn’t know that. Dumb fuckers. The skinny one uncuffed me after they threw me in, the one that stank of skunked beer slammed the door. The woman above me rocked back and forth, a string of vomit staining what should have been a mattress near her face. I calmly laid down and wiggled the dime-sized piece of thick brown paper from the lining of my bra.
I’d been carrying it for months: the patch. It had a code written on one side, in case safety was to be found. But this was the end of the line for me. I spat on the cyanide patch in my palm with my face down so no one could see, even in the dark. I let it soften some, then took a deep breath and swallowed it down. Waiting for the greatest embrace with the slightly burning, bitter taste dissipating down my throat, I thought back on what had brought me here.
PART 1
“Yeah, whatchu need?”
“Let’s go hunting.” Another text bubble appeared. Attorney Beth McKinney had always been passionate about her work in the legal system, from the first day of law school she showed a rare mix of sheer intelligence, creativity, and grit. It helped that she knew how to use her gifts. She had been practicing for nearly five years now, primarily in family law, although the cases she got from the Department of Social Services seemed to become more and more bleak. She wasn’t sure if it was her outlook that had changed or if they were intentionally tossing her the cases no one else could stomach. Either the clients were shit, the situation was shit, or something else about it was shit. Even when she won, the battle felt unwinnable. But it paid the bills, and she had more years of practice ahead. McKinney just needed the winning case for her to shine.
Attorney Beth McKinney had a consult at 3 PM that afternoon. She’d heard the basics over the phone: her client had been called to assist with a family emergency a few states away three months prior and left her toddler with her cousin. Upon return, the cousin had bonded with the girl, even teaching her to refer to the cousin as “mama”. The cousin had told DSS that the mother was a drug user and had gone on a long bender, and that she didn’t deserve to see her daughter after what she’d put her through. The located the client and assigned her to McKinney for a consultation. It wasn’t that McKinney was forced to handle every case thrown at her, but unless the person in front of her was so reprehensibly vile she couldn’t represent them without bias, she considered it a challenge worth taking.
The client arrived in that forced calm but visibly shaken state you see so often in family and criminal law. She divulged all the details to McKinney, including that her cousin had lost a baby years ago and helped take care of her daughter in the past. She knew she cared for the girl, but she didn’t suspect that she would actually try to steal her in plain sight. McKinney agreed.
A few weeks later in trial, Attorney McKinney was working on a motion to dismiss a Termination of Parental rights petition against her client. When presented with the motion, Judge West took a 20 second look and denied it. McKinney tried to negotiate with her, but there was no budging. Apparently, this was what it took. McKinney silently exited the courtroom past 5 PM, which was a crime unto itself. The beginning of the end had begun.
Beth had a live in boyfriend named JaDonathan, but we all called him JD for short. He was a nice enough guy, he knew she was stressed out and did the best he could to ease the atmosphere at home. He sensed that something was off tonight, though. Beth was quiet and sullen, and even when offered a glass of wine, she snapped at him to leave her alone. She headed toward their home office around 10 PM and locked the door.
From there, the home office was turned into a detective zone. That’s also where I came in. I had helped her dig up some people who didn’t want to be found and discredited a witness or two in the time we worked together, even though we had been friends for much longer. I thought it was fun, she thought it was amusing, so it worked well. She also knew there was only one person who had the skills and single-mindedness to assist in what had to be done.
“Are you at your laptop?” the message read.
She gave me names and wanted short dossiers on each. Eduardo Cruz, Sam Smith, Susan Rinehold, David Dash, Courtney Jones, Stella Wingfield, and Kyle West. What she wanted was simple enough, I worked my magic and presented current addresses, dates of birth, and all the social media I could scour. She thanked me and ordered me a pizza. I didn’t ask for one, but it was a nice gesture for a broke-ass paralegal.
PART 2
Beth didn’t respond for the rest of the night, but it was also midnight before we finished our “hunting”, I figured she wanted to weed through a witness pool or something. I went to bed and didn’t think much of it until I was at work the next day and hadn’t heard anything from her; we needed her in the office that day, so this was highly unusual. While waiting for the other attorneys to return from court, I tuned in to the local news.
Around 3 AM that morning, someone had broken into the home of the Honorable Judge David Dash. He, his wife, and his young daughter were all found dead in their beds, killed by a single bullet to the head the next morning. Well, except for Christine, David’s wife. She presumably woke when her husband was shot, attempted to flee, and was hit in the arm before the gunman shot her in the throat. They were left to die with no trace of the intruder, except one clue: the letter “D” was written on their front door in blood that was later determined to have been from David Dash. The neighborhood was shocked, as security was always at the gate and they thought themselves immune from urban dangers. The story was still developing when the attorneys arrived; I was shook and glad to have some work to do while I cleared out my mind grapes.
Later that afternoon, Beth sent me a text. She’d gotten her colleague, Attorney Belcher, to cover her caseload that afternoon so everything got continued. I set to work sending out the e-mails that would launch a thousand “why was my case continued?” responses from people who did not know how to use Google.
She finally touched base with me again the next night around 9 PM. “One down, six to go.”
“Don’t joke about that shit, especially over text.”
“Not joking. Just the hazards of the industry.” She didn’t respond any further.
The next morning I was sitting down with my coffee and makeup kit to get ready for work, when I saw several friends from law school and in the sidebar “trending” on Facebook indicating another break in at a different home. The Honorable Judge Sam Smith had been found dead, hanging from a noose in his own basement. He was a confirmed bachelor but also an esteemed member of his Mormon congregation, and was known to take a soft touch with domestic violence cases. Everyone was commenting on how shocked they were since he’d always been such an optimistic, helpful person -- two of my friends had even interned with him during our matriculation. A small laceration was found on his inner arm, but no other injuries were apparent. Again, on the front door, a letter had been traced in blood. “I”. It was identified as Sam Smith’s blood.
I called into work that day. Something was going on, and I needed to know what before it went any further. I put on my comfortable clothes, pulled my hair back, and drove to Beth’s house to see what was up.
JD’s car was gone, which was strange. He took contract jobs in California and Maine fairly often, but usually Beth drove him to the airport to save on parking. I figured he was running errands. I rapped on the door several times and heard Beth’s cats yelling at me, so I used the spare key.
Once I was inside, I heard a “Well come the fuck in, then,” from the office room. I walked inside and there were maps, photos, social media names and printed off articles with red yarn, totally classic stalker style. “Aww, yay, Beth! You’ve gone crazy!” I really couldn’t think of what else to say.
She was in similar attire as me, a dark hoodie and yoga pants with boots. There were bottles and bottles of disinfectant, latex gloves, and a few boxes of ammo strewn around the floor. Now, I’ve seen some ratchet decor in my day, but this was unusual, especially considering the carpet had been ripped up and folded against the wall. I didn’t even want to know about that part.
It didn’t take a genius or even a law school dropout like myself to see what was happening, yet it was so surreal I wasn’t quite processing it. I also knew it was time to nope out of this whole mess, I wasn’t about to go to the police myself since I’d technically helped put this in motion. I also couldn’t fake anything about not knowing what was going on. I sent my boss a super apologetic email saying that I still had the flu. When he asked me about Attorney McKinney and if I’d heard anything, I said no, figuring she got the same flu I did. He seemed unhappy but convinced. I drove back to my apartment, loaded up some garbage bags with clothes, laptop, shampoo, all that fun shit, put my cat in his hated crate, and drove to my parents’ house across state lines. I watched the rest unfold over the coming days in the news and on social media.
Every night, it was a new victim, on the last night it was two. First one dead: Judge Wingfield, overdosed on barbiturates, her partner had been out of town on business that week. But on her door was the unmistakable letter, “S”. The investigators found a laceration at Judge Wingfield’s wrist, presumably where the blood came from, since the sample from the blood on the door matched.
Judge Jones: found dead on day 4. Throat slashed with a broken miniature pewter statue of Lady Liberty he kept in his office. “MATERIAL FACT?” was carved across the victim’s torso with the same instrument. Letter “M” scrawled on his door in blood. The mayor imposed a curfew, no one was to be out past 10 PM unless it was a medical emergency.
Judge Cruz: found dead on day 5. Found electrocuted in his own bathtub from his laptop dropped in, and he was bound and gagged with his alma mater sweatshirt, Bierman School of Law. The letter “I” was scrawled on his door. His wife and daughters had come home to find him there, they had now left the state until a culprit was found. State police were actively investigating each neighborhood, but came up with nothing concrete; whoever did this knew how to cover their tracks.
Judge West and Judge Rinehold, found dead together on day 6. Both dead, one from external bleeding, the other from a concussion. Their bodies had not been left like the others; after Rinehold was hit in the head repeatedly with what they believed to be a decorative gavel kept in the main room of the house, the authorities saw the extreme lacerations on West and the blood that pooled in the center of the bed. It was quietly known that the couple had been having an affair for years now, which may have explained why they were found duct taped to the headboard and mattress in coitus. Detective Vance had been assigned to the case, and believed that West had been duct taped while still alive; later testing determined West had opiates in her system at the time of death. West’s death may have been prolonged by the administering of the drugs by the attacker, since no trace of opiate pills were found in either victim’s home after they were searched. The authorities were reluctant to release the details of the case to the public for obvious reasons.
On the door, two letters in blood. “S S”.
PART 3
The town was in emergency lockdown mode by the evening of day 5. I was holed up far enough away to not be a concern, and since I’d left after day 2, I wasn’t a suspect regardless. My mother noted how quiet I was, and tried to ply me with wine. I appreciated the gesture, but she knew enough to tell I was working through something myself, and to let me be. I spent most of the days knitting and trying to escape into Lifetime movies between torturing myself with the local news. They had no leads yet, but it was only the first week with 7 different murders. This might take awhile, I thought.
Judge West had been the one to refuse to dismiss Attorney McKinney’s motion, I remembered that. It made her “Extra Special Episode” death that much less deniable in my mind. Beth had lost it and had no intention of getting it back, she abandoned it like a half broken lawn mower on the side of county road 651.
This wasn’t an unusual occurrence, Judge West was infamous for making things more difficult for defense. It made the coming days no less bizarre.
Still, this was not my story to tell, only to watch and remember.
Several other attorneys had been rumored to hold grudges against Judge West for barely looking through motions before dismissing or granting them, and taking her job a little too comfortably, so they were being treated as possible subjects by the police and rounded up for questioning. None of them were the killer, but their responses ranged from appropriate grief and bewilderment to outright anger at being accused. One attorney in particular, Paul Watson, gave an interview to WFMY News explaining the meaning of a dismissal as well as the termination of parental rights and try to bring the actual legal meaning to the audience. No law professors had been willing to speak about the topic out of fear of being the next target, but Attorney Watson felt it was his duty to the public to try and bring some clarification into seemingly senseless crimes.
Beth didn’t care about any of that, fortunately for Attorney Watson. She hadn’t called me, but I knew someone would soon. I didn’t know why JD hadn’t, but then remembered I had unlisted my number from Facebook after some crazy bitch posted it on a craigslist w4m ad to get back at me for talking to her ex. The phone calls from pervs didn’t completely stop for months, and he didn’t have my number.
I woke up the morning of day 7 and decided to take a walk with my parents’ dogs through the woods. I needed to piece this together instead of anesthetizing myself with television and wine. Attorney Beth McKinney worked hard, she always had, and her ability to empathize with her clients only enhanced her ability to win the sometimes unwinnable cases. She’d never been into violent movies or video games or serial killers and had no medical training, so how would she know how to even begin to pull this off? That usually fell into my jurisdiction, knowing which vein to nick to get the most blood, how much of a drug would put someone under and how much would kill them, the standard things you learn when you grew up working in a clinic and watching way too many horror movies and true crime documentaries.
As of the morning of the 7th, no other murders had been committed, but the police were no closer to finding a prime suspect. Turns out, Judge West had a lot more enemies than people were aware of. Disgruntled defendants, annoyed attorneys, not to mention Judge Rinehold and West’s partners, respectively. Mr. West had been cleared, his alibi was crystal clear -- he’d been seen by at least 30 people watching the football game at a local sports bar the night of the gruesome murders. Mrs. Rinehold was out of town on business of her own at the time, and was only called home when the police had to inform her of her husband’s death. She had been contacted for interviews, but according to the online grapevine weaving its way between Facebook, local news, and Twitter, she’d left for her mother’s house in Philadelphia with the couple’s three young children after giving a statement to the police. Since all the murders were obviously connected, she had been cleared as a suspect and was free to leave.
The dogs began barking in a frenzy and took off farther into the woods, pulling me out of my reverie and forward. They liked to do that when they saw deer because they are very aware of the Lyme epidemic, I presumed. It was starting to get darker and colder, damned daylight savings time. I turned back and made my way to the house, knowing the dogs would eventually follow my steps and outrun me back anyway. The sun had set almost completely by the time I got in, fingers and nose numb from the wind. I wasn’t too much closer to a conclusion, since my grand question was “why?” I knew what she was doing, objectively. I understood it, objectively. It was even kind of funny objectively. But people had died, some of them were good and others weren’t such good people, but they were dead and had families grieving for them who knew far less than I did. I hoped it stayed that way, should a family know their head of household was offed by a maniac simply due to the virtue, or lack thereof, of the profession? I didn’t think so, I wouldn’t have wanted to know. But everyone has their preferences. The why of it still consumed me, clinging to me despite whatever substance I threw at it. There was one understandable answer out of seven. The rest, well, maybe she snapped. Maybe she got a taste for blood or liked watching the life drain out of people’s eyes. Her choice to leave Rinehold and West for the end though, that was interesting. It was almost like she was gambling on getting caught, and if the authorities hadn’t gotten to her by day 6, it was their ineptitude and not hers. The families of the victims could direct their questions to the investigators, instead. It started to come together.
My mother was on the couch when I walked in, enraptured by a live stream of breaking news from the town. Attorney McKinney’s client’s cousin was on WFMY, live, giving a breaking announcement. There was an Amber alert for the toddler, Baby Doe. The camera gave descriptions of the child and the vehicle of the biological mother, who they believed to have taken her. The cousin said through tears that when she’d arrived at the daycare, a new employee had looked at her strangely, and informed her that she’d already picked the girl up and signed off. The cameras were low quality and black and white, something eFax would have produced no doubt, but around 4 PM a woman with a May I Speak To The Manager hairstyle and the same stature as the cousin had picked up Baby Doe. They aired the surveillance footage and a sketch of the suspect. She may have chopped off her long copper hair, but it certainly looked like Beth McKinney from where I was standing.
My family and I hadn’t been talking much at dinner. My stepdad always watched the news, and he knew something was wrong in town, but had assumed I’d come home because of the streak of violence. After a week though, I suppose he had to break his silence. My mother sensed that I knew a lot more than I was letting on, but seemed happy to keep me at home and away from the aftermath.
“What do you think is going on in town? Any idea who it might be?”
Someone had finally asked, and I was not ready to answer. It felt like I was being pushed toward a door of admission, which would have inevitably led to interrogation and probably my arrest until I started talking. I evaded the push, and turned the question around.
“If I knew, I would have said something so I could go back to work and life could get back to normal again. Everyone knows it’s crazed biological parents that pull the Amber alert shit, but I can’t explain duct taping your victims together while bludgeoning one with a decorative gavel.”
He looked down at his steak, declared it a bit too rare, and excused himself to remedy the immediate grave steak situation.
“I just worry about that poor baby. The world’s gone crackers, when law enforcement can’t make any inroads for an entire week,” my mom lamented. I nodded in agreement.
It was yet another night of vodka and TV, waiting to see what happened next, when I heard a car drive up. My mom was a light sleeper, so I padded downstairs to make sure the dogs didn’t wake up and lose their shit. They were starting to twitch their ears at the sound, so I patted them down and assured them there was no need to go into attack mode. I hoped, at least. I waited with them by the front door, both hands on the collar of each to keep them from bolting forward, watching a figure approach through the shadows in the headlights.
It was Beth. Or the new Beth. The old Beth couldn’t come to my house right now, because she’s dead. Her hair was indeed reduced to a messy “May I Speak To The Manager” cut, her eyes red and skin sunken. She hadn’t been sleeping. Her eyes had a crazed glow to them -- her pupils seemed fully dilated, so light disappeared into darkness when you looked into them.
I shooed the dogs back indoors, told her to turn off her headlights, and shut the gate behind me as I followed her to...a car. It definitely wasn’t her Camry. This thing was a piece of shit, I don’t even know if you could legally classify it as a car anymore. It had once been painted green, but sheets had peeled off, some rusted completely. This was the kind of car you could hotwire in a lonely parking lot off Gate City Boulevard and be totally in the clear because no one who owned it would care. There were NC plates, so bless the soul who left them on.
I saw the padded bundle in the back.
“Oh, you didn’t…”
“I’m not THAT sick, come on Morgan.”
Of course, she would never hurt a child. But I’d also never pegged her as a particularly creative murderess, either. The girl was just sleeping.
I walked her out further from the house, under the wooden carport so no one would hear us speaking quietly. I had to hear it from her, the news and the social media theories and the homage Facebook groups started by teens wanting to be labeled as psychopaths had left me more fatigued than informed. The grass had started to crunch, which meant it was in the lower 30s outside. We could see each other’s breath. She pulled a joint from her coat pocket and lit it, passing it to me as the story unfolded, Beth smoothing out the missing elements to paint the full picture, straightening the tapestry painted with bloodied revenge
I was expecting an explanation for what had happened in North Carolina, and why six had to die when it was one who put her over the edge. But she didn’t seem very interested in the past. Out of the groups calling the unknown killer a hero for sending the justice and legal system into a tailspin of chaos, most of them had contributed fractals or anecdotes to create a boogeyman. A large man wearing a mask made of someone else’s face who just loved to kill. A Nightstalker type who was just misunderstood, and lashing out at a system that had probably failed them as a foster child. It was all bullshit, a bunch of people wanting to be edgy by worshipping violence because they could put a body, an identity, to it.
Turns out, Beth had been learning some new tricks. She got into the dark web, which opened up a new universe of possibility, both moral and in terms of problem solving. What was so wrong with taking one life in the name of justice? What was wrong with 7? None were truly innocent, not like the little girl bundled into the back seat; I’d told Beth to keep the motor running and keep out the cold.
She’d seen the depravity of so-called “parents” and the people they let around their children. She had clients show up stinking drunk to court, still demanding unsupervised visitation with their traumatized offspring. She’d heard men lie and try to excuse advances on their stepdaughters. The people she’d found in this new universe weren’t looking for a god, they merely understood that sometimes extreme means were needed and that while her actions were worthy of respect, she wasn’t looking to be revered. Until she got a message from user darkcandy_27.
It was from an individual on behalf of a group that had been watching Beth’s work, they had operatives all over the country that had been assigned to equip her vehicles with GPS (even the new piece of shit car) and take photos before the police arrived. But this wasn’t blackmail. This was evidence of her greatness, her willingness to inevitably sacrifice herself for a clean slate, reform from the inside out. She was their messiah. They told her about details the police couldn’t have known, like the $12,000 in cash Judge Smith had in his desk that Beth had taken while looking for the tie that would serve as his noose. Or that West and Rinehold had pleaded with Beth, having been caught mid-fuck when she made her way into the house. The things they’d said, and that they’d frantically apologized for. They had recordings of it all.
But they hadn’t turned her in. What they had turned her into was a champion of the cause, a leader not afraid to stand up against an unfair system. Most of them were parents who had been wronged, in their own eyes, their children taken away. Some had not seen their flesh and blood for years. There was a compound in Virginia City, Nevada where a select few members could operate remotely. She had received a formal invitation to join them.
“So why are you telling me this?” I asked.
“Because you’re willing to hear the truth, you deserve to hear it. And we may never see each other again.”
She had accepted the invitation and was making her way to Nevada. I was a pit stop of sorts. The wheels had been put into motion, and the story had to finish unfolding. I knew talking her out of anything was pointless, but that she would do her best for that girl. In the name of kindness, I made my way to the cellar door outside that led to our year-round food storage supply. I gave her a few jars of fruit, applesauce, whatever she and Baby Doe could both eat. Beth just smiled, and handed me an envelope. $10,000 was in it. I just looked up at her, what was this?
“I only needed $2,000 to get where I need to go. The rest is to make sure you don’t remember anything about tonight.” She embraced me, freezing from the cold but still frantic, and I hugged back. Beth was my friend, and she had most definitely lost it. I was the only one who knew the story and still did not see a messiah. She put the car into reverse, causing the dogs to wake up and tear into a ruckus. Fortunately, Beth was long out of the driveway before I heard my mother shuffle around her room. I’d calmed the dogs down and gone back to the guest room.
PART 4
One month later:
Beth made her way to Virginia City, and JaDonathan filed a missing persons report. The police had gone through her home, it turns out JD had gone to stay at a hotel after the second night when it was clear something was wrong and Beth wasn’t coming back. He was still messaging her and checking in, he told her he had a job in Charlotte. She didn’t seem to care and stopped responding completely after day 5.
Beth had swept her laptop and picked up a burner phone, but forgot that Google Maps was still active on the tablet she used to keep Baby Doe entertained. From there, Detective Vance traced backward toward the group that had taken Beth in. The building where they had set up shop was a nondescript office suite building, red brick, you would have figured a small accounting firm and dentist’s office was why cars were parked in the lot. From the inside, it was a fortress. The members had stockpiled ammo and employed some of the sturdier members as security near the entrance. There were about 30 people total. They had formed their own family, but there was no leader to bring about cohesion, which is why they fixated on Beth. Upon her arrival, she was greeted as the second coming, she and Baby Doe given white robes and wraps. The Holy Mother and her child.
When a few citizens near the complex brought strange goings on to the attention of the police, they either assumed it was a brothel or a meth lab. When the local police were greeted by security, a shot was fired. It was from one of the windows above. More arrived, and the group was at a standoff. There were rifles and guns from every window, and every officer was drawn and waiting. SWAT arrived after about 11 minutes, which were almost as frozen in time and quiet as the deactivation of Donald Trump’s Twitter account, and shots rained down; several officers were injured and one was killed, but the complex was annihilated completely. Baby Doe had been spared, having been shielded by one of the members. One of the patrolmen that made it to the center of the complex said that Beth had stood up serenely, lifting her arms and empty hands, seeming to surrender. Her white robes against the sun through the windows behind her gave her an almost angelic quality. But then she raised her body in an imitation of Jesus on the cross, as she began to cough and blood dripped from her nose and mouth. She had taken a vial of arsenic tincture when the first shot was fired, and collapsed. Baby Doe was identified and transported back to the state of North Carolina.
The media was in an uproar for weeks. I had counted out the money after the fact, and found a small piece of thick paper with numbers written on the back. After some of my own online research, I found out that these were cyanide patches, usually issued to high up government officials or members of organized crime units in case of capture. Sure enough, the officers’ tracing of Google Maps brought them to my house. I stayed upstairs while my parents tried to argue that they had no warrant, and they assured them that they would. My mom came upstairs, frantic, not knowing what to do next. I told her to let me go voluntarily. I tucked the paper into the lining of my bra and went willingly when they returned.
The rest is history. I couldn’t smell the stench of the bed or the vomit of the woman above me, or hear the clamor in other cells. It was as though an icy hand had gripped my heart, and was slowly squeezing it to dust. Some stories just have to go to the grave.
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2019.08.23 01:27 HurricanesNation95 Need help identifying a JuJu jersey.

Hello all,
Coming to you all from Charlotte, NC. I’ve got a handful of real Steelers jerseys and was at a small sports store shutting down in rural North Carolina. I found this JuJu jersey, the owner wasn’t around at the time and the teenager working didn’t know where it came from.
Now it looks nothing like my official Bettis or Hines jersey. I assumed it was a practice jersey? It says NFLPA on it and the small tag says “Fanatics”. I went to the site and couldn’t find a single jersey that was similar, with no gold piping on the arms.
I thought it could be a youth style jersey but I doubt it. This is a Large and I’m 5’11 185 and it’s big on me. You’d have to be a giant child to wear this. And my final assumption is maybe it’s an alternative ladies jersey?
Regardless it looks sweet and feels incredible. It was only $20 so I bought 2 of them.
https://imgur.com/a/rc1s7JT
Let me know what y’all think!
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2019.01.02 16:19 NanaMayor Let's go to Empire City Con, a Steven Universe fan convention coming to Charlotte in November!

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Hail and well met, Ladies and Gems!
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2018.10.29 21:44 chiisaisuzume Live Raw Discussion Thread: 29 october 2018

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Finn Balor vs Bobby Lashley singles match Finn Balor (by DQ)
Lita, Trish Stratus, Natalya, Sasha Banks, & Bayley vs Mickie James, Alicia Fox & The Riott Squad 10-woman tag team match Lita, Trish Stratus, Natalya, Sasha Banks, & Bayley
Elias vs Jinder Mahal singles match Elias
The Ascension vs Chad Gable & Boggy Roode, vs AoP triple threat tag team match Chad Gable & Bobby Roode
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2018.03.30 00:59 bbukrpdr 🌈⚡️Reddit Dragula S2 - MTQ Part Two⚡️🌈

Upper-East Side, New York City 11:30pm DAY 2
Paparazzi by Lady Gaga plays
The establishing shot is of a mahusive glass skyscraper, gently reflecting the stars and moving city below. People often refer to New York as a concrete jungle, but whilst Anastasia is here, everything is very alive. The camera pans, following her black boots step across a oak-wooden floor that is lit by illuminous colours by the DJ stand, her pushing past crowds of teens and adults that are too snobby for words, going out onto the terrace and gripping onto the cold pewter bar. She looks down at the glistening cars, her glamorous black wig blowing due to the cold wind. Her black-latex jumpsuit that had a purple, pearlescent shimmer when in the light barely kept her warm. The music lowers in the background as she lifts up her phone, swiping right on an incoming call.
”Bianca? What do you want? I’m busy trying to find jailbait trade.”
Bianca is a top four finalist of season one, incase anyone didn’t know that.
She frowns, the faint mutters of her voice emitting from the phone. The scene cuts to her running out of an elevator, through the lobby floor as her heel clatters against the beige-marble flooring, the receptionist giving her a weird look. Catching her balance on the street pavement, she looks out to the street and waves at a cab, opening the door and hopping in. The cab driver looks at her up and down in the mirror.
”I know, I look hot. Now take me here.” She flashes her phone map at the man, the journey beginning. She stares out through the window, witnessing the juxtaposition of amazing, expensive apartments to drunk people vomiting in the plant pots beside their entrances. Her phone flashes, dimly lighting up her facial profile as she goes down to read the message.
This drag party is sickening, you’ve got to get down here. Some of these girls are amazing, check out the hoes social media and I’ll show you which ones I mean when you get here - Euthanasia.
Anastasia opens up her social media, looking at Annie Depressants page and opening up the photos of the party. She swipes right, scanning to see who Euthanasia meant. Suddenly, she hurls, a slight gag noise coming from her throat. The taxi driver turns around, worried that she might vomit.
”It’s fine, I just saw Mayday from RD….” she notices that the taxi driver is confused, probably not knowing what program she was about to reference, “nevermind then.”
The taxi pulls up at the end of a road beside the bridge, Anastasia getting out and thrusting the door shut before turning around and sighing. She walks towards the run-down, industrial building before her, grabbing onto the garage door handle and pulling it open, her bombarded by the sounds of gays screaming, loud music playing and bright neon lights that cascaded down onto her. Entering, she notices people she knew, but her eyes were on the lookout for specific queens. It was casting time, and as far as she was concerned, no one else matt-
”Girl, you’re at this party and you’re not on the dance floor?” Fantasia, Anastasias drag daughter grabs her arm and pulls her out onto the floor, spinning her round and round and attempting to make her dance. A blinding white spotlight lands onto the dancefloor, Anastasia looking around for the right queens to notice. One catches her eye, the queen stepping towards the dancefloor.
The queen is rocking a steampunk-esque construction worker look. Her auburn hair is in high, crooked, an uneven ponytails. She’s wearing welding goggles and her slightly overdrawn lips are the shade of rusted iron. She has an orange choker on. Her dirt-stained white tank top has been cut so you can see the perfect amount of underboob. She’s wearing oversized denim pants which drape off of her waist. The pants are rolled up at the bottom, to show her steel toed platform boots. To complete the look, she is carrying a giant, rusty wrench that’s about 5 feet tall.
Confessional scene fades in
”Hi! I’m Miss Weldon Steak, also known as ThunderFvcker, (or just Miss Steak if you’re my parents)! I’m 22 from Charlotte, NC! The three words I would use to describe my drag are “homeless dumpster-fire couture.” I wanted to join Dragula because I’m really attracted to the gross, the gory, and the non-PC.I’d say I represent the Horror aspect of Dragula to a T. I know how to freak people out and to fuck with your mind. And all the while looking like a goddamn snack. I’m going to win Dragula because I’m fearless and I know who I am.”
Anastasia lets go of Fantasia, walking over to the queen before another steps besides her in unison.
The other queen is wearing a hooded gown. From the neck down it is hot pink with an occasional silver streak. She is really skinny, but is still padded for the gods. She also has boobs, but just a padded bra, no breastplate. Every part of the dress in sequined matching the color of that part. The gown touches the floor but she is still wearing a metallic sliver heel. The hood of the gown is metallic silver as well. On the back of the gown she has black, thin demonic-looking wings that have horns on the end of them. She also has black horns on the top of her head. She has an incredibly short black bob under her hood. She has a long face with a pointed jaw. Her make-up includes of hot pink eye-shadow that makes her have alien-like eyes.. She also has no eyebrows in this look. She has contacts in her eyes that make her eyes completely black. She also has a silver lipstick on. Her contour is normal looking but with a significant amount of pink blush. She has long pink nails on, with pink lashes to boot.
”Hi, I'm Kitty Kouture, also known as Henny_Moon, and I just turned 21 last week! I think I can bring something unique and unexpected to Dragula Season 2 so that's why I joined. My drag in 3 words? Cute, scary, and crazy. I think I represent all three cores of Dragula, but if I had to pick one, I'd pick horror. I am super excited for this season, let's see how it goes!”
Anastasia runs over, grabbing onto her shoulders and then the other queens.
”I’m looking for queens to be on season two of my season, I need you two on it.”
They look her up and down.
”Count us in then, but where do we go and what even is this show?” Miss Welldon Steak speaks up, waiting for a response by a dazed Anastasia that stares at their outfits.
”That doesn't matter, just get into the car outside. Go now, shoo.”
Anastasia and the two queens walk past people on the dancefloor. Anastasia wasn't into the drag parties as much, she was an outcast, hence why she hosts Dragula, but she was known. She saw the likes of Chrystal from RDR, Lucy Fur and many other queens that were there. The bitter breeze met her body as they all step outside, stepping onto the rocky terrain beneath the bridge.
”What car do you mean?” Kitty looks back at her, only to see a red-face, panicked Anastasia.
”This one, get in that one there.” She hops over to a white convertible, getting into it along with Miss Steak and Kitty. She stares down at the wheel, then back at the others.
”Do any of you know how to hotwire a car?”
”What?” They say in unison, Kitty refusing to continue and going to leave the car, before being stopped by a queen.
The queen appears in a structured, royal purple dress where the skirt looks like a cage. The bodice is angular and the top of it looks similar to how Maleficent’s horns look. The bodice and the cage skirt have broken mirror shards, catching the light and reflecting it in rays of ominous flares. The cage skirt reaches to just below her knee. She is wearing black pumps with the same broken mirror pieces sticking out of the sides where her ankle bones would have been. All of the mirror shards have red stains of fake blood on the sharpened tips. Her pale skin creates a clear contrast to the outfit. The queen is wearing opera-length black gloves and she is holding a single red rose, smelling it as she waltzes her way out. She has a large diamond ring on her left gloved ring finger. Her makeup is soft, with her brows being the only harsh feature. Her pale skin stands out again against her black brows. Thick, but properly groomed. She has blood red eyeshadow that appears to be a gradient into black towards the outer edges. A white cream-based foundation is placed to create a cut crease. Her eyeliner flares under her eye towards her tear duct, leaving a space of white eyeliner to open her eyes up. Her contour is lighter than usual, giving her a much more feminine appearance due to her already structured cheekbones. Her lips are a plum colour. Her hair is in a short black bob-cut, her bangs cascading over her forehead evenly. There doesn’t seem to be any split ends in the wig. When she turns around, thin silver chains hang from her neck and reach her mid back, filling up the space left from what is now seen to be a low-back bodice. Her earrings hang low, looking like miniature black windchimes. Her face seems relaxed, and she is looking at the rose through half-lidded brown eyes before she throws the rose behind her.
”Hey, I am Evizyra May, also known as SolyLuny, I am currently 21 going on 121 and I’d say my drag is enticing, crazy, and surprising. You never know exactly what you're going to get with me. Well I joined because I've always wanted to show what I am capable of. I know I am capable of great things, but Dragula Season 2 is an opportunity for me to showcase the more gory and spooky side of Evizyra. I've always thought of it this way: it's better to try and fail than it is to never try at all. Plus, I get such a rush when I make an effort in whatever I do. It's almost as if I'm proud of myself without telling myself "congratulations" or anything like that. I'd like to be cliché and say that I represent "All of them.", but that's just not the case. I believe that I represent the more glamorous side of Dragula. Evizyra's got that vampiric/gothic appearance yet she still has that little touch of glamour. At least, that's what I'd like to think. I'm not sure if everybody would agree with me there. My name is pronounced as if you're saying "Eviscerate" without the harsh "t" sound. I get asked about that a lot so I figured I'd clear the air.”
”I do.” Evizrya says, bending down through the car window. Anastasia gestures her in, allowing her to pursue with the wires. The shouts of oncoming men can be heard from the party, it was their car, and they were coming for it.
“Go bitch!” She shouts, showing that she was finished with the wires. Anastasia was stunned, grabbing onto the wheel and spinning out onto the bridge, storming down the roads and past other cars.
“And who are you?” Kitty, gagged, asking her.
“I’m Evizyra, the one that’s going to send you home.” She winks, Miss Steak chuckling.
”That’s my job this season though.” Anastasia winks at the girls, and back at the camera that panned beside the car. It raises to a birdseye view, the city lights tripping on and off, eventually forming the title ‘Dragula’.
Welcome:
  • Evizrya May
  • Miss Steak
  • Kitty Koutoure
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2018.01.20 18:22 Ghost-Quartet 2017 Album of the Year #20: Poppy - Poppy.Computer

Artist: Poppy
Album: Poppy.Computer
Released: 6-October-2017
Listen: Spotify, iTunes, YouTube

I’m Poppy.

Poppy is an enigmatic figure. A self described “Internet Girl,” she claims her name was dropped onto her from the Heavens has a YouTube channel full of bizarre content in the form of short videos dealing with topics relevant to the modern day. She has videos upon videos full of catchphrases, bizarre outfits, “controversy,” clickbait, and most importantly, a somewhat creepy mystery. The surrealist writing and Poppy’s increasingly inhumanly artificial behavior made the channel a viral smash.
There are all sorts of theories about who or what she is. Some speculate that she’s a time traveller from the future. Some think she’s a cult leader (incidentally she does sell a cult gospel on her website, but that’s circumstantial evidence) while others insist she’s the victim of a cult. She’s definitely involved in the Illuminati, but it’s not clear how. Is she a robot? Is she an alien? Is she being held captive? Do we need to save her? How can we help Poppy? What’s happening? Searching up “who is Poppy” or “poppy explained” on YouTube reveals pages of results, videos with millions of views unto themselves of people trying to “figure out” who Poppy is, or what she’s trying to say, there are a lot of people with a lot of thoughts on her and if you’d like you can go to them for a more in detail explanation of this aspect of the project.
Poppy is the core of an ARG (Alternate Reality Game) albeit a very messy one. For all that the Poppy project is trying to emulate a polished, studio manufactured feel, the actual ARG is somewhat sloppy. For example the Computer Boy chapter, started presumably as promotion of the then soon to be released track of the same name, showed some promise and was even referenced on Poppy’s main channel, but fizzled out without any sort of resolution that I can find. Poppy has cycled through various minor “plots” on her channel and the actual characterization of what Poppy is really depends on the day. It’s unclear if there is a continuous story that’s building to some type of conclusion but the sheer dedication to the theme and aesthetic is something to be admired.
The actual truth behind the project is fairly commonplace. Moriah Pereira began as an aspiring singesongwriter, you can see a bit of her early work here, but the Poppy project was only started after she met up with creator Titanic Sinclair. Titanic is also a musician with a history on the web scene, and the two decided to team up. Wanting to both offer commentary on society and create a unique hook for their music, they conceived the Poppy character. Together they launched a YouTube channel (then titled “That Poppy”) in 2014 with this video, and since then they’ve amassed almost a quarter of a billion views and over a million subscribers. Attempts have been made to scrub all of Poppy’s early life from the internet to maintain the mystique and it’s rare to ever see Poppy out of character (though not impossible oops) and seeing her interact with the real world is, well, it’s quite something. To quote Titanic Sinclair:
"Everyone at the end of the day knows that Johnny Depp isn't the Pirates of the Caribbean guy, but he's more fun when he is. I like living in a world where you can have superheroes. It just makes life so much more exciting," (x)
So clearly, a lot of dedication has gone into this project. But what’s the point?

What Does It Mean?

At its core, Poppy is intended as a parody of pop culture, pop stars in particular, with an additional emphasis on social media. There’s a lot to unpack with the project, but those are the major themes of the project so they’re the two that I’ll focus on. The social media aspect is fairly self-explanatory and almost obligatory as Poppy began as a YouTuber. This aspect of her character is expressed in many videos and shouldn’t take too much explaining.
Core to all of this though is her relationship to pop stars, of which Poppy is both an example and a parody. For all of the conflicting theories about what she is, it’s fairly clear that Poppy is meant to be emulating the ideal pop star. She’s cute, she’s quirky, she’s relatable, she’s fabulous, she’s obsessed with social media; all of the cosmetic elements are there. She’s cultivated her own special “brand,” something that has grown increasingly important to the pop scene, and the sheer absurdity of her brand makes one question the whole idea of image over content in the first place.
And then taking it further, she plays with the idea of a “manufactured pop star.” Poppy is quite clearly not a real person, she’s a character played up on social media, but one could say much the same about a lot of celebrities. Poppy takes it one step further by possibly being actually, literally, manufactured in a lab, to appeal to teenage girls. She also plays heavily with Illuminati and Satanic imagery, based off of the endless Illuminati rumors that plague celebrities, deepening her relationship to rumors and the artificial.
For comparison, let’s look at the prototypical pop star: Britney Spears. Britney emerged on top from the period where blonde pop stars were everywhere, and is in many regards the epitome of what Poppy is parodying. A “manufactured” pop star who grew up in and was shaped by the industry, the fantasy blonde girl next door, Poppy takes these elements and distills them into something unsettling. Poppy’s heavily implied status as some sort of Illuminati slave or creation picked away at until she’s a soulless robot highlights the strange duality between the perfection and darkness that Britney embodies; the sort of idealized blonde girl next door perfection and our strange satisfaction at seeing this perfection tarnished. On a more visual level Poppy’s ambiguous youth (she’s 22 but publicly states that she “does not identify with age”) plays into the sort of “baby sexy” schtick that Britney rode to prominence on, and the visual similarities are definitely there.
Lady Gaga is another clear source of inspiration. Her penchant for unusual outfits and awards show stunts definitely call to mind Gaga, but even more important is the relationship Gaga had with the media. In 2008, barely a year after Britney dropped her iconic paparazzi diss track “Piece of Me,” Gaga released her debut album featuring her iconic ode to the paparazzi, called “Paparazzi.” Understanding that all publicity is good publicity and that she needed to make a splash, Gaga used the tabloid machine of the time to her advantage, pulling off looks and stunts that remain iconic and controversial. She was mysterious and elusive, everybody wanted to figure her out and wanted to see what she’d do next. Lady Gaga made a smash in a way that Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta never had. True she wasn’t an “authentic musician,” she was very transparently “manufactured,” but at the same time that was the allure. She wasn’t just any boring old musician, she was a living, breathing art exhibit. Poppy functions in a similar manner, however rather than tabloid media she thrives on the Internet. Surprising comparisons can be made between this Gaga interview and this Poppy “interview,” highlighting how Poppy plays up sillier elements of Gaga’s character too.
(She also seems to draw heavily from J-Pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, an artist I am not exceptionally familiar with. Fortunately FlyByTieDye did a fabulous writeup of the parallels between the two artists, which can be read here.)
And though she parodies these artists, Poppy also unironically embraces the techniques that they rose to fame on. Poppy doesn’t hate the things she parodies, quite the contrary. She loves technology, she craves fame. Her music is unabashedly poppy (get it?) and Poppy is a self described internet girl. Though she has a complicated relationship to her subject material, she ultimately seems to be in favor of it. (Or of, at least, using it.)
Poppy is utilizing Lady Gaga’s technique of intriguing imagery, filtered through the age of the viral video. Modernism is dead. Audiences want to be thrilled by a spectacle, to be treated to something out of the ordinary, but they also want nostalgia. Think about those “dark” theories about children’s shows or nostalgia tinged creepypastas, Poppy achieves a similar effect except instead of exposing the dark secrets behind the shows you watched as a kid, it’s the dark secrets behind celebrity culture. All of it is wrapped up in a delightful layer of blatant artifice that keeps it firmly in the campy category; Poppy offers us the opportunity to tear into her, but rather than getting into the actual artist and shattering the illusion we’re only treated to more layers and an enigma that goes deeper and deeper with multiple meanings and interpretations of the project, all of which are fake, and therefore equally valid.

Music Is Magic

However, that’s enough on Poppy’s project for now, let’s move on to Poppy’s music. At the end of the day, clever marketing and polished image can only take you so far; even if you’re just playing a fake, audiences will see through the ruse and discard you unless you provide the bops. And provide them she did! We’re finally at a point where I’m going to discuss Poppy’s music. Her first single, a short little ditty called “Everybody Wants To Be Poppy” debuted at the end of a brief, strange animated miniseries that played on the early days of her channel back in 2015. The peppy pop-rock track is more of a novelty song than anything else, it’s better off forgotten. For a long time this was the only song she had to her name (other than a delightful Mac Demarco cover) but don’t worry! Her debut EP Bubblebath dropped in early 2016, to much acclaim. Though only a scant four tracks, none of them cresting three and a half minutes, on them Poppy revealed herself to be a genuine musical talent behind all of the mystique.
Take for example “Lowlife” which was the big hit of the EP. It’s an infectious reggae song with Poppy’s bored sounding performance of the dark lyrics making the song a big seller, despite, as Poppy herself points out, it being an incredibly simple song that was likely meant to parody the prevalence of lazily written trop pop at the time. For most the highlight of the album is “Money,” a delightful electronic ode to Poppy’s motivations. The blatant satire of the song combined with the myriad of hooks make this song addictive, so much so that it was ranked second in the popheads 2016 Ultimate EP Rate AND it was included in the Sims.
My personal favorite track from the EP is “Altar,” a high energy pop-rock song likely meant to display the disconnect between Poppy’s robotic persona and the songs that she sings. A high energy song about rushing to the altar to stop your beloved from marrying someone else is a completely un-Poppy sentiment, which in a strange sort of way further emphasizes how “fake” the music industry can be with stars singing whatever they think will be a hit. Rounding out the EP is “American Kids,” a new-wave ode to millennial discontent.
If that track list seems a little eclectic and unfocused, you’re correct. I think the EP can best be described as “generic but good,” and this is very much an intentional choice. Poppy is a parody of a pop star, and the songs on Bubblebath were all in some way satirical of something else, meaning they kind of lacked an identity of their own. They were all solid songs and a fantastic display of Poppy’s skills as a singer and a songwriter, but they left fans wondering what direction Poppy would take her sound in for her debut album. Poppy and Titanic did drop an album in October of 2016 but it was, confusingly enough, 3:36 (Music To Sleep To), an album full of ambient music “specifically designed to help facilitate a full night of sleep and encourage a healthy dream state.“ Fortunately, fans were placated a month later with the release of a one-off single “Adored,” which followed in the bright, satirical footsteps of Bubblebath. And, almost a year after this and a lengthy waiting period (5 of the 11 tracks on the album were released as promo singles), the long awaited album finally came. Did it deliver on the premise and promise that Poppy has displayed?

Poppy.Computer

None of this information is necessary to listen to the album but it’s useful background information to help you understand the place and context of this album. Like Bubblebath, Poppy.Computer is simultaneously a pop album and a parody of one. The songs are written to sound like what people think pop music sounds like, but the resulting product is something uniquely Poppy. This gives the album a fairly broad appeal, while it obviously has special meaning to Poppy’s followers, it sounds familiar enough that someone with no knowledge of the project could pick it up and have a nice listen. For all that I’ve built this project up to be some sort of weird, impenetrable social commentary, the album itself is a fairly straightforward collection of catchy, fun pop songs. These songs have catchy hooks, quirky lyrics, and some of the hardest beats to come out of 2017. As strange as the circumstances surrounding the album are, it would have been perfectly understandable with or without the background I offered. And, sitting at 11 tracks and a lean 34 minutes, it’s a quick piece of ear candy.
Fans of Bubblebath might be disappointed by the album, which has more in common with the sparse electronic sugar of “Money” and the synth laden soundscape of “American Kids” than the tropical fan favorite “Lowlife,” but the hooks and quirky lyrics are all still there, as is the satirical bent; only now we also get some sick beats to go with them. Drawing clear inspiration from artists like Robyn, Madonna, Grimes, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Lady Gaga, and the upstart PC Music crowd, the album is (refreshingly enough) mostly bubblegum pop. Individual tracks draw from various styles including chip tunes (“I’m Poppy”), synth pop (“Bleach Blonde Baby”), and even a hint of rock (“My Microphone”), which are made cohesive by a general focus on electronic elements and Poppy’s almost robotic delivery.
In a year where people complained that pop music was getting to dull and slow, Poppy came through with bright, upbeat pop songs. Each of these songs is approached somewhat from an angle, with unconventional themes and lyrics (mostly centering around technology) that set them apart from the typical pop fare that they’re birthed from. Poppy and Titanic have lead writing credit on every track, but they enlist Japanese producer Ryosuke Sakai and songwriter Simon Wilcox (who helped pen such /popheads favorites as “Body Say” and “Cut To The Feeling.”) to help them on this venture.
Poppy herself is the element that ties all of the songs together, and she delivers a winning performance. She proves to us that she isn’t hiding behind a gimmick to supplement a lack of talent and that she has genuine star power and presence on a track. For all that the album is centered around its digital elements Poppy always keeps herself placed firmly front and center. She manages to find surprising range and depth within the constraints of the robotic character she’s created to deliver a very nuanced performance. She sounds breathless and frantic on “Microphone” just as well as she sounds lovestruck on “Computer Boy” or sinister and seductive on “Interweb,” all while maintaining her trademark monotone. At times she feeds her voice through a vocoder providing an additional layer of texture to the album and further strengthening the idea of her as a digital pop star. She never pushes herself into any sort of vocal gymnastics, but her sweet and girlish voice sounds effortless floating over the bright production.
The cover of the album is a photograph of a look from one of her videos, entitled “Fame is Important.” Why this specific video was chosen was not revealed, but in the video itself she discusses being famous, adding that, among other things, “if you’re famous, you can record music.” Like many albums these days, a photo of Poppy’s face, but the way her face is obscured by her bizarre headdress lets you know that something is going to be different here. We’re not seeing all of Poppy, and we’re going to hear something weird.
Further adding to the mystique is the title of the album, “Poppy.Computer.As Poppy explains, the title of the album is also a url that leads to a site selling tickets for her tour, irrevocably linking the album to both this specific moment in time and the consumerist nature of the product. It also neatly establishes the technology focused themes of the album, which is awash with digital sounds and metaphors on all of the tracks.

The Net

We’re hit with the digital themes right off the bat with the explosive opening track, “I’m Poppy.” A bouncy chip tunes song, it’s very representative of what the album as a whole is going to be about. Almost mind-numbingly repetitive and self-obsessed, the bulk of the tune is Poppy spelling and repeating her name. Similar to the works of the PC Music collective she intentionally over pronounces the essential elements of the pop song, hammering in the hooks and chorus. This is a weird song that might seem alienating, but that’s exactly what Poppy wants. The pre-chorus of the song features a muffled robotic voice which asks Poppy how they can be like her and acts confused by her response. Poppy never offers any sort of solution further than an endless refrain of “I’m Poppy” and some cheerful encouragement. The message is clear: we’re on her turf now, and we’re going to play her game. The song ends with her simply singing the words “Computer. Internet. Video. Camera.” highlighting some items which will be major symbols throughout the album. This is a very weird and divisive track, but then the whole idea of Poppy is weird and divisive. If you’re not scared off and find yourself singing along with Poppy, then she’ll guide you through the rest of the album, which is a tour through the strange world of Poppy.
One of the major themes of Poppy.Computer is our reliance on technology. “Computer Boy” has a fairly unique take on the topic. The song is, appropriately enough, scored by common computer sounds twisted into a warm instrumental (the bass line in particular is fantastic) that underscores Poppy singing odes to her “computer boy.” Many reviews of “Computer Boy” assumed that Poppy was singing about a boy she had met online, but closer examination of the lyrics reveals that Poppy is literally singing about her computer. Poppy literally wants to fuck her computer because her computer is the most important thing in her life, an unfortunately relatable sentiment these days. Though a very tongue in cheek song (featuring puns about “floppy disks” becoming “hard drives”) it also doesn’t necessarily condemn the idea of a technophile lifestyle, and the exhilarating chorus coupled with Poppy’s gleeful performance make it sound like a wonderful idea.
“Software Upgrade” carries this idea further, with Poppy complaining about her fallible human boyfriend and wishing that she could upgrade him as easily as a computer. Another tongue in cheek song, Poppy’s frustrated vocals contrast against a bouncy beat and a colorful synth riff that sound far more appealing than anything a boy could offer. This track is singled out by many who listen to the album as one of the strongest tracks, and for good reason. The song also highlights some of the lyrical strengths of the album, when Poppy exasperatedly asks her boyfriend “are you gay?” it belies a straightforward camp sensibility that fits well with the rest of the bubbly elements.
In contrast, “Interweb,” a chilling synthpop track from later in the album that espouses the danger of internet addiction, using the titular slang term for the internet to describe a literal net that Poppy has trapped the listener in. The track is underscored by creeping synths and spidery keys, Poppy’s vocals are cold and processed, and there’s an appropriately creepy music video to go along with it. While at first the concept of Poppy as an internet siren luring people to their death seems silly, take into the consideration the countless hours people waste on the internet lately, and the idea becomes fairly unsettling. The bridge features Poppy describing how small the world feels when it’s at her fingertips, and she invites the listener to stay online with her and keep talking, until she’s cut off by a muffled, deep voice asking what day it is, providing a fairly creepy moment. The seemingly non-sequitur lyrics (the verses are not the album’s finest moment) can’t hide the dark message of this track, which is a change of pace from an otherwise upbeat album.
However for all that Poppy is critical of our reliance of technology, it’s ultimately celebrated as the thing that built her up. Poppy is, as the opening song explains, “[our] internet girl.” She lurks in her inter web sucking our time away because she wants our attention and our love, and, of course, our money. The connection between her music, her celebrity, and technology is painted in the intriguing track “My Microphone.” This song in particular stands out on the album partially because it has the most pronounced rock influence of any song on the album (it features some prominent electric guitar) but also because it’s almost a sketch more than a song.
The song sees Poppy frantically searching for her microphone, set against a harsh beat that makes the track almost claustrophobic. However the bridge of the song is a soft, almost Disney-esque slow jam where Poppy attempts to coax out the microphone and reveals that the reason she wants her microphone so bad is so she can become a famous celebrity… and when this soft attitude doesn’t work, Poppy whips right back into demanding her microphone, accompanied by a sick electric guitar riff. The song comically ends with her cheerfully finding it, having raised all of that fuss for nothing. The song seems to be highlighting Poppy’s need to perform, and her need to be heard. What is an artist without an audience? What is Poppy without her microphone?

I Am An Important Artist

If “My Microphone” establishes that Poppy sound desperate for attention, then “Let’s Make a Video” makes being desperate for attention sound fun. Sugary and almost retro, the song is a fairly straightforward ode to the YouTube channel that made Poppy famous. Appropriately it comes packaged with a pastel music video full of nonsensical imagery, highlighting the brand that made Poppy famous before she’d even sung a note. When she sings, “I love you when you’re happy, I love you when you’re down” she’s offering a succinct way to sum up the appeal of a distant celebrity. Her videos (and by extension, her music) will always be there and they’ll always be the same, allowing an escape for the audience no matter how much their life changes. A simple little song, it lets you know that Poppy at the end of the day Poppy is just here to entertain. She’s grateful for her videos because they let her spread her vision to a larger audience.
Speaking of her vision, one track on the album called “Moshi Moshi” specifically pays homage to the influences that Poppy draws from Japan and the Japanese artists that inspire her. Though J-Pop influences can be heard throughout the album (the album was produced in Japan under the supervision of Japanese producer Ryosuke Sakai) “Moshi Moshi” is the one track that is overtly pastiche. “Moshi moshi” is something that Japanese people say when they greet each other on the phone, and the music video features a row of Poppies answering the phone in what seems to be a direct homage to a Kyary Pamyu Pamyu song, displaying how technology has allowed Poppy to open herself up to global influences. She almost seems to be thanking her Japanese counterpart and reveling in how they’re so much better than the “typical” girls, drawing kinship to artists with a similar vision. I’m linking again to this fabulous summary of the connections between the two artists by FlyByTieDye because it’s great and you all should read it. Even though to the best of my knowledge the two artists have never interacted, they’re essentially sisters in arms in what they’re trying to accomplish. The pop music scene is constantly pulling sounds from other countries and genres (look no further than the recent trop pop trend, or the new Latin boom) and this a fun way of saying hi to the people who she’s inspired by.
Though she acknowledges the fans and artists who have helped her to get to where she is, Poppy is alone on the album save for one feature by an artist named Charlotte, an old friend of Poppy’s who appears on a track titled "My Style." Charlotte is a mannequin voiced by a text to speech program who pops up on Poppy’s channel in various roles. Here, she takes on the role of a pointless feature. There’s been a trend in recent music to tack an empty feature onto a song just to get another name to give the song broader appeal, and Poppy highlights this by featuring a mannequin on her song. A literal, plastic cutout of a human being, whose verses are computer generated. The comment this is making should be obvious. However Charlotte, a plastic feature, slips neatly into this particularly plastic song which is literally just saying random, trendy sounding objects and describing them as her style, mocking the sort of flashy name checking that a lot of artists lean on these days. Is there any substance at all? No, the song is completely empty lyrically, (although it features a few… subtle nods to the idea of subliminal messaging in music) and it features a literal mannequin. But… the beat on this song is sheer fire, and even if the lyrics are banal they sound amazing with the production. This song isn’t bad, in fact, it goes off. This song is, quite literally, invoking style over substance, and it works. also Poppy will break your neck
This theme of “technically bad song that somehow works” is tackled more directly on “Bleach Blonde Baby,” which more clearly explores the idea of the nature of fame and a “manufactured pop star” I discussed earlier. Remember when I said that Poppy’s persona was a sendup to the blonde pop star of the early 2000s? If there was any doubt in your mind about that, this song should erase it. The lyrics of the song see Poppy painting herself as a flawless bombshell, and they excellently lampoon the stereotype of the female pop star. “Being flawless every day, well that’s my only skill” she sings, “If you cut me, I’ll bleed pink.” Is Poppy actually a bleach blonde baby of the sort she describes in the song? Of course not! No one is. But we’re going to pretend because that’s all part of the fun.
We all love to shout “slay” and offer up our wigs freely with letters of praise to our favorite artists, here Poppy has written her own praises and we just need to sign the card. Her vocals are dull and listless and fed through heavily noticeable autotune, Poppy sounds like she couldn’t care less and like she can’t actually sing, evoking the criticism levied against artists like Britney Spears. Theoretically this song shouldn’t work and yet somehow it does. It’s a bop, and perhaps one of the best songs on the album. By all accounts a bored pretty person half singing through autotune over a beat about how unrealistically awesome they are should be unpleasant, and yet the charm of it is undeniable. And that’s pop music for you!

The Message

And this brings us to the final track on the album, aptly titled, “Pop Music.” This song is completely unlike anything else on the album. Here Poppy abandons her electronic production and returns to her acoustic roots, creating a tender ode to pop music. At the end of the album Poppy finally allows herself to be warm and genuine, and her charming performance on this song was something that really stuck with me after listening to it for the fist time. So much of the album is spent poking fun at and deconstructing aspects of pop music, but this track is a sweet closer because it reminds us why we love it in the first place.
What is pop music? Look at all of the different types of genres and styles represented on this sub, it’s very hard to really define what pop music is. The nature of it is entirely ineffable, you just kind of know it when you hear it. Poppy breaks it down for us very nicely, pointing out qualities that seem obvious but are really very beautiful when you think about it. Pop is catchy, it’s on the radio, it’s accessible to everyone, it’s artificial but still somehow has heart… For all of the different definitions of pop, I wouldn’t be upset if Poppy’s was the one that we stuck with. Her message is simple: “I think I like it.” Isn’t that enough?
There are a lot of debates surrounding pop music pertaining to a lack of authenticity and substance, but Poppy.Computer is a sort of neo-poptimist album that revels in this negative reputation. It embraces kitsch and formula, but it doesn’t let itself be defined by these things. Free of the pressures of more “serious” art it finds room to be silly, weird, and fun while still finding moments to actually say something about technology and fame. They say that to create a successful parody you have to have a genuine love of the thing you’re parodying. Poppy.Computer is an album that, real or artificial, entertains in a way that pop at its very best is supposed to.

What Is This Question?

  • What were things you liked about the album? What could have been better?
  • Do you like the direction Poppy has settled on for her music?
  • Is the Poppy project too much, not enough, or just enough?
  • What do you hope to see out of Poppy’s next release?
Edit: Thank you everyone for your kind responses! I know this was long so it means a lot to me that you read all the way to the end. As an addendum to this writeup, I'd like to remind you all to be on the lookout for Poppy's new album, which has recently been completed! This one is supposed to be more dance music and vapor wave, more information here.
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2018.01.16 10:25 TheDuzzyFuckling Some of Those Tigers, Bulldogs, and Wildcats Have Very Interesting Origin Stories

I created a post last week categorizing all the nicknames of Division I teams, and I learned a ton in the comments about many team name and mascot origin stories, so I thought I'd put together another piece with a more in-depth look at how each team chose (or earned) their nicknames. The mascot is also included in the table to show how some nicknames and mascots differ. Please correct me in the comments if I'm wrong, and I will update accordingly! Its surprisingly difficult to find some of this information online.
 
FBS TEAMS
 
ACC
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Blue Devils Duke x x x The Blue Devil
Cardinals Louisville x x x Cardinal Bird
Cavaliers Virginia x x x The Cavalier & Sabre (Horse)
Demon Deacons Wake Forest x x x The Deacon
Eagles Boston College x x x Baldwin the Eagle
Hokies Virginia Tech x x x HokieBird
Hurricanes Miami x x x Sebastian the Ibis
Orange Syracuse x x x Otto the Orange
Panthers Pittsburgh x x x Roc the Panther
Seminoles Florida State x x x Osceola & Renegade (Appaloosa)
Tar Heels North Carolina x x x Rameses
Tigers Clemson x x x The Tiger & The Tiger Cub
Wolfpack NC State x x x Tuffy (Tamaskan)
Yellow Jackets Georgia Tech x x x Ramblin' Wreck & Buzz
 
American
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Bearcats Cincinnati In the 1914 season, the UC Oughts, Varsity, Cincinnati Eleven, Red & Black, Dana's Boys, or even Little's Boys, as they were known at the time, played formidable opponents Kentucky in week five. Struggling on the field and without a real nickname, the team was reinvigorated when cheerleader Norman "Pat" Lyon creatively cheered "They may be Wildcats, but we have a Baehr-cat on our side," in reference to fullback Leonard K. "Teddy" Baehr. Cincinnati would go on to win 14-7, and while Bearcats didn't stick right away, it would later become the permanent nickname for all UC sports teams. Human Historical The Bearcat & Lucy the Binturong (Binturong)
Bulls South Florida x x x Rocky the Bull
Cougars Houston x x x Sasha & Shasta (Cougar)
Golden Hurricane Tulsa x x x Captain Cane
Green Wave Tulane x x x Riptide the Pelican
Huskies Connecticut x x x Jonathan the Husky and Jonathan XIV (Husky)
Knights UCF x x x Knightro
Midshipmen Navy x x x Bill the Goat
Mustangs SMU x x x Peruna IX (Shetland Pony)
Owls Temple x x x Hooter the Owl & Stella the Owl (Great Horned Owl)
Pirates East Carolina x x x PeeDee the Pirate
Tigers Memphis x x x Pouncer & TOM III (Bengal Tiger)
 
Big Ten
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Badgers Wisconsin Wisconsin was dubbed the Badger State because of the lead miners who first settled there in the 1820s and 1830s. Without shelter in the winter, they had to "live like badgers" in tunnels burrowed into hillsides. Adopted in 1889, the badger mascot and nickname were chosen in a contest. Mammal Mustelid Buckingham U. "Bucky" Badger
Boilermakers Purdue x x x The Boilermaker Special & Purdue Pete
Buckeyes Ohio State x x x Brutus Buckeye
Cornhuskers Nebraska x x x Herbie Husker & Lil' Red
Fighting Illini Illinois x x x NONE
Golden Gophers Minnesota x x x Goldy Gophers
Hawkeyes Iowa x x x Herky the Hawk
Hoosiers Indiana x x x NONE
Nittany Lions Penn State x x x The Nittany Lion
Scarlet Knights Rutgers x x x The Scarlet Knight
Spartans Michigan State x x x Sparty
Terrapins Maryland x x x Testudo
Wildcats Northwestern x x x Willie the Wildcat
Wolverines Michigan x x x NONE
 
Big XII
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Bears Baylor x x x Joy & Lady (Black Bears)
Cowboys Oklahoma State x x x Pistol Pete
Cyclones Iowa State x x x Cy the Cardinal
Horned Frogs TCU x x x The Horned Frogs
Jayhawks Kansas x x x Big Jay, Baby Jay, and Centennial Jay
Longhorns Texas x x x Bevo XV (Longhorn Steer)
Mountaineers West Virginia x x x The Mountaineer
Red Raiders Texas Tech x x x Raider Red & The Masked Rider
Sooners Oklahoma x x x Sooner Schooner & Boomer and Sooner V (Welsh Ponies)
Wildcats Kansas State x x x Willie the Wildcat
 
C-USA
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
49ers Charlotte In 1949, Bonnie Cone and her supporters convinced the North Carolina Legislature that Charlotte needed a permanent college, which saved the then off-campus center of UNC from being dissolved. Additionally, Charlotte has a rich history in gold mining (although it precedes the California Gold Rush) and the campus is located on State Highway 49. Human Historical Norm the Niner
Blazers UAB In 1977, the UAB campus was preparing for basketball to tip off for the first time ever, but had not yet chosen a nickname for any of the sports teams. Multiple students suggested Blazers, which was chosen as a finalist and eventually the winner of the "Name Our Team" contest. Mythical Creature Reptilian Blaze the Dragon
Blue Raiders Middle Tennessee State x x x Lightning
Bulldogs Louisiana Tech x x x Tech XXI (Bulldog)
Golden Eagles Southern Miss x x x Seymour d'Campus
Hilltoppers Western Kentucky x x x Big Red
Mean Green North Texas x x x Scrappy the Eagle
Miners UTEP x x x Paydirt PeteOwls
Monarchs Old Dominion x x x Big Blue
Owls Florida Atlantic x x x Owlsley the Owl
Owls Rice x x x Sammy the Owl
Panthers Florida International x x x Roary the Panther
Roadrunners UTSA x x x Rowdy the Roadrunner
Thundering Herd Marshall x x x Marco the Bison
 
Independents
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Aggies New Mexico State The Aggies nickname comes from NMSU's agricultural roots and status as a land grant institution, in addition to symbolizing the first settlers to farm along the Rio Grande in New Mexico. Human Occupation Pistol Pete
Black Knights Army The United States Military Academy Cadets football team was long nicknamed the Black Knights of the Hudson for their dark uniforms and stadium location near the west bank of the Hudson River. In 1999, the nickname was officially adopted, although they are still sometimes referred to as the Cadets. Human Warrior Ranger III, Stryker, and Paladin, the "Army Mules" (Mules)
Cougars BYU x x x Cosmo the Cougar
Fighting Irish Notre Dame x x x The Leprechaun
Minutemen Massachusetts x x x Sam the Minuteman
 
MAC
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Bobcats Ohio x x x Rufus the Bobcat
Broncos Western Michigan x x x Buster Bronco
Bulls Buffalo x x x Victor E. Bull
Cardinals Ball State x x x Charlie Cardinal
Chippewas Central Michigan x x x NONE
Eagles Eastern Michigan x x x Swoop
Falcons Bowling Green State x x x Freddie & Frieda Falcon
Golden Flashes Kent State x x x Flash the Golden Eagle
Huskies Northern Illinois x x x Mission (Husky)
RedHawks Miami x x x Swoop the RedHawk
Rockets Toledo x x x Rocky the Rocket & Rocksy the Rockette
Zips Akron x x x Zippy
 
Mountain West
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Aggies Utah State With the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act in 1862, each US state and territory was provided funding for the establishment of a new college. 26 years later, the Agricultural College of Utah, which would become Utah State in 1957, was founded. Similar to other land grant colleges, the student body and sports team were first nicknamed Farmers, and later adopted Aggies as a nod to their agricultural roots. Human Occupation Big Blue (Bull)
Aztecs San Diego State Originally called Staters or Professors by the media when they started competing in the 1920s, SDSU athletic teams later became known as the Aztecs when student body leaders chose the official nickname, which they thought represented the southwest image well. Human Native People Aztec Warrior
Broncos Boise State Shortly after initiating athletic programs in the early 1930s, the Boise Junior College football team was dubbed the Broncos. I will be researching this further since it is my alma mater and I still live in Boise. Mammal Equid Buster Bronco
Bulldogs Fresno State x x x Timeout and Victor E. Bulldog III (Bulldog)
Cowboys Wyoming The nickname Cowboys was used as early as 1891 when a true cowboy assisted the Wyoming football team against a team from Cheyenne, Wyoming. One of the Cheyenne players allegedly yelled "Hey, look at that cowboy," and the name stuck. Human Rugged Pistol Pete & Cowboy Joe V (Pony)
Falcons Air Force x x x Aurora (Gyrfalcon)
Lobos New Mexico In 1920, the editor of the UNM newspaper and student manager of the football team, George S. Bryan, suggested the nickname Lobo, the Spanish word for "wolf." As he wrote in the paper, "The Lobo is respected for his cunning, feared for his prowess, and is the leader of the pack." Shortly after, it was officially adopted as the nickname, mascot, and name of the newspaper. Mammal Canid Lobo Louie & Lobo Lucy
Rainbow Warriors Hawai'i From 1909 to 1923, Hawai'i athletic teams competed under the name "Fighting Deans." During the final game of the 1923 season, with the score tied at zeros, a rainbow appeared over the field, sparking a late touchdown and a 7-0 victory over Oregon State. It then became legend that the University of Hawai'i Rainbows could not lose if a rainbow appeared in the Manoa mist during a game. In 1975, UH became a Division I member and added "Warriors" to the official team name as a nod to the initial inhabitants of the Hawaiian islands. Weather Optical Vili the Warrior
Rams Colorado State Since the first term at Colorado Agricultural College in 1879, the school that is now Colorado State has gone through various name changes, color schemes, and nicknames. For many years, the Colorado A&M Aggies wore green and orange and were represented by different mascots, including Peanuts the English Bulldog, Billy Hughes, the six year old son of coach Harry Hughes, and even an anonymous bear cub. In 1946, a campus group called the Senators brought a live ram onto the court during halftime at a basketball game, which immediately became a huge hit with students. Later, CSU would officially change from Aggies to Rams and swap out orange for the gold they wear today. Mammal Ovid CAM the Ram
Rebels UNLV Established in mid-50s, Nevada Southern initially struggled to distance itself from its rival in Reno. During a decade defined by the rebellious nature of young Americans, students chose the Rebel as the official nickname for athletic teams. Drawing from the historic conflict of the north and south in the American Civil War, Nevada Southern adopted multiple symbols of the Confederacy, including its flag and uniform on their official mascot, Beauregard. Although meant to be harmless, the imagery did not age well, even as the north-south rivalry in the state of Nevada grew. In the mid-70s, all Confederate symbols were retired by UNLV, but the nickname was kept after a student vote, and a new, more polished and well-suited mascot, "Hey Reb!", was created. Based on the western trailblazers of the 1800s who first ventured into the Nevada, the new Rebel was reflective of western independence and the spirit of southern Nevada and Las Vegas. Human Rugged Hey Reb!
Spartans San José State x x x Sammy the Spartan
Wolf Pack Nevada x x x Alphie, Wolfie Jr., and Luna
 
Pac-12
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Beavers Oregon State x x x Benny Beaver
Bruins UCLA x x x Joe & Josephine Bruin
Buffaloes Colorado x x x Ralphie IV & Ralphie V (Buffaloes)
Cardinal Stanford x x x The Stanford Tree
Ducks Oregon x x x The Oregon Duck
Cougars Washington State x x x Butch T. Cougar
Golden Bears California x x x Oski
Huskies Washington x x x Harry the Husky and Dubs (Husky)
Sun Devils Arizona State x x x Sparky the Sun Devil
Trojans USC x x x The Trojan Warrior & Traveler IX (Andalusian)
Utes Utah x x x Swoop
Wildcats Arizona x x x Wilbur & Wilma Wildcat
 
SEC
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Aggies Texas A&M Starting in the 1920s, students at Texas A&M were referred to as Aggies. In 1949, the university yearbook changed its name from The Longhorn to Aggieland, and the nickname was officially adopted. Human Occupation Reveille (Rough Colley)
Bulldogs Georgia x x x Griff I (Bulldog)
Bulldogs Mississippi State x x x Bully & Jak, or Cristil's Golden Prince, or Bully XXI (Bulldog)
Commodores Vanderbilt Founded after the largest single charitable donation in American history at the time, Vanderbilt University is named for its benefactor, shipping and railrood tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, who gave the endowment to build a university in the South that would "contribute to strengthening the ties which should exist between all sections or our common country." Commodore was a nickname for Vanderbilt himself, stemming from his business beginnings in ferrying passengers between his home borough of Staten Island to Manhattan. Additionally, his donation of Naval vessels to the Union during the Civil War earned him the nickname, which the university later adopted for its athletic teams. Human Historic Mr. Commodore
Crimson Tide Alabama x x x Big Al
Gamecocks South Carolina x x x Cocky
Gators Florida x x x Albert & Alberta Gator
Razorbacks Arkansas x x x Big Red & Tusk IV (Russian Boar)
Rebels Ole Miss x x x Landshark
Tigers Auburn x x x Aubie the Tiger & Nova, or Ware Eagle VII (Golden Eagle)
Tigers LSU x x x Mike the Mascot & Mike the Tiger VII (Bengal Tiger)
Tigers Missouri x x x Truman the Tiger
Volunteers Tennessee x x x Smokey & Smokey X (Bluetick Coonhound)
Wildcats Kentucky x x x Scratch & The Wildcat
 
Sun Belt
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Bobcats Texas State x x x Boko the Bobcat
Chanticleers Coastal Carolina x x x Chauncey the Chanticleer
Eagles Georgia Southern x x x GUS the Eagle
Jaguars South Alabama x x x SouthPaw and Miss Pawla
Mountaineers Appalachian State x x x Yosef
Panthers Georgia State x x x Pounce
Ragin' Cajuns Louisiana - Lafayette x x x Cayenne
Red Wolves Arkansas State x x x Red
Trojans Troy x x x T-Roy
Warhawks Louisiana - Monroe x x x Ace the Warhawk
 
 
FCS TEAMS
 
Big Sky
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Aggies UC Davis Similar to the Texas A&M Aggies, the football nickname started as a nickname for the entire student body due to the school's agricultural heritage. Human Occupation Gunrock the Mustang
Bears Northern Colorado x x x Klawz the Bear
Bengals Idaho State x x x Benny the Bengal
Bobcats Montana State x x x Champ
Eagles Eastern Washington x x x Swoop
Fighting Hawks North Dakota x x x NONE
Grizzlies Montana x x x Monte
Hornets Sacramento State x x x Herky the Hornet
Lumberjacks Northern Arizona x x x Louie the Lumberjack
Mustangs Cal Poly x x x Musty the Mustang
Thunderbirds Southern Utah x x x The Thunderbird
Vandals Idaho x x x Joe Vandal
Vikings Portland State x x x Victor E. Viking
Wildcats Weber State x x x Waldo the Wildcat
 
Big South
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Blue Hose Presbyterian x x x Scotty the Scotsman
Buccaneers Charleston Southern x x x Bucky
Hawks Monmouth x x x Shadow
Flames Liberty x x x Sparky the Eagle
Owls Kennesaw State x x x Scrappy the Owl
Runnin' Bulldogs Gardner-Webb x x x Mack & Lulu
 
Colonial
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Black Bears Maine x x x Bananas the Bear
Dukes James Madison x x x Duke Dog (Bulldog)
Fighting Blue Hens Delaware x x x YoUDee
Great Danes Albany x x x Damien, the Great Dane
Phoenix Elon x x x The Phoenix
Rams Rhode Island x x x Rhody the Ram
Seawolves Stony Brook x Mythical Creature Canine Wolfie the Seawolf
Spiders Richmond x x x WebstUR
Tigers Towson x x x Doc the Tiger
Tribe William & Mary x x x The Griffin
Wildcats New Hampshire x x x Wild E. Cat & Gnarlz
Wildcats Villanova x x x Will D. Cat
 
Ivy League
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Bears Brown x x x Bruno the Bear
Big Green Dartmouth Inspired by the college's official color and common space at the center of campus, Big Green was adopted in the 1970s when the unofficial Indians nickname and mascot was dropped for its inconsistency with institutional and academic objectives. Color Secondary Keggy the Keg
Big Red Cornell Until 1905, Cornell sports teams did not have an official name. Romeyn Berry, a 1904 graduate, wrote a new rally song, including the lyrics "the big, red team," which stuck as the team's new nickname. Color Primary Touchdown, or Big Red Bear
Bulldogs Yale x x x Handsome Dan XVIII (Bulldog)
Crimson Harvard x x x John Harvard, the Pilgrim
Lions Columbia x x x Roar-ee
Quakers Pennsylvania x x x Ben Franklin, The Quaker
Tigers Princeton x x x The Tiger
 
MEAC
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Aggies NC A&T x x x Aggie Dog (Bulldog)
Bears Morgan State x x x Benny the Bear
Bison Howard x x x The Bison
Bulldogs South Carolina State x x x Spike the Bulldog
Eagles NC Central x x x The Eagle
Hornets Delaware State x x x Too-Fly
Pirates Hampton x x x The Pirate
Rattlers Florida A&M x x x Venom
Spartans Norfolk State x x x Mr. Spartan
Tigers Savannah State x x x The Tiger
Wildcats Bethune-Cookman x x x Wil D Cat
 
Missouri Valley
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Bears Missouri State x x x Boomer the Bear
Bison North Dakota State x x x Thundar
Coyotes South Dakota x x x Charlie Coyote
Jackrabbits South Dakota State x x x Jack the Jackrabbit
Leathernecks Western Illinois x x x Rocky the Bulldog & Colonel Rock III (Bulldog)
Panthers Northern Iowa x x x TC & TK
Penguins Youngstown State x x x Pete the Penguin
Redbirds Illinois State x x x Reggie Redbird
Salukis Southern Illinois x x x The Saluki (Saluki)
Sycamores Indiana State x x x Sycamore Sam
 
Northeast
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Blue Devils Central Connecticut State x x x Kizer the Blue Devil
Bulldogs Bryant x x x Ironclad Tupper I [Aug. 2010- Dec. 2017, Rest in Peace] (Bulldog)
Dukes Duquesne x x x Duke
Pioneers Sacred Heart x x x Big Red the Pioneer
Red Flash Saint Francis x x x Frankie the Friar
Seahawks Wagner x x x The Seahawk
Colonials Robert Morris x x x RoMo
 
Ohio Valley
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Colonels Eastern Kentucky x x x The Colonel
Gamecocks Jacksonville State x x x Cocky
Golden Eagles Tennessee Tech x x x Awesome Eagle
Governors Austin Peay x x x Governor Peay X
Panthers Eastern Illinois x x x Billy the Panther
Racers Murray State x x x Dunker the Horse & Racer One (Different Horse at Each Game)
Redhawks Southeast Missouri State x x x Rowdy the Redhawk
Skyhawks UT Martin x x x Captain Skyhawk
Tigers Tennessee State x x x Aristocat the Tiger
 
Patriot League
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Bison Bucknell x x x Bucky the Bison
Crusaders Holy Cross x x x The Crusader
Hoyas Georgetown x x x Jack the Bulldog (Bulldog)
Leopards Lafayette x x x The Leopard
Mountain Hawks Lehigh x x x Clutch the Mountain Hawk
Raiders Colgate x x x Raider
Rams Fordham x x x The Ram
 
Pioneer League
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Bulldogs Butler x x x Trip, or Butler Blue III (Bulldog)
Bulldogs Drake x x x Spike
Crusaders Valparaiso x x x The Crusader
Dolphins Jacksonville x x x Nellie the Dolphin
Eagles Morehead State x x x Beaker
Fighting Camels Campbell x x x Gaylord the Camel
Flyers Dayton x x x Rudy Flyer
Hatters Stetson x x x John B.
Red Foxes Marist x x x Frankie the Fox
Toreros San Diego x x x Diego Torero
Wildcats Davidson x x x Will E. Wildcat
 
Southern
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Bears Mercer x x x Toby & Tot
Buccaneers East Tennessee State x x x Bucky the Pirate & Pepper the Parrot
Bulldogs Samford x x x Spike the Bulldog
Bulldogs The Citadel x x x General and Boo (Bulldogs)
Catamounts Western Carolina x x x Paws the Catamount
Keydets VMI x x x Moe the Kangaroo
Mocs Chattanooga x x x Scrappy Moc
Paladins Furman x x x The Paladin
Terriers Wofford x x x Boss and Terri & Magnolia, or Blitz III (Boston Terrier)
 
Southland
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Bearkats Sam Houston State In 1923, Sam Houston Normal Institute became Sam Houston State Teachers College, and the Normals became the Bearkats, named for a popular local saying, "tough as a bearkat!" In that era, the animal was thought of as mythical, with the nickname being chosen because it was a good fighting name of the time. The mascot and logo are now modeled after either a binturong or a kinkajou. Mammal Viverrid Sammy Bearkat
Bears Central Arkansas x x x Bruce D. Bear
Cardinals Incarnate Word x x x Red
Cardinals Lamar x x x Big Red & LU
Colonels Nicholls State x x x Colonel Tillou
Cowboys McNeese State x x x Rowdy
Demons Northwestern State x x x Vic the Demon
Huskies Houston Baptist x x x Kiza III (Husky)
Lions Southeastern Louisiana x x x Roomie the Lion
Lumberjacks Stephen F. Austin x x x Lumberjack & Ladyjack
Wildcats Abilene Christian x x x The Wildcat
 
SWAC
Nickname University Origin Category Subcategory Mascot (Species/Breed if Live Animal)
Braves Alcorn State x x x NONE
Bulldogs Alabama A&M x x x Butch
Delta Devils Mississippi Valley State x x x The Delta Devil
Golden Lions Arkansas - Pine Bluff x x x The Golden Lion
Hornets Alabama State x x x Stinger
Jaguars Southern x x x Lacumba
Panthers Prairie View A&M x x x The Panther
Tigers Grambling State x x x The Tiger
Tigers Jackson State x x x Wavee Dave
Tigers Texas Southern x x x Tommy
 
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2017.11.15 00:24 Shrekt115 Smackdown Live/205 Live Discussion Thread - November 14, 2017

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO SMACKDOWN LIVE, BROUGHT TO YOU BY THANK YOU AJ CLAPCLAP CLAPCLAPCLAP!!!

Show info for Tonight's Smackdown Live
  • City: Ashley Charlotte, NC
  • Venue: Spectrum Center
  • Estimated crowd attitude: Still crying from that 30 For 30
  • It's the go-home show for Survivor Series!
  • Bryan returns after being attacked 2 weeks ago!
  • Once again, THANK YOU AJ!!!
Match Stipulation Winner
Baron Corbin (c) vs Sin Cara US Title Match Baron Corbin (retains)
Natalya (c) vs Charlotte Flair Women's Title Match Charlotte Flair (new champ!)
Chad Gable vs Jimmy Uso Singles Match Jimmy Uso
New Day vs Owens/Zayn Tag Team Match
Other notable events
  • Bludgeon Brothers debut next week!
  • Raw gets revenge on Smackdown!
Reddit-Stream that automatically updates stuff!
Post-Show Info!
Stick around after the show RIGHT HERE for continued post-show discussion, as this thread will remain up
Looking for a place to talk wrestling, while also shit-talking SquaredCircle? Check out /SCJerk! Let's keep WCC a positive place to talk wrestling!
Additional plugs!
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2017.10.27 15:47 Nebraska_Actually [Countdown To Tip-Off] Conference USA

Conference USA

Conference RPI: 0.4908 (15th of 32)
Conference SOS: 0.4971 (15th of 32)
Champion: WKU Western Kentucky
2016-17 Final Standings
School Conference Overall Postseason
WKU Western Kentucky 16-2 27-7 NCAA 1st Round
Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee 15-3 23-11 WNIT 3rd Round
Southern Miss Southern Miss 13-5 23-11 WNIT 1st Round
Charlotte Charlotte 12-6 21-10 None
Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech 12-6 18-14 WNIT 1st Round
Old Dominion Old Dominion 11-7 17-14 None
UTSA UTSA 10-8 14-16 None
Rice Rice 8-10 22-13 WBI Champions
UAB UAB 8-10 15-15 None
North Texas North Texas 8-10 12-19 None
Marshall Marshall 5-13 13-17 None
UTEP UTEP 5-13 8-23 None
FIU Florida International 3-15 5-24 None
FAU Florida Atlantic 0-18 4-25 None

Preseason All-Conference USA

UAB Rachael Childress
Charlotte Nyilah Jamison-Myers
North Texas Terriell Bradley
Marshall Shayna Gore
Louisiana Tech Kierra Anthony
WKU Ivy Brown
WKU Tashia Brown
Middle Tennessee Alex Johnson*
*Preseason PotY

Preseason Poll

Will Be Released Friday Oct. 27
School Points (1st)
School 2017-18 Outlook
Charlotte Charlotte The 49ers challenged themselves last year and made the most of it, with wins over Wisconsin, Pitt, and Duquesne. Unfortunately it was not enough to earn a postseason invite. A new group of scorers will be left to pick up the pieces after the top 3 from last year have all gone. The group will be led by redshirt senior Nyilah Jamison-Myers (11.2 PPG) and junior Laia Raventos (143 assists). This year Charlotte will take on three Big Ten teams in a 4 game stretch, with games against Wisconsin and Rutgers before heading to the Puerto Rico Classic for Iowa and South Dakota State. Road games against Arkansas and Wake Forest help fill out a challenging schedule.
FAU Florida Atlantic Of FAU’s four wins last season, just two came against Division 1 opponents. Their best game in conference play was a 51-50 loss to UTEP. The Owls will be led this year by senior forward Sasha Cedeno (9.8 PPG) who will hope to have a better senior season than she did junior season. Road games against Colorado and Nebraska, as well as the FAU Thanksgiving Tournament and FAU Holiday Tournament highlight the schedule.
FIU Florida International The Panthers hosted two tournaments last season, the FIU Thanksgiving Tournament and the Holiday Tournament, and they managed to steal a win from both. Their biggest win last year was their 88-87 3OT Victory over UTEP. The Panthers will have a lot to replace, as they return just 5 players from their entire roster from last season. Second year head coach Tiara Malcom will hope to put their ugly past behind them (on and off the court) as she continues to reinvent the program.
Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech The Lady Techsters did a tremendous job turning around their program under the first season of Brooke and Scott Stoehr. The team finished with an 18-14 record and a trip to the WNIT. La Tech returns 3 starters, led by junior guard Kierra Anthony (13.2 PPG). Challenging games on the schedule for the Techsters include road games against Auburn, Texas, and Little Rock. They will also be participating in the South Point Shootout in Vegas and have Penn State and Niagara on the schedule.
Marshall Marshall A promising start fell apart for the Thundering Herd at the start of the new calendar year. Marshall began 10-3 but finished out the year with a 3-14 run, ending in a quick exit from the Conference Tournament. Marshall returns 5 of their six regular contributors, led by junior Shayne Gore, the team leader in points (17.5 PPG), assists (87) and steals (55). The Herd will get a big game out of the way quickly when they host Penn State at the beginning of the year. They will also have road trips to Kentucky and Florida before they get some easier games against NAIA/NCCAA foes Kentucky Christian and Alice Lloyd.
Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee The Blue Raiders had another solid year under Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Insell, finishing 15-3 in conference and reaching the 3rd round of the WNIT. This year the Blue Raiders will be working without their assists and steals leader Ty Petty, but will get back their top scorer in junior Alex Johnson (20.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG), who ranked 17th nationally in scoring. The Blue Raiders should be ready to take on the top of the conference once again this season. Road games against Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Louisville, and Insell-Rivarly Ole Miss offer some great viewing, along with home games against Troy and Kentucky. The Blue Raiders will then start conference play on the road at Western Kentucky.
North Texas North Texas A slow start to the year for the Mean Green was redirected by a 2nd road victory over a P5 opponent in Head Coach Jalie Mitchell’s 2nd season. The 8-10 record in conference is a sign of big improvement for this group. The Mean Green have much to rebuild after losing Terra Ellison, Kelsey Criner, and arguably the heart and soul of the 2016-17 squad Candice Adams. This year’s squad is very young, with only one senior. They do return their leading scorer in junior Terriell Bradley (12.8 PPG), and they will be getting a ton of help from Baylor transfer Justis Szczepanski, who is eligible this year. The Mean Green will host a big game this year when Kansas State comes to town, and will make a return trip to Indiana in December to finish their home-and-home contract. They will also be participating in the San Juan Shootout, which has been relocated to Daytona Beach, Florida due to Hurricane Maria.
Old Dominion Old Dominion Old Dominion pushed themselves last year, taking on three ranked opponents in the non-conference, along with MEAC champion Hampton. They were unable to turn that experience into a postseason bid as they fell in the 2nd round of the CUSA tournament to Southern Miss. The Monarchs must find a way to replace Jennie Simms, who finished 2nd nationally in scoring, along with their next best two scorers. Old Dominion will be working without most contributors from last season, with their top returning scorer Ashley Jackson averaging only 5.8 PPG. The Monarchs will be relying heavily on senior Hofstra transfer Kelly Loftus. ODU will be participating in this year’s Preseason WNIT, and they will also get a couple of huge home games when NC State and Duke visit two days apart.
Rice Rice Rice turned a difficult season into a glorious one, culminating in a WBI Championship with a win over UNC Greensboro. The Owls return two of their top 4 scorers, and will be led by junior Nicole Iademarco (12.0 PPG) and senior Shani Rainey (11.7 PPG). Also eligible this year will be sisters Erica and Olivia Ogwumike. You will recognize those names as sisters of WNBA All-Star Nneka Ogwumike. Road games against Kansas and Texas A&M highlight the schedule, and a home game against Little Rock will be the toughest home contest before conference play begins.
Southern Miss Southern Miss The Golden Eagles fell just shy of a Conference USA championship, settling for a WNIT invite that ended in a first round loss to Little Rock. They will have some key components to replace this year, highlighted by the loss of team MVP Brittanny Dinkins, who led the team in points, assists, and steals. Sophomore guard Shonte Hailes will be exciting to watch this year as she takes over control at the point. Redshirt senior Jayla King (10.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG) will take over most of the scoring duties. The notable transfer for the team is sophomore center Amber Landing (Little Rock), who will be eligible this season. Road games against Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Georgia Tech will test the resolve of Southern Miss. A game against Tulane is the highlight of the home schedule.
UAB UAB A season with some genuine highs (victory at Troy) and lows (loss to Samford) ended in a 2OT loss to North Texas as host of the Conference USA Tournament. That was UAB’s 2nd home loss to the Mean Green, by a combined 4 points and 3 overtimes. This year the Blazers will be led once again by sophomore Rachael Childress (12.4 PPG), Conference USA’s Freshman of the Year last season. The young squad’s other two scoring leaders last year are sophomore Miyah Barnes (8.7 PPG) and junior Deanna Kuzmanic (9.0 PPG). The big games this year for the Blazers will come at the end of November when they take on Indiana and UC Santa Barbara at the St. Mary’s Tournament in San Francisco.
UTEP UTEP Last season seemed to be an ambitious year that fell quite flat. The Miners went 0-3 against LSU, NC State, and Kansas State in the Paradise Jam, and 0-2 against Pitt and Alabama in the Patrick Harrington Classic. Conference play was equally unkind as UTEP survived by just a single point to hapless Florida Atlantic. UTEP replaces their leading scorer Sparkle Taylor, but gets back senior forward Tamara Seda (9.6 PPG, 9.0 RPG). The Miners will take on Arkansas when they host the UTEP classic, and will also visit New Orleans for the Tulane Classic in December.
UTSA UTSA The Roadrunners had a strange year with some baffling losses (D2 Angelo State) and huge wins (Western Kentucky) that ended in an early Conference Tournament exit at the hands of Rice. UTSA will have to work this year without the top two scorers from last season, who tallied about half the team’s total points. They will be led be veterans Carlie Heineman (9.2 PPG) and Crystal Chidomere (8.5 PPG). Opening week will be very tough on UTSA as the visit Arizona State and Texas. The schedule eases up after that, with games against Mississippi Valley State, UT-RGV, Sand Diego, Cal State Fullerton, and Texas A&M-Commerce.
WKU Western Kentucky The Hilltoppers have been a power their conference for the past 5 seasons, all ending in postseason bids, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament in the past 3 years. WKU has to find a way to fill the void left by first team all-CUSA Kendall Noble, along with two other starters. They will be led by seniors Tashia Brown (13.4 PPG) and Ivy Brown (13.1 PPG, 8.2 RPG). The WKU schedule starts off as tough as you can ask for, as the Hilltoppers will head to Iowa City for the 2017 Hawkeye Challenge to take on Missouri and either Iowa or Quinnipiac. They will then host Notre Dame before taking on Indiana on the road. Trips to the Georgia State Tournament and West Palm Invitational round out a fun non-conference schedule.

Coaches

School Coach Season
Charlotte Charlotte Cara Consuegra 7th
FAU Florida Atlantic Jim Jabir 1st
FIU Florida International Tiara Malcom 2nd
Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech Brooke and Scott Stoehr 2nd
Marshall Marshall Tony Kemper 6th (1st as HC)
Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee Rick Insell 13th
North Texas North Texas Jalie Mitchell 3rd
Old Dominion Old Dominion Nikki McCray-Penson 1st
Rice Rice Tina Langley 3rd
Southern Miss Southern Miss Joye Lee-McNelis 14th
UAB UAB Randy Norton 5th
UTEP UTEP Kevin Baker 1st
UTSA UTSA Kristen Holt 1st
WKU Western Kentucky Michelle Clark-Heard 6th
Champion Prediction: WKU Western Kentucky
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