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From Plumbers Apprentice to $100 Million - 26 Business Lessons from an Expert Marketer (Conor McGregor)

2020.09.10 14:38 PaulChittenden From Plumbers Apprentice to $100 Million - 26 Business Lessons from an Expert Marketer (Conor McGregor)

Conor McGregor went from plumbers apprentice to making $100 Million. This is not all that surprising given he is a sports superstar.
What is surprising is that he did this in MMA, a sport that notoriously doesn't pay this kind of money.
In fact, McGregor's net worth is at least 3X that of his TOP peers in the sport. And if you look at the Top 15 highest-paid fighters in the UFC, three are only there because they fought McGregor.
Conor McGregor is surely a controversial character, but there are surely some business lessons to learn from his rise to fame. After studying his career and countless hours of video, here are 26 lessons I've learned from the man himself.

Lesson 1 - Find a Need in the Market that Needs Fulfilling

When Conor moved to a new suburb, he lost his group of friends and had to start over. As the new guy, he got in his share of fights. Without a group of friends to back him up, he needed to learn to fight so he could protect himself. With boxing training, any potential attackers might find themselves getting more than they’ve bargained for and decide to pick on an easier target.
Crumlin Boxing Club fulfilled that need for Conor, and initiated his journey to superstardom.
In business, you need to find a need with your particular audience. Fulfill that need and buyers will come to you.
Let’s take boxing gyms as an example.
In a rough neighborhood, you’ll find “real” boxing gyms. The boxers here come to learn how to truly fight and even compete.
In “upper-class” neighborhoods, you’ll find more cardio based boxing gyms. The goal at these gyms are more for exercise than actual fighting. You won’t see too many sparring sessions at these gyms.
Both models are successful. Understand your market.

Lesson 2 - Find Your Passion. Try new things

McGregor and Tom Egan, while opposites, met in high school both enjoyed MMA. They watched UFC broadcasts on weekends together. It was Egan who sparked Conor’s interest in MMA.
Conor started dabbling in both MMA and boxing, and eventually, left boxing for his true love of MMA. With this focus, Conor went on to dominate the MMA scene.
In business, even the best entrepreneurs can get burnt out. If you look at Elon Musk, Richard Branson, or Steve Jobs, they are all extremely passionate about what they do.
They can and do put in the hours to become the best in their niches. When they speak, you hear the passion and feel drawn to their cause.
It’s hard to be tremendously successful if you hate what you do.

Lesson 3 - Find a Mentor to Increase the Likelihood and Decrease the Time to Success

Although they were around the same age, Tom Egan made it to the UFC first. Conor saw his pal in the UFC, and knew that he had a chance too. The impossible became possible and no longer just a dream.
In business, you need to find a mentor who is ahead of you. Mentors can help you avoid big mistakes.
More importantly, mentors show you what is possible and can create a complete level change in your game.

Lesson 4 - Surround Yourself with People That Want You to Succeed & Will Support You. Stay Loyal to Them.

Dee Devlin has been by Conor’s side since the beginning. She supported him when he was a nobody.
She believed in him.
Dee experienced all of the ups and downs on the path to fame. They grew together.
When you become rich and famous, people try to take advantage of you. It becomes harder to find true friends and romantic partners. Conor avoided this and married the girl who helped him get to where he is now.
Let’s face it, some successful entrepreneurs did not have this support system. They were doubted, laughed at even. This doubt fueled their desire to succeed.
Even so, these entrepreneurs eventually built teams which were so inspired by the entrepreneur’s vision, they eventually do build these supportive relationships.
If you do have this support system, remember who was there supporting you from the beginning. True friendships are an important foundation for happiness as you become more successful.

Lesson 5 - Intense Focus on Your Craft Decide on What You Want and Put 100% Focus Into It

Not only did Dee Devlin give Conor emotional and moral support, she financially supported him as well. She waited tables so that Conor could focus 100% on his training. She helped him buy healthier foods to fuel his body.
Conor was naturally talented. Adding in 100% focus to his training allowed him to accelerate his skills much quicker.
Most people are juggling too many things. Spending hours playing Call of Duty, late nights drinking, dreaming instead of doing, are taking time away from honing your craft.
The best of the best are practicing. They are making sales calls. In the studio.
With 100% focus and persistence, you will eventually make it.

Lesson 6 - The Law of Attraction Visualizing Yourself to Greatness

Conor attributes the use of visualization and the Law of Attraction to manifest his way to becoming a champion.
This all sounds kind of crazy, but the same technique has been cited by Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey, plus dozens of athletes and mega celebrities including, Kobe Bryant, Cristiano Ronaldo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lindsey Vonn, Tony Robbins, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Will Smith, Lady Gaga, and Kanye West,.
What is the Law of Attraction?
The Law of Attraction is a belief that a person’s thoughts and focus bring positive or negative experiences into the person’s life.
Conor’s sister Erin, a bodybuilder and fitness model, recommended he read The Secret, a book on the Law of Attraction. He opted for the DVD version.
"Even when I first watched it, I was like, this is bulls--t," McGregor told Bleacher Report in 2015.
But after watching it, something clicked. Conor and Dee started using it to visualize little things, like getting the front parking spots. After seeing it work, he went on to visualize himself as a champion. In fact, his family credits the moment he watched The Secret, as the birth of Conor McGregor, the superstar.
Stop thinking small. Dream big!

Lesson 7 - Fight IQ Get a Deep Understanding of Your Competition

In his first UFC post fight interview, he clearly said that he thought Brimmage was emotional and would overthrow his shots. Conor fully understands there is the game before the game.
McGregor’s fight IQ is off the charts.
All fighters watch films of previous fights. Try to find subtle tells. They begin each fight carefully, trying to figure out distance and timing.
Watching Conor, it almost looks intuitive. It seems that he knows his opponents better than they know themselves.
This is most evident after the Aldo fight. Video is released of McGregor practicing the exact sequence that dispatched the 10-year winning streak of the champion.
After the fight, Conor said he saw a subtle tell before the bell rang. Aldo’s right hand was twitching. He knew Aldo was going to unload a big right hand that would set up his left hand knockout punch. Seriously, watch the video below. Mystic Mac believes in the power of visualization.
Know your competition. You can outsmart them. Be faster. Have better customer service. Be good where they suck.

Lesson 8 - Be an entertainer. Stand for Something. Be Polarizing. People Will Love You or Hate You & That’s Not Bad.

Dana White knew Conor McGregor was going to be a star the very first time they met. Why?
Dana said it was his personality. His laugh.
What else is underneath this?
Conor McGregor had a clear focus to become UFC Champion and become rich and famous. He had an outlandish personality. He was witty. He would entertain the masses.
I’ve never met Conor McGregor in person, but from most reports from fans and casuals alike, McGregor is a completely different person outside of the ring.
A nice and pleasant guy.
Is the UFC Conor McGregor just a persona?
Who else had success in the UFC with an outlandish and polarizing personality?
The WWE has perfected this character. They call them the heel. Conor McGregor may or may not be the heel, but he definitely is polarizing, and he is very much like a WWE character.
Love him or hate him, every MMA and boxing fan knows Conor McGregor.
Like the greatest before him, McGregor knows that almost any attention is good attention.
Step into the MMA forums or a Facebook discussion, and you will see the Conor McGregor haters out in full force.
But guess what, his haters still buy his PPV fights - to see him lose!
If you want to be a public figure, amplify your message. Take who you are, and multiply that by 3X or 10X.
Sure, you want to be authentic. Don’t be someone you’re not. But take it up a notch.
Be exciting. Be an entertainer.

Lesson 9 - Find Your 1000 True Fans Cater to Your Base

In his first UFC fight, Conor is seen with an Irish flag draped over his shoulders as he walks to the ring. Before he was a worldwide superstar, Conor worked to become the ambassador of Irish MMA.
In fact, as his stardom grew, it seemed half of Ireland would travel to his fights.
The UFC, having dominated the American MMA market, was ready to move into Europe, and Conor McGregor would carry the entirety of Ireland.
Kevin Kelly, editor at Wired magazine, wrote an essay called “1,000 True Fans.” The essay, a must read, states that all it takes to earn a living as creator is 1,000 true fans who will buy your work.
For McGregor, his fanbase started with his countrymen. As his stardom grew, so did his base of fans.
In business, you have to find your core supporters. The people who will buy your product. The people who will share your content. The people that love your product or service so much they have to tell their friends about it.
Find your Ireland and grow from there.

Lesson 10 - Fighting is a Mind Game Discover Your Opponent’s Weaknesses

Conor McGregor is a master of getting inside his opponent’s head. Often, his opponents become emotional and abandon their game plan or overextend their shots.f
Many fighters talk trash. Many fighters try to intimidate their opponents. They may even come close to actually fighting during staredowns. But - they don’t completely destroy 8 weeks of game planning the way Conor does.
Before the fight with Dustin Poirier, McGregor said:
Just as he says, he defeats Poirier by KO in the first round. Mystic Mac is born.
Dustin Poirier is an amazing fighter. As a fellow Louisiana boy, he’s one of my favorites.
I don’t believe that Dustin was beat in the ring. He was beaten before the fight.
McGregor baited him. Made him angry. Dustin Poirer didn’t follow his game plan.
Conor’s remarks that this is just a game really sums it all up. After the Dustin Poirier fight, we see McGregor take his head games up a notch. The best example is the fight with Aldo.
Aldo went 10 years without a defeat. Fighters were afraid of him.
After defeating Dennis Siver, McGregor jumps the Octagon fence and goes straight for Aldo, showing he has no fear of the champion.
The pre-fight insults from McGregor are being hurled at unprecedented speed - expletives, racist comments, attacking the entire Brazilian nation. But when McGregor steals Aldo's belt, there is one moment when you see the look of defeat on the Brazilian's face.
McGregor raises his hands as if he already knows he’s the champion. Aldo, unable to do anything in the moment, mentally breaks. Maybe it was just a seed of doubt, but McGregor was in his head.
As a small brand, sometimes going after the big guys can be tough. Study your competitor. Find out what they do well and where they are lacking.
No one is perfect. Focus on your competitor's weaknesses. Fill those gaps. Be nimble. Slowly take market share by doing what they cannot.

Lesson 11 - Differentiation - Discover What Sets You Apart from the Crowd

Conor had big dreams. He was already visualizing himself as a massive star. A rich, popular, double champ at that.
How would the double champ act? What would he look like? How would he speak?
Rumors were going around that McGregor was getting easy fights. Maybe it was true. The UFC was investing in his brand to grow the European market. They didn’t want their golden boy to lose yet.
I cannot confirm this through any research, but I’m sure Conor was aware of the UFC’s plans and his role in them.
Instead of denying the matchmaking, McGregor doubles down and talks about his relationship with Lorenzo (one of the owner’s of the UFC). In fact, they even have a tradition of toasting a shot of whiskey after McGregor’s wins.
McGregor has gone from plumber’s apprentice to UFC star. His Lorenzo comments are positioning him as the employee who is winning and dining with the CEO. Isn’t this the dream of all employees?
Go back to the beginning of Conor’s Instagram. It quickly goes from typical fighter to businessman and luxury everything - clothes, cars, private jets.
He dons his trademark suits.
Conor is no longer just a fighter. He’s the guy from the rough neighborhood that made it.
He’s transcended fighter status. He’s different.
In business, marketing and positioning are the key to market domination.
Your brand, your image, your packaging, your customer service. Are they aligned with your target market?

Lesson 12 - Understand the Machine that Drives Your Industry

McGregor worked hard to build his personal brand. He built his profile, entertaining the masses and winning in spectacular fashion.
Winning fights gets better fights. But have you noticed that some fighters keep winning but aren’t given a main event? Maybe they are passed over for a title shot?
Why?
McGregor understood the game. He dove into the machine head on, realizing that putting up big numbers gets you bigger opportunities.
More than anything, the UFC organization is a promotion and hype machine. The UFC’s job is to sell fights, build storylines, and develop fighters.
Conor understands this. He has fully leveraged the UFC’s marketing powers to 10X his brand. He layers his own marketing on top of the UFC’s efforts.
McGregor took chances. He talked smack. He manufactured beef / rivalry. He won his fights in spectacular fashion, and he built his social media empire to engage his fans.
The UFC brass see this. They know his popularity is growing, so they put even more dollars behind him to promote him. He coaches on the Ultimate Fighter Season 22 against Urijah Faber (another very popular fighter). He gets more popular. He pulls bigger numbers. It’s a never ending cycle for now.
With fame and celebrity comes opportunities. Big names pull big money. Bigger purses. Bigger sponsorship deals. And other opportunities outside the ring.
What is the machine behind your industry? Determine how the big boys in your industry are winning.
Is it their sales team? Is it paid ads? Is it media coverage?
Deconstruct the winners and find your way in.

Lesson 13 - When Opportunity Presents Itself, Take Your Shot

When Aldo was injured, Mendes stepped in on 3 week’s notice to fight for the interim title.
Both McGregor and Mendes saw the opportunity, McGregor, an interim belt and Mendes the belt plus a McGregor payday,
While this happens all the time, it is a risk. McGregor was preparing for a different fighter. Mendes didn’t have a full training camp.
In business, opportunities can present themselves at any time. It is up to you to see them and capitalize on them.
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes - then learn how to do it later.” - Richard Branson

Lesson 14 - Precision Beats Power, Timing Beats Speed

A fighter studies their opponent to understand their movement, any tells, and potential holes in their game. Conor does this exceptionally well.
In my first few sparring sessions, my biggest surprise was how fast the more advanced fighter's were. Not their hand speed. It was how fast their mind worked. They saw my punches coming almost before I threw them. They were able to move out of the way and counter with ease. They saw something I didn't see.
A fighter with a high fight IQ has:
So far, Conor's only hole is his ground game. Standing up, he has the upper hand. After the Aldo fight, he said this:
This quote is a great way to think about business.
Precision beats power. Oftentimes, you are competing with the big boys, the entrenched competitors, or the huge multinational corporation. They have power.
A smaller business can compete with precision. You can serve the customer better. You can offer a more personalized service. You can serve in a profitable capacity, that the big boys are ignoring because it is too small for them. Be precise.
Timing beats speed. Being first to market can help you get first crack at market share, maybe even give you time to build a moat. Yet, timing beats speed. Sometimes it is better to let the first mover establish a market before moving in. You’ll save all the cost of developing the market, and you can learn from their mistakes. Time the market.

Lesson 15 - See the Opportunity & Ask for What You Want

At this point, Conor McGregor basically gets whatever fight he wants. However, Lesson 15 flips the script. This isn’t about McGregor. It is about Nate Diaz.
After Nate Diaz defeated Michael Johnson at UFC Fox 17, he stepped up to the mic and called out Conor McGregor in an expletive filled rant.
This takes us back to another infamous McGregor press conference with reference to “Red Panty Night.”
Conor McGregor brings in huge paydays, and he says a fight with him is cause for celebration. Fighters will make more fighting him than any other fighter on the roster.
Diaz understood this. He saw the opportunity. And he asked for it.
Diaz’s first fight with Conor McGregor earned him 4X what he made for his previous second highest grossing fight.
The second fight went on to earn him more in one night than he made his entire UFC career.
Then, his rise in popularity has earned him a noticeable bump in his post McGregor fights.
What can we learn from this? Too many people can spot the opportunity, but don’t have the balls to go for it.
Ask for the meeting.
Ask for the sale.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. - Wayne Gretzky

Lesson 16 - Rivalries are Opportunities

Nate Diaz was no match for Conor McGregor’s verbal sparring as seen in several pre-fight interviews. But Nate Diaz has his own Stockton “Gangsta” style of dealing with rivalries that fans love.
After Conor shows up 30 minutes late, Diaz walks out. Diaz’s team throws a water bottle. Things get out of hand.
Rivalries can be great marketing opportunities. This clash no doubt sold more PPV’s.
Take a look at Wendy’s taking a shot at McDonald’s on Twitter.
Look at the number of Retweets. Holy crap.
Have some fun. Maybe a rivalry is just the PR stunt you need.

Lesson 17 - Do Not Succumb to Failure. Learn from Your Mistakes. Pivot.

Mcgregor lost to Diaz in their first matchup by submission. Conor analyzed his mistakes in training and particularly his diet.
He put these learnings to use in their second matchup.
Conor came back and won their second fight by decision, in a grueling 5 round matchup.
In business, we experience failures just like in life. Markets change, regulations change, and unprecedented events such as Covid can derail our plans.
You need to be okay with failure. But don’t let a failure go to waste.
Analyze it. See what when wrong. Find out how you could have changed things. Make a plan not to make that mistake again.
Maybe you need to pivot. Maybe you just need to make some tweaks. Either way, a failure can make your business stronger, if you implement the changes necessary to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

Lesson 18 - Make History Change the Game

In the lead up to the fight with Alvarez, a promo is released, and we hear Conor Mcgregor say:
There has not been a UFC champion in two weight classes at the same time. McGregor was gunning to go down as the first in the UFC record books.
At the same time, he would make history as headlining the first MMA fight in Madison Square Gardens. It was truly a historic moment in the world of MMA.
Riches, fame. It means nothing in the end.
But, history?
And just like the story of Roger Bannister and the four-minute mile, Conor opened up the door for other champ champs - Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, and Henry Cejudo.
Too many entrepreneurs are doing “me-too” business. Chasing successful businesses in hopes of making some cash.
The true game changers are going big. Trying to change history.
Truly think about what you can do to change the industry, to innovate, to do the impossible.

Lesson 19 - Leverage Other People’s Audiences

Back in 2015, Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber were announced as coaches on the Ultimate Fighter reality show contest.
The same year, video surfaced of a sparring session between Game of Throne’s “The Mountain”
Each of these appearances allowed Conor to utilize other people’s audiences (OPA) to gain additional fans outside of his current fan base.
The UFC’s Ultimate Fighter series brought in the series’ fans plus fans of Urijah that may not have been fans of Conor and gave them a chance to get to know him over multiple exposures (episodes).
The playful sparring session with The Mountain allowed Conor to gain exposure to the Game of Throne’s audience who followed Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. He’s appeared on the cover of GQ and appeared on the cover of Call of Duty Infinite Warfare.,
McGregor has also had appearances on Conan O’brien’s Late Night and has sung pub songs with Jimmy Fallon.
Speaking of Conan, did you know 23 celebrities own shares in the UFC? Here they are:
Now this is a genius move by the UFC. By allowing celebrities to own a piece of the UFC, the UFC knows that they will promote the business to their following, bringing in additional fans that would not normally be watching.
McGregor’s biggest example of leveraging other people’s audiences is his crossover fight with Mayweather. Mayweather is boxing’s greatest fighter ever. Not only does Mayweather have a huge audience, this fight would introduce Conor McGregor to the entire boxing audience.
No matter your industry, you need to know where your customers are. Who has a similar pool of leads in their audience?
Partner with another complimentary company that shares your audience.
Get a story written about you and your company in your industry’s magazine.
Go where the fish are, but fish with dynamite.

Lesson 20 - Know Your Numbers What is the Most Profitable Thing in Your Business?

At this point, Conor McGregor is the highest paid fighter in UFC history.
Yet, he is making peanuts compared to the big names in boxing.
Conor realizes this and guns for the biggest name in boxing, Floyd Mayweather. If he can make this happen, it will be the biggest payday in his career.
Similarly, you need to understand your own numbers. Where is the money?
What product lines are the most profitable? What are the least?
Make decisions based on numbers.

Lesson 21 - Negotiating Like a Pro Keep it Win-Win, and Give to Get

How do you get the biggest name in boxing, arguably the best boxer to ever step into the ring, to agree to a fight with an MMA fighter who has never professionally boxed?
You need to understand what the other party wants. Not just on the surface. What they truly want.
What would Mayweather possibly want?
  1. Money - Mayweather likes to spend money and is rumored to have financial troubles.
  2. Vanity - Mayweather wants to keep his undefeated record untarnished.
  3. Cash Flow - Mayweather wants big fights. At 43, the window of opportunity is slowly closing.
When Mayweather fought Pacquiao, the purse was split $180 million for Mayweather and $120 million for Pacquiao, according to Kurt Badenhausen.
Big number for sure. What could Conor offer? He has a big name, but he’s not Manny Pacquiao.
Money: Conor offers a better split of revenues. Reportedly, Mayweather took in $500 million with Conor only taking $100 million.
Vanity: On paper, this fight should be the least risk for Mayweather. Sure, Conor has a monster left hand, but he’s not a professional boxer. Mayweather believes he will retain his record.
Cash Flow: McGregor offers to promote the hell out of this fight. With Mayweather believing he has no chance of losing, he also retains his record, assuring he can continue to get big money fights.
Let’s face it. Conor couldn’t lose. Losing to Mayweather in a boxing match doesn’t hurt his brand at all, and he comes away $100 million dollars richer and an even bigger brand.
The secret to negotiating is to have a deep understanding of what the other party wants.
Make the deal win-win. If the other party has massive leverage or if the deal could be a game changer for you or your business, don’t be afraid to give them more.

Lesson 22 - Spend More Time on Promotion

MMA training takes a considerable amount of time.
MMA fighters train in multiple disciplines, lift weights, and do a ton of cardio. They also need time to sleep and recover.
With all this training, how do you even have time to promote the fight?
Still McGregor has taken time to make appearances, go on press tours, television, podcasts, and more.
A lot of fighters hate promoting. It takes time away from the things they need to do to prepare for a fight.
No matter how hard it is, promotion is key to becoming a big name in the sport.
This is great advice, especially for creatives. Creatives spend so much time producing work. It seems productive, but you need to spend equal time promoting.

Lesson 23 - Diversify You Need Multiple Revenue Streams

As in most professional sports, MMA fighters take a brutal toll on their bodies. It is hard to determine the average fighter’s career length, but the 9-year rule, stating that fighter’s start to decline around the 9-year mark, is a good indicator.
This means that most fighters only have 10 years to maximize their career earnings in the sport.
McGregor has done this through sponsorships:
He has a residency deal with the Wynn Las Vegas for his post fight after parties.
He owns digital properties selling workouts (McGregor FAST Program), emojis (MacMoji App), the MacTalk App, and the everything McGregor and MMA website, the Mac Life. All of these generate additional revenue.
Then like a true Irishman, he started his own line of whiskey, Proper 12, just in time before the biggest fight of his MMA career against Khabib Nurmagomedov. In a genius move, McGregor sponsored his own UFC fight to promote his new whiskey. The brand has reportedly brought in $1 billion in sales in its first year.
Changing markets, the economy, or a pandemic can all change everything in an instant. It is important to have multiple revenue streams to both maximize revenue generation opportunities and safeguard you from a change in circumstances such as a lay-off.
Side Hustles are becoming more and more popular!

Lesson 24 - There is No Such Thing as Bad Publicity

Conor McGregor and his team’s bus incident ignited a flurry of bad press. A string of bad publicity follows. Let's take a quick look at the Google trends for Conor Mcgregor searches over time:
There are 12 peaks indicating high searches:
  1. Becomes Cage Warriors Double Champ (& tweeted by Joe Rogan)
  2. McGregor vs Mendes (& interviewed on Conan)
  3. McGregor vs. Aldo
  4. McGregor vs. Diaz I
  5. McGregor vs. Diaz II
  6. McGregor vs. Alvarez
  7. McGregor vs. Mayweather
  8. McGregor Bus Incident
  9. McGregor vs. Khabib
  10. Accusation of Sexual Assault
  11. Mcgregor Bar Fight
  12. Mcgregor vs. Cerrone
Numbers 8, 10, & 11 are all bad press.
But an old saying by P.T. Barnum rang true.
The fight with Khabib went on to become the biggest fight in UFC history.
Now the saying isn’t 100% true, we’ve all seen bad press sink a company, but let’s be real, this is the fight game. The fans secretly loved it. Come on, he’s a fighter. We expect this.
Bad Publicity can actually help smaller brands, as it still gets eyeballs on the product, service, or person. The strategy definitely has some risks, but we’ve seen some major brands built with bad press (think Kim K’s sex tape).
However, larger brands can lose a lot of business with bad press.

Lesson 25 - Forward Momentum Propels You Forward Choose Your Battles Wisely

After a long lay-off between the Khabib defeat, Conor needs to win a big fight to get back in title contention.
Donald Cerrone is a great matchup. It is a fight he is expected to win as he is a -300 favorite according to oddsmakers. Plus, Cerrone is one of the most entertaining fighters to watch with his stand and bang style.
McGregor’s quick win over Donald Cerrone provides him with forward momentum once again and vaults him right back into title contention.
Look for little wins. Forward momentum propels you forward, boosts your confidence, and reinvigorates your motivation.
Set goals. Blast them. Keep moving forward.

Lesson 26 - Be Willing to Walk Away if the Deal Isn’t Right

At this point, McGregor wants a big fight.
A rematch with Khabib, a contender’s fight against Gaethje, or a spectacle with either a Diaz trilogy or the BMF holder, Masvidal.
No other fights really make sense right now.
Maybe Conor will take a rematch with Floyd Mayweather or perhaps the talks about Pacquiao are true. Who knows.
Without the right match on the table, Conor decides to sit on the sideline until the right deal is presented.
Sometimes it is better to walk away and keep your stock high than to take a bad deal.

Bonus Lesson 1 - Take Care of Your Body & Mind

As an elite athlete, surely Conor McGregor is in great shape. Yet, it was a story about Lebron James that changed his entire outlook on training and mindset.
Lebron reportedly has a cadre of trainers, biomechanists, massage therapists, nutritionists, and personal chefs that have all contributed to his longevity in the sport. He does cryotherapy and spends time in the hyperbaric chamber. It was even reported that Lebron took ballet classes to help with his footwork.
He spends roughly $1.5 million a year on his body.
After McGregor read this, he knew he had to invest in his own body.
It seems he also worked with Tony Robbins, the ultimate life coach, to help with his mental state.
Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, or Friends. Choose three.
The above is a running joke in the startup world. It is hard to juggle everything when you’re busy trying to change the world.
Physical fitness and mental health are extremely important. Keep in shape and you’ll be more productive, have more energy, and be able to think more clearly.

Bonus Lesson 2 - Develop Unbreakable Confidence

Conor McGregor exudes confidence. While all professional athletes share this trait, Conor’s confidence is off the charts even for professional athlete standards.
A lot of people mistake McGregor’s confidence for arrogance. Understandably so.
Yet, Conor believes what he is saying.
I’ve watched countless hours of pre-fight interviews of both Conor and other fighters. Conor McGregor has absolute certainty he is going to win.
Other fighters also believe they are going to win. However, you can see faint tells, twitches, micro expressions, or even vocal uncertainties in their responses. Subconsciously, somewhere deep down, the fighter has doubts. Doubts in themselves and doubts in their abilities.
This is not evident anywhere in Conor McGregor’s UFC career. This does put the Tony Robbins coaching into perspective. DId Conor need help getting his confidence back after he was defeated by Khabib? Tony Robbins would be the guy to get your mojo back!
I believe there are two main drivers to success in business:
  1. Believing in yourself
  2. Having something to prove
Confidence gets you on the road to success. If you believe in yourself, you’ll be willing to take the chance at greatness.
On the flip side of the coin, there is one group of people with low confidence that also have the ability to make it big - someone who is determined to prove their worth. These people are so determined to be successful their lack of confidence does not scare them away. Slowly, they become confident along the way.

Bonus Lesson 3 - Be Grateful

The one thing that surprised me in the research for this article was how grateful he is for everything he has accomplished.
Conor Mcgregor, an international sports legend with $100+ million dollars. A man that could have anything he wants. And he is truly grateful for his success.
No matter your success in life, this one is the key. No amount of money will ever make you happy. But gratitude - for your family, your friends, your lifestyle, for every little positive thing in your life that you take for granted, that is the real key to success and happiness.
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2020.09.06 06:08 blurryturtle US Open 4th Round Men's & Women's Singles Writeup with bonus coverage of my anger at Tennis Channel announcers

Say what you want about the Tennis Channel announcers. Seriously. Say it. They make it impossible to watch tennis. I cannot recommend enough the Tennistv subscription as the announcers are generally absent or competent. There is something very casually malicious about the way the announcers are completely unfamiliar with the tour players aside from the stats and numbers they read, and how awkwardly childishly they talk about the game. You can suggest that they’re not announcing for the advanced tennis fan, but let’s be honest, nobody is watching tennis like people tune in for the Super Bowl every year who never watch a game during the season. Furthermore, by talking to the audience like they’re idiots they remain so. Wouldn’t you want your fans to gradually learn more about the game and the tour? Wouldn’t you be a knob if you assume that the audience doesn’t understand the game well enough to understand what has just happened? Imagine hiring a coach who doesn't teach you anything new because you don't already know it. It is exhausting having to watch tennis on mute because a condescending muppet insists on talking not to me about tennis, but at me. A guy like Darren Cahill is an absolute joy to listen to. He’s educational, he knows all the players on tour, and he describes yet respects the game. More of that, less of “YOU KNOW THE CROWD WOULD BE MAKING NOISE IF THEY WERE HERE”.
I realized I always do the men first. Let’s switchitup. Whether it’s the fast courts of the layoff being great for players coming into this event healthy and free of mental fatigue, the quality of play on the women’s side has been incredible this week. Simply unreal how many matches are being decided by who plays better not who makes errors.
Brady Kerber : Jack Sock can play doubles. The only forehand I need is Jenn Brady. She swings so fast it almost looks like she’s made poor contact with as much speed as the ball comes out with. She’s using this to get great short angles to her opponents forehand wings and she’s serving at a pretty good clip. Garcia has become a dangerous returner but a few too many errors and losing most of the longer points spelled a respectable 3rd round exit for her. Kerber dispatched Ann Li who was a good test to see where Kerber’s game is as she was playing good attacking tennis and moving the ball around but without a serve. Kerber was up to the task and she will be a really difficult matchup for Brady, who excels on taking control of the point and challenging her opponents backhand and movement. Kerber’s backhand is rocksolid and she’s at her best when she’s defending. I think Brady’s been better but as the tournament goes deeper it’s hard to count out veterans who have the pedigree to compete with anyone. This is a common theme that comes up on tour where a new player is surging and is slightly favored to beat a veteran champion. It can be a good motivator for the veteran to play pressure-free tennis and a difficult task for the challenger to put on the offensive pressure for an entire match. The first in a parade of matches where I will think the winner is the favorite to win the tournament. Brady in 3.
Putintseva Martic : Putintseva is probably the player in this draw most benefitting from the fast courts. She hit very few winners in her win over Sasnovich, dropping the first set while being moved back and forth endlessly across the court. The defending got better as the set lagged on and the outburst of offense took it’s toll on Aliaksandra’s game. Errors started to come, and she started to force shuts against the Putintseva pressure. On a slower court it become a wonderful experience to have your opponent on a string, but on these quick courts hard hit defensive shots move quickly and are tough to create off of. Putineffort will be against a higher tier bit of offense against Martic, whose game is so smooth it almost seems like she isn’t trying. Gracheva had an early break but missed too often and put too many backhands into the net, and Martic will be relatively fresh for this matchup. Martic has a bit more margin on her offense and a lot more defensive presence than Sandwich, but will face the same pressure to produce offense against a player not really looking to end rallies. I think Martic will find it, but I agree with the -170 price because there’s a good chance for Putintseva to push her way through this one. Martic in 3.
Osakalypse Kontaveit : Local broccoli Naomi Osaka got the job done in 3 good quality sets. The announcers really put their poor qualifications on display in this one, with such gems as “Kostyuk is lucky because she can find all the tape in the world of Osaka, but Osaka wouldn’t be able to find any of her and would have to rely on friends or coaches who had done some digging to get any info”. There are literally hours of footage available of everyone on tour and Kostyuk has been on tour for a few years now, and also won the US Open juniors. She’s a great player, and pretending not to have heard of her is fairly inexcusable for even American announcers. It makes things worse when she plays the perfect set of tennis in the second set and they need to scramble to know how this could happen when she only just began existing when she joined Osaka on court.
Kontaveit held off Linette’s early break and once you get past the first set you generally are facing a diminished Linette. These two met for a thriller last week where Kontaveit had her chances late in the third but didn’t hit the target. I think she turns that around this time, and despite my earlier gripe, the crowd not being a few thousand people cheering for Kontaveit double faults because they like Osaka will place this match on more even terms. Kontaveit has the more consistent offense and Osaka has the better serve. This will be about who maintains control of rallies and who hits the big shots in the end. Kontaveit in 3.
Rogers Kvitova : Shelbing Unit got down an early break against Brengle but never looked back. She’s hitting the ball so crisp and is one of the more infrequently successful Americans on tour so it’s really encouraging to see her make an improvement in the middle of her career. Kvitova looked to be back in consistent form, being outworked for some portions of the match but generally having control of it. She hits the ball ridiculously hard off both wings and while she may be some % bird, she is the rest percent badass tennis player. Her skill at net is refreshing and her task in this match will be to get there as much as possible, as Rogers hits the ball a bit slower and needs a bit more time, but booms the ball with the sort of length/pace combo that can handcuff a taller opponent and earn errors. I think the serving of Kvitova looked great against Pegula, and that should be the edge here as the match goes late. Kvitova in 3.
Cornet Pironkova : This is not the matchup most people expected, but it’s not as one-sided as I would normally call a Cornet/Pironkova tie. Cornet did her best to keep the ball in play and deep against Keys, and while she served at duece in almost all her service games in the first set she never dropped serve, and Keys grew more and more frustrated, eventually devolving into the “go for winners from behind the baseline” game that makes her one of the most terrifying champions to back. Mertens suffered from a similar pushing/moonballing approach yesterday from Tormo. I can see how exhausting and aggravating it can be, but it’s also a non-threatening approach and Keys did not need to try to end rallies by hitting through a player who was a few feet behind the baseline at all times. Work the angles, and get to net. Unfortunately here she appeared to suffer a neck injury, so how much that affected the match will make me eat some percent of my criticisms. The withdrawal was great for Cornet who played well last week and deserves a good run. Free France!
Pironkova is the player of the week on the women’s side, dispatching Muguruza and Vekic in impressive fashion. She would be a heavy favorite here, but was sporting a very bandaged left thigh and wasn’t really able to elevate on her serve. Vekic played shockingly great tennis in the first set, holding at love several times, and crushing the ball on her groundstrokes. Pironkova’s backhand though is one of the best inside out backhands you’ll ever see, and she was able to utilize that shot over and over en route to this quality victory. The injury is a question mark as it’s unlikely to heal during an event, but she’s a solid contender to win this match, as Cornet is never an overwhelming opponent. Pironkova in 3.
Sakkari Williams : Oooo. This rematch brought to you by Johnson’s no more tears shampoo. Sakkari lost this match last time but Serena didn’t allow it, imploding and not really wanting to battle after things got tough. Serena looked sloppy early in this event but still didn’t drop a set until a peculiar but encouraging match with Sloane “not winning another match til the next major” Stephens. Sloane played well in the first and Serena sprayed the ball a bit wildly, but in the second Serena stopped all that. She found the accuracy and put the ball in the deep corners with both wings, and most importantly she served well. Sloane was forced to try to manufacture offense and place her serves a bit better as Serena with a neutral ball had become relatively unplayable, and this is never Sloane’s strong suit. Serena will come into this match looking much better than she did last week, and oddly Sakkari won but played less than her best in last week’s match, so this should be another in a stacked set of matches. Without several of the top 10 players, this is still looking like the best quality 4th round in a major that we’ve seen in a loooooong time. Sakkari drubbed Anisimova which really surprised me after watching her previous round. Sakkari is in the top 5 best players following the break, and will be a much more reliable defensive and offensive presence than Stephens was. Serena in 3 but she will need to play the kind of tennis she played today from the very start, as Sakkari’s level will likely improve as the match goes on.
Azarenka Muchova : Azarenka is the best WTA player right now and it isn’t close. Swiatek played herself into shape with a war against Vickery in the previous round and Azarenka not only defended in immaculate fashion but also hit such smooth winners when she had opportunities. Swiatek is in great form going into the French Open and with her power and agility she is definitely someone to expect a deep run from. Azarenka plays how you’d expect a professional athlete to. She has a great attitude, her shot choices really educate the viewer, and she’s a ridiculously fit athlete. I can stop gushing now.
Muchova had a similar experience to Konta, with Cirstea not really playing well and then spending the 2nd and 3rd set not really missing shots at all. She hits the ball very heavy and Muchova did extremely well to still win this match. Her offense and movement are what people are going to need to challenge Azarenka, but I don’t think she’ll be able to overwhelm or agitate the solid defender, who even seemed to serve well in her last round. There really is no hole in her game right now, and she seems destined for a deep run at every event she plays. Azarenka in 2.
Mertens Kenin : Mertens continues to win the matches she’s supposed to. Now for one she’s probably not supposed to. McNally out up a struggle the same as Tormo but ultimately it was a matter of patience for Mertens as eventually their level dropped and hers really doesn’t. Kenin was a nightmare returning serve for Jabeur today, and earned a lot of unforced errors by getting the ball deep down the center of the court. Landing 1st serves will be important (it always is but more so against Kenin) for Mertens because if she doesn’t, she can’t win this match. Kenin is playing a very similar level to Azarenka on defense, and having the backhand as a completely solid wing means you have to play a worldclass match of tennis to beat her. Mertens has the skill, but not the power. It will be difficult for her to put Kenin away, and similarly it will be tough for Kenin to find places to go on offense as Mertens is such a strategically sound player. Edge goes to the player with a bit more difficult matchplay under her belt. Kenin in 3.
Djokovic Carreno Busta : Much better performance from Struff. Same result. Novak is just going to be very hard for anyone in this draw to beat. I would say Medvedev has the best shot from what I’ve seen so far. Carreno Busta has had a real nice draw thus far and it’s over. Recently I guess Kyrgios tried to be relevant at the US Open by taking a shot at PCB? What a joke. PCB is an incredible competitor who has worked hard for everything he has. Kyrgios is an upside down pushbroom with a bad attitude and no backhand. Unfortunately, there’s not much chance for PCB to do a lot here, but his shot tolerance will let him create some lengthy rallies. Djokovic in 3.
Shapoffinalov : Shep and Fritz played the 2nd best 5 setter, but had great quality throughout. On display was a much improved serve percentage from Fritz, some timely breaks of serve from Shap, and some gaslighting announcers. “Shump is trying to avoid Fritz’ backhand as everyone regards it as one of the best young backhands on tour. Huh? It is literally the reason he loses all the time, although when he has the timing right it is a crispy and compact weapon. “Everyone in the locker room knows Fritz as one of the best competitors on tour”. Huh? He’s wildly inconsistent and mopes when he misses. Anyway, the announcers are unfairly making me dislike what was a great run of play from Fritz. He hit his forehand really well, and served great. Beating Simon and almost having Sharp out is a good accomplishment. The confusing part of this was that Shrimp had the advantage in almost every rally. Him and Fritz from the baseline is a small advantage for Sheep every single time, but rather than do the work, he rushed the net time and time again and got passed. Why was he able to break when he needed to after giving away multiple sets? Simply because he IS a lock in rallies. This match was longer than it needed to be, and given how well Fritz was serving Shop is very lucky to be through.
Goffin was not at all the Goffin we saw in the early rounds, and turned around the history against Krajinovic who had a similar bemused look on his face as Fucsovics. Goffin made few errors in the entire match, and what he did do early and often was go very big on the forehand. Kraj had been thriving on hugging the baseline and getting to net often. They weren’t all winners, but every time he approached the net Goffin put the ball in a difficult spot and that can make a player feel lost very fast. Kraj had chances, but Goffin’s level never dropped.
The key in this match will be Shoop’s serving. Goffin is a very good frontrunner and given his offensive nature against a better defender in the last match, it’s clear he’ll enter this in good form. Ship will need to hold serve easily because he will get broken if he lets Goffin into rallies. Fatigue could be a factor here and I think Goffin’s level against Kraj was very promising. Goffin in 5.
Coric Thompson : What the fuuuuuu. The announcers finally decided to say something controversial and it was stating that the Tsitsipas relationship with his dad added nothing positive throughout the entire match. Wow. Way to blame the guy who literally had his son hit him with a racquet on camera and didn’t get upset. Tsitsipas fell victim to what I worried about, which is Coric making it very clear that the match was going to require a lot of work. Coric played within himself, didn’t make many errors, and was still outplayed. Tsitsipas can count himself extremely unlucky to have lost this one, but the shanked forehands and backhands in tight moments are a frequent occasion from him. I had the fortune to compete at a professional level in a niche sport, and my dad took up the same sport as well. Playing in front of him was great, but losing in front of him, and the thought creeping in that I was about to, was an overwhelming thing. You just want to make your parents proud, no matter who they are. Tsitsipas and his dad arguing is natural, and if you question the coaching position, that’s fine. Pretending you don’t understand why it’s difficult though, is absurd. I don’t know them personally, so I can’t say. The tennis channel announcers don’t know who Marta Kostyuk is, so I don’t want to hear that they think they do know.
Coric gave the kind of post-match interview that sport needs more of. No “I just played my tennis” “I focused on playing my tennis”, but an honest admission that he was not composed throughout the match, and that he did feel extremely lucky to have gotten out of that hole. After souring on him for a tweet interaction with Kyrgios somewhat trivializing Covid-19, it was really nice to see that he’s a fairly down to earth guy. A great battle, and now a genuine disrespect of his ability by making him only a -180 favorite against Thompson. Thompson is the 2nd best Aussie left in the draw, but he’s having a significantly easier time. Moustache moustache mannnnnnnnnn, growin a moustaaaaache the best he caaaaaaan. If you don’t know that song, wow you don’t own my album? Thompson is a similar player to Coric and is willing to be in those baseline rallies for days. He’s been going bigger on his serve than Coric, who hit well during that match but I felt earned a lot of cheap points from Tsitsipas that Thompson’s quickness will eliminate. I think fatigue has to be a factor after that emotional and physical war, and while I give a small edge to Coric in terms of backhands and deep-run experience, I think Thompson will make this a very close affair and continue his run. Thompson in 4-5.
Davidovich Fokina Erev: Big time run for ADF. I only typed the last 2/3 of Zverev’s name because he apparently doesn’t play for the first 1/3 of a match. A puzzling insistence on hitting partner style tennis early on and a lack of chain biting had Zverev looking like he was ok with another early exit. Mannarino was serving well, but he was able to stand in the center of the court and dictate often. Zverev played this style until 4-4 in the second when he engaged. He got low on his backhand, he stayed tight to the baseline, and he leaned into his forehand to really stretch Mannarino. When he plays like this, these matches look easy. Not having a B game to defeat opponents is something I think a lot of young talents suffer with, as in the lower levels they can play less than interested and make up for it with physical ability or shotmaking. The pace and ability in pro tennis is too much for this, and you see Zverev/Tiafoe/Dimitrov/Shap struggle with weaker opponents often, yet kick things into high gear and look like top 20 players. Mannarino called an injury timeout after Zverev won 5 games in a row, which was both cagey and oddly legit. He had hampered movement after that and was kind to not pull out. Something to note was that after that extended break Zverev was a bit flat again, so there’s something to the notion that the bigman simply takes a long time to warm up to matchspeed.
Can Fokina hurt Zverev the same as he has other opponents? I think so. The -900 pricetag on Zverev is one of the more absurd things I’ve seen, as if he were playing Norrie he’d be about -600, and if he were playing Hurkacz he’d be about -400. Still, the lines are about how much $ each player draws, not a prediction of the outcome. If Zverev plays the way he did in the 2nd and 3rd sets against Mannarino, he can get this done in 4. He’ll have to though, as ADF is skilled and physical enough to defeat Zverev’s B game. Zverev in 4 or ADF in 5.
Berretini Rublev : Berretini ended Ruud’s excellent run in dominant Strufflike fashion, refusing to let Ruud in on his service games and fighitng hard for breaks late in the match. He’ll get no reward though, as he runs into the whitehot Rublev. The -1200 pricetag was apparently spot on, as Caruso only got on the board in one set. The long matches with escobedo and duckworth played a factor, but Rublev is really playing great. So who wins? Do you know? Crud. Me neither. This is really and truly popcorn time, as these two have passed back and forth straight set beatings over the years, and both are becoming established threats in the major events and also playing solid tennis at the moment. Berretini’s backhand will have difficulties keeping length against Rublev’s power, and Rublev will likely struggle to keep his returns in against the high bounce and pace of Berretini’s serve. Let’s go through all the things that make a tennis player to see who’s got the edge :
Hair : Rublev wins because he’s been on an album cover
Bod : Berretini has more cringey comments on instagram
Outfit : Berretini wears his socks up high and his hat backwards. Are you a b-ball dad in a Zolipam commercial or something? Cuz that’s real cool if you are. Berretini wins
Anger : Rublev can’t even shower because he clenches too angrily at the bar of soap. Big edge
Rublev
Diet : Rublev takes whole bites out of trees. Big edge there. You ever see a beaver lose at tennis? Didn’t think so
Twilight vibes : Berretini wouldn’t even get to be a werewolf in those movies. Nice try, extra. Rublevampire ftw
Backhand, power : Rublev
Serve, consistency, speed : Berretini
I’m going to go with Berretini in 5 but I do think whoever wins the 1st set will have a huge advantage here.
Tiafoe Medvedev : Wow. Fucsovics looked a bit fatigued from the 4 hour contest with Dimitrov, but wow. Tiafoe served nonstop 1st serves in. He his his backhand to great effect and rarely sliced the ball unless Fucsovics did so first. When he did slice it, he ran around his backhand often on the next shot and put forehands down the line so beautifully. Let’s talk about that forehand. He hit the ball crosscourt and it disappeared into the abyss over and over. Fucsovics was exposed as having not many options wide on the forehand wing. Tiafoe hit that shot over and over and found depth and angle in a manner that reminded me of Federer (as far as a tactic; relax I know Federer’s forehand is better; or don’t relax and get angry it’s great hearing people get excited about tennis). Fucsovics had trouble this entire match keeping the ball in the court. He was never able to keep his returns from going long, and simple rally balls found the net off his racquet. At one point the umpire decided his coach could no longer speak to him in Hungarian. “I’m Hungarian,” pointed out Fucsovics, but umpires rarely stop to consider a good point, and demanded that the coach only cheer for him if everyone could understand the cheering. There wasn’t much coaching that could have turned the tides today, as Tiafoe played the best tennis we have ever seen from him. As his #1 reddit critic, I love it.
No reward here but a great chance to prove himself against Medvedev, whose victories remind me of when I didn’t have Sega and would go play my friends who did in Mortal Kombat. Tiafoe will need that high level serving and the forehand will need to be aggressive everyone time, but I think he will be the first player to make some impact into Medvedev. The key will be getting to net after the forehands out wide, as Medvedev will not make the errors Fucsovics did. Too much to ask at this point for Tiafoe to win, but a good showing will go a long way for his confidence. Honestly, it was a great event for Wolf, and his offensive style will yield him good things on tour. Tiafoe smiling and maintaining rapport with Fucs was also kinda endearing. Medvedev in a wholesome 4 sets.
Pospisil De Minaur : Pospisil is a dangerous player. RBA ended up in full pushmode and Pospisil was able to recognize the inside out forehand pattern and run around his backhand time and time again. He looked exhausted in the second set but winning that 1st set was huge as he had time within the match to recover his breath. Any time a big server gets into a deciding set the baseliner will be at a disadvantage as there’s a sort of “nothing to lose” aspect to it, and serving is the kind of thing a finish line can lend adrenaline to. Adrenaline in a fatigued body means no glitches, no nerves, just full extertion of composed muscles. There’s a tendency against a server to hope as you get to 0-30 or duece and missing those opportunities can really end a player’s resolve.
De Minaur played this match in stretches. He was really sharp in the first set and Khachanov made some errors on passing shots off the backhand. The second and third made me think the Khachanov power was enough to break down De Minaur, but ADM really has shown that he is willing to test his opponents movement and is able to do so at a pace others can’t keep up with for an entire match. Khachanov faded and De Minaur was all over it. He’ll make a similar test for Pospisil as RBA but De Minaur tends to be a bit more offensive whereas RBA is about being measured and making it difficult for his opponents to create winners.
Pospisil has just beaten Raonic and RBA which were two of last week’s big heros. He’s playing his best tennis and will be the favorite going into this match. If he makes errors, he’ll lose sets, but De Minaur’s service games are things Pospisil can get into. Pospisil in 4.
Auger-Allissime Thiem : Comprehensive performances for FAA so far. He’ll like his chances in his next match with Thiem unless he watched Thiem’s match with Cilic. Gone is the racquet smashing “can’t play on these fast courts” Thiem. Cilic had moments of brightness and a few break points in the 4th, but Thiem’s serving was very stable tonight for free points, and his backhand is just wicked. He hit some winners by Cilic that Cilic didn’t even take a step for. Very good performance, and right on time. This is the other popcorn match for the 4th round. Thiem’s hair will be at it’s greasiest for this one, as FAA has been playing very high level tennis. The backhand to backhand rallies are where Thiem will look to advance his court position, and if Thiem is able to return serve or if FAA throws in a poor game (he really hasn’t thus far), this could be the end of the Canadian’s run. Thiem in 4-5.
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2020.09.04 05:51 sofarimhere Blurryturtle's US Open Round 3 Men's & Women's Writeup

Couple unfinished matches, but here's a look at Friday's action. Blurry asked me to post this for him, and assured me he'll be back for the next round. <3
Djokovic Struff : Pretty standard post-apocalypse win for Novak. Opponent plays their best tennis, seems like they might have a chance, then Novak elevates his game and the outcome seems inevitable even while he’s down a set. Internet bettors curse his name because they all took him to win 3 sets to 0, but for the Djokovic camp it was a good day. Edmund was crushing the ball for a while and Novak was still able to move him around while holding until the last moment and really challenging his opponent’s movement. That ability not to telegraph swings makes for a lot of extra fatigue for an opponent. Struff had a fairly easy 2nd round in local American challenger Mmoh. Too defensive to really hurt Struff, the rallies in this one last as long as it took for Struff to find a winner or force an error. Last week these two played and Struff sprayed errors almost nonstop. Nerves played a role, and I would expect him to play a bit better (less reckless) here, but I think we’ll see a similar result. The quality of play Djokovic is showing is the kind that requires a mercurial performance to win a complete match against. Struff thrives on having an advantage in power and forehand to forehand rallies and Novak’s ability to cover the court and hit with depth negates this a bit. Djokovic in 3-4.
Carreno Busta Berankis : After a struggle fest with Uchiyama, Carreno Busta seemed to compose himself and made quick work of Krueger. Berankis benefitted somewhat from fatigue with Johnson, being able to play a more secure game and outlast Johnson, who had bright spots but never really found a moment to breathe. This is a bad matchup for Berankis because they play a very similar game. Good solid baseline tennis. Where they differ, is PCB has a slightly better serve by virtue of being a bit taller, and in court coverage as PCB again is just a bit more naturally gifted of an athlete. PCB will need to avoid lapses as he did against Uchiyama here, because Berankis has been in very good shape in the past two weeks. He won’t beat himself, so this will likely have some tiebreaker sets involved. PCB has not actually blinked his eyes in 14 years, always alert and focused on the ball or any other sphere that’s available. The man loves spheres, and the man loves tennis. I’m not sure Berankis is used to playing this much tennis, and PCB does his best work at this event. PCB in 4-5.
Krajinovic Goffin : This should be excellent, as Krajinovic has been doing to the tour what Goffin used to do. When you have a badass moustache and someone else shows up with a badass moustache, it’s showtime. Goffin wasn’t at his best at all against Harris but didn’t really need to be. Kraj, who spends most of his freetime sweating, has been the dominant player between these two for the past season, and he’s playing the best he ever has at the same time as he has appeared fitter than he ever has been. Goffin will make this last a while, but I expect Krajinovic to come through here, and with Fritz/Shap waiting the consistent baseliner could have a chance to grind his way through to the quarters. Krajinovic in 4.
Tsitsipas Coric : Maxime Cressy is just a ton of fun to watch. He serve and volleys 100% of the time, even if he’s already too late to get to net. He has great timing/reads and is fairly inscrutable even when the pressure or score is against him. The result seemed inevitable, but Tsitsipas still seemed stressed and frustrated by Cressy’s style. The next match is annoying for entirely different reasons. Local tryhard Borna Coric outlasted Londero in a very fastpaced contest. These guys covered the court extremely well and Coric’s defense ultimately proved to be too much. A good showing for Londero, who’ll be frustrated not to have held the break in the first set as he could have had that sweet sweet third round moneybucks. Tsitsipas hasn’t really played a match like this yet since the return of the tour, pretty much facing the tours best servers and passing those tests. This will be a tiring event, which is good because Tsitsipas should advance and will want to get some good baseline hitting in. Coric lacks the weapons to shut Tsitsipas out of this match, and Big Pas, as he’s known in the greek streets, has a great serving rhythm that should carry him through when he does the hard work to break Coric. Fun fact, Tsitsipas used to cover himself in dinosaur spikes and chase his father around screaming Stefosaurus Rex! This was recently. Tsitsipas in 4.
Thompson Kukushkin : Fun fact, Thompson’s moustache is made of Toppik, and it’s stability is going in their next set of commercials. Thompson had a very one-sided affair with Gerasimov whose shots found the net a very high percentage of the time. Part of this was Thompson applying pressure and hitting to the open court, part of this was fatigue for the big man. Kukushkin completely robbed Garin of a comfortable exit, racking up errors after playing perfect tennis for two straight sets. Garin became the miniwall that he can, and it looked like Kukushkin was on his way out. A ton of long rallies has to have taken it’s toll on Kukushkin, but with a day or rest he should be somewhat recovered. It will be tough for Thompson to earn the same type of cheap errors that he did in his last match, and this is a stylisti test the same as Tsitsipas is encountering. I expect a close match with Kukushkin fading in the later sets. Thompson in 4.
Norrie Davidovich Fokina : Norrie fans are loving these matchups. Coria put up an okay fight but never hurt Norrie, who got the job done nicely when expected to. ADF continues to benefit from long matches, getting a red-hot Hurkacz to succumb to a leg injury late in the match. While Hurkacz started off well, his “swing for the fences” fastpaced game gave too many opportunities to Fokina, who made excellent use of the dropshot again and again. He is exposing the lack of variety of some of these tour players, and his change of pace leads a lot of them to force offense to try to hit through him. Norrie is favored here and although he’s not a dominant player, he did defeat Schwartzman and I don’t think anyone would blink if he beat ADF. The problem here will be pressure. This is a great opportunity for Cam to make a deep run and get a boost up the rankings and he “should” win. Those shoulds are classic for causing the demise of a player. Fokina has a lot of power, a very solid return game, and his savvy around the net is a cut above most hardcourt players. Good enough to pull the upset, but I think Norrie will hang in rallies longer and in a more determined manner than Hurkacz did, and fatigue will be less of a factor. Fokina in fivekina.
Mannarino Zverev : Mannarino and Sock had a really great back and forth in each set except the third one, but Jack forgot to win any of them. Zverev played one of the tour’s newest secrets in Nakashima. Nakashima struggled a bit with his forehand return but smoked his backhand and took advantage any time he was in a rally and had a chance for offense. He will be in the top 50 by this time next season, and given how well Zverev served for the majority of the match (lots of doubles but lots of unreturned offerings) he would have had to be relatively perfect to steal this match this early in his career. Mannarino has yet to win a set against Zverev and these fast courts will make it very tough for him to win the combo of breaking serve and holding his own. Zverev’s backhand and willingness to roll it in as many times as it takes negates Mannarino’s crosscourt forehand. Zverev is an idiot parade, but this is a simple match for him. Zverev in 3-4.
Berretini Ruud : The line on Humbert and Berretini was very cheap, but the beating was thorough. Humbert never really won a rally, and never really got a look at breaking the Berretini serve. Competent and consistent throughout, Berretini is shrugging off the slump of last week where he experienced some mental exhaustion against the strong serving of Ruusuvori and Opelka. Ruud is a surprise appearance in the third round but he’s played solid throughout. Never overdoing it, and always serving with good power and direction. Ruusuvuori was 0/9 on break points midway through the 2nd set, with Ruud 1/1, and this was really the tale of the match. Ruud was outclassed but showed up on every one of the big points and this can happen on tour. Ruusuvuori apparently was also racing against the clock, as he was forced to retire in the third set. Great hardcourt run for Ruud, and he’ll be competitive early, but this is match I don’t think he’s ready to win yet. Berretini in 3 or 4 if he loses the first.
Caruso Rublev : CARUBLEV. Man that dude would hit the ball hard. Oddsmakers slated Escobedo and Caruso as a pickem. Ha ha ha. A quick start looked nice but Escobedo seems like he’s playing at a pace that he can’t control. The power is there and he can play some tennis but he is frantic out there. The USTA would be well served to get him a few wildcards in a row next year so that he can be a bit more composed. Caruso faced some break points but never panicked and made good use of the outwide serve. Rublev is quietly one of the best players in this draw. He’s absolutely decimating France and is one of the few guys who hits the forehand harder than Caruso. This will be a step up from Chardy and Barrere but he’ll be up to it and should win a tight couple of sets. Rublev in 3.
Fucsovics Tiafoe : Dimitrov and Fucsovics was just an amazing match. Both guys played great artistic tennis and the gets were unreal at times. A year as practice partners would have both of these guys in the top 20 and competing for titles. As it stands, a good performance for Dimitrov to almost turn this result around in less than a week, but Fucsovics advances and now stumbles upon the gold at the end of the rainbow that is Tiafoe in the 3rd round after a 5 setter with the tour’s best pusha. Tiafoe showed a lot of grit and hit his forehand very well en route to a well-deserve with against John Millman. He has the tools to win, and as he slowly realizes that he enjoys winning, I think he’ll turn around his slump and do some hard work in smaller events. Tiafoe’s speed will frustrate Fucs for a while, and the forehand to forehand rallies can favor Tiafoe if he’s taking a full swing, but at this point Fucsovics is beating better competition and further along in his career. Fucsovics in 3.
Wolf Medvedev : Wolf proved himself nicely with a quick and aggressive beating of RCB. Even when he went down a break after overdoing it on some big cuts, he continued to play aggressive. I have to give him credit, he knew he would have control of this match and never seemed to struggle with belief. Also, he has a mullet, and no one else in this tournament has a mullet, so what is that? Up next is Medvedev, who will get a chance to show off his defense against the aggressive american. Medvedev is cooler, and better at tennis, but Wolf has more mullets. Medvedev in 3, with maybe one tiebreak.
Bautista is gut Porpoise : Kecmanovic is a smaller and less consistent version of RBA. There were a number of breaks, but this one was somewhat decided going in. Principal proved anything is pospisil, as he overcome the redhot Raonic in a high octane battle of Canadian boyos. Barbasol was a heavy underdog prematch, but the line moved consistently towards him, and whatever they knew, I kinda didn’t. He played solid against Kohlschreiber, and he’s had some past success against Raonic, but woof I didn’t think he’d be able to minimize the errors enough to win. This is a much different offering for him, and I’m interested to see how this one plays out. RBA could suffer some fatigue issues, and it’ll be tough to break the Pastafull serve so tiebreakers could make this one wild. I think RBA’s returning, and the emotional letdown of a huge victory against his countryman will give a small edge to the Spaniard. RBA in 5.
De Minaur Khachanov : De Minaur looked very good against Gasquet, and held off a late push which featured the French veteran redlining his game. It’s rare you see him swinging for the fences on both wings and employing dropshots from poor positions, but it’s wildly entertaining. Khachanov had a pretty simple victory against Kuznetsov. ADM is listed as a small favorite in this one, and I will admit I did not expect that. Khachanov has a great serve, and hits the ball heavy, which are two things that have traditionally hurt Alex in the past. I am a big fan of ADM’s timing and I think he’ll have some great runs on tour, but this is going to be a real tough test, and might be the best match of the 3rd round. Khachanov in 5.
Cilic Thiem : Finally, some guys not playing their absolute best tennis ever. Cilic tried to lose his first two rounds, but simply is too good to do so. Even while throwing in errors and giving up early breaks, Cilic’s ballstriking is so effective on these fast courts that he has an overwhelming effect, and his opponents have been unable to defend. Thiem seemed much better in a mundane win against Nagal, who disappointed many fans who showed up hoping he would play in an unbuttoned shirt. Cilic has been bad, but his pace will target the one thing that Thiem has struggled with on fast hardcourts, which is being strapped for time. Cilic had some bright serving moments, and Thiem is likely to have the more consistent offerings on that stage. This is a very juicy section of the draw, and whoever is able to find their top gear for this one will likely make a run to the semis. Someone in 5.
Garcia Brady : Garcia played strong and Pliskova made error after error. Garcia’s serve has improved and she is really hitting the ball solid with her forehand. Brady and Bellis was slated to be a tight clash, and Bellis played well, but from start to finish Brady’s forehand was the best offering of anyone in the WTA draw today. Her arm is lighting fast, and she was able to hit clean winners over and over, while also leaning into her backhand. It is a shame for Garcia to run into Brady in this form, as she’s made improvements over the break. I don’t think anyone stops Brady before the semifinals. Brady in 2.
Kerber Li : Kerber kerbered all over the place. She looked comfortable against Friedsam, and isn’t at her best form, but is such a good defender that it will take a great effort to beat her. Li probably had the quickest victory of anyone, running through Alison Riske like she left her stove on or something else that makes you beat Alison Riske quick. Li is hitting with good depth and returning serve well. Riske is one of the weaker defenders though, and Kerber’s movement is on another level. Li will have a tougher time earning cheap points, and will see her serve returned with a bit more emphasis. I don’t think that Kerber is sharp enough yet as far as matches under her belt that she’ll win this easily, but she should have opportunities. Kerber in 3 (would not be surprised if errors cost her this one though, Li is moving the ball quickly).
Sasnovich Putintseva : Sasnovich balled and Voudrousova never got started, landing a number of balls in the net and spending much of this match behind the baseline. Putintseva had a fairly easy match, and these two are an interesting matchup. Sasnovich has better wins, and bigger offense, but Putintseva is a more stable defender and goes for less. Sasnovich will have to hit a number of winners to win this one, and while I disagree with the pickem line offered by books, I think she may struggle in stretches. Sasnovich in 2.
Gracheva Martic : Mladenovic is ours now, you cannot have her back. Sorry. Kidnappppppas! Gracheva staved off match points and Mladenovic did her best by silently protesting receiving any points in the third set. Back to prison with you, as per lemongrab. Martic was as she always is, and will be a good favorite here to get to the next round. Some mental fatigue on Gracheva may be a factor, and I think she’ll struggle to hold serve against Martic’s aggressive returns. Martic in 2.
Osaka Kostyuk : Osaka looked very tough to score on against Giorgi, and I got a number of texts about how well she was playing. I watched a different match, as I saw Giorgi make error after error after error trying to finish rallies. Osaka never made errors of her own though, and so I am impressed with her form. Kostyuk served so well against Sevastova, and her second shots were hit with accuracy and power. If Osaka were playing her in her first match or after a poor performance, I’d actually think Kostyuk had a good chance. As it stands, I think she will be a very good viewing opportunity for where Osaka’s level is going to rise to in this event. She likely won’t see a better serve unless she plays Keys, and I do think Kostyuk can see her way to at least one tiebreaker, if not steal a set. Serving out a full match against Osaka will be extremely difficult though. Osaka in 3.
Linette Kontaveit : As usual Magda Linette is dominant in the first set. From there it was all stress as Kovinic stretched this one the full distance. She’ll need to get an early start against Kontaveit, whose level stays about the same throughout her matches. If Linette serves well and is able to get an early break, she can take this to three. It seems that the Kontaveit Osaka rematch is going to happen though. Kontaveit in 3.
Rogers Brengle : Shelbert Shelbinski Rogerts, or Shelby Rogers as she’s known on tour, is best known for her win against Serena Williams, but it seems she’s not done. A comprehensive performance against the struggling Rybakina sees her earn one of the easier matchups. Brengle really excelled in earning errors and pushing the pace against Yastremska, but will be on the defensive for much of this next contest. Rogers hits the ball big and although Brengle just dealt with that, Rogers tends to keep it in the court more than Yastremska. Rogers in 3.
Pegula Kvitova : Pegula has a good chance here with her recent surge. Kvitova has been somewhat suspect and thus far in the draw hasn’t really played a top level opponent. If Kvitova serves well, this goes three and she wins. If not, I actually think Pegula is a favorite here. Pegula in 2.
Keys Cornet : Madison looked like one of a few players who can win this tournament in her last two rounds. She’s not make many careless errors, she’s covering the court well, and I guess most importantly she’s serving well. Cornet struggled with Bonaventure, and will struggle here as well. The skillgame and placement is usually a good threat to Keys, but I am starting to see this as one of those events where Keys doesn’t drop a set until she plays my new hero Pironkova. Keys in 2.
Vekic Pironkova : Vekic had a real nice matchup against Tig in the 2nd round. Not much danger, and an opponent struggling to find wins on tour. Pironkova played a former grand slam champion and was down a break almost immediately and from there she never looked anything less than excellent. She hits her serve well, has great variety on the backhand, and her footwork and shot selection is a real treat to watch. She doesn’t look anxious to win the points, and that helped against Muguruza, and will as well against Vekic. Vekic serves well and is always going on deep runs, but isn’t the best mover. I think Pironkova will find her run continuing, as Vekic rolled last round but was really on the ropes against Pliskova first round. Pironkova in 3.
Sakkari Anisimova : Sakkari was in big trouble early in her match with Pera, struggling to hold serve and spraying the ball wide on her backhand often. These fast courts sometimes produce these kinds of errors, but Sakkari settled well and once her shots landed in she was able to move into the court more and take control. Anisimova played a player I am an instant fan of. Scott moves and defends extremely well, hits the ball with great length, hits her serve solid, in good position, and with a good percentage. Add in that she has one of the purest swings I’ve seen off the backhand and I think she’ll be a contender for major titles in a few years. Anisimova actually stole the show, as Scott was playing so well Anisimova basically redlined her game. The winners were nonstop and the aggression was overwhelming in the end. I think despite Sakkari’s recent run and solid defending, that Anisimova will find herself in control of a lot of this match, and although a 16 year old phenom and Maria Sakkari are wildly different, the backhand to backhand matchup here will be more in Anisimova’s favor. Anisimova in 3, I would say two but she is very prone to stretches of errors and Sakkari’s in that good groove of finding ways to win sets.
Stephens Williams : Classy matchup of two great champions. Sloane played pretty well today, and the fast courts are making it easy for her to win rallies without hitting angles. She’s pretty much driving the ball down the center of the court, and each successive shot is finding her able to move further and further in until her opponent is forced to pick a side. Serena struggled a little to close out but Gasparyans forehand found the net too often and there were fewer unforced errors than we’ve seen in recent times from Serena. Normally, I would say Sloane has no shot in this matchup, but she appears in good shape and committed to winning matches at this event, and Serena has not been producing the kind of dominant offense that would put Sloane away. I think Sloane’s power and athleticism will provide a slight edge here. Upset alert. Stephens in 3.
Muchova Cirstea : Muchova with clean hitting and another solid win. Cirstea with the performance of her career. Konta was running away with this one but Cirstea redlined at the perfect time. She hit her forehand incredibly hard every time and just didn’t make errors when she normally does. She found shots while serving at 0-40 4-3 in the final set that were highlight reel quality, and while Konta didn’t play poorly at all, she seemed a bit frustrated not to earn the break when she was working so hard. Muchova is the better all around player, but Cirstea’s form in the second and third set is good enough to win this match. If she slumps, we’ll see Muchova through. If she continues her good play, Cirstea in 3.
Jabeur Kenin : Great first set of tennis from both players in the first matchup, and fatigue kinda levelled Kanepi’s chances after the 10-8 breaker. Jabeur will be happy with a quick second, as this match will be a long one. Kenin looked dominant against Fernandez, who served well and fought hard, but just couldn’t find a way to put the ball past Kenin. It was a similar defensive counterpunching to the style that saw her win the AO, and this match against Jabeur will be a good indicator or whether she’s going to maintain that form for the rest of the event. I think it’ll be tough for Jabeur to hit past Kenin for a full match, and the footspeed/composure moving forward of Kenin is going to negate a lot of the dropshots. Jabeur is one of the hottest players on tour, but I think we’ll see defense win out here. Kenin in 3.
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2020.07.22 02:01 autotldr Serena Williams and her daughter join Natalie Portman to found women's football team

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A new women's football team is coming to Los Angeles, and it will have some pretty big names running the show from the top.
Key points:A group of women including Natalie Portman, Serena Williams, Jessica Chastain and Eva Longoria have led a bid for a women's football team in LA.Portman said the birth of the team had the "Power to make tangible change for female athletes".
The National Women's Soccer League has confirmed the tentatively-named Angel City will begin competing in the national competition from 2022 after a "Majority woman-founded group" secured the exclusive rights to bring a franchise to LA.That group contains tennis star Serena Williams - and her two-year-old daughter Olympia - actors Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria, tech entrepreneurs Julie Uhrman and Alexis Ohanain and a number of current and former US women's team players.
"I am thrilled by the opportunity to partner with this incredible group of people to bring a professional women's soccer team to Los Angeles."Together, we aim to build not only a winning team on the field, but also to develop a passionately loyal fan base.
There were hints that the group was coming together last year when Portman, Garner, Longoria and other celebrities went to a national team exhibition game at LAFC's stadium before the World Cup.The women also reached out to a local supporters group that has been campaigning to bring a team to Los Angeles.
"It's just such an incredible sport in that it really is a team sport. You see one woman's success and all the others are cheering her on because one woman's success is the whole team's success."
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2020.06.29 19:50 MarshOccupation 8 Subtypes

Subtypes Preservation: Satisfactory Survival
When the passion of lust runs on the Self-preservation instinct, it is called satisfactory survival. If the basic survival needs are covered, the Self-preservation Eight feels good. The place of hardcore survivalists, these people enjoy living outside of society's conventions. They take pleasure in knowing that they don't need anyone else to survive. The Aryan Brotherhood, who live by trapping and hunting in northern Idaho, is most likely peopled with Self-preservation Eights. An Eight who was making good money as a waiter in the 1960s was living in a cardboard fort in a friend's backyard. He lived that way for two years. He ran an extension cord out from the house so he could watch TV; he was warm, he had all the basics, and he truly enjoyed it. I described him in a workshop and another Self-preservation Eight said, “You know, it wasn't a fort, but I lived in a plywood shack in somebody's backyard and we were allowed to use electricity only to shave.” As he told us this story, he puffed up with pleasure and filled the room with his energy while he laughed at his own jokes. He said he loved living this way because he was beating the system. He was getting away with something, and it was both fun and good enough. Other Eights I know have lived in tree houses, cars, and garages. Another Eight recounted that the only cars he liked were big, old Cadillacs because they were such a comfortable ride, and you could sleep right in the back. Self-preservation Eights are often crustier, more grizzled, or pricklier, more like a badger than other Eights. Since they don't need anyone else to survive, they put less attention on socialization skills. Roseanne Barr is a good example of a hedonist Self-preservation Eight. Another Self-Preservation hedonist Eight woman reported: When trying to get a man I'm usually jealous of Twos, because they can do that, and I can't. [imitates a coy Two] I'd love to rope them in [laughter]. My pride also makes sure nobody sees that actually. I've even considered maybe I should tell all my friends I've become a hermit? But then I think, “What about my dinner parties?” [laughter] You know, it's like [laughs] I won't have anybody to party with. That's not an option. [laughter] I knew I was sensitive in this way. I work alone, I live alone, all that I can do to just make sure that I don't have to run into people who tell me what to do and say, “you know what your problem is . . . “I should wear a t-shirt which first says, “Don't Fix Me. Not Fixable.” And “Beware of the Dog.” Lee Marvin, George C. Scott, and Broderick Crawford are male examples of Self-preservation Eights.
Social: Friendship
When lust uses the Social instinct, it is called friendship. Loyalty to friends, and sometimes gangs becomes one of the major themes in life. Once you get on the Social Eight's friend list, you will be there for life, unless you engage in betrayal. Social Eights are often willing to work it out with their friends, always wanting to confront in order to stay clear. As a rule, Social subtypes enjoy groups of friends together at the same time. Rarely does the Sexual subtype organize a lunch outing with half a dozen friends. A Social Eight told us that playing a pickup game of basketball was better than sex. For the Social Eight, there is a real loyalty to friends, which lasts until death. A young woman I know reported that whenever she returned home from college, she would always visit her friends first, then her boyfriend, and then family. When she broke up with her high school sweetheart, she insisted on keeping him as a best friend. As a Nine, he didn't understand it, but he went along. Years later when she married, the old high school sweetheart was there celebrating. Michelle Obama demonstrates the characteristics of the puritan Social Eight. As a Social Eight, rather than the possessive, guarding, and consuming of the family that we see in Donald Trump, the Sexual subtype, Michelle is the family. The family flows from her as the source, power, and direction. It is her identity as she nourishes it and guides it. The sexual Eight shows up differently. A Mafia don who is a Sexual Eight is loyal to his people, but he may not be friends with any of them, not even his mistresses.
Sexual: Possession/Surrender
While all Sexual subtypes seem to prefer one-on-one relationships, the Eight carries it to the extreme by wanting to possess the beloved. Issues also arise around being able to surrender to the beloved. This doesn't necessarily mean that Eights require monogamy or experience intense jealousy. One sexual Eight I know referred to his open relationship: The reason it's okay for my partner to have other lovers is that I feel we are so totally bonded, it's safe for her to have other lovers. I believe there is nobody else who could ever take my place. Possession/surrender really has to do with possessing the beloved totally, and then being able to surrender as well. Who's on top becomes an issue that the Eight uses to avoid opening to the tender vulnerable feelings of intimacy and loss of control. A male Sexual Eight reported having had a love affair with a female Sexual Eight: There were issues about who was on top on every level of our relationship from money to food to sex. She was always “doing” for me. She would buy me flowers. I've never had anybody court me and buy me flowers, candy, or gifts. I realized my own patterns and that the seduction of the Sexual Eight has to do with possessing the beloved. I had never realized that giving a gift is a way of possessing. Until it was happening to me, I never realized the level of aggression and control that manifest in ostensibly taking care of somebody. It was a complete surprise.
Type examples
Exemplars by Subtype Self-Preservation~Satisfactory Survival: These are the crustiest, growliest of the Eights. Since they don't need anyone else to survive, they have not polished their people skills. Slobodan Milosevic, Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Fritz Perls, Roseanne Barr, George C. Scott, Golda Meir, Jimmy Hoffa, Ethel Merman, Ty Cobb, Broderick Crawford, Quentin Tarantino, Waylon Jennings, Ernest Borgnine, Ann Sothern, Bella Abzug, Moms Mabley, Josef Stalin, Madame Blavatsky, Poland
Social~Friendship: These are the people who have best friends for life, and are always in a tight family and/or social circle. Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Laura Dern, Edie Falco, Judy Davis, Robert De Niro, Keith Richards, Lyndon Johnson, Lucille Ball, Hank Williams, Charles Bronson, Robert Duvall, Richard Harris, Lucky Luciano, Katharine Hepburn, Billy Martin, Danny DeVito, Audrey Meadows, Spiro Agnew, Sea Shepard, Ireland
Sexual~Possession/Surrender: These Eights are the most confident of themselves and their sexuality. The lust leaks through the eyes. Bill Clinton, Samuel L. Jackson, Serena Williams, Al Pacino, James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano), Russell Crowe, Sean Connery, Liam Neeson, Javier Bardem, Saddam Hussein, Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Laurence Fishburne, Richard Burton, Oskar Schindler, Mohammar Khadafi, Idi Amin, Mae West, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Swaggart, Anne Bancroft, Yul Brynner, Bessie Smith, Huey Newton, Anthony Quinn, Zorba the Greek, Gerard Depardieu, Mike Tyson, Chogyam Trungpa, George Gurdjieff, the Maori of New Zealand, gangsta rap and Israel
The Dichotomy: Puritan/Hedonist
The dichotomy is called puritan/ hedonist. This dichotomy reflects different styles of expressing excess. As in all of the fixations, both poles of the polarity are present. To everyone who knows them, puritan Eights appear maniacally obsessive about work. Working longer and harder and getting up earlier is a badge of excessiveness that the puritan Eight sometimes uses to gain leverage in relationships. Handling many tasks simultaneously, puritan Eights are always pushing against the constraints of time. After work, they may drink hard and play hard, appearing hedonistic to anyone not of the Eight fixation. The style of the hedonist Eight is bragging. Not bragging about how hard they are working, but about how late they stayed out last night and how hard they partied. One man reported that while in jail in the early 1960s, a survey was taken as to the favorite role models of the inmates. The first-place winner and unanimous choice was Dean Martin, because he always had a drink in one hand, a beautiful woman on the other, lots of money, and a couch behind him. Like all the fixations, Eights embody both poles of the dichotomy all the time, but one style is predominantly presented to the world. Whichever style is used, Eights will use it to dominate, avoid emotional vulnerability, and prove that they are superior. A good example of this polarity is a pair of country cousins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart. After growing up and raising hell together as teenagers, Jerry Lee Lewis went on to a career as a wild hedonistic rock 'n roller who did prison time for marrying his underage cousin. Jimmy Swaggart went on to a puritan career as a TV evangelist, with a holier-than-thou attack on sinners, until he was brought down for picking up prostitutes while cruising in his car. Or consider the difference between the puritan Hillary Clinton and the hedonist Bette Midler; or between Michelle Obama and Mae West.
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2020.06.13 17:05 FarBeneathTheOcean The Importance of Emily

I helped Emily because she was smart and could be useful to the world one day, said Joseph Lawrence. So why did he help Emily? Why did Mayday go through such lengths to continuously rescue Emily? Why did the Mayday Eyes extract her after she stabbed Aunt Lydia? What exactly is it that distinguished her from the other slaves? Well here´s my perspective on why the resilient guerrila fighter Emily became an Ace.
Documented Evidence - Part 1
He has plan for both of us. Well it might not be the same plan, it might be a different plan- Janine. In my analysis of the failed extraction of June Osborne I mentioned how on Nick´s orders, Mayday removes Emily from Glen Deeds´ household in order to discourage June from joining Mayday. A move that sadly has disastrous consequences for Emily, but one that introduces us to Mayday second tier command. Most importantly it allows us to see how Mayday profesionally operates within the guidelines of Customary International Law and military manuals. Something that sets them apart from the average militia and again illustrates the military discipline of its Command. Through Emily´s trial and consequent treatment by Gilead we´re shown the many human rights violations and war crimes perpetrated by Gilead against its army of supposedly free women who've allegedly volunteered to devote their lives to serving Gilead´s elite.
Here´s what you´re paying attention to during Emily and the Martha´s trial
Emily´s put in cell 27. A reminder that as an accused she is under federal law required to file a motion in her defence. Rule 27: something that both Emily and the Martha are denied, their mouths muzzled so they can´t even verbally request to file a motion. When Emily enters the courtroom someone in the background says "through Wells". A reminder for the viewer that due to their gender Emily and the Martha are at the mercy of the men. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not pay with their own- H.G Wells. The closed courtroom itself consists of 1 judge, 8 commanders making up what´s presumably the Jury, a court clerck and 4 other commanders representing the state (i´ll explain the composition in another post). The charge is read out by Mr Gambel for the state. The accused stand charged with gender treachery in violation of Romans Chapter 1 verse 26. Based on the report by the state both Ofglen and the Martha are found guilty by the judge. A violation of rule 27 of U.S federal law of which they´re both entitled to in accordance with human rights laws.
During the sentencing here´s what you´re paying attention to: Martha number 6715301 is sentenced to the common mercy of the state, a death sentence by Gilead´s laws, in the background you hear the sound of a submarine drawing nearer. A reference to Gambel´s quail (biome-s2e2), a bird named after William Gambel that is now established in San Clemente Island, a channel island off the coast of California owned and operated by the U.S Navy. A reminder for the viewer that Gilead has not yet fully taken over America and that the Martha and Emily are still protected by U.S laws. Meaning as a worker in a Gilead household the Martha is entitled to a salary. H.R 6715 - technical, clerical and conforming amendments to the Tax Reform Act of 1976, of which section 301 on revision of tax rules on expatriation of individuals states that U.S citizens and residents are subject to income tax and gift tax on their worldwide income. Handmaid number 8967 is sentenced to redemption because "God has seen fit to make you fruitful and by that we are bound" says the judge. Meaning handmaid 8967 is profitable to Gilead´s economy. 8967 U.S foreign trade relations, of which there exists none between America and Gilead. The failure by Gilead to meet the income requirements for these two women makes their labour slavery under International Humananitarian Laws.
Outside The Court
The building has the number 1 on the door to the right, you hear someone through an earpiece in background saying no that´s the stores, followed by a guardian saying move out, we´re on 1, then morse code letter T, followed by an earpiece saying 1675 and 65. Emily herself is muzzled, cuffed and marched between armed guardians. 15 U.S.C 1675 Exemption for State- regulated garnishment states that The Secretary of Labor may by regulation exempt from the provisions of section 1673(a) and (b)(2) of this title garnishments issued under the laws of any State if he determines that the laws of that State provide restrictions on garnishment which are substantially similar to those provided in section 1673(a) and (b)(2) of this title. Again there exists no agreement between the two countries and Gilead has no sovereignty. Chapter 1 Code 1 of this exemption states that every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, is declared to be illegal. As slaves both the Martha and Ofglen are prohibited by Gilead from participating in any trade with both Gilead and America. Gilead itself still at war with America, making both Emily and the Martha by definition also Prisoners of War whose rights are protected under International Humanitarian Laws and military manuals. Shopping and the weather - Trade and San Clemente Island U.S.
There´s a car to her right with no17 on it and it has plate number 814 765. Rule 17: Each party to the conflict must take all feasible precautions in the choice of means and methods of warfare with a view to avoiding, and in any event to minimizing, incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians and damage to civilian objects. Protection 814 meaning to keep safe from harm or injury. 765 meaning in all cases, care must be provided in accordance with medical ethics. Rule 1: The parties to the conflict must at all times distinguish between civilians and combatants. Attacks may only be directed against combatants. Attacks must not be directed against civilians. When the Martha is put in the car you hear the guardian´s earpiece saying rule 954. Meaning Rule 65 ibid § 954 of IHL applies to both Emily and the Martha. Rule 65: Killing, injuring or capturing an adversary by resort to perfidy is prohibited. Gilead violates this rule when they hang the Martha. You´ll also note The Eye bangs twice on the door, this is to remind the viewer that the war between Gilead and America is a type 2 war, meaning Non- international armed conflict. Under the Statute of the International Criminal Court, “killing or wounding treacherously a combatant adversary” constitutes a war crime in non-international armed conflicts.
At the hospital Emily who had been sentenced to redemption wakes up in pain and unfamiliar surroundings. Aunt Lydia says "I know this is a shock for you Emily". A confirmation to the viewer that Emily has indeed been betrayed. Punished for the second time for the same crime that she´s just been sentenced to redemption for by Gilead´s Court. Her presence itself in Gilead a criminal punishment by Gilead for her sexual preference. Meaning Emily is now punished 3 times for the same crime. Gilead violating the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, face a retrial after a conviction or face multiple punishment. Gilead does not fall under the separate sovereignty exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause as only states and tribal jurisdictions are recognised as separate sovereignty: Gamble vs United States. Gilead again violating Rule 65 ibid § 954 of IHL.
Ofglen/Ofsteven
At the store (s1e5) you´ll notice June and the new Ofglen are walking in aisle number 1, the sign hanging above 2 marthas, behind them an armed guardian. The following frame shows June and the new Ofglen with the number 1 hanging above them, same as the 2 Marthas behind them, also an armed guardian behind them and you also see the number 2 to their left and the speaker says red apples. Rule 1: The parties to the conflict must at all times distinguish between civilians and combatants. Attacks may only be directed against combatants. Attacks must not be directed against civilians. When they turn the corner there´s 2 econowomen walking past towards red apples and grapes, a Martha at the back with the no1 hanging above her, the frame moves with the econowomen to rest on the red apples with the number 2 now hanging above the red apples, Janine says you know she´s even smiling now but she´s holding an egg and she clutches her hands over her heart while looking at the eggs infront of her. In the background you see Emily infront of the greens. Gambel´s quail, San Clemente apples, Sunshine State, the land of milk and honey, United States. Again this is to remind the viewer that these women are still american citizens and as such rule 2 applies to them. We´re also reminded of their loss of freedom of speech as Alma says you really shouldn´t talk about that stuff Ofwarren.
When June starts walking towards Emily you hear the start of pings similar to sonar pings (s1e1), she looks towards the red apples with the number 2 above them, the speaker says line 2. Rule 2: Acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited. Ofglen/Ofsteven. After she says are you ok you begin to hear the sound of the ocean in the background, I´m fine, says Emily. Pay special attention again after June says the eyes took you? The sound of the ocean in the background gets louder, you hear the sonar ping again, someone in the background says blessed be the fruit, the other person says i saw you there, the speaker says fresher produce may wanna see. A reminder of Nick witnessing the different interaction between June and Emily in S1E2. June says Nick, our driver, is he one of them? is there anything you can tell me? I don´t know anything anymore, after what happened, I´m too dangerous to be a part of it, says Emily. June herself having dismissed Nick´s warning about her interactions with Emily, her change in attitude and sudden defiance forcing him to take action (you need to be careful-s1e2). Part of what? she asks. Mayday, says Emily. What´s Mayday? then the new Ofglen comes to fetch her away from Ofglen 1, from learning about Mayday. Offred! there you are, hiding out in the vegetables, says Ofglen 2 as she whiskes her away from an Emily who´s defiantly telling June about Mayday even though she´s been silenced. The scene ends with Emily and a person in the background saying 6. The number is to remind the viewer of the main reason behind Nick´s decision to have the Mayday Eyes remove Emily as June´s walking partner. Article 6 of The Code of Conduct for members of the Armed Forces of the United States. Article VI: I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.
What Did You Do To Her?
No woman was ever rich enough, young enough, pretty enough, good enough, says Fred. We had choices then, reminisces June. Now you have respect, you have protection, you can fullfil your biological destinies in peace. Biological destiny? asks June. Children, what else is there to live for? Love, retorts June. Love isn´t real. It was never anything more than just lust with a good marketing campaign. Maybe for you but not for me, reminisces June, angering Fred with her memory of a better life during what Fred considers a happy moment in his present life. Remember Ofglen who used to live next door? Ofglen had her urges that lead her to do unnatural things I´m sure to her it felt like love. In cases such as these the punishment is death but out of respect for her position we let her live. We helped her, we saved her, we had a doctor take care of the problem. This statement alone a violation of several articles, all constituting war crimes, amongst others Rule 26: compelling a person engaged in medical activities to perform acts contrary to medical ethics is prohibited. Rule 65 ibid § 954: simulation of protected status by using the red cross or red crescent emblem because medical and religious personnel, units and transports displaying the distinctive emblems must be respected and protected. It is also prohibited to kill or wound treacherously individuals belonging to the hostile nation or army. Rule 47: Attacking persons who are recognised as hors de combat is prohibited.
Emily, a civilian, a prisoner of war and an hors de combat. A category 1 hors de combat. It is uncontested that a person who is in the power of an adverse party is hors de combat. At this point she had neither shown hostility nor attempted to escape and could therefore not have lost her protected status under International Humanitarian Laws. (I opted to leave out Emily´s car attack as that deserves its own post).
Post Red Centre Bombing
The Colonies - the Aunts are shouting keep going, keep moving and move forward to the slaves (straight line, no loitering s3e2). When the guardian shows the papers you hear through the earpiece 10465 . When the women are being tasered the Aunt says You And You, get in the vehicle. United Nations University, to remind us of Emily´s proffession and the laws that protected her career choice. This is followed by a shot of Emily´s unprotected face, then the guardian´s gas mask covered face as he looks towards the car with plate number 760 954. 95 U.S 760 United States vs Moore - "after date of appointment" and "from such date," laws. Meaning Fred can not claim Gilead intended to pay Emily for her labour at a later date as she´d neither received her payment after she´d been sent to The Colonies or after her arrival in Canada, nor can he provide any document to prove they intended to pay her. After all no woman receives a payment from Gilead, not even the wives. 954 Katz vs United States - the extension of The Fourth Amendment search and seizure prohibitions to include intrusions on the privacy of individuals as well as to physical locations. Meaning how Gilead obtained evidence of a relationship between Emily and The Marthas violated both their constitutional rights as "supposed labourers" so Fred and Gilead can´t claim they obtained the evidence in a legal way. There was a black van, then footsteps on the stairs, then something quick and brutal that made her unable to scream - S1E3. When Emily´s walking to the car you can hear a guardian´s earpiece saying 1056 - This is a reference to U.N Resolution 1056 -based on respect for the principle of equal rights and fair equality of opportunity, people have the right to freely choose their sovereignty and international political status with no interference. Gilead violating Rule 104 among others. Rule 104 - The convictions and religious practices of civilians and persons hors de combat must be respected (you ok with roti? s2e7-before Gilead I was a vegetarian s3e2). Rule 65 -Perfidy committed against Emily yet again as she is for the 4th time she´s tortured and uprooted by Gilead and resentenced to sexual slavery for a 3rd time. This time she´s not even tried for a crime but merely resentenced.
The car that Janine and Emily are put into has no.08 on the side (i´ll delve on its plates in another post). Rule 8- In so far as objects are concerned, military objectives are limited to those objects which by their nature, location, purpose or use make an effective contribution to military action and whose partial or total destruction, capture or neutralization, in the circumstances ruling at the time, offers a definite military advantage. Which is what sets Emily apart from the other handmaids. When she drove over the guardian she attacked a military objective, therefore even if Gilead claims she was a terrorist her attack falls within the guidelines that Mayday itself abides by in accordance with U.S military manuals and U.S obligations to Treaties and Conventions on conflict and International Humanitarian Laws. Making Emily´s car attack a military attack instead of an individual crime. Which is why on Emily´s return in S2E7 at the store you can hear the speaker saying 102 when June reaches Emily. Rule 102 -No one may be convicted of an offence except on the basis of individual criminal responsibility. When June and Emily nod to Brianna to share her name you can hear a guardian´s earpiece saying 1052. This is a reference to U.N Resolution 1052 - cessation of hostilities and the need for respect for international humanitarian law concerning the protection of civilians.
Hospital Visit
During June´s hospital visit to Fred and Serena here´s what you´re paying attention to: after Fred creepily touching her belly. When she arrives the machine shows 56 and 95. Rule 56 - Freedom of Movement of Humanitarian Relief Personnel. You´ll note that Serena drags June against her will towards Fred. This is to remind the viewer of the violation against Ofglen 2 by Gilead after she came to Janine´s defence in a bid to assist her against her sentencing. The guardian that June shoots in S3E13 is also 56 illustrate the IHL violation against June who´s performing a humanitarian relief with the children. Rule 95 -Uncompensated or abusive forced labour is prohibited. This is to remind the viewer of Emily and the Martha´s court case and is illustrated by Serena saying Fred "our baby" is here. After Fred creepily touched her belly the machine behind her goes from 75 to 77 over 96, at the bottom it show 106 over 72 and you see a chest and a hip x-rays on the wall. Rule 75: The use of riot-control agents as a method of warfare is prohibited. As you´ve noticed when Emily and Janine are picked up even the guardians who´re fetch them have gas masks on their temporary visit while the slaves are unprotected from the harmful nuclear chemicals. Rule 76: The use of herbicides as a method of warfare is prohibited. The use of herbicides in armed conflict as a method of warfare would violate the general prohibition of the use of chemical weapons if they are of a nature to harm humans or animals. Rule 77 - The use of bullets which expand or flatten easily in the human body is prohibited*. As you´ll note June witnesses the Martha being shot point blank and bleeding on the street. Serena says "they´re shooting Marthas on the street it´s supposed to make us feel safer, it´s asinine". This is the sight that greets Emily and Janine on their arrival back from The Colonies. This is why OfMatthew didn´t survive the bullet in S3E8 and why even though she´s only grazed on the side of her stomach June is left unable to move by the shot in S3E13. Rule 106 - Conditions for Prisoner Of War status. Combatants must distinguish themselves from the civilian population while they are engaged in an attack or in a military operation preparatory to an attack. If they fail to do so, they do not have the right to prisoner-of-war status. Rule 72: The use of poison or poisoned weapons is prohibited. Emily and other prisoners of war are forced to drink radiation and wash from poisoned water by Gilead. Something that makes their skin and nails peel off and slowly kills them.
IN s2e8 at the store Janine is relieved that she only has to do the ceremony. Then the speaker says 1 1. Rule 11- Indiscriminate Attacks: All parties have the duty to abstain from indiscriminate attacks in accordance with ICRC. Upon overhearing Janine´s comments Emily retorts that rape is not a blessing, anyone helping Gilead deserves to be blown apart. Again the comment illustrates how Gilead has psychologically and systematically tortured Emily to the point where she finds herself advocating for indiscriminate attacks against others. Though Mayday/Ofglen´s bomb itself falls within the guidelines of military manuals as the handmaids who died were at a military objective. Again this is why the Mayday Command is not made up of a bunch of rebels but highly qualified military personnel with long term objectives. This is why The Martha Network is highly selective on what errands they distribute to other Marthas and handmaids and why Mayday is viewed as a made-up fantasy by most people in Gilead, it´s also the reason why it will never be commanded by handmaids and Marthas like most fans wish.
In s2e10 when June´s walking to Emily you hear time to stop (halt s1e5), followed by someone saying something happened (s1e5), then the guardian´s earpiece says 117. Rule 117 - Each party to the conflict must take all feasible measures to account for persons reported missing as a result of armed conflict and must provide their family members with any information it has on their fate. Someone in the background says "are those from corporate" and another says "may i help you" (mayday), Janine says she´s going to a new posting soon, someone in background says it´s not an option, when Janine says maybe we could all end up in Canada one day, someone on background says 8b. Rule 8 - In so far as objects are concerned, military objectives are limited to those objects which by their nature, location, purpose or use make an effective contribution to military action and whose partial or total destruction, capture or neutralisation, in the circumstances ruling at the time, offers a definite military advantage. Volume II, Chapter 2, Section B. Rule 8 is written on the car that Emily and Janine get into when they´re fetched from the colonies.
June says you´re gonna see your son again, someone in background says "you´d know, mostly what´s special". Emily says i´m not his mother anymore and in the background a guardian´s earpiece says "lie" followed by June saying you're his mother and you love him. Do you think he feels that? says Emily and June says yes, background an earpiece says we´re 1 minute to the front (s2e7, s3e10/12) Rule 47: Attacking persons who are recognized as hors de combat is prohibited. Emily is category 1 hors de combat (i) Anyone who is in the power of an adverse party. It is uncontested that a person who is in the power of an adverse party is hors de combat. Respect for and protection of persons who are in the power of an adverse party is a cornerstone of International Humanitarian Law as reflected in several provisions of the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols. According to Additional Protocol I, immunity from attack is conditional on refraining from any hostile act or attempt to escape (escape s2e13, s3e1). Emily again risks her life when she runs away with Nichole in S3E1, as Gilead are within their rights to shoot to kill (we´re 1 minute to the front). Again showing the bravery of Emily and why she chose to risk drowing rather than end up in Gilead´s hands.
June says WTF is wrong with you but in the background you hear 9, Rule 9. Civilian objects are all objects that are not military objectives. June says at least your son is Canada, he´s free with your wife, illustrating that Emily and all the other prisoners of wars have all been denied information on the fate of their loved ones. Though Emily´s wife and child are not in Gilead she´s still no better off than June and the other handmaids. Gilead violating Rule 117 of International Humanitarian Law. Yet another strike of human rights violation committed by Fred and Gilead against Emily. "It´s such a small problem truth be told" said Fred.
Emily´s truth be told, in an ICC war crimes trial that small problem is actually a nuclear level problem. Which is why Tuello and the not-so-innocent Canadians dangled returning Emily to Gilead in a bid to force Gilead to hand the Swiss proof of all the crimes and punishments they handed Emily. As intrusive and horrific as it was for Emily to confirm her "crimes" to the Swiss it was sadly a necessary evil in order to document Gilead´s crimes against her, the handmaids and the Marthas for the ICC. She´s the only one so far who´s been sentenced by Gilead, witnessed a documented execution of her lover, been mutilated, been sentenced to The Colonies (watch that cholesterol -s3e2) and lived to tell the tale. Most importantly the only one Gilead has voluntarily handed over information about her crimes and sentences to a neutral party. Again you can appreaciate why the neutral Swiss would be livid on finding out Nick Blaine is Tuello´s right hand man and that they were mere pawns in some weaponised baby bait and Canadian Treaty negotiations, stripping them of any neutrality and turning them into witnesses. It´s a small step, but it´s a step towards facing the music for Fred. As you´ve noted Nick´s watch is showing 65 when he checks Offred 1 for signs of life. Serena´s betrayal is the least of Fred´s problems because Emily is about to sink him. She´s dead, she´s alive, she´s me, we are handmaids - nolite te bastardes carborundum.
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2020.06.12 02:51 AEWPunk525 Rebooking WWE throughout the 2010s. Part 13

Chapter 13
Wrestlemania 27
The Raw after Elimination Chamber starts up, we see Nexus come to the ring. Wade Barrett talks about the attack on the Undertaker last night at Elimination Chamber, he tells the Undertaker that it is just a preview for Wrestlemania, where the Undertaker will not only lose his Championship and his Streak, but he may very well just lose his entire career. Wade continues to talk about Nexus and his match vs the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, but then Edge comes out and interrupts Wade. Edge tells Wade that he is way over his head with this entire thing, he reminds Wade that three years ago at Wrestlemania he faced the Undertaker, and he gave it his all, but he still lost, even with the help he had, he still could not get the job done, at Wrestlemania Edge tells Wade Barrett that as good as unstoppable as he is, he cannot, and he will not be as good or as unstoppable as the Undertaker, and he will not break the streak. Wade takes the mic and he says to Edge, that he could not beat the Undertaker because he was weak, and did not have the tools to beat the Undertaker, just like he did not have the tools to beat Nexus in the past, or right now. Wade then waves his hand, and Nexus attacks Edge, and the attack finishes with the 450 Splash from Justin Gabriel. Wade and the Nexus all walk out of the ring looking smug as can be. Next up we have a match between Layla and Serena. Layla wins the match, and afterwards Michelle grabs a mic, and she says congrats on the Elimination Chamber win last night, she reminds Layla that at Wrestlemania it will be those two facing off for the Women’s Championship. Layla then tries to hug Michelle, but Michelle surprisingly attacks Layla and lays her out with the Faith Breaker. Michelle then tells Layla that she should have just stuck to being her sidekick, and should have never stuck her nose in the Women’s title picture, because now, it is only going to get her a beating like she has never felt before. Up next we have John Morrison backstage commenting on not only his WWE Championship match last night that he won, and not only his WWE Championship match against John Cena at Wrestlemania, but he comments on the mystery guest host for Wrestlemania, and who it could possibly be. Up next we see John Cena come to the ring, he says that he finally gets a WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania, and he had to work his ass of to get it, especially last night in the Chamber, but now, he has to face one of his toughest challenges ever to get the title back, Cena says that he has to face a man in the midst of the best year of his career, a man who took the title away from Nexus, something that Cena had failed to do, Cena has to face John Morrison at Wrestlemania, and he talks about how he has never faced someone like Morrison before, and he is going to have to bring absolutely everything, just to try and defeat him at Wrestlemania. Next up Triple H comes back out on Raw, he says he shook off his ring rust last night when he beat Sheamus, but now his challenge has been accepted, and he knows that he is going to be fighting the fight of his career at Wrestlemania against Sting. Triple H says that unlike a lot of people who believe Sting doesn’t have muchring rust, he did not stop wrestling when WCW died, he continued and he became a big fish, no he became a Great White Shark in a small pond. Now he is in the ocean that is WWE, and his first opponent is the Game, Triple H, and like everyone else from the Monday Night War era, Sting is going to fall to the Pedigree. Our main event is here and we are going to find out who the guest host is. All the lights go out, and we see electricity on the Titantron, it stops and then erupts a loud, “IF YOU SMELL, WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKING!” The Rock comes out and he speaks to the crowd, he talks about how he has missed them all for the last seven years, he talks about how electrifying Wrestlemania is going to be, and he talks about how he cannot wait to finally meet John Cena. The Rock says that he has had an issue with Cena for a long time, and now that he gets to meet him, he can finally tell Cena to take his bright ass purple shirt, dust it off, turn it sideways and stick it straight up his candy ass!
Next up we have Smackdown, and it starts with Chris Jericho coming to the ring, he says that at Elimination Chamber he was destroying Rey Mysterio, and he was ready to finish him off, but then out of nowhere a scottish psychopath came from the back and ruined his match, and not only that, but he attacked Chris Jericho, and left him laying in the middle of the ring. Chris talks about how inexcusable this is. Drew McIntyre comes out, and he goes to the ring, he grabs a mic, and he asks Chris if he remembers costing him the World Heavyweight title a few months back, Drew then looks at Chris and says, well, payback is a bitch, and at Elimination Chamber Drew got his payback. Chris asks Drew how he could dare try and attack Chris Jericho, who is the best in the world at what he does. Drew just says like this, and then he hits Chris with the Double Arm DDT. Next up is a battle royal in order to determine who will face off against Shad Gaspard for the IC Championship, it comes down to JTG, and Yoshi Tatsu, they both go over the top rope at the same time, and they both hit the floor at the same time. Teddy Long comes out after the match, and he says that since this has happened, next week JTG and Yoshi Tatsu will go one on one for the number one contender spot for the IC Championship. Backstage we see Tyler Reks being interviewed, and he says that last night Rey Mysterio got exactly what he deserved, and he will never disrespect Tyler Reks again. After this Tyler Reks gets attacked from behind by Rey Mysterio who is wielding a steel chair. After this we see that Undertaker is scheduled to appear next week on Smackdown.
Raw comes back and it starts out with John Cena coming to the ring, he comes back at the Rock for what he said last week, and he tells the Rock that he cannot wait to meet him either, he looks forward to it, and he says that he hopes that the Rock is watching his match from ringside so he can see him become WWE Champion up close. John Morrison then comes out and he meets Cena in the ring, he asks Cena if he is overlooking him at Wrestlemania in favor of the Rock. Morrison says if that is the case, then it is for sure that he will not become WWE Champion, and he will fall victim to Starship Pain. Cena then tells him, that there is no way he could overlook John Morrison, he says that Morrison is at the top of his game right now, and with that being said Morrison has some great talent, Cena says if he were to overlook him, he wouldn’t stand a chance at Wrestlemania, but that is not the case, and as good as Morrison is, at Wrestlemania, Cena will be that much better, and as for his business with the Rock, Cena says that if someone calls your name, then you call it back. Next up we have the returning Sting come out, he grabs a mic for the first time ever on Raw, he says there was never any doubt that he was going to accept the challenge that Triple H threw down to him, he just had to wait for the right time to accept, and he waited until Triple H was done with the match with Sheamus just so Sting was sure that at Wrestlemania the ring rust would not be there, because Sting wants Triple H at his best, Sting says that he recalls all of the guys from WCW going to WWE and meeting Triple H in the ring, Sting says he watched one by one as they fell to Triple H, and he wondered always how he would fare against the Game, and when Triple H interrupted him last month, he was excited deep down, because Sting says he wants a few things while in WWE and having Triple H as his very first opponent is one of them. Sting says that at Wrestlemania he looks forward to meeting Triple H and defeating Triple H. Next up we are backstage and we see Edge talking, he talks about last week, and how Nexus attacked him, and how tonight he faces Wade Barrett in the main event, he says that he looks forward to it, and then he says that last week, he was hit with the 450 Splash from Justin Gabriel. Edge says that it really did hurt him last week, but if Justin wants to try it again, then he is going to regret it. After this we see Layla come out, and she is crying over what happened last week, she says that she cannot believe what Michelle did to her, she can’t believe that Michelle would hurt her like that. She then clears up, she says that at Wrestlemania, she will repay her former best friend, and as revenge she will walk out as Womens Champion. Next up is our main event, Wade Barrett vs Edge. Edge fights well, but Wade Barrett fights a little better, at the end Justin Gabriel comes out, and he distracts Edge who gets hit with Wasteland and is pinned. After the match Justin Gabriel hits Edge with another 450 Splash, and leaves the ring.
Back on Smackdown we see that Undertaker is going to appear later tonight. But first we see Tyler Reks get out to the ring. He calls out Rey Mysterio, Rey comes out with a chair, he seems weary of Tyler Reks. Tyler laughs at Rey, and he tells him not to worry, and that he is not going to hurt him, yet. Tyler says that this issue will have to be resolved in a no DQ match, Tyler pauses for a second, and then says, at Wrestlemania. Rey looks at the Wrestlemania sign, then his chair, and then back at Tyler Reks, and he shakes his head, saying yes. Next up we have our match between JTG and Yoshi Tatsu. The match is long and drawn out, and Yoshi ultimately hits JTG with the roundhouse kick, but JTG kicks out, and he continues the fight, he ultimately defeats Yoshi Tatsu, and the two shake hands, after this JTG is viciously attacked by Shad Gaspard. After this we see Teddy Long backstage, he is confronted by Kaval, who demands a match at Wrestlemania, and before long, Joe Hennig comes in and starts demanding a match for himself. Kaval and Hennig start arguing with eachother. Teddy Long says that he has an idea for the both of them, he says that the Colons do not have a match yet, and they need one for Wrestlemania, and with Kaval and Joe coming in and demanding a match, he has a solution for all of these problems, he says that at Wrestlemania it will be Joe Hennig and Kaval vs the Colons for the tag team titles. Kaval, and Joe argue some more, as we leave it at that point. Drew McIntyre faces off against Big Show next, but the match is interrupted by Chris Jericho who gives Drew a Codebreaker. Undertaker comes out next, and he says that at Elimination Chamber Wade Barrett has awoken something that he didn’t want to awaken, and at Wrestlemania, Wade Barrett will feel the wrath of the Deadman, and Wade Barrett will Rest. In. Peace. Smackdown ends as we look at the Undertaker.
Back on Raw we start out with a message saying that next week, the Rock will be in the arena, and he will confront John Cena in the ring, live. Edge comes out first, he said he could not wait to come out tonight, he reminds us that last week he said that if Justin Gabriel hit him with another 450 Splash, he would regret it, and he did hit Edge with another 450 Splash. Edge says now, that if he is so tough, Justin Gabriel will put his US title on the line against Edge at Wrestlemania. Gabriel comes down to the ring, and he tells Edge, no. Edge then laughs and says, well here comes the regret. Edge then hits the Edgeocution on Justin and then he hits the Spear, and leaves Gabriel lay. Edge then tells Gabriel that he may want to rethink his decision. Next up we have a match between Kelly Kelly. Michelle wins the match, but then she is attacked by Layla after the match, she gets hit with the Faith Breaker again, and her attack is thwarted. After this we see Triple H get in the ring, he says that he heard Sting last week, and as for him thinking that he is going to win at Wrestlemania, he should know that facing off against Triple H isn’t what he is accustom to anymore, Triple H says that Sting is accustom to facing men that are nowhere near his skill level. Triple H says Sting hasn’t fought someone on his level in a longtime, Triple H says that he has been fighting mebn on that level since the beginning of his career and he has never stopped. Triple H then says that when it comes down to him vs Sting at Wrestlemania, Sting may put up a fight, but he will be overwhelmed, and he will fall at Wrestlemania, and Triple H is going to be the one to knock Sting back down to Earth at Wrestlemania. Next we see Wade Barrett and Nexus backstage, he says that he heard what the Undertaker said on Smackdown, and he has to disagree, he says at Wrestlemania, the Undertaker is getting in the ring with someone he has never faced before, Wade Barrett says that John Cena, the face of WWE thought he could beat Wade as well, and what happened then was Cena lost the WWE Championship. Wade then says, speaking of Championships, and he points to Justin Gabriel, who is holding his ribs, Gabriel says, that yeah he has rethought his position, and if Edge wants a title shot against him, then he has got it. Gabriel says that he is going to show Edge what he is all about at Wrestlemania. Sting is announced to be on Raw next week to confront Triple H. Next we have our main event John Morrison vs Dolph Ziggler in a rematch. John Morrison wins, and to end the night we see John Cena come out clapping and he congratulates John Morrison on his hard fought win.
Smackdown comes back and we see Joe Hennig come out and he complains about being paired with Kaval at Wrestlemania. Kaval comes out, and he argues with Hennig saying that he should feel lucky. Kaval says that Hennig should not be in WWE, but here he is at Wrestlemania getting a title shot, it shouldn’t matter what kind of title shot, just that it is a title shot, at Wrestlemania no less. The Colons come out, and Carlito says that both men should feel lucky, because they are facing the best tag team in the business, and they have the privilege of losing to them at Wrestlemania. Kaval stops Carlito, and says that he and Hennig may not get along, but at Wrestlemania they are not losing the match. Kaval then challenges Carlito to a match right now. Kaval fights and defeats Carlito after a great match. The Colons then attack Kaval, and Hennig gets out of dodge and lets Kaval get beat up. Next up we see Rey Mysterio in a match with Del Rio again, and in the middle of the match, Tyler Reks gets involved, he attacks Rey, and picks him up for the burning hammer, but then he drops Rey, who rolls out of the ring and gets away from Tyler Reks, Tyler laughs at Rey as he walks up the ramp. Next we see a backstage segment with Drew McIntyre, he says that he is sick of this, he is sick of Jericho attacking him, and him having to attack Jericho, he says tonight, he will not attack Jericho, instead he will issue a challenge to Chris Jericho, and that is a one on one match at Wrestlemania. Drew then walks away, as he begins to await his answer. Next up we have Shad come out and cut a promo, he talks to JTG, he reminds him that he can’t compete in singles action, the only reason he could compete in tag action was because of being partners with Shad. Shad reminds JTG that he hasn’t ever won a Pay Per View one on one match, not against anyone, even Shad. JTG comes out, he says though Shad is right, JTG has been working on himself as of late, he has wanted to be better, he has gotten better, he has been winning, and yes Shad beat him almost a year ago at Extreme Rules, but now things are different. JTG has earned a title shot against Shad at Wrestlemania, and there at Wrestlemania, much like Shad already did, JTG looks to prove that he can be succesful at a singles career. Shad laughs and says to JTG that at Wrestlemania, Shad looks to prove that JTG is still nothing but dead weight.
Back on Raw, we start out with Triple H coming to the ring, and he says that he just could not wait, he wants this to happen now, he wants Sting to come out now. Sting ends up coming out and coming down to the ring, and coming face to face with Triple H. Sting says to Triple H, here I am. Triple H says that he has waited a decade for this, Triple H and Sting, face to face in this ring, waiting to face off at Wrestlemania. Sting says that he has waited for the same thing. Triple H asks why Sting didn’t come earlier if he couldn’t wait. Sting says because he saw how Vince McMahon booked and treated his former WCW colleagues when they were forced to make the jump from WCW to WWE, Sting says that he was too good to be a part of that. Triple H then says that is the problem with Sting. Triple H says that WCW was never as good as WWE, the stars were never as good and the product was never as good, that is why they lost the Monday Night War. Triple H then says that he at least had respect for the stars from WCW that did come over to WWE. Sure they all got beat by Triple H one by one, but unlike Sting at least they didn’t go to some tiny little organization down south where they knew that they were better than everyone, and they knew that they could always win. Triple H says to Sting, just because Vince McMahon is gone now, doesn’t mean that former WCW stars like Sting will do any better now, and at Wrestlemania Triple H will beat the last of the WCW stars and prove the fact that he just stated. Sting says that is funny. Because if Vince was still in charge, then A Sting would not be hired. Or B, Sting would be hired, but he would not face Triple H, because he knows that Vince would not want someone from his former and current competition to beat his golden boy, his son in law, Triple H. Next up we have Justin Gabriel have a match against Zack Ryder, a former Edge head. Gabriel defeats Ryder, and takes a surprise Spear from Edge, who then holds up the US title in the air. After this we have a promo between Layla and Michelle McCool. Layla asks Michelle how she could do what she did to Layla. Michelle says to her, that it was just business, and there are no friendships in this business. Layla says that yes there can be friends here, Layla says that Michelle has been her best friend that she has ever had. Michelle tells Layla that they were never friends, Michelle just used her to keep her title by her side, and once she realized she was good enough to keep her title on her own, and Layla was going into business for herself it was time to shed the deadweight. Layla slaps Michelle in the face and then walks out of the ring. Next up we have a match between Wade Barrett and William Regal, Barrett quickly dispatches him, and then mocks the Undertaker with the cutthroat motion. After this we have the Rock come out to the ring to a huge ovation, and he walks down to the ring, he talks about Wrestlemania, and then he asks John Cena to come out, and Cena does. John comes down to the ring, and Rock and Cena get into a heated discussion about all the things Cena said while the Rock has been away, and Cena says that Rock is fake, and he was and will never always be there for the WWE Universe despite how much they love him, depite how much the Rock means to them, Cena says that it makes him sick, and that is why he said what he said. Rock comes back and says that if Cena continues to open his mouth, and speak for the Rock, then the Rock is going to unleash a fury that Cena has never seen, and Rock is going to rip Cena’s throat out. The two have a staredown, and then John Morrison comes out. He looks at Cena, and he says with all due respect, the Rock is not Cenas opponent at Wrestlemania, and the Rock is not WWE Champion. Morrison says that he is, and if Cena continues to overlook him, then Morrison is going to beat Cena into retirement at Wrestlemania. Morrison then looks at the Rock, and he says that he doesn’t care what the Rock's problems with Cena are, whatever it is, it can wait until after Wrestlemania. Morrison says that he has always loved watching the Rock, but now he is done with the Rock thinking that he can do whatever he wants just because he is here now. Rock then asks Morrison if there is anything else that he is thinking and wants to share with the Rock. Morrison starts to speak, and the Rock tells him that it doesn’t matter what he thinks, and he says that since he is the host of Wrestlemania 27 he is going to add a little stipulation to the WWE Championship match, in that match the Rock is going to be special guest referee. Rock leaves the ring as the show ends.
Back on Smackdown we see a graphic that has Joe Hennig taking on Primo, in a match tonight. First however Chris Jericho comes out, and he says that he has heard the challenge of Drew McIntyre, and to answer his challenge, Jericho says that he accaepts, and he knows Drew McIntyre has beaten the Undertaker before, he knows he has been World Heavyweight and IC Champion before. Chris Jericho then says to Drew that Jericho has beaten the Undertaker multiple times, he is a six time World Champion, and he is a record setting nine time Intercontenintal Champion. Jericho says if Drew wants to step in the ring with him at Wrestlemania that is fine, but Drew should know that he is stepping into the ring with the best in the world at what he does, and then Chris says that Drew has bitten off a little more than he can chew this time. Next up we have a rematch between Tyler Reks and the Big Show, once again Tyler Reks is able to win the match, but after the match Reks gets hit with a surprise 619, and he gets laid out, but it does not take long for him to get right back up and stare down Rey Mysterio. Mysterio seems to be in shock because of this. Next up we have Joe Hennig take on Primo, the two go at it for a little while, but then Joe is about to hit the Perfect Plex when he is attacked by the other two Colons, Kaval watches Joe get beat down while he stands on the stage. Next up we have Shad in a match against Finlay, Shad hits a quick Big Boot for the win. After the match JTG comes out, and attacks Shad driving him from the ring. Before the show ends we see a graphic that says the Undertaker will appear again next week.
Raw is back again, and we start out seeing a full on video package of Sting during his time in WCW, this is used as a showcase in order to show what Sting is all about. After the video package we see that it is announced that Sting will be in the building next week, and so will Triple H. Wade Barrett then comes out next, and he talks about the Undertaker some more, he says that there isn’t much time left until Wrestlemania and there isn’t much time left for the streak, out comes a surprise appearance by Shawn Micheals, he says that he comes in peace. He says to Wade, that defeating the Undertaker is next to impossible, he says to years ago, he gave Undertaker everything that he had, and came up just short, even though he was so close, Shawn says that he was closer than anybody ever was to defeating the streak. Shawn says that his defeat only inspired him to work harder to face the Undertaker at last year's Wrestlemania, and at last year's Wrestlemania, he put his whole career on the line, and he came even closer to defeating the streak, but still he came up short, and now he hasn’t competed since Wrestlemania last year, and he never will again, he tells Wade that defeating the streak is the most impossible challenge in the business, look at all of the people who tried and failed, Shawn says that Wade is talented, and should always show confidence in himself, but now he has bitten off more than he can chew, and at Wrestlemania, he cannot let his ego get the best of him, Shawn says just to work his ass off out there, he tells Wade that he should want to be one of those people like him who gives Undertaker a run for his money, and not someone who goes in overconfident and gets destroyed by the Undertaker. Wade takes his mic and says that he isn’t some broken down old man like Shawn Micheals, he isn’t going in to just look good against the Undertaker, he is going in to break the Undertaker and break the streak. Wade then waves his hand and Nexus attacks Shawn Micheals. Edge runs down to the ring and tries to make the safe, he spears Slater, Otunga, and Ryback, but he runs into a dropkick from Justin Gabriel, and then he gets hit with a Wasteland, and then a 450 Splash which takes him out of it. Next up we have a match between Beth Phoenix and Layla. Layla wins this match up, but after the match, Michelle McCool comes down with a savage attack on Layla, she then hits the Faith Breaker, and she pulls Layla up by her hair, and she slaps her in the face. Next up we see John Cena in a match with Dolph Ziggler, Cena wins the match, and afterwards, John Morrison comes down, and he acts like he is going to jump off the ropes and kick John Cena in the face, but he doesn’t do that, instead he just looks at Cena and tells him again not to overlook him at Wrestlemania, otherwise it is going to cost him, a lot. After this we see that the Rock is going to be on Raw next week, just before Wrestlemania. We then see Morrison and Cena both looking at the Titantron ready for next week.
Back on Smackdown we see Joe Hennig come out, he calls out Kaval, Kaval comes out, the two of them start arguing over the last two weeks, and about them leaving eachother to get beaten up by the Colons in the ring, the arguing starts to get heated, and the two men start to fight eachother, then the Colons come out, they beat up the two men and leave them both laying in the ring. Carlito grabs a mic and he exclaims that Wrestlemania will be a cakewalk for them. After this the Colons leave the ring, and we see Kaval and Hennig just barely make it back to their feet. Next up we see Tyler Reks backstage, he is talking about how he is going to absolutely destroy Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania, and how it will be the biggest victory of his career, when he is asked about Rey Mysterio always winning unwinnable fights, Tyler Reks just says that Rey Mysterio has never faced anyone like him before and at Wrestlemania there will be no underdog story, only destruction. After this we see Shad in the ring, he calls out JTG. JTG comes out, and Shad confronts him about last week. JTG says that Shad cannot bully him, he proved that last week, JTG says that he is not the same little guy that Shad knew in Cryme Tyme. JTG says that he is hungry now for a title, and he tried to earn titles with his brother Shad, but Shad had shown his true colors, and had shown that he wasn’t truly his brother, so now JTG is hungry for his own title and instead of earning it with Shad, he is going to earn it from Shad, at Wrestlemania. Shad tries to attack JTG, but JTG fights back, JTG then gets caught off guard by a Big Boot, and then he gets laid out with an STO. Shad stands tall over JTG. Next up is Chris Jericho vs Christain. Jericho wins the match. Drew McIntyre comes out and stands on the stage, him and Jericho have a staredown with eachother. Finally we have the Undertaker come out, and he says that he has seen and heard what Wade Barrett on Raw, he says that attacking men like Shawn Micheals and Edge is not a good way to get his message across, nor is attacking the Undertaker from behind, if he wants to send a true message then he will have to do something no one has ever done, and that is break the streak, which he will not do, in fact Wade Barrett will join the likes of Shawn Micheals and Edge when he becomes just another name in the streak at Wrestlemania. After this it is announced that Wade Barrett will be allowed on Smackdown next week in order to come face to face with the Undertaker, alone.
It is the go home Raw, Sting comes out right away, and he calls out Triple H right away, like Triple H did to him a few weeks earlier, Triple H comes out, and Sting tells him that they are just six days away from Wrestlemania, he asks Triple H if there is anything that he wants to say. Triple H says that this Sunday at Wrestlemania, it will be the downfall of the Icon at the hands of the Game, and finally Triple H will have defeated everyone from that era, and he will prove that he truly was the best from that era, not Sting. Triple H says that he is that damn good, and then he asks Sting if there is anything that he would like to say. Sting says to Triple H that the time for talk is now over. Sting goes for a Scorpion Death Drop, but it gets reversed into the Pedigree, and Triple H looks down at Sting afterwards and just shakes his head and leaves the ring. Next up we see Wade Barrett in an interview, he is asked about Smackdown, he just says that he cannot wait until then, he cannot wait until he gets to meet the Undertaker. Edge comes out next and he defeats Ted Dibiase, he grabs a mic and he says that he is ready for this Sunday, he is ready for Wrestlemania, and he is ready to defeat Justin Gabriel and take the US title for himself. Gabriel runs out, and the two men get into a brawl Justin is able to get Edge down and go for the 450 Splash, he misses and Edge hits him with a Spear, and stands over him. Next up we have Layla and Michelle McCool come face to face and talk, Michelle once again says that she only used Layla, and she doesn’t care if Layla is hurt by that. Layla says that she is done being hurt, and she is also done being used, and if that is what Michelle thought of Layla, then Layla is going to show Michelle that she was so much more than her lackey when she beats her at Wrestlemania. After this we see the Rock come out, he wants to give one more word about being the guest host at Wrestlemania, he says that he truly cannot wait, and he also cannot wait to watch John Cena get his ass whooped by the othe candy ass in the match John Morrison, and the Rock cannot wait to count to three, and count out John Cena. Cena comes out, and tells the Rock that will not be happening this Sunday, Cena says that the Rock will be forced to hand Cena the WWE Championship after Cena defeats Morrison at Wrestlemania, then John Morrison comes out, and he says that the Rock is mostly right, he will be counting Cena down for the three count, however Morrison says, if the Rock wants to insult him ever again by calling him a candy ass, then Morrison has no problem proving the Rock wrong. Cena then tells Morrison to not overlook him, or else it will be Morrison going out on a stretcher at the end of the match. Morrison gets in Cenas face, and the Rock pushes them apart, and then the Rock and Cena get in each other's face. Morrison looks to jump off the ropes to kick Cena in the face, but Cena ducks and Morrison kicks the Rock. Morrison looks down at the Rock in shock, he then turns and Cena hits Morrison with the AA right on top of the Rock. The show ends with Cena standing tall over both men.
It is now the go home Smackdown. We start out by seeing Kaval and Hennig in the ring again arguing, The Colons come out yet again, and they start to make fun of the two, and once again Carlito says that it will be a cake walk, the Colons then get in the ring, and attack the two men. Kaval and Hennig fight back and fight the Colons off. After this Kaval and Hennig look at eachother for a moment and then they shake hands. After this we see JTG cut one final promo before Wrestlemania, he goes over Cryme Tyme, the betrayal, Extreme Rules, and his own redemption, he says that his Sunday at Wrestlemania, he will defeat Shad and become IC Champion, Shad blindsides JTG and attacks him, laying him out again. After this we see Drew McIntyre against Christian however the match does not start as Chris Jericho attacks Drew, and puts him in the Walls of Jericho, Drew passes out from this and Jericho has an evil smile on his face as he walks away from the ring and Drew McIntyre. Next up we have Rey Mysterio talking about his match this Sunday with Tyler Reks. Tyler comes out and tries to attack Rey, but Rey is able to thwart the attack and lure Reks outside the ring, where Reks charges at Rey and flyers over the announce table. Rey then gets away from Tyler, and when Reks gets up, all he sees is Rey pointing at the Wrestlemania sign. Next the Undertaker comes out, and before he says anything, we hear the music of Nexus, but only Wade Barrett comes out, he gets in the ring with the Undertaker. Undertaker tells him that this Sunday at Wrestlemania he is just going to be another victim, and the Undertaker will still be World Heavyweight Champion, and not only that, but the streak will live on, and as for Wade Barrett he will Rest. In. Peace. Wade comes back at the Undertaker, he says that this Sunday, the streak will break, a new World Champion will be crowned, and the Undertaker will be nothing more than a broken down old man. Undertaker then goes for a chokeslam on Wade, but Wade is able to reverse and hit Undertaker with Wasteland, he then grabs the World Heavyweight Championship, puts his foot on the Undertakers chest, and raises the belt in the air to close out the show.
Wrestlemania 27
  1. Justin Gabriel retains against Edge
  2. Tyler Reks defeats Rey Mysterio
  3. Hennig/Kaval win the Tag titles from the Colons
  4. Layla wins the Women’s title from Michelle McCool
  5. Drew McIntyre defeats Chris Jericho
  6. Sting defeats Triple H
  7. John Morrison retains WWE Championship over John Cena (In the middle of a great back and forth match, where both finishers have been kicked out of, both men go down, and the Rock hits the Peoples elbow on Cena, and then drags Morrison on top of Cena and counts the three.)
  8. JTG wins the IC title from Shad
  9. Undertaker retains against Wade Barrett (Wade comes out in the midst of fog surrounding the stage, you only see his silhouette Ivan Dragos music from Rocky plays, then it morphs into the Nexus theme, and Barrett makes his entrance. Barrett hits Undertaker with three Wastelands but nothing works. Undertaker starts shaking, like his nervous system doesn’t work, he can’t even stand up anymore. Wade makes fun of him and points, he tries to go in for the kill, but Undertaker gets him in Hell’s gates, and Wade passes out to end the match. Afterwards Undertaker is taken away on a stretcher.)
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2020.06.01 21:17 racketpro Serena Williams Hitting Partner Jarmere Jenkins Won ITA Indoor 2012

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2020.05.04 03:26 WatchMe_Nene 15 NBA players have been murdered.

Not all at once, I mean in the history of the NBA total. Here's the full list with bios and details. Let me know if I missed anyone! Sorry if this is too dark:
  1. Lorenzen Wright (1975-2010): Wright played in the NBA from 1996 to 2009, best known as a member of the Grizzlies, Clippers, and Hawks. He went missing in July 2010; his body was found over a week later in the nearby woods of Tennessee. A 911 call had been made from his cell phone, connecting with a dispatcher before 11 gunshots were heard. However, the dispatcher failed to report the call to his supervisor. In 2017, the gun believe to have killed Wright was discovered in a lake in Mississippi. Billy Turner was arrested in connection with the murder along his fellow church member Sherra Wright-Robinson---Lorenzen's widow. Likely motivated by her husband's $1M life insurance policy, Sherra was ultimately sentenced to 30 years in prison. Turner still awaits trial. Eerily, Wright's father (a former Memphis policeman) was also the victim of gun violence, having been paralyzed by a shot to the back when Lorenzen was 7 years old.
  2. Joe Fulks (1921-1976): HOFer Joe Fulks played his entire career with the Philadelphia Warriors between 1946 and 1954. He earned 2 All-Star selections, 4 All-NBA/BAA honors, won a ring in 1947, and led the league in scoring (23.2 PPG) the same year. Fulks set and broke the BAA/NBA single-game scoring record 4 times, culminating with a career high 63 points in 1949--a record that stood for over a decade before being lost to Elgin Baylor. Fulks also served with the Marines in World War II and later became the recreational director of the Kentucky State Penitentiary following retirement. In 1976, he was shot and killed by his girlfriend's son, Gregg Banister, during an argument over a handgun.
  3. Howard Porter (1948-2007): Porter played for the Pistons, among other NBA teams, from 1971 to 1978. As a collegiate player, he led Villanova to the NCAA Championship Game vs. UCLA, where he was named Most Outstanding Player; however, this title was stripped as he had already signed a professional contract with the ABA's Pittsburgh Condors. Following an NBA career plagued by addiction, Porter worked as a probation officer in Minneapolis for over a decade. In 2007, his badly beaten body was discovered in an alley. Police arrested a 33-year-old woman in connection with the crime, though she was released due to insufficient evidence. Rashad Arthur Raleigh was later arrested for Porter's murder and is currently serving a life sentence.
  4. Bison Dele (1969-2002): A career journeyman, Dele (born Brian Carson Williams) played his best seasons between 1995 and 1998 as a member of the Pistons, Clippers, and Bulls. He eventually won a ring alongside Michael Jordan in 1997 and allegedly dated Madonna before abruptly retiring in in 1999. An avid traveler and sailor, Dele set out from Tahiti on his boat, the Hakuna Matata, on July 6, 2002, along with his girlfriend Serena Karlan, his brother Miles Dabord, and skipper Bertrand Saldo. Two weeks later, Dabord returned from sea alone. Following a sting operation, Dabord was detained by police; it was soon discovered that he had forged his brother's signature to buy $152,000 of gold, while the Hakuna Matata had been re-registered in Tahiti with patched bullet holes. Dabord claimed that a fight between he and his brother resulted in Karlan hitting her head on the boat; when the skipper insisted on reporting her death, Bison killed the man, followed by Dabord shooting his brother in self defense. Fearing prison, Dabord intentionally overdosed on insulin, slipping into a fatal coma. Dele's body is assumed to have been thrown overboard in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
  5. George Trapp (1948-2002): Trapp played for the Pistons and Hawks from 1971 to 1977; his brother John earned a ring with the Lakers in 1972. Following an argument with his roommate, Jerome Miller, Trapp allegedly struck Miller with an ashtray, leading Miller to fatally stab Trapp in the abdomen. While Trapp underwent successful surgery, the wound became infected, resulting in pneumonia and death.
  6. Reggie Harding (1942-1972): Another Detroit Piston, Harding played in the NBA from 1963 to 1968 after becoming the first NBA draft selection without prior college experience. By all accounts, Harding was not a great guy: He allegedly carried a gun in his gym bag, playfully shot at teammates, robbed gas stations, became involved with drugs, and was eventually suspended by the NBA for the entire 1965-66 season. Worse, future Supremes singer Florence Ballard claimed Harding raped her at knifepoint in 1960. In 1972, Harding was gunned down at a Detroit intersection; while the case was never solved, it's safe to say Harding had no shortage of enemies.
  7. Anthony Roberts (1955-1997): Roberts played 5 seasons in the NBA between 1977 and 1984, best known as a member of the Denver Nuggets. Roberts was shot and killed by two men in the parking lot of his apartment complex following an alleged argument.
  8. Bubbles Hawkins (1954-1993): Best known as a member of the Nets from 1976 to 1978, Robert "Bubbles" Hawkins averaged 19.3 points per game in during the '76-'77 NBA season following the departure of Julius Erving. However, his career was ultimately short-lived. His body was discovered shot to death in a suspected Detroit crack house in in 1993.
  9. Jim Bradley (1952-1982): While not technically an NBA player, Bradley was an ABA champion in 1975 during a 2-year stint with the Kentucky Colonels. An alum of Northern Illinois University, he and former Illinois State player Bubbles Hawkins often faced each other on the court--however, their lives would follow a similar pattern right until their tragic ends. After a drug deal gone bad in 1982, Bradley was shot in the back in Portland OR, where his body was found in an alley.
  10. Ozell Jones (1960-2006): Jones played just one full season with the Spurs in 1984-85 before embarking on an overseas/minor league career. Following retirement, he opened up a men's big and tall clothing store in California. In 2006, he was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound to the abdomen; the case remains open today.
  11. Sid Tanenbaum (1925-1986): Tanenbaum played two seasons for BAA's Knicks and Bullets from 1947 to 1949. Following his basketball career, he opened up a metalworks shop. A pillar of his community, he would often loan money to his neighbors; however, when Tanenbaum refused to continue lending to a local 37-year-old woman, she stabbed him to death in his shop.
  12. Jack Molinas (1931-1975): Molinas played for the Fort Wayne Pistons during the 1953-54 season, earning All-Star honors in what would become his lone NBA campaign after being banned for betting. He was later implicated in the infamous 1961 point-shaving scandal (alongside Connie Hawkins and Roger Brown), serving 5 years in prison for his role, where he supposedly gained ties with the New York mob. In 1973, while awaiting trial for interstate pornography distribution, Molinas was fatally shot in his backyard just 9 months after the murder of his former business partner, Bernard Gusoff. Police could not rule out a mob-related motive.
  13. Gary Suiter (1944-1982): Suiter played 30 games for the Cavaliers during the 1970-71 NBA season. Following an argument regarding a gambling debt, he was murdered by Gary Randall Hoxsie, who was later sentenced to life in prison.
  14. Bob Hogsett (1941-1984): Hogsett only played 20 professional games for the Pistons in 1967 and the ABA's Pittsburgh Pipers the following year. He later served as an administrator for the Virginia Tech veterinary hospital. While motives remain unclear, Hogsett was confronted by carpenter Louis Dowdy on December 5, 1984, outside their place of work. Dowdy fired a single shot into Hogsett's chest before turning the gun on himself.
  15. Bryce Dejean-Jones (1992-2016): After going undrafted 2016, Dejean-Jones worked his way up from the D-League before starting 11 of 14 games with the New Orleans Pelicans. Just three months after signing a 3-year contract with the team, he became the first active NBA player to die following Eddie Griffin's fatal car crash in 2007. On May 28, Dejean-Jones kicked in the front door of what he believed to be his girlfriend's apartment following an argument. In actuality, his girlfriend lived one floor above. Dejean-Jones moved into the bedroom, where a sleeping resident awoke and fired through the door in self-defense. Dejean-Jones was struck in the abdomen and pronounced dead at just 23 years old.
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2020.04.22 16:28 -JaguarWong- Grand Slam Tennis - Gaming the Pandemic: Day 30

I'm playing one randomly chosen title from my 613 game backlog every day that the UK is in lockdown. Today's selection is...

Grand Slam Tennis on the Wii

Previous days' games can be found HERE
In case you're unfamiliar, Grand Slam Tennis was one of the first games to make use of the Wii Motion+ add-on that vastly improved the fidelity of motion controls.
The device itself is interesting to read about in the age of household VR. There was a lot of talk from developers at the time about how the device was capable of full 1:1 motion capture but it wasn't used because they didn't think people were ready for it. As a result, I don't think any of the 40 or so games that are compatible with Motion+ actually realised it's full potential.
I've only played two other games with support for this peripheral; Red Steel 2 and Zangeki no Reginleiv. Both were excellent and the enhanced controls genuinely added a lot to the experience.
I don't play tennis. Real tennis I mean, outdoors, in the world. I've played a fair bit of squash in my time but me and tennis aren't friends. But I like a tennis game, I think it's a sport that translates to the video game medium really well - which shouldn't be a surprise really because, y'know, Pong.
Structurally Grand Slam Tennis is very much your average tennis game. There's all the usual game modes you would expect: Tournament, doubles, singles, online multiplayer, and all the rest.
Being a Wii title the focus is heavily on multiplayer but, thankfully, the tour mode does offer a decent amount of entertainment for the single player.
There's even a simple character creation tool that when used allows you to track the calories you've burned during play - it's a very 2009 gimmick, but I must admit it's one I quite liked. (109, in case you're wondering).
The single player tour is comprised of the usual Grand Slam events (all licensed) each of which is embellished by three exhibition matches as a warm up to the main event. They usually have some special rules such as 'Tag Team' where you and your partner hit alternate shots, or 'Champ', the rules of which I didn't quite grasp but it had something to do with winning rallys. In these events you can win stars to boost your characters stats but, full disclosure, I've yet to win a match so I don't actually know how this works. Grand Slam Tennis is a difficult game to get your head around. It doesn't help that there's no tutorial mode other than a couple of flash card style infographics that sometimes appear between matches. I'm yet to launch a decent looking serve and I've even disconnected the nunchuck so the game will handle movement around the court for me; I've basically gone full noob on this while I learn the idiosyncrasies of the controls, and I'm getting better, I've actually won a few games now - even if I have yet to put together a match victory. The thing is, when you get into a rally and it's all getting a bit Boris Becker, more often than not the ball does what you want it too. More than once I've been wrong-handed and the weird panicked flick action I've made has translated into exactly the sort of shot I envisaged, and that's pretty remarkable. It's clear these controls really work very well, but in the absence of a proper training mode, mastery of them is going to take some time. I think I'll give it that time though. Despite my abject failures so far I'm enjoying the game a lot. It looks great too, with it's cartoony caricatures that enable you to face off with Rafa Nadal or Serena Williams one minute and Jon McEnroe or Pat Cash the next. Talking of Pat Cash, he provides the commentary, it's awful. turn it off. When the game was released a lot of people were miffed at the idea of spending £40 on a game and then £20 each per Motion+ accessory. I picked up my copy for £1.50 and paid less than a fiver for the newer controller type that had the capability built in. Which all makes this a much more viable option for anyone wanting to dust off the Wii for a family tennis tournament while everyone is stuck at home.

Grand Slam Tennis - A decade after its release, it's the perfect tennis game for the times we're living in.

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2020.04.22 16:18 -JaguarWong- Grand Slam Tennis (Wii) - Gaming the Pandemic: Day 30

I'm playing one randomly chosen title from my 613 game backlog every day that the UK is in lockdown. Today's selection is...

Grand Slam Tennis on the Wii

Previous days' games can be found HERE
In case you're unfamiliar, Grand Slam Tennis was one of the first games to make use of the Wii Motion+ add-on that vastly improved the fidelity of motion controls.
The device itself is interesting to read about in the age of household VR. There was a lot of talk from developers at the time about how the device was capable of full 1:1 motion capture but it wasn't used because they didn't think people were ready for it. As a result, I don't think any of the 40 or so games that are compatible with Motion+ actually realised it's full potential.
I've only played two other games with support for this peripheral; Red Steel 2 and Zangeki no Reginleiv. Both were excellent and the enhanced controls genuinely added a lot to the experience.
I don't play tennis. Real tennis I mean, outdoors, in the world. I've played a fair bit of squash in my time but me and tennis aren't friends. But I like a tennis game, I think it's a sport that translates to the video game medium really well - which shouldn't be a surprise really because, y'know, Pong.
Structurally Grand Slam Tennis is very much your average tennis game. There's all the usual game modes you would expect: Tournament, doubles, singles, online multiplayer, and all the rest.
Being a Wii title the focus is heavily on multiplayer but, thankfully, the tour mode does offer a decent amount of entertainment for the single player.
There's even a simple character creation tool that when used allows you to track the calories you've burned during play - it's a very 2009 gimmick, but I must admit it's one I quite liked. (109, in case you're wondering).
The single player tour is comprised of the usual Grand Slam events (all licensed) each of which is embellished by three exhibition matches as a warm up to the main event. They usually have some special rules such as 'Tag Team' where you and your partner hit alternate shots, or 'Champ', the rules of which I didn't quite grasp but it had something to do with winning rallys. In these events you can win stars to boost your characters stats but, full disclosure, I've yet to win a match so I don't actually know how this works.
Grand Slam Tennis is a difficult game to get your head around. It doesn't help that there's no tutorial mode other than a couple of flash card style infographics that sometimes appear between matches. I'm yet to launch a decent looking serve and I've even disconnected the nunchuck so the game will handle movement around the court for me; I've basically gone full noob on this while I learn the idiosyncrasies of the controls, and I'm getting better, I've actually won a few games now - even if I have yet to put together a match victory.
The thing is, when you get into a rally and it's all getting a bit Boris Becker, more often than not the ball does what you want it too. More than once I've been wrong-handed and the weird panicked flick action I've made has translated into exactly the sort of shot I envisaged, and that's pretty remarkable.
It's clear these controls really work very well, but in the absence of a proper training mode, mastery of them is going to take some time.
I think I'll give it that time though. Despite my abject failures so far I'm enjoying the game a lot. It looks great too, with it's cartoony caricatures that enable you to face off with Rafa Nadal or Serena Williams one minute and Jon McEnroe or Pat Cash the next. Talking of Pat Cash, he provides the commentary, it's awful. turn it off.
When the game was released a lot of people were miffed at the idea of spending £40 on a game and then £20 each per Motion+ accessory. I picked up my copy for £1.50 and paid less than a fiver for the newer controller type that had the capability built in. Which all makes this a much more viable option for anyone wanting to dust off the Wii for a family tennis tournament while everyone is stuck at home.

Grand Slam Tennis - A decade after its release, it's the perfect tennis game for the times we're living in.

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2020.04.22 16:06 -JaguarWong- Grand Slam Tennis (Wii) - Gaming the Pandemic: Day 30

I'm playing one randomly chosen title from my 613 game backlog every day that the UK is in lockdown. Today's selection is...

Grand Slam Tennis on the Wii

Previous days' posts can be found HERE

In case you're unfamiliar, Grand Slam Tennis was one of the first games to make use of the Wii Motion+ add-on that vastly improved the fidelity of motion controls.
The device itself is interesting to read about in the age of household VR. There was a lot of talk from developers at the time about how the device was capable of full 1:1 motion capture but it wasn't used because they didn't think people were ready for it. As a result, I don't think any of the 40 or so games that are compatible with Motion+ actually realised it's full potential.
I've only played two other games with support for this peripheral; Red Steel 2 and Zangeki no Reginleiv. Both were excellent and the enhanced controls genuinely added a lot to the experience.
I don't play tennis. Real tennis I mean, outdoors, in the world. I've played a fair bit of squash in my time but me and tennis aren't friends. But I like a tennis game, I think it's a sport that translates to the video game medium really well - which shouldn't be a surprise really because, y'know, Pong.
Structurally Grand Slam Tennis is very much your average tennis game. There's all the usual game modes you would expect: Tournament, doubles, singles, online multiplayer, and all the rest.
Being a Wii title the focus is heavily on multiplayer but, thankfully, the tour mode does offer a decent amount of entertainment for the single player.
There's even a simple character creation tool that when used allows you to track the calories you've burned during play - it's a very 2009 gimmick, but I must admit it's one I quite liked. (109, in case you're wondering).
The single player tour is comprised of the usual Grand Slam events (all licensed) each of which is embellished by three exhibition matches as a warm up to the main event. They usually have some special rules such as 'Tag Team' where you and your partner hit alternate shots, or 'Champ', the rules of which I didn't quite grasp but it had something to do with winning rallys. In these events you can win stars to boost your characters stats but, full disclosure, I've yet to win a match so I don't actually know how this works.
Grand Slam Tennis is a difficult game to get your head around. It doesn't help that there's no tutorial mode other than a couple of flash card style infographics that sometimes appear between matches. I'm yet to launch a decent looking serve and I've even disconnected the nunchuck so the game will handle movement around the court for me; I've basically gone full noob on this while I learn the idiosyncrasies of the controls, and I'm getting better, I've actually won a few games now - even if I have yet to put together a match victory.
The thing is, when you get into a rally and it's all getting a bit Boris Becker, more often than not the ball does what you want it too. More than once I've been wrong-handed and the weird panicked flick action I've made has translated into exactly the sort of shot I envisaged, and that's pretty remarkable.
It's clear these controls really work very well, but in the absence of a proper training mode, mastery of them is going to take some time.
I think I'll give it that time though. Despite my abject failures so far I'm enjoying the game a lot. It looks great too, with it's cartoony caricatures that enable you to face off with Rafa Nadal or Serena Williams one minute and Jon McEnroe or Pat Cash the next. Talking of Pat Cash, he provides the commentary, it's awful. turn it off.
When the game was released a lot of people were miffed at the idea of spending £40 on a game and then £20 each per Motion+ accessory. I picked up my copy for £1.50 and paid less than a fiver for the newer controller type that had the capability built in. Which all makes this a much more viable option for anyone wanting to dust off the Wii for a family tennis tournament while everyone is stuck at home.

Grand Slam Tennis - A decade after its release, it's the perfect tennis game for the times we're living in.

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2020.04.01 12:08 longhigy Selling all the released Masterclass classes: Kelly Wearstler Teaches Interior Design, Lynnette Marrero & Ryan Chetiyawardana TEACH MIXOLOGY, RUPAUL SELF-EXPRESSION AND AUTHENTICITY, Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein, GABRIELA CÁMARA MEXICAN COOKING, etc.

Kelly Wearstler Teaches Interior Design
Eclectic and experiential, Kelly Wearstler’s style helped redefine modern American design and influenced the rise of designer hotels. Now the award-winning designer takes you behind the scenes to demystify interior design. Make any space feel larger, and choose colors, materials, and textures with confidence. Curate collections of art and objects, cultivate your own distinct style, and create spaces that tell a story.
Lynnette Marrero & Ryan Chetiyawardana TEACH MIXOLOGY
Meet Your Instructors: Lynnette Marrero & Ryan Chetiyawardana A leader in the New York City–based craft cocktail movement, Lynnette Marrero is the bar director at the Llama Inn in Brooklyn. Nicknamed “Mr Lyan,” Ryan Chetiyawardana has opened award-winning bars around the world.
RUPAUL TEACHES SELF-EXPRESSION AND AUTHENTICITY RuPaul has transformed drag subculture into a mainstream phenomenon with devoted fans across the world. Now the Emmy-winning host, performer, and drag icon is sharing an intimate look at his personal journey to self-realization. From finding your inner truth to owning the room, RuPaul teaches you how to present your best self to the world. It’s your life’s work to shine—RuPaul shows you how. JEFF GOODBY & RICH SILVERSTEIN TEACH ADVERTISING AND CREATIVITY Meet Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein, founders of the legendary advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Jeff and Rich introduce themselves and set the stage for their class.
Gabriela Camara MEXICAN COOKING Meet your new instructor: internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur Gabriela Cámara. Gabriela shares how she became a chef, the origin story of her famed restaurant Contramar in Mexico City, and her philosophy on food and hospitality.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Teaches Scientific Thinking and Communication
With a hit talk show and bestselling books, Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the most popular figures in modern science. Now the influential astrophysicist teaches you how his mind works and how he connects with audiences. Learn to think like a skeptic, open your own mind through scientific literacy, distill data, and navigate bias to discover objective truths—and deliver your ideas in ways that engage, excite, and inspire.
CHRIS VOSSTEACHES THE ART OF NEGOTIATION
Meet your new instructor: former FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator Chris Voss. While many believe that negotiation is a battle, Chris sees successful negotiation as a collaboration rooted in empathy.
MISTY COPELAND TEACHES BALLET TECHNIQUE AND ARTISTRY
American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland teaches you how to build your technique, embrace your story, and own your movement.
Doris Kearns Goodwin Teaches U.S. Presidential History and Leadership
Meet your instructor: Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and bestselling author Doris Kearns Goodwin. She talks about why she’s excited to teach this class, how she came to love history, and her path to becoming a presidential historian.
BOBBI BROWN TEACHES MAKEUP AND BEAUTY Bobbi Brown teaches you the tips, tricks, and techniques for applying simple, natural makeup that makes you feel beautiful in your own skin.
BOB IGER TEACHES BUSINESS STRATEGY AND LEADERSHIP
Meet your new instructor: chairman and CEO Bob Iger. In his introduction, Bob talks about what he’s learned from great teachers and what he wants to share with you.
THOMAS KELLER TEACHES COOKING TECHNIQUES III: SEAFOOD, SOUS VIDE, AND DESSERTS
In his third MasterClass, Chef Thomas Keller focuses on preparing fresh seafood like lobster and salmon, making classic desserts such as apple pie and lemon tart, and showing how sous vide cooking can be done at home to enhance flavor and texture. Whether you’re a beginning or advanced cook, you’ll learn the techniques and principles that will give you the understanding and skills to get the most delicious results.
DANNY ELFMAN TEACHES MUSIC FOR FILM
From The Simpsons theme to the soundtracks of Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman’s compositions are original, memorable, and exuberantly weird. Now the Oingo Boingo founder and four-time Oscar nominee shares his unconventional (and uncensored) creative process. Step into Danny’s studio and learn his techniques for evoking emotion and elevating a story through music.
SARA BLAKELY TEACHES SELF-MADE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Meet your instructor: self-made billionaire and founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely. Sara talks about her journey as an inventor and entrepreneur, sharing that her purpose is to serve women and make products for women better.
From now i'll sell a cooking pack for $10 which includes
Aaron Franklin - Teaches Texas-Style BBQ Alice Waters - Home Cooking Dominique Ansel teaches french pastry fundamentals Gordon Ramsay - Cooking Gordon Ramsay Teaches Cooking II: Restaurant Recipes at Home James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation Massimo Bottura teaches Italian cooking Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Techniques II: Meats, Stocks, Sauces THOMAS KELLER TEACHES COOKING TECHNIQUES III: SEAFOOD, SOUS VIDE, AND DESSERTS Wolfgang Puck - Cooking
For $15 you'll get EVERYTHING
Aaron Franklin - Teaches Texas-Style BBQ Aaron Sorkin – Screenwriting Alice Waters - Home Cooking Annie Leibovitz - Photography Armin Van Buuren - Dance Music Billy Collins - Teaches Reading and Writing Poetry Bob Woodward - Investigative Journalism Carlos Santana Teaches The Art And Soul Of Guitar Chris Hadfield Teaches Space Exploration Christina Aguilera - Teaches Singing Dan Brown Teaches Writing Thrillers Daniel Negreanu Teaches Poker David Axelrod and Karl Rove Teach Campaign Strategy David Lynch - Teaches Creativity and Film David Mamet - Dramatic Writing Deadmau5 - Electronic Music Production Diane von Furstenberg - Building a Fashion Brand Dominique Ansel teaches french pastry fundamentals Dr. Jane Goodall Teaches Conservation Dustin Hoffman - Acting Frank Gehry - Design and Architecture Garry Kasparov - Chess Gordon Ramsay - Cooking Gordon Ramsay Teaches Cooking II: Restaurant Recipes at Home Hans Zimmer - Film Scoring Helen Mirren - Acting Herbie Hancock - Jazz Howard Schultz about leading a values-based business Itzhak Perlman teches violin James Patterson - Writing James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation Jane Goodall - Conservation Jimmy Chin Photography Jodie Foster teaches filmmaking Joyce Carol Oates Teaches the Art of the Short Story Judd Apatow Teaches Comedy Judy Blume Teaches Writing Ken Burns Teaches Documentary Filmmaking Kevin Spacey - Acting Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing Marc Jacobs - Fashion Design Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing Martin Scorsese - Filmmaking Massimo Bottura teaches Italian cooking Mira Nair Teaches Independent Filmmaking Neil Gaiman Teaches the Art of Storytelling PAUL KRUGMAN TEACHES ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY Penn and Teller - Teach the Art of Magic PHIL IVEY TEACHES POKER STRATEGY Reba McEntire - Country Music Reba McEntire Teaches Country Music Ron Howard - Directing Samuel L. Jackson Teaches Acting Serena Williams - Tennis Shonda Rhimes Teaches Writing for Television Spike Lee Teaches Independent Filmmaking Stephen Curry Teaches Basketball Steve Martin - Comedy Stine teaches Writing for young Audiences Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Techniques II: Meats, Stocks, Sauces Timbaland - Teaches Producing and Beatmaking Tom Morello Teaches Electric Guitar Usher - The Art of Performance Werner Herzog Teaches Filmmaking Will Wright Teaches Game Design and Theory Wolfgang Puck - Cooking
After payment you'll get a google drive link with the selected class/es !
I have lots of other interesting stuff you might need(audiobooks, courses, fitness programs, business stuff, rare shows etc I have HQ courses from Jordan Belfort , Ezra Firestone, Iman Gadzhi, Wall street stuff, photography courses, musicmaking samples VST's DAW's plugins sample banks etc, almost anything you can imagine!
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2020.03.06 14:04 longhigy Selling all the released Masterclass classes: Lynnette Marrero & Ryan Chetiyawardana TEACH MIXOLOGY, RUPAUL SELF-EXPRESSION AND AUTHENTICITY, Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein, GABRIELA CÁMARA MEXICAN COOKING, etc. for $20 paypal

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Lynnette Marrero & Ryan Chetiyawardana TEACH MIXOLOGY
Meet Your Instructors: Lynnette Marrero & Ryan Chetiyawardana A leader in the New York City–based craft cocktail movement, Lynnette Marrero is the bar director at the Llama Inn in Brooklyn. Nicknamed “Mr Lyan,” Ryan Chetiyawardana has opened award-winning bars around the world.
RUPAUL TEACHES SELF-EXPRESSION AND AUTHENTICITY RuPaul has transformed drag subculture into a mainstream phenomenon with devoted fans across the world. Now the Emmy-winning host, performer, and drag icon is sharing an intimate look at his personal journey to self-realization. From finding your inner truth to owning the room, RuPaul teaches you how to present your best self to the world. It’s your life’s work to shine—RuPaul shows you how. JEFF GOODBY & RICH SILVERSTEIN TEACH ADVERTISING AND CREATIVITY Meet Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein, founders of the legendary advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Jeff and Rich introduce themselves and set the stage for their class.
Gabriela Camara MEXICAN COOKING Meet your new instructor: internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur Gabriela Cámara. Gabriela shares how she became a chef, the origin story of her famed restaurant Contramar in Mexico City, and her philosophy on food and hospitality.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Teaches Scientific Thinking and Communication
With a hit talk show and bestselling books, Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the most popular figures in modern science. Now the influential astrophysicist teaches you how his mind works and how he connects with audiences. Learn to think like a skeptic, open your own mind through scientific literacy, distill data, and navigate bias to discover objective truths—and deliver your ideas in ways that engage, excite, and inspire.
CHRIS VOSSTEACHES THE ART OF NEGOTIATION
Meet your new instructor: former FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator Chris Voss. While many believe that negotiation is a battle, Chris sees successful negotiation as a collaboration rooted in empathy.
MISTY COPELAND TEACHES BALLET TECHNIQUE AND ARTISTRY
American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland teaches you how to build your technique, embrace your story, and own your movement.
Doris Kearns Goodwin Teaches U.S. Presidential History and Leadership
Meet your instructor: Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and bestselling author Doris Kearns Goodwin. She talks about why she’s excited to teach this class, how she came to love history, and her path to becoming a presidential historian.
BOBBI BROWN TEACHES MAKEUP AND BEAUTY Bobbi Brown teaches you the tips, tricks, and techniques for applying simple, natural makeup that makes you feel beautiful in your own skin.
BOB IGER TEACHES BUSINESS STRATEGY AND LEADERSHIP
Meet your new instructor: chairman and CEO Bob Iger. In his introduction, Bob talks about what he’s learned from great teachers and what he wants to share with you.
THOMAS KELLER TEACHES COOKING TECHNIQUES III: SEAFOOD, SOUS VIDE, AND DESSERTS
In his third MasterClass, Chef Thomas Keller focuses on preparing fresh seafood like lobster and salmon, making classic desserts such as apple pie and lemon tart, and showing how sous vide cooking can be done at home to enhance flavor and texture. Whether you’re a beginning or advanced cook, you’ll learn the techniques and principles that will give you the understanding and skills to get the most delicious results.
DANNY ELFMAN TEACHES MUSIC FOR FILM
From The Simpsons theme to the soundtracks of Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman’s compositions are original, memorable, and exuberantly weird. Now the Oingo Boingo founder and four-time Oscar nominee shares his unconventional (and uncensored) creative process. Step into Danny’s studio and learn his techniques for evoking emotion and elevating a story through music.
SARA BLAKELY TEACHES SELF-MADE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Meet your instructor: self-made billionaire and founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely. Sara talks about her journey as an inventor and entrepreneur, sharing that her purpose is to serve women and make products for women better.
From now i'll sell a cooking pack for $15 which includes
Aaron Franklin - Teaches Texas-Style BBQ Alice Waters - Home Cooking Dominique Ansel teaches french pastry fundamentals Gordon Ramsay - Cooking Gordon Ramsay Teaches Cooking II: Restaurant Recipes at Home James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation Massimo Bottura teaches Italian cooking Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Techniques II: Meats, Stocks, Sauces THOMAS KELLER TEACHES COOKING TECHNIQUES III: SEAFOOD, SOUS VIDE, AND DESSERTS Wolfgang Puck - Cooking
For $20 you'll get EVERYTHING
Aaron Franklin - Teaches Texas-Style BBQ Aaron Sorkin – Screenwriting Alice Waters - Home Cooking Annie Leibovitz - Photography Armin Van Buuren - Dance Music Billy Collins - Teaches Reading and Writing Poetry Bob Woodward - Investigative Journalism Carlos Santana Teaches The Art And Soul Of Guitar Chris Hadfield Teaches Space Exploration Christina Aguilera - Teaches Singing Dan Brown Teaches Writing Thrillers Daniel Negreanu Teaches Poker David Axelrod and Karl Rove Teach Campaign Strategy David Lynch - Teaches Creativity and Film David Mamet - Dramatic Writing Deadmau5 - Electronic Music Production Diane von Furstenberg - Building a Fashion Brand Dominique Ansel teaches french pastry fundamentals Dr. Jane Goodall Teaches Conservation Dustin Hoffman - Acting Frank Gehry - Design and Architecture Garry Kasparov - Chess Gordon Ramsay - Cooking Gordon Ramsay Teaches Cooking II: Restaurant Recipes at Home Hans Zimmer - Film Scoring Helen Mirren - Acting Herbie Hancock - Jazz Howard Schultz about leading a values-based business Itzhak Perlman teches violin James Patterson - Writing James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation Jane Goodall - Conservation Jimmy Chin Photography Jodie Foster teaches filmmaking Joyce Carol Oates Teaches the Art of the Short Story Judd Apatow Teaches Comedy Judy Blume Teaches Writing Ken Burns Teaches Documentary Filmmaking Kevin Spacey - Acting Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing Marc Jacobs - Fashion Design Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing Martin Scorsese - Filmmaking Massimo Bottura teaches Italian cooking Mira Nair Teaches Independent Filmmaking Neil Gaiman Teaches the Art of Storytelling PAUL KRUGMAN TEACHES ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY Penn and Teller - Teach the Art of Magic PHIL IVEY TEACHES POKER STRATEGY Reba McEntire - Country Music Reba McEntire Teaches Country Music Ron Howard - Directing Samuel L. Jackson Teaches Acting Serena Williams - Tennis Shonda Rhimes Teaches Writing for Television Spike Lee Teaches Independent Filmmaking Stephen Curry Teaches Basketball Steve Martin - Comedy Stine teaches Writing for young Audiences Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Techniques II: Meats, Stocks, Sauces Timbaland - Teaches Producing and Beatmaking Tom Morello Teaches Electric Guitar Usher - The Art of Performance Werner Herzog Teaches Filmmaking Will Wright Teaches Game Design and Theory Wolfgang Puck - Cooking
After payment you'll get a google drive link with the selected class/es !
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2020.02.24 12:50 longhigy [H]All the released Masterclass classes: RUPAUL SELF-EXPRESSION AND AUTHENTICITY, Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein, GABRIELA CÁMARA MEXICAN COOKING, Neil deGrasse Tyson Scientific Thinking, Chriss Voss Negotiation etc. [W] $2 Paypal each, $15 for EVERYTHING or Dark souls remastered steam key

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RUPAUL TEACHES SELF-EXPRESSION AND AUTHENTICITY RuPaul has transformed drag subculture into a mainstream phenomenon with devoted fans across the world. Now the Emmy-winning host, performer, and drag icon is sharing an intimate look at his personal journey to self-realization. From finding your inner truth to owning the room, RuPaul teaches you how to present your best self to the world. It’s your life’s work to shine—RuPaul shows you how. JEFF GOODBY & RICH SILVERSTEIN TEACH ADVERTISING AND CREATIVITY Meet Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein, founders of the legendary advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Jeff and Rich introduce themselves and set the stage for their class.
Gabriela Camara MEXICAN COOKING Meet your new instructor: internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur Gabriela Cámara. Gabriela shares how she became a chef, the origin story of her famed restaurant Contramar in Mexico City, and her philosophy on food and hospitality.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Teaches Scientific Thinking and Communication
With a hit talk show and bestselling books, Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the most popular figures in modern science. Now the influential astrophysicist teaches you how his mind works and how he connects with audiences. Learn to think like a skeptic, open your own mind through scientific literacy, distill data, and navigate bias to discover objective truths—and deliver your ideas in ways that engage, excite, and inspire.
CHRIS VOSSTEACHES THE ART OF NEGOTIATION
Meet your new instructor: former FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator Chris Voss. While many believe that negotiation is a battle, Chris sees successful negotiation as a collaboration rooted in empathy.
MISTY COPELAND TEACHES BALLET TECHNIQUE AND ARTISTRY
American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland teaches you how to build your technique, embrace your story, and own your movement.
Doris Kearns Goodwin Teaches U.S. Presidential History and Leadership
Meet your instructor: Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and bestselling author Doris Kearns Goodwin. She talks about why she’s excited to teach this class, how she came to love history, and her path to becoming a presidential historian.
BOBBI BROWN TEACHES MAKEUP AND BEAUTY Bobbi Brown teaches you the tips, tricks, and techniques for applying simple, natural makeup that makes you feel beautiful in your own skin.
BOB IGER TEACHES BUSINESS STRATEGY AND LEADERSHIP
Meet your new instructor: chairman and CEO Bob Iger. In his introduction, Bob talks about what he’s learned from great teachers and what he wants to share with you.
THOMAS KELLER TEACHES COOKING TECHNIQUES III: SEAFOOD, SOUS VIDE, AND DESSERTS
In his third MasterClass, Chef Thomas Keller focuses on preparing fresh seafood like lobster and salmon, making classic desserts such as apple pie and lemon tart, and showing how sous vide cooking can be done at home to enhance flavor and texture. Whether you’re a beginning or advanced cook, you’ll learn the techniques and principles that will give you the understanding and skills to get the most delicious results.
DANNY ELFMAN TEACHES MUSIC FOR FILM
From The Simpsons theme to the soundtracks of Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman’s compositions are original, memorable, and exuberantly weird. Now the Oingo Boingo founder and four-time Oscar nominee shares his unconventional (and uncensored) creative process. Step into Danny’s studio and learn his techniques for evoking emotion and elevating a story through music.
SARA BLAKELY TEACHES SELF-MADE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Meet your instructor: self-made billionaire and founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely. Sara talks about her journey as an inventor and entrepreneur, sharing that her purpose is to serve women and make products for women better.
From now i'll sell a cooking pack for $10 which includes
Aaron Franklin - Teaches Texas-Style BBQ Alice Waters - Home Cooking Dominique Ansel teaches french pastry fundamentals Gordon Ramsay - Cooking Gordon Ramsay Teaches Cooking II: Restaurant Recipes at Home James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation Massimo Bottura teaches Italian cooking Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Techniques II: Meats, Stocks, Sauces THOMAS KELLER TEACHES COOKING TECHNIQUES III: SEAFOOD, SOUS VIDE, AND DESSERTS Wolfgang Puck - Cooking
For $15 you'll get EVERYTHING
Aaron Franklin - Teaches Texas-Style BBQ Aaron Sorkin – Screenwriting Alice Waters - Home Cooking Annie Leibovitz - Photography Armin Van Buuren - Dance Music Billy Collins - Teaches Reading and Writing Poetry Bob Woodward - Investigative Journalism Carlos Santana Teaches The Art And Soul Of Guitar Chris Hadfield Teaches Space Exploration Christina Aguilera - Teaches Singing Dan Brown Teaches Writing Thrillers Daniel Negreanu Teaches Poker David Axelrod and Karl Rove Teach Campaign Strategy David Lynch - Teaches Creativity and Film David Mamet - Dramatic Writing Deadmau5 - Electronic Music Production Diane von Furstenberg - Building a Fashion Brand Dominique Ansel teaches french pastry fundamentals Dr. Jane Goodall Teaches Conservation Dustin Hoffman - Acting Frank Gehry - Design and Architecture Garry Kasparov - Chess Gordon Ramsay - Cooking Gordon Ramsay Teaches Cooking II: Restaurant Recipes at Home Hans Zimmer - Film Scoring Helen Mirren - Acting Herbie Hancock - Jazz Howard Schultz about leading a values-based business Itzhak Perlman teches violin James Patterson - Writing James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation Jane Goodall - Conservation Jimmy Chin Photography Jodie Foster teaches filmmaking Joyce Carol Oates Teaches the Art of the Short Story Judd Apatow Teaches Comedy Judy Blume Teaches Writing Ken Burns Teaches Documentary Filmmaking Kevin Spacey - Acting Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing Marc Jacobs - Fashion Design Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing Martin Scorsese - Filmmaking Massimo Bottura teaches Italian cooking Mira Nair Teaches Independent Filmmaking Neil Gaiman Teaches the Art of Storytelling PAUL KRUGMAN TEACHES ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY Penn and Teller - Teach the Art of Magic PHIL IVEY TEACHES POKER STRATEGY Reba McEntire - Country Music Reba McEntire Teaches Country Music Ron Howard - Directing Samuel L. Jackson Teaches Acting Serena Williams - Tennis Shonda Rhimes Teaches Writing for Television Spike Lee Teaches Independent Filmmaking Stephen Curry Teaches Basketball Steve Martin - Comedy Stine teaches Writing for young Audiences Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Techniques II: Meats, Stocks, Sauces Timbaland - Teaches Producing and Beatmaking Tom Morello Teaches Electric Guitar Usher - The Art of Performance Werner Herzog Teaches Filmmaking Will Wright Teaches Game Design and Theory Wolfgang Puck - Cooking
After payment you'll get a google drive link with the selected class/es !
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2020.02.21 21:21 JV_info What Is KNOWLEDGE BROKER BLUEPRINT: HOW KBB 2.0 METHOD WORKS

KNOWLEDGE BROKER BLUEPRINT BY TONY ROBBINS AND DEAN GRAZIOSI

Knowledge Broker Blueprint is a new winning playbook formula and online business training program created by mastermind legends Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi and their proprietary MindMint software.
Knowledge Broker Blueprint is the newest 2020 version of Knowledge Business Blueprint which launched in April 2019 (which had over 200,000 people watching its release and over 16,000 people joined). The KBB 2.0 is set up to focus on three core components; course (education), software (tools) and coaching (mastermind).
Dean and Tony are looking to make a lightning strike twice following the success of KBB 1.0. Now with KBB 2.0, they claim to have come back bigger and better than ever to help people start winning at the game of life and business. A “Knowledge Broker” is defined as a person with skill, passion or expertise that shares it with others to create impact and earn profits. Tony and Dean both believe being a Knowledge Broker is the single best thing you can do as an entrepreneur as people are voting with their wallets and paying to learn from professional DOERS instead.
That is the central theme of the Knowledge Broker Blueprint Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi put together for the launch of KBB 2.0. While there is still more information coming out about the launch of KBB 2.0, here are all of the top-level details we can share about Knowledge Broker Blueprint to start:
Tony Robbins has teamed up with Dean Graziosi to launch a new online training program called Knowledge Broker Blueprint. “KBB” claims it will be one of the biggest online business training course launches in history. While more information is surfacing about the winning playbook found within KBB 2.0, our review of Knowledge Broker Blueprint is broken down into three major sections so you can get a complete overview of what it is, how it works, and what to expect.
To best understand Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi's Knowledge Broker Blueprint program, our research is in the following format that explores all aspects of KBB 2.0:
1) what is knowledge broker blueprint review 2) who is Tony Robbins 3) Knowledge Broker World Summit
Now, before we jump right into the Knowledge Broker Blueprint review, there is one small minor detail worth mentioning – and that is Tony Robbins fondness of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.
Back during the last bull market cycle for crypto assets, Tony Robbins did share a tweet that helped clear up the confusion around Bitcoin with his millions of followers and fans. Also, in addition to tweeting and writing blog posts about bitcoin to educate his audience, he also featured bitcoin in his #1 New York best-selling book, Money: Master the Game where he talked about proper asset allocation in a book where he interviewed the brightest minds and most brilliant financial innovators in the world.
While Knowledge Broker Blueprint isn't focused on bitcoin or cryptocurrencies, it is about business and the future of financial success. This is why Master The Crypto wanted to review Knowledge Broker Blueprint as a fantastic way to self-educate and learn from the right people as the best way to secure success today.
Now, let's dive into all of the research and provide meaningful insight and analysis to how Knowledge Broker Blueprint works, who Tony Robbins is and their Knowledge Broker World Summit event coming up in 2020.

WHAT IS THE KNOWLEDGE BROKER BLUEPRINT?

Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi have teamed up to launch the Knowledge Broker Blueprint. It’s a combination of a business development plan and a personal development plan.
The Knowledge Broker Blueprint is a live-cast that will take place on February 27. You can opt into the live-cast between February 19 and 26.
Some of the key features of the Knowledge Broker Blueprint include:
The idea behind Knowledge Broker Blueprint is that you can discover the strategies used by some of today’s most successful individuals. What are these people doing to be successful? Knowledge Broker Blueprint claims to teach you these lessons.
The 2020 version of Knowledge Broker Blueprint is officially called Knowledge Broker Blueprint 2.0. It’s the second version of this system.

HOW DOES KNOWLEDGE BROKER BLUEPRINT WORK?

Knowledge Broker Blueprint, also abbreviated to KBB, is an online course consisting of four modules.
The creators of KBB are calling it one of the biggest online course launches in history.
The initial live cast announcing the launch of Knowledge Broker Blueprint had over 250,000 viewers worldwide. That live cast was hosted by Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi.
In the words of the course’s creator, the course “teaches you how to extract your knowledge, skill, hobby or passion (or someone else’s)”, then identity the people willing to pay for that unique skill or knowledge.
What type of “thing” do you do more effectively than anyone else? What type of knowledge do you have that people may be willing to pay for?
While progressing through the Knowledge Broker Blueprint course, you will use the MindMint software. The software keeps track of your progress.
That’s why Knowledge Broker Blueprint is more than just an education program or software system: it’s a combination of both. Together, the education program and software promise to “allow anyone to start or scale a highly impactful and highly profitable mastermind, group, workshop or community.”
Some people might think, “I don’t even have any unique skills. I can barely use a computer.” That’s fine! As the creator of Knowledge Broker Blueprint explains:
“It doesn’t mater if you don’t have any tech skills or any previous business experience. Everything you need to know is provided in this training program by 3 of the greatest entrepreneurs of our generation.”

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN KNOWLEDGE BROKER BLUEPRINT?

Knowledge Broker Blueprint isn’t your typical training course. The entire purpose of the course is to teach you how to leverage your unique knowledge into personal profit.
As the name of the course suggests, Knowledge Broker Blueprint will give you the blueprint you need to broker your knowledge.
As a “knowledge broker”, you are selling your unique knowledge to the world. What type of information can you leverage today? What kind of unique knowledge or skills do you have that people are willing to pay for?
The ultimate goal is to teach you how to run your own mastermind group or mastermind event.
The Knowledge Broker Blueprint course gives you all of the tools you need to set up your mastermind group, the market that mastermind group to the world, and maximize profit from that group.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to know anything to run a mastermind group. Some people run profitable mastermind groups simply by inviting smarter people to the event. If you could get Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates into one room, don’t you think people would buy a ticket? That’s an extreme example, but that’s the type of thinking behind Knowledge Broker Blueprint.

WHAT’S INCLUDED WITH KNOWLEDGE BROKER BLUEPRINT?

Knowledge Broker Blueprint is a completely online course. You get video tutorials, resources, exercises, downloadable worksheets, and access to a private Facebook group. Here’s what you get with Knowledge Broker Blueprint:
  1. Extract It
  2. Fill It
  3. Run It
  4. Knowledge Broker
Each training video ranges in length from 7 minutes to 30 minutes. However, there are some longer training videos that dive deep into topics like Facebook and YouTube advertisements.
The downloadable PDF worksheets, meanwhile, can be printed off before you start a lesson. Fill in the worksheets as you go along. Or, test your knowledge after (or both). It will help you retain the information from the lesson.
Each lesson is also followed by a quiz to verify that you retained the knowledge.
In other words, there’s a lot of content with Knowledge Broker Blueprint. The hours of video will teach you everything you need to know about creating your own mastermind program.
Tony and Dean have packaged years of experience in these videos. They’re distilling their combined 60+ years of industry experience into one concise training program. If you’re willing to put in the work, you can get a lot of priceless information from Knowledge Broker Blueprint.

WHAT IS MINDMINT SOFTWARE?

Knowledge Broker Blueprint 2.0 comes with a software called MintMint. The software walks you through the entire process of setting up an event, including the initial announcement of the event, marketing for the event, planning, execution, and more.
Essentially, MindMint has everything you need to ensure your mastermind event goes off smoothly – and profitably.
MindMint also organizes event information in one place. You can keep information about the trainers, speakers, attendees together, for example, along with the information about the schedule, key dates, and more.
MindMint doesn’t just help plan and organize the event: the software also helps you create a sales funnel for the event. You can get help with everything from your landing page to your final payment page.
In summary, here’s what’s included with the MindMint software:
Planning Support: Event scheduling, itinerary, attendees, hosts, and more.
Announcement Support: Build hype, marketing support, email templates, sales copy, and more
Sales Funnel: Landing page, templates, payment pages, marketing, and more.
And More: MindMint is an all-in-one software that contains everything you need to know about running your own mastermind event from beginning to end.

KNOWLEDGE BROKER BLUEPRINT MODULES

We mentioned above that Knowledge Broker Blueprint comes with four modules, including Extract It, Fill It, Run It, and Knowledge Broker. Below, we’ll explain what you’ll learn in each of those modules:

1. EXTRACT IT

The first module, Extract It, begins with Tony Robbins explaining some crucial lessons on mindset. How do successful people think? What strategies do successful people do differently on a daily basis? Tony Robbins uses his 40+ years of self-help experience to explain the secret mindsets of successful people. Then, Dean breaks down the most important foundational steps you’ll need to cover before creating a business, including:

2. FILL IT

In the second module, Fill It, Tony and Dean will explain marketing tactics to promote your mastermind group. Dean and other experts will teach you how to become a marketing expert with topics like:

3. RUN IT

Run It explains the strategies you need to execute your successful event. You’ve developed your event and marketed it. Now you need to pull it off and amaze attendees. Some of the strategies covered in the third module include:

4. KNOWLEDGE BROKER

Finally, Knowledge Broker lists three aspects of running your own mastermind group, including:

BONUS PRODUCTS INCLUDED WITH KNOWLEDGE BROKER BLUEPRINT

As an early Knowledge Broker Blueprint adopter, you get access to several bonus lessons, including:
Tony Robbins’ Ultimate Edge: Four-part audio system explaining how to create an extraordinary and successful life.
Dean’s Inner Circle: Highlights from Dean’s best Inner Circle training lessons.
Tony Robbins’ Platinum Bonus: Recordings from experts like Jack Bogle and Peter Mallouk.
Russel Brunson’s Mastermind Funnels: Secrets to setting up bulletproof sales funnels.
Tony Robbins’ Priming Exercise: How to give yourself a winning mindset.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) ABOUT KNOWLEDGE BROKER BLUEPRINT

Q: On What Day Will the Knowledge Broker Blueprint Livecast Take Place?
A: The Knowledge Broker Blueprint livecast will take place on February 27, 2020.
Q: Who is Tony Robbins?
A: Tony Robbins is a motivational speaker, author, business consultant, and self-help expert. Robbins rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s with infomercials and national bestselling books. Today, he continues to be relevant to seminars and other events.
Q: What is the Knowledge Broker Blueprint?
A: The Knowledge Broker Blueprint is an online training course that teaches you how to launch your own mastermind event from beginning to end. It explains how to “broker” knowledge: you’re collecting knowledge (either from yourself or others) and selling that knowledge to the world.
Q: What is a Mastermind Group?
A: A mastermind group is a group or event where you share unique knowledge, skills, or experience with the world.
Q: Is Knowledge Broker Blueprint Legit?
A: Knowledge Broker Blueprint is marketing itself as one of the biggest online course launches in history. There’s a lot of content here, and the course is certainly legitimate. The fact that Tony Robbins has signed on is a big deal.
Q: What is Knowledge Business Blueprint?
A: In 2019, the same team launched a similar event called Knowledge Business Blueprint. In 2020, the team is launching a new event called Knowledge Broker Blueprint, although the two share similar strategies.
Q: Who is Dean Graziosi?
A: Dean Graziosi is an author, investor, entrepreneur, and trainer who grew from poverty to wealth. Today, he teaches others how to replicate that success. Graziosi is leading the Knowledge Broker Blueprint training system in partnership with Tony Robbins.
Now, this concludes our comprehensive review of Knowledge Broker Blueprint – but there is much more ground to cover to understand how Dean Graziosi and Tony Robbins came to be the legends they are today in the world of online business and entrepreneurship. Next, let's revisit the incredible life and story of Tony Robbins, the pioneering Mastermind guru behind KBB 2.0.

WHO IS TONY ROBBINS?

Tony Robbins is an American author, life coach, and philanthropist. The Los Angeles-based entrepreneur is best-known for his infomercials, seminars, and self-help books, including the books Unlimited Power (published in 1987) and Awaken the Giant Within (published in 1993).
Over the years, Robbins has worked individually with clients ranging from Bill Clinton to Wayne Gretzky to Steve Wynn.
By the early 1990s, an estimated 100 million Americans had viewed Tony Robbins infomercials. Many of his books have also become national bestsellers.

TONY ROBBINS: EARLY LIFE AND BIO

Tony Robbins was born in North Hollywood, California on February 29, 1960. He claims to have had a “chaotic” and “abusive” home life throughout his childhood. Robbins is the eldest of three children, and his parents divorced when he was seven. His mother remarried multiple times, including to a former semi-professional baseball player named Jim Robbins, who legally adopted Tony when he was 12.
Tony Robbins was born Anthony J. Mahavoric, although he changed his name to Anthony Jay Robbins after being adopted by Jim Robbins. Although he once went under the name Anthony Robbins, he now mostly goes by Tony Robbins.
When Robbins was 17 years old, he left home and never returned. He later worked as a janitor, and he never attended college.
Robbins began his career promoting events for motivational speaker and author Jim Rohn. In the early 1980s, Robbins developed techniques of neurolinguistic programming (NLP), hypnosis, and firewalking, incorporating these techniques into his seminars.
In 1987, Robbins published his first self-help book. In 1988, Robbins released his first infomercial, advertising himself as a “peak performance coach”.
Robbins’ career took off shortly after. His infomercials later featured celebrities like Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton and actor Martin Sheen. Robbins claimed to be able to help anyone – from athletes to business people to actors – unlock their maximum potential.
By 1991, an estimated 100 million Americans had viewed Robbins’ infomercials.
Over the years, Robbins has worked individually with many notable names, including Bill Clinton, Wayne Gretzky, Serena Williams, Hugh Jackman, Pitbull, and Justin Tuck.
Robbins is also trusted by some of America’s most notable business names, including Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber and businessmen Steven Wynn and Marc Benioff. In more recent years, he has positioned himself as not just a self-help coach but also has a valuable business consultant.

TONY ROBBINS BIO: WHAT IS HE DOING TODAY?

Although he achieved initial success in the 1980s and 1990s, Tony Robbins continues to be relevant today. In 2015 and 2016, Robbins was listed on the Worth Magazine Power 100 list.
In 2014, Robbins made headlines for teaming up with Mia Hamm, Magic Johnson, and Peter Guber to acquire the rights to the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). Along with the LA Galaxy, LAFC is one of two MLS soccer teams in the Los Angeles area. They entered the league in 2018.
In 2016, Robbins got into eSports, purchasing Team Liquid, one of the best-known teams in the industry.
In 2019, the top three names on the Worth Magazine Power 100 list included Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, China President and General Secretary Xi Jinping, and United States President Donald Trump. The magazine has ranked the top 100 most powerful people in the world every year since 2010.
Tony Robbins also continues to organize seminars through Robbins Research International.
Robbins has starred in infomercials since the 1980s. Today, the 59-year old motivational speaker has teamed up with Dean Graziosi to launch a program called the Knowledge Broker Blueprint.

TONY ROBBINS UNLIMITED POWER (1987)

To understand Tony Robbins and his success, it helps to understand his self-help books.
Tony Robbins’ first big hit, Unlimited Power, became a national bestseller. The book teaches you how to achieve a successful life.
In Unlimited Power, Robbins covers topics like:
The book was well-reviewed, and it remains a classic self-help book even in 2020, 33 years after first being published.

TONY ROBBINS AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN (1993)

Six years after publishing Unlimited Power, Tony Robbins published his second self-help hit: Awaken the Giant Within.
The book is subtitled, “How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial Destiny”.
Robbins walks readers through a step-by-step program that teaches fundamental lessons of self-mastery, including how to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny.
Robbins tells you how to manage your emotions, your body, your finances, and your life. To date, Robbins has sold over one million copies of Awaken the Giant Within, and it became a #1 national bestseller soon after launch.
Now that Master The Crypto has covered who Tony Robbins is and how Knowledge Broker Blueprint works, let's give an overview of their upcoming event happening in October 2020 that coincides with KBB 2.0.

KNOWLEDGE BROKER WORLD SUMMIT

There are many different ways to learn a new skill, a new trade, or just about anything else. Although the conventional option is to read books, those who are looking for guidance from the expert themselves may want to attend a symposium. One particular program that has received some popularity in recent months is the Knowledge Broker World Summit.
According to the program, a knowledge broker is a person with skill, passion, or expertise who shares it with the world for impact and profit. Two individuals head the Knowledge Broker World Summit: Dean Graziosi and Tony Robbins. Graziosi is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, and investor. As for Robbins, is a business chairman and strategist.

KNOWLEDGE BROKER WORLD SUMMIT SPEAKERS

Aside from hearing from Graziosi and Robbins, you’ll also hear from other speakers who can share their knowledge and experience in a conductive manner. For instance, a few of the attendee speakers include:
Additional speakers are being released as well. Those who register for the program and get their tickers will be notified of the new speakers are they are announced.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Knowledge Broker World Summit is an event that may be able to provide attendees with guidance concerning how to achieve your goals and desires. As the program platform explains it shares education and wisdom on how to achieve abundance, fulfillment, and success. In addition, it provides direction on how attendees can escape the 9-5 grind, how they can create a legacy, and how to discover the “new you.” Keep in mind that while it all sounds promising, it is important to be aware that these are guiding principles. What may work for one individual does not always work for all.

POSITIVE FEEDBACK

There is also feedback from various individuals on what they “have to say” about the Graziosi and Robbins. It is unknown whether the comments are directed at the program. Nonetheless, the comments on the website are from Serena Williams, Larry King, Richard Branson, and Marie Menounos. Further, the comments are quite positive as well.

TICKET OPTIONS

Those who are interested in the program have several ticket options available, which are as follows:
Option 1: Executive Seating for $323.00. This ticket option comes with 3-day access to the event and general entrance and seating. It also includes exclusive Knowledge Broker merchandise available at the live summit
Option 2: Preferred Seating. This ticket option comes with 3-day access to the vent, preferred entrance and seating, and Knowledge Broker merchandise available at the live summit
Option 3: VIP. This ticker option comes with 3-day access to the event, VIP entrance and seating, and VIP networking party. It also includes Knowledge Broker merchandise available at the live summit
The tickets can be purchased on the platform’s website.
Now, let's conclude our Knowledge Broker Blueprint review and get ready for an incredible launch and presentation by two legendary entrepreneurs who are self-educated and bringing their knowledge to the world via KBB 2.0.

FINAL WORD ON KNOWLEDGE BROKER BLUEPRINT

Tony Robbins is a self-help master who rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, he’s a valued business consultant, author, and motivational speaker. The fact that he has partnered with Dean Graziosi to launch Knowledge Broker Blueprint is a big deal. These guys are both household names in the online business industry and have already done this once with the Knowledge Business Blueprint. With KBB 1.0, they learned, grew, and got vital intel and feedback from their members. Now they have revamped everything for the creation of KBB 2.0 and are promising it to be unlike anything you have ever seen in the world of online marketing and entrepreneurialship.
As the saying goes with all of Master The Crypto's guides, analysis and insights – there are two things every aspiring successful person must do to achieve success optimally:
1) follow the right people 2) act on the right information
Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi are the right people to follow and Knowledge Broker Blueprint is the right information to act on. Their three-step process found within the Knowledge Broker Blueprint course (education), software (tools) and coaching (mastermind) is guaranteed to be dynamic, dynamite and dominant.
The Knowledge Broker Blueprint livecast will take place on February 27, 2020. Set your calendars. Be sure not to miss the free live KBB 2.0 event and be prepared to be blown away by two industry giants and their legendary methods for teaching people how to create success, freedom and wealth in life.
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2019.12.09 21:16 _Juggerobb_ Issue #2: R/P/S

Dryden, the Grand Champion of RPS, has finally been defeated by Luke. The loss has sent shockwaves through the league. Meanwhile, Chase has been released from the hospital. Mrs. Briggs has been found dead, but Trent is still missing.
PAGE 1
Panel 1: Wide panning shot. Inside a typical city police department computer monitors glow as members of the police force both uniformed and in street clothes overlook files. Inside, officer Melbourn (now in street clothes), is walking through the office with a look of determination. Panel 2: Melbourn continues through the office until he comes to a large door that reads “Capt. Stone.”
Panel 3: Melbourn barges into the office. In the foreground Cpt. Stone sits at his desk. He’s a young man, with sharp angular features and slicked back hair. Stone looks more like a businessman than a ranking officer. Stone turns his attention from his computer to address Melbourne. He has a smarmy look on his face.
Stone:
Melbourn! What an unexpected surprise.
Panel 4: Close up. Melbourn leans over Stone’s desk with a finger pointed at him.
Melbourn:
I’m sure you know exactly why I am here. You may look it, but you’re no idiot.
PAGE 2
Panel 1: Having been “found out,” Stone throws his hands in the air in exasperation. But still keeps his sarcastic attitude.
Stone:
Fine. You caught me, red handed. A true credit to the force.
Panel 2: Stone and Melbourn are across from one another, Stone is completely unphased by the entire situation while Melbourn seems heated.
Melbourn:
I know you have a big boy office, and you get to play pretend police captain. But don’t think for one second you can undermine me like that.
Panel 3: Stone relaxes into his chair.
Stone:
You really think this has anything to do with you? Heck, this has nothing to do with me.
Panel 5: Picture on the wall of man standing with Cpt. Stone. They are shaking hands and smiling.
Stone (oof):
Sure, I made the call. But the decision was made over my head.
PAGE 3
Panel 1: Melbourn glares down at Stone.
Stone:
Every day, the LAPD cracks down on these illegal rock, paper, scissors rings, and I applaud your team for that. Just let this one fall through the cracks.
Panel 2: Melbourn gives one more angry and contemplative look down at Stone.
Melbourn:
Every day, you litter these streets with the trash my team and I pick up.
Panel 3: Stone’s demeanor drastically changes. He’s fed up with Melbourne berating him.
Stone:
Then you should consider yourself lucky. If it weren’t for me, then you’d be without a job.
Panel 4: Stone is now staring directly back at Melbourne. Melbourne won’t back down, but understands his position in the hierarchy of the department.
Stone:
There’s other, more important shit happening right now than a bunch of rowdy kids. Now, unless you have any other concerns, get out of my office.
PAGE 4
Panel 1: Exterior view of an apartment building deep in the underbelly of the big city. A rusted and broken fire escape is peeling off the sides of the building. Some windows are boarded up, while others remain broken and exposed.
Panel 2: Chase, Clair Bennett, and AJ are sharing a simple meat and potatoes dinner inside the small and crowded apartment kitchen. It may be cluttered and small, but it’s not dirty. AJ noticeably stands out because her bright and new clothes are a stark contrast to the rest of the scene. Placed on the table next to Chase is his Advanced Fundamentals of Rock, Paper, Scissors a book that is small enough to fit in his sweatshirt pocket.
AJ:
This meal is delicious. Thanks, Clair.
Panel 3: Humbled and a little embarrassed because AJ comes from a well-to-do family, Clair smiles. AJ continues, with Chase sitting next to her.
AJ:
Where I come from, I hardly ever get a home cooked meal.
Chase:
No, but it’s usually prepared by a chef. Good enough, if you ask me.
AJ:
It’s not the same.
Panel 4: AJ continues.
Clair Bennett:
Well, you’re welcome to come over anytime you’d like for dinner.
PAGE 5
Panel 1: AJ abruptly places down her fork and knife.
AJ:
I am sorry, Clair! I am sorry! Chase was sitting in that hospital bed because of me. He nearly died because of me!
Panel 2: Clair is taken aback at first and then politely responds.
Clair Bennett:
It’s not my place to discipline you, but Chase never should have been there in the first place. What were you two thinking? Panel 3: Chase looks down, embarrassed and clearly wanting to avoid the whole situation.
Chase:
I want to - No. I’m going to be the greatest Rock, Paper, Scissors champion ever. I need to prove that I am the best.
Panel 4: AJ watches on.
Chase:
If I had won, I could have paid for rent, food, to keep the power on for another month.
Panel 5: Chase stands up, he is clearly starting to get emotional.
Chase:
It’s not fair! It’s not fair, that you’re hardly ever home. That we’ve had to move from apartment to apartment. It’s not fair that mom died and dad left us.
PAGE 6
Panel 1: Chase continues
Chase:
I can help you. I can make a difference. To you, to this world.
Panel 2: Clair looks at him solemnly.
Clair Bennett:
I’m sorry… But you can’t.
Panel 3: Chase is visibly upset by this.
Clair Bennett:
Not like that. You’re the only thing I have, Chase. What if something had happened to you? What if you had gone to jail or worse?
Panel 4: Tears begin swelling in Clair Bennett’s eyes as Chase listens on somberly.
Clair Bennett:
I know you have great aspirations. But I need you Chase. I need you to stay safe. You don’t deserve to bear those responsibility. Go to class, finish school, build a career. That’s how you can help.
PAGE 7
We’re inside a small cramped, dingy diner. Though it looks like it may have been once a hip spot, its colors and decor are now faded and flat.
Panel 1: Luke is sitting at the counter with his back towards us. His shoulders are slumped forward. Above him is a tube TV with the news recapping the events of the P/S grand championship about a week ago.
Anchor (TV):
Now, we go to sports with David Williams
Panel 2: Similar to Panel 1. A server has come over to offer Luke more coffee as she watches the TV. A highlight of the match is playing on the television.
David Williams (TV):
Right now, as you can imagine, most of the world is talking about the stunning upset at last week’s P/S Championship, where the Grand Champion was finally defeated.
Panel 3: The server notices that Luke is the man being shown in the highlight real of the newscast. Her eyes light up as she realizes she is waiting on a celebrity. The TV now has a breakdown of the rounds won.
David Williams (TV):
Luke was able to defeat Dryden with 2-1 with an impressive trifecta of rock. Normally considered a rookie throw, Luke held strong with rock even when facing 0-1 deficit.
Panel 4: The server taps Luke on the shoulder. He looks up at her. His face is expressionless and his eyes are unblinking.
PAGE 8
Panel 1:The server extends her order pad toward Luke as the TV continues in the background.
Server:
Would you mind signing this for my nephew? He loves rock, paper,scissors.
David Williams (TV):
These two will meet again for their rematch on Saturday, June 15.
Panel 2: Luke looks at her for a moment ...
Panel 3: … and goes back to drinking his coffee.
Panel 4: The newscast is now sharing a more serious piece of news.
Anchor (TV):
And now, we’re learning some disturbing details about the death of Patricia Briggs.
Panel 5: Luke is watching intently at the television. The server rejected, reaches to change the channel.
Luke:
Leave it.
Panel 6: The server looks down at Luke and rolls her eyes.
Anchor (TV):
For more, we head over to Serena Deebs.
PAGE 9
Luke continues to watch the news report as a large figure approaches him. It’s the leader of one of the three P/S gangs, the Feldspar, who believe that by using only rock they can dominate all P/S games. He’s an imposing and rotund man. The few customers in the restaurant wince as he walks by them.
Panel 1: The newscast goes on location to the outside of Trent’s home.
Serena Deebs (TV):
I’m standing here in front of the home of Patricia Briggs, where just this morning emergency crews discovered this gruesome scene.
Panel 2: The interior of the crime scene, similar to what we witnessed at the end of issue #1. Paper clippings thrown on the floor and that same unusual symbol of a Triangle within a circle. Patricia’s body is covered by a sheet. Men in bio suits are observing the crime scene.
Serena Deebs:
Right now, authorities are still trying to piece together what exactly happened here, but are working on a number of leads.
Panel 3: POV of the Leader entering the restaurant. The bell above the restaurant door rings. Everyone, except Luke, turns their attention to the person who is entering. Though the figure isn’t shown, the expressions on the customers’ and employees’ faces says everything. The morning sun casts an imposing shadow down the aisle.
SFX (Bell):
Ring Ring
Panel 4: Children and parents stare up in awe and terror as the Leader walks through the diner.
Serena Deebs (TV):
Police are still searching for Mrs. Briggs’ son who has gone missing.
PAGE 10
Panel 1: Close up of Luke sitting at the counter as the leader begins approaching him.
Luke:
Hmmm ...
Panel 2: The leader of the Feldspar, finally revealed, stands behind Luke who notices, but doesn't seem at all threatened; mostly irritated. He tightens his fist. The leader is large with a thick beard and a bald head. His face is rugged, but not old. In the background, the server is seemingly frozen with fear.
Leader:
You’re that fella’ that beat Dryden using only rock ain’t cha!?
PAGE 11
Chase and AJ leave Chase’s home and begin walking through the city as day becomes night. Throughout the page, a white, unmarked van can be seen in the background; it’s Melbourn. He’s not satisfied with the fact that Chase was released by the police, and he’s certain he’s going to catch them in some illegal act.
Panel 1: Wide shot as Chase and AJ exit the dreary and nearly condemned apartment building. The two remain silent.
Panel 2: The two walk side by side. AJ looks concerningly over at Chase who stares down at his Advanced Fundamentals of Rock, Paper, Scissors book. Clair’s talk weighs heavily on AJ’s mind.
Panel 3: Finally, AJ speaks. Chase pulls his head out of the book to listen
AJ:
Maybe your sister’s right, ya know? Maybe you should just give up P/Sing?
Panel 4: Chase holds the side of his stomach where he was shot.
Chase:
She is right. I should probably just give up. I could have died. Plus, I nearly got you killed.
PAGE 12
AJ and Chase continue to walk through the streets before arriving at a dilapidated playground.
Panel 1: The expression on AJ’s face is even more sullen now.
Chase:
Despite all of my practice, I’ve never won when it mattered.
Panel 2: Chase’s demeanor suddenly changes.
Chase:
But this is all I’ve ever wanted. It’s the only thing that I can call my own.
Panel 3: Inside the unmarked van, Melbourn and his partner are sitting monitoring the conversation that Chase and AJ are having.
Panel 4: Melbourn has a snarl on his face as he looks up at one of the monitors inside the van.
Chase (though the surveillance equipment):
It’s the only thing I can be proud of.
PAGE 13
Panel 1: AJ and Chase arrive at a rundown and empty playground surrounded by tall apartment buildings. The swings are broken, the monkey bars are bent and rusted, the seesaws are missing their seats.There is a rather large hopscotch numbered 1-20 on the tarmac.
AJ:
If this is what you want, maybe I can help you!
Panel 2: Chase is confused by AJ’s offer.
Chase:
Huh? I’ve never even seen you play rock, paper, scissors.
AJ:
I use to play a lot when …
Chase:
When what?
Panel 3
AJ:
I dunno. I just don’t find it very fun, but I am pretty good at it. Do you want my help or not?
Panel 4
Chase:
Of course!
AJ:
Well, first off, RPS is a feeling. You gatta’ stop overthinking it so much
Chase:
What do you ...
Panel 5: AJ balls up one hand in her open palm. Not realizing they were going to practice right this second, Chase is a little bit surprised.
AJ:
Rock. Paper. Scissors. Shoot!
PAGE 14
Panel 1: AJ is showing scissors and Chase is showing rock.
AJ:
See?
Panel 2:
AJ:
There’s more to playing RPS than equations and percentages.
Panel 3: AJ reaches in and closes the book Chase was reading.
AJ:
It’s less about what you read in books …
Panel 4: In the background, the silhouette of several figures appear from the shadows. They are hanging on the busted playground equipment.
AJ:
And more of a feeling.
PAGE 15
Panel 1: A group of 4 or 5 older teenagers (17 or so) emerge from the shadows. They’re the members of a gang called The Sheared. They look like your prototypical punks from the 80’s. They have tall mohawks, lots of piercings, and spiked leather jackets. The leader, Razor, steps forward. Razor has a toothpick in his mouth and a chain around his neck with a razor blade pendant.
Razor:
Heh. It looks like we’ve got a couple of wanna be rock/ pape scissors chumps.
Wha' doya say boys, should we show them how it’s done in Sheared territory?
Panel 2 & 3: Inside the police van Melbourne and his partner are looking on. Through the police surveillance equipment, the conversation outside can be heard as well.
Partner:
Are you seeing this?
Stone:
Mmhmm … But as far as we’re concerned, it’s not our business. Stone told me to leave it alone.
Chase (through the surveillance equipment):
I’ll take on all challengers. It doesn’t matter!
Panel 4: Close up of Razor. He’s now brandishing a pair of all metal scissors, spread wide.
Razor:
Ha … Doesn’t matter? I’ll tell you what then. Sudden death. If I win, I get to try out my new blade on you and your girlfriend’s face.
SFX:
Ssnip! Ssnip!
Chase (OOF):
And if I win?
Panel 5: Similar close up as panel 4, this time Razor has closed the scissors.
SFX:
Sheelip!
Razor:
I’ll let you walk away from this.
PAGE 16
Panel 1 & 2: Chase pulls the “Fundamentals of Rock, Paper, Scissors” from his pocket and then tosses it to the ground. It lands in the playground sand.
Panel 3: Chase digs his feet in and balls up his right fist and puts it in his left palm.
Chase:
It doesn’t seem like I have much of a choice, then. Alright, let's do this!
Panel 4: Razor is hysterically laughing as is all of the members of his gang.
Razor and Gang:
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Razor:
You must be totally clueless. We don’t play that little kid stuff here.
PAGE 17
Panel 1: Razor is pointing over to the hop-scotch.
Razor:
We’re ganna play over there.
Panel 2: The close up of the hopscotch. With Chase and Razor in the background.
Razor:
This ain’t some little kids game anymore.
Panel 3:
Razor:
Sudden death. Each time you beat one of us, you’re one step closer to getting outta here.
Panel 4: Razor takes a set back as another member of the gang steps forward.
PAGE 18
Panel 1: Chase is situated on one end of hopscotch, while the members of the Sheared are all standing at the other end. The gang member that stepped up in panel 4 of page 17 is at the front of the pack.
Razor:
I’ll be waiting at the end. If you make it that far.
Panel 2: Inside the surveillance van, Melbourne’s partner looks up at him. Melbourne leans forward; the situation at the playground has grown more interesting, but he’s being stubborn and petty.
AJ:
Are you sure about this?
Chase:
Mmhmm. I know I can beat them. With your help, there’s nothing I can’t do.
Panel 3: Cross section of Melbourn, Chase, and The Sheared Punk #1 as they are ready to begin.
Razor (OOF):
SHOOOT!
Panel 4: Chase and The Sheared Punk #1 take off, navigating through the hopscotch. In the background Members of The Sheared can be seen looking confident.
PAGE 19
Panel 1: Wide shot: Chase and The Sheared Punk #1 meet face to face. One fist balled up in the flat palm of the other one.
Together:
Rock. Paper. Scissors. Shoot.
Panel 2: Chase has thrown rock and Sheared Punk has thrown scissors.
Panel 3: Chase continues through the hopscotch. After defeating the first punk he has made it to the 16th square, where he faces meeting Sheared Punk #2.
Panel 4: Close up of their hands.
Together:
Rock. Paper. Scissors. Shoot!
Panel 5: Both Chase and the Sheared Punk #2 throw scissors.
PAGE 20
Panel 1: Chase looks startled for a moment.
Sheared Punk:
Rock. Paper. Scissors. Shoot!
Panel 2: Chase and the sheared punk both throw scissors again.
Sheared Punk:
Rock. Paper. Scissors. Shoot!
Panel 3: Chase beats the sheared punk, by once again throwing rock.
Chase (TB):
Of course! They’re only throwing scissors!
Panel 4: Over the shoulder shot of Razor looking on at Chase who is moving closer.
Razor:
Fine. I’ll just handle this myself!
Page 21
Panel 1: Chase reaches the 19th square on the hopscotch. Razor stands on the 20th (final) square.
Razor:
You did good, kid. Honestly, I’m surprised. But this is the end of the road.
Panel 2: Chase balls up his fist. He has confidence that we haven’t seen at all until this point. It isn’t smug, but it’s self assurance in his abilities.
Chase:
My journey doesn’t end here. It can’t. My friend believes in me, so I have to believe in myself. I am going to become the world’s greatest RPSer and my journey starts here!
Panel 3: Chase looks like he is doing a superman punch. Think exaggerated anime fight.
Chase:
Rock! Paper! Scissors! Shoooot!
Panel 4: Razor looks like he is wincing back as if he’s actually going to get punched.
Page 22:
Panel 1: Chase has thrown rock and Razor, amidst his confusion, has thrown nothing. He just has his right hand in the palm of his left hand, but there is no obvious Rock Paper or Scissors.
Panel 2: Razor falls to his knees. He stares at his right hand as if it had just betrayed him. All of the other members of The Sheared begin walking away as if disowning Razor.
Panel 3: AJ runs over to Chase, she has a smile on her face.
Chase (oof):
Did you see that? I couldn’t’ve done it without --
Panel 4: Razors stabs Chase in the back with a pair of scissors. Chase feebly grabs at the blades as they exit through his chest. Blood gushes from the exit wound and sprays AJ. Chase’s heart rate begins to slow.
Page 23:
Panel 1: AJ cradles Chase in her lap while trying to apply pressure to the exit wound. Tears begin to swell in her eyes. Razor stands over both of them. The scissors in his hand drip with blood. Chase’s heart rate slows.
AJ:
No. It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. Not now. Not this way ...
Razor:
Your friend made it much further than I expected. But I am not about to get disrespected on my own turf like that.
Panel 2: Razor raises the scissors high in the air, threatening to plunge them deep into AJ. Chase flatlines.
Razor:
Scissors always wins.
Panel 3: Razor plunges the scissors in between where the AJ’s neck and shoulder meet. But she doesn’t wince or recoil. In fact, she seems irritated. At the same time a light begins shining under the hand AJ was using to cover Chase’s exit wound.
Panel 4: AJ is engulfed in tendril light and begins to “melt” into chase. Razor, clearly freaked out, stumbles back, pulling the scissors out as he falls.
Page 24: Full Page Splash.
Panel 1: Chase stands over Razor. His entire body is glowing, and his hair and clothes flow rapidly from the energy radiating off of him. Though he still has a very human form, his right arm is amorphous.
Inset Panel 2: Head on shot of Melbourne and his partner looking on…
Partner:
Ho-ly Shit …
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2019.12.02 16:29 SalineDijon 2019 /r/Popheads Album of the Year Writeup #2- Cuz I Love You by Lizzo

Cuz I Love You
Artist: Lizzo
Album: Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)
Label: Atlantic
Release Date: April 19th, 2019
Listen:
Spotify
Apple Music
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Hello world.... Hello America ..... one question ... Are you bye bitch stunning?
I'm thrilled to have the privilege of discussing Lizzo's Cuz I Love You. I've been wanting to do a AOTY writeup for years, and I'm happy to finally have the chance to do one. Unfortunately, it happened the same time I had two group projects and term papers to work on. I apologize for the lack of discussion, but I hope you all enjoy what I was able to do.
Background:
Lizzo's rise to becoming 2019's biggest breakthrough artist was something we've rarely seen before. Her debut album, Lizzobangers was released in 2013 to rave critical reviews, although it came with no commercial success. In 2014, Time magazine named her as one of fourteen artists to watch in 2014, and the next year she gave us her second album, Big Grrrl Small World. While it was not the breakthrough album she was hoping for, her work landed her on various year-end lists.
Her first EP, and her first piece of work with Atlantic, Coconut Oil, was Lizzo's first piece of work to chart on any Billboard chart, peaking at #44 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart after its release. Its lead single, "Good As Hell", was featured on Barbershop 2 and RuPaul's Drag Race, and is currently #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
After releasing various standalone singles such as "Fitness", "Truth Hurts", and "Boys" to no commercial success, Lizzo was almost ready to give up her music career. However, she stuck with it, and her singles "Juice" and "Tempo" brought her chart and critical success she hadn't seen before. Her album Cuz I Love You debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200, peaking at #4 weeks later. It and its tracks are nominated for 7 Grammies, along with an eighth for Lizzo for Best New Artist. Lizzo is living proof of working towards her goal. It's taken her six years of EPs and singles, let alone the work she had to do to be able to do them, to get to this point of success.
Cuz I Love You:
I'm crying/Cuz I love you
Lizzo starts her album off with a powerful wail, leading into a track that demonstrates a common theme that's woven into the album. I'll call it being "perfectly imperfect". Lizzo clearly believes in the importance of self love, believing and realizing that every part of you is beautiful. However, Lizzo also adds that people can be "weak" and "imperfect" at times, and that's totally fine.
We see it in this song in the second verse, where her love of Joshua (which switches to Jerome later on in the album ... did she fall in and out of love again? Seeing two dudes at once? Who knows!), causes her to wait outside in the cold rain ruining her hair and nearly causes her to tattoo his name to her. The emotions that come with your first real love can completely fuck you up. We hear this in the first wail of the song (I'm crying, cuz I love you). She loves him, and we assume that he loves her too, but her happiness is causing her to be emotional.
Like A Girl:
Woke up feeling like I just might run for president/Even if there ain't no precedent/Switching up the messaging
A well done female empowerment song is hard to write. The wrong choice of lyrics can turn it into a corny mess. However, Lizzo's belief of "perfect imperfection", as I've mentioned before in Cuz I Love You, keeps this from turning into a real mess and keeps it real.
Lizzo starts this song with positive confidence. The first verse features her boasting about what shes done with her life (buy my whip by myself/pay my bills by myself) all by herself, without the assistance of a man. All of this is impressive, but nothing too unique from any other girl power anthem. However, her shout outs to other proud black women like Serena Williams and Lauryn Hill starts to give this song an identity of it's own.
The bridge, through, solidifies its position on the album, as she talks about how it is okay for women to cry and be emotional. It does not make anyone less of a person. Just own who you are and have confidence in what you do. It's not just a song about being a boss 100% of the time (which is fine, theres room for those songs), but Like A Girl is special as it gives room for vulnerability.
Juice:
No I'm not a snack at all/But baby I'm the whole damn meal
Popheads Jukebox: 9.19
This song doesn't have the second highest score on the 2019 Popheads Jukebox and the tenth highest overall, outdoing bops like High Horse and Make Me Feel for nothing. From start to finish, it's pure disco fun, with Lizzo delivering some of the most confident lyrics she's sang to date.
It's impossible to listen to this and not have a smile on your face after thirty seconds. Then, you'll maybe tap your foot and bop your head. After that, maybe a little twerk in your seat, and then maybe you start to feel invincible. Damn it, you look and feel good and you KNOW it.
"Juice" is representative of Lizzo's power to make us feel good about ourselves.
Soulmate:
*The old me used to love a Gemini/Like a threesome, fucking with him every night"
"Soulmate" is a beautifully produced track that shares some similarities with "Like A Girl". Both of them focus on female empowerment and loving yourself. However, while I like "Like A Girl", "Soulmate" manages to do things just a little bit better. The production behind the song is a little bit tighter, the lyrics are just a little more clever, and her vocals are a little bit stronger here.
It sounds like this is gonna be the third official single from Cuz I Love You, according to Lizzo's twitter. We'll discuss that later.
Jerome:
Jerome, take your ass home...
Lizzo switches gears from high tempo dance-pop and gives us her take of a soul ballad about a trifling man named Jerome. Jerome is an attractive and charming, yet emotionally immature, man. Lizzo knows this relationship isn't going anywhere, but the most interesting part of this song is the way she convinces herself to leave Jerome.
She starts by creating a hard line against Jerome. According to her, he's a "poor little baby" that's an "ugly ass". Lizzo sees her partner as emotionally weak and unattractive... should be easy for her to walk away. Not so fast. Jerome is just that charismatic, and Lizzo starts to reconsider and she starts to contradict herself. We go from "ugly ass" and "Who told you that you stood a chance with this royalty?" to "I never said that you wasn't attractive" and "I never said I was perfect". The song shows the honest truth behind breakups, that they're often not as easy as we think they are.
Crybaby:
I don't need to apologize/This big girl has gotta cry
"Crybaby" is Lizzo's ode to Prince, a pop legend that hails from her native Minneapolis. It's a funk rock song that talks about the feeling of loving someone so much you start to cry. But wait, you might say, didnt we hear that in the first track? Yes, I will say, we did hear that. However, Lizzo is that bitch and she'll make two songs about it, and we'll sit down and enjoy it.
Lizzo fulfills Prince's wish/desire/mission to see confident black women own their emotions and sexuality through the whole album, so its fitting that she does it the most in a Prince-esque song. She mentions that big girls gotta cry (which maybe has a double meaning.. big as in more mature and big as in plus sized?).
Tempo ft. Missy Elliott:
I've been waiting for this one!
Popheads Jukebox: 7.68
Lizzo steps away from the emotional jams and gives us a club hit featuring the queen of hip hop, Missy Elliott. To be honest, if there was any track that could've been cut from the album, its probably this one. I don't hate the song, it's fine, but on an album of 9 and 10's, this is more like a 6.
I think my issue with it is that the last six songs have had stellar lyrics. They're witty, insightful, and proof of a master of songwriting. The lyrics to "Tempo" are so so at best, with a couple of decent lines that fall flat with a monotone delivery. Missy starts to breathe some life into it with a weird yet addictive verse featuring purring. However, it's just not that good of a song.
Exactly How I Feel ft. Gucci Mane:
I might be a bitch/I might make a friend/Ain't I so amazing?
Exactly How I Feel, a Grammy nominated song for Best R&B Performance, is one of her most fun songs on the album. It starts with her making it very clear that her emotions are hers and nobody else's. She doesn't need to change herself to fit into what you think of her. She doesn't "have to 'splain it". Lyrically, it fits with her "perfectly imperfect" narrative. She'll cry when she wants to and smile if she wants to, and you cant stop her. She'll be a bitch or your best friend, and both are perfectly valid.
Theres also a feature from Gucci Mane. We're just gonna ignore him.
Better In Colour:
"J.F. Kennedies, kiss hood celebrities"
Lizzo gives us a rock tinged bop that contains what might be her simplest flow of the album. Most of the song has the same rhythm to it, but her sweet lyrics about love going further than race brings a smile to anyone's face. Its 2019, and we live in a society where "black, white, ebony/All sound good to me" and "J.F. Kennedies, kiss hood celebrities".
However, the second verse contains one small lyric that ironically defines who Lizzo is musically ... "Bitch don't label me". Lizzo serves us a selection of her takes on musical genres. Most of her grammy nominations are in R&B and Urban Comtemporary, which really is just due to the Grammy's old dusty ass committees, but her music truly is labelless. The last three songs, she gave us R&B in Exactly How I Feel, rap in Tempo, and funk in Crybaby.
Heaven Help Me:
If love ain't dead/Ima kill it cuz its killing me
Lizzo described Heaven Help Me as "Aretha but as a rapper", which idk about that, but Lizzo shows her own identity as an artist with this song.
This is a song for all the fuckboys out there breaking hearts and assholes. She's absolutely frustrated with how love is turning out for her, as her guys always treat her wrong but think that she won't leave them. They're wrong. She drives them away and tells them that she's too good for that. Unfortunately, love and heartbreak isn't that easy. She starts to reflect on what she's done to drive boys away. Besides breaking up with guys, she drives by to check on what they're doing and she gives them crocodile tears to get her way. Maybe she's not always 100% innocent when it comes to love.
The outro is noteworthy as she pulls out her flute and gives a gorgeous solo, pairing it with a reflective verse on how she knows she's crazy, and that's why she's saying she's through with love.. because she doesn't know how to handle it. Once again, Lizzo embraces her imperfections and recognizes that her imperfections are what make her who she is. Yes, men are assholes, but maybe the way she deals with men isn't as mature as it could be.
Lingerie:
Her final track on the normal edition is something we havent heard from her yet. She gives us her softest and filthiest song, making us blush when she talks about how she likes what he's doing "where the sun don't shine down there". She's said on Apple Music that she's never really written sexy songs before this and that she chose this to be the final track because it's an unexpected ending to a balls-to-the-wall level 11 album. We lose that feeling when it's the deluxe version, but I just really wanted to discuss the next three songs.
Boys:
  • I like big boys, itty bitty boys, Mississippi boys, in the city boys...*
Popheads Jukebox: 8.93
Boys is the first of the three additional tracks on Cuz I Love You Deluxe, and is on the verge of becoming her next hit.
Right now, Lizzo is the queen of social media, as whatever she does makes an impact on various platforms. Her iconic "bye bitch" meme, her tiny coin purse on the American Music Awards red carpet, "you coulda had a bad bitch, malcolm in the middle"... even a picture of her ass shook the internet. So it's no wonder how a song dedicated to thirsting over any and every kind of man set TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter on fire.
Lyrically, it's nothing unique, and the beat is pretty standard. For most other artists, this would be a sub-standard track. However, Lizzo's charisma and delivery makes this track one of Lizzo's best and most memorable.
Truth Hurts:
I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100% that bitch
Popheads Jukebox: 7.33
The song that brought her straight to the top of the charts and helped her become the breakthrough artist of 2019. The song was released two years ago as a standalone single, but is now a chart topping hit due to its usage in the Netflix film, Someone Great, and due to it becoming a meme on TikTok. Lizzo's songwriting, specifically her ability to come up with witty, quotable one liners, is incredible, as almost every line here is memorable. Ask 100 people to sing any line from Truth Hurts, and I'm sure with the variety of responses you'll get, you could probably put together the whole song.
While it has the lowest score out of the songs Popheads has reviewed from Lizzo's album, the public latched onto it. It spent seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the longest #1s of 2019. It also is, along with Iggy Azalea's Fancy, the longest #1 female rap song of all time. Not only is its commercial success impressive, but also its cultural and critical impact on music. Lizzo is a plus size black woman that has been accepted (for the most part, aside from racists, sexists, and stan Twitter) into the music community. She also leads 2020 Grammy nominations with an impressive eight nods. Whatever Lizzo decides to do musically, Truth Hurts shows that she has what it takes to have a long lasting, successful music career.
Water Me:
To wrap up her album, Lizzo gives us a piano-driven pop bop that's been approved by Walmart, as they're using the song to promote a Black Friday #DealDropDash viral campaign. Is it working? Maybe. The song peaked at #11 on the iTunes charts, even though it has never been made a single. Even though it was produced before Cuz I Love You was conceived, it truly fits in with the other songs on the album, and it makes a great closer for the Deluxe version.
Discussion:
  1. Lizzo shows off a range of genres in this album: Rap, Disco, Rock, Pop, Soul... Is there a specific musical direction that Lizzo should go?
  2. Her songwriting on the album received pretty polarizing reviews. Some critics love it, saying it was smart and catchy. However, some critics wrote that her songwriting was awkward, and while her overall message was praised, the way she delivered it wasn't. What do you think of her songwriting?
  3. Lizzo gave us eleven new songs with this album, but it seems like her older singles are blowing up. Truth Hurts, Good As Hell, Boys, and Water Me have all seen pretty significant commercial attention. What do you think her next hit will be? Will it be a song from Cuz I Love You, like Jerome or Soulmate? Or could it be another older song like Phone or Fitness?
  4. As a follow up to the last question, will Lizzo be capable of getting another Billboard Hot 100 hit? Or do you think she's going to be a one album wonder?
  5. Lizzo is nominated for eight Grammies, which is quite a feat, but there's two I'd like to discuss further: Best New Artist and Album of the Year. In your opinion, and looking at the other nominees in those categories, do you think she has a chance winning these two Grammy Awards?
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2019.10.04 14:31 Sunzon Names meaning 'warrior'?

Hi! Not pregnant yet, just having a lot of fun fantasizing about names.
Both mine and my partners name are thought to be originated from "Mars" (God of War), meaning warrior.
These are some names I like: Aaron, Alec, Alexander, Desmond, Emile, Ivar, Jack, Jasper, Leif, Liam, Sebastian, Thomas, Tobias.
Elena, Elin, Elodie, Freya, Helena, Isabelle, Irene, Josephine, Lara, Lily, Lisbeth, Nina, Rose, Serena, Tove.
We are Dutch, so even though I like names as Jack, James, Malcolm, Rose, William, I won't be able to use them because I'm not really fond of overly English names in the Netherlands. On the other hand do I not have the same issues with Scandinavian/French names. 🤷🏻‍♀️
Do you guys have any suggestions for names meaning 'warrior' or variations there of??
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